March 1st / 2023

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

1954 – The biggest explosion ever made by man is witnessed in the Pacific when US scientists explode their second H-bomb at Bikini Atoll.
Celebrity birthdays
Dirk Benedict, actor, 78; Martin O’Neill, football manager, 71; Ron Howard, director, 69; Tim (James) Daly, actor, 67; Nik Kershaw, singer-songwriter, 65; Paul Hollywood, TV presenter, 57; Zack Snyder, director, 57; Dafydd Leuan, drummer (Super Furry Animals) 54; Javier Bardem, actor, 54; Jensen Ackles, actor/director, 45; Lupita Nyong’o, actress, 40, Kesha (Sebert), singer-songwriter, 36; Justin Bieber, singer, 29.
What day is it
March 1st is Baby Sleep Day, National Compliment Day, Peanut Butter Lovers Day, National Pig Day.
This day in history

1910 – The birth of David Niven, the Scottish-born film actor whose films included The Pink Panther and The Guns of Navarone.

1940 – English actress Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for her performance as Scarlett O’Hara in the film Gone with the Wind.

1946 – The British Government took control of the Bank of England, after 252 years.

1947 – The International Monetary Fund began financial operations. Its goal was to stabilize exchange rates and to assist the reconstruction of the world’s international payment system.

1950 – Klaus Fuchs, one of Britain’s top atomic scientists, was sentenced to 14 years for spying in the Soviet Union.

1954 – The biggest explosion ever made by man is witnessed in the Pacific when US scientists explode their second H-bomb at Bikini Atoll.

1959 – The birth of Nicholas (Nick) Griffin, British politician. He was chairman of the British National Party (BNP) and Member of the European Parliament for North West England until 2014.

1966 – James Callaghan, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, confirmed that Britain would change over to decimal currency in 1971.

1968 – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London.

1971 – Hundreds of thousands of workers across Britain took part in an unofficial day of protest against the government’s new Industrial Relations Bill.

1978 – Charlie Chaplin’s coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery.

1981 – Bobby Sands, IRA member, began his 65-day hunger strike in Maze Prison, County Down.

1994 – Fred West was charged with two further murders following more human remains found at his home. He had previously admitted murdering his 16 old daughter Heather.

2014 – Newcastle manager Alan Pardew headbutts Hull midfielder David Meyler during a touchline spat. He is fined £100,000 by his club, another £60,000 by the FA and banned from the touchline for seven games.

2016 – The death of Tony Warren (aged 79) , creator of Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running TV ‘soap opera’ in production.

2020 – The meteorological office announced that February had been the wettest in over 150 years. On a fourth consecutive weekend of terrible weather, Storm Jorge prompted weather warnings stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1941, the first issue of the Captain America comic book was published? This was printed by Timely Comics, which later became Marvel.

John D. Rockefeller was worth a modern equivalent of $336 billion.

The Atlantic Ocean is named after Atlas, the Greek Titan who carried the world on his shoulders.

Useless Pronunciation: K as in knife

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal) in Love Story, 1970

The biggest film of 1972: The Godfather (Drama).

Sarah Bernhardt – Real Name: Rosine Bernard

“Finally” is pronounced as Final – e but “finale” is pronounced as fi – nally. #thatcrazyenglishlanguage

Apple brags about releasing “their most advanced iPhone yet” every year as if they had any other option but to release something better than the previous model.

The Capital of Angola is Luanda

The highest point on the moon is 6,358 feet higher (1938 meters) than Mount Everest.

Shelley Winters – Real Name: Shirley Schrift

The reason Shaggy and Scooby aren’t fat from eating so much food is probably because they spend so much of their time running away from monsters.

“I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.” – Nick Fury

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