A few interesting events happened today-but-then on June 22nd... Galileo was, for example, forced by the Vatican in 1633 to recant his belief that the Earth orbited the Sun rather than the other way around. The Vatican did however accept that it was wrong though, issuing an apology a mere 359 years later in 1992.
Danny Baker, raconteur, radio host extraordinaire and all round self-declared Good Time Charlie celebrates his 61st birthday, and will probably watch all 3 World Cup games today to mark the occasion.
In 1984, two years after Laker Airways ceased flying, a plane took off from London Gatwick, flying to Newark, New Jersey. It was the inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic.
One event though, stands out above all others. 12 miles to the west of Newark airport, 35 years before that Virgin flight came in to land, the cries of a new-born baby girl were heard in the household of a pharmaceutical executive and a commercial artist. Their first born, Mary Louise came into the world on June 22nd 1949.
Mary Louise, known as Meryl from an early age is the eldest of three Streep children.
Encouraged by her mother, Meryl grew up believing she was capable of anything she set her mind to. She had four years of opera classes, but realised that, as her heart wasn't in it, it wasn't for her. Rather than feeling this to be wasted time, Meryl believes it was a valuable education. Knowing that it wasn't for her meant she could search for something that was.
She played some parts in school productions, but it was playing the part of Miss Julie in the play of the same name at Vasser College in Poughkeepsie, NY that made people sit up and take note.
Fast forward nearly fifty years, and we celebrate today the 69th birthday of probably the best known and most respected actresses alive today, Meryl Streep.
Meryl's first love was the stage. She was reluctant to knock on the door of the movies, but she now has, according to IMDB, 82 acting credits to her name.
She has been nominated for an astonishing 21 Oscars, and has taken home the statue 3 times. Her first Oscar was as the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kramer vs Kramer in 1980. In 1983 she took home the Best Actress Oscar for her stunning performance in Sophie's Choice, and 29 years later, in 2012, she once again took home the Best Actress Oscar for portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
With 21 nominations and 3 wins to her name, Meryl Streep has more Oscar nominations than any other actor, ever. She is followed by Katherine Hepburn with 12 nominations and 4 wins, Jack Nicholson with 12 nominations and 3 wins, and the marvellous Bette Davies, with 10 nominations and 2 wins, the last of which was in 1938, 11 years before Meryl was born.
In a career that thankfully shows no sign of slowing down, Meryl Streep has received 355 nominations and has won 173 awards to date. If you'd like to see a list of them all, click here.
So, happy birthday Danny, happy birthday Virgin Atlantic, and a very very happy birthday Meryl Streep. I hope you have a lovely day and get spoiled rotten.
Thanks for reading.