April 21

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.

1850 – Grand Rapids, MI was incorporated as a city (it became a village back in April 1838).

1856 – The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).

1862 – Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train left Washington, DC.

1892 – The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park.

1895 – Woodville Latham and his sons demonstrated their Panopticon. It was the first movie projector developed in the United States.

1898 – The Spanish-American War began.

1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I.

1928 – First U.S. Aircraft show featuring 63 different planes shown by 40 manufacturers in Detroit, MI.

1934 – The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax.

1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) was first celebrated.

1959 – Alf Dean caught a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds. At the time it was the largest catch with a rod and reel.

1960 – Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months.

1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened. It was the first World’s Fair in the U.S. since World War II.

1965 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened for its second and final season.

1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.

1982 – Rollie Fingers, of the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first pitcher to record 300 saves.

1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS.

1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, IL. Nothing of interest was found inside.

1987 – Special occasion stamps were offered for the first time by the Postal Service. “Happy Birthday” and “Get Well” were among the first to be offered.

1989 – The movie “Field of Dreams” premiered in theaters. The film starred Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster (in his final role).

1989 – The Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Japan.

1996 – Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record by winning their 72nd game in a season.

1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.

2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile.

2000 – The 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.

2009 – UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) – 93 years old (1926) – England’s current monarch has reigned since 1952.

Elaine May – 87 years old (1932) – Actress, comedienne (“Heaven Can Wait”, “Primary Colors”, “A New Leaf”, “The Heartbreak Kid”, “Mikey and Nicky”)

Charles Grodin – 84 years old (1935) – Actor (“Clifford,” “Beethoven I,” “Beethoven II”, “Midnight Run”, “The Woman in Red”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “The Heartbreak Kid”)

Iggy Pop – 72 years old (1947) – Singer, songwriter (Psychedelic Stooges). Born in Muskegon, MI.

Patti LuPone – 70 years old (1949) – Actress (“Evita”, “Driving Miss Daisy”)

Tony Danza – 68 years old (1951) – Actor (TV’s “Who’s the Boss,” “Taxi,” movie “Angels in the Outfield”)

Andie MacDowell – 61 years old (1958) – Actress (“Groundhog Day”, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”, TV’s “Cedar Grove”)

Robert Smith – 60 years old (1959) – Lead singer/guitarist (The Cure)

John Cameron Mitchell – 56 years old (1963) – Actor, director (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)

Glen Hansard – 49 years old (1970) – Singer, actor (“The Commitments”, “Once”)

Nicole Sullivan – 49 years old (1970) – Actress, comedian (TV’s “MadTV,” “King of Queens”)

James McAvoy – 40 years old (1979) – Actor (“X-Men” series, “Atonement”, “The Last King of Scotland”, “Victor Frankenstein”)

Tony Romo – 39 years old (1980) – Football player

Robbie Amell – 31 years old (1988) – Actor (“True Jackson”, “The Tomorrow People”)

 

TODAY IS:

American Red Cross Giving Day

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

Chocolate Covered Cashews Day

Kindergarten Day

World Creativity and Innovation 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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