On Your Birthday: July 8



1776 – The first public reading of the United States Declaration of Indepence was given by Col. John Nixon at Independence Square in Philadelphia, PA.

1865 – C.E. Barnes recieved a patent for the machine gun.

1879 – The first ship to use electric lights departed from San Francisco, CA.

1881 – Edward Berner, druggist in Two Rivers, WI, poured chocolate syrup on ice cream in a dish to create an ice cream sundae. Prior to this, chocolate syrup had only been used for making ice-cream sodas.

1889 – “The Wall Street Journal” was first published.

1889 – The last bare-knuckle fight championship took place on this date. John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds (yes, 75!).

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies” on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.

1958 – The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award went to the soundtrack “Oklahoma!”

1969 – The game “Twister” received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

1978 – The movie “Foul Play” opens in San Francisco. This is the first movie for “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase.

1985 – “Playboy” and “Penthouse” magazines went on sale. Both featured nude pictures of Madonna.

1988 – Stevie Wonder announced he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992. He never ends up doing it.

2000 – J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released. It was the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.

2011 – Former first lady Betty Ford passes away at the age of 93.



Roone Arledge 1931 – Television Producer

Jerry Vale 1932 – Singer

Marty Feldman 1933 – Actor (“Young Frankenstein”, “Silent Movie”, “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother”)

Steve Lawrence 1935 – Entertainer

Jeffrey Tambor 1944 – Actor (TV’s “Arrested Development”, “The Larry Sanders Show”)

Wolfgang Puck 1949 – Chef

Anjelica Huston 1951 – Actress (“The Grifters”, “Enemies: A Love Story”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Adams Family Values”)

Kevin Bacon 1958 – Actor (“Footloose”, “Apollo 13”, “Sleepers”)

Toby Keith 1961 – Country Singer

Andy Fletcher 1961 – Musician (Depeche Mode)

Joan Osborne 1962 – Singer

Beck 1970 -Singer, songwriter



Scud Day

Cow Appreciation Day


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