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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27, 1975

I think that I have to say that this little experiment that I've tried with the Tuesday Timeline for this month has been a success.  It's been challenging to try and come up with one trivia fact for every year that a celebrity has been alive.  I'll have to try this again at another time.

And I think that for today, I'll choose a younger celebrity.  The last couple that I did were brutal!  Fun, but brutal!

Of course, before we go ahead with that, we have to take a look at some of the other celebrities who are turning one year older today, as well as taking a peek back through some of the notable events for May 27.

1849 - The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened

1896 - The St. Louis/East St. Louis F4-strength tornado kills 255 people and nearly levels the entire community

1907 - An outbreak of the Bubonic plague occurs in San Francisco, California

1911 - Actor Vincent Price (d. 1993) is born in St. Louis, Missouri

1919 - The first transatlantic flight is completed after the Curtiss seaplane NC-4 arrives in Lisbon, Portugal from the United States

1927 - The Ford Motor Company stops production of the Ford Model T so that it can focus on a new design, the Ford Model A

1930 - The Chrysler Building in New York City opens to the public

1933 - Walt Disney releases "Three Little Pigs"

1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic

1941 - 2,100 men are killed following the sinking of German battleship "Bismarck"

1968 - Major League Baseball awards the city of Montreal the very first team outside of the United States of America (The Montreal Expos)

1971 - TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (d. 2002) is born in Philadelphia

1975 - Thirty-three people die in the Dibbles Bridge Coach Crash - the highest ever recorded death toll in a road accident in the United Kingdom

1986 - The role-playing game "Dragon Quest" is released in Japan

1995 - Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed after falling off of a horse during a riding competition

1998 - Michael Fortier is sentenced to a dozen years in prison and fined $200,000 for not warning the authorities about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

2000 - Hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard dies at the age of 78

2006 - Actor Paul Gleason (The Breakfast Club) dies at the age of 67

2009 - Suicide bombings in Pakistan kills 35 people and injures hundreds more

2011 - Actor Jeff Conaway dies of pneumonia at the age of 60

And, celebrating a birthday today are Christopher Lee, Henry Kissinger, Lee Meriwether, Louis Gossett Jr., Cilla Black, Bruce Weitz, Raye Birk, Bruce Cockburn, Eric Bischoff, Richard Schiff, Cynthia McFadden, Siouxsie Sioux, Neil Finn, Peri Gilpin, Adam Carolla, Todd Bridges, Eddie McClintock, Jeremy Mayfield, Dondre Whitfield, Joseph Fiennes, Paul Bettany, Monika Schnarre, Jack McBrayer, Jason Narvy, Andre 3000, Darin Brooks, and Chris Colfer.

So, what date will we be going back in time to this week?  Well...

...May 27, 1975 sounds like a great date.  And, look.  I only have to come up with thirty-nine facts about today's birthday boy.  What a relief!  That's a little more than half of the facts I had to find last week when I covered Cher!

And, well, let's just say that when it comes to today's subject, this is a guy who knows and appreciates the value of a home-cooked healthy meal.  In fact, he's probably one of the leading figures in promoting healthy eating, and he has launched several missions to get people all around the world to rethink the way they serve dinner.  Granted, sometimes his efforts have lead to some minor controversy over the years, but despite all that, his tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed.

So, what else is there to know about British chef Jamie Oliver, who turns 39 years old today?  Well, here are thirty-nine different things!

1 - Jamie's middle name is Trevor.

2 - He was born in Clavering, Essex, England.

3 - He first began cooking as a young child by practicing at his parents' pub/restaurant.

4 - His first job was as a pastry chef at one of Antonio Carluccio's restaurants.

5 - His first television show was the BBC cooking show, "The Naked Chef", which ran from April 1999 until December 2001.

6 - He was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in June 2013.

7 - Jamie Oliver was quoted as saying that he doesn't use supermarkets, saying that "supermarkets are like a factory", and that he prefers to buy his ingredients from specialist farmers and organic suppliers.  But this statement caused a little bit of controversy because...

8 - ...he was the official spokesman for British supermarket chain Sainsbury's from 2000-2011...

9 - ...and he's been a partner with Canadian supermarket chain Sobey's since 2013!

10 - He launched his own restaurant in June 2008, called "Jamie's Italian".  Five years later, that single restaurant has expanded into a chain of thirty-five.

11 - Has a line of non-stick cookware manufactured by Tefal.

12 - He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2003.

13 - Founder of the Fifteen Foundation, a charity that inspires disadvantaged youths.

14 - Took part in a documentary series in 2005 called "Jamie's School Dinners", which saw him take over the entire nutritional program of a school aimed with the goal of making school lunches healthier.

15 - The television show was also brought to the United States during 2010-2011 under the title "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution".

16 - The American series provided some frustrating moments for Oliver, as he was challenged by the Los Angeles Unified School District because they did not want him filming inside any schools within the district.

17 - A video game - "What's Cooking With Jamie Oliver" - was released for the Nintendo DS on October 21, 2008.

18 - Has hosted and/or produced a total of twenty-eight different television programs which have aired in several different countries.

19 - Was one of the judges in Oprah Winfrey's "The Big Give".

20 - Guest starred in an episode of "Phineas and Ferb".

21 - Was heavily criticized by some animal rights groups for slaughtering a fully-conscious lamb on one of his television shows.

22 - Surprisingly enough though, PETA was not one of the groups.  In fact, the group saluted Oliver for highlighting the problems that slaughterhouse methods in place used.

23 - Has reportedly been critical of other chef's methods, including that of Marco Pierre White.

24 - Although Oliver is an advocate of cooking meals from scratch, an investigation showed that some of the sauces used at some of Jamie's restaurants were actually produced in an industrial park!  Whoops!

25 - Has been married to wife Juliet Norton since 2000.

26 - Is the father of four children - (Poppy Honey Rosie, 12, Daisy Boo Pamela, 11, Petal Blossom Rainbow, 5, and Buddy Bear, 3.)

27 - Jamie Oliver struggled with dyslexia his whole life.

28 - Because of his dyslexia, the decision to leave school at age 16 to study cooking was a fairly easy one for him to make.

29 - Because of his dyslexia, Jamie Oliver didn't read his very first full-length novel until 2013 - at the age of thirty-eight.

30 - That book he read?  The second book of the Hunger Games trilogy - "Catching Fire".

31 - Is five feet, ten inches tall.

32 - The current food editor for British GQ Magazine.

33 - His "Naked Chef" book was a #1 book on bestsellers lists for ten consecutive weeks.

34 - Plays drums in a band called "Scarlet Division".

35 - Has reportedly turned down several offers from magazines to pose nude.

36 - Runs his own production company, Fresh One Productions.

37 - Has written at least eighteen different books.

38 - Jamie's specialty is reportedly Italian cooking.

39 - Has made the list of The Sunday Times' Richest Britons under thirty earlier in his career.

And, that wraps up our look back on May 27, 1975.  Happy 39th, Jamie!

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