September 24

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:

1830 – Stephen Simmons was the last person to be executed in Michigan. He was hung for killing his wife.

1869 – Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.

1914 – The Grand Rapids Press set up an electronic scoreboard to show play by play action of the 1914 World Series.

1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place in New York, NY when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.

1934 – Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

1948 – The Honda Motor Company was founded.

1955 – President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.

1957 – President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.

1960 – The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.

1961 – The animated TV show “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in prime time on NBC. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”

1964 – The TV show “The Munsters” started haunting CBS.

1968 – The TV News Magazine “60 Minutes” debuted on CBS.

1968 – “The Mod Squad” premiered on ABC-TV.

1976 – Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in a 1974 bank robbery. An executive clemency order from President Jimmy Carter sets her free after 22 months.

1977 – The TV show “The Love Boat” debuted on ABC. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

1979 – CompuServe launched the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service (e-mail).

1988 – James Brown was arrested in Georgia after a two state car chase.

1988 – Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” became the first a cappella song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1991 – The band Nirvana released their album “Nevermind”.

1992 – The Sci-Fi Channel (now just Syfy) was launched.

1993 – The movie “Dazed and Confused”, starring Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey, premiered in theaters.

1994 – The TV show “Boy Meets World” premiered.

1998 – The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.

2003 – Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2005 – Hurricane Rita made landfall in the United States, devastating portions of southwestern Louisiana and extreme southeastern Texas.

2007 – The TV show “The Big Bang Theory” debuted.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Gerry Marsden – 78 years old (1942) – Singer (Gerry and the Pacemakers)

“Mean” Joe Green – 74 years old (1946) – Football player

Gordon Clapp – 72 years old (1948) – Actor (TV’s “NYPD Blue”)

Kevin Sorbo – 62 years old (1958) – Actor (TV’s “Hercules”, movies “Meet the Spartans”, “Kull the Conqueror”, “Soul Surfer”)

Nia Vardalos – 58 years old (1962) – Actress (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “My Life in Ruins”, “Connie and Carla”)

Megan Ward – 51 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “General Hospital”, “Party of Five”, “Blue Skies”, “Boomtown”)

Eloise Mumford – 34 years old (1986) – Actress (“Fifty Shades of Grey”)

Kyle Sullivan – 32 years old (1988) – Actor (TV’s “All That”, “The War at Home”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cherries Jubilee Day

Lash Stylists’ Day

National Punctuation Day

Remember Me Thursday

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving

World Maritime 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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