History Blog

July 14

Happy Birthday RIP George Tobias(1901–1980) ; Nancy Olson–92 Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier–88 Vincent Pastore–74 Jane Lynch–60 Matthew Fox–54 Melissa Fisher(“Missy Gold”)–50 ; 1789 – French Revolution: Bastille Day ; 1943 – In Diamond, Missouri, the George Washington Carver National Monument becomes the first United States National Monument in honor of an African American

July 13

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday RIP Robert “Bob” Crane(1928–1978) Gerald Levert(1966–2006) ; Sir Patrick Stewart–80 Harrison Ford–78 Richard “Cheech” Marin–74 Edith Bernstein(“Didi Conn”)–69 Thelma Louise Mandrell–66 Cameron Crowe–63 Robert Gonzalez(“Gant”)–52 Deborah Cox–46 Steven Chadwick McQueen–32 Colton Haynes–32 ; 1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after the renovation in 1949

July 12

Happy Birthday RIP “Louis B. Mayer”(Lazar Meir 1884–1957) Mendel Berlinger(“Milton Berle” 1908–2002) ; “Christine McVie”(Anne Perfect)–77 Milton “Richard” Simmons–72 Jon Thomas Terrell–72 Brian Grazer–69 Cheryl “Ladd” Stoppelmoor–69 Cheyenne Jackson–45 Christopher “Topher” Grace–42 ; 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London.

July 11

Happy Birthday RIP Yuli Bryner(1920–1985) “Tab Hunter”(Arthur Kelm 1931–2018) Patricia “Bonnie” Pointer (1950–2020) ; Giorgio Armani–86 Thomas “Tom” Holland–77 Bruce McGill–70 Leon Spinks–67 Sela Ward–64 Suzanne Vega–61 Gregory Grunberg–54 Justin Chambers–50 Michael Rosenbaum–48 Kimberly “Lil Kim” Jones–46 ; 1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress ; 1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens in Los Angeles formerly known as the ‘Daisy Dell’ in Bolton Canyon

July 10

Happy Birthday RIP Frederick Gwynne(1926–1993) David Brinkley(1920–2003) Ronald Glass(1945–2016) ; Granville “Robert” Pine–79 Arlo Guthrie–73 Alejandro “Alec” Mapa–55 Gale Harold III–51 Sofía Vergara–48 Adrian Grenier–44 Jessica Simpson–40 Cindy Taylor(“Jesse Jane”)–40 ; 1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act

July 9

Happy Birthday RIP Brian Dennehy(1938–2020) ; Richard Roundtree–78 Suzanne “Rogers” Crmpler–77 Dean Koontz–75 Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson–73 Christopher Cooper–69 Jonathon Tesh–68 Jimmy Smits–65 Thomas “Tom” Hanks–64 Richard Timothy Kring–63 Kelly McGillis–63 James Kerr–61 Courtney “Love” Harrison–56 Scott Grimes–49 Fredrick Savage–44 Kelly Mantle–44 ; 1962 – Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opens at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles ; 1981 – Donkey Kong, a video game created by Nintendo, is released. The game marks the debut of Nintendo’s future mascot, Mario.

July 8

Happy Birthday RIP “Jerry Vale”(Genaro Vitaliano 1930–2014) Martin Feldman(1933–1982) ; “Steve Lawrence”(Sidney Leibowitz)–85 Jeffrey Tambor–76 Wolfgang “Puck” Topfschnig–71 Anjelica Huston–69 Kevin Bacon–62 Toby Keith Covel–59 Lee Tergesen–55 William “Billy” Crudup–52 Beck Campbell–50 Kathleen Robertson–47 Milo Ventimiglia–43 ; 1889 – The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published

July 7

Happy Birthday Carl “Doc” Severinsen–93 Richard Starkey(“Ringo Starr”)–80 Shelley Duvall–71 William “Bill” Campbell–61 Christian Camargo(Minnick)–49 Troy Garity–47 Barry Reese (“Cassidy”)–38 ; 1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri

July 6

Happy Birthday RIP Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón(1907–1954) William “Bill” Haley(1925–1981) “Janet Leigh”(Jeanette Morrison 1927–2004) Mervyn Griffin Jr.(1925–2007) Delloreese Early(1931–2017) ; Ned Beatty–83 Burt Ward(Gervis Jr.)–75 Michael Sylvester Stallone–74 Shelley Hack–73 Geoffrey Rush–69 Grant Goodeve–68 Alice Tannenberg(“Allyce Beasley”)–66 Jennifer Saunders–62 Christian Meoli–48 Curtis Jackson III(“50 Cent”)–45 Gregory Smith–367; 1785 – The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States ; 1933 – The first Major league Baseball game is played in Chicago’s Comisky Park. The American league defeated the National league 4–2.

July 5

Happy Birthday RIP Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum(1810–1891) Alton “Ben” Powers(1950–2015) Katherine Helmond(1929–2019) Shirley Knight Hopkins 1936–2020) ; Hugh Cregg III(“Huey Lewis”)–70 Edith “Edie” Falco–57 Kathryn Erbe–55 Ryan Hansen–39; 1946 – The bikini goes on sale after debuting during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris France