December 30

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1886 – The Michigan Soldiers’ Home was dedicated in North Park, MI (just north of Grand Rapids, MI). Even though the original building has been replaced, the Veterans’ Facility is still at this site.

1924 – Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.

1936 – The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.

1953 – The first color television sets went on sale, costing about $1,175.

1954 – Pro basketball’s 24-second clock was first used.

1963 – The television game show “Let’s Make a Deal” debuted on NBC.

1978 – Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl. Bauman had intercepted an Ohio pass.

1980 – The television show “The Wonderful World of Disney” was cancelled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history.

1984 – Wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage married Miss Elizabeth (Hulette).

1994 – HGTV premiered on our TV. We’ve all become expert fixer-uppers since then!

1999 – Former Beatle George Harrison fought of a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his London mansion and stabbed him in the chest.

2002 – Diana Ross was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

2003 – The Federal government banned the drug Ephedra, because the herbal stimulant was linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.

2006 – Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was executed.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Russ Tamblyn 1934 – Actor (“West Side Story”, “Peyton Place”, TV’s Twin Peaks”)

Noel Paul Stookey 1937 – Singer (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary)

Michael Nesmith 1942 – Singer, musician (The Monkees)

Fred Ward 1942 – Actor (“Escape from Alcatraz”, “Road Trip”, “Henry and June”, “Swing Shift”, “The Right Stuff”)

Patti Smith 1946 – Musician (“Because the Night”)

Jeff Lynne 1947 – Singer, songwriter (E.L.O., Traveling Wilburys)

Meredith Vieira 1953 – TV host (TV’s “The View”, “Today”)

Patricia Kalember 1956 – Actress (TV’s “Sisters”, movies “Fletch Lives”, “Jacob’s Ladder”, “A Far Off Place”, “Signs”, “The Company Men”, “Limitless”)

Sheryl Lee Ralph 1956 – Actress (TV’s “Moesha”, “Designing Women”, “It’s a Living”, movies “The Distinguished Gentleman”, “Oliver & Company”)

Matt Lauer 1957 – TV host (TV’s “Today”)

Tracey Ullman 1959 – Actress, comedian (“I Love You to Death”, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Household Saints”, TV’s “The Tracey Ullman Show”, “Tracey Takes On…”, “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union”)

Sean Hannity 1961 – TV host, radio show host

Heidi Fleiss 1965 – Former Hollywood Madam

Jay Kay 1969 – Musician (Jamiroquai)

Jason Behr 1973 – Actor (“The Grudge”, TV’s “Roswell”)

Tiger Woods 1975 – Golfer

Laila Ali 1977 – Boxer, TV personality, daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali

Lucy Punch 1977 – Actress (TV’s “Ben and Kate”, movies “Hot Fuzz”, “Bad Teacher”, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, “Dinner for Schmucks”, “Into the Woods”)

Tyrese Gibson 1978 – Singer, actor (“The Transformers” movies, “Death Race”, “Four Brothers”, “Flight of the Phoenix”, “Fast 2 Furious”, “Baby Boy”)

Eliza Dushku 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Dollhouse”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bacon Day

Bicarbonate of Soda Day

 

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

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