January 28th / 2023

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

1986 – The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was a fatal accident in the United States’ space program. The Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard.
Celebrity birthdays
Nicolas Sarközy, former president of France, 68; Frank Skinner (Christopher Collins), comedian, 66; Sarah McLachlan, singer-songwriter, 55; Lee Latchford-Evans, singer (Steps) 48; Joey Fatone, singer, (NSYNC) 46; Jamie Carragher, football pundit, 45; Nick Carter, singer, (Backstreet Boys) 43; Elijah Wood, actor, 42; Jessica Ennis Hill, Olympic athlete, 37; Will Poulter, actor, 30.
What day is it
January 28th is Blueberry Pancake Day, Daisy Day, Data Privacy Day, World Leprosy Day.
This day in history

1918 – The birth of Harry Corbett, the English puppeteer who created Sooty. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Sooty is the longest-running children’s programme in the UK. The puppet was 60 years old on 19th July 2008 and, as this was close to Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, Sooty sent him a birthday message!

1953 – 19 year-old Derek Bentley was hanged at Wandsworth Prison. On 2nd November 1952, he and 16-year-old Christopher Craig were attempting to rob a confectioner’s warehouse in Croydon when they were caught by police. It was alleged that Bentley urged Craig to fire his gun, injuring one policeman and killing another. Both boys were found guilty of murder. Craig, too young to hang, was imprisoned, while Bentley was sentenced to death despite considerable public protest.

1958 – The Lego company patents its design of Lego bricks.

1973 – The Godfather wins best drama at the Golden Globes with Marlon Brando as best actor.

1983 – The death, aged 42, of Ronald William Wycherley, better known by his stage name Billy Fury. He equalled the Beatles’ record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart, without a chart-topping single or album.

1985 – The recording took place for We Are The World, the US equivalent of Band Aid at A&M Studios in Hollywood.

1986 – Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all seven crew members.

1994 – The first women only boxing tournament was held at the Marine Halls, Fleetwood. Diane Berry became the first British super-flyweight women’s champion.

2014 – A report by the Commons public accounts committee found that the Queen’s advisers were failing to control her finances, while the royal palaces were ‘crumbling’. MPs said that her advisers had overspent to such an extent that her reserve fund had fallen from £35 million in 2001 to just £1 million. The Queen’s courtiers were advised to take money-saving tips from the Treasury.

2015 – Photographers took to Twitter to complain that their pictures of Arlington Row, in the Cotswold village of Bibury were being ‘blighted and photo-bombed’ by the bright yellow Vauxhall Corsa that belonged to one of the residents.

2017 – Tennis sisters went head-to-head when Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open Women’s Tennis.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know, the longest street in the world is Yonge street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km (1,178 miles).

Mary Pickford – Real Name: Gladys Mary Smith

The entire 150,000+ moose population of the island of Newfoundland is descendant from just four moose released a little over 100 years ago.

“All-human staff” will eventually become a selling point for restaurants, like “free-range” or “fair trade”.

In just 20 minutes, characters in TV shows can save lives, destroy lives, end relationships, start relationships, betray friends, die protecting others, and what-not. While I will spend twenty minutes stressing over how I have to be at work soon.

The earth is 24,901 miles in circumference across its diameter.

The word ‘brackets’ (like [ ] and { }) is related to the french word for a codpiece and derives from the old Germanic word for pants.

If you told someone in 1990 that Ice Cube, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and OJ Simpson would be famous for: playing cops in movies, being Governor of California, alleged double murder …

In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the ‘Hollywoodland’ (later shortened to ‘Hollywood’) sign, for $21,000.

A group of Bacteria is called a Culture.

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