May 5th / 2023

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

1930 – British aviator Amy Johnson took off from Croydon Airport in her Gypsy Moth plane ‘Jason’. She became the first woman to fly solo to Australia, arriving on 24th May.
Celebrity birthdays
Bill Ward, drummer, (Black Sabbath) 75; Eddy Amoo, singer-songwriter (The Real Thing), 73; Pete Erskine, drummer (Weather Report) 69; Roddy Radiation (Roderick Byers), guitarist (The Specials), 68; Richard E Grant, actor, 66; Theresa Bazar, singer-songwriter (Guys ‘n’ Dolls/Dollar) 66; Ian McCulloch, singer-songwriter (Echo and the Bunnymen) 64; Simon Rimmer, TV chef, 60; Lorraine McIntosh, singer (Deacon Blue) 59; James Cracknell, rower, 51; Craig David, singer-songwriter/rapper, 42; Henry Cavill, actor, 40; Adele (Atkins), singer-songwriter, 35; Chris Brown, singer-songwriter, 34; Raul Jiménez, footballer, 32.
What day is it

May 5th is Nail Day, Cinco de Mayo and Cartoonists Day.

This day in history

1940 – World War II: Norwegian refugees formed a ‘government-in-exile’ in London. Governments in exile usually operate under the assumption that they will one day return to their native country and regain power.

1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa. On the same day, Chanel No. 5 is released by fashion designer. Coco Chanel.

1945 – World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.

1955 – World famous American virologist Dr Jonas Salk witnessed a ceremonial polio vaccination in London when Margaret Jenkins from Kent became the 500,000th person in London to receive the vaccine to prevent the crippling disease poliomyelitis.

1964 – The first meeting of a ‘Clean Up TV’ campaign led by Norah Buckland and her friend Mary Whitehouse. The organization was later given the name of The National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association.

1964 – The Council of Europe declared 5th May as Europe Day, an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe.

1967 – The first ever all-British satellite, Ariel 3, was successfully launched into orbit from the United States

1980 – The SAS stormed the terrorist-occupied Iranian Embassy at Knightsbridge in London. Four gunmen were killed in the attack and all 19 hostages were rescued.

1981 – Riots in Northern Ireland followed the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the Maze prison.

1997 – William Hague was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

2001 – Britain’s tourist industry hoped that the bank holiday weekend and good weather would attract visitors to areas previously closed due to foot and mouth disease.

2005 – Labour, under Tony Blair, won a historic third term in Government for Labour, but with a greatly reduced majority.

2011 – The death (in Perth, Western Australia) of Claude Stanley Choules, the last World War I combat veteran and the last military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. He was born in Pershore, Worcestershire and was the last veteran to have served in both world wars, and also the last seaman from the First World War.

2014 – Mark Selby beats Ronnie O’Sullivan for his first World Snooker title.

2016 – The Rolling Stones instruct tell Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign.

2018 – Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1921, Perfume Chanel No.5 was released? It was the first perfume released by French couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

The fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco.

11% of people are left handed.

Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Scooby Doo’s full name is “Scoobert Scooby Dooby Doo.”

They should rename “DCIM” to “Pictures.”

Throughout the course of the original movies, Darth Vader kills more bad guys than he does good guys #GrandMoffTarkin

Harold Robbins – Real Name: Harold Rubin

“The last man standing” refers to the ultimate winner in most contests but the runner-up in musical chairs.

“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.” #songlyrics

“I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.” – Antonius Block in The Seventh Seal #moviequotes

The phrase “90’s kids” will always have a slick, retro vibe while the phrase “2000’s kids” sounds like a bunch of spoiled brats.

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, David Niven, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig all played James Bond.

George Lucas’s dog was named Indiana.

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