May 24th: 2022

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

2019 – At just after 10:00am Theresa May announced that she would stand down as Conservative leader on 7th June, over her failure to deliver Brexit and after losing the support of her own MPs.
Celebrity : birthdays
Priscilla Presley, actress, 77; Dave Peacock, bassist (Chas and Dave) 77; Albert Bouchard, drummer (Blue Oyster Cult) 75; Jim Broadbent, actor, 73; Alfred Molina, actor, 69; Rosanne Cash, singer-songwriter, 67; Dominic Grieve MP, politician, 66; Larry Blackmon, singer, (Cameo) 66; Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, actress, 62; Liz McColgan, athlete, 58; John C Reilly, actor/comedian/writer, 57; Eric Cantona, footballer/actor, 56; Rich Robinson, guitarist (The Black Crowes) 53; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, politician, 53; (Sean) Dermot O’Leary, broadcaster, 49; Jo Joyner, actress, 45; Ben Howard, singer-songwriter; 34; Yannick Bolasie, footballer, 33.

What : day is it

May 24th is Escargot Day, Tiara Day, Scavenger Hunt Day and Brother’s Day.
This day : in history

1862 – The Westminster Bridge across The Thames opened in London, England.

1901 – Seventy eight miners died in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.

1930 – Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from the UK to Australia.
Amy departed from Croydon Airport in Surrey, England, on May 5 and flew a total of 11,000 miles until she reached Darwin, Australia, on this day.

1941 – World War II: The German battleship Bismarck sank the Royal Navy’s largest warship HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. The ship exploded when a German shell hit the Hood’s ammunition store.

1969 – The Black and White Minstrel Show, at London’s Victoria Palace, closed after completing 4,354 performances over a period of seven years.

1976 – British Airways and Air France Concordes arrived at Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C. having made their first commercial crossing of the North Atlantic.

1978 – Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II was divorced from her husband, Lord Snowdon, after 18 years of marriage.

1988 – Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was enacted; a controversial amendment stating that a local authority could not intentionally promote homosexuality.

1989 – A jury at the High Court in London awarded £600,000 damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, against the satirical magazine Private Eye.

1995 – The death of Harold Wilson, Huddersfield born Labour politician and Prime Minister from 1964-1970 and again from 1974-1976. This statue of him, (see ©BB picture) outside Huddersfield railway station in St George’s Square, was unveiled in July 1999 by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair.

1999 – Lawrence Dallaglio resigns as England’s rugby union captain following newspaper allegations that he took and sold drugs before becoming a rugby player.

2003 – Britain’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest failed to score a single point, a fact later blamed on the UK’s stance during the Iraq conflict.

2019 – At just after 10:00am Theresa May announced that she would stand down as Conservative leader on 7th June, over her failure to deliver Brexit and after losing the support of her own MPs. She continued to serve as Prime Minister while a Conservative leadership contest took place.

2020 – At the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave full support to his adviser Dominic Cummings, who had driven 250 miles to his parents’ house in Durham after strict lockdown rules had been imposed on the UK. Cummings said that he travelled to Durham to self isolate whilst he was recovery from coronavirus.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was officially opened? It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of it’s opening.

The Capital of South Sudan is Juba.

Does anybody ever get USB’s the right way up the FIRST time? Do such people exist?

The barman says “Sorry, we don’t serve time travelers here”

A Man Steps into a bar.

You could really freak out historical figures by reading the “early life” section of their wiki pages to them. #timetravelshenanigans

“Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) in Jerry Maguire, 1996

We live in a generation where the clarity of a TV is the same, if not better, than that of a mirror.

Think about how excited you would have to be to run across a room and embrace and kiss someone when they enter the room. Dogs get that excited at least once a day.

Stan Laurel – Real Name: Arthur Stanley Jefferson

US President #11 James Polk (1845-1849) Mr. Polk was the first President to have his picture taken while in office, in 1849.

A group of Opossum is called a Grim.

Birthday : quotes

“I was in California the first time I heard Michael Jackson wanted to record with me. I was, like, ‘Nah, no way, he’s too big, it can’t be true.’ Then I got a call from Michael’s people at my hotel telling me he was interested. But I still wasn’t believing it – I thought they were setting me up for a TV practical jokes show.” – Heavy D

“There is nothing more personal than your values. What you will and won’t do to get ahead, the lines you will and won’t cross to win, whom you will and won’t step on for personal gain, are at the very core of your code of honor. And your code of honor determines your character. And your character is who you are. Behind closed doors. When nobody is watching.” – Patti LaBelle

“I view my strongest competition as myself. You’re always trying to top yourself, rather than worrying about what other people are doing.” – John C. Reilly

“When one of Lisa’s baby teeth fell out here, the tooth fairy left her 50 cents. Another tooth fell out when she was with her father in Las Vegas, and that tooth fairy left her $5. When I told Elvis that 50 cents would be more in line, he laughed. He knew I was not criticizing him; how would Elvis Presley know the going rate for a tooth?” – Priscilla Presley

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