May 10th / 2023

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

1919 – The first scheduled commercial air service in Britain began. The flight from Manchester to Southport cost 4 guineas one way and was run by A.V.Roe.
Celebrity birthdays
Maureen Lipman, actress, 77; Dave Mason, singer-songwriter, (Traffic) 76; Sally James, TV presenter, 73; Sly (Lowell) Dunbar, drummer, 71; Bono (Paul Hewson) singer-songwriter (U2) 63; Linda Evangelista, model, 58; Jonathan Edwards, triple jumper, 57; Al Murray, comedian, 55; Dennis Bergkamp, footballer, 54; Sally Philips, actress/comedian, 53; Adam Lallana, footballer, 35; Richarlison (de Andrade) footballer, 26.
What day is it
May 10th is known as One Day Without Shoes Day as well as Stay Up All Night Day.
This day in history

1916 – Explorer Ernest Shackleton and companions reached the Falkland island of South Georgia after sailing 800 miles in 16 days in an open boat. They were looking for help for the remaining members of their party marooned on Elephant island, Antarctica.

1919 – The first scheduled commercial air service in Britain began. The flight from Manchester to Southport cost 4 guineas one way and was run by A.V.Roe.

1940 – German forces invaded Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by air and land. The invasion began at dawn with large numbers of aeroplanes attacking the main aerodromes and landing troops. Winston Churchill formed a coalition wartime Government. When he first met his cabinet on 13th May he told them – “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat”.

1941 – Rudolf Hess, deputy leader of Nazi Germany, flew a small plane to Scotland and parachuted to the ground in a bizarre attempt to negotiate a peace settlement with Britain. After interrogation he was later jailed for life.

1941 – World War II – The worst night of the Blitz in Britain. 550 German bombers dropped 100,000 bombs on London. More than 1500 people were killed and many thousands more were injured.

1998 – The political wing of the republican IRA backed the Good Friday peace agreement heralding a major shift in modern republicanism.

2013 – Andrew “Bart” Simpson, a double Olympic medallist from Sherbourne in Dorset died after a Swedish catamaran capsized during a training session for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay. Before the 2012 Olympics, Mr. Simpson had said that winning the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in the sport, was his biggest goal.

2014 – Sixth formers at Hampton Court House, a private school in Surrey, are to begin their lessons in the afternoons to allow them to sleep later in the mornings. Headmaster Guy Holloway said that the change to 1:30 pm from the usual time of 9:00 am would be more productive and less stressful for students.

2017 – Apple (at the time) became the first company to achieve worth more than $800 billion.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s president? He was the first non-white head of state in South Africa’s history.

New York’s Central Park was opened in 1876.

2000 years ago, there were probably people who had season tickets to the Roman Colosseum.

A theist and an atheist are separated by just a little space.

“On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair” #misunderstoodlyrics

The first person to buy Mentos and Diet Coke as a snack was probably really surprised.

Why didn’t Frodo just ride an eagle to Mordor, and drop the ring in? He could have been back in the shire in time for afternoon tea.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 6 is like my 8th favorite number.

Sweden has an official font, called ‘Sweden Sans’ and it’s used by its government ministries, agencies, and corporations.

It’s only a matter of time before “autocorrect” leads to a major diplomatic incident.

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” – W.C. Fields

A group of Rattlesnakes is called a Rhumba.

The “Michelin Man” is named Bibendum and is one of the oldest trademarks in the world.

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