March 4th / 2023

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

1912 – Suffragettes, demanding votes for women, smashed every window they passed in Knightsbridge as a protest at government inaction.
Celebrity birthdays
Kenny Dalgleish, football legend, 72; Chris Rea, singer-songwriter, 72; Catherine O’Hara, actress, 69; Jason Newsted, bassist (Metallica) 60; Janey Lee Grace, broadcaster, 60; Sam Taylor-Johnson, director, 56; Tim Vine, comedian, 56; Patsy Kensit, actress, 55.
What day is it
March 4th is March Forth and Do Something Day, National Grammar Day, World Obesity Day.
This day in history

1882 – The first electric trams in Britain ran; from Leytonstone in East London. 

1890 – The Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland was opened by the Prince of Wales. The bridge is more than one and a half miles long and took six years to build

1912 – Suffragettes, demanding votes for women, smashed every window they passed in Knightsbridge as a protest at government inaction.

1923 – Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer, was born.

1945 – The birth of the webmaster of the Beautiful Britain website!

1951 – The birth of former Scottish footballer and manager Kenny Dalgleish.

1966 – Beatle, John Lennon, caused outrage amongst Christians by stating “We’re more popular than Jesus Christ right now. I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” Beatles’ records were consequently banned in many US states and in South Africa.

1967 – The first gas from the North Sea was piped ashore near Durham.

1969 – The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, were found guilty of murder.

1972 – Kenneth Grimes, from Hampshire became the first individual to win more than £500,000 on the football pools.

1974 – Following the election, Edward Heath failed to persuade the Liberals to join a coalition and resigned. Harold Wilson would become Prime Minister for a third time, but with a narrow majority.

1975 – Charlie Chaplin was knighted after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

1976 – An Irish born mother-of-four, plus six other people, (known collectively as the Maguire Seven) were jailed for possessing explosives. Their convictions were later quashed.

1997 – In London, the match-fixing trial of footballers Bruce Grobbelar, John Fashanu and Hans Segers ended in deadlock, with the jury failing to reach verdicts.

2015 – The UK government announced that it was selling its 40% stake in the cross-Channel train operator Eurostar to an Anglo-Canadian consortium, for £757.1m.

2018 – Gary Oldman wins the Oscar for best actor at the 90th Academy Awards for his role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”. On the same day, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury.

2019 – Keith Flint, front man with The Prodigy, is found dead at his home in Essex aged 49. On the same day, actor Luke Perry dies after suffering a stroke six days earlier.

Trivia and shower thoughts

The biggest film of 1971: Billy Jack.

Barry Manilow wrote the jingle: “I am stuck on Band-Aids, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.”

I only buy one lottery ticket at a time. That way, when I finally win the big one, I didn’t waste too much money on extra tickets I didn’t need.

Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.

The Scary Statistic: Heart Disease odds: 1-in-5

The two parts to the word “helicopter” are not “heli” and “copter”, but “helico” meaning spiral, and “pter” meaning one with wings, like a pterodactyl.

If someone 50 years ago was told that there would only be 8 planets, they might think something really exciting happened.

Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed movie character in history.

Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.

What if my dreams are a connection to a different reality? #ThosePoorPeople

Earl Grey was actually a Prime Minister of Great Britain during 1830-1834.

I don’t really know the back of my hand that well.

The average bed contains over 6 billion dust mites.

The brand Nokia is named after a place in Southern Finland.

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