On Your Birthday: July 16



1790 – The District of Columbia (Washington, DC) was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government.

1912 – The airplane torpedo was patented by Bradley A. Fiske.

1926 – “National Geographic” magazine published the first underwater color photographs. The pictures had been taken near the Florida Keys.

1935 – The first parking meters to be used in the United States were installed in Oklahoma City, OK.

1945 – The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, NM.

1951 – J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was published.

1956 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus closes its very last “Big Tent” show in Pittsburgh, PA. Due to changing economics, all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas.

1957 – Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record by flying a jet from California to New York. The flight took just 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.

1964 – Little League Baseball Incorporated was granted a Federal Charter unanimously by the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

1969 – The first manned mission to the surface of the moon, Apollo 11, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL.

1981 – After 23 years with the name Datsun, executives changed the name of their cars to Nissan.

1981 – Harry Chapin died in a car crash at the age of 38. He was on his way to a benefit concert.

1985 – The All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network.

1986 – Dollywood opened in Pigeon Forge, TN.

1999 – Col. Eileen Collins became the first woman to head a space shuttle mission.

1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies, along with his wife and sister-in-law, in a plane crash.

2004 – Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison and fined $30,000 after being found guilty of four counts of obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators.

2005 – J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was released. It was the sixth in the Harry Potter series. On the very first day, the book sold 6.9 million copies.

2009 – In Chicago, IL, the Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower.



Barbara Stanwyck 1907 – Actress (movies and TV’s “The Big Valley” and “The Thorn Birds”)

Orville Redenbacher 1907 – Businessman (Orville Redenbacher Popcorn)

Ginger Rogers 1911 – Actress, dancer, singer

Bess Myerson 1924 – Politician, model, television actress (“I’ve Got a Secret”), Miss America (1945)

Jimmy Johnson 1943 – Football coach

Michael Flatley 1958 – Entertainer (Lord of the Dance)

Phoebe Cates 1963 – Actress (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Gremlins”)

Will Ferrell 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Anchorman”, “Talledega Nights”, “Wedding Crashers”, “Zoolander”, “A Night at the Roxbury”)

Barry Sanders 1968 – Football (The Pro Football Hall of Famer made the Pro Bowl in all 10 years of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions)

Corey Scott Feldman 1971 – Actor (“Gremlins”, “Stand by Me”, “The Lost Boys”)



World Snake Day

Corn Fritters Day

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day


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