April 9

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1833 – Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.

1866 – The Civil Rights Bill passed over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.

1867 – The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.

1872 – S.R. Percy received a patent for dried milk.

1912 – The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The game was between Red Sox and Harvard.

1914 – In London, the first full-color film, “The World, The Flesh & the Devil”, was shown.

1945 – The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission was formed.

1945 – National Football League officials made it mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games.

1950 – Bob Hope made his first television appearance on “Star-Spangled Review” on NBC-TV.

1957 – The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.

1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts. The news media begins to refer to them as the “Mercury Seven”.

1965 – “TIME” magazine featured a cover with the entire “Peanuts” comic gang.

1965 – The Houston Astrodome opened in Houston, TX. The first indoor baseball game was played.

1967 – The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight.

1968 – Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was buried.

1970 – Paul McCartney quit the Beatles.

1983 – The Space Shuttle Challenger concluded it first flight.

1986 – It was announced that Patrick Duffy’s character on the TV show Dallas would be returning after being killed off.

1987 – Dikye Baggett became the first person to undergo corrective surgery for Parkinson’s disease.

2000 – CBS-TV aired “Failsafe.” It was the first live full-length show to by aired by CBS in 39 years.

2001 – American Airlines’ parent company acquired the bankrupt TWA and becomes America’s largest carrier.

2003 – Baghdad fell to American forces. Iraqis turned on symbols of their former leader Saddam Hussein, pulling down a statue of him and tearing it into pieces.

2005 – Prince Charles married longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, in a civil ceremony in London.

2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2.5 billion songs sold.

2007 – Apple announced it had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod.

2009 – The television show “Parks and Recreation” premiered on NBC.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Tom Lehrer – 90 years old (1928) – Songwriter

Jim Fowler – 86 years old (1932) – Naturalist, TV Host (TV’s “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”)

Jean-Paul Belmondo – 85 years old (1933) – Actor (“Casino Royale”, “Breathless”, “That Man from Rio”)

Michael Learned – 79 years old (1939) – Actress (TV’s, “The Waltons”, “All My Sons”, “Nurse”)

Margo Smith – 76 years old (1942) – Country singer (“Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You”, “It Only Hurts for a Little While”)

Nate Colbert – 72 years old (1946) – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers 1975)

Hal Ketchum – 65 years old (1953) – Country singer, actor (” Heartbreak Hotel”, “Maverick”)

Dennis Quaid – 64 years old (1954) – Actor (“Wyatt Earp”, “The Right Stuff”, “The Big Easy”, “The Rookie”, “Everybody’s All American”, “Great Balls of Fire”)

Jimmy Tingle – 63 years old (1955) – Comedian

Lisa Guerrero – 54 years old (1964) – Reporter (TV’s “Monday Night Football”, “Inside Edition”)

Paulina Porizkova – 53 years old (1965) – Model, actress, TV judge (TV’s “America’s Next Top Model”)

Cynthia Nixon – 52 years old (1966) – Actress (“The Manhattan Project”, “Sex and the City”, “Sex and the City 2”, “Amadeus”, “The Pelican Brief”, “Little Manhattan”, “5 Flights Up”, “James White”, “A Quiet Passion”)

Kevin Martin – 49 years old (1969) – Lead vocalist (Candlebox)

Keshia Knight Pulliam – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (Played Rudy on TV’s “The Cosby Show”, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”)

Ryan Northcott – 38 years old (1980) – Actor (“Mystery, Alaska, Ripper”, TV’s “The Beach Boys: An American Family”)

Leighton Meester – 32 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “Gossip Girl”, movies “Killer Movie”, “Country Strong”, “The Roommate”, “Monte Carlo”, “The Oranges”, “The Judge”)

Jesse McCartney – 31 years old (1987) – Actor (TV’s “Summerland”, “All My Children”)

Kristen Stewart – 28 years old (1990) – Actress (“Panic Room”, “Twilight”, “New Moon”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “The Runaways”, “On the Road”, “Into the Wild”, “In the Land of Women”, “Catch That Kid!”)

Elle Fanning – 20 years old (1998) – Actress (“Maleficent”, “Super 8”, “We Bought a Zoo”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cherish An Antique Day

Name Yourself Day

Unicorn Day

Winston Churchill 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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