October 8th: 2022

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

2017 – Northern California’s wine country was devastated by sweeping wildfires. The fires lasted through to October 15, killed 44 people, and 192 others were hospitalised.
Celebrity : birthdays
Chevy (Cornelius) Chase, comedian/writer, 79; Sheila Ferguson, singer (The Three Degrees) 75; Sigourney (Susan) Weaver, actress, 73; Hamish Stewart, guitarist/bassist/singer (Average White Band) 73; Robert Bell, musician, (Kool And The Gang) 72; Ardal O’Hanlon, comedian/actor, 57; Matt Damon, actor/writer 52; Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, 52; Bruno Mars, (Peter Gene Hernandez), singer, 37; Bella Thorne, actress, 25.

What : day is it

October 8th is Indian Air Force Day, World Egg Day, National Pierogi Day and Fluffernutter Day.
This day : in history

1908 – The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book, was published. It has never been out of print in its entire history. 

1915 – The Battle of Loos, one of the fiercest of World War I, ended with virtually no gains for either side. Almost 430,000 French, British and Germans were killed. The British used poison gas for the first time in the battle.

1928 – The birth of the actor Bill Maynard. He appeared with comedians Terry Scott and Ronnie Barker, played in some of the Carry On films and for 9 years he was the old rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the popular and long-running television series Heartbeat.

1929 – Betty Boothroyd, former Speaker of the House of Commons, was born.

1952 – 112 people were killed and 340 injured when two express trains collided at Harrow & Wealdstone, in NW London, and a third train ran into the wreckage. The driver of the Perth train had passed a caution signal and two danger signals before colliding with the local train, which accelerated the introduction of a system that warned drivers that they had passed an adverse signal.

1965 – London’s Post Office Tower, once Britain’s tallest building, opened. Prime Minister Harold Wilson made the first telephone call.

1967 – A motorist in Somerset becomes the first person to be breathalysed in Britain.

1967 – Clement Atlee died, aged 84. As Prime Minister he introduced radical reforms of the social welfare system and introduced the National Health Service.

1973 – London Broadcasting Company, Britain’s first legal commercial radio station, began transmitting.

1980 – British Leyland launched the Mini Metro.

1987 – The coroner’s inquest into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returned verdicts of unlawful killing. The ferry disaster, in March, killed 187 people.

1990 – Hectic trading in the City marked Britain’s first day as a full member of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) of the European Monetary System.

1990 – Women were first deployed to sea in the Royal Navy, setting sail on HMS Brilliant (a type 22 frigate) during the Gulf War.

1994 – The Sunday Times alleged that Margaret Thatcher’s son Mark, had received £12 million commission from a £20 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, negotiated whilst she was Prime Minister.

2015 – The FIFA Ethics Committee bans Sepp Blatter, UEFA president Michel Platini and FIFA’s secretary general Jérôme Valcke from all football activity for 90 days.

2017 – Northern California’s wine country was devastated by sweeping wildfires. The fires lasted through to October 15, killed 44 people, and 192 others were hospitalised.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1945, inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven? He’d noticed the effects of microwaves during an experiment when a candy bar had melted in his pocket.

Winona Ryder – Real Name: Winona Horowitz

“Baby, you shovel better than any man I’ve ever known, but that does not make you a superhero. You’re a good husband and a good father. Nothing more.” – Lucille (Mrs. Shoveler)

Judi Dench won a supporting actress Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love for an 8-minute appearance.

The word “silly” changed meaning over time from “happy” to “blessed”, “pious,” “innocent”, “harmless,” “pitiable”, and then “weak” before reaching the current meaning.

The Capital of Korea, South is Seoul

“Oi! Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck.” – Genie #moviequotes

Then there is Erika Eiffel, Formerly Erika Berlin Wall, who has been married to the Eiffel tower for almost 17 years.

There are around 2000 different plant types that humans use to cultivate food.

TV Quotes… “We’ve got a really big show!” (Ed Sullivan) on The Ed Sullivan Show.

How do we know clocks go ‘tic toc’? They could be going ‘toc tic’ for all we know.

If there were water on the moon, humans could run on it because of the reduced gravity.

There’s no way ancient Peruvians could have known that Lake Titicaca would be a hilarious name in the future.

Birthday : quotes

“The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and I chewed as fast as I could.” – Paul Hogan

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” – Jesse Jackson

“Most fears are basic: fear of the dark, fear of going down in the basement, fear of weird sounds, fear that somebody is waiting for you in your closet. Those kinds of things stay with you no matter what age.” – R. L. Stine

“I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on Earth matter, your behaviour matters, and how you treat other people matters.” – Matt Damon

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