October 7

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1913 – Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, MI, automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line for the first time when the chassis was added to the process.

1916 – Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.

1935 – The Detroit Tigers won the World Series when they beat Chicago in six games. It was the first World Series win for the Tigers.

1951 – The Western Hills Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, became the first hotel to feature all foam-rubber mattresses and pillows.

1956 – A Congressional committee began an investigation into rigged TV quiz shows.

1958 – The U.S. manned space flight project was renamed “Project Mercury”.

1960 – The television show “Route 66” debuted on CBS.

1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system, labeling movies from “G” to “X”.

1982 – A record 147,000,000 shares were exchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

1988 – An Inupiag hunter discovered three gray whales trapped under the ice in Barrow, AK. The situation turned into a multinational effort to free the whales.

1993 – The flood of ’93 ended in St. Louis, MO, as the Mississippi River fell below flood stage for the first time in 103 days.

1996 – The Fox News Channel debuted.

1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was found tied to a fence after being beaten by two young adults in Laramie, WY.

1999 – American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the diet drug fen-phen caused dangerous problems with heart valves.

1999 – The 24 foot bronze horse statue model of DiVinci’s “Il Cavallo” was unveiled at Fredrik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.

2001 – The Global War on Terrorism started as a result of the September 11th attacks. The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

2001 – Barry Bonds became baseball’s single-season homer champ by hitting his 73rd.

2002 – The Washington, DC, sniper’s reign of terror continued as a 13 year-old was shot and wounded outside his school in Bowie, MD.

2003 – California governor Gray Davis was ousted in a recall vote that put Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenneger in office.

2003 – Randy Quaid received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Billy Bob Thornton got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Thomas Keneally 1935 – Novelist (“Schindler’s Ark”, which was later adapted for the movie “Schindler’s List”)

Joy Behar 1942 – Comedian, actress, TV host (TV’s “The View”, “The Joy Behar Show”)

Oliver North 1943 – Iran-Contra scandal figure, author, broadcaster

Kevin Godley 1945 – Drummer (10cc)

David Hope 1949 – Bass player (Kansas)

John Cougar Mellencamp 1951 – Singer (“Hurts So Good”, “Jack & Diane”, “Crumblin’ Down”, “Pink Houses”)

Christopher Norris 1953 – Actress (TV’s “Trapper John, M.D.”, “Santa Barbara”, “Another World”, “Guiding Light”)

Tico Torres 1953 – Drummer (Bon Jovi)

Michael W. Smith 1957 – Singer

Judy Landers 1958 – Actress (“Stewardess School”, “Armed and Dangerous”, “Ghost Writer”, “Club Fed”)

Simon Cowell 1959 – TV Judge, producer, record exceutive (TV’s “American Idol”, “X Factor”)

Toni Braxton 1967 – Singer (“You’re Makin’ Me High”, “Un-Break My Heart”)

Nicole Ari Parker 1970 – Actress (“Boogie Nights”)

Taylor Hicks 1976 – Singer (Winner of “American Idol” Season 5)

Charles Woodson 1976 – Football player (played college football for the University of Michigan)

 

TODAY IS:

Bathtub Day

Frappe Day

Random Acts of Poetry Day

World Card Making 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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