On Your Birthday: July 22



1376 – The date that the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred.

1926 – Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. Why was this so special? The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet above the ball park.

1933 – Pilot Wiley Post completes the first solo global airplane flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.

1991 – Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested.

2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.

2003 – Sadaam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay Hussein are killed by U.S. troops inside a Mosul palace.

2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.



Alexander Calder 1898 – Sculptor (You can see his art piece “La Grande Vitesse” on Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids)

Bob Dole 1923 – Former U.S. Senator and Congressman. Once a Republican presidential candidate. Viagra spokesman

Orson Bean 1928 – Author, Comedian, Game Show Panelist

Oscar De La Renta 1932 – Fashion Designer

Louise Fletcher 1934 – Film and TV Actress (Played Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Exorcist II: The Heretic”, “Brainstorm”, “Firestarter”, “Flowers in the Attic”, “Cruel Intentions”, TV’s “Maverick”)

Chuck Jackson 1937 – Singer (“I Don’t Want to Cry,” “Any Day Now,” “I Keep Forgettin'”, “All Over the World”)

Alex Trebek 1940 – Game show host (“Jeopardy”)

George Clinton 1940 – Singer, songwriter, bandleader, music producer

Thomas Wayne 1941 – Singer (“Tragedy”)

Estelle Bennett 1944 – Singer (The Ronettes)

Richard Davies 1944 – Musician (Supertramp)

Bobby Sherman 1944 – Singer, actor (TV’s “Shindig!” “Here Come the Brides”)

Paul Schrader 1946 – Screenwriter, film director (“Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, “Bringing Out the Dead”, “Hardcore” – which was film in Grand Rapids, MI)

Albert Brooks 1947 – Actor-writer-director (“Real Life”, “Lost in America”, “Broadcast News”, “Finding Nemo”)

Danny Glover 1947 – Actor (“Lethal Weapon” 1-4, “The Color Purple”, “Saw”)

Don Henley 1947 – Musician (The Eagles)

Willem Dafoe 1955 – Actor (“The Last Temptation of Christ”, “The English Patient”, “Spider Man”, “To Live and Die in L.A.”, “Platoon”)

Emily Saliers 1963 – Singer (Indigo Girls)

John Leguizamo 1964 – Actor (“Ride Along”, “Empire”, “Ice Age”, “Summer of Sam”)

David Spade 1964 – Actor/comedian (“Grown Ups”, “Senseless”, “Lost and Found”, “Joe Dirt”, TV’s “8 Simple Rules”, “Saturday Night Live”)

Patrick Labyorteaux 1965 – Actor (TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”, “JAG”)

Irene Bedard 1967 – Actress (“Pocahontas”)

Selena Gomez 1992 – Singer, actress (“Spring Breakers”, “Monte Carlo”, “Ramona and Beezus”)



Hammock Day

Penuche Fudge Day


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