June 1

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.



1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state of the U.S.

1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state of the U.S.

1831 – James Clark Ross discovered the Magnetic North Pole.

1861 – The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place at the Fairfax Court House in Virginia.

1869 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric voting machine.

1879 – Michigan women were employed as telephone operators for the first time in Grand Rapids, MI. They replaced boys who neglected the switchboards to play marbles.

1880 – The world’s first pay phone was installed in New Haven, CT.

1892 – The General Electric Company (GE) began operations after the merging of the Edison General Electric and the Thomson-Houston Electric companies.

1916 – The National Defense Act increased the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.

1935 – The Ingersoll-Waterbury Company reported that it had produced 2.5 million Mickey Mouse watches during its 2 year association with Disney.

1938 – The first “Superman” comic was published.

1938 – Baseball helmets were worn for the first time.

1939 – The Douglas DC-4 made its first passenger flight from Chicago, IL to New York, NY.

1954 – In the “Peanuts” comic strip, Linus’ security blanket made its debut.

1957 – Don Bowden became the first American to run a mile in under four minutes. His time was 3:58:7.

1958 – IBM ended its design of machines that contained electronic tubes.

1961 – Radio listeners in New York, California, and Illinois were introduced to FM multiplex stereo broadcasting. A year later the FCC made this a standard.

1967 – The album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, by the Beatles, was released.

1973 – The James Bond movie “Live and Let Die”, with a title track by Paul McCartney & Wings, opened in theaters.

1974 – The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims was published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

1978 – The U.S. reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.

1979 – In the U.S., the government-controlled ceiling on oil prices ended. The control was phased out over 28 months.

1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

1989 – Disney World’s “Typhoon Lagoon” opened.

1990 – George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty to end chemical weapon production.

1990 – The movie “Total Recall”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, premiered in theaters.

1999 – Merrill Lynch chairman David Komansky announced that the firm would soon allow its customers to buy and sell stocks over the Internet.

2005 – The celebrity dancing competition show “Dancing with the Stars” debuted on ABC.

2004 – Prosecutors in the state of Oklahoma sentenced Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, breaking a Guinness World Record.

2008 – The Phoenix Mars Lander became the first NASA spacecraft to scoop Martian soil.

2009 – General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

2011 – Space Shuttle Endeavour made its final landing after 25 flights



Pat Boone – 90 years old (1934) – Singer

Morgan Freeman – 87 years old (1937) – Actor (“Invictus”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “The Shawshank Redemption”,”Driving Miss Daisy”, “Street Smart”)

Brian Cox – 78 years old (1946) – Actor (“Troy”, “X2”, “The Ring”, “The Bourne Identity / Supremacy”, “Manhunter”)

Jonathan Pryce – 77 years old (1947) – Actor (The “G.I. Joe” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “The Brothers Grimm”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Evita”, “Brazil”, TV’s “Game of Thrones”, “Wolf Hall”)

Ron Wood – 77 years old (1947) – Guitarist (Rolling Stones)

Tom Sneva – 76 years old (1948) – Race car driver

Mike Levine – 75 years old (1949) – Bassist, keyboardist (Triumph)

Diana Canova – 71 years old (1953) – Actress (TV’s “Soap”)

Ronnie Dunn – 71 years old (1953) – Singer (Brooks and Dunn)

Lisa Hartman Black – 68 years old (1956) – Actress, singer (TV’s “Knots Landing”)

Alan Wilder – 65 years old (1959) – Keyboardist (Depeche Mode)

Simon Gallup – 64 years old (1960) – Bassist (The Cure)

Paul Coffey – 63 years old (1961) – Hockey player (Detroit Red Wings 1992-1996)

Mark Curry – 63 years old (1961) – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “Showtime at the Apollo”)

Jason Donovan – 56 years old (1968) – Actor, singer (TV’s “Neighbours”)

Teri Polo – 55 years old (1969) – Actress (“Meet the Parents” and its sequels, TV’s “The Fosters”, “The West Wing”)

Heidi Klum – 51 years old (1973) – Model, television host (TV’s “Project Runaway”, “America’s Got Talent”)

Alanis Morissette – 50 years old (1974) – Singer, actress (TV’s “Weeds”, “Nip/Tuck”)

Sarah Wayne Callies – 47 years old (1977) – Actress (TV’s “Prison Break”, “The Walking Dead”, “Colony”)

Damien Fahey – 44 years old (1980) – Television host (TV’s “Total Request Live”)

Amy Schumer – 43 years old (1981) – Comedian, writer, actor (TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer”, movies “Trainwreck”)



Dinosaur Day

Global Day of Parents

International Tabletop Day

National Go Barefoot Day

National Game Show Day

National Hazelnut Cake Day

National Heimlich Maneuver Day

National Nail Polish Day

National Olive Day

Pen Pal Day

National Say Something Nice Day

Wear a Dress Day

World Milk Day

World Reef Awareness 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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