August 8

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.

 

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

Dustin Hoffman – 84 years old (1937) – Actor (“Kramer vs. Kramer”, “Rain Man”, “Wag the Dog”, “Tootsie”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “The Graduate”)

Connie Stevens – 83 years old (1938) – Singer

Larry Wilcox – 74 years old (1947) – Actor (Played Officer Jonathan “Jon” Baker on TV’s “CHiPs”)

Keith Carradine – 72 years old (1949) – Actor, singer (“Nashville”, “Deadwood”, “Dexter”, “Madam Secretary”)

Robin Quivers – 69 years old (1952) – Radio Personality (“The Howard Stern Show”)

Donny Most – 68 years old (1953) – Actor (Played Ralph Malph on TV’s “Happy Days”)

Chris Foreman – 65 years old (1956) – Guitarist (Madness)

Deborah Norville – 63 years old (1958) – TV personality (TV’s “Inside Edition”, “Today”)

Rikki Rockett – 60 years old (1961) – Drummer (Poison)

The Edge (David Evans) – 60 years old (1961) – Lead guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist (U2)

Scott Stapp – 48 years old (1973) – Lead vocalist (Creed)

JC Chasez – 45 years old (1976) – Singer (‘N Sync)

Drew Lachey – 45 years old (1976) – Singer (98 Degrees)

Odie – 43 years old (1978) – from the “Garfield” comic

Countess Vaughn – 43 years old (1978) – Actress (“The Parkers”, “Moesha”)

Michael Urie – 41 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Ugly Betty”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bowling Day

Global Sleep Under The Stars Night 

Happiness Happens Day

International Cat Day

International Infinity Day

National CBD Day

National Dollar Day

National Frozen Custard Day

National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

National Spirit of ’45 Day

Odie Day

Scottish Wildcat Day

Top 8 Challenge Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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