January 13th : 2022

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

2012 – The Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, killing 32.
Celebrity : birthdays
Suggs (Graham McPherson) singer-songwriter (Madness) 61; Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Hall) actress, 61; Penelope Ann Miller, actress, 58; Bill (Mark) Bailey, comedian, 57; Patrick Dempsey, actor, 56; Stephen Hendry, snooker champion, 53; Shonda Rhimes, writer/producer, 52; Michael Peña, actor, 46; Orlando Bloom, actor, 45; Ruth Wilson, actress, 40; Liam Hemsworth, actor, 32.
What : day is it
Make Your Dreams Come True Day, National Sticker Day, Rubber Ducky Day.
This day : in history

1908 – Henry Farman, born in Paris and the son of an English newspaper correspondent, won the Deutsch-Archdeacon prize for the first heavier than air aircraft flight to cover a circuit of at least 1 Km. On 29th March he became the first to take passenger into the air, and on 30th October, Farman went on to make the first cross-country flight in Europe, flying from Châlons to Rheims (a distance of 27 kilometres in 20 minutes).

1926 – The birth of Michael Bond, English children’s writer and creator of ‘Paddington Bear’. Whilst working as a BBC television cameraman Bond had his first book published, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’. It was the start of Bond’s most famous series of books, telling the tales of a bear from ‘Darkest Peru’, whose Aunt Lucy sent him to England, carrying a jar of marmalade. He also wrote the children’s books about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs.

1958 – In Scotland, the serial killer Peter Manuel was arrested after a series of attacks over a two year period that left nine people dead, although he is suspected of having killed as many as eighteen. Manuel was hanged in Barlinnie prison on 11th July 1958. He was one of the last prisoners to die on the Barlinnie gallows.

1964 – Capital Records grudgingly released the first Beatles record, ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, in the US to, as they said ‘see how it goes’. It became their fastest selling single ever. Within only three weeks, a million copies had been sold.

1993 – American, British and French planes bombed a series of targets over southern Iraq. The action was taken in response to repeated Iraqi breaches of the ‘no fly zone’ implemented after the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

1995 – In response to British animal rights protesters, the British Meat and Livestock Commission announced that calves exported from Britain to the Netherlands would be housed in spacious group pens rather than be confined in so called veal crates.

2003 – The Who guitarist Pete Townshend is arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impound seven computers from his home in Richmond, Surrey. He is eventually cleared.

2004 – Dr Harold Shipman, who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients, was found hung in his prison cell. To date Shipman is the only British doctor to have been proved guilty of murdering his patients, in addition to being one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history.

2017 – The death (aged 86) of the photographer and film maker Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, commonly known as Lord Snowdon. He was married to Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, from 1960 – 1978.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Shakespeare made up the name “Jessica” for his play Merchant of Venice.

Barry Manilow wrote McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today” jingle.

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) #moviequotes

Characters in the Star Wars universe are completely unaware of the amazing soundtrack that accompanies the most important moments in their lives.

Bugs Bunny’s accent is an equal blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects.

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!” – Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) in Wizard of Oz, The Wizard of Oz, 1939

“My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

The Scary Statistic: Accidental Injury odds: 1-in-36

What to do: Don’t do anything, ever. Sit in a non-folding chair.

Biggest film of 1985: Back to the Future (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $212,000,000

Billy The Kid – Real Name: Henry McCarty

Useless Pronunciation: P as in phishing

Birthday : quotes

The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find. – Sir Edmund Hillary

It’s not what you are in Hollywood – it’s what people think you are. – Robert Stack

If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you’re active in your community, there’s nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life. – Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I still feel that sincerity and realism are avant-garde, or can be, just as I did when I started out. – Edmund White

I learned early on, having known the most handsome, successful… Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, don’t ever spend too much time looking in the mirror. – Robert Stack

The signal is the truth. The noise is what distracts us from the truth. – Nate Silver

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