February 18th : 2022

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

1990 – Freddie Mercury makes his final public appearance on stage when he joins the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Celebrity : birthdays
John Travolta, actor, 68; Brian James, guitarist (The Damned) 67; Carol McGiffin, broadcaster, 62; Great Scacchi, actress, 62; Rob Andrew, former rugby player, 59; Matt Dillon, actor, 58; Dr Dre (Andre Young) rapper, 57; Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, 55; Colin Jackson, former athlete, 55; Molly Ringwald, actress, 54; Gary Neville, football pundit, 47; Jermaine Jenas, football pundit, 39.

What : day is it

National Battery Day, National Drink Wine Day, Thumb Appreciation Day.
This day : in history

1882 – Oliver Vaughton (5 goals) and Arthur Brown (4 goals) became the first English players to score hat tricks in a full football international when England beat Ireland 13-0. 

1901 – Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

1933 – The birth, in Sacriston (County Durham), of Sir Robert William “Bobby” Robson CBE, English footballer and football manager. Appointed (in 1999) as Newcastle’s manager at the age of 66 he was the oldest manager in the league. His first home game in charge was particularly memorable and impressive: an 8–0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

1946 – Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutinied in Mumbai harbour, from where it spread throughout British India. The mutiny involved 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors.

1949 – Opportunity Knocks was presented for the first time (on BBC radio) by its creator, Hughie Greene. It later transferred to Radio Luxembourg then went on to become a popular television programme on ITV.

1965 – The Beatles record You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and Tell Me What You See for the Help! Album at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood. On the same day, Gambia becomes independent from the UK.

1969 – Hundreds of people clamoured to see the marriage of pop stars Lulu and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a Buckinghamshire church.

1981 – Mrs. Thatcher’s Conservative Government withdrew plans to close 23 pits in its first major U-turn since coming to power two years previously.

1981 – Oxford University announced that Sue Brown would become the first woman cox in the history of the University Boat Race.

1990 – Freddie Mercury makes his final public appearance on stage when he joins the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. People are shocked by his gaunt appearance.

1991 – One man was killed and 43 people injured by an IRA bomb at Victoria Station.

1996 – An IRA bomb detonated prematurely on a bus travelling in central London, killing Edward O’Brien, the IRA member who was transporting the device. Eight others were injured.

2003 – The Hutton inquiry heard that No.10 Downing Street authorised a substantial rewrite of its Iraq arms dossier before publication.

2012 – Bill Cooper (83) and his wife Laurel (82), who had spent the previous 36 years sailing round the world and clocked up 100,000 nautical miles returned to the UK to retire, because their health was starting to fail. They had sold their home in Chatham, Kent, and set off from Lowestoft, Suffolk, in June 1976 on their 50ft. vessel Fare Well.

2015 – It was announced that RBS and NatWest banks were to allow their customers to access accounts on their smartphones using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. 

Pope John Paul II – Real Name: Carol Wojtila

The word “mesmerize” comes from the name of a German physician and hypnotist named Franz Mesmer who developed the theory of animal magnetism and used it as a healing practice.

Each frame of the CGI scenes in James Cameron’s, “Avatar” (1/24 of a second) took an average of 47 hours to render.

Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of prop glasses by the end of the Harry Potter series.

The ‘Hamster Dance’ song is a sped up version of ‘The Walking Song’ from Disney’s 1973 film, Robin Hood.

I’m Pet Sitting for Schrodinger. His cat is currently hiding behind all couches in existence and won’t come out. Do I just have to coax just one of them out or am I in big trouble?

‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ never killed anyone.

“Musicogenic Epilepsy” is a rare disease that makes you have a seizure whenever you hear your favourite music

Garfield the Cat is named after Jim Davis’s grandfather, who in turn was named after US President James A. Garfield.

Meat Loaf’s album “Bat Out of Hell” has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and continues to sell an estimated 200,000 copies annually nearly 40 years after it was released.

Birthday : quotes

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens- that letting go- you let go because you can. – Toni Morrison

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. – Yoko Ono

The difference between getting somewhere and nowhere is the courage to make an early start. The fellow who sits still and does just what he is told will never be told to do big things. – Charles M. Schwab

I have collected all the writings of the Empire and burnt those which were of no use. – Qin Shi Huang

When I stood up there as a pinch hitter, I honestly believed I was the best hitter in the game. That’s the only attitude to have. – Manny Mota

Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody. – Helen Gurley Brown

God has given us our talents, not to copy the talents of others, but rather to use our brains and imagination in order to obtain the revelation of true beauty. – Louis Comfort Tiffany

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