February 13

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1741 – The first magazine in the United States, “The American Magazine”, was published in Philadelphia, PA.

1866 – Jesse James held up his first bank.

1875 – Edna Kanouse gave birth to America’s first quintuplets. Unfortunately, all five of the baby boys died within two weeks.

1889 – Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

1914 – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was formed in New York, NY. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

1920 – The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

1935 – In Flemington, NJ, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann would later be executed for the crimes.

1937 – The comic strip “Prince Valiant” appeared for the first time.

1955 – Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.

1961 – Frank Sinatra unveiled his own recording label — Reprise.

1962 – McDonalds began selling their first non-burger menu items known as the “Filet-O-Fish” sandwich.

1965 – Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.

1980 – The leather jacket worn by Henry Winkler’s character “Fonzie” on the television show “Happy Days” went on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

1982 – The 300 pound gravestone of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, FL. It was found two weeks later in a dry river bed.

1988 – Michael Jackson bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, CA that he would call “Neverland”.

1997 – Astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up which allowed the telescope to see further into the universe

1997 – The Dow Jones industrial average passed the 7,000 mark for the first time. The day ended at 7,022.44.

2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers, one day after his death.

2002 – In Alexandria, VA, John Walker Lindh pled innocent to a 10-count federal indictment. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network.

2002 – Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

2008 – Baseball player Roger Clemens denied having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress.

2008 – Hollywood writers ended their 100-day strike.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Chuck Yeager – 95 years old (1923) – Former United States Air Force general officer and record-setting test pilot

Kim Novak – 85 years old (1933) – Actress (“Vertigo”, “The Man With the Golden Arm”, “Bell, Book and Candle”, “Picnic”, TV’s “Falcon Crest”)

George Segal – 84 years old (1934) – Actor (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, “A Touch of Class”, “Blume in Love”, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “Where’s Poppa”, TV’s “Just Shoot Me!”, “Murphy’s Law”, “Retired at 35”, “The Goldbergs”)

Robert J. Eaton – 78 years old (1940) – Chairman and former CEO of Chrysler Corporation

Bo Svenson – 77 years old (1941) – Actor (“Speed 2: Cruise Control”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “The 7 Adventures of Sinbad”, “The Dependables”)

Carol Lynley – 76 years old (1942) – Actress (“Return to Peyton Place”, “Under the Yum Yum Tree”, “Bunny Lake is Missing”, “The Pleasure Seekers”, “The Cardinal”, “The Poseidon Adventure”)

Peter Tork – 76 years old (1942) – Actor, musician (TV’s “The Monkees”)

Stockard Channing – 74 years old (1944) – Actress (“Grease”, TV’s “The West Wing”)

Jerry Springer – 74 years old (1944) – Talk show host, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati, OH (TV’s “The Jerry Springer Show”)

Mike Krzyzewski – 71 years old (1947) – Duke basketball coach

Peter Gabriel – 68 years old (1950) – Singer (Genesis)

David Naughton – 67 years old (1951) – Actor (“An American Werewolf in London”, “Midnight Madness”, TV’s “Makin’ It”, Dr. Pepper commercials)

Matt Salinger – 58 years old (1960) – Actor (“Revenge of the Nerds”, “Captain America”, “What Dreams May Come”, TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “24”)

Henry Rollins – 57 years old (1961) – Singer, TV and radio host

Neal McDonough – 52 years old (1966) – Actor (TV’s “Band of Brothers”, “Boomtown”, “Suits”, “Desperate Housewives”, movies “Walking Tall”, “Red 2”, “The Marine 3: Homefront”, “Traitor”)

Freedom Williams – 52 years old (1966) – Singer (C+C Music Factory)

Kelly Hu – 50 years old (1968) – Actress (TV’s “Sunset Beach”, “Nash Bridges”, movies “The Scorpion King”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “The Tournament”, “White Frog”)

Randy Moss – 41 years old (1977) – Football player, analyst (“FOX Sports”)

Mena Suvari – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (“American Beauty”, “American Pie” 1 & 2, “Loser”, “Carrie 2”)

 

TODAY IS:

Employee Legal Awareness Day

Extraterrestrial Culture Day

Get a Different Name Day

Madly In Love With Me Day

Radio Day

Tortellini 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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1 Comment

  1. Mary Ward
    February 13, 2017 - 10:03 am

    Interesting….. Peter Tork surprised me!

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