March 15th / 2023

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

1909 – Selfridges store (named after its owner Harry Gordon Selfridge) was opened in London’s Oxford Street.
Celebrity birthdays
Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart), musician/producer/songwriter, 79; Howard Devoto (Trafford), singer-songwriter (Magazine/The Buzzcocks) 71; Dee Snider, DJ/singer (Twisted Sister) 67; Renny Harlin, director, 64; Terence Trent D’arby (Sananda Maitreya) singer-songwriter, 61; Bret Michaels, singer (Poison) 60; Kim Raver, actress, 54; Penny Lancaster (Stewart), photographer/TV presenter, 52; Mark Hoppus, bassist (Blink 182), 51; (William Adams), producer/songwriter, 48; Eva Longoria, actress, 48; Jai Courtney, actor, 37; Paul Pogba, footballer, 30.
What day is it
March 15th is Everything You Think is Wrong Day, The Ides of March, Pears Helene Day.
This day in history

1909 – Selfridges store (named after its owner Harry Gordon Selfridge) was opened in London’s Oxford Street. In September 1997 they opened their first store outside London when the Trafford Centre (Manchester) opened.

1949 – Clothes rationing, which had been introduced during the 2nd World War, was ended.

1962 – The Liberals won the seat of Orpington from the Conservatives in their first by-election victory for four years.

1964 – Film stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married in Montreal. They later divorced then remarried.

1974 – The architect John Poulson was jailed for five years for corruption. He was found guilty of bribing public figures to win contracts.

1976 – The driver of a London Underground train was shot dead as he chased a gunman after a bomb exploded on the train.

1983 – A letter bomb sent to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was defused by explosives experts.

1990 – Iraq hanged British journalist Farzad Bazoft, a freelance reporter for The Observer, for alleged spying for Israel while working in Iraq. Immediately after the execution, Britain recalled her ambassador to Iraq and all ministerial visits were cancelled. Bazoft’s story contributed to international isolation of Saddam’s Hussein’s regime and just months after the incident, on 2nd August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, sparking the first Gulf War.

2002 – Yoko Ono unveils a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

2003 – The death of Dame Thora Hird, British actress. She is best remembered for her role of almost two decades in Last of the Summer Wine but played many other roles in her long career. She won a BAFTA Best Actress award for her roles in two of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues and a BAFTA for Best Actress in Lost for Words.

2014 – The death of TV Cook Clarissa Dickson Wright, at the age of 66. Christened Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright, she became famous as one half of ‘The Two Fat Ladies’. Wright and the late Jennifer Paterson travelled the country on a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle and sidecar and would prepare meals for members of the public. A former barrister, Clarissa Dickson Wright was, until 2013 the youngest woman ever to be called to the Bar, passing her exams aged 21.

2019 – George Michael’s art collection sells at auction raising more than £11 million for charity.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Today in 1972, “The Godfather”, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino was released.

Useless Pronunciation: I as in if.

A cats urine glows under a blacklight.

The Dad From Gremlins, Hoyt Axton, Wrote the Song “Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a bullfrog)” covered by 3 Dog Night.

Goldilocks is real fussy for someone who wanders into stranger’s houses and eats their breakfast.

“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” – George Taylor (Charlton Heston) #moviequotes

Whether you say the word “vegetables” with 3 or 4 syllables is greatly dependent on whether you happen to be Cookie Monster.

When writing an angry email, save it as a draft then get up to clear your head and cool off before hitting send. #advice

“Jane, you ignorant slut” – Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live)

A group of Nightingales is called a Watch.

The only difference between intuition and paranoia is whether you’re right or wrong.

The United States officially adopted the metric system in 1975.

“Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose” – Queen Marie Antoinette (as she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner) #LastWords

A group of Chickens is called a Brood or Peep. I think it should be called a “cluck”.

2015 – Archaeologists began excavating up to 3,000 skeletons from a burial ground under London’s Liverpool Street station.

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