July 6

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1785 – The dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.

1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.

1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.

1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.

1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York, NY, at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.

1928 – The very first full-length all-talking movie, “Lights of New York”, was released by Warner Bros.

1932 – The postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents.

1933 – The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago, IL, at Comiskey Park. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

1942 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

1945 – President Harry Truman signed an order creating the Medal of Freedom.

1948 – Frieda Hennok became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.

1957 – As teenagers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time, three years before forming The Beatles.

1976 – Women were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy for the first time.

1981 – The Dupont Company announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for $7 billion. At the time it was the largest merger in corporate history.

1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.

1986 – Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.

1988 – Several popular beaches were closed in New York, NY, due to medical waste and other debris washing up on the shores.

1994 – The movie “Forrest Gump”, starring Tom Hanks, was debuted in theaters.

1997 – The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th.

2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book “Spawn” and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.

2014 – An EF-1 tornado touched ground in Wyoming and Kentwood, MI at about 10:20 pm. The storm caused $5 million in damages.

2016 – The augmented reality game “Pokémon Go” was released.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Ned Beatty – 81 years old (1937) – Actor (“Network”, “Deliverance”)

Gene Chandler – 81 years old (1937) – Singer, known as “The Duke of Earl”

Jeannie Seely – 78 years old (1940) – Country music singer (“Don’t Touch Me”)

Burt Ward – 73 years old (1945) – Actor (Played Robin on TV’s “Batman”)

George W. Bush – 72 years old (1946) – 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009)

Fred Dryer – 72 years old (1946) – Football player, actor (TV’s “Hunter”)

Sylvester Stallone – 72 years old (1946) – Actor (“Rocky” series of movies, “Creed”)

Jamie Wyeth – 72 years old (1946) – Artist

Shelly Hack – 71 years old (1947) – Actress, model (TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”, movie “The Stepfather”)

Nathalie Baye – 70 years old (1948) – Actress (“Every Man for Himself”, “Strange Affair”, “La Balance”, “The Young Lieutenant”, “Day for Night”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Tell No One”, “The Assistant “)

Geoffrey Rush – 67 years old (1951) – Actor (“The King’s Rush”, “Quills”, “The King’s Speech”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “The Book Thief”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Elizabeth” and its sequel)

Grant Goodeve – 66 years old (1952) – Actor (Played David on TV’s “Eight is Enough”)

Nanci Griffith – 65 years old (1953) – Singer, guitarist, songwriter

Allyse Beasley – 64 years old (1954) – Actress (TV’s “Moonlighting”)

Ron Duguay – 61 years old (1957) – Hockey player, coach (Detroit Red Wings 1983-1985)

Jennifer Saunders – 60 years old (1958) – Actress (TV’s “Absolutely Fabulous”)

John Keeble – 59 years old (1959) – Drummer (Spandau Ballet)

Glenn Scarpelli – 52 years old (1966) – Actor (TV’s “One Day at a Time”)

50 Cent – 43 years old (1975) – Rapper, actor

Tamera Mowry – 40 years old (1978) – Actress (TV’s “Roommates”, “Sister, Sister”)

Tia Mowry – 40 years old (1978) – Actress (TV’s “The Game”, “Sister, Sister”)

Kevin Hart – 39 years old (1979) – Actor, comedian (“Get Hard”, “The Wedding Ringer”, “Top Five”, “About Last Night”, “Ride Along”, “Grudge Match”, “Soul Plane”, the “Think Like a Man” movies)

Eva Green – 38 years old (1980) – Actress (“Casino Royale”, “Perfect Sense”, TV’s “Penny Dreadful”)

 

TODAY IS:

Fried Chicken Day

International Kissing Day

Take Your Webmaster To Lunch Day

Umbrella Cover Day

Virtually Hug a Virtual Assistant 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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