August 26

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:

1791 – John Fitch was granted a U.S. Patent for the steamboat.

1873 – The first public kindergarten in the United States was authorized by the school board of St. Louis, MO.

1895 – The Edward Dean Adams Power Plant went into operation at Niagara Falls

1920 – The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.

1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1957 – The first Edsel, made by the Ford Motor Company, rolled of the assembly line.

1961 – The International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto, Canada.

1973 – The University of Texas became the first school to offer a course in belly dancing.

1987 – Sonny Bono announced that he was running for Mayor of Palm Springs, his first political office. He ended up getting elected for the position.

1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. Previously, the company had sold its products door to door for 81 years.

1998 – Microsoft was under investigation by the U.S. government to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all new composite airliner, received certification from the EASA and the FAA.

2015 – Two journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.

2018 – Three people were killed and eleven wounded during a mass shooting at a Madden NFL ’19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Tom Ridge – 76 years old (1945) – First Director of the Office of Homeland Security

Valerie Simpson – 75 years old (1946) – Singer (Ashford and Simpson)

Branford Marsalis – 61 years old (1960) – Jazz saxophonist

Chris Burke – 56 years old (1965) – Actor (Played Corky on TV’s “Life Goes On”)

Adrian Young – 52 years old (1969) – Drummer (No Doubt)

Melissa McCarthy – 51 years old (1970) – Actress (“Spy”, “The Hangover, Part 3”, “Bridesmaids”, “Identity Thief”, TV’s “Mike and Molly”, “Gilmore Girls”)

Macaulay Culkin – 41 years old (1980) – Actor (“Home Alone” movies, “Uncle Buck”, “Party Monster”)

Chris Pine – 41 years old (1980) – Actor (Played James T. Kirk in the new “Star Trek” movies)

 

TODAY IS:

Burger Day

Cherry Popsicle Day

Dog Day

National Got Checked Day

WebMistress Day

Women’s Equality 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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