Today is Friday July 23rd. It’s Vanilla Ice Cream Day, National Peanut Butter & Chocolate Day, International My Chemical Romance Day, Gorgeous Grandma Day, International Hello My Name Is Day, International Yada, Yada, Yada Day, Hot & Bothered Day and National Care for Your Coworker Day
There are 36 days until the DuQuoin State Fair opens
There are 47 days until Labor Day
Today is the day that…
— in 1829, William Austin Burt patents America’s first “typographer” (typewriter)
— in 1866, The Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms, would later become the Cincinnati Reds
— in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair
— in 1955, Chuck Berry releases his first single, “Maybellene”
— in 1965, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is born Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London, England
— in 1967, 43 people die as a result of race riots in Detroit. Over 2,000 are injured, 442 fires are set.
— also in 1967, the first successful liver transplant takes place, on 19-month old Julie Rodriguez at the University of Colorado
— in 1968, The Jackson 5 audition for Motown Records, with 9-year-old Michael singing lead and doing some sweet dance moves on James Brown’s “I Got The Feelin’.” The label signs them three days later.
— in 1973, 38 people are killed, including 5 from southern Illinois, when an Ozark Airlines plane crashes on approach to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis after being struck by lightning. The plane had previously stopped at Williamson County Airport in Marion. Six people survived.
— also in 1973, President Richard Nixon refuses to release tapes of conversations in the White House relevant to the Watergate investigation
— in 1982, the FCC approves AM stereo radio
— in 1983, The Police’s last album, Synchronicity, hits #1 in America
— in 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign after Penthouse published nude pictures of her. First runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles becomes the new Miss America.
— also in 1984, An appeals court overturnes a ruling that the Bee Gees plagiarized a song called “Let It End” on their hit “How Deep Is Your Love.”
— in 1989, Ringo Starr begins his first tour since The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, introducing his “All-Starr Band” in Dallas, Texas
— in 1993, the SNL spinoff movie Coneheads debuted in theaters
— in 1995, the Comet Hale Bopp was discovered; it was visible a year later.
— in 1997, police found the body of Gianni Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan, on a houseboat in Miami. He died of an apparent suicide.
— in 2000, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam when he won the British Open at age 24.
— in 2001, Three years after the death of first wife, Linda, Paul McCartney gets engaged to former model and activist Heather Mills, whom he met at a charity event in 1999
— in 2003, The US National Registry of Historic Places declares Memphis, Tennessee’s Sun Studios, at 706 Union Avenue, a historic landmark
— in 2009, Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
— in 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home. She was 27.
— in 2012, Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died of cancer at the age of 61
— in 2014, Former Alaska governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin gets a speeding ticket in her hometown of Wasilla. She blames her excessive speed (63mph in a 45) on Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55,” which was playing on her radio. When Hagar gets word, he tweets Palin offering to cover the ticket.
— in 2019, the US Senate passes bill championed by comedian Jon Stewart to ensure the 9/11 first responders fund never runs out of money
— also in 2019, Boris Johnson is chosen as the new British Prime Minister by the ruling Conservative Party to replace Theresa May
— and in 2020, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US pass 4 million, with a death toll of over 143,000. The CDC says the real number of cases are likely up to 13 times higher.
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