History Blog

July 3

Happy Birthday RIP Laura Branigan(1957–2004) Timothy O’Connor(1927–2018) ; Gloria Allred(Bloom)–81 Kurtwood Smith–79 Betty Buckley–75 Karin Jan Smithers–73 Montel Williams–66 Thomas Gibson–60 Martha Yeardley Smith–58 Thomas Flanagan–57 Ryan McPartlin–47 Corey Sevier–38 ; 1819 – The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens ; 1884 – Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average (about 25) which contained nine railroads and two industrial companies in The Customer’s Afternoon letter. The first recorded value Feb 16 1885 was 30.92

July 2

Happy Birthday Robert Ito–91 Polly Holliday–85 Saul Rubinek–74 Wendy Schaal–68 Johnny Weir–38 Lindsay Lohan–36 ; 1890 – The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act which prohibits certain business activities that federal government regulators deem to be anti-competitive, and requires the federal government to investigate and pursue trusts

July 1

Happy Birthday RIP “Estée Lauder”(Josephine Mentzer 1906–2004) Sydney Pollack(1934–2008) Princess Diana Spencer(1961–1997) Olivia de Havilland(1916–2020) ; “Jamie Farr”(Jameel Farah)–88 Deborah Harry”(Angela Tremble)–77 Daniel Aykroyd–70 Brian George–70 Alan Ruck–66 Dale Midkiff–63 Evelyn King–62 Pamela Anderson–55 Melissa “Missy” Elliott–51 Liv Tyler(Rundgren)–45 Tegan Lauren-Hannah Murray–33 ; 1931 – United Airlines begins service (as Boeing Air Transport) ; 1963 – ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail ; 1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman ; 1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

June 30

Happy Birthday RIP Glenda Farrell (1904–1971) “Susan Hayward”(Edythe Marrenner 1917–1975) Lena Horne(1917–2010) ; David Alan Grier–66 Vincent D’Onofrio–63 Márton Csókás Jr–56 Michael Tyson–56 Brian Bloom–52 Willam Belli–40 Fantasia Barrino–38 Michael Phelps II–37 ; 1864 – Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation” ; 1937 – The world’s first emergency telephone number, 999, is introduced in London England

June 29

Happy Birthday RIP “Slim Pickens”(Louis Lindley Jr 1919–1983) Ruth Warrick(1916–2005) ; William Gary Busey–78 Richard Lewis–75 Frederick Grandy–74 Colin Hay–69 Sharon Lawrence–61 Kathleen Wilhoite–58 llan Mitchell-Smith–53 Christopher Egan–38 ; 2007 – Apple Inc. releases their first mobile phone, the iPhone, and the smartphone craze begins. Android isn’t created for another year in September 2008

June 28

Happy Birthday RIP Gilda Radner(1946–1989) Carleton “Tony” Young(1937–2002) Noriyuki “Pat” Morita(1932–2005) ; Melvin Kaminsky(“Mel Brooks”)–96 John Biener–84 Bruce Davison–76 Kathleen “Kathy” Bates–74 Alice Krige–68 John Cusack–56 Mary Stuart Masterson–56 Danielle Brisebois–53 Michael “Mike” White–52 Jack “Steve” Burton–52 ; 1969 – The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community.in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village. Patrons of the Stonewall, and other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The Riots marked the start of the modern Gay Rights Movement. 1970 – marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street in NYC with simultaneous Gay Pride marches in Los Angeles and Chicago, these were the first Gay Pride marches in U.S. history.

June 27

Happy Birthday RIP Helen Keller(1880–1968) Robert Keeshan(1927–2004) ; Vera Wang–73 Julia Duffy(Hinds)–71 Isabelle Adjani–67 Jeffrey Jacob “J.J.” Abrams–56 Tobias “Toby” Maguire–47 Preston Hillier–47 Sam Claflin–36 Jared Drake Bell–36 Matthew Lewis–33 ; 1893 – The New York stock market crashed

June 26

Happy Birthday RIP Viola Dan(Virginia Flugrath(1897–1987) Eleanor Parker(1922–2013) ; Michael “Mick” Jones–67 Christopher Isaak–66 Mark McKinney–63 Terri Nunn–63 Christopher O’Donnell–52 Sean Hayes–52 Jason Schwartzman–42 Ariana Grande-Butera–29 ; 1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions ; 1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio

June 25

Happy Birthday RIP “George Orwell”(Eric Blair 1903–1950) Sidney Lumet(1924–2011) Georgios Panayiotou(“George Michael” 1963–2016) Anthony Bourdain(1956–2018) ; June Lockhart–97 Carly Simon–77 James “Jimmie” Walker–75 Ricky Gervais–61 Jason Lewis–51 Angela Kinsey–51 Linda Cardellini–47 ; 1951 – The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities ; 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, designed by artist Gilbert Baker

June 24

Happy Birthday RIP William “Jack” Dempsey(1895–1983) Albert Molinaro(1919–2015) Jack Carter(Chakrin 1922–2015) ; Michele Lee Dusick–80 Michael “Mick” Fleetwood–75 Peter Weller–75 Nancy Allen–72 Joseph Penny Jr–66 Curt Smith–61 Iain Glen–61 Danielle Spencer–57 Minka Kelly(Dufay)–42 ; 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract ; 1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd