May 15th / 2023

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

1987 – The birth of Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year.
Celebrity birthdays
Mike Oldfield, composer/multi-instrumentalist, 70; Andrew Eldritch, singer-songwriter (Sisters of Mercy) 64; Melle Mel (Melvin Glover), rapper/songwriter, 62; Jon Sevink, violinist, (The Levellers) 58; Sophie Raworth, journalist/newsreader, 55; Frank de Boer, Dutch football manager, 53; Ronald de Boer, Dutch footballer, 53; Nicola Walker, actress, 53; Martin Rossiter, singer (Gene) 53; Ahmet Zappa, singer, 49; Zara Tindall, equestrian/Queen’s granddaughter, 42; Paul Konchesky, footballer, 42; Patrice Evra, football pundit, 42; Alex Brooker, comedian/TV presenter, 39; Sir Andy Murray, tennis champion, 36.
What day is it
May 15th is Straw Hat Day, Pizza Party Day, Day of Families and Chocolate Chip Day.
This day in history

1957 – Britain’s first hydrogen bomb was exploded on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. The effect of the radiation on some of the British soldiers who watched the test only came to light many years later. 

1981 – The birth of Zara Phillips, daughter of Anne, the Princess Royal and Mark Phillips.

1987 – The birth of Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year. On 7th July 2013 he won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion, with a straight-sets victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.

1990 – Home produced beef was banned in UK schools and hospitals as a result of concern over ‘mad cow disease’ (BSE).

1995 – The British Police Federation voted against the routine arming of police officers.

2008 – The death (aged 51) of Thomas “Tommy” Burns, Scottish professional football player and manager. He was also a Scotland international, winning eight caps between 1981 and 1988 whilst a Celtic player.

2010 – Lydia Eva, the world’s last surviving steam-powered herring drifter steamed back to Great Yarmouth for the first time in many years. Built in 1930 she was purchased by the Maritime Trust in 1971 and , until 1986 she was part of the Maritime Trust exhibition at St Katherine’s Dock next to London’s Tower Bridge.

2016 – A ‘suspect device’ is found in one of the toilets at Old Trafford before Manchester United’s last game of the season against Bournmouth, The ground was evacuated, the match was called-off and a controlled explosion carried out It is later found that the device was a dummy bomb which had been used in a security training exercise which had been left at the ground by mistake.

2021 – Shoppers flocked to the last remaining 28 Debenhams stores ahead of their closure today. The company had traded for than 240 years but went into administration in 2019 after several years of falling sales. At its height, there were more than 150 Debenhams stores across the UK. The Debenhams brand will continue to trade online after it was bought by the fashion retailer Boohoo for £55m in January.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon? It was a silent short film called “Plane Crazy” that would later be re-released with sound.

A woodpeckers tongue can wrap around its head twice.

A polar bears’ fur is not white. It’s actually pigment-free and transparent and reflects visible light

The Seven Deadly Sins #5- Anger is the loss of rational self-control and the desire to harm others.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

TV star Soupy Sales once asked the children who watched his show to send him “funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents” from their parent’s wallets and purses. He was suspended for two weeks when his parents complained.

“My mom won’t give us the money, she said we’d only spend it on drugs.” … “Well, we would.” – Sid & Nancy #moviequotes

“As Bertrand Russell once said, ‘The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.’ I think we can all appreciate the relevance of that now.” – Shaun

The Capital of Sudan is Khartoum

Multiple similar Objects that are hidden together are called a Stash.

‘Petrichor’ is the word for ‘the smell of rain.’

The speed of a clock’s second hand is exactly 1 RPM.

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” – Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) #moviequotes

Being famous means you have to comb your hair every time you go outside.

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