August 7

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1789 – Congress established the U.S. War Department.

1782 – George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers who were wounded in battle. It was later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.

1888 – Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip. The trip took 59 days to complete. They traveled from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA.

1944 – IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor of Sony, sold its first transistor radios in Japan.

1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the penny went into circulation. It replaced the “sheaves of wheat” (or “wheat penny”) design and was minted until 2008.

1959 – The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.

1966 – Race riots occurred in Lansing, MI.

1974 – French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, 1,368 feet in the air.

1976 – Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars. That same year Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars.

1978 – President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of into the canal.

1981 – After 128 years of publication, “The Washington Star” ceased all operations.

1990 – The first American soldiers arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Gulf War.

2003 – In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.

2003 – Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe prototype for $200,000.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

“The Amazing” James Randi 1928 – Stage magician, scientific skeptic

Verna Bloom 1939 – Actress (“High Plains Drifter”, made-for-TV movie “Where Have All The People Gone?”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, played Marion Wormer in “Animal House”)

B.J. Thomas 1942 – Singer (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”)

Garrison Keillor 1942 – Radio host (PBS’s “A Prairie Home Companion”)

John Glover 1944 – Actor (“RoboCop 2”, “Batman and Robin”, TV’s “Smallville”)

David Rasche 1944 – Actor (TV’s “Sledge Hammer!”)

Wayne Knight 1955 – Actor (“Jurassic Park”, “To Die For”, TV’s “Third Rock From the Sun”)

Bruce Dickinson 1958 – Singer (Iron Maiden)

David Duchovny 1960 – Actor (TV’s “The X-Files”, movies “Californication”, “Full Frontal”)

DeLane Matthews 1961 – Actress (Played Beth Barry on TV’s “Dave’s World”)

Harold Perrineau, Jr. 1963 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”, “Oz”, movies “The Matrix”)

Sydney Penny 1971 – Actress (Played Julia Santos Keefer on TV’s “All My Children” and Samantha “Sam” Kelly on “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Michael Shannon 1974 – Actor (“Revolutionary Road”, “Take Shelter”, “The Iceman”, “World Trade Center”, “Vanilla Sky”, TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”)

Charlize Theron 1975 – Actress (“Monster”, “North Country”, “Dark Places”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Cider House Rules”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”)

 

TODAY IS:

Lighthouse Day

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

Professional Speakers 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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