May 4th / 2023

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

Star Wars Day is an informal commemorative day observed annually on May 4 to celebrate the Star Wars media franchise created by founder and former chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, George Lucas.
Celebrity birthdays
72; Mick Mars (Bob Deal), guitarist (Motley Crue), 72; Michael Barrymore, comedian, 71; Randy Travis, country artist, 64; Jay Aston, singer (Bucks Fizz) 62; Oleta Adams, singer/pianist, 61; Kate Garraway, TV presenter, 56; Julian Barratt, comedian, 55; Gregg Alexander, singer-songwriter (The New Radicals), 53; Will Arnett, actor/comedian, 53; Mike Dirnt (Pritchard), bassist (Green Day) 51; Lance Bass, singer (NSYNC) 44; Aril Levine, producer/songwriter, 39; Laura Whitmore (Sterling), TV presenter, 38; Ravi Bopara, cricketer, 38; Cesc Fàbregas (Soler), footballer, 36; Rory McIlroy, golfer, 34.
What day is it
May 4th is Firefighters’ Day and, not to be obvious, but it’s also Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you).
This day in history

1904 – A provisional agreement was signed in Manchester’s Midland Hotel by the Hon. Charles Rolls, seller and repairer of motor cars, and Henry Royce, electrical engineer and builder of a single motor car. In 1907 the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost was the first of their many luxury models.

1923 – The birth of Eric Sykes, radio, television and film writer, actor and director whose performing career spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and / or performed with Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

1945 – World War II: The North Germany Army surrendered to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

1953 – The Duke of Edinburgh was awarded his pilot’s ‘wings’ during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

1966 – Harold Wilson’s government agreed to increase doctors’ and dentists’ salaries by up to 30% after fears that thousands of GP’s would leave the Health Service for private practice.

1979 – The Conservative Party won the general election, making Margaret Thatcher Britain’s first woman prime minister.

1982 – Twenty sailors were killed when the destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War. The Falklands National Monument in Cardiff bears the names of the 255 sailors, soldiers and airmen who died on the UK side.

1984 – The death of Diana Dors, the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood. She described herself as, ‘The only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva.’

2000 – The London Mayoral contest ended in victory for Ken Livingstone, an independent candidate and MP expelled from the Labour Party.

2014 – Science students at the University of Leicester concluded that the wooden puppet Pinocchio (who was prone to telling tales and whose nose would double in length for each lie) could only have told a maximum of 13 lies. After 13 lies it was concluded that the nose would be 140 metres long and the force exerted downwards would cause his neck to snap.

2017 – Buckingham Palce announced that the 95 year old Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from royal duties in the autumn. At the time of the announcement the Duke was Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he would continue to be associated, although he would no longer play an active role by attending engagements.

Trivia and shower thoughts

The stormtrooper who hit his head on the door in the original Star Wars was also the stormtrooper who got mind tricked with “these are not the droids you’re looking for” by Obi-wan. His name is Wanten.

“Warp Factor” in Star Trek refers to a cubic function of the speed of light, so while Warp 1 is the speed of light, Warp 2 is 8 times the speed of light, Warp 3 is 27, and Warp 10 is 1000 times the speed of light.

A group of Nouns is called a Collective.

“The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh, joy! Rapture! I got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?” – Scarecrow

An “initialism” is a type of acronym that cannot be pronounced as a word but must be read letter-by-letter, like FBI or UCLA.

Before the English-speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the color orange was referred to as “geoluhrea” which is the old English term for red-yellow.

The Capital of Switzerland is Bern

Clearly stated instructions will consistently produce multiple interpretations.

The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Vermont was an independent nation between the years 1777 and 1791.

The post office in Bedrock, Colorado has gotten so much fan mail addressed to characters from ‘The Flintstones’ that they created a special stamp for rejecting the mail: ‘Return to Sender – Fictitious Cartoon Character’.

“We sow the seed. Nature grows the seed, then we eat the seed” – Neil #TVQuotes

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