May 11th / 2023

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

1985 – A fire breaks out in the wooden main stand at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground during the game against Lincoln City. 56 fans perish in the blaze.
Celebrity birthdays
Jeremy Paxman, journalist/broadcaster, 73; Frances Fishes, actress, 71; John Parrott, snooker pundit, 59; Greg Dulli, musician 58; Christoph Schneider, drummer, (Rammstein) 57; Holly Valance, singer/actress, 40; Andrés Iniesta (Luján), footballer, 39; Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper, 31.
What day is it
May 11th is World Ego Awareness Day and Eat What You Want Day.
This day in history

1937 – The knighting of Pelham Warner, a cricketer, marked the first time the honour was conferred upon a sportsman.

1950 – Jeremy Paxman, British journalist and author, was born.

1963 – British businessman Greville Wynne, aged 44, accused of spying for the West was sentenced to eight years’ detention by a Moscow tribunal.

1964 – Interior designer and businessman Terence Conran opened his first Habitat Shop in London’s Fulham Road.

1967 – Britain, Ireland and Denmark officially applied to join the EEC.

1971 – The Daily Sketch newspaper, which was founded in 1909, was published for the last time. It was Britain’s oldest ‘tabloid’ newspaper.

1977 – Wallace Virgo, former head of the police pornography squad, was found guilty of taking bribes from Soho vice kings.

1983 – Aberdeen F.C. defeated Real Madrid 2-1 to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1985 – Fifty six spectators died and more than 200 were injured in a flash fire at Bradford City stadium (Valley Parade football ground) during a match against Lincoln City. The inquiry into the disaster led to the introduction of new legislation to improve safety at the UK’s football grounds. One of the main outcomes of the inquiry was prohibiting the construction of new wooden grandstands at all UK sports grounds.

1988 – Athlete Zola Budd flew back to her home in South Africa following the diplomatic row over her eligibility to compete for Britain.

1988 – Kim Philby, the English born Soviet spy, died in the USSR.

2010 – David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party.

2013 – Wigan Athletic cause a major upset, defeating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup.

2021 – A nine-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning during a football coaching session in Blackpool.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1965, Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument? Lady Liberty herself had already been a US national monument since 1924.

Mount Everest is 8.9km (5.5 miles) high.

Truth is not revealed in a courtroom, but the truth is established in a courtroom.

What if the washing machine has been the one taking our socks all along? #sorrydryer

If two people on opposite sides of the world each drop a piece of bread, the Earth briefly becomes a sandwich.

If old people started saying stuff like, “What’s up, my Geezer?” or “Geez’ah, please!” that would be adorable.

Hasbro denied Pixar the use of GI Joe in Toy Story when found that the GI Joe doll was going to be blown up by Sid.

Based on all the emails I’ve been getting, the key to earning £5500+/week from home is to have poor grammar.

Pocahontas is the only Disney princess with a tattoo.

El Cid – Real Name: Rodrigo Diaz De Vivar

You never realize how cluttered your desk is until you spill a glass of water. #life

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