July 8

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.



1776 – Church bells (and the Liberty Bell) rang after Col. John Nixon delivered the first public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence at Independence Square in Philadelphia, PA.

1865 – C.E. Barnes recieved a patent for the machine gun.

1879 – The first ship to use electric lights departed from San Francisco, CA.

1881 – Edward Berner, druggist in Two Rivers, WI, poured chocolate syrup on ice cream in a dish to create an ice cream sundae. Prior to this, chocolate syrup had only been used for making ice-cream sodas.

1889 – “The Wall Street Journal” was first published.

1889 – The last bare-knuckle fight championship took place on this date. John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds (yes, 75!).

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies” on the roof of the New York Theater in New York, NY.

1932 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.

1948 – The U.S. Air Force accepted its first female recruits into a program called Women of the Air Force (WAF).

1958 – The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award went to the soundtrack “Oklahoma!”

1969 – The game “Twister” received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

1978 – The movie “Foul Play” opened in San Francisco, CA. This was the first movie for “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase.

1985 – “Playboy” and “Penthouse” magazines went on sale that both featured nude pictures of Madonna.

1988 – Stevie Wonder announced he would run for mayor of Detroit in 1992. He never ended up doing so.

1991 – The TV game show “Shop ’til You Drop” debuted.

1992 – The primetime TV soap opera “Melrose Place” premiered on CBS.

2000 – J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released. It was the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.

2011 – Former First Lady Betty Ford passed away at the age of 93.

2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched for the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.

2011 – The movie “Horrible Bosses”, starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx, premiered in theaters.

2016 – The animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” premiered in theaters.

2021 – President Joe Biden announced that the official conclusion of the United States involvement in the War in Afghanistan would be on August 31, 2021.



Steve Lawrence – 89 years old (1935) – Entertainer

Jeffrey Tambor – 80 years old (1944) – Actor (TV’s “Arrested Development”, “The Larry Sanders Show”)

Wolfgang Puck – 75 years old (1949) – Chef

Anjelica Huston – 73 years old (1951) – Actress (“The Grifters”, “Enemies: A Love Story”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Adams Family Values”)

Kevin Bacon – 66 years old (1958) – Actor (“Footloose”, “Apollo 13”, “Sleepers”)

Andy Fletcher – 63 years old (1961) – Keyboardist (Depeche Mode)

Toby Keith – 63 years old (1961) – Country Singer

Joan Osborne – 62 years old (1962) – Singer

Beck – 54 years old (1970) -Singer, songwriter



Be a Kid Again Day

International Skinny Dip Day

Math 2.0 Day

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Freezer Pop Day

National Raspberry Day

National Video Game Day

National SCUD Day



For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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