January 16th / 2023

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

1979 – The natural history series “Life on Earth,” presented by David Attenborough, aired on BBC One in the UK for the first time.
Celebrity birthdays
James May, TV presenter, 60; Roy Jones Jr, boxer, 54; Kate Moss, model, 49; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/playwright/actor, 43; Nick Valensi, guitarist (The Strokes) 42; Bobby Zamora, football pundit, 42; Samuel Preston, guitarist (The Ordinary Boys) 41; Nicklas Bendtner, footballer, 35; FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett) singer-songwriter/actress, 35.
What day is it
January 16th is Book Publishers Day, Fig Newton Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, National Good Teen Day, National Nothing Day, International Hot and Spicy Food Day.
This day in history

1930 – Frank Whittle submitted his first patent for a jet engine ( British Patent No. 347,206 – granted in 1932). He had his first engine running by April 1937. 

1939 – The Irish Republican Army (IRA) begins its bombing and sabotage campaign in England.

1945 – Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker. It was located beneath Hitler’s New Reich Chancellery in Berlin and was the last of the Führer Headquarters to be used by Hitler. It became the epicentre of the Nazi regime and it was here during the last week of April 1945 that Hitler married Eva Braun shortly before they committed suicide.

1950 – Listen With Mother began on radio with the words “Hello children. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin”. When the series ended in 1982 there was a national outcry

1957 – The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It provided a showcase for many young rock ‘n’ roll musicians, among them the Beatles.

1979 – The natural history series “Life on Earth,” presented by David Attenborough, aired on BBC One in the UK for the first time.

1981 – The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, and her husband, were shot by gunmen at their home in County Tyrone.

1982 – Britain and the Vatican resumed full diplomatic relations after a break of exactly 447 years.

1991 – Operation ‘Desert Storm’ began against Iraq, for its invasion of Kuwait.

2001 – Mitchell Quy, a former casino croupier from Southport, who made television appeals for his ‘missing’ wife Lynsey to get in touch admitted killing her, cutting up her body with DIY tools and then dumping her dismembered body on waste ground. She was missing for 18 months before police discovered her torso in a shallow grave near a roller-coaster at the seaside resort. Her arms and legs were found a day later, dumped in bushes next to a railway line but her head and hands were never located.

2004 – Michael Jackson appears in court and pleads not guilty to seven charges of child molestation.

2009 – Boy George is sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort.

2015 – US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that 2014 had been the hottest globally since records began in 1880.

2015 – Nursery and Son, who had been manufacturing sheepskin coats for 169 years, including sheepskin coats for David Jason (‘Del Boy’) in TV’s Only Fools and Horses, closed its doors for the last time.

2019 – Prime Minister Theresa May wins a vote of no confidence in her government by 325 votes to 306. On the same day, Cairo is engulfed by a huge sandstorm.

2020 – The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Compared to today, the battery of the Nokia 3310 is quite literally awe-inspiring, my phone barely lasts a day without needing a full overnight charge. The 3310 was capable of 55-hours talk time, that’s more than 2 solid days, and 245 hour standby time, an astounding 10 days!

Many people who win the lottery end up bankrupt. Few financially responsible people win the lottery, because buying lottery tickets is not a financially responsible thing to do.

Would you rather work an overtime shift with your annoying boss or spend full day with your mother-in-law?

Obi-Wan Kenobi probably stank like a desert hobo when Luke first met him living on Tatooine.

I don’t think I’m a robot, but maybe that’s just part of my programming.

A diamond is just a lump of carbon that a South African mining cartel has convinced us is valuable.

Woody Allen – Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

If you shout, “I’m totally crazy,” people will think you’re crazy. If you shout, “I’m totally sane,” people will also think you’re crazy.

Lord Acton’s famous quote ‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ is immediately followed by ‘Great men are almost always bad men’.

A group of Asteroids is called a Belt.

Bae – “before anyone else”

If there had been a fire going in the fireplace when the House was flooded with letters, Harry Potter would have ended very differently.

Brain teasers and random facts


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