July 17th: 2022

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

1981 – The Humber Estuary Bridge was officially opened by the Queen. For 16 years after its construction it was the world’s longest single-span structure.
Celebrity : birthdays
David Hasselhoff, actor, 70; Angela Merkel, German chancellor, 68; Fern Britton, TV presenter, 65; Heather Langenkamp, actress, 58; Alex Winter, actor/director, 57; Darren Day, actor/singer, 54; Jason Clarke, actor, 53; Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer, 50; Carey Hart, freestyle motocross racer, 47; Konnie Huq (Brooker), TV presenter, 47; Luke Bryan, country artist, 46; Gino (Gennaro) D’Acampo, TV chef, 46; Natasha Hamilton, singer (Atomic Kitten) 40; Brooke Kinsella, actress, 39; Tom Fletcher, guitar/vocals/songwriter (McFly) 37; Billie Lourd, actress, 30; Benjamin Mendy, French footballer, 28; Victor Lindelof, Swedish footballer, 28.

What : day is it

July 17th is celebrated as World Emoji Day, National Tattoo Day and Yellow Pig Day.
This day : in history

1917 – World War 1: The British Royal Family, in a proclamation issued by George V, adopted the name of the House of Windsor in place of their German family name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha due to the anti-German sentiment at the time. 

1918 – The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, was sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55, with the loss of 5 lives.

1923 – The birth of John Cooper. He developed the British Motor Corporation Mini Cooper, adored by rally racers and ordinary drivers.

1960 – The Beatles began a three-month engagement at The Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, their first appearance outside Britain.

1964 – British speed pioneer Sir Donald Campbell set a new land speed world record of 403.10 mph in his car, Bluebird. In July 2014, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the achievement, unseen family video footage of Donald Campbell breaking both the land and water speed records in 1964 was restored.

1974 – An explosion in the Tower of London left one person dead and 41 injured. The incident happened without the coded warning typical of the IRA.

1981 – The Humber Estuary Bridge was officially opened by the Queen. For 16 years after its construction it was the world’s longest single-span structure.

1987 – Former Guinness director Thomas Ward was ordered to repay £5.2m to the brewing giants after being found guilty of illegal practices during the takeover of drinks company Distillers Group the previous year.

1995 – Robbie Williams left Take That, leaving them as a ‘fab four’. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles with Robbie in the group.

2000 – Tesco decided to revive imperial measures in its stores after shoppers’ pressure.

2001 – Michael Portillo was dropped from the Tory leadership contest after coming third in a final ballot of MPs.

2014 – Retired Det. Sgt. Jack Tasker, a former detective with Lancashire Police said that three investigations into Cyril Smith sex abuse allegations were stopped, claiming that senior officers ordered him to hand over notes and warned he would be “in serious trouble” if he continued the investigation. Smith was MP for Rochdale from October 1972 – April 1992. After his death in 2010 numerous allegations of child sexual abuse emerged (including many made during his lifetime), leading the police to believe that Smith was a serial sex offender.

2019 – The World Health Organization declares the DR Congo Ebola outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”. On the same day, Mexican drug lord Joachim El Chapo Guzman is sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1959, Mary Leakey discovered ancient skull remains in Tanzania, Africa? This was the discovery of a new species of human-like creatures, Paranthropus boisei.

The word “idea” has an unusually high syllable-to-letter ratio.

The Caspian Sea is actually the world’s largest lake.

Cleopatra lived closer in time to the founding of the internet than to the building of the pyramids.

What was Captain Hook’s name before he got the hook?

“Rope a dope” is a boxing technique where you allow your opponent to punch you heavily against the ropes, tiring them out. The ropes absorb most of the impact of the punches.

Violet Jessop was an early 20th-century stewardess/nurse who survived being on the Olympic, the Titanic, and the Britannic.

Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two actors to win an Oscar for playing the same character. The first played Vito Corleone in The Godfather; the second played Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

Roger Vadim – Real Name: Roger Vadim Plemiannikov

Birthday : quotes

“When you realize that life isn’t fair, you don’t act out, you don’t get overly wasted, you don’t get self-indulgent. You just move forward.” – David Hasselhoff

“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.” – Isaac Watts

“Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends.” – Art Linkletter

“Find your mark, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth.” – James Cagney

“I come from Nova Scotia, and I’d never seen a theater or been inside of a theater. When I was 17, my dad asked me what I wanted to do, and I said I thought I would like to be an actor. I didn’t have any idea what it was to be an actor. None. I’d wanted to be either an actor or a sculptor, which are both essentially the same thing. That’s how it all started for me.” – Donald Sutherland

“If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own.” – Diahann Carroll

“The problem with me is that nothing embarrasses me.” – David Hasselhoff

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