July 23

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.



1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, MA.

1827 – The first swimming school in the United States opened in Boston, MA.

1829 – The first typewriter, called a typographer, was patented by William Austin Burt.

1877 – The first railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, OH.

1880 – The first U.S. commercial hydro-electric power plant began operation in Grand Rapids, MI on the Grand River.

1903 – The Ford Motor Company sold its first car. It had a price tag of $850.

1904 – The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches in St. Louis, MO.

1926 – Fox Films purchased the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.

1938 – In Utah, the first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

1958 – Dutch Village in Holland, MI opened for the first time. On their first day they had a total of two customers and made $12.73.

1962 – Telstar relayed the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring Walter Cronkite.

1967 – In Detroit, MI, one of the worst riots in U.S. history began on 12th Street in the inner city. The riots killed 43 people, injured 342 and burned about 1,400 buildings.

1972 – The U.S. launched Landsat 1 (ERTS-1). It was the first Earth-resources satellite.

1982 – The movie “The World According to Garp”, starring Robin Williams, premiered in theaters.

1982 – The International Whaling Commission decided to end commercial whaling by 1985-86.

1984 – Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign when she surrendered her crown after nude pictures of her appeared in “Penthouse” magazine.

1985 – Commodore unveiled the personal computer Amiga 1000.

1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (They divorced in 1996.)

1992 – The “New B-93”, 93.7 WBCT-FM in Grand Rapids, MI, hit the airwaves.

1993 – The movie “Coneheads”, starring Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin, debuted in theaters.

1995 – The comet Hale-Bopp was discovered. It became visible to the naked eye on Earth nearly a year later.

1997 – Digital Equipment Corporation filed antitrust charges against computer chipmaker Intel.

1998 – U.S. scientists at the University of Hawaii clone more than 50 “carbon-copy” mice.

1999 – The movie “Inspector Gadget: The Movie”, starring Matthew Broderick, premiered in theaters.

2000 – Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France.

2015 – NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-452b (a planet sometimes quoted to be an “Earth 2.0” or “Earth’s Cousin”) by the Kepler space telescope.



Ronny Cox – 84 years old (1938) – Actor (“Beverly Hills Cop”)

Dino Danelli – 78 years old (1944) – Drummer (The Rascals)

Edie McClurg – 77 years old (1945) – Actress (” A River Runs Through It”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Harper Valley PTA”, “The Hogan Family”)

Andy Mackay – 76 years old (1946) – Played oboe and saxophone (Roxy Music)

John Hall – 74 years old (1948) – Singer (Orleans), U.S. Congressman

Blair Thornton – 72 years old (1950) – Guitarist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Martin Gore – 61 years old (1961) – Guitarist, keyboardist (Depeche Mode)

Woody Harrelson – 61 years old (1961) – Actor (TV’s “Cheers”, movies “The People Vs. Larry Flynt”, “The Messenger”, “White Men Can’t Jump”, “Indecent Proposal”, “The Hunger Games”, “Natural Born Killers”, “Kingpin”)

Eriq La Salle – 60 years old (1962) – Actor (“Coming to America”, “One Hour Photo”, TV’s “ER”)

Slash (Saul Hudson) – 57 years old (1965) – Guitarist (Guns N’ Roses)

Charisma Carpenter – 52 years old (1970) – Actress (TV’s “Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

Sam Watters – 52 years old (1970) – Singer (Color Me Badd)

Chad Gracey – 51 years old (1971) – Drummer (Live)

Alison Krauss – 51 years old (1971) – Singer, musician

Marlon Wayans – 50 years old (1972) – Actor (“Little Man”, “White Chicks”, “Scary Movie” 1 & 2, TV’s “The Wayans Brothers”, “In Living Color”)

Kathryn Hahn – 49 years old (1973) – Actress (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”, movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”)

Monica Lewinsky – 49 years old (1973) – White House Intern who had an “inappropriate relationship” with President Bill Clinton

Michelle Williams – 42 years old (1980) – Singer (Destiny’s Child)

Daniel Radcliffe – 33 years old (1989) – Actor (“Harry Potter” movies)



International Yada, Yada, Yada Day

National Day of the Cowboy

National Gorgeous Grandma Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day

Sprinkle Day

World Sjogren’s 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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