July 17

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:

1862 – National cemeteries were authorized by the U.S. government.

1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. It was a three-year project that cost $512,709.

1867 – The first dental school in the United States was established. It was the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.

1941 – The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended. Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games.

1950 – The television show “The Colgate Comedy Hour” debuted. It featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

1955 – Disneyland was dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, CA.

1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

1984 – The national drinking age in the U.S. was changed from 18 to 21 years of age.

1987 – The movie “Robocop” premiered in theaters.

1989 – The first flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

1992 – The movie “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” premiered in theaters.

1995 – The Nasdaq composite stock index rose above 1,000 for the first time.

1996 – TWA Flight 800, a Paris-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, NY, killing all 230 people aboard.

1996 – Shaquille O’Neal starred as a 5,000 year old genie when the movie “Kazaam” premiered in theaters.

1997 – After 117 years, the Woolworth Corp. closed the last of its 400 stores.

1998 – An entire village was swept away in Papua, New Guinea by a 23-foot wave that was triggered by an undersea earthquake. Eight days later, reports list 3,183 dead, 2,000 were missing, and thousands were homeless.

2001 – The Concorde was brought back into service nearly a year after a July 2000 crash. It ended operations completely on October 24, 2003.

2007 – Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick and three other men were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a dog-fighting ring.

2018 – Scott S. Sheppard announced that his team had discovered a dozen irregular moons of Jupiter.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Donald Sutherland – 86 years old (1935) – Actor (“M*A*S*H”, “Ordinary People”, “Space Cowboys”)

Spencer Davis – 82 years old (1939) – Musician, singer (Spencer Davis Group)

Camilla Parker-Bowles – 74 years old (1947) – Duchess of Cornwall, second wife of Britain’s Prince Charles

Geezer Butler – 72 years old (1949) – Bassist (Black Sabbath)

Lucie Arnaz – 70 years old (1951) – Actress (“The Jazz Singer”, “Second Thoughts”, TV’s “Lucie Arnaz Show”)

David Hasselhoff – 69 years old (1952) – Actor, singer (TV’s “Knight Rider,” “Baywatch”, “The Young and the Restless”, judge on “America’s Got Talent”)

Mark Burnett – 61 years old (1960) – Reality TV producer (TV’s “The Voice”, “Survivor”, “The Apprentice”, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”)

 

TODAY IS:

National Lottery Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day

Peach Ice Cream Day

Tattoo Day

Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day

World Emoji Day

Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Yellow Pig 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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