June 18

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.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1621 – The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.

1778 – Britain evacuated Philadelphia, PA during the U.S. Revolutionary War.

1812 – The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.

1855 – The Steamship Illinois became the first ship to pass through the Sault Ste. Marie Locks.

1863 – J.J. Richardson received a patent for the ratchet wrench.

1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.

1898 – Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.

1923 – Checker Taxi, of Kalamazoo, MI, put their first taxi on the streets. The last Checker cab was made July 12, 1982.

1925 – The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh became the first living American to be honored on a postage stamp, which went on sale for 10 cents. The stamp was of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis”.

1928 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly (but not solo) across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales. She was a passenger. Wilmer Stultz was the pilot and Lou Gordon was the mechanic.

1936 – The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.

1940 – The “Finest Hour” speech was delivered by Winston Churchill.

1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.

1948 – Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record, the 33 1/3 rpm, in New York City.

1953 – Seventeen major league baseball records were tied or broken in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

1956 – The comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis announced they had broken up.

1959 – The first telecast received from England was broadcast in the U.S. over NBC-TV.

1961 – “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.

1967 – Grand Valley State Colleges, in Allendale, MI, held their first graduation.

1975 – Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

1979 – In Vienna, President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.

1982 – The Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five years.

1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

1993 – The movie “Last Action Hero”, starring  Arnold Schwarzenegger, premiered in theaters.

1996 – Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on 10 criminal counts.

1996 – In San Jose, California, Richard Allen Davis was convicted for the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12 year old Polly Klaas.

1998 – The Walt Disney Co. purchased a 43% stake in the Web search engine company Infoseek Corp.

1998 – Nine commemorative U.S. postage stamps were re-issued. The stamps were considered to be classically beautiful examples of stamp engraving.

1998 – “The Boston Globe” asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.

1999 – Walt Disney’s film “Tarzan” opened in theaters.

2004 – The movie “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story”, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, premiered in theaters.

2009 – NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/LCROSS probes to the Moon. It was the first American lunar mission since Lunar Prospector in 1998.

2010 – The movie “Toy Story 3” was released in theaters.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Sir Paul McCartney – 80 years old (1942) – Musician (Beatles, Wings)

Linda Thorson – 75 years old (1947) – Actress (TV’s “The Avengers”)

Carol Kane – 70 years old (1952) – Actress (TV’s “Taxi”, movies “Man on the Moon”, “Addams Family Values”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Hester Street”, “Carnal Knowledge”)

Isabella Rossellini – 70 years old (1952) – Actress (“Blue Velvet”, “Cousins”, “Wild at Heart”, “Death Becomes Her”)

Nathan Morris – 51 years old (1971) – Singer (Boyz II Men)

Alana de la Garza – 46 years old (1976) – Actress (TV’s “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: LA”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “CSI: Miami”, “Forever”, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”)

Blake Shelton – 46 years old (1976) – Singer, Judge (TV’s “The Voice”)

 

TODAY IS:

Autistic Pride Day

Clean Your Aquarium Day

International Panic Day

International Picnic Day

International Surfing Day

International Sushi Day

National Go Fishing Day

National Splurge Day

National Wanna Get Away Day

World Juggling Day

World Sustainable Gastronomy 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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