|Today is Friday the 13th, Mistress Day, National Tortellini Day, Stamp Collectors Day, Blame Someone Else Day and Get a Different Name Day
In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing the belief that the earth revolves around the sun.
In 1635, the oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was founded.
In 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published the first American magazine. Titled "The American Magazine", or "A Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies". It beat Benjamin Franklin's "General Magazine" off the presses by 3 days (whew!), but it lasted three issues.
In 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank in Liberty, Mo.
In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York City.
In 1916, "His Picture in the Papers" starring Douglas Fairbanks was released by mistake at the Strand because the scheduled film never arrived in time. The movie was a hit.
In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. Also, the National Negro Baseball League was organized.
In 1932, the release of "Free Eats" introduced George "Spanky" McFarland to Hal Roach's "Our Gang" series.
In 1933, Blondie & Dagwood Bumstead wed.
In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of aviator Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
In 1937, "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail and fine detail drawing.
In 1937, the NFL's Boston Redskins moved to Washington.
In 1939, The Supreme Court ruled that distributors could not prevent theaters from showing a film as part of a double feature.
In 1941, "Buck Privates" were Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's first starring roles and it opened at Loew's.
In 1943, the Women's Marine Corps was created.
In 1981, the Longest sentence was published by the N.Y. Times with 1286 words.
|Today's Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 83. Actor George Segal ("Just Shoot Me") is 82. Actor Bo Svenson ("Walking Tall") is 75. Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork of The Monkees is 74. Actress Carol Lynley is 74. Actress Stockard Channing is 72. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 72. Singer Peter Gabriel is 66. Actor David Naughton is 65. Bassist Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division is 60. Actor Matt Salinger is 56. Singer Henry Rollins is 55. Actor Neal McDonough ("Boomtown") is 50. Singer Freedom Williams (C & C Music Factory) is 50. Actress Kelly Hu ("Martial Law") is 48. Singer Matt Berninger of The National is 45. Bassist Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is 44. Singer Feist is 40. MC Natalie Stewart of Floetry is 37. Actress Mena Suvari (MEE'-nuh soo-VAHR'-ee) is 37. Drummer Dash Hutton of Haim (HYM) is 31.