December 6th: 2022

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

2017 – Scientists discovered the most distant supermassive black hole. It’s estimated to be 13 billion light-years away and 800 million times the mass of our Sun.
Celebrity : birthdays
JoBeth Williams, actress, 74; Steven Wright, comedian, 67; Rick Buckler, drummer (The Jam) 67; Peter Buck, guitarist (REM), 66; Nick Park, animator, 64; Dave Lovering, drummer (Pixies) 61; Ben Watt, musician/songwriter (Everything But The Girl) 60; Noel Clarke, actor/writer, 47; Andrew Flintoff, cricketer/TV personality, 45; Tim Cahill, footballer, 43; Alberto Contador, cyclist, 40

What : day is it

December 6th is International Sweater Day, Miner’s Day, Mitten Tree Day, National Gazpacho Day, National Pawnbrokers Day, National Microwave Oven Day, Put on Your Own Shoes Day and Saint Nicholas Day.
This day : in history

1921 – Irish independence was granted for the 26 southern states that became known as the Irish Free State. Six counties which formed Ulster (Northern Ireland) remained as part of the UK. 

1963 – English call-girl Christine Keeler, one of the models named in the scandal involving British Secretary of State for War John Profumo, was jailed for 9 months for perjury arising from the trial of an ex-boyfriend.

1975 – The Balcombe Street siege in Central London was watched by millions on television. It ended when the four IRA gunmen, who had taken a couple hostage following a gun battle and chase, finally gave themselves up without a shot being fired.

1977 – The birth of Andrew Flintoff, English and Lancashire cricketer. His nickname ‘Freddie’ or ‘Fred’ comes from the similarity between his surname and that of Fred Flintstone. He developed deep vein thrombosis after surgery to his knee and announced his retirement from all cricket on 16th September 2010.

1982 – The ‘Droppin Well’ bombing: The Irish National Liberation Army detonated a bomb in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven British soldiers and six civilians.

1983 – Surgeons successfully completed the first heart and lung transplant operation to be performed in Britain. Swedish journalist, Lars Ljungberg underwent the transplant, receiving the organs of a woman from the south of England who had died the previous day.

1994 – The Queen gave the go ahead for oil drilling to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The move came after studies showed there could be up to £1bn of oil lying beneath the castle.

2005 – David Cameron beat David Davis to the leadership of the Conservative Party.

2012 – The SA Agulhas set off from London on the start of the world’s first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter. On 25th February 2013, Sir Ranulph Fiennes had to pull out of the expedition due to frostbite. On 18th June 2013, after encountering a crevasse field extending up to 60 miles, with temperatures close to -90c and operating in near permanent darkness the team officially halted its mission and decided to focus only on scientific experiments.

2013 – Communities on the east coast of England began assessing the damage caused by the previous night’s worst tidal surge for 60 years. Thousands had abandoned their homes, 1,400 properties were flooded and seven cliff-top homes collapsed into the sea at Hemsby – Norfolk. It was the start of a winter of severe floods and storms that affected many parts of Britain.

2015 – Exactly two years later, communities in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders began assessing the damage caused by the previous night’s rain storms that broke river banks and flooded properties in towns and villages, including Appleby, Cockermouth, Keswick and Hawick. Residents were evacuated from their homes and all trains between England and Scotland were cancelled.

2017 – Scientists discovered the most distant supermassive black hole. It’s estimated to be 13 billion light-years away and 800 million times the mass of our Sun.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know the Eiffel Tower has 1,792 steps.

A group of Wild Rabbits (Hares) is called a Down or Husk. A group of baby Rabbits is called a Litter or Nest.

David Bowie’s first TV appearance was in 1964 at the age of 17, but was not for his music; he was interviewed on the BBC’s Tonight show as the founder of ‘The Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men’.

“Well isn’t that special?” – Dana Carvey as the Church Lady (Saturday Night Live)

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: Stonehenge, construction began ~2400 BC

Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, felt his professor at Harvard was giving him unfair grades. To prove it he turned in a paper from George Orwell and received a B-.

Fiancée is the feminine form and Fiancé is the masculine form for engagements.

The Capital of Benin is Porto-Novo

TV Quotes… “No soup for you!” (The Soup Nazi) on Seinfeld.

A group of Rhinoceroses is called a Crash or Stubbornness.

You can lose a whole pound by playing ping pong for 12 hours. (From Snapple Facts)

A ship is designed to take you places, so if your friendship, companionship, partnership, or relationship isn’t taking you anywhere… abandon ship!

“Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.” – Uncle Buck (John Candy)

Useless Pronunciation: C as in cadence

Birthday : quotes

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” – Walt Disney

“There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts as a mediator.” – Fritz Lang

“The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.” – Werner Heisenberg

“Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them.” – Werner Heisenberg.

“Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest, and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time, all they’ve ever been is kicked.” – Little Richard

“Acting classes, I guess, are good and I would like to maybe sometime take one. But I would feel like I was learning someone else’s technique. I like mine.” – Frankie Muniz

I would rather have a good education and no money than to have a fortune and be ignorant.” – George Armstrong Custer

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