July 28

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.



1866 – The metric system was legalized by the United States Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the U.S.

1866 – Beatrix Potter was born in England. In 1894, in a letter to a critically ill child, she told a story of four little rabbits: Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. The story, since published in 17 languages, was inspired by her own pet rabbit, Benjamin H. Bouncer.

1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The Amendment guaranteed African American citizenship and due process of law.

1896 – The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.

1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1933 – Rudy Vallee received the very first singing telegram on his 32nd birthday.

1939 – Judy Garland recorded the song “Over the Rainbow.”

1941 – The United States House of Representatives approved plans for the Pentagon.

1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.

1951 – The Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” was released.

1978 – The movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House” debuted in theaters.

1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the United States to ban handguns.

1989 – The movie “Turner and Hooch”, starring Tom Hanks, premiered in theaters.

1993 – The Mel Brooks movie, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, debuted in theaters.

1995 – The movie “Waterworld” premiered in theaters.

1996 – The remains of a prehistoric man were discovered near Kennewick, WA.

1996 – Dr. Jochen Heuer of Luebeck, Germany, not only performed a successful kidney transplant operation, but also provided his own kidney for the transplant.

1998 – Bell Atlantic and GTE announced $52 billion deal that created the second-largest phone company.

1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with President Bill Clinton.

2000 – Kathie Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host of the ABC talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.”

2002 – After spending 77 hours in a dark and flooded shaft 240 feet below ground, nine mine workers in Pennsylvania emerged in good health.

2009 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

2018 – The longest “blood moon” eclipse of the 21st century lasted 1 hour, 43 minutes.



George Cummings – 85 years old (1938) – Guitarist (Dr. Hook)

Jim Davis – 78 years old (1945) – Cartoonist (“Garfield”)

Jonathan Edwards – 77 years old (1946) – Singer (“Sunshine”)

Linda Kelsey – 77 years old (1946) – Actress (Played Billie Newman on TV’s “Lou Grant”)

Sally Struthers – 76 years old (1947) – Actress (TV’s “All in the Family”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Gloria”, “9 to 5”)

Simon Kirke – 74 years old (1949) – Drummer (Bad Company, Free)

Lori Loughlin – 59 years old (1964) – Actress (Played Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on TV’s “Full House”)

Elizabeth Berkley – 51 years old (1972) – Actress (“Showgirls”, “Cover Story”, “Roger Dodger”, TV’s “Saved by the Bell”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 17”). Born in Farmington Hills, MI.



Buffalo Soldiers Day

National Get Gnarly Day

National Milk Chocolate Day

National System Administrator Appreciation Day

National Talk in an Elevator Day

National Waterpark Day

World Conservation Day

World Hepatitis 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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  1. Dave Van dyke
    July 28, 2017 - 12:21 pm

    thanks Scott that was real interesting


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