August 4

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1790 – The Revenue Cutter Service was formed. This was the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard.

1814 – The United States attacked Mackinac Island, which was held by the British. The U.S. was not successful and did not regain the island and fort until the War of 1812 ended in 1815.

1821 – “The Saturday Evening Post” was published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.

1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, MA, home.

1944 – Nazi police raided a house in Amsterdam and arrested eight people. Anne Frank, who was a teenager at the time, was one of the people arrested. After her death, her diary would be published.

1958 – Billboard Magazine introduced its “Hot 100” chart. The first #1 song was Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool.”

1966 – A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon making the statement that the Beatles were now more popular than Jesus Christ.

1972 – Arthur Bremer was found guilty of shooting George Wallace, the governor of Alabama. Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.

1977 – President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the U.S. Department of Energy.

1979 – The film “Rock & Roll High School”, starring the Ramones, premiered in New York, NY.

1983 – New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”

1984 – Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics.

1987 – The Federal Communications Commission rescinded the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues “fairly”.

1991 – The Oceanos, a Greek luxury liner, sank off of South Africa’s southeast coast. All of the 402 passengers and 179 crewmembers survived.

1993 – A federal judge sentenced Los Angeles, CA Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King’s civil rights.

2002 – “The Anna Nicole Show” had the highest-rated series premiere in basic cable history.

2007 – NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft was launched on a space exploration mission of Mars. The Phoenix landed on Mars on May 25, 2008.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Richard Belzer 1944 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Homicide”)

Billy Bob Thornton 1955 – Actor (“Sling Blade”, “A Simple Plan”)

Kym Karath 1958 – Actress (Played Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children, in “The Sound of Music”)

Barack Obama 1961 – 44th President of the United States

Roger Clemens 1962 – Baseball player

Paul Reynolds 1962 – Musician (A Flock of Seagulls)

Daniel Dae Kim 1968 – Actor (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0”, “Lost”, “24”)

Michael DeLuise 1969 – Actor (“Wayne’s World”, “Encino Man”, TV’s “The Gilmore Girls”, “NYPD Blue”, “Seaquest DSV”, “21 Jump Street”)

Jeff Gordon 1971 – Race car driver

Crystal Bowersox 1985 – Singer (Runner-up on TV’s “American Idol: Season 9”)

 

TODAY IS:

Assistance Dog Day

Coast Guard Day

International Beer Day

Single Working Women’s 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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