Happy Birthday, Peter Crouch.
A massive (literally) happy birthday to Stoke City striker Peter Crouch.
Former Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Villa, Norwich (he’s played for a lot of clubs, basically) forward Crouch, turns 33 today.
Peter, standing in at 6’ 7”, racked up 42 caps for England, scoring a highly respectable tally of 22 goals; an average of 1 goal per 1.9 games.
Crouch is married to recent Strictly Come Dancing winner, model Abbel Clancy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER.
Today marks the 76th anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Gandhi was the effective leader of the revolution that overturned India’s British rule. He was first granted the name ‘Mahatma’, which he is commonly recognised by across the globe, in 1914 as a mark of respect; it means ‘high-spirited’ in Sanskrit. Indians also used the term ‘Bapu’, which stands for ‘father’.
Gandhi’s belief in non-violent civil disobedience inspired civil rights movements worldwide and still, to this day, will be marked as the catalyst for numerous protests.
Mahatma was assassinated whilst on his way to address a prayer meeting at Birla House when he was shot three times with a 9mm pistol by Nathuram Godse.
Indian Prime Minister, addressed the nation at the time, saying:
“Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of the nation, is no more.”
…but 63 years on the other hand.
Happy Birthday to Phil Collins.
Former Genesis drummer and general creator of great music from the 80’s, Phil Collins, turns 63 today.
Hounslow-native, Phil, has had an absolute wealth of hits over the years, including ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’, ‘Two Hearts’, ‘In The Air Tonight’ and a load of other songs you’ll most likely hear at wedding receptions.
Collins also won a ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar in 2000 for his song ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ from Disney’s ‘Tarzan’, beating out Randy Newman’s ‘When She Loved Me’ from ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘Blame Canada’ the final crescendo song from South Park: The Movie.
Happy Birthday, Phil.
On this day in 1959, Walt Disney’s interpretation of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released in cinemas.
Arguably the most popular version of the story, Disney’s portrayal of the tale turns 55 years old today.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ tells the tale of a Princess, set upon by an evil witch and her inevitable rescue by a Prince…obviously MUCH different to proceeding Disney films.
Find out more about the original tale here:
Today marks a significant date for those who follow ‘deaths of famous painters’.
Both Edvard Munch and Salvidor Dali died on this day in 1944 and 1989 respectively.
Dali’s famous pointed mustache and Munch’s ‘The Scream’ painting are probably what will trigger their memories in most people’s heads. But both were infamous within art circles during their time.
1893’s ‘The Scream’ inspired numerous expressionist painters in the early 20th century, but most recently saw a wave of ‘Scream’ Halloween masks, thanks to the horror film series ‘Scream’.
Happy Birthday, Lisa Snowdon
Happy Birthday to Lisa Snowdon.
Snowdon, who turns 42 today has been presenting the Captial Radio Breakfast Show in London since 2008, originally with Johnny Vaughn and now with Dave Berry.
Former fashion model, Lisa has previously presented ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’, ‘Through The Keyhole’ and ‘Something For The Weekend’.
She also came third in 2008’s series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA!
Bez on Stage in 2007.
On This Day in 2005, Happy Mondays dancer Mark ‘Bez’ Berry would become the third person to win ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.
Becoming the third ‘Champion House Liver’ was no mean feat as Bez saw off Brigette Neilsen, Germaine Greer, Jackie Stallone and John McCririck in the competition, voted for by the viewing public.
Bez first came to the attention of the UK in 1980, impressing the five members of the Happy Mondays that much with his maracas that they hired him full-time as their dancer.