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Today In History - September 4

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Today in History in 1807 Robert Fulton began operating his steamboat; in 1882 the first large-scale test of Thomas Edison’s light bulb was conducted by lighting New York’s Pearl Street Station; and in 2014 the archaeological remains of a Viking fortress were discovered in Denmark.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1807 - Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat
  • 1862 - General Lee invades North with 50,000 Confederate troops
  • 1882 - 1st large-scale test of Thomas Edison's light bulb - lighting of NY's Pearl Street Station
  • 1888 - George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"
  • 1893 - English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy
  • 1951 - 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • 1957 - Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel
  • 1967 - Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1972 - US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals
  • 2008 - "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)
  • 2014 - Archaeological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s CE, the Vallø Borgring, is discovered in Denmark

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1803 - Sarah Childress Polk, 1st lady (1845-1849)
  • 1901 - William Lyons, Blackpool, British industrialist (Jaguar cars), (d. 1985)
  • 1905 - Mary Renault, [Mary Challens], writer (King Must Die, Funeral Games)
  • 1918 - Paul Harvey, Tulsa Oklahoma, news commentator (Rest of the story)
  • 1928 - Dick York, Fort Wayne Ind, actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind)
  • 1931 - Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 - Raymond Floyd, Fort Bragg North Carolina, American golfer (four-time Major winner)
  • 1949 - Tom Watson, KC Mo, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83)
  • 1953 - Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, actor (Freddie-Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 - Shinya Yamanaka, Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine)
  • 1981 - Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Weddings

  • 1834 - Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (28) weds Helen Eliza Benson
  • 1930 - Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1989 - Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding
  • 1993 - Five-time U.S. national champion figure pair skater Jerod Swallow (26) weds his partner Elizabeth Punsalen
  • 1996 - Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 1998 - "Sex and The City" actress Kim Cattrall (42) weds audio designer Mark Levinson
  • 2004 - Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 2006 - Television presenter Sally Meen (41) weds show business agent Russ Lindsay at Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey
  • 2009 - Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011 - Fashion model and designer Lauren Bush (28) weds David Lauren (40), son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren at the 17,000 acre farm in Colorado

Famous Deaths

  • 1986 - Hank Greenberg, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) dies at 75
  • 1990 - Irene Dunne, actress (5 Oscars), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 2006 - Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality attacked and killed by a stingray (b. 1962)
  • 2014 - Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

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