March 23rd / 2023

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

2016 – Ferrybridge, a coal-fired power station produced electricity for the last time after 50 years of use. It’s site close to the M62 and A1 made the cooling towers a landmark.
Celebrity birthdays
Chaka Khan (Yvette Stevens), singer, 70; Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympic rower, 61; Marti Pellow (Mark McLoughlin) singer (Wet Wet Wet), 57; Damon Albarn, singer-songwriter (Blur/Gorillaz) 55; Abe Laboriel, Jr, drummer (Paul McCartney) 52; Gail Porter, TV presenter, 52; Joe Calzaghe, boxer, 51; Keri Russell, actress, 47; Sir Chris Hoy, cyclist, 47; Michelle Monaghan, actress, 47; Perez Hiton (Mario Lavandeira), blogger/columnist, 45; Russell Howard, comedian, 43; Sir Mo Farah, athlete, 40; Princess Eugenie, 33.
What day is it
March 23rd is Chip and Dip Day, Puppy Day Near Miss Day, World Meteorology Day.
This day in history

1921 – The birth of Donald Malcolm Campbell, son of the former world land and water speed holder, Sir Malcolm. He was in awe of his father and was determined to carve his own name as a world speed record-breaker which he did, on numerous occasions. Donald Campbell is buried in the new parish churchyard at Coniston.

1929 – Dr. Roger Bannister, the first person in the world to run a mile in under four minutes was born. His world beating record time was 3 min 59.4 sec

1956 – Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone of the new Coventry cathedral. The new building was built next to the remains of the 14th-century cathedral that had been destroyed in the 2nd World War.

1966 – The first official meeting between the Catholic and Anglican churches for 400 years took place when Pope Paul VI and Dr. Ramsey, the Archbishop of Canterbury met in Rome.

1981 – Mike Hailwood, 9 times World Champion motor cyclist died (aged 40), along with his 9 year old daughter Michelle, following a motoring accident in Warwickshire.

1984 – Sarah Tisdall, the young British civil servant who tipped off the Guardian newspaper that Cruise missiles were on their way to Britain, was sent to jail for six months.

1985 – Ben Hardwick, Britain’s youngest liver transplant patient at just three years old, died in hospital. He inspired a national fund raising campaign.

1987 – More than 30 people were injured when a car bomb exploded at the UK Army headquarters in Rheindahlen, West Germany.

1991 – Prime Minister John Major issued his Citizens’ Charter. Failing public service providers would be forced to offer customers cash refunds or face government budget cuts.

2011 – Dame Elizabeth Taylor, one of the 20th century’s biggest film stars, died in Los Angeles at the age of 79.

2015 – 89 year old British D-Day landings veteran Ted Turner was presented with the Legion d’Honneur (France’s highest honour) at a ceremony at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea for his role in the Normandy invasion in the Second World War.

2016 – Ferrybridge, a coal-fired power station produced electricity for the last time after 50 years of use. It’s site close to the M62 and A1 made the cooling towers a landmark.

2020 – The prime minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the nation and told the public that they were only permitted to leave their homes for essential needs, in an attempt to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

2021 – A minute’s silence, held at midday, was part of a day of reflection to mark one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. One year on, the UK’s official death toll had risen from 364 to 126,172.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1998, the 70th Academy Awards took place? James Cameron’s iconic film “Titanic” stole the show and won 11 Academy Awards.

A group of Cranes is called a Sedge or Seige.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Billingsworth Cobblepots) should read out all the funniest variations on his name the internet has produced in the same style as the ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ videos.

The Capital of Norway is Oslo

Biggest film of 1963: Cleopatra (Drama).

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Jamaica has 120 rivers.

Brazil covers 50% of the South American continent.

Green Bell Peppers are unripe versions of Red Peppers.

The first sailing boats were built in Egypt.

Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.

Useless Pronunciation: P as in pterodactyl.

Australia was originally called New Holland.

In eastern Africa you can buy beer brewed from bananas.

The last place you look for something is always where you find it.

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