Today's History Trivia for April 7
1927 First U.S. Long Distance Demonstration of Television Bell Laboratories broadcasts a picture from Washington D.C. to New York. It was a speech by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover 320 kilometers over telephone lines.
1989 A Soviet nuclear powered submarine carrying nuclear torpedoes catches fire and sinks about 150 miles north of Norway. Forty-two crew members were killed.
1980 Iranian Hostage Crisis The U.S. breaks off diplomatic relations and imposes an embargo on exports to Iran in retaliation for the 63 Americans hostages taken from the U.S. Embassy in Teheran the previous November.
1959 Game-show contestant hospitalized A contestant is burned after a stunt backfires on the TV show County Fair, hosted by Bert Parks.
1838 Telegraph Samuel F.B. Morse files for his telegraph patent.
1827 Matches The first matches go on sale, invented by English chemist John Walker.
Today's Birthdays for April 7
1897 Walter Winchell d. 1972 American journalist. He popularized the phrase "America, love it or leave it" (1950s), which he used in defense of Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts. TV: The Untouchables (1959-63, narrator).
1786 William Rufus King d. 1853 13th U.S. Vice-President (1853), U.S. Senator (1848-52, Alabama), U.S. Minister to France (1844-46), and U.S. Representative (1811-16, North Carolina). He is the only U.S. executive official to take the oath of office on foreign soil; taking the oath of office in Cuba. He died of tuberculosis 45 days after taking office.
1951 Janis Ian (Janis Fink), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Society's Child (1967) and At Seventeen (1975, Grammy).
1948 John Oates American rock musician with Hall & Oates. Music: Sara Smile (1976, about Hall's then-girlfriend, Sara Allen), and Maneater (1982, #1).
1943 Mick Abrahams British guitarist, with Jethro Tull. Music: Aqualung (1971) and Thick as a Brick (1972).
1939 Sir David Frost OBE d. 2013 English author, TV personality. Quote: "Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home."
1939 Francis Ford Coppola American director. Film: The Godfather (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).
1933 Wayne Rogers d. 2015 American actor. TV: M*A*S*H (Trapper John).
1930 Andrew Sachs d. 2016 (Andreas Siegfried Sachs), British actor. TV: Fawlty Towers (1975 & 1979, Spanish waiter Manuel). Film: Are You Being Served? (1977). Music: Manuel's Good Food Guide.
1928 James Garner d. 2014 (James Bumgarner), American actor. Film: The Notebook (2004). TV: Maverick (1957-62, Bret Maverick) and The Rockford Files (1974-80, Jimbo).
1918 Ronald Howard d. 1996 English actor. TV: Sherlock Holmes (1954-55, title role).
1915 Billie Holiday d. 1959 (Eleanora Fagan McKay), American blues singer, performed with Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
1905 Mickey Goldmill d. 1981 fictional character in the Rocky movies (Rocky Balboa's manager and gym manager, as played by Burgess Meredith). It is thought that Mickey Goldmill may be based on Charley Goldman, who was the boxing trainer of Rocky Marciano, on whom the Rocky Balboa character is based. Goldman trained Marciano in many ways similar to how Goldmill trained Balboa, such as tying their ankles together with string to teach them to spread their feet to the appropriate width.
1860 Will Keith Kellogg d. 1951 American breakfast-cereal manufacturer, philanthropist, founded the W.K. Kellogg Company (1906) to sell toasted corn flakes.
1847 Bret Maverick fictional character on the TV series Maverick, played by James Garner.
1652 Clement XII d. 1740 Italian religious leader, 246th Pope (1730-40). Condemned the Freemasons (1738).
Deaths for April 7
2007 Barry Nelson b. 1917 (Robert Nielsen), American actor. He played 007 in the 1954 live TV-version of Casino Royale making him the first James Bond. TV: My Favorite Husband (George Cooper).
2015 Stan Freberg b. 1926 (Stanley Friberg), American satirist. Recorded the #1 hit St. George and the Dragonet (1953) a parody of the TV show Dragnet. It opened with "The legend you are about to here is true; only the needle should be changed to protect the record." Listen
2012 Mike Wallace b. 1918 (Myron Wallace), American Emmy-winning reporter. TV: 60 Minutes (1968-2008)
2007 Johnny Hart b. 1931 (John Lewis Hart), American cartoonist. Creator of B.C. (1958) and The Wizard of Id (1963).
2002 John Agar b. 1921 American actor, first husband of Shirley Temple. Film: Sands of Iwo Jima, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. B Movies: The Mole People and The Brain from Planet Arous.
1974 Bobby Buntrock b. 1952 American actor. TV: Hazel (1961-66, Harold Baxter). He died in a car accident on the same bridge that his mother died on in a car crash a year earlier.
1947 Henry Ford b. 1863 American auto maker. He introduced the assembly line and the $5-a-day wage to automobile production.
1891 Phineas Taylor Barnum b. 1810 "The Great American Showman," of Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
1498 Charles VIII b. 1470 King of France (1483-98).