On Your Birthday: July 13



1832 – Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

1836 – John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office. It was for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. There were 9,957 previous patents but theywere not numbered.

1923 – The Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, California. The sign originally read “Hollywoodland” but the last four letters were dropped when it was renovated in 1949.

1972 – Carroll Rosenbloom (owner of the Baltimore Colts) and Robert Irsay (owner of the Los Angeles Rams) traded teams.

1977 – New York City experiences a 25-hour blackout.

1978 – Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

1982 – The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada.

1984 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June, 2003.

1985 – Live-Aid concerts took place in Philadelphia, PA, and London, England.

1998 – “Image of an Assassination” went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder’s home video of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in November of 1963.

1994 – Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly is sentenced (in Portland, Oregon) to a two-year prison term for his role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan.



Bob Crane 1928 – Actor (“Hogan’s Heroes)

Jack Kemp 1935 – Politician

Patrick Stewart 1940 – Actor (The Star Trek and X-Men series; TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Harrison Ford 1942 – Actor (“Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “The Fugitive”)

Roger McGuinn 1942 – Musician (The Byrds)

Stephen Bladd 1942 – Musician (J. Geils Band)

Erno Rubik 1944 – Creator of Rubik’s Cube puzzle

Cheech Marin 1946 – Comedian, Actor (Cheech & Chong, “Born in East LA”, “Up in Smoke”, TV’s “Nash Bridges”)

Didi Conn 1951 – Actress (played Frenchy in “Grease” and “Grease 2”)

Louise Mandrell 1954 – Singer

Cameron Crowe 1957 – Director

Tom Kenny 1962 – Comedian, voice actor (“SpongeBob Squarepants”)



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