January 21st / 2023

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

1990 – John McEnroe becomes the first player ever to be expelled from the Australian Open tennis event.
Celebrity birthdays
Billy Ocean MBE (Leslie Sebastian Charles), singer-songwriter, 73; Nigel Glockler, drummer, (Saxon) 69; Jeff Koons, artist, 68; Geena (Virginia) Davis, actress, 67; Alex McLeish, former Scotland football manager, 64; Robert Del Naja, producer (Massive Attack), 58; Cat Power (Chan Marshall), singer-songwriter, 51; Emma Bunton, singer (Spice Girls) 47; Phil Neville, football manager, 46; Brian O’Driscoll, Irish rugby legend, 44; Joe Ledley, footballer, 36; Laura Robson, British tennis star, 29.
What day is it
January 21st is International Playdate Day, New England Clam Chowder Day, National Granola Bar Day, National Hugging Day, One-Liners Day (from films), Squirrel Appreciation Day.
This day in history

1925 – The birth of the comedian Benny Hill, in Southampton, Hampshire. One of his biggest fans was the silent film star, Charlie Chaplin. 

1937 – Marcel Boulestin became the first television cook when he presented the first of the Cook’s Night Out programmes on BBC.

1941 – The British communist newspaper, the Daily Worker, was suppressed in wartime London.

1950 – The British writer George Orwell died after a three year battle against tuberculosis. His books included 1984 and Animal Farm. They were controversial and 1984, like Animal Farm, was widely viewed as an attack on the Communist system.

1966 – The Monte Carlo rally ended in uproar over the disqualification of the British cars expected to fill the first four places. They were all ruled out of the prizes, along with six other British cars, for alleged infringements of regulations about the way their headlights dipped.

1966 – ‘Beatle’, George Harrison, married Patti Boyd who he met in the film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.

1970 – Five RNLI volunteers died in the Fraserburgh lifeboat disaster. It left five women widowed and 15 children mourning the loss of a father. The 1970 disaster marked the third time that a lifeboat from Fraserburgh had been lost. The north east town had previously faced tragedy in 1953 (6 crew died) and 1919 (the death of 2 crew members).

1971 – The current Emley Moor transmitting station, situated in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, began transmitting UHF broadcasts for Yorkshire Television. At 330.4 metres (1,084 ft) tall, it is the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom and is a Grade II listed building.

1976 – The first Concorde jets carrying commercial passengers simultaneously took off, at 11:40 a.m. from Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The London flight was to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and the Paris flight was to Rio de Janeiro. Nearly 3 hours was knocked off the normal flying time to Bahrain by the British Concorde but the Air France Concorde arrived 38 minutes late.

1990 – John McEnroe becomes the first player ever to be expelled from the Australian Open tennis event.

1997 – More than 80 people were named as child abusers in statements to a North Wales inquiry into claims of abuse of children in care in Clwyd and Gwynedd over20 years.

2008 – Black Monday on the world’s stock markets saw the FTSE 100 have its biggest ever one-day fall. European stocks closed with their worst result since 11th September 2001, and Asian stocks dropped as much as 14%.

2014 – Pub chain JD Wetherspoon opened a new £1m pub, at junction 2 of the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, in spite of fierce criticism from road safety and alcohol campaigners. The Hope and Champion became Britain’s first pub ever to be opened at a motorway service area.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know, Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. 

A NASCAR driver maintains the same heart rate – 120 to 150 beats per minute for 3-plus hours – as a serious marathon runner for about the same length of time.

George Lucas’ dog was named Indiana.

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) in Godfather, The Godfather, 1972

Elsa from Frozen is the oldest Disney Princess, aged 23 in ‘Frozen.’

The world record for most Rubik’s Cubes solved while blindfolded is held by Marcin Kowalczyk, who solved 41 out of 41 cubes in 54 minutes.

David Patrick Kelly’s “Warriors, come out to play” line in The Warriors (1979) was completely improvised.

TIP is the acronym for “To Insure Promptness.”

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