On Your Birthday: October 7

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

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.

 

YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…

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)

 

TODAY IS…

Bathtub Day

Frappe Day

Random Acts of Poetry Day

World Smile Day

 

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