June 15

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1667 – Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully-documented human blood transfusion. He successfully transfused the blood of a sheep to a 15-year old boy.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity (traditional date, the exact day is unknown).

1775 – George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.

1836 – Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.

1836 – Congress suggested a way to end the Ohio-Michigan “Toledo Strip” border dispute. The idea, which was adopted, gave the Toledo area to Ohio and the vast Upper Peninsula to Michigan.

1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for vulcanization, the process that strengthens rubber.

1864 – Arlington National Cemetery was established when 200 acres around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) were officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

1877 – Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

1878 – Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs. The study became the basis of motion pictures.

1898 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.

1909 – Benjamin Shibe patented the cork center baseball.

1911 – The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in the state of New York. The company was later renamed International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.

1916 – President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.

1919 – Captain John Alcock and Lt. Arthur W. Brown won $50,000 for successfully completing the first, non-stop trans-Atlantic plane flight.

1934 – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded.

1952 – The Diary of Anne Frank, a true account of Jews hiding from the Nazis, was published.

1969 – The television show “Hee Haw” debuted on CBS.

1970 – Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.

1973 – The George Lucas movie “American Graffiti, opened in theaters nationally.

1983 – In Grand Rapids, MI, the Grand Plaza West was officially completed. The building is a 29-story glass enclosed tower with 287 suites and guest rooms. Total cost of renovation was $68 million.

1985 – Rembrandt’s painting Danaë was attacked by a man (later judged insane) who threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it twice with a knife.

1992 – It was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the government could kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.

1992 – Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell “potato” with an “e” on the end during a spelling bee.

1994 – The animated movie “The Lion King” premiered in theaters.

1995 – O.J. Simpson found the glove didn’t fit, which eventually lead the jury to acquit him.

2012 – Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Muff Winwood – 75 years old (1943) – Bass guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)

Janet Lennon – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (The Lennon Sisters)

Simon Callow – 69 years old (1949) – Actor (“Amadeus”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”)

Russell Hitchcock – 69 years old (1949) – Singer (Air Supply)

Steve Walsh – 67 years old (1951) – Singer (Kansas)

Jim Belushi – 64 years old (1954) – Actor, comedian (“K9”, “Red Heat”, TV’s “According to Jim”)

Terri Gibbs – 64 years old (1954) – Country singer (“Somebody’s Knockin'”)

Julie Hagerty – 63 years old (1955) – Actress (“Airplane!”, “Airplane II: The Sequel”, “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy”, “Lost in America”, “A Master Builder”)

Brett Butler – 61 years old (1957) – Baseball player

Wade Boggs – 60 years old (1958) – Baseball player

Helen Hunt – 55 years old (1963) – Actress (“As Good As It Gets”, “The Sessions”, “Cast Away”, “What Women Want”, “Pay It Forward”, “Twister”, TV’s “Mad About You”)

Scott Rockenfield – 55 years old (1963) – Drummer (Queensrÿche)

Courteney Cox – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (TV’s “Friends”, “Cougar Town”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” video, movies “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, the “Scream” series)

Ice Cube – 49 years old (1969) – Rapper, actor (“Ride Along”, “21 Jump Street”, “First Sunday”, “Are We There Yet?”, “Are We Done Yet?”, “xXx: State of the Union”, “Three Kings”, “Barbershop”, “Friday”, “Boyz n the Hood”, “Anaconda”)

Idalis DeLeón – 49 years old (1969) – Actress, MTV VJ (TV’s “Living Single”, movie “Ride”)

Leah Remini – 48 years old (1970) – Actress (TV’s “The King of Queens”, “It’s All Relative”, author “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”)

Neil Patrick Harris – 45 years old (1973) – Actor (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”, “Doogie Howser MD”, the “Harold and Kumar” movies, “Starship Troopers”)

Billy Martin – 37 years old (1981) – Guitarist, keyboardist (Good Charlotte)

Denzel Whitaker – 28 years old (1990) – Actor (“The Great Debaters”, “Training Day”)

 

TODAY IS:

Beer Day Britain

Flip-Flop Day

Magna Carta Day

Lobster Day

Nature Photography Day

Smile Power Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness 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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