July 26

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1775 – Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General when a postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States.

1788 – New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1880 – Grand Rapids, MI became the first U.S. city to use water power to generate electricity for lights.

1881 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny applied for a patent for a facsimile telegraph.

1947 – President Harry S. Truman signed The National Security Act. This act created the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1948 – Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time. He was attending the New York City premiere of the motion picture, “The Babe Ruth Story”.

1951 – Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, “Alice in Wonderland”, premiered in London, England.

1958 – Explorer 4 was launched.

1971 – Nicolette Milnes-Walker completed sailing non-stop single-handedly across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first woman to successfully do so.

1971 – Apollo 15 landed on the Moon. It was the first Apollo “J-Mission” and the first use of a Lunar Roving vehicle.

1989 – A federal grand jury indicted Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

1990 – President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY.

2005 – The STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, was NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Mick Jagger – 75 years old (1943) – Musician (The Rolling Stones)

Roger Taylor – 69 years old (1949) – Drummer (Queen)

Dorothy Hamill – 62 years old (1956) – Olympic figure skater

Kevin Spacey – 59 years old (1959) – Actor (“American Beauty”, “The Usual Suspects”, “LA Confidential”, “Seven”, “Beyond the Sea”)

Gary Cherone – 57 years old (1961) – Singer (Extreme, Van Halen)

Sandra Bullock – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (“The Blind Side”, “Gravity”, “The Heat”, “The Proposal”, “Miss Congeniality” 1 & 2, “Speed”)

Jeremy Piven – 53 years old (1965) – Actor (TV’s “Entourage”, “Ellen”)

Kate Beckinsale – 45 years old (1973) – English actress (“Total Recall”, “The Aviator”, “Van Helsing”, “Pearl Harbor”)

 

TODAY IS:

All or Nothing Day

Aunt and Uncle Day

Chili Dog Day

Coffee Milk Shake Day

One Voice 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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