October 23

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:

1814 – The first plastic surgery took place in England.

1908 – The Village of Kent City, MI was incorporated.

1910 – Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.

1915 – The first U.S. championship horseshoe tournament was held in Kellerton, IA.

1915 – More than 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue in New York, NY, to demand the right to vote.

1929 – After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange began to show signs of panic.

1930 – In Chattanooga, TN, J.K. Scott won the nation’s first miniature golf tournament.

1941 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Dumbo” was released.

1956 – NBC broadcast the first videotape recording. A tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

1965 – The last steam operating locomotive in Michigan (owned by the Canadian National Railroad) traveled from Durand to Detroit on its final run.

1973 – President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.

1978 – CBS Records raised the price of vinyl records by one dollar to $8.98.

1987 – The Senate rejected the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42.

1988 – The video game “Super Mario Bros. 3” was released.

1996 – The wrongful death suit of O.J. Simpson went to trial in Santa Monica, CA. (Simpson was found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman.)

1999 – During a training flight, Harrison Ford crash-landed his helicopter about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles, CA. No one was injured.

2000 – The Fox TV show “Boston Public” premiered. “Every day is a fight. For respect. For dignity. For sanity.” The show ran until January of 2004.

2001 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft began orbiting Mars. In 2010, it became the longest-operating spacecraft ever sent to Mars.

2001 – A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was centered near Prairie Lake, MI — north of Albion, in Calhoun County.

2001 – Apple Computers introduced their portable music digital player called the iPod.

2004 – Ashlee Simpson made an infamous lip-syncing gaffe on TV’s “Saturday Night Live”. A technical snafu caught her off mic when “Pieces of Me,” complete with vocals, began playing. She ran offstage after a half-hearted jig and later blamed the goof on her band and then on her “acid reflux.”

2012 – The twenty-third James Bond film, “Skyfall “, premiered in theaters, starring Daniel Craig in the lead role. The movie made over a billion dollars at the box office.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Pelé – 80 years old (1940) – Soccer player

Dwight Yoakam – 64 years old (1956) – Musician, actor (“Crank”, “Panic Room”, “South of Heaven West of Hell”, “Sling Blade”)

Sam Raimi – 61 years old (1959) – Director, actor (“Evil Dead”, “Spider-Man”, “Darkman”, “Oz the Great and Powerful”, “Drag Me to Hell”). Born in Royal Oak, MI.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – 61 years old (1959) – Singer

Roberto Trujillo – 56 years old (1964) – Bassist (Metallica)

Al Leiter – 55 years old (1965) – Baseball player, sportscaster

Jimmy Wayne – 48 years old (1972) – Country Singer

Ryan Reynolds – 44 years old (1976) – Actor (“Green Lantern”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Definitely, Maybe”, “Chaos Theory”, “Smokin’ Aces”, “Blade: Trinity”, “Van Wilder”, TV’s “Two Guys and a Girl”)

Cat Deely – 44 years old (1976) – TV host (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”)

Masiela Lusha – 35 years old (1985) – Actress (“Blood: The Last Vampire”, TV’s “George Lopez”)

Emilia Clarke – 34 years old (1986) – Actress (“Game of Thrones”)

Jessica Stroup – 34 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “90210”, movies “Prom Night”, “The Hills Have Eyes II”)

 

TODAY IS:

Boston Cream Pie Day

Event Organizers Day

iPod Day

Mole Day

Snow Leopard Day

SUDEP Action Day

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day

TV Talk Show Host 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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