TODAY IN HISTORY:
1862 – The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.
1920 – For the first time a device known as a radio compass was used on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA.
1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the very first time at the Chillicothe Baking Co. in Chillicothe, MO.
1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam) on the Colorado River.
1946 – Future President Jimmy Carter married Eleanor Rosalynn Smith.
1949 – “Dragnet” was first heard on NBC radio.
1954 – A disc-jockey at a radio station (WHBQ) in Memphis, TN, by the name of Dewey Phillips, became the first D.J. to play an Elvis Presley record.
1967 – The Monkees kicked off a national tour. The opening act was Jimi Hendrix.
1981 – President Reagan nominated Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1994 – Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, WA. It was originally called “Cadabra.”
1994 – Viacom buys Paramount Pictures for $10 billion.
1998 – A jury in Santa Monica, CA, convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby (Bill Cosby’s only son) during a roadside robbery.
2000 – Amazon.com announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire”. That made it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.
2007 – Live Earth concerts take place on all seven continents. The purpose of the concerts was to bring awareness to the problem of global warming.
2007 – J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is published.
2009 – A memorial service is held for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. 17,500 people were admitted in to the event. The service was viewed, on TV and online, by over a billion people throughout the world
2011 – Rodrick Dantzler went on a shooting spree in Grand Rapids, MI. He killed seven people, including two children. After leading police on a chase and a standoff, he eventually shot and killed himself. It was the worst mass murder in Grand Rapids’ history.
YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…
Doc Severinsen 1927 – Bandleader (Bandleader on “The Tonight Show”. His trumpet is also featured in the opening of the “CBS News Sunday Morning” program.)
Ringo Starr 1940 – Musician (Beatles)
Shelley Duvall 1949 – Actress (“The Shining”, “Popeye”, “Time Bandits”)
David Hodo 1950 – Musician (The Village People)
Jessica Hahn 1959 – American model and actress who is best known for a rape allegation against televangelist Jim Bakker while she was employed by him as a church secretary.
Jim Gaffigan 1966 – Actor, comedian
Jorja Fox 1968 – Actress (“C.S.I.”)
Michelle Kwan 1980 – Figure skater
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