Sunday, 5 February 2017

History Fun Facts for February 5th

On this day 5th February 1788, Sir Robert Peel was born.
Although he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 67% of British people who recognised his name, didn't realise. Most will know his as the guy who set up the Metropolitan Police Force in London.
Police officers in Britain are often called "Bobbies" or "Peelers"
as a throw back to Robert Peel, the Met's creator.

Robert Peel actually served as Prime Minister twice. The first term between 1934-1835, and the second between 1841-1846.
But, as stated above, he is better known for the creation, in 1829, of the Metropolitan Police Force based at Scotland Yard, London.
When Peel set out the principals of policing a democracy, he said,
"The police are the public and the public are the police."
Before adding:
"Which one of you thieving scumbags stole my sandwich?"
It was the first permanent police force of its kind and not at all popular with the criminals. However, it soon became popular amongst their victims. It cut crime in London by a half.
In 1857, all cities in the UK were required to establish their own police forces. Nowadays, they're pretty much everywhere.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

History Fun Facts February 4th

On This Day, the 4th of February 211, Septimus Severus, the Roman Emperor, died in York (called Eboracum back in the day).
It wasn't a great death. Lord Voldermort cursed him with a Caracalla Geta spell for his inability to kill Harry Potter.

By Grabthar's Hammer,
I will cut your heart out with a spoon.
On This Day, the 4th of February 1703, forty six of the Forty-Seven Ronin committed seppuku, or ritual suicide, after avenging their master's death. The only one left standing was Keanu Reeves, ironically the only one everyone actually wanted to disembowel.
On This Day in 2004, the evil Empire known as Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
Celebrity Birthdays
On This Day in 1915, Sir Norman Wisdom was born.
Norman Wisdom was an English actor who starred in comedy films back in the 1950s and 1960s, most playing the character Norman Pitkin. He died on the 4th of October 2010.
Not just popular in Britain, Norman Wisdom was known the world over. In Albania, he is very famous. This is thanks to his films being some of only a handful of films starring Western actors that were allowed by the dictator, Enver Hoxha.
On This Day in 1972, Dara O Briain, Britiain's favourite Irishman, was born. Dara is an Irish comedian, as most of them are, and also a television presenter in the United Kingdom. And, Ireland. Yep, he's been on television over there, too. But they couldn't stand him, so sent him to Britain.
He was always a fan of denigrating the less strong, and decided that'd be a great idea for a television show. He also thought hosting the UK version of The Apprentice: You're Fired would be a good thing. Until he realised he couldn't stand either Sir-Alan-Lord-Sugar or the bunch of morons who were on the show to impress the grumpy gnome.
Dara O Briain's three states of legality in Irish Law.
There is all this stuff which comes under "That's grand."
Then it moves into "Ah now don't push it."
And finally it comes under "Right now, you're takin te piss."
And that's when the police come in.

On This Day in 1975, Natalie Imbruglia was born. She started out her life in the television soap opera Neighbours. When she realised that Everybody Needs Good Friends, and that even on that show, she didn't have any, she left to forge a singing career.
Torn about Tom, who was a Big Mistake, she started to Smoke. It was just One More Addiction, along with the Pigeons and Crumbs she had to deal with. And she really had to deal with it, so asked people to "Leave Me Alone."
Natalie Imbruglia was named 6th most
naturally beautiful woman of all time in 2004

Those people were quite generous, and did. Her album sales took a nosedive. Oops. If only she'd had some Intuition, That Day wouldn't have ended with a Wrong Impression, or her Beauty on Fire. That's what happens when you Smoke when you're getting your pubes waxed.