August 15

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1848 – The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.

1877 – Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. In the letter, Edison stated that the word, “hello” would be more appropriate of a greeting than “ahoy”, when answering the telephone.

1905 – A last attempt at commercial river transportation began. An “all water” route to Chicago, IL was designed and two boats were built — the “Grand” and the “Rapids”. The plan failed and in the fall of 1907 both boats were sold at auction.

1911 – Proctor & Gamble introduced Crisco.

1914 – A servant of architect Frank Lloyd Wright murdered seven people and set fire to the living quarters of Wright’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin.

1914 – The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic.

1939 – The movie “The Wizard of Oz” premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.

1945 – The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1948 – The first nightly news broadcast premiered on CBS-TV with anchorman Douglas Edwards.

1949 – Grand Rapids, MI’s first television station, WLAV Channel 7, began broadcasting with a 90 minute live show from the Midtown Theater.

1949 – In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time.

1961 – Construction of the Berlin Wall was started by East German workers.

1965 – The Beatles played to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York, NY. The event was later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

1969 – The three day Woodstock Music and Art Fair began on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, NY. The crowd exceeded 400,000, including many who didn’t buy tickets. Twenty-four bands participated.

1971 – President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices.

1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, received a radio signal from deep space. The eventis named the “Wow! signal” from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.

1977 – Elvis Presley spent the last full day of his life driving around Memphis on his motorcycle with girlfriend Ginger Alden. That evening, he sees his dentist, Dr. Lester Hofman, to have several cavities filled.

1994 – The U.S. Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.

2001 – Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own — two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

2006 – Paris Hilton made the Guinness Book of World Records — as the world’s Most Overrated Person!

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Rose Marie 1923 – Actress (TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Hollywood Squares”)

Abby Dalton 1932 – Actress (played Julia Cumson on TV’s “Falcon Crest”)

Jim Dale 1935 – Actor (Narrated the “Harry Potter” audiobook series, “Pete’s Dragon”)

Pat Priest 1936 – Actress (Played Marilyn Munster on TV’s “The Munsters”, “Easy Come, Easy Go”)

Stephen Breyer 1938 – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Pete York 1942 – Musician (Spencer Davis Group)

Linda Ellerbee 1944 – Journalist

Jimmy Webb 1946 – Songwriter (“Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst That Could Happen”, “All I Know”, “MacArthur Park”)

Tom Johnston 1948 – Musician (Doobie Brothers) He sang lead on such Doobie Brothers hits as “Long Train Running” and “Listen to the Music”.

Debi Mazar 1964 – Actress (TV’s “Entourage”, “That’s Life”, “Working”, “LA Law”, Cooking Channel host)

Debra Messing 1968 – TV actress (TV’s “Will and Grace”, “Ned and Stacey”, “The Starter Wife”)

Anthony Anderson 1970 – Actor (TV’s “Black-ish”, “Law & Order”, “Guys With Kids”, “K-Ville”, movies “Transformers”, “Hustle and Flow”, “King’s Ransom”, “Scary Movie” 3 & 4, “Kangaroo Jack”, “Barbershop”)

Ben Affleck 1972 – Actor (“Argo”, “The Company Men”, “He’s Just Not that Into You”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Armageddon”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Daredevil”, “Gigli”)

Natasha Henstridge 1974 – Actress (“Species” 1-3, “It Had to Be You”, “Bounce”, TV’s “She Spies”)

Quinton Aaron 1984 – Actor (“The Blind Side”)

Emily Kinney 1985 – Actress (TV’s “The Walking Dead”)

Joe Jonas 1989 – Singer (The Jonas Brothers, DNCE)

Jennifer Lawrence 1990 – Actress (TV’s “The Bill Engvall Show,” movies “Hunger Games”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Joy”, “American Hustle”, “X:Men”)

 

TODAY IS:

Acadian Day

Check The Chip Day

Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Relaxation 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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