Daily Post : On this day 29th December

Quote of the day :

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really strangers.*
~ Actress, Mary Tyler Moore (born today).

*(Bravely resists urge to ‘correct’ realise!)


Picture of the day :

One of a group of grafitti street artist working on murials in St Helens, Merseyside, summer 2011

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Youtube video of the day :

As it’s his birthday today, here’s Bernard Cribbins singing ‘Right said Fred’


Born on this day…

Born today :

  • Author and entrepreneur, Ian Livingstone OBE
    Of Games Workshop, F/F, Warhammer, Edios fame
    I knew him a long, long time ago!
  • Sci-Fi author, Charles L. Harness
  • Children’s author, Edmund Wallace Hildick
  • Children’s and young adult’s author, Lesley Howarth
  • Author, Eden Phillpotts
  • Director, Andy Wachowski
  • Actress, Jennifer Ehle
  • Actress, Mary Tyler Moore
  • Actress, Barbara Steele
  • Actor, Bernard Cribbins OBE
  • Actor, Jude Law
  • Actor, Ted Danson
    Acting is pretending that you’re not pretending when you’re actually pretending
    Cheers for that quote, Ted 🙂
  • Actor, Jon Voight
  • Actor, Ed Flanders
  • Actor and comedian, Danny McBride
  • British prime minister, William E. Gladstone (b.)
    Born at 62 Rodney Street, Liverpool, he served as pm 4 separate times.
    (Funnily enough, one of my friends has an office at 64, I don’t think there’s a plaque for Gladstone at number 62. Other houses, like 34 (Henry Booth) and 54 (Dr WH Duncan) do.)
    No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.
  • US President, Andrew Johnson (17th, b.1808)
  • Chemist, Charles Macintosh (b.1766)
    Worked out how to dissolve natural rubber in naptha and so invented waterproofing for fabric, giving us the Mackintosh raincoat
  • Inventor, Charles Goodyear (b.1800)
    Perhaps aptly following the mac, he is the inventor of vulcanized rubber
  • Engineer and businessman, William s. harley
    Of Harley and Davidson fame
  • Cellist, Pablo Casals
  • Drummer, Cozy Powell
  • Singer and actress, Marianne Faithfull
  • Singer, songwriter and musician , Ray Thomas (Moody Blues)
  • Singer, Yvonne Elliman

Also on this day in history

Had to grin at this one I found on Beautiful Britain :
1675 : Parliament ordered the closing of all coffee houses on the basis that they were centres of malicious gossip about the Government.

1845 : President James Polk signs legislation that makes Texas the 28th state. Not so ‘lone star’ now?

1851 : The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.

1918 : The Sunday Express was published for the first time

1924 : John D. Rockefeller donated $1 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

1931 : Harold Clayton Urey publicly announced the discovery of heavy water (deuterium)

1939 : William Shockley recorded in his laboratory notebook for Dec. 29th 1939 that it should be possible to replace vacuum tubes with semiconductors. In 1947, with Walter Brattain and John Bardeen at AT&T Bell Laboratories they successfully tested the point-contact transistor.

1949 : Station KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first UHF television station to operate a daily schedule.

1950 : Radio Luxemburg began broadcasting in Europe.

1967 : The Star Trek episode "Trouble With Tribbles" aired for the first time.


Trending at this moment: 2013

Not a great deal of interest, but I noticed one or two stories about the NSA’s misbehaviour:
The Guardian – NSA ‘hacking unit’ infiltrates computers around the world
Huffington Post – NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

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