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06-05-2008, 11:00 PM
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Friday, June 6, 2008

The first U.S. drive-in to show movies was opened in Camden, New Jersey, on Crescent Boulevard, this night in 1933. Those first drive-in moviegoers got to see Wife Beware, a flick not destined to be a classic. The screen measured a huge 40 feet by 50 feet and was easily seen by everyone in the first cars in the front to the 500th car in the back row. Everyone (including the whole town) could hear the sound, too ... with a slight delay for the folks in the back row because the sound emanated from speakers mounted next to the screen. Admission was 25 cents per person plus 25 cents for the car, maximum $1.00.

As drive-in movies became popular throughout the country, families would regularly park their cars in the front rows so the kids in their PJs could play on the swings and monkey bars before the movie started. The rest parked wherever, since a good number of those moviegoers weren’t there to see the movie anyway!

The passion pits that dotted the country, some with in-car heaters and through-your-radio sound have all but disappeared, as TV, video cassettes and DVDs have made movie viewing more convenient. Those drive-ins that do remain, however, offer more than just all-day swap shops in their huge lots. Some have four or five, even six screens, showing first run films at about $7.00 per carload. (Those stowing away in the trunk will be tossed out of the theatre immediately.)

Be sure to visit the snack bar at intermission for the pizza with the mushroomy-rooms ... and try not to spill your drinks and popcorn while searching for your car ... and remember to remove the speaker from your side window before you drive off. The breaking glass kinda puts a damper on the passion...
More reading on this here, (http://www.driveinmovie.com/) here, (http://www.driveintheater.com/index.htm) and here. (http://www.driveintheater.com/history/1930.htm)
June 6th.

1816 - Ten inches of wonderful wet, white snow fell this day in New England. It was one of the latest snowfalls ever (or maybe one of the earliest!) Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

1833 - The first U.S. President to ride in a railroad car was Andrew Jackson. President Jackson boarded a B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) passenger train in Baltimore, MD.

1844 - The first YMCA was founded in London by George Williams, a young draper’s assistant who had come to London to learn the drapery trade. At that time, wholesale drapery houses employed large numbers of young men, who were given room and board at their work places. They worked long hours and had poor living conditions. Williams sought permission to hold prayer meetings in his bedroom with other young men who, like himself, shared the Christian faith. Soon, the group expanded, drawing to it young men who were alone and lonely in the City of London.

1882 - The first electric flatiron, or what we call the electric iron, was patented by Henry W. Seely of New York City. We bet he probably had the nicest pressed shirts in the neighborhood.

1904 - The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ.

1932 - The first U.S. federal tax on gasoline was enacted. The rate was a penny per gallon. Ride a bike. Save some money.

1938 - Stella Dallas was presented for the first time on the NBC Red radio network. The serial was “the true to life story of mother love and sacrifice.” Stella Dallas continued to do this and so much more until 1955.

1942 - Adeline Gray made the first nylon-parachute jump in Hartford, CT. It proved, no doubt, better and much more comfortable than the first cinder block-parachute jump...

1944 - CBS radio saluted America’s war doctors with The Doctor Fights, presented for the first time this day.

1944 - This was D-Day, the day thousands of Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, France. Their objective: to open a second major European front in the battle against the Nazis. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of these united forces (and, who later became President of the United States) said, “This landing is but the opening phase of the campaign in Western Europe. Great battles lie ahead. I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us.”

1946 - New York City was the site of the formation of the Basketball Association of America.

1956 - Gogi Grant (born Audrey Brown) reached the top spot on the Billboard singles chart for the first and only time in her career. Her hit, The Wayward Wind, stayed at the top of the top-tune tabulation for eight weeks and on the music charts for 22 weeks. It was her second record release. The first, in October, 1955, was Suddenly There’s a Valley which climbed to number nine.

1962 - The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, “They’re pretty awful.” He changed his mind after meeting the group, however. The rest, of course, is rock-music history.

1971 - For the last time, we saw Polish dancing bears, a little mouse named Topo Gigio, remembered The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, the comedy of Jackie Mason, John Byner, Rich Little, Richard Pryor and so many more, as The Ed Sullivan Show left CBS-TV. Gladys Knight and The Pips and singer Jerry Vale appeared on the final show. The Ed Sullivan Show had been a showcase for more than 20 years for artists who ranged from Ethel Merman to Ella Fitzgerald, from Steve and Eydie to the Beatles. The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest running variety show on TV -- a “rillly big sheeeew.”

1973 - Barry White was awarded a gold record for I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby. It was his first hit and his first of five number one million-sellers. White began recording in 1960. He formed the group, Love Unlimited, in 1969 and married one of the group’s singers, Glodean James. He also formed the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra which had the number-one hit, Love’s Theme in 1973. I’m Casey Kasem. Now back to the count down...

1978 - Proposition 13 passed in California. Voters joined Senator Howard Jarvis in cutting property taxes by 57 percent. This was seen as the birth of a taxpayer’s revolt against high taxes and excessive government spending.

1978 - The ABC-TV newsmagazine 20/20 debuted. Producer Bob Shanks, realizing that the first show was a disaster, fired the co-hosts, magazine editor Harold Hayes and Australian art critic Robert Hughes. The next week, Shanks tapped former Today and Concentration host Hugh Downs, formerly of NBC, to take over the show.

1987 - Steffi Graf beat Martina Navratilova and won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in Paris. She is the only player in tennis history to win each of the four Grand Slam titles at least four times [Wimbledon: 7, French Open: 6, U.S. Open: 5, Australian Open: 4].

1994 - U.S. President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries from around the world visited Normandy, France. Many D-Day veterans joined them to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Overlord and to pay respect to the thousands who died there in World War II.

1998 - The Boy is Mine, by Brandy and Monica, zoomed to number 1 on the Billboard pop chart. It ruled the Hot 100 roost for 13 weeks -- putting it in the top ten of longest-running #1 singles in the modern rock era.

June 6th.

1606 - Pierre Corneille
playwright: Cinna, Le Cid, L’illusion Comique; died Oct 1, 1684

1755 - Nathan Hale
American patriot & Revolutionary War military officer: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”; arrested [Sep 20, 1776] by British troups while spying for General George Washington; executed Sep 22, 1776 at age 21

1756 - John Trumbull
artist: painter of the Revolution: The Battle of Bunker Hill, The Surrender of Cornwallis, The Declaration of Independence; son of colonial Connecticut’s governor; died Nov 10, 1843

1799 - Aleksandr Pushkin
poet: Boris Gudunov, Eugene Onegin; died Feb 10, 1837

1875 - Thomas Mann
author: Little Herr Friedemann, Royal Highness, Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, Death in Venice, Reflections of an Unpolitical Man, Order of fhe Day, Disorder and Early Sorrow, Mario and the Magician; died Aug 12, 1955

1891 - Ted Lewis (Theodore Leopold Friedman)
clarinettist, singer, bandleader: Ted Lewis & His Band: Somebody Stole My Gal, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; died Aug 25, 1971

1898 - Walter Abel
actor: Raintree County, Mirage, Quick Let’s Get Married, 13 Rue Madeleine, Wake Island, Silent Night Bloody Night, Kid from Brooklyn, Holiday Inn, The Indian Fighter; died Mar 26, 1987

1903 - Aram (Ilyich) Khachaturyan
musician, composer: Sabre Dance, Spartacus; died May 1, 1978

1907 - Bill (William Malcolm) Dickey
Baseball Hall of Famer: catcher: NY Yankees catcher [1928-1946: played in 38 World Series games: 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946/record: caught 100 or more games 13 years in a row]; died Nov 12, 1993

1909 - Isaiah Berlin
philosopher, historian; died Nov 5, 1997

1926 - Tom Ryan
cartoonist: Tumbleweeds

1932 - David R. Scott
NASA astronaut: flew on Gemini 8, Command Module pilot [Apollo 9], walked and drove first Lunar Rover on the moon as commander of Apollo 15

1932 - Billie Whitelaw
actress: Frenzy, The Dressmaker, The Secret Garden, The Omen, Masterpiece Theatre productions

1934 - Roy Innes
civil rights leader: National Chairman of Congress of Racial Equality [CORE]

1935 - Jon Henricks
swimmer: Univ of Southern California, Olympic Gold Medalist: Melbourne: 2 gold [1956], Rome: 2 gold [1960]

1935 - Bobby Mitchell
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cleveland Browns running back; Washington Redskins wide receiver: 1st black player for Washington; All Pro [1962, 1964]; four Pro Bowls

1936 - Levi Stubbs (Stubbles)
lead singer: group: The Four Tops: Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can’t Help Myself, Reach Out I’ll be There, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Seven Rooms of Gloom, Bernadette

1939 - Gary U.S. Bonds (Anderson)
singer: Quarter to Three, New Orleans, Rendezvous, Come on Let’s Go

1939 - Ed (Edward) Giacomin
Hockey Hall of Fame goalie: NHL: NY Rangers [Vezina Trophy winner: 1970-71], Detroit Red Wings

1941 - Marshall Johnston
hockey: Univ. of Denver [NCAA Championship team: 1961], Canadian Olympic Team [1964, 1968]; NHL: Minnesota North Stars, California Golden Seals; coach: California Golden Seals, Denver Univ., Colorado Rockies, NJ Devils, NY Islanders, Ottawa Senators

1943 - Merv (Mervin Weldon) Rettenmund
baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969, 1970, 1971], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975], SD Padres, California Angels

1943 - Joe Stampley
country singer: Soul Song, There’s Another Woman, Whiskey Chasin’, Back Slidin’, Double Shot of My Baby’s Love

1944 - Peter Albin
musician: bass, guitar & vocals: group: Big Brother and The Holding Company: Piece of My Heart

1944 - Monty Alexander
jazz musician: piano: So What?

1944 - Bud (Derrel McKinley) Harrelson
baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969, 1973/all-star: 1970, 1971], Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

1945 - David Dukes
actor: War & Remembrance, The Winds of War, Sisters, The Men’s Club, Snow Kill, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, The Josephine Baker Story, Held Hostage; died Oct 9, 2000

1947 - Ada Kok
swimmer: Netherlands Olympic silver medalist Tokyo [1964]

1949 - Robert Englund
actor: A Nightmare on Elm Street [1-5], Hustle, A Star is Born, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

1954 - Harvey Fierstein
Tony Award-winning actor: Torch Song Trilogy [1983]; Mrs. Doubtfire, Bullets Over Broadway; and playwright: Torch Song Trilogy [1983]; La Cage aux Folles, Tidy Endings; actor: Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day

1955 - Sandra Bernhard
comedienne, actress: Roseanne, The Richard Pryor Show, Comedy Central: The A-List, The Late Shift, Hudson Hawk, King of Comedy

1956 - Bjorn Borg
tennis champ: French Open [1974-1975, 1978-1981], Wimbledon [1976-1980]

1959 - Amanda Pays
actress: Exposure, Dead on the Money, Leviathan, Off Limits, The Kindred, Oxford Blues, Mad Headroom, The Flash

1960 - Steve Vai
musician: guitar: group: David Lee Roth Band: California Girls.

Chart Toppers
June 6th.

1949 Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
Again - Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
A Teenagers Romance/I’m Walkin’ - Ricky Nelson
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965 Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs
Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley
What’s He Doing in My World - Eddy Arnold

1973 My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Daniel - Elton John
Pillow Talk - Sylvia
Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Being with You - Smokey Robinson
Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Friends - Razzy Bailey

1989 Rock On - Michael Damian
Soldier of Love - Donny Osmond
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Where Did I Go Wrong - Steve Wariner

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

The $64,000 Question, a 1955 summer replacement show, with host Hal March, premiered on this day. The first show became the most watched and talked about program on TV. Contestants had to answer 10 questions correctly beginning at $64 and doubling the amount with each correct answer upward to the $4,000 category. Getting this far got you a return trip to the show the following week. The consolation prize for an incorrect answer, after reaching the $8,000 plateau, was a new Cadillac. At this level, you got a free trip to the Revlon isolation booth where you literally sweated your way from $8,000 to $16,000 to $32,000, and finally, the big one. An expert was permitted to accompany the contestant at the $64,000 mark. If neither of them could answer the question correctly, the contestant received a consolation prize of $4,000. Questions were compiled by Dr. Bergen Evans.

This, the first of the big-money TV shows, attracted guests with unusual interests. Some of the better-remembered were Gino Prato, a Bronx, New York shoemaker who used his knowledge of opera to win $32,000, Jockey Billy Pearson, an art expert and one of the first to win $64,000, and psychologist Joyce Brothers, an expert in boxing, who won big not only in cash, but in her new career as media personality.

The biggest winner was 11-year-old Robert Strom, who won $192,000 (The $64,000 Question had added three new plateaus and several spin-off quiz shows: The $64,000 Challenge and The Big Surprise).

On November 2, 1958 we witnessed the demise of The $64,000 Question as the quiz-show-rigging scandal ended this type of show. The real $64,000 question will always be: was the show rigged or not?
More reading here. (http://kfcplainfield.com/tv/64000q.html)
June 7th.

1860 - The book, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter by Mrs. Ann Stevens, was offered for sale for a dime on this day. The 128 page book became the first ‘dime novel’.

1892 - J.F. Palmer of Chicago, IL patented the cord bicycle tire. Not quite a steel-belted radial for bikes, but a lot better than what had been called a tire, to be sure.

1892 - The first pinch-hitter in baseball was used in a game. “Now pinch hitting: Dirty Jack Doyle.” John Joseph ‘Jack’ Doyle played in a game between the Cleveland Spiders and Ward’s Wonders of Brooklyn, NY.

1909 - Actress Mary Pickford made her motion picture debut in The Violin Maker of Cremona.

1937 - The cover of LIFE magazine showed the latest in campus fashions of the times which included saddle shoes.

1939 - Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded In a Persian Market on Victor Records.

1945 - The NBC radio program The Adventures of Topper was heard for the first time. Later, the popular program would move to TV and continue with rave reviews.

1953 - Kukla, Fran (Allison) and Ollie, along with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler, were featured on the first network telecast in ‘compatible color’. The program was broadcast from Boston, MA.

1955 - NBC radio presented The Lux Radio Theatre for the final time. The program had aired for 21 years.

1965 - Sony Corporation unveiled its first consumer 1/2-inch format helical scan VTR (video tape recorder). It was priced under $3000 (and only in black & white, yet). 1969 - The rock group Blind Faith made its British debut at a free concert at London’s Hyde Park. Over 100,000 fans attended what was called “the most remarkable gathering of young people ever seen in England.” The group was composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood and Rick Grech.

1974 - The Entertainer, the original music from the motion picture The Sting, earned a gold record for pianist and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch.

1976 - NBC Nightly News, with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, aired for the first time. The partnership lasted until Brinkley moved to ABC News. Chancellor then held the lone, anchor spot until retiring.

1985 - Sylvester Stallone was “The modern John Wayne,” according to the movie wizards at USA Today. They referred to Sly as “The macho male.” The comment came on the release of the Stallone flick, Rambo: First Blood, Part II.

1985 - Kevin Koch quit as the Pirate Parrot, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He felt his feathers had been ruffled enough, since 1970.

1996 - The Rock, starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, was released in the U.S. Harris plays Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, whose commandos seize control of Alcatraz Island and hold a group of tourists hostage. Cage plays FBI nerve-gas weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed, who is called in to disarm Hummel's rockets before they can be fired at San Francisco. Connery is federal prisoner John Patrick Mason, who knows his way around Alcatraz, having been the only prisoner to have successfully escaped the joint. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced flick got favorable reviews (especially among action-movie buffs) and brought in a solid $25.07 million at the box office its opening weekend.

June 7th.

1778 - Beau (George Bryan) Brummel
English men’s fashion leader; died Mar 29, 1840

1848 - (Eugene Henri) Paul Gauguin
artist: The Yellow Christ, Where Do We Come From? Where Are We? Where Are We Going?; died May 8, 1903

1909 - Virginia Apgar
physician: the Apgar Score System: method of evaluation of newborns’ need for medical care; died Aug 7, 1974

1909 - Jessica Tandy
Academy Award-winning actress: Driving Miss Daisy [1989]; Cocoon, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Birds, Forever Amber, Used People, Camilla; performed on Broadway with husband, Hume Cronyn; died Sep 11, 1994

1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Annie Allen [1950]; We Real Cool, The Bean Eaters, Winnie, Coming Home; died Dec 3, 2000

1917 - Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti)
straight man of comedy-team: Martin and Lewis; singer: Memories are Made of This, Return to Me, Everybody Loves Somebody, The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Houston; actor: My Friend Irma, Hollywood or Bust, Airport, Bells are Ringing, The Caddy, Cannonball Run, Ocean’s 11, Rio Bravo; died Dec 25, 1995

1919 - Ray Scherer
newsman: NBC: White House correspondent; author w/Robert Donovan]: Unsilent Revolution: Television News and AmericanPublic Life; died July 7, 2000

1924 - Dolores Gray
actress: The Buick Circus Hour, The Opposite Sex, Kismet, Designing Woman; died June 26, 2002

1928 - James Ivory
director: Jefferson in Paris, The Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, A Room with a View, The Bostonians, Roseland, Wild Party, The Householder

1928 - Randolph Turpin
boxer: Middleweight Champ [1951]; killed May 16, 1966 [shot to death]

1928 - Charles Strouse
musician: composer: Golden Boy; TV/films: The Mating Game, Bye Bye Birdie, Bonnie and Clyde, All in the Family, Annie, A Child’s Garden of Verses

1929 - John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada [1984]

1931 - Virginia McKenna
actress: Duel of Hearts, Born Free, The Chosen, Simba

1934 - Wynn Stewart
singer: It’s Such a Pretty World Today, Wishful Thinking, After the Storm; died July 17, 1985

1940 - Tom Jones (Thomas Jones Woodward)
The Prince of Wales: Grammy Award-winning singer : It’s Not Unusual, She’s a Lady, What’s New Pussycat?, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Without Love, Delilah, Love Me Tonight, Green Green Grass of Home, Sex Bomb

1943 - Nikki Giovanni (Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr.)
poet: The Women and the Men, My House

1943 - Ken Osmond
actor: Leave It to Beaver, High School U.S.A.

1944 - Cazzie Russell
basketball: forward & guard: NY Knicks, Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls

1947 - Don (Donald Wayne ‘Brooks’) Money
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978/World Series: 1982]

1947 - Thurman (Lee) Munson
baseball: catcher: NY Yankees [Rookie of the Year: 1970/all-star: 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978/World Series: 1976, 1977, 1978], Baseball Writer’s Award [1976]; killed in plane crash at Akron-Canton [Ohio] Airport Aug 2, 1979

1952 - Liam Neeson
actor: Excalibur, The Dead Pool, Ethan Frome, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy, Les Misérables, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

1958 - Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson)
The Artist Previously Known as Prince: musician, singer: I Wanna be Your Lover, When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, Kiss; actor: Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Graffiti Bridge

1964 - Gia Carides
actress: Primary Colors, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, A Secret Affair

1965 - Mick (Michael Francis) Foley
pro wresler, actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Monday Night RAW, Wrestlemania series, WWF Armageddon

1967 - David M. Navarro
musician: guitar: Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers: LP: One Hot Minute

1970 - Mike Modano
hockey: Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars

1972 - Chris Martin
actor: Madison, Amazon, The Girls’ Room

1975 - Allen Iverson
basketball: Georgetown Univ, Philadelphia 76ers [rookie of the year: 1996-1997]

1976 - Cassidy Rae
actress: Melrose Place, Just Shoot Me, Days of Our Lives, Favorite Deadly Sins, Journey of the Heart

1981 - Anna Kournikova
tennis: champ: US Open [doubles: 1999]

1981 - Larisa Oleynik
actress: 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Ten Things I Hate About You.

Chart Toppers
June 7th.

1950 My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Third Man Theme - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra
Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley

1958 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers

1966 When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Distant Drums - Jim Reeves

1974 The Streak - Ray Stevens
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Pure Love - Ronnie Milsap

1982 Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
I’ve Never Been to Me - Charlene
Finally - T.G. Sheppard

1990 Vogue - Madonna
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You - Heart
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You - Ricky Van Shelton

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

[B]All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
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Thanks for your understanding. :)

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

It was a long trip from silent films and vaudeville, from Broadway and radio to this day in 1948 when Mr. Television was born.

It was the beginning of the television era, and an actor, comedian, and vaudevillian named Milton Berle was the first host of Texaco Star Theater. He didn’t know it at the time, but he was destined to become TV’s first and biggest star. Others hosted the show during the summer, but Berle made the cut, becoming the permanent emcee, staying in the spotlight for another eighteen years.

Milton Berle quickly became a national institution known as Mr. Television. He was undoubtedly responsible for selling millions of TV sets, ultimately making TV the most popular form of entertainment in America. People bought the new contraption just to see the zany comedian on Tuesday night on the NBC network. Shops, restaurants and streets emptied out throughout America as folks rushed home to see the Texaco Star Theater.

The show’s format included the four Texaco Service Men singing the Texaco jingle which then worked into a musical introduction of Milton Berle. He would come on stage at this point, dressed in some outlandish costume. And the show went on... Berle would end each variety show (similar to an old-fashioned vaudeville variety hour) by singing his theme song, Near You.

The format evolved over the years, but Milton Berle, known fondly as Uncle Miltie, stayed the consummate entertainer. Berle has written songs and books, won many awards including one of the first Emmys awarded to a performer [1950]. The entertainer has given more charity performances than any other in show biz.

Mr. Television ... Uncle Miltie ... Milton Berle made us laugh till tears ran down our faces. Those were simpler times. Those were the days... ;)
More here, (http://www.lucyfan.com/miltonberle.html) here, (http://www.timvp.com/miltonb.html) here, (http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/B/htmlB/berlemilton/berlemilton.htm) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texaco_Star_Theater) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Berle) and here. (http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/TV/9807/12/milton.berle.turns.90/index.html)

June 8th.

1783 - Iceland’s Laki volcano blew its top and continued to spew lava for eight more months. This, one of the most violent of volcanic eruptions, killed 9,350 people and caused a famine which lasted until 1790.

1786 - Commercial ice cream was manufactured for the first time -- in New York City.

1808 - The Phoenix, the largest ocean-going steamboat in the world, left New York Harbor for Philadelphia, PA. It was the first ocean voyage ever taken by a steamboat. John Stevens built the mammoth boat.

1869 - Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago, IL received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner. “You can be sure, if it’s McGaffey!”

1872 - A little-remembered piece of history happened on this day: The U.S. Congress authorized the penny postal card.

1927 - Paul Whiteman and his orchestra recorded When Day is Done on Victor Records. Listen to a CD version of the hits of the great bandleader and you’ll hear Henry Busse featured on the trumpet.

1928 - WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY revamped its regular program schedule. While continuing to broadcast three days a week, there were two times each day that viewers could watch TV: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and 11:30 to Midnight. In between those hours we used to sit around and stare at the snow on the screen -- hoping against hope that something would come on.

1942 - The comic soap opera Clara, Lu ’n Em was revived on CBS radio (the original show began in 1931 on NBC). Clara, Lu and Em were together again for just a short while before vanishing into radio oblivion.

1947 - Lassie debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show about an extraordinary collie. Animal imitator, Earl Keen provided the whines and other dog noises. The announcer was Charles Lyon; Marvin Miller and Betty Arnold played Lassie’s owners. The sponsor was Red Heart dog food.

1950 - The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns, 19-4, as Sox fans witnessed a one-game baseball scoring record. Al Zarilla of Boston got four doubles in the game.

1961 - A major-league baseball record was set. Four Milwaukee Braves batters hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

1968 - LA Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale’s major-league streak of scoreless innings pitched, was stopped at 58-2/3 as Howie Bedell, of the Philadelphia Phillies, hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The Dodgers did go on to beat the Phillies 5-3 that day. The Drysdale record stood until 1987, when it was broken by Orel Hersheiser, also of the Dodgers (at that time).

1969 - Yankee Stadium in New York City was sold out as Number 7, Mickey Mantle, formally retired from baseball.

1969 - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced that a single-league schedule would replace the separate NFL and AFL schedules in 1970.

1973 - Johnny Unitas signed a two-year contract to play out his football career with the San Diego Chargers. Unitas had quarterbacked the Baltimore Colts for 16 NFL seasons in some of the most exciting pro football ever seen.

1985 - Jockey Eddie Maple rode Creme Fraiche to victory in the Belmont Stakes, marking the fourth consecutive winner for trainer Woody Stephens. The win marked the highest number of successive Belmont wins since R.W. Walden captured his fifth Belmont Stakes win in 1882.

1998 - Actor Charlton Heston formally assumed the presidency of the National Rifle Association. He vowed to use his star power to communicate the message that NRA members are regular, all-American folk. “At least that's a skill I have, and my public face is useful, too,” Heston said.

June 8th.

1810 - Robert Schumann
composer: Symphonic Etudes, Fantasia in C Major, Concerto in A Minor; died July 29, 1856

1847 - Ida McKinley (Saxton)
First Lady: wife of 25th U.S. President, William McKinley; died May 26, 1907

1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright
architect: Pennsylvania’s Falling Water, NYC’s Guggenheim Museum; “No house should be on any hill or on anything, it should be of the hill, belonging to it ...”; died Apr 9, 1959

1917 - Byron (Whizzer) White
football: Univ. of Colorado All-American [1937], NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers; associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1962-1993]; died Apr 15, 2002

1918 - Robert Preston (Meservey)
actor: Victor Victoria, The Music Man, How the West was Won, Mame, Semi-Tough; died Mar 21, 1987

1921 - Alexis (Gladys) Smith
actress: The Age of Innocence, The Young Philadelphians, Rhapsody in Blue; died June 9, 1993

1923 - George Kirby
comedian, impressionist: The George Kirby Show, ABC Comedy Hour; died Sep 30, 1995

1925 - Barbara Bush (Pierce)
First Lady: wife of 41st President of the U.S., George Bush

1927 - Jerry Stiller
comedian: Stiller and (Anne) Meara; actor: Seinfeld, The King of Queens, Hairspray, Tattingers, The Paul Lynde Show; father of actor Ben Stiller

1931 - Dana Wynter (Dagmar Winter)
actress: Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Sink the Bismarck

1933 - Joan Rivers (Joan Alexandra Molinsky)
comedienne; author: Bouncing Back: I’ve Survived Everything... and I Mean Everything ...and You Can Too!; TV host: The Tonight Show, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers; “Can we talk?”

1936 - James Darren (Ercolani)
singer: Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty; actor: The Guns of Navarone, Because They’re Young, Gidget; host: Time Tunnel

1939 - Bernie Casey
actor: Roots: The Next Generation, The Bay City Blues, In the Mouth of Madness, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rent-A- Cop, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Backfire, Revenge of the Nerds, Never Say Never Again, Sharky’s Machine, The Martian Chronicles series; football player

1940 - Nancy Sinatra
singer: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, Sugar Town, Somethin’ Stupid [w/pop, Frank], Jackson [w/Lee Hazelwood]; actress: The Wild Angels, Speedway

1942 - Chuck Negron
singer: group: Three Dog Night: Joy to the World, Black and White, One, Easy to Be Hard, Eli’s Coming, Mama Told Me Not to Come, An Old Fashioned Love Song, Shambala

1943 - Willie Davenport
Olympic Gold Medalist: 110 meter hurdles [1968], bronze medalist [1976]; National Track & Field Hall of Famer: 60-yard hurdles champion [1966, 67, 69, 70, 71]

1944 - Mark (Henry) Belanger
baseball: shortstop: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979/all-star:1976], LA Dodgers

1944 - Don Grady (Agrati)
actor: My Three Sons, Mickey Mouse Club

1944 - Boz (William) Scaggs
musician, singer: Lowdown, Lido Shuffle, Miss Sun, Look What You’ve Done to Me; songwriter: Silk Degrees, Middle Man

1947 - Mick Box
musician: guitar, songwriter: group: Uriah Heep: Gypsy, Salisbury, July Morning, Easy Livin’

1947 - Sara Paretsky
writer: Burn Marks, Killing Orders

1950 - Kathy Baker
Emmy Award-winning actress: Picket Fences [1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1995-1996]; Edward Scissorhands, Mad Dog and Glory, The Right Stuff, The Cider House Rules, Boston Public

1951 - Bonnie Tyler
singer: Total Eclipse of the Heart, It’s a Heartache

1955 - Griffin Dunne
actor: The Android Affair, Quiz Show, Love Matters, Straight Talk, Big Blue, Amazon Women on the Moon, Johnny Dangerously, An American Werewolf in London, The Other Side of the Mountain; producer: Head Over Heels, Running on Empty, White Palace, Joe’s Apartment

1956 - Russell Christian
sax, keyboards, vocals: group: The Christians: LPs: The Christians, Colour, Happy in Hell

1958 - Keenan Ivory Wayans
Emmy Award-winning producer: In Living Color [1990]; actor, writer, director: In Living Color, A Low Down Dirty Shame, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Hollywood Shuffle; actor: For Love and Honor

1960 - Mick ‘Red’ Hucknall
singer: group: Simply Red: Money’s Too Tight to Mention, Holding Back the Years, The Right Thing

1962 - Nick Rhodes (Bates)
musician: keyboards: group: Duran Duran: Planet Earth, Hungry like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Union of the Snake, Wild Boys

1965 - Neil Mitchell
musician: keyboards: group: Wet Wet Wet: Love Is All Around, Angel Eyes, Goodnight Girl, With a Little Help From My Friends, Sweet Surrender

1965 - Robert Pilatus
performer, lip-syncer: group: Milli Vanilli: Girl You Know It’s True, Blame It on the Rain; died Apr 2, 1998

1966 - Julianna Margulies
actress: ER, The Newton Boys, What's Cooking?, The Mists of Avalon

1966 - Doris Pearson
singer: group: Five Star: The Love You Bring to Me, Some Kind of Magic, Surely, I Give You Give

1967 - Dan Futterman
actor: Judging Amy, The Fisher King, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, Another World, Shooting Fish, Urbania

1970 - Kelli Williams
actress: The Practice, Zapped Again!, Switched at Birth

1976 - Lindsay Davenport
tennis: champ: fourth player since computer rankings began [1977] to simultaneously hold world No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles [joining Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis]

Chart Toppers
June 8th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Personality - Lloyd Price
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Respect - Aretha Franklin
Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) - Engelbert Humperdinck
Creeque Alley - The Mamas & The Papas
It’s Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart

1975 Thank God I’m a Country Boy - John Denver
Sister Golden Hair - America
Bad Time - Grand Funk
Window Up Above - Mickey Gilley

1983 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Overkill - Men At Work
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will) - Waylon Jennings

1991 More Than Words - Extreme
I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Meet in the Middle - Diamond Rio

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Walt Disney’s famous ducky made his first appearance (as a bit player) on film this day in 1934 in The Wise Little Hen. Donald Duck went on to quack his way into mischief and stardom in 127 cartoons and features before his final appearance in 1961. The irascible duck is known the world over and is the best-recognized Disney creation after Mickey Mouse.

His girlfriend, Daisy, was seen for the first time in 1937. Kids came later, in the form of nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie; along with Donald’s miserly uncle, Scrooge McDuck. All have appeared not only in films, but also in comic books and TV cartoons.

Donald’s distinctive quack was voiced originally by Clarence Nash. Quack, quack, quack...
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June 9th.

1790 - The first copyright for a book was given to The Philadelphia Spelling Book. We checked and found that spelling in the City of Brotherly Love is pretty much the same as it is in most other places -- only the accent is a bit different...

1890 - Oh Promise Me was sung by Jessie Bartlett Davis in the premiere of the operetta, Robin Hood, which opened at the Grand Opera House in Chicago, IL.

1899 - James J. Jeffries punched Bob ‘Ruby Robert’ Fitzsimmons into the next county via an 11th-round knockout at Coney Island, NY. Jeffries became heavyweight boxing champ as a result.

1924 - Jelly-Roll Blues was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton and his band for Gennett Records.

1943 - The U.S. Congress authorized legislation giving the green light to a withholding tax on payrolls -- the pay-it-as-you-make-it income tax.

1946 - Mel Ott of the NY Giants became the first manager to receive this dubious honor: Ott was ejected from both games of a doubleheader!

1959 - The first Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarine was launched at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. The USS George Washington (SSBN 598) was christened this day and served proudly until January 24, 1985. In November 1960, the George Washington became the first FBM sub to deploy on an operational patrol (with Polaris missiles on board and ready to fire).

1962 - A decade after making his first hit song, Because of You, singer Tony Bennett debuted in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1965 - Frenchman Michel Jazy ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.6 seconds to break the 1964 record set by Peter Snell.

1970 - Bob Dylan received an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University. Corretta Scott King (Doctor of Humanities) and Walter Lippman (Doctor of Laws) also received honorary degrees. Dylan wrote the song "Day of the Locust" about the event (it was the year the locusts invaded).

1973 - The first Triple Crown winner in 25 years of horse racing won the Belmont Stakes in New York. The thoroughbred that clinched horse racing’s most prestigious honor was Secretariat.

1975 - Tony Orlando and Dawn received a gold record for their hit song, He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You). The million-seller was number one for three weeks (May 3-17, 1975) and one of five million-sellers for the trio. (He Don’t Love You was originally a hit for Jerry Butler in 1960.)

1978 - Larry Holmes beat up Ken Norton to claim the heavyweight boxing title in a 15-round decision in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1980 - Comedian Richard Pryor was rushed to the hospital after suffering third-degree burns over most of his upper body. Pryor was nearly killed in an explosion while he was freebasing cocaine. Pryor was seen, ablaze, running down the street from his house before he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He was hospitalized for more than two months following the debacle.

1985 - The Los Angeles Lakers edged the Boston Celtics, 111-100, to win their first National Basketball Association title in nine tries over the Celtics. The Lakers had been shut out of a championship series since 1959 when they were based in Minneapolis. The MVP of the winning Lakers was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

1992 - Entertainer Ben Vereen was critically injured when he was struck by a van while walking along the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California. The driver, producer/composer David Foster, was not charged. Some hours earlier, Vereen had run into a tree while driving his own car. He blames that mishap for the later accident. He said, "I had hit my head on the steering wheel but felt fine. Later that evening as I was walking in Malibu, I had [a] stroke as a result of that accident." Vereen says he then stumbled into the roadway and was hit by the van. Talk about having a lousy day...

1996 - Linux v2.0 was released. 2.0 was a significant improvement over the earlier versions of the operating system that some experts say will become a competitor for MS Windows. Several ‘flavors’ of Linux have been developed as many in the computing world look for ways to wriggle free from the clutches of “Micro$oft” and its wealthy creator, Bill Gates.

June 9th.

1672 - Peter the Great (Peter Alekseyevich)
Piotr Alekseevich Romanov) (Peter I: Russian Czar [1682-1721], Emperor of Russia [1721-1725]; died Feb 8, 1725; note: these dates are based on the Gregorian calendar -- see May 30 for Julian calendar dates

1781 - George Stephenson
inventor: developer of steam locomotive; died Aug 12, 1848

1791 - John Howard Payne
composer, lyricist: The Maid of Milan, Home Sweet Home; died Apr 9, 1852

1865 - Carl Nielsen
composer: Maskarade; conductor: Danish Royal Opera [1908-1914]; director: Royal Conservatory [Copenhagen, 1915]; died Oct 3, 1931

1891 - Cole (Albert) Porter
composer & lyricist: Broadway shows: Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Can Can, Silk Stockings; songwriter: I’m in Love Again, Let’s Do It, You Do Something to Me, It’s De-Lovely, Night and Day, Don’t Fence Me In, What is This Thing Called Love, Love for Sale, I Get a Kick Out of You, Just One of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, I Love Paris, In the Still of the Night, True Love

1900 - Fred Waring
choirmaster & bandleader: group: The Pennsylvanians: The Whiffenpoof Song; invented Waring blender; died July 29, 1984

1908 - Luis Kutner
attorney: responsible for release of unjustly-held prisoners; wrote the living will concept; died Mar 12, 1993

1915 - Les Paul (Polfus)
Grammy Award-winning guitarist: Chester & Lester [w/Chet Atkins - 1976], Trustees Award [1982]; w/Mary Ford: Vaya Con Dios, How High the Moon, Hummingbird, Sittin’ on Top of the World; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer [1988]

1916 - Robert McNamara
U.S. Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy & Johnson administrations; president of World Bank

1922 - George Axelrod
playwright: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bus Stop, The Seven Year Itch, The Manchurian Candidate; died June 21, 2003

1926 - Mona Freeman
actress: National Velvet, Black Beauty, Dear Ruth, Battle Cry

1926 - Roy Smalley
baseball: shortstop: Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

1930 - Marvin Kalb
journalist: NBC News, Meet the Press; Executive Director: Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

1931 - Jackie Mason (Jacob Moshe Maza)
comedian: Chicken Soup, The World According to Me, The Jerk, Caddyshack 2, History of the World: Part 1; ordained rabbi

1931 - Joe Santos (Minieri)
actor: The Rockford Files, The Panic in Needle Park, Shamus, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Blue Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Sinatra, Trial by Jury

1931 - Bill (William Charles) Virdon
baseball: SL Cardinals [Rookie of the Year: 1955], Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1960]

1934 - Jackie Wilson
singer: Lonely Teardrops, Night, Alone at Last, [Your Love Keeps Lifting Me] Higher and Higher, Baby Workout, For Your Precious Love, Chain Gang; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1987]; died Jan 21, 1984

1935 - Diana Van der Vlis
actress: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Incident, The Girl in Black Stockings, Ryan’s Hope; died Oct 22, 2001

1939 - David Hobbs
auto racer, broadcaster, actor: Stroker Ace, Emerald City, Emmerdale Farm

1939 - Dick Vitale
sportscaster: basketball analyst: ABC, ESPN; author: Time Out, Baby!, Campus Chaos - Why the Game I Love is Breaking My Heart; columnist: USA TODAY

1941 - Billy Hatton
musician: bass: group: The Fourmost: Hello Little Girl, I’m in Love, A Little Loving

1941 - Jon Lord
musician: keyboards: groups: Artwoods, Flowerpot Men, Deep Purple: Black Night, Strange Kind of Woman, Fireball, Smoke on the Water

1950 - Trevor Bolder
musician: bass: groups: Spiders from Mars, Uriah Heep: LP: Equator

1951 - Dave (David Gene) Parker
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates , Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1985, 1986/World Series: 1988, 1989], Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1990], California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays

1961 - Michael J. Fox
actor: Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights Big City, Doc Hollywood, Greedy, For Love or Money, Family Ties; voice of bulldog puppy in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

1963 - Johnny Depp (John Christopher Depp III)
actor: : Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Arizona Dreams, Nick of Time, Dead Man, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Don Juan DeMarco, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Edward Scissorhands, Platoon, A Nightmare on Elm Street, 21 Jump Street, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

1964 - Gloria Reuben
actress: ER, Timecop, Shaft [2000]

1964 - Wayman Tisdale
basketball: Olympic Gold medalist [1984], Univ of Oklahoma [all-American], Phoenix Suns; jazz musician: bass guitar: group: LPs: Power Forward, In the Zone, Decisions

1981 - Natalie Portman
actress: Mars Attacks!, The Prince of Egypt, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Chart Toppers
June 9th.

1944 Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
I’ll Be Seing You - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

1960 Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Burning Bridges - Jack Scott
Paper Roses - Anita Bryant
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

1976 Love Hangover - Diana Ross
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash

1984 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Someday When Things are Good - Merle Haggard

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The sport of harness racing was first covered in a newspaper in the U.S. in the June 10, 1806 edition of New York’s Commercial Advertiser. A pacer named Yankee won the mile at Harlem Race Track in New York. Yankee had the pace down correctly: simultaneously thrusting out the fore and hind legs on one side. We don’t know how many more races Yankee won, but the all-time high for pacer victories goes to Single G, a horse that won 262 races from 1918 through 1926. And Yankee wasn’t around to run in the Triple Crown of Pacers (which began in 1959): the Cane Pace (Yonkers Raceway, NY), the Little Brown Jug (Delaware County Fair, Delaware, OH) and the Messenger Stakes held at various locations.

For most, however, harness racing is synonymous with trotting races. The difference between pacers and trotters is in their gait. Trotters use the diagonally opposite legs. The all-time high for trotter victories goes to Goldsmith Maid, who won 350 races from 1864 through 1877. The triple crown for trotters includes the most famous and richest race in North American harness racing, the Hambletonian. The Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot complete the trio.

Trotting races go back in history to 1554 when they were first held in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. There are also traces of trotters in England in the 1590s. In the U.S., 1870 marks the date that the National Trotting Association was founded. It was first titled: National Association for the Promotion of the Interests of the Trotting Turf.

Great drivers, like Stanley Dancer (he won the Triple Crown of trotting twice, and of pacers once), have made harness racing a major spectator sport, complete with pari-mutuel wagering in many states. See the horses line up across the track. They start behind a moving gate that takes a full lap to get the horses up to speed. The electric gate then folds away and the horses pulling sulkies (the 2-wheeled wagon the jockey sits in) and jockey are, literally, off to the races! There they goooo!
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June 10th.

1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD graduated its first class on this day. Midshipmen still attend classes and graduate from the same locale, not far from Chesapeake Bay.

1902 - A kindly gent named Americus F. Callahan patented what he called the outlook or see-through envelope. The rest, of course, is accounts payable history...

1924 - The first political convention on radio was presented by NBC. Graham McNamee provided coverage of the Republican National Convention from Cleveland, OH. McNamee was one of the great sports broadcasters of radio’s Golden Age.

1935 - After completing one full day without imbibing liquor, Dr. Robert Smith, better known as Doctor Bob, and his friend William G. Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous. This was the beginning of a lifetime without booze for the two ... and for thousands more throughout the years.

1938 - Hollywood Park race track opened for thoroughbreds and, later, harness racing. The track is still in operation in Inglewood, CA.

1944 - Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major-league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

1954 - General Motors announced that the first successful gas-turbine bus had been produced. A proud moment, indeed.

1966 - The first use of reversed tape (in a popular tune) was heard in the song Rain (or niaR) by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B’ side of Paperback Writer. The technique, which had been used by John Cage, Edgar Varese and others, was refined by John Lennon.

1972 - Sammy Davis Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, The Candy Man, stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks. The Candy Man was truly a song of fate for Sammy. He openly did not want to record the song, but did so as a favor to MGM Records head Mike Curb, since it was to be used in the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Davis said he would give the tune one take, "and that’s it!" Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. The Candy Man stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for Love Me or Leave Me in 1955 and 11 weeks for I’ve Gotta Be Me (from Golden Rainbow) in 1969. After The Candy Man became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts -- and collected huge royalties from it.

1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.

1981 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies singled off of Houston pitcher Nolan Ryan to tie Stan Musial’s baseball career-hit total at 3,630. A looming baseball strike of 50 days thwarted ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ efforts to break the National League record.

1983 - Johnny Bench, all-star catcher of the Cincinnati Reds (elected in 1989 to baseball Hall of Fame), announced his plans to retire from the game. Bench called his 16 years in the big leagues “a boy’s dream.” Bench went on to several endeavors, including restaurant ownership, commercial endorsements (“Rust-Oleum -- no runs, no drips, no errors...”) and as a baseball sportscaster for CBS radio.

1985 - Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals broke the 2,000-yard mark in rushing during the season as the Generals won over Jacksonville, 31-24. The effort set a United States Football League (USFL) record. This feat had only been reached twice in the National Football League (NFL) -- once by O.J. Simpson in 1973 for 2,003 yards and by Eric Dickerson in 1984 for 2,105 yards.

1987 - A moderate earthquake rattled 15 states from Iowa to South Carolina. “It was not an aftershock,” geologists reported...

June 10th.

1895 - Hattie McDaniel
Academy Award-winning actress: Gone with the Wind [1939]: 1st African-American to win Oscar; Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat, Saratoga, Since You Went Away; died Oct 2, 1952

1903 - Clyde Beatty
circus performer, lion tamer, circus owner, actor: The Big Cage, Darkest Africa, Perils of the Jungle, Ring of Fear, Bat Men of Africa; died July 19, 1965)

1904 - Frederick Loewe
Oscar-winning composer: Gigi [1958], My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon [w/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner]; died Feb 14, 1988

1908 - Robert Cummings
Emmy Award-winning actor: Twelve Angry Men [1954]; Love That Bob, The Bob Cummings Show, My Hero, Dial "M" for Murder, The Carpetbaggers; died Dec 2, 1990

1910 - Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett)
blues musician: rhythm guitar, singer: How Many More Years, Smoke Stack Lightning, Evil; died Jan 10, 1976

1911 - Terence Rattigan
playwright: The V.I.P.s, The Winslow Boy, The Day Will Dawn; died Nov 30, 1977

1915 - Saul Bellow
writer: The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Dangling Man, The Victim, Henderson the Rain King; died Apr 5, 2005

1918 - Barry Morse
actor: The Fugitive, A Tale of Two Cities, Asylum, Glory! Glory!, Master of the Game, Space: 1999

1921 - Prince Philip (Mountbatten)
Duke of Edinburgh; married to Queen Elizabeth II

1922 - Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm)
singer: Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, You Made Me Love You, The Man that Got Away; actress: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star is Born, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Judgment at Nuremberg; mother of Liza Minnelli and Lorna & Joey Luft; died June 22, 1969

1925 - Nat Hentoff
journalist/columnist: Village Voice, Wall Street Journal; music critic/Jazz authority: associate editor: Down Beat magazine

1926 - June Haver (Stovenour)
actress: The Dolly Sisters, Look for the Silver Lining, Love Nest; died July 4, 2005

1926 - Lionel Jeffries
director: Water Babies, Wombling Free, Amazing Mr. Blunden, The Railway Children; actor: Jekyll and Hyde, Prisoner of Zenda, Lola, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Those Fantastic Flying Fools, Oh Dad Poor Dad [Momma’s Hung You in the Closet & I’m Feeling So Sad], Camelot, Fanny, The Revenge of Frankestein, Bhowani Junction

1928 - Maurice Sendak
author, illustrator: Chicken Soup with Rice, Where the Wild Things Are

1929 - James A. McDivitt
NASA astronaut: commander: Gemini 4 [first space-walk mission], Apollo 9 [Lunar Module tested for first time in earth orbit]; first American Astronaut to reach rank of general

1930 - Grace Mirabella
fashion publishing executive: Vogue magazine, Mirabella magazine; writer: Tiffany & Co. ; In and Out of Vogue : A Memoir [w/Judith Warner]

1933 - F. (Francis) Lee Bailey
defense attorney: O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst, The Boston Strangler, Dr. Sam Sheppard; writer: Criminal Trial Techniques [w/Kenneth J. Fishman], Cleared for the Approach : F. Lee Bailey in Defense of Flying, The Defense Never Rests [w/Harvey Aronson]

1941 - Shirley Owens Alston
singer: group: The Shirelles: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy, Tonight’s the Night, Dedicated to the One I Love, Baby It’s You, Foolish Little Girl

1943 - Jeff Greenfield
TV commentator: ABC, CNN news analyst

1944 - Rick Price
musician: bass: groups: The Move, Wizzard: LPs: Wizzard Brew, Introducing Eddy and the Falcons, See my Baby Jive

1947 - Ken (Kenneth Wayne) Singleton
baseball: NY Mets, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1977, 1979, 1981/World Series: 1979, 1983]

1949 - Kevin Corcoran
actor: A Tiger Walks, Johnny Shiloh, Old Yeller, Savage Sam, The Shaggy Dog

1951 - Dan Fouts
Pro Football Hall of Famer: San Diego Chargers quarter back: AFC Player of the Year [1979]; NFL Player of the Year [1982]; NBC sportscaster

1953 - Rick (Lamar) Camp
baseball: pitcher: Atlanta Braves

1955 - Andrew Stevens
actor: Code Red, Dallas, Emerald Point N.A.S., Illicit Dreams, Scorned, The Terror Within, The Bastard, The Rebel; producer: Crash Dive, The Boy Who Saved Christmas, A Murder of Crows, Submerged; son of actress, Stella Stevens

1965 - Linda Evangelista

1965 - Elizabeth Hurley
actress: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Christabel, Orchid House, Passenger 57

1966 - Doug McKeon
actor: On Golden Pond, Turnaround, Breaking Home Ties, Mischief, Desperate Lives, Night Crossing, From the Earth to the Moon, Critical Mass

1967 - Darren Robinson (Human Beatbox: rap artist: group: Fat Boys: LPs: Fat Boys, Fat Boys are Back, Big and Beautiful, Krush on You, All Meat No Filler; died Dec 10, 1995

1982 - Tara (Kristen) Lipinski
figure skater: Olympic gold medalist [Nagano, Japan: 1998], U.S. and World champ [1997], youngest [14] to win Ladies’ U.S. National Figure Skating Championship [4' 8", 75 pounds]; actress: From This Moment, Ice Angel

1982 - Leelee Sobieski (Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski)
actress: Charlie Grace, Deep Impact, Joan of Arc [TV: 1999], Eyes Wide Shut, Squelch)

Chart Toppers
June 10th.

1945 Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

1961 Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Moody River - Pat Boone
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969 Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Grazing in the Grass - The Friends of Distinction
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette

1977 Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

1985 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
Natural High - Merle Haggard

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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06-10-2008, 11:00 PM
163rd day of 2008 - 203 remaining.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Racing back to 1919 ... Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes in New York to become the first horse to capture the Triple Crown. It was on this day that the Belmont Stakes was first run as part of thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious trio of events. Sir Barton had already won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown -- the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky and the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Triple Crown is for three-year-olds only and has only been achieved by ten horses other than Sir Barton: Gallant Fox in 1930; Omaha, five years later; War Admiral in 1937; Whirlaway in ’41; Count Fleet in ’43; Assault in 1946; Citation ridden by Eddie Arcaro in 1948; the famous Secretariat in 1973; Seattle Slew in ’77 and Affirmed, the following year.

Jim Fitzsimmons, the trainer of Gallant Fox and Omaha; and Ben Jones, who trained Whirlaway and Citation are the only trainers to have two winners in the Triple Crown circle.

Eddy Arcaro is the jockey who holds the most wins at the Kentucky Derby [5], Preakness Stakes [6], and Belmont Stakes [6]. Although he shares these records with other jockeys, he is the only one to have won the Triple Crown twice -- with Whirlaway and Citation.
More reading here, (http://www.ntraracing.com/) here, (http://www.nyra.com/index_belmont.html) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racing) here, (http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2008/) here. (http://www.preakness.com/)

June 11th.

1793 - The first patent for a stove was issued -- to Robert Haeterick.

1912 - From the Hey! Let’s Have a Bit of Fun File: Silas Christoferson thought and thought of how to use his 15 minutes of fame and darn-near came close to using it all and then some with this stunt. Mr. Christoferson became the first airplane pilot to take off from the roof of a hotel! He did the deed from atop the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, OR.

1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross. No, he never took off from the roof of a hotel.

1928 - King Oliver and his band recorded Tin Roof Blues for Vocalion Records.

1936 - The Presbyterian Church of America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.

1939 - The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon; later known as the Queen Mother) of Great Britain were in America to visit with President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. As is befitting of such a grand event, the King and Queen were fed some of the gourmet foods of the United States. In fact, it was the first time that both the King and Queen had tasted hot dogs. Must have been a pretty low-key state dinner... “Pass the mustard, old chum!” “Grey Poupon?”

1940 - The Ink Spots recorded Maybe on Decca Records. By September, 1940, the song had climbed to the number two position on the nation’s pop music charts.

1949 - Hank Williams sang a show-stopper on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. He sang the classic Lovesick Blues, one of his most beloved songs.

1950 - Golfing legend Ben Hogan, returning to tournament play after a near-fatal auto mishap, won the U.S. Open golf tourney in a three-way playoff with Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio.

1961 - Roy Orbison was wrapping up a week at number one on the Billboard record chart with Running Scared, his first number one hit. Orbison recorded 23 hits for the pop charts, but only one other song made it to number one: Oh Pretty Woman in 1964. He came close with a number two effort, Crying, number four with Dream Baby and number five with Mean Woman Blues. Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; but suffered a fatal heart attack just one year later.

1966 - Janis Joplin made her first onstage appearance at the age of 23. She performed at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco with Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band was a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Piece of My Heart was the only hit to chart for the group (1968). At the end of 1968, Janis Joplin left Big Brother and the Holding Company (they disbanded in 1972). Her solo career that followed included hits such as Down on Me and Me and Bobby McGee. Janis ‘Pearl’ Joplin died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in October 1970. The movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, was inspired by the life of the rock star.

1972 - Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied (with Gil Hodges of the Dodgers) the National League record for the most grand-slam home runs in a career, with 14. The Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-3 to make the celebration even better.

1979 - One of America’s greatest legends, both as a movie star and as a symbol of patriotism, died this day. Marion Michael Morrison, known as John Wayne, died following a courageous fight with cancer. ‘The Duke’ was 72. He had been a Hollywood hero for almost 50 years and with some 200 movies to his credit, including The Alamo, Island in the Sky, The Longest Day, Rio Bravo, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit (his only Oscar-winning performance). Wayne was born in 1907 and went to school at North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.

1981 - The first baseball player’s strike in major-league history began during mid-season after Seattle defeated Baltimore 8-2 at the Kingdome in Seattle. For two months, the nation’s favorite pastime was watching negotiations between the players’ union and team owners.

1982 - The movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial opened. Steven Spielberg directed this classic. It dazzled audiences with state-of-the-art special effects and a touching, humorous, story line, grossing over $100 million in its first 31 days of theatrical release.

1985 - Von Hayes of the Philadelphia Phillies became the 21st player in major-league baseball history to hit a pair of home runs in one inning as he led the Phillies to a 26-7 cakewalk over the New York Mets.

1993 - U.S. audiences rumbled to theatres for a first look at Jurassic Park. The Steven Spielberg-directed dinosaur blockbuster billed a gigantic $47.06 million -- just for openers.

1996 - Republican Senator Bob Dole ended his Senate career (to make a run for the U.S. Presidency) with an emotional farewell speech before a packed Senate chamber. He had spent some 27 years as a U.S. Senator.

1999 - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me premiered at theatres across the U.S. Dr. Evil (played by Mike Myers) travels back to 1969 to steal Austin Powers’ (also played by Mike Myers) mojo. Powers (now “shagless”) must travel to ’69 to get his mojo back (can you dig it?). Big stars in the movie include the not-so-big Mini-Me (Verne Troyer), CIA agent Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), Basil Exposition (Michael York), Number Two (Robert Wagner), Young Number Two (Rob Lowe) and Fat Bastard (that Myers guy again). All this silliness was taken very seriously by fans at the box office. Austin Powers II, as the flick is also known, opened to the tune of $54.92 mil the first weekend. As of May 2001 it had grossed $205.4 million. Yeah, baby! (One other film opened in the U.S. this day: The Red Violin, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli and Don Mckellar.)

June 11th.

1572 - Ben Johnson
actor: The Poetaster, Satiromastix; poet: Song: To Celia; playwright: Every Man in His Humour, Every Man Out of His Humour, Cynthia’s Revels, War of the Theatres, Sejanus, His Fall, The Masque of Owles, The Alchemist, The Devil is an ***; died Aug 6, 1637

1776 - John Constable
landscape artist: The White Horse, The Hay-Wain, The Cornfield, Stoke-by-Nayland, Arundel Mill and Castle; died Mar 31, 1837

1864 - Richard Strauss
composer: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegel; died Sep 8, 1949

1880 - Jeannette Rankin
U.S. Congresswoman: 1st woman to be elected to this position; only dissenting vote as Congress passed a Declaration of War against Japan [1941]; died May 18, 1973

1900 - Lawrence (Edmund) Spivak
producer: Washington Exclusive, TV host: Meet the Press, The Big Issue; magazine publisher: F&SF (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction); died Mar 9, 1994

1910 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau
marine explorer: PBS-TV producer; co-inventor of Aqua-Lung; died June 25, 1997

1913 - Vince Lombardi
Pro Football Hall of Famer: coach: Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl I, II; “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”; died Sep 3, 1970

1913 - Risë Stevens (Risë Steenberg)
mezzo-soprano: New York Metropolitan Opera: Orpheus; Mozart’s Cherubino and Dorabella; Delilah of Biblical fame; La Giocanda’s Laura; Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; Carmen [her role described as “voluptuous, earthy, and white-hot in her alternating moods of passion and anger.”]; resident: of Mannes College of Music, New York; radio: frequent guest appearances; actress: The Chocolate Soldier, We Must Have Music, Going My Way, Journey Back to Oz

1919 - Richard Todd (Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd)
actor: The Hasty Heart, The Longest Day, The Big Sleep, House of the Long Shadows, Never Let Go

1920 - Shelly Manne
composer, musician: drummer: Peter Gunn score; actor: Man with the Golden Arm; died Sep 26, 1984

1925 - William Styron
author: Sophie’s Choice, The Confessions of Nat Turner

1935 - Gene Wilder (Jerome Silberman)
actor: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Murder in a Small Town, The Lady in Question

1936 - Chad Everett (Raymon Cramton)
actor: Medical Center, The Dakotas, The Singing Nun, Jigsaw Murders, Airplane 2: The Sequel, McKenna

1939 - Wilma Burgess
country singer: Baby, Misty Blue, Don’t Touch Me, Tear Time

1939 - Jackie Stewart (John Young Stewart)
auto racer: 3-time World Grand Prix champion, sportscaster

1940 - Joey Dee (Joseph DiNicola)
singer: group: Joey Dee and The Starliters: Peppermint Twist, Shout, Hot Pastrami with Mashed Potatoes; films: Hey, Let’s Twist, Two Tickets to Paris

1945 - Adrienne Barbeau
actress: Swamp Thing, Maude, Cannonball Run, Silk Degrees, Double-Crossed, Two Evil Eyes

1946 - John Lawton
singer: solo: LP: Take No Prisoners; groups: Rough Diamond, Uriah Heep, Lucifer’s Friend

1948 - Dave (David) Cash
baseball: second baseman: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1974, 1975, 1976], Montreal Expos, SD Padres

1949 - George Willig
stunt man: climbed World Trade Center

1950 - Serge Lajeunesse
hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers

1951 - Doug Kotar
football: Univ. of Kentucky, NY Giants

1952 - Donnie Van Zandt
musician: guitar, singer: group: .38 Special: Hold on Loosely, Fantasy Girl, Caught Up in You, You Keep Runnin’ Away, LPs: Tour De Force, Strength in Numbers

1954 - Gary Fencik
football: Chicago Bears safety: Super Bowl XX

1956 - Joe Montana
football: San Francisco 49ers quarterback: Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV: Super Bowl career records for yards gained, passes completed, touchdowns thrown and highest completion percentage; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback

1965 - Pamela Gidley
actress: C.S.I., The Pretender, Angel Street, Freefall, Jane Austen’s Mafia!

1978 - Joshua Jackson
actor: Dawson’s Creek, The Mighty Ducks series, On the Edge of Innocence.

Chart Toppers
June 11th.

1946 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Kay Starr
(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely - Johnnie & Jack

1962 I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
Lovers Who Wander - Dion
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones

1970 Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
Which Way You Goin’ Billy? - The Poppy Family
Up Around the Bend/Run Through the Jungle - Creedence Clearwater
Hello Darlin’ - Conway Twitty

1978 You’re the One that I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
Georgia on My Mind - Willie Nelson

1986 Live to Tell - Madonna
On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
I Can’t Wait - Nu Shooz
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - Ronnie Milsap

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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06-11-2008, 11:00 PM
164th day of 2008 - 202 remaining.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baseball’s first El Perfecto, a perfect game, was recorded on this day in 1880 ... a perfect game being when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings.

A southpaw, left-handed Lee Richmond of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Ruby Legs, pitched himself to perfection with a 1-0 shutout of the Cleveland Spiders in a National League game. Five days later, on June 17, the second, official perfect game was pitched by John Ward in another National League game between Providence and Buffalo.

It was two and a half decades later before this feat was accomplished again. This time, the now famous Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox, stopped the Philadelphia Athletics in an American League game.

Perfect game days are very rare! So if you get a chance to see one, either in person or on TV, you’ll be watching history in the making.
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June 12th.

1839 - According to legend, Abner Doubleday, who later became a major name in book publishing, created the game we know as baseball. It happened in Cooperstown, NY which, coincidentally, is the present home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1912 - Lillian Russell, famed theatrical actress, married for the fourth time on this day and said that she was retiring from the stage. Marriage will sometimes do that to people.

1923 - Harry Houdini, while in a straitjacket, suspended 40 feet in the air, amazed a large and quite disbelieving audience as he freed himself of the constraints.

1935 - Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first sides for Brunswick Records. The tunes were Love and Kisses and I’ll Chase the Blues Away. She was featured with Chick Webb and his band. Ella was 17 at the time and conducted the Webb band for three years following his death in 1939.

1939 - The Baseball Hall of Fame was formally dedicated at Cooperstown, NY. The shrine to major league baseball still stands in honor of baseball greats of the past.

1942 - Paul Whiteman and his orchestra recorded Travelin’ Light on Capitol Records of Hollywood, California. On the track with Whiteman’s orchestra was the vocal talent of ‘Lady Day’, Billie Holiday.

1947 - People gathered around the radio to listen to Sergeant Preston of The Yukon for the first time. The show, with the Canadian Mountie and his trusty dog, King, continued on the radio until 1955 (and on TV from 1955-1958). Sgt. Preston was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, who also created The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.

1948 - Ben Hogan won his first U.S. Open golf classic on this day.

1955 - The first network radio show to be produced with no script, The University of Chicago Round Table, was heard for the final time after 24 years on NBC radio. The program was the first network radio program to win the coveted George Foster Peabody Award.

1956 - “This is Monitor, a weekend program service of NBC Radio,” was heard for the first time. Notables such as Bill Cullen, Ed McMahon, Hugh Downs, and Dave Garroway recited this line. It was a network cue to NBC radio stations across the nation who carried the long form news, entertainment and variety broadcast from New York City. Stations and listeners who were “on the Monitor beacon” were entertained for six hours or more each Saturday and Sunday night for nearly two decades. NBC’s Monitor was one of the last live network radio programs on the air.

1957 - Stan ‘The Man’ Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National-League baseball record by appearing in his 823rd consecutive game. The old record (822) had been held by Gus Suhr of the Pirates (& Phillies). Musial went on to extend his consecutive game streak to 895 in late August 1957.

1963 - Elizabeth Taylor starred in the $40,000,000 film epic, Cleopatra. The movie certainly gave ticket buyers their money’s worth. It lasted for four hours, three minutes. Cleopatra opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City on this day. Richard Burton starred as Marc Antony, Rex Harrison played Julius Caesar, Hume Cronyn played Sosigines, Carroll O’Connor was Casa and Roddy McDowell appeared as Octavian. We were at a loss, however, to find the name of the asp that bit Cleopatra. We do know where she was bitten -- just not what happened to the little snake. Sorry.

1965 - The Queen of England announced that The Beatles would receive the coveted MBE Award. The Order of the British Empire recognition had previously been bestowed only upon British military heroes, many of whom were so infuriated by the news, they returned their medals to the Queen. In fact, John Lennon wasn’t terribly impressed with receiving the honor. He returned it (for other reasons) four years later.

1981 - Larry Holmes, 31, defended his heavyweight boxing title by earning a third-round TKO (technical knockout) over Leon Spinks in Detroit, MI. Spinks, who had lost his two front teeth in previous bouts, was understandably discouraged at being beaten so early and was quoted as having said, “Thith ith weely, weely a thame, youth know? Like, I wuth weddy, weely weddy, but, I got whupped up pwetty badth, I gueth.”

1982 - A major political rally attracted the largest crowd ever to such an event in New York City’s Central Park. Entertainers Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Linda Ronstadt gathered before 750,000 to rally for the cause of nuclear disarmament.

1985 - The National Hockey League Celebration of Excellence recognized ‘The Great One’, hockey star Wayne Gretsky, by awarding him his sixth Hart Trophy. The honor is earned by the Most Valuable Player in the NHL each year.

1987 - President Ronald Reagan delivered a now-famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Destruction began November 9, 1989 on the Berlin Wall that had divided the city for some 28 years.

1994 - The gruesomely-murdered bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered outside Nicole’s Brentwood, California condominium. Within days, actor/football legend O.J. Simpson was charged by police. He was acquitted in criminal court [1995], but found liable for the deaths in a civil suit [1997].

June 12th.

1897 - Sir (Robert) Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister [1955-1957]; died Jan 11, 1977

1914 - William Lundigan
actor: I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, The Fighting 69th, Pinky, Love Nest, The White Orchid; died Dec 20, 1975

1915 - Priscilla Lane (Mullican)
actress: Varsity Show, Million Dollar Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace; died Apr 4, 1995

1915 - David Rockefeller
banker: chairman: Chase Manhattan Bank; modern-art lover: trustee/chairman: Museum of Modern Art; chairman: Rockefeller University

1916 - Irwin Allen
producer, director: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Towering Inferno, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure; died Nov 2, 1991

1916 - Ivan Tors
producer, director: Flipper, Zebra in the Kitchen, Namu, the Killer Whale, Gentle Ben, Salty; died June 4, 1983

1919 - Uta (Thyra) Hagen
Tony Award-winning actress: The Country Girl [1950], Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [1963]; films: The Boys from Brazil, Reversal of Fortune; died Jan 14, 2004

1921 - James A. Houston
author: Ghost Fox, The White Dawn, The Ice Master: A Novel of the Arctic

1924 - George (Herbert Walker) Bush
41st U.S. President [1989-1993]; married to Barbara Pierce [four sons, two daughters]; nickname: Poppy; VicePresident under President Reagan, U.S. Congressman from Texas, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.; father of 43rd U.S. President George W. (Walker) Bush

1927 - Al Fairweather
jazz musician: groups: Al Fairweather-Ralph Laing All Stars, Fairweather-Brown all Stars

1928 - Vic Damone (Vito Rocco Farinola)
singer: On the Street Where You Live, An Affair to Remember, You Were Only Fooling

1930 - Innes Ireland
auto racer: champ: American Grand Prix [1961]; died Oct 22, 1993

1930 - Jim Nabors
actor: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, The Jim Nabors Hour; singer: Back Home Again in Indiana

1932 - Rona Jaffe
author: The Last Chance, Class Reunion; films: The Best of Everything, Mazes and Monsters

1941 - Marv Albert (Marv Philip Aufrichtig)
sportscaster: NBC-TV

1941 - Chick (Armando) Corea
Grammy Award-winning jazz composer/musician: No Mystery [1975], The Leprechaun: Leprechaun's Dream [1976], Friends [1978], In Concert, Zurich, Oct 28, 1979 [1981], GRP Super Live In Concert: Light Years [1988], Akoustic Band [1989], Native Sense: Rhumbata [1999], Like Minds [2000], Corea.Concerto: Spain [2001]

1942 - Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff)
singer: 1-2-3, Like a Baby; group: The Dovells: The Bristol Stomp, You Can’t Sit Down

1944 - Cornelius Johnson
football: Baltimore Colts guard: Super Bowl III, V

1945 - Reg Presley
singer: group: Troggs: Wild Thing, Give It to Me, Love is All Around

1947 - John Clifford
choreographer: New York City Ballet, Artistic Director of LA Ballet, ballet master/repetiteur for George Balanchine Trust

1947 - Steve Kiner
football: Dallas Cowboys linebacker: Super Bowl V

1951 - Bun Carlos (Brad Carlson)
musician: drums: group: Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me, Ain’t That a Shame, Dream Police, Voices

1951 - Brad Delp
musician: guitar, singer: group: Boston: More Than a Feeling, Long Time, Piece of Mind, Don’t Look Back, Man I’ll Never Be, Amanda

1957 - Timothy Busfield
actor: Thirtysomething, Byrds of Paradise, Little Big League, Field of Dreams, Revenge of the Nerds, Sneakers, The West Wing

1958 - Rory Sparrow
basketball: Villanova Univ., New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls [SI Sportsman of the Year: 1987 co-recipient], Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings; NBA Player Programs Director

1959 - Jenilee Harrison
actress: Three’s Company, Dallas, Fists of Iron, Prime Target, Curse 3: Blood Sacrifice, Tank

1963 - Jerry Lynn
pro wrestler/actor: ECW Hardcore TV, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Raw Is War, Sunday Night Heat

1964 - Paula Marshall
actress: The Wonder Years, Snoops, Cupid, Spin City, Chicago Sons, The Single Guy, Seinfeld

1971 - Mark Henry
pro wrestler/actor: Raw is War, Wrestlemania XIV, Sunday Night Heat, WWF Judgement Day, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon.

Chart Toppers
June 12th.

1947 Mam’selle - Art Lund
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
My Adobe Hacienda - Eddy Howard
Sugar Moon - Bob Wills

1955 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963 It’s My Party - Lesley Gore
Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins

1971 Want Ads - The Honey Cone
Rainy Days and Mondays - Carpenters
It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
You’re My Man - Lynn Anderson

1979 Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
We are Family - Sister Sledge
Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer
She Believes in Me - Kenny Rogers

1987 You Keep Me Hangin’ On - Kim Wilde
Always - Atlantic Starr
Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
I Will Be There - Dan Seals

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

06-12-2008, 11:00 PM
165th day of 2008 - 201 remaining.

Friday, June 13, 2008

When reading this description of this day in history, you have the right to remain silent...

On this day in 1966, the Miranda Decision was handed down by the United States Supreme Court. The 5-4 decision regarded the rights of individuals to remain silent because “...anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law.” It held that the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States “required warnings before valid statements could be taken by police.”

If you are held for questioning, you will hear police read you your rights or read you the Miranda, the more common reference to the Miranda Decision. The card imprinted with the Miranda Decision, and carried by the police, put some money in the pockets of then, 23-year-old Ernesto Miranda. The subject of Miranda vs. Arizona, he signed the cards, selling his autograph. Some ten years later, a man, suspected of stabbing Miranda to death during a card game, was released after being read his Miranda rights. A warrant was later issued for his arrest; but he was never seen again.

Without notifying suspects of their Miranda Rights, law enforcement in the U.S. has little basis for prosecution. What a criminal defendant says if not informed, before being questioned, that he/she has the right to remain silent and speak with an attorney or other legal counsel present, will not be admitted in court.

Book ’em, Danno ... and read ’em their rights.
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June 13th.

1789 - Mrs. Alexander Hamilton served a new dessert treat for General George Washington. The highlight of the dinner party was ice cream! And you thought all this time that Dolley Madison was responsible. Not so.

1893 - The first Ladies’ British Amateur golf championship was sponsored by the Ladies Golf Union. The match took place at St. Anne’s, a new course in Lancashire.

1921 - Babe Ruth connected for a 460-foot home run deep into the center-field bleachers at the Polo Grounds in New York City. It was the longest homer in the career of ‘The Sultan of Swat’.

1935 - Jim Braddock defeated Max Baer in a 15-round decision. Braddock captured the world heavyweight boxing title for the win in New York City.

1939 - Lionel Hampton and his band recorded Memories of You for Victor Records.

1940 - The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs were the first two major-league baseball teams to play at Doubleday Field at Cooperstown, NY in the Hall of Fame Game.

1944 - The wire recorder was patented by Marvin Camras. Wire recorders were the precursor of much easier to use magnetic tape recorders.

1948 - Uniform #3, belonging to Babe Ruth, was retired at farewell ceremonies for the Babe. The touching ceremony at Yankee Stadium came just two months before the baseball legend passed away.

1970 - The song Make It with You, by David Gates and Bread, was released. It turned out to be a number-one hit (8/22/70). Though Bread had a dozen hits, including one other million-seller (Baby I’m-A Want You, 1971); Make It with You was the soft-pop group’s only number-one tune.

1971 - Singer Francis Albert Sinatra made an attempt to retire from show business following a performance this night at the Music Center in Los Angeles, CA. ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ got a bit restless in retirement, however, and was back in Sinatra - The Main Event at Madison Square Garden in November 1973.

1984 - Rick Sutcliffe was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago Cubs. Sutcliffe had been 4-5 for the Indians, but ended the season 16-1 with the Cubs. He led the Cubbies to the National League East Division title.

1985 - Andy North won his first tournament in seven years by capturing the U.S. Open with a winning scorecard of 279. North won a paycheck of $103,000. Tze-Chung Chen of Taiwan, who had been the tourney leader until final day of competition, finished second in his U.S. Open debut.

1987 - Garrison Keilor, host and storyteller on the award-winning public radio series, A Prairie Home Companion, left the program and its delightful shores of Lake Wobegon for Denmark where he intended to spend his time writing (he returned to the U.S. two years later). He had been with the program for 13 years.

June 13th.

1865 - William Butler Yeats
Nobel Prize-winning poet & dramatist [1923]; passed Jan 28, 1939

1892 - (Philip St. John) Basil Rathbone
actor: The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, The Last Hurrah, The Hound of the Baskervilles, House of Fear, David Copperfield, Last Days of Pompeii, Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes, A Christmas Carol, The Comedy of Terrors; died July 21, 1967

1903 - Red (Harold) Grange
Pro and College Football Hall of Famer: ‘The Galloping Ghost’: Chicago Bears, University of Illinois: running back; died Jan 28, 1991

1908 - (Maria Helena) Vieira da Silva
artist: style: Parisian School and abstract expressionism; died Mar 6, 1992

1910 - Mary (Isabelle) Wickes (Wickenhauser)
actress: Little Women, Sister Act, Postcards from the Edge, How to Murder Your Wife; died Oct 22, 1995

1912 - Samuel A. (Albert) Taylor
playwright: Sabrina [1954], Vertigo, Three on a Couch, Topaz, Sabrina [1995]; died May 26, 2000

1913 - Ralph Edwards
actor/host: Radio Stars on Parade, Beat the Band, The Devil’s Bedroom; TV and radio host: Truth or Consequences, This is Your Life; died Nov 16, 2005

1915 - Don Budge
tennis champion: Australian Open [1938], French Open [1938], Wimbledon [1937, 1938, 1939], U.S. Open [1937, 1938]; died Jan 26, 2000

1917 - Si (Simon) Zentner
bandleader, trombonist: Boyd Raeburn Orchestra; died Jan 31, 2000

1918 - Ben Johnson
actor: Angels in the Outfield, The Getaway, The Last Picture Show, One-Eyed Jacks, Red Dawn, Shane; died Apr 8, 1996

1922 - Mel (Melvin Lloyd) ‘Dusty’ Parnell
baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1949, 1951]

1926 - Paul Lynde
comedian, actor: The Paul Lynde Show, Hollywood Squares, Love American Style, Temperatures Rising, Bewitched, The Red Buttons Show; cartoon voice: Claude Pertwee; passed away Jan 10, 1982

1935 - Christo (Javacheff)
artist: Valley Curtain, Running Fence, The Umbrellas

1936 - Michel Jazy
track: world-record holder in the mile [1965-3 minutes, 53.6 seconds]

1940 - Bobby Freeman
singer: Do You Wanna Dance, C’mon and Swim

1940 - Dallas Long
Olympic Gold Medal-winning shot-putter: [Tokyo: 1964], world record [67' 10": 1964]

1943 - Malcolm McDowell
actor: A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man, Blue Thunder, Caligula, Gulag, Look Back in Anger, Fantasy Island [1998]

1949 - Dennis Locorriere
musician: guitar, singer: group: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Sylvia’s Mother, Sexy Eyes, The Cover of "Rolling Stone", When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman

1950 - J.P. Bordeleau
hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks

1951 - Howard Leese
musician: guitar, keyboards: group: Heart: Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Straight On

1951 - Richard Thomas
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Waltons [1973]; Roots: The Next Generation, All Quiet on the Western Front, Johnny Belinda

1952 - Ernie (Leo Ernest) Whitt
baseball: catcher: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays [all-star: 1985], Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles

1953 - Tim Allen (Timothy Allen Dick)
comedian, actor: Home Improvement, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II, The Santa Clause, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Galaxy Quest

1968 - Deniece (Lisa Marie) Pearson
singer: group: Five Star: System Addict, Can’t Wait Another Minute, Find the Time, Rain or Shine, Stay Out of My Life, The Slighest Touch.

Chart Toppers
June 13th.

1948 Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra
Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I’m in Love Again - Fats Domino
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley
Crazy Arms - Ray Price

1964 Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
Love Me with All Your Heart - The Ray Charles Singers
Together Again - Buck Owens

1972 The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Nice to Be with You - Gallery
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo

1980 Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
My Heart - Ronnie Milsap

1988 One More Try - George Michael
Together Forever - Rick Astley
Everything Your Heart Desires - Daryl Hall John Oates
I Told You So - Randy Travis

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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166th day of 2008 - 200 remaining.

Saturday, June 14, 2008
FLAG DAY. ;) :)

“Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation,” said John Adams on this day in 1777 at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. And so, the first Flag Day was celebrated in the United States of America.

Proclamation 1335, May 30, 1916, made it possible for every President to issue a proclamation that June 14 would be celebrated as Flag Day. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate June 14 as a legal holiday, proclamation or not, although the proclamation has been issued annually since 1949.

At 7 p.m. E.D.T., across the United States, the President leads the country in a pause to pledge allegiance, a time to honor America. The national ceremony is held at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and was conceived as a way for all citizens to share a patriotic moment.

We salute the star-bangled banner (now with 50 white stars on a blue field) on this Flag Day.
The Stars and Stripes. (http://www.homeofheros.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/flag/1bfa_hist2.html) star-bangled banner. (http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html)

June 14th.

1775 - The first U.S. military service, the U.S. Army, was established by a Congressional Resolution.

1834 - While thoughts of summer sun and sand are upon us, we pause to take a short lesson about one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Isaac Fischer, Jr. of Springfield, Vermont decided that it was time to patent sandpaper. Mr. Fischer’s sandpaper changed the coarse of history didn’t it? Now, back to work!

1881 - The player piano was patented by John McTammany, Jr. of Cambridge, MA. It was patent number 242,786.

1901 - The first professional open championship to utilize rules of the U.S. Golf Association was held at Hamilton, MA.

