July 27

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1789 – The first U.S. Federal Government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, was established. It would later be renamed the Department of State.

1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane. He was in the air 72 minutes.

1940 – Warner Bros. released the animated short, “A Wild Hare”, introducing Bugs Bunny.

1965 – The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on cigarette packages.

1974 – Congress asked for impeachment procedures against President Richard Nixon.

1981 – Adam Walsh, the 6 year old son of John Walsh, was kidnapped in Hollywod, FL. He was found murdered two weeks later.

1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1996 – In Atlanta, GA a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. One woman was killed and a cameraman suffered a heart attack trying to flee the scene. 111 were injured.

1999 – The U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission. It was commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. She was the first woman to command a Shuttle mission.

1999 – Tony Hawk landed the first 900 on a skateboard (2-1/2 complete revolutions) at the 5th annual X Games in San Francisco, CA.

2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there is no monster in Loch Ness. 600 sonar beams and satellite navigation technology was used in the investigation. Sightings of “Nessie” go back to the 6th century.

2005 – NASA grounded the Space Shuttle, pending an investigation of the problem of the shedding foam insulation from the external fuel tank.

2007 – “The Simpson’s Movie” premiered in theaters.

2012 – The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics took place at the Olympic Stadium in London, England.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Norman Lear – 96 years old (1922) – TV producer (TV’s “All in the Family”, “Sanford and Son”, “Maude”)

Bobbie Gentry – 74 years old (1944) – Country singer (“Ode to Billie Joe”)

Betty Thomas – 71 years old (1947) – Actress, director (“Brady Bunch Movie”, “Private Parts”, “Doctor Dolittle”, “I Spy”, TV’s “Hill Street Blues”)

Peggy Fleming – 70 years old (1948) – Olympic figure skater

Maureen McGovern – 69 years old (1949) – Singer (“The Morning After”)

Carol Leifer – 62 years old (1956) – Comedian

Bill Engvall – 61 years old (1957) – Comedian (“Blue Collar TV”)

Rex Brown – 54 years old (1964) – Bassist (Pantera)

Juliana Hatfield – 51 years old (1967) – Singer

Julian McMahon – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (TV’s “Nip/Tuck”, “Charmed”, “The Profiler”, movie “The Fantastic Four”)

Maya Rudolph – 46 years old (1972) – Actress, comedian (“Bridesmaids”, “Grown Ups”, “Away We Go”, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Alex Rodriguez – 43 years old (1975) – Baseball player

 

TODAY IS:

Gary Gygax Day

Scotch Whisky Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day

Talk in an Elevator Day

Walk on Stilts 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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