On Your Birthday: July 20



1868 – U.S. legislation ordered tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs.

1881 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops in Montana.

1940 – “Billboard” magazine published its very first listing of best-selling singles. The original list had only ten songs.

1969 – “One small step for man…” Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.

1976 – Hank Aaron hits the final home run of his career…#755.

1976 – America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on the planet Mars.



Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 – Explorer (first to climb Mt. Everest)

Mike Ilitch 1929 – Businessman (Founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza franchises and owner of the Detroit Red Wings)

Sally Ann Howes 1930 – Actress (“Dead of Night”, “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang”)

Chuck Daly 1933 – Basketball Coach (Detroit Pistons 1983-1992)

Diana Rigg 1938 – Actress (“Medea”, “King Lear”, “The Avengers”)

Natalie Wood 1938 – Actress (“From Here to Eternity”, “West Side Story”, “Rebel Without a Cause”)

Mickey Stanley 1942 – (born in Grand Rapids, MI) Baseball Player (Detroit Tigers 1964-1978)

John Lodge 1943 – Musician (The Moody Blues)

T.G. Shepherd 1944 – Singer

Kim Carnes 1946 – Singer

Carlos Santana 1947 – Musician (Santana)

Donna Dixon 1957 – Actress (“Wayne’s World”, “Dr. Detroit”, “Spies Like Us”, TV’s “Bosom Buddies”)

Mick McNeil 1958 – Musician (Simple Minds)

Frank Whaley 1963 – Actor (“World Trade Center”, “Field of Dreams” and “The Doors” played Robby Krieger).

Chris Cornell 1964 – Musician (Soundgarden)

Stone Gossard 1966 – Musician (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog), also known as Carpenter Newton

Josh Holloway 1969 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”)

Sandra Oh 1971 – Actress (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Arli$$”, “Sideways”)

Omar Epps 1973 – Actor (TV’s “House”, “ER”.  “The Wood”, “In Too Deep”, “Higher Learning”, “Poetic Justice”)

Elliott Yamin 1978 – Singer (third-place finisher on “American Idol” in season 5)

John Francis Daley 1985 – Actor (TV’s “Bones”, “Freaks and Geeks”)

Julianne Hough 1988 – Country singer-ballroom dancer (TV’s “Dancing With the Stars”)



Space Exploration Day

Moon Day

Lollipop Day

World Jump Day


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