October 12

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:

1692 – The Salem witch trials ended with a letter from Massachusetts Governor Sir William Phips.

1773 – America’s first insane asylum opened.

1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day was held in New York, NY.

1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many U.S. public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.

1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to “The White House”.

1920 – Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.

1926 – John Phillip Sousa played in Grand Rapids, MI at the G.R. Armory.

1928 – An iron lung respirator was used for the first time at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

1933 – The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.

1938 – Filming began on “The Wizard of Oz”.

1966 – Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell officially performed for the first time as The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

1969 – The “Paul is Dead” craze began when a radio DJ played “Revolution #9” backwards.

1973 – Gerald R. Ford was nominated to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President of the United States.

1979 – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, the first of five books in the comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published.

1983 – Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1989 – The House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban against destroying the American flag.

1994 – NASA lost radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descended into the thick atmosphere of Venus.

1998 – Matthew Shephard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died five days after he was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooded fence post outside of Laramie, WY.

1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.

1999 – Rob Reiner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – The U.S.S. Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers. The blast killed 17 crew members and wounded at least 39.

2001 – Responding to a request by President George W. Bush, “America’s Most Wanted” aired a special episode about terrorists.

2005 – It was announced that Daniel Craig would become the sixth “James Bond.”

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time.

2007 – Former Vice President Al Gore was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on global climate change.

2019 – The Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, LA, which was under construction, collapsed, killing two and injuring 20.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Chris Wallace – 73 years old (1947) – TV News Anchor (TV’s “Fox News Sunday”, “Meet the Press”)

Susan Anton – 70 years old (1950) – Actress, singer

Hugh Jackman – 52 years old (1968) – Actor (“Les Miserables”, “Real Steel’, “The X-Men” movies, “The Wolverine”, “Australia”, “Van Helsing”, “Swordfish”, “Kate and Leopold”)

Adam Rich – 52 years old (1968) – Actor (Played Nicholas Bradford on TV’s “Eight Is Enough”)

Martie Maguire – 51 years old (1969) – Musician (Dixie Chicks)

Kirk Cameron – 50 years old (1970) – Actor, evangelist (Played Mike Seaver on TV’s “Growing Pains”)

Josh Hutcherson – 28 years old (1992) – Actor (“The Hunger Games”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “The Kids Are All Right”, “RV”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and its sequels)

 

TODAY IS:

Columbus Day

National Freethought Day

National Gumbo Day

National Kick Butt Day

National Online Bank Day

National Savings Day

National Vermont Day

Native American Day

Old Farmers Day

Pulled Pork Day

World Arthritis 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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