February 11th / 2023

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

1990 – Nelson Mandela was released from prison after being incarcerated for 27 years in South Africa. He spent most of his sentence on Robben Island, off Cape Town, doing hard labour.
Celebrity birthdays
Sheryl Crow, singer-songwriter, 61; Sarah Palin, US politician, 59; Jennifer Aniston, actress, 54; Damian Lewis OBE, actor, 52; Steve McManaman, football pundit, 51; D’Angelo (Michael Archer) singer-songwriter, 49; Brandy (Brandy Rayana Norwood), singer/actress, 44; Kelly Rowland, singer, 42; Natalie Dormer, actress, 41; Rafael van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, 40; Georgia May Foote, actress, 32; Taylor Lautner, actor, 31.
What day is it
February 11th is Get Out Your Guitar Day, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, National Make a Friend Day, Peppermint Patty Day, Promise Day.
This day in history

1895 – The lowest ever UK temperature of -27.2°C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire. This record was equalled, also at Braemar on 10th January 1982. Minus 27°C was also recorded at Altnaharra (Highland) on 30th December 1995. 

1908 – Birth of Sir Vivien Fuchs, English geologist and leader of the Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition (1956-8).

1932 – The birth in Clay Cross, Derbyshire of Dennis Edward Skinner, former NUM leader and Labour Member of Parliament for Bolsover since 1970. He is known for never missing a Commons session, for his left-wing views and his acid tongue that has led to him being suspended from Parliament on at least ten occasions, usually for ‘unparliamentary language’ when attacking opponents.

1934 – The birth of the racing driver John Surtees. He remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

1956 – Two British spies, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who had vanished in mysterious circumstances five years previously, re-appeared in the Soviet Union.

1963 – The death, by suicide, of the 30 year old, Boston born poet and novelist Sylvia Plath. She was married to fellow poet Ted Hughes. Hughes served as Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.

1971 – Eighty-seven countries, including the UK, the United States and the USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty. It outlawed nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.

1975 – Margaret Thatcher won the Conservative Party Leadership and became the first woman leader of a British political party.

1976 – John Curry became the first Briton to win a gold medal for men’s figure skating.

1983 – Police launched a mass murder investigation in London after discovering human remains in drains. Civil servant Dennis Andrew Nilsen, 37, was later charged with 12 murders and sentenced to six life sentences.

1990 – Nelson Mandela was released from prison after being incarcerated for 27 years in South Africa. He spent most of his sentence on Robben Island, off Cape Town, doing hard labour.

2017 – It was announced that Andrew Lloyd Webber had become the first composer to have four shows on Broadway at one time since Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1953. His shows were School of Rock – The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Sunset Boulevard.

2022 – Koalas were listed as endangered for the first time in Australian history.
While once prolific across Australia’s vast eucalyptus forests, koalas have lost large amounts of habitat due to excessive land clearing, deforestation, bushfires, and drought.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know, it took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa.

The Capital of Vatican City is Vatican City.

Honey is the only natural food which never spoils.

Unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it.

The First Rick Roll: Micheal Jackson’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” was taken off of first place on the 1987 British singles chart by Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Someday I’ll refer to synthetic constructs as ‘artificial intelligence’ and my grandchildren will cringe, even though they’ll know it’s just the label I grew up with, and that I’m not being hateful.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

TV Quotes… “This is the city …” (Sgt. Joe Friday) on “Dragnet”

Seal – Real Name: Seal Henry Samuel

The Scary Statistic: Fireworks Discharge severe injury odds: 1-in-615,488

“House Music” received its name from its place of origin, The Warehouse club opened in Chicago in 1977.

Star Wars & Wizard of Oz: Each has a protagonist who leaves their home planet and is called to defeat a villain. They make friends (C3PO – The Scarecrow – Chewbacca – The Lion – Han Solo – The Tin Man), get trapped in the enemy base, and disguise themselves as the enemy guard to rescue a damsel in distress.

On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds Big Mac bun.

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