This Day In History
1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.
1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.
1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.
1900 - In Ireland, Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.
1903 - The general public could use the Pacific cable for the very first time.
1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.
1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.
1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
1934 - Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball. (MLB)
1935 - Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra was featured on CBS radio on the program, "The Hour of Charm."
1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.
1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.
1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.
1956 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.
1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.
1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.
1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.
1996 - Yahya Ayyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.
1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.
2002 - A 15 year-old student pilot, Charles Bishop, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.
Whose Birthday Is It?
Stephen Decatur 1779
Edmund Ruffin 1794
Jeannette Piccard 1895
Jean-Pierre Aumont 1913
George Reeves 1914
Al Blozis 1919
Erica Morini 1919
Jean-Pierre Aumont 1919
Sam Phillips 1920
Buddy Young 1926
W.D. Snodgrass 1926
Fred Glover 1928
Walter 'Fritz' Mondale 1928
Robert Duvall 1930
Alvin Ailey 1931
Chuck Noll 1932
Johnny Adams 1932
Francois d'Aulan 1932
Earl Battey 1935
Lindsay Crosby 1938
Chuck McKinley 1941
Wayne Rutledge 1942
Sam Wyche 1945
Diane Keaton 1946
Ted Lange 1947
George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) 1949
Chris Stein (Blondie) 1950
Pamela Sue Martin 1953
Clancy Brown 1959
Suzy Amis 1961
Iris Dement 1961
Jeff Fassero 1963
Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) 1967
Joe Juneau 1968
Marilyn Manson 1970
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