January 15th / 2023

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

2009 – Pilot Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport in New York. All passengers and crew members survive.
Celebrity birthdays
Pete Waterman, record producer/TV presenter, 76; Biff (Peter) Byford, singer, (Saxon) 72; Duke (Douglas) Erikson, guitarist (Garbage) 70; Peter Trewavas, bassist, (Marillion) 64; James Nesbitt , actor, 58; Regina King, actress/director, 52; Claudia Winkleman, TV presenter, 51; Mary Pierce, French tennis champion, 48; Edith Bowman, broadcaster, 48; Pitbull (Armando Pérez) rapper, 42; El Hadji Diouf, footballer, 42; Jermaine Pennant, footballer, 40.
What day is it
January 15th is National Bagel Day, National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day, National Hat Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
This day in history

1927 – BBC radio broadcast the first live commentary of a rugby match. Captain Teddy Wakelam narrated the match at Twickenham, between Wales and England. The following Saturday Wakelam provided the first football commentary from Highbury, where Arsenal was playing Sheffield United.

1962 – The centigrade, or Celsius, scale was used in the British Meteorological Office weather forecasts for the first time, more than 200 years after the death of the Swedish scientist who invented it.

1982 – The prime minister’s son, Mark Thatcher, is found safe and well after going missing in the Sahara for six days while taking part in the Paris-Dakar rally.

1987 – A police officer who mistakenly shot and paralysed Cherry Groce, the innocent mother of the man they were looking for in Brixton is cleared of all criminal charges.

1991 – Elizabeth II signed letters allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth country to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award.

1997 – Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, angered government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines.

2009 – US Airways Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River, NYC. After colliding with a pack of Canada geese, the aircraft lost all engine power. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles decided to make an emergency crash landing in the Hudson River. Everyone on board survived!

2011 – The death of Nathaniel (Nat) Lofthouse, OBE, English professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. He was capped 33 times for the England national football team between 1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and having one of the greatest goals per game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level.

2014 – The death, aged 69, of actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools And Horses. He appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, including Dr Who, The Vicar Of Dibley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

2015 – The death of Ethel Lang, aged 114. At the time of her death she was the oldest person in Britain and the last living British person to have been born during the reign of Queen Victoria. She lived to see six UK monarchs and 22 prime ministers.

2018 – Singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries dies unexpectedly while in London for a recording session. On the same day, fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are suspended from magazines including Vogue after allegations of sexual harassment.

2019 – Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by parliament 432 votes to 202, the largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2001, the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, was launched? The website takes its name from the Hawaiian word “wiki”, meaning “quick”.

Considering how there’s no traces of humans in the film, the Lion King could be set in any era. It could be the bronze age, 21st century or a cyborg future where humanity has gone extinct.

Whenever Aladdin lies, you’ll notice the feather on his turban falls in his face.

Buddy Holly – Real Name: Charles Hardin

A group of Larks is called a Exaltation or Ascension.

You know that your game of monopoly starts to escalate when someone asks for the game instructions.

Joe Francis, founder and CEO of Girls Gone Wild, filed bankruptcy and fled the US to Mexico in order to avoid paying an outstanding gambling debt to Steve Wynn and the subsequent arrest warrant for failure to pay.

Over a third of all pineapples come from Hawaii.

TV Quotes… “Yada, yada, yada” (various) on “Seinfeld”

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett – (Ali MacGraw) #moviequotes

In the year 4567 AD we will have the 12/3/4567 day.

“The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.’” – Ricky Gervais

Brain teasers and random facts


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