FAMOUS DISCOVERIES

June 15th in history:

Benjamin Franklin is given credit for proving that lightning is an electrical charge because of an experiment reportedly performed on June 15th, 1752. That’s the day Franklin is said to have flown a kite during a rainstorm, tying the string to a key in a jar to capture an electrical charge from the kite. (Some sources say the experiment took place on June 10th, while others doubt that it happened at all.)

On this date in 1844, Charles Goodyear is given a patent for the process of vulcanizing rubber. Goodyear discovered that adding sulfur to rubber hardens it, and makes it last longer.

NPH and HHNeil Patrick Harris has played an inventor and mad scientist (“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), a kid doctor (“Doogie Howser, M.D.”), and a banker (“How I Met Your Mother”). In real-life, he’s become a popular host for awards shows and a Tony Award winner himself. Harris was born on this day in 1973.

Courteney Cox was “discovered” when she danced on stage with Bruce Springsteen in the “Dancing in the Dark” music video. The future star of “Friends” and “Cougar Town” was born on this day in 1964.

During the 1998-99 TV season, you could see three actresses with June 15th birthdays on popular network sitcoms…Courteney Cox on “Friends,” Leah Remini on “The King of Queens” (born 1970), and Helen Hunt (1963) on “Mad About You.” During the run of “Mad About You,” Hunt won a Best Actress Oscar for “As Good As It Gets.”

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