“Sharing is Caring” is a trademark of The Salvation Army. It’s also a sign of friendship as we give a part of ourselves to friends and loved ones and, hopefully, it’s reciprocated. Today, as I celebrate another year in the annals of history, I’m going share a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary with the nouns below and give you the gift of knowledge.
Other Famous People Born Today
- 1757, ALF, alien life form (ALF)
- 1781, Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)
- 1856, “Diamond Jim” Brady, American financier
- 1880, Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher
- 1881, Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts
- 1887, Erwin Schrodinger, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, born in Vienna, Austria
- 1889, Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) – I had no idea we shared a birthday, but it amuses me since I made a Dick & Jane reference at work this week. Yes, I have my finger on the pulse of society.
- 1910, Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), born in Mahwah, New Jersey
- 1927, Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y’All Come)
- 1929, Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
- 1930, Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician – I wonder how rough his childhood was.
- 1949, Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
- 1950, Kid Creole, [August Darnell], rocker/actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear)
- 1954, Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red), born in Chicago, Illinois, Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)
- 1959, Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic-gold-1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
- 1962, Miss Cleo, American psychic
- 1963, Sir Mix A Lot, American rapper
- 1965, Angeliki Kanellopoulou, Greece, tennis star, Barry Manuel, Mamou LA, pitcher (Montreal Expos), Peter Krause, American actor – We all share the exact same birthday
- 1966, Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs) – Sorry, Greg, you missed the best date by a year.
- 1971, Pete Sampras, tennis champ (14 grand slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.
- 1972, Del “The Funkee Homosapian”, rapper (Seriously?), Rebecca Gayheart, actress (Hannah Mayberry-Loving)
- 1980, Maggie Lawson, American actress – Psych!
… and a lot more were born on this day!
Other Notable Events In World History That Occurred Today
- 1492, Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
- 1851, American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine
- 1877, Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device
- 1908, Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car
- 1953, Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
- 1955, US President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour – Was this considered a “living wage” at the time?
- 1965, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
- 1977, High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) 1 launched into Earth’s orbit by NASA, Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
- 1981, IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
- 1994, Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike
… and even more history happened.
Today In Music History
- 1958, Chart Toppers magazine introduces the “Hot 100” singles chart.
- 1960, Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles (or Silver Beatles, the internet varies – later The Beatles). Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver.
- 1984, Lionel Richie closes the Los Angeles Olympic Games playing to a packed coliseum by singing All Night Long.
- 1991, Metallica releases their eponymous fifth album AKA the Black Album.
- 1992, Modern composer and Sonic Youth mentor John Cage dies in New York.
- 1994, Woodstock ’94 kicks off in Saugerties, N.Y. The eclectic lineup includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, and Aerosmith.
- 2003, eBay auctioneer Anthony DeFontes says he will sell Elvis Presley’s tooth separately after the tooth combined with a lock of the King’s hair and a gold record fails to attract a high enough bid.
… and other moments in music history.