1919 - Lindbergh did it all by himself; but the true, first, nonstop transatlantic flight took place on this day. Actually, it took two days for Captain John Al**** and Lt. Arthur Brown to fly their Vickers Vimy bomber to Ireland from St. Johns, Newfoundland. The 1,900-mile flight ended in a crash landing in a peat bog in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

1922 - A U.S. President was heard on the radio for the first time. President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Francis Scott Key Memorial and was heard on radio station WEAR in Baltimore.

1923 - It was the beginning of the country music recording industry. Ralph Peer of Okeh Records recorded Fiddlin’ John Carson doing The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane -- and the first country music recording was in the can.

1937 - Pennsylvania became the first state in the United States to observe Flag Day as a legal holiday. PA is still the only state doing so (see Flag Day [above]).

1942 - From the Do Not Try This at Home File: The first bazooka-rocket gun was produced -- in Bridgeport, CT.

1950 - After 13 years on the radio, Harold Peary played the leading role of The Great Gildersleeve one final time. Willard Waterman took Peary’s place in the role for the next eight years on radio and for several years on TV as well.

1951 - Univac 1 was unveiled in Washington, DC. Billed as the world’s first commercial computer, Univac was designed for the U.S. Census Bureau. The massive computer was 8 feet high, 7-1/2 feet wide and 14-1/2 feet long. It had lots and lots of tubes that dimmed lights all over Washington when it cranked out information. Compared to today’s computers, Univac was painfully slow ... a lot like the government in which it served, in fact.

1953 - Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, TN. Within three years, the truck driver-turned-singer had his first number-one record with Heartbreak Hotel.

1953 - Seven former Southern Conference university sports teams established a new alliance: The Atlantic Coast Conference.

1963 - Duke Snider got his 400th home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Snider became the ninth player in major-league history to reach this career milestone.

1975 - America reached the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart with Sister Golden Hair. The group had previously (March, 1972) taken A Horse With No Name to the number one spot. The trio of Dan Peek, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell had received the Best New Artist Grammy in 1972. America recorded a dozen hits that made it to the popular music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Though number one, Sister Golden Hair did not qualify for gold record (million-seller) status.

1976 - The Beatles were awarded a gold record for the compilation album of past hits titled, Rock ’n’ Roll Music.

1982 - The large Argentine garrison in Port Stanley (capital and only town in the Falkland Islands) was overrun by British troops, effectively ending the Falklands War. Argentina had invaded the British dependent territory(ies) in April 1982. During the brief war, Argentina suffered 655 killed, while Britain lost 236.

1985 - Earl Weaver returned to manage the American League Baltimore Orioles, after a 2-1/2-year retirement. Weaver is said to have turned down 11 managing offers, but said “Yes” to Attorney Edward Bennett Williams, the owner of the Orioles, when asked to return to take over the reins of the team.

1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves opened, collecting $25.63 million from audiences at 2,369 U.S. theaters. Kevin Costner is Robin of Locksley, Morgan Freeman plays Azeem, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is Marian, and Christian Slater stars as Will Scarlett. The mean old Sheriff of Nottingham is played by the spooky Alan Rickman. It takes awhile (143 minutes), but the good guys/gals do live happily ever after.

1995 - Michael Jackson and wife, Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson, were interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC-TV’s PrimeTime Live. Sawyer questioned the couple about how they got to know each other, how Michael proposed, etc. The hourlong interview, at the old MGM set at Sony Pictures, Hollywood, was seen by 60 million U.S. viewers and millions more around the world. Selected snippets from the interview: Do they have sex? “Yes, yes, yes.” Prenuptial agreement? “Yes.” Regarding accusations of child molestation? “Never ever! I could never harm a child, or anyone. It’s not in my heart. It’s not how I am. I am not even interested in that!” Would Michael like to be as black as he once was? “I love black.”

June 14th.

1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
author: Uncle Tom’s Cabin; died July 1, 1896

1820 - John Bartlett
compiler, editor: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations; died in 1905

1864 - Dr. Alois Alzheimer
psychiatrist, pathologist: first to describe the disease named after him: Alzheimer’s Disease; died [of a severe cold complicated by endocarditis] Dec 19, 1915

1901 - Hap (Clarence) Day
Hockey Hall-of-Famer: Univ. of Toronto, Toronto St. Patricks, Toronto Maple Leafs [Stanley Cup: 1931-32], NY Americans; referee; coach: Toronto Maple Leafs [won five Stanley Cups, including three in a row]; manager: Toronto Maple Leafs; died Feb 17, 1990

1906 - Margaret Bourke-White
photojournalist: LIFE magazine; 1st woman photojournalist attached to US Armed Forces in WWII: covered Italy, siege of Moscow, U.S. Forces crossing into Germany, concentration camps; division of India, Mahatma Gandhi; Korean War correspondent; book [w/husband Erskine Caldwell]: You Have Seen Their Faces; died Aug 27, 1971

1909 - Burl (Icle Ivanhoe) Ives
singer: A Holly Jolly Christmas, A Little Bitty Tear, Funny Way of Laughin’, Call Me Mr. In- Between; Academy Award winning actor: The Big Country [1958], Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, East of Eden, Smokey, Our Man in Havana, The Bold Ones, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; radio series: The Wayfaring Stranger [1944]; died Apr 14, 1995

1910 - Nappy (Hilton Napoleon) Lamare
musician: guitar: group: Bob Cats; solo: Nickel in the Slot; died May 8, 1988

1913 - Henry Banks
auto racer: PPG Indy Car World Series champ [1950]; first president of American Racing Drivers Club [ARDC] [1939]

1916 - Dorothy McGuire
actress: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gentlemen’s Agreement, The Young and the Restless, Rich Man, Poor Man, Little Women [TV: 1979], The Last Best Year; died Sep 13, 2001

1919 - Sam Wanamaker
actor: Superman 4, Private Benjamin, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Taras Bulba; director: The Executioner, Killing of Randy Webster, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger; died Dec 18, 1993

1921 - Gene Barry (Eugene Klass)
actor: Bat Masterson, Burke’s Law, The Name of the Game, War of the Worlds, A Cry for Love, Our Miss Brooks, La Cage aux Folles

1922 - Kevin Roche
architect: Kevin Roche & Associates: Columbus Circle Redevelopment, New York NY; NationsBank Plaza, Atlanta GA; Oakland Museum, Oakland CA

1925 - Pierre Salinger
White House press secretary to President John F. Kennedy, journalist, author: P.S. a Memoir, John F. Kennedy, Commander in Chief : A Profile in Leadership

1926 - Don (Donald) ‘Newk’ Newcombe
baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [Rookie of the Year: 1949/Cy Young Award: 1956/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1956/World Series: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955/all-star: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955], Cincinnati Redlegs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians

1929 - Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman)
pianist, composer: Try to Change Me Now, Witchcraft, Firefly, Young at Heart, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Hey Look Me Over, Real Live Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, When in Rome, Pass Me By, Sweet Talk

1931 - Marla Gibbs
actress: Up Against the Wall, 227, The Jeffersons, The Meteor Man

1939 - Tom Matte
football: Baltimore Colts running back: Super Bowl III

1940 - Ben Davidson
football: Oakland Raiders defensive end: Super Bowl II

1945 - Rod Argent
keyboard: group: Argent: Hold Your Head Up; group: The Zombies: She’s Not There, Tell Her No, Time of the Season

1946 - Donald Trump
tycoon; real estate mogul

1948 - Pete Donnelly
hockey: WHA: NY Raiders, Vancouver Blazers, Quebec Nordiques

1949 - Alan White
musician: drummer: group: Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart; group: Plastic Ono Band

1950 - Bill (William Roger) Fahey
baseball: catcher: Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, SD Padres, Detroit Tigers

1952 - Jim Lea
musician: bass, violin, keyboards, vocals, songwriter: group: Slade: Get Down and Get With It, Coz I Love You, We’ll Bring Home the Dawn, My Oh My, Run Run Away

1952 - Eddie Mekka (Edward Mekjian)
actor: Laverne and Shirley, Guiding Light

1954 - Will Patton
actor: Fled, Copycat, Natural Causes, The Client, Midnight Edition, Dillinger, No Way Out, Desperately Seeking Susan, Silkwood; Obie Award-winner: Tourists and Refugees #2

1958 - Eric Heiden
Olympic gold [5] medalist: speed skater [1980]

1961 - Boy George (George Alan O’Dowd)
singer: group: Culture Club: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Karma Chameleon

1961 - Sam Perkins
‘The Big Smooth’: basketball: Univ. of North Carolina [all-American], Olympic gold medalalist [1984], Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, Indiana Pacers

1968 - Yasmine Bleeth
actress: Nash Bridges, Baywatch, Titans

1969 - Steffi (Stephanie) Graf
tennis: champ: Australian Open [1988, 1989, 1990, 1994], French Open [1987, 1988, 1993], Wimbledon [1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993], U.S. Open [1988, 1989, 1993]

Chart Toppers
June 14th.

1949 Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
Again - Doris Day
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
A Teenagers Romance/I’m Walkin’ - Ricky Nelson
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965 Back in My Arms Again - The Supremes
Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley
I Can’t Help Myself - The Four Tops
What’s He Doing in My World - Eddy Arnold

1973 My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
Pillow Talk - Sylvia
You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me) - Johnny Rodriguez

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey
What are We Doin’ in Love - Dottie West with Kenny Rogers

1989 Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids on the Block
Every Little Step - Bobby Brown
Better Man - Clint Black

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

It was a dark and stormy night back in 1752. Since there was nothing on TV worth a darn and, since he had been wondering if there really was electricity up in those dark clouds, Benjamin Franklin tied an iron wire to his kite and let it sail. He flew the kite from a long piece of twine tied to a silk ribbon on the end. Franklin attached a metal key where the twine and silk met.

Ben, not being a total dummy, flew the kite high in the wind, but stood in a doorway so the silk ribbon (and he) would not get wet. His idea was that any electricity overhead would be attracted to the wire on top of the kite. It was lucky for Franklin that no actual lightning bolt struck the wire or Ben would have been toast! However, as lightning began to flash, he put his hand near the key and sparks flew. The test was a success!

Franklin used his discovery to start a new business. He made and sold lightning rods. These metal rods were attached to the tops of buildings. A wire ran down the side of the structure to the ground. When lightning struck the top of the rod, it ran down the wire and safely to ground without doing damage to the building. Benjamin Franklin’s kite flying and, subsequently, lightning rods have prevented many buildings from going up in smoke.
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June 15th.

1215 - In a meadow called Ronimed, between Windsor and Staines, England, King John of England sealed the Magna Carta, the first charter of English liberties. The Magna Carta is considered one of the most important historical documents defining political and human freedoms.

1775 - George Washington became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army on this day.

1836 - First acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase, Arkansas officially became the 25th of the United States of America. The Land of Opportunity as Arkansas is called, was founded in the late 17th century by Frenchman Henri de Tonti. His intrepretation of Quapaw, the Indian tribe that lived in the area, was Arkansas. Little Rock, the state’s largest city is also its capital. The state bird and the state flower are the mockingbird and apple blossom, respectively.

1844 - Vulcanized rubber was patented by Charles Goodyear of New York City. Vulcanized rubber later was made into tires with Goodyear’s name on them. Charles never benefited from his invention and was poverty-stricken.

1869 - England’s Tom Allen was defeated by Mike McCoole of the United States in St. Louis, MO in the first international bare-knuckle fight for an American. Ouch!

1909 - Benjamin Shibe patented the cork-center baseball. A baseball stadium (Shibe Park in Philadelphia) was named for him.

1936 - Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler starred in Burlesque on the Lux Radio Theatre.

1938 - John Vander Meer of Cincinnati became the first pitcher in the major leagues to toss two, consecutive, no-hit, no-run games. He led the Reds to a 6-0 shutout win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Vandermeer had no-hit Boston just four days earlier. The win over Brooklyn was also the first night game played at Ebbets Field. (FYI: These two games were the only no-hitters Vander Meer threw.)

1951 - Joe Louis knocked out Lee Savold in a closed-circuit TV fight seen by fight fans in movie theatres in six cities.

1956 - Sixteen-year-old John Lennon of the music group The Quarrymen met 14-year-old Paul McCartney and invited him to join the group. In a few years, the group became The Beatles.

1963 - Kyu Sakamoto from Kawasaki, Japan, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts with Sukiyaki. The popular song captivated American music buyers and was at the top of the Billboard pop chart for three weeks. In Japan, where Sakamoto was enormously popular, Sukiyaki was known as Ue O Muite Aruko (I Look Up When I Walk). The entertainer met an untimely fate in 1985. Kyu (cue) Sakamoto was one of 520 people who perished in the crash of a Japan Air Lines flight near Tokyo. He was 43 years old.

1976 - A 10-inch, mid-June rainfall in Houston, TX made it impossible for the Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates to play ball in the Astrodome this night. With the parking lot under water and boats the only way to get to the stadium gates, the game was canceled.

1987 - Boxer Michael Spinks beat heavyweight Gerry Cooney in round five in their heavyweight boxing match in Atlantic City, NJ. Spinks was shorter and lighter than Cooney -- but a lot better. So was most everyone else who fought Cooney...

1991 - Long-dormant Mount Pinatubo erupted with a vengeance in the Philippines. The volcano covered the surrounding area with ash which turned into mud following severe rainstorms. Villages and U.S. military bases (Clark Air Force Base and Subic Bay Naval Base) were evacuated. The bases were damaged and many people lost their homes.

June 15th.

1767 - Rachel Jackson (Donelson Robards)
U.S. First Lady, wife of 7th President Andrew Jackson; died Dec 22, 1828

1843 - Edvard Grieg
composer: Peer Gynt Suite; died Sep 4, 1907

1894 - Robert Russell Bennett
musician: orchestration: Victory at Sea series; died Aug 18, 1981

1910 - David Rose
Grammy Award-winning [22] composer: The Stripper; scores: Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, Sea Hunt, Highway Patrol; David Rose and His Orchestra: The Red Skelton Show, The Tony Martin Show; died Aug 23, 1990

1912 - Babe (Ellsworth Tenney) Dahlgren
baseball: Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees [World Series: 1939], Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, SL Browns, Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1943], Pittsburgh Pirates; died Sep 04, 1996

1914 - Saul Steinberg
cartoonist: New Yorker magazine [50+ years]: View of the World from 9th Avenue, Luna Park, Prosperity, Taxi; doctorate in architecture; died May 12, 1999

1917 - Leon Payne
country artist, songwriter: I Love You Because, Lost Highway, They’ll Never Take Her Love, I Heard My Heart Break Last Night, The Blue Side of Lonesome; died Sep 11, 1969

1922 - Morris (King) Udall
politician: U.S. Congressman from Arizona; died Dec 12, 1998

1923 - Erroll Garner
ASCAP Award-winning jazz pianist: Misty [1984]; Dreamy, That’s My Kick, Moment’s Delight, Solitaire; died Jan 2, 1977

1930 - Marcel Pronovost
Hockey Hall-of-Famer: Detroit Red Wings [4 Stanley Cup winners], Toronto Maple Leafs [Stanley Cup: 1967]

1932 - Mario Cuomo
politician: governor: state of New York

1937 - Waylon Jennings
Country Music Association [1974] Award-winning singer: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Good Hearted Woman, Luckenbach, Texas, Theme from "The Dukes of Hazzard"; bass: group: The Crickets [w/Buddy Holly]; actor: Nashville Rebel, Stagecoach, Urban Cowboy; died Feb 13, 2002

1938 - Billy (Leo) Williams
baseball: Chicago Cubs [Rookie of the Year: 1961/all-star: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1973], Oakland Athletics

1939 - Ty (Tyrone Alexander) Cline
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, SF Giants, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970]

1941 - Harry (Edward) Nilsson III
singer: Everybody’s Talkin, Without You, Me and My Arrow, Coconut; songwriter: One; scores: Skidoo, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father; died Jan 15, 1994

1942 - (John) Bruce Dal Canton
baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox

1945 - Danny O’Shea
hockey: Canadian Olympic Hockey team [1968]; NHL: Minnesota North Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues

1945 - Nicola Pagett
actress: An Awfully Big Adventure, Privates on Parade, Oliver’s Story, There’s a Girl in My Soup, Upstairs Downstairs

1946 - Ken (Kenneth Joseph) Henderson
baseball: SF Giants, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs

1946 - Janet Lennon
singer: group: Lennon Sisters: Lawrence Welk Show, The Andy Williams Show

1949 - Dusty (Johnnie B) Baker
baseball: Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981/all-star: 1981, 1982], SF Giants, Oakland Athletics

1949 - Russ Hitch****
singer: group: Air Supply: The One that You Love, Love and other Bruises

1949 - Jim Varney
actor: The Beverly Hillbillies, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Saves Christmas; died Feb 10, 2000

1950 - Noddy (Neville) Holder
musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: group: Slade: Get Down and Get with It, Coz I Love You, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel the Noize, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody, We’ll Bring the House Down, My Oh My, Run Run Away

1954 - Jim Belushi
actor: Saturday Night Live, Trading Places, The Man with One Red Shoe, Little Shop of Horrors, The Principal, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Diary of a Hit Man, Destiny Turns on the Radio, Mighty Ducks the Movie: The Face-Off, Retroactive, Wag the Dog, K-911; John Belushi’s brother

1954 - Terri Gibbs
singer: Somebody’s Knockin’

1955 - Julie Hagerty
actress: Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel, Women of the House, Noises Off, What About Bob?, Reversal of Fortune, Lost in America, The House of Blue Leaves

1958 - Wade (Anthony) Boggs
baseball: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992/World Series: 1986], NY Yankees [all-star: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996/World Series: 1996]

1963 - Helen (Elizabeth) Hunt
Academy Award-winning actress: As Good As It Gets [1997]; Emmy Award-winning actress: Mad About You [1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999]; Swiss Family Robinson, It Takes Two, The Fitzpatricks, Amy Prentiss, Twister, Kiss of Death, Next of Kin, Peggy Sue Got Married, Quarterback Princess, Desperate Lives, The Spell, My Life and Times

1964 - Courteney Cox
actress: Friends, Family Ties, Ace Ventura Pet Detective

1970 - Leah Remini
actress: The King of Queens, Living Dolls, Glory Daze, Follow Your Heart

1971 - Jake Busey
actor: Starship Troopers, Shimmer, Twister, Contact, Enemy of the State, Shasta McNasty; son of actor Gary Busey

1972 - Justin Leonard
golf: champ: 1996 Buick Open [1996[, Kemper Open [1997], British Open [1997], The Players [1998], Westin Texas Open [2000]

1973 - Neil Patrick Harris
actor: Doogie Howser, M.D., Clara’s Heart, Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story, My Antonia, Starship Troopers, The Next Best Thing.

Chart Toppers
June 15th.

1950 My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Why Don’t You Love Me - Hank Williams

1958 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers

1966 Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin’ Spoonful
I Am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel
Distant Drums - Jim Reeves

1974 Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore - Charlie Rich

1982 Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
For All the Wrong Reasons - The Bellamy Brothers

1990 Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

06-15-2008, 11:00 PM
168th day of 2008 - 198 remaining.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Gale Storm (Margie Albright) and Charles Farrell (Vernon Albright) starred in My Little Margie which debuted on CBS-TV on this day in 1952.

Fans of the popular comedy will remember that My Little Margie was based at the Carlton Arms Hotel, Apartment 10-A. Vern Albright was a very eligible widower who worked for the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd. Margie Albright, his 21-year-old daughter, was continually scheming to help dad and continually causing big trouble while helping.

The show made the unusual move from television to radio in December, 1952, airing original, not simulcast, versions on the radio. Gale Storm and Charles Farrell starred in the radio series as well. My Little Margie skipped around the TV networks, going from CBS after four months to NBC-TV, back to CBS-TV in January of 1953 and then back to NBC in September of that year.

The sitcom met its demise in August 1955, just in time for Margie AKA Gale Storm to move into a singing career. I Hear You Knocking, Ivory Tower, Teenage Prayer, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Dark Moon made it to the pop charts after My Little Margie made it into our memory banks.
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June 16th.

1883 - The New York Giants baseball team admitted all ladies free to the ballpark on this, the first Ladies Day.

1890 - A glittering program of music and ballet, featuring composer Edward Strause, opened the second Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1909 - Glenn Hammond Curtiss sold his first airplane. Curtiss delivered the Gold Bug to the New York Aeronautical Society. While doing so, he picked up a check for $5,000.

1922 - Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight -- at College Park, MD.

1946 - Lloyd Mangrum won the U.S. Open golf title after a strange twist of events. Tourney leader Byron Nelson was assessed a penalty stroke when his caddie accidentally kicked his ball ... costing the golfing legend the Open title.

1953 - The Ford Motor Company presented one of TV’s biggest events. Ethel Merman and Mary Martin headlined a gala 50th anniversary show for the automaker.

1956 - Be-Bop-A-Lula, by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, was released on Capitol Records. Vincent was called Capitol’s answer to Elvis Presley. The tune became Vincent Eugene Craddock’s biggest hit of three (Lotta Lovin’, Dance to the Bop) to make the pop music charts. Vincent died in 1971.

1963 - 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova broke the gender barrier as she blasted off in the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days in orbit.

1967 - The Monterey International Pop Festival got underway at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Fifty thousand spectators flocked to the first major rock festival in U.S. history. Ticket prices ranged from $3.50 to $6.50 to see more than two dozen rock acts, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and The Grateful Dead. The festival was immortalized in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1969 documentary Monterrey Pop.

1968 - Lee Trevino became the first golfer in 68 years to play all four rounds of the U.S. Open golf tournament with sub-par totals of 69, 68, 69 and 67, respectively.

1970 - Football player Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears died of embryonal cell carcinoma, a rare disease that develops as the human embryo is developing. At the time, it was almost incurable. By 2004, it had a cure rate of more than 50 percent.

1972 - The only museum devoted exclusively to jazz music opened. The New York Jazz Museum welcomed visitors for the first time.

1978 - The film adaptation of Grease, a success on the Broadway stage, premiered in New York City. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred. Several hit songs came out of the motion picture: Grease, by Frankie Valli, You’re the One That I Want and Summer Nights (both sung by Travolta and Newton-John). The first two songs were platinum 2,000,000+ sellers, while the third was a million-seller.

1980 - The movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago, IL. John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, formerly of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, starred. The pair played Jake and Elwood Blues. James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin performed. Cab Calloway also appeared with a rendition of his classic Minnie the Moocher.

1981 - The Chicago Tribune purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million. The Wrigley family had controlled the team for over 60 years. The sale ended the longest continuous ownership of a team that stayed put in its original city.

1985 - Willie Banks broke the world record for the triple jump with a leap of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in the U.S.A. championships in Indianapolis, IN. Banks broke the record that had been set by Brazil’s Joao Oliveria in 1975.

1987 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for $5,000,000. The 18-year veteran of the NBA became the highest paid player in any sport.

1995 - Batman Forever, the third film in the Batman series premiered. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) faces Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). Add a sexy psychologist (Nicole Kidman), with a thing for Batman and sidekick Robin (Chris O’Donnell), and you wind up with a smash: $52.78 million in the U.S. for opening weekend. Holy box-office, Batman!

1999 - World-class sprinters all dream the impossible dream, to break the 100-meter world record. Maurice Greene’s dream came true this day at an invitational track meet in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of track and field events. Running in the stadium (home of the 2004 Olympics) with no wind at his back, his friend and training partner in another lane, 24-year-old Maurice Greene finished the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds. The previous record (9.84 seconds), set at the 1996 Olympics, belongs to Canada’s Donovan Bailey. Greene from Kansas City, Kansas is the first American to hold this sprint record since 1994. His training partner, Ato Boldon, placed second with a time of 9.86.

June 16th.

1890 - Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson)
actor, comedian: Laurel & Hardy: made over 200 films together; died Feb 23, 1965

1899 - Helen Traubel
opera singer: St. Louis Symphony, New York Metropolitan Opera [“The Met’s premier Wagnerian soprano.”]; actress: Deep in My Heart, The Ladies’ Man, Gunn; died July 28, 1972

1907 - Jack Albertson
Academy Award-winning actor [1968]; Tony Award-winner [1965]: The Subject was Roses; Emmy Awards: Cher [1974-75], Chico & The Man [1975-76], Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; died Nov 25, 1981

1916 - Angelo ‘Hank’ Luisetti
basketball: Stanford Univ. 3-time All-American [scored a school record 50 points: Jan 1, 1938], revolutionized game with his one-handed shot

1917 - Katharine Graham
publisher: The Washington Post; won Pulitzer Prize for her memoir, Personal History [1998]; died July 17, 2001

1920 - John (Howard) Griffin
author: Black like Me [his journal posing as African American], Nuni, The Devil Rides Outside, The John Howard Griffin Reader; died Sep 9, 1980

1937 - Erich Segal
writer: Love Story, Acts of Faith, Man, Woman and Child, Oliver’s Story

1938 - Joyce Carol Oates
novelist: The Time Traveler, Triumph of the Spider Monkey

1939 - Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock
country singer: Don’t Destroy Me, Ruby, Baby, Rub It In, Sea Cruise

1941 - Lamont Dozier
songwriter: team: Holland-Dozier Holland: Baby Love, I Can’t Help Myself; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1990]; solo: Why Can’t We Be Lovers, Trying to Hold on to My Woman

1942 - Eddie Levert
singer: group: The O’Jays: Love Train, Back Stabbers

1943 - Joan Van Ark
actress: Knots Landing, Tainted Blood, Frogs

1945 - Ian Matthews (McDonald)
musician: guitar, singer: groups: Fairport Convention: Book Song; Matthew’s Southern Comfort: Woodstock; solo: I Survived the ’70s, LPs: If You Saw Through My Eyes, Tigers Will Survive, Stealin’ Home, Spot of Interference, Discreet Repeat

1946 - Derek Sanderson
hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins: shares season record for shorthanded goals scored [3 in 1969], NY Rangers, SL Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins

1948 - Ron LeFlore
baseball: Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1976], Montreal Expos [stole 97 bases: 1980], Chicago White Sox

1951 - Roberto Duran
boxing: champion: WBA Lightweight, WBC Lightweight, WBC Welterweight, WBA Light Middleweight, WBC Middleweight, WBA Junior Middleweight; record: 101-13 [69 KOs]

1951 - Stan (Stanley Arthur) Wall
baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers

1952 - Gino Vannelli
singer, songwriter: Living Inside Myself

1955 - Laurie Metcalf
Emmy Award-winning actress: Roseanne [1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994]; A Dangerous Woman, JFK, Pacific Heights, Uncle Buck, Desperately Seeking Susan

1962 - Wally Joyner
baseball: California Angels, KC Royals, SD Padres, Atlanta Braves

1962 - Arnold Vosloo
actor: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Morenga, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die

1962 - Warrior (James Brian Hellwig)
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania IV/V/VI/VII,VIII,XII, Royal Rumble, WCW Monday Nitro

1970 - Phil (Alfred) Mickelson
golf: champ: Masters [2004, 2006]; dozens of PGA Tour victories

1975 - Frederick Koehler
actor: Mr. Mom, Kate and Allie, A Kiss Before Dying, Pearl Harbor

1977 - Kerry Wood
baseball [pitcher]: Chicago Cubs.

Chart Toppers
June 16th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
Syncopated Clock - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Personality - Lloyd Price
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Respect - Aretha Franklin
Him or Me - What’s It Gonna Be? - Paul Revere & The Raiders
Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
It’s Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart

1975 Sister Golden Hair - America
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
I’m Not Lisa - Jessi Colter
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt

1983 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
My Love - Lionel Richie
Our Love is on the Faultline - Crystal Gayle

1991 Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Love is a Wonderful Thing - Michael Bolton
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets) - Joe Diffie

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169th day of 2008 - 197 remaining.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On this day in 1941, WNBT-TV, channel 4 in New York City, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the United States. (WNBT signed on the air on July 1, 1941 at 1:29 p.m.)

Owned by Radio Corporation of America (RCA), the station later changed its call letters to WRCA. As RCA developed the NBC Television Network and, especially, TV in ‘living’ color in the early 1950s, WRCA, as well as its TV counterpart in Los Angeles, KRCA-TV 4 (channel 4), changed call letters once again. To reflect the impact of network television, the station became WNBC-TV. On the west coast, KRCA was changed to KNBC-TV.

Both stations remain the flagships of NBC television and are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the television network.

And both are truly commercial TV stations, as are all network TV stations these days (along with cable TV stations that, as we remember it, were originally supposed to be non-commercial).
More here, (http://www.wnbc.com/index.html) here, (http://www.nrcdxas.org/articles/1stfacts.txt) and here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNBC)

June 17th.

1775 - Question of the day: On what hill was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought? You could answer this one in your sleep, right? Wrong, historical head! A little background: Anger and hatred between British and American colonists exploded into brutal fury at the top of Breed’s Hill (near Boston) on this day. The British charged the Americans three times before finally overrunning and chasing them to -- you guessed it -- Bunker Hill (and it was all over but the whimpering by the time they got to Bunker Hill). The redcoats did win this battle, but it fired up the colonists and they continued to fight, eventually driving the British back to Britain. Class dismissed.

1837 - Charles Goodyear got a patent for rubber, the squishy, bouncy stuff.

1856 - The first national convention of the Republican Party was held in Philadelphia, PA.

1871 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bates were married. It turned out to be a tall order for the couple. They both stood over seven feet tall. Imagine the size of the wedding cake!

1880 - John Monte Ward tossed the second perfect game in major-league history as he and Providence blanked Buffalo 5-0.

1912 - Talk about long shots: Wishing Ring won at Latonia race track in Kentucky. Most people didn’t even notice because the horse had been a non-performer until then. A $2 wager to win paid an incredible $1,885.50 for a few, very lucky ticket holders.

1913 - A Chicago Cubs pitcher set a baseball record for the longest appearance by a reliever in a game. George ‘Zip’ Zabel came in from the bull pen with two outs in the first inning of a game at Ebbets Field in New York. George kept pitching until the 19th inning when the Cubs finally beat the Dodgers 4-3.

1928 - The first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean did so this day. She was celebrated as the greatest aviatrix of the time. Her name was Amelia Earhart.

1942 - Suspense, known as radio’s outstanding theatre of thrills, debuted on CBS radio. The program kept millions of loyal listeners in suspense for the next 20 years.

1942 - The Army weekly newspaper, Yank, coined the term “G.I. Joe” in a comic strip drawn by Dave Breger.

1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.

1954 - Rocky Marciano successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title by defeating former champion Ezzard Charles.

1969 - Boris Spassky became chess champion of the world after checkmating former champion Tigran Petrosian in Moscow.

1969 - Jazz musician Charles Mingus came out of a two-year, self-imposed retirement to make a concert appearance at the Village Vanguard in New York City.

1972 - Newspapers around the country, including The Washington Post, reported a burglary. The story took up nothing more than a couple of inches of copy, buried inside the paper and out of sight of the day’s top news stories. The burglary, on the 6th floor of a plush Washington, D.C. apartment and office complex called the Watergate, would later drive President Richard M. Nixon from the White House. The growing story became a Pulitzer Prize-winner for journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

1973 - Johnny Miller won his first major golf title by defeating the field at the prestigious United States Open.

1978 - Shadow Dancing, by Andy Gibb, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts for the first of seven weeks. Gibb had two other number one hits: I Just Want to Be Your Everything and (Love is) Thicker than Water. Gibb, the youngest of the Gibb brothers who made up the Bee Gees, hosted TV’s Solid Gold in 1981-82. Andy scored nine hits on the pop music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. He died of an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England in 1988.

1985 - Judy Norton-Taylor, who played the role of Mary Ellen on The Waltons, saw her good-girl image tarnished as she was photographed nude for Playboy magazine.

1991 - The Parliament of South Africa repealed the Population Registration Act. The law, the basis of all apartheid laws in South Africa, required all South Africans to be classified at birth. It was first implemented in 1950, and placed South Africans in separate categories of race: Caucasian, mixed, Asian and black. Other apartheid laws were enforced according to those categories. The Population Registration Act was the final apartheid law to be repealed, except for the one that prevented blacks from voting.

1994 - O.J. Simpson, charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, could not be located and became a fugitive from justice. At about 6:45 p.m., police spotted a white Ford Bronco belonging to Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings on a Los Angeles freeway. Simpson was a passenger in the Bronco and had a gun (according to Cowlings who talked to police by phone from the Bronco). Cowlings and Simpson led the highway patrol on a 60-mile, low-speed pursuit through L.A. It was around 8:00 p.m. when the Bronco finally pulled into the driveway at Simpson’s Brentwood mansion, followed by a phalanx of patrol cars. Negotiations with police lasted less than an hour and Simpson surrendered, was arrested and taken to jail. All of the above was covered by TV cameras from helicopters and seen by a world-wide television audience. It was a gripping, if not excruciatingly slow, show.

June 17th.

1882 - Igor (Fedorovich) Stravinsky
composer: The Firebird, Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, The Wedding, The Soldier’s Tale; died Apr 6, 1971

1902 - Sammy Fain (Samuel Feinberg)
Oscar-winning musician, composer: Secret Love [1953], Love is a Many-Splendored Thing [1955]; April Love, A Certain Smile, A Very Precious Love, Tender is the Night, I’ll Be Seeing You, I Can Dream Can’t I, Let a Smile be Your Umbrella [most w/Irving Kahal]; died Dec 6, 1989

1904 - Ralph (Rexford) Bellamy
actor: The Awful Truth, Trading Places, War & Remembrance, The Winds of War, Oh, God!, Rosemary’s Baby, Man Against Crime, The Eleventh Hour; panelist: To Tell the Truth; founder: Screen Actors’ Guild; president: Actors’ Equity; recipient of honorary Academy Award [1987]; died Nov 29, 1991

1910 - Red (Clyde Julian) Foley
songwriter, singer: Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Birmingham Bounce, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Blues in My Heart, Tennessee Saturday Night, Tennessee Polka, Peace in the Valley, Mississippi, Tennessee Border, Goodnight Irene; TV host: Ozark Jubilee; elected to Country Music Hall of Fame [1967]; actor: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; died Sep 19, 1968

1914 - John (Richard) Hersey
author: A Bell for Adano, Hiroshima; died Mar 24, 1993

1915 - Stringbean (David Akeman)
country comedian: Grand Old Opry, Ozark Jubilee, Hee-Haw; Akeman and wife, Estelle, were murdered in their home by burglars Nov 11, 1973

1923 - Elroy Hirsch
‘Crazy Legs’: Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Rockets [AAFC], LA Rams [NFL] pass receiver: named all-time NFL flanker [1969]; career record: 387 catches for 7,029 yards, 60 TDs, 405 points scored; University of Wisconsin, player, athletic director; died Jan 28, 2004

1929 - Bud Collins
International Tennis Hall of Famer: champ: U.S. Indoor Mixed Doubles Championship [w/partner Janet Hopps: 1961]; sports writer: Boston Herald, Boston Globe; sportscaster: NBC; author: Bud Collins’ Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis

1932 - Peter Lupus
actor: Mission: Impossible [TV], Think Big, Pulsebeat, Escapist, More! Police Squad, Muscle Beach Party

1939 - Dickie Doo (Gerry Granahan)
singer: group: Dickie Doo and The Don’ts: Click Clack, No Chemise Please

1940 - Bobby Bell
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Univ. of Minnesota [All-America tackle], Kansas City Chiefs linebacker/defensive end [25 interceptions for 479 yards, six TDs]

1942 - Norman Kuhlke
musician: drums: group: The Swinging Blue Jeans: Hippy Hippy Shake

1943 - Steve Clark
swimmer: Olympic Gold medalist [1964]; broke nine world swimming records from 1960-65 in short-course times

1943 - Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus)
Grammy Award-winning singer: I Write the Songs [1975]; Mandy, Looks Like We Made It, Can’t Smile Without You, Copacabana

1944 - Randy Johnson
football: Atlanta Falcons QB

1948 - Dave (David Ismael Benitez) Concepcion
baseball: shortstop [2nd base: ’87, ’88]: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976/all-star: 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982]

1951 - Dave Fortier
hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, NY Islanders, Vancouver Canucks

1951 - Joe Piscopo
comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Sidekicks, Wise Guys, Johnny Dangerously

1954 - Mark Linn-Baker
actor: Noises Off, Bare Essentials, Ghostwriter, My Favorite Year, Manhattan, Comedy Zone, Perfect Strangers

1957 - Stephen Shellen
actor: Casual Sex?, Murder One, Counterstrike, A River Runs Through It, The Bodyguard, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Gone in Sixty Seconds, La Femme Nikita

1961 - Thomas Haden Church
actor: Wings, Tombstone, George of the Jungle, One Night Stand, Goosed, Sideways

1963 - Greg Kinnear
actor: What Planet Are You From?, Talk Soup, Blankman, Sabrina, As Good As It Gets, You've Got Mail, Mystery Men, Nurse Betty

1966 - Jason Patric (Miller)
actor: The Journey of August King, Geronimo: An American Legend, Rush, Frankenstein Unbound, The Beast, The Lost Boys, Solarbabies, Toughlove, Speed 2: Cruise Control

1975 - Joshua Leonard
actor: The Blair Witch Project, Men of Honor, Deuces Wild

1980 - Venus Williams
tennis: champ: doubles title: U.S./French Opens w/sister Serena [1999]; Grand Slam singles: Wimbledon [2000], U.S. Open [2000, 2001]; doubles: w/sister Serena: Wimbledon [2000]; fastest serve in WTA history [127 mph]

Chart Toppers
June 17th.

1944 Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Be Seing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

1960 Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool - Connie Francis
Burning Bridges - Jack Scott
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

1976 Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
Misty Blue - Dorthy Moore
I’ll Get Over You - Crystal Gayle

1984 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Self Control - Laura Branigan
I Got Mexico - Eddy Raven

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

If you care about anything at all, there’s a song written by Sammy Cahn for you to relate to. Sammy Cahn, the Tin Pan Alley legend, was born Samuel Cohen on this day in 1913 in New York City.

As a youngster, little Sammy wanted to grow up to be a famous vaudeville fiddler. How lucky we are that he stopped thinking about this in his teenage years. That’s when he met pianist, Saul Chaplin. Sammy wrote the words and Saul wrote the music to their first hit, Rhythm is Our Business for bandleader, Jimmie Lunceford. Then Until the Real Thing Comes Along for Andy Kirk and the jazz classic, Shoe Shine Boy, performed by Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, the Mills Brothers, even Bing Crosby. The Andrews Sisters were lucky to know Sammy, too. It was his adaptation of the Yiddish song, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön that became their signature.

Frank Sinatra’s many signature titles were Sammy Cahn’s words, too (with Jimmy Van Heusen’s music): All the Way (won an Oscar in 1957), My Kind of Town, and Grammy Award-winning September of My Years. As part of the personal song-writing team for Mr. Sinatra, Sammy also wrote Love and Marriage, The Second Time Around, High Hopes (another Oscar winner in 1959) and The Tender Trap.

If you still haven’t found a song that makes you care, try these additional Oscar winners by Sammy Cahn: Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) and Call Me Irresponsible (1963). We could cover the entire page with the 22 other songs that were nominated but didn’t win the gold statue!

Want to know more? Pick up the autobiography of the talented Sammy Cahn, written in 1974, I Should Care.
More here, (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005991/mediaindex) here, (http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C5) clicky, (http://www.nndb.com/people/925/000115580/) click. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005991/)

June 18th.

1621 - The first duel in America reportedly took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Sorry, we have no line score.

1812 - The United States issued a declaration of war on Great Britain. And so began the War of 1812, prompted by Britain’s violations of America’s rights on the high seas and the involvement of the British in Indian uprisings on the frontiers.

1861 - The first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY. Lots of anglers cast for fishing prizes and were hooked on the idea.

1898 - Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier to a large summertime seashore crowd. The world-famous Steel Pier over the Atlantic Ocean offered 9-1/2 miles of amusements, concerts, food, beverages, concessions and more. The Steel Pier once featured a horse that would dive into a pool at the end of the pier, in fact. The summer resort gave many a youngster their start in show biz, like Ed McMahon, who used to be a barker on the ocean pier.

1925 - The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.

1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp honored Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. It was the first postage stamp to feature the name of a living American.

1939 - The CBS radio network aired The Adventures of Ellery Queen for the first time. An interesting twist came near the end of the program when the show was stopped to allow a panel of experts to guess the solution of the night’s mystery.

1944 - Golfing legend Byron Nelson finished in the money in his 52nd consecutive tournament. He won the Red Cross Open golf competition held at New Rochelle, NY.

1956 - Nanette Fabray bid audiences farewell in her final appearance on Caesars Hour after two years as a regular on the popular TV program.

1961 - Gunsmoke was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio. The show had been on for nine years. It was called the first adult Western. The star of Gunsmoke was William Conrad, who would become a major TV star (Cannon, Jake and the Fatman), as well. When Gunsmoke moved to TV, James Arness filled Conrad’s boots.

1975 - Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox had one of the greatest days in major-league baseball history. Lynn contributed 10 runs, 16 total bases on three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox won the game 15-1.

1977 - Fleetwood Mac worked Dreams to the number one spot on the pop music charts this day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes.

1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, beginning her ride aboard the space shuttle Challenger for a six-day Odyssey.

1985 - The Wimbledon tennis seeding-committee, unable to decide on a favorite, made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds. It was the first time in the 63-year history of the Wimbledon Open that a first co-seeding was utilized.

1985 - Patrick Ewing became one of 11 basketball centers to be chosen in the first-round draft of college players for the National Basketball Association. Ewing was picked by, and became a major star for, the New York Knicks.

1986 - Don Sutton of the California Angels pitched his 300th career win to lead Gene Autry’s ball club to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Sutton went on to win a total of 324 games in his illustrious career.

1996 - Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in (following Knesset approval) as Israel’s 9th Prime Minister. Netanyahu, the first prime minister born after the establishment of Israel, was elected May 29. His Likud-Party government lasted just under three years. He was defeated by the Labor Party’s leader, Ehud Barak, May 17, 1999.

1999 - These movies debuted in the U.S.: An Ideal Husband, starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, and Jeremy Northam; The General’s Daughter, with John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III and James Woods; and Tarzan, featuring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Chris Phillips and Rosie O’Donnell.

June 18th.

1886 - George Mallory
explorer, mountain climber: last seen in 1924 climbing Mt. Everest “Because it is there.”; Mallory’s body found on Everest at 27,000' May 1, 1999

1897 - Kay (James King Kern) Kyser
bandleader: Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge: Three Little Fishes, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; died July 23, 1985

1903 - Jeanette (Anna) MacDonald
singer with Nelson Eddy, actress: Love Me Tonight, The Firefly, Cairo, The Cat and the Fiddle, One Hour with You, The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie; died Jan 14, 1965

1904 - Keye Luke
actor: Alice, Kung Fu; Charlie Chan’s #1 son; died Jan 12, 1991

1908 - Bud (Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr.) Collyer
radio: Superman; TV host: To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, Masquerade Party, Winner Take All; died Sep 8, 1969

1910 - Ray McKinley
musician: drummer: Big Boy, Hard-Hearted Hannah, Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume, You Came Along Way [from St. Louis]; led Glenn Miller Band for estate [1956-66]; died May 7, 1995

1913 - Sammy Cahn (Samuel Cohen)
composer; died Jan 15, 1993; see I Should Care Day [above]

1913 - (S.F.) Sylvia (Feldman) Porter
financial columnist: New York Post, New York Daily News; author: Sylvia Porter’s A Home of Your Own, Money Book; died Jun 6,1991

1914 - E.G. (Edda/Everett Gunnar) Marshall
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Defenders [1961-62, 1962-63}; Chicago Hope, The New Doctors, Twelve Angry Men, The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre; died Aug 24, 1998

1917 - Richard (Allen) Boone
actor: Have Gun Will Travel, Winter Kills, The Robe, Rio Conchos, Ten Wanted Men, The War Lord, Big Jake; died Jan 10, 1981

1920 - Ian Carmichael
actor: Dark Obsession, Heavens Above

1924 - George Mikan
Basketball Hall of Famer: NBA Silver Anniversary Team; Minneapolis Lakers MVP [1947], World Basketball Tournament MVP: Chicago American Gears [1946]; ABA Commissioner; ABA’s red/white/blue ball is his concept; died June 2, 2005

1925 - Robert Arthur (Arthaud)
actor: Naked Youth, Hellcats of the Navy, The Ring, September Affair

1926 - Tom Wicker
journalist, author: One of Us, Richard Nixon & the American Dream

1928 - Maggie McNamara
actress: The Cardinal, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Moon is Blue; died Feb 18, 1978

1939 - Lou (Louis Clark) Brock
Baseball Hall of Famer: outfielder: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1964, 1967, 1968/all-star: 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979]; career record: 938 stolen bases; 3,000 career hits; 149 career home runs [500-footer hit into Polo Grounds’ center field bleachers: June 17, 1962]

1942 - Roger Ebert
film critic: of Siskel and Ebert fame

1942 - (James) Paul McCartney
Grammy Award-winning [1990] musician, songwriter, singer: group: The Beatles: 49 hits: She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band; group: Wings: 35 hits: Another Day, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, My Love, Live and Let Die, Band on the Run, Listen to What the Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let ’Em In, Ebony & Ivory [w/Stevie Wonder], The Girl is Mine [w/Michael Jackson]; actor: Yellow Submarine, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour, Give My Regards to Broad Street; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-1999]

1952 - Carol Kane
Emmy Award-winning actress: Taxi [1981-82, 1982-83}; The Princess Bride, Hester Street, Addams Family Values, Carnal Knowledge, Dog Day Afternoon, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Ted & Venus, My Blue Heaven, When a Stranger Calls

1952 - Isabella Rossellini
model: over 500 covers; actress: Twin Peaks, Fearless, Blue Velvet, Crime of the Century, The Impostors

1953 - Jerome Smith
musician: guitar: group: KC & The Sunshine Band: Get Down Tonight, That’s the Way [I like It], [Shake, Shake, Shake] Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin’ Love, I like to Do It, Boogie Shoes, It’s the Same Old Song, Please Don’t Go; killed in bulldozer accident July 28, 2000

1956 - Brian Benben
actor: The Brian Benben Show, Family Business, Radioland Murders

1960 - Barbara Broccoli
film producer: GoldenEye, Crime of the Century, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough; daughter of James Bond film creator Albert R. Broccoli

1961 - (Genevieve) Alison ‘Alf’ Moyet
singer: solo: Love Resurrection, All Cried Out, Invisible, That Old Devil Called Love, Is This Love?, Weak in the Presence of Beauty; duo: Yazoo: Only You, Don’t Go, Nobody’s Diary

1966 - Sandy (Santos, Jr.) Alomar
baseball: catcher: SD Padres, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996/World Series: 1995]

1969 - Vito Lograsso
pro wrestler/actor: ECW Hardcore TV, Extreme Championship Wrestling, WCW Thunder

1973 - Eddie Cibrian
actor: Sunset Beach, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Beverly Hills: 90210, Saved By the Bell: the College Years, Third Watch.

Chart Toppers
June 18th.

1945 Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

1961 Moody River - Pat Boone
Quarter to Three - U.S. Bonds
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969 Get Back - The Beatles
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini
In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
Running Bear - Sonny James

1977 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Got to Give It Up (Pt. I) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

1985 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Country Boy - Ricky Skaggs

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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06-18-2008, 11:00 PM
171st day of 2008 - 195 remaining.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Whether you’re a cat lover or not has nothing to do with whether you chuckle at the antics of the famous, fat, lazy, lasagna-eating, snide cat named Garfield.

Garfield came into the world on this day in 1978 by way of the talented pen of cartoonist Jim Davis. Readers of 41 newspapers throughout the United States were the lucky first-time readers of the Garfield strip. There are now over 220 million folks who read Garfield every day in over 2500 newspapers worldwide.

Garfield and his pal Odie (the long-tongued, floppy-eared silly dog) spend most of their time making us laugh just by showing us their eating and sleeping habits. Since Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant, his favorite food is lasagna. He can devour a plate of lasagna (and most other foods) in one huge gulp!

Thousands of products, a multitude of books and several Emmy Award-winning TV shows have featured Garfield. Maybe you know someone who has a suction-cup-footed Garfield stuck on their car window ... or maybe you have a Garfield T-shirt, or a Garfield stuffed toy, or a Garfield whatever.

He may be a cartoon character, but Garfield, the cat, has endeared himself to cat-lovers throughout the world ... and many dog-lovers, too. Thank you, Jim Davis.
More here, (http://www.garfield.com/index.html) click, (http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/garfield.htm) click, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Davis_(cartoonist)) and click. (http://pressroom.garfield.com/jim_bio/index.html)

June 19th.

1846 - The first organized baseball game was played on this day. The location was Hoboken, New Jersey. The New York Baseball Club defeated the Knickerbocker Club, 23 to 1. This first game was only four innings long. The New York Nine, as the winners were known, must have really studied the rules to have twenty-three runs batted in. The rules had been formulated just one year earlier by a Mr. Alexander Cartwright, Jr.

1865 - It took more than two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect for Union troops to land in Galveston, Texas. They carried the message of freedom, the resolution of the Civil War between the States, to the many slaves throughout Texas. Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order #3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” The slaves rejoiced with cheers and tears as they learned of their liberation, calling their “day of deliverance,” Juneteenth, a day still celebrated by black families and communities throughout the world.

1911 - The first motion-picture censorship board was established -- in Pennsylvania.

1912 - The United States government adopted a new rule for all working folks. It established an 8-hour work day. Watch that lunch break, though. You never know if someone from the government might be clocking you...

1934 - The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The task of the commission was to regulate radio and (later) TV broadcasting.

1936 - Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their heavyweight boxing match. The German boxer earned his victory at Yankee Stadium in New York.

1943 - The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers (the Steagles), a team that lasted one 5-4-1 season; but turned down approval of a similar merger of the Chicago Cardinals and the Bears. The following year the Steelers merged with the Cardinals, another one season combo. The reason teams were merging in the 1940s: so many men were in the armed forces due to WWII, football players were at a premium.

1946 - The first championship prizefight to be televised was seen by boxing fans. Joe Louis tangled with Billy Conn in New York City. To see the fight in person, incidentally, would have cost you $100.

1952 - CBS-TV debuted one of television’s most popular hits, I’ve Got a Secret. Garry Moore was the first host, from 1952 to 1964. Steve Allen was next (1964 to 1967) and moderated a syndicated version in the 1972-1973 season. Bill Cullen hosted the attempted comeback of the show in 1976. Panelists included Allen’s wife, Jayne Meadows; Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan, Betsy Palmer, Faye Emerson, Melville Cooper and Orson Bean.

1965 - I Can’t Help Myself, by The Four Tops, topped the pop and R&B charts. The Motown group got their second and only other number one hit with Reach Out I’ll Be There in 1966. Their other hits include: It’s the Same Old Song, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Bernadette and Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) (their only million seller). The group called Motown (Detroit, MI) home and got their start in 1953 as the Four Aims. Levi Stubbs, Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson, Lawrence Payton and Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir placed 24 hits on the charts from 1964 to 1988. They first recorded as The Four Tops for Leonard Chess and Chess Records in 1956; then went to Red Top and Columbia before signing with Berry Gordy’s Motown label in 1963. The Tops, who had no personnel changes in their more than 35 years together were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

1973 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds reached the 2,000-career-hit plateau. The milestone came a decade after his first professional baseball appearance in Cincinnati.

1973 - National Hockey League record-holder Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings jumped leagues to join his sons, Mark and Marty, on the Houston Aeros (of the rival World Hockey Association). In doing so, Howe accepted a $1,000,000, four-year contract.

1981 - Superman II set the all-time, one-day record for theatre box-office receipts. Moviegoers forked over $5.5 million to see Christopher Reeve as the caped crusader. The three-day record was also shattered on June 21st, 1981, when a total gross of $14 million was collected.

1985 - Take heart, duffers! Angelo Spagnolo shot an incredible 257 -- that’s two-hundred, fifty-seven strokes -- to win the Worst Avid Golfer’s Tournament held at Ponte Vedra, FL. He earned the title of America’s Worst Recreational Hacker for the effort. He lost 60 golf balls, got a 66 on the 17th hold, and hit 27 balls into the water!

1992 - Batman returned in Batman Returns. He was welcomed by Americans with their wallets open ($45.69 million) that first weekend.

1998 - The X Files: Fight the Future opened in the U.S. David Duchovny (FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Agent Dana Scully) starred. And they fought despicable demons who were employed by the government, just as they have had to do so often in the TV series. The X Files: Fight the Future opened in 2,629 theaters nationwide, grossing a not-so-despicable $30.14 million the first weekend.

1998 - 28-year-old Rick Schroder signed on with ABC’s NYPD Blue as Detective Danny Sorenson. Young Schroder/Sorenson stepped into the opening created by the painful death of Detective Bobby Simone/Jimmy Smits.

1999 - Horror king/author Stephen King was was run down from behind by a van while walking on the shoulder of a road near his house in Maine. Motorist Brian Smith apparently lost control of his Dodge Caravan (he said his dog distracted him). King suffered a collapsed lung, 2 fractures of his right leg below the knee, a broken right hip, a fractured pelvis, 2 broken ribs and a scalp laceration. Now, that’s a horror story!

June 19th.

1623 - Blaise Pascal
scientist, philosopher: Provincial Letters; died August 19, 1662

1856 - Elbert Hubbard
author: A Message to Garcia, Little Journeys; founder: Roycroft Press; lost life aboard the ill-fated Lusitania [May 7, 1915]

1881 - (James J.) Jimmy Walker
politician: New York City mayor [1926-1932]; died Nov 18, 1946

1897 - Moe Howard (Moses Horowitz)
actor: one of the original Three Stooges; Dr. Death, Seeker of Souls, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; died May 4, 1975

1902 - Guy (Gaetano) Lombardo
bandleader: The Royal Canadians: “The most beautiful music this side of heaven.”: Auld Lang Syne, The Third Man Theme; died Nov 5, 1977

1903 - Lou (Henry Louis) Gehrig
‘The Iron Horse’: Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman: NY Yankees [World Series: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939]; played 2,130 consecutive games; drove in 100 runs 13 seasons in a row; topped 150 RBI’s on seven occasions; first 20th century player to hit 4 consecutive homers in one game; his uniform [No. 4] was the first to be retired; died June 02, 1941

1905 - Mildred Natwick
actress: Dangerous Liaisons, Barefoot in the Park, The Snoop Sisters, Tammy and the Bachelor; died Oct 25, 1994

1906 - Earl W. Bascom
rodeo showman and inventor: first side-delivery rodeo chute, first hornless bronc saddle, first one-handed bareback rigging; died Aug 28, 1995

1910 - Abe Fortas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice [1965-69]: resigned in 1969 after published reports that he had accepted lecture fees and a legal retainer while serving on the Court; died Apr 5, 1982

1912 - Martin Gabel
actor: Smile Jenny You’re Dead, Lady in Cement; TV game show panelist: What’s My Line?; died May 22, 1986

1919 - Louis Jourdan (Gendre)
actor: Gigi, Three Coins in the Fountain, The VIPs, Columbo: Murder Under Glass, Octopussy

1928 - Nancy Marchand
actress: The Sopranos, Lou Grant, Brain Donors, The Naked Gun, North and South Book 2; died June 18, 2000

1930 - Gena Rowlands
actress: Peyton Place, A Woman under the Influence, Night on Earth; daughter of Wisconsin State Senator

1932 - Pier Angeli (Anna Pierangeli)
actress: Battle of the Bulge, One Step to Hell, The Silver Chalice, S.O.S. Pacific; died Sep 10, 1971

1932 - Marisa Pavan
actress: Diary of Anne Frank, The Rose Tattoo, What Price Glory?, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

1936 - Tommy DeVito
singer: group: The Four Seasons: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll

1938 - Bob (Robert Thomas) Aspromonte
baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, NY Mets

1939 - Al Wilson
musician: drummer, singer: Show and Tell

1942 - Spanky (Elaine) McFarlane
singer: group: Spanky and Our Gang: Sunday Will Never Be the Same, Lazy Day, Like to Get to Know You, Give a Damn

1947 - Walt McKechnie
hockey: NHL: Minnesota North Stars, California Golden Seals, Boston Bruins, Detroit Redwings, Washington Capitals, Cleveland Barons, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Red Wings

1947 - Salman Rushdie
author: The Jaguar Smile, Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses

1948 - Phylicia (Allen) Rashad
Tony Award-winning actress: A Raisin in the Sun; TV: The Cosby Show, One Life to Live, Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man; dancer Debbie Allen’s sister; married to football announcer Ahmad Rashad

1949 - Jerry Reuss
baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1975], LA Dodgers [all-star:1980/World Series: 1981], California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers

1951 - Ann Wilson
singer: group: Heart: Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Straight On

1953 - Larry Dunn
musician: keyboards: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Boogie Wonderland, Let’s Groove

1954 - Kathleen Turner
actress: Body Heat, Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, Serial Mom, Naked in New York, House of Cards, Accidental Tourist, The War of the Roses, The Doctors The Virgin Suicides; voice of Jessica Rabbit in Roger Rabbit

1957 - Tom Bailey
musician, singer, keyboardist: The Thompson Twins: Hold Me Now

1959 - Mark DeBarge
musician: trumpet, sax: group: DeBarge: Rhythm of the Night

1961 - Alison Moyet
singer: group: Yazoo: Only You, Don’t Go; solo: LPs: Alf, Raindancing, Hoodoo, Essex

1962 - Paula Abdul
singer: Forever Your Girl, Straight Up, Opposites Attract, Promises of a New Day; actress: The Waiting Game, Mr. Rock ’n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story; dancer: Laker Girl; TV talent judge: American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

1967 - Mia Sara
actress: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Timecop, Caroline at Midnight, Bullet to Beijing

1972 - Poppy Montgomery
actress: Blonde, Devil in a Blue Dress, Dead Man on Campus, The Beat

1972 - Robin Tunney
actress: The Craft, Encino Man, Empire Records, Niagara, Niagara, Vertical Limit.

Chart Toppers
June 19th.

1946 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin’ - Johnny Tillotson
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones

1970 The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue - The Beatles
Which Way You Goin’ Billy? - The Poppy Family
Get Ready - Rare Earth
Hello Darlin’ - Conway Twitty

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
It’s a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
Two More Bottles of Wine - Emmylou Harris

1986 On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
I Can’t Wait - Nu Shooz
There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) - Billy Ocean
Life’s Highway - Steve Wariner

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Thanks for your understanding. :)

06-19-2008, 10:59 PM
172nd day of 2008 - 194 remaining.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fanny Brice, born Fannie Borach, debuted in the New York production of the Ziegfeld Follies on this day in 1910. It wasn’t long before Brice became known as America’s funny girl.

Brice was originally noticed by composer Irving Berlin; but was truly discovered by Florenz Ziegfeld, appearing as a Ziegfeld show girl, and then as the star of the Follies over the next 26 years. The comedienne, who sang novelty and dialect songs, also wowed the audience with her torch numbers such as, I’d Rather Be Blue, When a Woman Loves a Man, My Man and Second Hand Rose.

A regular on Rudee Vallee’s radio show, The Fleischmann Hour, in the 1920s, Fanny Brice joined The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air at age 45. The show on CBS radio was the introduction of her funny-voiced character, Baby Snooks. In 1937 she joined NBC radio and continued as the Snooks kid, a seven-year old spoiled brat. Brice’s most famous line was, “Whyyyyyy, daddy, whyyyyy?” From 1936 through 1951, Brice was one of radio’s biggest draws.

Fanny Brice died on May 29, 1951 at the age of 59 but she is still with us in the Broadway show [1964] and film [1968], Funny Girl, based on her life. Barbra Streisand gained recognition and acclaim for her role in both, as Fanny Brice, Funny Girl.

More here, (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/brice_f.html) here, (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0108511/) here, (http://www.musicals101.com/ziegspeaks.htm) and here. (http://www.beneathlosangeles.com/bla/Detailed/18.html)

06-19-2008, 11:00 PM
June 20th.

1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was adopted by Congress. William Barton designed the seal which consists of an eagle, an olive branch and 13 arrows -- one for each of the original 13 colonies.

1837 - Princess Victoria became Queen Victoria of England on this day, following the death of her uncle, King William IV. The Princess was only 18 when she was called to rule Britannia. Her first duty, "Hey, let’s call this the Victorian Age! Party on, subjects!" said she. And so it was for over 63 years until her death in 1901.

1863 - The National Bank of Philadelphia, PA received a charter from the U.S. Congress. It was the first bank to receive one.

1863 - Virginia’s cessation from the Union gave reason for the birth of West Virginia. 40 western counties of Virginia did not secede, and instead, formed their own government, officially entering the United States of America this day as the 35th state. Charleston is the capital of the Mountain State which boasts of having the most rugged terrain of any state east of the Mississippi. Throughout the forested hills of West Virginia, you’ll also find many cardinals (the state bird) and multitudes of the state flower, the big rhododendron.

1898 - It’s difficult to have a war when you don’t know there’s one going on and you don’t have any ammunition. So goes the story as to why, during the Spanish-American War, the Spanish commander of Guam surrendered to Captain Glass, the captain of the USS Charleston.

1921 - Alice M. Robertson of Oklahoma presided over the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to accept the task, even though it was only for a few minutes.

1939 - W2XBS (later WCBS-TV) in New York City televised the first TV operetta. Pirates of Penzance, composed by Gilbert and Sullivan, was presented to a very small viewing audience. Television was a new, experimental medium at the time.

1948 - Toast of the Town premiered on CBS-TV. New York entertainment columnist and critic Ed Sullivan was the host. It started his TV career that would span 23 years on a weekly basis. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their television debut on the show. Also on the guest list: Rodgers & Hammerstein and pianist Eugene List. The first show of Toast of the Town cost $1375 to produce, including just $375 for the talent.

1950 - Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants for a $6,000 bonus. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ would play most of his career for the Giants -- in both New York and San Francisco -- becoming a baseball legend. As his career came to a close, Mays was traded to the New York Mets. Mays, an all-star center fielder, is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1960 - Floyd Patterson took back the world heavyweight title by knocking out Ingemar Johansson of Sweden in round five of a title bout at the Polo Grounds in New York City. (Patterson was knocked out in one round by Sonny Liston in a title bout in Chicago, Sep 25, 1962.)

1963 - The United States and the Soviet Union made a hot-line agreement. It was a way to establish emergency communications between the two superpowers during the Cold War. The system was tested, but never used.

1966 - The U.S. Open golf tournament was broadcast from San Francisco, with something extra for the nation’s golf fans. It was the first time TV had beamed a golf event in color.

1969 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix earned the biggest paycheck ever paid (to that time) for a single concert appearance. Hendrix was paid $125,000 to appear for a single set at the Newport Jazz Festival.

1970 - The Long and Winding Road, by The Beatles, started a second week in the number one spot on the pop music charts. The tune was the last one to be released by The Beatles.

1985 - Coach Rollie Massimino told reporters, “I just can’t leave Villanova.” He turned down a basketball coaching offer of $2.1 million over 10 years to coach the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association.

1987 - Whitney Houston’s album, Whitney, debuted on Billboard magazine’s album chart at number one. Houston became the first female to have an LP debut at the top. The singer, daughter of Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick, began her singing career at age 11 with the New Hope Baptist Junior Choir in New Jersey. Houston first worked as a backup vocalist for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls; entered modeling in 1981, appearing in Glamour magazine and on the cover of Seventeen. Whitney married soul singer, Bobby Brown, in the late 1980s.

1991 - “I’m very pleased to welcome to the White House the newly-elected President of the Russian Republic, Boris Yeltsin,” said (41st) U.S. President George Bush (George I), greeting Yeltsin in the Rose Garden. “We will be interested in his views on the critical issues confronting the U.S.S.R. and its place in the world.”

1993 - The Chicago Bulls won their third consecutive title with a 99-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns in game 6 of the NBA finals. Michael Jordan was named MVP -- the first player to be named most valuable player of the National Basketball Association finals three years in a row.

1996 - Westinghouse Electric agreed to buy Infinity Broadcasting for $3.9 billion, a move that would combine the two biggest players in radio. That was just the beginning, as they say, of the gobbling up of American radio by corporate America. Congress had passed the Telecommunications Act in February 1996 permitting expansion of TV and radio station holdings, and removing restrictions on how many stations could be owned by one entity (huge corporation) in one market (your town/city).

1999 - Payne Stewart made a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole at famous Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's No. 2 course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The putt was just enough to win the U.S. Open by one stroke over Phil Mickelson. Stewart, one stroke behind with three holes to play -- and apparently heading for a play-off round the next day -- made a 25-foot putt for par to catch Mickelson, a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to take the lead, and then his 24th putt of the day to win the championship.

1999 - (42nd) U.S. President Bill Clinton was pleased that Yugoslav troops were withdrawing from Kosovo. As NATO declared a formal end to its 11-week bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, Clinton said, “It’s a very happy day.”

June 20th.

1858 - Charles Chesnutt
novelist: The Conjure Woman, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, The Colonel’s Dream; died in 1932

1909 - Errol (Leslie Thomson) Flynn
actor: Captain Blood, In the Wake of the Bounty, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Too Much Too Soon; autobiography: My Wicked, Wicked Ways; died Oct 14, 1959

1921 - (Francisco Olegario) Pancho Segura
International Tennis Hall of Famer: Univ of Miami: U.S. Intercollegiate [1943, 1944 and 1945]; Grand Slam record: U.S. Doubles finalist [1944], mixed finalist [1943, 1947; writer: Pancho Segura’s Championship Strategy: How To Play Winning Tennis

1924 - Chet (Chester Burton) Atkins
Grammy Award-winning guitarist: made over 100 albums; elected to Country Music Hall of Fame [1973]; died June 30, 2001

1924 - Audie Murphy
American hero: most decorated GI of WWII [27 US decorations including Medal of Honor plus 5 decorations from France and Belgium]; actor: The Red Badge of Courage, The Unforgiven, Arizona Raiders, To Hell and Back; killed in plane crash May 28, 1971

1931 - Olympia Dukakis
Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck [1987]; Steel Magnolias, Working Girl, The Cemetery Club, Death Wish, Look Who’s Talking; cousin of U.S. presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis

1931 - Martin Landau
Academy Award-winning supporting actor: Ed Wood [1994]; Mission Impossible, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Tucker: The Man and His Dreams, By Dawn’s Early Light, Mistress, North by Northwest, Pork Chop Hill

1931 - James Tolkan
actor: Dick Tracy, Back to the Future, Serpico, Mary, The Hat Squad, Cobra

1933 - Danny Aiello (Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr.)
actor: Lady Blue, Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing, Ruby, Mistress, Me and the Kid, The Cemetery Club, The Pickle, The Godfather Part 2, Fort Apache, The Bronx, Harlem Nights, Dellaventura

1933 - Brett Halsey
actor: Black Cat, Dangerous Obsession, Twice-Told Tales, Return to Peyton Place, The Crash of Flight 401

1934 - Rossana Podesta
actress: The Sensual Man, Sodom and Gomorrah

1935 - Len Dawson
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback; sportscaster

1936 - Billy Guy
singer: group: The Coasters: Down in Mexico, Searchin’, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy, Little Egypt; died Nov 5, 2002

1937 - Jerry Keller
singer: Here Comes Summer

1940 - John Mahoney
actor: Frasier, Cheers, The Human Factor, Primal Fear, In the Line of Fire, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Ten Million Dollar Getaway, Love Hurts, The Russia House, Tin Men, Moonstruck, The Manhattan Project

1942 - Brian Wilson
bass player, singer: group: The Beach Boys: 35 hits: I Get Around, Good Vibrations, Help Me, Rhonda, Surfin’ USA; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1988]

1943 - Andy (Andrew Auguste) Etchebarren
baseball: catcher: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971/all-star: 1966, 1967], California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers

1944 - Dave (David Earl) Nelson
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers [all-star: 1973], KC Royals

1945 - (Morna) Anne Murray
Grammy Award-winning singer: Love Song [1974], You Needed Me [1978], Could I Have This Dance [1980], A Little Good News [1983]; Danny’s Song, Snowbird, You Won’t See Me, He Thinks I Still Care, Shadows In the Moonlight; TV: Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

1945 - Dave Rowe
football: Oakland Raiders defensive tackle: Super Bowl XI

1946 - Bob Vila
TV host/fixer-upper: This Old House, Home Again with Bob Vila; Sears super salesman

1946 - Andre Watts
1946 - Andre Watts (musician: classical pianist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

1947 - Candy Clark
actress: American Graffiti, Handle with Care, The Big Sleep, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, Johnny Belinda, Blue Thunder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Radioland Murders, Niagara, Niagara

1949 - Dave Elmendorf
football: LA Rams safety: Super Bowl XIV

1949 - Lionel Richie
musician: tenor sax, songwriter, singer: group: Commodores: ASCAP Nashville Country Songwriter Award: Three Times a Lady [1978]; solo: Truly, All Night Long [All Night], Hello, Say You Say Me

1949 - Dave Thomas
comedian, actor: Coneheads, Cold Sweat, Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird, Stripes, Second City TV, The New Show, Grace Under Fire; TV host: The Dave Thomas Comedy Show

1952 - John Goodman
actor: Roseanne, The Flintstones, The Babe, King Ralph, Born Yesterday, Matinee, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers 2000, What Planet Are You From?, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

1953 - Alan Longmuir
musician: bass: group: Bay City Rollers: Keep on Dancing, Bye Bye Baby, Give Me a Little Love, Saturday Night

1953 - Raul Ramirez
tennis: champ: Italian Open [1975]

1954 - Michael Anthony
musician: bass: group: Van Halen: Dance the Night Away, [Oh] Pretty Woman, Runnin’ with the Devil, Jump, I’ll Wait, Panama

1958 - Dickie (Richard William) Thon
baseball: California Angels, Houston Astros [all-star: 1983], SD Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers

1960 - Doug (Douglas Wayne) Gwosdz
‘Eye Chart’: baseball: catcher: SD Padres

1960 - John Taylor
musician: guitar, bass: group: Duran Duran: Planet Earth, Hungry like the Wolf, Save a Prayer, Rio, Is There Something I Should Know, Union of the Snake, Wild Boys

1961 - Gary Varsho
baseball: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates [NL champs [1991, 1992], Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies

1964 - Michael Landon Jr.
actor: Bonanza: The Return, Bonanza: The Ghosts

1967 - Nicole (Mary) Kidman
Academy Award-winning actress [The Hours (2003)];: Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Malice, Batman Forever, Billy Bathgate, The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Moulin Rouge

1969 - MaliVai Washington
tennis: champ: Federal Express international [1992]; grand slam final: Wimbledon [1996]; created Mal Washington Kids Foundation

1972 - Jozef Stumpel
hockey: NHL: center: Boston Bruins, LA Kings.

Chart Toppers
June 20th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
Mam’selle - Art Lund
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
It’s a Sin - Eddy Arnold

1955 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie - Somethin’ Smith & The Redheads
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young - Faron Young

1963 Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
You Can’t Sit Down - The Dovells
Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971 It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Rainy Days and Mondays - Carpenters
Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979 Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
We are Family - Sister Sledge
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
She Believes in Me - Kenny Rogers

1987 Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
In Too Deep - Genesis
Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis

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06-20-2008, 10:59 PM
173rd day of 2008 - 193 remaining.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

His subject matter pictured life of blacks in the U.S. South during the 1880s. He, too, was black, and probably one of the first black artists to be exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. This, however, is not what made Henry Ossawa Tanner famous. Rather, it was just his sheer talent.

Tanner was born on this day in 1859 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied painting under the noted artist Thomas Eakins while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. It was Eakins who encouraged the young Tanner to paint professionally.

Several years later, in 1891, Henry Tanner moved to Europe to escape racial prejudice. He settled in Paris where he continued his studies and turned to painting pictures with religious themes. His art with its glowing, warm colors and dramatic light and dark contrasts was influenced greatly by the Dutch artist Rembrandt. Still, it was his early work like The Banjo Lesson that is best known.

Tanner died in the city he came to love and call his own, Paris. His work lives on in the United States, having been displayed in galleries in Louisville to New Orleans, from Chicago to New York City.

The Banjo Lesson, an oil painting on canvas, hangs in the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia.
More here, (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/icon/tanner.html) here, (http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/tanner_henry_ossawa.html) and here. (http://museum.hamptonu.edu/collections.cfm)

June 21st.

1788 - The colony of New Hampshire became the ninth state to enter the United States of America. It had been a long time coming. For 38 years, the fishing colony, first settled in 1623, and named in 1630 by Captain John Mason after his Hampshire, England home, was a part of the Massachusetts colony. Then, in 1679 it became a separate royal colony. Concord, the capital of the Granite State, was also central to much of the Revolutionary War. The official state bird is the purple finch, and has a matching state flower, the purple lilac.

1834 - Cyrus McCormick patented the first practical reaper for farming.

1859 - Andrew Lanergan of Boston, MA received the first rocket patent. Did the receipt of this patent make Mr. Lanergan of Boston the first rocket scientist?

1880 - Paddy Ryan won the world heavyweight boxing title by beating up Joe Goss in -- are you ready? -- the 87th round, near Colliers Station, West Virginia.

1913 - Georgia Broadwick became the first woman to jump from an airplane -- over Los Angeles, CA. Fortunately for her, Georgia made the leap with a parachute securely fastened to her person...

1940 - Richard M. Nixon married Thelma Catherine ‘Pat’ Ryan this day.

1941 - Wayne King and his orchestra recorded Time Was, with Buddy Clark providing the vocal accompaniment, for Victor Records.

1942 - Ben Hogan recorded the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament. Hogan shot a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL.

1948 - For those of us who have a garage full of those 12-inch round, black disks protected by flimsy cardboard covers, this note: Columbia Records announced that it was offering a new Vinylite long-playing record that could hold 23 minutes of music on each side. One of the first LPs produced was of the original cast of the Broadway show, South Pacific. Critics quickly scoffed at the notion of LPs, since those heavy, breakable, 78 RPM, 10-inch disks with one song on each side, were selling at an all-time high. It didn’t take very long though, for the 33-1/3 RPM album -- and its 7-inch, 45 RPM cousin to revolutionize the music industry and the record buying habits of millions.

1954 - NBC radio presented the final broadcast of The Railroad Hour, hosted by Gordon MacRae. The program had been on the air for almost six years.

1958 - Splish Splash, Bobby Darin’s first million-seller, was released by Atco Records. The song, written by Darin and Jean Murray, was Atco single #6117, recorded Apr 10, 1958.

1964 - Jim Bunning (later to become a U.S. Senator from Kentucky), a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, threw the first perfect game in the National League in 84 years, leading the Phils to a 6-0 win over the New York Mets. Bunning worked his magic in the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader. Byrum Saam called the play-by-play on radio. In the second game of the twin-bill, 18-year-old Rick Wise won his first major-league game, 8-2, as the Phillies swept the Mets that summer day. (Bunning was also the first hurler in 61 years to get a no-hitter in both leagues.)

1965 - Gary Player won the U.S. Open golf tournament to become only the fourth winner to earn all four top pro golf titles. Player from South Africa was the first non-American to achieve the feat. The Grand Slam of golf, incidentally, includes the U.S. Open, the British Open, the Masters and the PGA Championship. The other professional golfers who have won all four events are Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Gene Sarazen.

1970 - Tony Jacklin was the second British golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open golf tournament.

1972 - Billy Preston received a gold record for the instrumental hit, Outa-Space. Preston, who played for gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, back in 1956, was also in the film St. Louis Blues as a piano player. He was a regular on the Shindig TV show in the 1960s; and recorded with The Beatles on the hits Get Back and Let It Be. Preston also performed at The Concert for Bangladesh in 1969. Many well-known artists utilized his keyboard talents, including Sly & The Family Stone and the Rolling Stones.

1985 - Ray Miller replaced Billy Gardner as manager of the Minnesota Twins. Miller became the fourth new manager to unpack his suitcase in the American League since the season started, two months previous.

1985 - Ron Howard directed his first music video. The TV star of The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days also directed the film Cocoon, which included Gravity, the song used in the video. Michael Sembello, a guitarist who played on Stevie Wonder’s hits between 1974 and 1979 was responsible for Gravity.

1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson ruled that burning the American flag as a political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 1984, on Dallas City Hall property, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag to protest Reagan administration policies. He was tried and convicted (one year in jail and $2,000 fine) under a Texas law outlawing flag desecration. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had reversed the conviction and the state then appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-to-4 against the Texas law.

1992 - Tom Kite fought fellow golfers and the elements as he won the U.S. Open. Scoring records had given way to survival at Pebble Beach, California. Howling winds made the greens as hard as concrete. Kite's final-round even-par score of 72 was enough to give him a two-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman.

1995 - Microsoft and Netscape officials met at Netscape headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Notes taken by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen indicate that Microsoft offered to buy a share of its rival if Netscape would stop making Navigator for the Windows market. The Andreessen notes would be used later in the U.S. government’s massive antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft founder Bill Gates was painted as the master string-puller in a no-holds-barred plan to destroy Netscape Communications Corp. when it refused to collaborate on a plot to divide the market for Internet browser software.)

1997 - The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks, 67-57, in the innaugural WNBA game before a sold-out crowd of 14,284 fans at the Great Western Forum. In other opening-day action: The Houston Comets beat Cleveland, 76-56, and the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Utah Starzz, 70-60. We’ll be right back with the weather...

1999 - America Online announced its investment of $1.5 billion in DirecTV creator Hughes Electronics Corp. The agreement gave AOL new high-speed options and expanded ties between the world’s largest Internet provider and the leading U.S. satellite TV service. A combination of AOL’s Internet services and Hughes ’ digital TV system would help increase DirecTV’s subscriber base while boosting the market for AOL’s interactive TV and high-speed Internet services.

1999 - Prince William, the ‘people’s prince’, turned 17. Princess Diana’s handsome eldest son was given a VW Golf by his dad, Prince Charles. This was the second birthday William had spent without his mother, who was killed in a car crash in August 1997.

