August 8


1876 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

1899 – The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.

1908 – Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at LeMans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.

1911 – The number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.

1920 – The Detroit Tigers shut out the New York Yankees 1-0 in one hour and 13 minutes. It was the shortest nine inning game in American League History at the time.

1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed by President Harry S. Truman.

1949 – Grand Rapids, MI’s first television station went on the air. It was WLAV Channel 7. It would later become WOOD TV Channel 8.

1966 – Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.

1974 – In the wake of Watergate, President Richard M. Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of President of the United States effective at noon the next day.

1978 – The U.S. launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

1989 – The Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-28) took off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on a secret five-day military mission.

1992 – The “Dream Team” clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beat Croatia 117-85.



Richard Anderson 1926 – Actor (Played Oscar Goldman in TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”)

Nita Talbot 1930 – Actress (Played Marya, the “White Russian” spy on TV’s “Hogan’s Heroes”, played Sheila Fine on “Soap”)

Mel Tillis 1932 – Singer

Dustin Hoffman 1937 – Actor (“Kramer vs. Kramer”, “Rain Man”, “Wag the Dog”, “Tootsie”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “The Graduate”)

Connie Stevens 1938 – Singer

Larry Wilcox 1947 – Actor (Played Officer Jonathan “Jon” Baker on TV’s “CHiPs”)

Keith Carradine 1949 – Actor, singer (“Nashville”, “Deadwood”, “Dexter”, “Madam Secretary”)

Robin Quivers 1952 – Radio Personality (“The Howard Stern Show”)

Donny Most 1953 – Actor (Played Ralph Malph on TV’s “Happy Days”)

Chris Foreman 1956 – Musician (Madness)

Deborah Norville 1958 – TV personality (TV’s “Inside Edition”, “Today”)

Rikki Rockett 1961 – Musician (Poison)

The Edge (David Evans) 1961 – Musician (U2)

Scott Stapp 1973 – Musician (Creed)

JC Chasez 1976 – Singer (‘N Sync)

Drew Lachey 1976 – Singer (98 Degrees)

Countess Vaughn 1978 – Actress (“The Parkers”, “Moesha”)

Odie (from the “Garfield” comic) 1978

Michael Urie 1980 – Actor (TV’s “Ugly Betty”)



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Odie Day

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