Today in History - September 4th

  • 1781 – Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers
  • 1888 – George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film camber and registers his trademark: Kodak
  • 1951 – In the first live coast-to-coast TV broadcast, President Harry S. Truman addresses the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco
  • 1957 – Ford Motor Co. begins selling its ill-fated Edsel line.
  • 1957 – Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock
  • 1967 - Michigan Gov. George Romney says during a TV interview that he had undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam. The comment is widely believed to have derailed his campaign for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination.
  • 1972 – Swimmer Mark Spitz becomes the first person to win seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games when the United States won the 400-meter relay in Munich
  • 2002 – On this day in history singer Kelly Clarkson is voted the first “American Idol”
  • 2007 – Toy maker Mattel Inc. recalled 800,000 lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, a third major recall in just over a month

Famous and Historical Birthdays - Say Happy Birthday to . . .

  • Beyonce Knowles (Singer)
  • Tom Watson (Golfer)
  • Khandi Alexander (Actress)
  • Damon Wayans (Actor)
  • Mike Piazza (Baseball Player)