January 17th / 2023

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

1994 – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates LA. The earthquake was felt as far south as San Diego 200km away and as far north as Las Vegas, 440km to the north east.
Celebrity birthdays
James Earl Jones, actor, 92; Jim Carrey, actor/comedian, 61; Andy Rourke, bassist (The Smiths) 60; Michelle Obama, former First Lady, 59; Naveen Andrews, actor, 54; Kid Rock, (Robert James Ritchie), singer/rapper, 52; Ricky Wilson, singer (Kaiser Chiefs) 45; Zooey Deschanel, actress/singer-songwriter, 43; Calvin Harris (Adam Wiles), singer-songwriter/producer, 39; Jeremiah Fraites, musician (The Lumineers) 37.
What day is it
January 17th is Customer Service Day, Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day, Hot Buttered Rum Day, Hot Heads Chili Day.
This day in history

1896 – The Daimler Motor Company (Coventry) was registered as the first British car manufacturer.

1907 – Alfred Wainwright, whose books for walkers did much to popularise the Lake District, was born, in Blackburn, Lancashire. In 1952, he began the task of walking every fell in Lakeland and recording his walks with pen and ink drawings. It took him 13 years to climb the 214 fells, travelling on foot or by public transport from his Kendal home, as he never learnt to drive.

1912 – Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, only to find that the Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him by one month.

1945 – The Nazis began the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces closed in. Nearly one and a half thousand British prisoners of war were sent to the Auschwitz death camps.

1968 – The motor manufacturer British Leyland was formed; from the merger of British Motor Holdings Ltd. and Leyland Motor Corp. Ltd.

1983 – The BBC’s new Breakfast Time programme goes on air for the first time with hosts Frank Bough and Selina Scott.

1986 – The Royal yacht Britannia evacuated Britons and other foreign nationals from Aden during their civil war.

1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War Allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles on Israel. On the same day, Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.

1994 – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale devastates LA. The earthquake was felt as far south as San Diego 200km away and as far north as Las Vegas, 440km to the north east.

2008 – British Airways Flight 38 crash landed just short of London Heathrow Airport with no fatalities. It was the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin jet aircraft.

2011 – Liverpool’s Ryan Babel becomes the first footballer to be fined for comments made on Twitter. He was fined £10,000 for posting a doctored picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

2014 – Cambridge City Council said that apostrophes on new street signs would be abolished, a decision that was condemned by language traditionalists. The naming policy also banned street names which would be “difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell” and any that “could give offence” or would “encourage defacing of nameplates”. After an intervention by cabinet minister Eric Pickles, local people in Cambridge started to edit street signs, adding apostrophes if they were necessary.

2017 – The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended. The plane fell off the radar on March 8, 2014, and was never found despite professionals searching 46,332 square miles for the wreckage. On this day, the passengers’ families were informed that the effort to find the plane had been suspended.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Bender from Futurama was named after John Bender from “The Breakfast Club”.

In the early days of Google, it could process 30-50 pages per second, today it processes millions of pages per second.

There was a knock on the the door. “Who’s that?” I asked.” “Open up, it’s me.” I opened the door. You know what? It WAS me.

The Capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre

“I am Spartacus.” – The extras in Spartacus #moviequotes

The Soviet Union national ice hockey team participated nine times in the Winter Olympics and won seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

Biggest film of 1984: Ghostbusters (Comedy) earned ~ $242,000,000

Ray Charles – Real Name: Ray Charles Robinson

We invented the wheel, built the pyramids, discovered electricity and landed on the moon, but still haven’t found a way to stop accidentally biting the inside of your mouth when you least expect it.

All characters on The Simpsons have 4 fingers except for God, who has 5.

Adamantium is the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. Vibranium is more versatile.

The older I get, the more I relate to Squidward.

Brain teasers and random facts


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