February 20

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1792 – President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office.

1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the Federal government was greater than that of any individual state.

1839 – Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.

1872 – Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that made paper bags.

1872 – Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the machine that manufactured toothpicks.

1880 – The American Bell Company was incorporated.

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company was organized. Major financial backing came from Detroit department store founder J.L. Hudson. Hudson would eventually join American Motors.

1933 – The U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition.

1943 – American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1962 – John Glenn made space history when he orbited the World three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

1965 – Ranger 8 crashed on the Moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the Moon’s surface. The spacecraft was taking pictures of possible landing sites for the Apollo astronauts.

1971 – The Emergency Broadcast System was accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.

1974 – Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono.

1976 – KISS placed their footprints on the sidewalk outside the Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1979 – The PBS TV show “This Old House” premiered.

1987 – After 11 years, David Hartman left ABC TV’s “Good Morning America”.

1987 – A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.

1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced their ice cream Phish Food. It was named after the rock group Phish.

1998 – Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.

2002 – It’s revealed that Lance Bass of ‘N Sync was hoping to become an astronaut and take part in a November mission to the International Space Station.

2003 – The Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI caught fire during a pyrotechnics display at a Great White concert, killing 100 people including the band’s guitarist, Ty Longley and injuring nearly 200. It’s the worst such disaster in U.S. history.

2004 – Apple released their iPod Mini.

2008 – The U.S. Navy destroyed an inoperable spy satellite with a missile from the USS Lake Erie.

2015 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record high when it closed above 18,100.

2016 – Six people were killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo, MI.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Roger Penske – 85 years old (1937) – Race car driver, team owner

Richard Beymer – 84 years old (1938) – Actor (“The Diary of Anne Frank”, “West Side Story”, TV’s “Twin Peaks”)

Buffy Sainte-Marie – 81 years old (1941) – Singer, songwriter

Phil Esposito – 80 years old (1942) – Hockey player

Brenda Blethyn – 76 years old (1946) – Actress (“Secrets and Lies”, “Little Voice”)

Sandy Duncan – 76 years old (1946) – Dancer, actress (“Peter Pan”, “Star Spangled Girl”, TV’s “Roots”, “Valerie”, “Funny Face”, “The Hogan Family”)

Peter Strauss – 75 years old (1947) – Actor (“Peter Gunn”, “The Yearling”, “xXx: State of the Union”, TV’s “Rich Man, Poor Man”)

Jennifer O’Neill – 74 years old (1948) – Actress, model (“Summer of ’42”)

Ivana Trump – 73 years old (1949) – Donald Trump’s first wife

Patty Hearst – 68 years old (1954) – Publishing heiress, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army and ultimately joined her captors, pardoned by President Clinton

James Wilby – 64 years old (1958) – Actor (“A Summer Story”, “Dreamchild”)

Joel Hodgson – 62 years old (1960) – Actor, writer (TV’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)

Charles Barkley – 59 years old (1963) – Basketball player, sportscaster.

French Stewart – 58 years old (1964) – Actor (TV’s “3rd Rock from the Sun”, “Mom”)

Cindy Crawford – 56 years old (1966) – Supermodel, actress (“Fair Game”)

Andrew Shue – 55 years old (1967) – Actor (TV’s “Melrose Place”)

Lili Taylor – 55 years old (1967) – Actress (“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”, “The Conjuring”, “The Haunting”, “I Shot Andy Warhol”, “Say Anything”, TV’s “Six Feet Under”)

Brian Littrell – 47 years old (1975) – Singer (The Backstreet Boys)

Jay Hernandez – 44 years old (1978) – Actor (TV’s “Hang Time”, movies “Crazy/Beautiful”, “Torque”, “Ladder 49”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Hostel”, “World Trade Center”, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Takers”, “Suicide Squad”)

Majandra Delfino – 41 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “Roswell”, “Friends With Better Lives”)

Miles Teller – 35 years old (1987) – Actor (“Whiplash”, “Fantastic Four”, “The Spectacular Now”, the “Divergent” movies, “That Awkward Moment”)

 

TODAY IS:

National Cherry Pie Day

National Comfy Day

National Handcuff Day

National Leadership Day

National Love Your Pet Day

National Muffin Day

World Day of Social Justice

World Whale Day

 

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

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