March 28th / 2023

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

2017 – A 12-sided £1 coin went into circulation. The new coins feature a string of security features including a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is seen from different angles.
Celebrity birthdays
John Evan (Evans) keyboards (Jethro Tull) 75; Reba McEntire, country artist, 69; Chris Barrie, actor, 63; Steve Bull, footballer, 58; Nasser Hussain, cricketer, 55; Tim Lovejoy, broadcaster, 55; Vince Vaughn, actor, 53; Nick Frost, actor/writer, 51; Scott Mills, Radio 1 DJ, 49; Dave Keuning, guitarist (The Killers) 47; Julia Stiles, actress, 42; Nikki Sanderson, actress, 39; Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) singer-songwriter, 37; Lacey Turner, actress, 35.
What day is it
March 28th is Black Forest Cake Day, Respect Your Cat Day, Something On A Stick Day.
This day in history

1866 – The birth of Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer nicknamed ‘The Little Demon’. When the Football League implemented a maximum wage of £4 per week for professional football players and full-time players like Ross could earn up to £10 a week, the prospect of a reduced wage was a serious threat to their livelihood. In order to curb this threat, Ross and other top players of the time formed the Association Footballers’ Union.

1913 – The first Morris Oxford car left the converted Military Academy at Cowley, Oxfordshire. It was William Morris’s first factory.

1917 – The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded. They were Britain’s first official service women.

1921 – Dirk Bogarde, English actor and author was born.

1941 – English novelist Virginia Woolf, suffering from depression, filled her overcoat pocket with stones and walked into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex and drowned herself. Her body was not found until 18th April.

1942 – British commandos destroyed the U-boat base at St Nazaire. The destroyer Campbeltown rammed the dock gates at 20 knots with five tons of explosives on board. A German ship trying to cut off the British commandos as they made their getaway in fast launches was sunk, in error, by German guns.

1945 – Germany dropped its last V2 bomb on Britain.

1964 – Pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, began transmitting from a ship in the North Sea. Simon Dee, who later became the first ‘pirate DJ’ to join the BBC was the first voice to be heard on Radio Caroline.

1979 – Prime Minister James Callaghan lost a parliamentary vote of confidence by a minority of one, forcing him to call an early election.

1991 – A jury returned a verdict of accidental death at the end of the inquest into the Sheffield Hillsborough disaster in which 96 football fans died. The 90-day inquest was the longest in British history and recommended extra security measures at football stadiums. On 19th December 2012 the original accidental death verdict was overturned, paving the way for a new investigation. On 27th March 2014 the police watchdog identified 13 ‘suspects’ (a mixture of retired and serving officers) at the centre of the probe into the Hillsborough investigation, with a fresh inquest into the 96 deaths, which began in Warrington on Monday, 31st March 2014.

2004 – The death of Sir Peter Ustinov, English actor, writer, dramatist, filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter!

2014 – Beryl Walker, 88, was named as the oldest paper girl in the world by Guinness World Records. “Beryl has been doing the round for 35 years, gets up at 6am every morning and hops on her bike ‘Hercules’ to deliver papers to homes in Gloucester. She works six days a week and cycles over eight miles a day.

2017 – A 12-sided £1 coin went into circulation. The new coins feature a string of security features including a hologram that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is seen from different angles.

2019 – The European Union Parliament declared single-use plastics were to be banned by 2021.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1891, the world’s first weightlifting championship took place? The first World Champion was Edward L. Levy from England.

Paul Schrader wrote “Taxi Driver” in five days.

“Nothing is so common as the desire to be remarkable.” – William Shakespeare

The original Coca Cola was green in colour.

“James Bond” was named after an American ornithologist of the same name.

Oscar Hammerstein II is the only person named Oscar to win an Oscar.

Patsy Kline – Real Name: Virginia Hensley

They have to give out the Oscar every year, even if no one really deserves it.

Worcestershire Sauce is made, in part, from 18-month-old fermented anchovies.

The first KFC was not in Kentucky, but in Salt Lake City.

In Japan, radiation creates monsters (Godzilla) and in America radiation creates superheroes.

Somebody told me to be the change I want to see in the world. Now I’m coins of various denominations worth a total of 8 drachmas and 47 cents.

Four of the elements in the Periodic Table named after Ytterby, a village in Sweden. They are Yttrium, Terbium, Erbium, and Ytterbium.

Bubbles from a bubble bath thermally insulate the surface of the water, keeping the bath warm for a longer period of time.

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.” – Elwood Blues #moviequotes

The Capital of Turkmenistan is Ashgabat

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