On this Date
Talk show host Ralph Emery is 86. Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 81. Actor Chuck Norris is 79. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 79. Actress Katharine Houghton is 77. Actor Richard Gant is 75. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 72. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran is 70. Actress Aloma Wright is 69. Blues musician Ronnie Earl is 66. Producer-director-writer Paul Haggis is 66. Alt-country/rock musician Gary Louris is 64. Actress Shannon Tweed is 62. Pop/jazz singer Jeanie Bryson is
61. Actress Sharon Stone is 61. Rock musician Gail Greenwood is 59. Magician Lance Burton is 59. Movie producer Scott Gardenhour is 58. Actress Jasmine Guy is 57. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 56. Music producer Rick Rubin is 56. Britain’s Prince Edward is 55. Rock singer Edie Brickell is 53. Actor Stephen Mailer is 53. Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez is 51. Actress Paget Brewster is 50. Actor Jon Hamm is 48. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 47. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 45. Rock musician Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) is 44. Actor Jeff Branson is 42. Singer Robin Thicke is 42. Actress Bree Turner is 42. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller is 42. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Barnes (Red) is 40. Actor Edi Gathegi is 40. Rock musician Matt Asti (MGMT) is 39. Actor Thomas Middleditch is 37. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 36. Actress Olivia Wilde is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Emeli Sande is 32. Country singer Rachel Reinert is 30. Country musician Jared Hampton (LANCO) is 28.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1496, Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln assigned Ulysses S. Grant, who had just received his commission as lieutenant-general, to the command of the Armies of the United States.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, heard Bell say over his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you” from the next room of Bell’s Boston laboratory.
In 1913, former slave, abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman died in Auburn, New York; she was in her 90s.
In 1933, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, California, resulted in 120 deaths.
In 1965, Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple,” starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tennessee to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.