October 17th: 2022

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

1860 – The world’s first Open Golf Championship was held at Prestwick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland. Until his death in 1859, Allan Robertson was regarded as top golfer in the world.
Celebrity : birthdays
Dolph Lundgren, actor, 63; Mike Judge, animator, 60; Mark Gatiss, actor/writer, 56; Ziggy Marley, musician, 54; Ernie Els, golfer, 53; Eminem (Marshall Mathers) rapper, 50; Wyclef Jean, rapper (The Fugees) 50; Matthew Macfadyen, actor, 48; Chris Kirkpatrick, singer, (NSYNC) 45; Kimi Raikkonen, racing driver, 43; Felicity Jones, actress, 39; Max irons, actor, 37.

What : day is it

October 17th is Spreadsheet Day, Black Poetry Day, National Pasta Day & International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This day : in history

1860 – The world’s first Open Golf Championship was held at Prestwick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland. Until his death in 1859, Allan Robertson was regarded as top golfer in the world. 

1914 – German U-boats raided Scapa Flow, the main base of the British Grand Fleet, off the north coast of Scotland in the Orkney Islands.

1936 – Newspaper owner Lord Beaverbrook promised King Edward VIII that he would arrange for the British press to remain silent on the subject of his relationship with American divorcee Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

1956 – Queen Elizabeth II opened Calder Hall in Cumbria – Britain’s first large scale atomic energy station.

1973 – The start of a major world oil crisis when oil producing Arab states increased prices by 70 per cent and cut production in protest at US support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War.

1980 – The Queen made history by becoming the first British monarch to make a state visit to the Vatican, when she met Pope John Paul II.

1985 – The House of Lords, in the Gillick case, permitted doctors to prescribe oral contraceptives to girls aged under 16 without parental consent.

1991 – Four independent television companies: TV-am, Thames, TVS and TSW lost their licences to broadcast following a ‘sealed bid’ system of awarding the franchises by the Independent Television Commission.

1996 – England international footballer Paul Gascoigne was accused of beating up his wife Sheryl at a hotel in Scotland.

2000 – Four people were killed when a high speed passenger train derailed in Hatfield, just north of London. The accident was a defining moment in the subsequent collapse of Railtrack.

2008 – Iran attempted to create the world’s largest sandwich at 1,500 meters long but failed due to a crowd eating it before it was measured.

2012 – Colin Farmer, aged 61 and a blind stroke victim said that he thought he was going to die when he was shot in the back in Chorley town centre with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun fired by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword.

2015 – Football manager Howard Kendall dies aged 69.

2018 – Canada legalizes the sale of recreational cannabis, the second country after Uruguay.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1990, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) was founded? It had started as a personal list of the films that the founder, Col Needham, had seen in the last ten years.

If Wayne Gretzky never scored any of his 894 goals (also an NHL record), he would still be the league’s all-time leading scorer with 1,963 assists.

The Capital of Japan is Tokyo

A Listerine mouthwash ad from the 1920s coined the phrase, “Often a bridesmaid but never a bride” to describe women with bad breath.

“Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and if I do, it’s usually something unusual.” – Bill Murray, in Stripes #moviequotes

The Wright Brothers only flew together once, after gaining their father’s permission. They had always promised they wouldn’t fly together to avoid a double tragedy if there was an accident.

The USARPS is the official governing body of the sport Rock Paper Scissors

The Capital of Jamaica is Kingston

Birthday : quotes

“No one wants the truth if it is inconvenient.” – Arthur Miller

“I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.” – Rita Hayworth

“I don’t want to be labelled as either a pansy or a heterosexual. Labelling is so self-limiting. We are what we do – not what we say we are.” – Montgomery Clift

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich, or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.”
– Eminem

“That’s the horrible thing starting out, you get distracted a lot because anything is easier than writing. It’s just the same enemy – blank paper.” – Jimmy Breslin

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

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