March 24th: 2022

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

2002 – Halle Berry becomes the first woman of colour to win the best actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball at the Academy Awards.
Celebrity : birthdays
Lord Alan Sugar, entrepreneur/TV personality, 75; Nick Lowe, singer-songwriter/producer, 73; Dougie Thompson, bassist (Supertramp) 71; Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer, 71; Louie Anderson, comedian, 69; Grayson Perry, artist, 62; Nena (Gabriele Kerner), singer-songwriter, 62; Kelly LeBrock, actress, 62; Lara Flynn Boyle, actress, 52; Sharon Corr, violinist/vocalist (The Corrs), 52; Jim Parsons, actor, 49; Alyson Hannigan, actress, 48; Jessica Chastain, actress, 44; Lake Bell, actress, 43; Graeme Swan, cricketer, 43; Finn (Terence) Jones, actor, 34.

What : day is it

Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, Cocktail Day, World Tuberculosis Day.
This day : in history

1877 – The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames ended in a dead heat. Legend in Oxford has it that the judge, ‘Honest John’ Phelps, was asleep under a bush when the race finished, leading him to announce the result as a ‘dead heat to Oxford by four feet’. 

1878 – The British frigate HMS Eurydice sank off the Isle of Wight, close to Ventnor, during a heavy snow storm. All but two of the 319 crew and trainees were killed. It was one of Britain’s worst peace-time naval disasters. The ship’s bell is preserved in St. Paul’s Church, Gatten, Shanklin.

1944 – World War II: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners began breaking out of Stalag Luft III.

1946 – Broadcaster Alastair Cooke read his first ‘Letter from America’ on BBC Radio. His weekly broadcasts continued for more than 50 years.

1951 – The Oxford boat sank during the University boat race. Cambridge won the rematch two days later.

1953 – Her Majesty, Queen Mary, (Queen Consort to King George V) died peacefully in her sleep after a long illness.

1964 – Stansted was chosen as the site of London’s third major airport.

1970 – Boxer Henry Cooper retained his heavyweight title beating challenger Jack Bodell.

1976 – The death of British Field Marshal Montgomery, one of the outstanding Allied commanders in World War II.

1978 – The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since 16th March, split in two, spilling the last of her 1.6 million barrels of oil.

1981 – The ‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs was rescued by Barbados police following his kidnapping.

1992 – Punch, Britain’s oldest satirical magazine dating back almost 151 years, announced that it would cease publication because of financial losses.

1994 – The new Jewel House, at the Tower of London, was opened by the Queen.

1999 – In the Kosovo war, NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country. On the same day, 39 people die when a transport truck carrying flour and margarine catches fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

2002 – Halle Berry becomes the first woman of colour to win the best actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball at the Academy Awards.

2015 – UK inflation fell to zero for the first time on record. A deep oil price slump and a fierce price war being fought out by supermarkets brought fuel prices down by 16.6% over the year and cut food prices by 3.4%.

2018 – Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, resulting in nfamous ball tampering scandal.

2020 – Day one of the government ‘lockdown’ of Britain to try and curb the coronavirus epidemic. Yesterday evening’s announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered people to stay at home, except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and for travelling to and from essential work for an initial period of three weeks. Shops selling non-essential goods were told to shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together were prohibited. The public were warned that if they did not follow the rules, police would have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.

I haven’t been upset about someone not rewinding a VHS tape in two decades. #bekindrewind

When Voldemort died, the world lost a thinker whose treatises on the multiplicity of personal identity will remain forever unpublished.

A group of Onions is called a Rope.

Baby Carrots are not naturally mini-sized carrots… they are just cut down to size from imperfect, normal-sized carrots.

Chicago O’ Hare airport has the ORD shortcode because it was originally called Orchard Field and no one bothered to change it when it was renamed.

Mother Theresa – Real Name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Australia is the only continent with more venomous snakes than there are non-venomous ones.

“Are the daughter’s miseries the mother’s triumphs?” – Eva in Autumn Sonata #moviequotes

Nicolas Cage – Real Name: Nicolas Coppola

Vince & Larry are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test dummies.

For a detective, a surprise party is the ultimate insult.

A group of Cows is called a Kine.

The shortest player in NBA was Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues (born January 9, 1965). He stood at 5’3″ and played for a total of 14 seasons.

Joseph Stalin’s real name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He decided to change his name to Stalin in 1902, meaning “steel” in Russian, which he believed would make him appear tough.

A court ruled that the TV show Trapper John M.D. is a spinoff of the movie M*A*S*H, not the TV show, due to a lawsuit over royalties.

Birthday : quotes

“There are many more important things in life than fashion. But fashion, to me, is part of pop culture. And I’m an art collector. I’m obsessed with art and pop culture. And I say that there is fame, fashion, art, music, and entertainment, including celebrity, that really moves the needle in society.” – Tommy Hilfiger

“The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure.” – Peyton Manning

“You have to not worry or doubt or punish yourself. All the worry, doubt, and punishment will not add one second to your life, you know?” – Louie Anderson

“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger

“Some say I do it this way, others say I do it that way, but I say I do it the other way.” – Harry Houdini

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