November 29th: 2022

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

2015 – Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium’s David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Ghent.

Celebrity : birthdays
Joel Coen, filmmaker, 68; Howie Mandel, comedian, 67; Jennifer Batten, guitarist, 65; Cathy Moriarty, actress, 62; Andrew McCarthy, actor, 60; Don Cheadle, actor, 58; Ryan Giggs, football manager, 49; Anna Faris, actress, 46; Lauren German, actress, 44; Simon Amstell, comedian/writer, 43; Gemma Chan, actress, 40.

What : day is it

November 29th is Throw Out Your Leftovers Day as well as Electronic Greetings Day, National Lemon Crème Pie Day and National Square Dance Day.
This day : in history

1849 – Sir John Ambrose Fleming, English electrical engineer, was born. His inventions included the Fleming Valve and many related devices that led to the development of modern electronics.

1898 – C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, was born.

1907 British nurse Florence Nightingale, aged 87, was presented with the Order of Merit by Edward VII for her work tending the wounded during the Crimean War.

1934 – In Britain, the first live radio broadcast of a royal wedding – the marriage of the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina at Westminster Abbey in London.

1940 – The city of Liverpool endured nearly eight hours of bombing, which left 166 people dead and 2,000 people homeless. At the time, Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the tragedy as “the single worst civilian incident of the war.”

1947 – The UN approved Britain’s plan for a partition of Palestine.

1956 – Panic-buying breaks out at garages across the country as the government gives details of its petrol rationing plans. On the same day, Chris Brasher becomes the first Briton to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field since 1936 with the 3,000m Steeplechase at the Melbourne Olympics.

1962 – Britain and France announced a joint agreement to design and build Concorde, the world’s first supersonic airliner.

1963 – The Beatles record I Want To Hold Your Hand was released, with advance orders of one million in the UK alone.

1965 – Housewife Mary Whitehouse began her Clean Up TV Campaign by setting up the National Viewers and Listeners’ Association to tackle ‘bad taste and irresponsibility’.

1975 – Racing driver Graham Hill is killed when the small plane he is travelling in crashes in Hertfordshire. On the same day, the volcano Kilauea erupts in Hawaii.

1976 – Lancaster Council cancels the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Polytechnic, saying: “We don’t want that sort of filth in the town limits”.

1986 – The death of Cary Grant, British-born American actor. He was considered one of Hollywood’s definitive leading men and was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time (after Humphrey Bogart) by the American Film Institute.

1995 – On his historic visit to Britain, US President Bill Clinton praised British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Prime Minister John Bruton for their joint efforts to bring peace in Northern Ireland.

2001 – George Harrison, musician, actor, songwriter and former lead guitarist with the Beatles died of lung cancer, aged 58. Often referred to as the ‘quiet Beatle’, Harrison became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as to their Western audiences.

2013 – The consecration of the Rev. Pat Storey as the UK and Ireland’s first woman bishop, at a service at Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin.

2013 – A double engine failure caused a police helicopter to crash into the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow. Ten people died in the accident; all three on board, six on the ground and another person died two weeks later from injuries received.

2015 – Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium’s David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Ghent.

2019 – A terrorist knife attack at Fishmongers Hall by London Bridge, kills two and injures three.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1972, the first commercially successful video game, Pong, was released? The game helped to establish the video game industry as a whole.

Horror movie soundtracks sometimes include infrasound, which is sound below the range of human hearing. Even though we can’t hear it we can still feel it and it has been shown to induce anxiety, heart palpitations, and shivering.

By reading this sentence, I have become a small part of your world.

Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith but divorced after a year. Bill’s 30-year-old son then Stephen married Mandy’s mother, age 46. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Bill would be his own…?

Buffy the Vipre Slayer’s Sunnydale ZIP code would place the town in Morgan Hill, California.

Many of us write more text messages, emails, and Facebook posts in a day than most people wrote handwritten letters in a year just 30 years ago.

The Capital of Canada is Ottawa

“There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in Wizard of Oz, The Wizard of Oz, 1939

If “Batman” was originally written online, the title would probably be: “Rich Guy Goes Nuts – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.”

Etiquette Question: If you have a co-worker who desperately needs a nose hair trimmer, do you just anonymously leave one on their desk, or do you tell her about it?

“Don’t expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.” – Helen Fielding

‘Ant-Man’ isn’t a very catchy name. Why don’t they call him Dr. Shrink, and ironically, when he’s not out saving the world, he’s a Psychiatrist, helping people in a different way?

Changing another country’s weather is classed as a war crime under the Geneva convention.

Birthday : quotes

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

“Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it’s a relationship, a business, or a hobby.” – The Game

“My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.” – Garry Shandling

“I’m very loyal in relationships. Even when I go out with my mom I don’t look at other moms.” – Garry Shandling

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

“In an era of breadlines, depression, and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery . . . to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.” – Busby Berkeley

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