Take a step back in time through the pages of The Sentinel, and check out the local births and celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 1996: The West Ottawa Board of Education wants to build two new schools on 79 acres of blueberry fields off 152nd Avenue if district voters approve a two-part, $49.9 million bond proposal next month. The board unanimously approved options totaling $1.18 million Monday to purchase three contiguous lots between 152nd and Butternut Drive at the intersection of Greenly Street, adjacent to Holiday West Mobile Homes. If voters approve the bond proposal, an elementary school and a middle school for sixth- and seventh-graders would be built on the site, with construction beginning next summer.


On this day

In 1866, months after fighting in the Civil War had ended, President Andrew Johnson issued Proclamation 157, which declared that "peace, order, tranquility, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America."

In 1882, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" had its premiere in Moscow.

In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.

In 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma, shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself.


Celebrity birthdays

Connie Chung is 70.

Ron Paul is 81.

Misha Collins is 42.

Demi Lovato is 24.



Holland Hospital

Aug. 14, 2016

A son, Owen Miles, to Sarah and Andrew Essink of Holland.

A daughter, Lucille Jay, to Alyse and Roger Whitman II of West Olive.

Aug. 15, 2016

A daughter, Adelaigh Marie, to Savannah Hernandez of Pullman.

A daughter, Francesca Rose, to Tracey and Luke Dawson of Holland.


Spectrum Health/Zeeland Hospital

Aug. 12, 2016

A son, Carson Scott VanHuis, to Jillaine and Christopher VanHuis of West Olive.

A son, Matthew Alexander Harsay, to Sherri and Alex Harsay of Grand Haven.

A daughter, Yasmina Iris Beck, to April and Michael Beck of Zeeland.

A daughter, Harlyn Juliet DeBoer, to Kylee and Paul DeBoer of Zeeland.