In 1829 William Austin Burt patented the typographer, a precursor of the typewriter. In 1840 the Province of Canada was created by the Act of Union, and yet allegedly due to immigration overload, they closed their borders to “paupers and criminals” in 1900. The trouble with those designations is that they are very vague and often widely applied. In 1903 the Ford Motor Company sold its first car. And in 1962 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Standout right-hand Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale was born in 1936, as was US Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was born in 1892 and Rev Ralph Warnock, now US Senator from Georgia was born in 1969. Other birthday boys include American radio host Don Imus (1940), Oregon State and Seattle Sonic great ballhandler Gary Payton (1968), and a slew of actors including Woody Harrelson (1981, Cheers), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967, last seen in Hunger Games), and Daniel Radcliffe (1989, always Harry Potter).

Those who passed away on this date include our 18th US President Ulysses S Grant (1885), WWI hero but WWII Vichy France leader and Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain (1961), WWI American ace (26 kills) and Medal of Honor recipient Eddie Rickenbacker (1973), actor Vic Morrow (1982, killed while filming a scene in Twilight Zone the movie), and the first American female astronaut in space Sally Ride (2012), who after her death was revealed that she was the first LGBTQ astronaut.