June 29

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1804 – Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50.

1860 – The first iron-pile lighthouse was completed at Minot’s Ledge, MA.

1888 – Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England.

1889 – Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships voted to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest U.S. city in area and second largest in population.

1897 – The Chicago Cubs scored 36 runs in a game against Louisville, setting a record for runs scored by a team in a single game.

1925 – Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. He broke George Sisler’s record from 1922.

1953 – The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of interstate highway from coast to coast.

1964 – The TV remote control was invented.

1969 – Jim Northup of the Detroit Tigers hit his third grand slam in seven days, a Major League first.

1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”. The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.

1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of the Apple I computer.

1986 – Virign Records founder Richard Branson established a world speed record for crossing the Atlantic by boat.

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Le Pont de Trinquetaille” was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.

1995 – George Foreman was stripped of his IBF heavyweight title for refusing a rematch with German boxer Axel Schulz.

1995 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

1996 – Superman Action Comics #1 sells for $61,900 at auction in New York, NY.

1998 – Katie Couric of TV’s “Today” Show signed a four-year contract that put her in the same salary league as Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather — a reported $7 million annually.

1998 – With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.

2000 – In Santa Rosa, CA, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

2007 – The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale for $500.

2011 – The state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1, 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the U.S. on May 4, 2012 in Nevada.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Cara Williams 1925 – Actress (“The Defiant Ones”, TV’s “Pete and Gladys”)

Robert Evans 1930 – Film producer (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “Love Story”, “The Godfather”, “Chinatown”)

Gary Busey 1944 – Actor (“The Buddy Holly Story”, TV’s “Celebrity Rehab”, “Celebrity Apprentice”)

Richard Lewis 1947 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Anything but Love”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Fred Grandy 1948 – Actor, politician (Played Gopher on TV’s “The Love Boat”)

Ian Paice 1948 – Musician (Deep Purple)

Dan Dierdorf 1949 – Football player, commentator

Colin Hay 1953 – Musician (Men at Work)

María Conchita Alonso 1957 – Actress (“The Running Man”, “Chasing Papi”)

Sharon Lawrence 1961 – Actress (TV’s “NYPD Blue”)

Amanda Donohoe 1962 – Actress (“The Lair of the White Worm”, TV’s “Murder City”, “Bad Girls”, “LA Law”)

Kathleen Wilhoite 1964 – Actress (TV’s “ER”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Pepper-Ann”)

Melora Hardin 1967 – Actress (TV’s “The Office”)

Zuleikha Robinson 1977 – Actress (TV’s “Lost”)

Nicole Scherzinger 1978 – Singer (The Pussycat Dolls, TV’s “Dancing With the Stars: Season 10”)

 

TODAY IS:

Almond Buttercrunch Day

Bomb Pop Day

Camera Day

International Mud Day

Waffle Iron 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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