July 22

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.



1376 – The date that the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred.

1796 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company named an area in Ohio “Cleveland” after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.

1893 – Katharine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, CO.

1926 – Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York, NY. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet above the ball park.

1933 – Pilot Wiley Post completed the first solo global airplane flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

1934 – Outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago, IL, “Public Enemy No. 1” John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents.

1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.

1942 – The U.S. government began compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands.

1962 – The Mariner 1 spacecraft flew erratically several minutes after launch and had to be destroyed.

1983 – The movie “Mr. Mom”, starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr, premiered in theaters.

1991 – Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee, WI after police discovered human remains in his apartment.

1996 – The Comedy Central late night talk show, “The Daily Show”, debuted with its original host  Craig Kilborn.

1997 – The second Blue Water Bridge opened between Port Huron, MI and Sarnia, Canada.

2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.

2003 – Sadaam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed by U.S. troops inside a Mosul palace.

2003 – The movie “Seabiscuit”, starring Toby Maquire, was released in theaters.

2003 – U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, a prisoner of war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital, received a hero’s welcome when the 19 year old returned to her hometown of Palestine, WV. She had been captured by Iraqi forces in March of 2003.

2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

2005 – The movie “March of the Penguins” premiered in theaters.

2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

2013 – Prince George, the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was born.



Bob Dole – 98 years old (1923) – Former U.S. Senator and Congressman. Once a Republican presidential candidate

Louise Fletcher – 87 years old (1934) – Actress (Played Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Exorcist II: The Heretic”, “Brainstorm”, “Firestarter”, “Flowers in the Attic”, “Cruel Intentions”, TV’s “Maverick”)

Chuck Jackson – 84 years old (1937) – Singer (“I Don’t Want to Cry,” “Any Day Now,” “I Keep Forgettin'”, “All Over the World”)

George Clinton – 80 years old (1941) – Singer, songwriter, bandleader, music producer

Bobby Sherman – 78 years old (1943) – Singer, actor (TV’s “Shindig!” “Here Come the Brides”)

Rick Davies – 77 years old (1944) – Singer, keyboardist (Supertramp)

Danny Glover – 75 years old (1946) – Actor (“Lethal Weapon” 1-4, “The Color Purple”, “Saw”)

Paul Schrader – 75 years old (1946) – Screenwriter, film director (“Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, “Bringing Out the Dead”, “Hardcore” – parts were filmed in Grand Rapids, MI). Born in Grand Rapids, MI.

Albert Brooks – 74 years old (1947) – Actor-writer-director (“Real Life”, “Lost in America”, “Broadcast News”, “Finding Nemo”)

Don Henley – 74 years old (1947) – Singer, Drummer (The Eagles)

Willem Dafoe – 66 years old (1955) – Actor (“The Last Temptation of Christ”, “The English Patient”, “Spider Man”, “To Live and Die in L.A.”, “Platoon”)

Emily Saliers – 58 years old (1963) – Singer (Indigo Girls)

John Leguizamo – 57 years old (1964) – Actor (“Ride Along”, “Empire”, “Ice Age”, “Summer of Sam”)

David Spade – 57 years old (1964) – Actor/comedian (“Grown Ups”, “Senseless”, “Lost and Found”, “Joe Dirt”, TV’s “8 Simple Rules”, “Saturday Night Live”). Born in Birmingham, MI.

Patrick Labyorteaux – 56 years old (1965) – Actor (TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”, “JAG”)

Irene Bedard – 54 years old (1967) – Actress (“Pocahontas”)

Selena Gomez – 29 years old (1992) – Singer, actress (“Spring Breakers”, “Monte Carlo”, “Ramona and Beezus”)



Crème Brûlée Day

Hammock Day

Mango Day

National Rat Catcher’s Day

National Refreshment Day

Penuche Fudge Day


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

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