Calendar for June 27th, 2013

1652: First traffic law in "U.S." passed, New Amsterdam (N.Y.C.)

Died 1829: English chemist James Smithson dies willing $550,000 to the US for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." His bequest results in the creation of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Smithson never visited the Institution or the United States.

Died 1844: Joseph Smith (religious leader; organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Born 1859: Mildred J. Hill (composer of song "Happy Birthday to You")

Born 1880: Helen Keller (author, lecturer)

Born 1927: Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)

Born 1930: Ross Perot (businessman)

1941: First flight of XB-19 bomber

Born 1949: Vera Wang (designer)

1955: First state law requiring that cars be equipped with seat belts passed in Illinois

1960: Chlorophyll-A first synthesized, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Born 1966: J. J. Abrams (television writer & producer)

1967: Kmart trademark registered

Born 1975: Tobey Maguire (actor)

1975: Entertainment duo Sonny and Cher called it quits as husband and wife (divorce final this day)

1979: Muhammad Ali announced his retirement from boxing

1980: Bill passed making O Canada national anthem of Canada

Born 1986: Drake Bell (actor)

Born 1991: Madylin Sweeten (actress)

Died 2001: Jack Lemmon (actor)

Died 2002: John Entwistle (musician)

Died 2005: Shelby Foote (Civil War historian and novelist )

Died 2012: Don Grady (actor)