May 13th : 2022

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

1995 – A British mother (Alison Hargreaves, aged 33) became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
Celebrity : birthdays
Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter, 72; Paul Thompson, drummer, (Roxy Music) 71; Selina Scott, newsreader, 71; Richard Madeley, TV prsenter, 66; Stephen Colbert, comedian/TV host, 58; Lorraine McIntosh (Ross), singer (Deacon Blue) 58; Alison Goldfrapp, singer-songwriter, 56; Yaya Toure, footballer, 39; Lena Dunham, actress/writer, 36; Robert Pattinson, actor, 36; Romelu Lukaku, footballer, 29.

What : day is it

May 13th is officially celebrated as International Hummus Day and Leprechaun Day.
This day : in history

1907 – The birth of novelist Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning), granddaughter of novelist George Browning and best known for her novel Rebecca.

1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, (now known as the Royal Air Force), was established.

1949 – Britain’s first jet bomber, the Canberra, was given its first test flight at Warton in Lancashire and was flown by Wing Cdr. RP Beaumont.

1957 – The BBC began its regular television programmes for schools.

1995 – A British mother (Alison Hargreaves, aged 33) became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

1977 – England captain Tony Greig was fired for recruiting players to Australian Kerry Packer’s rival World XI team in what was seen as a ‘breach of trust’.

1978 – The death of Eric Treacy, railway photographer and Bishop of Wakefield. The Treacy Collection of 12,000 photographs forms part of the National Railway Museum’s archive of over 1.4 million images.

2000 – Happy Mondays and Black Grape singer Shaun Ryder’s stolen Volkswagen Corrado is found abandoned after being used as the getaway car in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant in Manchester.

2007 – The first episode of ‘Gavin & Stacey’, a romantic situation comedy. Filmed mainly in South Wales, locations included Boofy’s Chip Shop and Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, both at Western Shelter on Barry Island. It ran for a total of 20 episodes.

2009 – Health minister Phil Hope agreed to repay £41,709 in second home allowances following further media revelations about MPs expenses.

2012 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG’s dies in his sleep after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo. On the same day, Manchester City beats QPR 3-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium with an injury time Sergio Aguero goal to win the Premier League title on goal difference from Manchester United.

2013 – Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released from prison and electronically tagged, having served a quarter of their eight month jail sentences for perverting the course of justice. The ex-energy secretary had asked Pryce to take his speeding points after his BMW car was caught by a speed camera on the M11 between Stansted Airport and London in March 2003.

2018 – Manchester City ends the Premier League season with a 1-0 win at Southampton having smashed 11 Premier League records including biggest title winning margin (19 points) and most points (100). On the same day, Tommy Charlton, younger brother of Bobby and Jackie, makes his debut at the age of 72 for the England Over 60’s side in the first ever Walking Football international against Italy at the Amex Stadium, Brighton

Trivia : and shower thoughts

A group of owls is called a “Parliament of owls.”

“I said.. GOOD DAY!” – Willy Wonka #moviequotes

The shortest performance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn’s eight-minute role as Gauguin in “Lust for Life”.

Squish – word invented by Mark Twain “To Squash something down.”

So my pizza came before I ordered it. (Thank you, tachyons) But, my order is wrong. Who do I complain to

No other species is responsible for the loss of as many human lives each year as mosquitoes

It was the SECOND person who said “I’m Spartacus” who is really worthy of the praise. #ImSpartacus

Useless Pronunciation: K as in know

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have the facts of life.” #songlyrics

Frozen On Ice is the first time any Disney On Ice production has ever made any sense.

I think I’ll take some headphones to the ATM next time just to be the only person to ever use headphones at an ATM.

One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Great Pyramid of Giza in (now) El Giza, Egypt constructed ~2580-2560 BC

A group of Grouse is called a Pack or Covey.

Birthday : quotes

“Contrary to what people may say, there’s no upper limit to stupidity.” – Stephen Colbert

“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.” – Dennis Rodman

“With villains, you always have to understand what motivates them. Most people don’t just think they’re evil. They believe or know they are doing the right thing because of the circumstances they find themselves in.” – Marv Wolfman

“I really cut my teeth on off-off-off Broadway shows.” – Bea Arthur

“A champion doesn’t become a champion in the ring, he’s merely recognized in the ring. His ‘becoming’ happens during his daily routine.” – Joe Louis

On This Day – May 22nd

2017 – Twenty two people were killed and more than 200 injured when a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb was detonated as people were leaving Manchester Arena following a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.

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On This Day – May 21st

1932 – American Amelia Earhart landed in Derry, Ireland, after taking off from Newfoundland the previous day. It was the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.

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