May 8th / 2023

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

1984 – The official opening of the Thames Barrier in London. The barrier is designed to be raised when exceptionally high tides on the River Thames threaten to flood parts of London.
Celebrity birthdays
Alex Van Halen, drummer (Van Halen) 70; Terry Christian, broadcaster, 60; Dave Rowntree, drummer (Blur) 59; Candice Night (Blackmore) singer, 52; Darren Hayes, singer-songwriter (Savage garden) 51; Enrique Iglesias, singer, 48; Jodhi May, actress, 48; H, (Ian Watkins), singer (Steps) 47; Martha Wainwright, singer-songwriter, 47; Joe Bonamassa, guitarist, 46; Michelle McManus, singer/broadcaster, 43; Stephen Amell, actor, 42; Vicky McClure, actress, 40; Matt Willis, bassist (Busted), 38; Mark Noble, footballer, 36.
What day is it
May 8th celebrates VE-Day, World Donkey Day and No Socks Day.
This day in history

1945 – VE Day in Europe. After five years, eight months, and five days of massive devastation, the end of the European phase of World War II was celebrated. Victory in Europe was commemorated with celebrations all around the world in recognition of the unconditional surrender of all German forces, which was signed in Reims, France, the previous day.

1961 – Former British diplomat George Blake, was jailed for 42 years after being found guilty of spying for Russia. In 1966 he successfully escaped from London’s Wormwood Scrubs.

1968 – Gangster twins Reginald and Ronnie Kray and their brother Charlie were arrested after dawn raids by police in London.

1980 – Smallpox eradication was certified. Based on extensive verification by renowned scientists, their findings of the eradication of smallpox were officially endorsed by the World Health Assembly.

1984 – The official opening of the Thames Barrier in London. The barrier is designed to be raised when exceptionally high tides on the River Thames threaten to flood parts of London.

1986 – British climber Alison Hargreaves became the first climber to conquer a Himalayan peak by its toughest route when she reached the 22,251 foot (6,782 m) summit of Kantega in 5 days without oxygen, porters or a fixed camp.

2013 – Mother-of-five Melanie Smith, 43 who started a fire in a communal hallway which killed five members of a neighbouring family, including three young children, was given five life terms for the murders and serve a minimum of 30 years.

2013 – Sir Alex Ferguson (aged 71) announced his retirement as Manchester United manager after 26 years in charge. The Scot won 38 trophies for the club including 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups and was the most successful manager in the history of British football.

2015 – 20 year old Mhairi Black became Westminster’s youngest MP since 1667 when she won the Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat for the Scottish National Party in the General Election. (Note: In 1667 Christopher Monck, the 2nd Duke of Albemarle, aged 13 and a half, became knight of the Shire for Devon.)

2015 – David cameron’s Conservative party won a majority Government. In the aftermath; Ed Miliband (Labour party leader) resigned, as did Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat leader) and also the UKIP leader Nigel Farage. (Note: The UKIP chairman Steve Crowther later rejected Mr. Farage’s post-election resignation because ‘the party’s election campaign has been a great success’.

Trivia and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1912, Paramount Pictures was founded? It is the 5th oldest film studio in the world and 2nd oldest in the United States.

The Taj Mahal in India is made entirely out of marble.

Peter Wyngarde – Real Name: Cyril Louis Goldbert

When black & white photographs were invented, they must have looked pretty weird because people had never seen the world in black & white before.

The Capital of Swaziland is Mbabane.

Alyssa Milano was the inspiration for Ariel’s features in The Little Mermaid.

Sponges are weird. They’re artificial now, but in the past, people would pluck animals out of the ocean and use them to wash dishes and stuff. That seems like something you’d do in the Flintstones.

When I was a kid, Swag and Booty made me think of Pirates. Now all I think of is Rappers and Hip Hop.

“Queue” is just “Q” followed by 4 silent letters.

I agreed to disagree, and I’m wondering about the potential legal trouble for breaking paradox laws.

“Been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding.” #songlyrics

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