August 25

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1840 – Joseph Gibbons received a patent for a seeding machine.

1916 – The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

1920 – The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome.

1939 – The movie “Wizard of Oz” opened around the United States.

1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill providing funds for construction of the Pentagon.

1950 – President Harry Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads in an effort to avert a strike.

1971 – President Richard Nixon tried to slow inflation by imposing a 90-day wage and price freeze.

1972 – Computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced in Great Britain.

1978 – The Turin Shroud, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, went on display for the first time in 45 years.

1981 – The U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about Saturn. The craft got as close as 63,000 miles of the planet.

1989 – The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune, the second to the last planet in the Solar System at the time.

1991 – Linus Torvalds announced the first version of what would become Linux.

1993 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,652.09, an all-time high.

1998 – Gary Coleman pleaded innocent to a charge that he hit a women in a mall, where he is working as a security guard, after she asked for his autograph.

1998 – A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans used the Internet.

2001 – American singer Aaliyah and several members of her record company were killed when their overloaded aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport, Bahamas.

2012 – The Voyager 1 spacecraft entered interstellar space, becoming the first man-made object to do so.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Monty Hall 1921 – Game show host (TV’s “Let’s Make a Deal”)

Sean Connery 1930 – Actor (“James Bond”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “The Untouchables”, “Entrapment”)

Regis Philbin 1931 – Talk show host, game show host (TV’s “Regis and Kathy Lee”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”)

Tom Skerritt 1933 – Actor (TV’s “Picket Fences”, movies “M*A*S*H”, “Top Gun”)

Anthony Heald 1944 – Actor (TV’s “Boston Public”, movies “The Silence of the Lambs”, “Red Dragon”)

John Savage 1949 – Actor (“The Deerhunter”, “Hair”, “The Amateur”, TV’s “Dark Angel”)

Gene Simmons 1949 – Musician, Reality TV Star (KISS)

Rob Halford 1951 – Singer (Judas Priest)

Elvis Costello 1954 – Musician

Tim Burton 1958 – Director (“Batman”, “Batman Returns”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Beetlejuice”, “Frankenweenie”)

Billy Ray Cyrus 1961 – Country singer (“Achy Breaky Heart”)

Ally Walker 1961 – Actress (TV’s “Profiler”, “Moon Over Miami”)

Vivian Campbell 1962 – Musician (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dio)

Blair Underwood 1964 – Actor (“Madea’s Family Reunion”, “Full Frontal”, TV’s “LA Law”, “One Life to Live”)

Joanne Whalley 1964 – Actress (“Scandal”, “Willow”)

Rachael Ray 1968 – TV Chef (TV’s “Rachael Ray”)

Jo Dee Messina 1970 – Country Music Singer

Claudia Schiffer 1970 – Super Model

Kel Mitchell 1978 – Actor (“Good Burger”, “Mystery Men”, TV’s “Kenan and Kel”)

Rachel Bilson 1981 – Actress (TV’s “Hart of Dixie”, “The OC”)

Blake Lively 1987 – Actress (TV’s “Gossip Girl”)

 

TODAY IS:

Banana Split Day

Kiss and Make Up Day

Whiskey Sour 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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