October 10

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1845 – The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.

1846 – Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune, was discovered by English astronomer William Lassell.

1865 – John Wesley Hyatt patented the billiard ball.

1871 – The Great Chicago Fire in Chicago, IL. The fire was started from a barn accident and burned from October 8 to October 10.

1881 – Three Michigan railroads (Michigan Central; Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette; and the Grand Rapids and Indiana) formed a company to operate a railroad car ferry service across the Mackinac Straits.

1886 – The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York, NY.

1887 – The Edison Phonograph Company was founded by Thomas Edison.

1899 – I.R. Johnson patented the bicycle frame.

1933 – The first synthetic detergent, Dreft, went on sale.

1945 – The Detroit Tigers won their second World Series when they beat Chicago 9-3 in Game 7.

1959 – Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.

1964 – The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, was broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary satellite.

1965 – The Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip.

1968 – Mickey Lolich pitched his third victory as the Detroit Tigers won Game 7 and the World Series over St. Louis.

1973 – Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with evasion of federal income tax.

1977 – Joe Namath played the last game of his National Football League career.

1978 – President Jimmy Carter signed the bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.

1979 – Fleetwood Mac received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The city of Los Angeles declared it “Fleetwood Mac Day”.

1987 – Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a record time of 54 days and 18 hours.

1993 – Kitchen Stadium opened up when TV’s “Iron Chef” debuted.

1995 – Gary Kasparov won a chess championship against Viswanathan Anand. The game lasted about a month.

2001 – President George W. Bush presented a list of the 22 most wanted terrorists.

2003 – Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he planned to check into a rehab center.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Peter Coyote 1941 – Actor (“ET: The Extraterrestrial”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Bitter Moon”, “Erin Brockovich”, TV’s “Commander-in-Chief”)

Charles Dance 1946 – Actor (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, movies “The Jewel in the Crown”, “The Golden Child”, “Alien 3”, “Last Action Hero”, “Dracula Untold”, “Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal”, “The Imitation Game”)

Ben Vereen 1946 – Actor, dancer, singer (“All That Jazz”, “Funny Lady”, TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Ten Speed and Brown Shoe”)

Cyril Neville 1948 – Singer (The Neville Brothers)

Jessica Harper 1949 – Actress, singer (“Suspiria”, “Stardust Memories”, “Minority Report”)

David Lee Roth 1954 – Singer (Van Halen)

Tanya Tucker 1958 – Singer

Julia Sweeney 1959 – Actress, comedian (“It’s Pat”, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Bradley Whitford 1959 – Actor (“Billy Madison”, TV’s “The Good Guys”, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, “The West Wing”)

Martin Kemp 1961 – Musician (Spandau Ballet)

Mike Malinin 1067 – Musician (Goo Goo Dolls)

Brett Favre 1969 – Football player

Dean Roland 1972 – Guitarist (Collective Soul)

Mario Lopez 1973 Actor, TV host (TV’s “Saved by the Bell”, “Extra”)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1974 – NASCAR driver

Rose McIver 1988 – Actress (TV’s “iZombie”, “Masters of Sex”, movies “The Lovely Bones”, “The Piano”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cake Decorating Day

Face Your Fears Day

Handbag Day

Hug A Drummer Day

SHIFT10 Day

World Homeless Day

World Mental Health Day

World Porridge 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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