November 4

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1842 – Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, IL.

1846 – Benjamin Palmer was granted a patent for an artificial leg.

1847 – Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson discovered the anesthetic qualities of chloroform.

1862 – Dr. Gatling patented the machine gun.

1880 – The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, OH.

1904 – Harvard Stadium was the first facility built for football.

1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter discovered the entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

1924 – Calvin Coolidge won a full term as President of the United States.

1924 – Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America’s first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.

1939 – The first air-conditioned car, The Packard, went on display at the 40th National Automobile Show in Chicago, IL.

1952 – Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected the 34th President of the United States.

1952 – The National Security Agency (NSA) was established.

1965 – Lee Ann Roberts Breedlove became the first woman to exceed 300 mph when she went 308.5 mph. (There must have been a sale somewhere!)

1972 – The first game played on artificial turf in Michigan occurred at Kelly-Short Stadium at Central Michigan University.

1974 – Meteorologist Bill Steffen began forecasting West Michigan when he made his debut on WZZM TV-13. He is now the Chief Meteorologist at WOOD TV-8.

1979 – A mob of Iranians (mostly students) overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 90 hostages (63 were Americans). The militants demanded that the United States send the former Shah back to Iran to stand trial. Some of the hostages were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months.

1980 – Republican Ronald Reagan was elected President in a landslide over President Jimmy Carter.

1981 – The second scheduled flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia was canceled with only 31 seconds left in the countdown.

1982 – The Food and Drug Administration began requiring tamper-proof packaging on certain drugs.

1991 – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened in Simi Valley, CA. The dedication ceremony was attended by President Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon. It was the first gathering of all five past and present Chief Executives.

1996 – Michael Jackson announced that he and a friend, Debbie Rowe, were expecting a child. They denied that they had used artificial insemination and that Rowe had been paid to carry the baby.

1999 – Cristina Saralegui received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – President Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the leaking of government secrets.

2001 – The movie “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” had its world premiere in London.

2008 – Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States.

2010 – Sparky Anderson, the first manager to win a World Series in both leagues, died at the age of 76. He won two World Series with Cincinnati and one with Detroit over his 26 years managing the Reds and Tigers.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Loretta Swit 1937 – Actress (TV’s “M*A*S*H*”)

Delbert McClinton 1940 – Singer

Laura Bush 1946 – Former First Lady, wife of President George W. Bush

Markie Post 1950 – Actress (TV’s “Night Court”, “The Fall Guy”)

Kathy Griffin 1960 – Comedian (TV’s “Suddenly Susan”, “My Life on the D List”, “Celebrity Mole Hawaii”)

Ralph Macchio 1961 – Actor (The “Karate Kid” movies, “Crossroads”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Up the Academy”, TV’s “Eight Is Enough”, “Ugly Betty”)

Jeff Probst 1961 – TV personality (TV’s “Survivor”, “Rock and Roll Jeopardy”, “Access Hollywood”)

Sean Combs (Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy) 1969 – Rapper, producer, actor

Matthew McConaughey 1969 – Actor (“Failure to Launch,” “Fool’s Gold”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Magic Mike”, “Killer Joe”, “The Paperboy”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, “Mud”, “Sahara”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “The Wedding Planner”, “Ed TV”, “U571”, “A Time to Kill”, “Dazed and Confused”, TV’s “True Detective”)

Bethenny Frankel 1970 – TV personality (TV’s “Bethenny”, “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart”, “The Real Housewives of New York City”, “Bethenny Ever After”)

Heather Tom 1975 – Actress (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”, “One Life to Live”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Jean-Luc Bilodeau 1990 – Actor (“16 Wishes”)

Darcy Rose Byrnes 1998 – Actress (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”, “Desperate Housewives”)

 

TODAY IS:

World Numbat Day

Use Your Common Sense 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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