October 26th: 2022

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

1918 – Stonehenge was given over to the British Government by its private landowner. Cecil Chubb donated the monument to the government and was the last private individual to own Stonehenge.
Celebrity : birthdays
Hilary Clinton, former First Lady/presidential candidate, 75; Bootsy (William) Collins, bassist (Funkadelic) 71; Andrew Motion, poet, 70; David Was (Weiss), musician/songwriter, (Was Not Was) 70; Keith Strickland, musician/songwriter (The B52s) 69; James Pickens Jr, actor, 68; Rita Wilson (Hanks), actress, 66; Dylan McDermott, actor, 61; Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister of Kenya, 61; Cary Elwes, actor, 60; Natalie Merchant, singer-songwriter, 59; Tom Cavanagh, actor/director, 59; Judge Jules, DJ, 57; Keith Urban, country singer, 55; Seth MacFarlane, animator/film maker, 49; Jon Heder, actor, 45; Nicola Adams, boxer, 40.

What : day is it

October 26th celebrates Howl At The Moon Day, National Mincemeat Day and Pumpkin Day.
This day : in history

1918 – Stonehenge was given over to the British Government by its private landowner. Cecil Chubb donated the monument to the government and was the last private individual to own Stonehenge.

1950 – The first sound and vision broadcast from the House of Commons was broadcast, showing George VI reopening the chamber after repair work carried out on damage sustained during the war.

1965 – The Beatles went to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their MBEs by Queen Elizabeth II. Four years later, John Lennon sent back his MBE, stating that he was returning the award in protest against British involvement in Biafra, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

1977 – The birth of Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian. Her list of major achievements (as of October 2015) include being a 21-time World champion (6 in swimming and 15 in cycling), a 21-time European champion (18 in swimming and 3 in cycling) and a holder of 72 world records.

1986 – Leading politician Jeffrey Archer was forced to resign from the deputy chairmanship of the Conservative party following allegations that he made a payment to a prostitute to avoid a scandal. He denied the allegations and later fought a successful libel case.

1989 – The re-built Globe Theatre in London reopened for the first time in 350 years.

1989 – The British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson resigned over policy differences with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. John Major replaced him.

1992 – The London Ambulance Service was thrown into chaos after the failure of a new Computer Aided Dispatch system. Its poor design and implementation led to significant delays in the assigning of ambulances, with reports of 11 hour waits. Media reports at the time claimed that up to 30 people may have died as a result of the chaos. The then-chief executive, John Wilby, resigned shortly afterwards.

2000 – The long awaited report into the spread of BSE or ‘mad cow disease’ and its fatal human equivalent, vCJD, criticised officials, scientists and government ministers.

2001 – British troops were put on standby for action in Afghanistan as Tony Blair warned that Osama bin Laden must be stopped.

2012 – Six care workers at Winterbourne View care home (Gloucestershire) were given prison sentences for ‘particularly cruel … callous and degrading’ abuse of disabled patients.’ The defendants were secretly filmed by BBC Panorama, slapping extremely vulnerable residents, soaking them in water, trapping them under chairs, taunting and swearing at them, pulling their hair and poking their eyes.

2014 – Camp Bastion, the last UK base in Afghanistan, was handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country.

2017 – A statue was unveiled in the Community Garden, Congleton – Cheshire, for a military dog who was awarded the Dickin Medal (the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross). Treo, who died in 2015, saved many lives by uncovering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during his time serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1984, The Terminator, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was released in the US?

The Capital of Iceland is Reykjavik

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #8 – Justice.

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Farrah Fawcett voiced the character of ‘Faucet’ in The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

Pompitous – “the pompitous of love” lyric is often credited as coming from Steve Miller’s song, The Joker. Many people don’t know that it was first used by The Medallions’ 1954 R&B almost-hit, The Letter.

There are 255168 possible games of Tic-Tac-Toe.

Disney’s Aladdin on the Sega Genesis is the 3rd best selling Genesis game after Sonic 1 and 2.

The Capital of Hungary is Budapest

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” – James Bond (Sean Connery) in Goldfinger, 1964

Cancer cells collected from patient Henrietta Lacks months before her death in 1950 are still alive and being used today for research.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” – Jim Henson

Vanity Fair magazine is named after a fictional place created by Satan where delights, and lusts are sold daily.

Birthday : quotes

“Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.” – Mahalia Jackson

“What we do does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” – Bob Hoskins

“We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.” – Benjamin Guggenheim

“Giving every child a chance to reach their full potential is the best work anyone can do.” – Hillary Clinton

“Just because something is three months away and seems far off, doesn’t mean you will want to be there when the time comes.” – Jaclyn Smith

“Sometimes you ask God for something and you don’t know what you’re asking.” – Mahalia Jackson

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