January 8th : 2022

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

2004 – The liner RMS Queen Mary 2, was named by Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of her construction in 2003 she was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built.
Celebrity : birthdays
Dame Shirley Bassey, singer, 85; Carolina Herrera, fashion designer, 83; Lee Jackson, bassist (The Nice) 79; Robbie Krieger, guitarist, (The Doors) 76; R (Robert) Kelly, singer-songwriter, 53; Sean Paul, singer, 49; Genevieve Padalecki, actress, 41; Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, 38; David Silva, footballer, 36.
What : day is it
Argyle Day, Bubble Bath Day, National Winter Skin Day, War on Poverty Day.
This day : in history

1940 – World War II: Britain introduced food rationing. Restaurants were initially exempt from rationing, but this was resented, as the rich could supplement their food allowance by eating out frequently and extravagantly, so new rules were introduced.

1941 – Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement, died, aged 83 in Kenya and was buried at Nyeri. His gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the centre, which is the trail sign for ‘Going home’, or ‘I have gone home’. When his wife Olave died in 1977, her ashes were sent to Kenya and interred beside her husband. Kenya has declared Baden-Powell’s grave a national monument.

1942 – The birth of Stephen Hawking, possibly the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. He wrote A Brief History of Time, which stayed on the British Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. His book sold at least 25,000,000 copies, was no doubt read by many thousands but maybe understood by only hundreds! In 2014 the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ was released. It dealt with his former wife’s relationship with her ex-husband, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics.

1967 – The Forsyte Saga, the television adaptation of Galsworthy’s novel, screened its first episode. It was so popular that for the six months of its run, many churches had to change the times of their services!

1982 – Spain reopened the frontier of the British colony of Gibraltar. In return, Britain agreed to open negotiations on Gibraltar’s future, and ended its opposition to Spain joining the EEC.

1989 – 47 people were killed and over 80 injured when a British Midland 737-400 jet crashed on the M1 motorway. Remarkably nobody travelling on the motorway was hurt. The plane had developed a problem in its left engine shortly after it took off from Heathrow. The pilots mistakenly believed that the fault was in the right hand engine which they shut down, leading to the crash, just yards from the runway of East Midlands Airport.

2001 – The High Court ruled that the identities and whereabouts of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 would be kept secret for the rest of their lives. Venables was subsequently returned to prison in March 2010 for other offences and it was decided that he would stay in prison ‘for the foreseeable future’, as he would be likely to reveal his identity if released. A mere 18 months later it was reported that the Parole Board for England and Wales had approved the release of Venables, who was subsequently released from prison on 3rd September 2013.

2004 – The liner RMS Queen Mary 2, was named by Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of her construction in 2003 she was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built, and at 151,400 gross tons, she was also the largest.

2015 – Oldham Athletic abandoned a controversial attempt to sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans, claiming that a backlash from sponsors and death threats caused it to withdraw the offer.

2015 – 26 year old Charlotte Carpenter became Wales’ first female Fifa referee.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Biggest film of 1988: Rain Man (Comedy) earned ~ $173,000,000

“I think the universe is on my side. Heaven and Earth have finally aligned. Days are good and that’s the way it should be.” #songlyrics

You just don’t see criminals on TV with pantyhose over their heads anymore.

Brass doorknob germs will be self-disinfected within 7 hours due to the anti-microbial property of brass.

Actors are “on” a TV show but “in” a movie.

I’ve used it for 16 years and, despite its crazy technological advances, never once have I dared to hit the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on Google Search. All this time and I still don’t feel lucky.

The song, “Old Time Rock n Roll” by Bob Seger, has become that old time rock n roll.

If something lucky happens to you, you shouldn’t buy a lottery ticket. The chances of both happening on the same day is lower than winning the lottery itself.

Doc Brown named his dog “Einstein” because Doc broke all of Einstein’s rules and thought Einstein was an idiot.

The metal part on a pencil is called a “ferrule.”

If you got your mouth stuck in a mousetrap, it would then be pronounced “mouth trap.”

The Capital of Yemen is Sanaa

Birthday : quotes

I’m so nervous. I’ve always been nervous, ever since I was a kid. – Elvis Presley

For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk. – Stephen Hawking

Nothing but widespread suffering will produce any effect on Congress. – Nicholas Biddle

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. – Elvis Presley

You don’t have to be naked to look naked. – Gypsy Rose Lee

The colored folks have been singing it and playing it just like I’m doin’ now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them. – Elvis Presley

An ancient Chinese curse runs, “May you live in interesting times.” Since the fall of the Roman Empire, there has rarely been more interesting times than these. Whenever history becomes unstable and destinies hang in the balance, then magicians and messiahs appear everywhere. Our own civilization has moved into an epoch of permanent crisis and upheaval, and we are beset with a plague of wizards. They serve a historic purpose, for whenever a society undergoes radical change, alternative spiritualities proliferate, and from among these, a culture will select a new world view. – Peter J. Carroll

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