February 4th / 2023

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

2013 – A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 was confirmed as that of King Richard III. He was the last king of the House of York and died in 1485.
Celebrity birthdays
John Steel, drummer (The Animals) 82; Alice Cooper, (Vincent Furnier), rock singer-songwriter, 75; Phil Ehart, drummer/manager (Kansas) 72; Tim Booth, vocals (James) 63; Clint Black, country artist, 61; Rob Cordry, actor/comedian, 52; Oscar De La Hoya, boxer, 50; Natalie Imbruglia, actress/singer, 48; Kimberly Wyatt, singer/dancer (Pussycat Dolls) 41.
What day is it
February 4th is Create A Vacuum Day, Homemade Soup Day, National Quaker Day, Stuffed Mushroom Day, Thank A Mailman Day, World Cancer Day.
This day in history

1905 – The birth, in Farnworth near Bolton, Lancashire of Hylda Baker, British comedienne, actress and music hall star. Her most famous role was in the comedy series ‘Nearest and Dearest’ with comedian Jimmy Jewel. They bickered on screen as part of the script, but the insults continued off screen. The two disliked each other intensely and their arguments became showbiz legend. 

1920 – Norman Wisdom, actor & star of many comedy films, was born. In 1995 he was given the Freedom of the City of London and also Tirana in Albania where the population were devoted to him and referred to him as ‘Pitkin’. He received an OBE in the same year and was knighted in 2000. He retired from acting at the age of 90 after his health deteriorated and died in October 2010.

1968 – The world’s largest hovercraft, weighing 165 tonnes, was launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Hovertravel service from the mainland to the Isle of Wight is the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service and is now the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in Europe.

1974 – The ‘M62 coach bombing’ when a Provisional IRA bomb exploded in a coach carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their family members. Twelve people (nine soldiers and three civilians, including children aged 5 and 2) were killed.

1975 – Edward Heath withdrew from the Conservative party leadership after losing the first-round vote to Margaret Thatcher.

2000 – The very first Sims game was released for PC in North America. How could anyone possibly forget their time playing the original Sims game? This unique life simulator allowed players to control the lives, relationships, careers, and homes of the game’s characters, or “sims.”

2002 – Cancer Research UK was founded. It is the world’s largest independent cancer research charity.

2012 – Fifty four year old Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty was found dead at his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire. The life-long Forest fan was estimated to have invested more than £100m of his personal fortune into the football club.

2012 – The death, aged 110, of Florence Green, the last surviving veteran of the First World War from any country.

2013 – A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 was confirmed as that of English king Richard III. He was reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26th March 2015 after experts from the University of Leicester said that DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.

2014 – A new international study showed that British workers have the shortest retirements in any major EU country, despite significant improvements in life expectancy.

2015 – An online fund, launched by Katie Cutler after the mugging of a Tyneside pensioner, was halted with donations totally £330,000. Her ‘Help Alan Barnes’ online donation page was launched after the frail and visually disabled 67-year-old had been attacked outside his Gateshead home. Richard Gatiss (25) was later arrested and given a four-year prison sentence for assault.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1962, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all aligned? To top it off there was a total eclipse of the Sun! 

The average word length in the English language is 5.1 letters.

The name Scooby-Doo was inspired by Frank Sinatra’s scatting at the end of the song Strangers in the Night.

“I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?” – Tommy DeVito

Be kinder to rude people. You may be the change they need to see.

When watching a documentary on lions, I root for the lions. When watching a documentary on antelopes, I root for the antelopes. #goteam

A group of Magpies is called a Tiding or Gulp or Murder or Charm.

To calculate the position of the Voyager 1 spacecraft some 12.5 billion miles away, you only need to use the first 15 digits of the value of Pi to be accurate within 1.5 inches.

A full-size Reeses Cup has 66 ridges around the edge.

“Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” – Conan the Barbarian #moviequotes

“Denny Crane” – Denny Crane, Boston Legal

“Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck” sounds like something Big Penny made up to keep the penny relevant.

‘Nipper’ is the name of the dog on the RCA label. ‘Chipper’ is the puppy version of the mascot.

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