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:
1874 – The Republican party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in “Harper’s Weekly”.
1876 – Albert H. Hook received a patent for the cigarette manufacturing machine.
1893 – The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, OH to Columbus, OH) was undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
1913 – It was the first day of a multiple day storm surge and blizzard that came to be known as the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history. It was referred to by some as a freshwater hurricane with winds reaching hurricane force. Many ships were lost, damaged or grounded. The storm caused over $5 million in damages and 250 people lost their lives.
1916 – Woodrow Wilson was re-elected President of the United States.
1916 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
1940 – In Tacoma, WA, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in a windstorm, just four months after the bridge was completed.
1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first and only person elected President four times.
1963 – The all-star film comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” has its world premiere in Hollywood, CA.
1963 – Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
1965 – The “Pillsbury Dough Boy” debuted in television commercials.
1967 – Carl Stokes was elected the first black Mayor in Cleveland, OH, becoming the first black mayor of a major city.
1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1972 – Richard Nixon was re-elected President of the United States.
1973 – New Jersey became the first state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
1975 – The TV show “Wonder Woman”, starring Lynda Carter, debuted on ABC. The series would move to CBS for the second and third season.
1976 – The movie “Gone With The Wind” had its television premiere. It is still the 8th highest-rated primetime program off all time. Sixty-five percent of TV viewers tuned in to watch.
1983 – A bomb exploded in the U.S. Capitol, causing $250,000 in damages. There were no injuries.
1989 – L. Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in U.S. history.
1989 – David Dinkins was elected and become New York City’s first African-American mayor.
1989 – Richard Ramirez, convicted of California’s “Night Stalker” killings, was sentenced to death.
1991 – Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS and that he was retiring from basketball.
1991 – Actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) pleaded no contest to charges of indecent exposure. He had been arrested in Sarasota, FL, for exposing himself in a theater.
1994 – WXYC, a student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.
1996 – NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor.
1997 – The movie “Starship Troopers” opened in theaters.
2000 – The Presidential Election ended in controversy. It was later resolved and George W. Bush won over Al Gore to become the 43rd President of the United States.
2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as the first President’s wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the U.S. Senate.
2000 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovered one of the country’s largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, KS.
2001 – The new .biz domain extension was officially launched.
2001 – After a 16-month stoppage, the Concorde resumed flying commercially.
2003 – The movie “Elf”, starring Will Ferrell as “Buddy”, opened in theaters.
2006 – The game “Guitar Hero II” for Playstation 2 was released in North America.
2020 – Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States.
Barry Newman – 84 years old (1938) – Actor (“Vanishing Point”, TV’s “Petrocelli”)
Johnny Rivers – 80 years old (1942) – Singer (“Memphis”, “Mountain of Love”, “Secret Agent Man”)
Joni Mitchell – 79 years old (1943) – Singer, songwriter (“Help Me”, “Free Man in Paris”) 1997 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David Petraeus – 70 years old (1952) – U.S. Army General, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012)
Christopher Knight – 65 years old (1957) – Actor (Peter on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)
Todd McKee – 59 years old (1963) – Actor (TV’s “Santa Barbara,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”)
Robin Finck – 51 years old (1971) – Guitarist (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses)
Jason London – 50 years old (1972) – Actor (“Dazed and Confused”, “The Rage: Carrie 2”, “Spent”, TV’s “7th Heaven”)
Jeremy London – 50 years old (1972) – Actor (“The Babysitter”, “Mallrats”, TV’s “7th Heaven”, “Party of Five”, “I’ll Fly Away”)
Yunjin Kim – 49 years old (1973) – Actress (TV’s “Mistresses”, “Lost”)
Amy Purdy – 43 years old (1979) – Actress, snowboarder (TV’s “The Amazing Race”)
International Day of Medical Physics
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
National Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness 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.