October 20

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1803 – The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 – The boundary between the United States and Canada was defined as the 49th parallel.

1873 – A Hippodrome was opened in New York, NY by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.

1879 – Thomas A. Edison invented a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.

1910 – For the first time in a World Series game, a baseball with a cork center was used.

1913 – Camel cigarettes were introduced for the first time.

1917 – American troops saw action in World War I for the first time.

1947 – Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1948 – Facsimile high-seed radio transmissions were demonstrated.

1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

1973 – The television show “The Six Million Dollar Man” premiered on ABC.

1977 – Three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed when their chartered plane crashed near McComb, MS.

1979 – The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, MA was dedicated.

1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

1994 – The website WhiteHouse.gov was launched.

1997 – President Bill Clinton’s administration endorsed a revised Republican bill to restructure the Internal Revenue Services and shifted the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the government in contested court cases.

1998 – A Florida judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Bobby Brown after the singer violated his probation by showing up drunk and high to begin serving a five-day sentence for drunk driving.

2001 – Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Elton John, Five for Fighting, John Mellencamp and others performed at the six-hour Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. More than five-thousand police officers and firemen attended the benefit for the families of police and firemen killed on September 11th.

2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

2003 – The D.C. sniper trial opened in Virginia. John A. Muhammad served as his own defense.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Wanda Jackson – 81 years old (1937) – Singer

Dolores Hart – 80 years old (1938) – Actress, Nun (Co-starred with Elvis Presley in “Loving You and King Creole”, “Where the Boys Are))

Al Greenwood – 67 years old (1951) – Keyboardist (Foreigner)

Melanie Mayron – 66 years old (1952) – Actress (Played Melissa on TV’s “thirtysomething”)

Danny Boyle – 62 years old (1956) – Director (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “Steve Jobs”, “127 Hours”, “28 Days Later”, “Sunshine”, “Trainspotting”, “Trance”)

Viggo Mortensen – 60 years old (1958) – Actor (“Eastern Promises”, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Appaloosa”, “A History of Violence”, “A Perfect Murder”, “GI Jane”)

Eric Scott – 60 years old (1958) – Actor (Played Ben Walton on TV’s “The Waltons”)

James G. Sonefeld – 54 years old (1964) – Musician (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Fred Coury – 51 years old (1967) – Drummer (Cinderella)

Snoop Dogg – 47 years old (1971) – Rapper, actor (“Starsky and Hutch”)

John Krasinski – 39 years old (1979) – Actor (TV’s “The Office”, movies “It’s Complicated”, “Something Borrowed”, “License to Wed”)

 

TODAY IS:

Brandied Fruit Day

Bridge Day

Community Media Day

I Love Yarn Day

Information Overload Day

International Chef Day

International Sloth Day

Office Chocolate Day

Suspender’s Day

Sweetest Day

Waiters 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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