August 29

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:

1886 – In New York, NY, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.

1898 – The Goodyear Tire Company was founded.

1949 – A nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients at the University of Illinois.

1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record when he spoke against a civil rights bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

1958 – The United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, CO.

1965 – The Gemini V space craft, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.

1966 – The Beatles performed their last concert in front of fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired. It drew a record 72% share of the prime time audience.

1973 – President Richard Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the so-called Watergate tapes of conversations secretly recorded in the Oval Office. Nixon refused and appealed the order.

1977 – Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland.

1997 – You could start renting DVDs through the mail when Netflix began.

1998 – Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damages.

2007 – It was revealed that Leona Helmsley, the billionaire real estate tycoon who died earlier in August, had left $12 million to her pet dog.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

William Friedkin – 86 years old (1935) – Film director (“The French Connection”, “The Exorcist” “Cruising”, “To Live and Die in L.A.”, “Rules of Engagement”, “The Hunted”

Elliott Gould – 83 years old (1938) – Actor (“M*A*S*H”, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, “Bugsy”, “Ocean’s 11”, “Ocean’s 12”, “Ocean’s 13”)

Deborah Van Valkenburgh – 69 years old (1952) – Actress (Placed Jackie Rush on TV’s “Too Close for Comfort”, movies “The Warriors”, “Road to Hell”)

Rebecca DeMornay – 62 years old (1959) – Actress (“Risky Business”, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”, “Guilty as Sin”, “Backdraft”)

Carla Gugino – 50 years old (1971) – Actress (TV’s “Entourage”, “Chicago Hope”, “Wayward Pines”, movies “Spy Kids”, “San Andreas”, “Sin City”, “Snake Eyes”)

Lea Michele – 35 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “Glee”)

Nicole Anderson – 31 years old (1990) – Actress (TV’s “J.O.N.A.S!”, movie “Mean Girls 2”)

Liam Payne – 28 years old (1993) – Singer (One Direction)

 

TODAY IS:

According to Hoyle Day

Chop Suey Day

Individual Rights Day

International Day against Nuclear Tests

Lemon Juice Day

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Pony Express Day

Potteries Bottle Oven 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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