August 21

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:

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.

1942 – The Walt Disney animated movie “Bambi” premiered in the United States.

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.

1969 – The Gap opened their first store in San Francisco, CA.

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 – The 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 – President 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:

Patty McCormack – 77 years old (1945) – Actress (Played Pat Nixon in “Frost/Nixon”)

Carl Giammarese – 75 years old (1947) – Lead guitarist, vocalist (The Buckinghams)

Loretta Devine – 73 years old (1949) – Actress (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”, “Death at a Funeral”, “Waiting to Exhale”, TV’s “Boston Public”)

Harry Smith – 71 years old (1951) – Broadcast journalist (NBC News, CBS News, TV’s “The Early Show”, “CBS This Morning”)

Kim Cattrall – 66 years old (1956) – Actress (“Sex and the City”, “Police Academy”, “Mannequin”)

Carrie-Anne Moss – 55 years old (1967) – Actress (“Love Hurts”, “The Matrix” series, “Red Planet”)

Alicia Witt – 47 years old (1975) – Actress (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “Urban Legend”, TV’s “Cybill”)

Usain Bolt – 36 years old (1986) – The Jamaican sprinter, Olympic medalist

Hayden Panettiere – 33 years old (1989) – Actress (TV’s “Nashville”, “Heroes”, “Guiding Light”, “One Life to Live”, movies “Scream 4”, “I Love You Beth Cooper”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

National Brazilian Blowout Day

National Senior Citizens Day

National Spumoni Day

Poet’s Day

 

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

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