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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:29 am

[1837] London’s first railway station opened, in Euston Grove. The new Euston station was described as ‘mightier than the pyramids of Egypt’.

Helps us to get around MEGA congested London. Cycling has become more popular since the pandemic.
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What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:44 am

21st July

NATIONAL BE SOMEONE DAY
NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY

On This Day in history - 21st July

1403 In the Battle of Shrewsbury, King Henry IV defeated rebels led by Henry 'Hotspur' Percy from Northumberland. It was the first battle in which English archers fought each other on English soil and demonstrated the deadliness of the longbow.

1545 The French invaded the Isle of Wight. However the French had little local knowledge and as the attacks were expected, local forces reached the high grounds of Bembridge Down to oppose them. The French had a long history of attacking the Island and this was their last attempt at capture.

1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet died, aged 37, at his house in Dumfries. He is buried in the mausoleum in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Dumfries.

1897 London's Tate Gallery, built on the site of the Millbank Prison, was opened, with 67 paintings.

1909 Six suffragettes, jailed for breaking windows in Whitehall, were released for insubordination, for kicking and biting female wardens and for going on strike.

1925 Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break the 150 mph land barrier, at Pendine Sands in Wales when he drove a Sunbeam at a two-way average speed of 150.33 mph. His son, Donald Campbell, carried on the family tradition by later holding both land speed and water speed records.

1931 A Bill proposing the sterilisation of the mentally defective was defeated in the House of Commons.

1960 English yachtsman Francis Chichester docked in New York in his boat Gypsy Moth II - setting a new record of 40 days for a solo crossing of the Atlantic.

1972 Bloody Friday' bombings by the Provisional IRA around Belfast in Northern Ireland killed 9 and seriously injuring 130. In all, 22 bombs were detonated.

1974 The Police national computer (PNC) began operating.

1976 The British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, was killed by a terrorist car bomb in Dublin.

1982The flagship of the British task force to the Falklands, HMS Hermes, arrived back in Portsmouth.

1994 Tony Blair, was confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party following the unexpected death of John Smith.

2000 Downing Street insisted they would not intervene after Home Secretary Jack Straw's car was stopped by the police for speeding.

2001 Police met community leaders in Brixton after a demonstration against the fatal shooting by police of a man waving a cigarette lighter shaped like a gun.

2005 London's underground network was plunged into chaos after explosions on two trains and a bus - exactly a fortnight after four suicide bomb blasted the capital. All four bombs failed to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers were captured and convicted.

2013 Britain's Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France, making it Britain's second successive victory. Froome's Team Sky colleague Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the prestigious cycle race in 2012.

2014 Former Liverpool midfielder and England captain Steven Gerrard retired from international football, after a 14-year career representing his country and winning 114 caps.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by blythburgh » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:17 am

National be someone day??? I am someone every day so why do I need a day?
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:22 am

Perhaps I should have posted this as well as it explains the thoughts behind it.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/nationa ... y-july-21/
NATIONAL BE SOMEONE DAY
On July 21st, National Be Someone Day challenges each of us to take ten seconds to make a difference in a child’s life.

What can you do in ten seconds? We can shift gears or water a plant. We can hear or tell a bad joke. In ten seconds, we can change our minds, and after doing so, say a prayer of thanks. When we walk into a room, in that time, we can register the pain in someone’s eyes and begin to provide comfort. We can praise and honor someone who deserves it.

We can also commit to reporting child abuse. On July 21st, take the pledge to be the person to make a difference in a child’s life. Most importantly, be someone prepared to report when a child trusts you enough and tells you they are experiencing abuse. Ten seconds can change a child’s life.

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Post by AAAlphaThunder » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:33 pm

[2000] Downing Street insisted they would not intervene after Home Secretary Jack Straw's car was stopped by the police for speeding.

The tabloids had a field day, they loved it.
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Post by Richard Frost » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:35 am

22nd July

NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY
NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY
NATIONAL PENUCHE FUDGE DAY
NATIONAL RAT CATCHER’S DAY

On This Day in history - 22nd July

1298 The English used longbows for the first time, when they defeated the Scots at the Battle of Falkirk. The Scottish pikemen were cut to pieces by Edward I's archers.

