October 19th: 2022

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

2013 – The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire.
Celebrity : birthdays
Michael Gambon, actor, 81; John Lithgow, actor, 76; Patrick Simmons, musician (Doobie Brothers) 73; Sam Allardyce, football manager, 67; Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, drummer (Madness) 61; Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight boxing champion, 59; Jon Favreau, actor/director 55; Sinitta (Malone) singer, 53.

What : day is it

October 19th is known as International Gin and Tonic Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day and Evaluate Your Life Day.
This day : in history

1954 – The first day of the public inquiry into the crashes of two Comet airliners within months of each other heard that metal fatigue was the most likely cause. The Comet’s certificate of airworthiness was withdrawn after the second crash. 

1970 – British Petroleum announced the first major discovery of oil under the British sector of the North Sea.

1978 – For the first time in Britain, the International Motor Show was held outside London, its new home being the newly-completed National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham.

1987 – Black Monday. Millions of pounds were wiped off the value of shares and other financial markets around the world. Wall Street ended the day down 22%, a greater fall than the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

1989 – The ‘Guildford Four’ had their convictions quashed after wrongly serving 14 years in prison for the IRA bombings at Guildford and Woolwich.

1991 – London’s Royal Opera House had to cancel its performance, as orchestra members, pursuing an industrial dispute, refused to wear dinner jackets and turned up in jeans.

1998 – Cher’s “Believe” was released and became the Billboard 1999 Song of the Year. The album featured some of her most famous singles, such as “Believe” and “Strong Enough.”

2001 – It was announced that a ‘serious error’ was made by researchers who wasted five years testing the wrong animal brains for BSE!

2001 – Dennis Yates (aged 58), a Second World War memorabilia dealer, was jailed for 10 months for handling a wartime Enigma encoding machine. It was stolen from a display cabinet at Bletchley Park (codenamed Station X) on 1st April 2000 during an open day at the former top secret site. A separate charge, of blackmailing Christine Large, the director of Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the Abwehr Enigma G312 machine was kept, was ordered to lie on file. Following months of ransom demands, the machine, one of only three left in the world, was returned via BBC Two’s Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman.

2011 – After a 10 year legal battle, police and bailiffs began clearing the illegal part of the UK’s largest travellers’ site, at Dale Farm, Basildon, Essex.

2012 – Trenton Oldfield, aged 36, who disrupted the 2012 University Boat Race by swimming between the boat race crews was jailed for six months for causing a public nuisance. Oldfield said that he was demonstrating against government cuts.

2013 – The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for £900,000 in just 10 minutes at auction in Wiltshire. Bidding started at £50 and the violin had a guide price of £300,000. The bandleader Wallace Hartley aged 33, was from Colne in Lancashire and is buried in Colne cemetery. The words ‘Nearer My God To Thee’, the alleged last song that the band played on RMS Titanic, are engraved on the plinth.

2014 – The death (at the age of 66) of the British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham. The actress was best known for her long-running role as a mother in the 1980’s Oxo TV adverts.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2005, Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was tried for his crimes against humanity? He was found guilty and executed by hanging a year later.

In order to be given the right to show the much-anticipated movie The Other Side of Midnight, Fox demanded that cinemas also screen a sci-fi film that they were worried would be a flop. Star Wars went on to gross over $775 million.

The diskette image is the “intuitive” icon for saving files, for millions of people that have never seen a real diskette.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” #songlyrics

Useless Pronunciation: G as in Gnome

Heat, pressure, and time make diamonds, therefore diamonds are made in the same way as waffles.

A group of Otters is called a Romp or Bevy or Family or Raft.

My dog’s favourite sound is probably me saying “Oh, crap!” from the kitchen.

If we ever find a new colour we should make the name of it rhyme with orange.

“Non!” – Marcel Marceau #moviequotes

Onomatopoeia is easier done than said.

An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

Birthday : quotes

“Once an innovation is implemented it is no longer innovative.” – Jack Anderson

“I think there’s always room for people to hear different styles of music, especially when it comes from the heart.” – Pras Michel

“I was shocked that someone I didn’t even know would take the time to pray for me. – Divine

“I’m just wowed by the universe. I’m just glad to do something I love to do. I love color, I love painting, I love shapes, I love composition, I love the people around me. I’m adoring it all. My legacy is in the hands of other people.” – Peter Max

“I learned the most about myself, and you ask what I learned? Well, I learned my strengths and my weaknesses, and it’s far more important to learn about your weaknesses than your strengths.” – John Lithgow

“All of my friends in the business ask, ‘Why is this woman not a star? Why is she not a household name?’” – Annie Golden

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