July 29

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1786 – “The Pittsburgh Gazette” became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published.

1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service began when two people held a conversation between the cities of New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

1925 – Marvin Pipkin patented the frosted light bulb. He created the bulb to reduce glare.

1938 – The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” debuted.

1950 – Disney’s film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was released.

1953 – The Interstate Highway System was created when the Federal Highway Act authorized the building of more than 42,000 miles of highway.

1957 – Jack Paar began hosting “The Tonight Show” on NBC.

1958 – The United States Congress authorized the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1974 – The NBA’s Pistons move from Fort Wayne, IN to Detroit, MI.

1976 – In New York, NY, David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”) killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks.

1981 – England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Over 700 million people watched the wedding on TV.

1983 – The movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, starry Chevy Chase, was released in theaters.

1985 – General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the new Saturn automobile assembly plant.

1987 – Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream introduced “Cherry Garcia”

1998 – The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused General Motors $2.8 billion in lost revenues.

2005 – Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet named “Xena” that was larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Ted Lindsay – 93 years old (1925) – Hockey player (Detroit Red Wings 1944-1957, 1964-1965)

Robert Fuller – 85 years old (1933) – Actor (played Dr. Kelly Brackett on TV’s “Emergency!”)

Elizabeth Dole – 82 years old (1936) – Politician, wife of Bob Dole

David Warner – 77 years old (1941) – Actor (“Titanic”, “Tron”, “Star Trek” V & VI, “The Omen”)

Neal Doughty – 72 years old (1946) – Keyboadist (REO Speedwagon)

Ken Burns – 65 years old (1953) – Filmmaker (“The Civil War”, “Baseball”, “Jazz”, “The War”, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, “Prohibition”, “The Central Park Five”, “The Roosevelts”)

Geddy Lee – 65 years old (1953) – Lead vocalist, bassist, keyboardist (Rush)

Patti Scialfa – 64 years old (1954) – Singer, guitarist (E Street Band)

Alexandra Paul – 55 years old (1963) – Actress (“Christine”, “8 Million Ways to Die”, “Dragnet”, played Lt. Stephanie Holden on TV’s “Baywatch”)

Martina McBride – 52 years old (1966)  – Singer

Wil Wheaton – 46 years old (1972) – Actor (Played Wesley Crusher on TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” also appears as himself on “The Big Bang Theory”, movies “Stand by Me”, “Toy Soldiers”)

Stephen Dorff – 45 years old (1973) – Actor (“The Power of One”, “Backbeat”, “Somewhere”, “Blade”, “Cecil B. DeMented”, “The Motel Life”, “S.F.W.”, “Space Truckers”)

Wanya Morris – 45 years old (1973) – Singer (Boyz II Men)

Josh Radnor – 44 years old (1974) – Actor (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Chicken Wing Day

International Tiger Day

Lasagna Day

Lipstick Day

Rain 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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