September 30

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:

1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.

1882 – Thomas Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant began operating on the Fox River in Appleton, WI.

1907 – McKinley National Memorial, the final resting place of assassinated President William McKinley and his family, was dedicated in Canton, OH.

1927 – “Babe” Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.

1935 – The Hoover Dam was dedicated.

1939 – NBC broadcast the first televised American football game between the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets and the Fordham Rams. Fordham won the game 34-7.

1947 – The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, was televised for the first time. Sponsors paid only $65,000 for the entire series between the two teams.

1950 – The Grand Ole Opry was televised for the very first time.

1951 – The TV Show “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC.

1954 – The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.

1960 – The cartoon “The Flintstones” became TV’s first prime-time animated series when it debuted on ABC.

1965 – A British science fiction television series called “Thunderbirds” debuted. It was produced using using a form of electronic marionette puppetry called “Supermarionation”.

1968 – The Boeing 747 was rolled out and shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Facility.

1972 – Roberto Clemente recorded the 3,000th and final hit of his career.

1975 – The Huges (later McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache made its first flight. Eight years later, the first production model rolled out of the assembly line.

1976 – California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.

1982 – The TV sitcom “Cheers”, starring Ted Danson, began an 11-year run on NBC. (Ratings in the first season were so low that it was almost cancelled.)

1984 – The “Doonesbury” comic strip by Garry Trudeau returned. The comic had not been printed in nearly 20 months.

1988 – John Lennon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – TV’s “The Jerry Springer Show” debuted. New episodes were being produced until summer of 2018.

1991 – Liza Minnelli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 – U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, retired.

1994 – The Space Shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.

2001 – Actress Sharon Stone was admitted to a San Francisco-area hospital for treatment of a brain aneurysm. She made a full recovery.

2014 – Amazon filed for a patent for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) configured to deliver items to customers. The patent was related to Amazon’s plan for their Prime Air service to use drones for delivery.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Angie Dickinson – 90 years old (1931) – Actress (“Rio Bravo”, “Dressed to Kill”, TV’s “Police Woman”)

Johnny Mathis – 86 years old (1935) – Singer

Len Cariou – 82 years old (1939) – Actor (“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, TV’s “Blue Bloods”)

Marilyn McCoo – 78 years old (1943) – Singer, TV host (5th Dimension, TV’s “Solid Gold”)

Vondie Curtis-Hall – 71 years old (1950) – Actor (TV’s “ER”, “Chicago Hope”). Born in Detroit, MI.

Victoria Tennant – 71 years old (1950) – Actress (TV’s “The Winds of War”, “War and Remembrance”)

John Finn – 69 years old (1952) – Actor (TV’s “Cold Case”)

Calvin Levels – 67 years old (1954) – Actor (“Adventures in Babysitting”, “Hellbound”, “The Atlanta Child Murders”)

Barry Williams – 67 years old (1954) – Actor (Played Greg on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)

Fran Drescher – 64 years old (1957) – Actress (“This Is Spinal Tap”, “The Beautician and the Beast”, TV’s “The Nanny”, “Living With Fran”, “Happily Divorced”)

Debrah Farentino – 62 years old (1959) – Actress (TV’s “Capitol”, “Hooperman”, movie “Son of the Pink Panther”)

Crystal Bernard – 60 years old (1961) – Actress (TV’s “Happy Days”, “Wings”, “It’s a Living”)

Eric Stoltz – 60 years old (1961) – Actor (“Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Mask”, “The Glass Menagerie”)

Monica Bellucci – 57 years old (1964) – Actress (“The Matrix Reloaded”, “The Matrix Revolutions”, “The Passion of the Christ”, “Irreversible”, “Spectre”)

Robby Takac – 57 years old (1964) – Bassist, vocalist (Goo Goo Dolls)

Lisa Thornhill – 55 years old (1966) – Actress (“The Family Man, “Life, or Something Like It”, TV’s “Veronica Mars”, “18 Wheels of Justice”)

Tony Hale – 51 years old (1970) – Actor (TV’s “Veep”, “Arrested Development”)

Jenna Elfman – 50 years old (1971) – Actress (TV’s “Dharma and Greg”, “1600 Penn”)

Ashley Hamilton – 47 years old (1974) – Actor (“Beethoven’s 2nd”, “Lost in Africa”, “Off Key”, “Lost Angeles”, “Iron Man 3”, “Cats Dancing on Jupiter”, TV’s “Sunset Beach”)

Marion Cotillard – 46 years old (1975) – Actress (“La Vie en Rose”, “Two Days, One Night”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Contagion”, “Midnight in Paris”, “Inception”, “Nine”, “Public Enemies”, “Rust and Bone”)

Mike Damus – 42 years old (1979) – Actor (TV’s “Teen Angel”, movie “Lost in Yonkers”)

Lacey Chabert – 39 years old (1982) – Actress (TV’s “Party of Five”)

Kieran Culkin – 39 years old (1982) – Actor (“Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”, “Igby Goes Down”, “The Mighty”, “Father of the Bride”)

 

TODAY IS:

Ask a Stupid Question Day

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day

Hot Mulled Cider Day

International Podcast Day

International Translation Day

Mud Pack Day

Rumi Day

Thunderbirds 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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