July 7th: 2022

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

2013 – Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
Celebrity : birthdays
Tony Jacklin, golfer, 78; Joe Spano, actor, 76; Rob Townsend, drummer (Family) 75; Kathy Reichs, crime writer/forensic anthropologist, 74; Blondie Chaplin, singer (The Beach Boys) 71; Lynval Golding, guitarist (The Specials/Fun Boy Three) 69; Vonda Shepard, singer, 59; Jeremy Kyle, broadcaster, 57; Jim Gaffigan, comedian/actor, 56; Jorja Fox, actress, 54; Kristen Vangsness, actress/writer, 50; Fyfe Dangerfield, singer-songwriter (Guillemots) 42; Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner, Jr.) guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold) 41; Jack Whitehall, comedian, 34; Eve Hewson, actress, 31; Millie Turner, footballer, 26.

What : day is it

July 7th is known as Global Forgiveness Day, World Chocolate Day, Global Forgiveness Day and Tell The Truth Day.
This day : in history

1967 – England’s round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. For the ceremony, the Queen used a sword that had originally belonged to Sir Francis Drake.

1981 – The Church of England decided that divorcees would be allowed to re-marry in a church ceremony.

1984 – Georgina Clark became the first woman to umpire a Wimbledon final when she presided over the Martina Navratilova victory against Chris Evert.

1985 – German tennis player Boris Becker, an unseeded 17 year old, became the youngest player to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon.

1990 – England goalkeeper Peter Shilton played the last of his 125 games for his country in the World Cup third-place play-off against Italy in Bari.

2005 – A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network killed 52 people and injured 700 others. It was the largest and deadliest terrorist attack in London’s history.

2010 – Marksmen searched empty buildings, woods and fields in and around the town of Rothbury in Northumberland in the hunt for suspected gunman Raoul Moat, wanted over the shooting of three people the previous weekend. The manhunt lasted almost seven days, and was the largest in modern British history. After a standoff with the police, Moat shot himself on 10th July.

2012 – Jonathan Marray became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title for 76 years after victory with wildcard partner Frederik Nielsen. The couple only teamed up three events previously, but beat fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada appeared in court in Jordan after being deported from Britain. He was first arrested over alleged terror connections in 2001 and was rearrested in 2005, when attempts to deport him began. In September 2014 he was released from prison after being found not guilty of terrorism offences.

2013 – Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion with a victory over world number one Novak Djokovic. The Scot won 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4.

2014 – A precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins were discovered in a cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire, where it had lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years. Experts said that it was the first time that coins from the two separate civilisations had been found buried together.

2014 – Five pupils from Nottingham’s Djanogly City Academy staged an unsuccessful ‘Great Escape’ breakout from school, by trying to tunnel under a 12ft (3.6m) high security fence with cutlery. (Pupils had been banned from leaving the school at lunchtime to ensure that they stayed safe and to improve attendance).

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam in Nevada? It took 5 years to build and over 100 workers died during its construction.

The Capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.

William Durant, the founder of General Motors, went bankrupt during the great depression and spent his last years managing a bowling alley.

Nutella was invented during WWII when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

Dragons don’t breathe fire, they blow it. #science

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” – Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, 1950

A group of Hornets is called a Nest or Bike.

The ‘@’ sign is called ‘crazy A’ in Bosnian, ‘snail’ in Italian, ‘worm’ in Hungarian, ‘monkey tail’ in Dutch, and ‘cinnamon roll’ in Swedish.

No word in the English language rhymes with toilet.

A group of biological Cells working together is a Tissue.

I bet selfies wouldn’t have taken off if we had just named them lonelies right off the bat.

Birthday : quotes

“Let’s make my birthday, July the 7th at noon, Peace and Love Day. Everybody go, ‘Peace and love.’ In the office, on the bus, wherever. It’s still peace and love for me, I’m a product of the 60s and it was a very influential period in my life, and you know, my head was turned around a bit, my eyes were opened as it were. In fact, I even have it on my arm, ‘Peace and love’. I see nothing wrong with peace and love.” – Ringo Starr

“The Pearly Gates. Am I the only one who finds it odd that Heaven has gates? What kind of neighborhood is Heaven in?” – Jim Gaffigan

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

“If you fight back and get hit, it hurts a little while; if you don’t fight back it hurts forever.” – Joel Siegel

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein