March 29th / 2023

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

1998 – Europe’s longest bridge officially opened in Lisbon, Portugal. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is an impressive 7.6 miles (12.3 km) long.
Celebrity birthdays
John Major, former prime minister, 80; John Suchet, journalist, 79; Bobby Kimball, singer (Toto) 76; Marina Sirtis, actress, 68; Brendan Gleeson, actress, 67; Christopher Lambert, actor, 66; Perry Farrell, singer (Jane’s Addiction) 64; Annabella Sciorra, actress, 63; Elle MacPherson, former supermodel, 59; Lucy Lawless, actress, 55; Priti Patel, Home Secretary, 51; Marc Overmars, former footballer, 50; Jennifer Capriati, former tennis player, 47; PJ Morton, musician (Maroon 5) 42; Ed Skrein, actor, 41; N’Golo Kanté, footballer, 33; Teemu Pukki, footballer, 33.
What day is it
March 29th is Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, Smoke and Mirrors Day, Vietnam War Veteran’s Day.
This day in history

1920 – Sir William Robertson, who enlisted in 1877, became a field marshal in the British Army, the first man to rise to this rank from private.

1927 – Sir Henry Segrave beat Malcolm Campbell’s land speed record in his ‘Mystery’ car (a 1,000 hp Sunbeam with a World War I aircraft engine) on the Daytona Beach, clocking 203.79 mph. He became the first driver to exceed 200 mph.

1940 – The Bank of England introduced thin metal strips into banknotes as an anti-forgery device.

1942 – World War II and the bombing of Lübeck. It was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.

1943 – John Major, former British Prime Minister, was born.

1967 – The Torrey Canyon oil tanker ‘refused’ to sink, despite more than a day of heavy bombing. Tens of thousands of tons of oil formed a slick 35 miles long and up to 20 miles wide around the area.

1981: The first London Marathon is won by American Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen, who cross the finish line hand in hand after two hours, 11 minutes and 48 seconds.

1988 – Lloyd Honeyghan became the first British boxer to regain a world title since Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, 71 years previously. Honeyghan knocked out Jorgé Vaca of Mexico in the third round at the Wembley Arena, London.~

1998 – Europe’s longest bridge officially opened in Lisbon, Portugal. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is an impressive 7.6 miles (12.3 km) long! Construction began in February 1995; the bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World’s Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India.

1999 – The case of James Hanratty was sent back to the Court of Appeal, 37 years after he was hanged for murder. New DNA evidence emerged and a police inquiry highlighted flaws in the original investigation.

2004 – The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

2014 – Same sex weddings in England and Wales became legal, several months earlier than had been planned.

2015 – A memorial to the murdered soldier Lee Rigby was opened at Middleton Memorial Gardens in Greater Manchester. The 25 year old fusilier was killed outside Woolwich Barracks in London on 22nd May 2013 by Islamist extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

2017 – George Michael’s funeral took place, three months after his sudden death at the age of 53. On the same day, Theresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit.

2019 – Billie Eilish released her first-ever album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” At the 2020 Grammy Awards, it won Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Its best-selling single, “Bad Guy,” won Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1848, Niagara Falls waterfall stopped flowing due to an ice jam? This stoppage occurred for approximately 30 to 40 hours.

Fist bumps have been scientifically proven to be a safer and more hygienic greeting than handshakes and high-fives.

Roulette Odds: numbers 19 to 36: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37%

The biggest film of 1961: 101 Dalmatians (Action/Adventure)

You know… I’ll bet those golden tickets make the chocolate taste terrible.” – Charlie Bucket #moviequotes

In 100 years, people will probably still use the term ‘MacGyver it’ for using ingenuity in order to fix a problem using only the tools at hand, but they will have no idea where the term comes from.

Bok’s Law: If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.

In the original “Dracula” movie from 1931, Dracula and Van Helsing are played by Bela Lugosi and Edward Van Sloan. So their names are…”Bela” and “Edward”.

The Capital of Turkey is Ankara

A healthy cat’s normal body temperature is between 100°F (37.7°C) and 102.5°F (39.1°C).

Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of prop glasses by the end of the Harry Potter series.

People say taking selfies nowadays shows we are the vainest generation, but back in the day, people posed for days for their selfies to be painted.

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