June 21st.

1731 - Martha Washington (Dandridge Custis)
first First Lady of the U.S., wife of 1st U.S. President George Washington; made a mean cherry pie, we hear; died May 22, 1802

1853 - The envelope folding machine was patented by Dr. Russell L. Hawes of Worcester, MA.

1859 - Henry Tanner
artist; died May 25, 1937; see Banjo Lesson Day [above]

1903 - Al Hirschfeld
caricaturist: hid name of his daughter, Nina, in each of his drawings; died Jan 20, 2003

1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre
philosopher, writer: Being and Nothingness; playwright: No Exit, The Flies, The Age of Reason; rejected Nobel Prize for literature [1964]; died Apr 15, 1980

1906 - Randy (Randolph Edward) Moore
baseball: Chicago White Sox, Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, SL Cardinals; died June 12, 1992

1918 - Ed (Edmund Walter) Lopat (Lopatynski)
baseball: pitcher: Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees [World Series: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953/all-star: 1951], Baltimore Orioles; died June 15, 1992

1921 - Judy Holliday (Tuvim)
actress: Adam’s Rib, Bells are Ringing, Born Yesterday, It Should Happen to You; died June 7, 1965

1921 - Jane (Ernestine) Russell
actress: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Outlaw, Paleface, The Road to Bali; activist for homeless children

1925 - Maureen Stapleton
Academy Award-winning actress: Reds [1981]; A View from the Bridge, Bye, Bye Birdie, Cocoon: The Return; theatre at Hudson Valley Community College named for her; died Mar 13, 2006

1927 - Carl Stokes
politician: first black elected mayor of a major city: Cleveland [1967, 1969]; Cleveland Municipal Court Judge; died Apr 3, 1996

1929 - Helen Merrill (Jelena Ana Milcetic)
jazz singer: LPs: Helen Merrill, Brownie, Clear Out of This World, Dream of You; Swing Journal readers’ poll: Best American Jazz Singer [1989]

1932 - O.C. (Ocie Lee) Smith
singer: Little Green Apples, Daddy’s Little Man, Lighthouse, Slow Walk, The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp; vocalist for Count Basie Orchestra

1933 - Bernie Kopell
actor: Get Smart, The Love Boat, Love American Style, When Things were Rotten, Combat High, Sunset Beach, Bug Buster

1935 - Monte Markham
actor: The Second Hundred Years, Baywatch, Rituals, Dallas, Perry Mason, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, At First Sight, Judgment Day, Hotline, Guns of the Magnificent Seven

1935 - Françoise Sagan (Quoirez)
author: Aimez-Vous Brahms, Bonjour Tristesse, Evasion, A Certain Smile; died Sep 24, 2004

1938 - Ron Ely (Ronald Pierce)
actor: Tarzan, Slavers, Doc Savage; host: Miss America Pageant

1940 - Mariette Hartley
actress: Encino Man, Silence of the Heart, Improper Channels; TV hostess; commercials: Polaroid

1941 - Joe Flaherty
Emmy Award-winning writer: SCTV Network 90 [1983]; actor: Second City TV, Maniac Mansion. Happy Gilmore, A Pig’s Tale, Who’s Harry Crumb, Back to the Future, Part 2, Speed Zone, Stripes, Used Cars, Tunnelvision

1943 - Brian Sternberg
pole-vaulter: Univ. of Washington: world pole vault record [16’-7": 1963]

1944 - Ray Davies
musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: group: The Kinks: You Really Got Me, All Day & All of the Night, Tired of Waiting, A Well Respected Man, Sunny Afternoon, Lola

1945 - Chris Britton
musician: guitar: group: The Troggs: Wild Thing, Any Way that You Want Me, Give It to Me, Night of the Long Grass, Little Girl

1947 - Meredith Baxter
actress: Family Ties, Bridget Loves Bernie, Til Murder Do Us Part

1947 - Michael Gross
actor: Family Ties, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland, In the Heat of Passion 2: Unfaithful

1947 - Duane Thomas
football: Dallas Cowboys running back: Super Bowl V, VI

1947 - Wade Phillips
football: coach: Denver Broncos

1948 - Joey Molland
musician: guitar, keyboards, singer: groups: Natural Gas, Badfinger: Day After Day, No Matter What, Baby Blue

1950 - Joey Kramer
musician: drums: group: Aerosmith: LPs: Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Night in the Ruts

1951 - Nils Lofgren
musician: guitar, keyboards, singer, songwriter: Back It Up, Keith Don’t Go [Ode to the Glimmer Twin], Beggars Day, No Mercy, Secrets in the Street, Delivery Night; groups: Grin, E Street Band

1954 - Robert Pastorelli
actor: I Married a Centerfold, Beverly Hills Cop II, Murphy Brown, Dances with Wolves, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Striking Distance, Eraser, South Pacific [2001]

1956 - Rick (Richard Lee) Sutcliffe
baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs [Cy Young Award-winner: 1984], Baltimore Orioles, SL Cardinals

1957 - Berkeley Breathed
cartoonist: Bloom County, Outland

1957 - Mark Brzezicki
musician: drums: group: Big Country: Harvest Home, Fields of Fire, In a Big Country, Chance, Wonderland, East of Eden, Where the Rose is Sown

1958 - Eric Douglas
actor: The Flamingo Kid, Delta Force 3: The Killing Game; died July 6, 2004

1959 - Tom Chambers
basketball: University of Utah, San Diego Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz; 20th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points

1964 - Sammi Davis-Voss
actress: The Lair of the White Worm, Hope and Glory, Homefront

1964 - Doug Savant
actor: Melrose Place, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Shaking the Tree, Red Surf, Masquerade, Godzilla [1998]

1967 - Derrick Coleman
basketball: Syracuse Univ, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets

1973 - Juliette Lewis
actress: Cape Fear, Husbands and Wives, Natural Born Killers, Romeo is Bleeding, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, My Stepmother is an Alien, Too Young to Die, I Married Dora

1982 - Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor)
Prince William of Wales: first future king of England born in a hospital, first to wear disposable diapers, first to attend nursery school; son of England’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

06-20-2008, 11:00 PM
Chart Toppers
June 21st.

1948Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone
Transfusion - Nervous Norvus
Crazy Arms - Ray Price

1964 Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Together Again - Buck Owens

1972 The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Nice to Be with You - Gallery
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo

1980 Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
One Day at a Time - Cristy Lane

1988 Together Forever - Rick Astley
Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
I Told You So - Randy Travis

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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06-21-2008, 11:00 PM
174th day of 2008 - 192 remaining.

Sunday, June 22, 2008
On this night in 1937 Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, knocked out James J. Braddock in a boxing match in Chicago, Illinois. The bout lasted eight rounds and Louis was announced as the world heavyweight boxing champion. Exactly one year later, on this day in 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Germany’s Max Schmeling in the first round, in a bout at Yankee Stadium.

Joe Louis retained the world heavyweight boxing crown until he announced his retirement on March 1, 1949. That’s a total of 11 years, 8 months and 7 days ... and 30 matches to retain the title.

The International Boxing Hall of Famer’s first fight was at a boxing club where he fought for $7 worth of food. The Brown Bomber was knocked down seven times in two rounds and, even though he won, he swore he would never fight again. That was just five years before he became the champ!
More reading on this here, (http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016109.html) here, (http://www.cmgworldwide.com/sports/louis/index.php) here, (http://info.detnews.com/redesign/history/story/historytemplate.cfm?id=52&CFID=20742509&CFTOKEN=38575420) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Louis) and here. (http://www.ibhof.com/jlouis.htm)

June 22nd.

1807 - The crew of the British man-of-war Leopard fired upon and boarded the U.S. frigate Chesapeake. James Barron, the commander of the Chesapeake was convicted following a court-martial. The reason for the court-martial: Barron was not prepared for action. This incident, along with a few others, led to the War of 1812. A little side fact: Stephen Decatur, a judge in the court-martial, was killed in a duel some eight years after the war. The winner of the duel was James Barron.

1832 - J.I. Howe patented the pin-making machine, better known as a pinmaker.

1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.

1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.

1939 - Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell joined in song to perform An Apple for the Teacher, on Decca Records.

1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time. V-Mail used a special paper for letter writing during WWII. It was designed to reduce cargo space taken up by mail sent to and from members of the armed services. The letters written on this special paper were opened at the post office, censored and reduced in size by photography. One roll of film contained 1,500 letters.

1952 - The U.S. Olympic Fund increased by $1,000,000, thanks to a nationwide, 14-1/2 hour telethon that starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes -- two back-to-back perfect games -- in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1959 - The Battle of New Orleans, by Johnny Horton, started week number four at the top of the nation’s music Tunedex. The song was number one for a total of six weeks. It was Horton’s only number one record and million-seller. He had big hits, however, with movie music: Sink the Bismarck and North to Alaska (from the film by the same title, starring John Wayne) -- both in 1960. Horton, from Tyler, TX, married Billie Jean Jones, Hank Williams’ widow. Tragically, Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash on November 5, 1960.

1963 - Fingertips - Pt 2, by Little Stevie Wonder, was released. It became Wonder’s first number one single on August 10th. Wonder had 46 hits on the pop and R&B music charts between 1963 and 1987. Eight of those hits made it to number one.

1964 - The United States Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s controversial book, Tropic of Cancer, could not be banned.

1964 - Barbra Joan Streisand signed a 10-year contract with CBS-TV worth about $200,000 a year. Both CBS and NBC had been bidding for Streisand’s talents.

1968 - Herb Alpert used his voice and his trumpet to run to the top of the pop music charts. This Guy’s in Love with You became the most popular song in the nation this day. It would rule the top of the pop music world for four weeks. It was the only vocal by Alpert to make the charts, though his solo instrumentals with The Tijuana Brass scored lots of hits. Alpert performed on 19 charted hits through 1987.

1970 - Mike Dann resigned as senior vice-president of CBS to join the Children’s Television Workshop, the Sesame Street people. Dann became the first major commercial TV industry leader to join forces with a non-commercial operation such as the CTW. As part of his deal, Dann was able to remove the letters A, B, C, N and S from the alphabet, doing what he couldn’t do at CBS: eliminate ABC and NBC.

1985 - People magazine had an interesting story in the week’s issue. It took a death count in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo flick, finding that there were 44 people killed directly. The wizards at People figured out that this was an average of one body biting the Rambo dust every 2.1 minutes. There were also 70 explosions that killed an undetermined number of people, according to the magazine.

1989 - Batman, the movie, opened in U.S. theatres. Michael Keaton plays the big guy (Batman) and Batman’s real-life self, Bruce Wayne. Jack Nicholson is at his evil best as the Joker aka former crime enforcer Jack Napier. And Kim Basinger is Vicky Vale, photo journalist on a quest to unmask the batman person. Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance and an all-star cast made this first Batman flick a hit. It did $42.71 million at the box office the first weekend.

1990 - The last-place Atlanta Braves fired manager Russ Nixon and replaced him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985. Good move. Cox led the Braves to a dramatic worst-to-first turnaround, the first of its kind in the National League. In the World Series his team lost to the (also) resurgent Minnesota Twins. Cox was name AP Manager of the Year (the first manager to be so named in both leagues). The Braves followed 1991 with NL East championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997, becoming the first team to win division titles in six straight completed seasons. Those division titles also let to NL pennants, except for 1993 and 1997.

1992 - CBS This Morning co-host Paula Zahn announced, “Making headlines this morning: Bill Clinton comes up with a plan for the economy. Tax the rich, cut the deficit, and help just about everyone else.” Very similar to the Robin Hood system, wasn’t it?

1998 - CompUSA announced that it was buying Computer City from Tandy for $275 million. Tandy was selling the sickly chain as part of a turnaround it had started the previous year. Tandy president Leonard Roberts said, “Computer City was a losing operation for the company. The sale will allow us to completely focus on Radio Shack at a time when profits are at an all-time high.”

June 22nd.

1903 - ‘King’ Carl (Owen) Hubbell
‘The Meal Ticket’: baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [World Series: 1933, 1936, 1937/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1933/won 24 games in a row over two seasons: 1936-37]; died Nov 21, 1988

1906 - Billy (Samuel) Wilder
Academy Award-winning director: The Apartment [1960], The Lost Weekend [1945]; Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Witness for the Prosecution, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, Sabrina, Irma La Douce, The Front Page, Buddy, Buddy; died Mar 27, 2002

1907 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
aviator, author: Gift from the Sea; married to Charles; mother of kidnapped Charles Jr.; died Feb 7, 2001

1909 - Michael Todd (Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen)
producer: Oklahoma!, Around the World in 80 Days; developed [w/American Optical Company] Todd-AO system using 65mm cine cameras at 30 fps and wide angle photgraphy [approx 150 degrees]; husband of Elizabeth Taylor; killed in plane crash Mar 22, 1958

1921 - Gower Champion
Tony Award-winning choreographer: 42nd Street [1981], The Happy Time [1968], Hello Dolly! [1964], Bye-Bye Birdie [1961], Lend an Ear [1949]; actor, dancer: Lovely to Look At, Show Boat, Mr. Music; died Aug 25, 1980

1921 - Joseph Papp (Papirofsky)
Pulitzer Prize-winning [3] producer; also winner of 28 Tony awards and 6 New York Critics Circle Awards; over 400 productions including: Hair, A Chorus Line, Two Gentlemen of Verona, That Championship Season; died Oct 31, 1991

1922 - Bill Blass
fashion designer

1928 - Ralph Waite
actor: The Waltons, Roots, Cliffhanger, The Bodyguard, Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces

1930 - Roy Drusky
DJ, songwriter: Alone with You, Country Girl, Anymore; singer: Three Hearts in a Tangle, Peel Me a Nanner, Another, Yes Mr. Peters [w/Priscilla Mitchell]; films: The Golden Guitar, Forty-Acre Feud

1933 - Diane Feinstein (Goldman)
politician: U.S. Senator from California

1934 - Russ (Russell Henry) Snyder
baseball: KC Athletics, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966], Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers

1936 - Kris Kristofferson
songwriter: Me & Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Help Me Make It Through the Night; singer: Loving Her was Easier, Why Me; actor: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Star is Born, Semi-Tough, Fire Down Below, Dance with Me, Limbo, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

1941 - Ed Bradley
news correspondent: 60 Minutes; host: Street Stories; died Nov 9, 2006

1941 - Michael Lerner
actor: Radioland Murders, Omen 4: The Awakening, Barton Fink, Eight Men Out, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Candidate

1941 - Barry Serafin
news reporter: ABC News

1944 - Peter Asher
singer: group: Peter and Gordon: A World Without Love, I Go To Pieces, True Love Ways, Lady Godiva, Sunday for Tea; record producer

1944 - Klaus Maria Brandauer
actor: The Russia House, Quo Vadis, Out of Africa, Kindergarten, Never Say Never Again, The Salzburg Connection

1947 - Bobby Douglass
football: Chicago Bears QB: record: most yards rushing by a quarterback in a season [968 yards in 1972]

1947 - Howard Kaylan (Kaplan)
singer: group: The Turtles: Happy Together, She’d Rather Be with Me, Elenore, You Showed Me; duo: Flo & Eddie: back-up for: Bruce Springsteen, The Knack, etc.

1948 - ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich
basketball: New Orleans Jazz; NCAA Div. I Individual Record: total points scored [1,381], field goal points [522] in a season [1970]: Louisiana State; died Jan 5, 1988 [heart attack]

1948 - Todd Rundgren
singer: We Gotta Get You a Woman, I Saw the Light, Hello It’s Me, Can We Still Be Friends; groups: Nazz, Utopia; producer: Meat Loaf, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad

1949 - Alan Osmond
singer: group: The Osmonds/The Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple, Any Time, Merrill and Jessica, You’re Here to Remember, I’m Here to Forget

1949 - Meryl (Mary Louise) Streep
Academy Award-winning actress: Sophie’s Choice [1982], [supporting actress] Kramer vs. Kramer [1979]; Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, Death Becomes Her, Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, Music of the Heart

1949 - Lindsay Wagner
actress: The Bionic Woman, The Paper Chase, Fire in the Dark, Nurses on the Line, The Second Wind

1953 - Cyndi Lauper (Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper)
Grammy Award-winning singer [1984]: Girls Just Want to Have Fun; Time After Time, True Colors; actress: Mad About You, Life with Mikey

1954 - Freddie Prinze (Preutzel)
comedian, actor: Chico and the Man; died Jan 29, 1977

1956 - Green Gartside
singer: group: Scritti Politti: LPs: Anomie & Bonhomie, Cupid & Psyche 85, Provision, Songs To Remember

1957 - Gary Beers
musician: bass, singer: group: INXS: Just Keep Walking, The One Thing, Original Sin, Melting in the Sun, This Time

1958 - Bruce Campbell
actor: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Tornado!, The Hudsucker Proxy, Army of Darkness, Sundown, Maniac Cop series, Evil Dead series

1960 - Tracy (Jo) Pollan
actress: Family Ties, A Stranger Among Us; married to actor Michael J. Fox

1961 - Jimmy Somerville
musician: keyboards, singer: groups: The Committee, Communards: You are My World, Don’t Leave Me This Way; Bronski Beat: Smalltown Boy, Why, It Ain’t Necessarily So, I Feel Love

1962 - Clyde Drexler
‘The Glide’: basketball: Univ of Houston [1980s Phi Slamma Jamma team], Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets

1964 - Amy Brenneman
actress: Judging Amy, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Middle Ages, Fear, Heat, Casper, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

1964 - Tommy Cunningham
musician: drums: group: Wet Wet Wet: Angel Eyes [Home And Away], Somewhere Somehow, Wishing I Was Lucky

1968 - Darrell Armstrong
basketball [guard]: Fayetteville State Univ; NBA: Orlando Magic, NO Hornets, Mavericks.

Chart Toppers
June 22nd.

1949 Again - Gordon Jenkins
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965 I Can’t Help Myself - The Four Tops
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Ribbon of Darkness - Marty Robbins

1973 My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Playground in My Mind - Clint Holmes
I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby - Barry White
Kids Say the Darndest Things - Tammy Wynette

1981 Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey
A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
But You Know I Love You - Dolly Parton

1989 I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids on the Block
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Love Out Loud - Earl Thomas Conley

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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06-22-2008, 10:59 PM
175th day of 2008 - 191 remaining.

Monday, June 23, 2008

How lucky we all are that Walt Disney changed his mind, and instead of opening the Bird Cafe, a Chinese restaurant with an animated, talking Chinese elder spouting Confucius-type bits of wisdom, he created the Enchanted Tiki Room. On this day in 1963, the sounds of Polynesian drums heraldedthe opening of Disneyland’s first Audio-Animatronic attraction.

If you’ve never been inside the Enchanted Tiki Room, where all the birds sing words and the flowers croon, you are in for a refreshingly innocent 15 (used to be 18) minutes of entertainment. If you’ve experienced this Disney delight, you’ll most likely agree that, after all the thrills and chills of other attractions, the Enchanted Tiki Room is the perfect place to chill out (literally, it’s air-conditioned) and let the Tiki gods take over.

In the tropical garden outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Tiki gods and goddesses, Maui, Koro, Tangaroa-Ru, Hina Kuluna, Pele, Negendei, Rongo and Tongoroa set the mood, telling you of their South Sea legends.

The Enchanted Tiki Room entertainment troupe consists of 225 singing, talking birds, flowers, tiki gods and drummers. Emceeing the sit-down show (230+ guests) is the multi-colored Macaw parrot, José. José, speaking with a Spanish accent, brings the show to life, introducing his parrot comedic partners, Michael from Ireland, Pierre from France and Fritz from Germany. The South Seas show is appropriately sponsored by Dole Pineapple and is complete with tropical rain storm ... don’t worry ... you won’t get wet in the Enchanted Tiki Room (although some redesigning has been done and the Tiki gods in the garden now occasionally squirt water at unsuspecting guests).

Other new additions are Iago and Zazu, Disney’s feathered friends from Aladdin and The Lion King, respectively.

José doesn’t mind changes in the script and partnering with the new Audio-Animatronic additions. He loves to entertain, and says he’ll stay forever, as long as the Enchanted Tiki Room isn’t turned into a taco stand.

Our show is delightful. We hope you’ll agree.
We hope that it fills you with pleasure and glee.
Because if we don’t make you feel like that,
We’re gonna wind up on the lady’s hat.

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon,
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.
Click, (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/magickingdom/adv-tiki.htm) click, (http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/parks/attractions/detail?name=EnchantedTikiRoomAttractionPage&bhcp=1) click, (http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/disneyland/Secrets/Adventure/Tiki.html) click, (http://www.startedbyamouse.com/features/Details02.shtml) and here. (http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/1877/friendsoftiki.html)

June 23rd.

1868 - Christopher L. Sholes of Wisconsin patented his type-writer. A Mr. Remington later turned it into a more practical typewriter. Christopher’s version was a little cumbersome. It was about as big as a desk. And it didn’t have any correcting ribbon. The writer didn’t need any since the huge type-writer hid the paper inside itself so one couldn’t see any typos until after the fact ... a lot like when you forget to use the spell-checker on your computer.

1904 - The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York.

1917 - The ‘Sultan of Swat’ did just that on this day ... he swatted an umpire! Babe Ruth punched an umpire with his fist after he was given the “Yer outta here, Bub!” in a baseball game between Boston and Washington. Ruth, pitching at the time, threw four pitches, all called balls by the home plate umpire. Ruth stomped off the pitcher’s mound to the plate and tongue-lashed Brick Owens with a volley of unmentionable cuss words. Ruth was ejected and fined $100. Here’s the rub. Ernie Shore came into the game and pitched what would have been the fourth perfect game in major-league baseball history as the Red Sox defeated Washington 4-0. In truth it was the only perfect game ever thrown by a relief pitcher. However, Shore came into the game with Ruth’s walk on first so the entire game was not perfect. The base runner was cut down stealing second. “How about that!”

1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off on a ’round-the-world airplane flight aboard the Winnie Mae.

1931 - A young couple, who unknowingly would become the royal family of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, married today. Anne Bledsoe and William ‘Bill’ Henry Getty France tied the knot. Together, they built NASCAR into the largest sactioning organization of auto racing in the world.

1933 - The Pepper Pot radio program welcomed a new host. Don McNeill took over the show and renamed it The Breakfast Club. The show, a huge success for the NBC Blue network and later, ABC radio, became one of the longest-running radio programs in history. The show aired with McNeill as host until December 27, 1968. The Breakfast Club was a morning show that had its share of corny jokes, visiting celebrities and lots of audience participation.

1938 - Marineland opened near St. Augustine, Florida.

1941 - Front Page Farrell was heard for the first time on Mutual radio. In 1942, the program moved to NBC radio and stayed on the air until 1954. Sally and David Farrell were the central characters. A young actor, who would become a major motion picture star, played the role of David Farrell. He was Richard Widmark.

1941 - Lena Horne recorded St. Louis Blues for Victor Records and launched an illustrious singing career in the process. She was 23 years old at the time. Horne continued performing well into her 60s.

1947 - Wendy Warren and the News debuted on CBS radio. The broadcasts continued until 1958. No, the program was not a newscast, in the traditional sense. It was a serial -- one of many of the time. The unique thing about this particular show, however, was that Wendy Warren and the News did utilize a real three-minute newscast to open the show. The newscaster, delivering the news as part of the show, chose not to stay in the entertainment side of radio, but continued to be a true journalist and a legend at CBS. That newsman was Douglas Edwards.

1956 - The thoroughbred Swaps ran the 1-1/16 mile track at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA, in a blistering 1 minute, 39 seconds, setting a world record for thoroughbred race horses.

1960 - Cleon Turner finally found an entrance to what would become known as Crystal Onyx Cave. Turner had been searching for the place for 30 years. He and a friend found a promising location on the side of Pruitt’s Knob (Kentucky) on this day. They had been digging and digging and digging. Finally, with the help of a little dynamite, they created the new entrance.

1961 - The Antarctic Treaty, signed by twelve nations in 1959, finally took effect on this day. The treaty guaranteed that the continent of Antarctica would be used for peaceful, scientific purposes only. The twelve original signers of the treaty were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since that time, 28 other nations have signed on to the pact.

1967 - Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. He was the first black to sit on that high court.

1985 - Golfer Arnold Palmer won his first victory of the year by setting a senior record. Palmer won the Senior Tournament Players Championship by 11 strokes.

1987 - The first celebrity cover girl to grace Cosmopolitan magazine since Elizabeth Taylor in 1969 was Madonna and she did it on this day.

1993 - Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband’s, uh, you know, with a butcher knife -- while he was sleeping. Police recovered the, uh, thingy, from the roadside where Lorena tossed it. It was surgically reattached to hubby John Wayne Bobbitt, who, by then, was wide awake. Lorena said that she chopped off John’s, uh, gizmo, because he had forced himself on her. We are certain there are lessons to be learned here, but where to start...

1995 - Los Angeles Raiders media release: “The Raiders organization has chosen to relocate to Oakland.” In a deju-vu-all-over-again kind of situation, Raiders owner Al Davis made the decision to take his team back to where it had come from. And the Raiders sued the NFL, claiming it forced the team to move by insisting that a second team be allowed to play at a new stadium Davis wanted to build at Hollywood Park in suburban Inglewood. Davis said the other team would have crippled his team financially when it came to selling luxury suites and building fan loyalty. He demanded more than $1 billion for the ‘right’ to the LA market and for compensation to his team for revenue to be lost because of the failed deal. Davis and the Raiders lost the suit on May 21, 2001. Kimberly Hamilton, forewoman of the 7-man, 5-woman jury said, “I think the key for me was that the Raiders did not have enough evidence to meet the burden of proof.” An NFL spokesman said, “The notion that the Raiders ‘own’ the Los Angeles market also was entirely unsupported by the evidence in this case. The Raiders abandoned Los Angeles when they returned to Oakland in 1995, just as they deserted Oakland in 1982 when they moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum.”

1996 - Michael Johnson beat the oldest world record in the books (Italy’s Pietro Mennea’s 19.72 had stood for 17 years). Johnson ran 200 meters in 19.66 seconds to rap up the Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Georgia.

1996 - Rusty Wallace ran out of gas while racing in the Miller 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. Fortunately for Wallace, his tank ran dry after he had crossed the finish line to win the race.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky became the 10th and final player to have the 3-year waiting period waived by the Hockey Hall of Fame “by reason of outstanding pre-eminence and skill.” ‘The Great One’ had joined nine others by being inducted immediately after retiring (he retired April 18, 1999). Gretzky was the NHL’s all-time scoring leader with 2,857 points, 894 goals, and 1,963 assists with four teams (Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings, SL Blues, NY Rangers) in 20 seasons. Gretzky holds or shares 61 National Hockey League records: 40 for regular season, 15 for playoffs and six for all-star competition.

06-22-2008, 11:00 PM
June 23rd.

1876 - Irvin S. (Shrewsbury) Cobb
humorist: Old Judge Priest, Those Times and These, A Laugh a Day; autobiography: Exit Laughing; died in 1944

1894 - Dr. Alfred Kinsey
sexual behavior researcher: The Kinsey Report, The Sexual Behavior in the Human Male; died Aug 25, 1956

1894 - Edward Patrick David
England’s Duke of Windsor/Edward VIII: only British monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne; died May 28, 1972

1910 - Jean (-Marie-Lucien-Pierre) Anouilh
playwright: Becket, Antigone; died Oct 3, 1987

1910 - Lawson Little Jr.
golf: champ: US Amateur, British Amateur tourneys [1934, 1935], U.S. Open [1940]; died Feb 1, 1968

1910 - Edward P. Morgan
radio/TV reporter: ABC: Edward P. Morgan and the News; commentator: Ford Foundation-funded Public Broadcasting Laboratory: “Let’s face it, we in this trade use this power more frequently to fix a traffic ticket or get a ticket to a ballgame than to keep the doors of an open society open and swinging ... The freest and most profitable press in the world, every major facet of it, not only ducks but pulls its punches to save a supermarket of commercialism or shield an ugly prejudice and is putting the life of the republic in jeopardy thereby.”; died Jan 27, 1993

1916 - Irene Worth
Tony Award-winning actress: Sweet Bird of Youth [1976], Tiny Alice [1965]; Lost in Yonkers; died Mar 10, 2002

1918 - Gilbert Dodds
track: Sullivan Award-winner [1943]; AAU indoor mile champion [1942, 1944, 1947]; 1948 world record at Wanamaker Indoor Mile [4:05.3]; died Feb 3, 1977

1925 - Larry Blyden (Ivan Lawrence Blieden)
actor: Harry’s Girls; TV moderator: What’s My Line [1972-75]; died June 6, 1975

1927 - Bob (Robert Louis) Fosse
Oscar Award-winning director: Cabaret [1972]; Tony Award-winning choreographer: Big Deal [1986], Dancin’ [1978], Sweet Charity [1966], Little Me [1963], Bob Fosse [1959], Damn Yankees [1956], The Pajama Game [1955]; director/choreographer: Pippin [1973]; Emmy Award-winning director: Singer Presents Liza with a ‘Z’ [1972-73]; autobiographical film: All That Jazz; died Sep 23, 1987

1929 -
Grammy Award-winning country singer [w/husband, Johnny Cash]: Jackson, If I were a Carpenter; songwriter: Ring of Fire; died May 15, 2003

1930 - Walter Dukes
basketball: NCAA Div. I Individual Record Holder: season rebounds [734]: Seton Hall [1953]

1940 - Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams)
singer: Somebody Else’s Baby, How about That, Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop, The Time Has Come; actor: Minder, Down an Alley Full of Cats, Stardust, Budgie, Mix Me a Person, Beat Girl; died Mar 8, 2003

1940 - Wilma Rudolph
Olympic Hall of Famer: Gold Medalist [3]: track & field sprints [1960]; died Nov 12, 1994

1943 - James Levine
conductor: Cleveland Orchestra, New York Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

1944 - Rosetta Hightower
singer: group: The Orlons: The Wah Watusi, Don’t Hang Up, South Street

1946 - Ted Shackelford
actor: Knots Landing, Dallas

1947 - Bryan Brown
actor: Breaker Morant, Full Body Massage, Blame It on the Bellboy, F/X series, Dead in the Water, Gorillas in the Mist, ****tail, A Town like Alice, The Thorn Birds, The Winter of Our Dreams, Palm Beach, The Irishman

1948 - Clarence Thomas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

1952 - Marv Kellum
football: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker: Super Bowl IX, X

1957 - Frances McDormand
actress: Fargo, Blood Simple, Mississippi Burning, The Wonder Boys, Almost Famous

1959 - Duane Whitaker
actor: Pulp Fiction, Hobgoblins, Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter, Tales from the Hood, Within the Rock, Spoiler, Tempest Eye

1962 - Billy Wirth
actor: The Lost Boys, Body Snatchers, Venus Rising, Space Marines, Relax... It's Just Sex; producer: MacArthur Park

1972 - Selma Blair
actress: In & Out, Cruel Intentions, Kill Me Later, The Sweetest Thing.

Chart Toppers
June 23rd.

1950 My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Old Piano Roll Blues - Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley
I’ll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican

1958 All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Guess Things Happen that Way - Johnny Cash

1966 Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Barefootin’ - Robert Parker
Take Good Care of Her - Sonny James

1974 Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
This Time - Waylon Jennings

1982 Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
Rosanna - Toto
Slow Hand - Conway Twitty

1990 It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Step By Step - New Kids on the Block
Do You Remember? - Phil Collins
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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06-23-2008, 11:00 PM
176th day of 2008 - 190 remaining.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On this day in 1916, the most lucrative movie contract to the time (and for a long time to come) was signed by actress Mary Pickford. She inked the first seven-figure Hollywood deal. Pickford would get $250,000 per film with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 a week against half of the profits, including bonuses and the right of approval of all creative aspects of her films. It cost $1,040,000 and two years of movie making for Adolph Zukor at Paramount Pictures.

Mary Pickford was the subject of many Hollywood firsts other than this million-dollar deal. She was Hollywood’s first bankable name, commanding a star-status salary of $275 a week as early as 1911, and $500 a week in 1913 when producer B.P. Schulberg named her America’s sweetheart.

Her signature curls were the first film fashion fad. (After the million-dollar deal, she had more curls added by makeup artist George Westmore, who used hair from Big Suzy’s French Whorehouse’s ladies of the evening.)

Pickford starred in the first screen play (The New York Hat) written by now-famous playwright Anita Loos. And, along with Norma and Constance Talmadge and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary was the first to leave footprints in the cement fronting Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She was also one of the first women in Hollywood to gain control over her own movies, forming her own production company, United Artists, with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin. Mary Pickford sold her stock in United Artists in 1956.

America’s sweetheart won her first Oscar for Coquette [1928-29]. In 1975 she received a special Academy Award recognizing her legacy to the world of film.

Not a bad deal for the former vaudeville and stage actress, who once appeared on Broadway with Cecil B. DeMille in The Warrens of Virginia for a measly $25 a week.
More reading here, (http://www.marypickford.com/) and here. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0681933/)

June 24th.

1922 - The American Professional Football Association took on a new name. They decided to name themselves the National Football League.

1940 - TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.

1947 - Looking skyward this night, Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington.

1948 - Berlin, Germany was completely isolated from the outside world. Joseph Stalin, premier of Soviet Russia, who had already cut rail and road access to the city three months earlier, now blocked all ground and water access and cut electricity to the Western sector. Within a few days, the great Berlin Airlift began. U.S. planes dropped up to 13,000 tons of goods per day - for the next 10 months -- until Stalin lifted the blockade on May 23, 1949.

1949 - The movie features of Hopalong Cassidy premiered on TV. The films were edited to thirty and sixty-minute versions starring William Boyd as Hopalong and Edgar Buchanan as his sidekick, Red Connors. Eventually, all 66 original films were shown on TV, so Boyd produced more Hopalong Cassidy episodes just for TV.

1952 - Eddie Arcaro set a thoroughbred racing record for American jockeys by winning his 3,000th horse race.

1953 - Al Kaline signed with the Detroit Tigers this day (following his graduation from high school). The future all-star of the Tigers was 18 years old.

1960 - The Romance of Helen Trent was heard for the last time on radio. Helen and her boy-toy, Gil Whitney, were about to be married, but the loving couple never made it to the altar -- just in case the show would ever be renewed. Helen Trent and her romance aired for 27 years -- a total of 7,222 episodes -- on the CBS radio network.

1962 - The New York Yankee’s longest extra-inning game (to that time) was played. The 22-inning contest went on and on and on and on. The NY Yankees finally edged the Detroit Tigers, 9-7.

1970 - Raquel Welch starred in the movie Myra Breckinridge, which premiered in New York City. Movie reviewers headed for the exits and gave the movie not only “thumbs down,” but “fists down.” Audiences, however, thought the movie was pretty nifty and made it a box office smash, despite the fact that critic Rex Reed was also featured in the film.

1971 - The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.

1972 - Baseball’s first woman umpire, Mrs. Bernice Gera, called the balls and strikes in her first game and resigned just a few hours after it was over.

1972 - I Am Woman, by Helen Reddy, was released by Capitol Records. The number one tune (December 9, 1972) became an anthem for the feminist movement. Reddy, from Australia, made her stage debut when she was only four years old. She had her own TV program in the early 1960s. Reddy came to New York in 1966 and has appeared in the films Airport 1975, Pete’s Dragon and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Reddy also had four million-sellers: I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) and Angie Baby. She had a total of 14 hits on the pop music charts.

1985 - The 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rozier, jumped from the United States Football League to the Houston Oilers of the NFL. Rosier signed for more than two million dollars over a four-year period. That’s about the same as Mary Pickford’s deal in 1916.

1985 - The motion picture Cocoon, directed by Ron Howard, grossed some $7.9 million during its opening weekend across the country. Cocoon, which had a brilliant cast, including screen legend Don Ameche, beat out Rambo: First Blood, Part II starring Sylvester Stallone, in first-weekend receipts. Howard first became famous as a child star (Opie) on the Andy Griffith Show; and then later, as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.

1985 - The wife of exiled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn became a U.S. citizen. Natalia Solzhenitsyn celebrated in her new home in Rutland, Vermont.

1987 - ‘The Great One’, Jackie Gleason, died on this day, at the age of 71. Gleason was one of TV’s biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s. He started on the DuMont Television Network, became a celebrated fixture on CBS-TV, and later, a movie star. He starred in honored films such as, Gigot and The Hustler. He also starred in Smokey and the Bandit. Jackie Gleason is best remembered from TV, however, as bus driver Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners, which still ranks as one of TV’s greatest sitcoms.

1992 - Portland, Oregon became the first city outside of New York to host the NBA (National Basketball Association) draft. At the Portland Memorial Coliseum, the first overall pick went to the Orlando Magic who picked 7'1" center Shaquille O’Neal of LSU.

1998 - AT&T announced that it was buying cable TV giant TCI for $31.7 billion. The deal let AT&T move closer to its goal of providing local phone and high speed Internet service to millions of U.S. homes. (The FCC approved the merger on Feb 18, 1999).

June 24th.

1895 - Jack (William Harrison) Dempsey
boxer: ‘The Manassa Mauler’: world heavyweight boxing champion [1919-1926]; NY restaurateur; died May 31, 1983

1901 - Chuck Taylor
basketball; Converse sneaker spokesperson [his name was/is on their high-top canvas basketball sneakers [“Chucks”: over 500 million pairs sold since 1917]; died June 23, 1969

1910 - Irving Kaufman
judge: First Amendment, civil rights, antitrust cases: U.S. vs. N.Y. Times, Taylor vs. Board of Education; sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death for espionage; died Feb 1, 1992

1912 - Norman Cousins
journalist: Anatomy of an Illness; died Nov 30, 1990

1916 - John Ciardi
poet: Homeward to America, Other Skies, Live Another Day, I Marry You, Lives of X; died Mar 30, 1986

1919 - Al Molinaro
actor: Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, The Odd Couple, The Family Man

1922 - Manny Albam
composer: Drum Suite, La Vie en Rose, Afro-Dizzyac, Country Man; music educator: Eastman School of Music

1923 - Jack Carter (Chakrin)
comedian, host: The Jack Carter Show, Cavalcade of Stars, American Minstrels of 1949

1930 - Claude Chabrol
director: La Femme Infidele, The Cousins, Madame Bovary

1931 - Billy Casper
golf champion: Masters [1970], U.S. Open [1959, 1966]; PGA Player of the Year [1966, 1968, 1970]

1933 - Sam Jones
Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: 10 championship teams; NBA Silver Anniversary Team [1971]; coach: Federal City College, North Carolina A&T U

1935 - Pete Hamill
journalist, syndicated columnist: New York Post; editor in chief: New York Daily News; writer: Piecework: Writings on Men and Women, Fools and Heroes, Lost Cities, Vanished Friends, Small Pleasures, Large Calamities, and How the Weather Was, A Drinking Life

1935 - Ron Kramer
football: Green Bay Packers tight end: Associated Press All-Pro [1962]; College Football Hall of Famer

1942 - Mick Fleetwood
musician: drums: group: Fleetwood Mac: Dreams, Don’t Stop

1942 - Michele Lee (Dusick)
actress: Knots Landing, The Love Bug, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

1943 - Georg Stanford Brown
actor: Colossus: The Forbin Project, The Rookies; director: Alone in the Neon Jungle

1944 - Jeff Beck
musician: guitar: groups: The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, The Honeydrippers; car collector: classic Fords

1944 - Arthur Brown (Wilton)
singer: group: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: Fire; actor: Tommy

1944 - John ‘Charlie’ Whitney
musician: guitar: group: Family: Hung Up Down, The Weaver’s Answer, No Mule’s Fool, In My Own Time, Burlesque

1945 - Colin Blunstone aka Neil MacArthur
singer: solo: She’s Not There, I Don’t Believe in Miracles; group: The Zombies: Time of the Season

1946 - Lt. Col. Ellison S. Onizuka
astronaut: mission specialist aboard ill-fated space shuttle Challenger [he was killed when shuttle exploded 1 minute 13 seconds after launch Jan 28, 1986]

1947 - Peter Weller
actor: Screamers, Mighty Aphrodite, Decoy, Sunset Grill, Naked Lunch, RoboCop series, A Killing Affair, Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the Eighth Dimension

1949 - John Illsley
musician: bass: group: Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing, Romeo & Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Skateaway, Telegraph Road, Private Investigation, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, The Man’s Too Strong, Goin’ Home, Smooching

1950 - Nancy Allen
actress: Carrie, Robocop, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, I Wanna Hold Your Hand

1952 - Dave Lapham
football: Cincinnati Bengals guard: Super Bowl XVI

1956 - Joe Penny
actor: Jake and the Fatman, The Gangster Chronicles, Riptide, Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, The Prophet's Game

1959 - Andy McCluskey
singer: group: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark: Electricity, Red Frame, White Light, Messages, Enola Gay, The More I See You, Souvenir, Joan of Arc, Genetic Engineering, Talking Loud & Clear, Telsa Girls, Forever [Love & Die]

1961 - Iain Glen
actor: Silent Scream, The Young Americans, Tomb Raider

1961 - Curt Smith
musician: bass, singer: group: Tears For Fears: Suffer the Children, Mad World, Change, Pale Shelter

1967 - Jeff Cease
musician: guitar: group: The Black Crowes

1967 - Sherry Stringfield
actress: N.Y.P.D. Blue, ER

1970 - Glenn Medeiros
singer: [w/Bobby Brown]: She Ain’t Worth It.

Chart Toppers
June 24th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Personality - Lloyd Price
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Along Came Jones - The Coasters
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Groovin’ - The Young Rascals
She’d Rather Be with Me - The Turtles
Windy - The Association
All the Time - Jack Greene

1975 Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Wildfire - Michael Murphey
You’re My Best Friend - Don Williams

1983 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
You Can’t Run from Love - Eddie Rabbitt

1991 Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
Unbelievable - EMF
The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How many of you remember ... or ever heard of ... the Kewpie Doll? Are we dating you? The Kewpie Doll was created by Rose O’Neill, who was born on this day in 1874. Rose was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and had a rather successful career as an illustrator and author. She then began to design dolls, specifically, the Kewpie Doll.

A 1909 issue of Ladies Home Journal printed a full page of Ms. O’Neill’s doll designs catapulting the Kewpie Doll into a marketing success in the toy industry for over three decades.

The Kewpie Doll was a small, cupid-like, plump figure with a top-knot and was made of plaster or celluloid.
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June 25th.

1788 - The Virginia colony including Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, entered the United States of America as the tenth state. The state, also known as Old Dominion, was named after the "Virgin Queen", Elizabeth I of England. The Commonwealth of Virginia and its capital, Richmond, have played major roles in American history. Like West Virginia, it names the cardinal as the state bird. The official state flower of Virginia is the flowering dogwood.

1844 - John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.

1876 - Indian Chief Crazy Horse won the two-hour Battle of the Little Bighorn, Montana, wiping out the army of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. Custer, who led the battle against the Sioux Indian encampment, was among the 200+ casualties. Ironically, the only survivor of Custer’s forces was a horse, Comanche.

1886 - Nineteen-year-old Arturo Toscanini moved from the cello section to the conductor’s stand of the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra. The maestro conducted Aida this day.

1910 - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.

1937 - Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis was a little angry. He denounced the idea of lady wrestlers in the ring. Lewis said that women ’rasslers threatened to turn the sport of professional wrestling into a burlesque show.

1942 - The first broadcast of It Pays to Be Ignorant was aired on WOR Radio and the Mutual Broadcasting System.

1948 - Joe Louis KO’d Jersey Joe Walcott to keep the world heavyweight boxing crown.

1951 - The first commercial color TV program was seen. It was a four-hour-long show presented on CBS and carried in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Arthur Godfrey, Faye Emerson, Sam Levenson and Ed Sullivan starred in the TV milestone. An interesting side note to this event is that the public didn’t own any color TVs at the time and CBS, itself, owned only about three dozen sets.

1961 - Pat Boone spent this day at number one for one last time with Moody River. Boone, a teen heart-throb in the 1950s, had previously walked his way up the music charts, wearing white buck shoes, of course, with these other hits: Ain’t That a Shame, I Almost Lost My Mind, Don’t Forbid Me, Love Letters in the Sand and April Love.

1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5 to 4) that prayers in public schools violated the First Amendment to the Constitution regarding the separation of church and state.

1968 - Bobby Bonds of the San Francisco Giants started on the road to superstardom. Bonds connected for a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He became the first baseball player in the majors to debut in such an exciting way.

1969 - The Guess Who from Canada received a gold record for their hit single, These Eyes.

1970 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down legislative ruling 35 FR 7732, making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.

1980 - Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese announced his retirement from professional football after 14 years in South Florida. Griese had some impressive statistics: 193 touchdown passes, 25,200 yards passing and the winner of two (out of three) Super Bowls.

1985 - ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football announcer lineup: Frank Gifford and O.J. Simpson were joined by Joe Namath. The trio was out to regain some of the show’s sagging ratings after Howard Cosell and Don Meredith exited the broadcast.

1990 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of an individual, whose wishes are clearly made, to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. The 5-4 ruling upholding the right to die was made in the Cruzan vs. Missouri case.

1993 - Kim Campbell became Canada’s 19th prime minister -- and its first woman prime minister. Campbell governed until October 25, 1993 when the Progressive-Conservative party was royally defeated. (Her term actually expired November 4, 1993.)

1998 - Windows 98 was released. Microsoft used the slogan, “Works better. Plays better.” The company said the new operating system would bring an “increased computer experience by providing a rich feature set for a wider variety of users than ever before.” Interest in the new release was also increased by the publicity generated by the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Microsoft.

1999 - Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy debuted at theatres across the U.S. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, who tries to get custody of his best friend’s son. Sappy? You betcha! Successful? You betcha: $41.54 million the first weekend.

1999 - The San Antonio Spurs earned their first NBA (National Basketball Association) title in their 26-year history by beating the New York Knicks 78-to-77. That gave the Spurs the series 4 games to 1.

June 25th.

1874 - Rose O’Neill
illustrator, author, doll designer; died Apr 6, 1944; see Kewpie Day [above]

1886 - Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold
military: U.S. General and commander of the Army Air Force: WWII; 1st five-star general of the U.S. Army Air Force; died Jan 15,1950

1887 - George Abbott
director: Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Too Many Girls; died Jan 31, 1995

1903 - George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)
author: Animal Farm, 1984; died Jan 21, 1950

1903 - Anne Revere
Tony Award-winning actress: Toys in the Attic [1960]; Academy Award winner [1944]: National Velvet; A Place in the Sun, Gentlemen’s Agreement, Forever Amber, The Song of Bernadette, The Howards of Virginia; died Dec 18, 1990

1906 - Roger Livesey
actor: Of Human Bondage, The Entertainer; died Feb 4, 1976

1912 - Milton Shapp
governor of Pennsylvania; died November 24, 1988

1915 - Peter Lind Hayes (Joseph Conrad Lind)
actor: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Zis Boom Bah!, Peter Loves Mary [w/wife, Mary Healy]; died Apr 21, 1998

1922 - Johnny Smith
jazz musician: guitar: Moonlight in Vermont

1923 - Dorothy Gilman
author: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, Incident at Madamya

1924 - Sidney Lumet
director: Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, Deathtrap, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Family Business, Playhouse 90, Gloria

1925 - June Lockhart
actress: Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction, Deadly Games, The Big Picture, The Yearling, Meet Me in St. Louis

1935 - Eddie Floyd
singer: group: Falcons: You’re So Fine; solo: Bring It on Home to Me, Knock on Wood, I’ve Never Found a Girl [To Love Me like You Do]

1940 - Clint Warwick (Eccles)
musician: bass: The Moody Blues: Go Now, LP: The Magnificent Moodies

1942 - Willis Reed
basketball: New York Knicks center and captain; NBA MVP: [1970]

1944 - Al Beauchamp
football: Cincinnati Bengals

1945 - Carly Simon
Grammy Award-winning singer: Anticipation, You’re So Vain, Mockingbird [w/husband James Taylor], Nobody Does It Better, You Belong to Me, Coming Around Again; Academy Award-winning song: Let the River Run [1988]; author of children’s books

1946 - Allen Lanier
musician: guitar, keyboards: group: Blue Oyster Cult: Don’t Fear the Reaper, LPs: Revolution by Night, Fire of Unknown Origin, Cultosaurus Erectus, Spectres, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, ETI, Some Enchanted Evening, On Your Feet or on Your Knees

1946 - Ian McDonald
musician: instrumentalist: group: Foreigner: Feels like the First Time, Cold as Ice, Long Long Way from Home, Double Vision, Hot Blooded, Blue Morning Blue Day

1947 - Jimmie Walker
actor, comedian: Good Times, B.A.D. Cats, Airplane!, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1948 - Clay (Clayton Laws) Kirby
baseball: pitcher: SD Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos; died Oct 11, 1991

1949 - Phyllis George (Brown)
Miss America [1971]; TV host: The NFL Today, The CBS Morning News

1952 - Tim Finn (Te Awamutu)
musician: keyboard, singer: group: Split Enz

1954 - David Paich
musician: keyboards, singer: group: Toto: Hold the Line, Make Believe, Roseanna, Africa

1963 - Doug Gilmour
hockey: NHL: SL Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, NJ Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres

1963 - George Michael (Yorgos Panayiotou)
singer: duo: Wham!: Wake Me Up before You Go-Go; Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year Award [1985]; solo: Careless Whisper, Faith, A Different Corner, I Want Your Sex

1966 - Dikembe Mutombo
basketball [center]: Georgetown Univ; Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets, NY Knicks, Houston Rockets; Dikembe Mutombo Foundation [helping people in the Congo]

1975 - Linda Cardellini
actress: Good Burger, Scooby-Doo, La La Wood, Legally Blonde, Dying to Live, Dead Man on Campus .

Chart Toppers
June 25th.

1944 I ’ll Be Seing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Swinging on a Star/Going My Way - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
I’m Yours - Don Cornell
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

1960 Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool - Connie Francis
Swingin’ School - Bobby Rydell
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

1976 Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
Misty Blue - Dorthy Moore
El Paso City - Marty Robbins

1984 The Reflex - Duran Duran
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Self Control - Laura Branigan
When We Make Love - Alabama

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Early into the 1970s, the folks in Toronto, Canada were having problems with their TV and radio reception. Interference from the many skyscrapers being built in the city were causing TV shows to be superimposed on top of each other. To remedy the situation, the Canadian National Railway Company was commissioned to build an antenna that would tower over every building ever built. The antenna design turned into a tourist attraction design by John Andrews Architects and Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Architects; and after 40 months, the completed CN Tower opened ... on this day in 1976.

63 million dollars and 1,537 people were needed to complete the tallest free standing structure and building in the world. The CN (Canadian National) Tower, including the 335 foot (102 meters), steel, broadcasting antenna, is 1,815 feet, 5 inches tall (553.33 meters). At 1,465 feet, you’ll be standing on the world’s highest public observation deck, the Space Deck. You can take one of six elevators to the Sky Pod level at a speed of 15 miles per hour. After your 58-second-long trip, you can take another elevator inside the tower to the Space Deck. Or, you could climb the 1769 steps up the tower. You’ll have the distinction of dining in the world’s highest and largest revolving restaurant, aptly named "360", the home of the world’s highest wine cellar. Wine cellars are usually under the building, this one’s on top of the world!

Sixteen Toronto TV and FM radio stations broadcast their signals from the antenna ... and all over Southern Ontario, Canada, TV viewers and radio listeners can see and hear clearly, all because of the CN Tower ... Toronto’s favorite tourist attraction.
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June 26th.

1284 - The Pied Piper exacted his revenge upon the German town of Hamelin this day. The townspeople had promised to pay the piper a large fee if he could rid their town the nasty rats running all over the place. He had played his trusty pipe and the rats had followed him out of town and into the River Weser. But once the rodents were eliminated, the local folks decided not to pay after all. The piper was not pleased and repaid the townspeople by playing his pipe for the children of Hamelin, just like he had done for the rats. And just like the rats, the children followed him out of town. The Pied Piper of Hamelin led the kiddies into a hole in a hillside. They were never seen again.

1819 - The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City.

1897 - Thomas Lynch and John Heydler were umpires in a baseball doubleheader in Washington, D.C. “Yeah, so?” you ask. Well, smarties, each of these umpires went on to become a president of the National League. So there.

1933 - The Kraft Music Hall debuted. It turned out to be one of radio’s longest-running hits. The first program presented Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Singer Al Jolson became the host of the show shortly thereafter. Several years later, crooner Bing Crosby was named the host. The Kraft Music Hall continued on NBC radio until 1949 and then on TV for many more years; the first year as Milton Berle Starring in the Kraft Music Hall, then Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Dave King Show followed by Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall for four seasons. From 1967 on, The Kraft Music Hall featured a different host. Bring on the Velveeta and the Philadelphia brand cream cheese!

1945 - Fifty nations came together in San Francisco for the signing of the United Nations Charter.

1949 - Entertainer Fred Allen closed out his amazing radio career. Allen was making the transition to TV. His final radio guest was his old pal, Jack Benny. Allen’s caustic wit didn’t play well on TV and he found himself out of the medium in short order. Benny went on to become a television legend.

1959 - CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow interviewed his 500th -- and final -- guest on Person to Person: actress Lee Remick. Just hours before this final broadcast, Murrow had presented his last news broadcast on the CBS radio network. CBS-TV had reportedly made $20 million from Murrow’s Person to Person series.

1964 - A Hard Day’s Night was released by United Artists Records. The album featured all original material by The Beatles and became the top album in the country by July 25, 1964.

1965 - Mr. Tambourine Man, by The Byrds, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts. The song was considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit. The tune was written by Bob Dylan, as were two other hits for the group: All I Really Want to Do and My Back Pages. The group of James Roger McGinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Mike Clarke charted seven hits. The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

1979 - Muhammad Ali announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. The 37-year-old fighter said, “Everything gets old, and you can’t go on like years ago.” The “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” act was no more.

1985 - You’ve heard of players, managers and owners being ejected from baseball games, right? But have you ever heard of an organist being given the heave-ho? It happened at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida (the home of the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training; a Class A League team uses the stadium the rest of the season). Wilbur Snapp played Three Blind Mice following a call by umpire Keith O’Connor. The umpire was not amused and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was sent to the showers.

1985 - Big River, later to be a Tony Award-winning cast album, became the first cast soundtrack LP to be recorded in Nashville, TN. The celebrated album was released on MCA Records and tapes.

1987 - “Just the facts, ma’am. Thank you.” Dragnet, starring Dan Aykroyd in the Jack Webb role of Sgt. Joe Friday; and Tom Hanks in the Harry Morgan role of detective Stribeck, opened around the U.S. The movie became the first Hollywood film to feature a "condom-conscious" bedroom scene ... just right for the social mores of the 1980s. Dragnet was a smash theatrical hit, as it had been on radio and TV in the 1940s and 1950s. “This is the city...”

1990 - The Arizona Republic reported it was 122 degrees in Phoenix, hot enough to cancel some flights at the airport.

1996 - The North Manchester, Indiana News Journal ran a commentary by Worth Weller on this day, called Publisher Discovers Meaning of Life Driving Across Kansas. His observations: 1) Kansas is quite pretty -- like the ocean. 2) The pioneers must have been driven insane by the boredom while travelling across Kansas. 3) A billboard just outside of Russell KS proudly proclaims this little smudge in the prairie is the home of Bob Dole. And, as the heat and grain elevators began to get to him: 4) Politics is no longer about leadership, just as the press is no longer about information. Both are now about entertainment. 5) It’s amusing how we either ignore history or rewrite it to suit our own view of the world.

1998 - Doctor Dolittle opened in the U.S. Eddie Murphy stars as Dr. John Dolittle, who can converse with, and heal, animals. Audiences loved it: $29.01 million the opening weekend.

1998 - We found this Viagra report at the Poison News Headlines Web site, which said it had grabbed it from The New Straits Times: A 50-year-old Dutch tourist in the Spanish resort of Benidorm was admitted to the hospital when the Viagra he took left him with a 36-hour erection. The man, who had no history of impotency, told doctors he had taken the drug merely to enhance his sexual performance. In Beirut, a Lebanese woman filed assault charges against her husband who took three Viagra pills at once, lost control over himself and savagely attacked her in a state of excitement she said she had never seen in him before. And in Taipeh, a prostitute confessed to killing a 70-year-old client, saying she could not bear his excessive sexual demands after he took two Viagra tablets.

2000 - Principal photography for Star Wars: Episode II started in Australia, where shooting would last for two months before moving on to Italy, Tunisia and Spain. George Lucas directs Hayden Christiansen who plays the young Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker). Natalie Portman is Padmé Amidala and Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Wan Kenobi. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Mace Windu, Christopher Lee plays Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus and Jimmy Smits is Bail Organa.

June 26th.

1819 - Abner Doubleday
baseball: founded the game in 1839; died Jan 26, 1893

1891 - Sidney (Coe) Howard
playwright: screen play: Gone with the Wind; died Aug 23, 1939

1892 - Pearl S. Buck
Nobel Prize-winning author: The Good Earth [1938]; died Mar 6, 1973

1900 - Hack (Lewis Robert) Wilson
Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Giants [World Series: 1924], Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1929/record: rbi in a season: 190 in 1930], Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies; died Nov 23, 1948

1904 - Peter Lorre (László Löwenstein)
actor: The Maltese Falcon, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Casablanca, The Raven; died Mar 23, 1964

1909 - Col. Tom Parker
carnival barker, show business promoter: manager of Elvis Presley; died Jan 21, 1997

1909 - Colonel Tom Parker (Andreas van Kuijk)
carnival barker, show business promoter: manager of Elvis Presley; died Jan 21, 1997

1910 - Roy Plunkett
scientist: discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, better known as Teflon [Apr 6, 1938]; died May 12, 1994

1914 - Babe (Mildred) Didrikson Zaharias
“The outstanding female athlete of the first half-century.” [AP 1950]; International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer, World Golf Hall of Famer, LPGA Hall of Famer, National Track and Field Hall of Famer; died Sep 27, 1956

1914 - Richard Maltby
bandleader: Theme from The Man with the Golden Arm, St. Louis Mambo; died Aug 19, 1991

1915 - Charlotte Zolotow
author: Peter and the Pigeons, The Moon was the Best

1916 - Alex Dreier
‘Man on the Go’: radio reporter, newscaster: United Press, BBC, NBC, ABC; actor: The Boston Strangler, What’s It All About, World?, Murdock’s Gang, Invisible Strangler, It Takes a Thief, Mannix; died Mar 12, 2000

1922 - Eleanor Parker
actress: The Sound of Music, Of Human Bondage, Caged, The Man with the Golden Arm, Dead on the Money

1934 - Dave Grusin
composer: film scores: On Golden Pond, Heaven Can Wait, Tootsie

1936 - Hal Greer
Basketball Hall of Famer: Philadelphia 76ers

1940 - Billy Davis Jr.
singer: group: The 5th Dimension: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, Up Up and Away; w/Marilyn McCoo: You Don’t Have to be a Star, Your Love

1943 - Bill (William Henry) Robinson
baseball: Atlanta Braves, NY Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1979]

1943 - Georgie Fame (Clive Powell)
singer: The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde

1950 - Dave (Rodriguez) Rosello
baseball: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians

1951 - Pamela Bellwood
actress: Airport ’77, Dynasty, Double Standard, Cellar Dweller, Deadman’s Curve, Choices of the Heart

1952 - Steve (Stephen Shaddon) Bowling
baseball: Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays

1952 - Danny Gruen
hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Rockies

1955 - Mick Jones
musician: guitar, singer: groups: Big Audio Dynamite, The Clash: 1977, Capitol Radio, Career Opportunities, I’m So Bored with the USA, Police and Thieves, Complete Control, Remote Control, [White Man] In Hammersmith Palais, English Civil War, Stay Free, I Fought the Law, Brand New Cadillac, Death or Glory, Jimmy Jazz, Rock the Casbah

1956 - Chris Isaak
actor: Little Buddha, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Twin Peaks; singer, songwriter: Wicked Game, Blue Hotel, LP: Silvertone

1961 - Terri Nunn
singer: group: Berlin: Take My Breath Away

1970 - Chris O’Donnell
actor: The Three Musketeers, Dead Poets Society, Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Bachelor, Vertical Limit

1970 - Sean Hayes
Emmy Award-winning actor: Will & Grace [2000]

1970 - Matthew Letscher
actor: The Mask of Zorro

1974 - Derek Jeter
baseball: NY Yankees

1980 - Jason Schwartzman
actor: Rushmore, Slackers; musician: group: Phantom Planet.

Chart Toppers
June 26th.

1945 Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Ruby - Richard Hayman
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

1961 Quarter to Three - U.S. Bonds
Raindrops - Dee Clark
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969 Get Back - The Beatles
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Running Bear - Sonny James

1977 Got to Give It Up (Pt. I) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
Undercover Angel - Alan O’Day
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

1985 Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Raspberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution
Little Things - The Oak Ridge Boys

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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179th day of 2008 - 187 remaining.

Friday, June 27, 2008

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“Hey kids ... what time is it? It’s Howdy Doody time!” The year was 1947 and the peanut gallery surrounded Buffalo Bob Smith, Phineus T. Bluster, Indian Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring, Judy, Flubadub and a clown who didn’t talk named, Clarabell. The clown could make noise with a horn, like Harpo Marx, and could spray seltzer water. But that was it. Clarabell was Bob Keeshan in disguise, a man who was born on this day in 1927.

Two years later, Clarabell got restless. He wanted to talk. So, despite what Buffalo Bob and an NBC players contract said, Clarabell was determined to talk -- even silently. As relations between the clown and the star of the show (Buffalo Bob, not Howdy) got even more tense, Clarabell mouthed the words “Bye Kids” at the close of a Howdy Doody show and was fired on the spot.

Clarabell was out of a job until getting the big payback in 1955. Clarabell -- now back to being Bob Keeshan -- signed on with CBS for the only network children’s show to be broadcast on a daily basis. That show, Captain Kangaroo, became an integral part of American culture for two decades. Keeshan introduced us to Grandfather Clock, Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose and many other characters who taught kids a lesson. The phrase, “And be sure to say ‘please’ ... and ‘thank you’!” was just one of many. Captain Kangaroo became the model for truly excellent children’s television which led the way to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street and others.

Bob Keeshan died on January 23, 2004. :(
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June 27th.

1787 - Edward Gibbon completed The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

1884 - Lawrence Corcoran pitched his third no-hit baseball game, leading Chicago to a 6-0 win over Providence. Corcoran set a baseball record for no-hitters for the feat.

1885 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the gramophone. The patent was granted on May 4, 1886.

1949 - Captain Video and His Video Rangers premiered on the Dumont Television Network. Captain Video was initially played by Richard Coogan. The voice of radio’s Green Hornet, Al Hodge, replaced Coogan in 1951. Don Hastings played the roll of the ranger until the series ended in 1955. Maybe, if you check the basement or the attic, you’ll find your Captain Video decoder ring. Now’s the time to use it, kids!

1955 - The first Wide Wide World was broadcast on NBC-TV. Dave Garroway, of the Today show, was the program host.

1958 - After nearly three years on NBC-TV, Matinee Theatre was seen for the final time. And a good thing, too. Critics called the show one of the most successful failures in theatrical history.

1959 - West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein, closed after 732 performances on Broadway. The show remains one of the brightest highlights in the history of the Great White Way.

1962 - Two albums of melancholy music by Jackie Gleason received gold record honors. Music, Martinis and Memories and Music for Lovers Only got the gold. Both were issued by Capitol Records in Hollywood.

1963 - Brenda Lee inked a new recording contract with Decca Records. She was guaranteed one million dollars over the following 20 years.

1964 - Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It did not turn out to be one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages. The couple broke up 38 days later.

1969 - New York City police, attempting to serve a search warrant, charged into the well-known gay hangout, the Stonewall Inn. Events quickly got out of hand. Police ejected customers, managers, bouncers. Everyone got booted outside onto the sidewalk. The crowd became increasingly unruly and someone threw a bottle at the police. The plain-clothes police team was trapped inside the bar for over two hours before the the NYPD Tactical Patrol Force arrived and drove the mob from in front of the Stonewall. Police arrested and jailed many of the chanting gays. For the next few nights, the Stonewall Inn became the focal point of gay protests. The gay community began to organize and form committees to bring about change. Many feel that the Gay Liberation Movement had its beginnings with the Stonewall Inn Riots. (See 1999 below.)

1970 - The Jackson 5: Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Randy and Michael, jumped to number one on the music charts with The Love You Save. The song stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks. It was the third of four number one hits in a row for the group. The other three were I Want You Back, ABC and I’ll Be There. In 15 years (from 1969 to 1984), The Jackson 5/Jacksons had 23 hits, scored two platinum singles (Enjoy Yourself and Shake Your Body [Down to the Ground]) and one gold record (State of Shock).

1971 - Promoter Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East in New York City. It was a spin-off of San Francisco’s legendary rock ’n’ roll palace, Fillmore West (closed several days later). The Allman Brothers and J. Geils Band were among those performing on the final night. The New York City landmark and its San Francisco sister hosted just about every major rock group of the 1960s.

1972 - Bobby Hull signed a 10-year hockey contract for $2,500,000, as he became a player and coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association.

1975 - Sonny and Cher (Bono) called it quits as husband and wife. They were divorced soon after their CBS-TV variety show was canceled. Sonny went on to become mayor of Palm Springs and then a U.S. Congressman from California. (He was killed Jan. 5, 1998 in a skiing accident.) Cher married rocker Gregg Alman just days after saying “bye-bye” to Sonny. She continued her recording career and became an Academy Award-winning actress.

1980 - The the National Anthem Act, making O Canada Canada's national anthem, was unanimously accepted by the House of Commons and the Senate. Royal assent was also given this day. O Canada, written by Calixa Lavallee and Adolphe-Basile Routhier, was officially proclaimed Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980.

1981 - Hi Infidelity, by REO Speedwagon, was replaced at number one by the LP, Mistaken Identity, by singer Kim Carnes. Hi Infidelity had been number one on the album charts for 14 weeks.

1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual colleges could make their own TV package deals. The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) contracts with ABC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting were said to violate federal anti-trust laws.

1984 - The Federal Communications Commission moved to deregulate U.S. commercial TV by lifting most programming requirements and ending day-part restrictions on advertising.

1987 - After spending a decade with NBC News, Linda Ellerbee gave her last, “And so it goes.” NBC had tried to encourage Ellerbee to take a 40 percent cut in pay. And so she went. She wrote a most interesting book on her broadcasting career titled And So It Goes.

1988 - Mike Tyson quickly retained his undisputed world heavyweight title by knocking out Michael Spinks in the first round. Fight fans at Atlantic City Convention Hall had paid big bucks (up to $1,500) to see this one. The match, touted in advance as “Once and for All” was all over in 91 seconds. No report on how many people blinked at the wrong time.

1992 - Michael Jackson kicked off the Dangerous Tour in Munich, Germany. 70,000 fans saw Jackson, with a helmet on and a fake rocket pack on his back, appear to fly off stage (or, maybe he really did). The tour would continue through November 11 stopping in some 42 cities.

1999 - Juli Inkster won the LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Delaware. She was the second woman to win the modern Grand Slam in the LPGA. Of the eight players who have won the four major championships of their era, no one took as long as Inkster: 16 seasons from the time she won the Dinah Shore as a rookie [1984] to her victory in the LPGA Championship as a 39-year-old mother.

1999 - Sporting leather thongs, feather boas and political banners, gays and lesbians took to streets around the world in festive pride parades. The 29th annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration took place in San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Manila and many other cities. Among the organizations taking part were the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a gay veterans group, an antique auto club for gays and Roman Catholics in favor of gay rights. The pride marches commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when patrons of a gay bar in Greenwich Village (New York) fought back against a police raid. The bar, the Stonewall Inn, is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. (See 1969 above.)

June 27th.

1859 - Mildred J. Hill
teacher, musician, composer [lyrics by her younger sister Patty Smith Hill]: Happy Birthday to You, originally: Good Morning to All; died Jun 5, 1916

1880 - Helen Keller
author, educator; advocated new policies to help the blind live in normal surroundings; died Jun 1, 1968

1907 - John (Herrick) McIntire
actor: Wagon Train, Honkytonk Man, Rooster Cogburn, Summer and Smoke, Psycho, Elmer Gantry; died Jan 30, 1991

1912 - Audrey Christie
actress: Splendor in the Grass, Harper Valley P.T.A., Frankie and Johnny; died Dec 19, 1989

1913 - Willie Mosconi
billiard player: World American Straight Pool champion: 6 times between 1941-1956; died Sep 12, 1993

1917 - Ben Homer
composer/songwriter: Sentimental Journey [w/Bud Green, Les Brown]

1920 - I.A.L. Diamond
screen writer: Some Like It Hot, Irma La Douce, The Apartment; died Apr 21, 1988

1923 - Elmo Hope
musician: piano: group: The Elmo Hope Trio; died May 19, 1967

1924 - Rosalie Allen (Julie Bedra)
country singer/yodeler: Guitar Polka, Yodel Boogie, He Taught Me How to Yodel; Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer; died Sep 24, 2003

1925 - (Jerome) Doc Pomus
songwriter: Boogie Woogie Country Girl, Lonely Avenue; w/Mort Shuman: A Teenager in Love, Turn Me Loose, Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment; Jerry Wexler [Atlantic Records co-owner]: “If the music industry had a heart, it would be Doc Pomus.”; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1992]; died Mar 14, 1991

1926 - Don (Bones) Raleigh
hockey: NHL: New York Rangers

1927 - Bob Keeshan
children’s TV host: Captain Kangaroo Clown Hall of Famer; died Jan 23, 2004; see Clarabell Kangaroo Day [above]

1930 - H. Ross Perot
billionaire industrialist, philanthropist, U.S. presidential hopeful [1992, 1996]

1931 - Charles Bronfman
billionaire industrialist: Seagrams, Montreal Expos

1932 - Eddie (Edward Michael) Kasko
baseball: SL Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961/all-star: 1961], Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox

1932 - Anna Moffo
opera singer: Metropolitan Opera [1959-1969]; died Mar 10, 2006

1938 - Shirley Anne Field
actress: The EntertainerHear My Song, Shag: The Movie, Getting It Right, Two by Forsyth, My Beautiful Laundrette, House of the Living Dead, Alfie

1940 - Sandra Smith
actress: The Interns

1941 - Errol Mann
football: Oakland Raiders kicker: Super Bowl XI

1942 - Frank Mills
musician: piano: Music Box Dancer

1943 - Rico (Americo Peter) Petrocelli
baseball: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1967, 1975/all-star: 1967, 1969]

1944 - Doug Buffone
football: Chicago Bears

1944 - Bruce Johnston
Grammy Award-winning song writer: I Write the Songs [1976]; musician: group: The Beach Boys

1945 - Norma Kamali
fashion designer

1948 - Vernon Holland
football: Tennessee State Univ., Cincinnati Bengals; died Apr 21, 1998

1951 - Julia Duffy
actress: Designing Women, Newhart, Children in the Crossfire, Night Warning

1955 - Isabelle Adjani
actress: Queen Margot, Ishtar, Subway, The Tenant, The Story of Adele H, The Slap

1959 - Lorrie (Loretta Lynn) Morgan
singer, songwriter; daughter of country singer George Morgan

1960 - Craig Hodges
basketball: Chicago Bulls

1964 - Chuck Connors Person
basketball: Auburn Univ, Indiana Pacers [NBA Rookie of the Year: 1986-1987], Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets; given nickname ‘the Rifleman’ because his mom liked the TV Western of that title, whose star [Chuck Connors] once played for the Boston Celtics

1975 - Tobey Maguire
actor: Great Scott, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Cider House Rules, Spider-Man.

Chart Toppers
June 27th.

1946 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
All Through the Day - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
The Stripper - David Rose
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones

1970 The Love You Save - The Jackson 5
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
Hello Darlin’ - Conway Twitty

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
It’s a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
I’ll Be True to You - The Oak Ridge Boys

1986 On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) - Billy Ocean
Crush on You - The Jets
Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes - The Forester Sisters

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

“Get your kicks...on Route...Six...Six” The words to the classic song made famous by Nat "King" Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, Rosemary Clooney and many others is remembered today, along with the TV show of the same name.

The 59-year-old highway of 2,200 miles of blacktop was decertified as a U.S. highway on this day in 1985. The highway that was a legendary part of Americana saw highway crews removing the classic roadway shield-markers that designated it as the highway west.

Route 66 started in Chicago, Illinois and continued into Santa Monica, California. Martin Milner and George Maharis took us for many spins on the famous highway through the TV series which aired in the early sixties. To travel from one end of Route 66 to the other, one would go through eight states and three time zones. Today, a very small portion of the highway is still open. In some places, grass and vegetation, as seen from the interstate highway or railroad tracks nearby, have all but obscured the once well-traveled Route 66. Some one-stop, out-of-the-way places such as gas stations and greasy-spoon diners are now nothing more than decaying shells of their once glorious past.

If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on route 66.

It winds from Chicago to L.A., More then two thousand miles all the way. Get your kicks on route 66.

Now you go through St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri and Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty. Now you’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona ... Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Now won’t you get hip to this timely tip. When you make that California trip get your kicks on route 66.
More here, (http://www.national66.org/66hstry.html) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_66) here, (http://www.route66usa.com/) here, (http://www.route-66.com/history/index.htm) and here. (http://www.historic66.com/)

June 28th.

1894 - U.S. President Grover Cleveland signed an act of Congress, making Labor Day a federal holiday in the U.S. The first Monday of September is when Labor Day is celebrated as a salute to working men and women across the country.

1907 - The Washington Nationals stole 13 bases in a single baseball game against the New York Highlanders. The New York catcher, incidentally, fared far better as a baseball executive in later years. That catcher became baseball commissioner Branch Rickey.

1914 - World War I began. Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated while at (what is now known as) Sarajevo, Bosnia.

1919 - With the signing of The Treaty of Versailles, World War I ended - exactly five years after it began.

1919 - Elizabeth ‘Bess’ Wallace became Bess Truman when she married the future U.S. President, Harry S Truman.

1937 - In a poll conducted by a New York City newspaper, players for the Giants, Yankees and Dodgers said they opposed the proposed baseball players’ union.

1940 - As a summer replacement for blind, piano virtuoso Alec Templeton, The Quiz Kids was first heard on radio. The show continued on NBC until 1953.

1943 - The Dreft Star Playhouse debuted on NBC radio. Jane Wyman (the former Mrs. Ronald Reagan) starred in the first broadcast, titled Bachelor Mother.

1944 - The Alan Young Show debuted on NBC radio. It was a summer replacement for the popular Eddie Cantor. The show became a regular in the fall NBC lineup. Young, incidentally, made the switch to TV in 1961. He became a CBS star with a talking horse, of course, of course, named Mister Ed.

1948 - Football star Tom Harmon announced his retirement from professional football. Harmon later became one of the big names in sportscasting for ABC radio and TV.

1951 - An old favorite of radio audiences made the switch to TV. Amos ’n’ Andy moved to CBS-TV. Two years later, a protest by the NAACP forced the network to drop the show.

1976 - Detroit Tiger pitcher Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych was called “...the most interesting player since Dizzy Dean” on ABC’s nationally televised coverage of a Tigers-Yankees match-up. The 21-year-old rookie sensation led the Tigers past the Yankees and made the All-Star team two weeks after the TV appearance.

1976 - Women entered the Air Force Academy for the first time on this day. President Gerald R. Ford had actually opened the door by signed legislation [Oct 7, 1975] allowing women to enter the nation’s military academies. The first Air Force Academy class with women graduated in May 1980.

1979 - Billie Jean King defeated Linda Siegel with a first at the 102-year-old Wimbledon tennis championships. Not only did King defeat Siegel, but in an embarrassing moment, Siegel, wearing a plunging neckline tennis top became partly naked when the neckline plunged too far.

1981 - Jerry Pate won the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic after three years of disappointment on the men’s PGA tour. Pate celebrated with a birdie on the last hole. He was so excited, Pate handed his putter and his sun visor to his caddie and jumped into the lake that bordered the 18th green.

1981 - Variety, the movieland trade paper, reported that the biggest single weekend in box-office history saw American moviegoers spending a blockbusting $56,101,095 at the box office. The popular movies bringing in the bucks were Superman II with Christopher Reeve, Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford and The Great Muppet Caper with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

1985 - A survey by the U.S. Transportation Department indicated that 42 percent of drivers polled said that they drove faster than the legal 55 MPH speed limit. Three motorists out of four confessed to driving faster on the nation’s interstate highways. Slow down and buckle up, please. I’m Chief Matthews. Now back to the show...

1987 - American League baseball hitters put their batting faces on as the league combined to hit a record 28 home runs in a seven-game day.

1988 - Founder Berry Gordy Jr. sold Motown Records to MCA Records and Boston Ventures, an investment firm, for $61 million.

1992 - A very strong earthquake shook the high desert of Southern California at 4:57 a.m. The M7.3 earthquake was centered on the eastern side of the San Bernardino Mountains near the town of Landers. The quake was the largest to strike California since the Kern County M7.7 earthquake in 1952. Vigorous rocking and rolling was felt 100 miles away in L.A. and the quake was felt as far away as Central California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Property damage: $56 million, including collapsed buildings, ruptured utility lines and widespread nonstructural damage. Human toll: One killed, 25 seriously injured, 372 treated for some sort of earthquake-related injuries, millions awakened with nightmares for weeks.

1994 - The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced it would begin experimenting with a UV (ultraviolet) Index, “To enhance public awareness of the effects of overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and to provide the public with actions they can take to reduce harmful effects of overexposure, which may include skin cancer, cataracts and immune suppression.”

1996 - The Citadel, which had fought to keep one woman from enrolling as a cadet in its all-male military academy in 1993, abruptly ended its opposition to enrolling qualified female cadets. The change of policy happened after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a similar all-male policy at the Virginia Military Institute was unconstitutional. The court said the school could not refuse to accept women while receiving federal or state tax dollars. Had the Citadel decided to retain its 153-year-old men-only policy, it would have lost public tax dollars. As usual, money talked.

