November 18th: 2022

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

1987 – The worst fire in the history of the London Underground killed 30 people. The blaze began in the machinery below a wooden escalator in King’s Cross Underground station and soon filled the tunnels with dense, choking smoke and intense heat.
Celebrity : birthdays
Herman Rarebell, drummer (The Scorpions) 73; Graham Parker, singer-songwriter, 72; Oscar Nunez, actor, 64; Cindy Blackman Santana, drummer, 63; Elizabeth Perkins, actress, 62; Kim Wilde (Smith), singer, 62; Steven Moffat, TV writer, 61; Kirk Hammett, guitarist (Metallica) 60; Peter Schmeichel, MBE, goalkeeper, 59; Owen Wilson, actor, 54; Megyn Kelly, journalist, 52; Chloë Sevigny, actress, 48; Ant McPartlin, TV personality, 47; Damon Wayans, actor, 40.

What : day is it

November 18th is Apple Cider Day, National Princess Day (since 1994) as well as Mickey Mouse Day and William Tell Day.
This day : in history

1910 – More than 100 suffragettes were arrested by police when they tried to storm the House of Commons at Westminster, London.

1926 – George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, ‘I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.’ The Nobel prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Sciences.

1943 – 440 Royal Air Force planes bombed Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF lost nine aircraft and 53 air crew.

1967 – A ban on the movement of farm animals across the whole of England and Wales came into effect at midnight, in a bid to curb the spread of foot and mouth disease.

1983 – The world’s first all-girl sextuplets were born, to Mrs. Janet Walton at Liverpool Maternity Hospital. They were named Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jenny.

1987 – The worst fire in the history of the London Underground killed 30 people. The blaze began in the machinery below a wooden escalator in King’s Cross Underground station and soon filled the tunnels with dense, choking smoke and intense heat.

1991 – Church envoy Terry Waite was freed by the Islamic extremists who kidnapped him in Beirut in 1987.

2002 – United Nations weapons inspectors arrived in Iraq. It had been alleged that Iraq was producing weapons of mass destruction but no evidence was ever found. Nevertheless, on 20th March 2003, an alliance of primarily U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq with the authority of President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

2003 – The Local Government Act 2003, repealing the controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, became effective. Section 28 stated that a local authority ‘shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ or ‘promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.’

2014 – Benjy, a bull branded gay, was saved by charity donations, including £5,000 from Sam Simon, the co-creator of the Simpsons. Benjy, from County Mayo, Ireland, had been destined for the abattoir after showing more interest in breeding with other bulls than cows.

2014 – Tony and Jan Jenkinson were ‘fined’ £100 by the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool after they wrote a damning review about it on TripAdvisor. After their stay, the couple found that their credit card had been debited, as the hotel had a ‘no bad review policy’ included in its terms and conditions. The money was later refunded and the policy changed.

2014 – Sara Payne, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne (murdered in 2000 by Roy Whiting ) shut her social network account after she had endured “over 10 years of online unrelenting stalking and harassment”. Sara’s husband Michael Payne, who had fought a battle with alcohol since the murder of his eight-year-old daughter, died in October 2014, aged just 45.

2018 – An American 26-year-old, John Allen Chau, was killed by natives living on the forbidden Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal. The island is notorious for being unfriendly to outsiders, with many who try to visit losing their lives.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2011, Minecraft was officially released at MINECON 2011? It would go on to become the best-selling video game of all time.

The Aurora Ice Hotel in Alaska was made entirely of ice. Ice walls, ceiling, beds, bar, barstools, even martini glasses were made of ice. It was closed by the fire marshal for not having smoke detectors.

Tina Turner – Real Name: Annie Mae Bullock

“What would you like the cake to say?”

“Do we want a talking cake?”

If I was a serial killer, I’d leave a Klondike bar wrapper at every murder scene, letting everyone know exactly what I would do for a Klondike bar.

Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton and heavy metal rocker Rob Zombie were production assistants on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

The Capital of Cyprus is Nicosia

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were both cast members on Barney and Friends.

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in Forrest Gump, 1994

A group of Polecats is called a Chine.

A study published in the American Journal of Physics confirmed a mathematician’s model suggesting that straight hair is more likely to tangle than curly hair.

Birthday : quotes

“It’s a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography, but if you write your biography, it’s equally assumed you’re lying your head off.” – Margaret Atwood

“War is what happens when language fails.” – Margaret Atwood

“We’re all puppets, Laurie. I’m just a puppet who can see the strings.” – Alan Moore, via Dr. Manhattan, in Watchmen

“I was brought up in an environment to believe that my opinion was important, that I had something to say, and that it was no less powerful because I was young, a girl, at the time really unattractive, definitely not the smartest kid in the class.” – Megyn Kelly

“There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth.” – Alan Moore

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