July 22nd: 2022

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

1999 – The first Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show in the North of England was held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
Celebrity : birthdays
Danny Glover, actor/director, 76; Don Henley, singer/songwriter/drummer (The Eagles) 75; Lasse Virén, athlete, 73; Al Di Meola, guitarist, 68; Willem (William) Dafoe, actor 67; Steve Albini, record producer/musician, 60; David Spade, actor/comedian, 58; John Leguizamo, actor/screenwriter/playwright, 58; Bonnie Langford, actress, 58; Rhys Ifans, actor, 55; Stephen Mangan, actor, 50; Rufus Wainwright, singer-songwriter, 49; AJ (Andrea) Cook, actress, 44; Dirk Kuyt, footballer, 42; Stewart Downing, footballer, 38; Selena Gomez, singer/actress, 30; Prince George of Cambridge, 9.

What : day is it

July 22nd is also known as Mango Day as well as Hammock Day and National Ratcatcher’s Day (Pied Piper of Hamelin).

This day : in history

1946 – More than a year after the end of World War II, bread was rationed in Britain. The shortage was blamed on a poor harvest and drought.

1972 – Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.

1986 – MPs voted to abolish corporal punishment in state schools.

1991 – British prime minister John Major unveiled the government’s Citizen’s Charter aimed at improving public services.

1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales was among 3,000 people at a Mass in Milan in memory of murdered Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

1999 – The first Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show in the North of England was held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

2005 – Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was mistaken for a terrorist suspect and was shot dead at Stockwell Tube station in south London as the hunt was intensified for those responsible for the London bombings on the 7th and 21st July.

2007 – Torrential rain swept across large parts of the UK at the weekend. Hull was under water, but the flooding spread around the UK with Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire being some of the counties worst affected.

2010 – BNP leader Nick Griffin was denied entry to a Buckingham Palace garden party over claims he ‘overtly’ used his invitation for political purposes.

2010 – A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

2012 – Bradley Wiggins, aged 32, became the first British cylist to win the Tour de France. He finished with a winning margin of 3 minutes and 21 seconds.

2013 – The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy (George Alexander Louis). After his grandfather, Prince Charles and his father Prince William, he is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

2014 – A National Audit Office report found that the Home Office did not know if more than 175,000 people who had no right to be in the UK had left or not. All had been refused temporary or permanent migration but their whereabouts were not known.

2018 – East Fife 4 Forfar 5 was the ultimate football tongue-twister for anyone trying to read out the football results. It became a long standing joke between comedian Eric Morecambe and James Alexander Gordon, voice of the classified football results for 40 years. On Sunday, 22nd July 2018 that result finally happened for the first time in the fixture’s history when the Scottish League Cup Group B tie between the sides went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, leading to East Fife 4 Forfar 5.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2016, Funai Electric announced the world’s last VCR would be made within the month? Demand for VCRs was declining and parts were getting harder to source.

The official world record for the furthest thrown bullseye in darts is only 16 feet 7 inches.

“We’re both wearing sailor hats. Then we get into a jacuzzi filled with Pepto-Bismol, I clip your toenails, and you shave my buttocks.” – Harold Grisham #moviequotes

The Capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar.

About 25% of the film Jaws was shot from water level so audiences could better relate to treading water.

Officially, Greenland is part of North America.

TV Quotes… “Schwing!” (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth) on Saturday Night Live.

If the lawmakers make a compromise, the place where it will be felt most is the taxpayer’s pocket and the compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.

The Hoover Dam is expected to last 10,000 years

In the Transformers canon, there is a Middle-Eastern country called the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya. Its capital is Carbombya City.

Clarke’s Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea – in Science, Politics, Art or Whatever – evokes three stages of reaction.

Birthday : quotes

“When we learn to give thanks, we are learning to concentrate not on the bad things, but on the good things in our lives.” – Amy Vanderbilt

“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper

“Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? – Albert Brooks

“Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we?” – Rose Kennedy

“Be the designer of your own destiny.” – Oscar de la Renta

“Being yourself is all it takes. If you want to impress someone don’t be someone else just be yourself.” – Selena Gomez

“Have you ever met a successful person who wasn’t restless- who was satisfied with where he or she was in life? They want new challenges. They want to get up and go… and that’s one of the reasons they’re successful.” – Alex Trebek

“I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can.” – Rufus Wainwright

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