August 13

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1846 – The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.

1889 – William Gray was granted a patent for the coin-operated telephone.

1912 – The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA.

1918 – Women enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson was the first woman to enlist.

1931 – The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.

1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.

1942 – The “Soybean Car” was unveiled by Henry Ford. The plastic bodied car weighed about 1000 pounds less than a car made of steel.

1942 – Walt Disney’s fifth full-length animated film, “Bambi”, was released in theaters.

1959 – Ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York, NY.

1960 – A balloon satellite, “Echo I,” allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place.

1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.

1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts were released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York, NY. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, CA, they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon.

1977 – The animated series “South Park” made its debut on Comedy Central.

1979 – The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, IL, collapsed, killing five workers and injuring 16.

1994 – A report indicated that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but it also helps prevent colon cancer.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Joycelyn Elders 1933 – U.S. Surgeon General (1993-1994)

Kevin Tighe 1944 – Actor (Played Roy DeSoto on TV’s “Emergency,” “Lost”)

Gretchen Corbett 1945 – Actress (“Let’s Scare Jessica to Death”, Played Beth Davenport on TV’s “The Rockford Files”)

Danny Bonaduce 1959 – Actor, radio personality (TV’s “The Partridge Family”, “America’s Deadliest Home Videos, “Breaking Bonaduce”)

John Slattery 1962 – Actor (Played Roger Sterling on TV’s “Mad Men”)

Debi Mazar 1964 – Actress (TV’s “Entourage,” “L.A. Law”)

Quinn Cummings 1967 – Actress (Played Annie Cooper on TV’s “Family”)

 

TODAY IS:

Filet Mignon Day

International Lefthanders 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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