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*1962In 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."
*1732Called 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.  
2002In the Philippines, An MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed into the ocean. All 10 men aboard were killed.  
1997On 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.  
1994The 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.  
1984The 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.  
1973The U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.  
1969Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.  
1954ABC radio’s popular "Breakfast Club" program was simulcast on TV for the first time.  
1932The 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. 
1924U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.  
1923The first successful chinchilla farm opened in Los Angeles, CA. It was the first farm of its kind in the U.S.  
1920The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA.  
1892"Lady Windermere's Fan", by Oscar Wilde, was first performed.  
1885The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.  
1879In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.  
1865In the U.S., Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.  
1860Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.  
1859U.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."  
1855The 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.  
1847U.S. General Zachary Taylor led troops against a Mexican force commanded by General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista. 
1819Spain ceded Florida to the United States.  
1784"Empress of China", a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East.  
1680Catherine Deshayes, Madame Monvoisin—known as “La Voisin”—was executed in Paris for her involvement in the Affair of the Poisons. 
1630Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.  
896Arnulf was crowned Holy Roman emperor by Pope Formosus, who declared the previous emperor, Lambert, deposed. 
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1986 - Miko Hughes
1978 - Jen Frost
1975 - Drew Barrymore
1972 - Michael Chang
1971 - Lea Salonga
1968 - Brad Nowell
1968 - Jeri Ryan
1963 - Vijay Singh
1962 - Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin
1950 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving
1946 - Dan Millman
1932 - Edward M. Kennedy
1918 - Robert Wadlow
1908 - John Mills
1907 - Sheldon Leonard
1907 - Robert Young
1900 - Luis Buñuel
1889 - Lady Baden-Powell
1857 - Lord Baden-Powell
1810 - Frederic Chopin
1732 - George Washington

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