August 8

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

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 was 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, announced 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.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Nita Talbot – 88 years old (1930) – Actress (Played Marya, the “White Russian” spy on TV’s “Hogan’s Heroes”, played Sheila Fine on “Soap”)

Dustin Hoffman – 81 years old (1937) – Actor (“Kramer vs. Kramer”, “Rain Man”, “Wag the Dog”, “Tootsie”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “The Graduate”)

Connie Stevens – 80 years old (1938) – Singer

Larry Wilcox – 71 years old (1947) – Actor (Played Officer Jonathan “Jon” Baker on TV’s “CHiPs”)

Keith Carradine – 69 years old (1949) – Actor, singer (“Nashville”, “Deadwood”, “Dexter”, “Madam Secretary”)

Robin Quivers – 66 years old (1952) – Radio Personality (“The Howard Stern Show”)

Donny Most – 65 years old (1953) – Actor (Played Ralph Malph on TV’s “Happy Days”)

Chris Foreman – 62 years old (1956) – Guitarist (Madness)

Deborah Norville – 60 years old (1958) – TV personality (TV’s “Inside Edition”, “Today”)

Rikki Rockett – 57 years old (1961) – Drummer (Poison)

The Edge (David Evans) – 57 years old (1961) – Lead guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist (U2)

Scott Stapp – 45 years old (1973) – Lead vocalist (Creed)

JC Chasez – 42 years old (1976) – Singer (‘N Sync)

Drew Lachey – 42 years old (1976) – Singer (98 Degrees)

Countess Vaughn – 40 years old (1978) – Actress (“The Parkers”, “Moesha”)

Odie – 40 years old (1978) – from the “Garfield” comic

Michael Urie – 38 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Ugly Betty”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bowling Day

Happiness Happens Day

International Cat Day

Odie Day

Scottish Wildcat 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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