March 13

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1639 – Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.

1781 – The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

1852 – “Uncle Sam” debuts as a cartoon character in the New York Lantern. It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.

1865 – Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.

1868 – The Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

1877 – Earmuffs were patented by Chester Greenwood.

1884 – Standard time was adopted throughout the United States.

1901 – Andrew Carnegie announced his retirement from business. He spent the rest of his life giving away his fortune. His net worth was estimated at $300 million.

1911 – The Supreme Court approved corporate tax law.

1912 – Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts to empower girls, build courage, confidence, character, and to make the world a better place.

1918 – Women were scheduled to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, NY due to a shortage of men due to wartime.

1925 – WBDC radio in Grand Rapids, MI signed on the air. It later would become WASH and WOOD and shared the dial space.

1930 – The discovery of the planet Pluto was announced. The discovery was made by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.

1933 – Banks in the United States began to re-open after a “holiday” that had been declared by President Theodore Roosevelt.

1942 – Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.

1951 – The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” appeared for the first time in newspapers.

1952 – Park Davis & Company opened the nation’s first factory to exclusively produce a synthetic antibiotic (chloromycetin) in Holland, MI.

1957 – Labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was arrested by the FBI on bribery charges.

1969 – Apollo 9 astronauts returned to Earth after a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.

1970 – Digital Equipment Corp. introduced the PDP-11 minicomputer.

1972 – TV’s “The Merv Griffin Show” debuted in syndication for Metromedia Television.

1974 – The Senate voted 54-33 to restore the death penalty.

1980 – A jury in Winamac, IN, found Ford Motor Company innocent of reckless homicide in the deaths of three young women that had been riding in a Ford Pinto.

1984 – MTV premiered its weekly “Top 20 Video Countdown” television show.

1987 – Bryan Adams’ song “Heat of the Night” became the first commercially released cassette single (cassingle) in the U.S.

1987 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – Exxon agreed to pay $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill of the Exxon Valdez.

1997 – The unidentified Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, AZ by hundreds of people and millions on television.

2002 – Fox aired “Celebrity Boxing” on television. Among the matches were Tonya Harding beating Paula Jones, Danny Bonaduce defeating Barry Williams and Todd Bridges stopping Vanilla Ice.

2003 – The journal “Nature” reported that footprints, that were 350,000 years old, had been found in Italy made by an upright-walking human.

2005 – Kelly A. Frank was arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son, Harry, from the talk show host’s ranch in Montana. Letterman had hired Frank as a painter.

2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

2006 – Scientologist Isaac Hayes, who voiced the character of “Chef” for almost a decade on Comedy Central’s “South Park”, asked to be released from his contract citing inappropriate ridicule of religious communities.

2008 – On the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold prices hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

2012 – “The Hunger Games” movie premiered in theaters.

2012 – After 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

2013 – Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was announced as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. He would be known as Pope Francis.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Roy Haynes – 93 years old (1925) – Jazz drummer

Jan Howard – 89 years old (1929) – Country singer

Neil Sedaka – 79 years old (1939) – Singer, songwriter

William H. Macy – 68 years old (1950) – Actor (“Fargo”, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “Boogie Nights”, “Pleasantville”, “Psycho”, “Magnolia”, “Jurassic Park 3”, “The Cooler”, TV’s “Shameless”)

Robin Duke – 64 years old (1954) – Comedian (TV’s “SCTV”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Schitt’s Creek”)

Dana Delany – 62 years old (1956) – Actress (TV’s “China Beach”, “Body of Proof”, “Desperate Housewives”)

Adam Clayton – 58 years old (1960) – Bass guitarist (U2)

Terence Blanchard – 56 years old (1962) – Jazz trumpeter

Christopher Collet – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (“Firstborn”, “The Manhattan Project”)

Annabeth Gish – 47 years old (1971) – Actress (“The Celestine Prophecy”, “Mystic Pizza”, TV’s “The Bridge”, “Brotherhood”, “The West Wing”)

Tracy Wells – 47 years old (1971) – Actress (TV’s “Mr. Belvedere”, “Growing Pains”, “Silver Spoons”)

Trent Dilfer – 46 years old (1972) – Football player, analyst (ESPN)

Glenn Lewis – 43 years old (1975) – Singer (“Don’t You Forget It”, “It’s Not Fair”)

Danny Masterson – 42 years old (1976) – Actor (TV’s “That ’70s Show”, “The Ranch”)

Natalie & Nicole Albino – 34 years old (1984) – Singers (Nina Sky)

Emile Hirsch – 33 years old (1985) – Actor (“Taking Woodstock”, “Milk”, “Into the Wild”, “Alpha Dog”, “Lords of Dogtown”, “Imaginary Heroes”, “The Girl Next Door”)

 

TODAY IS:

Coconut Torte Day

Earmuffs Day

Jewel Day

Ken Day

Open An Umbrella Indoors Day

Organize Your Home Office Day

Smart & Sexy 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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1 Comment

  1. Mark Stulpe
    March 14, 2017 - 2:24 am

    This was pretty interesting, thank you.

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