October 21st: 2022

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

1966 – 144 people were killed in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan when tons of slush, from a nearby coal slag tip weakened by rain, slid downhill and engulfed the village school.
Celebrity : birthdays
Sir Geoffrey Boycott, cricket commentator, 82; Mannfred Mann (Michael Lubowitz) musician, 82; Steve Cropper, guitarist, 81; Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin), TV personality, 80; Tetsu Yamauchi, bass player (The Faces/Free) 75; John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, musician (Free/The Who) 74; Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, 73; Charlotte Caffey, guitarist (The Go-Gos) 70; Julian Cope (Kevin Stapleton), musician 65; Steve Lukather, guitarist (Toto), 65; Paul Ince, former footballer, 55; Kim (Kimberly) Kardashian, 42.

What : day is it

October 21st is Count Your Buttons Day, Back to the Future Day, Apple Day and Reptile Awareness Day.

This day : in history

1958 – The first women peers were introduced into the House of Lords. 

1966 – 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan when tons of slush, from a nearby coal slag tip weakened by rain, slid downhill and engulfed the village school, a farm and a row of terraced houses. The tragedy occurred at the beginning of the school day and on the day before the school closed for the half-term holiday. The children are buried in Aberfan’s cemetery, on the hillside above the valley.

1975 – Britain’s unemployment figure reached 1,000,000 for the first time since World War II.

1982 – Gerry Adams & Martin McGuinness made history by becoming the first members of Sinn Fein to be elected to the Ulster Assembly.

1985 – In one of Britain’s worst motorway crashes, 13 people were killed on the M6 motorway in Lancashire.

1990 – Apple Day started in Covent Garden, London. The annual event is a huge celebration of apples with cooking demos, games, juice and cider, and the hundreds of apple varieties on sale.

1996 – Frances Lawrence, widow of headmaster Phillip Lawrence who was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers outside his school gates, launched a ‘better citizenship campaign’ to promote good behaviour in schools.

1997 – ‘Candle in the Wind’ – the re-working of the hit single Elton John sang live at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, was declared the biggest selling single in music history.

2001 – The benefit concert “United We Stand” led by Michael Jackson took place to stand up against terrorism.
Many top artists performed, including Mariah Carey, Al Green, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Goo Goo Dolls, Backstreet Boys, Usher, Pink, NSYNC, and more.

2011 – St Paul’s Cathedral was closed to visitors for the first time since World War II because of anti-capitalist demonstrators (the ‘Occupy London Stock Exchange’ movement) ‘camping on its doorstep’. The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles said that the decision had been taken with a heavy heart, for health and safety reasons.

2012 – The death (aged 99) of William Walker, the oldest surviving pilot from the Battle of Britain, who was shot down in his Spitfire and wounded in 1940.

2019 – The oldest natural pearl discovered off the Abu Dhabi coast was estimated to be 8,000 years old.

2021 – Alec Baldwin accidentally used a live firearm during a movie rehearsal, during which he shot and killed a cinematographer.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2001, the United We Stand concert took place? The show was held in memory of victims of the September 11th Attacks and was led by Michael Jackson.

“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) #moviequotes

A group of Beavers is called a Colony or Family.

David Bowie – Real Name: David Jones

Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins also wrote for Clarissa Explains It All.

Life is ephemeral – don’t waste it looking up big words.

If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person. #childlore

That old man who appears in all the different Marvel movies is actually an original writer/editor for a bunch of different Marvel Characters!

The Capital of Israel is Jerusalem, embassies in Tel Aviv

“His deeds will not be forgiven until he merits.” #moviequotes

There was a 5th element along with earth, wind, fire and water which was called an Aether. An Aether was referred to as anything of natural phenomena, such as light or gravity.

Birthday : quotes

“Contentment is the only real wealth.” – Alfred Nobel

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Carrie Fisher

“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Nobel

“You get an education in school and in college. And then you start to work… and that’s when you learn!” – Mary Blair

“If I don’t like something that’s going on in my life, I change it. And I don’t sit and complain about it for a year.” – Kim Kardashian

“When you stop being so afraid of failing you become much more free to succeed.” – Rich Mullins

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one and it would not be a wasted life.” – Ken Watanabe

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