November 27th : 2021

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

1944 – Between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of explosives stored in a cavern beneath Staffordshire detonated, killing 68 people and wiping out an entire farm.
Celebrity : birthdays
Daryl Stuermer, guitarist, 69; Stephen Bannon, political advisor, 68; Curtis Armstrong, actor, 68; Charlie Burchill, guitarist, (Simple Minds) 62; Mike Bordin, drummer (Faith No More) 59; Fisher Stevens, actor/director, 58; Roberto Mancini, football manager, 56; Mike Skinner, singer, songwriter (The Streets) 43; Gary Lucy, actor, 40; Professor Green (Stephen Manderson) rapper, 38; Alison Pill, actress, 36.
What : day is it
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day, National Electric Guitar Day, National Pins And Needles Day, Pie in The Face Day, Turtle Adoption Day.
This day : in history

1967 – President de Gaulle said ‘Non’ to British entry into the Common Market. 

1975 – Ross McWhirter, TV presenter and co-editor of The Guinness Book of Records, was assassinated by two Provisional IRA gunmen after he had offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for several high-profile bombings.

1976 – The four millionth ‘Mini’ car left the production line.

1987 – A young man in Somerset tried seven times to kill himself following a row with his girlfriend. He threw himself in front of four cars, and jumped under the wheels of a lorry. He tried to strangle himself and jumped from a window. The real victims were a driver of one car who suffered a heart attack, a policeman who injured his back trying to restrain the man, and a doctor who was kicked in the face when the struggling man reached hospital.

1990 – John Major won his second ballot for leadership of the Conservative Party and became Prime Minister. (Mrs. Thatcher had resigned as Prime Minister 5 days previously.)

2000 – A 10-year-old schoolboy, Damilola Taylor, died after being stabbed in the leg by a gang of hooded attackers near his home in Peckham, south London.

2008 – The Queen Elizabeth II liner (the QE2) retired from active Cunard service. It was planned for her to begin conversion to a floating hotel; however, she remains moored at Port Rashid (Dubai) facing an uncertain future.

2012 – Police admitted that the late Sir Cyril Smith, former MP for Rochdale, was a sex abuser of boys in the late 1960s. Despite not being charged, after inquiries in 1970, 1998, and 1999, the CPS stressed that changes in procedure meant a prosecution would be pursued today.

2013 – The death of actor, Lewis Collins, aged 67. He was the quintessential British hard man, best known as Bodie in the TV the series ‘The Professionals’.

2014 – A new treatment for bladder cancer was shown to completely cure some people, in the first significant breakthrough in the disease for 30 years. Scientists from Queen Mary University of London discovered that an antibody allowed cancer cells to be picked up by the immune system and eradicated before they could spread.

2014 – A consortium made up of ‘Stagecoach’ and ‘Virgin’ won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route. The firms promised to invest £140m in the route over eight years, and to pay the government £3.3bn for the contract.

2014 – Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney. He also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire. His final innings score was adjusted to show him being 63 not out, after an update from Cricket Australia.

2014 – The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn was awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case. The sum was thought to be the biggest of its kind made by a judge in England. The couple separated following 17 years of marriage.

2014 – The car registration plate “25 O” was sold at auction for £518,000, setting a new British record.

2014 – The death, aged 94, of the acclaimed British crime writer PD James. Her books (e.g Death Comes To Pemberley) sold millions of copies around the world during her 50-year career, with many made into television films.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

“Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” – Oliver Hardy #moviequotes 

The world record for the longest breath held voluntarily was achieved by Aleix Segura Vendrell, a free diver who held his breath for an astounding 24 minutes and 3.45 seconds.

The misplaced apostrophe in Lands’ End (as opposed to Land’s End) resulted from a typo the fledgling clothing company couldn’t afford to fix. It’s still misspelled that way today.

Tom Jones – Real Name: Thomas Woodward

His Full Name? Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

Rather than just a name for a sport, ‘Competitive Eating’ could be used to describe nature in general.

The person who said “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, and the guy who said “Its the small things that count” must have led very different lives.

“How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? One, me, ’cause I’m the only one that does anything around here anyway.” – Neil #TVQuotes

Mastercard and Visa were originally not-for-profit ventures who barely covered their operating expenses for the first several years eventually becoming trillion-dollar clearinghouses for merchants and consumers.

A lot of people die in the Star Wars Universe and Disney films falling down infinite chasms.

Why do we put signs like the dollar sign ($10) before the number, but with percentages (10%) we put after, even when we say both signs after the numbers? One-tenth of $100 is “$10%”

The Capital of Central African Republic is Bangui

“Is it safe?” – Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) in Marathon Man, 1976

Birthday : quotes

“I will be dead in five years’ time, but while I am here, I will travel many highways and I will, of necessity, die at a time when my message of love, peace, and freedom can be shared with people all over the world. Once you’re dead, you’re made for life.” – Jimi Hendrix 

“First of all, the word superstar really turns me off — and I’ll tell you why. The word “star” man, it’s an illusion. it’s something what the public calls you. You should look upon oneself as an actor, man. I mean you would be very pleased if somebody said (punches his fist into his open hand) “man, you are a super actor!” it is much better than, you know, superstar.” – Bruce Lee

“Try things then clean up after yourself. Then try some more things and clean that up too.” – Bill Nye

“We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds… ’cause there are so many sleeping people.” – Jimi Hendrix