March 7th / 2023

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

1969 – The Queen officially opened the Victoria Line of the London Underground, and following the ceremony she took the new line from Oxford Circus to Victoria.
Celebrity birthdays
Matthew Fisher, organist (Procol Harum), 77; Ernie Isley, guitarist (The Isley Brothers) 71; Bryan Cranston, actor, 67; Ivan Lendl, tennis legend, 63; Taylor Dayne (Leslie Wundermann) singer, 61; E L James (Erika Leonard), author, 60; Wanda Sykes, comedian/actor, 59; Rachel Weisz (Craig), actress, 53; Ray Parlour, footballer, 50; Tobias Menzies, actor, 49; Jenna (Regina) Fischer, actress, 489; Josh Dewhurst, guitarist (Blossoms) 26.
What day is it
March 7th is Alexander Graham Bell Day, Cereal Day, Crown Roast of Pork Day, National “Be Heard” Day.
This day in history

1802 – Edwin Henry Landseer, English painter, well known for his paintings of animals, particularly horses, dogs and stags, was born. The best known of Landseer’s works, however, are the sculptures of the lions in Trafalgar Square.

1804 – John Wedgwood, son of the pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood founded the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society.

1876 – The Scottish-born inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, patented the telephone. Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf; factors that profoundly influenced Bell’s life’s work. Ironically, Bell considered the telephone an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and he refused to have a telephone in his study.

1900 – A fire at Buckingham Palace destroyed part of its roof.

1926 – The first transatlantic telephone call was made, from London to New York.

1930 – The birth of Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon) British aristocrat and former husband of Princess Margaret.

1935 – Malcolm Campbell set a land speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.

1946 – Doctors mounted a campaign to oppose the introduction of a National Health Service.

1968 – The first news programme in colour was broadcast on BBC2.

1969 – The Queen officially opened the Victoria Line of the London Underground, and following the ceremony she took the new line from Oxford Circus to Victoria.

1975 – The body of Lesley Whittle, a 17-year-old heiress who had been kidnapped from her Shropshire home 52 days earlier, was found at the bottom of a drain shaft. She had been held for 52 days then strangled by Donald Nielson, known as The Black Panther.

1988 – The IRA confirmed that the three people shot dead by security forces in Gibraltar the previous day were members of an active service unit.

1990 – The Egyptian Fayed brothers were allowed to keep Harrods despite an official report that branded them liars during their £615m takeover bid of the House of Fraser Stores.

2014 – Birmingham city council began investigating an alleged plot to oust headteachers in the city’s schools, replacing them with people who would run their schools on ‘strict Islamic principles’. The plan, dubbed ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ claimed that up to four schools in the city had already been taken over.

2015 – The one millionth Morris Minor to be produced was sold at auction by Surrey-based specialist car auctioneers ‘Historics at Brooklands’ for £25,760; 55 years after it rolled off the production line. The classic British car had 23,364 miles ‘on the clock’ and was still registered on the original number plate 1 MHU, meaning one million in engineering terms.

Trivia and shower thoughts

The Colgate toothpaste company started out making starch, soap, and candles.

Sony produced new Betamax cassettes until March of 2016.

Vegetables and animals have spent years upon years differentiating and evolving apart. Cooking is the art of bringing them back together.

“In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, Ben Stein’s economics lecture scene was completely improvised and done in one take.

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” – Ben Jonson

One day someone just started counting every moment they could and measured it; we now know this as time.

A group of protesters is called a tantrum.

Joan Crawford – Real Name: Lucille LeSueur

The official nickname of people from the state of Indiana is “Hoosiers”, making Indiana the first state not to have a version of their state name in their nickname (“Floridians”, “Pennsylvanians”, etc.).

Transparent Aluminium – first mentioned in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Bass is spelled the same as bass, but bass sounds the same as base. Also, red sounds the same as read, but read is spelled the same as read.

“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.” – Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) #moviequotes

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #1 – Temperance.
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Irving Berlin – Real Name: Israel Baline

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