August 23

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1904 – Hard D. Weed patented the tire chain for automobiles.

1935 – The last trolley car made its final run in Grand Rapids, MI along the Cherry-Plainfield line.

1959 – “Sally” debuted as an infant in the “Peanuts” comic strip.

1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the United States and Europe. The transmission utilzed the Telstar satellite.

1966 – Lunar Orbitor 1 took the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1973 – TV’s “The Mod Squad” aired its last episode on ABC.

1984 – The home used as the fictitious home on the show “Dallas”, the South Fork Ranch, was sold. It was to be turned into a hotel.

1991 – The World Wide Web was opened to the public.

1993 – Duran Duran received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1993 – The Los Angeles Police confirmed that Michael Jackson was the subject of a criminal investigation.

1999 – TV Talk-show host Montel Williams announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

2000 – Richard Hatch was revealed as the winning castaway on the first season of TV’s “Survivor.” Hatch won $1 million for his stay on the island of Pulau Tida in the South China Sea. He was later convicted of failing to pay income tax on the prize.

2011 – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington, DC and the damage is estimated at $200-300 million.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Vera Miles 1929 – Actress (Played Lila Crane in the film “Psycho” and “Psycho II”, “The Searchers”, “Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”)

Barbara Eden 1931 – Actress (TV’s “I Dream of Jeannie”)

Mark Russell 1932 – Comedian

Richard Sanders 1940 – Actor (Played Les Nessman on TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati”)

Shelley Long 1949 – Actress (TV’s “Cheers”, movies “Irreconcilable Differences”, “The Money Pit”, “The Brady Bunch Movie”)

Rick Springfield 1949 – Singer, Actor (Played Doctor Noah Drake on TV’s “General Hospital”)

Mark Hudson 1951 – Musician (The Hudson Brothers)

Dean DeLeo 1961 – Musician (Stone Temple Pilots)

Jay Mohr 1970 – Actor, comedian, sports host (“Jerry Maguire”, “Pay It Forward”, “King’s Ransom”, TV’s “The Ghost Whisperer”, “Gary Unmarried”)

Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins 1973 – Actor (“Lean on Me”, “Juice”, TV’s “The Wayans Brothers”)

Scott Caan 1976 – Actor (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”, “Entourage”, movies “Gone in 60 Seconds”, “Oceans” 11, 12 and 13, “Ready to Rumble”)’

Kobe Bryant 1978 – Basketball player

Joanne Froggatt 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cuban Sandwich Day

Ride the Wind Day

Sponge Cake Day

Valentino 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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