November 9th: 2022

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

1979 – The UK release of the controversial comedy film Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as Jesus Christ.
Celebrity : birthdays
Lou Ferrigno, actor, 71; Karen Dotrice, actress, 67; Tony Slattery, actor/writer, 63; Demetra Plakas, drummer (L7), 62; Sir Bryn Terfel (Jones), baritone, 57; Susan Tedeschi, singer/guitarist, 52; Eric Dane, actor, 50; Alessandro Del Piero, Italian footballer, 48; Angela Barnes, comedian, 46; Jobi McAnuff, footballer, 41; Ross Embleton, football manager, 41; Delta Goodrem, singer/actress, 38.

What : day is it

November 9th is World Freedom Day, National Harvey Wallbanger Day, National Cappuccino Day and Chaos Never Dies Day.
This day : in history

1915 – The first Women’s Institute (WI) meeting in England was held in the main bar of ‘The Fox Goes Free’ public house at Singleton in West Sussex.

1940 – The death of Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister at the outbreak of World War II.

1961 – Brian Epstein went to a lunchtime session at The Cavern in Liverpool to see for himself why his record shop was receiving so many requests for records by a group (the Beatles) that had apparently made none. He later became their manager.

1979 – The UK release of the controversial comedy film Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah. EMI Films withdrew funding just days before production was scheduled to begin and financing was arranged by George Harrison, former member of the Beatles and a long time Monty Python fan. Thirty-nine local authorities in the UK imposed an outright ban and some countries banned its showing for decades.

1979 – Four men were found guilty of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater. Eighteen years later their convictions were quashed.

1992 – Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Michael Stroud set out on their unassisted crossing of the Antarctic. For 97 days they fought pain, starvation and snow blindness until they were eventually airlifted out after completing the first and the longest, unsupported journey in Polar history. They walked more than 1,350 miles across some of the most hostile terrain in the world, averaging more than 14 miles a day at temperatures as low as -45°C.

1992 – The opening of the Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate. Described by Bill Bryson, in his book Notes from a Small Island as “heartbreakingly awful, the worst kind of pastiche architecture – a sort of Bath Crescent meets Crystal Palace with a roof by B&Q. The figures perched along the top look as if two dozen citizens of various ages are about to commit mass suicide.”

1999 – Pop singer Gary Glitter was charged with seducing and sexually humiliating a 14-year-old girl. He was cleared on those charges but was jailed for downloading thousands of items of child pornography. 7 years later a Vietnamese court found him guilty of committing obscene acts with minors and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. In October 2012, Glitter was taken from his London home into custody for questioning about the paedophile allegations surrounding the late Jimmy Savile and was released on bail.

2012 – The death of the 71 year old actor Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street for more than 30 years.

2019 – 70 bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, destroys100 homes killing three people.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. August 1st 1981 (the first music video shown ‘Video killed the radio star’ by the Buggles)

Four years after it was released, an Arizona DJ played UB40’s Red Red Wine as part of a feature on songs that should have been hit songs. Listeners started requesting it and within weeks it was the national #1 single

The Capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa.

PEZ was originally marketed as a sophisticated adult treat. The early flavours included peppermint, lemon, and chlorophyll mint.

In 1518 there was an unexplained event called the “Dancing Plague” in Strasbourg, in which 400 people danced for days without rest, some until they died.

“That’s what she said!” #TVCatchphrase

Dolphins know each other by name just like humans, except dolphin infants choose their own names while very young.

Silent and “listen” are anagrams of each other. #silent #listen

There is enough water in Lake Superior to flood the entire landmasses of North and South America to a depth of 1 foot. It contains over 3 quadrillion gallons of freshwater.

The Capital of Estonia is Tallinn.

1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters is born bright blue.

Birthday : quotes

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” – Carl Sagan

“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.” – Carl Sagan

“I can’t play a slave.” – Dorothy Dandridge

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” – Hedy Lamarr

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