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DAILY ALMANAC for SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012; Historical events, Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Sunday, June 10, 2012. It is the 162nd day of the year. We have 204 days left before moving into 2013.

HISTORICAL EVENTS ON THIS DATE:

* In 1922, Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.

* In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

* In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.

* In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

* In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. He was recaptured three days later.

* In 1978, Affirmed won horse racing’s Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes.

* In 2004, Singer-musician Ray Charles died at age 73.

* In 2007, The final episode of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Gina Gershon, actress, singer turns 50 today. Seen here at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City in June 2011 ( photo by Joella Marano via wikipedia commons)

79 F. LEE BAILEY, famous lawyer who helped successfully defended  O.J. Simpson in the Nicole Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1995

61 DAN FOUTS, Hall of Fame QB

51 MAXI PRIEST, singer

50 GINA GERSHON, actress, singer

47 ELIZABETH HURLEY, model & actress from the Austin Powers movies

39 FAITH EVANS, singer

30 TARA LIPINSKI, figure skater & Olympic Gold Medalist

11 SASHA OBAMA, youngest daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama

Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the USC (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O. J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

Ex-Buckeyes star Ron Springs dead at 54

Ron Springs (file photo)

Former Ohio State running back Ron Springs died last week in a Dallas hospital. He had been in a coma since October 12, 2007, when surgery to remove a cyst from his forearm went wrong. leaving his brain impared.

Springs, who was 54, led OSU in rushing with 1,166 yards in 1977 and ranks 18th all-time with 2,140. He played from 1976-1978 with the Buckeyes after transferring from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil felt that Springs was the best running back since O.J. Simpson while at Coffeyville and tried to recruit him but Ohio State and Woody Hayes beat him to the punch.

The father of former Ohio State cornerback Shawn Springs, Ron was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round in the 1979 NFL draft, and played six seasons in Dallas as Tony Dorsett’s blocking fullback. He then played two years with Tampa Bay.

During his career, Springs scored 28 touchdowns, gaining 2,519 yards rushing and 2,259 yards receiving.

Prior to the 2007 setback which left him in a coma for 3 1/2 years, Springs had went through several health setbacks including diabetes, kidney failure, an organ transplant and amputation of his lower right leg.

He is survived by Shawn and his wife, Adriane.

 

compiled from staff, NFL, Dallas Cowboys, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Thursday, October 21, the 294th day of 2010. Remaining days in the year: 71.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On October 21, 1805, a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however was killed.

* In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.

* In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

* In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon had their fourth and final presidential debate in New York.

* In 1970, American agronomist Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on high-yield grains that enhanced the world’s food supply.

* In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CELEBRITY ALMANACS

Judge Judy is 68 today (file photo)

70 Manfred Mann, rock singer.

68 Elvin Bishop, rock singer.

68 Judge Judy Scheindlin, the loud-mouth, straight-forward TV judge of “Judge Judy”.

64 Lee Loughnane, trumpeter with the band Chicago.

61 Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel.

54 Carrie Fisher, actress & daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

51 Ken Watanabe, actor.

32 Will Estes, actor.

30 Kim Kardashian, actress, reality-TV star and daughter of O.J. Simpson lawyer, Robert Kardashian.