July 3

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1775 – U.S. Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.

1819 – The Bank of Savings in New York, NY, the first savings bank in the United States, opened.

1852 – Congresss established the United States’ second mint in San Francisco, CA.

1863 – The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, PA, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.

1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the “Montezuma.”

1884 – Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average.

1886 – “The New York Tribune” became the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.

1890 – Idaho was admitted as the 43rd state of the United States.

1903 – The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.

1922 – “Fruit Garden and Home” magazine was introduced. It was later renamed “Better Homes and Gardens.”

1924 – Clarence Birdseye founded the General Seafood Corp.

1930 – Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.

1934 – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) made its first payment to Lydia Losiger.

1937 – Del Mar race track opened in Del Mar, CA.

1939 – Chic Young’s comic strip character, “Blondie” was first heard on CBS radio.

1940 – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted on NBC radio.

1945 – The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Production had been diverted due to World War II.

1952 – The kids’ show “Mr. Peepers”, starring Wally Cox, made its debut on TV.

1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

1974 – Tony Orlando & Dawn debuted their CBS television variety series. It did so well in a summer run that the network brought it back in December

1981 – The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.

1985 – The movie “Back to the Future”, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and a DeLorean car, opened in theaters.

1986 – President Ronald Reagan presided over a ceremony that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

1991 – President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

1997 – President Clinton made his first formal response to the charges of sexual harassment from Paula Jones. He denied all charges and asked the judge to dismiss the case.

2014 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the first time.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jay Tarses – 79 years old (1939) – Writer, producer (TV’s “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”, “The Slap Maxwell Story”, “Buffalo Bill”, “The Bob Newhart Show”)

Kurtwood Smith – 75 years old (1943) – Actor (TV’s “That 70’s Show”, “24”, movie “RoboCop”)

Michael Cole – 73 years old (1945) – Actor (TV’s “The Mod Squad”, “General Hospital”)

Johnny Lee – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (“Lookin’ for Love”)

Dave Barry – 71 years old (1947) – Humor writer

Betty Buckley – 71 years old (1947) – Actress (TV’s “Eight is Enough”)

Paul Barrere – 70 years old (1948) – Musician (Little Feat)

Jan Smithers – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (Played Bailey Quarters on TV’s “WKRP In Cincinnati”)

Montel Williams – 62 years old (1956) – Talk show host

Aaron Tippin – 60 years old (1958) – Singer, producer (“You’ve Got to Stand for Something”)

Vince Clarke – 58 years old (1960) – Musician (Erasure, DePeche Mode)

Tom Cruise – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“Born on the Fourth of July”, “Jerry Maguire”, “Magnolia”, “Edge of Tomorrow”, “Oblivion”, “Jack Reacher”, the “Mission: Impossible” movies, “War of the Worlds”, “Collateral”, “The Last Samurai”, “Minority Report”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, “A Few Good Men”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “Top Gun”, “The Firm”, “Risky Business”)

Thomas Gibson – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (TV’s “Dharma and Greg”, “Chicago Hope, “Criminal Minds”)

Hunter Tylo – 56 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “All My Children”, “Days of Our Lives”)

Yeardley Smith – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (Voice of Lisa Simpson on TV’s “The Simpsons”, “Dharma and Greg”)

Moisés Alou – 52 years old (1966) – Baseball player

Kevin Hearn – 49 years old (1969) – Keyboardist (Barenaked Ladies)

Audra McDonald – 48 years old (1970) – Singer, actress (TV’s “Private Practice”)

Patrick Wilson – 45 years old (1973) – Actor (“The Conjuring”, the “Insidious” movies, “Hard Candy”, “Morning Glory”, “The Switch”, “The A-Team”, “Watchmen”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Alamo”, TV’s “Fargo”, “A Gifted Man”)

Olivia Munn – 38 years old (1980) – Actress (TV’s “The Newsroom”, “New Girl”, “The Daily Show”, movies “Deliver Us From Evil”, “Iron Man 2”, “Date Night”, “Magic Mike”)

 

TODAY IS:

Chocolate Wafer Day

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Disobedience Day

Eat Beans Day

International Plastic Bag Free Day

Stay Out of the Sun 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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