March 18

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.

1850 – 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.

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1968 – Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency.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

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.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Charley Pride – 84 years old (1934) – Country singer

Leslie Parrish – 83 years old (1935) – Actress (“The Manchurian Candidate”,”For Love or Money”, “Three on a Couch”)

Margie Bowes – 77 years old (1941) – Country singer (“Poor Old Heartsick Me”)

Kevin Dobson – 75 years old (1943) – Actor (TV’s “Kojak”, “Knots Landing”, “Days of Our Lives”)

Brad Dourif – 68 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 – 68 years old (1950) – Drummer (The Doobie Brothers)

Irene Cara – 59 years old (1959) – Singer (“Flashdance” theme)

Thomas Ian Griffith – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“The Karate Kid Part III”, “Hollow Point”, “Vampires”, “XXX”, TV’s “Another World”)

Mike Rowe – 56 years old (1962) – Television host, narrator (TV’s “Dirty Jobs”, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”)

Jeff LaBar – 55 years old (1963) – Guitarist (Cinderella)

Vanessa Williams – 55 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 – 54 years old (1964) – Olympic gold medal speed skater

Jerry Cantrell – 52 years old (1966) – Musician (Alice in Chains)

Andre Rison – 51 years old (1967) – Football player. Born in Flint, MI.

Queen Latifah – 48 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 – 46 years old (1972) – Comedian, actor (“Dan in Real Life”, “Mr. Brooks”, “Employee of the Month”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”)

Brian Griese – 43 years old (1975) – Football player, analyst (TV’s “ESPN College Football”. Played college football at the University of Michigan)

Adam Levine – 39 years old (1979) – Musician, TV judge (Maroon 5, TV’s “The Voice”)

Rebecca Soni – 31 years old (1987) – Olympic Swimmer

Lily Collins – 29 years old (1989) – Actress (“The Blind Side”, “Stuck in Love”, “The Mortal Instruments”)

Ryan Truex – 26 years old (1992) – Race car driver

 

TODAY IS:

Awkward Moments Day

Biodiesel Day

Companies That Care Day

Forgive Mom & Dad 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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