On Your Birthday: October 27

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1858 – Roland Macy opened Macy’s Department Store on 6th Avenue in New York, NY. It was Macy’s eighth business adventure (the other seven failed).

1904 – The New York subway system, the IRT, officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in the United States.

1925 – Fred Waller received a patent for his water skis.

1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York, NY.

1938 – DuPont announces “nylon” as the new name for its new synthetic fiber.

1947 – “You Bet Your Life,” the radio show starring Grouch Marx, premiered on ABC. It was later shown on NBC television.

1954 – The first Walt Disney television show, “Disneyland”, premiered on ABC.

1975 – Bruce Springsteen was simultaneously on the cover of “Time” and “Newsweek.” This was the first time this happened for a rock star.

1994 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.

1997 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

2001 – In Washington, DC, the search for anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers.

2003 – Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

 

YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…

Nanette Fabray 1920 – Actress (TV’s “One Day at a Time”)

Lara Parker 1937 – Actress (TV’s “Dark Shadows”)

John Cleese 1939 – Actor, comedian (“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “A Fish Called Wanda”, “Die Another Day”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Clockwise”, TV’s “Fawlty Towers”)

Lee Greenwood 1942 – Singer (“God Bless the USA”)

Garry Tallent 1949 – Musician (E Street Band), born in Detroit, MI

Jayne Kennedy-Overton 1951 – Actress (“Body and Soul”)

Roberto Benigni 1952 – Actor, director (“Life is Beautiful”)

Peter Firth 1953 – Actor (“Equus”)

Robert Picardo 1953 – Actor (TV’s “China Beach”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Innerspace”, “The Wonder Years”, movies “Wagons East”, “Stargate”)

Simon Le Bon 1958 – Singer (Duran Duran)

Matt Drudge 1966 – Newshound

Sheeri Rappaport 1977 – Actress (TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “NYPD Blue”)

Patrick Fugit 1982 – Actor (“We Bought a Zoo”, “Saved!”, “Almost Famous”)

Kelly Osbourne 1984 – TV personality (TV’s “The Osbournes”)

 

TODAY IS…

Black Cat Day

Cranky Co-Workers Day

Navy Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.