On Your Birthday: October 15



1860 – 11 year old Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. In the letter she said that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.

1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

1892 – The U.S. government announced that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre.

1928 – The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, NJ, on its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.

1939 – New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. The name was later changed to La Guardia Airport.

1948 – President Gerald and Betty Ford are married.

1951 – The television show “I Love Lucy”, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS.

1955 – “Grand Ole Opry” premiered on ABC.

1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation.

1966 – In Illinois, Cahokia Mounds was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

1966 – The First Bank of the United States was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1973 – The late night talk show “Tomorrow” debuted on NBC.

1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a 1971 Federal Communications directive that broadcasters censor from the airwaves songs with drug-oriented lyrics.

1984 – The Freedom of Information Act was passed.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.

1991 – Despite allegations by Anita Hill of crude sexual harassment, the Senate confirms Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court justice by a vote of 52-48.

1996 – CSX Corp. announced plans to buy Conrail Inc. for $8.4 billion to create the nation’s third largest railroad company.

1996 – Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was charged with attacking a cameraman that was trying to take pictures of him and his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.

1997 – British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.

1997 – The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. On January 14, 2005, a probe sent back pictures of Saturn’s moon Titan during and after landing.

2001 – A letter sent to the Washington office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tests positive for anthrax.

2001 – Bethlehem Steel Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.

2009 – A Colorado family named Heene rivets national attention when a homemade balloon tethered in their backyard floats away, reportedly with their six-year-old son on board. After a media frenzy, it turns out to be a hoax by the father, who had dreams of turning his family into reality TV stars. He later pleads guilty to a felony charge, his wife to a misdemeanor.

2011 – Legoland Florida opened in Winter Haven, FL.



Lee Iacocca 1924 – Former head of Chrysler

Barry McGuire 1935 – Singer (“Eve of Destruction”)

Linda Lavin 1937 – Actress (TV: “Alice”, “Barney Miller”, “Room for Two”, “Sean Saves the World”)

Penny Marshall 1943 – Actress, director (“Laverne & Shirley”)

Richard Carpenter 1946 – Singer, musician (The Carpenters)

Chris DeBurgh 1948 – Singer (“The Lady in Red”)

Tito Jackson 1953 – Singer (The Jackson 5)

Larry Miller 1953 – Actor (“Carry On Columbus”, “The Nutty Professor”, “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps”, “Max Keeble’s Big Move”, “Pretty Woman”, TV’s “Boston Legal”)

Jere Burns 1954 – Actor (TV’s “Dear John”, “Burn Notice”, “Justified”)

Tanya Roberts 1955 – Actress (“A View to a Kill”, TV’s “That ’70s Show”, “Charlie’s Angels”)

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson 1959 – Diet spokeswoman, children’s book author

Emeril Lagasse 1959 – TV chef

Vanessa Marcil 1968 – Actress (“The Rock”, TV’s “Las Vegas”, “Beverly Hills 90201”, “General Hospital”)

Paige Davis 1969 – TV host (“Trading Spaces”)

Dominic West 1969 – Actor (“The Wire”)



Bridge Day

Chicken Cacciatore Day

Sweetest Day

White Cane Safety Day

World Maths Day

World Students’ Day


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