February 3

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in America. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.

1809 – The territory of Illinois was created by the 10th United States Congress.

1815 – The world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.

1838 – The Michigan Central Railroad began service. It took V.I.P.’s from Detroit to Ypsilanti. The cars and engine were hauled back to Detroit by horses after the engine broke down.

1862 – Thomas Edison printed the “Weekly Herald” and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train.

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.

1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect a federal income tax.

1927 – The Federal Radio Commission is created by President Calvin Coolidge.

1959 – Musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson died when their plane crashed near Clear Lake, IA.

1977 – The airing of the eighth and final night of the television mini-series based on Alex Haley’s “Roots” scored the highest ratings ever for a single TV program.

1983 – The Sony and Philips corporations announce the development of the compact disc.

1984 – John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announced the first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.

1984 – Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth Space Shuttle mission (STS-41-B).

1993 – Gloria Estefan received the 1,974th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 – Astronaut Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 got underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1998 – Novelist Tom Clancy was one of the investors who agreed to buy the Minnesota Vikings for more than $200 million, which was a record price for an NFL team.

2004 – Traces of the poison Ricin were found in Senate majority leader Bill Frist’s office.

2009 – Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. He was the first African-American to hold the post.

2015 – The British House of Commons voted to approve letting scientist create babies from the DNA of three people.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jeremy Kemp – 83 years old (1935) – Actor (“The Winds of War”, “The Blue Max”, TV’s “Z-Cars”)

Fran Tarkenton – 78 years old (1940) – Football Hall of Famer/TV host

Bridget Handley – 77 years old (1941) – Actress (TV’s “Here Come the Brides”, “Harper Valley P.T.A.”)

Blythe Danner – 75 years old (1943) – Actress (“Meet the Parents/Fockers”, “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge”)

Eric Haydock – 75 years old (1943) – Bass guitarist (The Hollies)

Dave Davies – 71 years old (1947) – Musician (The Kinks)

Morgan Fairchild – 68 years old (1950) – Actress (TV’s “The City”, “Falcon Crest”, “Flamingo Road”)

Nathan Lane – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (“The Producers”, “The Birdcage”)

Thomas Calabro – 59 years old (1959) – Actor (“Melrose Place”, “Without a Trace”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Nip/Tuck”)

Lol Tolhurst – 59 years old (1959) – Drummer, keyboardist (The Cure)

Keith Gordon – 57 years old (1961) – Actor (“Christine”, “Dressed to Kill”, “Jaws 2”, “Back to School”)

Michele Greene – 56 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “L.A. Law”)

Maura Tierney – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (TV’s “The Affair”, “ER”, “NewsRadio”)

Isla Fisher – 42 years old (1976) – Actress (“The Great Gatsby”, “Now You See Me”, “Home and Away”, “Wedding Crashers”, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”)

Matthew Moy – 34 years old (1984) – Actor (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”)

Ryne Sanborn – 29 years old (1989) – Actor (“High School Musical”)

Sean Kingston – 28 years old (1990) – Singer

Mishon Ratliff – 25 years old (1993) – Actor, singer (TV’s “Lincoln Heights”)

 

TODAY IS:

Carrot Cake Day

Golden Retriever Day

Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

Lace Day

Take Your Child To The Library 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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