August 18

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 is laid to rest.

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.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

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

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

Robert Redford 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 1943 – Actor (TV’s “Mary Hartman Mary Hartman”, “Fernwood 2 Nite”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Roseanne”)

Dennis Elliot 1950 – Musician (Foreigner)

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

Ron Strykert 1957 – Musician (Men at Work)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frances Bean Cobain 1992 – Model, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

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

 

TODAY IS:

Bad Poetry Day

Mail Order Catalog Day

Men’s Grooming Day

Pinot Noir Day

Serendipity 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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