June 24

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for vulcanized rubber.

1896 – Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.

1905 – Nick Fink Jr. of Comstock Park, MI escaped serious injury when he made the first area airplane flight. His home-built pedal plane crashed into a telephone pole.

1916 – Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.

1922 – The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League.

1933 – A reconstructed Fort Michilimackinac opened to the public in Mackinaw City, MI.

1940 – TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republican party convened in Philadelphia, PA.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, WA.

1949 – The first television western, “Hopalong Cassidy”, was aired on NBC, starring William Boyd.

1953 – John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announced their engagement.

1957 – In Roth vs. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

1962 – The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

1964 – The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufactures would be required to include warnings about the harmful effects of smoking on their packaging.

1971 – The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.

1982 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no President could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States.

1986 – The Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark.

1997 – The U.S. Air Force released a report titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed” that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, NM, in 1947. The report suggested that the alien bodies witnesses in reported seeing were actually life-sized dummies.

1998 – AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable TV giant Tele-Communications Inc. for $31.7 billion.

1998 – Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 600-millionth guest.

2001 – It was announced that Kelsey Grammer would earn an all-time TV record salary of $1.6 million per episode for “Frasier”.

2002 – The Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.

2007 – Paris Hilton was sprung from jail after serving 23 days of her original 45-day sentence for probation violation.

2010 – Apple released the iPhone 4.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Peter Hamill 1935 – Journalist (“New York Post”, “The New York Daily News”)

Robert Downey Sr. 1936 – Writer, director (“Chafed Elbows”, “Pound”, “Putney Swope”, “Greaser’s Palace”)

Michele Lee 1942 – Actress (TV’s “Knots Landing”, movies “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “The Love Bug”)

Georg Stanford Brown 1943 – Actor (“Bullitt”, “Stir Crazy”, TV’s “The Rookies”, “Nip/Tuck”)

Jeff Beck 1944 – Musician (Yardbirds)

Colin Blunstone 1945 – Musician (The Zombies)

George Pataki 1945 – Former New York governor

Mick Fleetwood 1947 – Musician (Fleetwood Mac)

Peter Weller 1947 – Actor (“RoboCop”, “Naked Lunch”, “Screamers”)

John Illsley 1949 – Musician (Dire Straits)

Nancy Allen 1950 – Actress (“Dressed to Kill”, “Blow Out”, “Robo Cop”)

Astro 1957 – Rapper, musician (UB40)

Andrew McCluskey 1959 – Musician (OMD)

Curt Smith 1961 – Musician (Tears For Fears)

Danielle Spencer 1965 – Actress (Played Dee on TV’s “What’s Happening!!”)

Sherry Stringfield 1967 – Actress (TV’s “ER”)

Jeff Cease 1967 – Musician (The Black Crowes)

Glenn Medeiros 1970 – Singer (“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, “She Ain’t Worth It”)

Mindy Kaling 1979 – Actress (TV’s “The Mindy Project”, “The Office”)

Minka Kelly 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”, “Parenthood”)

Solange Knowles 1986 – Singer, actress (“Johnson Family Vacation”)

Candice Patton 1988 – Actress (TV’s “The Flash”)

 

TODAY IS:

Fairy Day

Pralines Day

Swim a Lap 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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