October 1st: 2022

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

1990 – A large explosion above the Pacific Ocean turned out to be a meteorite. It was originally thought to be a nuclear event; however, analysis concluded that the exploding object had been a stony, 100-ton asteroid.
Celebrity : birthdays
Julie Andrews, actress, 87; Jerry Martini, saxophonist, (Sly & The Family Stone) 75; Rob Davis, guitarist (Mud), songwriter, 75; Martin Turner, guitarist (Wishbone Ash), 75; Randy Quaid, actor, 72; Howard Hewett, singer (Shalamar), 67; Theresa May, politician, 66; Youssou N’dour, singer, 63; Harry Hill, comedian, 58; George Weah, footballer/president of Liberia, 56; Zach Galifianakis, actor/comedian, 53; Keith Duffy, vocals, (Boyzone), actor 48; Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills), rapper 37; Brie Larson (Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers), actress, 33.

What : day is it

October 1st celebrates CD Player Day, World Smile Day and Homemade Cookie Day.
This day : in history

1870 – The first British halfpenny postage stamp, in lilac, was issued. 

1906 – The first hot-air balloon race was staged at Whitley, Yorkshire and was won by US Army Lieutenant Frank Lahm.

1935 – Julie Andrews, English actress and singer was born.

1936 – The BBC began regular TV broadcasts from Alexandra Palace, north London.

1942 – The formation of REME, the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The 8000+ strong corps maintains the equipment that the Army uses and is described as the “British Army’s Professional Engineers”. It had the rare distinction of being honoured with the designation “Royal” from the day of its formation.

1943 – World War II: The Italian city of Naples fell to Allied soldiers.

1946 – Germany’s Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolph Hess – captured in Scotland on 10th May 1941, after mysteriously parachuting from a plane during World War II – was sentenced to life imprisonment by the the International Military Tribunal.

1954 – The UK Top 12 Pop Chart became a Top 20.

1957 – A vaccine against the strain of influenza that had been sweeping around the world was made available to the British public.

1974 – The first McDonalds restaurant opened in London.

1974 – British boxer John Conteh became Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.

1990 – A large explosion above the Pacific Ocean turned out to be a meteorite. It was originally thought to be a nuclear event; however, analysis concluded that the exploding object had been a stony, 100-ton asteroid.

1993 – RAC patrolman Mervyn Jacobs was called out to jump start a minesweeper. It was not a problem for him. He just ran a 50 foot lead from his van!

2012 – Surrey police confirmed that the late Sir Jimmy Savile was questioned over allegations of child sex abuse in 2007. In the aftermath, towns and organisations distanced themselves from their associations with the former TV presenter, commemorative plaques were removed and Savile’s triple gravestone was sent to a landfill site after being removed from a Scarborough cemetery.

2014 – The vehicle tax disc, first introduced in 1921, ceased to exist in paper form from 1st October, with a new electronic system being put in its place.

2015 – Smoking in ‘enclosed cars’ containing children under 18 was banned in England and Wales, with a fixed penalty fine of £50 issued to people who smoked or who failed to prevent another person from smoking.

2017 – Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. On the same day, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain. Also, O J Simpson is released from Nevada’s Lovelock Prison after less than nine years of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened in Florida? Walt Disney himself had chosen the location during a survey of the area.

Birds are dinosaurs- they are considered “avian dinosaurs” and have been around for 100 million years, thus making them among the last living dinosaurs on Earth.

Tom Hanks is the first actor to play Walt Disney in a mainstream feature film. (Saving Mr. Banks)

Every movie John Cazale was in was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (all three Godfathers, The Conversation, The Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon).

The Capital of Laos is Vientiane

On the day of his death, “Heath Ledger” was understandably the number 1 search on Google. Number 2 was “Keith Ledger”.

The biggest film of 1927: The Jazz Singer earned ~ $3,000,000

A group of Chinchillas is called a Colony.

“Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” – Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) in 42nd Street, 1933

Female gladiators (gladiatrices) existed during the Roman Empire.

A “white elephant gift exchange” takes its name from the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to those who displeased him because the upkeep costs would financially ruin them.

“No matter how knowledgeable you are, respect your parents for their experience and your children for their curiosity.” – Amit Kalantri

Birthday : quotes

“Wake Me Up When September Ends” – Billie Joe Armstrong

“LOL has turned into something you type when you have nothing better to add into a conversation.” – Richard Harris

“I’m not crazy. I play a lot of crazy characters, but I’m an actor.” – Randy Quaid

“Leave every place you go, everything you touch, a little better for your having been there.” – Julie Andrews

“You have to be really comfortable with yourself because people are going to tell you that you’re eyes are too brown or you’re this or you’re that. And if you’re not comfortable with yourself, you could get pretty freaked out.” – Brie Larson

“There’s nothing wrong with me, I mean, I don’t like boys.” – Bonnie Elizabeth Parker

“Performance-enhancing drugs are an illusion. I wish I had never gotten involved with steroids. It was wrong. It was stupid.” – Mark McGwire

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