On Your Birthday: October 7



1913 – Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, MI, automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line for the first time when the chassis was added to the process.

1951 – The Western Hills Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, became the first hotel to feature all foam-rubber mattresses and pillows.

1956 – A Congressional committee begins an investigation into rigged TV quiz shows.

1960 – The television show “Route 66” debuts on CBS.

1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system, labeling movies from “G” to “X”.

1982 – A record 147,000,000 shares were exchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

1988 – An Inupiag hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice in Barrow, AK. The situation turns into a multinational effort to free the whales.

1993 – The flood of ’93 ends in St. Louis, MO, as the Mississippi River falls below flood stage for the first time in 103 days.

1996 – The Fox News Channel debuts.

1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being beaten by two young adults in Laramie, WY.

1999 – American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the diet drug fen-phen caused dangerous problems with heart valves.

2001 – Barry Bonds became baseball’s single-season homer champ by hitting his 73rd.

2002 – The Washington, DC, sniper’s reign of terror continues as a 13 year-old is shot and wounded outside his school in Bowie, MD.

2003 – California governor Gray Davis is ousted in a recall vote that puts Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenneger in office.

2003 – Randy Quaid received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Billy Bob Thornton got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



Thomas Keneally 1935 – Novelist (“Schindler’s Ark”, which was later adapted for the movie “Schindler’s List”)

Joy Behar 1942 – Comedian, actress, TV host (TV’s “The View”, “The Joy Behar Show”)

Colonel Oliver North 1943 – Iran-Contra scandal figure, author, broadcaster

Kevin Godley 1945 – Musician (10cc)

David Hope 1949 – Musician (Kansas)

John Cougar Mellencamp 1951 – Musician

Christopher Norris 1953 – Actress (TV’s “Trapper John, M.D.”, “Santa Barbara”, “Another World”, “Guiding Light”)

Tico Torres 1953 – Drummer (Bon Jovi)

Michael W. Smith 1957 – Singer

Judy Landers 1958 – Actress

Simon Cowell 1959 – TV Judge, producer, record excutive (TV’s “American Idol”, “X Factor”)

Toni Braxton 1967 – Singer

Nicole Air Parker 1970 – Actress (“Boogie Nights”)

Taylor Hicks 1976 – Singer (Winner of “American Idol” Season 5)

Charles Woodson 1976 – Football player (played college football for the University of Michigan)



Bathtub Day

Frappe Day

Random Acts of Poetry Day

World Smile Day


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