March 2nd "2024" Daily Prep

Welcome to day 62, known as The National Egg McMuffin Day and Dr. Seuss Day. If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived the week of June 9th in the previous year. Your star sign is Pisces and your birthstone is Aquamarine.
The Concorde airplane was tested for the first time in Toulouse, France.
1969 – The Concorde airplane was tested for the first time in Toulouse, France.
Todays birthdays
1947 – Harry Redknapp (77), English former football manager (West Ham, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur) and player, born in Poplar, East London.
1962 – Jon Bon Jovi (62), American singer/songwriter (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States.
1968 – Daniel Craig (56), English actor (Layer Cake, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre), born in Chester, Cheshire.
1977 – Chris Martin (47), English singer/songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of Coldplay (“Viva La Vida”, “Yellow”), born in Whitestone, Devon.
1988 – James Arthur (36), English singer and songwriter (“Say You Won’t Let Go”) who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, born in Middlesbrough.
Famous deaths
1930 – D. H. Lawrence (b. 1885), English novelist ( Lady Chatterley’s Lover), poet, playwright, and critic.
1939 – Howard Carter (b. 1874), English archaeologist and historian who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in November 1922.
1999 – Dusty Springfield (b. 1939), English singer (“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, “Son of a Preacher Man”).
The day today
1958 – A British team, led by explorer Vivian Fuchs, completed the first crossing of the Antarctic. His 12-man party endured severe hardships to travel the 2,500 from the Filchner Ice Shelf to McMurdo Sound in just 99 days.
1969 – The maiden flight of Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airline. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for just 27 minutes.
1995 – British financial dealer Nick Leeson, who bankrupted Barings Bank, was arrested at Frankfurt Airport.
2015 – Police were given new powers to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs. The levels for the illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, meant that there would be ‘virtually zero tolerance’ for drivers apprehended with these substances in their system.
2015 – The last surviving Dambusters pilot (Squadron Leader Les Munro) decided to sell his gallantry medals awarded for the famous raid and donate the proceeds to the newly-built Bomber Command Memorial in London, dedicated to the 55,573 airmen killed during the Second World War.
Today in music
1967 – Engelbert Humperdinck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Release Me.’ The singers first of two number 1’s, the song spent six weeks at the top of the chart and a record fifty six weeks on the chart.
1985 – The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK indie charts with ‘How Soon Is Now.’ Soho had the 1990 No.8 UK hit with ‘Hippy Chick.’ a song based on a guitar sample from the song.
1996 – Oasis scored their second UK No.1 single when ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ went to No.1. From the bands ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ album it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
2003 – Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Linda Perry written and produced song ‘Beautiful’. The singers fourth UK No.1 which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Also on this day… Norah Jones started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Come Away With Me’. The album spent over a year on the chart and was also a US No.1.
2008 – Three months after its initial release, the deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘Back to Black’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
Today in history
1484 – The College of Arms is formally incorporated by Royal Charter signed by King Richard III of England.
1545 – The birth of Sir Thomas Bodley, English diplomat, scholar and founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is second only in size to the British Library.
1797 – The Bank of England printed the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.
1882 – An unsuccessful attempt was made by Scotsman Roderick Maclean to assassinate Queen Victoria. As she was leaving Windsor railway station he stepped forward from the cheering crowd, lifted a revolver and fired into her carriage. Before a second shot could be fired, he was overpowered by the crowd and arrested by Superintendent Hayes. Remaining calm, the Queen and her companions rode on to Windsor Castle.
1905 – The death of Cuthbert Brodrick, architect of Leeds Town Hall, one of the largest town halls in the United Kingdom and the Grand Hotel, Scarborough. At the time of its grand opening in 1867, it was the largest hotel and the largest brick structure in Europe.