On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad. Which, of course, was right next door to Trinimom.

In 1790, the first U.S. patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. Back in my college days, pot ash was never a problem.

On this date in 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 sent back over 4,000 pictures of the moon's surface. It made for a really long "home-movie night" of slides. Or, they should have sent me. When I got on vacation, I easily take 2,000 more than that.

In 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were released from jail after spending a month there on a drug conviction. They were both so skinny, they could walk in and out of the cells at will, but they stayed anyway.

On this date in 1981, baseball's 7-week strike officially ended. They celebrated the end of the strike with four balls, which of course, resulted in a walk. It was the season everyone knew what it was like to be a Cubs fan.

In 1988, the last of the 22 original Playboy Clubs closed in Lansing, Michigan. No more bunny business.


Wow, final day of July! Blasted right through that month.

Rico Rodriguez turns the big 2-0 today. You've watched him grow up as Manny on "Modern Family."

Zac Brown turns the big 4-0 today. Wish I could remember the name of his band.

Dean Cain -- who was Superman for Terry Hatcher's Lois Lane and now plays Supergirl's foster dad -- turns 52 today.

J.K. Rowling, the woman that gave us Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter, turns 53 today. Not so much a big holiday among Muggles. A few more years and she'll start developing Hogwarts.

Norman Cook, better known as "Fatboy Slim," turns 55 today. He makes most of his music using sampling, which is also what earned him the nickname, "Fatboy."

Wesley Snipes turns 56 today. Just a reminder, whatever you give him for his birthday, the IRS gets half.

Singer/songwriter Lobo (Me and You and a Dog named Boo) turns 75 today. Boo is long gone.


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