On Your Birthday: October 4



1881 – Edward Leveaux received a patent for his player piano.

1895 – The first U.S. Open golf tournament took place in Newport, RI.

1909 – The first airship race in the U.S. took place in St. Louis, MO.

1915 – The Dinosaur National Monument was established. The area covered part of Utah and Colorado.

1927 – Carving began on Mount Rushmore.

1931 – The Chester Gould comic strip “Dick Tracy” made its debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror.

1933 – “Esquire” magazine was published for the first time.

1957 – The television show “Leave it to Beaver”, starring Jerry Mathers, debuted on CBS.

1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth. It was the first manmade satellite to enter space. The satellite fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.

1958 – The first trans-Atlantic passenger service begins with flights between London, England and New York operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation.

1976 – Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the “ABC Evening News” for the first time.

1986 – CBS news anchor Dan Rather is attacked by two men yelling “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”. The band REM uses the phrase for a song title a decade later.

1987 – NFL owners used replacement personnel to play games despite the player’s strike.

1988 – Televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted for fraud.

1997 – Hundreds of thousands of men attended a Promise Keepers rally on the Mall in Washington, DC.

1997 – Farm Aid ’97 raised over $1 million for U.S. farmers.

1998 – In Washington, DC, the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit opened. It featured 70 paintings.

2001 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire’s record and moves past Reggie Jackson on the all-time list.

2001 – Rickey Henderson of the San Diego Padres scored his 2,246th career run to break Ty Cobb’s major league record.

2001 – Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC reopens for the first time since the September 11th attacks.

2004 – SpaceShipOne, the privately funded manned spacecraft, flies above the Earth’s atmosphere for the second time in a week, winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize.



Leroy Van Dyke 1929 – Country singer

Felicia Farr 1932- Actress

Eddie Applegate 1935 – Actor (TV’s “The Patty Duke Show”)

Anne Rice 1941 – Novelist (“Interview With the Vampire”, “The Queen of the Damned”)

Lori Saunders 1941 – Actress (Played Bobbie Jo Bradley on TV’s “Petticoat Junction”)

Nona Hendryx 1944 – Singer (Labelle)

Clifton Davis 1945 – Actor (TV’s “Amen”, “That’s My Mama”)

Susan Sarandon 1946 – Actress (“Dead Man Walking”, “The Client”, “Lorenzo’s Oil”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Atlantic City”)

Armand Assante 1949 – Actor (“Two for the Money”, “Q&A”, “Private Benjamin”, TV’s “Gotti”)

Alan Rosenberg 1950 – Actor (TV’s “Civil Wars”, “L.A. Law”)

Christoph Waltz 1956 – Actor (“Inglourious Basterds”, “Django Unchained”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Water for Elephants”, “The Green Hornet”, “Carnage”)

Jon Secada 1962 – Singer

David W. Harper 1961 – Actor (Played Jim Bob Walton on TV’s “The Waltons”)

Liev Schreiber 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Ray Donovan”, movies “Defiance”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Scream” trilogy, “Kate & Leopold”, “Salt”, “The Manchurian Candidate”)

Alicia Silverstone 1976 – Actress (“Clueless”, “The Babysitter”, “Batman & Robin”, “Beauty Shop”)

Rachel Leigh Cook 1979 – Actress (“Nancy Drew”, “Josie & the Pussycats”, “She’s All That”, “The Baby-Sitters Club”)

Jimmy Workmann 1980 – Actor (Played Pugsley Addams in “The Addams Family”, “Addams Family Values”)

Dakota Johnson 1989 – Actress (“Fifty Shades of Grey”)



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