|*1962||In Essendon, Victoria, Australia, Steve Irwin, known the world over as "The Crocodile Hunter", was born on this day in 1962.
Irwin created his show "Crocodile Hunter" in 1996 which also starred Irwin's American-born wife, Terri.
In addition to the Discovery Channel, Irwin's crocodile hunting found its way to the big screen. Irwin starred as himself in 2002's "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course." He also appeared in a cameo role in 2001's "Doctor Doolittle 2."
The Irwin has been honored by Australia's tourism industry for many projects associated with it, including a week-long trade promotion in California last winter called "G'Day LA 2006."
|*1732||Called the “Father of His Country,” George Washington, general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775–83) and first president of the United States (1789–97), was born this day in 1732. || |
|2002||In the Philippines, An MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed into the ocean. All 10 men aboard were killed. || |
|1997||On this day in 1997, a team of British scientists working under the direction of Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh announced the birth of Dolly the sheep, the first clone of an adult mammal. || |
|1994||The U.S. Justice Department charged Aldrich Ames and his wife with selling national secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was later convicted to life in prison. Ames' wife received a 5-year prison term. || |
|1984||The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent. || |
|1973||The U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices. || |
|1969||Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race. || |
|1954||ABC radio’s popular "Breakfast Club" program was simulcast on TV for the first time. || |
|1932||The Purple Heart, a U.S. military decoration originally instituted by George Washington in 1782 to honour bravery in battle, was revived as an award for those wounded or killed in action against an enemy.|| |
|1924||U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House. || |
|1923||The first successful chinchilla farm opened in Los Angeles, CA. It was the first farm of its kind in the U.S. || |
|1920||The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA. || |
|1892||"Lady Windermere's Fan", by Oscar Wilde, was first performed. || |
|1885||The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889. || |
|1879||In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store. || |
|1865||In the U.S., Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery. || |
|1860||Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA. || |
|1859||U.S. President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society "for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government." || |
|1855||The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project. || |
|1847||U.S. General Zachary Taylor led troops against a Mexican force commanded by General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista.|| |
|1819||Spain ceded Florida to the United States. || |
|1784||"Empress of China", a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East. || |
|1680||Catherine Deshayes, Madame Monvoisin—known as “La Voisin”—was executed in Paris for her involvement in the Affair of the Poisons.|| |
|1630||Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner. || |
|896||Arnulf was crowned Holy Roman emperor by Pope Formosus, who declared the previous emperor, Lambert, deposed.|| |