January 27th : 2022

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

2001 – The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held in Britain, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.
Celebrity : birthdays
Mikhail Baryshnikov, actor/dancer, 74; Brian Downey, drummer (Thin Lizzy) 71; Mimi (Miriam) Rogers, actress, 66; Janick Gers, guitarist (Iron Maiden) 65; Gillian Gilbert, keyboards, (New Order) 61; Bridget Fonda, actress, 58; Alan Cumming OBE, actor, 57; Tricky (Adrian Thawes) rapper, 54; Mike Patton, singer, (Faith No More) 54; Patton Oswalt, actor/writer, 53; Mark Owen, singer-songwriter (Take That) 50; Rosamund Pike, actress, 43; Marat Safin, tennis champion, 42; Daisy Lowe, model, 33.
What : day is it
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, National Chocolate Cake Day, National Geographic Day.
This day : in history

1945 – The Nazis’ biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in south-western Poland was liberated. The millions killed during the Holocaust are remembered each year in services across the UK, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

1967 – Astronauts Gus Grisson, Edward White and Roger Chaffee die when fire engulfs the Apollo 1 capsule during a test run on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy. On the same day, The Beatles The Beatles sign a new nine-year worldwide contract with EMI.

1969 – Hard line Unionist Ian Paisley was jailed for three months along with Ronald Bunting, for organising an illegal counter-demonstration against a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh. He was released during a general amnesty for people convicted of political offences.

1981 – Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy ‘The Times’ and ‘Sunday Times’ was given the go ahead, without the investigation usually required by the Monopolies Commission.

1989 – Thomas Sopwith, British aircraft designer, died aged 101. Remembered for his Sopwith Camel and Sopwith Pup planes he also won a £4,000 prize for the longest flight from England to the Continent in a British built aeroplane, flying 169 miles in 3 hours 40 minutes. His company produced more than 18,000 British World War I aircraft for the allied forces, including 5,747 of the famous Sopwith Camel single-seat fighter. Sopwith was awarded the CBE in 1918.

1993 – Mrs. Thatcher told journalist Woodrow Wyatt that she thought most of the members of the House of Lords were so useless that the Lords needed to be reformed.

1993 – Veronica Bland became the first passive smoking worker in the UK to win compensation for damage to her health at work when she agreed to a settlement of £15,000 from Stockport Council in a personal injury claim.

1995 – Manchester United’s Eric Cantona was fined £20,000 and a football ban over his kung fu-style attack on a fan. Cantona was nicknamed ‘King Eric’ by Manchester United fans, and he was voted the club’s greatest ever player by the Inside United magazine.

2001 – The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held in Britain, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops. The Holocaust resulted in the annihilation of 6 million European Jews and millions of others by the Nazi regime.

2003 – Tony Blair and George Bush held talks at Camp David (the country retreat of the President of the United States), and vowed to hound Saddam Hussein for ‘as long as it takes’ to drive him from power.

2014 – The National Governors’ Association declared that many schools in England were finding it very difficult to recruit senior staff. According to the association, applications for head teacher posts were sometimes littered with basic grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Spam stands for Shoulder Pork and hAM.

I wonder what the odds are that I’ve never heard my favourite song…

“He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich.” #songlyrics

The biggest film of 1946: Song of the South (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $65,000,000

The Scary Statistic: Tsunami 1-in-500,000

What to do: “Anti Tsunami” T-shirts are not effective. Living on or near a mountain, or even deep under the sea offers reasonable protection.

-40 Celsius and -40 Fahrenheit are the same temperatures. #science

TV Quotes… “God’ll get you for that” (Maude) on “Maude”

A group of Coyotes is called a Band.

Google Deepmind might be able to beat the world’s best Go and Chess players. But the real test is can it figure out why my SO is mad at me.

We can buy stars as little gifts to people, so is there another similar planet to ours far far away in which someone owns our sun?

Birthday : quotes

When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart. – Donna Reed

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. – Mikhail Baryshnikov

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’ – Patton Oswalt

If you drink much from a bottle marked “poison” it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. – Lewis Carroll

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. – Mozart

The world doesn’t make sense until you force it to. – Frank Miller

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business. – Mikhail Baryshnikov

The fact that the theatre-going public likes my music is no credit to me. There are many other composers who write better music that the public doesn’t like. – Jerome Kern

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