March 6th / 2023

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

1961 – The death of Lancashire born entertainer George Formby, ‘king of the ukulele’. Formby, was one of the UK’s best-paid stars during his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.
Celebrity birthdays
David Gilmour, guitarist/singer (Pink Floyd) 77; Rob Reiner, director, 76; Kiki Dee, (Pauline Matthews), singer, 76; Alan Davies, comedian/actor, 57; Connie Britton, actress, 56; Betty Boo, (Alison Clarkson), singer/songwriter, 53; Shaquille O’Neal, basketball legend, 51; Guy Garvey, singer-songwriter (Elbow) 49; Tim Howard, goalkeeper, 44; Gary Monk, football manager, 44; Chris Tomson, drummer, (Vampire Weekend), 39.
What day is it
March 6th is Dentist’s Day, Dress Day, Frozen Food Day, Oreo Cookie Day.
This day in history

1917 – The birth of the comedian Frankie Howerd, famous for his risqué double entendres whose career spanned six decades. He hid his potentially career-destroying homosexuality from both his audience and his mother, as acts between consenting males was illegal in England and Wales until 1967 and illegal in Scotland until 1981. Howerd died on 19th April 1992, one day before fellow comedian Benny Hill.

1957 – Ghana became independent, the first British colony to do so.

1961 – The death of Lancashire born entertainer George Formby, ‘king of the ukulele’. Formby, was one of the UK’s best-paid stars during his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.

1970 – The British Government announced a ban on the importation of domestic pets following the death from rabies of a dog imported from Pakistan.

1974 – British coal workers called off a four-week strike following a 35% pay offer from the new Labour government.

1984 – The National Coal Board announced a plan of massive job cuts & pit closures. (Additional note – On 18th December 2015 miners at Kellingley Colliery worked their final shifts. It was the end of an era; the closure of the UK’s last deep coal mine.)

1985 – The Conservative MP Ivar Lawrence made the longest speech of the 20th century in the House of Commons. He spoke for 4 hours and 23 minutes on the subject of the fluoridation of drinking water.

1987 – The British-owned cross-channel ferry the ‘Herald of Free Enterprise’ left Zeebrugge, Belgium, with its bow doors open. The ferry capsized killing 193 passengers.

1988 – Three IRA terrorists were shot dead by SAS men in Gibraltar.

1992 – Thousands of computers around the world were infected with a computer virus called Michelangelo. 6th March is the anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth.

1996 – Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams warned the public that the IRA was prepared for another 25 years of war.

1997 – A £650,000 Picasso was stolen from a London art gallery. The thief escaped in a taxi.

1998 – With a break in tradition, it was decided that the Union Flag would be flown over Buckingham Palace when the monarch was not in residence, but would make way for the Royal Standard when she was there.

2015 – Research from the University of Oxford estimated that the migrant population in England had increased by more than half a million in three years.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1869, the first periodic table was presented by Dmitri Mendeleev? The table appeared in his textbook “The Principles of Chemistry”.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise restaurant was opened in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952.

The final explosion from Krakatoa measured 310 dB, loud enough to be heard perfectly clearly 3,100 miles away.

Stan Lee’s use of alliterative names in his comics (e.g., Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Matt Murdock, etc.) was due to his poor memory. He thought that using names that started with the same letter would help him remember the character’s whole name.

A group of Mathematicians is called a Number.

Growing up, everyone was worried that “the powers that be” were going to microchip us. With the spread of smartphones, we microchipped ourselves.

“It doesn’t matter what Lucy said. I stopped trusting her after she stole my pop rocks in the third grade.” #moviequotes

Decades from now, having a “Flock of Seagull’s hairdo” original meaning will likely be lost on most young people. It will just sound like another old-timey saying.

The Capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi

Shaquille O’Neal only made one three-point shot during his entire career.

The word “Pokémon” is a contraction of the Japanese words, “Poketto” and “Monsut”, or “Pocket Monster” in English.

“We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change.” – Stella in Rear Window #moviequotes

Six of the eight largest pyramidal buildings in the world are either in Mexico or Egypt.

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