July 12

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1804 – Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton died a day after being shot in a duel.

1862 – The Medal of Honor was authorized by the U.S. Congress.

1870 – William W. Lyman patented the first rotary can opener with a cutting wheel.

1912 – The foreign film “Queen Elizabeth” became the first foreign-made film to premiere in America.

1933 – A minimum wage of 40 cents per hour was established for U.S. workers.

1954 – The Major League Baseball Players Association was organized in Cleveland, OH.

1954 – Elvis Presley signed his first recording contract with Sun Records. He then quit his job as a truck driver.

1957 – Leroy E. Burney, the U.S. surgeon general, reported on a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.

1960 – The children’s drawing toy Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.

1962 – The Rolling Stones performed their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London, England.

1973 – A fire destroyed the entire sixth floor of the National Personal Records Center of the United States.

1976 – The game show “Family Feud” made its TV debut. Most famously hosted by the late Richard Dawson, the series continues today, with Steve Harvey as the emcee.

1979 – At Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL, an anti-disco radio promotion turned into a riot. The disturbance caused the White Sox to forfeit the second game of their double-header.

1982 – “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” earned over $100 million in ticket sales to break all box-office records. The movie did so within a month of it’s release.

1982 – After 59 years, the last Checker taxicab rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI.

1984 – Democrat Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run for Vice President on a major-party ticket as she is named Walter Mondale’s running mate.

1991 – The movie “Boyz in the Hood”, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., was released in theaters.

1991 – The movie “Point Break”, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Sawyze, premiered in theaters.

1996 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana agreed to divorce.

2000 – The movie “X-Men” premiered in New York.

2013 – The movie “Pacific Rim” was released in theaters.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Bill Cosby – 81 years old (1937) – Actor, comedian

Christine McVie – 75 years old (1943) – Singer, keyboardist (Fleetwood Mac)

Walter Egan – 70 years old (1948) – Singer (“Magnet and Steel”)

Richard Simmons – 70 years old (1948) – Fitness guru

Cheryl Ladd – 67 years old (1951) – Actress (TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”)

Sandi Patty – 62 years old (1956) – Christian Music Singer

Dan Murphy – 56 years old (1962) – Guitarist (Soul Asylum)

Robin Wilson – 53 years old (1965) – Lead vocalist (Gin Blossoms). Born in Detroit, MI.

Lisa Nicole Carson – 49 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “Ally McBeal”)

Kristi Yamaguchi – 47 years old (1971) – Olympic figure skater

Erik Per Sullivan – 27 years old (1991) – Actor (played Dewey on TV’s “Malcom in the Middle”)

 

TODAY IS:

Different Colored Eyes Day

Etch-A-Sketch Day

New Conversations Day

Pecan Pie Day

Simplicity 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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