February 20th / 2023

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

1982 – US entrepreneur John de Lorean’s luxury sports car project in Belfast, set up with over £17 million of British taxpayers’ money, went into receivership.
Celebrity birthdays
Brenda Blethyn, actress, 77; Gordon Brown, former prime minister, 72; Phil Neal, former footballer, 72; Anthony Head, actor, 69; Imogen Stubbs, actress, 62; Ian Brown, singer-songwriter (The Stone Roses) 60; French Stewart, actor, 59; Cindy (Cynthia) Crawford, model, 57; Chelsea Peretti, comedian/actress, 45; Lauren Ambrose, actress, 45; Trevor Noah, comedian/TV host, 39; Miles Teller, actor, 36; Rihanna (Robyn Fenty) singer, 35; Mabel (McVey) singer-songwriter, 27; Cruz Beckham, 18.
What day is it
February 20th is Clean Out Your Bookcase Day, Love Your Pet Day, National Cherry Pie Day, National Muffin Day, Student Volunteer Day, World Pangolin day.
This day in history

1938 – Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary after the prime minister Neville Chamberlain decided to negotiate with Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

1940 – The birth of Jimmy Greaves, England’s third highest international goal scorer and the highest goal scorer in the history of Tottenham Hotspur football club. He was famed for his trademark catchphrase “It’s a funny old game.”

1947 – Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin of King George VI and a hero of World War II, was appointed the last Viceroy of India, on the same day that London announced that the British would leave India by June 1948. In the same year he was granted the title of Baron Romsey.

1952 – Britain’s Jeannette Altwegg wins the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Olso Winter Games.

1958 – The government announces the closure of one of the oldest naval dockyards in the UK at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

1979 – 11 members of a loyalist gang known as the ‘Shankill butchers’ were sentenced for 19 sectarian murders in Belfast following a sensational trial.

1982 – US entrepreneur John de Lorean’s luxury sports car project in Belfast, set up with over £17 million of British taxpayers’ money, went into receivership. On his return to the US he was asked bluntly, ‘Are you a con man?’

1989 – Police hunted two IRA bombers who attacked an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire. Fifty members of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment escaped injury when two men were seen acting suspiciously in the early hours of the morning.

1990 – Environmentalists attacked the Government of Margaret Thatcher for proposing to spend £12.4 billion on new roads.

1993 – Ten year olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year old James Bulger.

2015 – Chelsea Football Club suspended three supporters as the club investigated racist chanting and phone footage of commuter, Sylla Souleymane being pushed and prevented access to a carriage on the Paris Metro.

2015 – Plans to build a wind turbine opposite Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse in Laugharne were quashed at the High Court. Carmarthenshire council’s planning committee had voted in favour of the development at Mwche farm in June 2014.

2018 – For the first time in her life, at age 91, Queen Elizabeth II attended London Fashion Week.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth? In his almost five-hour flight he circled Earth three times.

Slumber Party Barbie came with a book called “How to Lose Weight.” One of the tips was “Don’t eat.” #truestory

Building an averaged size house out of Lego would cost almost 6 times more than building it from real bricks.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” was entirely filmed in Saxony, Germany. The interior scenes were shot in a department store.

Always count backward from the number of reps you wish to accomplish when you are exercising. #advice

Peppers taste hot because of a chemical compound called capsaicin.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

Dogs can now watch more TV due to higher refresh rates and resolutions, whereas before it was like watching a flickering image.

TV Quotes… “Resistance is futile” (Picard as Borg) on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

After Haiti defeated France to earn its independence in 1804, France returned 20 years later with warships and demanded 150 million francs in gold to compensate for lost property. Haiti did not pay off this debt until 1947.

John Hurt holds the record by dying in over 40 different movies including Alien, Spaceballs, Elephant Man, Hellboy and V for Vendetta.

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