TODAY IN HISTORY:
1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air by a chemist named Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.
1779 – Francis Scott Key was born. He wrote a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry”. That later become the lyrics for our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
1790 – The first U.S. census was completed. The United States had a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included in the census were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia
1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for the city of San Francisco, CA.
1876 – Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States.
1893 – Henry Perky and William Ford were awarded the patent for shredded wheat.
1907 – The U.S. Army established an aeronautical division. It later became known as the U.S. Air Force.
1914 – Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I.
1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.
1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.
1971 – TV’s “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” was debuted on CBS.
1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened. It was directed by George Lucas.
1978 – Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games.
1981 – MTV made its debut at 12:01 am. The very first video to be shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
1987 – Mike Tyson beats Tony Tucker to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
1988 – Martin Scorsese’s film “The Last Temptation of Christ” opened in theaters.
1993 – The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.
1993 – Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
1994 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced that they had married 11 weeks earlier.
1995 – Westinghouse Electric Corporation purchased CBS for $5.4 billion.
1996 – MTV launched another channel known as MTV2.
1998 – Sandra Crouch was ordained as pastor of her church. This was in spite of the ban on woman ministers by the Church of God in Christ.
2007 – The I-35-W bridge that stretched over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour. 13 people were killed in the tragedy. This situation triggered a nationwide awareness of maintenance and age problems with America’s roadway infrastructure.
Tim Bachman 1951 – Musician (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Robert Cray 1953 – Blues singer
Michael Penn 1958 – Singer (“No Myth”)
Joe Elliot 1959 – Musician (Def Leppard)
Coolio 1963 – Singer, actor
Adam Duritz 1964 – Singer (Counting Crows)
Tempestt Bledsoe 1973 – Actress (TV’s “The Cosby Show”)
Ashley Angel 1981 – Singer, actor (O-Town)
Taylor Fry 1981 – Actress (“Die Hard”, “North”, “A Little Princess”)
Elijah Kelley 1986 – Actor (“28 Days”, “Take the Lead”, “Hairspray”, “Red Tails”, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”)
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