August 31

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.



1803 – Lewis and Clark started their expedition to the west from Pittsburgh, PA.

1809 – Michigan’s first newspaper was printed. “The Michigan Essay” was printed in Detroit, MI. There was only 1 issue ever printed.

1887 – Thomas Edison patented the kinetoscope — the first movie projector.

1914 – Bloomingdale, MI had 9.78″ of rain in 24 hours, breaking the state’s rainfall total.

1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.

1920 – John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for “Toy-Cabin Construction,” which are now called “Lincoln Logs”.

1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.

1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

1974 – TV’s “The Partridge Family” ended its original run on ABC.

1985 – The “Night Stalker” killer, Richard Ramirez, was captured in Los Angeles, CA.

1991 – In a “Solidarity Day” protest hundreds of thousands of union members marched in Washington, DC.

1997 – Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris. Princess Di was 36. (Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?)

1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

2004 – The TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” premiered on A&E. The reality show  chronicled Duane “Dog” Chapman’s experiences as a bounty hunter.

2005 – Martha Stewart was permitted to remove the electronic ankle bracelet that had been monitoring her every move under the terms of her five-month house arrest.

2006 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream”, that was stolen on August 22, 2004, was recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

2009 – Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

2015 – President Obama officially re-designated Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name.



Van Morrison – 78 years old (1945) – Musician

Itzhak Perlman – 78 years old (1945) – Violinist, conductor,

Rudolph Schenker – 75 years old (1948) – Guitarist (Scorpions)

Richard Gere – 74 years old (1949) – Actor (“An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Pretty Woman”, “Chicago”, “Primal Fear”, “American Gigolo”)

Gina Schock – 66 years old (1957) – Drummer (The Go-Go’s)

Glenn Tilbrook – 66 years old (1957) – Singer, guitarist (Squeeze)

Tony DeFranco – 64 years old (1959) – Singer (The DeFranco Family)

Rachel Dennison – 64 years old (1959) – Actress (TV’s “9 to 5”)

Jeff Russo – 54 years old (1969) – Guitarist, vocalist (Tonic)

Debbie Gibson – 53 years old (1970) – Singer, Actor

Chris Tucker – 52 years old (1971) – Actor, comedian (“Rush Hour” 1-3, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Money Talks”, “Dead Presidents”, “Friday”)

Sara Ramirez – 48 years old (1975) – Actress (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”)



Daffodil Day

International Overdose Awareness Day

Love Litigating Lawyers Day

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Eat Outside Day

National Matchmaker Day

National South Carolina Day

National Trail Mix Day

We Love Memoirs Day


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