TODAY IN HISTORY:
1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.
1937 – The first Social Security checks were issued.
1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York, NY.
1953 – The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1956 – Heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired with a perfect record of 49-0.
1960 – The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.
1961 – ABC’s “Wild World of Sports” premiered.
1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.
1971 – Curt Flood, the baseball player whose court case resulted in free agency in all sports, quit the Washington Senators and moved to Denmark.
1973 – Opryland opened in Nashville, TN.
1978 – Former President Richard Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.
1980 – Studio 54 in New York, NY shut down due to various questionable activities three years and a day after opening its doors.
1981 – Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse.
1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington, DC. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and three others.
1983 – Nolan Ryan, of the Houston Astros, broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out his 3,509th batter of his career.
1986 – Captain Midnight (John R. MacDougall) interrupted HBO.
2005 – The A380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
2005 – President George Bush signed a law that allowed for up to three years in prison for anyone that pirated music or films on the Internet.
2005 – Former American Idol hopeful Corey Clark claimed he and judge Paula Abdul had sex in the guest room of her house while he was still a contestant on the show.
2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Towner on the site of the former World Trade Center.
2014 – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints in the first papal canonization since 1954.
Anouk Aimee 1932 – Actress (“La Dolce Vita”, “Dr. Bethune”)
Ann Peebles 1947 – Singer (“I Can’t Stand the Rain”)
Kate Pierson 1948 – Musician (B-52’s)
Douglas Sheehan 1949 – Actor (TV’s “Knots Landing”, “General Hospital”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”)
Ace Frehley 1951 – Musician (KISS)
Sheena Easton 1959 – Singer (“Morning Train (Nine to Five)”)
Marco Pirroni 1959 – Musician (Siouxsie & the Banshees, Adam & the Ants)
James Le Gros 1962 – Actor (“Drugstore Cowboy”, “Living in Oblivion”, TV’s “Sleeper Cell”, “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal”)
Sally Hawkins 1976 – Actress (“Blue Jasmine”, “Jane Eyre”, “An Education”, “Happy-Go-Lucky”)
William Moseley 1987 – Actor (“The Chronicles of Narnia” movies, TV’s “The Royals”)
Morse Code Day
Pay it Forward Day
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Prime Rib Day
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Tell a Story Day
Thank you Thursday
World Tapir Day