May 26th: 2022

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

2012 – The seemingly never-ending task of painting the Forth Bridge was finally completed, following a 10-year programme of work and 240,000 litres of ‘epoxy glass plate paint’ that should last for 20 years.
Celebrity : birthdays

Jeremy Corbyn MP, politician, 73; Michael Portillo, broadcaster/former politician 69; Wayne Hussey, guitarist/singer (Sisters of Mercy/The Mission), 63; Bobcat Goldthwait, comedian/director, 60; Mary Nightingale, newsreader/journalist, 59; Lenny Kravitz, singer-songwriter, 58; Zola Budd, athlete, 56; Helena Bonham Carter, actress, 56; Patsy Palmer, actress, 50; Laurence Fox, actor, 44; Jason Manford, comedian, 41.

What : day is it

May 26th is officially Paper Airplane Day and Blueberry Cheesecake Day.
This day : in history

1904 – The birth, in Wigan, of George Formby, English singer and comedian. He was famous for his comic songs, full of double entendre, to his own accompaniment on the banjo ukulele.

1913 – Emily Duncan became Britain’s first woman magistrate.

1913 – The birth of Peter Cushing, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing.

1936 – In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson began speaking on the Appropriation Bill, a government measure which applied spending to each department and service. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for an incredible 10 hours. At that point it was the longest speech in any British legislature.

1940 – At 18:57 the signal was received to start ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and French troops from Dunkirk’s beaches. Besides the efforts of the Royal Navy, 700 small ships were assembled in Sheerness dockyard before making the hazardous crossing to Dunkirk. In total, 338,226 troops were safely returned to England between 27th May and 4th June

1950 – Long queues appeared at garages and motorists tore their ration books into confetti after the end to petrol rationing.

1969 – Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono staged a public ‘bed in’ for world peace – staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.

1972 – State-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son was sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.

1989 – The BBC broadcast the 10,000th episode of the daily radio serial The Archers.

1998 – Emperor Akihito of Japan spoke of his “deep sorrow and pain” over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but war veterans felt he did not go far enough and turned their backs on him.

1999 – Manchester United became the first British club to win the European Cup for 15 years, beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final in Barcelona. This gave them the coveted ‘treble’ – the Premier League, the FA Cup and the European Cup.

2012 – The seemingly never-ending task of painting the Forth Bridge was finally completed, following a 10-year programme of work and 240,000 litres of ‘epoxy glass plate paint’ that should last for 20 years. More than 1,500 people worked on the bridge during its restoration, with as many as 400 workers on the bridge in a single day at the peak of activity.

2014 – Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg rejected calls for him to stand down, after the party’s worst European election result for 25 years. The Liberal Democrats lost all but one of their 12 MEPs.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

“Long story short” makes your story three words longer.
Someone keeps adding 1 to all of my multiples of two and I can’t even.

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. The death of a statistician is within the standard deviation.

28 Days Later was filmed on a Canon XL-1 DV camera using mini-DV tapes instead of 35mm film.

I think “Jane Goodall and the Chimps” would be a fantastic name for a band.

The official state songs of Maryland and Iowa are sung to the tune of the traditional German Christmas song ‘O Tannenbaum.’

“Have fun stormin’ da castle.” – Miracle Max #moviequotes

“These walls are funny. First, you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.” – Red in The Shawshank Redemption #moviequotes

There should be confetti in tires so when there is a blowout it’s still kind of an OK day.

A group of crows is called a Murder or Horde or Parcel or Storytelling. A group of 3 is a crowd.

People falling from tall buildings always land on a car. #moviecliches

Birthday : quotes

“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.” – Sally Ride

“Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn’t how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.” – Stevie Nicks

“I learned courage from Buddha, Jesus, Lincoln, Einstein, and Mr. Cary Grant.” – Peggy Lee

“Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn’t matter. It’s entering the race that counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose …. but it’s all about entering the race.” – Pam Grier

“I’m going to be singing Dreams and Rhiannon when I’m 75 – and that’s just fine with me. I just hope my chiffon doesn’t get tangled in my rocking chair.” – Stevie Nicks

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