November 15th: 2022

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

2001 – Microsoft entered the video game market with the launch of its first game console, the Xbox. Much of the first Xbox’s success came down to the game it was launched alongside, Halo.
Celebrity : birthdays
Anni-Frid Lyngstad, singer (ABBA) 77; Roger Donaldson, director, 77; Beverley D’Angelo, actress, 71; Alexander O’Neal, singer, 68; Jay Bennett, guitarist, (Wilco) 59; Christian “Flake” Lorenz, keyboardist (Rammstein) 56; Gustavo Poyet, football manager, 55; Jonny Lee Miller, actor, 50; Chad Kroeger, singer/guitarist (Nickelback) 48; Krysten Ritter, actress/director, 41; Shailene Woodley, actress, 31.

What : day is it

November 15th is known as Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day and I Love to Write Day, National Bundt Cake Day, Steve Irwin Day and Odd Socks Day.
This day : in history

1899 – Winston Churchill was captured by the Boers while covering the war as a reporter for the Morning Post. He escaped a few weeks later.

1922 – Children’s Hour was first broadcast on the radio. It established a tradition of drama and story-telling and built up a devoted audience of over three million at its peak.

1928 – The RNLI Lifeboat Mary Stanford capsized in Rye Harbour with the loss of the entire 17 man crew, practically the whole male fishing population of the small town of Rye.

1932 – The birth of Petula Clark, singer, actress, and composer which a career spanning seven decades.

1942 – World War II: The first flight of the German Heinkel He 219 took place. Had it been available in quantity, it might have had a significant effect upon the strategic night bombing offensive of the Royal Air Force. Only 294 of all models were built by the end of the war and they saw only limited service.

1968 – The liner Queen Elizabeth completed her final passenger voyage when she landed at Southampton. She was sold to a US group who planned to moor her in Florida as a tourist attraction. She was replaced by the new liner the QE2.

1969 – ATV (Midland) screened the first colour TV commercial in Britain; for Birds Eye Peas. It cost £23 for the off peak 30 second slot.

1977 – The birth of Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.

1985 – Britain and the Republic of Ireland signed a deal giving Dublin a role in Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 60 years. Unionists accused Mrs. Thatcher of treachery.

1990 – Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian held a press conference to confirm the rumours that the two members of the group Rob and Fab had not sung on any of their hit records.

1991 – In the wake of increased sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, Britain called up 1,400 reserve troops for full-time active duty.

1994 – The launch of Britain’s first Internet newspaper, The Electronic Telegraph.

1998 – Britain and America called back their fighter planes after Iraq agreed to allow UN weapons inspectors back into the country.

2001 – Microsoft entered the video game market with the launch of its first game console, the Xbox. Much of the first Xbox’s success came down to the game it was launched alongside, Halo. The Xbox sold more than 1.5 million units in the US alone by the end of the year.

2002 – Moors murderer Myra Hindley, the woman who came to personify evil , died in prison, aged 60.

2014 – Pensioner Kelvin Sibthorpe got his hopes up when he discovered he’d been the victim of pension mis-selling, which meant he could be entitled to a ‘windfall’. The windfall entitled him to only an extra 18p a month in pension payments. It would consist of seven years of back payments, coming to a grand total of £10.08.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you knowthe ancient Greeks first grew carrots as a form of medicine and not a food.

Vincent Van Gogh had an older brother, also named Vincent, who died exactly one year to the day before the famous painter was born.

Math was discovered, not invented.

Help! I got stuck in a shampoo lather, rinse, repeat loop!

In less than 100 years, humanity has witnessed two global conflicts, the invention and use of the atomic bomb, three flu epidemics, the invention of the computer and smartphones, the first moon landing, and pet rocks.

When with friends, and a bear (or any large, meat-eating animal) charges, you just need to run faster than one of the people in your group. You may have to trip someone up.

The Capital of Dominica is Roseau

“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” – George Taylor (Charlton Heston) in Planet of the Apes, 1968

“Make it work!” #TVCatchphrase

All large copy machines are designed to hold an entire ream of paper. Don’t be the person who only puts half in. – LifeProTips

Del Shannon – Real Name: Charles Westover

My friend asked: We tend to eat animals that are vegetarians: cows, goats, sheep, chickens. So my question to you is if you were starving would you eat a person? I mean, assuming the person was a vegetarian.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in el

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in Nanjing, China, constructed in the early 1400s.

Birthday : quotes

“Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.” – Erwin Rommel

“Mantovani was a great influence on me.” – Brian May (musician)

“I’m afraid that I’m either going to have to write myself something or direct something if I’m going to get somewhere.” – Yaphet Kotto

“Comedy is the most palliative way to make a point. People are more willing to listen if they can laugh.” – Judy Gold

“Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness!” – Randy Savage

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

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