On Your Birthday: July 29



1786 – “The Pittsburgh Gazette” became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published.

1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service began when two people held a conversation between the cities of New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

1925 – Marvin Pipkin patents the frosted light bulb. He created the bulb to reduce glare.

1938 – The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” debuts.

1950 – Disney’s film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was released.

1953 – The Interstate Highway System was created when the Federal Highway Act authorizes the building of more than 42,000 miles of highway.

1957 – Jack Paar began hosting “The Tonight Show” on NBC.

1958 – The United States Congress authorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1981 – England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married. Over 700 million people watched the wedding on TV.

1985 – General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the new Saturn automobile assembly plant.

1987 – Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream introduced “Cherry Garcia”

1998 – The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused General Motors $2.8 billion in lost revenues.

2005 – Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet named “Xena” that was larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.



Ted Lindsay 1925 – Hockey player (Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks)

Robert Fuller 1934 – Actor (played Dr. Kelly Brackett on TV’s “Emergency!”)

Elizabeth Dole 1936 – Politician, wife of Bob Dole

David Warner 1941 – Actor (“Titanic”, “Tron”, “Star Trek” V & VI, “The Omen”)

Neal Doughty 1946 – Musician (REO Speedwagon)

Ken Burns 1953 – Filmmaker

Geddy Lee 1953 – Musician (Rush)

Patti Scialfa 1953 – Musician (E Street Band)

Michael Biehn 1956 – Actor (“The Terminator”, “Aliens”, “The Abyss”)

Alexandra Paul 1963 – Actress (“Christine”, “8 Million Ways to Die”, “Dragnet”, played Lt. Stephanie Holden on TV’s “Baywatch”)

Martina McBride 1966  – Singer

Wil Wheaton 1972 – Actor (Played Wesley Crusher on TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” also appears as himself on “The Big Bang Theory”, movies “Stand by Me”, “Toy Soldiers”)

Stephen Dorff 1973 – Actor (Public Enemies, The Passage, World Trade Center, Felon, Immortals, Somewhere, Deuces Wild. Blade, I Shot Andy Warhol)

Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) 1973

Josh Radnor 1974 – Actor (TV’s How I Met Your Mother)



Rain Day

International Tiger Day

Lasagna Day

Lipstick Day

National Chicken Wing Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Talk in an Elevator Day


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