On this Date
Singer Jennifer Warnes is 72. Actress Miranda Richardson is 61. Rock musician John Bigham is 60. Radio personality Ira Glass is 60. Actress Mary Page Keller is 58. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 57. Former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 57. Rapper-actor Tone Loc is 53. Actor David Faustino is 45. Actress Jessica Biel is 37.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1791, Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history. In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.
In 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind.
In 1959, the United States launched the Pioneer 4 spacecraft, which flew by the moon.
In 1960, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from her husband, Desi Arnaz, a day after they had finished filming the last episode of “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show” (“Lucy Meets the Mustache”) on Arnaz’s 43rd birthday.
In 1991, Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.