February 17th / 2023

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

2018 – Lizzy Yarnold wins her second consecutive Olympic women’s skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Celebrity birthdays
Rene Russo, actress, 69; Lou Diamond Phillips (Upchurch), actor, 61; Michael Bay, director, 58; Dominic Purcell, actor, 53; Denise Richards, actress, 52; Billie Joe Armstrong, singer-songwriter (Green Day) 51; Jerry O’Connell, actor, 49; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor, 42; Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter, 32.
What day is it
February 17th is Café au Lait Day (Coffee with Milk Day), Human Spirit Day, National Cabbage Day, Public Science Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day.
This day in history

1967 – The Beatles begin recording Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood.

1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record Girl From The North Country at CBS Studios in Nashville for an album which is never released. The song appears on Dylan’s next release Nashville Skyline. On the same day, Golda Meir is sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1972 – Parliament votes to join the Common Market. On the same day, President Richard Nixon leaves Washington on a ground-breaking visit to China.

1974 – 49 people die in a stampede for seats at a soccer match, Cairo. On the same day, a disgruntled US Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.

1978 – Eleven civilians and one RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional IRA incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast.

1979 – China sends hundreds of troops into Vietnam.

1982 – Death of jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk aged 64.

1986 – Libyan bombers attack N’djamena Airport in Chad.

1987: A group of Tamils seeking asylum in Britain protest at Heathrow airport by removing their clothes as they are about to be deported.

1988 – US Lt Col William Higgins is kidnapped in south Lebanon by terrorists and later killed.

1995 – A Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked.

1998 – NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft overtakes Pioneer 10 to become the farthest object from earth in space.

2002 – Joan Collins marries theatre company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge’s Hotel, London,

2003 – The congestion charge begins in London.

2005 – A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sells for £100,000 at an auction in London.

2008 – Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.

2012 – President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal.

2013 – 37 people are killed and 130 injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings. On the same day, country singer Mindy McCready dies aged 37 from a self inflicted gunshot wound and actor Richard Briers dies aged 79.

2014 – Bob Casale of Devo dies of heart failure in Los Angeles.

2018 – Lizzy Yarnold wins her second consecutive Olympic women’s skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1936, the world’s first superhero appeared in a comic strip? “The Phantom” is a costumed crime-fighter who operates from the fictional country of Bangalla.

Tom and Jerry were originally called Jasper And Jinx.

The Capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent

A Bible was printed with a typo in 1631, which told Christians to commit adultery… It was known as the ‘Wicked Bible’.

A group of Dolphins is called a Pod.

101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lady, and the Tramp, and Mulan are among the only Disney cartoons where both parents are present and don’t die throughout the movie.

If you like to take photos for the sake of memorization, take photos of things you see every day once in a while. #SmellTheRoses

Whoopi Goldberg – Real Name: Caryn Johnson

Isaac Newton, who revolutionized mathematics and physics, spent almost as much time writing about and studying alchemy, and firmly believed in its viability as a science.

“Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating (Robin Williams) #moviequotes

The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name, ‘gnurr’.

You’ve probably never heard the number 4,138,352,490 said or used in any way, as well as nearly all other numbers.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne

The Internet is MUCH more powerful than the pen or the sword. AND, it’s irrational.

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