October 8

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1871 – Four major fires broke out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL; Peshtigo, WI; Holland, MI; and Manistee, MI including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire. A fire destroyed most of the city of Holland, MI. Hope College and the First Reformed Church survived. It was estimated that 90% of the homes in Holland were destroyed.

1938 – The cover of “The Saturday Evening Post” portrayed Norman Rockwell.

1945 – President Truman announced that only Britain and Canada would be given the secret to the atomic bomb.

1952 – “The Complete Book of Etiquette” was published for the first time.

1956 – New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series.

1957 – The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced that it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles.

1966 – The U.S. Government officially declared that LSD was dangerous and an illegal substance.

1982 – “Cats” opened on Broadway in New York, NY, and ran for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1987 – Chuck Berry was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 – The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.

1993 – The U.S. government issued a report absolving the FBI of any wrongdoing in its final assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX. The fire that ended the siege killed 85 people.

1996 – Pope John Paul II underwent surgery to remove his appendix.

2001 – President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge takes the helm of the new office.

2001 – Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners that he was totally deaf in his left ear and had only partial hearing in his right ear. The condition had appeared in a three month period.

2001 – Two Russian cosmonauts made the first spacewalk to be conducted outside of the International Space Station without a shuttle present.

2003 – Vietnam and the United States reached a tentative agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War.

2003 – It was announced that Vivendi Universal and General Electric Co. had reached an agreement to merge. The name for the combined company is NBC Universal.

2003 – Siegfried Fischbacher and his manager announced that the “Siegfried and Roy” show at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV was canceled permanently.

2004 – Three years after selling off a some of her ImClone stock, Martha Stewart checked into a minimum security federal women’s prison in Alderson, WV.

2007 – After admitting that she used steroids, Olympic sprinter Marion Jones returned the three gold and two bronze medals she won at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Rona Barrett 1936 – Entertainment reporter

Paul Hogan 1939 – Actor (“Crocodile Dundee” movies)

Reverend Jesse Jackson 1941 – Civil rights leader, politician and radio host

Chevy Chase 1943 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Community”, movies “Foul Play”, “Fletch”, “Caddyshack”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and their sequels)

R.L. Stine 1943 – Author of children’s books (“Fear Street”, “Goosebumps”, “Rotten School”, “Mostly Ghostly”)

Sarah Purcell 1948 – TV co-host (TV’s “The Better Sex”, “Real People”, “America”, “The Home Show”)

Hamish Stuart 1949 – Musician (Average White Band)

Sigourney Weaver 1949 – Actress (“Gorillas in the Mist”, “Working Girl”, “Aliens” series, “Abduction”, “Paul”, “Avatar”, “Galaxy Quest”, “The Ice Storm”, “Ghostbusters”, “The Year of Living Dangerously)

Robert “Kool” Bell 1950 – Musician (Kool & the Gang)

Michael Dudikoff 1954 – Actor (“American Ninja” series, “Tron”, “Bachelor Party”, “Platoon Leader”, “River of Death”, “Soldier Boyz”, “Ringmaster”, “The Silencer”)

Darrell Hammond 1955 – Comedian, actor (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Stephanie Zimbalist 1956 – Actress (TV’s “Remington Steele”)

Ian Hart 1964 – Actor (“Backbeat”, “The Hours and Times”, “Harry Potter”, TV’s “Eroica”)

Karyn Parsons 1966 – Actress (TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, movie “The Ladies Man”)

Emily Proctor 1968 – Actress (TV’s “CSI: Miami”, “The West Wing”)

Jeremy Davies 1969 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”, movie “Saving Private Ryan”)

Matt Damon 1970 – Actor (“Good Will Hunting”, “The Martian”, “Invictus”, “The Bourne Identity”, “Bourne Supremacy”, “Bourne Ultimatum”, the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, “Contagion”, “The Adjustment Bureau”, “True Grit”, “The Informant!”, “Chasing Amy”, “Saving Private Ryan”)

Kristanna Loken 1979 – Actress (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, “Gangland”, “Bloodrayne: The Movie”)

Bruno Mars 1985 – Singer

Angus T. Jones 1993 – Actor (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”)

Bella Thorn 1997 – Actres, singer, model (TV’s “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Big Love”, “Shake It Up”)

 

TODAY IS:

Pierogi Day

World Octopus 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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