October 31st: 2022

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

2018 – The Statue of Unity in India was officially completed making it the world’s tallest statue at 597 ft (182 m).
Celebrity : birthdays
Peter Jackson, director, 61; Johnny Marr, guitarist (The Smiths) 59; Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou) drummer (Motorhead) 59; Dermot Mulroney, actor, 59; Rob Schneider, comedy actor, 59; Marco van Basten, Dutch soccer star, 58; Annabella Lwin, vocals, (Bow Wow Wow), 56; Adam Horovitz, rapper (The Beastie Boys) 56; Vanilla Ice (Robert van Winkle), rapper, 55; Alistair McErlaine, guitarist, (Texas) 54; Matt Dawson, rugby union star, 50; Monica and Gabriela Irimia, (Cheeky Girls), 40; Marcus Rashford MBE, footballer, 25.

What : day is it

Happy Halloween! October 31st isMagic Day and National Knock-Knock Jokes Day.
This day : in history

1951 – Zebra crossings came into use for the first time in Britain.

1955 – Princess Margaret called off her plans to marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend.

1956 – Britain and France bombed Egypt in retaliation for the barring of their ships from the Suez Canal.

1964 – The Windmill Theatre off London’s Piccadilly Circus finally closed after 32 years. Their slogan ‘We Never Closed’ was a tribute to them staying open to troops during the war.

1971 – A terrorist bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower in London. The building has been closed to the public ever since.

1973 – Three Provisional IRA members escaped from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin aboard a hijacked helicopter that briefly landed in the prison’s exercise yard. As the helicopter took off, one officer, in the confusion shouted ‘Close the gates, close the ******* gates.’ The escape resulted in all IRA prisoners held at Mountjoy Prison being transferred to the maximum security Portlaoise Prison.

1982 – The Thames barrier, part of London’s flood defences, was raised for the first time.

1988 – Coventry became Britain’s first city to introduce a by-law banning the drinking of alcohol in public places. Coventry was made famous much earlier by Lady Godiva who, in July 1040, clothed only in her long hair, rode through the city after her husband agreed to repeal the taxes if she would strip naked and ride through the streets.

1997 – A 19 year old British au pair Louise Woodward, was found guilty by a court in America of murdering 8 month old Matthew Eappen.

2003 – A shark bit off an arm of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton in Hawaiian waters.

2008 – Officials asked for the Welsh translation of a bilingual road sign which in English read – “No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only.” When the automatic e-mail came back from Swansea council it read “Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd. Anfonwch unrhyw waith i’w gyfieithu” and this was duly printed on the road sign. Only later was it discovered that the Welsh part of the sign said “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

2013 – TV cameras were allowed to record proceedings at the Court of Appeal in England and Wales for the first time. Senior judges and major broadcasters welcomed the move, which the head of BBC News said was a “landmark moment”.

2019 – Brexit did not happen… again! The first extension of Article 50 was agreed on 21st March and provided for an extension until 22nd May if the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement had been approved by the House of Commons by the original Brexit date of 29th March.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 2011, Earth’s population was estimated to reach 7 billion people? This date was calculated and decided on by the United Nations Population Fund.

April 1st and October 31st must be the worst two days of the year to have a serious workplace accident.

Teller (of the magic act Penn & Teller) has legally changed his full name to just “Teller” and has a passport in that name.

“Attica! Attica!” – Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino)

The 2nd richest man in history was Augustus Caesar, with an estimated net worth of about $4.6 Trillion (today’s dollars, after inflation), about 25% of the world’s economic output then.

“You had me at ‘hello.’” – Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) #moviequotes

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” – Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Network, 1976

There should be an ER style medical drama about Umpa-Lumpas always saving the children Willy Wonka has ‘accidentally’ mutilated.

Blond hair in humans developed only 11,000 years ago as an evolutionary response to the lack of sunlight in Northern Europe to enable more Vitamin D synthesis.

A group of people who perform in a variety of shows or plays is called a Company.

The blinking light atop the Capitol Records Building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code, and has done so since the building’s opening in 1956.

Birthday : quotes

“To stay youthful, stay useful.” – John Keats

Q: What were you thinking when your colleagues were out there making cosmic history?
A: “I just kept reminding myself that every single component in this spacecraft was provided by the guy who submitted the cheapest tender.” – Michael Collins

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” – Dale Evans

“We live in the present, we dream of the future and we learn eternal truths from the past.” – Chiang Kai-shek

“There are a lot of things in this world that are more important than being popular. Being true to yourself is one of them.” – Michael Landon

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