1997 - The headlines screamed: “Fight Bites into MGM Earnings,” “Bit Part for Tyson,” “Pay-Per-Chew Bout,” and the one that said it all, “Tyson Disqualified After Ripping Piece of Holyfield’s Ear.” Needless to say (but we will anyway), Evander Holyfield retained his World Boxing Association heavyweight championship after Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield, not once, but twice. The Nevada Athletic Commission revoked Mike Tyson’s boxing license for a year and fined him $3 million.

June 28th.

1491 - Henry VIII
King of England [1509-1547]; Henry’s six wives: Catherine of Aragon [divorced], Anne Boleyn , Jane Seymour [died], Anne of Cleaves [divorced], Catherine Howard [beheaded], Catherine Parr [survived]; plagued by illness brought on by overeating, Henry died Jan 28, 1547

1577 - Sir Peter Rubens
artist: Elevation of the Cross, Coronation of Marie de Medicis; died May 30 1640

1703 - John Wesley
religious leader: founder of ‘Methodism’ [forerunner of Methodist church]; writer: A Plain Account of Christian Perfection; died Mar 2, 1791

1712 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
French philosopher; died July 2, 1778

1876 - Clara Maass
nurse: victim of yellow fever medical experiments; died Aug 24, 1901

1902 - Richard Rodgers
Academy Award-winning composer: It Might as Well be Spring [1945]; half of Rodgers and (Lorenz) Hart and Rodgers and (Oscar) Hammerstein: The Sound of Music, Love Me Tonight, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, Oklahoma!, State Fair, The King and I, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Carousel, Getting to Know You, Some Enchanted Evening; died Dec 30, 1979

1905 - Ashley Montague
author, anthropologist: “Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.”; died in 1999

1906 - Maria Goeppert Mayer
Nobel Prize-winning physicist [w/J. Hans Jensen & Eugene Wigner - 1963]: nuclear shell theory; 1st American woman to win Nobel Prize; died Feb 20, 1972

1909 - Eric Ambler
writer: The Dark Frontier, Journey into Fear; died Oct 22, 1998

1914 - Lester Flatt
country music entertainer: guitar: group: Flatt and Scruggs: Foggy Mountain Breakdown, The Ballad of Jed Clampett, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Old Salty Dog Blues; died May 11, 1979

1923 - Pete (Walter) Candoli
musician: trumpet: Superman with a Horn

1924 - George Morgan
singer: Candy Kisses, Rainbow in My Heart, Room Full of Roses, Crybaby Heart, I’m in Love Again; DJ: WSM, Nashville; died in 1975; died July 7, 1975

1926 - Mel Brooks (Kaminsky)
director, actor: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, The Producers; comedy writer: Your Show of Shows, Get Smart; Broadway producer: The Producers

1932 - Pat (Noriyuki) Morita
actor: Happy Days, Karate Kid, Babes in Toyland, Thoroughly Modern Millie; died Nov 24, 2005

1936 - Cathy Carr
singer: Ivory Tower

1937 - George Knudson
golf: champ: 5 CPGA titles, 12 PGA victories [1961-1972]; died Jan 25, 1989

1941 - Al (Alphonso Erwin) Downing
baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees [World Series: 1963, 1964/all-star:1967], Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974]

1943 - Gary Veneruzzo
hockey: NHL: St. Louis Blues

1945 - David Knights
musician: bass player: group: Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade of Pale

1946 - Bruce Davison
actor: Widow’s Kiss, It’s My Party, Six Degrees of Separation, Longtime Companion, The Ladies Club, The Gathering, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Mame, Ulzana’s Raid, Last Summer, Hunter, Harry and the Hendersons

1946 - Gilda Radner
Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Saturday Night Live [1977-78]; Haunted Honeymoon [w/husband Gene Wilder]; died May 20, 1989

1948 - Kathy Bates
Academy Award-winning actress: Misery [1990]; Fried Green Tomatoes, Home of Our Own, Prelude to a Kiss

1949 - Don Baylor
baseball: manager: Colorado Rockies; California Angels MVP [1979]

1949 - Don Nottingham
football: Miami Dolphins running back: Super Bowl VIII

1949 - Clarence Davis
football: Oakland Raiders running back: Super Bowl XI

1950 - Chris (Edward) Speier
baseball: SF Giants [all-star: 1972, 1973, 1974], Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

1954 - Alice Krige
actress: Star Trek: First Contact, Joseph, Sharpe’s Honour, Sleepwalkers, Barfly, Chariots of Fire, A Tale of Two Cities, In the Company of Spies

1960 - John Elway
football: Denver Broncos quarterback: Super Bowl XXI, XXII, XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII: MVP; car dealership tycoon

1964 - Mark (Eugene) Grace
baseball: San Diego State Univ, Chicago Cugs, Arizona Diamondbacks

1966 - John Cusack
actor: Money for Nothing, The Player, True Colors, Bullets over Broadway, The Grifters, Say Anything

1966 - Mary Stuart Masterson
actress: Kate Brasher, Heaven’s Prisoners, Radioland Murders, Funny About Love, Benny & Joon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Heaven Help Us

1967 - Gil Bellows
actor: The Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal

1969 - Danielle Brisebois
actress: All in the Family, Knots Landing, Annie, Mom, the Wolfman and Me

1971 - Tichina Arnold
actress: Little Shop of Horrors, Martin, Big Momma’s House

1972 - Alessandro Nivola
actor: Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, Timecode.

Chart Toppers
June 28th.

1947 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
Mam’selle - Art Lund
It’s a Sin - Eddy Arnold

1955 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Unchained Melody - Al Hibler
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young - Faron Young

1963 Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Blue on Blue - The Dovells
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971 It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Indian Reservation - Raiders
Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979 Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Nobody Likes Sad Songs - Ronnie Milsap

1987 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
In Too Deep - Genesis
Alone - Heart
Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

No one had a clue that the baby boy named George Washington Goethals, born on this day in 1858 in Brooklyn, NY, would someday change the way the world did business.

As an adult, Mr. Goethals became army officer and chief engineer over thousands of workers who completed the passage we know as the Panama Canal. The engineering marvel took eleven years to complete at a cost of $337 million. The U.S. President at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, said it was “the greatest task of its own kind that has ever been performed in the world.”

The United States government maintained control and payed rent to the Panamanian government until December 31, 1999, when it relinquished control of the canal to Panama.

We wonder if even Col. George W. Goethals knew how important the Panama Canal would be, both strategically and in commercial trade throughout the century.
Click, (http://www.pancanal.com/) click. (http://www.pancanal.com/eng/history/biographies/goethals.html)

June 29th.

1860 - The last stone was laid at Minot’s Ledge (Massachusetts) Lighthouse. The stone tower replaced an iron-pile lighthouse that had been destroyed by a storm in April 1851. The new lighthouse was built of 1,079 blocks (3,514 tons) of Quincy granite dovetailed together and reinforced with iron shafts. Minot’s Light has lasted through countless storms and hurricanes, a testament to its designer and builders. The first 40 feet is solid granite, topped by a storeroom, living quarters and work space.

1897 - The Chicago Cubs scored 36 runs in a ball game against Louisville, setting a record for runs scored by a team in a single game.

1901 - The first edition of Editor & Publisher was issued. It was a newspaper for the newspaper industry.

1925 - A patent for the frosted electric light bulb was filed by Marvin Pipkin. What a bright idea. The frosting inside the light bulb created less glare because it diffused the light emitted, spreading it over a wider area, providing a much softer glow. Thank you Marvin.

1932 - The second daytime serial to be heard on network radio was Vic and Sade which debuted on the NBC Blue radio network this day. Radio’s first daytime drama was Clara Lu and Em, which premiered on NBC in 1931.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 41st consecutive game. DiMaggio passed George Sisler’s record for consecutive games with base hits (set in 1922).

1947 - Radio’s show with a heart made its debut. Strike It Rich became a favorite on CBS radio. Todd Russell was the original host. Warren Hull took over a few years later.

1951 - Bill Stern did his last 15-minute program of sports features for NBC radio. Stern had been with NBC for 14 years. He later moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System to finish out an illustrious sportscasting career.

1955 - Billy Haley and His Comets reached the top of the pop music charts with Rock Around the Clock. The smash hit stayed there for eight straight weeks. The song was featured in the film Blackboard Jungle. Most consider the hit song the first rock ’n’ roll single.

1956 - Charles Dumas cleared the high jump, which was set at 7’ 1/2", at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Dumas became the first athlete to break the seven-foot barrier.

1957 - Betsy Rawls won the U.S. Golf Association women’s tourney after Jacqueline Pung was disqualified for turning in an incorrect scorecard. Oooops!

1969 - Jim Northrup of the Detroit Tigers wound up a most exciting week. Northrup connected for his third grand-slam home run in seven days, setting a major-league baseball record.

1970 - NBC presented an evening of exciting and entertaining TV with the award-winning Liza Minnelli Special.

1983 - Pitcher Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers retired from baseball, after several unsuccessful attempts to return to the major leagues. Fidrych had his greatest year as a rookie in 1976, when he had a record of 19-9, with a 2.34 earned-run average. Fidrych, a crowd pleaser throughout the American League, was the All-Star Game starter in Philadelphia in 1976. He also earned Rookie of the Year honors that year.

1984 - Singer Bruce Springsteen kicked off his first U.S. tour in three years, before 17,700 fans at the Civic Center in St. Paul, MN. Music critics called the Boss “...the most exciting performer in rock.”

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh’s Le Pont de Trinquetaille brought in $20.6 million at an auction in London, England. No one knows who the anonymous European collector was who paid that staggering price for the piece of art. No one, that is, except the buyer.

1995 - For the first time, a U.S. space shuttle ("Atlantis") linked up with a Russian space station ("Mir"). They remained docked until July 4. The joined craft were visible from earth as a fast-moving, shiny, star and carried a record 10 people (6 Americans and 4 Russians).

1996 - A really big shew this day at London's Hyde Park. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Alanis Morrissette, Ron Woods and The Who performed at the charity event for Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust charity. 150,000 people showed up and brought about a million bucks with them for the good cause.

June 29th.

1858 - George Washington Goethals
Chief Engineer of Panama Canal; died Jan 21, 1928; see Goethals Day [above]

1861 - Dr. William Mayo
physician, surgeon; founder [w/sons William and Charles] of the Mayo Clinic [Rochester MN]; died in 1939

1901 - Nelson Eddy
actor, singer [w/Jeannette MacDonald]: Rose Marie, Naughty Marietta, Girl of the Golden West; died Mar 6, 1967

1910 - Frank Loesser
songwriter: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, Baby It’s Cold Outside, On a Slow Boat to China, Once in Love with Amy, Luck Be a Lady, Thumbelina; died July 28, 1969

1912 - John Toland
Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Rising Sun [1970]; died Jan 4, 2004

1915 - Ruth Warrick
actress: Citizen Kane, All My Children; died Jan 15, 2005

1919 - Slim Pickens (Louis Bert Lindley Jr.)
actor: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Howling, The Apple Dumpling Gang, In Harm’s Way, One-Eyed Jacks, The Outlaws, Hee Haw; Cowboy Hall of Famer; died Dec 8, 1983

1922 - Elmer J. ‘Mousey’ Alexander
musician: drums: group: Alexanders the Great; died Oct 9, 1988

1922 - Ralph Burns
musician: piano; composer, arranger: Apple Honey; died Nov 21, 2001

1925 - Cara Williams (Bernice Kamiat)
actress: The Defiant Ones, The Girl Next Door, Pete and Gladys

1930 - Robert Evans
actor: The Man of a Thousand Faces, The Best of EverythingRobert Evans (Robert J. Shapera)

1936 - Harmon (Clayton) ‘Killer’ Killebrew
baseball: Washington Nationals, Washington Senators [all-star: 1959], Minnesota Twins [all-star: 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971/World Series: 1965/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1969], Kansas City Royals

1941 - Kwame Ture (Stokeley Carmichael)
U.S. civil rights activist: SNCC [Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee], Black Panthers, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party [founder/chairman]; credited w/creating phrase ‘Black Power’; emigrated to Africa; married to South African singer Miriam Makeba; even as he was dying of prostate cancer [died Nov 15, 1998], he continued working to bring the African-American community into coalition ... answering the telephone, “ready for the revolution.”

1943 - Roger Ruskin Spear
musician: saxophone, kazoo: group: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: I’m the Urban Spaceman, LPs: Gorilla, The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse, Tadpoles, Keynsham

1944 - Gary Busey
actor: The Buddy Holly Story, Breaking Point, The Texas Wheelers, Warriors, Lethal Weapon, The Firm, Predator 2

1945 - ‘Little’ Eva Boyd
singer: The Loco-motion

1947 - Larry Pleau
hockey: coach: Hartford Whalers; general mgr.: NY Rangers

1947 - Richard Lewis
comedian, actor: Anything But Love, Daddy Dearest, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Wagon’s East

1948 - Fred Grandy
actor: The Love Boat; politician: U.S. congressman

1948 - Ian Paice
musician: drums: groups: Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Deep Purple: Hush, Kentucky Woman, Hey Joe, We Can Work It Out, Help, Black Night, Strange Kind of Woman, Fireball, Smoke on the Water

1948 - Rick Smith
hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals

1949 - Dan Dierdorf
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Univ. of Michigan All-American; St. Louis Cardinals; sportscaster: ABC Monday Night Football, CBS NFL Analyst

1953 - Colin Hay
singer: group: Men at Work: Who Can It Be Now, Down Under; solo: LP: Looking for Jack

1956 - Pedro Guerrero
baseball: LA Dodgers, SL Cardinals

1957 - Maria Conchita Alonso
actress: Roosters, Texas, Predator 2, Vampire’s Kiss, Colors, The Running Man, Extreme Prejudice, Blood Ties, Moscow on the Hudson, One of the Boys

1961 - Sharon Lawrence
actress: Ladies Man, The Heidi Chronicles, NYPD Blue

1962 - Amanda Donohoe
actress: The Substitute, Double Cross, L.A. Law

1964 - Stedman Pearson
singer: group: Five Star: System Addict, Can't Wait Another Minute, Rain or Shine, The Slightest Touch

1967 - Melora Hardin
actress: The North Avenue Irregulars, Iron Eagle, Big Man on Campus, Absolute Power.

Chart Toppers
June 29th.

1948 Nature Boy - Nat King
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone
Picnic - The McGuire Sisters
Crazy Arms - Ray Price

1964 A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Together Again - Buck Owens

1972 The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
That’s Why I Love You Like I Do - Sonny James

1980 Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Trying to Love Two Women - The Oak Ridge Boys

1988 Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
Make It Real - The Jets
He’s Back and I’m Blue - The Desert Rose Band

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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06-29-2008, 11:00 PM
182nd day of 2008 - 184 remaining.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Possibly the most powerful, natural explosion in recorded history occurred on this day in 1908 at 7:17 a.m. The site was the Tunguska section of Central Siberia.

The spectacular explosion devastated a forested area, some 70 miles in diameter, caused seismic shock, a firestorm followed by black rain and an illumination that, it is said, could be seen for hundreds of miles. Yet, no crater was formed, and only the tops of the trees were burned at the central point of the explosion. It is said that the impact threw down horses that had been standing in a field 400 miles away and moved the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway, as if in an earthquake. It flash-burned people 40 miles away, melted their silverware and destroyed herds of reindeer.

Even now, no one knows what caused the explosion ... an extraterrestrial visitor? A comet? A meteor? A black hole? An atomic explosion?
More here, (http://www.psi.edu/projects/siberia/siberia.html) here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event)click. (http://www-th.bo.infn.it/tunguska/)

June 30th.

1841 - The Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train on this day.

1859 - Frenchman Charles Blondin aka Jean Francois Gravelet crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope! It took him five minutes. 25,000 spectators stood and stared as he made his way across the falls in a most dangerous Odyssey ... one he had made several times before on stilts; carrying another man on his back; pushing a wheelbarrow; and even once, blindfolded. What some people do with nothing but spare time on their hands! Next, they’ll be going over the falls in wooden barrels!

1921 - Documents were signed forming the Radio Corporation of America, better known as RCA. RCA soon rivaled its main competitor, General Electric (GE).

1936 - Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published in New York City.

1939 - Frank Sinatra made his first appearance with Harry James’ band. Sinatra was center stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, where he sang My Love for You.

1952 - CBS-TV debuted The Guiding Light. It was a daytime serial that continues on the air as Guiding Light.

1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. That early ’Vette sold for $3,250.

1962 - Los Angeles Dodger’s star Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets. Koufax would toss three more no-hit games before retiring in 1966.

1970 - The Cincinnati Reds moved to their new $45,000,000 home at Riverfront Stadium. The Reds had played 48 seasons at Crosley Field.

1974 - The famous July 4th scene from the Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws, was filmed. A crowd of 400 screaming, scared, panic-stricken extras in bathing suits ran from the water, over and over and over again, until the scene was perfect. No man-eating killer white sharks were harmed during the production of this paragraph...

1975 - Cher married rock star Greg Allman. Cher announced her divorce from Allman just days after the couple tied the knot.

1981 - Grant Tinker, head of MTM Enterprises, was named to succeed Fred Silverman as president of NBC-TV. Silverman was known as a programming wonder-boy in previous successes with CBS and ABC but would find it rough-going at the Pea**** Network.

1984 - The Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL) played the longest game in professional history by beating the Michigan Panthers 27-21. The game went on for 93 minutes, 33 seconds. The old mark had been 82 minutes, 40 seconds, set by the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. Commercial time was not counted.

1985 - Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in The King and I at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The show had run -- on and off -- for over 34 years.

1985 - For the 13th time since 1972, the world’s official timekeeper atomic clock ticked off one extra second at 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time (also called UCT, Universal Coordinated Time) or 7:59:59 p.m. in New York. The leap second was added to compensate for the gradual slowing of the Earth’s rotation.

1985 - The creator of the Twinkie, James A. Dewar, died on this day. Mr. Dewar created the treat in 1930. Many say that Twinkies will stay fresh almost forever. In fact, many bomb shelters in the 1960s were furnished with stockpiles of Hostess Twinkies just for that reason. More than 45 billion of the soft, cream-filled, sponge cakes have been sold.

1990 - German troops’ harassment of East German citizens stopped -- as did all border control activities between East and West Germany. A few weeks later (Sep 21, 1990), all of the border units were dissolved.

1990 - New Kids on the Block (Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, Joe McIntyre) stepped to number one in the U.S. with their Step by Step single, just as their Step by Step LP was stepping to #1 in the U.S. and the U.K.

1991 - Frank Zappa performed with Hungarian musicians as Hungary celebrated the withdrawal of Soviet troops after some 46 years of occupation. Zappa headlined the Taban Jazzfestival this day in Budapest.

1993 - The Firm, the flick, debuted. Tom Cruise stars as a young man fresh out of law shool who joins a sinister law firm and proceeds to dig up/out the dirt. Tom gets ample help from Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and other superstars combined to attract receipts totalling $25.40 million the first weekend.

1994 - The temperature at Death Valley, California reached 128 degrees (Fahrenheit). The only other time it has been that hot (since 1961 when weather data was first recorded) was on July 14, 1972. In case you are wondering, the coldest day was at Death Valley was January 30, 1988, when it reached zero.

1995 - “Houston...we've got a problem.” Famous words from Apollo 13, the real-life mission -- and the movie, which opened on U.S. theatre screens. It brought in $25.35 million for the weekend, which was no problem at all for the film’s producers.

1995 - Garth Brooks buried the glass master of his LP The Hits beneath his star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the first time something like this had been done and, as far as we know, the last.

1997 - As the clock struck midnight, Red China reclaimed Hong Kong from Great Britain and the British Crown’s 156-year colonial rule came to an end. Many had predicted the worst, but Hong Kong seamlessly made the transition to a Special Administrative Region of China. As British Prime Minister Tony Blair remarked, “The vision of one country, two systems has become a reality ... I have been impressed by the Chinese leadership’s hands-off approach.”

1999 - Vodafone Group Plc of the U.K. and AirTouch Communications Inc. of the U.S. announced their plan to merge. Individually, the two companies were already leaders in mobile communications services in their respective home markets. The merger, valued at $69 billion, created a company with agreements in 102 countries across 217 networks giving over 150 million customers access to its network.

1999 - The Chicago Bulls, picking first in the NBA draft (for the first time ever), selected Duke’s power forward Elton Brand as their first overall selection. Brand had led Duke to the NCAA national title game (played March 29, 1999: UConn 77, Duke 74) and averaged 17.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 62 percent from the field.

2000 - The Perfect Storm premiered in the U.S. to a nearly perfect $41.33 million opening-weekend box office. George Clooney plays Billy Tyne, captain of the Andrea Gail, in a true-life drama about -- you guessed it -- a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Tyne’s crew is Bobby Shatford (played by Mark Wahlberg), Murph, (John C. Reilly), Sully (William Fichtner), Bugsy (John Hawkes) and Alfred Pierre (Allen Payne). On Halloween 1991, they are confronted by three raging weather fronts which unexpectedly collide to produce the greatest, fiercest storm in modern history -- the perfect storm (get it?).

June 30th.

1768 - Elizabeth Monroe (Kortright)
First Lady: wife of 5th U.S. President James Monroe; died Sep 23, 1830

1917 - Susan Hayward (Edythe Marrender)
Academy Award-winning actress: I Want to Live [1958], I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Valley of the Dolls; died Mar 14, 1975

1917 - Lena Horne
singer: Love Me or Leave Me, Stormy Weather; actress: The Wiz

1927 - Shirley Fry
tennis champion: Australian Open [1957], French Open [1951], Wimbledon [1956], U.S. Open [1956]

1928 - June Valli
singer: Crying in the Chapel, Your Hit Parade, Stop the Music, Unchained Melody, Apple Green; died Mar 12, 1993

1936 - Nancy Dussault
actress: Too Close for Comfort, The Ted Knight Show; co-host: Good Morning America

1936 - Tony Musante
actor: Judgment, Toma, Fatal Choice, The Grissom Gang, Breaking Up is Hard To Do

1943 - Florence Ballard
singer: group: The Supremes: Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, Come See About Me, You Can’t Hurry Love, My World is Empty Without You, The Happening; died Feb 22, 1976

1944 - Glenn Shorrock
singer: group: The Little River Band: It’s a Long Way There, Help is on Its Way, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy on Me

1944 - Ron (Alan) ‘Rocky’ Swoboda
baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969], Montreal Expos, NY Yankees

1946 - William Brown
singer: group: The Moments: Love on a Two-Way Street, Look at Me [I’m in Love]

1946 - Bill Lenkaitis
football: Penn State Unive., San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots

1949 - (Andrew) Andy Scott
musician: guitar: group: The Sweet: Funny Funny, Co-Co, Little Willy, Wig Wam Bam, Blockbuster, Hell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage, Fox on the Run

1951 - Roger Maltbie
golf: champ: World Series of Golf [1985]

1952 - Brian Ogilvie
hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, SL Blues

1953 - Hal Lindes
musician: guitar: group: Dire Straits: Telegraph Road, Private Investigation, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, The Man’s Too Strong

1955 - David Alan Grier
actor: Tales from the Hood, Jumanji, Loose Cannons, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, A Soldier’s Story, In Living Color, All is Forgiven

1956 - Philip Adrian Wright
musician: synthesizer: group: Human League: Don’t You Want Me, [Keep Feeling] Fascination, Mirror Man, The Lebanon, Life on Your Own, Louise

1959 - Vincent D’Onofrio
actor: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Mystic Pizza, Ed Wood, The Newton Boys, The Thirteenth Floor, The Cell

1963 - Rupert Graves
actor: The Madness of King George, Damage, Maurice, A Room with a View, Doomsday Gun, Mrs. Dalloway

1966 - Mike Tyson
boxer: youngest heavyweight champion [20 years + 144 days]

1970 - Brian Bloom
actor: Once Upon a Time in America, As the World Turns, At Home with the Webbers, Bandit

1971 - Monica Potter
actress: The Young and the Restless, Without Limits, Patch Adams, Along Came a Spider.

Chart Toppers
June 30th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
It’s Not for Me to Say - Johnny Mathis
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Wonderful World - Herman’s Hermits
Before You Go - Buck Owens

1973 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Don’t Fight the Feelings of Love - Charley Pride

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Blessed are the Believers - Anne Murray

1989 Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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06-30-2008, 11:00 PM
183rd day of 2008 - 183 remaining.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
IRS DAY. :eek:

It all started with the big bills the U.S. was running up fighting the Civil War. To help pay for the war, Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue on this day in 1862. President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law, making it possible for the feds to collect a three percent tax on incomes ranging from $600 to $10,000, and five percent on incomes over $10,000. Several precursors to the law were never officially enacted or enforced, and this law was just a temporary one...

The Bureau became the Internal Revenue Service in 1913. It was then that a 16th amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution permitting the Federal Government to once again collect a tax on income. Through a complicated system of rules, the Internal Revenue Service became the official collection agency and the reason why U.S. citizens all shudder and shake annually on April 15.

More on this subject can be found here, (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005921.html) and here. (http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/)

July 1st.

1847 - The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale. Ben Franklin graced the nickel stamp while George Washington was pictured on the ten-cent stamp. The cost of mailing a one-ounce letter was 5 cents. That’s more than it cost one hundred years later.

1859 - The first intercollegiate baseball game was played -- in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The fans in the stands certainly got their money’s worth. Amherst defeated Williams College by the score of 73-32! Neither pitcher, incidentally, was awarded Player of the Game honors.

1863 - One of the most crucial battles of the Civil War (between the States) began. Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops on an invasion of the North. Union General George Meade defeated the Southern forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.

1867 - This is the day the Confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and the Maritime Provinces became the Dominion of Canada. This Canadian national holiday is known as Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day.

1874 - The first zoo in the United States opened in Philadelphia, PA. Over 3,000 visitors paid 25 cents (adults) or 10 cents (children) to see the 1,000 animals housed in the Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo.

1897 - Three years after the first issue of Billboard Advertising was published, the publication was renamed, The Billboard. The monthly magazine became a weekly many years later.

1916 - Dwight David Eisenhower married Mamie Geneva Doud. It was the same day that Ike was promoted to first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Quite a day for the future U.S. President and his new bride.

1934 - The Federal Communications Commission, as mandated in the Communications Act of 1934, replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.

1935 - Benny Goodman and his band recorded the King Porter Stomp for Victor Records on this day. Many people considered this Goodman classic the beginning of the swing era.

1941 - Bulova Watch company sponsored the first TV commercial. Remember “It’s Bulova Watch Time?” It was broadcast over WNBT-TV in New York City, and was a familiar advertising message on TV, radio and in print for many years. That first TV ad, incidentally, cost the watchmaker $9.

1948 - The 5-cent subway ride came to an end in New York City. The price doubled to a dime this day.

1951 - Bob Feller set a baseball record as he pitched his third no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians.

1956 - Elvis Presley got an invitation from Steve Allen to appear on The Tonight Show. Although Elvis showed up in formal wear, the penguin suit didn’t hamper his ability to sing Hound Dog to a sad-eyed basset hound. It looked a little strange, however...

1963 - Birthday greetings go out to Mr. Zip of the United States Post Office. He’s the familiar character seen on the sides of mailboxes and on posters. Mr. Zip was introduced to help educate people to use the 5-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Program) code. Mr. Zip now has new members of the family. There are four digits after the original five, to get that mail to you even faster. No matter what you call it it’s still snail mail to us.

1967 - Scott McKenzie scored his first hit with the single, San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). The song became an anthem for the Love Generation and the young people of flower power. McKenzie also co-wrote a hit for the Beach Boys in 1988, called Kokomo. Just so that you know, he was born, Philip Blondheim, in Jacksonville, FL. Phil thought the name Scott McKenzie was better for a music biz career. His songs, San Francisco and Like an Old Time Movie, were written and produced by John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas.

1973 - Golfer Bruce Crampton tied for fourth place in the Western Open golf tournament, bringing his career earnings to over a million dollars. Crampton became the first non-American golfer to reach that mark. He became the fifth golfer to make over a million dollars in career earnings. The others were Arnie Palmer, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino.

1973 - Jesus Christ Superstar closed in New York City after 720 performances on Broadway. The cast album quickly became a million-seller.

1979 - Susan B. Anthony, an activist for the cause of women’s suffrage, was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. The coin, roughly the size of a quarter, was confused by many with the quarter and the U.S. Treasury Department eventually stopped producing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.

1981 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an “affirmative right” to go on national television. The ruling limited a TV network’s right to determine when political campaigns begin and who may buy time.

1985 - Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers got hit #1,800 of his career, leading the "Brew Crew" past the Boston Red Sox 5-1.

1991 - Court TV was born. The cable TV network broadcasts entire trials, both famous and low profile. It was a unique addition to the already changing climate of TV information/entertainment.

1994 - For 33 years, Yasir Arafat was regarded by Israelis as a terrorist and sworn enemy of the State of Israel, never to be permitted on Israeli soil. The leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization visited the Gaza Strip this day, the result of a signed agreement between Israel and the PLO. The treaty gave the PLO ruling power over the territory and the city of Jericho.

1995 - Wolfman Jack collapsed and died of a heart attack at his home in Belvidere, in northeastern North Carolina. He had just returned from a whirlwind tour promoting his autobiography Have Mercy!: Confessions of the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Animal. Fans first learned to love the Wolfman in 1963 on 250,000-watt XERF (Del Rio TX - Ciudad Acuna, Mexico), heard all over North America. You may also remember him as, that's right, Wolfman Jack, in the 1973 movie American Graffiti. And he's the same Wolfman The Guess Who sings about in their 1974 hit Clap for the Wolfman.

1998 - Singer/actress/diva Barbra Streisand and actor/director James Brolin were married at her Malibu, California home. It was her second marriage (she was previously married to actor Elliot Gould) and his third (he was married to casting agent Jane Agee and actress Jan Smithers). The couple honeymooned on a boat in the nearby Channel Islands off the Santa Barbara coast.

1998 - Armageddon opened in U.S. theatres. The plot: Asteroid on collision course with Earth; must knock it off course; have to drill into surface and detonate nuclear weapon; will use expert oil drillers for the job; Harry S. Stamper (Bruce Willis) is leader of team including: Rockhound (Steve Buscemi), Charles ‘Chick’ Chapple (Will Patton), Jayotis ‘Bear’ Kurleenbear (Michael Duncan), A.J. Frost (Ben Affleck), Oscar Choi (Owen Wilson). Running time: 2 hours and 24 minutes; seems a lot longer. Gross: $36.09 million opening weekend.

July 1st.

1804 - George Sand (Amandine Aurore Lucile Dudevant)
author; one of the first liberated women; died June 8, 1876

1872 - Louis Bleriot
aviator: 1st man to fly an airplane across the English Channel [1909]; died Aug 2, 1936

1899 - Thomas A. (Andrew) Dorsey
‘Father of Gospel Music’: musician: pianist; blues composer; gospel music composer: composed over 1,000 gospel songs; died Jan 23, 1993

1899 - Charles Laughton
Academy Award-winning actor: The Private Life of Henry VIII [1933]; Mutiny on the Bounty, Witness for the Prosecution, Advise and Consent, Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Captain Kidd, The Man on the Eiffel Tower, Spartacus; husband of actress Elsa Lanchester; died Dec 15, 1962

1902 - Myron Cohen
comedian, entertainer, actor: When Nature Calls; died Mar 10, 1986

1902 - William Wyler
director: Funny Girl, Ben Hur, The Big Country, Friendly Persuasion, Roman Holiday, Carrie, Wuthering Heights; died July 27, 1981

1908 - Estee Lauder
cosmetics mogul

1915 - Willie Dixon
blues musician: bass: Big Three Trio; songwriter, producer: 1950s Chicago sound; died Jan 29, 1992

1916 - Olivia de Havilland
Academy Award-winning actress: To Each His Own [1946], The Heiress [1949]; Gone with the Wind; sister of actress, Joan Fontaine

1925 - Farley Granger (Farley Earle II)
actor: Very Close Quarters, Night Flight from Moscow, The Purple Heart, The Robe, Arnold

1928 - Bobby Day (Byrd)
singer: Rockin’ Robin; groups: Hollywood Flames, Bob & Earl; died July 27, 1990

1931 - Leslie Caron
actress: Lili, The L-Shaped Room, Gigi, An American in Paris, Father Goose, Daddy Long Legs

1934 - Claude Berri (Langmann)
actor, director: Le Sex Shop, Marry Me, Marry Me, director: Germinal, Uranus, Manon of the Spring, Jean de Florette, Tchao Pantin, I Love All of You, One Wild Moment, The Two of Us

1934 - Jamie Farr (Jameel Joseph Farah)
actor: M*A*S*H, The Blackboard Jungle, Scrooged, Cannonball Run, With Six You Get Egg Roll

1934 - Jean Marsh
actress: Upstairs, Downstairs, The Jewel in the Crown, Fatherland, Frenzy, The Changeling

1934 - Sydney Pollack
director: The Firm, Out of Africa, Tootsie, Absence of Malice, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Three Days of the Condor, The Way We Were

1936 - Wally Amos Jr.
entrepreneur: originated Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, [sold name], now runs Chip & Cookie, Kailua, Hawaii [w/wife Christine Harris-Amos]

1939 - Delaney Bramlett
musician: guitar, singer: duo: Delaney & Bonnie: Never Ending Song of Love, Only You Know and I Know, LP: Delaney and Friends: Class Reunion, To Delaney from Bonnie, Accept No Substitute: The Original Delaney and Bonnie; TV performer: Shindig

1939 - Frank Parker (Ciccio)
singer [with Marion Marlowe]: An Old Fashioned Picture, Kiss Me Once [And Then Again], Make Believe, Romance, The Melba Waltz; one of the ‘Little Godfreys’ on the Arthur Godfrey Show; quiz show panelist: Masquerade Party; actor: The Concorde: Airport ’79, General Hospital [soap], Days of Our Lives [soap]

1941 - Rod Gilbert
NHL Hall-of-Famer: NY Rangers all-time scoring leader; eight-time NHL All-Star; Patrick Trophy [1991]; Masterton Trophy [1975-76]

1942 - Geneviève Bujold
actress: Anne of a Thousand Days, Coma, Dead Ringers

1945 - Karen Black (Ziegler)
actress: Five Easy Pieces, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Great Gatsby, Nashville, Airport ’75

1945 - Debbie (Deborah Ann) Harry
singer: group: Blondie: The Tide is High, Rapture, Heart of Glass, Call Me

1947 - Harold McLinton
football: Washington Redskins linebacker: Super Bowl VII

1951 - Fred Schneider
musician: keyboards, singer: groups: Shake Society, The B-52’s: Rock Lobster, Quiche Lorraine, 606 0842, Dance This Mess Around

1952 - Dan Aykroyd
comedian, actor: Driving Miss Daisy, Sneakers, Coneheads, Saturday Night Live, Dragnet, Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Pearl Harbor

1953 - Pat Donovan
football: Dallas Cowboys tackle: Super Bowl X, XII, XIII

1956 - Lorna Patterson
actress: Goodtime Girls, Airplane!, Private Benjamin [TV]

1961 - Princess Diana (Spencer)
Princess of Wales; killed in car crash in Paris, France, August 31, 1997

1961 - Carl (Frederick Carlton) Lewis
Olympic Gold Medalist: long jump [1996], long jump and 4x100 relay [1992], 100 meter in 9.93 seconds, a world record, long jump, 4x100 meter relay [1988], 100 meter & 200 meter sprints, long jump & 4x100 meter relay [1984]; Olympic Hall of Famer; AP Male Athlete of the Year [1983, 1984]

1963 - Roddy Bottum
musician: keyboards: group: Faith No More

1967 - Pamela Anderson
actress: Baywatch, Raw Justice, Playboy’s Babes of Baywatch, Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon, Cribs

1970 - Henry Simmons
actor: NYPD Blue, Another World, One Life to Live, A Gentleman’s Game

1972 - Claire Forlani
actress: J.F.K.: Reckless Youth, Police Academy: Mission to Moscow, The Rock, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, Meet Joe Black, AntiTrust

1977 - Liv Tyler
model, actress: Silent Fall, Heavy, That Thing You Do!, Armageddon, Cookie’s Fortune, Lord of the Rings series.

Chart Toppers
July 1st.

1950 Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
I Wanna Be Loved - The Andrews Sisters
Why Don’t You Love Me - Hank Williams

1958 Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
Patricia - Perez Prado
Guess Things Happen that Way - Johnny Cash

1966 Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle
Take Good Care of Her - Sonny James

1974 Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
Be Thankful for What You Got - William DeVaughn
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton-John
Room Full of Roses - Mickey Gilley

1982 Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
Rosanna - Toto
Slow Hand - Conway Twitty

1990 Step By Step - New Kids on the Block
Do You Remember? - Phil Collins
I’ll Be Your Shelter - Taylor Dayne
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The 2nd of July, 1964 signifies the date it was no longer legal in the United States to discriminate against others because of their race. It was on this day that U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The law included the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, not only where the registration of voters was involved, but also in public accommodations, in publicly owned or operated facilities, in employment and union membership.

Title VI of the bill provided for more than a slap on the hand to persistent lawbreakers who received federal funding. It allowed for the cancellation of such monies.

The law is still in effect ... with discrimination because of gender, age and religion also prohibited. Too bad it has to be made into a law before all are ensured of their civil rights.

More on the subject can be read here. (http://civilrightsmovement.com/)

July 2nd.

1850 - The gas mask was patented on this day. It was an invention of B.J. Lane of Cambridge, MA.

1867 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business. Commuters soon called the mode of transportation the El.

1921 - The first prize fight offering a million-dollar gate was broadcast on radio. Jack Dempsey knocked out George Carpentier in the fourth round of the bout in Jersey City, NJ.

1929 - Ruby Keeler starred in Flo Ziegfeld’s production of Show Girl which opened in New York City. Critics liked the show.

1933 - Baseball great Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants hurled 18 innings of shutout ball to lead the Giants to a 1-0 win over St. Louis in the first half of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Giants took the nightcap, as well, by an identical 1-0 score.

1939 - The Aldrich Family debuted on NBC radio. Mother Aldrich was heard to call, “Hen-ree! Henry Aldrich!” Mrs. Aldrich was named Alice; Mr. Aldrich was Sam; Henry’s sister was Mary; Henry’s mischief-making friend was Homer Brown; and Henry’s girlfriend was Kathleen. Henry, of course was, well, Henry.

1942 - Jo Stafford joined Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra for Manhattan Serenade, which was recorded for Victor Records. The recording session, you may have guessed, took place in Manhattan.

1946 - CBS signed the Old Redhead, Arthur Godfrey to do a weekly nighttime radio show. Godfrey was soon hosting one of radio’s top shows, Talent Scouts.

1951 - NBC radio presented Bob and Ray (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding) on a network radio show. The comedians had previously been heard on WHDH Radio in Boston, MA.

1955 - “Ah one anna two...” ABC Television premiered The Lawrence Welk Show. In Welk’s 24-piece band was the ’Champagne Lady’, Alice Lon.

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel for his new record label home, RCA Victor. In addition, Elvis recorded Any Way You Want Me for later release.

1963 - The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Mia Farrow, opened (off-Broadway). Farrow got good reviews from the critics and a new show biz career was underway.

1966 - MAD magazine, featuring that lovable madcap dweeb, Alfred E. “What Me Worry?” Neuman, was promoting rental cars and shaving cream on postal stamps! Fifteen years later, the U.S. Congress, which didn’t find the stunt very funny, introduced ad stamp legislation of its own to relieve the post office deficit.

1984 - Epic Records set a record as two million copies of the Jacksons’ new album, Victory, were shipped to stores. It was the first time that such a large shipment had been initially sent to retailers. The LP arrived just days before Michael and his brothers started their hugely successful Victory Tour.

1985 - Joe Niekro earned win #200 in his career by leading the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in the Astrodome. Joe, famous for the knuckle ball, has a brother, Phil, who also threw the wacky pitch.

1988 - Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when Dirty Diana went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The other four chart-toppers from Bad were I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel and Man in the Mirror.

1997 - Men in Black opened in the U.S. It’s a fun-filled sci-fi tale about a secret organization that’s been keeping track of extra-terrestrial aliens on Earth for over 40 years. This organization so secret that when you retire, your memory of it is erased! Agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) expose a plot by intergalactic terrorist Edgar (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has beamed (or whatever) to Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. Complex, but hilarious, but action packed. Audiences beamed (or whatever) to theatres the first weekend, spending $51.07 million on the movie.

July 2nd.

1905 - Jean Rene Lacoste
tennis; founder of Lacoste tennis clothing [the company with the alligator logo]; died Oct 12, 1996

1908 - Thurgood Marshall
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice: first black to hold this office [1967-1991]; died Jan 24, 1993

1916 - Ken Curtis
actor: Mister Roberts, The Alamo, Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won [TV]; singer: w/Tommy Dorsey Band, w/Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers; died Apr 29, 1991

1922 - Dan Rowan
comedian: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Dean Martin Summer Show; died Sep 22, 1987

1925 - Marvin (Karlton) Rainwater
singer: Gonna Find Me a Bluebird

1927 - Brock Peters (Fisher)
actor: The Secret, The Pawnbroker, Soylent Green, To Kill a Mockingbird; died Aug 23, 2005

1929 - Imelda Marcos
widow of exiled Philippines leader, Ferdinand Marcos; famous for her collection of hundreds of pairs of shoes

1930 - Ahmad Jamal
jazz musician: But Not for Me

1931 - Larry Costello
basketball: Philadelphia 76ers; coach: Milwaukee Bucks, Utica College; died Dec 13, 2001

1932 - Dave Thomas
fast-food founder: Wendy’s [appears in Wendy’s TV commercials]; founder: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; died Jan 8, 2002

1934 - Tom Springfield
folk singer: group: Springfields: Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Island of Dreams

1937 - Polly Holliday
actress: Alice, Flo, Private Benjamin, Gremlins

1937 - Richard Petty
auto racer: 7-time winner of Daytona 500 [1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981]; 1st to win a million $$ stock car race

1939 - Paul Williams
singer: groups: The Primes, The Temptations: The Way You Do the Things You Do, My Girl, It’s Growing, Get Ready, Beauty is Only Skin Deep, [I Know] I’m Losing You, You’re My Everything, All I Need, I Wish It Would Rain, Cloud Nine, Runaway Child, Running Wild, I Can’t Get Next to You, Just My Imagination; died Aug 17, 1973

1942 - Michael Abene
composer: score: Goodbye, New York

1946 - Ron Silver
actor: Wiseguy, The Stockard Channing Show, Rhoda, The Mac Davis Show, Kissinger and Nixon, Timecop, Romancing the Stone, Oh, God! You Devil, Silkwood, The Goodbye People, Semi-Tough, Enemies, a Love Story; Speed-the-Plow; director: Lifepod

1947 - Lucy Baines Johnson
daughter of 36th U.S. President Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson

1949 - Curtis Rowe
basketball: UCLA, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics

1951 - Jim (James Michael) Hughes
baseball: pitcher: Minnesota Twins

1951 - Joe Puerta
musician: bass, singer: group: Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Ambrosia: Hold on to Yesterday, How Much I Feel, You’re the Only Woman, Biggest Part of Me

1952 - Johnny Colla
musician: saxophone, guitar: groups: Soundhole, Huey Lewis & The News: Do You Believe in Love, Heart and Soul, I Want a New Drug, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Walking on a Thin Line, Bad is Bad, If This is It, Power of Love, Trouble in Paradise, Stuck with You

1954 - Pete Briquette
musician: bass, singer: group: The Boomtown Rats: Looking After No. 1, She’s So Modern, Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, Banana Republic

1957 - Bret Hart
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, King of the Ring, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder

1961 - Jimmy McNichol
actor: The Fitzpatricks, California Fever, Escape from El Diablo; actress Kristy McNichol’s brother

1964 - Jose (Capas) Canseco
baseball: Oakland Athletics [Rookie of the Year: 1986/all-star: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992/World Series: 1988, 1989, 1990/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1988/1st player to hit 40 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases in same season], Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox

1966 - Kathryn Erbe
actress: Oz, Chicken Soup, Dragonfly, Law & Order: Criminal Intent

1970 - Yancy Butler
actress: Hard Target, Law & Order, South Beach, Brooklyn South, The Witness Files

1973 - Scott Taylor
pro wrestler/actor: Raw is War, Sunday Night Heat, WWF Smackdown!, WWF No Mercy, Royal Rumble.

Chart Toppers
July 2nd.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Personality - Lloyd Price
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Windy - The Association
Little Bit o’ Soul - The Music Explosion
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
All the Time - Jack Greene

1975 Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Wildfire - Michael Murphey
Tryin’ to Beat the Morning Home - T.G. Sheppard

1983 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Love is on a Roll - Don Williams

1991 Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Unbelievable - EMF
Power of Love/Love Power - Luther Vandross
The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

The legendary comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted this day in 1940 with their network radio show on NBC. The duo replaced Fred Allen for the summer months.

Twelve years later, Abbott and Costello went on to produce 52 episodes of one of the most successful and repeated programs in TV history, The Abbott and Costello Show. A cartoon version of the human cartoons followed in 1966.

The most famous of all Abbott and Costello routines was Who’s on First. The names of the players and their positions in the hilarious skit were: First base: "Who"; Second base: "What"; Third base: "I Don’t Know"; Shortstop: "I Don’t Care" (or, "I Don’t Give a Darn"); Pitcher: "Tomorrow"; Catcher: "Today"; Left field: "Why" and Center field: "Because". So, now you know.
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July 3rd.

1819 - This was a great day for those folks who liked to save for a rainy day. The first bank in the U.S. opened in New York City. Business was brisk with $2,807 deposited in the Bank for Savings.

1871 - The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the Montezuma.

1878 - John Wise of Lancaster, PA was the pilot for the maiden flight of a dirigible.

1890 - The Spud State, the Potato State, the Gem State are all synonymous with Idaho, which entered the United States of America on this day. The capital of the 43rd state is Boise. The official state bird is the mountain bluebird; the state flower is the syringa ... or lilac, to the non-botanists among us.

1912 - Rube Marquard set a baseball pitching record. The hurler and his New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-1, earning Marquard his 19th consecutive win.

1922 - Readers were introduced to Fruit Garden and Home magazine. In two years, the publication would be renamed Better Homes and Gardens.

1934 - The first payment by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was made to Lydia Losiger of East Peoria, IL.

1937 - Del Mar race track opened in sunny Del Mar, California.

1939 - Chic Young’s comic strip character, Blondie was first heard on CBS radio. Later, the popular comic strip would become a TV favorite, as well.

1941 - Cab Calloway and his orchestra recorded the standard, St. James Infirmary, for Okeh Records.

1945 - Victor Borge was first heard on NBC radio. The network gave the comedian/pianist the summer replacement slot for Fibber McGee and Molly.

1945 - The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Automotive production had been diverted to military production for the war (WWII) effort.

1953 - Harry Belafonte was shown with actress Janet Leigh and film star Tony Curtis on the cover of Ebony magazine. It was the first time a black person and two Caucasians were seen together on a U.S. magazine cover.

1971 - The Newport Jazz Festival’s reputation was tarnished as gate crashers stormed the stage. The unruly mob forced the show to leave Newport, Rhode Island and move to New York City. Oh, and the artist the crowd got unruly over? Not Bob Dylan, not Miles Davis, but Dionne Warwick! She was singing What the World Needs Now is Love at the time of the incident.

1973 - Clint Holmes received a gold record for his hit single, Playground in My Mind.

1976 - Brian Wilson rejoined The Beach Boys, who were appearing at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA (before 74,000 fans). Wilson had been out of the group’s road tour schedule for 12 years.

1976 - 103 hostages were rescued by an Israeli commando unit in a raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. 106 hostages had been taken from a hijacked Air France airliner on its way to Paris from Tel Aviv. Seven pro-Palestinian guerrilla hijackers, 20 Ugandan soldiers and 3 hostages were killed in the raid.

1982 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies connected for hit #3,786. It moved Rose into second place in the career-hits column of the record books. Rose was second only to Ty Cobb whose major-league record was 4,191 hits. Rose was 41 years old at the time. Three years later he surpassed Cobb’s mark.

1985 - Kevin Curren whipped #1-seeded John McEnroe at the Wimbledon tennis championships. McEnroe had been attempting to become the first American to earn three consecutive men’s titles at Wimbledon.

1986 - Mikhail Baryshnikov, considered by many to be the world’s greatest ballet dancer, became a U.S. citizen in ceremonies at Ellis Island, New York Harbor.

1988 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan issued a statement to the world, and an apology to the Iranian people, “I am saddened to report that it appears that in a proper defensive action by the USS Vincennes this morning in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian airliner was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz ... We greatly regret any loss of life ...” (290 died when the Vincennes fired upon Iran Air Flight 655, mistaking the plane for a hostile F-14 fighter plane.)

1996 - “Earth, take a good look. It could be your last.” Independence Day was shown for the first time to U.S. audiences. Gigantic alien spacecraft are parked in orbit around the Earth, getting set to attack major points around the globe. The weirdos from outer space wipe out New York, Los Angeles, and Washington just for practice. Survivors come up with a plan to fight back ... and just do manage to save the planet. The movie was a blockbuster, doing $50.23 million in its debut weekend. How could it miss with a star-studded cast including Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, James Rebhorn and Harvey Fierstein!

July 3rd.

1878 - George M. (Michael) Cohan
actor, singer, composer: Over There, The Yankee Doodle Boy, Give My Regards to Broadway, Mary’s a Grand Old Name, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Harrigan; subject of movie: Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Broadway show: George M!; died Nov 5, 1942

1906 - George Sanders
Academy Award-winning actor: All About Eve [1950]; The Quiller Memorandum, Picture of Dorian Gray, Village of the Damned, A Shot in the Dark, Samson and Delilah; died Apr 25, 1972

1915 - Jerry Gray
arranger, bandleader: The Glenn Miller Orchestra; died Aug 10, 1976

1921 - Susan Peters (Carnahan)
actress: Andy Hardy’s Double Life, Random Harvest; died Oct 23, 1952

1927 - Ken Russell
director: Women in Love, The Music Lovers, Altered States, Tommy, The Boy Friend, Prisoner of Honor

1930 - Pete Fountain
clarinetist: New Orleans jazz great; Lawrence Welk Show, For the First Time

1937 - Tom Stoppard (Straussler)
playwright: The Real Thing, On the Razzle, Travesties, Empire of the Sun

1940 - Fontella Bass
singer: Rescue Me

1940 - Cesar (Leonardo) ‘Pepito’ Tovar
baseball: Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees; died July 14, 1994

1942 - Michael Cole
actor: Mod Squad, Chuka, Nickel Mountain

1943 - Kurtwood Smith
actor: To Die For, The Crush, Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, Dead Poets Society, Rambo 3, RoboCop, The New Adventures of Bean Baxter, Big Wave Dave’s

1944 - Walt Garrison
football: Dallas Cowboys running back: Super Bowl V, VI

1944 - Jethro Pugh
football: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle: Super Bowl V, VI, X, XII, XIII

1945 - Paul Naumoff
football: Detroit Lions [Lions record: tackles in a game: 21 vs. Cleveland Nov. 9, 1975]

1945 - Johnny Lee
country singer: Lookin’ for Love, One in a Million, Bet Your Heart on Me

1947 - Betty Buckley
actress: Cats, Eight is Enough, Carrie, Wyatt Earp; singer: Memories

1948 - Paul Barrere
musician: guitar: group: Little Feat: On Your Way Down, Day at the Dog Races; solo: LP: On My Own Two Feet

1949 - Jan Smithers
actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, Mr. Nice Guy, Where the Lilies Bloom

1953 - Frank (Daryl) Tanana
baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1976, 1977, 1978], Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, NY Mets, NY Yankees

1953 - Dave Lewis
hockey: NY Islanders, LA Kings, NJ Devils, Detroit Red Wings [player, coach]

1953 - John Verhoeven
baseball: pitcher: California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins

1955 - Neil Clark
musician: guitar: group: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

1955 - Matt (Lon) Keough
baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1978] , NY Yankees, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros

1956 - Montel Williams
TV talk show host: The Montel Williams Show

1957 - Laura Branigan
singer: Gloria, Solitaire, How am I Supposed to Live Without You, Self Control, Theme Song from Octopussy, Hot Night; died Aug 26, 2004

1960 - Vince Clarke
songwriter: group: DePeche Mode: Just Can’t Get Enough, See You; musician: keyboards: groups: Yaz: Only You, Don’t Go, Nobody’s Diary; The Assembly: Never Never; Erasure: Sometimes

1962 - Tom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV)
actor: Mission: Impossible series, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Days of Thunder, Born on the Fourth of July, ****tail, Top Gun, Rain Man, The Color of Money, Taps, Interview with a Vampire, Jerry Maguire, Eyes Wide Shut, Mission: Impossible II, Collateral, War of the Worlds

1962 - Thomas Gibson
actor: Far and Away, The Age of Innocence, Barcelona, Dharma & Greg, Eyes Wide Shut

1962 - Hunter Tylo
actress: All My Children, Final Cut, Days of Our Lives, Longshot

1966 - Moises Alou
baseball: Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros

1970 - Teemu Selanne
‘The Finnish Flash’: hockey: Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, San-Jose Sharks

1970 - Shawnee Smith
actress: Becker, Iron Eagle, Who's Harry Crumb?, Desperate Hours, Leaving Las Vegas, Arsenio, Armageddon, Karen Black: Actress at Work.

Chart Toppers
July 3rd.

1944 I’ll Be Seing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
A Guy is a Guy - Doris Day
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
That Heart Belongs to Me - Webb Pierce

1960 Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool - Connie Francis
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
Because They’re Young - Duane Eddy
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Angel of the Morning - Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette

1976 Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
Misty Blue - Dorthy Moore
All These Things - Joe Stampley

1984 The Reflex - Duran Duran
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
When Doves Cry - Prince
I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight) -
Vern Gosdin

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Americans celebrate their independence from the British on this day. July 4th commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. No it wasn’t signed on this day - just approved. The actual signing didn’t take place until a month later. Most of the delegates signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776, the first signature being that of John Han****. Several signatures were obtained later ... George Wythe (Virginia) on August 27; Richard Henry Lee (Virginia), Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts), Oliver Wolcott (Connecticut) signed in September; Matthew Thornton (New Hampshire) in November. Thomas McKean, representing Delaware, was serving in the army and was unavailable to add his ‘John Han****’ until 1781.

Thomas Jefferson was the major author of the Declaration of Independence, but he had help from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Following the natural rights theory of John Locke, the document proclaimed the equality of ‘all men’ and their ‘unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. The authors wrote that governments were established to secure these rights; when they failed to do so, the people could abolish them. This one statement alone was considered as treason to the British crown.

And so, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Han**** said, “Now we must all hang together.”

Always the sharp wit, Benjamin Franklin smilingly stated, “Or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”
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July 4th.

1832 - It was on this day that America was sung in public for the first time -- at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA. Dr. Samuel Francis Smith wrote the words, borrowing the tune from a German songbook. Ironically, and unknown to Dr. Smith at the time, the melody is the same as the British national anthem.

1855 - The first edition of Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, was published in Brooklyn, NY.

1881 - Tuskegee Institute opened its doors to the students who built it with bricks made in their own kiln. An abandoned plantation in Tuskegee, Alabama was the site chosen for Booker T. Washington’s institution for academic and vocational training.

1884 - Bullfighting was introduced in America. No, not in Texas or Arizona, but in Dodge City, Kansas.

1886 - The first rodeo in America was held at Prescott, Arizona.

1895 - America the Beautiful, the famous song often touted as the true U.S. national anthem, was originally a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates. The Wellesley College professor’s poem was first published this day in the Congregationalist, a church newspaper.

1923 - Jack Dempsey defeated Tommy Gibbons in a fight held in that boxing mecca of Shelby, Montana. The fight had been called the strangest fight in boxing history (until the 1997 match between Evander Holyfield and the ‘ear-biting’ Mike Tyson).

1939 - Lou Gehrig retired from baseball in a touching ceremony at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Some 62,000 fans of the ‘Iron Horse’ came out to bid him goodbye. To feel the emotion of the moment, see the movie Pride of the Yankees.

1942 - The Irving Berlin musical, This is the Army, opened at New York’s Broadway Theatre. Net profits of the show were $780,000.

1943 - The Rhythm Boys, Bing Crosby, Al Rinker and Harry Barris, were reunited for the first time since the 1930s on Paul Whiteman Presents on NBC radio.

1951 - Jack Webb did a summer switch -- from his Dragnet role of Sgt. Joe Friday to that of Pete Kelly. Pete Kelly’s Blues, a crime drama, was the summer replacement on NBC radio for Halls of Ivy (with Ronald Colman and Benita Hume). Webb also played Pete Kelly in the 1955 movie of the same name; then produced and directed a 1959 TV series, also titled Pete Kelly’s Blues, starring William Reynolds as Pete.

1955 - The first king cobra snakes born in captivity in the United States were hatched at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. A total of nine eggs hatched between July 4th and 12th of 1955.

1962 - Gene Autry’s baseball team, the California Angels, surprised fans everywhere by stunning the Washington Senators in a doubleheader sweep that propelled them into first place at the season’s midway point. The first place stay didn’t last. The Angels finished out of the running (by 10-1/2 games) at the end of the season.

1970 - Casey Kasem hosted radio’s American Top 40 for the first time this day.

1973 - Riva Ridge won the Brooklyn Handicap in a world-record time of 1:52.3/5 in the 1-3/16-mile event. Riva Ridge became thoroughbred racing’s 12th, million-dollar race horse.

1985 - A crowd, estimated at one million, gathered in Philadelphia to celebrate the 209th anniversary of America’s independence. The Beach Boys were joined by Mr. T. on drums to really add some fireworks to the festivities. The Oak Ridge Boys, Joan Jett and Jimmy Page joined in the celebration (but wouldn’t let Mr. T. play ...)

1987 - Martina Navratilova captured her sixth consecutive Wimbledon singles title.

1997 - The Mars Pathfinder spacecraft, launched by NASA from the Earth in December 1996, entered the atmosphere of Mars. A heat shield, parachutes, and airbags helped it land safely. The Sojourner rover searched the surface of Mars for rocks while millions of earthlings watch it on TV and the Internet.

1999 - Jose Canseco of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays smacked his 30th home run of the season, although Tampa Bay lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. Canseco became the first player in major-league history to hit 30 home runs with four different teams. He had previously reached that mark with the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics. Note: Canseco hit 30 or more homers with Oakland five times.

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July 4th.

1826 - Stephen Foster
song writer of about 200 songs including: Oh! Susannah, Camptown Races, Old Folks at Home [Swanee River], Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Beautiful Dreamer; died Jan 13, 1864

1872 - Calvin Coolidge
30th U.S. President [1923-1929]; married to Grace Goodhue [two sons]; nickname: Silent Cal; died Jan 5, 1933

1883 - Rube (Reuben Lucius) Goldberg
inventor of elaborate, involved contraptions that accomplish simple tasks; cartoonist; died Dec 7, 1970

1902 - George (Lloyd) Murphy
actor: This is the Army, Little Miss Broadway, For Me and My Gal; politician: U.S. Senator; died May 3, 1992

1911 - Mitch Miller
record company executive, producer, arranger: Columbia, Mercury; musician & instrumentalist: Tzena, Tzena, Tzena, The Yellow Rose of Texas, March from The River Kwai; Sing Along with Mitch LPs and TV show

1913 - Virginia Graham (Komiss)
TV hostess: The Strawhatters; panelist: Where Was I?; died Dec 22, 1998

1918 - Ann Landers (Esther Pauline Friedman)
advice columnist; twin sister of Abigail Van Buren; died June 22, 2002

1918 - Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Esther Friedman)
advice columnist: Dear Abby; twin sister of Ann Landers

1920 - Leona Helmsley
hotel mogul: Helmsley Hotels

1924 - Eva Marie Saint
Academy Award-winning actress: On the Waterfront [1954]; North by Northwest, Exodus, Raintree County

1927 - Gina Lollobrigida
actress: Trapeze, Belles de Nuit, Solomon and Sheba, Strange Bedfellows, Come September

1927 - Neil (Marvin) Simon
Tony Award-winning playwright: The Odd Couple [1965], Lost in Yonkers [and Pulitzer Prize: 1991]; The Sunshine Boys, Barefoot in the Park, The Goodbye Girl, California Suite, Plaza Suite, Seems like Old Times, Prisoner of Second Avenue

1929 - Al Davis
football general manager: Oakland Raiders; only one in pro football to be scout, asst. coach, head coach, general manager, league commissioner and owner

1929 - Chuck (Charles William) Tanner
baseball: Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, LA Angels; manager: Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves

1930 - George Steinbrenner
shipping magnate, baseball team owner: New York Yankees

1937 - Rosey (Roosevelt) Taylor
football: Grambling College, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins: Super Bowl VII

1937 - Ray Pillow
singer: Take Your Hands Off My Heart, Thank You Ma’am, I’ll Take the Dog, Volkswagon, Gone with the Wine

1938 - Bill Withers
Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer: Ain’t No Sunshine [1971], Lean on Me, Use Me

1940 - Pat Stapleton
hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks

1942 - Floyd Little
College Football Hall of Famer: Syracuse: 3-time All-American running back; Denver Broncos: rushed for 6,323 yards on 1,641 carries & 43 touchdowns

1943 - Emerson Boozer
football: NY Jets running back: Super Bowl III

1943 - Geraldo Rivera
investigative reporter, talk show host: Geraldo

1943 - Al ‘Blind Owl’ Wilson
musician: guitar, harmonica, singer: group: Canned Heat: On the Road Again, Going Up the Country, Let’s Work Together; died Sep 3, 1970

1948 - Jeremy Spencer
musician: guitar: group: Fleetwood Mac: Black Magic Woman, Need Your Love So Bad, Albatross, Man of the World, The Green Manalishi [With the Two-Pronged Crown]

1955 - John Waite
singer: Missing You, Tears; group: The Babys: Isn’t It Time, Everytime I Think of You, Back on My Feet Again

1958 - Kirk Pengilly
musician: guitar, saxophone: group: INXS: Just Keep Walking, The One Thing, Original Sin, Melting in the Sun, This Time

1960 - Signy Coleman
actress: The Young and the Restless

1962 - Pam Shriver
tennis: grand slam doubles winner [1984]; w/ Martina Navratilova won 7 Australian, 4 French, 5 Wimbledon, 4 U.S. Opens [1981-1989]

1965 -Harvey Grant
basketball: Washington Bullets, Portland Trailblazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards; twin brother of Horace

1965 - Horace Grant
basketball: Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, LA Lakers; twin brother of Harvey.

Chart Toppers
July 4th.

1945 Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - Bob Wills

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Ruby - Richard Hayman
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

1961 Quarter to Three - U.S. Bonds
Raindrops - Dee Clark
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969 Get Back - The Beatles
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Statue of a Fool - Jack Greene

1977 Got to Give It Up (Pt. I) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
Undercover Angel - Alan O’Day
That was Yesterday - Donna Fargo

1985 Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Raspberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution
She Keeps the Home Fires Burning - Ronnie Milsap

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s circus, the Greatest Show on Earth, was the brainchild of a man who said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” P.T. Barnum was born on this day in 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut.

His first ‘pull the wool over their eyes’ act happened in 1830, when he had people believing that an elderly black woman, Joice Heth, was George Washington’s childhood nurse. The gullible public supported him successfully for over three decades as owner of the P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome.

The museum housed several improbable attractions including the Fiji Mermaid (a fishtailed doll with a dried monkey head & torso). P.T. did have some legitimacy. He displayed Jumbo, the world’s largest elephant, and General Tom Thumb, the world’s smallest man, the first set of Siamese twins, and the famous soprano Jenny Lind. He even arranged a successful tour for her.

Most of what Barnum had to offer would be considered the side show of today’s circus. But it was he who created the circus as we know it. Merging with Mr. Bailey and later, the Ringling Brothers in 1907, P.T. Barnum left us the lasting legacy of the circus extravaganza, housing true attractions along with the fake.

The most successful and outrageous showman of the times, Phineas Taylor Barnum was still a man of his word. After all, was there ever a greater show than the Greatest Show on Earth?

Bring on the cotton candy, the clowns, the daring young man on the flying trapeze, and the parade of elephants. We’re ready to be suckered.
More reading here, (http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum.html) here, and here. (http://home.nycap.rr.com/useless/barnum/index.html)

July 5th.

1865 - William Booth formed the internationally acclaimed Salvation Army in London, England. The Salvation Army’s officers are ordained ministers who have vowed to serve the Army for life. The Army has units in over 80 countries.

1865 - Make no sudden moves. Those guys with the dark glasses and the earphone in one ear could be watching ... even here on the web! Ever wonder why U.S. Secret Service agents pictured in movies talk into their hands? Is it to stifle a cough? Is it because Mr. Microphone is hidden in the palm of their hand? Is it because they just like talking into their hand? We’ll go with Mr. Microphone. Anyway, it was on this day that the United States Secret Service was created. At first, the agency was only responsible for protecting against the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. In 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley, the Secret Service began protecting the President of the U.S. The scope of responsibility for the Secret Service has grown enormously over the years. This arm of the U.S. Treasury is now also responsible for guarding the White House, the Executive Office Building, the Treasury building and annex along with all the billions of $$$ stored in its vaults.

1916 - Adeline and Augusta Van Buren started on the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour attempted by two women. The bikers left New York City this day and arrived in San Diego, CA on September 12th.

1934 - Love in Bloom, sung by Bing Crosby with Irving Aaronson’s orchestra, was recorded for Brunswick Records in Los Angeles. The song was fairly popular, but became a much bigger success when comedian Jack Benny made it a popular standard.

1942 - Edsel Ford of Detroit was disappointed to discover that because of strict wartime auto rationing, he was unable to get a car until his application had been approved by the government. Mr. Ford’s family had, incidentally, produced over 30 million automobiles to that day. And, yes, he later had the Edsel named after him.

1943 - The Adventures of Nero Wolfe debuted on the NBC Blue radio network. Nero Wolfe was “the detective genius who rates the knife and fork the greatest tools ever invented by man.” The ‘gargantuan gourmet’ continued on the air until 1951.

1946 - The first two-piece brief swimsuit was shown in public. The bikini was worn by a model at a press party. According to our Bikini Encyclopedia, it wasn’t long before the creation of Louis Reard went from making the rounds of media events to the beaches of the world. Mr. Reard, incidentally, called his bikini creation, “four triangles of nothing.”

1947 - The first black baseball player in the American League joined the lineup of the Cleveland Indians. Larry Doby played his first game against the Chicago White Sox. He played for both the Indians and the White Sox during his 13-year, major-league career.

1948 - My Favorite Husband, with Lucille Ball, became the gifted redhead’s first regular radio program on CBS. Lee Bowman, and later, Richard Denning, co-starred with Lucy as “two people who live together and like it.”

1951 - The Silver Eagle debuted on ABC radio as a late entry into radio’s action-adventure lineup. Jim Ameche starred as Jim West. The program continued for four years and marked the last of radio’s long list of adventure shows.

1951 - Dr. William Shockley announced that he had invented a working and efficient junction transistor at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ.

1954 - Elvis Presley recorded That’s All Right (Mama) and Blue Moon of Kentucky. It was his first session for Sam Phillips and Sun Records in Memphis, TN.

1962 - Bob Garibaldi got a bonus of $150,000 as he signed with the San Francisco Giants.

1969 - Rod Laver became the first man to win four Wimbledon tennis titles.

1982 - For the first time since 1974, Jimmy Connors won the men’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon. Connors beat John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

1985 - Baseball history was made when the New York Mets finally beat the Atlanta Braves (by a 16-13 score) in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. A five-run rally for the Mets in the 19th inning sealed the win at 3:55 a.m. The line score of the game: 46 hits, 29 runs, 19 innings, two rain delays and the game length was 6 hours and 10 minutes. A Fourth of July fireworks show followed the game (at 4 a.m.).

1986 - Janet Jackson finally took Control and got all the way to the top of U.S. LP charts. She was the youngest (19 years old) to hit number one with an LP since Little Steve Wonder (The 12 Year Old Genius) in 1963. Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Control was her third album, but her first to hit number one. Tracks from the LP, What Have You Done for Me Lately became Jackson’s first top-five single and Nasty made it to number three.

1987 - Pat Cash, the 22-year-old, #11 seed, captured the Wimbledon singles tennis championship by defeating Ivan Lendl.

1991 - Regulators in seven countries, including the U.S., shut down BCCI (Bank of Commerce and Credit International). The institution and four of its units were indicted for fraud, theft, and money laundering from corrupt activities. In July 1990 five former officials of BCCI were convicted in Tampa, Florida for laundering $32 million in cocaine profits for Colombia’s Medellín drug cartel.

1994 - Hootie and the Blowfish released their first LP, Cracked Rear View But it didn’t zoom to the top of the charts. The group had to get lots of help from a guy named David Letterman before their album made it big. Letterman heard one of the tracks, Hold My Hand, on the radio and invited the band to appear on The Late Show. Cracked Rear View finally hit number one on May 27, 1995. By mid-1996, the album had sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S.

July 5th.

1801 - David Farragut
Civil War Union Navy Admiral: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”; died Aug 14, 1870

1810 - P. T. (Phineus Taylor) Barnum
circus showman; died Apr 7, 1891; see Greatest Show on Earth Day [above]

1853 - Cecil John Rhodes
diamond tycoon; founded Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University; the African country of Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe] was named after him; died Mar 26, 1902

1879 - Dwight (Filley) Davis
Tennis Hall of Famer [inducted in 1956]: founder of Davis Cup [donated first trophy in 1900]; played for winning U.S. team in first two Davis Cup finals [1900, 1902]; champ: U.S./Wimbledon doubles [1901]; politician: St. Louis, MO Parks Commissioner [1911]; U.S. Secretary of War [1925-1929] under President Calvin Coolidge; died Nov 28, 1945

1902 - Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
American diplomat: U.S. Ambassador: U.N., Viet Nam; died in 1985

1904 - Milburn Stone
actor: Gunsmoke, Arrowhead, The Sun Shines Bright, Atomic City, Branded, Heading for Heaven; died June 12, 1980

1923 - John McKay
College Football Hall of Famer: head coach: USC: only coach to take a team to the Rose Bowl 4 years in a row [1967-70]; head coach: Tampa Bay Buccaneers; died June 10, 2001

1924 - Janos Starker
Grammy Award-winning cellist [Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra: 1997]: Bach: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1–6; Grand prix du disque [France: 1948]

1928 - Katherine Helmond
actress: Soap, The House of Blue Leaves, Who’s the Boss, Brazil, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

1928 - Warren Oates
actor: Dillinger, Wild Bunch, In the Heat of the Night, Stripes, The Blue and the Gray, Prime Time, Have Gun Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Rawhide; stunt tester: Beat the Clock; died Apr 3, 1982

1934 - Gordy (Gordon Calvin) Coleman
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961]; died Mar 12, 1994

1936 - Shirley Knight
actress: Dark at the Top of the Stairs, The Group, 21 Hours at Munich, Sweet Bird of Youth, Color of Night

1943 - Curt (Curtis Le Roy) Blefary
baseball: Baltimore Orioles [Rookie of the Year: 1965/World Series: 1966], Houston Astros, NY Yankees, Oakland Athletics, SD Padres; died Jan 28, 2001

1943 - (Jamie) Robbie Robertson
composer, musician: guitar: group: The Band: Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Shape I’m In, River Hymn, Life is a Carnival

1950 - Huey Lewis (Cregg)
musician: harmonica, singer: group: Huey Lewis and the News: Power of Love, Stuck with You, Trouble in Paradise, Heart of Rock and Roll, Heart and Soul, Doin’ It [All for My Baby], Do You Believe in Love, Power of Love, [Too] Hip to Be Square

1950 - Gary (Nathaniel) Matthews
baseball: San Francisco Giants [Rookie of the Year: 1973], Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1979], Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983], Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners

1950 - Michael Monarch
musician: guitar: group: Steppenwolf: Born to Be Wild, The Pusher, Magic Carpet Ride, Rock Me

1951 - Rich (Richard Michael) ‘Goose’ Gossage
baseball: Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1975, 1976], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1977], NY Yankees {World Series: 1978, 1981/all-star: 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982], SD Padres [World Series: 1984/all-star: 1984, 1985], Chicago Cubs , SF Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners

1952 -Don (Donald John) DeMola
baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos

1956 - James Lofton
football: wide receiver: NFL Individual Record for career yards gained 14,004 [1978-1995]: Green Bay Packers, LA Raiders, Buffalo Bills, LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

1968 - Jillian Armenante
actress: Judging Amy, The Seven Mysteries of Life, Delivered, Girl, Interrupted

1975 - Chris Gratton
hockey: NHL: Tampa-Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche.

Chart Toppers
July 5th.

1946 They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
Even Tho - Webb Pierce

1962 I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
The Stripper - David Rose
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 The Love You Save - The Jackson 5
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
It’s a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
It Only Hurts for a Little While - Margo Smith

1986 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) - Billy Ocean
Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
Who’s Johnny - El DeBarge
Everything that Glitters (Is Not Gold) - Dan Seals

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Sunday, July 6, 2008
A hidden microphone eavesdropped on unsuspecting people for the first time this night, as Candid Microphone hit the airwaves. It was 1947 and Allen Funt was the host of the ABC radio show, the forerunner of the long-running TV version, Candid Camera.

Candid Microphone didn’t have as long a run on radio, however, lasting one year on ABC, taking a two year hiatus and returning to CBS radio for another year.

The radio format of Candid Microphone was slightly different than the TV version ... when one of the eavesdropees uttered words considered too colorful by the network, a soft woman’s voice would say, “Censored,” and the program would continue with Don Hollenbeck as the narrator. The program, directed by Joseph Graham, was sponsored by Philip Morris cigarettes.

The radio show’s announcer, Ken Roberts, joined Allen Funt on the early version of the smash TV hit. Funt, who became a big star with Candid Camera, also produced a movie called What Do You Say to a Naked Lady using the Candid idea.
More on, Allen Funt. 1914 to 1999 (http://www.candidcamera.com/cc2/cc2e.html) here, (http://www.candidcamera.com/cc2/cc2g.html) click. (http://www.timvp.com/candid.html)

July 6th.

1699 - Pirate Captain William Kidd was captured in Boston, MA and deported back to England.

1858 - The shoe manufacturing machine was patented by Lyman Blake of Abington, MA.

1885 - Louis Pasteur, famous for discovering the pasteurization process, made history by accomplishing the first effective antirabies inoculation (on a boy bitten by an infected dog).

1905 - John Walker’s fingerprints were the first ones to be exchanged by police officials in Europe and America. Law enforcement units in London and St. Louis, MO completed the exchange.

1912 - Jim Thorpe gained fame as the world’s greatest athlete when the Olympic Games opened in Stockholm, Sweden. Thorpe, a full-blooded Indian, was known as Bright Path, his given Indian name. When the King of Sweden called Thorpe “the greatest athlete in the world,” Thorpe replied by saying, “Thanks, King.”

1919 - The British dirigible R-34 landed (or was hauled in, as they say) at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY. It was the first airship to cross the Atlantic. The 600-foot-long airship, piloted by Royal Air Force Cmdr. G.H. Scott with a crew of 30, reached a top speed of 62 mph during the 108-hour trip from Scotland.

1928 - The New York Strand Theatre was the scene of a sneak, midnight preview of the film, The Lights of New York. The Warner Bros. film was the first talkie (a talking motion picture). The film’s transitions were still a little bumpy, so 24 titles were used to explain them. The 6,000 feet of film in Lights of New York told a gangster tale and introduced the phrase, “Take him for a ride.”

1932 - U.S. Postage rates went from two cents to three cents for first-class mail.

1933 - Baseball’s best gathered together at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL for the first All-Star Game. The American League won by a 4-2 score as Babe Ruth connected for the first home run in All-Star history. Comiskey Park was filled with 47,595 fans who saw the game.

1937 - The big band classic, Sing, Sing, Sing was recorded by Benny Goodman and his band. Sitting in on this famous Victor Records session was Gene Krupa, Ziggy Elman and Harry James.

1943 - Judy Canova, the ‘Queen of the Hillbillies’, began a weekly comedy show on CBS radio.

1948 - Frieda Hennock became the first woman to serve as commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. She was appointed to the post by President Harry S Truman.

1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. Gibson was the first black tennis star to win the prestigious event.

1971 - Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted the summer series, Make Your Own Kind of Music, on NBC-TV.

1981 - The Dupont Company of Wilmington, DE announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for seven billion dollars. The merger was the largest in corporate history (to that time). Bargaining continued until a final figure of $7.7 billion closed the deal for the chemical and oil giants. The merger created the seventh largest industrial company in the U.S.

1984 - Michael Jackson and his brothers started their Victory Tour in Kansas City, Missouri’s Arrowhead Stadium. The tour turned out to be a victory for the Jacksons when the nationwide concert tour concluded months later.

1994 - Fourteen firefighters were killed while battling a several-day-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.

2000 - Venus Williams beat her sister, Serena, at Wimbledon. In one of the most eagerly anticipated Wimbledon matches in years, 18-year-old Serena was in tears after the final game. It was her fourth loss in five tennis matches to her 20-year-old sister.

July 6th.

