On this Date
Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 70. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 69. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 68. Singer Jett Williams is 66. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 64. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 62. Actor Scott Bryce is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 60. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 59. Rhythm-and-blues 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. Retired NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas is 37. Actress-comedian Kate McKinnon is
35. Actress Diona Reasonover is 35. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 33.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Virginia.
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, President Theodore Roosevelt died in Oyster Bay, New York, at age 60.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.
In 1945, George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce.
In 1968, a surgical team at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, performed the first U.S. adult heart transplant, placing the heart of a 43-year-old man in a 54-year-old patient.
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.