May 14th / 2023

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

1967 – The consecration of Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. The architect, Frederick Gibberd, winner of a worldwide design competition was sued soon after its opening for £1.3 million on five counts.
Celebrity birthdays
Greg Davies, comedian, 55; Greg Kurstin, record producer/songwriter, 54; Cate Blanchett, actress, 54; Danny Wood, singer (New Kids On The Block) 52; Sofia Coppola, director/screenwriter, 52; Natalie Appleton, singer, (All Saints), 50; Martine McCutcheon, actress/singer, 47; Dan Auerbach, record producer/guitarist/singer-songwriter (The Black Keys) 44; Olly Murs, singer, 39; Mark Zuckerberg, entrepreneur, 39; Nigel Reo-Coker, footballer, 39; Miranda Cosgrove, actress, 30.
What day is it
May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day and Dance Like A Chicken Day.
This day in history

1951 – Trains ran on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers. 

1957 – The lifting of restrictions on fuel consumption imposed during the Suez crisis.

1965 – The field at Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta, was dedicated by the Queen as a memorial to the late John F Kennedy, US President.

1967 – The consecration of Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral (see picture). The architect, Frederick Gibberd, winner of a worldwide design competition was sued soon after its opening for £1.3 million on five counts, the two most serious being leaks in the aluminium roof and defects in the mosaic tiles, which had begun to come away from the concrete ribs.

2013 – Stuart Hazell, aged 37, was jailed for a minimum of 38 years after he was given a life sentence for murdering the 12 year old schoolgirl Tia Sharp. He denied killing the youngster and hiding her body in the loft of the home he shared with her grandmother. Tia’s family sat through days of shocking and graphic evidence at the Old Bailey before Hazel eventually changed his plea to guilty, in a dramatic turn of events.

2013 – The London offices of BP and Shell were raided by European regulators investigating allegations they had ‘colluded’ to rig oil prices for more than a decade.

2013 – Dan Brown released his fourth novel in the Da Vinci Code series, Inferno, an instant success.

2014 – Google added coast-to-coast public transport information for the whole of Great Britain to its Google Maps app. The data included departure times and routes for buses, ferries, trains and trams in England, Scotland and Wales.

2014 – Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton died peacefully in his sleep. The 19-year-old, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, raised more than £3.2m for charity after news of his plight spread on social media. (By 7th April 2015 the figure had rsien to more than £4.5m.)

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1948, Israel declared independence from Britain? David Ben-Gurion made the announcement and went on to be the first Israeli Prime Minister.

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

The longest time a person has been in a coma is 37 years.

Anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation. Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner are good examples.

When someone says “9 out of 10 forest fires are caused by humans,” all I hear is… “There’s a bear out their that knows how to use matches.”

The Capital of Suriname is Paramaribo

There are three types of people. Sheep, Wolves, and Sheep Dogs.

Somebody who has an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony has an EGOT while somebody who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar just has an EGO.

Anosmia is the inability to smell – it is the nose’s equivalent to blindness or deafness.

“The stuff that dreams are made of.” – Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in Maltese Falcon, The Maltese Falcon, 1941

The word “mortgage” means “death pledge” in Old French.

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