1747 - John Paul Jones
American naval officer of the ship Bonhomme Richard, in battle against British frigate Serapis: “I have not yet begun to fight!”; died July 18, 1792

1781 - Sir Stamford Raffles
founded Singapore; discovered Rafflesia Arnoldi [w/Joseph Arnold], an East Indian fungus; died July 5, 1826

1884 - Harold (Stirling) ‘Mike’ Vanderbilt
capitalist: director of NY Central Railroad; sportsman: first owner to sail his sailboat in America’s Cup competition [winners: Enterprise: 1930, 1934; Ranger: 1937]; invented game of contract bridge [1925]; son of Cornelius Vanderbilt; died in 1970

1909 - Andrei Gromyko
Russian leader: Soviet Foreign Minister; Soviet President; died July 3, 1989

1915 - LaVerne Andrews
singer: contralto, group: The Andrews Sisters: Why Talk About Love, A Simple Melody, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön; died May 8, 1967

1918 - Sebastian Cabot
actor: Family Affair, Family Jewels, Johnny Tremain & the Sons of Liberty, The Time Machine, Twice-Told Tales, Omar Khayyam, Romeo and Juliet, Westward-Ho, the Wagons; died Aug 22, 1977

1921 - Nancy Reagan (Anne Robbins-Davis)
actress: Hellcats of the Navy, East Side, West Side; former First Lady: married to 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan

1922 - William Schallert
actor: Dobie Gillis, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Patty Duke Show, The Grace Kelly Story

1924 - Darrell Royal
College Football Hall of Famer: coach: Univ of Texas, Univ of Washington, Mississippi State Univ, CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos; quarterback: Univ of Oklahoma; inducted into College Football HOF [1983]

1925 - Merv Griffin
singer: I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts [w/Freddy Martin’s Orchestra - 1949]; TV host: The Merv Griffin Show; game show developer: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy; hotel mogul

1925 - Bill Haley (William John Clifton Haley Jr.)
musician, singer: group: Bill Haley and His Comets: Rock Around the Clock, Mambo Rock, Dim, Dim the Lights, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Crazy Man Crazy, See You Later Alligator; died Feb 9, 1981

1927 - Janet Leigh (Jeanette Morrison Reames)
actress: Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Houdini, Pete Kelly’s Blues, That Forsyte Woman; actress, Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother; died Oct 3, 2004

1927 - Pat Paulsen
comedian: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; perennial U.S. Presidential candidate; died Apr 24, 1997

1931 - Donal Donnelly
actor: Godfather: Part III, The Dead, The Knack

1931 - Della Reese (Delloreese Patricia Early)
singer: Don’t You Know, And That Reminds Me, Not One Minute More; actress: Della, Chico & the Man, The Royal Family, Touched by an Angel, Let’s Rock, Harlem Nights

1935 - Dalai Lama (Lhamo Thondup)
14th Dalai Lama: Nobel Peace Prize winner: Tibetan spiritual leader

1937 - Ned Beatty
actor: Deliverance, Homicide, Hear My Song, Friendly Fire, The Guyana Tragedy, Superman, Rudy, The Toy, The Silver Streak, Radioland Murders, Network, Gray Lady Down

1937 - Gene Chandler (Eugene Dixon)
singer: Duke of Earl, Groovy Situation, Just be True; record label owner: Mr. Chand

1945 - Rik Elswit
musician: guitar, singer: group: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Sylvia’s Mother, [Freakin’ At] The Freaker’s Ball, Queen of the Silver Dollar, Ballad of Lucy Jordan, The Cover of Rolling Stone, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman, Sharing the Night Together, Sexy Eyes, Better Love Next Time

1945 - Bill Plager
hockey: NHL: Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Flames

1945 - Burt Ward (Gervais)
actor: Batman, Beach Babes from Beyond Infinity, Robo-chic, Smooth Talker, Virgin High, Killcrazy

1946 - George W. (Walker) Bush
43rd President of the United States [2000- ]; married to Laura Welch Bush [twin daughters: Barbara and Jenna]; governor of Texas [1995-2000]; managing partner of Texas Rangers baseball club; son of 41st U.S. President [1989-1993] George [Herbert Walker] Bush

1946 - Fred Dryer
actor: Hunter, Death Before Dishonor, The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins; football: NY Giants, LA Rams defensive end: Super Bowl XIV

1946 - Sylvester Stallone
actor: Rocky series, Rambo series, Cliffhanger, Cobra, Demolition Man, Nighthawks, Oscar, Tango and Cash, The Specialist, Judge Dredd, Assassins, Cop Land

1946 - James Browning Wyeth
artist: Lester, Shorty, Halloween, Draft Age, Obelisk, The Red House, The Islander

1952 - Grant Goodeve
actor: Dynasty, Eight is Enough, Northern Exposure; TV host: Solid Gold Hits

1952 - Shelley Hack
actress: Charlie’s Angels, King of Comedy, Annie Hall, A Casualty of War, The Stepfather

1954 - Allyce Beasley (Alice Tannenbaum)
actress: Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, Motorama, Moonlighting, Rumpelstiltskin, Dream with the Fishes, Stuart Little

1954 - Nanci Griffith
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter: LP: Other Voices/Other Rooms [1993]; From a Distance, Love at the Five and Dime, Fly by Night, Daddy Said, Ford Econoline, LP: There’s a Light Beyond These Woods

1954 - Willie Randolph
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees, LA Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets

1959 - Jon Keeble
musician: drums: group: Spandau Ballet: True, To Cut a Long Story Short, The Freeze, Musclebound, Chant No. 1

1961 - Kimberly Foster
actress: Dallas, One Crazy Summer, It Takes Two, Deadline, Love Bites, Broken Trust

1968 - Glenn Scarpelli
actor: One Day at a Time, Jennifer Slept Here

1978 - Tamera Mowry
actress: Sister, Sister, Detention, Seventeen Again, Hollywood Horror; twin sister of Tia Mowry

1978 - Tia Mowry
actress: Sister, Sister, Detention, Seventeen Again, Hollywood Horror; twin sister of Tamera Mowry

1983 - Gregory Smith
actor: Leaping Leprechauns, Spellbreaker, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, The Patriot.

Chart Toppers
July 6th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
It’s a Sin - Eddy Arnold

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young - Faron Young

1963 Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Blue on Blue - The Dovells
Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971 It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Indian Reservation - Raiders
Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979 Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Chuck E.’s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
Amanda - Waylon Jennings

1987 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
That was a Close One - Earl Thomas Conley

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Thanks for your understanding. :)

07-06-2008, 11:00 PM
189th day of 2008 - 177 remaining.

Monday, July 7, 2008
Jack Webb’s Dragnet was first heard on NBC radio this day in 1949. The program was the first to dramatize cases from actual police files. Each episode on radio and TV began with the announcement, “The story you are about to hear (see) is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”; and ended with the somber sentence handed down to the criminal.

Dragnet went to television in January 1952 after a successful TV preview on Chesterfield Sound-Off Time a few weeks earlier. The show actually ran simultaneously on radio and TV from 1952 - 1956, continuing on television through 1959. After a seven-year hiatus, it returned as Dragnet ’67 to distinguish itself from its own reruns. This first major real-life police drama series was so successful that it remains in syndication some 30 to 40 years later.

The show went to the movies in a 1980s spoof with Dan Aykroyd in the lead role of Sgt. Joe Friday -- the role Webb played on both radio and television.

The original sponsor of the radio series was Fatima Cigarettes and, later, Chesterfield Cigarettes. The composer of the original Dragnet theme was Walter Schumann, which included “dum-de-dum-dum,” possibly the most famous four-note introduction since Beethoven’s 5th.

Sgt. Friday’s sidekick was originally played by Barton Yarborough both on radio and TV. His untimely death shortly after the first TV telecast opened up the role to Barney Philips. Herb Ellis picked up the part in the first fall season, followed by Ben Alexander, who played officer Frank Smith for 7 years. Harry Morgan was Jack Webb’s sidekick in the 1967-1970 series as Officer Bill Gannon.

And those are “just the facts, ma’am.”
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July 7th.

1754 - Kings College opened in New York City. The institution of higher learning admitted eight students and one faculty member, Dr. Samuel Johnson, who also served as school president. These were humble beginnings for a school which would become one of the largest in the United States. Kings was renamed Columbia College in 1784 and, later, became Columbia University. Many prestigious awards come from this university, including the Columbia Award for Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism (named after Joseph Pulitzer, a former Columbia professor).

1862 - The first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.

1885 - G. Moore Peters of Xenia, OH patented the cartridge-loading machine.

1920 - A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, Virginia.

1937 - Lou Gehrig hit a two-run home run to lead the American League over the National League 8-3 in the All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC. Pitcher Dizzy Dean of St. Louis suffered a career-shortening broken toe on his left foot during the game. Ouch!

1943 - For the first time, Flashgun Casey was heard on radio. Not much later, the name of the program was altered to Casey, Crime Reporter, and became much more popular.

1950 - Jack Walsh had a lot of weight on his shoulders. Walsh from Trenton, NJ set a world weightlifting record of 4,235 pounds! (Like lifting two medium-sized cars). He beat the record that was set in 1905 when a weightlifter hoisted 4,140 pounds on his back. Weighty issues, indeed.

1962 - Orchestra leader David Rose reached the top spot on the popular music charts. The Stripper stayed at the pinnacle of musicdom for one week. Rose’s previous musical success on the charts was in 1944 with Holiday for Strings.

1962 - Race jockey Bill Hartack won race number 3,000. He was riding Big Steve at Arlington Park in Chicago, IL.

1985 - Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tennis title by defeating Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Becker became the youngest, the first German and the first unseeded player to win the title in the 108-year history of Wimbledon. Becker was only 17 years old at the time -- not even old enough to drive a car in his own country!

1986 - The USA enjoyed great success at the Goodwill Games (in Moscow) as Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke the heptathlon world record with 7,148 points. She was the first woman to crack the 7,000-point barrier. Jackie extended the record that same year to 7,158 points in the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival where she won all seven events of the heptathlon.

1994 - Viacom Inc. was having a very good year. The movie, publishing and sports company bought Paramount Communications Inc. this day for $10 billion. The company that became Viacom was spun off from CBS in the 1970s because of government rules (later repealed), that prevented networks from owning their own programming. Since then, Viacom has grown to become a major player in media and cable, forming the pay channel Showtime in 1978 and acquiring MTV in 1986. On Aug 29, 1994 Viacom plunked down another $8 billion for Blockbuster Entertainment Corp.

1999 - It was the first lawsuit brought by a group of individual smokers to get all the way to the trial stage. And a jury in Miami held cigarette makers liable for marketing a dangerous product that causes deadly diseases (emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses). The jury held the tobacco industry liable for damages worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

1999 - “Rome is a magic track for me,” exclaimed the new holder of the world outdoor mile record. Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco was in track competition at the Golden Gala Track Meet at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. His time of 3:43.13 was 1.26 seconds faster than the previous record of 3:44.39 set by Noureddine Morceli of Algeria in 1993. Second place Noah Ngeny of Kenya also beat Morceli’s record as he ran neck and neck with El Guerrouj, finishing at 3:43.40. El Guerrouj shattered the world record for 1,500 meters just one year earlier at the same stadium, running the race in a record 3 minutes and 26 seconds. That record was also previously held by Morceli. El Guerrouj says he hopes to run even faster in the future, lowering the 1500 meter record to 3:24 and the mile to 3:42 or even 3:41. Soon he’ll be running at the speed of light!

2000 - Scary Movie opened. Directed by funnyman Keenen Ivory Wayans, Scary Movie is a horror-film spoof (Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix). If you can get past the strong crude sexual humor, language, drug use and violence, the flick is great fun for the entire family. Most U.S. audiences did manage to get past those drawbacks and spent $42.35 million on the film its opening weekend.

July 7th.

1860 - Gustav Mahler
musician, composer, music used in 1971 movie: Death in Venice; died May 18, 1911

1887 - Marc Chagall
artist: Red Nude Sitting Up, I and the Village, Bride with a Fan, The Cattle Dealer, Jew at Prayer, Bella with a White Collar; died Mar 29, 1985

1899 - George Cukor
director: My Fair Lady, A Star is Born, Born Yesterday, Love Among the Ruins, The Philadelphia Story; died Jan 24, 1983

1902 - Vittorio De Sica
director: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Marriage Italian Style, Two Women, The Bicycle Thief; actor: The Shoes of the Fisherman, It Started in Naples; died Nov 13, 1974

1906 - Satchel (Leroy Robert) Paige
Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1948], St. Louis Browns [all-star: 1953], KC Athletics; legend in Negro leagues, thrilling fans with his famous ‘hesitation pitch’; died June 8, 1982

1911 - Gian Carlo Menotti
Pulitzer prize-winning opera composer: The Consul [1950], The Saint of Bleeker Street [1955]

1915 - Ruth Ford
actress: The Woman Who Came Back, The Lady is Willing, The Eyes of the Amaryllis

1917 - Lawrence O’Brien
former head of U.S. Postal Service; National Basketball Association Commissioner; died Sep 27, 1990

1919 - William Kunstler
defense attorney: Tom Hayden, Chicago Seven, Jack Ruby, Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Abbie Hoffman, Angela Davis, John Gotti, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman; autobiography: My Life As A Radical Lawyer [1994]; died Sep 14, 1995

1921 - Ezzard Charles
International Boxing Hall of Famer: world heavyweight champion [1949-51]; bouts: 122: won 96, lost 25, drew 1, 59 KOs; died May 27, 1975

1922 - Pierre Cardin
fashion designer

1924 - Mary Ford (Iris Colleen Summers)
singer w/Les Paul: How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise; died Sep 30, 1976

1927 - Charlie Louvin (Loudermilk)
country singer: I Don’t Love You Anymore; w/brother, Ira: My Baby’s Gone, Hoping that You’re Hoping, I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby; joined Grand Ole Opry in 1955

1927 - Doc (Carl) Severinsen
trumpeter, bandleader: The Tonight Show Band, The Doc Severinsen Band; played with Charlie Barnet and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras; owner: trumpet factory

1940 - Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)
drummer: group: The Beatles; singer: It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, You’re Sixteen; actor: Candy, The Magic Christian, Blindman, Caveman, Give My Regards to Broad Street; married to actress, Barbara Bach

1944 - Warren Entner
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Grass Roots

1945 - Bill (William Edwin) Melton
baseball: Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1971], California Angels, Cleveland Indians

1946 - Joe Spano
actor: Hill Street Blues, Cast the First Stone, Brotherhood of Justice, American Graffiti, Northern Lights

1949 - Shelley Duvall
actress: Popeye, Nashville, Roxanne, Brewster McCloud, The Shining, Annie Hall, McCabe and Mrs. Miller

1950 - David Hodo
singer: group: The Village People: YMCA

1955 - Joey Scarbury
singer: The Greatest American Hero

1958 - Matt Suhey
football: Chicago Bears

1959 - Bill Campbell
actor: Dynasty, Moon Over Miami, Gettysburg, The Brylcreem Boys, Once and Again

1959 - Jessica Hahn
model: Playboy; scandal subject [w/PTL’s Jim Bakker]

1960 - Ralph Sampson
basketball: Golden State Warriors; one of the Twin Towers of the Houston Rockets: Rookie of the Year [1983]; College Player of the Year [1981-83]

1968 - Jorja Fox
actress: C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Missing Persons, ER, The West Wing

1969 - Joe Sakic
hockey: NHL: Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche

1970 - Cree Summer
actress/character voice: A Different World, Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toons, Wild Thing, The Return of Billy Jack; songwriter, singer: LP: Street Faërie

1972 - Lisa Leslie
basketball: Olympics women's basketball gold medalist: Atlanta: 1996, Sydney: 2000; WNBA: LA Sparks

1980 - Michelle Kwan
Olympic Figure Skating Champion [silver, 1998]; World Champion [1996, 1998]; U.S. National Champion [1996, 1998]; World Junior Champion [1994]

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Chart Toppers
July 7th.

1948 You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Nature Boy - Nat King
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Born to Be with You - The Chordettes
Crazy Arms - Ray Price

1964 I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Memphis - Johnny Rivers
Together Again - Buck Owens

1972 Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Eleven Roses - Hank Williams, Jr.

1980 Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

1988 Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
The Flame - Cheap Trick
Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
If It Don’t Come Easy - Tanya Tucker

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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07-07-2008, 11:00 PM
190th day of 2008 - 176 remaining.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Whatever flavor is your favorite - chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch - with or without nuts - piled high with whipped cream - or not - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry swirl, chocolate-chip mint or any other variety ice cream underneath - it’s still a sundae.

Without druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin it wouldn’t even exist. It seems that on this day, back in 1881, a patron came into Edward Berner’s drug store and sat down at the soda-fountain counter. Since it was the Sabbath, the customer couldn’t have the desirable, but scandalous, flavored, soda water. Mr. Berner compromised and put ice cream in a dish and poured the syrup on top (chocolate syrup was only used for making flavored and ice-cream sodas, at the time). Voila! An ice cream Sunday (the spelling was later changed to ‘sundae’). The customer was happy; Mr. Berner was happy ... he just invented a dessert that he could serve on Sundays and remain morally correct; and we are happy ’cause we like ice-cream sundaes no matter what day of the week it is.

This is one time we can say, “Always on Sunday ... or is that sundae?”
More here. (http://www.lhinn.com/history.html) and here. (http://www.doj.state.wi.us/kidspage/fun_facts/sundae.htm)

July 8th.

1693 - Uniforms for police in New York City (or what there was of New York City at that time) were authorized on this day.

1795 - Martin Academy in Washington, TN changed its name to Washington College ... the first college to be named after George Washington.

1805 - Bill Richmond, the first noted boxer in America, beat up Tom Tough (Jack Homes) in round 26 of a bout in Kilburn Wells, England.

1865 - C.E. Barnes of Lowell, MA patented the machine gun.

1889 - John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in the last championship bare-knuckle fight. Good thing it was the last one, too, as the bout went on for 75 rounds! It took 2 hours, 16 minutes and 23 seconds to complete.

1907 - Florenz Ziegfeld staged the first Ziegfeld Follies at the roof garden of the New York Theatre.

1946 - Actress Ava Gardner divorced bandleader Artie Shaw on this day; not quite a year after they were married.

1950 - Joel McCrea appeared in the lead role of Tales of the Texas Rangers. The soon-to-be-popular show debuted on NBC radio.

1953 - Notre Dame announced that the following five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.

1958 - The first gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded. It went to the soundtrack LP, Oklahoma!. The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first gold single issued by the RIAA was Catch a Falling Star, by Perry Como, in March of 1958. A gold single also represents sales of one million records.

1960 - Storer Broadcasting Company purchased WINS radio in New York City for $10 million. It was the highest price paid for a radio station (to that time). Many great radio personalities including Murray the K, Bruce Morrow and Alan Freed were stars on WINS Radio. WINS, under Storer ownership, also aired some very clever promotions, including the time they drove the New York media crazy. It was a discovery (thought to be a rare find) in the back seat of a New York taxicab: a clay tablet that looked to be Egyptian and had carvings on it. Upon closer examination, it read, “Everybody’s mummy listens to 10-10 WINS!”

1970 - The San Francisco Giants’ Jim Ray Hart hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game). Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted in (RBI) during a single inning. The Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 13-0.

1984 - John McEnroe made short work of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Connors managed to win only four games and tied for the second lowest number of games won by a Wimbledon men’s singles finalist since 1922. McEnroe won the event in just 1 hour 20 minutes.

1985 - Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Lambert of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced his retirement on this, his 33rd birthday. A 1974 second-round draft choice from Kent State University in Ohio, Lambert played 11 seasons with the Steelers. He racked up several awards including the NFL’s Rookie of the Year [1974], Defensive Player of the Year [1976]; and nine consecutive Pro Bowls [1975-1983]. Jack Lambert was a major chunk of the Steel Curtain and owns four Super Bowl rings to prove it.

1987 - Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star, pulling in more viewers than many game shows and soap operas. He captured center stage as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.

July 8th.

1908 - Louis (Thomas) Jordan
musician: alto sax, singer: Is You or is You ain’t My Baby, Open the Door Richard, G.I. Jive, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens; actor: Five Guys Named Moe; Fuzzy Wuzzy, Beware, Swing Parade of 1946, Reet, Petite, and Gone, Look-Out Sister; died Feb 4, 1975

1908 - Nelson (Aldrich) Rockefeller
U.S. Vice President under Gerald Ford [1974-77], Governor of New York [1958-73]; died Jan 26, 1979

1910 - Sarah (Newcomb) McClendon
journalist: White House press corps; died Jan 7, 2003

1913 - Walter Kerr
Pulitzer Prize-winning drama critic: New York Herald Tribune, New York Times; playwright: Sing Out, Sweet Land, Song of Bernadette; director: King of Hearts; Broadway’s Ritz Theater renamed for him; died Oct 9, 1996

1914 - Billy Eckstine (William Clarence Eckstein)
band leader, bass-baritone singer: Fools Rush In, Everything I Have is Yours, I Apologize, My Foolish Heart, Blue Moon, Body and Soul; died Mar 8, 1993

1917 - Pamela Brown
actress: Wuthering Heights, Cleopatra, Victoria Regina, Alice in Wonderland; died Sep 18, 1975

1917 - Faye Emerson
actress: Destination: Tokyo, Uncertain Glory; TV panelist: I’ve Got a Secret, What’s in a Word, Masquerade Party; host: The Faye Emerson Show, Author Meets the Critic; died Mar 9, 1983

1918 - Craig Stevens (Gail Shikles)
actor: Peter Gunn, Drums in the Deep South, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; died May 10, 2000

1923 - Harrison Dillard
Olympic Gold Medalist: 100 meter [1948], 110 meter hurdles [1952], 4x100 relay [1948, 1952]; Sullivan Trophy winner [1953]; National Track & Field Hall of Famer

1929 - Shirley Ann Grau
Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Keepers of the House [1965]; The Black Prince and Other Stories

1931 - Roone Arledge
TV executive: president: ABC News; died Dec 5, 2002

1932 - Barbara Loden
actress: Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, The Glass Menagerie; died Sep 5, 1980

1932 - Jerry Vale (Genaro Vitaliano)
singer: Innamorata [Sweetheart], You Don’t Know Me, Have You Looked Into Your Heart

1933 - Marty Feldman
comedian, actor: Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Yellowbeard, Slapstick of Another Kind; died Dec 2, 1982

1935 - John David Crow
College Football Hall of Famer: Heisman Trophy winner: Texas A&M [1957]; Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, S.F. 49ers; coach/athletic director: Northeast Louisiana U

1935 - Steve Lawrence (Sidney Leibowitz)
singer: Go Away Little Girl, Party Doll, Pretty Blue Eyes, Footsteps, Portrait of My Love; songwriter: Two on the Aisle; married to singer: Eydie Gorme

1939 - Tommy Mason
football: Tulane Univ., Minnesota Vikings [#1 draft pick: 1961]

1942 - Phil Gramm
U.S. Senator [Texas]; presidential hopeful [1996]

1944 - Jeffrey Tambor
actor: Big Bully, Radioland Murders, City Slickers, A Perfect Little Murder, Brenda Starr, Mr. Mom, A Gun in the House, Pals, The Larry Sanders Show, Hill Street Blues, The Ropers, 9 to 5, Mr. Sunshine, Max Headroom, Muppets From Space

1948 - Raffi Cavoukian
singer, songwriter: children’s songs: Everything Grows

1948 - Kim Darby (Deborah Zerby)
actress: Rich Man, Poor Man, True Grit, The Grissom Gang, The Streets of San Francisco

1949 - Wolfgang Puck
chef: formerly of Spagos in Los Angeles

1951 - Anjelica Huston
Academy Award-winning actress: Prizzi’s Honor [1985]; The Witches, The Grifters, The Addams Family

1952 - Jack Lambert
Pro Football Hall of Famer: see 1985 [above]

1958 - Kevin Bacon
actor: Apollo 13, JFK, A Few Good Men, The River Wild, Footloose, Murder in the First, The Air Up There, The Guiding Light, Wild Things, My Dog Skip

1961 - Andy Fletcher
musician: group: Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence, New Life, Shake the Disease

1961 - Graham Jones
musician: guitar: group: Haircut 100

1973 - Kathleen Robertson
actress: Beverly Hills, 90210, Scary Movie 2.

Chart Toppers
July 8th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Over the Mountain; Across the Sea - Johnnie & Joe
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965 I Can’t Help Myself - Four Tops
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Before You Go - Buck Owens

1973 Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Why Me - Kris Kristofferson

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool - Barbara Mandrell

1989 Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

OK, class. Who invented the sewing machine? Elias Howe, you say? Well, we were all taught that Elias Howe was the clever inventor; but that’s not exactly correct. Elias Howe only patented the lock stitch sewing machine. The device had already been invented by one Walter Hunt.

Walter was a really nice guy. He didn’t patent his invention because he didn’t want to put the many seamstresses of the time out of work. Elias didn’t care about such social issues. So he went ahead and patented the sewing machine.

Mr. Howe, however, ran into a lot of legal entanglements trying to get his patent rights because of those who tried to infringe on them, such as Isaac Singer. Maybe you know the name. In the long run, Elias Howe won; earning over two million dollars in royalties for his non-invention.

The question is, if Elias Howe hadn’t been born on this day in 1819, what would we be sewing with?
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July 9th.

1792 - S.L. Mitchell of Columbia College in New York City became the first Professor of Agriculture.

1808 - The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker of Billerica, MA.

1847 - A 10-hour work day was established for workers in the State of New Hampshire. It’s now down to eight hours, minus time for breaks, lunch and general goofing-off...

1872 - The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, ME. Take your favorite policeman out for a donut today!

1878 - The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe of Washington, MO. You see, Henry was tired of sitting around, puffing on his string bean pipe and decided to go for something more convenient...

1910 - The first airplane to fly a mile in the air did so this day with W.R. Brookins of Atlantic City, NJ at the controls.

1922 - Johnny Weissmuller became the first to swim the 100-meters freestyle in less than a minute. The future Tarzan set the pace at an event in Alameda, CA.

1935 - American track star Norman Bright ran the two mile event in the record time of 9 minutes, 13.2 seconds at a meet in New York City.

1953 - The first commuter passenger service by helicopter began in America’s largest city. New York Airways provided the lift for busy people who wanted to avoid the traffic below.

1968 - The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. The game produced only eight hits over nine innings and no runs were batted in. Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants scored the only run on a single in the first inning. He moved to second on an errant pick-off play, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a double play. The National League beat the American League 1-0.

1969 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets retired the first 25 Chicago Cubs he faced this day. However, with just two outs to go to get a perfect game, Seaver gave up a single to Jimmy Qualls. The Mets blanked the Cubs 4-0 in that one-hitter.

1972 - Paul McCartney appeared on stage for the first time since 1966 as his group, Wings, opened at Chateauvillon in the south of France.

1977 - Undercover Angel, by songwriter (turned pop singer) Alan O’Day, reached the top spot on the Billboard chart. It was not the first visit to the top of the pop music world for O’Day, though the million-seller would be his last as a singer. He wrote Angie Baby, a number one hit for Helen Reddy and the #3 hit, Rock And Roll Heaven, for The Righteous Brothers.

1984 - The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN was packed to the rafters. 67,596 spectators, the largest crowd to watch a basketball game in the United States (to that time), saw the U.S. men’s Olympic team defeat a team of players from the NBA, 97-82. The largest crowd in the world to see a basketball game was in 1951. 75,000 spectators saw the Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium in West Berlin, Germany. (A new U.S. and World record attendance record was set on Dec 13, 2003, when the Michigan State Spartans played the Kentucky Wildcats in a college basketball game played on the football field of the NFL Detroit Lions. The attendance was 78,129.)

1985 - Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named the Most Valuable Player in the United States Football League (USFL).

1985 - Football great Joe Namath signed a five-year pact with ABC-TV to provide commentary for Monday Night Football. The former New York Jets quarterback reportedly earned one million dollars a year for the job. Namath replaced ’Dandy’ Don Meredith. Broadway Joe had previous experience with Monday Night Football as a player, when he and the Jets were the first team to play on the popular TV series on September 21, 1970.

1986 - A new Broadway showplace opened. It was the first new theatre on Broadway in 13 years. The Marquis Theatre, located at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway, seated 1,600 theatregoers.

July 9th.

1764 - Ann Radcliffe
author: The Italian, The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest; died Feb 6, 1823

1819 - Elias Howe
inventor: patented the lock stitch sewing machine; died Oct 3, 1867; see Let’s Sew Day [above]

1879 - Ottorino Respighi
viola-player, pianist, composer: Fontane di Roma [Fountains of Rome], Pini di Roma [Pines of Rome], and Feste romane [Roman Festivals]; died Apr 18, 1936

1901 - Dame Barbara Cartland
romance novelist featuring virginal heroines: Jigsaw, Etiquette Handbook, The Herb for Happiness, Lights, Laughter and a Lady, The Passionate Pilgrim, Search for a Wife, Woman - The Enigma; authored 723 books, sold over 1 billion copies worldwide [in 36 languages]; advocate of feminine virtues and commanding men; died May 21, 2000

1916 - Edward Heath
Prime Minister of Great Britain [1970-1974]

1922 - Jim Pollard
Basketball Hall of Famer: Minneapolis Lakers; coach: La Salle College; died Jan 22, 1993

1924 - Leonard Pennario
concert pianist; composer: Midnight on the Cliffs theme from film Julie

1927 - Ed Ames
singer: group: The Ames Brothers: You You You, The Man with the Banjo, The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, Tammy, Melody d’Amour; solo: My Cup Runneth Over, Who Will Answer; actor: Daniel Boone

1927 - Susan Cabot (Harriet Shapiro)
actress: The Wasp Woman, Machine Gun Kelly, Carnival Rock, Son of Ali Baba, Sorority Girl; murdered by her son Dec 10, 1986

1927 - Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly
Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: Norris Trophy [1954], Lady Byng Trophy [1951, 1953, 1954, 1961], 4 Stanley Cup wins; Toronto Maple Leafs: 4 Stanley Cup wins; coach: LA Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins: Adams Trophy [1969-1970]

1927 - Jim McReynolds
folk singer [w/brother]: group: Jim & Jesse: Cotton Mill Man, Ballad of Thunder Road, Freight Train, Diesel on My Tail

1929 - Lee Hazlewood
songwriter: The Fool, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, Sugar Town; singer: Jackson [w/Nancy Sinatra]

1929 - Wally (Walter Charles) Post
baseball: Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961], Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians; died Jan 06, 1982

1936 - James Hampton
actor: F Troop, Love American Style, Evening Shade, Doris Day Show, The China Syndrome, Force Five

1938 - Brian Dennehy
actor: Cocoon, 10, Presumed Innocent, First Blood, Semi-Tough, Silverado, Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye

1942 - Richard Roundtree
actor: Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, Q, Body of Influence, Shaft, Shaft’s Big Score, Shaft (2000)

1946 - Bon (Ronald) Scott
singer: group: AC/DC; died Feb 19, 1980

1947 - O.J. (Orenthal James) Simpson
Pro Football Hall of Famer: running back: Heisman Trophy: USC [1968], Buffalo Bills; actor: Naked Gun series, The Towering Inferno, Roots, Capricorn One; defendant in the ’trial of the century’: acquitted of 1994 murder of ex-wife, Nicole, Ron Goldman [1995]; found responsible for their deaths in a civil suit [1997]

1951 - Dave Parker
‘The Cobra’: baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [NL MVP: 1978; World Series: 1979], Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1988, 1989], Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays; baseball’s 1st million-dollar player; coach: California Angels, St. Louis Cardinals; restauranteur

1952 - John Tesh
Emmy Award-winning composer: musical score for Tourde France [1987], Pan-American Games [1983]; Concetta, Romantic Christmas [w/wife Connie Selleca]; TV host: Entertainment Tonight, CBS Sports

1954 - Debbie Sledge
singer; group: Sister Sledge: We are Family

1955 - Jimmy Smits
Emmy Award-winning actor: L.A. Law [1989-90]; N.Y.P.D. Blue, Birdland, Glitz, Mi Familia, Gross Misconduct, The Cisco Kid, Price of Glory

1956 - Tom (Thomas Jeffrey) Hanks
Academy Award-winning actor: Forrest Gump [1994], Philadelphia [1993]; Apollo 13, Sleepless in Seattle, Big, Joe Versus the Volcano, Splash, The Money Pit, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away

1957 - Kelly McGillis
actress: Witness, The Accused, Top Gun

1959 - Marc (Peter) Almond
singer: duo: Soft Cell: Tainted Love; group: Marc & the Mambas: LP: Torment and Toreros; solo: Stories of Johnny, LP: Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters

1959 - Jim Kerr
singer: group: Simple Minds: Changeling, Premonition, The American, Love Song, Don’t You [Forget About Me], LP: Sparkle in the Raintories

1965 - Frank Bello
musician: bass: group: Anthrax

1976 - Fred Savage
actor: The Wonder Years, The Princess Bride, Little Monsters, The Boy Who Could Fly.

Chart Toppers
July 9th.

1950 Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
I Wanna Be Loved - The Andrews Sisters
Why Don’t You Love Me - Hank Williams

1958 Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
Guess Things Happen that Way - Johnny Cash

1966 Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle
Hanky Panky - Tommy James & The Shondells
Think of Me - Buck Owens

1974 Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
He Thinks I Still Care - Anne Murray

1982 Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
Rosanna - Toto
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap

1990 Step By Step - New Kids on the Block
She ain’t Worth It - Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
Hold On - En Vogue
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

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It was on this day in 1965 that The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song, hit the top spot on the Billboard chart. It was their first time at the top. The hit, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, stayed at number one for 4 weeks.

And as fate would have it, Betty Brenneman, music director at 93/KHJ, Los Angeles in 1965, had assigned the number ‘440’ to the KHJ control room copy of the single, Satisfaction. Just think ... our DJ database site, 440: Satisfaction, could have been named, 216: Satisfaction, had that number been next in line. It just wouldn’t have had the same ring to it, would it?

The Stones recorded a total of 41 hits over the next 13 years, with seven more making the number one spot: Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Angie, Miss You, Paint it, Black, Get Off of My Cloud, and Brown Sugar.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Ron Wood were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1986. The group, founded in 1964, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Considered by many to be the greatest rock band in the world, Satisfaction remains the Stones’ signature.
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July 10th.

1866 - Edison P. Clark of Northampton, MA patented his indelible pencil.

1890 - Wyoming, the state with the smallest population entered the Union this day. The 44th state was named after an Algonquin Indian word meaning ‘large prairie place’. Appropriately, the Indian paintbrush that covers much of the large prairie is the state flower and the meadowlark, frequently seen circling the prairie land, is the state bird. Another Indian term, Cheyenne, is also the name of the state capital. Wyoming is called the Equality State because it is the first state to have granted women the right to vote (1869).

1900 - One of the most famous trademarks in the world, ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.

1913 - It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and while you are baking at the beach or lake, keep this factoid in mind: The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental United States was 134 degrees which melted thermometers this day in Death Valley, California.

1920 - One of the greatest horse races in America was run as Man o’ War defeated John P. Grier in the Dwyer Stakes. Man o’ War set a world-record time of 1 minute, 49-1/5 seconds in the 1-1/8 mile event.

1929 - The U.S. government began issuing paper money in the small size we currently carry.

1934 - Carl Hubbell threw three strikeouts in the first inning of the All-Star baseball game held at New York’s Polo Grounds. Hubbell faced the American League’s best power hitters: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmy Fox. In the second inning, Hubbell remained strong, fanning Al Simmons, Joe Cronin and Lefty Gomez. From then on, however, it was all up hill for the National League which lost by a score of 9-7. Hubbell’s nicknames, incidentally, were Meal Ticket and King Carl.

1936 - Billie Holiday recorded Billie’s Blues for Okeh Records in New York. Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw and Cozy Cole supported Holiday, instrumentally, on the track.

1938 - Howard Hughes started his flight around the world. It took him 91 hours to complete the odyssey.

1944 - The Man Called X, starring Herbert Marshall, debuted on CBS radio.

1949 - The first practical rectangular television picture tube was presented. The tube measured 12 by 16 inches and sold for $12.

1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson was defeated for only the second time in 133 fights. 7-2 underdog Randy Turpin took the middleweight crown from Robinson in a 15-round referee’s decision in London, England. (Sugar Ray took the title back September 12th at the Polo Grounds in New York.)

1962 - The Telstar communications satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. Telstar would usher in a new age of communication via telephone and TV, with voice and picture transmission from Europe to America and back. Signals were picked up by a 38-ton antenna in Andover, Maine. To commemorate the event, an instrumental hit by the Tornadoes, an English surf-rock group, made it to number one for three weeks in November, 1962. It was titled, Telstar, of course.

1969 - The National League was divided into two baseball divisions (wacky as the realignment turned out to be). For example, the Atlanta Braves were placed in the West Division, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were Eastern Division teams. Cincinnati was also placed in the National League West. The Chicago Cubs sued to stay out of the west and remain in the east in the 1990s, when three divisions were formed. They ended up in the new Central division.

1971 - Tony Conigliaro of the Boston Red Sox announced his retirement from major-league baseball. Conigliaro had suffered a vision impairment in his left eye after being hit in the head by a thrown fastball during a game. Despite efforts to make a comeback, Tony C. never regained the form he once brought to the game.

1975 - Cher filed for divorce from rocker Greg Allman, just ten days after the couple had married. She said that Allman had been moonlighting with an old flame...

1984 - Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden of the New York Mets became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. Gooden was 19 years, 7 months and 24 days old. He led the National League to a 3-1 win at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that the former (regular) Coke was coming back to share shelf space with the New Coke, after a consumer furor. The original formula was renamed Coca-Cola Classic.

1991 - After 1,000 years, the Russian people were finally permitted to elect a president. Boris Yeltsin took the oath of office this day, after he had resoundingly defeated the Communist Party candidate.

1998 - Lethal Weapon 4 premiered, garnering $34.05 box-office bucks its opening weekend. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are on the hit list of the nasty Chinese Triads. Riggs and Murtaugh are helped(?) by Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) and Lee Butters (Chris Rock). Lorna Cole (played by Rene Russo) is Riggs’ sweetie this time around.

July 10th.

1834 - James (Abbott McNeill) Whistler
artist: Whistler’s Mother [The Artist’s Mother], Arrangement in Gray, Black No. 1; died July 17, 1903

1839 - Adolphus Busch
brewer: founder of Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest beer brewery; died Oct 10, 1913

1871 - Marcel Proust
author: The Past Recaptured; died Nov 18, 1922

1875 - E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
journalist, author: Trent’s Last Case; invented humorous voice form of two rhymed couplets of unequal length: the clerihew; died in 1956

1899 - John Gilbert (Pringle)
silent film star: Bullets and Brown Eyes, The Merry Widow, The Big Parade; died Jan 9, 1936

1915 - Milt Buckner
musician: piano, organ, composer: Hamp’s Boogie Woogie, The Lamplighter, Count’s Basement; died July 27, 1977

1915 - Saul Bellow
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Humboldt’s Gift [1976]; Nobel Prize for Literature [1976]; The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, The Bellarosa Connection

1916 - Dick Cary
jazz musician: trumpet, arranger; 1st pianist in Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars [1947-48]; died Apr 6, 1994

1917 - Don Herbert
science teacher, actor: Mr. Wizard; died June 12, 2007

1920 - David Brinkley
TV journalist: The Huntley-Brinkley Report, This Week with David Brinkley; died June 11, 2003

1921 - Jeff (Jean Marie) Donnell
actress: The George Gobel Show, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome, My Man Godfrey; died Apr 11, 1988

1923 - Earl Hamner Jr.
writer: Palm Springs Weekend, Spencer’s Mountain, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story; creator: Falcon Crest; executive producer, narrator: The Waltons

1923 - Jean Kerr (Collins)
author: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Finishing Touches; died Jan 5, 2003

1926 - Fred Gwynne
actor: The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?, My Cousin Vinny, Fatal Attraction, Pet Sematary, Ironweed; died July 2, 1993

1931 - Nick Adams
actor: The Rebel, Mister Roberts, Picnic, Our Miss Brooks, No Time for Sergeants, Hell is for Heroes; died Feb 7, 1968

1933 - Jerry Herman
composer, lyricist: Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mame, Dear World, Mack and Mabel

1937 - Sandy Stewart (Galitz)
singer: My Coloring Book; vocalist: The Perry Como Show, Sing Along with Mitch

1939 - Lawrence Pressman
actor: The Late Shift, Fire and Rain, The Hanoi Hilton, On Wings of Eagles, For Love or Money, The Winds of War, The Gathering series, Rich Man, Poor Man, The Man in the Glass Booth, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Mulligan’s Stew, Ladies’ Man, Doogie Howser, M.D.

1941 - Ian Whitcomb
singer: You Turn Me On

1943 - Arthur Ashe
International Tennis Hall of Famer: 33 career titles: Australian Open [1970], Wimbledon [1975], U.S. Open [1968]; author: A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete, Days of Grace; died Feb 6, 1993

1943 - Jerry Miller
musician: guitar: group: Moby Grape: LPs: Moby Grape, Wow, Grape Jam, Truly Fine Citizen, 20 Granite Creek, Grape Live; The Jerry Miller Band: LP: Life is like That

1945 - Ron Glass
actor: Barney Miller, Deep Space, Houseguest

1945 - Hal (Harold Abraham) McRae
baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970, 1972], KC Royals [all-star: 1975, 1976, 1982/World Series: 1980, 1985]

1945 - Virginia Wade
tennis champion: Australian Open [1972], Wimbledon [1977], U.S. Open [1968]

1946 - Sue Lyon
actress: The Invisible Strangler, The Flim Flam Man, The Night of the Iguana, Lolita

1947 - Arlo Guthrie
folk singer: The City of New Orleans, Alice’s Restaurant; son of legendary folk singer, Woody Guthrie

1949 - Ronnie James Dio (Padavona)
singer, songwriter: groups: Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio: Mystery, Stars, LPs: Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Dream Evil

1949 - Winston Rekert
actor: Agnes of God, Droids, Adderly, Glory! Glory!, Neon Rider, Moonlight Becomes You, Murder at the Cannes Film Festival

1954 - Andre (Nolan) Dawson
baseball: Montreal Expos [Rookie of the Year: 1977/all-star: 1981, 1982, 1983], Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991], Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins

1954 - Neil Tennant
singer: group: Pet Shop Boys: LP: What Have I Done to Deserve This

1960 - Roger Craig
football: SF 49ers, LA Raiders, Minnesota Viking

1972 - Sofía Vergara
model, actress: Acapulco, cuerpo y alma, Big Trouble

1980 - Thomas Ian Nicholas
actor: Radio Flyer, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, American Pie, Party of Five, Halloween: The Homecoming.

Chart Toppers
July 10th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Windy - The Association
Little Bit o’ Soul - The Music Explosion
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
All the Time - Jack Greene

1975 Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
The Hustle - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Lizzie and the Rainman - Tanya Tucker

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendez
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Highway 40 Blues - Ricky Skaggs

1991 Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Unbelievable - EMF
Right Here, Right Now - Jesus Jones
Don’t Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Friday, July 11, 2008

To bowdlerize means to self-righteously remove or modify passages one considers vulgar or objectionable. A medical doctor by the name of Thomas Bowdler, whose birthday was this day in 1754, gave new meaning to expurgation.

Dr. Bowdler gave up his medical practice to practice surgery on the works of William Shakespeare. He removed all those words “...which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family” or which are “...unfit to be read aloud by a gentleman to a company of ladies.” He removed all the words and expressions which he considered to be indecent or impious from his ten volumes of Shakespeare’s writings.

But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Bowdler. He moved on to Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and then he boldly bowdlerized the Old Testament. In doing so, he irritated a lot of people - so many that his name became synonymous with these acts.

We’re glad he isn’t around to censor today’s literature and movie scripts. We think we’d be left with nary a word if Dr. Bowdler had his way.
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July 11th.

1804 - Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton to death in their famous duel. Samuel Broadhurst, a relative of Burr’s, had tried to negotiate a settlement between the two, but Burr offered the challenge and the duel ensued. Burr won by drawing first blood with his swift sword, a gun, in this case. (Kids: please don’t try this at home. Thank you...)

1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth made $2,900 his rookie season. Just six years later, his paycheck was worth $125,000 when he became a member of the New York Yankees.

1916 - One of America’s great race horses died. Dan Patch was the celebrated horse that had never lost a race. He first became known for promoting his owner’s feed company in Savage, Minnesota. Interestingly, Mr. Savage died several days after his beloved trotter died.

1918 - Enrico Caruso bypassed opera for a short time to join the war (WWI) effort. Caruso recorded Over There, the patriotic song written by George M. Cohan.

1934 - The first appointments to the newly created Federal Communications Commission were made. The governing body of the American broadcasting industry was first served by seven men named as commissioners.

1950 - Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams suffered a broken elbow during the All-Star baseball game in Chicago.

1955 - The first class of 306 cadets was sworn in at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado, the temporary home of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A bill establishing the Academy had been signed by President Eisenhower on April 1, 1954. The Cadet Wing moved to the academy’s permanent home north of Colorado Springs, CO in 1958.

1964 - 18-year-old Millie Small was riding high on the pop music charts with My Boy Lollipop (#2, 7/04/64). Listen carefully to the tune and you’ll hear Rod Stewart playing harmonica. Millie Small was known as the ’Blue Beat Girl’ in Jamaica, her homeland.

1967 - Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition just one day after he and members Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams left The New Christy Minstrels. The First Edition hosted a syndicated TV variety show in 1972. Hits made popular by the group include: Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), But You Know I Love You, Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town, Ruben James, and Something’s Burning.

1970 - Ron Clarke of Australia announced his retirement from track competition. He retired, however, for just a few weeks.

1973 - Tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs announced their forthcoming (September, 1973) Battle of the Sexes. The winner would take home $100,000. The event would be staged at the Houston Astrodome in Texas (before 30,472 spectators, as it turned out; the largest crowd ever for a tennis match) and broadcast on national TV. Who would win? Hint: The female sex.

1985 - Zippers for stitches were announced by Dr. H. Harlan Stone. The surgeon had used zippers on 28 patients whom he thought might require additional operations because of internal bleeding following initial operations. The zippers, which lasted between five and 14 days, were then replaced with permanent stitches.

1985 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first major-league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career as he led the Astros to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Danny Heep, formerly of the Astros, gave Ryan his milestone by fanning on three straight pitches.

1987 - Bo Jackson signed a $7.4 million contract to play football for the LA Raiders for five years. Jackson became a two-sport player as he continued to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals.

July 11th.

1754 - Thomas Bowdler
medical doctor, bowdlerizer [literary censor]: created Family Shakespeare: censored version of Shakespeare’s works; died Feb 24, 1825; see Bowdlerize Day [above]

1767 - John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President [1825-1829]; married to Louisa Johnson [three sons, one daughter]; son of 2nd President John Adams; nickname: Old Man Eloquent; died Feb 23, 1848

1899 - E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White
author: Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Is Sex Necessary?, The Elements of Style; died Oct 1, 1985

1906 - Harry von Zell
radio/TV actor, announcer: Eddie Cantor, Burns and Allen programs; famous blooper: “Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States, Hoobert Heever -- I mean, Herbert Hoover.”; died Nov 21, 1981

1915 - Yul Brynner (Taidje Khan)
Academy & Tony Award-winning actor: The King and I [1956, 1951 resp.]; The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Anastasia, The Brothers Karamazov, Futureworld, Westworld; died Oct 10, 1985

1922 - Gene Evans
actor: My Friend Flicka, Walking Tall, Support Your Local Sheriff, Operation Petticoat, The Concrete Cowboys; died Apr 1, 1998

1924 - Brett Somers
actress: The Odd Couple, Perry Mason; TV panelist: Match Game P.M.

1928 - Carl ‘Bobo’ Olson

World/Internet Boxing Hall of Famer: middleweight champ: career record: 93-16-2 [44 KOs]; Edward J. Neil Trophy for Fighter of the Year: 1954; died Jan 16, 2002

1929 - Paul Harney
golf: PGA touring pro; owns and operates Paul Harney Golf Club, North Falmouth MA

1930 - Harold Bloom
literary critic; author: The Western Canon, The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry, Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, & Resurrection

1931 - Tab Hunter (Arthur Gelien)
singer: Young Love, Ninety-Nine Ways, Apple Blossom Time; actor: Battle Cry, Damn Yankees, Island of Desire, Judge Roy Bean, Ride the Wild Surf

1934 - Bob Allison
baseball: Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins; died Apr 9, 1995

1934 - Giorgio Armani
fashion designer: Outstanding International Designer Award [1981]

1939 - Larry Laoretti
golf: champ: U.S. Senior Open [1992]

1944 - Lou Hudson
basketball: Univ. of Minnesota, Atlanta Hawks

1944 - Bobby Rice
singer: Sugar Shack, You Lay So Easy on My Mind

1946 - Beverly Todd
actress: Class of ’61, Clara’s Heart, Baby Boom, Brother John, Roots, The Redd Foxx Show, Having Babies

1947 - Jeff Hanna
musician: guitar, singer: group: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Mr. Bojangles, Modern Day Romance, Long Hard Road

1948 - Ernie Holmes
football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle: Super Bowl IX, X

1950 - Bonnie Pointer
Grammy Award-winning singer [w/sister Anita]: Fairy Tale; solo: Fire, Steam Heat; LPs: Bonnie Pointer, If the Price is Right; group: Pointer Sisters: Yes We Can Can, Wang Wang Doodle, How Long , I’m So Excited, Jump [For My Love]; LPs: That’s a Plenty, Live at the Opera House, Steppin, Having a Party

1952 - Stephen Lang
actor: Tombstone, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman, Crime Story

1953 - Leon Spinks
boxer: world heavyweight champion [1981,83]

1956 - Sela Ward
actress: Sisters, The Fugitive, Child of Darkness, Child of Light

1957 - Peter Murphy
singer: group: Bauhaus

1958 - Mark Lester
actor: Oliver, The Prince and the Pauper, Fahrenheit 451

1963 - Lisa Rinna
model, actress: Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

1966 - Debbe Dunning
actress: Home Improvement.

Chart Toppers
July 11th.

1944 I’ll Be Seing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Delicado - The Percy Faith Orchestra
That Heart Belongs to Me - Webb Pierce

1960 Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Mule Skinner Blues - The Fendermen
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette

1976 Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
I’ll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson
The Door is Always Open - Dave & Sugar

1984 When Doves Cry - Prince
Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters
Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody - Conway Twitty

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

The span of events that took Bill Cosby from the first African-American to star in a television dramatic series to the contributor of $20 million to Spelman College, are the same events that have endeared him to audiences of all races.

Born William Henry Cosby, Jr. on this day in 1937, he grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, Bill entered Temple University in Philadelphia where he was active in football and track. But it was comedy that came naturally to the young Cosby, and he was soon on the road, doing stand-up comedy at nightclubs, concert halls and theaters. Having made a name for himself in this area, Bill Cosby auditioned for the co-starring (with Robert Culp) role of Alexander Scott in "I Spy" in 1965, the same year he married Camille Hanks. "I Spy" was the world’s first dramatic TV series starring an African-American, and Cosby’s first attempt at drama. He won three Best-Actor Emmys for his effort. A sitcom, "The Bill Cosby Show" was next, featuring Cosby as high school basketball coach, Chet Kincaid.

A doctorate in education was in the stars for the TV star. While earning the degree from the University of Massachusetts, Cosby continued to entertain us with TV comedy and variety shows, "The New Bill Cosby Show", and "Cos". His love for children shined in the 1972-1984 animated Saturday morning show, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". Cosby’s real life role of husband and parent (four daughters, Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin and one son, Ennis, who was tragically killed in 1997 at the age of 27) was played out on his hit TV show, "The Cosby Show"; #1 for three years of its eight-year run (1984-1992). It was in this show that Cosby truly endeared himself to audiences of all ages and races.

Bill Cosby has touched our lives not only on television, but as an actor, producer, director and screenwriter of films; as an author of the bestsellers, "Fatherhood", "Time Flies" and "Congratulations! Now What? : A Book for Graduates", to name a few titles; as a recording artist (five Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album), as a spokesperson (Kodak, JELL-O, Coca-Cola, et al.); as a board member of several organizations, including president of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, and as a philanthropist.

The Cos continues his dedication to education as a trustee of Temple University, and with a TV series based on his book series, "Little Bill" encouraging reading among children. He also continues to entertain us with his comedic talents in "Cosby", his latest TV show. An accomplished musician, Cosby has been producing jazz recordings including a dedication to his son, "Hello Friend: To Ennis With Love".

The Cos says, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” The laughter and applause from his audiences, the pride for his family, and his estimated wealth of $325 million (1995) would spell success to most.

Happy Birthday, Cos.
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July 12th.

1862 - The Medal of Honor was authorized on this day by the U.S. Congress.

1912 - The first foreign-made film to premiere in America, Queen Elizabeth, was shown. The French film starred Sarah Bernhardt and Lon Tellegen.

1931 - A major-league baseball record for doubles was set as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs combined for a total of 23 twin-sackers in St. Louis.

1946 - The Adventures of Sam Spade was heard on ABC radio for the first time. Howard Duff starred as the San Francisco detective in the summer replacement series. Sam Spade first appeared in the 1930 Dashiel Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon and in the 1931 original film version of The Maltese Falcon, starring Ricardo Cortez. Humprey Bogart played Sam in the 1941 movie.

1949 - Football quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, a student at the University of Oregon, decided against another year of college and signed a professional NFL contract to play with the Los Angeles Rams.

1954 - The Major League Baseball Players Association was organized in Cleveland, OH. Its purpose was to represent ball players in policy decisions with baseball club owners.

1957 - Prince Karim left Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to become the leader of 20 million Ismaili Moslems. He became the Aga Khan for the religious sect. Prince Karim was 20 years old at the time of his calling.

1958 - Yakety Yak, by The Coasters, became the number one song in the U.S.A., according to Billboard magazine. It was the first stereo record to reach the top of the chart.

1960 - The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. Over 50 million units were sold during the next 25 years. It was the favorite toy of many moms because it was self-contained and so-o-o quiet.

1979 - This was Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. Two Chicago radio DJs came up with the idea of having people bring unwanted disco records to the stadium. The spurned records would be burned between doubleheader games with the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Lead by the chant, “Disco Sucks!”, most of the records weren’t burned, but sailed through the stands during the game -- nearly inciting a riot. Some fans started their own fires and mini-riots. There was so much commotion that the ballplayers couldn’t even finish the last game of the doubleheader; the White Sox forfeited.

1982 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening.

1982 - The last of the distinctive-looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI. The company had produced those cabs since 1922.

1984 - Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies earned his 100th strikeout of the season and led the Phils to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Carlton tied a record set by Walter Jonson by getting 100 or more strikeouts in 18 straight seasons. Carlton became baseball’s all-time strikeout leader with 3,813. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phillies, and briefly, for the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins before retiring and becoming a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1994 - The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge album was released. Their Voodoo Lounge Tour started in Toronto, July 19, 1994 and ended in Rotterdam on August 30, 1995 -- and holds the all-time North America tour ticket-sale record of $121.2 million.

July 12th.

1730 - Josiah Wedgwood
pottery designer and manufacturer; died Jan 3, 1795

1817 - Henry David Thoreau
philosopher, writer: On Walden Pond; died May 6, 1862

1849 - Sir William Osler
physician, author: Principles and Practice of Medicine; died Dec 29, 1919

1854 - George Eastman
inventor: Kodak camera; flexible roll film; died Mar 14, 1932

1865 - George Washington Carver
botanist: developed multiple uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes; died Jan 5, 1943

1895 - Oscar (Greeley Clendenning) Hammerstein II
lyricist, songwriter w/Richard Rodgers: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, Sound of Music; died Aug 23, 1960

1908 - Milton Berle (Berlinger)
comedian: Uncle Miltie, Mr. Television: The Milton Berle Show, Texaco Star Theatre; actor: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Oscar, Side by Side; died Mar 27, 2002

1909 - ‘Curly’ Joe DeRita (Joseph Wardell)
comedian: The Three Stooges: The Outlaw is Coming, Snow White and the Three Stooges, Have Rocket, Will Travel; died July 3, 1993

1917 - Andrew Wyeth
artist: the Helga pictures, Christina’s World, Young Swede, Adrift, Wind from the Sea, Knapsack

1927 - Conte (Secondo) Candoli
musician: trumpet: bandleader; toured with Stan Kenton et al.; with brother Pete in film: Bell Book and Candle

1932 - Otis Davis
track: Olympic Gold medal winner [1960/Rome]: Men’s 4x400 meter relay w/Jack Yerman, Earl Young and Glenn Davis

1934 - Van (Harvey Lavan) Cliburn
piano virtuoso

1937 - Bill Cosby
Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor: I Spy [1965-66; 1966-67, 1967-68], The Bill Cosby Special [1968-69]; The Cosby Show, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, Leonard VI, California Suite; see The Cos Day [above]

1943 - Christine (Perfect) McVie
musician, singer: group: Fleetwood Mac: Got a Hold on Me, Dreams, Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow

1944 - Denise Nicholas
actress: Room 222, In the Heat of the Night, Ghost Dad

1948 - Richard Simmons
weight loss expert, entertainer: Sweatin’ to the Oldies

1948 - Jay Thomas
Emmy Award-winning actor: Murphy Brown: Gold Rush [1991]; Mork & Mindy, Married People, Love & War, Cheers, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Straight Talk, Little Vegas, The Gig

1949 - John Wetton
musician: bassist, singer: group: Asia: Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell

1950 - Gilles Meloche
hockey: California Golden Seals; 5 NHL teams over 18 seasons

1951 - Cheryl Ladd (Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor)
actress: Dancing with Danger, Changes, The Grace Kelly Story, One West Waikiki, Charlie’s Angels, Poison Ivy

1951 - Jamey Sheridan
actor: The House on Carroll Street, Shannon’s Deal

1952 - Liz Mitchell
singer: group: Boney M: Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon

1957 - Mel (Mary Ellen) Harris
actress: thirtysomething, Sharon’s Secret, The Spider and the Fly, Raising Cain, Desperate Motives, Wanted Dead or Alive

1971 - Kristi Yamaguchi
Olympic gold medalist: figure skater [1992]; U.S. and world champion [1992]

Chart Toppers
July 12th.

1945 Dream - The Pied Pipers
The More I See You - Dick Haymes
Bell Bottom Trousers - Tony Pastor
Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - Bob Wills

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
Ruby - Richard Hayman
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
It’s Been So Long - Webb Pierce

1961 Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
Every Beat of My Heart - Pips
Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells

1969 In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
Statue of a Fool - Jack Greene

1977 Undercover Angel - Alan O’Day
Da Doo Ron Ron - Shaun Cassidy
Looks like We Made It - Barry Manilow
I’ll Be Leaving Alone - Charley Pride

1985 Sussudio - Phil Collins
A View to a Kill - Duran Duran
Raspberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution
She’s a Miracle - Exile

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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195th day of 2008 - 171 remaining.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The year was 1985. The event was the Live Aid concert for African famine relief. The place was Philadelphia, PA and it was also, London, England. Electrifying performances from Philly’s JFK Stadium, London’s Wembley Stadium and other venues were telecast world-wide.

The all-day and much-of-the-night concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. The audience was equally as big - 162,000 attended the concert and another 1.5 billion viewed it on TV.

Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized the Live Aid concert, gathering the big name stars, all of whom performed without pay.

Live Aid ran for some sixteen hours and raised over $100 million.
Click. (http://www.herald.co.uk/local_info/live_aid.html)

July 13th.

1812 - The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City on this day.

1832 - U.S. Indian agent and explorer Henry Schoolcraft stumbled upon the source of the Mississippi River. Its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico begins at Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

1836 - John Ruggles of Thomaston, Maine received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office under a new patent-numbering system. Before Ruggles, a U.S. senator from Maine and the author of the 1836 Patent Act which brought back the examination process, there had been 9,957 non-numbered patents issued. Ruggles received his patent for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines.

1875 - David Brown of Lebanon, New Jersey patented the first cash-carrier system. It was a basket moved by a wire, a pail and pulleys, the forerunner of the pneumatic tube ... like those we use at the drive-in-bank windows.

1896 - Philadelpia’s Ed Delahanty became the second major-league player to hit four home runs in a single game.

1925 - Reporters covering the Broadway beat were most impressed by Will Rogers, an Oklahoma cowboy, who had been standing in for W.C. Fields on a temporary basis in the Ziegfeld Follies.

1938 - Spectators paid 25 cents to witness the first television theatre that opened in Boston, MA. The variety show with dancing and song lasted 45 minutes and was attended by 200 people. The acts were performed on a floor above the theatre and transmitted downstairs by TV.

1939 - Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band. Frankie sang Melancholy Mood and From the Bottom of My Heart.

1959 - Dedicated to the One I Love, by The Shirelles, was released. The tune went to number 83 on the Top 100 chart of "Billboard" magazine. The song was re-released in 1961 and made it to number three on the charts. That’s just one case for being in the right place at the right time...

1971 - Reggie Jackson hit a home run off Doc Ellis in the All-Star Game in Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI. The shot bounced off the light tower deep in right field. The American League won the game 6-4.

1972 - Carroll Rosenbloom (owner of the Baltimore Colts) and Robert Irsay (of the Los Angeles Rams) came up with a unique trade for the NFL. The wealthy businessmen traded teams!

1973 - The Everly Brothers called it quits during a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Buena Park, CA. Phil Everly walked off the stage in the middle of the show and brother Don said, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” The duo reunited a decade later for a short time.

1973 - David Bedford set a new world record in the 10,000-meter race in London. The track star from Great Britain ran the distance in 27 minutes, 30.8 seconds.

1982 - The first All-Star Game played outside the United States was played this day in Montreal, Canada. The National League won for the 11th consecutive year, defeating the American League 4-1.

1984 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell said that he was “tired of being tied to the football mentality” and asked to be released from duties on Monday Night Football. Roone Arledge obliged. In fact, Cosell was removed from television altogether a year later.

1985 - Duran Duran took A View to a Kill, from the James Bond movie of the same name, to the top of the record charts this day. The song stayed on top for two weeks. Live and Let Die by Wings and Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon -- both James Bond themes -- got only as high as number two on the record charts.

1986 - Kent Tekulve of the Philadelphia Phillies broke the National League record for relief appearances by notching his 820th performance. He helped the Phils with an 11-inning victory over the Houston Astros (5-4). Elroy Face of Pittsburgh had been the previous record holder in the National League.

1992 - An appeals court in New York ruled that Jett Williams, the secret daughter of Hank Williams Senior, was entitled to share the royalties from his songs. In 1984, Jett had hired investigator Keith Adkinson, who found that Jett had been deliberately defrauded out of her father’s estate and his copyright royalties. Adkinson sued on her behalf. On October 26, 1987 the Alabama Circuit Court ruled that Hank Williams was Jett’s father. On July 5, 1989 the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Jett had been defrauded, and awarded her half of her father’s estate. And on July 13, 1992 the federal court in New York awarded Jett her proportionate share of her father's copyright renewal royalties.

1995 - The temperature in Chicago, Illinois reached its all-time high -- 106 degrees (Fahrenheit) -- recorded at Midway Airport.

July 13th.

100 B.C. - Julius Caesar
Roman writer, orator, politician, emperor, dictator: “I came, I saw, I conquered.”; month of July named for him; assassinated Mar 15, 44 B.C.

1886 - Father Edward Joseph Flanagan
Catholic priest, founder of Boys Town, Omaha NE; died May 14, 1948

1913 - Dave Garroway
TV talk-show host: Today, Garroway at Large; died July 21, 1982

1914 - Sam Hanks
auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1957: 135.601 mph]; died June 27, 1994

1927 - Ruben (Colon) Gomez
baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [World Series: 1954], SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins; died July 26, 2004

1928 - Bob (Robert Edward) Crane
actor: Hogan’s Heroes, Return to Peyton Place, Super Dad; DJ: KNX [LA]; found murdered in his hotel room in Scottsdale, AZ June 29, 1978

1931 - Frank Ramsey
The Kentucky Colonel: Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: played in 7 NBA championships; coach: Kentucky Colonels

1933 - David Storey
playwright: The Performance of Small Firms, This Sporting Life

1934 - Wole Soyinka (Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka)
author: The Strong Breed, The Lion and the Jewel

1935 - Jack Kemp
football: NFL QB: San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills; U.S. congressman from NY [1971-1989]: chairman of House Republican Conference [1980-1987]; U.S. presidential candidate [1988]; U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development [1989-1992]; Republican party candidate for vice-president [w/Bob Dole: 1996]

1937 - Charles Coody
golf: Masters Champion [1971]

1940 - Patrick Stewart
actor: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gunmen, Excalibur, L.A. Story, Conspiracy Theory, X-Men

1941 - Robert Forster
actor: Cover Story, Diplomatic Immunity, Delta Force, Standing Tall, The Death Squad, Medium Cool, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Banyon, Nakia

1942 - Stephen Jo Bladd
musician: drummer: group: J. Geils Band: Centerfold

1942 - Harrison Ford
actor: The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti, Sabrina, The Devil’s Own, Air Force One, Six Days Seven Nights, Random Hearts

1942 - Roger McGuinn
musician, singer, group: The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman, Turn! Turn! Turn!

1944 - Lynn Loring
actress: Kansas City Massacre, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

1944 - Erno Rubik
inventor: Rubik’s Cube

1946 - (Richard) Cheech Marin
Cheech of Cheech and Chong; comedic actor: Desperado, Far Out Man, Born in East L.A., Rude Awakening, Nash Bridges, Judging Amy

1946 - Stu Lantz
basketball: Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Jazz, LA Lakers; color commentary w/Chuck Hearn on Laker games

1950 - Dennis Giannini
hockey: Quebec Aces, Cleveland Barons, Jacksonville Barons, Portland Buckaroos, New Haven Nighthawks, Baltimore Clippers, Rhode-Island Reds

1954 - Louise Mandrell
country singer: Put It on Me, Everlasting Love, Reunited [w/husband, R.C. Bannon], You Sure Know Your Way Around My Heart, Some of My Friends are Old Songs, Save Me

1955 - Kevin (Robert) Bell
baseball: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics

1956 - Bill (William Holland) Caudill
baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1984], Toronto Blue Jays

1956 - Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza
musician: bass: groups: Dictators, Twisted Sister: I Am [I’m Me], The Kids are Back, LPs: Stay Hungry, Come Out and Play, Love is for Suckers

1956 - Michael Spinks
International Boxing Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medal-winning boxer [1976]; champion: light heavyweight, heavyweight; total bouts: 33, won: 32, lost: 1, KOs: 21

1961 - Lawrence Donegan
musician: bass: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

1972 - Sean Waltman
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Royal Rumble, WWF Judgement Day, WWF Armageddon.

Chart Toppers
July 13th.

1946 They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
I Don’t Know Enought About You - The Mills Brothers
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Even Tho - Webb Pierce

1962 The Stripper - David Rose
Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
Al Di La’ - Emilio Pericoli
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Take a Chance on Me - Abba
I Believe in You - Mel Tillis

1986 Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
Invisible Touch - Genesis
Nasty - Janet Jackson
Hearts aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love) - Lee Greenwood

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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07-13-2008, 11:00 PM
196th day of 2008 - 170 remaining.

Monday, July 14, 2008

On this day in 1946, Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care was first published. The book quickly became one of the most widely-discussed books ever published -- and one of the most widely sold. In fact, Dr. Spock’s baby book sold more copies than any book other than the Bible.

Over three generations of parents have reared their children according to Dr. Spock’s philosophy of sparing the rod and trying to understand a child’s needs. “I wanted to be supportive of parents rather than to scold them,” Dr. Spock once commented. “The book set out very deliberately to counteract some of the rigidities of pediatric tradition, particularly in infant feeding. It emphasized the importance of great differences between individual babies, of the need for flexibility and of the lack of necessity to worry constantly about spoiling.”

Dr. Benjamin Spock died Sunday, March 15, 1998. If he was still with us, we’re sure his best advice would be to read Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.
More here, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Spock) and here. (http://www.drspock.com/)

July 14th.

1789 - This was the day the French Revolution began -- at the fall of the Bastille. It is still celebrated in many countries throughout the world and is a public holiday in France; generally called Bastille Day or Fete National. It is considered the day freedom was born in France.

1868 - Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, CT patented the tape measure. Alvin’s measurements: 40-46-42.

1908 - The Adventures of Dolly opened at the Union Square Theatre in New York City. It was the first film release for director D.W. Griffith.

1911 - For the first time, a pilot flew an airplane onto the lawn of the White House! Harry N. Atwood flew in to accept an award from President William Taft. There wasn’t a National Airport at the time, you see. Today, if you land a plane on the White House lawn, you do so at your own risk. If you don’t get shot out of the sky first, you’ll probably receive a hail of bullets from the Secret Service as a welcoming salute. It’s not that people don’t keep trying. In 1994, a small plane crashed on the lawn and slammed into the White House, killing the pilot.

1914 - Robert H. Goddard of Worcester, MA patented liquid rocket fuel on this day.

1942 - Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly sang their last duet together as they recorded the famous Brazil with the Jimmy Dorsey band.

1951 - In his last race, Citation became the winningest thoroughbred in horse racing as he won the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park. Citation earned a total of $1,085,760 in his career.

1951 - The first sports event to be shown in color was the Molly Pitcher Handicap at Oceanport, New Jersey. The historic event was seen over CBS-TV this day, but not by many. A color TV system for wide use wouldn’t be available until the 1960s.

1957 - Funnyman Stan Freberg debuted a new weekly comedy program on CBS radio beginning this night. Freberg was a late entry into the radio program race, though he was well known for many famous radio commercials over the years. The Freberg show only lasted a short time and that newfangled contraption, television, was blamed for the show’s quick demise.

1962 - Bobby Vinton’s Roses are Red became the top song in the U.S. The song stayed at the top for four weeks and was the first of four #1 hits for Vinton. The others were: Blue Velvet, There! I’ve Said It Again and Mr. Lonely. Roses are Red was also Vinton’s first million-seller. He had two others: I Love How You Love Me (which made it to #9 in 1968) and My Melody of Love (which hit #3 in 1974.)

1967 - Eddie Mathews of the Houston Astros hit career homer #500.

1968 - Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run -- in Atlanta, GA -- leading the Braves to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. (In April of 1974, Hammerin’ Hank eclipsed the old home-run mark [714] held by Babe Ruth.)

1981 - The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. Still, some 15,000 fans showed up to boo the players and to see an imaginary game! The 52nd All-Star classic was not held until August 9th (in Cleveland Municipal Stadium).

1985 - Baltimore defeated Oakland, 28-24, to clinch their second consecutive United States Football League championship. The game was also significant, in that it brought the curtain down on the league’s spring schedule. Total losses were estimated at $63 million for all 14 teams. The USFL quickly faded away when owners refused to incur further losses. Plans calling for the league to resume play in the fall of 1986 never materialized.

1987 - The second-longest game in All-Star Game history was played as the National League defeated the American League in a 2-0 shutout in 13 innings. The game was played in Oakland, CA and lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes.

July 14th.

1862 - Florence Bascom
geologist: first woman geologist appointed to the U.S. Geological Survey and first to be elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America; associate editor: American Geologist; educator: Bryn Mawr, Ohio State; 1st woman to receive a doctorate degree: Johns Hopkins University [1893]; died June 18, 1945

1903 - Ken Murray (Don Court)
actor: Follow Me, Boys!, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Marshall’s Daughter; died Oct 12, 1988

1903 - Irving Stone (Tennenbaum)
novelist: Lust for Life, Love is Eternal, The Agony and the Ecstasy; died in 1989

1910 - William Hanna
cartoonist: half of Hanna-Barbera team: The Flintstones; died Mar 22, 2001

1911 - Terry-Thomas (Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens)
actor: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River; died Jan 8, 1990

1912 - Woody (Woodrow Wilson) Guthrie
‘father of modern American folk music’: singer, songwriter: This Land is Your Land, Hard Travelin’, Union Maid, So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh, Dirty Overhalls, Pretty Boy Floyd, The Sinking of the Reuben James, more than 1,000 original songs; father of folk singer Arlo Guthrie; died Oct 4, 1967

1913 - Gerald R. Ford (Leslie King, Jr.: changed name to Gerald Ford after his adoptive father)
38th U.S. President [1974-1977]; married to Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Bloomer [three sons, one daughter]; nickname: Jerry; first non-elected vice president and president: Vice President under President Richard Nixon, assumed presidency upon resignation of Nixon; one of seven left-handed Presidents [others were/are: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton]; died Dec 26, 2006

1917 - Douglas Edwards
TV’s first evening news anchor: CBS; TV panel moderator: Masquerade Party; host: F.Y.I., The Eyes Have It, Armstrong Circle Theatre; died Oct 13, 1990

1918 - Ingmar Bergman
Academy Award-winning director: Through a Glass Darkly [1961]; The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander

1918 - Arthur Laurents
playwright: Home of the Brave, Summertime, Gypsy, The Turning Point, The Way We Were, Anastasia

1923 - Frances Lear
magazine publisher: Lear’s; married to TV producer Norman Lear; died Sep 30, 1996

1923 - Dale Robertson
actor: The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang, Melvin Purvis: G-Man, Kansas City Massacre, Son of Sinbad, Tales of Wells Fargo, J.J. Starbuck, Death Valley Days

1926 - Harry Dean Stanton
actor: Down Periscope, Never Talk to Strangers, Against the Wall, Wild at Heart, Twister, The Last Temptation of Christ, Red Dawn, Christine, Paris, Texas, Repo Man, Young Doctors in Love, Escape from New York, Private Benjamin, Death Watch, The Rose, Alien, The Godfather, Part 2, Kelly’s Heroes, Cool Hand Luke, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Two-Lane Blacktop

1927 - John (William) Chancellor
radio/TV newscaster: NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor; commentaries: The Huntley-Brinkley Report, Chicago Sun Times, WMAQ radio, Today; director: Voice of America; died July 12, 1996

1928 - Nancy Olson
actress: Sunset Boulevard, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Snowball Express

1930 - Polly Bergen (Nellie Burgin)
actress: The Winds of War, Cry-Baby, Escape from Fort Bravo; TV panelist: To Tell the Truth

1931 - Robert Stephens
actor: The Secret Rapture, Chaplin, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Henry V, Empire of the Sun, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, A Taste of Honey; died Nov 12, 1995

1932 - Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier
football: one of the LA Rams ‘Fearsome Foursome’ [w/Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Merlin Olsen]; actor: Sophisticated Gents, The Big Push, The Seekers; minister

1933 - Del (Franklin Delano) Reeves
singer: Slow Hand, Be Quiet Mind, The Girl on the Billboard, Looking at the World through a Windshield, The Philadelphia Phillies; films: Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar, Forty Acre Feud

1934 - Lee Elder
golf: 5-time United Golf Association Champion, PGA winner: Monsanto Open [1974], Houston Open [1976]

1947 - Steve (Steven Michael) Stone
baseball: pitcher: SF Giants, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1979/Cy Young Award: 1980/all-star: 1980]; sportscaster

1948 - Earl (Craig) Williams
baseball: Atlanta Braves [Rookie of the Year: 1971], Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics

1952 - Chris Cross (Allen or St. John)
musician: bass, synthesizer: group: Ultravox: Vienna, All Stood Still, The Thin Wall, The Voice, Reap the Wild Wind, Hymn, Visions in Blue

1952 - Jerry Houser
actor: A Very Brady Christmas, Slap Shot, Class of ’44, Summer of ’42

1970 - Missy Gold
actress: Little Mo, Benson, Twirl.

Chart Toppers
July 14th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
Hard to Get - Giselle Mackenzie
A Satisfied Mind - Porter Wagoner

1963 Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
Surf City - Jan & Dean
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Rolf Harris
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971 It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Indian Reservation - Raiders
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979 Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Chuck E.’s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
Amanda - Waylon Jennings

1987 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
Shakedown - Bob Seger
Songbird - Kenny G
All My Ex’s Live in Texas - George Strait

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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07-14-2008, 11:00 PM
197th day of 2008 - 169 remaining.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sometime in the late 800s-900s, there lived a man named Swithun or Swithin. He was the Bishop of Winchester in Old England. For some unknown reason - since Bishop Swithin was not particularly famous - his remains were transferred to Winchester Cathedral on this day in 971.

It so happened that there was a heavy rainfall on this same day. Some say Bishop Swithin was angry about the move and caused the downpour. From then on, according to an old English adage, if it should rain on July 15th, it will rain for forty days thereafter.

�St. Swithin�s day, gif ye do rain, for forty days it will remain; St. Swithin�s day, an ye be fair, for forty days �twill rain nae mair.�

Are you weather forecasters paying attention?
More reading on this can be read here. (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14357c.htm)

July 15th.

1876 - George Washington Bradley pitched the first no-hitter in baseball by leading St. Louis to a 2-0 win over Hartford.

1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the United States was established in Los Angeles, CA.

1912 - Jim Thorpe won the decathlon in the Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden.

1922 - The duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. For those of you who have never seen this unusual mammal, it has webbed feet, a duck�s bill, a beaver�s tail; is seal-like, yet hairy and it lays eggs. Go figure...

1940 - Robert Wadlow was 8 feet, 11-1/10 inches tall and weighed 439 pounds when he died this day -- at the age of 22.

1942 - Glenn Miller and his band recorded the classic Jukebox Saturday Night for Victor Records.

1952 - Singer Patti Page made her TV debut in a summer replacement series for Perry Como. The 15-minute program spotlighted Patti three times each week on CBS.

1960 - The New York World-Telegram reported that the average white-collar worker would earn a lifetime income of $200,000 (forty years at $5,000 per year).

1965 - The Mariner IV spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.

1965 - Comedy star Joan Rivers married Edgar Rosenberg. Edgar became a favorite target in her comedy routine on stage, TV and in recordings.

1966 - Singer Percy Sledge earned a gold record for When a Man Loves A Woman. It was his only song to make it to number one (5/28/66) and the only one of five to break into the top ten.

1968 - ABC-TV first presented the serial, One Life to Live.

1968 - Commercial air travel began between the United States and the U.S.S.R. with the first plane, a Soviet Aeroflot jet, landing at Kennedy International Airport in New York.

1972 - Elton John landed at the top spot on the Billboard album chart for the first time as Honky Chateau made it to the top for a five-week stay.

1973 - For the first time in two decades, a baseball pitcher won two no-hitters in a season. Nolan Ryan of the California Angels did the trick with his second no-hit victory of the season, a 6-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers. Ryan pitched his first no-hitter of the season against the Kansas City Royals on May 15th.

