March 19

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:

1628 – The Massachusetts colony was founded by Englishmen.

1822 – The city of Boston, MA, was incorporated.

1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York, NY, lost $245,000 in the robbery.

1855 – The newspaper, “The Grand Rapids Herald”, published its first edition in Grand Rapids, MI.

1865 – Grand Rapids, MI put their first steam fire engine into service.

1915 – Pluto was photographed for the first time. However, it was not known at the time.

1917 – The Supreme Court upheld the Adamson Act that made the eight-hour workday for railroads constitutional.

1918 – Congress established time zones and approved Daylight Saving Time.

1925 – The law was passed that required fisherman to purchase a license to fish in the state of Michigan.

1931 – The state of Nevada legalized gambling.

1931 – Alka Seltzer went on sale.

1953 – The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.

1954 – Viewers saw the first televised prize fight shown in color when Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

1954 – The first rocket-driven sled that ran on rails was tested in Alamogordo, NM.

1957 – Elvis Presley bought the mansion he would name “Graceland”, in Memphis, TN for $100,000.

1977 – The last episode of television’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired.

1979 – The U.S. House of Representatives began broadcasting their daily business on TV via the C-SPAN cable network.

1981 – The Buffalo Sabres set an NHL record when they scored 9 goals in one period against Toronto.

1984 – The TV show “Kate and Allie” premiered.

1985 – IBM announced their plans to stop making the PC jr computer.

1985 – The Senate voted to authorize production of the MX missile.

1985 – “Spin Magazine” began publishing.

1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL due to a sex scandal involving Jessica Hahn. He handed over control to Jerry Falwell.

1998 – Major League Baseball approves Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a reported $350 million.

1999 – Johnny Carson, at age 73, underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

2000 – Vector Data Systems conducted a simulation of the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco, TX. The simulation showed that the government had not fired first.

2002 – Actor Ben Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

2003 – President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces had launched a strike against “targets of military opportunity” in Iraq.

2004 – Paul “Peewee Herman” Reubens pleaded guilty to possessing vintage photos of naked children.

2007 – Naomi Campbell arrived at New York City’s Department of Sanitation to begin a week sweeping the building, her community service for tossing a phone at her maid’s head.

2018 – The last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan, died, ensuring a chance of extinction for the species.

2020 – Art Van Furniture ends it’s bankruptcy liquidation sale early to limit social contact due to COVID 19.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Renée Taylor – 89 years old (1933) – Actress (TV’s “The Nanny”)

Ursula Andress – 86 years old (1936) – Actress (The first “Bond girl” in “Dr. No”)

Clarence “Frogman” Henry – 85 years old (1937) – Singer (“Ain’t Got No Home”)

Ruth Pointer – 76 years old (1946) – Singer (The Pointer Sisters)

Glenn Close – 75 years old (1947) – Actress (TV’s “Damages”, movies “Alfred Nobbs”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Fatal Attraction”, “The Natural”, “The Big Chill”, “The World According to Garp”)

Derek Longmuir – 71 years old (1951) – Drummer (The Bay City Rollers)

Chris Brubeck – 70 years old (1952) – Musician, composer

Billy Sheehan – 69 years old (1953) – Bassist (Mr. Big)

Bruce Willis – 67 years old (1955) – Actor (“Die Hard” series, “The Sixth Sense”, “Cop Out”, “Sin City”, “Armageddon”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Red”, “Red 2”, TV’s “Friends”, “Moonlighting”)

Craig Lamar Traylor – 33 years old (1989) – Actor (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle”, “ER”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Client’s Day

International Read To Me Day

National Backyard Day

National Certified Nurses Day

National Chocolate Caramel Day

National Corn Dog Day

National Let’s Laugh Day

National Poultry Day

National Quilting 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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