October 18th: 2022

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

1995 – Red Rum, three times winner of the Grand National at Aintree, died at the age of 30, an exceptional age for a horse. He was buried at Aintree.
Celebrity : birthdays
Pam Dawber, actress, 70; Timmy Mallett, TV presenter, 66; Martina Navratilova, tennis champion, 65; Thomas Hearns, former heavyweight boxing champion, 63; Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor, 61; Wynton Marsallis, jazz musician, 60; Rhod Gilbert, comedian, 53; Robbie Savage, former footballer/pundit, 47; Mike Tindall, former rugby player, 43; Lindsey Vonn, skier, 37; Zach Efron, actor, 34.

What : day is it

October 18th is No Beard Day, and Chocolate Cupcake Day.
This day : in history

1910 – The trial began at the Old Bailey of the American Dr Crippen, accused of murdering his wife Cora Henrietta Crippen. Born in Michigan in 1862 Hawley Harvey Crippen moved to Camden in 1897 and became the first suspect to be captured using the aid of wireless telegraphy. When he and his lover Ethel Neave were spotted escaping on board the liner Montrose the authorities were alerted and Crippen was arrested as the liner entered the St. Lawrence River. 

1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation was officially formed, to operate from Marconi House in London, under the management of John Reith. It established a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.

1957 – The Queen and Prince Philip visited the US and the White House to mark the 350th anniversary of the British settling in Virginia.

1963 – Harold Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister because of ill health. Sir Alec Douglas-Home became Prime Minister.

1966 – The Queen granted a royal pardon to Timothy Evans, wrongly convicted and hanged in 1950 for the murder of his wife and child. The real murderer was John Reginald Christie who had been hanged for mass murder in 1953.

1977 – Hilary Bradshaw became the first woman to referee a rugby match when Bracknell played High Wycombe.

1978 – The birth of Mike Tindall, an English rugby player who has captained the England team and is married to Zara Phillips, the daughter of the Princess Royal and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.

1987 – Nigel Mansell won the Mexican Grand Prix.

1988 – British Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, banned all broadcasts involving terrorist spokesmen. IRA spokesmen could be seen, but not heard, although their statements could be reported by the media.

1995 – Red Rum, three times winner of the Grand National at Aintree, died at the age of 30, an exceptional age for a horse. He was buried at Aintree.

1998 – Richard Bacon, presenter of the BBC TV programme ‘Blue Peter’ was sacked for taking cocaine.

2014 – A flock of sheep was left feeling rather woolly-headed after accidentally munching on £4,000 worth of cannabis plants that had been dumped in their field, at the edge of Fanny’s Farm in Merstham, Surrey. By the time that the police arrived, much of the evidence had been eaten.

2019 – The first all-female spacewalk took place. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped foot in space to fix a device on the International Space station.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

“No wire hangers, ever!” – Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) in Mommie Dearest, 1981

“Resistance is futile” – Picard as Borg (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Cosmic Latte is the ‘average’ overall colour of the universe, an eggshell; colour code: #FFF8E7.

A man holds the record for most times getting struck by lightning at 7. Is he the unluckiest man ever or the luckiest man?

Jimmy Carter said if he became president, he would release all government UFO information to the public. Once elected, he decided not to due to “national security concerns.”

The official name for Greece is the ‘Hellenic Republic’.

Over 500,000 birds are killed annually by wind farms. Cats kill over 3 billion.

The Capital of Italy is Rome

September isn’t the seventh month, and October isn’t the eighth.

TV Quotes… “Do you believe in miracles?” Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics

Gene Simmons – Real Name: Chaim Witz

Why can’t Hollywood come up with original ideas like they used to, in the days of The Godfather, The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, Gone With The Wind, Psycho, and Ben Hur?

A group of Hippopotamuses (Hippopotami) is called a Bloat.

Birthday : quotes

“I grew up thinking art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn’t paint.” – Chuck Berry

“Once you start believing in yourself, anything is possible. Once you start believing in yourself, your dreams take shape. The more you believe, the more you achieve.” – Martina Navratilova

“Training is useful but there is no substitute for experience.” – Lotte Lenya

“When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going, keep pushing it.” – Lindsey Vonn

“It costs a lot of money to be rich.” – Peter Boyle

I believe that the obsessive worship of movie, TV, and sports figures is less likely to produce spiritual gain than praying to Thor.” – Chuck Lorre

“I believe in destiny. I believe destiny opens doors for you, but it’s up to you to walk through them.” – Zac Efron

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