June 23

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.



1836 – Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that he called a “Type-Writer.”

1904 – The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York, NY.

1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth. Ruth had been ejected for punching an umpire.

1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam.

1926 – The first lip reading tournament in America was held in Philadelphia, PA.

1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.

1938 – The Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.

1938 – Marineland opened near St. Augustine, FL.

1950 – A furious squall on Lake Michigan caused the worst commercial aviation disaster at that time — Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 went down with 58 on board.

1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Enovid to be the first officially approved combined oral contraceptive pill in the world.

1963 – Jimmy Piersall, of the New York Mets, hit his 100th career home run and ran the bases backwards as promised.

1969 – Warren E. Burger was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.

1972 – President Richard Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation.

1978  – A 7 year old, 16 foot python, weighing 140 pounds, named “Big Sid”, slithered away from a traveling circus in Standale, MI. The search for “Big Sid” continued for weeks, until his capture on July 24th, 1978. Read more about “Big Sid” here.

1980 – David Letterman’s daytime TV show debuted on NBC.

1988 – George Steinbrenner fired Yankees manager Billy Martin for the fifth time, and replaced him with Lou Piniella.

1989 – The movie “Batman”, directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, premiered in theaters.

1989 – The movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” debuted in theaters.

1992 – Mob boss John Gotti, “The Teflon Don,” was sentenced to life in prison, where he died a decade later.

1993 – Lorena Bobbitt of Manassas, VA, cut off a part of her sleeping husband John’s penis with a kitchen knife. She drove off with the severed appendage and threw it from the car window. Police found it and a surgeon reattached it.

1996 – The Nintendo 64 video console debuted in Japan.

2000 – The stop-action animated movie “Chicken Run” hit theaters.

2003 – Apple Computer Inc. unveiled the new Power Mac desktop computer.

2005 – Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2013 – In Arizona, aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a quarter mile tightrope walk over the Little Colorado River Gorge, to become the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

2015 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit around Mars. The spacecraft entered orbit on October 23, 2001.

2015 – Verizon announced it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL, Inc.



Diana Trask – 83 years old (1940) – Country singer (“Lean It All on Me”)

Ted Shackelford – 77 years old (1946) – Actor (TV’s “Knots Landing”, “The Young and the Restless”)

Bryan Brown – 76 years old (1947) – Actor (“Breaker Morant”, “Give My Regards to Broad Street”, “F/X”, “Cocktail”, “Gorillas in the Mist” “F/X2”, “Along Came Polly”, “Australia”, “Kill Me Three Times”, “Gods of Egypt”, TV’s “The Thorn Birds”)

Clarence Thomas – 75 years old (1948) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1991 to present)

Jim Metzler – 72 years old (1951) – Actor (“Tex”)

Randy Jackson – 67 years old (1956) – Bass guitarist, judge (Journey, TV’s “American Idol”)

Frances McDormand – 66 years old (1957) – Actress (“Fargo”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Almost Famous”, “North Country”)

Joss Whedon – 59 years old (1964) – Writer, director (Creator/director of TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Dollhouse”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, director of “The Avengers”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”)

Chico DeBarge – 57 years old (1966) – Musician (DeBarge). Born in Detroit, MI.

Selma Blair – 51 years old (1972) – Actress (“Cruel Intentions”, “Legally Blonde”, “Hellboy”, “A Dirty Shame”, “Kill Me Later”, “Columbus Circle”, TV’s “Anger Management”, “Kath and Kim,”). Born in Southfield, MI.

Joel Edgerton – 49 years old (1974) – Actor (“Black Mass”, “Warrior”, “The Gift”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Wish You Were Here”)

KT Tunstall – 48 years old (1975) – Singer

Jason Mraz – 46 years old (1977) – Singer

Melissa Rauch – 43 years old (1980) – Actress (Plays Howard’s wife Bernadette on TV’s “Big Bang Theory”)

Duffy – 39 years old (1984) – Singer



International Widows Day

International Women in Engineering Day

National Detroit-Style Pizza Day

National Hydration Day

National Let It Go Day

National Pecan Sandies Day

National Pink Day

National Porridge Day

National Take Your Dog to Work Day

National Typewriter Day

Public Service 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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