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Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 02 Jun 2020, 13:48
by michael_churchill
NB. 'amazing' is, of course, a matter of opinion.

Feel free to discuss.

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 02 Jun 2020, 13:48
by michael_churchill
Astronaut Doug Hurley was part of the last two manned space flight launches from US soil, 9 years apart.

Hurley, commander of Crew Dragon Demo-2 which launched on Saturday 30 May, was also part of the crew of Atlantis on the final Space Shuttle mission, STS-135, in 2011.

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 09 Jun 2020, 09:19
by michael_churchill
John Stears was the only person to have won an Oscar for working on both a James Bond film and a Star Wars film.

John, who passed away in 1999, won a 'Best Visual Effects' Academy Award for both 'Thunderball' and 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope'. He is responsible for building 007's Aston Martin DB5, R2-D2, C-3PO and the Death Star.

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 17 Jun 2020, 19:11
by michael_churchill
Only one United States Secret Service officer has died "taking a bullet" for the president.

Leslie Coffelt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Coffelt) was a uniformed White House policeman, killed by Puerto Rican nationalists in 1950 at Blair House in Washington DC, where President Truman was living while the White House was undergoing renovation. Two other policeman injured in the same incident and one agent injured when Reagan was shot in 1981 are the only other Secret Service officers shot protecting the president.

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 24 Jun 2020, 19:33
by michael_churchill
The ten tallest skyscrapers in the world were all built in the 2010s.

The tallest built before 2010, Taipei 101 in Taiwan now stands at number 11 on the list. Of the ten tallest, 6 are in China and 1 in each of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the USA.

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Posted: 02 Jul 2020, 09:11
by michael_churchill
Not to say that there are not a lot of British-Indian actors, but three quarters of the cast of "Goodness Gracious Me" have played Himesh Patel's parents on TV or film.

Nina Wadia played his mum in "EastEnders". Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal played his parents in the movie "Yesterday".