June 30

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1805 – Congress organized the Michigan Territory.

1841 – The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train.

1859 – Charles Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1864 – President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”.

1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States.

1921 – The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.

1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel, “Gone with the Wind,” was published.

1950 – President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.

1952 – CBS debuted TV soap opera “The Guiding Light.”

1953 – The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It had a price tag of $3,250.

1958 – The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.

1965 – The NFL granted the Atlanta Falcons a franchise.

1966 – The National Organization for Women was founded in Washington, DC.

1970 – The Cincinnati Reds moved into their new $45 million Riverfront Stadium.

1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government could not prevent the Washington Post or the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers.

1971 – The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 11 returned to Earth. The three cosmonauts were found dead inside. Their air supply had escaped through a faulty valve.

1971 – The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio beccame the 38th state to approve it.

1972 – The first leap second was added to the UTC time system.

1974 – The July 4th scene from the Steven Spielberg movie “Jaws” was filmed.

1975 – Five days after finalizing her divorce from Sonny Bono, Cher married Gregg Allman in a Las Vegas, NV hotel room. She filed for divorce from him 10 days later but they remained married for more than three years.

1977 – President Jimmy Carter announced his opposition to the B-1 bomber.

1982 – Fans in New Jersey voted to name the newly arrived NHL franchise the Devils.

1984 – The longest professional football game took place in the United States Football League (USFL). The Los Angeles Express beat the Michigan Panthers 27-21 after 93 minutes and 33 seconds.

1985 – Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in “The King and I.”

1985 – Thirty-nine American hostages were freed from hijacked TWA Flight 847 in Beirut after being held for 17 days.

1994 – The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan in Detroit, MI.

1998 – Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.

1998 – NBC signed TV’s “Dateline” co-host Jane Pauley to a five year deal worth $5.5 million a year.

2000 – President Bill Clinton signed the E-Signature bill, which gave the same legal validity to an electronic signature as to one in ink.

2004 – The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit. The craft had been on a nearly seven-year journey.

2015 – Apple launched its membership service Apple Music.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Shirley Fry Irvin 1927 – Tennis player

Nancy Dussault 1936 – Actress (TV’s “The New Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Too Close for Comfort”, “Good Morning America”, “Mad About You”)

Glenn Shorrock 1944 – Musician (The Little River Band)

Hal Lindes 1953 – Musician (Dire Straits)

David Alan Grier 1956 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “In Living Color”)

Adrian Wright 1956 – Musician (The Human League)

Doug Sampson 1957 – Musician (Iron Maiden)

Vincent D’Onofrio 1959 – Actor (TV’s “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, movie “Full Metal Jacket”)

Rupert Graves 1963 – Actor (TV’s “Sherlock”, “The Family”, “The Forsyte Saga”, movie “Death at a Funeral”, “A Room with a View”, “Maurice”, “The Madness of King George”)

Mike Tyson 1966 – Boxer

Tom Drummond 1969 – Musician (Better Than Ezra)

Brian Bloom 1970 – Actor (“Once Upon a Time in America”, TV’s “As the World Turns”)

Monica Potter 1971 – Actress (TV’s “Parenthood”, “Boston Legal”, movies “Saw”, “Along Came a Spider”, “Patch Adams”)

Lizzy Caplan 1982 – Actress (TV’s “Freaks and Geeks”, “Masters of Sex”, movies “Mean Girls”, “Cloverfield”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”)

Fantasia Barrino 1984 – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season 3”, “Fantasia for Real”)

Michael Phelps 1985 – Olympic swimmer

 

TODAY IS:

Meteor Watch Day

Social Media Day

 

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