August 19

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1848 – The New York Herald reported of the discovery of gold in California.

1856 – A patent for the process of condensing milk by vacuum was awarded to Gail Borden.

1909 – The first automobile race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

1934 – The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, OH.

1940 – The first flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.

1940 – The newly formed Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.

1960 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik with the dogs Belka and Strekla on board, along with 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants.

1964 – The first geostationary communication satellite, Syncom 3, was launched.

1972 – NBC-TV presented “The Midnight Special” for the first time. John Denver was the first host.

1978 – The city of Lowell, MI was hit by a violent storm. The Lowell Showboat was overturned and the steeple was torn off the United Methodist Church.

1999 – Lorne Michaels received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Regis Philbin goes into The Guinness Book of World Records for logging the most hours on television — a total of 15,188 hours. The previous record was held by Hugh Downs.

2004 – Google Inc. stock began selling on NASDAQ. The initial price was set at $85. It ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.

2005 – The movie, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, starring Steve Carell, debuted in theaters.

2010 – Operation Iraqi Freedom ended, with the last of the U.S. Brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Debra Paget – 85 years old (1933) – Actress (“The Ten Commandments”, “Love Me Tender”)

Diana Muldaur – 80 years old (1938) – Actress (Played Rosalind Shays on TV’s “L.A. Law”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Ginger Baker – 79 years old (1939) – Drummer (Cream, Blind Faith)

Jill St. John – 78 years old (1940) – Actress (“Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Lost World”, TV’s “Hart to Hart”)

Ian Gillan – 73 years old (1945) – Singer (Deep Purple)

Charles Bolden – 72 years old (1946) – Astronaut (former Administrator of NASA)

Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton – 72 years old (1946) – 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)

Gerald McRaney – 71 years old (1947) – TV actor (TV’s “Simon and Simon”, “Major Dad”, “Promised Land”, “Deadwood”)

Jim Carter – 70 years old (1948) – Actor (TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

Tipper Gore – 70 years old (1948) – Wife of Al Gore (Attempted to clean up lyrics with “Parental Advisory” stickers on records)

John Deacon – 67 years old (1951) – Bass Guitarist (Queen)

Jonathan Frakes – 66 years old (1952) – Actor-director (TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Peter Gallagher – 63 years old (1955) – Actor (“Sex, Lies and Videotape”, “The Player”, TV’s “The OC”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”)

Adam Arkin – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (“Hitch”, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later”, TV’s “Chicago Hope”, “Knot’s Landing”)

Eric Lutes – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (Played Del Cassidy on TV’s “Caroline in the City”)

John Stamos – 55 years old (1963) – Actor (TV’s “Full House”)

Kevin Dillon – 53 years old (1965) – Actor (TV’s “Entourage”, Portrayed drummer John Densmore in “The Doors”)

Kyra Sedgwick – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (“Singles”, “Something to Talk About”, “The Woodsman”, TV’s “The Closer”)

Lee Ann Womack – 52 years old (1966) – Country singer

Tabitha Soren – 51 years old (1967) – Former MTV newscaster

Matthew Perry – 49 years old (1969) – Actor (TV’s “Friends”, movies “Mr. Sunshine”, “Go On”, “The Odd Couple” “Fools Rush In”)

Tracie Thoms – 43 years old (1975) – Actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”, “Rent”, TV’s “Cold Case”)

Erika Christensen – 36 years old (1982) – Actress (Played Julia Braverman-Graham on TV’s “Parenthood”)

 

TODAY IS:

Aviation Day

Humanitarian Day

International Bow Day

International Orangutan Day

Photography Day

Potato 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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