1706 The 'Acts of Union' were agreed by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, which, when passed by the countries' Parliaments, led to the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1812 The Duke of Wellington defeated the French in the Battle of Salamanca, in Spain.

1844 The Rev. William Archibald Spooner, Anglican clergyman and warden of New College, Oxford, was born. He was famous for 'Spoonerisms' in which letters are switched to produce such expressions as - 'It is kisstomary to cuss the bride' (.... customary to kiss the bride) 'a well-boiled icicle' ( .... well-oiled bicycle) and ' Come into the arms of the shoving leopard' (.... loving shepherd).

1889 The birth of James Whale, film director of horror classics such as Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933).

1939 Terence Stamp, actor, was born, in Stepney, London. He had an off-screen romance with Julie Christie, while they were filming Far from the Madding Crowd.

1946 More than a year after the end of World War II, bread was rationed in Britain. The shortage was blamed on a poor harvest and drought.

1972 Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.

1986 MPs voted to abolish corporal punishment in state schools.

1991 British prime minister John Major unveiled the government's Citizen's Charter aimed at improving public services.

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales was among 3,000 people at a Mass in Milan in memory of murdered Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

1999 The first Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show in the North of England was held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

2003 Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, were killed in a gun battle in northern Iraq.

2005 Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was mistaken for a terrorist suspect and was shot dead at Stockwell Tube station in south London as the hunt was intensified for those responsible for the London bombings on the 7th and 21st July.

2007 Torrential rain swept across large parts of the UK at the weekend. Hull was under water, but the flooding spread around the UK with Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire being some of the counties worst affected.

2010 BNP leader Nick Griffin was denied entry to a Buckingham Palace garden party over claims he 'overtly' used his invitation for political purposes.

2010 A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

2012 Bradley Wiggins, aged 32, became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. He finished with a winning margin of 3 minutes and 21 seconds.

2013 The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy (George Alexander Louis). After his grandfather, Prince Charles and his father Prince William, he is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

2014 A National Audit Office report found that the Home Office did not know if more than 175,000 people who had no right to be in the UK had left or not. All had been refused temporary or permanent migration but their whereabouts were not known.

2018 East Fife 4 Forfar 5 was the ultimate football tongue-twister for anyone trying to read out the football results. It became a long standing joke between comedian Eric Morecambe and James Alexander Gordon, voice of the classified football results for 40 years. On Sunday, 22nd July 2018 that result finally happened for the first time in the fixture's history when the Scottish League Cup Group B tie between the sides went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, leading to East Fife 4 Forfar 5.

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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:38 pm

[2010] A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

£70, a small price to pay to have the whole world know which luxury car you drive.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:38 pm

AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:38 pm
[2010] A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

£70, a small price to pay to have the whole world know which luxury car you drive.
I don't understand, how would the whole world know what car you are driving. Do you know more than I do. Was it televised on prime time TV? Did the town crier announce it? The article did not say who the drivers were, so I am still none the wiser.

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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:29 pm

Richard Frost wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:38 pm
AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:38 pm
[2010] A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

£70, a small price to pay to have the whole world know which luxury car you drive.
I don't understand, how would the whole world know what car you are driving. Do you know more than I do. Was it televised on prime time TV? Did the town crier announce it? The article did not say who the drivers were, so I am still none the wiser.
Please, allow me to explain.

Simply Google "Koenigsegg CCXR Lamborghini Murcielago Clamped Harrods" read the articles and watch the videos.

Genius marketing idea.
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:40 pm

AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:29 pm
Richard Frost wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:38 pm
AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:38 pm
[2010] A luxury Koenigsegg CCXR (one of only six ever made), valued at £1.2m and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked. The cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

£70, a small price to pay to have the whole world know which luxury car you drive.
I don't understand, how would the whole world know what car you are driving. Do you know more than I do. Was it televised on prime time TV? Did the town crier announce it? The article did not say who the drivers were, so I am still none the wiser.
Please, allow me to explain.

Simply Google "Koenigsegg CCXR Lamborghini Murcielago Clamped Harrods" read the articles and watch the videos.

Genius marketing idea.
You definitely need to find something to occupy your mind and take up that spare time you seem to have. I am still none the wiser as to who the owners or drivers were. So am still unable to understand your original comment.

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