1978 - Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience (for a single artist). Some 200,000 fans turned out to hear Dylan at Blackbushe Airport in England.

1981 - Steven Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford, appeared in the much publicized seduction scene of The Young and the Restless on CBS-TV. Ford played the part of Andy, the macho maverick.

1985 - Baseball players voted to strike on August 6th if no contract was reached with baseball owners. The strike action turned out to be just a one-day interruption.

1997 - Former Miller Brewing Company executive Jerold Mackenzie was vindicated by a jury in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mackenzie had brought a suit against Miller after the company fired him from his $95,000-a-year job for sexual harassment. He had been commenting on the Seinfeld episode, The Junior Mint, where Seinfeld�s TV character can�t remember the name of his new girlfriend -- only that it rhymes with a female body part. One of Mackenzie�s female co-workers complained to the Miller human resources director after she heard Mackenzie joking about the show.

1997 - Fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace. Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion. Cunanan is suspected of killing four other men in a cross-country shooting spree.

July 15th.

1606 - Rembrandt (Van Rijn)
artist: 300 etchings, 1,400 drawings, 600 paintings: The Night Watch, Man with a Magnifying Glass, The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp, Descent from the Cross, Rape of Ganymede; died Oct 4, 1669

1779 - Clement Clarke Moore
poet, author: �Twas the Night before Christmas [A Visit from St. Nicholas]; died in July 10, 1863

1867 - Maggie Lena Walker
first woman bank founder and president: opened St. Luke Penny Savings Bank [Richmond VA: Nov 2, 1903]; women's rights/black pride advocate; died Dec 15, 1934

1905 - Dorothy Fields
lyricist: w/Cy Coleman: Sweet Charity, Seesaw; w/Jimmy McHugh: I Can�t Give You Anything But Love, I�m in the Mood for Love, On the Sunny Side of the Street; daughter of comedian Lew Fields; died Mar 28, 1974

1913 - Cowboy (Lloyd) Copas
country singer: Alabam, Goodbye Kisses, Signed, Sealed and Delivered; killed in plane crash with singer, Patsy Cline [Mar 2, 1963]

1925 - Philip Carey
actor: The Great Sioux Massacre, Philip Marlowe, Laredo, One Life to Live, The Time Travelers, Mister Roberts

1927 - Nan Clow Martin
actress: Matters of the Heart, Goodbye Columbus, For Love of Ivy

1931 - Clive Cussler
author: Raise the Titanic, Deep Six, Sahara, Cyclops

1933 - Julian Bream
musician: classical guitar, lute

1935 - Donn (Alvin) Clendenon
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, NY Mets [World Series: 1969], SL Cardinals; died Sep 17, 2005

1935 - Alex (Alexander G.) Karras
football: U of Iowa line backer: Outland Trophy [1957], Detroit Lions defensive tackle: All-Pro [1960-62]; sportscaster: Monday Night Football [1974-76]; actor: Blazing Saddles, Against All Odds, Victor/Victoria, Webster

1935 - Ken Kercheval
actor: Dallas, Search for Tomorrow, Corporate Affairs, Calamity Jane

1939 - Patrick Wayne
actor: Chill Factor, Young Guns, McClintock, Big Jake; John Wayne�s son

1940 - Tommy Dee (Thomas Donaldson)
singer: The Three Stars; record company executive; DJ: KFXM, San Bernardino, CA

1940 - Roy Winston
football: Minnesota Vikings line backer: Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX, XI

1943 - Bill Truax
football: Dallas Cowboys tight end, Super Bowl VI

1944 - Jan-Michael Vincent
actor: Airwolf, The Winds of War, Indecent Behavior, The World�s Greatest Athlete, Hooper, Born in East L.A.

1945 - Peter Lewis
musician: guitar, singer: group: Moby Grape: LPs: Moby Grape, Wow, Grape Jam, Truly Fine Citizen, 20 Granite Creek, Grape Live

1946 - Linda Ronstadt
singer: group: The Stone Poneys: Different Drum; solo: Blue Bayou, You�re No Good, When Will I Be Loved, It�s So Easy, Ooh Baby Baby, Hurt So Bad; actress: Pirates of Penzance

1951 - Rick Kehoe
hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins: player, scout, assistant coach

1952 - John Stallworth
football: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV

1953 - David Pack
singer: group: Ambrosia: The Biggest Part of Me

1960 - Willie Aames
actor: Eight is Enough, Charles in Charge, Frankenstein, Zapped!

1961 - Lolita Davidovich
actress: Now and Then, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, For Better or Worse, Cobb, Boiling Point, Raising Cain, The Inner Circle, Recruits

1963 - Brigitte Nielsen
actress: Galaxis, Body Count, Chained Heat 2, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Cobra, Rocky 4, Red Sonja

1961 - Forest Whitaker
actor: Phenomenon, Ready to Wear, The Enemy Within, Body Snatchers, Jason�s Lyric, The Crying Game, Bird, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon, The Color of Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High; director: Waiting to Exhale, Strapped

1963 - Brigitte Nielsen
actress: Galaxis, Body Count, Chained Heat 2, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Cobra, Rocky 4, Red Sonja

1973 - Brian Austin Green
actor: Knots Landing, Beverly Hills 90210, An American Summer.

Chart Toppers
July 15th.

1948 Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
You Can�t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Little White Lies - Dick Haymes
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don�t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley

1964 I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Memphis - Johnny Rivers
Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

1972 Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Brandy (You�re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Made in Japan - Buck Owens

1980 Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
It�s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Little Jeannie - Elton John
You Win Again - Charley Pride

1988 The Flame - Cheap Trick
Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Lappard
Fallin� Again - Alabama

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they�d never end... ;)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

She was born Ruby Stevens on this day in 1907. Later, she was fondly called ‘Missy’ by the film crews who worked with her. We knew her as Barbara Stanwyck, her stage name. She used it for the first time, at age 18, when she won a leading role in a Broadway play titled, Noose.

This was not the last time Ms. Stanwyck would win a leading role. In fact she was nominated for Best Actress by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences four times out of her 82 films. Her Oscar nominations were for her roles as Stella Dallas in Stella Dallas (1937), Sugarpuss O’Shea in Ball of Fire (1941), Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944), and Leona Stevenson in Sorry Wrong Number (1948).

Barbara Stanwyck easily crossed over from film to TV as the matriarch, Victoria Barkley, in The Big Valley, and later, as Mary Carson, in the miniseries, The Thorn Birds, and as Constance Colby Patterson in the prime time soap, The Colbys. This time she wasn’t just nominated, she won. Her first Emmy was in 1960-61 for her lead role in The Barbara Stanwyck Show. She received another Emmy for her Big Valley performances in 1965-66 and one for The Thorn Birds in 1983.

Her popularity increased over the years as did her pay check. In 1944, Ms. Stanwyck was listed by the government as the highest paid woman in the U.S., at $400,000 per year. Not bad for a chorus girl from Brooklyn.

We miss you, Missy.

More here, (http://www.moderntimes.com/bab/) and here. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001766/)

July 16th.

1790 - The District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C., was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government.

1845 - The New York Yacht Club hosted the first American boating regatta.

1912 - Bradley A. Fiske patented the airplane torpedo. Kids, please, don’t try this at home or near electric lines. And stay off the roof, too!

1926 - The first underwater color photographs appeared in National Geographic magazine. The pictures were taken near the Florida Keys.

1934 - The NBC Red radio network premiered the musical drama, Dreams Come True. It was a show about baritone singer Barry McKinley and his novelist sweetheart.

1935 - The first automatic parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, OK. You could drive up and park for only a nickel in places where parking used to be free.

1945 - Fat Boy, the experimental, plutonium bomb, exploded at 5:30 a.m. in the first U.S. test of an atomic bomb. The mushroom-shaped cloud rose to a height of 41,000 feet above the New Mexico desert at Alamogordo Air Base. All life in a one-mile radius ceased to exist.

1950 - The largest crowd in sporting history -- 199,854 -- watched the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Uruguay defeated Brazil. “Scccoooorrrreeeeee!”

1963 - Congressman Carl Vinson of Georgia broke House Speaker Sam Rayburn’s record of service in the U.S. Congress, as he celebrated serving 48 years, 8 months and 13 days.

1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium. The Bucs had spent 61 baseball seasons at Forbes Field. Cincinnati’s Reds spoiled the housewarming for the Pirates with a 3-2 win. The game also marked the first time the Pirates wore new double-knit uniforms which became commonplace throughout both the American and National Leagues.

1981 - Jack Nicklaus played his worst round of professional golf. He scored a 13-over-par 83 at the British Open. He came back the next day, however, and whipped the field with a four-under-par 66.

1981 - After 23 years of familiarity with the name, Datsun, executives of Nissan, the Japanese automaker, played with our minds and changed the name of their cars to Nissan. Nissan didn’t begin to show up on nameplates in the U.S. until the 1985 models were released.

1981 - Singer Harry Chapin died in a car crash in New York. Chapin, a folk-rock balladeer, was 38. His hit songs included Taxi, W-O-L-D and the million seller, Cat’s in the Cradle. He was a champion of the hungry and homeless and organized a massive effort to provide food for the needy. This was his legacy to the world; his work continues by other performers.

1985 - The largest crowd to see a baseball game in Minnesota came out to see Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets score two runs to lead the National League to a 6-1 victory over the American League. The All-Star Game crowd numbered 54,960. It was the 12th win in 13 games for the National League.

1985 - The All-Star Game, televised this day, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network. The NBC milestone soon led to sound enhancement of other network shows.

1986 - Columbia Records announced that after 28 years with the label, the contract of country star Johnny Cash would not be renewed. Cash recorded 13 hits on the pop music charts from 1956 to 1976 -- all but four on Columbia. The others were on Sam Phillips’ Memphis-based label, Sun. Cash’s biggest hit for Columbia was "A Boy Named Sue" in 1969.

1990 - An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale devastated the Philippines, killing over 1,600 people. A thousand more were missing. Damage was reported in Manila, Cabanatuan, Baguio and Luzon. It was the worst earthquake in that part of the world since 1976.

1999 - John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts), killing him, his wife and his sister-in-law. The three had been en route to a Kennedy family wedding. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Kennedy suffered from spatial disorientation, brought on by a loss of balance in the inner ear. Kennedy’s problems were exacerbated by the hazy night sky and his inability to see the horizon. The NTSB also said investigators did not find any mechanical problems with Kennedy’s plane, a single-engine Piper Saratoga II.

July 16th.

1486 - Andrea del Sarto (Vanucchi or di Francesco)
Italian Renaissance artist; subject of poem by Robert Browning; died Sep 29, 1530

1723 - Sir Joshua Reynolds
artist: The Age of Innocence, Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse, The Infant Hercules, The Strawberry Girl, Garrick Between Comedy and Tragedy; portrait painter: Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Lawrence Stern, Oliver Goldsmith; 1st president of the Royal Academy; died Feb 23, 1792

1821 - Mary Baker Eddy
religious leader: founder of Christian Science; died Dec 3, 1910

1862 - Ida Wells
journalist, antilynching activist: Red Record [first account of lynchings of blacks in U.S. South]; died Mar 25, 1931

1872 - Roald Amundsen
explorer: discovered South Pole [Dec 14, 1911]; first man to sail from from the Atlantic to Pacific through the Northwest Passage [1903-1905]; lost at sea while flying rescue mission to airship Italia [stranded in the arctic] June 22, 1928

1907 - Orville Redenbacher
popcorn gourmet & tycoon; died Sep 19, 1995

1907 - Barbara Stanwyck (Ruby Stevens)
actress; died Jan 20, 1990; see Missy Day [above]

1911 - Ginger Rogers (Virginia Katherine McMath)
Academy Award-winning actress: Kitty Foyle [1940]; dancer with Fred Astaire in many musicals; appeared in over 70 films in 60 years; died Apr 25, 1995

1915 - Barnard Hughes
Emmy Award-winning actor: Lou Grant [1977]; Prelude to a Kiss, The Guiding Light, Sisters, Doc; died July 11, 2006

1920 - Larry (Lawrence Joseph) Jansen
baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [all-star: 1950, 1951/World Series: 1951], Cincinnati Redlegs

1924 - Bess Myerson
Miss America [1945], actress, corporate spokesperson, civic leader

1925 - Cal Tjader (Callen Radcliffe Tjader Jr.)
Grammy Award-winning musician: vibes, piano, percussion; composer: Cast Your Fate to the Winds [1962], La Onda Va Bien [1980]; soundtracks for Peanuts TV cartoons; died May 5, 1982

1925 - Nat Pierce
musician: jazz rhythm pianist; cobandleader: Capp-Pierce Juggernaut; died June 10, 1992

1927 - Mindy Carson
singer: You’re Not in My Arms Tonight, The Touch of Your Lips, Let’s Go to Town [w/The Dorsey Brothers]

1930 - Joey Giardello (Carmine Tilelli)
International Boxing Hall of Famer: World Middleweight Champion [1963-1965]

1932 - Max (William) McGee
football: Green Bay Packers wide receiver: Super Bowl I [made juggled reception to score first Super Bowl touchdown], II

1939 - Corin Redgrave
actor: Persuasion, Four Weddings and a Funeral, In the Name of the Father, Excalibur, Between Wars, The Charge of the Light Brigade, A Man for All Seasons; brother of actresses Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave

1940 - Tony Jackson
musician: bass, singer: group: Searchers: Sweets for My Sweet, Needles & Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, When You Walk into the Room, Goodbye My Love; died Aug 18, 2003

1942 - Margaret Smith Court
International Tennis Hall of Famer: champion: Australian Open: [1960-1966], French Open [1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973], Wimbledon [1963, 1965, 1970], U.S. Open [1962, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973]

1942 - Desmond Dekker (Dacris)
reggae musician: Israelites, 007 [Shanty Town], You Can Get It if You Really Want; died May 25, 2006

1943 - Jimmy Johnson
football: champion college coach: Miami; pro coach: Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII

1948 - Ruben Blades
Grammy Award-winning singer [1986, 1988]; duet [w/Linda Ronstadt]: Silencios; songwriter: El Cantante, Tu Carino, GDBD, Move It!; actor: Color of Night, The Two Jakes, One Man’s War, Dead Man Out, The Milagro Beanfield War, Homeboy, Crossover Dreams, The Last Fight

1948 - Bob Murray
hockey: NHL: Atlanta Flames, Vancouver Canucks

1948 - Pinchas Zukerman
violinist, orchestra conductor: 100 releases, 21 Grammy nominations, two awards

1950 - Camille Saviola
actress: The Heights, Civil Wars, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

1951 - Jerry Sisemore
football: Philadelphia Eagles tackle: Super Bowl XV

1952 - Stewart Copeland
musician: drums: group: Police: Fall Out, Every Breath You Take, LP: The Equalizer & Other Cliffhangers

1953 - Mickey Rourke
actor: The Last Ride, Desperate Hours, Johnny Handsome, 9 1/2 Weeks, Year of the Dragon, Diner, Body Heat, City in Fear, 1941

1958 - Michael Flatley
dancer, performer: Lord of the Dance

1963 - Phoebe Cates
actress: Gremlins, Drop Dead Fred, Princess Caraboo, Bright Lights, Big City, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1968 - Will Ferrell
comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Suburbans, The Ladies Man, The Andy Dick Show, The Ladies Man, Zoolander, Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

1971 - Corey (Scott) Feldman
actor: License to Drive, The ’Burbs, National Lampoon’s Last Resort, The Goonies, Gremlins, voice: Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Chart Toppers
July 16th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Searchin’/Young Blood - The Coasters
Valley of Tears/It’s You I Love - Fats Domino
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers

1965 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Wonderful World - Herman’s Hermits
Yes, I’m Ready - Barbara Mason
Before You Go - Buck Owens

1973 Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Love is the Foundation - Loretta Lynn

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Fire & Smoke - Earl Thomas Conley

1989 Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

We’ve all seen football players running the wrong way on the field, and some announcer will refer to the unfortunate player as ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan.

Well, the original ‘Wrong Way’ was not a football player; he was Douglas Corrigan, unemployed airplane mechanic. It was on this, a foggy day in 1938, that Doug left Floyd Bennett Field in New York, supposedly headed for Los Angeles. He landed his 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane about 28 hours later - not in California but in Ireland at Dublin’s Baldonnel Field.

Corrigan made the 3,150-mile flight without benefit of a radio or navigational equipment other than a compass. His explanation for the monumental mistake was that he was following the wrong end of the compass needle. (Folks were never sure whether his feat was a mistake or moxie.)

He was, however, welcomed home as a hero (ticker tape parade and all) and known forever more as ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan.
More reading on this story can be found here, (http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Explorers_Record_Setters_and_Daredevils/corrigan/EX16.htm) and here. (http://www.airportjournals.com/Display.cfm?varID=0503005)

July 17th.

1862 - National cemeteries were authorized by the U.S. government on this day. Arlington National Cemetery, located just outside Washington, D.C. in Virginia, is one of the most honored in the country. In addition to those who died in battle, other war veterans, including U.S. Presidents and government leaders, are buried there. Arlington National Cemetery also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in honor of those who lay unidentified on the battlefields of freedom.

1866 - Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The project was completed three years later at a cost of $512,709.

1867 - Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in America.

1901 - Dr. Willis Carrier installed a commerical air conditioning system at a Brooklyn, NY printing plant. The system was the first to provide man-made control over temperature, humidity, ventilation and air quality. It was originally installed to help maintain quality at the printing plant and for the first two decades of the 20th Century, Carrier’s invention was used primarily to cool machines, not people. The development of the centrifugal chiller by Carrier in the early 1920s led to comfort cooling for movie theaters (remeber the marquees with “It’s cool inside”?) and, before long, air conditioning came to department stores, office buildings and railroad cars. Cool...

1920 - Sinclair Lewis finished the now-famous novel, Main Street.

1939 - Charlie Barnet and his orchestra recorded Cherokee for Bluebird Records. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the horn of Billy May on the piece.

1941 - The hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio came to an end after 56 games. The Yankee slugger couldn’t get a hit. Since May 16th, he batted at an average of .408. He hit 19 homers during the streak. Two pitchers were responsible for putting the skids on DiMaggio’s hitting streak: Al Smith and Jim Bagby of the Cleveland Indians. After a day off, Joltin’ Joe resumed his hitting ways, in a shorter, but still impressive, 14-game streak.

1954 - The first Newport Jazz Festival was held on the grass tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Newport RI. Eddie Condon and his band played Muskrat Ramble as the opening number of the world’s first jazz fest.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers took to the field, making history as the first team with a majority of black players.

1955 - Disneyland opened the gates to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park’s first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan.

1961 - John Chancellor became the on-air host of the Today show on NBC-TV. Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway, who had resigned after 10 years of early morning duty on the popular program.

1961 - Ty Cobb died of cancer at age 74. Cobb was considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.

1961 - Rocker Bobby Lewis was starting week #2 of a seven-week stay at number one (one, one, one) on the pop-music charts with his smash, Tossin’ and Turnin’. Lewis, who grew up in an orphanage, learned to play the piano at age 5. He became popular in the Detroit, MI area before moving on to fame and fortune with Beltone Records.

1968 - The Beatles’ feature-length cartoon, Yellow Submarine, premiered at the London Pavilion. The song, Yellow Submarine, had been a #2 hit for the supergroup (9/17/66) and was the inspiration for the movie.

1981 - Two skywalks suspended from the ceiling over the atrium lobby at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, MO collapsed, killing 114 people. Five years later, two design engineers were convicted for their gross negligence.

1984 - Hector Camacho, previously undefeated, lost the WBC junior-lightweight boxing crown because he could no longer make the 130-pound fighting limit. He moved into the 135-pound class for lightweight competition.

1986 - The largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history took place as LTV Corporation asked for court protection from more than 20,000 creditors. LTV Corp. had debts in excess of $4 billion.

1996 - TWA (Trans World Airlines) flight 800, carrying 230 people, including four ****pit crew members and 14 flight attendants, exploded, falling into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island, New York. The Boeing 747 had lifted off from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport at 8:19 p.m. bound for Paris, France. The explosion happened about 26 minutes later, some 40 miles east of New York, as the plane was climbing through 13,800 feet. The victims included celebrities in sports, entertainment and the arts, business people, and vacationers. Possibly the most poignant were the deaths of sixteen teen-agers, all students from the Montoursville, PA high school French club, and their five chaperones. There are several theories as to the cause of the explosion. Some believe that the airliner was sabotaged and destroyed by a bomb planted on board. Others swore they knew the plane had been struck by a U.S. missile. But, after a 16-month probe, the FBI announced it had found no evidence of a criminal act or stray (or otherwise) missile. It has concluded that the crash was caused by electrical arcing in the plane’s center fuel tank igniting fuel vapors.

1998 - Just after seven in the evening, the inhabitants of the West Sepik area of Papua New Guinea felt the tremors from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Eye-witnesses reported that minutes later the villages were hit in quick succession by three tsunami (tidal waves) reaching heights of 14 meters (45 feet: taller than a four-story building), followed by two smaller waves. More than 2,000 people were killed and some 10,000 left homeless. In addition, many of the survivors were badly injured, with broken bones and bruising. Costas Synolakis, a researcher at UCLA and co-leader of a science team that visited PNG in early August 1998: “We were in a state of shock. It was really something we had not seen before. It was sort of a new threshold in terms of what a wave can do.”

July 17th.

1744 - Elbridge Gerry
politician: 5th vice president of the U.S. [1813-1814]; governor of Massachusetts: wrote a redistricting bill, hence the origin of the word ‘gerrymandering’; died Nov 23, 1814

1763 - John Jacob Astor
fur tycoon: American Fur Company; died Mar 29, 1848

1859 - Luis Munoz-Rivera
Puerto Rican patriot; poet; journalist; died Nov 15, 1916

1889 - Erle Stanley Gardner (A.A. Fair)
novelist: Perry Mason; died Mar 11, 1970

1898 - Berenice Abbott
photographer: 1930s B/W photos of NYC: Changing New York; died in 1991

1899 - James Cagney (James Francis Cagney, Jr.)
Academy Award-winning actor: Yankee Doodle Dandy [1942]; Mr. Roberts, The Seven Little Foys, Man of a Thousand Faces; died Mar 30, 1986

1905 - William Gargan
actor: Dynamite, The Canterville Ghost, Rain; died Feb 17, 1979

1912 - Art Linkletter (Arthur Gordon Kelly)
TV host: House Party, Kids Say the Darnedest Things

1916 - Eleanor Steber
soprano: internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera diva, appeared in 50 different leading operatic roles, heard in more premiers at the Met than any other artist; died in 1990

1917 - Lou Boudreau
Baseball Hall of Famer: Cleveland Indians shortstop [all-star: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948/World Series/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1948]; player, manager: Boston Red Sox; manager: KC Athletics; sportscaster: Chicago Cubs

1917 - Phyllis Diller (Driver)
comedienne: The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, actress: Boy Did I Get the Wrong Number

1929 - Roy (David) McMillan
baseball: shortstop: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1956, 1957], Milwaukee Braves, NY Mets; died Nov 2, 1997

1932 - Bob Leonard
basketball: All-American: Indiana University; coach: Indiana Pacers

1933 - Mimi Hines
pop singer, actress: duo: Ford & Hines [w/husband, Phil Ford]; Broadway singer, actress: Funny Girl, Grease

1934 - Pat McCormick
performer: The New Bill Cosby Show, The Don Rickles Show; writer: The Tonight Show, Jack Paar Show, Under the Rainbow; actor: Chinatown Connection, Smokey and the Bandit series, Buffalo Bill and the Indians; died July 29, 2005

1935 - Diahann Carroll (Carol Diahann Johnson)
actress: Claudine, Julia, Dynasty, The Five Heartbeats

1935 - Donald Sutherland
actor: JFK, Klute, Backdraft, M*A*S*H, The Dirty Dozen, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Outbreak

1941 - Daryle Lamonica
football: Oakland Raiders quarterback: Super Bowl II

1942 - Spencer Davis
musician: group: Spencer Davis Group: Keep on Runnin’, Somebody Help Me, Gimme Some Lovin’, I’m a Man

1942 - Connie (Cornelius) Hawkins
Basketball Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Rens, Harlem Globetrotters, Pittsburgh Pipers, LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns [jersey retired Nov 19, 1976]

1942 - Don (Donald Eulon) Kessinger
baseball: shortstop: Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974], SL Cardinals, Chicago White Sox

1948 - Cathy Ferguson
swimming: U.S. Olympic gold medalist [Tokyo - 1964]: women’s 100-meter backstroke, women’s 400-meter medley relay w/Cynthia Goyette, Sharon Stouder, Kathleen Ellis

1949 - Terence ‘Geezer’ Butler
musician: bass: group: Black Sabbath: Paranoid

1949 - Lon Hinkle
golf: champ: World Series of Golf [1979]

1949 - Mick Tucker
musician: drums: group: Sweet: Funny Funny, Co-Co, Little Willy, Wig Wam Bam, Blockbuster, Hell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage, Fox on the Run; died Feb 14, 2002

1949 - Mike Vale
musician: bass: group: Tommy James and the Shondells: Say I Am [What I Am], I Think We’re Alone Now, Mirage, Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover, Sweet Cherry Wine, Crystal Blue Persuasion

1951 - Lucie Arnaz
actress: They’re Playing Our Song, Here’s Lucy; Emmy Award-winning producer [w/Laurence Luckinbill]: Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie [1992-93]; Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ daughter

1952 - David Hasselhoff
actor: Bay Watch, Knight Rider, The Young and the Restless; TV talent-show judge: America’s Got Talent

1952 - Nicolette Larson
singer: Lotta Love; died Dec 16, 1997

1952 - Phoebe Snow (Laub)
singer: Poetry Man, Gone at Last

1953 - Mike Thomas
football: Washington Redskins RB [Offensive Rookie of the Year: 1975]

1955 - P.J. (Pamela Jane) Soles
actress: Carrie, Rock ’n’ Roll High School, Private Benjamin, Stripes, The Power Within

1960 - Robin Shou
actor: Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

1963 - Paul Hipp
actor: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Lethal Weapon 3, The Chippendales Murder

1963 - Bobby (Robert Thomas) Thigpen
baseball: pitcher: Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1990/record for saves: 57 in one season: 1990], Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1993], Seattle Mariners

1965 - Alex Winter
actor: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Chart Toppers
July 17th.

1950 Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Mississippi - Red Foley

1958 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
Guess Things Happen that Way - Johnny Cash

1966 Hanky Panky - Tommy James & The Shondells
Wild Thing - The Troggs
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
Think of Me - Buck Owens

1974 Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
Annie’s Song - John Denver
On and On - Gladys Knight & The Pips
He Thinks I Still Care - Anne Murray

1982 Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
Rosanna - Toto
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
’Till You’re Gone - Barbara Mandrell

1990 Step By Step - New Kids on the Block
She ain’t Worth It - Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
Hold On - En Vogue
The Dance - Garth Brooks

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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07-17-2008, 11:00 PM
200th day of 2008 - 166 remaining.

Friday, July 18, 2008
Every now and then a commercial jingle becomes something other than a commercial. It becomes a part of Americana. And so it goes with the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle (“I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener...”). But long before the jingle/song entered our lives, Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, invented another quaint entry into Americana: the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

The first Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago on this day in 1936. The Wienermobile tours around the U.S. fascinating children of all ages as it promotes the famous Oscar Mayer wiener. If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Wienermobile in person, don’t think only the folks in your part of the U.S.A. are the lucky ones, because today there are six of the silly-looking cars.

For those of you who have never seen it - it’s a giant hot dog on wheels - there’s just no other way to describe the Wienermobile.
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July 18th.

0064 - Rome burned on this day -- while Nero fiddled, literally.

1743 - The New York Weekly Journal published the first half-page newspaper ad.

1914 - The Aviation Section of the U.S. Signal Corps was created, giving status to the air service for the first time. The first flying unit had twelve officers, 54 enlisted men, and six airplanes assigned to it at North Island (San Diego, CA).

1927 - Ty Cobb set a major-league baseball record by getting his 4,000th career hit. Cobb recorded 4,191 hits before his career came to an end the following year -- after 23 years in the big leagues.

1936 - The critically acclaimed, experimental theatre of the air, The Columbia Workshop, debuted on CBS radio.

1951 - After trying four times without success, ‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott became the world heavyweight boxing champ by knocking out Ezzard Charles (whose real name was actually Charles Ezzard) in Pittsburgh, PA. Walcott became the oldest heavyweight titlist to the time (age 37).

1964 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds connected for the only grand-slam home run of his career. It came against the team he would later play for -- the Philadelphia Phillies. Rose had been in the major leagues for only two years and was just 22 at the time. Dallas Green (later to become manager of the Phillies) gave up the gopher ball to Rose.

1964 - The 4 Seasons reached the top spot on the record charts with Rag Doll, the group’s fourth hit to climb to the #1 position. The song stayed on top for two weeks. Other #1 hits by Frankie Valli and company include, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, and December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).

1968 - Hugh Masekela struck gold with the breezy, latin-soul instrumental Grazing in the Grass, while Gary Puckett and The Union Gap received a similar honor for the hit, Lady Willpower. Masekela, a trumpeter since age 14, saw Grazing in the Grass go to number one for two weeks (July 20/27). Grazing was his only entry on the pop music charts. The Union Gap scored three more million-sellers in the late 1960s: Woman, Woman, Young Girl and Over You. The Union Gap was formed in 1967 and named after the town of Union Gap, Washington. As always, I’m Casey Kasem. Keep your feet off the sofa and, um, you know the rest.

1969 - ‘Broadway’ Joe Namath got out of the restaurant/nightclub business after agreeing to terms suggested by then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. Namath owned half of Bachelors III in New York City.

1970 - Ron Hunt of the San Francisco Giants was hit by a pitch for the 119th time in his career, earning him the dubious distinction of being the most-beaned baseball player in the major leagues.

1976 - Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old star gymnast from Romania, stunned those watching the Olympic Games by executing perfect form to collect a perfect score of ‘10’ from the judges. This was the first perfect score ever recorded on the uneven parallel bars. Nadia went on to collect seven perfect scores, three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. She also won two gold and two silver medals in the 1980 Olympics. Pretty heavy stuff for the tiny lady.

1983 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel took to the road to begin a 19-city tour beginning in Akron, OH. It was the first tour by the popular singing duo since their success in the 1960s.

1985 - Jack Nicklaus II, son of the legendary ‘Golden Bear’, made his playing debut on the pro golf tour at the Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, IL. The 23-year-old golfer played as an amateur while his dad was playing in the British Open.

1992 - America’s reigning pop princess Whitney Houston wed R&B artist/bad boy Bobby Brown. The ceremony was held in a gazebo on Houston's Mendham, New Jersey estate. Among the 800 guests: Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Isiah Thomas, Donald Trump.

1999 - David Cone pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees. Cone befuddled the Montreal Expos, throwing the 16th perfect game in baseball history, while leading the Yankees to a 6-0 victory.

July 18th.

1720 - Gilbert White
‘father of British naturalists’: author: The Natural History of Selborne; died June 26, 1795

1811 - William Makepeace Thackeray
author: Vanity Fair, Pendennis; died Dec 24, 1863

1903 - Chill Wills
actor: Billy the Kid, McClintock, Giant, The Yearling, Tarzan’s New York Adventure, The Wheeler Dealers; died Dec 15, 1978

1906 - S.I. (Samuel Ichiye) Hayakawa
U.S. Senator; president of San Francisco State College; writer: language textbooks; led initiative declaring English as official language of California; died Feb 27, 1992

1906 - Clifford Odets
playwright: Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing, The Golden Boy, The Big Knife, The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach; died Aug 18, 1963

1909 - Harriet Hilliard Nelson (Peggy Lou Snyder)
singer: Ozzie Nelson’s orchestra; actress: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet, Rick & Dave’s mother; passed Oct 2, 1994

1910 - Lou Busch (Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr)
musician: piano, arranger, composer: Sam’s Song, Down Yonder, Portuguese Washerwoman; died Sep 19, 1979

1911 - Hume Cronyn (Blake)
actor: Sunrise at Campobello, The Seventh Cross, Cocoon, The Four Poster, Fox Fire, The Gin Game; Jessica Tandy’s husband; died June 15, 2003

1913 - Marvin Miller (Mueller)
actor: Kiss Daddy Goodbye, Red Planet Mars; died Feb 8, 1985

1913 - Red (Richard) Skelton
Emmy Award-winning comedian: The Red Skelton Show [1951, 1960-61]; ATAS Governor’s Award [1985-86]; recording artist: The Pledge of Allegiance; “Goodnight ... and may God Bless.”; died Sep 17, 1997

1918 - Nelson Mandela
Nobel Peace prize-winner [1993]; South African President; imprisoned for 28 years

1921 - John Glenn Jr.
astronaut: first to orbit Earth [Feb 20, 1962]; oldest to fly in space [oldest space-shuttle crew member: age 77: Oct 1998]; U.S. Senator [Ohio: 1975-1999]

1929 - Richard Button
figure skater: 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist [1948, 1952]; first to land a double axel [1948 Olympics]; Sullivan Award [1949]; sportscaster

1929 - Screamin’ Jay (Jalacy) Hawkins
R&B singer, pianist: I Put a Spell on You [Rolling Stone magazine voted it one of 50 greatest songs of the 1950s]; died Feb 12, 2000

1931 - ‘Papa Dee’ (Thomas) Allen
musician: keyboards: group: War: LPs: All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can’t We Be Friends?; died Aug 30, 1988

1935 - Tenley Albright
Olympic Hall of Famer: figure-skating silver medal [1952], gold [1956]: first American woman to win event; International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer

1939 - Dion DiMucci
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer: singer: group: Dion and the Belmonts: A Teenager in Love, Where or When; solo: Runaround Sue, The Wanderer, Abraham, Martin and John, Ruby Baby, Donna the Prima Donna

1939 - Brian Auger
musician: keyboards: groups: Mahavishnu Players, Oblivion Express; played harpsichord for Yardbirds: For Your Love

1940 - James Brolin (Bruderlin)
actor: Hotel, Marcus Welby, M.D., Angel Falls, Westworld, Von Ryan’s Express, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Fantastic Voyage, The Boston Strangler, The Amityville Horror; married to singer/actress, Barbra Streisand

1940 - Joe (Joseph Paul) Torre
baseball: Milwaukee Braves [all-star: 1963, 1964, 1965]], Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1966, 1967], SL Cardinals [all-star: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1971], NY Mets; manager: St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, NY Mets, NY Yankees; broadcaster

1941 - Lonnie Mack (McIntosh)
musician: guitar: Memphis

1941 - Martha Reeves
singer: group: Martha and the Vandellas: Power of Love, Heat Wave, Quicksand, Dancing in the Street, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack, Come and Get These Memories

1943 - Don Awrey
hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Rockies

1943 - Robin McDonald
musician: guitar: group: Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas: From a Window, Little Children, Trains and Boats and Planes, Bad to Me

1944 - Rudy May
baseball: pitcher: California Angels, NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos

1950 - Glenn Hughes
singer: group: The Village People [mustachioed, leather-clad biker]; died Mar 4, 2001

1951 - Bruce (Alan) Lietzke
golf pro: nine PGA tour victories; won four tournaments twice: Colonial [1980, 1992], Byron Nelson [1981, 1988], Tucson Open [1977, 1979], Canadian Open [1978, 1982]

1954 - Ricky Skaggs
Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist : Wheel Hoss [1985]; singer: I Don’t Care, Crying My Heart Out over You; CMA Male Vocalist of the Year [1981], Entertainer of the Year [1985]

1955 - Terry Chambers
musician: drums: group: XTC: Making Plans for Nigel, Sgt Rock [Is Going to Help Me], Senses Working Overtime

1956 - Audrey Landers
actress: Dallas, Somerset, California Casanova

1958 - Nigel Twist
musician: drums: group: The Alarm: Guns, Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?, The Bells of Rhymney

1961 - Elizabeth McGovern
actress: Ordinary People, Racing with the Moon, The Bedroom Window

1962 - Lee Arenberg
actor: Cradle Will Rock, Robocop 3, Waterworld, Bob Roberts, The Apocalypse, Cross My Heart, Dungeons & Dragons

1963 - Al Snow (Allan Sarven)
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Monday Night RAW, WWF Judgement Day, Wrestlemania XV, Royal Rumble.

Chart Toppers
July 18th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
The Loveliest Night of the Year - Mario Lanza
I Wanna Play House with You - Eddy Arnold

1959 Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
Tiger - Fabian
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Windy - The Association
Little Bit o’ Soul - The Music Explosion
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
All the Time - Jack Greene

1975 Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
The Hustle - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Movin’ On - Merle Haggard

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendez
The Closer You Get - Alabama

1991 Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Unbelievable - EMF
Right Here, Right Now - Jesus Jones
Don’t Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
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07-18-2008, 11:00 PM
201st day of 2008 - 165 remaining.

Saturday, July 19, 2008
Our Miss Brooks, starring Eve Arden and Gale Gordon, debuted on CBS radio this day in 1948. Arden played the role of Connie Brooks. The program stayed on radio until 1957, running simultaneously on TV from 1952 to 1956.

Miss Brooks taught English at Madison High School. Her pal, the bashful, biology teacher Philip Boynton, was played by Robert Rockwell. The crusty, blustery principal of Madison High, Osgood Conklin, was none other than Gale Gordon.

Supporting Eve Arden was Jane Morgan as Miss Brooks’ landlady, Mrs. Davis. The main problem child in the classroom, the somewhat dimwitted Walter Denton, was Richard Crenna.

Eve Arden was so popular as Miss Brooks that she was frequently asked to speak to educational groups and at PTA meetings. She was even offered teaching positions at real high schools.

Ah, the power of radio and television! ;)
Click, (http://kfcplainfield.com/tv/ourmiss.html) click, (http://www.originaloldradio.com/our_miss_brooks.html) click, (http://otrcat.com/ourmissbrooks-p-1701.html) and click. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve_Arden)
July 19th.

1909 - The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston. “Yer out! Yer out! And you, sir, are out number three!”

1914 - Boston began what was called its miracle drive as the Braves went from worst to first in the National League. They won the pennant and the World Series as well.

1926 - Walter Hagen scored a 132 for 36 holes of golf at the Eastern Open tournament. He set a world’s record low tourney score in the process.

1939 - Jack Teagarden and his orchestra recorded Aunt Hagar’s Blues for Columbia Records. Teagarden provided the vocal on the session recorded in Chicago, IL.

1942 - The Seventh Symphony, by Shostakovich, was performed for the first time in the United States by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

1946 - Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test. She passed it with flying colors and was signed to her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. The first of her 29 films was Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!

1949 - Singer Harry Belafonte began recording for Capitol Records on this day. The first sessions included They Didn’t Believe Me and Close Your Eyes. A short time later, Capitol said Belafonte wasn’t “commercial enough,” so he signed with RCA Victor (for a very productive and commercial career).

1951 - Famous thoroughbred race horse Citation retired from racing.

1960 - Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major-league debut. Marichal allowed just one hit (a double in the eighth inning) as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

1966 - Frank Sinatra married actress Mia Farrow this day. Sinatra, 50, married the 20-year-old actress and was photographed after the ceremony by 14 motion-picture cameras and 37 still cameras.

1980 - Billy Joel earned his first gold record with It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me, which reached the top of the Billboard pop music chart. He would score additional million-sellers with Just the Way You Are, My Life, Uptown Girl (for girlfriend and later, wife and supermodel Christie Brinkley) and We Didn’t Start the Fire. Joel reached the top only one other time, with Tell Her About It in 1983.

1984 - Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice President. Ferraro, age 48, campaigned with presidential hopeful Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale of Minnesota. Both lost in a landslide to the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

1985 - Two years after its initial release, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial grossed an additional $8.8 million in its first three days in rerelease. The film placed second in popularity that weekend to another Steven Spielberg film, Back to the Future.

1987 - Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees tied the major-league record of Dale Long (set in 1956) by failing to get a home run after hitting round-trippers in eight consecutive games. Despite rumors as such, Mattingly was not taken behind the dugout and whipped by the team’s owner...

1989 - 181 out of 293 passengers and crew survived the crash of a United Airlines DC-10. The pilot of Flight 232, bound for Chicago, reported trouble to the Sioux City, Iowa airport half an hour before it slammed into the Sioux City runway. Prepared emergency personnel were credited with helping many to survive the fiery crash.

1990 - Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison and fined $50,000 for filing false income tax returns. Rose, who spent 25 years in the majors with 4256 hits, 1314 RBIs and a lifetime average of .303, was released from prison Jan 7, 1991.

1996 - The Centennial Olympics opened in Atlanta, Georgia. In the biggest Olympics staged in the 100-year history of the Games, 197 nations marched in the opening ceremonies. Montreal singer Celine Dion sang "The Power of the Dream," written by David Foster, Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds and Linda Thompson -- and commissioned for the Olympics. Former heavyweight champ and Atlanta native Evander Holyfield carried the Olympic torch into the stadium. Holyfield handed off to American swimmer Janet Evans Evans, who ran up the aisle with the torch and lighted the torch of heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali. (Evans also swam the 800m in the Olympics and was talking with a German TV crew when the infamous Olympic Centennial Park bomb exploded.)

1997 - Daniel Komen of Kenya broke the 8-minute barrier for the 2-mile run while setting a new world record of 7:58.61 at the Hechtel Night of Athletics in Hechtel, Belgium. Komen actually ran two sub-4-minute-miles in this race, running his first mile in 3:59.2, then turned in a second mile of 3:59.4.

July 19th.

1834 - Edgar Degas
artist; Impressionist: noted for his paintings of dancers in motion; died Sep 27, 1917

1865 - Charles Mayo
surgeon: founded Mayo Clinic & Mayo Foundation with his brother; died May 26, 1939

1896 - A.J. (Archibald Joseph) Cronin
author: The Citadel, Keys of the Kingdom; died on Jan 9, 1981

1916 - Phil (Philip Joseph) Cavarretta
baseball: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1935, 1938, 1945/all-star: 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1945], Chicago White Sox

1921 - Rosalyn Yalow
medical investigator, Nobel Prize-winner for Physiology/Medicine [1977]: medical applications of radioactive isotopes: developed RIA

1922 - George McGovern
U.S. Senator and 1972 presidential contender

1923 - Alex Hannum
basketball: player: Syracuse Nationals; coach: only coach to win titles in both NBA [Philadelphia ’76ers] and ABA [Oakland Oaks]; died Jan 18, 2002

1926 - Helen Gallagher
actress: All My Children, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live, Neptune’s Rocking Horse

1924 - Pat Hingle
actor: Batman, The Grifters, Splendor in the Grass, On the Waterfront, Norma Rae, Of Mice and Men

1926 - Sue Thompson (Eva McKee)
singer: Norman, Sad Movies [Make Me Cry]

1927 - Billy (William Frederick) Gardner
‘Shotgun’: baseball: NY Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, NY Yankees [World Series: 1961], Boston Red Sox; manager: California Angeles, Minnesota Twins

1935 - Philip Agee
CIA agent; author: Inside the Company: CIA Diary

1937 - George Hamilton IV
singer: A Rose and a Baby Ruth, Why Don’t They Understand, Abilene, The Teen Commandments [w/Paul Anka & Johnny Nash], She’s a Little Bit Country

1938 - Richard Jordan
actor: Captains and the Kings, The Bunker, The Hunt for Red October, Dune, Logan’s Run, Rooster Cogburn; died Aug 30, 1993

1940 - Dennis Cole
actor: The Young and the Restless, The Barbary Coast

1941 - Natalya Bessmertnova
prima ballerina: Bolshoi ballet

1941 - Vikki Carr (Florencia Bisenta deCasilla Martinez Cardona)
singer: It Must be Him, With Pen in Hand, The Lesson

1945 - Craig Cameron
hockey: Minnesota North Stars, NY Islanders

1946 - Alan Gorrie
musician: bass, singer: group: Average White Band: Pick Up the Pieces, Work to Do, Let’s Go Around Again; solo: LP: Sleepless Nights

1946 - Ilie Nastase
tennis champion: French Open [1973], U.S. Open [1972]

1947 - Bernie Leadon
musician: guitar: group: The Eagles: Take It Easy, Best of My Love, One of these Nights

1947 - Brian Harold May
musician: guitar: group: Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites the Dust

1952 - Allen Collins
musician: guitar: group: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama; died Jan 23, 1990 of respiratory failure due to a 1986 car crash which killed his girfriend and left him paralyzed

1962 - Anthony Edwards
actor: ER, Northern Exposure, It Takes Two, The Client, Pet Sematary 2, Delta Heat, El Diablo, Summer Heat, Revenge of the Nerds series, Top Gun, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1965 - Clea Lewis
actress: Ellen, Flying Blind, The Rich Man’s Wife.

Chart Toppers
July 19th.
1944 I’ll Be Seing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith

1960 I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
That’s All You Gotta Do - Brenda Lee
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette

1976 Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
I’ll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine

1984 When Doves Cry - Prince
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
I Don’t Want to Be a Memory - Exile

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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07-19-2008, 11:00 PM
202nd day of 2008 - 164 remaining.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

With “...one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” astronaut, Neil Armstrong, pilot of the lunar spacecraft, the Eagle, made the first footsteps on the surface of the moon at 10:56 p.m. EDT on this day in 1969. Which foot did Armstrong use to step on the grainy, grayish, lunar soil? His left.

So incredible were the TV images of Armstrong and (15 minutes) later, Buzz Aldrin, exploring the lunar surface, people around the world stopped and collectively held their breath. The words “Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed...” gave instant impact to the drama of watching human beings reach something so far away so successfully. And all were able to breathe once again.

The American flag that was deployed, along with other moon-landing memorabilia, including a lunar rover, still sits on the moon as abandoned space junk. While Armstrong and Aldrin cavorted on the moon, astronaut Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 command ship, Columbia, above the moon’s surface.

The world again stopped -- in anticipation of the fragile lunar module lifting off from the moon and rejoining the command ship -- reuniting the three astronauts for a most historic trip home to planet Earth.
More here. (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollo_11_30th.html)

July 20th.

1801 - A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The huge ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. Mr. Jefferson was heard to say, “That’s one small bite for man, one giant cheese for mankind.”

1859 - Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, New York. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for spectators to see a ball game. It cost $.50 to get in and the players on the field received no salary (until 1863). Hot dogs were $18.50, just like today.

1868 - Legislation that ordered U.S. tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed this day.

1935 - NBC radio debuted G-men. The show was later renamed Gangbusters and stayed on the air until 1957.

1940 - Billboard magazine published its first listing of best-selling singles. 10 tunes were listed.

1942 - The first members of the WAACS, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps began training at Fort Des Moines, IA. In 1943, the name was changed to WACS (Women’s Army Corps) and the organization became a part of the U.S. Army. All WAACS were given the choice of joining the new WACS (and joining the army) or returning to civilian life (75% stayed on).

1947 - The National Football League ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.

1958 - Pitcher Jim Bunning threw a no-hitter and led the Detroit Tigers to a baseball win over the Boston Red Sox. The no-hitter was the last by a Tiger pitcher until Jack Morris did the same 26 years later. This turned out to be a major-league record for time between no-hitters.

1961 - Stop the World, I Want to Get Off opened in London. The show went to Broadway in 1962.

1963 - Ray Conniff received two gold-record awards -- for the albums, Concert in Rhythm and Memories are Made of This -- on Columbia Records. Conniff recorded dozens of albums of easy listening music for the label. He had been a trombonist and arranger with Bunny Berigan, Bob Crosby, Harry James, Vaughn Monroe and Artie Shaw.

1983 - Frank Reynolds, anchor of the nightly ABC News, died at the age of 59. He was replaced by ABC News correspondent, Peter Jennings. Through his years at ABC, Reynolds was noted for being temperamental. That personality came through on the air from time to time. During the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan, Reynolds scolded staff members while he was on camera. Reynolds had to retract previously broadcast statements that Reagan’s Press Secretary James Brady had been killed in the attack. The misinformation embarrassed Reynolds, causing the on-air reaction.

1985 - Treasure hunters began hauling off $400 million in coins and silver ingots from the sea floor in the biggest underwater jackpot in history. The bounty came from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The Spanish galleon sank 40 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida in 1622. It was located by treasure hunter Mel Fisher. The 40 tons of gold and silver and was the richest treasure find since the opening of King Tut’s tomb in the 1930s.

1996 - Blue, the very first major-label (Curb Records) album by Country singer LeAnn Rimes (13 years old), debuted at number one on Billboard’s Country music chart and number four on the Pop album chart. The title track from Blue went on to became a signature song for Rimes. The album went on to go multi-platinum.

July 20th.

1890 - Verna Felton
actress: Picnic, The Oklahoman; died Dec 14, 1966

1919 - Sir Edmund Hillary
explorer: first to climb Mt. Everest

1920 - Tommy Prothro Jr.
football: coach: Oregon State Univ., UCLA, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

1921 - Ted Schroeder
tennis: champ: U.S. Open [1941], Wimbledon [1949]; died May 26, 2006

1925 - Lola Albright
actress: The Tender Trap, The Impossible Years

1929 - Mike Ilitch
entrepreneur: owner of Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesar’s Pizza franchises

1930 - Sally Ann Howes
actress: Dead of Night, The History of Mr. Polly, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Nicholas Nickleby

1936 - Butch (Fred) Baird
golf: champ: PGA: Waco Turner Open Invitational [1961], 1976 San Antonio Texas Open [1976]; champ: Senior PGA: Cuyahoga Seniors [1986], Northville Long Island Classic [1989]

1938 - Tony (Pedro Lopez) Oliva
baseball: Minnesota Twins [3-time AL batting champion/Rookie of the Year: 1964/all-star: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971/World Series: 1965]

1938 - Diana Rigg
Tony Award-winning actress: Medea; King Lear, Witness for the Prosecution, The Avengers, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, In Trust and Follies; hostess: PBS’ Mystery

1938 - Natalie Wood (Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin)
actress: From Here to Eternity, West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, Marjorie Morningstar, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger; died Nov 29, 1981

1942 - Pete Hamilton
auto racer: Daytona 500 winner [1970]

1942 - Mickey (Mitchell Jack) Stanley
baseball: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968]

1943 - Chris Amon
auto racer: “...the New Zealander led lots of races, started from pole yet never ever managed to win a Grand Prix.”

1943 - John Lodge
musician: guitar: Blue Guitar [w/Justin Hayward], singer: group: Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin

1944 - T.G. Sheppard (William Bowder)
singer: I Loved ’Em Every One, Make My Day [w/Clint Eastwood], Last Cheater’s Waltz

1945 - Betty Burfeindt
golf champion: LPGA [1976]

1945 - Kim Carnes
Grammy Award-winning singer: Bette Davis Eyes [1981]; w/Kenny Rogers: Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer, What About Me; co-wrote score: Flashdance

1946 - John Almond
musician: reeds, keyboards, vibes: group: Johnny Almond and the Music Machine

1947 - Carlos Santana
Grammy Award-winning musician: LP: Supernatural [9 Grammys in 2000]; group: Santana: Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va

1957 - Donna Dixon
actress: Wayne’s World, Speed Zone, Beverly Hills Madam, Dr. Detroit, Bosom Buddies, Berrenger’s

1958 - Mick McNeil
musician: keyboards: group: Simple Minds: Changeling, Premonition, The American, Love Song, Don’t You [Forget About Me]

1963 - Dino Esposito
singer: I Like It, Romeo

1964 - Chris Cornell
Grammy Award-winning musician: drums, singer, songwriter: group: Soundgarden: Spoonman [1994], Black Hole Sun [1994]

Chart Toppers
July 20th.

1945 Dream - The Pied Pipers
The More I See You - Dick Haymes
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - Bob Wills

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
It’s Been So Long - Webb Pierce

1961 Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells

1969 In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
I Love You More Today - Conway Twitty

1977 Da Doo Ron Ron - Shaun Cassidy
Looks like We Made It - Barry Manilow
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
It was Almost like a Song - Ronnie Milsap

1985 A View to a Kill - Duran Duran
Raspberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution
Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood

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Monday, July 21, 2008

It isn’t often that people are invited to a picnic to watch a war; but that’s what happened on this day in 1861.

For those of you who weren’t invited or just don’t remember, it was the first major battle of the Civil War between the North and the South. U.S. Federal troops under the leadership of Major General Irwin McDowell attacked Confederate troops led by General Beauregard. It was the Battle of Bull Run Creek at Manassas Junction, Virginia. The Confederates, with the help of General E. Kirby Smith and General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, held back the Union troops like a stone wall.

Many folks, dressed in their Sunday best, came to watch and picnic as 60,000 men fought for over ten hours. When a shell destroyed a wagon blocking the main road of retreat, panic sent Union troops and picnickers scurrying back to Washington D.C.
More. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html)

July 21st.

1873 - The first train robbery in America was pulled off by Jesse James and his gang. They took $3,000 from the Rock Island Express at Adair, IA. Stick ’em up. And don’t try to grab my mask!

1930 - The Veterans’ Administration of the United States was established this day.

1931 - Ted Husing was master of ceremonies for the very first CBS-TV program. The gala show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.

1944 - Harry S Truman accepted the Democratic party’s nomination for vice president of the U.S. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected for a fourth term that year -- with Truman as his VP. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt died and Truman became president.

1957 - Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title. She won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition.

1958 - The last of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts programs aired on CBS-TV. Many artists got their start on Talent Scouts, including Tony Bennett, Pat Boone, The McGuire Sisters and a singer named Connie Francis -- who not only sang, but played the accordion, as well.

1959 - A U.S. District Court judge in New York City ruled that Lady Chatterley’s Lover was not a dirty book. The ruling was upheld in U.S. appeals court one year later. The book, incidentally, has been called a literary work of art. We recommend pages 21, 46 and 319.

1968 - Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship. Palmer accomplished the feat in just 13 years and 2 months as a professional golfer. He won 52 golf tournaments during that period.

1969 - Just one day after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Duke Ellington and a portion of his band performed a 10-minute composition on ABC-TV titled Moon Maiden. The work featured piano, drums, bass and vocals.

1973 - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown reached the top spot on the Billboard pop-singles chart, becoming Jim Croce’s first big hit. Croce died in a plane crash two months later (September 20, 1973).

1985 - The 10 sexiest men in the U.S., according to Playgirl magazine, included comedian John Candy, New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Representative Jack Kemp.

1985 - Sandy Lyle became the first British golfer in 16 years to win the British Open golf title. Tony Jacklin was the previous winner from Great Britain (1969).

1985 - Race horse John Henry retired. The thoroughbred was originally purchased for $1,100. The 1984 Horse of the Year had career winnings of $6.5 million. John Henry won 39 of 83 races and was 10 years old when he retired.

1987 - TV personality Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight made news as she had her legs insured by Lloyd’s of London for $2 million.

1989 - Former president Ronald Reagan was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in recognition of his role as George Armstrong Custer in The Santa Fe Trail (1940) and as host of TV’s Death Valley Days (1965-1966).

1990 - Some 250,000 people celebrated at the site where the Berlin Wall once stood in East Berlin. Included in the benefit concert was an all-star cast performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Artists who performed: The Band, The Scorpions, Ute Lemper, Thomas Dolby, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchel, James Galway, Brian Adams, Jerry Hall, Van Morrison, Marianne Faithfull, Albert Finney. Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters (organizer of the concert) performed together with his group The Bleeding Heart Band. “Organizing this show was certainly a lot of hard work,” Waters said, “but it was excellent to work with Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper and all the others.”

1990 - As reported by This Week in Musical History and Rock Date Diary: The Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast from Wembley Stadium.

July 21st.

1864 - Frances Cleveland (Folsom)
wife of 22nd U.S. President Grover Cleveland; died Oct 29, 1947

1899 - Ernest (Miller) Hemingway
Pulitzer Prize [1953] & Nobel Prize-winning writer [1954]: The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls; died July 2, 1961

1911 - (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan
professor, writer: Understanding Media, The Medium is the Massage; “The medium is the message.”; died Dec 31, 1980

1920 - Isaac Stern
concert violin impresario: soundtrack: Fiddler on the Roof; died Sep 22, 2001

1922 - Kay Starr (Katherine Starks)
singer: Rock and Roll Waltz, My Heart Reminds Me, Wheel of Fortune, Side By Side

1924 - Don Knotts
comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor: The Andy Griffith Show [1960-1961, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1966-1967], Matlock, Three’s Company, The Don Knotts Show, The Steve Allen Show; died Feb 24, 2006

1926 - Paul Burke
actor: Anatomy of Terror, Valley of the Dolls, Francis in the Navy, Twelve O’Clock High, Noah’s Ark, Naked City, Hot Shots, Dynasty

1926 - Norman Jewison
director: Moonstruck, Agnes of God, And Justice for All, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Rollerball

1930 - Gene Littler
golf champion: U.S. Open [1961]

1931 - Gene Fullmer
International Boxing Hall of Famer: World Middleweight Champion [1957], NBA Middleweight Champion [1959-62]

1938 - Janet Reno
U.S. Attorney General (1993-2001)

1943 - Edward Herrmann
actor: Big Business, Beacon Hill, Reds, The Paper Chase, Mrs. Soffel, The Great Gatsby, Eleanor & Franklin

1943 - Jerry McGee
golf: champ: Pensacola Open [1975], IVB-Philadelphia Classic [1977], Kemper Open [1979], Sammy Davis, Jr.-Greater Hartford Open [1979]

1944 - Pete Banaszak
football: Oakland Raiders running back: Super Bowl II, XI

1945 - Leigh Lawson
actor: Battling for Baby, O Pioneers!, Tears in the Rain, Tess, Love Among the Ruins, Brother Sun, Sister Moon

1948 - Cat Stevens (Stephen Demetre Georgiou, Muslim name: Yusuf Islam)
singer: Wild World, Moon Shadow, Peace Train, Oh Very Young

1948 - Garry Trudeau
cartoonist: Doonesbury

1949 - Al (Alan Thomas) Hrabosky
‘The Mad Hungarian’: baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, KC Royals, Atlanta Braves

1952 - Phil Russell
hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres

1952 - Robin Williams
Academy Award-winning actor: Good Will Hunting [1997]; comedian and/or actor: Mork and Mindy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society, Popeye, The Fisher King, Hook, Comic Relief, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Come, Jumanji, Jakob the Liar

1957 - Jon Lovitz
comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, A League of Their Own, City Slickers: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

1958 - Henry Priestman
singer: group: The Christians

1960 - Lance Guest
actor: Lou Grant, Knots Landing, Life Goes On, The Wizard of Loneliness, Jaws: The Revenge, The Last Starfighter, Halloween II: The Nightmare isn’t Over

1960 - Matt Mulhern
actor: Biloxi Blues, Major Dad

1961 - Jim Martin
musician: guitar: group: Faith No More

1978 - Josh Hartnett
actor: Pearl Harbor, Cracker, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, The Virgin Suicides.

Chart Toppers
July 21st.

1946 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The McGuire Sisters
Even Tho - Webb Pierce

1962 Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Only One Love in My Life - Ronnie Milsap

1986 Invisible Touch - Genesis
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Nasty - Janet Jackson
Until I Met You - Judy Rodman

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The youngest of the Benét children, Stephen Vincent Benét, was born on this day in 1898 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Stephen, his brother William, and sister Laura, were all prolific poets and novelists, yet Stephen is considered the epitome of the American poet. It was his interest in American history and folklore that garnered Benét his first Pultizer Prize for the long ballad, John Brown’s Body, which he penned in 1928. This American masterpiece exemplifies the War Between the States in dramatic poetry. It draws verbal pictures from the slave trade in the 1600s and the political events that led to the war to the Battle of Gettysburg and the abolitionsists of New England.

Ten years later, Benét took his fantasy story, The Devil and Daniel Webster, which combined an old folk tale with the history of New England, and adapted it into a folk opera. He then wrote the screenplay for a movie of the same title, which was also known as: All That Money Can Buy, A Certain Mr. Scratch, Daniel and the Devil, and Here is a Man.

Stephen, who studied at Yale University, was published at an early age. His works include his 1920 volume of poetry, Heavens and Earth, novels, Young People’s Pride and Spanish Bayonet, and a collection of short stories, Thirteen O’Clock.

Benét, who was married to the former Rosemary Carr, died at the early age of 45, before he completed his last narrative poem about the settling of America. Western Star, the completed first section of the epic, earned Benét another Pulitzer Prize, this one posthumously. (His brother William was honored with his own Pulitzer the previous year.)

One hundred years after his birth, Stephen Vincent Benét was honored with his portrait on a U.S. stamp. The unveiling of the stamp was held at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, the scene of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. If you have ever read any of Benét’s poetry, you would have to agree with Don Campbell, the Superintendent of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, when he said, “This is really where John Brown’s soul and Stephen Vincent Benét’s poetry come together for an eternity.”

Benét’s son, Thomas, said, “Who knows what he might have accomplished had he lived longer. I feel this occasion would have pleased him immensely.”

The American poet, Stephen Vincent Benét, will live forever through his poetry.
More here,here, (http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/618) and here. (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/stephen-vincent-benet/)

July 22nd.

1926 - Babe Ruth proved that he could catch a baseball. In a stunt at Mitchell Field in New York, Ruth, a private in the National Guard, caught a baseball that was dropped from an airplane. The plane was at 250 feet and traveling at about 100 miles-per-hour. As the cowhide hit the leather of Ruth’s glove, the ‘Bambino’ said, “Eeeeeeeooooooowwwwwcccchhh!”

1933 - Aviator Wiley Post ended his first around-the-world flight on this day. Post traveled 15,596 miles in just over a week (7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes). His famous plane was called the Winnie Mae.

1933 - Caterina Jarboro became the first black prima donna of an opera company. The singer performed Aida with the Chicago Opera Company at the Hippodrome in New York City.

1934 - Public enemy number one, the notorious John Dillinger, was gunned down and mortally wounded by FBI agents at the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, IL.

1937 - Hal Kemp and his orchestra recorded the now-standard tune, Got a Date with an Angel, for Victor Records in Hollywood, California. The distinctive vocal on the tune is provided by Skinnay Ennis.

1944 - The Bretton Woods (New Hampshire) Conference created the International Monetary Fund on this day. The IMF is “...a cooperative institution that [many] countries have voluntarily joined because they see the advantage of consulting with one another in this forum to maintain a stable system of buying and selling their currencies so that payments in foreign money can take place between countries smoothly and without delay.” The IMF was based on the ideas of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Director of Monetary Research, Harry Dexter White, John Maynard Keynes of England and the IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction & Development). The IMF began operations in Washington, D.C. in May 1946 with 39 member countries.

1955 - U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C. It was the first time that a Vice President had carried out this task.

1963 - World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston hung on to his boxing title by knocking out challenger Floyd Patterson in the first round of a bout in Las Vegas, NV.

1965 - Till Death Us Do Part debuted on England’s BBC-TV. The show was so popular that it became a TV series in Great Britain and was the forerunner of the 1971-92 CBS-TV hit, All in the Family, starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton.

1967 - The Billboard singles chart showed that Windy, by The Association, was the most popular record in the U.S. for the fourth straight week. The Los Angeles-based sextet would make way for Jim Morrison and The Doors a week later when Light My Fire became the hottest record of the mid-summer.

1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.

1977 - Tony Orlando announced his retirement from show business. Orlando was performing in Cohasset, MA when he said that he had finally decided to call it quits. Orlando had two solo hits in 1961 (Halfway to Paradise and Bless You) and 14 hits with his backup singers (known as Dawn) through the mid-1970s. He also hosted a weekly TV variety show with Dawn (Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent) from 1974-1976.

1979 - Frenchman Bernard Hinault won the Tour de France in 103 hours, 6 minutes and 50 seconds. It was the second time that the bicyclist had won the event. He took a little longer to complete the course the previous year, finishing in 108 hours and 18 minutes. Hinault won this event again in 1981, 1982 (his best time, 92 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds) and 1985.

1985 - Bruce Springsteen became the hottest ticket in the rock concert biz as 70,000 Cleveland fans lined up (in less than three hours) to grab tickets to see the ‘Boss’.

1990 - Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France. He outdistanced all other cyclists by finishing in 90 hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds. His time was slower than his past wins. LeMond won in 1986 and again in 1989 with his best time of 87 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds. It seems like you have to be French to win the Tour de France, you say? Wrong, bicycle breath! Greg LeMond represented the U.S.A.

1994 - O.J. Simpson pleaded “absolutely, 100 percent not guilty” to charges he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole and restaurant worker, Ronald Goldman; and the case was assigned to Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito in Los Angeles.

1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a bill designed to mold the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) into a friendlier, fairer tax collector. Democrat and Republican lawmakers attended the bill-signing ceremony at White House. Now that it’s been a few years, what do you think of this fuzzy, warm IRS?

July 22nd.

1784 - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
German astronomer and mathematician: first to triangulate the heavens by observing the parallax of the star 61 Cygni [the change in its angular position as the Earth moved between opposite extremes of its orbit]: Bessel estimated the distance of the star to be 10·1 light years [the Bessel function]; died Mar 17, 1846

1822 - Gregor (Johann) Mendel
botanist: his theories formed basis of genetics and heredity in today’s science; died Jan 6, 1884

1890 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
mother of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy; died Jan 22, 1995

1893 - Karl Menninger
psychiatrist: founded [w/brother & father] the Menninger Clinic and Foundation, Topeka, KS to care for people with emotional problems; died July 18, 1990

1898 - Stephen Vincent Benét
Pulitzer prize-winning poet: see American Poet Day [above]; died Mar 13, 1943

1898 - Alexander (Stirling) Calder
sculptor: wood, bronze, mobiles; died Nov 11, 1976

1922 - Jim (Manuel Joseph) Rivera
‘Jungle Jim’: baseball: Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], SL Browns, KC Athletics

1923 - Bob (Robert) Dole
U.S. Senate majority leader, 1996 GOP candidate for president of U.S.

1924 - Margaret Whiting
singer: Moonlight in Vermont, It Might as Well Be Spring, Now is the Hour, Far Away Places, A Tree in the Meadow, w/Jimmy Wakely: Slippin’ Around, Wedding Bells Will Soon Be Ringing

1928 - Orson Bean (Dallas Burroughs)
comedian, actor: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; game show panelist: To Tell the Truth, I’ve Got a Secret, Keep Talking; author: 25 Ways to Cook a Mouse

1929 - Marcia Henderson
actress: The Aldrich Family, Thunder Bay, Naked Alibi, Deadly Duo; died Nov 23, 1987

1932 - Oscar De La Renta
fashion designer

1934 - Louise Fletcher
actress: High School High, Two Moon Junction series, Nightmare on the 13th Floor, Final Notice, Flowers in the Attic, Invaders from Mars, A Summer to Remember, Natural Enemies, Lady in Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1937 - Chuck Jackson
singer: Any Day Now, I Don’t Want to Cry

1939 - Terence Stamp
actor: Superman: The Movie, Far from the Madding Crowd, Alien Nation, Billy Budd, Wall Street, Young Guns, The Real McCoy

1940 - George Clinton (aka Dr. Funkenstein, also Maggot Overlord)
singer: groups: The Parliaments: [I Just Wanna] Testify; Funkadelic: LP: Funkadelic, Maggot Brain, One Nation Under a Groove, Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, Trombipulation, The Electric Spanking of War Babies; Parliament: Mothership Connection; Brides of Funkenstein; Parlet; Bootsy’s Rubber Band; solo: LP: Computer Games: single: Atomic Dog; Parliament/Funkadelic motto: Free Your Mind and Your *** Will Followomic Dog

1940 - Alex Trebek
game show host: Jeopardy, Concentration, The $128,000 Question; narrator: Heart of Courage

1941 - Thomas Wayne (Perkins)
singer: Tragedy

1943 - Bobby Sherman
singer: Little Woman, Julie, Do Ya Love Me; actor: Shindig, Here Come the Brides, Getting Together; founder of TAC-5, a paramedics group

1944 - Estelle Bennett
singer: group: The Ronettes: Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Do I Love You, [The Best Part Of] Breaking Up, Walking in the Rain

1944 - Rick Davies
musician: keyboard, singer: group: Supertramp

1944 - Sparky (Albert) Lyle
baseball: NY Yankees pitcher: Cy Young Award [1977]

1946 - Danny Glover
actor: Lethal Weapon series, Silverado, Escape from Alcatraz, Chiefs, The Color Purple, Angels in the Outfield, Places in the Heart

1947 - Albert Brooks (Einstein)
actor: Broadcast News, Lost in America, Private Benjamin, Taxi Driver

1947 - Don Henley
drummer, singer: groups: Shiloh; The Eagles: Hotel California; solo: Dirty Laundry, All She Wants to Do is Dance, The End of the Innocence; songwriter: The Boys of Summer

1947 - Cliff (Clifford) Johnson
baseball: Houston Astros, NY Yankees [World Series: 1977, 1978], Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers

1955 - Willem Dafoe
actor: Platoon, Mississippi Burning, Clear and Present Danger, New York Nights

1956 - Scott (Douglas) Sanderson
baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1990], NY Yankees [all-star: 1991], California Angels, SF Giants, Chicago White Sox

1963 - Rob Estes
director, actor: Silk Stalkings, Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Terror in the Mall, Outreach

1963 - Joanna Going
actress: Search for Tomorrow, Another World, Dark Shadows, Wyatt Earp, Still Breathing, NetForce, Cupid & Cate

1964 - John Leguizamo
actor: The Fan, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Super Mario Bros., Carlito’s Way, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Casualties of War; actor, playwright: Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama; comedian: House of Buggin’

1964 - David Spade
writer, comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Coneheads, A Very Brady Sequel, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, The Rugrats Movie, Lost & Found

1965 - Michael Hickenbottom
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania series, Royal Rumble series, Sunday Night Heat, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon

1965 - Patrick Labyorteaux
actor: JAG, Mame, Little House on the Prairie, Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College, 3 Ninjas, Redemption of the Ghost, Hollywood Palms

1967 - Irene Bedard
actress: Crazy Horse, Grand Avenue, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale; voice-over: Pocahontas.

Chart Toppers
July 22nd.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Honey-Babe - Art Mooney
The House of Blue Lights - Chuck Miller
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Surf City - Jan & Dean
So Much in Love - The Tymes
Memphis - Lonnie Mack
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971 It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Don’t Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979 Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Good Times - Chic
Makin’ It - David Naughton
Shadows in the Moonlight - Anne Murray

1987 Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
Don’t Disturb This Groove - The System
I Know Where I’m Going - The Judds

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

To the strains of Back in the Saddle Again, by Ray Whitley and Gene Autry, TV viewers were treated to the first performance of The Gene Autry Show.

The singing cowboy made the move from Hollywood films to the tube on this night in 1950. Autry and his sidekick, Pat Buttram, maintained law and order in the U.S. Southwest for six years. And they did it in a most entertaining manner. Gene sang just like he did in the movies and his horse, Champion, would do some amazing horse tricks, and Pat Buttram would invariably get into silly situations.

The Gene Autry Show started out on CBS on Sunday nights from 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Three years later, the show was moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. The half-hour horse opera remained in that time slot for one year when it moved once again to Saturday night in the 7 p.m. slot.

Gene Autry and friends hopped back in the saddle weekly until August of 1956.

Autry went on to become a Country Music Association Hall of Famer, own Golden West Broadcasting and the California Angels baseball team. And he is the only person to have five Hollywood Walk of Fame stars (film, radio, TV, stage, records). He died October 2, 1998.
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July 23rd.

1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA. Actually, the first lesson proved interesting: A student was suspended from a pole on a rope while “learning the use of his limbs.” Famous people who were former students: John Quincy Adams, James Audubon.

1829 - The first typewriter was patented -- by William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI. It didn’t work out as well as other practical models developed years later. The first problem was, people couldn’t get used to calling it a Burtwriter...

1934 - The program Home Sweet Home debuted on the NBC Red radio network. The principal characters were Fred, Lucy, Dick Kent and Uncle Will.

1941 - Sonny Dunham and his orchestra recorded the tune that was to become Mr. Dunham’s theme song. Memories of You was Bluebird record #11289.

1945 - The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

1962 - The Telstar communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.

1966 - Frank Sinatra hit the top of the pop album chart with his Strangers in the Night. It was the first #1 Sinatra LP since 1960. The album’s title song had made it to number one on the pop singles chart on July 2nd.

1969 - Three Dog Night received a gold record for the single, One. It was the first of seven million-sellers for the pop-rock group.

1972 - Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.

1984 - From the Oh, THOSE Pictures File: Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown. It had been discovered that she had posed nude for Penthouse magazine. Williams, the first black Miss America, relinquished her title to Suzette Charles, the pageant’s runner-up.

1987 - Billy Williams, Catfish Hunter and Ray Dandridge were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Joining the trio, St. Louis Cardinals/CBS radio announcer Jack Buck, who became the 11th person to receive the Ford Frick Award for broadcasters.

1999 - The Haunting, a remake of the 1963 classic, opened at theatres across the U.S. It brought it a not-so-spooky $33.44 million bucks the first weekend. The cast included the scary Lili Taylor, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Bruce Dern.

2000 - Tiger Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland to become the youngest player (24 years of age) to win the career ‘Grand Slam’ of golf (The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open) and the first to win all four majors since Jack Nicklaus’ victory in the 1966. Woods not only was the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam, he completed it faster than any of the four greats who did it before him. The other players to win the Grand Slam were Gene Sarazen in 1935, Ben Hogan in 1953, Gary Player in 1965 and Jack Nicklaus in 1966 (age 26) at Muirfield. (Nicklaus went on to win the Grand Slam two more times.) Woods finished the British Open at 19-under-par 269, the best score ever at St. Andrews (Nick Faldo shot an 18-under in his 1990 win), and the lowest score ever at a major championship.

July 23rd.

1876 - Ginger (Clarence Howeth) Beaumont
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1900, 1903], Boston Doves, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1910]; died Apr 10, 1956

1894 - Arthur Treacher (Veary)
actor: National Velvet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Princess, Heidi, David Copperfield, The Merv Griffin Show; fast-food chain: Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips; died Dec 14, 1975

1908 - Karl Swenson
actor: The Hanging Tree, The Gallant Hours, North to Alaska, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Vanishing Point; died Oct 8, 1978

1912 - Michael Wilding
actor: Waterloo, The World of Suzie Wong, The Glass Slipper, Under Capricorn, The Courtney Affair; died July 8, 1979

1913 - Coral Browne
actress: Auntie Mame, The Killing of Sister George, Eleanor, First Lady of the World, The Courtney Affair; wife of actor Vincent Price; died May 29, 1991

1915 - Vincent Sardi, Jr.
restaurateur: Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, NY; died Jan 4, 2007

1918 - Pee Wee (Harold) Reese
Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1941, 1946-1954/all-star: 1942, 1946-1954], LA Dodgers; coach: LA Dodgers; died Aug 14, 1999

1921 - Calvert DeForest
actor: Late Night with David Letterman: Larry ‘Bud’ Melman; Mr. Write, Leader of the Band, Heaven Help Us; died Mar 19, 2007

1925 - Gloria DeHaven
actress: Two Girls and a Sailor, Three Little Words, Summer Stock, Broadway Rhythm, Nakia

1926 - Johnny (John Thomas) Groth
baseball: Detroit Tigers, SL Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, KC Athletics

1929 - Billy Maxwell
golf: Texas Golf Hall of Famer: North Texas State University: 4 straight NCAA championships [1949-1952]; champ: U.S. Amateur [1951], Azalea Open [1955], Arlington Hotel Open [1956], Hesperia Open [1957], the Memphis Open [1958], Palm Springs Classic, Puerto Rico Open [1961], Dallas Open [1962]

1933 - Bert Convy
TV host: Win, Lose or Draw, Tattletales, People Do the Craziest Things; actor: Love of Life, The Snoop Sisters; singer: group: Cheers: Black Leather Jacket and Motorcycle Boots; died July 15, 1991

1934 - Steve Lacy (Lackritz)
jazz musician: soprano sax: Ask Me Now, Pannonica; composer

1935 - Cleveland Duncan
singer: group: Penguins: Earth Angel

1936 - Don (Donald Scott) Drysdale
Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1959], Los Angeles Dodgers [World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966/all-star: 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968/Cy Young Award-winner: 1962]; broadcaster: ABC Monday Night Baseball; writer: Once a Bum, Always a Dodger; died July 3,1993

1936 - Anthony Kennedy
lawyer: U.S. Supreme Court Justice, sworn in February 18, 1988

1938 - Ronny Cox
actor: Scissors, Total Recall, Loose Cannons, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop series, Some Kind of Hero, Taps, The Onion Field, Harper Valley P.T.A., Gray Lady Down, Bound for Glory, Deliverance, Sweet Justice, Spencer, Second Chances, St. Elsewhere, Cop Rock, Apple’s Way

1939 - Nicholas Gage
writer: Eleni

1940 - Don Imus
Radio Hall of Fame talker: Imus In The Morning; actor: Odd Jobs

1940 - Gary Stites
singer: Lonely for You, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Starry Eyed

1945 - Dino Danelli
musician: drummer: group: The (Young) Rascals: Good Lovin’, Groovin’, How Can I Be Sure, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free; group: Bulldog

1946 - Andy Mackay
musician: saxophone, woodwinds: group: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, All I Want is You, Out of the Blue, Dance Away, Angel Eyes, Jealous Guy; solo: LPs: In Search of Eddie Riff, Resolving Contradictions

1947 - David Essex (Cook)
singer: Rock On, Lamplight, I’m Gonna Make You a Star; actor: Godspell, Evita, That’ll be the Day

1947 - Larry Manetti
actor: Magnum P.I., Baa Baa Black Sheep, Exit, The Take

1948 - Coby Dietrick
basketball [center]: San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls

1950 - Belinda Montgomery
actress: Man from Atlantis, Doogie Howser, M.D., Stone Fox, Tell Me That You Love Me

1950 - Blair Thornton
musician: guitar: group: Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Roll On Down the Highway

1951 - Edie McClurg
actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, The Hogan Family, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, A River Runs Through It, Eating Raoul

1961 - Martin Gore
musician: group: DePeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence

1961 - Woody Harrelson
Emmy Award-winning actor: Cheers [1988-89]; White Men Can’t Jump, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal, The Cowboy Way

1962 - Eriq La Salle
actor: ER, Another World, Coming to America, Under Suspicion, Color of Night

1967 - Philip Seymour Hoffman
actor: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Scent of a Woman, The Getaway, Twister, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Magnolia, State and Main, Almost Famous

1968 - Gary Payton
‘The Glove’: basketball [guard]: Oregon State Univ; NBA: Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers, Boston Celtics

1968 - Stephanie Seymour (super model)

1972 - Marlon Wayans
writer, actor: The Wayans Bros, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2; brother of Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans.

