February 8th / 2023

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

1983 – Shergar, the Aga Khan’s Derby winner, was kidnapped from a stable in County Kildare, Ireland. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of £2 million, which was never paid. The horse was never seen again.
Celebrity birthdays
Nick Nolte, actor, 82; Brooke Adams, actress, 74; Mary Steenbergen, actress, 70; John Grisham, author, 68; Vince Neil, singer (Moley Crue) 62; Trinny Woodall, TV presenter, 59; Tjinder Singh, singer-songwriter (Cornershop) 55; Guy Man (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) musician (Daft Punk) 49; Seth Green, actor, 49; Dave Ferrel, bassist (Linkin Park), 46; Ralf Little, actor, 43; Jeremy Davis, bassist (Paramore) 38; Dani Harmer, actress, 34.
What day is it
February 8th is Boy Scouts Day, Laugh and Get Rich Day, National Fly A Kite Day, National Molasses Bar Day.
This day in history

1855 – The ‘Devil’s Footprints’ mysteriously appeared in southern Devon when trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow. Estimates of the total distance covered by the prints ranged from 40 to 100 miles. Houses, rivers, haystacks and other obstacles were allegedly travelled straight over, and the footprints appeared on the tops of snow-covered roofs and high walls, as well as leading up to and exiting various drain pipes with a diameter as small as 4 inches.

1886 – A peaceful demonstration by unemployed people started in Trafalgar Square and turned into a riot with looting in Oxford Street and Pall Mall.

1952 – Princess Elizabeth formally proclaimed herself Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith. Lords of the Council, numbering 150, representatives from the Commonwealth and officials from the City of London, including the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries witnessed the accession of the deceased king’s eldest daughter.

1960 – Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal family is called Windsor, while her offspring are named Mountbatten-Windsor.

1965 – Health Minister Kenneth Robinson announced that cigarette advertisements were to be banned from British television.

1971 – At the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, a British plastics firm making educational toys was shown a board game which had been rejected by established companies. Invented by an Israeli telecommunications expert, Mordecai Meirowitz, the game, renamed ‘Mastermind’ by Invicta Plastics, sold over 55 million sets in some 80 countries, making it the most successful new game of the 70s.

1972 – The Albert Hall management cancelled a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention concert because of the ‘obscene lyrics’ of one of their songs. Fans demonstrated outside the hall.

1973 – Mohammed Shafiq became the first non-white P.C. to join the Lancashire Police.

1983 – Shergar, the Aga Khan’s Derby winner, was kidnapped from a stable in County Kildare, Ireland. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of £2 million, which was never paid. The horse was never seen again.

1998 The death of the controversial politician, Enoch Powell, aged 85. He warned, in 1968, of the perils of high immigration with his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.

2012 – The death, aged 74, of John Fairfax, British ocean rower and adventurer who, in 1969, became the first person to row solo (in 180 days) across the Atlantic Ocean. He subsequently went on to become the first to row the Pacific Ocean (with Sylvia Cook) in 1971/2; with a row time of 361 days.

2017 – Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies aged 45.

2019 – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc, of blackmail over private messages detailing an extramarital affair.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1968, “Planet of the Apes” hit the theaters? Since the movie came out, it has raised timeless questions of humanity.

To Yoda, backwards everyone else must speak.

Writing has become 1% inspiration, 99% not getting distracted by the internet.

The more cheese you have, the bigger the number of holes. The bigger the number of holes, the less cheese you have. The more cheese you have, the less cheese you have. #conundrum

The original title for The Breakfast Club was ‘Detention’.

Star Wars: A New Hope is all about Darth Vader’s kids getting him in trouble with his boss. First, his daughter steals the Death Star plans, and then his son blows it up.

The Capital of Portugal is Lisbon

The biggest film of 1983: Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi (Sci-Fi).

There are two types of people: those who divide people into two types, and those who don’t.

A very important part of staying organized is having a “junk drawer” – without a place to put miscellaneous items, they’ll just end up all over the place. Or, a “junk room”.

“The Dali Lama told me I would reach total consciousness on my death bed, so I’ve got that going for me.” #moviequotes

The fear of long words is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

Having too much sex can cause memory loss. I read that on page 437 in a medical journal on November 2006 at 6:15 pm. It was cloudy.

For every Spiderman, Batman, Ironman, etc there are probably at least ten potential unknown heroes who died in the first few weeks testing their new powers.

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