May 17th: 2022

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

2010 – Four weeks after a volcanic ash cloud disrupted flights over much of Europe, restrictions were lifted at all UK airports after the volcanic ash cloud moved away from UK airspace.
Celebrity : birthdays
Paul Whitehouse, comedy writer/actor, 64; Simon Fuller, manager/TV and record producer, 62; Enya (Ni Bhraonain), singer-songwriter, 61; Craig Ferguson, US TV host, 60; Trent Reznor, singer-songwriter/soundtrack composer (Nine Inch Nails) 57; Jeremy Vine, broadcaster, 57; Henrik Larsen, footballer, 56; Simon Friend, guitarist (The Levellers) 55; Jordan Knight, singer, (New Kids On The Block) 52; Vernie Bennett, singer (Eternal) 51; Josh Homme, guitarist/singer/producer/songwriter (Queens of the Stone Age), 49; Andrea Corr, singer/actress (The Corrs) 48; Ayda Field (Williams), actress/TV presenter, 43; Leon Osman, footballer, 41; Christine Ohoruogu, athlete, 38; Derek Hough, dancer, 37; Erin Richards, actress, 36; Johanna Konta, tennis player, 31.

What : day is it

May 17th is officially World Baking Day, World Telecommunications Day and Pack Rat Day.
This day : in history

1900 – The siege of the British garrison at Mafeking by Boer forces was broken. The commander of the garrison, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell and his forces had held firm for 217 days.

1915 – The fall of the last all Liberal Party government. The poor British performance in the early months of the war forced Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith to invite the Conservatives into a coalition.

1916 – The Daylight-Saving Act (‘Summer Time’) was passed in Britain.

1969 – Tom McClean from Dublin left Newfoundland aboard Super Silver and completed the first transatlantic solo crossing in a rowing boat on 27th July when he arrived at Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo.

1975 – Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy, becomes the first album ever to be certified platinum on its day of its release.

1978 – The coffin containing the body of Charlie Chaplin, missing since his grave was pillaged nearly two months previously, was found.

1984 – Prince Charles called a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a ‘monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend,’ sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.

1993 – Nurse Beverley Allitt was convicted of murdering four babies under her ‘care’ at the Grantham and Kesteven hospital.

2000 – Two Royal Marine commandos (Corporal Alan Chambers, 31, and Marine Charlie Paton, 29) became the first Britons to reach the geographical North Pole.

2010 – Four weeks after a volcanic ash cloud disrupted flights over much of Europe, restrictions were lifted at all UK airports after the volcanic ash cloud moved away from UK airspace.

2014 – Arsenal beat Hull City, 3–2 after extra time to win the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. On the same day, St Johnstone win the Scottish Cup for first time in 130 years, defeating Dundee Utd 2-0.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1861, the first ever color photo was taken? The picture was taken by Thomas Sutton and had a tartan ribbon as the subject.

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime” – Anne Isabella Ritchie #shesaiditfirst

Most of us have a nicer phone than the richest man in the world did five years ago.

Approximately 107 Billion people are believed to have lived on Earth.

Along with the prospect of life on other planets, there must be an equal possibility of new herbs and spices that could be used in cooking.

I’ll consider my life a success if I never drop my phone in the toilet.

“I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.” #songlyrics

Baked beans are actually not baked, but stewed.

“Be excellent to each other, and… party on, dudes! – Abraham Lincoln #moviequotes

The song “happy birthday” doesn’t have any verbs.

Cyd Charisse – Real Name: Tula Ellice Finklea

“I’m doing what I’ve always done. Learning from the mistakes of others who take my advice.” – Nitya Prakash

Birthday : quotes

Slow down and self-edit and ask yourself the three things you must always ask yourself before you say anything: “Does this need to be said?” “Does this need to be said by me?” “Does this need to be said by me now?” – Craig Ferguson

“As with anything creative, change is inevitable.” – Enya

“You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

“It’s nice to be immortal. Film has given us immortality.” – Maureen O’Sullivan

“If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules.” – Trent Reznor

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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