May 29th: 2022

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

2014 – Canoe fraudster John Darwin, who was found to have benefited from faking his own death in 2002, was ordered by a court to pay a £40,000 lump sum to the authorities after two of his pensions matured.
Celebrity : birthdays
Francis Rossi, guitarist/singer-songwriter (Status Quo) 73; Brian Kidd, footballer/coach, 73; Danny Elfman, soundtrack composer, 69; Ted (frank Theodore) Levine, actor, 65; Annette Bening, actress, 64; Mel Gaynor, drummer (Simple Minds), 63; Rupert Everett, actor, 63; Melissa Etheridge, singer/songwriter, 61; Carol Kirkwood, weather presenter, 60; Ian Bishop, footballer, 57; Noel Gallagher, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Oasis/High Flying Birds) 55; Roberto Di Matteo, footballer/manager, 52; Mel B (Melanie Brown), singer (Spice Girls), 47; Pelle Almqvist, singer (The Hives) 44; Andrey Arshavin, footballer, 41; Pearl Mackie, actress, 35.

What : day is it

May 29th celebrates Paper Clip Day, Coq Au Vin Day as well as Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day.
This day : in history

1902 – The birth of Sir Leonard Huxley, English scientist who developed radar.

1914 – The ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland, sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence shortly after departing from Quebec for Liverpool. She collided, in thick fog, with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad and foundered in only 14 minutes. Although the ship was equipped with watertight compartments and, in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster two years earlier, she carried more than enough lifeboats for all onboard, 1,012 lives were lost – (840 passengers, 172 crew). It remains the worst disaster in Canadian maritime history.

1941 – The birth, in Nottingham, of Doug Scott, mountaineer noted for the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest, (along with Dougal Haston), on 24th September 1975.

1953 – Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. The news of the British expedition broke in Britain on Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Day, 2nd June. The Queen knighted Edmund Hillary later that year.

1954 – Diane Leather, of Birmingham University, became the first woman to run a mile in under 5 minutes. Her time was 4 min 59.6 seconds.

1968 – Manchester United become the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Portuguese side Benfica by four goals to one.

1977 – Nigel Short, an 11 year old English schoolboy , qualified as the youngest ever competitor in a national chess championship. He had already beaten Viktor Korchnoi during an exhibition game.

1982 – In the first Papal visit to Britain since 1531, Polish born Pope John Paul II prayed alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, becoming the first ever pontiff to visit the cathedral. He was acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century and was one of the most-travelled world leaders in history. He visited 129 countries during his pontificate, was the second-longest serving Pope in history and the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.

1984 – Police used riot gear for the first time since the miners’ strike began , at a picket at Orgreave, near Sheffield.

1985 – 39 football fans were killed and at least another 400 injured when a wall collapsed during crowd violence at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, only minutes before the start of the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus.

2014 – Canoe fraudster John Darwin, who was found to have benefited from faking his own death in 2002, was ordered by a court to pay a £40,000 lump sum to the authorities after two of his pensions matured. A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Teesside Crown Court heard that Darwin had so far only paid back £121 of the £679,073.62 he was found to have benefited from his ‘death’. Anne Darwin, now split from her husband, has repaid more than £500,000 under a separate Proceeds of Crime order after selling properties held in her name.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

For all the times I would play with those metal foot measurement things at the shoe store as a kid, I still don’t know my exact foot measurement.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon’s name was inspired by the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon.

“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.” – Dory

The Capital of Somalia is Mogadishu

There’s a 300-page book called ‘A Void’ that was written without ever using the letter “e”. It was originally written in French.

The plastic used to make Legos is the same type of plastic used to make hard hats.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an average minute of a film is worth 1,440,000 words.
(A de facto movie standard is that movies will run at 24fps. 24 frames x 60 seconds x 1000 words = 1,440,000 words)

A man named Apa Sherpa has climbed Mt.Everest 21 times!

Ashton Kutcher – Real Name: Christopher Kutcher

The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs in Jurassic Park were a mix of whale and donkey sounds.

Birthday : quotes

“United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” – Patrick Henry

“A society is in decay, final or transitional when common sense really becomes uncommon.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“… you hear the beginning of a melody, you should kind of know it’s going to lead down this path. It should start feeling like a friend, like familiar.” – Danny Elfman

“No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that’s why we have two parties.” – Bob Hope

“You never can expect what people’s reactions are going to be. You can only hope that everyone feels the way that you do.” – Melanie Brown

“The truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“They say money doesn’t buy happiness. That phrase should end with ‘just kidding’.” – Daniel Tosh

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