August 19

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.



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. The winner was Robert Turner, who made his car from wood recycled from a saloon bar.

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.

1959 – The city of Kalamazoo, MI opens the nation’s first downtown pedestrian mall.

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 Beatles arrived in the United States to kick off their North American tour that kicked off at Cow Palace in San Francisco.

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.

2003 – The TV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica”, starring then husband and wife Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, premiered on MTV.

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.

2020 – Apple became the First US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just two years after it reached $1 trillion valuation.



Debra Paget – 90 years old (1933) – Actress (“The Ten Commandments”, “Love Me Tender”)

Diana Muldaur – 85 years old (1938) – Actress (Played Rosalind Shays on TV’s “L.A. Law”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Jill St. John – 83 years old (1940) – Actress (“Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Lost World”, TV’s “Hart to Hart”)

Ian Gillan – 78 years old (1945) – Singer (Deep Purple)

Charles Bolden – 77 years old (1946) – Astronaut (former Administrator of NASA)

Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton – 77 years old (1946) – 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)

Gerald McRaney – 76 years old (1947) – TV actor (TV’s “Simon and Simon”, “Major Dad”, “Promised Land”, “Deadwood”)

Jim Carter – 75 years old (1948) – Actor (TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

Tipper Gore – 75 years old (1948) – Wife of Al Gore (Attempted to clean up lyrics with “Parental Advisory” stickers on records)

John Deacon – 72 years old (1951) – Bass Guitarist (Queen)

Jonathan Frakes – 71 years old (1952) – Actor-director (TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

Peter Gallagher – 68 years old (1955) – Actor (“Sex, Lies and Videotape”, “The Player”, TV’s “The OC”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”)

Adam Arkin – 67 years old (1956) – Actor (“Hitch”, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later”, TV’s “Chicago Hope”, “Knot’s Landing”)

Eric Lutes – 61 years old (1962) – Actor (Played Del Cassidy on TV’s “Caroline in the City”)

John Stamos – 60 years old (1963) – Actor (TV’s “Full House”)

Kevin Dillon – 58 years old (1965) – Actor (TV’s “Entourage”, Portrayed drummer John Densmore in “The Doors”)

Kyra Sedgwick – 58 years old (1965) – Actress (“Singles”, “Something to Talk About”, “The Woodsman”, TV’s “The Closer”)

Lee Ann Womack – 57 years old (1966) – Country singer

Tabitha Soren – 56 years old (1967) – Former MTV newscaster

Matthew Perry – 54 years old (1969) – Actor (TV’s “Friends”, movies “Mr. Sunshine”, “Go On”, “The Odd Couple” “Fools Rush In”)

Tracie Thoms – 48 years old (1975) – Actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”, “Rent”, TV’s “Cold Case”)

Erika Christensen – 41 years old (1982) – Actress (Played Julia Braverman-Graham on TV’s “Parenthood”)



Break the Monotony Day

International Bow Day

International Geocaching Day

International Homeless Animals Day

International Orangutan Day

National Aviation Day

National Potato Day

National Soft Ice Cream Day

World Honey Bee Day

World Humanitarian Day

World Photography Day


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