Chart Toppers
July 23rd.

1948 You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
Can’t You See that She’s Mine - The Dave Clark Five
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto
Dang Me - Roger Miller

1972 Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer - Charley Pride

1980 It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time - Spinners
True Love Ways - Mickey Gilley

1988 Hold on to the Nights - Richard Marx
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Lappard
New Sensation - INXS
Set ’Em Up Joe - Vern Gosdin

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206th day of 2008 - 160 remaining.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

On this day in 1983, Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett slammed a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Royals a 5-4 lead over New York. Or did he?

Seconds after Brett crossed home plate, New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin came out of the dugout to protest that the pine tar on Brett’s bat was more than 18 inches up the bat handle. The umpires measured Brett’s bat, using home plate as a measuring rod, and came to the conclusion that Martin was correct -- and called Brett out -- erasing the Royals lead. Or did they?

The president of the American League, Lee McPhail, later reversed the umpires’ decision on the pine tar and ruled that the game was suspended -- with the Royals leading, 5-4. The game was completed 3 1/2 weeks later, on August 18, 1983, in Yankee Stadium. The outcome of the game? It only took 12 minutes to play the remainder of the contest with the Royals tarring the Yankees 5-4.
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July 24th.

1847 - Richard M. Hoe of New York City patented the rotary-type printing press.

1849 - Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. presented its first Doctor of Music Degree -- to Professor John Casper Henry Dielman.

1933 - The first broadcast of The Romance of Helen Trent was heard on radio. The show continued on the air for 7,222 episodes and 27 years. Amazingly, Helen stayed at 35 years of age throughout the entire series! The show used two Helen Trents over the years. The first Helen was played by Virginia Clark (for 11 years) and the second by Julie Stevens (for 16 years).

1933 - During his fourth Fireside Chat, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt showed why the homey, warm, comfortable discussion was, indeed, a fireside chat. The President stopped the discussion on the air (remember folks, this was radio) and asked for a glass of water, which he then sipped. Newsman Robert Trout is credited with coming up with the name, Fireside Chat, because of real moments like this.

1938 - Clarinet virtuoso and big band leader Artie Shaw recorded his now-classic, Begin the Beguine, for Bluebird Records in New York City. Shaw was married to Ava Gardner at the time.

1943 - Foreign Assignment, was first heard on Mutual radio. The title role of Brian Berry was played by Jay Jostyn, who also starred in another popular radio drama, Mr. District Attorney.

1956 - After a decade together as the country’s most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called it quits this night. They did their last show at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City. The duo ended their relationship exactly 10 years after they had started it.

1969 - Hoyt Wilhelm, pitching for the Chicago White Sox, set a major-league baseball record by pitching in game number 907 of his career. Wilhelm went on to lead all major-league hurlers (number of games pitched) with 1,070 in his career (1952-1972).

1978 - Billy Martin was fired. It was the first of three times the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team would get the boot. Martin would be canned again in 1979 and in 1983, each time by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

1984 - After 14 years and four Super Bowl championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League. Bradshaw, age 35, was forced to the sidelines by an elbow injury. Following a divorce from ice skater Jo Jo Starbuck, Bradshaw joined CBS as a football analyst.

1985 - Walt Disney’s The Black Cauldron opened in movie houses around the country. The film was the 25th full-length cartoon produced by the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA and was its most expensive to that time. The Black Cauldron cost Disney $25 million to produce.

1987 - Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak. When she got to the top, she was heard to say, “Hey, dudes -- how do I get down from here?”

1998 - “In the last great invasion of the last great war, the greatest danger for eight men ... was saving one.” That one was one Private James Ryan and the story of the search for him, Saving Private Ryan, opened in U.S. theatres this day. Produced and directed by one Steven Spielberg, the movie earned $30.58 million the first weekend.

2001 - The city of Detroit, Michigan celebrated its 300th anniversary with a historical reenactment of city founder Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landing on the shores of the Detroit River. Included in the tricentennial party, the unveiling of a statue of Cadillac: a gift of the French-American Chamber of Commerce to the city of Detroit. Happy birthday Motor City!

July 24th.

1783 - Simon Bolivar
South American liberator; died Dec 17, 1830

1802 - Alexandre Dumas (La Pailleterie)
playwright, novelist: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers; died Dec 5, 1870

1898 - Amelia Earhart
aviator: 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; 1st woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California; disappeared July 2, 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific during a round the world trip from Florida to California

1908 - Cootie (Charles) Williams
musician: trumpet: Echoes of Harlem, Concerto for Cootie, Carelessly [w/Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman]; band leader: Cootie Williams Sextet and Orchestra: Tess’ Torch Song, Cherry Red Blues; died Sep 15, 1985

1914 - Frank Silvera
actor: Valdez is Coming, Toys in the Attic, The High Chaparral; died June 11, 1970

1916 - Bob Eberly (Robert Eberle)
singer: The Breeze and I, Besame Mucho [w/Kitty Kallen]; sang w/Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & on TV’s Top Tunes; brother of singer Ray Eberle; died Nov 17, 1981

1920 - Bella Abzug (Stavitsky)
feminist, attorney, U.S. Congresswoman; died Mar 31, 1998

1921 - Billy Taylor
jazz pianist: leader: Billy Taylor Trio, Orchestra; co-founder of Jazzmobile ’65; music director: The David Frost Show; jazz segments: Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt

1933 - Doug Sanders
golf: champ: 21 victories on PGA & Senior PGA Tours; sponsored Doug Sanders International Jr Championship for top-ranked amateurs; hosts Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic in Houston; inducted into Florida, Georgia , Texas Sports Halls of Fame, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame

1934 - Rudy Collins
musician: drums: group: Dizzy Gillespie quintet

1935 - Pat Oliphant
political cartoonist

1936 - Ruth Buzzi
comedienne, actress: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Entertainers, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, That Girl, Sesame Street, Finders Keepers, Freaky Friday

1939 - Walt Bellamy
Basketball Hall of Famer: NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons: individual NBA record for games played [88] in a season [1968-1969]

1941 - Barbara Jean Love
singer: group: Friends of Distinction: Grazing in the Grass, Going in Circles, Love or Let Me Be Lonely

1942 - Heinz Burt
musician: bass: group: The Tornados: Telstar, Globetrotter; solo: Just like Eddie; died Apr 7, 2000

1942 - Roger Lafreniere
hockey: Cincinnati Wings, Pittsburgh Hornets, Buffalo Bisons, Denver Spurs, St. Louis Blues

1942 - Chris Sarandon
actor: The Princess Bride, Child’s Play, Deadly Temptress, The Nightmare before Christmas, The Guiding Light

1947 - Robert Hays
actor: Airplane!, Airplane 2, Take This Job & Shove It, Starman, FM, Angie

1951 - Lynda Carter
actress: Wonder Woman, Partners in Crime, Hawkeye; Miss World-USA

1951 - Lynval Golding
musician: guitar: groups: The Specials: Gangsters, A Message to You Rudy, Too Much Too Young, Ghost Town; Fun Boy Three: LPs: Fun Boy Three, Waiting

1951 - Jim O’Malley
football: Notre Dame University, Denver Broncos

1953 - Steve Grogan
football: New England Patriots quarterback: Super Bowl XX

1962 - Kevin Butler
football: Chicago Bears kicker: Super Bowl XX

1963 - Karl Malone
basketball: Louisiana Tech, Utah Jazz

1964 - Barry Bonds
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants: [NL MVP: 1990, 1992-1993, 2001-2004; all-star: 1990, 1992-1998, 2000-2004, 2007

1965 - Kadeem Hardison
actor: A Different World, Vampire in Brooklyn, Renaissance Man, White Men Can’t Jump, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Beat Street

1968 - Laura Leighton (Miller)
actress: Melrose Place

1969 - Jennifer Lopez
actress: In Living Color, Selena, Hotel Malibu, Money Train, Anaconda, Angel Eyes

1982 - Anna Paquin
actress: X-Men, The Piano, Jane Eyre, Amistad, Almost Famous, Finding Forrester, Buffalo Soldiers.

Chart Toppers
July 24th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957 Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
It’s Not for Me to Say - Johnny Mathis
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers

1965 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I’m Henry VIII, I Am - Herman’s Hermits
What’s New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
Before You Go - Buck Owens

1973 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Yesterday Once More - Carpenters
Shambala - Three Dog Night
Love is the Foundation - Loretta Lynn

1981 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Feels So Right - Alabama

1989 Toy Soldiers - Martika
Express Yourself - Madonna
Batdance - Prince
What’s Going on in Your World - George Strait

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Crooner Dean Martin and comedian Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team this day in 1946 at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ. Actually, the two had met while performing -- separately -- at the Glass Hat in New York City and decided to try an ad-lib act together. The rest is entertainment history.

The duo went from earning $350 a week to $5,000 a week in under eight months, with Martin playing the romantic straight man opposite Lewis as his goofy, unpredictable partner. Ten years later, the curtain came down on their final team performance at the Copacabana in New York. Over that decade, the zany two made seventeen movies including My Friend Irma, That’s My Boy, The Caddy, Pardners, Jumping Jacks and The Stooge.

Dean Martin went on to become a recording star (Memories are Made of This, Return to Me, Everybody Loves Somebody), movie star (The Young Lions, Rio Bravo, Sons of Katie Elder, the Matt Helm series) and host of his own TV variety show, The Dean Martin Show. Lewis pursued a solo career in Hollywood as comic lead (The Sad Sack, Cinderfella, The Nutty Professor); director (The Bellboy, The Errand Boy, The Patsy, Family Jewels, Which Way to the Front); producer; teacher (USC); and consummate entertainer. It would take 20 years for the two to speak publicly with each other again.

Martin died December 25, 1995. Lewis continues to set records in fund-raising during his annual Stars Across America! Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (he has been chairman of the MDA since 1950). The Las Vegas resident continues to make nightclub appearances and returned to the stage in the Broadway revival production of Damn Yankees in 1996. Critics called his performance as the Devil, a rip-roaring success.
Dean Martin. (http://www.deanmartinfancenter.com/) Jerry Lewis. (http://www.jerrylewiscomedy.com/) click, (http://www.thejukejoint.com/deanmarandje.html) click. (http://www.mda.org/)

July 25th.

1854 - The paper shirt collar was patented by Walter Hunt of New York City. The once-popular collar was very much a part of a clergyman’s wardrobe. You can, literally, count your blessings that other, more comfortable collars have come along since. Imagine having to wear paper a collar in the heat of July or the dog days of August ... or anytime, for that matter. Amen.

1860 - Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match -- at Worcester, MA.

1866 - Ulysses S. Grant was elevated to full (four-star) general of the U.S. Army, becoming the first American officer to reach that rank.

1871 - Seth Wheeler of Albany, NY patented perforated toilet paper.

1909 - Louis Bleriot of France crossed the English Channel in a 28-hp monoplane with a wingspan of just 23 feet. It was the first time that trick had been accomplished. Actually, it was the world’s first international, overseas flight. Today, one may also travel between France and England by way of the ‘chunnel’ that runs beneath the English Channel. A train will take you over, or rather, under and back. Or, you can do what several others have done -- swim the Channel. Not very time efficient, but it gets the job done, as long as you have no baggage, or no more clothes than just a swim suit...

1925 - Station 2XAG in Schenectady, NY became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter. The station, soon known as WGY Radio, could broadcast with 50,000 watts, since it was owned by the General Electric Company -- a company that knew lots about watts. Today, WGY still broadcasts with its original call letters and is still using 50,000 watts of power.

1939 - W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was Topsy and Eva.

1942 - Capitol Records first number one hit made it to the top this day. It was one of their first six records released on July 1. The new company’s hit was Cow Cow Boogie, by Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slack.

1947 - Fortune Gordien of Oslo, Norway set a world record discus throw of 178.47 feet.

1956 - 52 of the 1,662 passengers and crew on board the Andrea Doria died in a collision with the Swedish-American liner Stockholm near Cape Cod. Launched on June 16, 1951 and named after a famous Italian admiral, the Andrea Doria was Italy’s most luxurious liner. For three years the Andrea Doria reigned supreme on the Atlantic cruise routes while gaining the moniker ‘Grand Dame of the Sea’. At 11:10 p.m., sixty miles from Nantucket Island, the heavily reinforced bow of the Stockholm tore through the starboard side of the Andrea Doria. Thanks to the ship’s S.O.S. signals, a group of ships soon arrived and provided much-needed lifeboats to complete the abandonment of the Andrea Doria. Newsmen and cameras caught her eventual fate and the entire world listened on the radio as she slid beneath the waves to settle in 225 feet of water at 10:09 a.m. All of the 52 who were lost died as a direct result of the initial collision.

1965 - Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival with an electric guitar. He was not well received, even with the classic folk song, Blowin’ in the Wind. The electrified “poet laureate of a generation” was booed and hissed by the audience for being amplified. He was, in fact, booed right off the stage.

1978 - Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Pete Rose broke the National League record for hitting safely in consecutive games as he hit safely in his 38th straight game. He passed Tommy Holmes who had held the record since 1945. Charlie Hustle, as Rose was known, went on to extend his streak to 44 games (streak dates: June 14-July 31, 1978). Joe DiMaggio set the American League -- and major-league -- record, hitting safely in 56 consecutive games (May 15-July 16, 1941).

1978 - The first test-tube baby was born -- in England. Louise, a daughter born to Lesley and Gilbert Brown, was the first baby conceived outside the mother’s body.

1981 - Walter Payton signed a contract to play with the Chicago Bears of the NFL on this, his 27th birthday. The famed running back earned almost $2 million over three years. Sweetness, as he was nicknamed (because of his disposition), became the highest-paid player in the National Football League.

1987 - The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won its 29th game in a row. The Class ‘A’ team beat Pocatello (Idaho) 13-3.

1997 - Air Force One, with President Harrison Ford, er, James Marshall on board, is skyjacked by some despicable bad guys. The running time of the movie is 188 minutes, which is about 30 minutes too long, but plenty long enough for President Ford, er Marshall to fight his way out of all kinds of impossible situations. Unfortunately, the airplane itself couldn’t be saved. Folks all over the U.S. did fly to their neighborhood theatres to drop off some $37.13 million the first weekend.

1999 - Lance Armstrong rode to victory in the Tour de France, capping an amazing comeback from cancer. He was only the second American to win cycling’s showcase race.

July 25th.

1775 - Anna Harrison (Symmes)
wife of 9th U.S. President Benjamin Harrison; died Feb 25, 1864

1844 - Thomas Eakins
realist painter: Walt Whitman, The Thinker, The Clinic of Dr. Gross, The Clinic of Dr. Agnew, Max Schmitt in a Single Scull; died June 25, 1916

1894 - Walter (Andrew) Brennan
Academy Award-winning actor: Come and Get It [1936], Kentucky [1938], The Westerner [1940]; The Tycoon, To Rome with Love, The Real McCoys, The Guns of Will Sonnett; singer: Old Rivers, Dutchman’s Gold, Mama Sang a Song; died Sep 21, 1974

1902 - Eric Hoffer
political, social philosopher, author: The True Believer, The Ordeal of Change, The Temper of Our Time; died in 1983

1908 - Jack Gilford (Jacob Gellman)
actor: Cocoon series, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Caveman, Wholly Moses!, Save the Tiger, Catch-22, Enter Laughing, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Duck Factory, The David Frost Revue, The Arrow Show; died June 2, 1990

1923 - Estelle Getty
actress: Golden Girls, Golden Palace, Tootsie, Mask, Mannequin; workout video: Young at Heart Body Conditioning

1926 - Whitey (Carroll Walter) Lockman
baseball: NY Giants [World Series: 1951, 1954/all-star: 1952], SL Cardinals, SF Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds

1927 - Stanley Dancer
harness racer: Hall of Fame of the Trotter: only driver to win two trotting triple crowns [1968, 1972]; only driver to win the Yonkers Trot six times

1934 - Don Ellis
Grammy Award-winning jazz musician: trumpet, composer: Theme from the French Connection [1973]; New Nine, 3-3-2-2-2-1-2-2-2, Tears of Joy, Milo’s Theme, Star Children; soloist: NY Philharmonic; died Dec 17, 1978

1935 - Barbara Harris
actress: Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peggy Sue Got Married, Plaza Suite, A Thousand Clowns

1940 - John Pennel
pole-vaulter: 1st to break 17' barrier [1963]: held world record [17'10 3/4"] 1969-1973; 1963 Sullivan Award for outstanding amateur athlete of the year; broke or tied the world pole vault record eight times from 1963 through 1969; died Sep 26, 1993

1941 - Manuel Charlton
musician: guitar, singer: group: Nazareth: Love Hurts

1941 - Nate Thurmond
Basketball Hall of Famer: San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers; NBA record: 18 rebounds in one quarter [1965]

1943 - Janet Margolin
actress: Annie Hall, The Game of Love, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal; died Dec 17, 1993

1944 - Buddy (Charles William) Bradford
baseball: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals

1944 - Jim McCarty
musician: drums: groups: Renaissance, Shoot, Box of Frogs, The Yardbirds: For Your Love, Heart Full of Soul, I’m a Man, Shapes of Things, Over Under Sideways Down; songwriter [w/Samwell-Smith]: Still I’m Sad

1948 - Tony Cline
football: DE: Oakland Raiders [1970-75], San Francisco 49ers [1976]; father of Buffalo Bills TE, Tony Cline

1951 - Verdine White
musician: bass, singer: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Boogie Wonderland, Let’s Groove, Best of My Love

1954 - Walter Payton
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears RB: Super Bowl XX; NFL individual record-holder: rushing yards gained in one game [275], in career [16,726]; career [1975-87] touchdowns scored [110] scored; died Nov 1, 1999

1955 - Iman
model, actress: The Human Factor, Out of Africa, L.A. Story, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Exit to Eden; married to singer David Bowie

1957 - Ray Billingsley
cartoonist: Curtis

1957 - Steve Podborski
skier: World Cup Ski Champion

1961 - Bobbie Eakes
actress: The Bold and the Beautiful, JAG, Choosing Matthias

1962 - Doug (Douglas Dean) Drabek
baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros [all-star: 1994]

1965 - Illeana Douglas
actress: The Perfect Woman, To Die for, Grace of My Heart, Chasing Amy, Picture Perfect, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Bella Mafia, Message in a Bottle, The Next Best Thing

1967 - Matt LeBlanc
actor: Friends, TV 101, Reform School Girl, Ed, Lost in Space, Charlie’s Angels, All the Queen’s Men.

Chart Toppers
July 25th.

1950 Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
I Wanna Be Loved - The Andrews Sisters
I’m Movin’ On - Hank Snow

1958 Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
Little Star - The Elegants
Alone with You - Faron Young

1966 Hanky Panky - Tommy James & The Shondells
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Lil’ Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Think of Me - Buck Owens

1974 Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
Annie’s Song - John Denver
Rock and Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers
Maria Laveau - Bobby Bare

1982 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Rosanna - Toto
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Take Me Down - Alabama

1990 She ain’t Worth It - Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
Hold On - En Vogue
Cradle of Love - Billy Idol
The Dance - Garth Brooks

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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07-25-2008, 11:00 PM
208th day of 2008 - 158 remaining.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

On this day in 1775, a postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was the same gentleman who graces the U.S. $100 bill and who flew a kite with a key attached in a thunderstorm -- Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Franklin was paid $1,000 a year for his job as Postmaster General.

Just fifty-four years later, the U.S. Post Office had grown to 7,600 offices and in some places, especially big cities, lines of people were kept waiting as postal clerks determined correct postal charges. Citizens were angered over the long lines and by the U.S. Government’s enforcement of postal rates.

Here we are, over 200 years later, still complaining about postal rates while we wait in long lines at the post office.

Some things never change. :D Man, isn't that the truth ?
Click here, (http://www.usps.com/) and here. (http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/postal_service_begins.htm)

July 26th.

1788 - New York, the 11th state, entered the United States of America this day. New York City, one of the most famous cities in the world, was once the capital of the Empire State, but that ended in 1796. Albany, once called Fort Orange, has been the capital of the State of New York ever since. The beautiful rose is the official state flower with the colorful bluebird taking the honorable title of New York’s state bird.

1859 - The first intercollegiate regatta began in Worcester, MA. Harvard University defeated both Yale and Brown on Lake Quinsigamond.

1893 - Commercial production of the Addressograph started in Chicago, Illinois.

1939 - Sixteen-year-old singer Kay Starr got a big break. She recorded Baby Me with Glenn Miller and his orchestra on Victor Records. Starr was filling in for Marion Hutton who, at the last minute, was unable to attend the recording session.

1942 - Judy Garland joined Gene Kelly to record For Me and My Gal for Decca Records. The song is featured in the movie of the same name.

1947 - The National Security Act of July 26, 1947 was passed into law. It established the National Security Council and provided for all armed forces in the U.S. to be under the control of the National Military Establishment. That office is now called the Department of Defense.

1947 - The Abe Burrows Show premiered on CBS radio.

1948 - Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time as he attended the New York City premiere of the the motion picture, The Babe Ruth Story.

1969 - Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, celebrated his 26th birthday with the release of the album, Beggar’s Banquet. It was the first time that Jagger’s guitar playing had been featured on any of the Stone’s records.

1970 - Home runs came in triplicate. Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds belted three home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals, and Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves launched a trio of homers in a game with the Chicago Cubs.

1975 - Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony reached the top spot on the Billboard record chart for the first -- and only -- time. The disco hit The Hustle became the top record in the U.S. The instrumental remained in the reflection of the disco mirror ball for only one week ... though plenty of other disco hits followed. Keep that white suit handy. Disco may just come back!

1984 - Purple Rain, the film creation of Prince, premiered in Hollywood. Attending the gala at the Palace Theatre were Eddie Murphy, Lionel Richie and Stevie Nicks. MTV presented live coverage of the events.

1984 - NBC took a giant step back to the way things were done in the 1950s. NBC started shooting 15-minute episodes of Punky Brewster to use when football games spilled over into the Punky time.

1987 - Robert Wrenn set a record for the Buick Open. He won the golf tourney with a 26-under-par 262, a seven-stroke victory. Wrenn just missed the PGA Tour record of 27-under-par at the tourney, which was held at Grand Blanc, MI.

1992 - Patty Sheehan defeated Juli Inkster in a playoff to win the 47th U. S. Women’s Open at the Oakmont (PA) Country Club.

1998 - Hale Irwin birdied the 18th hole for a 69 to win the U.S. Senior Open by one stroke over Argentina's Vicente Fernandez at Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades CA.

2000 - U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel (in federal court, San Francisco CA) issued a preliminary injunction against online music service Napster. The judge ordered Napster to stop distributing copyrighted songs on the Web. Although Napster fought the ruling for months, this was the beginnning of the end for the Internet music distribution site.

July 26th.

1796 - George Catlin
artist: of North [Catlin’s Indian Gallery] and South American natives; died Dec 23, 1872

1856 - George Bernard Shaw
playwright: Pygmalion; died Nov 2, 1950

1892 - ‘Sad’ Sam (Samuel Pond) Jones
baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1918], NY Yankees [World Series: 1922, 1923, 1926], SL Browns, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox; died July 06, 1966

1894 - Aldous (Leonard) Huxley
philosopher, satirist, author: Brave New World, Crome Yellow, Point Counter Point; died Nov 22, 1963

1895 - Gracie (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie) Allen
vaudeville, radio, TV, stage actress w/husband, George Burns: The Burns and Allen Show; College Swing, Honolulu, Two Girls and a Sailor, We’re Not Dressing; died Aug 27, 1964

1909 - Vivian Vance (Vivian Roberta Jones)
Emmy Award-winning actress: I Love Lucy [1953]; The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Lucy in Connecticut, The Lucy Show; died Aug 17, 1979

1914 - Erskine Hawkinsbr> ‘20th Century Gabriel’: musician: trumpet: bandleader: Dolemite, No Soap, Uptown Shuffle; composer: Tuxedo Junction [w/Julian Dash, Bill Johnson]; died Nov 11, 1992

1918 - Marjorie Lord
actress: The Danny Thomas Show, Sweet Surrender, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, Riding High, Sherlock Holmes in Washington

1922 - Blake Edwards (McEdwards)
director: The Pink Panther, 10, Victor/Victoria, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Days of Wine and Roses, Switch, Peter Gunn

1922 - Jason Robards Jr.
Obie Award-winning actor: The Ice Man Cometh; Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Boy and His Dog, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Philadelphia, All the President’s Men, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre; son of actor Jason Robards Sr.; died Dec 26, 2000

1923 - (James) Hoyt Wilhelm
baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [all-star: 1953/World Series: 1954], Cleveland Indians, SL Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1959, 1961, 1962], Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1970], California Angels, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers; pitched more games than any other pitcher in the major leagues [1,070]

1924 - Louie Bellson (Balassoni)
musician: drummer: Duke Ellington Band: drum solo: Skin Deep; composer: The Hawk Talks, I Need Your Key, Carnaby Street; music director for wife Pearl Bailey; also played with Dorsey Brothers and Count Basie bands

1926 - James Best
actor: The Dukes of Hazzard, Ode to Billy Joe, The Naked and the Dead, Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair

1928 - Stanley Kubrick
director: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Paths of Glory; died Mar 7, 1999

1939 - Bob Lilly
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle: Super Bowl V, VI

1940 - Dobie Gray (Leonard Ainsworth)
singer: Drift Away, Look at Me, Loving Arms, You Can Do It; singer, songwriter: The ‘In’ Crowd

1940 - Bobby Rousseau
hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, NY Rangers

1941 - Bobby Hebb
Grammy Award-winning songwriter: A Natural Man [1971]; singer: Sunny; Grand Ole Opry at age 12

1943 - Mick (Michael) Jagger
singer: group: The Rolling Stones: 41 hits [1964-89], 5 gold records, 8 number one hits : (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, Paint It, Black, Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Angie, Miss You; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

1944 - Micki (Maxine) King
International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer; Olympic gold medalist: diver [1972]; Air Force Academy diving coach

1944 - Kiel Martin
actor: Hill Street Blues, Second Chance, Panic in Needle Park, Convicted: A Mother’s Story; died Dec 28, 1990

1945 - Helen Mirren (Ilyena Lydia Mironoff)
actress: Prime Suspect, The Hawk, White Knights

1949 - Roger Taylor (Meadows-Taylor)
musician: drums: group: Queen: Seven Seas of Rhye, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, You’re My Best Friend, Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga-Ga; solo: LPs: Fun in Space, Strange Frontier

1950 - Susan George
actress: Straw Dogs, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [the musical], Jack the Ripper, Mandingo, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry

1950 - Duncan Mackay
musician: keyboards: groups: Steve Harley & ****ney Rebel, 10CC: Dreadlock Holiday

1951 - Rick Martin
hockey: NHL: Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings

1954 - Vitas Gerulaitis
tennis champion: Australian Open [1977]; killed by carbon monoxide from a faulty heater Sep 17, 1994

1956 - Dorothy Hamill
Olympic Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold Medalist ice skater [1976]; U.S. Ice Skating Champion [1974-1976]; developed new skating move: Hamill camel; Ice Capades; married Dean-Paul Martin, son of singer Dean Martin

1959 - Kevin Spacey
Academy Award-winning actor: American Beauty [1999]; Academy Award-winning supporting actor: The Usual Suspects [1995]; A Time to Kill, Outbreak, Consenting Adults, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Lost in Yonkers, Henry and June, Working Girl, Wiseguy, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, L.A. Confidential

1964 - Sandra Bullock
actress: Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Net, While You Were Sleeping, A Time to Kill, Hope Floats, Forces of Nature, Miss Congeniality, Fool Proof, Exactly 3:30, The Chambermaid

1965 - Jeremy Piven
actor: The Larry Sanders Show, Ellen, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Kiss the Girls, Cupid, Serendipity, Highway, Black Hawk Down

1966 - Jennifer Ashe
actress: As the World Turns

1973 - Kate Beckinsale
actress: Pearl Harbor, One Against the Wind, Much Ado About Nothing, Haunted, Shooting Fish, Brokedown Palace, Alice Through the Looking Glass

1993 - Taylor Momsen
actress: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Prophet’s Game, We Were Soldiers.

Chart Toppers
July 26th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
I Wanna Play House with You - Eddy Arnold

1959 Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
A Big Hunk o’ Love - Elvis Presley
My Heart is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

1967 Windy - The Association
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Light My Fire - The Doors
With One Exception - David Houston

1975 The Hustle - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
I’m Not in Love - 10cc
One of These Nights - Eagles
Touch the Hand - Conway Twitty

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran
Pancho and Lefty - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

1991 Unbelievable - EMF
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rythm Syndicate
I Am a Simple Man - Ricky Van Shelton

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
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209th day of 2008 - 157 remaining.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

On this day in 1909, Orville Wright (one of the famous Wright Brothers, along with Wilbur) set a record for the longest airplane flight. Not that there were many records available ... after all, it was the Wright Brothers who worked so hard at making plane flight practical in the first place!

Orville was testing the Army’s first airplane and kept it aloft for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia. He was so tired from the experience that the plane crash-landed. He and his passenger (name unknown) were OK.

1909 Wright Military Flyer. (http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/aero/aircraft/wright09.htm)click. (http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal107/#WRIGHT) click. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeronautical_Division,_U.S._Signal_Corps)

July 27th.

1775 - Benjamin Church began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.

1784 - Courier De L’Amerique became the first French newspaper to be published in the United States. The paper was printed in Philadelphia, PA for all the many Philadelphians who spoke French.

1789 - The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress and President George Washington. The agency later was named the Department of State -- or the State Department.

1866 - After a dozen years, Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable.

1918 - Socony 200, the first concrete barge, was launched on this day. The vessel was used to carry oil ... not concrete.

1942 - Peggy Lee recorded her first hit record -- in New York City. With the backing of the Benny Goodman band, Miss Lee sang Why Don’t You Do Right for Columbia Records.

1947 - The World Water Ski Organization was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

1950 - During a match in Chicago, IL, professional wrestler Gorgeous George completely missed a flying tackle on Lou Thesem. George took off like a rocket, flew right out of the ring and landed on top of a newspaper reporter’s typewriter.

1953 - The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea. The war lasted three years and 32 days. The truce negotiations between North Korean and U.S. delegates (representing South Korea) lasted two years and seventeen days.

1959 - Brothers, Santo and Johnny (Farina) of Brooklyn, NY saw their one and only hit record, the instrumental Sleepwalk released. Sleepwalk was number one for two weeks. Their next song, Tear Drop, only made it to number 23 on the pop charts. Such is life in the pop music biz.

1960 - Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

1972 - Pro hockey star Maurice ‘The Rocket’ Richard signed a one-year contract to coach the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association.

1973 - Secretariat broke two records while practicing at Saratoga Springs, NY. The legendary horse covered a mile in a speedy 1 minute, 34 seconds and ran a 1-1/8 mile distance in 1 minute, 47-4/5 seconds.

1974 - NBC-TV removed Dinah’s Place from its daytime programming roster. The move brought Dinah Shore’s 23-year association with the Pea**** Network to a close.

1974 - John Denver’s biggest hit song reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. Annie’s Song, written for his wife, became the most popular song in the U.S. Denver had three other #1 songs: Sunshine on My Shoulders, Thank God I’m a Country Boy and I’m Sorry.

1976 - John Lennon finally had his request for permanent residency in the United States approved. Lennon’s immigration card number was A-17-597-321. The decision to allow Lennon to stay in the country ended a long struggle between the former Beatle and the U.S. Government.

1984 - Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career. Rose connected for his 3,503rd base hit. The baseball great was playing for the Montreal Expos at the time and led them to a win over one of his former teams, the Philadelphia Phillies.

1987 - Freeway shooting incidents were the talk of Los Angeles. Since June 18th there had been nine incidents involving vehicles and guns. Two motorists were actually shot to death and four others were injured. Police psychologists blamed “self-centered attitudes, violence in films and even the breakdown of family...” for the ‘road rage’. Authorities recommended that drivers avoid confrontation. In other words, don’t honk your horn, flash your headlights or wave your middle finger at that S.O.B.! It could be fatal.

1991 - Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the pop chart for 7 straight weeks.

1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. opened to the public on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. U.S. President Bill Clinton and President Kim Young Sam of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) dedicated the memoirial. A plaque at the flagstaff reads, “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered a call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

1996 - An early-morning pipe-bomb blast in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta killed Alice Hawthorne of Albany, Georgia and injured more than 100 other people as an overnight celebration erupted into chaos. Hawthorne, 44, died from bomb shrapnel that struck her in the head. Her 14-year-old daughter, Fallon Stubbs, was wounded by flying screws and nails. Eric Robert Rudolph, who eluded police until his capture May 31, 2003, pleaded guilty to the bombing on April 13, 2005.

July 27th.

1824 - Alexandre Dumas
novelist: La Dame aux Camelias; playwright; died Nov 27, 1895

1880 - Joe Tinker
Baseball Hall of Famer: Chicago Cubs shortstop; playing manager: Cincinnati & Chicago; famous for Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double-play combination; died Jul 27, 1948

1905 - Leo ‘Lippy’ (Ernest) Durocher
baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1928], Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1934/all-star: 1936], Brooklyn Dodgers [all-star: 1938, 1940]; coach: LA Dodgers; “Nice guys finish last.”; died Oct 07, 1991

1916 - Keenan (Francis Xavier Aloysius) Wynn
actor: Dr. Strangelove, Nashville, Finian’s Rainbow, Kiss Me Kate, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Absent-Minded Professor; died Oct 14, 1986

1922 -Norman Lear
Emmy Award-winning producer: All in the Family [1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1972-1973], Maude, Good Times, Sanford & Son, Powers that Be, The Nancy Walker Show, The Jeffersons, Hot L Baltimore, Fernwood 2-Night

1927 - Bob Morse
singer: group: The Hi-Lo’s

1931 - Jerry Van Dyke
actor: Coach, My Mother the Car, The Judy Garland Show, The Headmaster, Accidental Family; brother of actor Dick Van Dyke

1933 - Nick Reynolds
folk singer: group: The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley, M.T.A., Tijuana Jail, A Worried Man, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Greenback Dollar, Reverend Mr. Black

1937 - Don Galloway
actor: Two Moon Junction, Demon Rage, Snowblind, Tom, Dick and Mary, Ironside, Arrest and Trial; TV host: The Guinness Game

1939 - James Victor
actor: Stand and Deliver, Fuzz, Zorro, Viva Valdez, Condo

1942 - Barbara Ferris
actress: The Strauss Family, A Chorus of Disapproval, Nice Girl like Me, Children of the Damned

1942 - John Pleshette
actor: Knots Landing, Doctors’ Hospital, Eye of the Stranger, Lies of the Twins, Burning Rage, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald; brother of actress Suzanne Pleshette

1942 - Dennis Ralston
tennis: youngest Wimbledon champ [age 17]: men’s 1960 doubles [w/Rafael Osuna: 1960]

1943 - Al Ramsey
musician: guitar: group: Gary Lewis & The Playboys: This Diamond Ring

1944 - Bobbie Gentry
Grammy Award-winning singer [1967]: Ode to Billy Joe, All I Have to Do is Dream [w/Glen Campbell], I’ll Never Fall in Love Again

1948 - Peggy Fleming
Olympic Hall of Famer: gold medalist: figure skater [1968]; Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice, ABC sports commentator; International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer

1948 - Betty Thomas
Emmy Award-winning director: For Peter’s Sake [1992-1993], Dream On [1992-1993], actress: Hill Street Blues [1984-1985]; The Seventh Sign, When Your Lover Leaves, Troop Beverly Hills

1949 - Maury Chaykin
actor: Cold Comfort, Dances with Wolves, WarGames, Mrs. Soffel, Def-Con 4, Meatballs III, Iron Eagle II, My Cousin Vinny, Cutthroat Island, The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, A Nero Wolfe Mystery

1949 - Andre Dupont
hockey: NHL NY Rangers, SL Blues, Philadelphia Flyers

1949 - Maureen McGovern
singer: Different Worlds, The Morning After; actress: Pirates of Penzance

1950 - Michael Vaughn
musician: guitarist: group: Paperlace: The Night Chicago Died

1951 - Al Simpson
football: Colorado State Univ., New York Giants

1952 - Bump (Elliott Taylor) Wills
baseball: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs

1963 - Donnie Yen
martial artist, actor: Once Upon a Time in China II, The Iron Monkey, Iron Monkey 2, Asian Cops - High Voltage, City of Darkness, Highlander: Endgame, Fist of Fury: The Sequel

1969 - Maria Grazia Cucinotta
actor: The World Is Not Enough, Maria Maddalena, Picking Up the Pieces, Just One Night

1969 - Michael Paul LeVesque
pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Warzone, Royal Rumble: No Chance in Hell, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon, Fully Loaded, Wrestlemania X-Seven

1972 - Maya Rudolph
actress: Saturday Night Live, City of Angels, Chuck & Buck, Duets; daughter of singer Minnie Riperton.

Chart Toppers
July 27th.

1944 I’ll Be Seing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

1952 I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith

1960 I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Lockin

1968 Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnn Cash

1976 Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
Love is Alive - Gary Wright
Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine

1984 When Doves Cry - Prince
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Just Another Woman in Love - Anne Murray

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

On this day in 1954, The Crew Cuts reached the top spot of the Billboard pop singles chart with Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream). It became the fastest-moving record to hit the music charts, making it to the top ten in only three weeks. The tune stayed atop the pop music listing for seven weeks.

Many people consider this song (a cover version of a rhythm and blues recording by The Chords) to be the first rock ’n’ roll record. It wasn’t the first. Rock and roll had made it to the music scene long before this. In fact, The Boswell Sisters recorded a song titled, Rock and Roll in 1934. However, Sh-Boom was the first rock ’n’ roll record to make it to the top of the pop charts. (The Chords’ version became the first rock-related hit in Great Britain.)

Purists consider "Rock Around the Clock" to be the first, true #1 rock ’n’ roll hit. However, it didn’t hit the top of the charts until one year after "Sh-Boom". Our lines are open. Call in your votes now.

More here, (http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/music/artist/card/0,,418585,00.html) click, (http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/C/Crew_Cuts.html) click, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSeu8-9wkNc) click. (http://mog.com/music/The_Crew_Cuts/biography)

July 28th.

1865 - The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. Procedures like using a welder’s torch to shrink swollen gums were banned. The old string-on-the-doorknob trick to pull loosened teeth was also frowned upon.

1866 - Although its use was not required, the metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. And we still don’t have it figured out. How many yards in a meter or quarts in a litre?

1896 - The community of Miami, was incorporated. The city had a population of 260. Today, the Miami area boasts a population of around 2,000,000.

1933 - The singing telegram was introduced on this day. The first person to receive a singing telegram was singer Rudy Vallee, in honor of his 32nd birthday.

1939 - Judy Garland sang one of the most famous songs of the century with the Victor Young Orchestra. The tune became her signature song and will forever be associated with the singer-actress. Garland recorded Over the Rainbow for Decca Records. It was the musical highlight of the film, The Wizard of Oz.

1942 - L.A. Thatcher of Stamford, CT received a patent by mail. Appropriately, Mr. Thatcher had patented a coin-operated mailbox. When money was inserted, a meter stamped the envelope.

1945 - A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the fog-shrouded Empire State Building in New York City. Over a dozen people were killed.

1951 - The Walt Disney film Alice in Wonderland was released by RKO pictures.

1958 - Three years after his Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White reached number one, Cuban-born bandleader Perez Prado captured the top spot again, with Patricia. Prado was known as the Mambo King for his popular, Latin-flavored instrumentals.

1965 - The American Football Conference set a new record. More reporters showed up in Lowell, MA to cover an exhibition game than were on hand to cover the AFC championship game the year before. The preseason game between the New York Jets and the Boston (now New England) Patriots attracted all the attention because the Jets sported a new quarterback who had caught everyone’s fancy: Joe Namath.

1973 - On this day, exactly a year after their first date, TV’s Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors, married one of Charlie’s Angels, Farrah Fawcett. The new Farrah Fawcett-Majors was named one of the 10 most beautiful women on the campus of the University of Texas. Farrah, famous for her blonde mane and brilliant smile, and Majors were divorced February 16, 1982.

1984 - The 23rd Summer Olympic Games opened at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Southern California. Peter V. Uberroth, head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, welcomed 7,800 athletes from 140 nations during the 3-1/2 hour opening ceremonies.

1985 - Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Hoyt Wilhelm and Arky Vaughn were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. Wilhelm of the Chicago White Sox was the first relief pitcher to make the Hall of Fame. Vaughn was the first player named Arky to make it...

1989 - Songstress Anne Murray opened the Anne Murray Centre in her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia. Packed with awards, photographs, memorabilia and audio-visual highlights of her life and career, the Centre is open every day from mid-May to mid-October.

1991 - National League teams Montreal and Los Angeles played ball and Dennis Martinez pitched. And, did he ever! It was the 13th perfect game in major league baseball. Martinez’ Montreal Expos won, 2-0.

1994 - Several coincidences occurred in major league baseball on this day. Kenny Rogers -- not the singer, but the pitcher -- threw the 14th perfect game in the history of major league baseball. It was three years to the day since the last time this event occurred. This time it was an American League game with Texas beating California, 4-0. Ten years earlier (9-30-84), the same two teams were playing when the 11th perfect game was hurled. The pitcher was Mike Witt and the winning team was reversed.

1998 - Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. announced a $52.88 billion stock-swap deal to create the second-biggest telephone company -- behind AT&T. The resulting mega-corporation -- later to be named Verizon Communications -- would begin with 63 million local telephone lines in 38 states and revenue of $53 billion.

2000 - Nutty Professor II: The Klumps debuted. Eddie Murphy is (most of) the Klumps: Professor Sherman Klump, Buddy Love, Cletus ‘Papa’ Klump/Young Cletus Klump, Anna Pearl ‘Mama’ Jensen Klump, Ida Mae ‘Grandma/Granny’ Jensen, Ernie Klump Sr., and Lance Perkins. Though complaints abounded about too much “bathroom humor”, the funny, if not filthy, flick did $42.52 million at U.S. box offices the first weekend.

July 28th.

1866 - Beatrix (Helen) Potter
children’s stories author: Peter Rabbit books; died Dec 22, 1943

1892 - Joe E. (Evan) Brown
comedian, actor: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Around the World in 80 Days, Show Boat, Some like It Hot; died July 6, 1973

1901 - Rudy (Hubert Prior) Vallee
singer: My Time is Your Time; actor: Live a Little, Love a Little, The Admiral was a Lady, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Second Fiddle; died July 3, 1986

1914 - Carmen Dragon
classical music conductor, bandleader; father of singer, ‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon; died Mar 28, 1984

1915 - Frankie Yankovic
Grammy Award-winning musician: accordion: Just Because, Blue Skirt Waltz; bandleader: polka band; died Oct 14, 1998

1929 - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
First Lady: wife of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy; wife of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; editor: Doubleday Publishing; died May 19, 1994

1930 - Ted (Thaddeus Stanley) Lepcio
baseball: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins

1931 - Darryl Hickman
actor: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Americans; executive producer: Love of Life; brother of actor, Dwayne Hickman

1934 - Jacques d’Amboise
ballet dancer: New York City Ballet: Irish Fantasy, Tschaikovsky Suite No. 2

1937 - Peter Duchin
pianist, bandleader; son of musician, Eddy Duchin; Board of Directors: Harlem Dance Theatre, NY State Council on Arts

1938 - George Cummings
musician: guitar: group: Dr. Hook: Sylvia’s Mother, The Cover of Rolling Stone, [Freakin’ At] The Freakers’ Ball, A Little Bit More, Only Sixteen, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman, Sharing the Night Together, Sexy Eyes, Better Love Next Time

1943 - Bill Bradley
Basketball Hall of Famer: Princeton Univ., Olympic gold medalist [men’s basketball: Tokyo/1964], NY Knicks; politician: US Senator [New Jersey: elected 1978, 1984, 1990]; author: Life on the Run, Time Present, Time Past

1945 - Jim Davis
cartoonist: Garfield

1945 - Rick Wright
musician: keyboard: group: Pink Floyd: Another Brick on the Wall

1946 - Linda Kelsey
actress: Lou Grant, Day by Day

1947 - Barbara Ferrell
National Track & Field Hall of Famer: Olympic medalist: silver: 100 meter dash, gold: 4x100 meter relay [1968]; gold medalist: Pan American Games: 100 meters [1967]; tied world record twice: 100 meters [11.1 seconds, 1967]

1948 - Georgia Engel
actress: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, Goodtime Girls, Jennifer Slept Here, Coach

1948 - Sally (Ann) Struthers
Emmy Award-winning actress: All in the Family [1971-72, 1978]; Five Easy Pieces, The Odd Couple; promoter of the Christian Children’s Fund

1949 - Vida (Rochelle) Blue
baseball: pitcher: Oakland Athletics [Cy Young Award: 1971/all-star: 1971, 1975, 1977/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1971/World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974], SF Giants [all-star: 1978, 1980, 1981], KC Royals

1949 - Peter Doyle
singer: group: The New Seekers: I’d like to Teach the World to Sing, Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma

1949 - Simon Kirke
musician: drums: groups: Free: All Right Now; Bad Company: Can’t Get Enough, Ready for Love, Feel like Makin’ Love

1952 - Clint Longley
football: Dallas Cowboys quarterback

1958 - Terry Fox
Marathon of Hope runner: 22 yr.-old cancer-victim with artificial leg completed 3,328 miles of 5,200 planned miles, raising $24 million for cancer research; died June 28, 1981

1964 - Lori Loughlin
actress: The Night Before, Back to the Beach, Rad, Secret Admirer, The New Kids, Amityville 3: The Demon, The Edge of Night, Full House

1972 - Elizabeth Berkley
actress: Saved by the Bell, The First Wives Club, Random Encounter, Any Given Sunday, Africa, The Elevator, Soulmates.

Chart Toppers
July 28th.

1945 The More I See You - Dick Haymes
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie

1953 Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
It’s Been So Long - Webb Pierce

1961 Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells

1969 In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Johnny B. Goode - Buck Owens

1977 Looks like We Made It - Barry Manilow
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
I’m in You - Peter Frampton
It was Almost like a Song - Ronnie Milsap

1985 Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
Shout - Tears For Fears
You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston
Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart It Breaks) - Earl Thomas Conley

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Tonight Show began simply as Tonight in 1954. Then it
changed titles to Tonight! America after Dark. On this night in 1957,
Jack Paar began a successful five-year run as host of the Tonight show
on NBC-TV, changing its name to The Jack Paar Show.

Jack Paar came to NBC from the competition over at CBS where he had
been a game and talk-show host. Paar's forte was interviewing. He
would get so involved with his guests and their stories that he would
not only laugh with them, but would sometimes, even cry. Paar's
emotional outbursts, whether they involved an interviewee, a personal
crusade or a feud with the likes of Ed Sullivan or Dorothy Kilgallen,
became the major attraction of the show.

Jose Melis and his orchestra stayed with Paar through the years as did
his sidekick and announcer, Hugh Downs. Those of us who stayed up
night after night got used to being entertained by regulars such as
Dody Goodman, Cliff Arquette, Pat Harrington, Hans Conried, Joey
Bishop and Florence Henderson.

The very first show had as guests Alexander King, singer Robert
Merrill, and funnyman Buddy Hackett. King and Hackett became regulars
over the years just as Jack Paar became a regular in our bedrooms
every weekday night until March 30, 1962.

Click, (http://timvp.com/jackpaar.html) click. (http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/P/htmlP/paarjack/paarjack.htm)

July 29th.

1754 - The first international boxing match was held -- in
Harlston, England. Jack Slack, the champion from Great Britain,
knocked out the French challenger, Jean Petit. Everybody got home at a
decent hour, too -- the bout lasted only 25 minutes.

1773 - The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny
Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.

1786 - The first newspaper west of the Alleghenies was published.
Originally called The Pittsburgh Gazette, it is still being published,
but is now The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

1874 - Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of England received a patent for
the lawn-tennis court.

1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated
when two people held a conversation between New York and San

1931 - Helen Wills Moody mentioned that she favored short skirts and
no stockings when she played tennis. However, she said that shorts
would never be popular with top women tennis players. By gosh, she was

1945 - Near Leyte Gulf, the U.S. heavy cruiser Indianapolis was
torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. Of the crew of 1,199 men,
only 316 survived. Several days earlier, the Indianapolis had
delivered the makings for the first atomic bomb to Tinian Island.

1950 - RKO pictures released the Walt Disney adaptation of the Robert
Louis Stevenson literary classic, Treasure Island.

1958 - The United States space agency, the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), was authorized by Congress this day.

1965 - The Queen of England attended the premiere of the motion
picture, Help!, starring The Beatles. The command performance was held
at the London Pavilion. The film later earned first prize at the Rio
De Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.

1974 - Jim Hartz was named to join Barbara Walters as co-host of the
Today show on NBC. Hartz had been the original host of the popular
morning TV show. Others who have hosted the show which has aired since
1952 include Dave Garroway, John Chancellor, Hugh Downs, Frank McGee,
Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.

1981 - Millions of people around the world watched on television as
England's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took center stage
amidst the pomp and splendor of their royal wedding at St. Paul's
Cathedral in London. The ceremony took place in the wee small hours of
the morning in America, but was still a ratings success, with coverage
on all networks. 2,500 guests were in actual attendance.

1983 - Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers was injured in the
first game of a doubleheader. Because he was unable to play in the
second game, his National League consecutive game record ended at

1995 - Bandleader Les Elgart died. He was 76 years old. Elgart's
recording of Bandstand Boogie (1954) was adopted by Dick Clark as the
theme for American Bandstand. Elgart also had two top-selling albums:
The Elgart Touch (1956) and For Dancers Also (1957). He often jointly
led a band with his brother Larry in the 1950s and 1960s.

1996 - Carl Lewis won his ninth Olympic gold medal by winning the long
jump competition at the 1996 games. Lewis tied swimmer Mark Spitz for
most golds by an American athlete. Lewis also was only the second
athlete (the other was discus thrower Al Oerter) to win the same track
event in four straight Olympics.

July 29th.

1861 - Alice Roosevelt
1st wife of 26th President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt; died Feb
14, 1884 [17 years before her husband became President]

1869 - Booth Tarkington
Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Magnificent Ambersons [1919], Alice
Adams [1922]; died May 19, 1946

1887 - Sigmund Romberg
operetta composer: Blossom Time, The Student Prince, The Desert Song,
Up in Central Park; songs: When Hearts are Young, Deep in My Heart
Dear, Golden Days, Lover Come Back to Me, Softly as in a Morning
Sunrise, When I Grow Too Old to Dream; founding member of ASCAP; died
Nov 9, 1951

1905 - Clara (Gordon) Bow
actress: Hula, Dancing Mothers, Mantrap, Free to Love, Down to the Sea
in Ships; died Sep 27, 1965

1907 - Melvin Belli
'King of Torts': attorney: represented Mae West, Errol Flynn, Muhammad
Ali, Jack Ruby, Tammy Fae Bakker; author: Everybody's Guide to the
Law; died July 9, 1996

1913 - Stephen (Horace) McNally
actor: Dear Detective, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Bullet is Waiting,
The Black Castle; died June 4, 1994

1917 - Homer (Henry D. Haynes)
comedy singer: duo: Homer and Jethro: Baby, It's Cold Outside [w/June
Carter (Cash)], That Hound Dog in the Winder, Hernando's Hideaway, The
Battle of Kookamonga, I Want to Hold Your Hand; died Aug 7, 1971

1921 - Richard Egan
actor: Love Me Tender, The Hunters, A Summer Place, Blackbeard the
Pirate; died July 20, 1987

1924 - Lloyd Bochner
actor: Naked Gun 2 1/2, Morning Glory, Dynasty, The Richard Boone
Show, One Man's Family, Hong Kong; died Oct 29, 2005

1924 - Robert Horton
actor: Wagon Train, A Man Called Shenandoah, Kings Row, The Green
Slime, Men of the Fighting Lady

1925 - Ted Lindsay
Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: 4 Stanley Cup titles, Chicago
Black Hawks; held NHL records for most goals and assists by a left
wing and most minutes spent in penalty box

1926 - Don Carter
bowling champion: U.S. Open 4 time winner [1953, 1954, 1957, 1958]

1930 - Paul Taylor
dancer: Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor
Dance Company: Emmy Award-winning choreographer: Speaking in Tongues
[1992], Kennedy Center Honors [1992] "...for enhancing the lives of
people around the world and enriching the culture of our nation."

1933 - Randy Sparks
folk singer, songwriter: groups: New Christy Minstrels: Green, Green,
Saturday Night, Today; The Back Porch Majority, Randy Sparks and the
Patch Family

1934 - Robert Fuller
actor: Laramie, Wagon Train, Emergency, Maverick, Donner Pass: The
Road to Survival, Sinai Commandos

1934 - Felix (Lamela) Mantilla
baseball: Milwaukee Braves [World Series: 1957, 1958], NY Mets, Boston
Red Sox [all-star: 1965], Houston Astros

1938 - Peter Jennings
journalist: World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Peter Jennings'
Journal [ABC radio]; died Aug 7, 2005

1938 - Don (Donald Ralph) Wert
baseball: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968/all-star: 1968],
Washington Senators

1941 - David Warner
actor: Holocaust, Tron, Tom Jones, Time Bandits, Star Trek V & VI,
Wild Palms, Ice Cream Man, In the Mouth of Madness, The Old Curiosity
Shop, The Man with Two Brains

1946 - Neal Doughty
musician: keyboards: group: REO Speedwagon: Can't Fight this Feeling,
Keep on Loving You, Take It on the Run

1949 - Marilyn Quayle (Tucker)
wife of 44th Vice-President of the U.S. Dan Quayle

1951 - Dan (Daniel) Driessen
baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975, 1976], Montreal Expos,
SF Giants, Houston Astros, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1987]

1951 - Leslie Easterbrook
actress: Police Academy series, Private Resort, The Song of the Lark, ManiaX

1953 - Ken Burns
Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director: The Civil War
[1990-91]; Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of
Discovery, Frank Lloyd Wright

1953 - Geddy Lee
musician: bass, singer: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow
Dog, Necromancer, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning

1956 - Patti Scialfa
singer: backup vocalist for Bruce Springsteen on 1988 tour

1963 - Alexandra Paul
actress: Baywatch, The Paperboy, Sunset Grill, American Nightmare, Christine

1966 - Martina McBride
country singer: The Time Has Come, The Way I Am, Wild Angels,
Evolution, Live from the Crazy Horse [Radio Show]

1972 - Wil Wheaton
actor: Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers, Star Trek: the Next Generation, The
Liar's Club.

Chart Toppers
July 29

1946 They Say It's Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Surrender - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Sh-Boom - The Chords
Even Tho - Webb Pierce

1962 Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
Sealed with a Kiss - Brian Hyland
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Make It with You - Bread
Wonder Could I Live There Anymore - Charley Pride

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Only One Love in My Life - Ronnie Milsap

1986 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
On the Other Hand - Randy Travis

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end... ;)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

On this day in 1952, the popular radio soap opera, The Guiding Light, was seen for the first time on CBS television. The daytime drama continues today.

The dean of soap operas, The Guiding Light centers on the Bauer family and their trials and tribulations. The original radio version (debuted January 25, 1937) revolved around Rev. John Ruthledge and, later, Dr. Charles Matthews of the Church of the Good Samaritan -- in Five Points (no one ever knew where the town of Five Points was supposed to be).

The TV version is set in Springfield (again, no one knows where Springfield is). Just follow The Guiding Light.
More. (http://www.cbs.com/daytime/gl/)

July 30th.

1898 - Scientific American carried the first magazine automobile ad. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH invited readers to “Dispense with a Horse.”

1932 - The Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles, CA. The Games would revisit Los Angeles -- and the same venues of the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, etc. -- in 1984.

1937 - The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized. It was part of the American Federation of Labor. The union was for all radio performers except musicians. The union later became The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to include TV folk, as well.

1942 - Frank Sinatra recorded the last of 90 recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on Victor Records. His last side was There are Such Things, which became number one in January of 1943. Sinatra moved on to Columbia Records (1943-1952) as a solo singing sensation.

1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services were a part of of the U.S. Navy.

1942 - Stage Door Canteen was first heard on CBS radio. The show was broadcast live from New York City and 500 servicemen were entertained each week by celebrities who freely donated their time for the war (WWII) effort.

1956 - Singer Brenda Lee recorded her first hit for Decca Records. Jambalaya and Bigelow 6-200 started a new career for the petite 11-year-old from Lithonia, GA (near Atlanta). Brenda Mae Tarpley (Brenda Lee) had been singing professionally since age six. She recorded 29 hit songs in the 1960s and became a successful country singer in 1971. Brenda Lee had a pair of number one tunes with I’m Sorry and I Want to be Wanted. She recorded a dozen hits that made it to the top 10.

1956 - The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.

1959 - Willie McCovey stepped to the plate for the first time in his major-league baseball career. McCovey of the San Francisco Giants batted 4-for-4 in his debut against Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit two singles and two triples, driving in two runs. It was the start of an all-star career that landed McCovey in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1968 - Ron Hansen, of the Washington Senators, made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years. The shortstop speared a line drive by Joe Azcue, doubled up the runner at second by stepping on the bag and then tagged out the runner who was moving in from first base. The Senators still lost the game to Cleveland by a score of 10-1.

1984 - Reggie Jackson hit the 494th home run of his career, passing the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig and taking over 13th place on the all-time home run list. Larry Sorenson was the victim who gave up Reggie’s milestone homer.

1985 - Gerry Cooney retired from professional boxing. Cooney had only one loss -- in a championship match with Larry Holmes (boxing’s biggest money-making fight to that time). Cooney had a record of 28 wins (24 by knockout) and three losses.

1987 - NBC’s L.A. Law was nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, one shy of the record for nominations. Hill Street Blues was the recordholder (in the 1981-1982 season). L.A. Law had only been on the air a year when it earned four out of the 20 Emmys.

1997 - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young signed a 6-year contract extension worth $45 million, making him one of the NFL's highest-paid players.

1998 - A <world-record Powerball jackpot of $295.7 million was won by a group of 13 machinists who worked together in Westerville, Ohio. The group chose the cash option, and received a lump-sum payment of $161.5 million dollars.

1999 - Richard Gere (Ike Graham) and Julia Roberts (Maggie Carpenter) star in Runaway Bride, which opened this day. The romantic comedy scored big with movie crowds, doing $35.06 million during its first weekend.

July 30th.

1818 - Emily Bronte
author: Wuthering Heights; died Dec 19, 1848

1857 - Thorstein Veblen
economist, author: The Theory of the Leisure Class; died Aug 3, 1929

1863 - Henry Ford
auto manufacturer: first assembly line production: the Tin Lizzie; died Apr 7, 1947

1890 - Casey (Charles Dillon) Stengel
‘The Old Professor’: baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1916], Brooklyn Robins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, NY Giants [World Series: 1922, 1923], Boston Braves; manager: NY Yankees: 7 World Series championships [1949-53, 1956, 1958]; died Sep 29, 1975

1898 - Henry Moore
English sculptor: Sheep Piece, Large Oval with Points, Stringed Figure No. 1; died Aug 31, 1986

1925 - Jacques Sernas
actor: 55 Days at Peking, La Dolce Vita, Superfly T.N.T.

1928 - Joe (Joseph Henry) Nuxhall
baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [youngest major-league player: 15 yrs, 314 days], Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1955, 1956], KC Athletics, LA Angels

1929 - Christine McGuire
singer: group: The McGuire Sisters: Sincerely, Something’s Gotta Give, He, Sugartime

1933 - Edd Byrnes (Breitenberger)
actor: 77 Sunset Strip, Darby’s Rangers; singer [w/Connie Stevens]: Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb; holds record for appearing on the most magazine covers [20] in one month [October 1960]

1934 - Ben Piazza
actor: The Hanging Tree, The Bad News Bears, The Blues Brothers, Dynasty, Dallas, The Winds of War, Guilty by Suspicion; died Sep 7, 1991

1936 - Buddy (George) Guy
musician: blues guitar, singer: Stone Crazy, LPs: A Man and His Blues, This is Buddy Guy, Hold That Plane, Hot and Cool, Buddy and the Juniors, In the Beginning; in films: The Blues is Alive and Well in Chicago, Out of the Blacks and into the Blues; on BBC-TV: Supershow, Chicago Blues

1939 - Peter Bogdanovich
director: What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, Nickelodeon; director/writer: The Last Picture Show, Texasville

1939 - Eleanor Smeal
feminist: president of NOW

1941 - Paul Anka
songwriter: Johnny’s Theme [Tonight Show Theme], My Way, She’s a Lady, Diana; singer: 33 hits over 3 decades: Diana, You Are My Destiny, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Puppy Love, You’re Having My Baby

1945 - David Sanborn
Grammy Award-winning musician: saxophone, flute: LP: Voyeur [1981]; Sanborn, David Sanborn Band, Heart to Heart, Hideaway, As We Speak, Backstreet, Straight to the Heart, Love and Happiness; composer: TV movie score: Finnegan Begin Again

1947 - William Atherton
actor: Bio-Dome, Saints and Sinners, The Pelican Brief, Die Hard series, Ghostbusters, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Day of the Locust, Class of ’44, Centennial

1947 - Marc Bolan (Feld)
singer: group: T. Rex: Bang a Gong; killed in car crash Sep 16, 1977

1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
actor: Eraser, The Terminator, Predator, Twins, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Last Action Hero; married to Maria Shriver; 5-time Mr. Universe; part owner of Planet Hollywood restaurants; governor of California [2003- ]

1948 - Jean Reno
actor: Le Grand bleu, Les Visiteurs, Léon, Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Just Visiting

1949 - Dwight White
football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV

1950 - Willie Harper
football: San Francisco 49ers linebacker: Super Bowl XVI

1950 - Frank Stallone
actor: Rocky series, Staying Alive, Ten Little Indians, Hudson Hawk, Tombstone, Doublecross On Costa’s Island; brother of actor Sylvester Stallone

1952 - Randy Crowder
football: Penn State Univ. All-American, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1954 - Ken Olin
actor: Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Thirtysomething

1956 - Delta Burke
actress: Delta, Designing Women, Filthy Rich, Chisholm; Miss Florida

1956 - Anita Hill
law professor: Hill-Thomas hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee concerning Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court

1957 - Rat Scabies (Chris Millar)
musician: drums: group: The Damned: Neat, Neat, Neat, New Rose, Love Song, Grimly Fiendish, Shadow of Love, LP: Phantasmagoria

1958 - Kate Bush
singer: Experimental IV, Running Up That Hill, The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Wow, Wuthering Heights

1961 - Laurence Fishburne (Lawrence Fishburne III/Larry Fishburne)
Tony Award-winning actor: Two Trains Running; Apocalypse Now, Bad Company, Boyz N the Hood

1963 - Monique Gabrielle
actress: Night Shift, Bachelor Party, Young Lady Chatterley II, Electric Blue series, Bad Girls IV, Emmanuelle 5, Amazon Women on the Moon, Hard To Die, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party, Angel Eyes

1963 - Lisa Kudrow
actress: Friends, Mad About You, The Opposite of Sex, Analyze This, Dr. Dolittle 2

1964 - Vivica A. Fox
actress: Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Independence Day, Booty Call, Hollywood Squares, City of Angels

1974 - Hilary Swank
actress: Growing Pains, Evening Shade, The Next Karate Kid.

Chart Toppers
July 30th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Hard to Get - Giselle Mackenzie
Sweet and Gentle - Alan Dale
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Surf City - Jan & Dean
So Much in Love - The Tymes
Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 Indian Reservation - Raiders
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
I’m Just Me - Charley Pride

1979 Bad Girls - Donna Summer ;)
Good Times - Chic
Gold - John Stewart
You’re the Only One - Dolly Parton

1987 Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
The Weekend - Steve Wariner

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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07-30-2008, 11:00 PM
213th day of 2008 - 153 remaining.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

On this day in 1933, listeners turned up the radio to hear the announcer introduce “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy!” The show was one of the longest-running adventure programs on radio, continuing until 1951. Armstrong was Hudson High School’s football hero and the hero who saved the day from dastardly villains. Somehow, these adventures would take Jack and his cousins, Betty and Bill Fairfield, to exotic locales where they would make use of industrialist Uncle Jim’s yacht and a hydroplane they referred to as the Silver Albatross.

The first actor to play Armstrong was Jim Ameche, the brother of actor Don Ameche. The series, created by Robert Hardy Andrews, portrayed Jack Armstrong as loyal, brave, honest, and yes, all-American; obvious in this excerpt from one of the scripts. Jack Armstrong: “When I think of this country of ours, with millions of homes stretching sea to sea, and with everybody working and pulling together to have a nation where people can be free, and do big things ... why, it makes me realize what a terribly important job we’ve got ahead!”
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July 31st.

1790 - The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont. Mr. Hopkins did not get Patent #1 as thousands of patents were issued before someone came up with the bright idea to number them. The inventor patented a process for making potash and pearl ashes.

1792 - Construction started with the laying of the cornerstone in the first building to be used solely as a U.S. Government building. It was the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

1845 - The French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium.

1928 - MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, White Shadows on the South Seas. Leo’s dialogue was more extensive than the film’s, whose only spoken word was, “Hello.”

1942 - Harry James and his band recorded the classic I’ve Heard that Song Before, for Columbia Records. Helen Forrest sang on the million-seller.

1948 - New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport wasn’t always named that. In fact, on this day, U.S. President Harry S Truman dedicated the airport as International Airport at Idlewild Field.

1955 - Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.

1961 - The first tie in All-Star Game history was recorded as the second All-Star Game of the year (there were two a year back then) was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park.

1964 - Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Reeves died when his single-engine Beechcraft crashed near Nashville, TN. Gentleman Jim started as a DJ, first at KGRI in Henderson, Texas; then at KWKH in Shreveport, LA (the home of the Louisiana Hayride in the early 1950s). His first hit was Mexican Joe in 1953. Reeves became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. He had his own TV series on ABC in 1957. He was in the 1963 film, Kimberley Jim. Reeves bought a radio station in Henderson, Texas, which became very successful. Hits by Jim Reeves include Four Walls, He’ll Have to Go, I’m Getting Better, Am I Losing You, Welcome to My World and I Guess I’m Crazy.

1970 - The Houston Astros sent ex-New York Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton down to the minor leagues. Ten days after joining the Oklahoma City farm team, Bouton retired from baseball. He authored several baseball books including Ball Four. Bouton also became a sportscaster in New York City for WABC and WCBS-TV.

1971 - The first men to ride in a vehicle on the moon did so on this day in the LRV (lunar rover vehicle). This example of a lunar dune buggy carried Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin for five miles on the lunar surface. Their first stop at the rim of Elbow Crater was televised back to Earth to millions of viewers. The moon ride lasted two hours and the astronauts were heard to exclaim, “There’s some beautiful geology out there!”

1972 - Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, withdrew from the ticket with presidential candidate George McGovern following disclosure that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment for depression. Eagleton was replaced by Sargent Shriver, who, incidentally, was the only Democratic vice-presidential nominee who did not serve in Congress at any point in his or her career.

1974 - One of the President Nixon’s main men, John Erlichman was sentenced to prison for his role in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. Ellsberg was the Pentagon consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers" (which purportedly told Americans how and why the U.S. really got into the Vietnam War). Ehrlichman also created the White House unit that was called the ‘plumbers’ because it was intended to plug leaks.

1981 - The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end as the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

1985 - Prince was big at the box office with the autobiographical story of the Minneapolis rock star, Purple Rain. The flick grossed $7.7 million in its first three days of release on 917 movie screens. The album of the same name was the top LP in the U.S., as well.

1988 - Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Stargell had 475 career homers, twice leading the NL (48 in 1971, 44 in 1973). He drove in 1540 runs, scored 1195 and had 2232 hits with a lifetime batting average of .282. His inspirational leadership contributed greatly to Pittsburgh Pirate world championships in 1971 and 1979, when he shared NL MVP honors. His #8 was retired by the Pirates in 1982.

1992 - Olympic swimming world records set this day: Jeff Rouse: 100m backstroke (53.86 sec); Kieren John Perkins: 1500m free style (14:43.4); Tamas Darnyi: 200m backstroke (first swimmer to break 2 minutes in 200m: 1:59.36); Yang Wenyi 50m freestyle (24.79 sec). Also this day, Summer Sanders became the first American athlete to win four medals at the Barcelona Olympics as she won the gold in the women’s 200-meter butterfly.

1996 - Alanis Morissette, born in Ottawa, kicked off her first big-time Canadian tour with a show before 15,000 at General Motors Place, Vancouver. The concert had sold out in less than an hour two months earlier.

1999 - The U.S. heat wave -- linked to at least 94 deaths -- continued. As Chicago baked in 100-degree weather, thousands of hot and sweaty residents were forced to endure the heat without air conditioning or fans, due to sporadic power outages and brownouts.

July 31st.

1867 - S.S. (Sebastian Spering) Kresge
merchant: S.S. Kresge’s five & dime stores [now Kmart]; died in 1966

1911 - George Liberace
musician: violinist, conductor; administrator of Liberace Museum; brother of pianist/entertainer Liberace; died Oct 16, 1983

1913 - Bryan Hextall
Hockey Hall of Famer: New York Rangers: Stanley Cup [1940]; Art Ross Trophy winner [1941-1942]

1918 - Hank Jones
pianist: accompanied Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald; led Hank Jones Trio

1918 - Bill (William) Todman
game show producer: Goodson-Todman Productions: The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, I’ve Got a Secret, What’s My Line; died in 1978

1919 - Curt Gowdy
sports commentator: ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO; voice of NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox [1949-1966]; TV play-by-play: AFL, NFL, major league baseball, World Series, All-Star Games, Rose Bowls, Super Bowls, Olympics, NCAA Final Fours; host: The American Sportsman; radio station owner: WCGY-FM, Lawrence MA; recipient of George Foster Peabody Award for achievement in radio and TV [1970]; Curt Gowdy Award presented by Hall of Fame Board of Trustees for meritorious contributions by the media; Curt Gowdy State Park [Wyoming] named after him [1971]; died Feb 20, 2006

1922 - Hank (Henry Albert) Bauer
baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958: 4 home runs/all-star: 1952, 1953, 1954], KC Athletics; manager: NY Yankees, KC Athletics

1929 - Don Murray
actor: Bus Stop, Knots Landing, The Outcasts, Baby the Rain Must Fall, Peggy Sue Got Married, Advice and Consent

1931 - Kenny Burrell
guitarist: played with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman; own combos

1937 - John Sellers
jockey: winner: Kentucky Derby [1961: on Carry Back], Belmont Stakes [1965: on Hail To All], Brooklyn Handicap [1965: on Pia Star]

1939 - France Nuyen (Vannga)
actress: The Joy Luck Club, South Pacific, Diamond Head, St. Elsewhere

1939 - John West
musician: keyboards: group: Gary Lewis and the Playboys: This Diamond Ring

1943 - Susan Flannery
Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress: Days of Our Lives [1975], The Bold and the Beautiful [2000, 2002]; Dallas, Anatomy of a Seduction

1944 - Geraldine Chaplin
actress: Nashville, Rosalind, Chaplin, Dr. Zhivago, The Wedding; daughter of comedian Charlie Chaplin

1945 - Gary Lewis (Levitch)
singer: group: Gary Lewis and the Playboys: This Diamond Ring; entertainer Jerry Lewis’ son

1946 - Bob Welch
guitarist, singer: group: Fleetwood Mac; solo: Sentimental Lady

1947 - Karl Green
musician: guitar, harmonica: group: Herman’s Hermits: I’m into Something Good, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry VIII, I Am, Listen People, A Must to Avoid, Leaning on the Lamp Post

1951 - Evonne Goolagong
tennis champion: Australian Open [1974, 1975, 1976, 1977]; Wimbledon [1971, 1980]; French Open [1971]

1951 - Barry Van Dyke
actor: Diagnosis Murder, The Van Dyke Show, Foxfire Light, It Happened at Lakewood Manor, Casino; son of actor Dick Van Dyke

1952 - Chris Ahrens
hockey: NHL: Minnesota North Stars; WHA: Edmonton Oilers

1952 - Alan Autry
actor: In the Heat of the Night, Proud Men, Blue De Ville, At Close Range; mayor of Fresno California

1956 - Michael Biehn
actor: The Rock, Breach of Trust, Blood of the Hunter, Tombstone, A Taste for Killing, Timebomb, Aliens, The Terminator, The Fan, Coach, The Runaways

1957 - Daniel Ash
musician: guitar, singer: groups: Bauhaus, Love and Rockets

1957 - Leon Durham
baseball: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1982, 1983], Cincinnati Reds

1958 - Bill Berry
musician: drums: group: R.E.M.: Radio Free Europe, Talk about the Passion, So Central Rain, [Don’t Go Back To] Rockville, Seven Chinese Brothers

1962 - Wesley Snipes
actor: Demolition Man, Rising Sun, Major League, Sugar Hill, White Men Can’t Jump, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, One Night Stand, U.S. Marshals

1963 - Norman (Quentin) Cook
singer: groups: The Housemartins: Caravan of Love; Beats International: Dub Be Good To Me; Freakpower: Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out; Mighty Dub Katz, Pizzaman, Norman Cook Presents Wildski, Fried Funk Food; Fatboy Slim: Better Living through Chemistry, The Rockafeller Skank, You've Come A Long Way, Baby

1966 - Dean Cain
actor: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Chart Toppers
July 31st.

1948 You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
Dang Me - Roger Miller

1972 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilber O’Sullivan
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer - Charley Pride

1980 It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time - Spinners
Bar Room Buddies - Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood

1988 Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
Don’t We All Have the Right - Ricky Van Shelton

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Friday, August 1, 2008

MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on this day in 1981. The first music video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, Video Killed the Radio Star, by the Buggles. MTV’s original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.

Since MTV is targeted to 18- to 24-year-olds, its music videos feature rock, rap, R&B and heavy metal. Today, the radio-with-pictures TV channel does more than play wall-to-wall music. Watch MTV and you’ll see news, drama, game shows, comedy, dance shows and inaugural balls.

In 1987, having reached the near-saturation point on U.S. cable systems, MTV expanded internationally with MTV Europe. Two years later, and just two days before the Berlin Wall came down, MTV went on the air in East Berlin. A big push into Asia was launched in September of 1991, and in the fall of 1993, MTV went Latin with MTV Latino.

Wow! Zillions of households worldwide all want... and can get... their MTV!
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August 1st.

1291 - A pact was made to form the Swiss Confederation. The anniversary of this founding has been celebrated as National Day in Switzerland since 1891, the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation.

1873 - The first cable streetcar in America began operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA.

1876 - Colorado, the 38th state, entered the United States of America this day. It is the only state to enter the union in the one hundredth year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Consequently, Colorado is called the Centennial State. The Rocky Mountains are Colorado’s most famous feature; which explains why the Rocky Mountain columbine is the state flower. The lark bunting is the state bird. Denver, Colorado’s largest city, is also the state capital.

1893 - Henry Perky and William Ford of Watertown, NY woke up early and found their patent sitting on the breakfast table. They had invented shredded wheat. Pass the bananas and milk, please...

1894 - George Samuelson and Frank Harbo completed a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean -- in a rowboat! They landed in England after having left New York on June 6th. We can think of easier ways to cross the ocean...

1937 - Mutual radio debuted The Goodwill Hour, with its familiar phrase, “You have a friend and advisor in John J. Anthony.”

1940 - The first book written by 23-year-old John Fitzgerald Kennedy was published. It was titled, Why England Slept. Later, Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage would become a best-seller for the man who would become the United States’ 35th President.

1941 - Parade magazine called it “...the Army’s most intriguing new gadget.” The gadget was “a tiny truck which can do practically everything.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America couldn’t have won World War II without it. The tiny truck was the Jeep, built at the time by the Willys Truck Company. Parade was so enthusiastic about the Jeep that it devoted three pages to the vehicle.

1942 - Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded Charleston Alley, on Decca Records.

1942 - The American Federation of Musicians went on strike. Union president James C. Petrillo told musicians that phonograph records were “a threat to members’ jobs.” As a result, musicians refused to perform in recording sessions over the next several months. Live, musical radio broadcasts continued, however.

1943 - This day marked the groundbreaking ceremony in Oak Ridge, TN for the first uranium 235 plant. (Uranium 235 was needed to build the A-bomb.) The uranium manufacturing facility cost $280,000,000 to build and was completed in the summer of 1944.

1944 - 13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary; a diary she had kept for two years while hiding with her family to escape Nazi deportation to a concentration camp. Three days later the Grune Polizei raided the secret annex in Amsterdam, Holland, where the Jewish family was in hiding. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15.

1950 - Pitcher Curt Simmons of the Philadelphia Phillies became the first major-league baseball player to be called to active military duty during the Korean War.

1953 - The first aluminum-faced building constructed in America was completed. It was the Alcoa (Aluminum Corporation of America) Building in Pittsburgh, PA.

1958 - After 26 years at 3 cents, the cost of mailing a first-class letter in the United States went up a penny.

1960 - Chubby Checker’s The Twist was released. The song inspired the dance craze of the 1960s. Round and around and around...

