March 2nd / 2023

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

2001 – Joanne Kathleen Rowling (J. K. Rowling), author of Harry Potter, received an OBE from HRH Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Celebrity birthdays
Harry Redknapp, football manager, 76; Larry Carlton, guitarist, 75; Jon Bon Jovi (Bonjiovi), singer-songwriter, 61; Daniel Craig, actor, 55; Alexander Armstrong, TV presenter/comedian, 53; Mauricio Pochettino, football manager, 51; Chris Martin, singer-songwriter/musician (Coldplay), 46; Rebel Wilson, actress, 43; Bryce Dallas Howard, actress, 42; Elizabeth Jagger, model, 39; Luke Pritchard, singer/guitarist (The Kooks) 38; James Arthur, singer-songwriter, 35; Nathalie Emmanuel, actress, 34.
What day is it
March 2nd is Banana Cream Pie Day, Dr Seuss’s Birthday, Old Stuff Day.
This day in history

1882 – An unsuccessful attempt was made by Scotsman Roderick Maclean to assassinate Queen Victoria. As she was leaving Windsor railway station he stepped forward from the cheering crowd, lifted a revolver and fired into her carriage. Before a second shot could be fired, he was overpowered by the crowd and arrested by Superintendent Hayes. Remaining calm, the Queen and her companions rode on to Windsor Castle.

1918 – The birth in Kenmare, Ireland, of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, horse racing commentator for the BBC for fifty years, from 1947 to 1997.

1930 – David Herbert Lawrence (known as D.H. Lawrence), novelist and poet, died from tuberculosis in Vence – France at the age of 44. His books included Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Women in Love and Sons and Lovers.

1947 – The birth of Harry Redknapp, former English footballer with a long career in football management, starting in 1983 with Bournemouth and manager of Tottenham Hotspur from 2008.

1958 – A British team, led by explorer Vivian Fuchs, completed the first crossing of the Antarctic. His 12-man party endured severe hardships to travel the 2,500 from the Filchner Ice Shelf to McMurdo Sound in just 99 days.

1969 – The maiden flight of Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airline. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for just 27 minutes.

1970 – Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia, declared Rhodesia a republic, thereby severing its links with the British Crown.

1986 – The Queen signed the Australia Act in Canberra. The Act resolved the anomalous power of the United Kingdom’s parliament to legislate over the individual Australian states, a power that it had exercised since colonial times.

1988 – The Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party launched their new joint political party – the Social and Liberal Democrats.

1995 – British financial dealer Nick Leeson, who bankrupted Barings Bank, was arrested at Frankfurt Airport.

2000 – Chilean General Augusto Pinochet left Britain after UK Home Secretary Jack Straw told him that he was free to leave and declared that he would not be extradited to Spain to face charges of human rights abuses.

2001 – Joanne Kathleen Rowling (J. K. Rowling), author of Harry Potter, received an OBE from HRH Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

2015 – Police were given new powers to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs. The levels for the illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, meant that there would be ‘virtually zero tolerance’ for drivers apprehended with these substances in their system.

2015 – The last surviving Dambusters pilot (Squadron Leader Les Munro) decided to sell his gallantry medals awarded for the famous raid and donate the proceeds to the newly-built Bomber Command Memorial in London, dedicated to the 55,573 airmen killed during the Second World War.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1969, the Concorde airplane was tested for the first time? The flight took place in Toulouse, France.

A Welsh king, Morgan of Glamorgan, established trial by jury in 725 AD by declaring: “For as Christ and his 12 apostles were finally to judge the world, so human tribunals should be composed of the king and 12 wise men.”

Useless Pronunciation: K as in knee

Heard in our office:
Joe: Did somebody move this desk closer to the wall?
Lauren: No Joe, you’re getting fat.

The Popeye’s restaurant chain was named after Gene Hackman’s character in “The French Connection”

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 can reach 30,000 ft (9,100m) in 60 seconds and has a thrust-to-weight ratio that allows the aircraft to accelerate while flying straight up. It is also the only aircraft to ever shoot down a satellite orbiting in space.

Scooby-Doo was basically CSI for kids.

What are the strongest days of the week?
Saturday and Sunday, the rest are weekdays.

There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else, there’s money.

The chords to the AC/DC song “It’s a long way to the top (if you wanna rock’n’roll)” are A, C, D, C.

The King’s Own Immemorial 1st Infantry Regiment of the Spanish Army is claimed to be the oldest continuously operating military unit in the world, formed in 1248.

Rodney Dangerfield’s gravestone reads, “There goes the neighbourhood”.

Too late comes sooner than you think. #foodforthought

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