January 9th / 2023

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

2015 – Wing Commander Nikki Thomas became the first woman to command an RAF fast jet squadron, taking charge of the newly reformed No. 12 Squadron at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
Celebrity birthdays
Imelda Staunton, actress, 67; Eric Erlandson, guitarist (Hole) 60; Phil Hartnoll, musician, (Orbital) 59; Joely Richardson, actress, 58; Sarah Beeny, TV presenter, 51; Sergio Garcia (Fernández), golfer, 43; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 41; Paolo Nutini, singer-songwriter, 36; Nina Dobrev (Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva) actress, 34.
What day is it
January 9th is Aviation in America Day, International Choreographers Day, Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, National Apricot Day, National Nerd Word Day, Poetry at Work Day, Static Electricity Day.
This day in history

1854 – The first free lending Library opened, on Marylebone Road, London.

1888 – The London Financial Guide was launched. It became The Financial Times on 13th February.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, planted the British flag 112 miles from the South Pole, the furthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

1929 – Alexander Fleming successfully treated his assistant Stuart Craddick’s infection with a penicillin broth, at St Mary’s, Paddington.

1957 – Sir Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister of Britain due to ill health, after just one year and 279 days in the post. He was succeeded by Harold Macmillan.

1960 – Building begins on the Aswan Dam in Egypt.

1972 – The Queen Elizabeth, the liner that had been turned into a sailing university, caught fire and sank in Hong Kong harbour. She had been the world’s largest passenger liner for over thirty years.

1972 – British miners began their first strike since 1926, campaigning for improved pay and conditions. A season of power cuts followed.

1997 – Lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean, is found safe and well. On the same day, Frank Sinatra suffers a heart attack.

1998 – Northern Ireland Secretary Dr. Mo Mowlam made a controversial visit to the Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland to talk to Loyalist and Republican terrorists.

2007 – The iPhone is announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

2014 – The closure of Clerkenwell fire station, close to King’s Cross in London. Built in 1872, it was the UK’s oldest fire station.

2015 – A New York judge sentenced the extradited radical preacher Abu Hamza to life in prison for supporting terrorist organisations. The Muslim cleric rose to prominence for his fiery sermons at a north London mosque prior to the protracted extradition battle. The US justice department and Theresa May, the UK home secretary, hailed the sentence.

2015 – Wing Commander Nikki Thomas became the first woman to command an RAF fast jet squadron, taking charge of the newly reformed No. 12 Squadron at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

2016 – The Flying Scotsman, (engine no. 60103) and the first steam engine to be officially recorded at 100mph carried its first passengers, after a 10 year restoration that cost £4.2M. Test run services were carried out on the East Lancashire Railway, between Bury and Rawtenstall, for two successive weekends.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.

Useless Pronunciation: P as in pee

Axl Rose – Real Name: William Bailey

“Based on a true story” means “we made up all the best bits.”

Vinyl records don’t have grooves. They have one groove that spirals inward. They have a groove.

The price of a Model T went from $829 in 1909 to $260 in 1925. Henry Ford continually reduced its price as production efficiency increased. #capitalism

“It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.” – Brigitte Bardot

Minus 40 degrees Celsius is the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

In 1986, a volcanic lake in Cameroon, Africa burped a C02 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people in minutes.

Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.

It takes over eighteen hours to watch the entire Harry Potter series in one sitting.

Don’t use a song you like as your alarm in the morning. Eventually, you will come to hate it.

In Star Wars, Emperor Palpatine’s first name is Sheev.

Keanu Reeves’s first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian.

Brain teasers and random facts


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