August 21

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1841 – A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.

1878 – The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.

1888 – The first successfull adding machine was patented by William Seward Burroughs.

1897 – Oldsmobile was founded.

1912 – Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

1923 – In Kalamazoo, MI, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.

1959 – Hawaii became the 50th state. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.

1961 – Motown released what would be their first #1 hit, “Please, Mr. Postman”, by The Marvelettes.

1965 – Gemini Five was launched from Cape Canaveral on an eight day mission.

1984 – Clint Eastwood received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1987 – The movie “Dirty Dancing” opened in theaters.

1989 – The space probe, Voyager 2, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton.

1992 – Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho began.

1993 – NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.

1996 – Prsident Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The act made it easier to obtain and keep health insurance.

1997 – Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it recalling 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history.

1997 – Cicely Tyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Wesley Snipes received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2017 – Great American Eclipse traversed the continental United States.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Melvin Van Peebles – 86 years old (1932) – Actor, director

Kenny Rogers – 80 years old (1938) – Country singer

Clarence Williams III – 79 years old (1939) – Actor (“Purple Rain”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, Played Linc Hayes on TV’s “The Mod Squad)

Patty McCormack – 73 years old (1945) – Actress (Played Pat Nixon in “Frost/Nixon”)

Carl Giammarese – 71 years old (1947) – Lead guitarist, vocalist (The Buckinghams)

Loretta Devine – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”, “Death at a Funeral”, “Waiting to Exhale”, TV’s “Boston Public”)

Harry Smith – 67 years old (1951) – Broadcast journalist (NBC News, CBS News, TV’s “The Early Show”, “CBS This Morning”)

Kim Cattrall – 62 years old (1956) – Actress (“Sex and the City”, “Police Academy”, “Mannequin”)

Carrie-Anne Moss – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (“Love Hurts”, “The Matrix” series, “Red Planet”)

Alicia Witt – 43 years old (1975) – Actress (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “Urban Legend”, TV’s “Cybill”)

Usain Bolt – 32 years old (1986) – The Jamaican sprinter, Olympic medalist

Hayden Panettiere – 29 years old (1989) – Actress (TV’s “Nashville”, “Heroes”, “Guiding Light”, “One Life to Live”, movies “Scream 4”, “I Love You Beth Cooper”)

 

TODAY IS:

Poet’s Day

Senior Citizens Day

Spumoni 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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