October 25

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1825 – The Erie Canal opened, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

1870 – The first post cards were issued in the United States.

1870 – The first U.S. trademark was given. It went to the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York, NY.

1889 – Underwater telephone cables linked the two Michigan Peninsulas.

1954 – The Air Force closed the UFO study, “Operation Bluebook”.

1954 – A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.

1955 – The microwave oven was introduced by the Tappan Company.

1960 – The Accutron watch by the Bulova Watch Company went on sale in New York, NY.

1971 – Roy Disney dedicated Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

1988 – Chico and Bobby DeBarge were convicted of trafficking cocaine in Michigan.

1994 – Susan Smith of Union, SC falsely claimed that a black carjacker drove off with her two sons in the back seat. She was later convicted of drowning her children in a nearby lake and was sentenced to life in prison.

1999 – Pro golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota.

1999 – Actor Matthew McConaughey was arrested in Austin, TX, and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting transport. Police were responding to a noise complaint. They found the actor naked and playing the bongos outside of his home.

2002 – In Bloomfield, MI, an $800,000 house owned by Aretha Franklin burned down. Franklin had not lived in the house in two years.

2002 – John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, were charged in Maryland with six counts of first-degree murder, putting an end to the mystery of the Washington, DC sniper.

2004 – Three-and-a-half years after Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, jury selection in the trial of her husband, Robert Blake, got under way.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Marion Ross 1928 – Actress (TV’s “Happy Days”, “Brooklyn Bridge”, “The Drew Carey Show”)

Bobby Knight 1940 – College basketball coach

Helen Reddy 1941 – Singer (“I Am Woman”, “Delta Dawn”)

Jon Anderson 1944 – Singer (Yes)

Taffy Nivert – 1944 – Singer (Starland Vocal Band)

Glen Tipton 1947 – Musician (Judas Priest)

Brian Kerwin 1949- Actor (“Murphy’s Romance”, “Hard Promises”, “27 Dresses”, “Torch Song Trilogy”, “Love Field”, “Jack”, “King Kong Lives”, “The Myth of Fingerprints”, “Debating Robert Lee”, TV’s “The Young and the Restless”)

Matthias Jabs 1955 – Musician (Scorpions)

Nancy Cartwright 1957 – Actress (Voice of Bart Simpson on TV’s “The Simpsons”)

Chad Smith 1961 – Musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

John Levén 1963- Musician (Europe)

Tracy Nelson 1963 – Actress (“Down and Out in Beverly Hills”, TV’s “The Father Dowling Mysteries”, “Square Pegs”)

Michael Boatman 1964 – Actor (TV’s “Instant Mom”, “Anger Management”, “Spin City”, “China Beach”, “Arliss”, movie “Hamburger Hill”)

Adam Goldberg 1970 – Actor (“Dazed and Confused”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Zodiac”, TV’s “Friends”, “Joey”, “Entourage”, “The Jim Gaffigan Show”, “Fargo”)

Ed Robertson 1970 – Musician (Barenaked Ladies)

Craig Robinson 1971 – Actor (TV’s “The Office”, “Lucky”, movies “Hot Tub Time Machine” movies, “Get on Up”, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”, “Pineapple Express”)

Mehcad Brooks 1980 – Actor (TV’s “True Blood”, “Desperate Housewives”)

Katy Perry 1984 – Singer, former gospel singer

 

TODAY IS:

Greasy Food Day

International Artists Day

Punk for a Day Day

Sourest Day

World Pasta 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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