On this Date
Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 70. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 68. Singer Jett Williams is 66. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 64. Actor Scott Bryce is 61. R&B singer Kathy Sledge is 60. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 59. R&B singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 59. Movie director John Singleton is 51. Actor Aron Eisenberg is 50. Actor Norman Reedus is 50. TV personality Julie Chen is 49. Actor Danny Pintauro (TV: “Who’s the Boss?”) is 43. Actress Cristela Alonzo is 40. Actress Rinko Kikuchi is 38. Actor Eddie Redmayne is 37. Actress-comedian Kate McKinnon is 35. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 33.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey.
In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.
In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, New York, at age 60.
In 1968, a surgical team at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, led by Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first U.S. adult heart transplant, placing the heart of a 43-year-old man in a 54-year-old patient (the recipient died 15 days later).
In 1974, year-round daylight saving time began in the United States on a trial basis as a fuel-saving measure in response to the OPEC oil embargo.
In 1993, authorities rescued Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Jennifer’s husband, James, succeeded in reaching help, ending the family’s eight-day ordeal after becoming lost in the snow-covered Nevada desert. Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, 75, died in Englewood, New Jersey.
In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution, but denied any advance knowledge about the assault.)
In 2001, with Vice President Al Gore presiding in his capacity as president of the Senate, Congress formally certified George W. Bush the winner of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.
In 2003, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accused U.N. inspectors of engaging in “intelligence work” instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in his country.