August 18

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil to English parents.

1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium.

1894 – Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.

1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, Hodgenville, KY, was made into a national shrine.

1920 – Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

1937 – The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.

1966 – The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.

1969 – Jimi Hendrix performed his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” and brought Woodstock to a close.

1977 – Funeral services for Elvis Presley were held at Graceland in Memphis, TN. There were 150 mourners inside and 75,000 outside. Eighteen white limousines and a white hearse traveled to the mausoleum where he was laid to rest. His body has since been moved back to Graceland next to his mother’s grave.

1982 – The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time (132.69 million shares traded).

1982 – The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field, in Chicago, IL. The game went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.

1992 – Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.

1997 – Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute’s 158-year history.

1997 – Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

2020 – The new Microsoft Flight Simulator was launched

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Rosalynn Carter – 94 years old (1927) – First Lady 1977-1981 (wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter)

Roman Polanski – 88 years old (1933) – Director, screenwriter, actor, producer (“The Pianist”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Chinatown”, “Tess”)

Robert Redford – 85 years old (1936) – Actor, director, producer, Sundance Film Festival founder (“Ordinary People”, “The Sting”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “A River Runs Through It”, “The Company You Keep”, “The Horse Whisperer”, “Quiz Show”)

Martin Mull – 78 years old (1943) – Actor (TV’s “Mary Hartman Mary Hartman”, “Fernwood 2 Nite”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Roseanne”)

Dennis Elliot – 71 years old (1950) – Drummer (Foreigner)

Denis Leary – 64 years old (1957) – Actor, comedian (“A Bug’s Life”, “Ice Age”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Wag the Dog”, TV’s “Rescue Me”)

Ron Strykert – 64 years old (1957) – Guitarist, vocalist (Men at Work)

Madeleine Stowe – 63 years old (1958) – Actress (“Bad Girls”, “The General’s Daughter”, “We Were Soldiers”)

Edward Norton – 52 years old (1969) – Actor (“American History X”, “Primal Fear”, “Birdman”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Fight Club”, “The People Versus Larry Flint”)

Christian Slater – 52 years old (1969) – Actor (“Pump Up the Volume”, “True Romance”, TV’s “The Forgotten”, “My Own Worst Enemy”)

Malcolm-Jamal Warner – 51 years old (1970) – Actor, director (TV’s “The Cosby Show”, “Malcolm and Eddie”)

Andy Samberg – 43 years old (1978) – Actor (“I Love You, Man”, “Hot Rod”, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

Mika Boorem – 34 years old (1987) – Actress (“Smile”, “Sleepover”, “Blue Crush”, TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”)

Frances Bean Cobain – 29 years old (1992) – Model, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

Maia Mitchell – 28 years old (1993) – Actress (Played Brittany Flune in TV’s “Mortified”, “Trapped” “The Fosters”, movies “Teen Beach Movie”, “Teen Beach 2”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bad Poetry Day

Congressional Startup Day

Mail Order Catalog Day

National Fajita Day

National Ice Cream Pie Day

Never Give Up Day

Pinot Noir Day

Serendipity Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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