On Your Birthday: July 9



1776 – The United States Declaration of Independence was read Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. This amendment granted citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It prohibits states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

1872 – John Blondel patents the doughnut cutter.

1877 – Alexander Graham Bell, along with Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Thomas Sanders and Thomas Watson, formed the Bell Telephone Company.

1877 – The very first Wimbledon Tennis Championship was held.

1878 – Henry Tibbe patents the corncob pipe.

1922 – Johnny Weissmuller (who later played “Tarzan”) became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.

1955 – The song “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets hit #1 on Billboard’s Pop charts, marking the first time a rock and roll recording hit #1

1956 – A TV show called “Bandstand”, hosted by Dick Clark debuted in Philadelphia, PA. The show later moved to ABC and the name was changed to “American Bandstand”.

1968 – The first indoor All-Star baseball game was played at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

1981 – The Nintendo video game “Donkey Kong” is released. (It was also the debut of “Mario”, Nintendo’s future mascot.)

1977 – Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.

1978 – Boxer Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton for the heavyweight championship.

1983 – The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” begins a nine-week stretch at the #1 spot on the Pop Chart.

1985 – Joe Namath signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for “Monday Night Football”.

1995 – The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Garcia died the following month of a heart attack.

1997 – Mike Tyson was banned from boxing and fined $3 million for biting the ear of Evander Holyfield during a match.

2004 – Martha Stewart is denied, by a federal judge, for her request for a new trial.

2005 – Skateboarder Danny Way rode down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. In doing so, he became the first person to ever clear the wall without the aid of a motor.



Ed Ames 1927 – Actor, musician (The Ames Brothers)

Donald Rumsfeld 1932 – U.S. Defense Secretary for Gerald R. Ford and George W. Bush

Brian Dennehy 1938 – Actor (“Cocoon”, “Presumed Innocent”)

Richard Roundtree 1942 – Actor

Dean Koontz 1945 – Author

Bon Scott (AC/DC) 1946 – AC/DC

O.J. Simpson 1947 – Football player, actor

Chris Cooper 1951 – Actor (“Adaptation”, “The Muppets”, “Seabiscuit”, “The Bourne Identity”, “American Beauty”)

John Tesh 1952 – Musician, television personality

Debbie Sledge 1954 – Musician (Sister Sledge)

Tom Hanks 1956 – Actor (TVs “Bosom Buddies, movies “Philadelphia”, “Forest Gump”, “Big”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Apollo 13” and many others)

Kelly McGillis 1957 – Actress (“Witness”, “Top Gun”, “Babe”)

Jimmy Smits 1958 – Actor (“L.A. Law”, “NYPD Blue”, “The West Wing”)

Jim Kerr 1959 – Musician (Simple Minds)

Marc Almond 1959 – Musician (Soft Cell)

Courtney Love 1964 – Musician, Actress (Hole, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Man on the Moon”)

Frank Bello 1965 – Musician (Anthrax)

Scott Grimes 1971 – Actor

Enrique Murciano 1973 – Actor (“Without a Trace”)

Jack White 1975 – Singer (The Raconuters, White Stripes)

Fred Savage 1976 – Actor (“The Wonder Years”, “Working”)



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