March 16th: 2022

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

2002 – The game between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United (dubbed the battle of Bramhall Lane) is abandoned when the Blades are reduced to six men through sendings off and injuries.
Celebrity : birthdays
Jimmy Nail (Bradford), actor/singer, 68; Nancy Wilson, guitarist/songwriter (Heart), 68; Flavor Flav (William Drayton), rapper (Public Enemy) 63; Jenny Eclair (Hargreaves) comedian, 62; Patty Griffin, singer, 58; Alan Tudyk, actor, 51; Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) singer, 46; Alexandra Daddario, actress, 36; Theo Walcott, footballer, 33; Wolfgang Van Halen, bassist (Van Halen) 31; Dominic Calvert-Lewin, footballer, 25.

What : day is it

Artichoke Hearts Day, Everything You Do is Right Day, Freedom of Information Day, Panda Day.
This day : in history

1774 – The birth of Matthew Flinders, English explorer who circumnavigated Australia. The Flinders River in Queensland and the Flinders Range in South Australia are named after him. 

1935 – The first driving test pass slip was presented to Mr. R. Beene of Kensington, a pupil of the British School of Motoring. Tests were introduced on a voluntary basis and became compulsory in June.

1940 – World War II: James Isbister became the first person killed in a German bombing raid; on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.

1942 – The first German V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off but eventually over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the Germans against Allied targets during the war, mostly London and later Antwerp. The attacks resulted in the death of an estimated 7,000+ military personnel and civilians, whilst 12,000 forced labourers were killed producing the weapons.

1964 – The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the US with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’

1971 – The British heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper announced his retirement after being defeated by Joe Bugner.

1973 – Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Bridge. The old one was sold to an American oil tycoon for £1m and transported to the United States.

1976 – Harold Wilson, Prime Minister for almost eight years, and leader of the Labour Party for 13 years, resigned. He insisted that there were no hidden reasons for his resignation although it was suggested that he might already have been aware of the first stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, which was to cause both his formerly excellent memory and his powers of concentration to fail dramatically.

1988 – A gunman killed 3 mourners and injured at least 50 who had been attending a funeral for IRA members shot dead in Gibraltar.

1993 – Britain’s Chancellor, Norman Lamont, announced the imposition of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic fuel.

1996 – Mike Tyson defeats Frank Bruno in Round 3 for the world heavyweight title. On the same day, England beats Ireland, 28-15 at Twickenham for a second consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown.

1998 – Sir George Martin (producer of The Beatles in the 1960s and 70s) announced his retirement, aged 73.

2001 – According to a health survey, 16th March 2001 was the only day between 1993 and 2002 when nobody in the United Kingdom killed themselves.

2002 – The game between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United (dubbed the battle of Bramhall Lane) is abandoned when the Blades are reduced to six men through sendings off and injuries.

2013 – Wales routs England by a record 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain the Six Nation Rugby Championship.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

US President #5 James Monroe (1817-1825) Remembered for the Monroe Doctrine stating that Europe should stay out of America’s affairs and that the U.S. would remain neutral in European wars.

The fear of the number 666 has a name: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

The human brain can compute 38 thousand trillion operations per second, which is 413 times more than the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

The 45, the 8-track, the cassette, the lazer disc, the floppy disk, the VHS, the video store and the CD have all have died during my lifetime.

The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs in Jurassic Park were a mix of whale and donkey sounds.

There is a whole generation that doesn’t know that Pirates of the Caribbean was a Disneyland ride decades before it was ever a movie.

The Capital of Uganda is Kampala.

The FDA allows five rodent hairs in every 18oz jar of peanut butter, while frozen berries can contain up to four larvae or 10 whole insects per 500g. #regulations

Red Wine gives most people a worse hangover than white wine.

Sid Vicious – Real Name: John Ritchie.

When we’re old, we will talk about old websites like how our parents talk about places that used to exist in their town.

Mary Westmacott – Real Name: Agatha Christie.

Grisel Torresola is the only member of the Secret Service who died protecting the US President (Truman).

Birthday : quotes

“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.” – Henny Youngman

“You jump on a bike and start peddling. You fall down and you get up again. I’ve always been a ‘learn by doing’ kind of guy.” – Judah Friedlander

“I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.” – Jerry Lewis

“Respect other people regardless of the level they are at… or the level you are at. When you hand out respect, you get it back.” – Erik Estrada

“As a child, I loved fantasy books, I loved Harry Potter and the idea that there is something ‘out there’ is inspiring to kids and inspiring to me. It’s exciting and I think people can relate to it. Even if things are difficult or bad for you, the idea that there is something special within you is positive and true.” – Alexandra Daddario

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