March 18

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:

1813 – David Melville received a patent for the gas streetlight.

1818 – Congress approved the first pensions for government service.

1834 – The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed in Pennsylvania.

1837 – The University of Michigan prepared to move to Ann Arbor from Detroit.

1852 – Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.

1881 – Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” opened in Madison Square Gardens in New York, NY.

1899 – Phoebe, a moon of the planet Saturn, was discovered.

1911 – Theodore Roosevelt opened the Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. It was the largest dam in the U.S. at the time.

1911 – North Dakota enacted a hail insurance law.

1931 – Schick Inc. began marketing the first electric razor.

1933 – The Studebaker car company ran out of money and entered receivership.

1942 – The third military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.

1945 – Maurice “Rocket” Richard became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 50 goals.

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.

1952 – In Philadelphia, PA, the first plastic lenses were fitted for a cataract patient.

1954 – RKO Pictures was sold for $23,489,478 to Howard Hughes. It became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual.

1959 – President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

1963 – The Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal council for defendants.

1966 – The Scott Paper Company began selling paper dresses for $1.

1968 – Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency.

1970 – The U.S. Postal Service experienced their first postal strike.

1970 – Wilson was selected to be the official football and official time scoreboard of the NFL.

1981 – The U.S. disclosed that there were biological weapons tested in Texas in 1966.

1981 – The TV show “The Greatest American Hero” premiered as a two-hour pilot movie, starring William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley.

1982 – Channel 17 in Grand Rapids came on the air as WWMA. About a year later the call letters were changed to WXMI.

1986 – The Treasury Department announced that a clear, polyester thread was to be woven into bills in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.

1987 – The U.S. performed nuclear tests at a Nevada test site.

1989 – A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

1990 – Thirteen paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. It was the largest art robbery in history.

1990 – The 32-day lockout of baseball players ended.

1992 – Leona Hemsly was sentenced to 4 years in prison for tax evasion.

1992 – Donna Summer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy.

2000 – The U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamped postcard that featured the historic Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years.

2010 – Dennis Hopper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He died two months later from prostate cancer.

2020 – A man in his 50s died at Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County, becoming Michigan’s first death tied to the coronavirus. On the same day, the U.S.-Canadian border closed for non-essential travel and automakers shut down all North American plants as a precaution.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Leslie Parrish – 87 years old (1935) – Actress (“The Manchurian Candidate”,”For Love or Money”, “Three on a Couch”)

Brad Dourif – 72 years old (1950) – Actor (“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “Wise Blood”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Ragtime”, TV’s “Deadwood,” “Star Trek: Voyager”)

John Hartman – 72 years old (1950) – Drummer (The Doobie Brothers)

Irene Cara – 63 years old (1959) – Singer (“Flashdance” theme)

Thomas Ian Griffith – 60 years old (1962) – Actor (“The Karate Kid Part III”, “Hollow Point”, “Vampires”, “XXX”, TV’s “Another World”)

Mike Rowe – 60 years old (1962) – Television host, narrator (TV’s “Dirty Jobs”, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”)

Jeff LaBar – 59 years old (1963) – Guitarist (Cinderella)

Vanessa Williams – 59 years old (1963) – Singer, actress, former Miss American 1984 (First African American Miss America, TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, “Ugly Betty”, movies “My Brother”, “Johnson Family Vacation”, “Shaft”, “Dance With Me”, “Soul Food”)

Bonnie Blair – 58 years old (1964) – Olympic gold medal speed skater

Jerry Cantrell – 56 years old (1966) – Musician (Alice in Chains)

Andre Rison – 55 years old (1967) – Football player. Born in Flint, MI.

Queen Latifah – 52 years old (1970) – Rapper, actress, TV host (“Chicago”, “Valentine’s Day”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, “Hairspray”, “Last Holiday”, “Joyful Noise”, “Beauty Shop”, “Bringing Down the House”)

Dane Cook – 50 years old (1972) – Comedian, actor (“Dan in Real Life”, “Mr. Brooks”, “Employee of the Month”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”)

Brian Griese – 47 years old (1975) – Football player, analyst (TV’s “ESPN College Football”. Played college football at the University of Michigan)

Adam Levine – 43 years old (1979) – Musician, TV judge (Maroon 5, TV’s “The Voice”)

Rebecca Soni – 35 years old (1987) – Olympic Swimmer

Lily Collins – 33 years old (1989) – Actress (“The Blind Side”, “Stuck in Love”, “The Mortal Instruments”)

Ryan Truex – 30 years old (1992) – Race car driver

 

TODAY IS:

Companies That Care Day

Forgive Mom & Dad Day

National Awkward Moments Day

National Biodiesel Day

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Sloppy Joe Day

National Supreme Sacrifice Day

Red Nose Day

World Sleep 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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