January 12th / 2023

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

2001 – Sven Goran Eriksson becomes the first foreigner to coach the England football team.
Celebrity birthdays

Howard Stern, broadcaster, 69; Blixa Bargeld, musician (The Bad Seeds/Einstürzende Neubauten), 64; Oliver Platt, actor, 63; Guy Chambers, songwriter, 60; Jeff Bezos, entrepreneur, 59; Zack de la Rocha, vocalist (Rage Against The Machine) 53; Mel C (Chisholm) singer (Spice Girls) 49; Pixie (Victoria) Lott, singer-songwriter, 32; Zayn Malik, singer, 30; Ella Henderson, singer-songwriter, 27.

What day is it
January 12th is Curried Chicken Day, National Hot Tea Day, National Kiss a Ginger Day, National Marzipan Day, Pharmacist Day.
This day in history

1950 – The British submarine Truculent collided with a Swedish oil tanker Divina, in the Thames. The two vessels remained locked together for a few seconds before the submarine sank, resulting in the deaths of 64 people. An inquiry attributed 75% of the blame to Truculent and 25% to Divina. Truculent was sold and broken up for scrap in May 1950.

1954 – The Queen opened New Zealand’s parliament, the first time in that country’s history that a reigning monarch had done so.

1959 – Henry Cooper defeated Brian London on points over 15 rounds, becoming British and European heavyweight boxing champion. Cooper was the first to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award twice (in 1967 and 1970). He is the only British boxer to win three Lonsdale Belts outright and he was knighted in 2000.

1970 – The Boeing 747 completed its first transatlantic flight, from New York to Heathrow. It is still often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. The 747 was the first ‘wide-body’ ever produced. It held the passenger capacity record of 660 (in single class layout) for 37 years until October 2007 when the Airbus A380 took to the skies, with a maximum passenger capacity of 850.

1971 – Two bombs exploded at the home of Employment Secretary Robert Carr, in outer London. He was unhurt. The bombs had been planted by the Angry Brigade, protesting against a new controversial industrial relations bill that Mr. Carr was proposing.

1976 – Crime writer Dame Agatha Christie died, leaving a final book waiting to be published. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the most widely published books.

1978 – The executors of Lady Churchill’s estate admitted that she had burnt Graham Sutherland’s portrait of Sir Winston 18 months after the House of Commons had presented it to him in 1954. Sir Winston ironically described it as ‘a remarkable example of modern art’.

1982 – Mark Thatcher, son of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, went missing in the Sahara while taking part in the Paris-Dakar Rally. He was rescued two days later, and it turned out that he had lost his way. The incident provoked a tidal wave of jokes and cartoons making fun of his sense of direction.

2001 – Sven Goran Eriksson became the first foreign coach of the England football team. In 2006, he was recorded as saying that he would be willing to leave England to manage Aston Villa if England won the World Cup, after being duped into believing that a wealthy Arab would buy the club and wanted him as manager. The wealthy Arab was in fact a ‘Fake Sheikh’, an undercover News of the World reporter. On 4th May 2006 the FA announced that Steve McClaren, Eriksson’s assistant, would take over after the World Cup.

2020 – Argentine striker Sergio Agüero becomes the top-scoring overseas player in English Premier League history with a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 rout of Aston Villa.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know, ice skating rinks always go anti clock wise due to the majority of people that are right handed needing to hang onto the rail.

Joan Rivers – Real Name: Joan Molinsky

Eyelashes are supposed to prevent things from getting into your eyes but when I do have something in my eye, its always an eyelash. Pretty ‘eye’ronic.

More retailers should adopt the “leave a penny / take a penny” system. It is literally common cents.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

“I have to return some videotapes.” – Patrick Bateman, American Psycho #moviequotes

[This post was deleted because Neil’s bedroom was on fire]

When Jack Kirby left his prolific career at Marvel Comics to work at DC, he insisted on being assigned to “Jimmy Olsen,” their least popular series, so he wouldn’t take anyone’s job

The Capital of Vietnam is Hanoi

Putting socks to the washer is like sending soldiers to war. You know beforehand that not all of them are going to make it back.

“Hands Down” originated when a jockey, having secured the outcome, could afford to loosen the reigns and lower his hands before crossing the finish line.

Charlton Heston – Real Name: Charlton Carter

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.” – Marilyn Monroe

Brain teasers and random facts


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