July 9th: 2022

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

1984 – A massive fire, caused by a lightning strike, devastated large parts of York Minster causing an estimated £1m damage.
Celebrity : birthdays
Tom Hanks, actor/film-maker, 66; Paul Merton, comedian, 65; Kelly McGillis, actress, 65; Tim Kring, screenwriter, 65; Jim Kerr, singer-songwriter (Simple Minds) 63; Marc Almond, singer -songwriter (Soft Cell) 63; Courtney Love, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Hole) 58; Gianluca Vialli, footballer/manager, 58; Paolo Di Canio, footballer, 54; Isaac Brock, singer/guitarist (Modest Mouse) 47; Jack White, (John Gillis), singer-songwriter/guitarist (The White Stripes/Raconreurs) 47; Fred Savage, child actor/director, 46; Ashley Young, footballer, 37.

What : day is it

July 9th is officially National Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelet Day and International Town Criers Day.
This day : in history

1984 – A fire devastates large parts of York Minster.

1986 – New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older.

1987 – In the US, Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence.

1989 – New Edition’s production manager was charged with criminal homicide after allegedly shooting a support act’s security man after they ran over their stage time.

1990 – New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in the third Test v England at Edgbaston to end his test career with 431 wickets.

1991 – South Africa is readmitted to the Olympics.

2000 – Police fire tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that kills 12 people in Harare.

2001 – The Office by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant premieres on BBC 2.

2002 – Death of actor Rod Steiger, aged 77.

2006 – Italy beats France on penalties to win the FIFA World Cup in Germany.

2008 – A teenager, who thought movement in her underwear was caused by her vibrating mobile phone found a bat curled up asleep in her bra. Abbie Hawkins, aged 19, had been wearing the bra for five hours when she plucked up the courage to investigate.

2011 – Robert Plant joined three local musicians at a fundraising charity show in Monmouth Wales, where tickets cost £3. On the same day, South Sudan gains independence from Sudan.

2013 – Singer Lauryn Hill began a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for tax evasion. On the same day, Junior Bradshaw who was involved in a plot to rob and murder soul singer Joss Stone was jailed for 18 years.

2015 – Phil Rudd, the drummer with AC/DC was sentenced in New Zealand to eight months house detention for drug possession and making threats to kill.

2017 – Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to re-join his first club, Everton. On the same day, Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul.

2018 – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns over prime minister Theresa May’s softer stance on Brexit. He is succeeded by Jeremy Hunt. On the same day, former Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, dies aged 99.

2019 – Northern Ireland MPs vote to extend same-sex marriage and make abortion legal to bring it in line with rest of UK. ON the same day, actor Rip Torn dies aged 88.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1988, Donald Trump became Mike Tyson’s advisor? He was to advise on both business and boxing, though he hired an expert to assist with the latter.

The military of San Marino still has an active crossbow corps that has existed uninterrupted since 1295.

Frasier and Darth Vader’s accents are ‘Mid-Atlantic’ – a dialect of American English created by aristocrats in the early 20th century.

The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

“I don’t care if it hurts, I wanna have control. I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul.” #songlyrics

The word “checkmate” derives from the Persian phrase “Shah Met” which means “the King is Dead.”

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was named the “American Pie.”

The North Country Trail starts in upstate New York and ends in North Dakota and is 4,600 miles long.

Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

Birthday : quotes

“The safe and cultural method of eating crackers in bed is to wear a diver’s suit instead of pajamas.” – Basil Wolverton

“There’s no such thing as ‘I can’t do it’.” – Marc Almond

“Writing isn’t a source of pain. It’s psychic chemotherapy. It reduces your psychological tumors and relieves your pain.” – Dean Koontz

“I don’t know how often I can discuss one incident in my entire life, but I’ll continue to do that.” – O.J. Simpson

“I’ve discreetly dated a lot of people – I once dated a billionaire, mostly because it was fun to say, “I’m dating a billionaire,” but we did not have the same taste in music, and it was doomed.” – Courtney Love

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” – Donald Rumsfeld

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