TODAY IN HISTORY:
1620 – The Mayflower departed from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
1833 – The village of Chicago, IL was incorporated. The population at the time was approximately 250.
1861 – The U.S. Federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800.
1882 – The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was established.
1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, OH.
1921 – The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by Harold Arlin on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. The game was between the Pirates and Philadelphia.
1923 – Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel.
1924 – In the New York “Daily News” the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray, debuted.
1926 – Harry Houdini spent 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
1957 – TV’s “American Bandstand”, hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC. Until this day the show had been a local show in Philadelphia, PA since 1952.
1958 – Herbert Hoover eclipsed John Adams as having the longest retirement of any former President until that time. Hoover would live another 6 years. His record 31 years, 7 months, and 16 days has since been eclipsed by Jimmy Carter.
1960 – For the first time two major league baseball clubs traded managers. Detroit traded Jimmy Dykes for Cleveland’s Joe Gordon.
1966 – In New York, NY, groundbreaking began for the construction of the original World Trade Center.
1969 – The Mariner 7 made its closest fly-by Mars. Photographs and other data were sent back to Earth.
1974 – President Richard Nixon said that he expected to be impeached. Nixon had ordered the investigation into the Watergate break-in to halt.
1974 – The comic strip “Tank McNamara” premiered in 75 newspapers.
1980 – The Osmonds split up.
1981 – Olivia Newton-John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1981 – President Ronald Reagan fired 11,259 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order to return to work.
1984 – Amtrak began rail service between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL with the Pere Marquette train route.
2009 – Google purchased its first public company. The company was a video software maker named On2 Technologies.
2011 – NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
2011 – The first solar-powered spacecraft to go to Jupiter, Juno, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
John Saxon 1935 – Actor (“Enter the Dragon”, Played Nancy’s father in “A Nightmare On Elm Street”)
Ja’net DuBois 1945 – Actress (Played Willona Woods on TV’s “Good Times”, movie “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, she co–wrote and sang the theme song for the sitcom, “The Jeffersons”)
Loni Anderson 1946 – Actress (Played receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati”)
Erika Slezak 1946 – Actress (Played Victoria Lord on TV’s “One Life to Live”)
Rick Derringer 1947 – Singer (“Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”)
Greg Leskiw 1947 – Musician (The Guess Who)
Samantha Sang 1951 – Singer (“Emotion”)
Maureen McCormick 1956 – Actress (Played Marcia on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)
Pat Smear 1959 – Musician (Foo Fighters)
Tawney Kitaen 1961 – Actress (“Bachelor Party”, TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”)
Patrick Ewing 1962 – Basketball Player
Jonathon Silverman 1966 – Actor (“Brighton Beach Memoirs”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”, TV’s “Gimme a Break!”, “The Single Guy”)
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