April 2

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1792 – Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagles, $5 Half Eagles, $2.50 Quarter Eagle gold coins, silver dollars, dollars, quarters, dimes and half-dimes to be minted.

1872 – G.B. Brayton received a patent for the gas-powered streetcar.

1877 – The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.

1889 – Charles Hall patented aluminum.

1902 – “The Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the U.S., opened in Los Angeles, CA.

1910 – Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.

1912 – The ill-fated RMS Titanic began sea trials.

1917 – Jeannette Rankin, first women ever elected to Congress, assumed office.

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to Congress.

1932 – A $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. The child was not returned and was found dead the next month.

1935 – Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.

1956 – Television soap operas “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” debuted on CBS.

1958 – The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.

1962 – The City of Walker, MI was incorporated.

1963 – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began the first nonviolent civil rights campaign in Birmingham, AL.

1964 – Grand Rapids Magazine was founded.

1966 – The first of 850,000 coho salmon were planted into streams emptying into Lake Michigan. Their success has made them the backbone of Michigan open-water sport fishing.

1968 – Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” premiered in theaters.

1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

1975 – Construction of the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reached 1,815.4 feet in height, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure.

1978 – The television show “Dallas”, the first of the ultrapopular nighttime soaps about wealth and power, premiered on CBS.

1985 – The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season.

1987 – The speed limit on interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.

1988 – U.S. Special Prosecutor James McKay declined to indict Attorney General Edwin Meese for criminal wrongdoing.

1992 – Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York, NY of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

1995 – The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.

1999 – The first ever floorless roller coaster opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It was originally called “Medusa”, but has since been renamed “Bizarro”.

2014 – The Supreme Court ruled that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give political candidates and political action committees were unconstitutional.

2014 – A shooting spree occurred at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Four people died, including the gunman, with 16 others injured.

2020 – Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer officially suspended in-person learning for the rest of the school year at K-12 schools across the state due to COVID-19. The state of Michigan ranked 3rd in number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

2020 – The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 1 million.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Sharon Acker – 87 years old (1935) – Actress (“Point Blank”)

Linda Hunt – 77 years old (1945) – Actress (“Kindergarten Cop”, “Popeye”, TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”)

Emmylou Harris – 75 years old (1947) – Singer

Pamela Reed – 73 years old (1949) – Actress (“Kindergarten Cop”, “Jericho”, TV’s “Parks and Recreation”)

Christopher Meloni – 61 years old (1961) – Actor (TV’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Oz”, movies “42”, “Man of Steel”, “12 Monkeys”)

Keren Woodward – 61 years old (1961) – Singer (Bananarama)

Billy Dean – 60 years old (1962) – Country singer

Clark Gregg – 60 years old (1962) – Actor (“Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, “Thor”, “The Avengers”, TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “The West Wing”, “Will & Grace”)

Roselyn Sánchez – 49 years old (1973) – Actress (TV’s “Without a Trace”, “Devious Maids” movies “Rush Hour 2”, “Boat Trip”, “The Game Plan”, “Act of Valor”)

Adam Rodriguez – 47 years old (1975) – Actor (TV’s “The Night Shift”, “CSI: Miami”, “Ugly Betty”, movies the “Magic Mike” movies, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”)

Michael Fassbender – 45 years old (1977) – Actor (“Steve Jobs”, “12 Years a Slave”, “The Counselor”, “Promethius”, “Shame”, “XMen: First Class” and “Days of Future Past”, “Ingluorious Basterds”)

Jesse Carmichael – 43 years old (1979) – Guitarist (Maroon 5)

Bethany Joy Galeotti – 41 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “One Tree Hill”, “Guiding Light”)

Lee DeWyze – 36 years old (1986) – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season 9”)

Jesse Plemons – 34 years old (1988) – Actor (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”, “Breaking Bad”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Children’s Book Day

International Firewalker Day

International Pillow Fight Day

National DIY Day

National Ferret Day

National Handmade Day

National Love Our Children Day 

National Love Your Produce Manager Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

National Reconciliation Day

Tangible Karma Day

World Autism Awareness Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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