Happy Birthday to me, and on this day in history


1989 Importation of semiautomatic assault rifles

is banned by Pres. Bush.

1983 First time ever OPEC agrees to cut prices

of crude oil.

1964 Kennedy Assassination

Jack Ruby is sentenced to death for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. The conviction was later overturned and he died while awaiting retrial.

1951 Korean War

The U.S. recaptures Seoul, the former capital of the Korean Republic.

1950 First FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

is announced.

1937 Jack Benny and Fred Allen meet

on radio to settle their long-standing feud. This was one the highest-rated radio events ever broadcast.

1900 The gold standard

for currency is officially adopted by the U.S. It had been in use unofficially since 1879.

1812 First U.S. War Bonds

$11 million in bonds are authorized by Congress to support the War of 1812.

1794 Cotton gin

Eli Whitney receives a patent for his famous invention.


1947 Billy Crystal

American comedian, "You look marvelous." TV: Soap (Jodie Dallas – TV’s first openly gay person).

1933 Quincy Jones

(Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.), American composer, conductor. He produced Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the biggest-selling LP of all time.

1933 Michael Caine

(Maurice Micklewhite), British actor. Film: Alfie (1966) and Sleuth (1972).

1928 Frank Borman

American astronaut. He was command pilot for Apollo 8, the first lunar orbital mission (1968).

1920 Hank Ketcham

(Henry King Ketcham), American cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace (1951).

1879 d. 1955 Albert Einstein

German-born Nobel-winning physicist and mathematician who introduced the theory of relativity.

1854 d. 1925 Thomas Riley Marshall

28th U.S. Vice-President (1913-21). Proclaimed "What this country really needs is a good five-cent cigar" (1915).

1854 d. 1915 Paul Ehrlich

German Nobel-winning bacteriologist, immunologist. He discovered the first cure for syphilis (1910).

1835 d. 1910 Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli

Italian astronomer. He discovered the "canals" of Mars (1877).



1999 b. 1910 Kirk Alyn

(John Feggo, Jr.), American actor.  He played Superman in the 1948 movie serial and in its sequel Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950).  He also played young Lois Lane’s father in the 1978 Superman movie.

1975 b. 1919 Susan Hayward

(Edythe Marrener), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: I Want To Live (1958). Her death was attributed to radiation exposure received from an A-bomb test near the filming of a movie in 1953.

1973 b. 1900 Howard Hathaway Aiken

American engineer, builder of the second digital computer (Mark I, 1944).

1973 b. 1901 Chic Young

(Murat Bernard Young), American cartoonist, creator of Blondie (1930).

1932 b. 1854 George Eastman

American inventor, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company (1880). He patented the first practical roll film camera (Kodak, 1888).

1883 b. 1818 Karl Heinrich Marx

German socialist and philosopher.


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