December 9th: 2022

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

2012 – The death of the British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore, aged 89. He was the presenter of the BBC’s Sky At Night for over 50 years, from its first airing on 24th April 1957.
Celebrity : birthdays
Dame Judi Dench, actress, 88; John Malcovich, actor, 69; Jean-Claude Juncker, EU politician, 68; Donny Osmond, singer, 65; Nick Seymour, bassist, (Crowded House) 64; Felicity Huffman, actress, 60; Paul Landers, guitarist (Rammstein) 58; Geoff Barrow, producer/songwriter/instrumentalist/DJ (Portishead) 51; Tre Cool (Frank Wright) drummer (Green Day) 50; Reiko Aylesworth, actress, 50; Imogen Heap, singer-songwriter, 45; Jesse Metcalfe, actor, 44; Simon Helberg, actor, 42; Jermaine Beckford, footballer, 39.

What : day is it

December 9th is Christmas Card Day, International Anti-Corruption Day, International day of Veterinary Medicine, National Pastry Day and World Techno Day.
This day : in history

1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street was screened on ITV. It is the world’s longest-running television soap opera. A closing date for conducted tours of 31st December 2015 has been confirmed as the site has been sold for redevelopment.

1973 – Talks on Northern Ireland ended in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland. British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Irish premier Liam Cosgrave, and representatives of the Ulster Unionist Party, the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, signed the agreement, at Sunningdale, in Berkshire.

1987 – England’s cricket tour in Pakistan hung in the balance as a row erupted between captain Mike Gatting and the umpire Shakoor Rana who accused Gatting of cheating.

1992 – The separation was announced of the Prince and Princess of Wales (Prince Charles and Princess Diana). They married in 1981.

1995 – British soldier, Sgt. Timothy Cowley, was freed by police, 119 days after being kidnapped by Colombian bandits.

1996 – Horrett Campbell, 33, a paranoid schizophrenic who attacked three children and four women with a machete at an infant school teddy bears’ picnic in July was found guilty of seven counts of attempted murder. The court was told that Campbell had imagined he heard the children at St Luke’s infants school, in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, taunting him when he walked past the playground.

1997 – There were problems for Richard Branson in his attempt to fly around the world in a hot-air balloon when the envelope (the balloon section) of his Virgin Global Challenger broke loose from the gondola and flew off on its own from Marrakech, Morocco.

2003 – Ozzy Osbourne is admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, after breaking his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck in a quad bike accident at his UK home.

2010 – A car containing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was attacked amid violence after MPs voted to raise university tuition fees in England. A window was cracked and their car hit by paint, but the couple were unharmed. In angry scenes, protesters battled with police in Parliament Square and were contained on Westminster Bridge for a time by officers.

2011 – Prime Minister David Cameron insisted he put Britain’s interests first by vetoing a new European Economic Treaty.

2012 – The death of the British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore, aged 89. He was the presenter of the BBC’s Sky At Night for over 50 years, from its first airing on 24th April 1957, making him the longest-running host ever of the same television show.

2014 – A notebook which showed the early work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, was bought by Swansea University for £104,500. He had a long affinity with Laugharne, (Carmarthenshire) spending the last four years of his life in the Boathouse.

2014 – A classic Winnie the Pooh illustration by EH Shepard, first published in 1928, sold at Sotherby’s for £314,500.

2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1960, the first Domino’s Pizza was purchased in Ypsilanti, Michigan? Originally called DomiNick’s, after the previous owner, the idea for their modern name would come from a delivery driver.

Michael Crichton, the author of The Andromeda Strain & Jurassic Park, also wrote & directed Westworld & graduated from Harvard MS. In ’94 he had the top TV show (ER), top movie (Jurassic Park), and top book (Disclosure). To boot, he was also voted one of People Magazine’s most beautiful people in 1992.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. But what if it was the soup? Cold soup is awful.

Whenever someone gets shot in the chest in a movie, I take a few seconds to check with my hands which side the heart is, to see if he will survive.

Since mirrors are no longer made with silver, vampires should have reflections in the modern age. #science

US President #37 Richard Nixon (1969-1974) “Tricky Dick” was the first President to resign, and was also the second Quaker in the executive office.

When claiming to be the “best”, you don’t need any proof to back that up. However, when you use “better”, you need proof to substantiate your claim.

The Capital of Belize is Belmopan

Twiggy – Real Name: Leslie Hornby

Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

When I am cooking something in the oven I always forget to NOT shove my head in right after I open it and always get a blast of searing hot air in my face!

With the exception of Ebola, Plague, and Zombies, dead bodies are unlikely to be a significant cause of infection, so in large-scale disasters, there’s usually no need to bury quickly in mass graves or add a disinfectant.

Birthday : quotes

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all liberties.” – John Milton

“Life is like a B-picture script.” – Kirk Douglas

“There’s a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome. Looking back isn’t going to help you.” – McKayla Maroney

“In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.” – Kirk Douglas

When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately – unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something – Dick Butkus

“Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine.” – John Milton

“My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing. If there’s a challenge, go for it. If there’s a wall to break down, break it down.” – Donny Osmond

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