June 4

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:

1783 – A hot-air balloon was demonstrated by Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier. It reached a height of 1,500 feet.

1784 – Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.

1812 – The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory.

1816 – “The Washington” was launched at Wheeling, WV. It was the first stately, double-decker steamboat.

1876 – The “Transcontinental Express” train arrived in San Francisco, CA, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York, NY.

1892 – The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco, CA.

1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in Detroit, MI. He called the vehicle a “Quadricycle.”

1910 – A statue of George Armstrong Custer was dedicated in Monroe, MI. The famous general spent much of his life in Monroe.

1912 – Massachusetts became the first state to set a minimum wage.

1919 – The U.S. Senate passed the Women’s Suffrage bill.

1924 – An eternal light was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I.

1931 – The first rocket-glider flight was made by William Swan in Atlantic City, NJ.

1935 – “Invisible” glass was patented by Gerald Brown and Edward Pollard.

1937 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma. It was actually a modified folding chair on wheels.

1947 – The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.

1973 – A patent for the ATM was granted.

1974 – The Cleveland Indians had to forfeit a game to the Texas Rangers when fans got out of control on “10 Cent Beer Night”.

1974 – Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.

1977 – The Apple II computer went on sale for the first time.

1982 – The movie “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, starring Ricardo Montalb√°n, premiered in theaters.

1984 – Bruce Springsteen released his “Born in the U.S.A.” album. It spent seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts and yielded seven Top 10 singles.

1984 – For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament.

1985 – The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law that provided for a daily minute of silence in public schools.

1986 – The California Supreme Court approved a law that limited the liability of manufacturers and other wealthy defendants. It was known as the “deep pockets law.”

1992 – The U.S. Postal Service announced that the “young Elvis” stamp beat out the older “Vegas Elvis” stamp in a contest in which more than a million votes were tallied.

1998 – Actor Bob Denver, the star of TV’s “Gilligan’s Island”, was busted for marijuana possession in West Virginia after receiving pot in the mail.

1998 – Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

1998 – George and Ira Gershwin got a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003 – Martha Stewart was indicted for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and securities fraud from the December 2001 sale of shares in ImClone Systems.

2003 – Amazon.com announced that it had received more than 1 million orders for the book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” The released date was planned for June 21.

2008 – The United Kingdom and Canada became the first countries to be able to buy and rent films at the iTunes Store.

2008 – Johnny Carson’s sidekick Ed McMahon began a fight to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills estate after falling $644,000 behind in mortgage payments.

2008 – Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy led thousands of people in a march on Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to the impact that vaccines may have on autism.

2010 – Falcon 9 Flight 1 was the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.

2018 – In an effort to promote their hamburgers, IHOP changed their name temporarily to IHOB.

2019 – Professional gambler James Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak came to an end on the TV game show “Jeopardy!”. His streak was just short of Ken Jennings’ record $2.52 million.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Dr. Ruth Westheimer – 94 years old (1928) – Sex therapist

Bruce Dern – 86 years old (1936) – Actor (“Coming Home”, “Nebraska”,”The Hateful Eight”, “Monster”, “Family Plot”, “The Great Gatsby”)

Roger Ball – 78 years old (1944) – Saxophonist, keyboardist (Average White Band)

Michelle Phillips – 78 years old (1944) – Singer (The Mamas & the Papas), actress (“The Last Movie”, TV’s “Knot’s Landing”, “Beverly Hills 90210”)

Parker Stevenson – 70 years old (1952) – Actor (TV’s “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries”, movie “Stroker Ace”)

Keith David – 66 years old (1956) – Actor (“The Thing”, “Crash”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Barbershop”, “Men at Work”)

El DeBarge – 61 years old (1961) – Singer (DeBarge). Born in Detroit, MI.

Julie White – 61 years old (1961) – Actress (TV’s “Grace Under Fire”, “Transformers” movies)

Andrea Jaegar – 57 years old (1965) – Tennis player

Scott Wolf – 54 years old (1968) – Actor (“Go”, TV’s “The Night Shift”, “Perception”, “V”, “Party of Five”, “Everwood”)

Horatio Sanz – 53 years old (1969) – Comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Noah Wyle – 51 years old (1971) – Actor (TV’s “ER”, “Falling Skies”, “The Librarians”, movies “Donnie Darko”, “A Few Good Men”)

Stefan Lessard – 48 years old (1974) – Bassist (The Dave Matthews Band)

Russell Brand – 47 years old (1975) – Actor, comedian

Angelina Jolie – 47 years old (1975) – Actress (“Girl, Interrupted”, “Changeling”, “Maleficent”, “Lara Croft”, “Original Sin”, “Wanted”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “A Mighty Heart”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Corgi Day

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

National Black Bear Day

National Bubbly Day

National Cheese Day

National Clean Beauty Day

National Cognac Day

National Hug Your Cat Day

National Old Maid’s Day

National Prairie Day

National SAFE Day

National Tailors Day

National Trails 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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