1971 - The Concert for Bangladesh was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and Billy Preston performed. A multirecord set commemorating the event was a super sales success. Together, the concert and the album raised over $11 million to help the starving minions of Bangladesh.

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds failed to get a hit in five times at bat in Atlanta. As a result, his consecutive hitting streak ended at 44 games -- just 12 short of Joe DiMaggio’s major-league baseball record with the New York Yankees.

1984 - Singer Jermaine Jackson made a guest appearance on the TV soap opera, As the World Turns.

1987 - Mike Tyson ‘out-pointed’ Tony Tucker in 12 rounds at Las Vegas, Nevada. He won the right to call himself the “Undisputed world heavyweight champion” as he won the IBF heavyweight title and retained the WBA/WBC heavyweight titles.

1996 - Here’s today’s Olympic wrap-up: Michael Johnson left his fellow runners in the dust to win gold in the 200 meters in a record 19.32 seconds. He was the first male Olympian to complete the 200/400-meter Olympic double. And French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec became only the second woman in history to win gold medal in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter runs at the same Olympics. Perec joined American Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who won both the 200 and 400 races in 1984 in Los Angeles. The U.S. women’s soccer team claimed the gold medal and capped the first women’s soccer competition at the Olympics, beating China 2-1. And last, but certainly not least, decathlon, four years after failing to make the U.S. Olympic team.

August 1st.

1770 - William Clark
explorer: Lewis and Clark Expedition; died Sep 1, 1838

1779 - Francis Scott Key
attorney, poet: The Star-Spangled Banner: U.S. national anthem; died Jan 11, 1843

1818 - Maria Mitchell
astronomer: 1st woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 1st U.S. woman to become a professor of astronomy; died June 28, 1889

1819 - Herman Melville
author: Moby Dick, Redburn, Typee, Omoo, White-Jacket; died Sep 28, 1891

1843 - Robert Todd Lincoln
son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln; rescued from train accident by Edwin Booth, brother of man who assassinated President Lincoln

1914 - Lloyd Mangrum
golf champ: winner of 36 professional tournaments including 1946 U.S. Open; died in 1973

1916 - James Hill
producer: Vera Cruz, The Kentuckian, Trapeze, Sweet Smell of Success, The Unforgiven, The Happy Thieves; writer: His Majesty O'Keefe; died Jan 11, 2001

1921 - Jack Kramer
tennis champion: Wimbledon [1947], U.S. Open [1946, 1947]

1922 - Arthur Hill
actor: Harper, The Andromeda Strain, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, Futureworld, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, Glitter; died Oct 22, 2006

1923 - George (Irvin) Bamberger
baseball: pitcher: NY Giants, Baltimore Orioles; manager: KC Royals; died Apr 4, 2004

1929 - Michael Stewart (Rubin)
playwright: Midnight Edition, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!; died Sep 20, 1987

1930 - Geoffrey Holder
dancer, actor: Live and Let Die, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex [But were Afraid to Ask], Doctor Dolittle

1931 - Tom Wilson
cartoonist: Ziggy

1932 - Bobby Isaac
International Motorsports Hall of Famer: In a race in 1973, Bobby Isaac heard a ghostly voice telling him to stop immediately or suffer the consequences. He pulled out of the race and, until the day he died of a heart attack (Aug 14, 1977), he believed that he had pulled out just in time.

1933 - Dom Deluise
comedian, actor: Dean Martin Show, Loose Cannons, Cannonball Run 1 & 2, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, Smokey and the Bandit, Part 2, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; host: New Candid Camera

1936 - Yves St. Laurent (Henry Mathieu)
fashion designer

1937 - Alfonse M. D’Amato
U.S. Senator from New York

1939 - Robert James Waller
author: The Bridges of Madison County, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend; professor of economics, business management

1941 - Ronald Brown
U.S. Secretary of Commerce [Clinton Administration]; Democratic National Committee chairman: 1st African-American to head a major political party; killed in plane crash Apr 3, 1996

1942 - Jerry Garcia
guitarist, banjo, lyricist: group: The Grateful Dead: Dark Star, Truckin’, Alabama Getaway; died Aug 9, 1995

1942 - Giancarlo Giannini
actor: A Walk in the Clouds, Once Upon a Crime, Goodnight Michael Angelo, Swept Away...by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August

1947 - Rick Anderson
musician: bass: group: The Tubes

1947 - Rick Coonce
singer, drummer: group: The Grass Roots: Let’s Live for Today, Midnight Confessions

1948 - Cliff Branch
football: Oakland Raiders wide receiver: Super Bowl XI, XV; LA Raiders: Super Bowl XVIII

1950 - Milt (Milton Scott) May
baseball: catcher: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, SF Giants

1952 - Greg (Gregory Eugene) Gross
baseball: Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1980, 1983]

1953 - Robert Cray
singer: group: Robert Cray Band: albums: Showdown, Strong Persuader; in film: Animal House

1958 - Taylor Negron
comedian, actor: Hope & Gloria, Angels In The Outfield, Young Doctors In Love, Easy Money, Punchline, The Last Boy Scout

1959 - Joe Elliot
singer: group: Def Leppard: Photograph, Rock of Ages, Foolin’

1963 - Coolio (Artis Ivey Jr.)
rapper: LPs: It Takes a Thief, Gangsta’s Paradise, My Soul

1971 - Jennifer Gareis
actress: Private Parts, Miss Congeniality, Venus on the Halfshell, Gangland

1972 - Devon Hughes aka D-Von Dudley
pro wrestler/actor: Extreme Championship Wrestling, Raw Is War, Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania 2000, WWF Judgement Day, Armageddon

1973 - Tempestt Bledsoe
actress: The Cosby Show, Dream Date, Monsters, Fire & Ice.

Chart Toppers
August 1st.

1944 Amor - Bing Crosby
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) - Louis Jordan

1952 I’m Yours - Don Cornell
Delicado - Percy Faith
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith

1960 I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin

1968 Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

1976 Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
Love is Alive - Gary Wright
Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine

1984 When Doves Cry - Prince
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
State of Shock - Jacksons
Angel in Disguise - Earl Thomas Conley

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok was gunned down by Jack McCall, a desperado from Texas, in Saloon #10 at Deadwood, in the Dakota Territory on this day in 1876. Hickok was playing poker (with his back to the door) at the time of the shooting. McCall shot Wild Bill in the back, and was hanged for the shooting, never revealing his motive.

Hickok, a Union army spy, a scout for General Custer, a marshal for Abilene, Kansas, and a crack shot with a pistol, was handsome, longhaired, and a flamboyant gambler. Doc Pierce, who prepared Wild Bill for burial was quoted as saying, “Wild Bill was the prettiest corpse I have ever seen.”

The poker hand Hickok was holding when he died consisted of a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights. This combination became known as the dead man’s hand.
Murder of Wild Bill Hickok. (http://www.historybuff.com/library/refhickok.html)click, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_man%27s_hand) click. (http://www.doncollier.com/historic10.htm)

August 2nd.

1769 - The city of Los Angeles was named on this day. Uh, sort of. Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain, and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, stopped on their way north from San Diego. They really liked the area and decided to name it Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, which means Smog-free Paradise. Hah! Just kidding. It really means Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula -- Porciuncula being a chapel in Italy.

1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., became the first father-son pair to receive a joint patent -- for their nail-making machine.

1823 - The New York Mirror and Ladies Literary Gazette was founded. The weekly newspaper later became the daily New York Mirror.

1824 - Fifth Avenue was opened in New York City. It became one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world, the home of many beautiful, fashionable stores.

1858 - The first mailboxes were installed along the streets of Boston and New York City. The idea of mailboxes began in Belgium in 1848. We suggest that you check yours twice on this special day. And remember, mailboxes must be, as it says on the lid, “Approved by Postmaster General”!

1887 - Barbed wire was patented Chester A. Hodge of Beloit, WI.

1907 - Walter Johnson pitched his first professional baseball game for the Washington Senators. He went on to fan 3,499 batters in his career.

1926 - The first demonstration of the Vitaphone system, that combined picture and sound for movies, was held at the Warner Theatre in New York City. John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the demonstration film for the new moving picture projector.

1938 - The yellow baseball was first used in a test by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals in New York City. Ball players said that they had no preference for the yellow ball over the traditional white ball.

1943 - U.S. General George Patton had a bad day. He slapped and kicked U.S. Army Private C.H. Kuhl.

1943 - Lieutenant (j.g.) John F. Kennedy had a bad day, too. His PT 109, with the future President of the U.S. on board, was rammed and sunk by the Japanese destroyer Amigiri. Kennedy suffered a back injury that plagued him for the rest of his life. The story of the PT 109 was told in Hollywood style in the 1963 movie, PT 109, starring Cliff Robertson as JFK.

1973 - Rick DeMont captured the 400-meter freestyle event in 4 minutes, 2.9 seconds at the Los Angeles Invitational Swim Meet. His coach, looking for that ultimate sound bite said, “Rick turned in the fastest time ever by an unshaven swimmer.” Imagine what he could have done with a nice, close shave...

1984 - Charles Schulz’ award-winning comic strip was picked up by the Daily Times in Portsmouth, OH. With the addition of that paper, Peanuts, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Pigpen, Linus, Peppermint Pattie, Woodstock and the gang, became the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers.

1987 - The 50-year-old Walt Disney movie classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was rereleased. The film was the most popular animated film in motion picture history. It grossed almost $20 million in its first two weeks of rerelease.

1992 - Rollie Fingers, Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser and Tom Seaver were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

August 2nd.

1754 - Pierre Charles L’Enfant
architect, engineer, Revolutionary War officer: designed the plan for city of Washington D.C.; died June 14, 1825

1834 - Frederic Bartholdi
sculptor: Statue of Liberty, Lion of Belfort; died Oct 4, 1904

1871 - John Sloan
artist: South Beach Bathers; cofounder of Ashcan Art; died Sep 7, 1951

1892 - Jack L. (Leonard) Warner (Eichelbaum)
movie mogul: one of Hollywood’s famed Warner Brothers; died Sep 9, 1978

1894 - Westbrook Pegler
1940s journalist, columnist: anti-communist McCarthyist newspaper man and syndicated columnist: awareded Pulitzer Prize for expose on union racketeering [1940]; died June 24, 1969

1900 - Helen Morgan (Riggins)
singer, actress: Frankie and Johnny, Show Boat, Applause; died Oct 9, 1941

1905 - Myrna Loy (Williams)
actress: Thin Man movies, Airport, Topaz, Midnight Lace; died Dec 14, 1993

1912 - Ann Dvorak (Anna McKim)
actress: A Life of Her Own, Abilene Town, Scarface; died Dec 10, 1979

1915 - Gary Merrill
actor: The Seekers, Twelve O’Clock High, All About Eve, The Great Impostor; died Mar 5, 1990

1918 - Beatrice Straight
Academy Award-winning actress: Network [1976]; Poltergeist, Bloodline, Endless Love; Tony Award: The Crucible [1953]; died Apr 7, 2001

1922 - Paul Laxalt
U.S. Senator

1924 - James Baldwin
author: Go Tell It on the Mountain; died Dec 1, 1987

1924 - Carroll O’Connor
Emmy Award-winning actor: All in the Family [1971-1972, 1976-1977, 1977-1978, 1978-1979], In the Heat of the Night [1988-1989]; Cleopatra, The Devil’s Brigade, In Harm’s Way, Kelly’s Heroes, Marlowe; died June 21, 2001

1924 - Joe Harnell
conductor/arranger: Fly Me to the Moon; died July 14, 2005

1925 - John Dexter
opera director: Mid-America Chorale, M Butterfly, Le Rossignol, The Abduction from the Seraglio

1932 - Peter O’Toole
actor: Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, A Lion in Winter, The Last Emperor; autobiography: Loitering with Intent

1935 - Hank Cochran
songwriter: A Little Bitty Tear, Funny Way of Laughing, Make the World Go Away, I Fall to Pieces

1937 - Dave (David) Balon
hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Vancouver Canucks

1937 - Garth Hudson
musician: keyboard: group: The Band: Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

1939 - Wes Craven
author: A Nightmare on Elm Street; director: Vampire in Brooklyn, The People Under the Stairs, Shocker, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing, Summer of Fear, The Hills Have Eyes series, Last House on the Left

1939 - Edward Patten
singer: group: Gladys Knight & The Pips: Every Beat of My Heart, Letter Full of Tears, Everybody Needs Love, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Neither One of Us [Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye]

1941 - Doris Kenner-Jackson
singer: group: The Shirelles: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy, I Met Him on a Sunday, Tonight’s the Night, Dedicated to the One I Love, Mama Said; died Feb 4, 2000

1943 - Tom (Thomas Henry) Burgmeier
baseball: pitcher: California Angels, KC Royals, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1980], Oakland Athletics

1943 - Kathy Lennon
singer: group: The Lennon Sisters: The Lawrence Welk Show

1943 - Max Wright
actor: ALF, Buffalo Bill, Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, White Mile, Touch and Go, Fraternity Vacation

1945 - Joanna Cassidy
actress: Blade Runner, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Under Fire, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Package, Buffalo Bill

1950 - Kathryn Harrold
actress: MacGruder & Loud, The Bronx Zoo, I’ll Fly Away, The Larry Sanders Show, The Companion, Deadly Desire, Into the Night, Heartbreakers, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Modern Romance, The Hunter, Nightwing

1951 - Andrew Gold
singer: Lonely Boy, Thank You for Being a Friend; son of composer Ernest Gold

1959 - Victoria Jackson
actress: Saturday Night Live, Half Nelson, Based on an Untrue Story, I Love You to Death, Family Business, The Pick-Up Artist, Baby Boom

1960 - Linda Fratianne
Olympic silver medalist: figure skating [1980]; Walt Disney’s World on Ice

1964 - Mary-Louise Parker
actress: Sugartime, A Place for Annie, The Client, Bullets over Broadway, Naked in New York, Fried Green Tomatoes, Signs of Life

1966 - Tim Wakefield
baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox.

Chart Toppers
August 2nd.

1945 The More I See You - Dick Haymes
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie

1953 I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
No Other Love - Perry Como
Ruby - Richard Hayman
Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson

1961 Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
Dum Dum - Brenda Lee
Heartbreak U.S.A. - Kitty Wells

1969 In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
Johnny B. Goode - Buck Owens

1977 I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
I’m in You - Peter Frampton
My Heart Belongs to Me - Barbra Streisand
It was Almost like a Song - Ronnie Milsap

1985 Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
Shout - Tears For Fears
You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston
Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart It Breaks) - Earl Thomas Conley

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08-02-2008, 11:00 PM
216th day of 2008 - 150 remaining.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Steven Spielberg captured ‘reality’ with film, cast, crew, and the technology of the 1990s in his award-winning film, Saving Private Ryan. Some five decades earlier, Ernie Pyle, using the hunt and peck method on a beat-up old typewriter (on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.), drew word pictures of the landing at Normandy. He watched the landings from a ship.

The next day, he walked where the troops had gone before. The popular war correspondent wrote, “I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France. It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping in the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.”

“... There in a jumbled row for mile on mile were soldiers’ packs. There were socks and shoe polish, sewing kits, diaries, Bibles, hand grenades. There were the latest letters from home, with the address on each one neatly razored out -- one of the security precautions enforced before the boys embarked ...”

Ernie Pyle was born on this day in 1900 in Indiana. He grew up on a farm near the town of Dana (the location of the Ernie Pyle Museum and Historic Site), the only child of Will and Maria Pyle. Although his military career was brief, having enlisted in the Naval Reserve shortly before the end of WWI, it was his career in journalism that took him to the front lines. Pyle studied journalism at Indiana University, but left before getting his degree to work in the real world. His first job as reporter was for the LaPorte Herald, but he moved on to the Washington Daily News in Washington D.C. It was for this Scripps Howard newspaper that Pyle wrote an aviation column, the first of its kind in America. He was then given the managing editor’s positionwhich was followed by the job of roving reporter for all Scripps Howard papers.

Ernie Pyle’s first reporting of a battle scene (the Battle of Britain) was in 1940. A year later, he started what would become one of the most widely read columns in journalism history, as he covered the United States’ involvement in WWII. Pyle’s stories were written from the trenches where he became one with the infantrymen he preferred to write about. His gripping accounts of the bloody fighting in North Africa, Sicily and Anzio captured the attention of all America. After Normandy and the liberation of Paris, Pyle began covering the war in the Pacific. It was on Ie Shima, a small island off Okinawa, that his career came to an end. Worrying more about his Army buddies than himself, he didn’t take cover but turned to ask if they were OK while under Japanese sniper fire. He took a bullet in the left temple. A memorial stands on the site where Ernest T. Pyle was killed on April 18, 1945. Once buried there, his remains now lie at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater on Oahu, Hawaii. Pyle was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

The man referred to by the Army and Navy Journal as ‘the seeing-eye reporter’ said of himself, “I want to make people see what I see.” You can still see through the eyes of Ernie Pyle. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist compiled his columns in several books, Here is Your War, Brave Men, and Last Chapter.
A visit to the only home Ernie Pyle ever owned (http://www.outwestnewspaper.com/erniepyle.html) Ernie Pyle Home (http://www.in.gov/ism/StateHistoricSites/ErniePyleHome/index.aspx) click. (http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/erniepyle.html)

August 3rd.

1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail on the Santa Maria. He was accompanied by a crew of 90 and two more ships, the Nina and the Pinta. They left Spain half an hour before sunrise to begin the search for a water passage to Cathay. Instead, Columbus and company landed on October 12 at Guanahani, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas ... not India but the New World of the Americas.

1750 - This is the day that Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. He called it A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management. Sounds like fun reading...

1880 - The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, New York.

1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. It was The Wolf, written by Eugene Walter.

1933 - With Lefty Grove pitching, the Philadelphia Athletics whipped the New York Yankees, 7-0. The Yankees had gone 308 games without being shutout.

1933 - The world-famous Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. The timepiece sold for $2.75. A Mickey Mouse Clock sold for $1.50. New models now sell for $25 or more and the original watches and clocks are worth hundreds of dollars.

1949 - The National Basketball Association was formed. It was a combination of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1954 - A record divorce settlement (for the time) was awarded to Mrs. Barbara Bobo Rockefeller. Winthrop Rockefeller was ordered to pay a sum of $5,500,000 to his ex-wife.

1958 - James Robert Sordelet of Fort Wayne, IN, became the first person to reenlist in the U.S. Navy while under the North Pole! He did so while serving on the submarine Nautilus as it crossed under the Arctic ice.

1963 - The college football all-stars downed the Green Bay Packers by a 20-17 score. It was a big upset since the college upstarts had been heavy (50-1) underdogs.

1963 - The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The group was about to leave its hometown behind for unprecedented world-wide fame and fortune.

1963 - The Beach Boys’ Surfer Girl, was released on Capitol Records. It became one of their biggest hits. Surfer Girl made it to number seven on the hit music charts (9/14/63).

1963 - Comedian Allan Sherman’s summer camp parody, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp) was released on Warner Brothers Records. It went to number two on the pop charts (8/24/63).

1966 - Comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose this day.

1971 - Paul McCartney formed a new band called Wings. Joining McCartney in the group were Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues, Denny Seilwell and McCartney’s wife, Linda.

1979 - Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show host, graced the cover of the Burbank, CA telephone directory. You know you’ve made it when you’re on the cover of the phone book.

1983 - Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn resigned after 14 years on the job. Originally, he had been asked to take the job for six months or so.

1984 - Wall Street ended its best week (to that time) with a jump in the Dow Jones blue-chip average of 87.46. A one-day volume record was also set as 236.57 million shares changed hands, keeping brokers on the trading floor very busy. A total of 72.9 million shares were traded in the first hour alone.

1985 - Mail service returned to Paradise Lakes, FL -- a nudist colony. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.

1987 - Joe Niekro was suspended for 10 days for throwing scuffed baseballs. He first denied the charge made by the home plate umpire, but an emery board fell right out of his pocket during an inspection!

1989 - The ABC news magazine Primetime Live debuted, with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer reporting/starring. Just one of many creations of ABC News president Roone Arledge, the show ran through Sep 9, 1998, when it was merged with ABC’s 20/20.

1993 - Boston Ventures sold Motown Records to the Dutch recording and entertainment company, Polygram, for $325 million. Boston Ventures and MCA Records had picked up Motown from founder Berry Gordy for a mere $61 million in 1988.

1996 - “Give your body happiness, Macarena...” Macarena (bayside boys mix), by Los Del Rio, hit #1 on Billboard. It stayed and stayed at the top -- for 14 smash weeks -- as dancers swayed and swayed. “Ehhhhhh, Macarena!”

August 3rd.

1900 - Ernie Pyle
journalist: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter [1944]: reports of 1940 London bombings and war reports from Africa, Italy and France; managing editor: Washington Daily News; killed by sniper’s bullet on Ie Shima, small island off Okinawa, April 18, 1945; see Seeing-Eye Reporter Day [above]

1900 - John T. Scopes
high school teacher: subject of famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial: convicted of teaching evolution in Tennessee school

1902 - Ray Bloch
orchestra leader: TV shows: Blind Date, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Gay Nineties Revue, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Larry Storch Show, Songs for Sale; died Mar 29, 1982

1905 - Dolores del Rio (Lolita Dolores Martinez Asunsolo y Lopez Negrete)
actress: Flying Down to Rio, Journey into Fear, Flaming Star, Children of Sanchez, Accused; died Apr 11, 1983

1905 - Margaret Kuhn
National Women’s Hall of Famer: forced into retirement at age 65, she formed the Gray Panthers to fight age discrimination; her advice: “Speak your mind. Even if your voice shakes, well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.”; died Apr 22, 1995

1917 - Charlie Shavers
musician: trumpet: group: John Kirby Sextet; composer: Pastel Blue, Undecided

1918 - Les Elgart
musician: lead trumpet, bandleader: w/brother Larry; died July 29, 1995

1921 - Richard Adler
composer, lyricist [w/Jerry Ross]: scores: Pajama Game, Damn Yankees; solo: scores: Kwamina, A Mother’s Kisses

1921 - Marilyn (Marvel) Maxwell
actress: Arizona Bushwackers, Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, Summer Holiday, Lost in a Harem; died Mar 20, 1972

1924 - Leon Uris
author: Exodus, Battle Cry, Mila 18, The Angry Hills, Armageddon; screenplay: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; died June 21, 2003

1926 - Tony Bennett (Benedetto)
Grammy Award-winning singer: I Left My Heart in San Francisco [1962], MTV Unplugged [1994]; I Wanna Be Around, Who Can I Turn To, The Shadow of Your Smile, Because of You, Rags to Riches, Stranger in Paradise, In the Middle of an Island, The Good Life; appeared in film: The Oscar

1927 - Gordon Scott (Werschkul)
actor: Gladiator of Rome, Tarzan and the Trappers, Sampson and the 7 Miracles of the World; died Apr 30, 2007

1937 - Steven Berkoff
actor: Intruders, The Krays, Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, Beverly Hills Cop, A Clockwork Orange, War & Remembrance

1940 - Lance (Bambi) Alworth
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver: Super Bowl VI; San Diego Chargers

1940 - Martin Sheen (Ramon Estevez)
actor: The West Wing, Apocalypse Now, J.F.K., Wall Street, Badlands, Ghandi, Gettysburg, The Final Countdown; father of actors Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez

1941 - Beverly Lee
singer: group: The Shirelles: I Met Him on a Sunday, Dedicated to the One I Love, Tonight’s the Night, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Mama Said, Soldier Boy

1941 - Martha Stewart
cooking, craft, decorating, planting advisor; Martha Stewart’s Living [TV show and magazine]

1949 - B.B. (Morris) Dickerson
musician: bass, singer: group: War

1950 - John Landis
director: Thriller video, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Beverly Hills Cop 3, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Oscar, Three Amigos, Trading Places

1951 - Marcel Dionne
Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: Lady Byng Trophy [1975]; LA Kings: Lady Byng Trophy [1977], Art Ross Trophy [1980]; NY Rangers

1951 - Johnny Graham
musician: guitar: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Best of My Love

1951 - Jay North (Hopper)
actor: Dennis the Menace, Maya, Zebra in the Kitchen, The Teacher, Scout’s Honor

1955 - Corey Burton
character voice: Spider-Man, Critters, James Bond Jr., Bonkers, Snow Monkeys, Mighty Ducks, Pocahontas, Hercules, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story 2, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

1959 - John C. McGinley
actor: The Rock, On Deadly Ground, Born on the Fourth of July, Hear No Evil, Point Break, Fat Man and Little Boy, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Platoon, The Pentagon Wars

1963 - James Hetfield
musician: guitar, singer: group: Metallica.

Chart Toppers
August 3rd.

1946 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Doin’ What Comes Naturally - Dinah Shore
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crewcuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
One By One - Kitty Wells & Red Foley

1962 Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
Sealed with a Kiss - Brian Hyland
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Make It with You - Bread
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder
Wonder Could I Live There Anymore - Charley Pride

1978 Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Only One Love in My Life - Ronnie Milsap

1986 Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her - George Strait

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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08-03-2008, 11:00 PM
217th day of 2008 - 149 remaining.

Monday, August 4, 2008

It was 1912, the scene was Stockholm, Sweden. The event was the birth of a child named Raoul Wallenberg. Three decades later, Raoul made his mark in history.

Wallenberg grew up to become an architect but this was not how he became famous. The upper-class Swedish gentleman also imported luxury goods from Hungary; and in his business dealings, learned of the plight of Hungarian Jews at the hands of the Nazis.

Unlike others of his stature and position in society during World War II, Wallenberg went to work to save thousands ... ultimately rescuing at least 100,000 Jews from certain death ... 65,000 of them from the Budapest ghetto. Were his motives purely humanitarian? This is one question that will never be answered. In 1945, Soviet troops entered Budapest and arrested Wallenberg. Although no one actually knows what happened to this brave individual, Tass, the Soviet press agency, reported that he died in prison two years after his arrest.

Raoul Wallenberg has been honored posthumously by the U.S. government. In 1981 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to award Mr. Wallenberg with honorary American citizenship, only the second person ever to receive such recognition (Winston Churchill was the first). He has also been immortalized in books, film and in a miniseries on television.
Raoul Wallenberg. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/wallenberg.html) More here as well. (http://www.tekla-szymanski.com/rwic.html)

August 4th.

1753 - George Washington became a Master Mason on this day.

1821 - The Saturday Evening Post was published as a weekly for the first time.

1927 - Radio station 2XAG, later named WGY, the General Electric station in Schenectady, NY, began experimental operations from a 100,000-watt transmitter. Later, the FCC regulated the power of AM radio stations to not exceed 50,000 watts on ‘clear channels’ (where few, if any, stations would cause interference with each other).

1927 - Singer Jimmie Rodgers recorded his first sides for Victor Records in Bristol, TN. He sang Sleep Baby Sleep and Soldier’s Sweetheart.

1934 - Mel Ott became the first major-league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.

1940 - Crime Doctor introduced a new kind of radio hero to audiences. The CBS radio program presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway, the show’s main character, who was a victim of amnesia. He once was a criminal, but got hit on the head, and suddenly began to work as a crime fighter. Nice twist.

1944 - Nazi police discovered Anne Frank and her family, hiding in secret quarters above her father’s factory in Amsterdam, Holland. Miss Frank was 13 years old and had kept a diary of her feelings, thoughts and fears during the two years of hiding from the Nazis. Anne and her sister were taken to a concentration camp following the arrest. Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen. Her diary was found later and has since been translated into 30 different languages, adapted as a dramatic play and a Hollywood film. Her diary is a symbol of the strength of the human spirit. She wrote: “I keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be and what I could be, if there weren’t any other people living in the world.”

1956 - Wilhelm Herz was clocked at 210 miles per hour at Wendover, UT. He became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 mph.

1957 - Juan Fangio won his final auto race and captured the world auto driving championship -- for the fifth consecutive year.

1958 - This was a grand day in Grand Forks, ND. The first potato flake plant was completed there.

1963 - After two months out of the lineup due to a broken left foot, Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees got a tie-breaking, pinch-hit, home run in the ninth inning to lead the Yankees to a win over the Baltimore Orioles.

1964 - The murdered bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner had disappeared June 21, not long after they had been held for six hours in the Neshoba County, MS jail on charges of speeding. Their burned car was discovered on June 23, prompting a search by the FBI for the three young men.

1983 - New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warmups and accidentally killed a seagull! After the game, Toronto police surrounded the slugger and arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”

1987 - A new 22-cent stamp honoring noted author William Faulkner went on sale in Oxford, MS. Faulkner had been fired as postmaster of that same post office in 1924.

1995 - Movies that opened this day (in U.S. theatres): Babe -- about a pig who learns to be a sheep dog; Something to Talk About -- about a woman who sees her husband giving an unknown young woman a passionate kiss on his lunch hour; Bushwacked -- about a guy who is forced to hide out as a guide to a group of 10-year-old Scouts on their first wilderness outing.

2000 - Movies that opened this day (in U.S. theatres): Coyote Ugly -- about a 21-year-old woman who takes a job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly, the hottest spot in town; Space Cowboys -- about a group of almost-over-the-hill pilots called to undertake a space rescue mission; and Hollow Man -- about a scientist who develops a serum that induces complete invisibility (it brought in $26.41 million the first weekend -- the movie, not the serum).

August 4th.

1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley
lyric poet: Prometheus Unbound, Epipsychidion, The Witch of Atlas, Hellas, Adonais, A Defence of Poetry, Ode to the West Wind; died July 18, 1822

1884 - Isoroku Yamamoto
Japanese Admiral during WWII: planned attack on Pearl Harbor; killed when U.S. 13th Air Force shot down his plane Apr 18, 1943

1900 - Elizabeth Angela Marguerite
Britain’s Queen Mother; died Mar 31, 2002

1901 - (Daniel) Louis Armstrong
Satchmo: jazz musician: trumpet; Grammy Award-winning singer: Hello, Dolly! [1964], Lifetime Achievement Award [1971]; It’s a Wonderful World, Mack the Knife, Blueberry Hill; appeared in films: The Five Pennies, The Glenn Miller Story, Hello Dolly!, High Society; American ambassador of good will; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1990]; died July 6, 1971

1904 - Harry Cooper
‘Lighthorse’: World Golf Hall of Famer: Vardon Trophy winner [1937]; Canadian Open champion [1932,1937]; Bing Crosby Pro Am [1942]; died Oct 17, 2000

1909 - Glenn Cunningham
Kansas Ironman: National Track & Field Hall of Famer: Sullivan Award [1933]: world record [1934]: mile [4:06.8]; Olympic silver medalist [1936]; 1932 Olympic team member; director of physical education: Cornell College, Iowa; Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch; died Mar 10, 1988

1910 - William Schuman
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: Secular Cantata No. 2, A Free Song [1943]; President: Julliard School of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; died Feb 15, 1992

1912 - Raoul Wallenberg
humanitarian; died in a Russian prison July 17, 1947; see Wallenberg Day [above]

1913 - Wesley Addy
actor: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Kiss Me Deadly, Seconds; died Dec 31, 1996

1915 - Luke Easter
Luscious Luke: baseball: Cleveland Indians; died Mar 29, 1979

1919 - Ted Kroll
golf: champ: San Diego Open [1952]

1920 - Helen Thomas
journalist: UPI White House correspondent [from Kennedy to Clinton: 1961-2000]; author: Front Row at the White House

1921 - Herb (Mitchell) Ellis
musician: guitarist, singer: group: Soft Winds: I Told You I Love You, Now Get Out; Oscar Peterson Trio

1921 - Maurice Richard
Hockey Hall of Famer: 18 NHL seasons [1942 - 1960] w/Montreal Canadiens: Hart Trophy [1947]; eight Stanley Cup championships; first player to score 500 career goals [1957]; died May 27, 2000

1934 - (George) Dallas Green
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, NY Mets; mgr.: NY Yankees, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs

1934 - Joe Leonard
Motorsports Hall of Fame motorcycle racer: Grand National Championship [1954, 1956, 1956]; race car driver: Indy 500 [1967, 1968], USAC titles [1971, 1972]

1938 - Hayes Jones
National Track & Field Hall of Famer: Olympic gold medalist [1964]: 110-meter hurdles [:13.6]; New York City’s Director of Recreation

1939 - Frankie Ford (Guzzo)
singer: Sea Cruise; in film: American Hot Wax

1940 - Timi (Rosemarie) Yuro
singer: Hurt, What’s A Matter Baby [Is It Hurting You], Gotta Travel On, Down in the Valley

1942 - Cleon (Joseph) Jones
baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969, 1973/all-star: 1969], Chicago White Sox

1943 - David Carr
musician: keyboards: group: The Fortunes: You’ve Got Your Troubles

1944 - Richard Belzer
comedian, actor: Mad Dog and Glory, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Big Picture, The Groove Tube

1949 - John Riggins
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Washington Redskins running back: NFL Individual Record: touchdowns [24] scored in a season [1983]: Super Bowl XVII, XVIII; NY Jets

1952 - Kristoffer Tabori (Siegel)
actor: Chicago Story, Seventh Avenue

1955 - Billy Bob Thornton
actor: One False Move, Tombstone, On Deadly Ground, Primary Colors, Armageddon, Pushing Tin, Franky Goes to Hollywood

1958 - Mary Decker
track: AP & Sullivan Award: U.S. outstanding amateur athlete [1982]; U.S. record holder: 800-meters [1:56.9], 1500-meters [3:57.12], 1,000-meters [2:34.8], 1-mile [4:16.71], 3,000-meters [8:29.69]

1960 - Dean Malenko
pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, Raw Is War, WWF Smackdown!, Survivor Series

1961 - Lauren Tom
actress: The Joy Luck Club, When a Man Loves a Woman, Grace Under Fire, DAG, Max Steel

1962 - (William) Roger Clemens
baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [3-time Cy Young Award winner: 1986, 1987, 1991/World Series: 1986/all-star: 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1986]

Chart Toppers
August 4th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
That’s My Desire - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Ain’t That a Shame - Fats Domino
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 So Much in Love - The Tymes
Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
(You’re the) Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Draggin’ the Line - Tommy James
I’m Just Me - Charley Pride

1979 Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Good Times - Chic
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
You’re the Only One - Dolly Parton

1987 Shakedown - Bob Seger
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
I Want Your Sex - George Michael
Snap Your Fingers - Ronnie Milsap

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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Thanks for your understanding. :)

08-04-2008, 11:00 PM
218th day of 2008 - 148 remaining.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It all began when a radio disc jockey working for WFIL Radio was pressed into hosting duties for a local, after-school dance show on WFIL-TV 6 in Philadelphia. Originally hosted by Bob Horn, the show was American Bandstand; the young, handsome DJ/host from Utica, New York was Dick Clark.

And on this day in 1957, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand caught the attention of network executives at ABC-TV in New York, who decided to put the show on its afternoon schedule. However, the one thing they couldn’t do was disrupt an airing of the hugely popular Mickey Mouse Club at 5 p.m. What to do? Halfway through the American Bandstand show, Clark would tell listeners to come back for more of the show ... but “right now ... here comes the Mouse!” At that time, the network would cut away from Philadelphia and show Walt Disney’s Mouseketeers. Following the show ... American Bandstand would return for another 30 minutes.

Many artists, acts and groups of the rock ’n’ roll era debuted on American Bandstand -- Simon and Garfunkel, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker -- catapulting Clark into the spotlight as one of TV’s most prolific producers and hosts. Clark is still working, often using clips of early American Bandstand acts in rock-music nostalgia shows; and still resembles the oldest living teenager, as he has been called for oh, so many years.

If only the writers at Billboard magazine could have seen the future when they wrote some forty years ago that Clark’s show “has teen appeal ... but is not entertainment.” American Bandstand lasted until 1987 on the network, ABC-TV’s longest-running show. And syndicated versions of the original shows, with Dick Clark as host, are still running on cable. A permanent exhibition of American Bandstand memorabilia and personal histories, featuring the Original Bandstanders, is on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

We’d have to say ... that’s entertainment!
Dick Clark. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Clark_(entertainer)) click. (http://www.fiftiesweb.com/bandstnd.htm)

August 5th.

1884 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid at Bedloe’s Island (now called Liberty Island), New York. The actual statue was accepted as a gift to the United States from the people of France by U.S. President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue became a symbol of freedom to the European immigrants who passed it on their way to Ellis Island and their admittance to the United States. It remains today as a symbol of liberty for all.

1914 - Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio became the first intersection in the U.S. to be equipped with an electric traffic light. The lighting ceremony occurred on this day.

1921 - KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, PA did the first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game. Harold Arlin described the action as the Pirates beat Philadelphia 8-5.

1921 - The New York World published the first cartoon to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. On the Road to Moscow, by Rollin Kirby, received the prestigious journalism honor.

1923 - Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel and he did it on this day.

1924 - The comic strip Little Orphan Annie debuted in the New York Daily News. Annie and her little dog, Sandy, were creations of cartoonist Harold Gray. His work would come to life in the Broadway and film adaptations of Annie a half-century later -- to great success.

1935 - The radio drama Backstage Wife was first aired -- on the Mutual Broadcasting System. The show was heard until 1959.

1936 - Jesse Owens won his third gold medal by running a 200-meter race in 20.7 seconds at the Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany.

1960 - In an unprecedented move, two major-league baseball clubs traded managers. Jimmy Dykes of the Detroit Tigers moved to manage the Cleveland Indians while Joe Gordon left the Indians to take over the managerial reins of the Tigers.

1962 - Actress Marilyn Monroe died from a drug overdose in Los Angeles, in a case that is still unsolved and involves a lot of speculation. She was 36 years old.

1974 - The comic strip Tank McNamara premiered in 75 newspapers. Jeff Millar and Bill Hinds created the 6-foot, 4-inch, 225-pound former defensive tackle of the State University Sand Crabs; and who became a jock/sportscaster.

1975 - Singer Stevie Wonder signed the recording industry’s largest contract: $13 million over a seven-year period. Wonder stayed with his original label, Tamla/Motown, while other major Motown artists, including Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and The Four Tops had left the label over creative differences and financial accounting disputes.

1983 - Vida Blue was released by the Kansas City Royals. Blue had spent 13 years in the big leagues. At his release by the Royals, the former Cy Young Award winner had gone 0-19 in pitching appearances.

1984 - Toronto’s Cliff Johnson set a major-league baseball record by hitting the 19th pinch-hit home run in his career as he led the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

1984 - Joan Benoit won the first women’s Olympic marathon at the Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.

1984 - Show business mourned the loss of one of its greatest and most colorful actors. Richard Burton died of a stroke at the age of 58.

1986 - John McEnroe beat Marko Ostoja in the Volvo Invitational Tournament held in Vermont. The ‘bad boy of tennis’ had taken a 6-1/2 month respite from tennis before returning to the court to defeat Ostoja.

1994 - Michael Jackson and bride, Lisa Marie Presley, visited Budapest, Hungary. While there, they filmed an advertisement for his upcoming album, HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book 1. The couple also visited children’s hospitals where they comforted young patients and distributed toys.

1999 - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire belted home runs #500 and 501 to reach the 500-homer mark faster than anyone had before. He did it in his 5,487th at-bat. Babe Ruth had held the previous record, having reached #500 in 5,801 at-bats. In case you are wondering, the others in the top five were Jimmie Foxx (7,074), Mickey Mantle (7,300) and Mike Schmidt (7,331). McGwire connected for his historic homer(s) in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, the same ballpark where he had broken Roger Maris’ 37-year-old single-season home-run record Sept. 8, 1998, when he hit homer #62. McGwire went on to hit 70 home runs that season, finishing just ahead of Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa, who hit 66.

August 5th.

1850 - Guy de Maupassant
author: The Tellier House, Yvette, Toine, The Horla, The Diamond Necklace, The Umbrella, The Piece of String, A Woman’s Life, Bel-Ami, Peter and John; died July 6, 1893

1889 - Conrad Aiken
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Selected Poems [1930]; died Aug 17, 1973

1906 - John Huston
Academy Award-winning director: Treasure of Sierra Madre [1948]; The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, Prizzi’s Honor; father of Academy Award-winning actress Angelica Huston; died Aug 28, 1987

1911 - Robert Taylor (Spangler Brugh)
actor: Magnificent Obsession, Quo Vadis, Billy the Kid, Bataan, Knights of the Round Table, The Night Walker, Death Valley Days; died June 8, 1969

1914 - David Brian
actor: Pocketful of Miracles, Intruder in the Dust, Flamingo Road, Mr. District Attorney, The Immortal; died July 15, 1993

1926 - Jeri Southern (Genevieve Hering)
singer: You Better Go Now, When I Fall in Love, Fire Down Below; died Aug 2, 1991

1930 - Neil Armstrong
NASA astronaut: command pilot of Gemini 8 [launched Mar 16, 1966], performed first successful docking of two vehicles in space; commander of Apollo 11 [1969], first manned lunar landing mission: Armstrong was first man to land a craft on the Moon and first man to step onto its surface

1935 - John Saxon (Carmen Orrico)
actor: Raid on Entebbe, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Beverly Hills Cop 3, The Cardinal, Death of a Gunfighter, The Unforgiven, The Bold Ones

1940 - Damita Jo (DuBlanc)
singer: I’ll Save the Last Dance for You, If You Go Away; died Dec 25, 1998

1940 - Roman Gabriel
College Football Hall of Famer: quarterback: North Carolina State; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles QB

1942 - Rick Huxley
musician: bass: group: Dave Clark Five: Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Red Balloon, Good Old Rock & Roll

1943 - Sammi Smith
singer: Help Me Make It Through the Night, So Long Charlie Brown, What a Lie, You Just Hurt My Last Feeling; died Feb 12, 2005

1945 - Loni Anderson
actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, The Jayne Mansfield Story, Easy Street, Necessity, Nurses

1945 - Duane Benson
football: Oakland Raiders linebacker: Super Bowl II

1946 - Erika Slezak
Emmy Award-winning actress: One Life to Live

1947 - Bernie (Bernardo) Carbo
baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970], SL Cardinals, Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1975], Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates

1947 - Rick Derringer (Zehringer)
singer, songwriter: group: The McCoys: Hang on, Sloopy, Fever, Come on, Let’s Go; solo: Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo; record producer

1948 - William Hootkins
actor: Star Wars, The Lost Boys, Flash Gordon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, American Gothic, Batman, A River Runs Through It, The NeverEnding Story III, The Omega Code

1953 - Samantha Sang
singer: Emotion

1956 - Maureen McCormick
actress: A Very Brady Christmas, The Brady Bunch

1962 - Patrick Ewing
basketball: Olympic Gold medalist [1984], Olympic Dream Team [1992]; New York Knicks: NBA Rookie of the Year [1986]; Georgetown University: 3 time All-American [1983, 1984, 1985], Naismith & Eastman Awards, Rupp Trophy [1984]

1966 - Jonathan Silverman
actor: At First Sight, Little Big League, Weekend at Bernie’s series, Little Sister, Caddyshack 2, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Gimme a Break.

Chart Toppers
August 5th.

1948 You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Dang Me - Roger Miller

1972 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton
It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer - Charley Pride

1980 Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Dancin’ Cowboys - The Bellamy Brothers

1988 Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
Don’t We All Have the Right - Ricky Van Shelton

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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219th day of 2008 - 147 remaining.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Denton ‘Cy’ Young pitched his first major-league baseball game on this day in 1890. He led the Cleveland Spiders past the Chicago White Sox. Young went on to enjoy a great baseball career, winning a total of 511 games (95 more than second place Walter Johnson) ... averaging more than 23 victories over 22 seasons, playing for Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston (where he played in the first World Series, and won).

The Cy Young Award was established in 1956, when the Baseball Writer’s Association of America bestowed the honor on the best pitcher in major-league baseball for that year. The award has been presented every year since. In fact, from 1967 on, two Cy Young awards have been presented annually to the best pitcher in each major league.

Where did Denton get the nickname, Cy? It seems that Denton Young, a six-foot, two-inch, 210-pound player, could throw a re-e-e-ally fast curve ball, kind of like a cyclone spinning through the air. A story told about the Baseball Hall of Famer says that one time, before a game, he was warming up by throwing balls at a wooden fence. Afterwards, a remark was made that the fence looked like a cyclone had hit it. Yeah! A cyclone named Denton Young aka Cy Young.
Cy Young. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cy_Young) Cy Young Award. (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_cyy.shtml)

August 6th.

1926 - Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by two hours.

1926 - You would have paid $10 a seat to see the first talking picture, Don Juan, starring John Barrymore. The movie was shown at New York’s Warners’ Theatre in glorious black and white. Bear in mind that $10.00 in 1926 would have almost bought a small theatre.

1928 - One of radio’s first serials was heard as Real Folks debuted on NBC.

1930 - Joseph Crater, 41 years old and a New York Supreme Court Justice, mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. His wife, Estelle, declared Judge Crater to be legally dead in 1937.

1939 - After becoming a success with Ben Bernie on network radio, Dinah Shore started her own show on the NBC Blue radio network. Dinah sang every Sunday evening. Dinah also had a successful TV career spanning over two decades.

1940 - Columbia Records cut the prices of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced to sell at $1. Within two weeks, RCA Victor did the same and ended a record-buying slump brought on by disinterested consumers.

1945 - More than 200,000 civilians died from the explosion and/or radiation when an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped an atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time an atomic bomb had been dropped over a populated place; and the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. The aftereffects of this WWII event are still felt today.

1948 - Seventeen-year-old Bob Mathias won the decathlon competition at the Olympic Games being held in London, England.

1949 - Chicago White Sox baseball star Luke Appling played in the 2,154th game of his 19-year, major-league career.

1952 - Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major-league baseball game. Paige shutout the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in a 12-inning game.

1967 - Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins pitched five innings of perfect baseball, leading his team to victory over the Boston Red Sox. Chance was only the third player to pitch a shortened, perfect game.

1969 - Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the first fair ball to sail completely out of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Stargell’s blast measured 506 feet from home plate.

1973 - After one of the biggest promotional blitzes in TV history, writer/reporter Sally Quinn joined Hughes Rudd as co-host of the CBS Morning News. Not long after her TV debut, Quinn found that she wasn’t suited so much for TV and went back to writing for The Washington Post.

1973 - Stevie Wonder came close to losing his life, following a freak auto accident. Wonder, one of Motown’s most popular recording artists, was in a coma for 10 days. Miraculously, he recovered and was back in the recording studio in less than eight weeks.

1981 - Stevie Nicks’ first solo album, Bella Donna, was released. The lead singer for Fleetwood Mac scored a top-three hit with Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (9/05/81) from the album. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were featured on the track. Nicks went on to record a total of 11 hits for the pop-rock charts through 1988.

1981 - Golfing legend Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when the ‘Super Mex’ had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself. Ouch!

1986 - Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to be named “Bond ... James Bond.” Dalton, 38, and his studio, United Artists, ended months of speculation as to who would star as Agent 007 in the 15th James Bond film. The character of Bond was created by writer Ian Fleming. Other stars to play the role of the suave, debonair and deadly double agent include: Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby, with Pierce Brosnan as the James Bond for the 1990s.

1996 - NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced the possibility that a primitive form of microscopic life may have existed on Mars more than three billion years ago. The evidence came from a fossil found on a meteorite in Antarctica believed to have come from Mars billions of years ago.

1997 - A Korean Air Boeing 747, Flight 801, plowed into a hillside short of the Guam International Airport, killing 226 of the 254 aboard. “There was a big ball of fire just before the crash,” said Rudy Delos-Santos, a reporter at radio station KOKU who lives near the crash site. The South Korean plane “plowed through the jungle for a minute or so before it came to a rest.” The impact broke the fuselage into six pieces. The tail, with its distinctive Korean Air logo, was the only part of the plane still recognizable.

1999 - Two memorable movies opened in U.S. theatres. The Sixth Sense, with Bruce Willis starring as a child psychologist and Haley Joel Osment, who plays an 8-year-old who is visited by ghosts. As of July 24, 2001, it had rung up $293,501,675 at the box office. Not nearly so successful, but great fun just the same, was The Thomas Crown Affair. Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo starred in this redo of the 1968 Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway flick. As of June 30, 2001, it had grossed $69,304,264.

August 6th.

1809 - Alfred Tennyson
England’s Poet Laureate [1850]: The Charge of the Light Brigade, In Memoriam, The Lady of Shalott, The Lotuseaters, The Idylls of the King, Maud, Enoch Arden, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After; died Oct 6, 1892

1854 - Mike (Michael E.) Burke
baseball: Cincinnati Reds; head of NY Yankees; CBS executive; died June 09, 1889

1881 - Leo Carrillo
actor: The Cisco Kid, Pancho Villa Returns, One Night in the Tropics, Phantom of the Opera [1943]; died Sep 10, 1961

1881 - Sir Alexander Fleming
Nobel Prize-winning bacteriologist [1945]: discovered penicillin; died Mar 11, 1955

1881 - Louella Parsons (Oettinger)
gossip columnist: competed in print and on radio with nemesis Hedda Hopper; died Dec 9, 1972

1883 - Scott Nearing
sociologist and natural-food advocate, author [w/wife]: Living the Good Life; Nearing lived to 100 years [died Aug 24, 1983]

1892 - Hoot (Edmund Richard) Gibson
actor: Death Valley Rangers, Frontier Justice, The Marshal’s Daughter, The Prairie King, Sonora Stagecoach, Wild Horse, Roaring Ranch, Fighting Parson; died Aug 23, 1962

1908 - Helen Hull Jacobs
tennis champion: Wimbledon [1936], U.S. Open [1932, 1933, 1934, 1935]; died June 2, 1997

1911 - Lucille Ball
Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: I Love Lucy [1952, 1953], The Lucy Show [1966-67, 1967-68], 12th Annual Atlas Governor’s Award [1988-89]; The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mame; died April 26, 1989

1917 - Robert Mitchum
actor: The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Cape Fear, A Family for Joe, African Skies, Night of the Hunter, The Story of G.I. Joe; commercials: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”; died July 1, 1997

1921 - Buddy (William) Collette
musician: reeds, piano, composer: LPs: Now and Then, Blockbuster

1922 - Doug Ford
golf champion: Masters [1957], PGA [1955]

1928 - Andy Warhol (Warhola)
filmmaker, pop artist: Campbell Soup; “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”; died Feb 22, 1987

1930 - Abbey Lincoln (Wooldridge)
actress: For Love of Ivy, Mo’ Better Blues

1938 - Paul Bartel
writer, director, actor: Eating Raoul; writer, director: Not for Publication, Cannonball; director, actor: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills; director: The Longshot, Lust in the Dust, The Secret Cinema, Death Race 2000, Private Parts; actor: The Usual Suspects, The Jerky Boys, Number One Fan, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Rock ’n’ Roll High School, Hollywood Boulevard; died May 13, 2000

1938 - Peter Bonerz
actor: The Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5; director: Murphy Brown

1938 - Bert Yancey
golf: Charlie Bartlett Award: 1978; died Aug 26, 1994

1941 - Ray (Raymond Leonard) Culp
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1963], Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1969]

1943 - Ray Buktenica
actor: Rhoda, House Calls, Life Goes On

1944 - Ed Sneed
golf: PGA champ: 1973 Kaiser International [1973], 1974 Greater Milwaukee Open [1974], 1977 Tallahassee Open [1977], Michelob-Houston Open [1982]; TV golf analyst

1945 - Andy (John Alexander) Messersmith
baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1971], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974/all-star: 1974, 1975], Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1976], NY Yankees

1947 - Ken Riley
football: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback: Super Bowl XVI

1950 - Dorian Harewood
actor: Sudden Death, Pacific Heights, Full Metal Jacket, Against All Odds, An American Christmas Carol, Sparkle, Viper, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, Trauma Center, Strike Force, Roots: The Next Generation, Glitter, Capitol Critters [voice of Moze]

1951 - Catherine Hicks
actress: Marilyn, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Bad News Bears, Ryan’s Hope, Tucker’s Witch, Star Trek 4

1952 - Pat MacDonald
musician: groups: Essentials, Barbara K, Cat’s Away, Timbuk 3: The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, All I Want for Christmas

1958 - Randy DeBarge
musician: bass, vocals: group: DeBarge: Rhythm of the Night, I Like It, All this Love, Time Will Reveal

1962 - Michelle Yeoh
actress: Tomorrow Never Dies, Jackie Chan: My Story, Moonlight Express

1965 - David Robinson
Olympic Gold Medalist: 1992 basketball Dream Team; San Antonio Spurs center: NBA Rookie of the Year [1990]

1972 - Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice)
singer: group: Spice Girls: LPs: Forever, Spice, Goodbye, Spiceworld; solo: LP: Schizophonic

1976 - Melissa George
actress: Home and Away, Dark City, Hollyweird, Sugar & Spice, Mulholland Drive, Thieves

1976 - Soleil Moon Frye
actress: Punky Brewster, The Liar’s Club, The St. Tammany Miracle.

Chart Toppers
August 6th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love) - Eddy Arnold - Eddy Arnold

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

1965 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I’m Henry VIII, I Am - Herman’s Hermits
What’s New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
The First Thing Ev’ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev’ry Night) - Jimmy

1973 The Morning After - Maureen McGovern
Live and Let Die - Wings
Diamond Girl - Seals & Crofts
Lord, Mr. Ford - Jerry Reed

1981 Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield
Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey
I Don’t Need You - Kenny Rogers
Dixie on My Mind - Hank Williams, Jr.

1989 Batdance - Prince
On Our Own - Bobby Brown
So Alive - Love & Rockets
Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ like That - Dolly Parton

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
U.S. General George Washington wanted to honor several courageous soldiers of the revolutionary war with a Badge of Military Merit. So, on this day in 1782, he ordered the creation of a purple, cloth heart with a silver, braided edge. The Badge of Military Merit was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers.

On the bicentennial of the first U.S. President’s birthday, February 22, 1932, the badge was reinstated. This time it was called the Order of the Purple Heart, a purple-enameled, gold-bordered heart with a profile of Washington in the center.

The Purple Heart decorates those members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in battle (if they die, it is awarded to their next of kin).
History of the medal.
History of the medal. (http://www.purpleheart.org/purple-heart-history-1.html)

August 7th.

1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia went around and around with the U.S. Patent Office for a time, but, finally, got a patent for the revolving door. To celebrate, we suggest going to your favorite building that has one of the fun doors that makes that whoosh-whoosh noise when you go through it -- and go through it twice!

1900 - ‘Sunny’ Jim Fitzsimmons had his first horse race victory as Agnes D won at Brighton Beach Race Track in New York. By the end of his illustrious 50-year career, Fitzsimmons logged more than 2,000 winners.

1907 - Walter Johnson pitched his first major-league victory by leading the Washington Senators to a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Johnson won 414 games in his career.

1928 - The U.S. dollar began to shrink. New bills, one third smaller than previous bucks, were issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.

1937 - Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded I Can’t Get Started for Victor Records. The song became Berigan’s longtime theme song.

1941 - Television station WNBT, Channel 4 in New York City, broadcast the first audience-participation show. Studio guests played charades as part of the fun.

1948 - A new Olympic Games record was set when 83,000 spectators attended the final day of track and field events. The Games, held in London, England, had gate receipts totaling more than $2 million.

1949 - Martin Kane, Private Eye was first heard on Mutual radio. William Gargan starred on the Sunday afternoon program.

1970 - Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as the group’s first female member. McVie was married to bass player John McVie. She quit touring with the group in 1991.

1972 - Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn were among eight players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this day.

1974 - Musician Peter Wolf married actress Faye Dunaway in Beverly Hills, California.

1974 - French daredevil Philip Petit tightroped his way between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The stunt caused a massive traffic jam on the street -- 1,350 feet below. The secret to this trick is to not look down.

1975 - The Rolling Stones received a gold album for Made in the Shade.

1981 - After 128 years of publication, The Washington Star ceased operation. Only one daily newspaper remained to serve the nation’s capital: The Washington Post.

1984 - An urbanologist at the University of Chicago issued a report stating that the richest community in America was Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Per capita income in that neighborhood was $32,000.

1987 - Back to the Beach opened at theatres around the country. The film reunited Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, who played middle-aged parents with rebellious kids -- kids like Frankie and Annette had played in their Bikini Beach movies in the 1960s.

1993 - The rap trio Cypress Hill saw their Black Sunday hit #1 on U.S. LP charts. The group, which brought a Latin flavor to hip-hop, was made up of Sen Dog (real name Senen Reyes), B-Real (real name Louis Freese) and D.J. Muggs (real name Larry Muggerud). A sampling of the cuts: I Wanna Get High, Legalize It, Hits from the Bong, **** the Hammer, Hand on the Glock and the single smash Insane in the Brain. Said B-Real, “I never dreamed it would be number one.” Surprised us too.

1996 - A federal appeals court in New York ruled that two former members of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers waited too long to claim that they were cowriters of the group’s legendary 1955 hit Why Do Fools Fall in Love. A previous court ruling had cleared the way for royalties to go to Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago for writing the song with lead singer Frankie Lymon (he died of a overdose of heroin on Feb 28, 1968).

1997 - Garth Brooks played to a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 900,000 -- with an HBO audience of more than 15 million. The crowd at the free concert, was the laregest ever for a concert in New York’s Central Park. Said Garth of the preparations required, “We rehearse indoors at a place here in New York. Then we rehearse with no sound for the camera guys, so they will hopefully be in the vicinity of what’s going on. And then the rest of it’s really, man, just fly by the seat of your pants. You know, once the show starts, all the rules are out the window.”

1998 - A pair of major explosions near U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. “Clearly, this is a terrorist attack,” U.S. State Department spokesman Lee McClenny said.

August 7th.

1742 - Nathaniel Greene
General: American Revolutionary War; died June 19, 1786

1876 - Mata Hari (Gertrud Margarete Zelle)
dancer, courtesan, double agent: German spy: Agent H-21; executed by firing squad near Paris Oct 15, 1917

1885 - Billie (Mary William Ethelbert Appleton) Burke
comedienne, actress: The Wizard of Oz, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Father of the Bride, Topper, The Young Philadelphians; died May 14, 1970

1886 - Bill (William Boyd) ‘Deacon’ McKechnie
Baseball Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves, NY Yankees, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Newark Peppers, Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants; manager: Pittsburgh Pirates, SL Cardinals, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians; 1st manager to win pennants with 3 different teams; died Oct 29, 1965

1903 - Rudolf Ising
Academy Award-winning cartoonist: Milky Way [1948]; w/Hugh Harmon: Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, 1st talkie cartoon synchronizing soundtrack dialogue with on-screen action; died July 18, 1992

1904 - Ralph Bunche
Nobel Peace Prize-winner [1950]: United Nations official; died Dec 9, 1971

1921 - Warren Covington
bandleader: trombone: played with Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights; died Aug 24, 1999

1925 - Felice Bryant
songwriter [w/husband Boudleaux]: Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream, Bird Dog, Devoted to You, Problems, Only the Lonely; died Apr 22, 2003

1926 - Stan Freberg
comedian: Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, The Old Payola Roll Blues, St. George and the Dragonet, John and Marcia; commercial producer

1927 - Rocky (Everett Lamar) Bridges
baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Redlegs, Washington Senators [all-star: 1958], Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, SL Cardinals, LA Angels

1929 - Don (James) Larsen
baseball: pitcher: SL Browns, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees [World Series: 1955, 1956: *only perfect game in World Series history: Oct. 8, 1956, Yankees vs Dodgers*, 1957, 1958], KC Athletics, Chicago White Sox, SF Giants [World Series: 1962], Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs

1939 - Ron Holden
singer: Love You So; died Jan 20, 1997

1942 - Garrison Keillor
humorist, radio host: A Prairie Home Companion; author: Radio Days

1942 - B.J. (Billy Joe) Thomas
singer: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling, [Hey Won’t You Play] Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, I Just Can’t Help Believing, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

1943 - Lana Cantrell
entertainer, singer: LPs: Act III, And then there was Lana, Lana!, The now of Then!

1944 - John Glover
actor: Julia, Melvin and Howard, Great God Brown, In the Mouth of Madness, Night of the Running Man, Dead on the Money, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Scrooged, A Killing Affair, An Early Frost, The Evil that Men Do, Last Embrace, Annie Hall, Batman-The Animated Series [voice of The Riddler]

1944 - David Rasche
actor: Out There, Dead Weekend, The Masters of Menace, An Innocent Man, Native Son, Manhattan, Sledge Hammer!, Nurses

1945 - John Gilliam
football: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver: Super Bowl VIII, IX

1945 - Alan Page
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle: Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, XI; Supreme Court Justice, Minnesota; 1st black elected to statewide office in Minnesota

1950 - Dave Wottle
Olympic Gold Medalist: 800-meter [1972]; track coach: Bethany College, WV

1951 - Gary Hall
International Swimming Hall of Famer: U.S. Olympic team captain [1972]; opening ceremonies U.S. flag bearer [1976); silver medalist: 400-meter medley [1968], 200-meter butterfly [1972], bronze: 100-meter butterfly; Doctor of Ophthalmology

1952 - Caroline Aaron
actress: Crimes and Misdemeanors, Edward Scissorhands, Husbands and Wives, Sleepless in Seattle, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Primary Colors, Running Mates

1952 - Andy Fraser
musician: bass: group: Free: All Right Now, My Brother Jake, Little Bit of Love

1952 - Alexei Sayle
actor: Stuff, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, Gorky Park, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Carry On Columbus

1954 - Steve (Steven F) Kemp
baseball: Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1979], Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers

1955 - Wayne Knight
actor: Seinfeld, Dead Again, JFK, Jurassic Park, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Space Jam, For Richer or Poorer, Toy Story 2

1957 - Alberto Salazar
marathon runner: winner: Boston Marathon [1982]

1958 - Bruce Dickinson
singer: group: Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, Running Free

1960 - David Duchovny
actor: The X-Files, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Beethoven, Red Shoe Diaries series, Playing God

1961 - DeLane Matthews
actress: Dave’s World, FM, Eisenhower & Lutz

1971 - Sydney Penny
actress: The Thorn Birds, Santa Barbara, All My Children, Pale Rider, Running Away, Bernadette, St. Elsewhere

1975 - Charlize Theron
actress: That Thing You Do!, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, The Devil’s Advocate, Hollywood Confidential, Mighty Joe Young, The Cider House Rules, Reindeer Games.

Chart Toppers
August 7th.

1950 Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Count Every Star - The Ray Anthony Orchestra (vocal: Dick Noel)
Mississippi - Red Foley

1958 Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
Patricia - Perez Prado
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
Alone with You - Faron Young

1966 Wild Thing - The Troggs
Lil’ Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Summer in the City - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Think of Me - Buck Owens

1974 Annie’s Song - John Denver
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
Feel like Makin’ Love - Roberta Flack
Rub It In - Billy "Crash" Craddock

1982 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Honky Tonkin’ - Hank Williams, Jr.

1990 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
Cradle of Love - Billy Idol
Rub You the Right Way - Johnny Gill
Good Times - Dan Seals

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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08-08-2008, 09:33 PM
221st day of 2008 - 145 remaining.

Friday, August 8, 2008

On this day in 1900, competition began for the International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Donating the trophy was America’s Dwight Davis. He had been the runner-up in the 1898 U.S. Championships. From then on, the event, the men’s international team championship, was called the Davis Cup.

This first event saw the U.S. team defeat Great Britain 3-0. Rain washed out two matches. A Davis Cup meeting between two countries is referred to as a tie. It is a three-day event consisting of two singles matches, one doubles match and then two more singles matches. The team with the greatest number of wins (30) is the United States. Australia follows with twenty wins.

There has been a Davis Cup match every year since 1900 except for 1901, 1910, and the war years of 1915-1918 and 1940-45. Dwight Davis played on the winning team in 1900 and 1902.
DWIGHT DAVIS. (http://stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductees/dwight-davis.html) Saluting Our Davis Cup Greats. (http://www.daviscup.com/about/history/saluting.asp)

August 8th.

1588 - The Spanish Armada, a fleet of 130 huge ships, met defeat at the hands of English sailors and their smaller, more maneuverable vessels. Then a series of wicked Atlantic storms off the coast of Southern England took their toll. Only half of the 130 Spanish ships managed to limp ... at best ... home. The 60 or so English ships had saved England from the Spanish invaders.

1839 - Beta Theta Pi became the first Greek-letter fraternity west of the Alleghenies. The fraternity was a new arrival at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

1876 - Thomas A. Edison of Menlo Park, NJ patented the mimeograph machine. He described it as a method of preparing autographic stencils for printing. We don’t use mimeographs much these days, thanks to paper copiers and computer word processors. Mimeograph machines used to be cranked by hand and later models were electric. The mimeograph worked by first creating a spirit master which was placed on a large rotating drum. A strong smelling, purple ink would then print out on paper. We used to use these a lot in school back in the 1950s and 1960s. We remember the fumes, especially.

1911 - Membership in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. Every 211,877 residents of the U.S. were represented by one member of Congress.

1923 - Benny Goodman was 14 years old as he began his professional career as a clarinet player. He took a job in a band on a Chicago-based excursion boat on Lake Michigan.

1931 - Former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey signed a contract for a six-bout tour of the northwestern U.S. He was to be paid $35,000 or 50 percent of the gross receipts, whichever was more.

1934 - Bing Crosby became the first singer to record for the newly created Decca Records. His songs, Just A-Wearyin’ For You and I Love You Truly, were waxed as Decca number D-100. Place your ear next to the monitor and you’ll hear some of this classic recording... “Just a-wearyin’ for you. All the time a-feelin’ blue; Wishin’ for you, wond’rin when you’ll be comin’ home again.” We know the next verse, about “birds awake, singing for your sake” and all that, but, frankly it makes us a-wearyin’ to add it here...

1941 - Les Brown and His Band of Renown paid tribute to baseball’s ‘Yankee Clipper’, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, with the recording of Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio on Okeh Records. From that time on, DiMaggio adopted the nickname, Joltin’ Joe.

1960 - Tell Laura I Love Her, by Ray Peterson, wasn’t a big hit in Great Britain. Decca Records in England said the song was “too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility.” They destroyed 25,000 of the platters this day.

1963 - Seven million dollars was stolen in Britain’s Great Train Robbery by a gang of fifteen thieves. Scotland Yard called the holdup up, “Britain’s biggest robbery ever attempted.” All but three of the gang were identified by fingerprints.

1974 - Roberta Flack received a gold record for the single, Feel Like Makin’ Love. Flack, born in Asheville, NC and raised in Arlington, VA, was awarded a music scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC -- at the age of 15. One of her classmates became a singing partner on several hit songs. Donny Hathaway joined Flack on You’ve Got a Friend, Where is the Love and The Closer I Get to You. She had 10 hits on the pop charts in the 1970s and 1980s.

1984 - Carl Lewis won his third gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. He won the 200-meter sprint. At the same time, Greg Louganis received his first gold medal in diving in the springboard competition.

1987 - The opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games were held in Indianapolis, Indiana. A two-hour extravaganza called "The Magic that’s America" was presented at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The big show included some 6,000 volunteer performers and stagehands who joined a 20,000-piece, animated, card section, along with 80 Disney characters and a 1,027-piece band.

1990 - This was a watershed day in the Middle East. Iraq announced that it had annexed the kingdom of Kuwait -- moving over 200,000 troops into the tiny, oil-rich country. As Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th Providence, U.S. President George Bush (I) warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, “A line has been drawn in the sand,” and American forces began moving into Saudi Arabia.

August 8th.

1866 - Matthew Henson
explorer: North Pole expedition [1908-09 w/Robert Peary]; died Mar 9, 1955

1899 - Russell Markert
choreographer: founded, directed: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes; died Dec 1, 1990

1907 - Benny Carter
jazz musician: Honeysuckle Rose, Crazy Rhythm; arranger: I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, One, Two, Button Your Shoe; composer: Jazz ****tail, When Lights are Low; LPs: Benny Carter’s All Stars, American Jazz Orchestra, Central Cities Sketches, Somebody Loves Me; died July 12, 2003

1910 - Sylvia Sidney (Sophia Kosow)
actress: Beetlejuice, You Only Live Once, Les Miserables, Love from a StrangerFantasy Island [1998 series]; died July 1, 1999

1919 - Dino De Laurentiis
producer: The Bible, Barbarella, Jaws IV

1921 - Webb Pierce
singer: In the Jailhouse Now, Honky Tonk Song, Tupelo County Jail, I’ve Got Leaving on My Mind, Back Street Affair, There Stands the Glass; died Feb 24, 1991

1921 - Esther Williams
swimmer, actress: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Dangerous When Wet, Neptune’s Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid

1922 - Rory Calhoun (Francis Durgin)
actor: Angel, Apache Uprising, River of No Return, Treasure of Pancho Villa; died Apr 28, 1999

1923 - Jimmy Witherspoon
singer: Ain’t Nobody’s Business, Some of My Best Friends are the Blues, You’re Next; died Sep 18, 1997

1926 - Richard Anderson
actor: The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Escape from Fort Bravo, The Long Hot Summer, Hit the Deck

1926 - Urbie (Urban) Green
musician: trombonist: played w/Cab Calloway

1927 - Johnny (John Ellis) Temple
baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1956, 1957, 1959], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1961], Baltimore Orioles, Houston Colt .45’s; died Jan 09, 1994

1930 - Joan Mondale (Adams)
wife of 42nd U.S. Vice-President Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale

1932 - Mel Tillis
singer, songwriter: I Believe In You, Coca-Cola Cowboy, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town, Detroit City, I Ain’t Never, Commercial Affection, Good Woman Blues; autobiography: Stutterin’ Boy

1933 - Joe Tex (Arrington, Jr.)
singer: I Gotcha, Hold What You’ve Got, Skinny Legs and All, Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman; died Aug 13, 1982

1936 - Frank (Oliver) ‘Hondo’ Howard
‘The Capital Punisher’: baseball: LA Dodgers [Rookie of the Year: 1960/World Series: 1963], Washington Senators [all-star: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971], Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers

1937 - Dustin Hoffman
Academy Award-winning actor: Rain Man [1989], Kramer vs. Kramer [1980]; The Graduate, Tootsie, Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Dick Tracy, Hook, Search for Tomorrow, Outbreak, Sphere

1938 - Connie Stevens (Concetta Ingolia)
singer: Sixteen Reasons, Kookie, Kookie [Lend Me Your Comb]; actress: Hawaiian Eye, The Grissom Gang, Parrish, Back to the Beach

1939 - Phil Balsley
singer: group: The Statler Brothers: Flowers on the Wall, Bed of Roses

1947 - Jose (Dilan) Cruz
baseball: SL Cardinals, Houston Astros [all-star: 1980, 1985], NY Yankees

1947 - Larry Wilcox
actor: Lassie, CHiPs, The Dirty Dozen, Mission Manila, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

1949 - Keith Carradine
actor: Pretty Baby, The Long Riders, The Moderns, Kung Fu, Will Rogers Follies, Nashville; singer: I’m Easy

1949 - Brian Sipe
football: Cleveland Browns: NFL Player of the Year [1980]; U.S. Football League [1985-86]

1950 - Andy Fairweather Low
musician: guitar, singer: group: Amen Corner: Gin House Blues, Bend Me Shape Me, [If Paradise Is] Half as Nice, Natural Sinner

1951 - Randy Shilts
journalist, writer: And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic; died Feb 17, 1994

1952 - Mike (Michael Wilson) Ivie
baseball: SD Padres, SF Giants, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers

1953 - Donny Most
actor: Happy Days, Stewardess School, Dead Man’s Island

1956 - Chris Foreman
musician: guitar: group: Madness: The Prince, Don’t Quote Me on That, Our House, My Girl, Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment, Return of the Los Palmos Seven, Cardiac Arrest, House of Fun, Tomorrow’s Just Another Day, Ghost Train

1958 - Harry Crosby
singer; actor: Friday the 13th, Private History of a Campaign that Failed; Son of Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant

1958 - Deborah Norville
TV host: Today, Inside Edition

1961 - David Evans
‘The Edge’: musician: guitar: soundtrack: Captive; group: U2: I Will Follow, Fire, Gloria, New Year’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride [In the Name of Love]

1976 - J.C. Chasez
singer: group: ’N Sync: I Want You Back, Tearin’ Up My Heart, Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You, I Drive Myself Crazy, Music Of My Heart

1977 - Lindsay Sloane
actress: Mr. Rhodes, The Wonder Years, Dharma & Greg, Working, My So-Called Life, Between Mother and Daughter

1988 - Beatrice (Beatrice Elizabeth Mary Windsor)
Princess of York.

Chart Toppers
August 8th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Wanna Play House with You - Eddy Arnold

1959 Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
A Big Hunk o’ Love - Elvis Presley
My Heart is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson

1967 Light My Fire - The Doors
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James

1975 One of These Nights - Eagles
Jive Talkin’ - Bee Gees
Please Mr. Please - Olivia Newton-John
Just Get Up and Close the Door - Johnny Rodriguez

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
Your Love’s on the Line - Earl Thomas Conley

1991 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rythm Syndicate
Summertime - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
She’s in Love with the Boy - Trisha Yearwood

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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08-08-2008, 11:00 PM
222nd day of 2008 - 144 remaining.

Saturday, August 9, 2008
A long, long time ago -- several centuries, to be exact --
Isaac Walton (often spelled Isaak Walton) was born in Stafford,
England. It was 1593 and his parents had no idea that they were going
to raise a fishing expert, and a knighted one, at that.

When Isaac was growing up he spent a lot of time studying the art of
fishing. By the time he was seventy years old, he had written the
masterwork on angling, titled, The Compleat Angler.

Sir Isaac Walton was pretty clear about the fact that no matter how
many years you've spent fishing, you'll never quite get it right, even
if you read his book. He said, "Angling may be said to be so like the
mathematics, that it can never be fully learned."

Gone fishing.
Izaak Walton
(1593-1683) (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/iwalton.htm)
Walton. (http://www.will.copeland.btinternet.co.uk/noframes/walton.html) A fly
fishing history. (http://www.flyfishinghistory.com/walton.htm)

August 9th.

1831 - The first steam locomotive train began its inaugural run,
between Albany and Schenectady, in New York.

1859 - Nathan Ames of Saugus, MA patented the escalator. Please hold
on to the handrails, make sure you are wearing shoes and secure all
personal belongings -- including small children. And, just because
these things tend to run slow, that's no excuse for running up the
escalator steps, OK? Thank you.

1893 - America's first bowling magazine was published in New York
City. Take a guess as to its title: (a) American Bowler, (b) Pins &
Kegglers, (c) Gut Holz, (d) Alley News or (e) Strikes 'N Spares. If
you picked anything other than (c) Gut Holz, you rolled a gutter ball.

1910 - Alva J. Fisher of Chicago, IL received a patent for an
invention that moms, grandmas and single guys certainly came to
appreciate: the electric washing machine. Previous to Mr. Fisher's
invention, washing machines were cranked by hand (not easily done) --
or you used a washboard (also sometimes used as a musical instrument).

1932 - Helen Morgan joined the Victor Young orchestra to record Bill,
a popular tune from Broadway's Showboat.

1936 - Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in one
Olympics. Owens ran one leg of the winning 400-meter relay team in
Berlin. His three other gold medals were won in the 100-meter,
200-meter and the long jump events.

1942 - CBS radio debuted Our Secret Weapon. It was a program that
featured Rex Stout, who countered lies being broadcast by the Axis
powers through shortwave radio.

1945 - 'Fat Man', a plutonium bomb carried by the U.S.A. B-29 bomber,
Bockscar, was scheduled to be dropped on the Japanese city of Kokura.
It was three days after the U.S. had dropped an atomic bomb on
Hiroshima. The weather made visibility poor, so the aircraft passed
Kokura and chose its secondary target, Nagasaki. Fat Man destroyed
over half of Nagasaki and killed more than 70,000 people. This was the
end of World War II. Japan surrendered unconditionally the following

1957 - Paul Anka, at fifteen years of age, was headed up the pop
charts with Diana. The single spent nine weeks (out of a total of
eighteen on the charts) at #1.

1963 - The TV program Ready Steady Go! premiered on ITV in London,
England. The show gave exposure to such music luminaries as Bob Dylan
and The Rolling Stones.

1969 - Hot Fun in The Summertime, by Sly and the Family Stone, and
Easy to Be Hard, from the Broadway production Hair, were released on
this day. Hot Fun made it to number two on the music charts (10/18/69)
and Easy to Be Hard climbed to number four (9/27/69).

1969 - Cult leader Charles Manson and his disciples committed one of
Los Angeles' most heinous crimes. They entered the home of movie
director Roman Polanski and brutally murdered Polanski's wife (actress
Sharon Tate), movie director Voityck Frykowski, famous hair stylist
Jay Sebring, student Steven Parent and coffee heiress Abigail Folger.

1971 - LeRoy Satchel Paige, one of baseball's pitching legends, was
inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1974 - At noon on this day, U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation
was official. Mr. Nixon, the subject of the Watergate scandal, had
been facing possible impeachment. The previous evening he had given a
speech to the American people announcing his resignation. He was the
first U.S. President to resign.

1975 - New Orleans, Louisiana was full of celebration -- and it wasn't
even Mardi Gras time. The Superdome was opened as the hometown Saints
met the Houston Oilers in an exhibition football game. The Oilers won
handily, 31-7, in what was described as "a very lackluster" game.
There is nothing lackluster about the Superdome though. The Superdome
cost $163 million to construct -- and really is super!

1981 - Major-league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of
the first mid-season players' strike. The first game on the schedule
following the bitter strike was the All-Star Game. The National League
won the game 5-4. 72,086 diehard baseball fans (a record) came out to
see the game at Cleveland's cavernous Municipal Stadium -- and welcome
the players back.

1984 - Daley Thompson of Great Britain won the Olympic decathlon at
the Summer Games in Los Angeles. Thompson joined Bob Mathias as the
only decathletes to win back-to-back gold medals in the event.

1987 - The Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH welcomed Larry Csonka,
Len Dawson, 'Mean' Joe Greene, John Henry Johnson, Jim Langer, Don
Maynard and Gene Upshaw into the sports shrine.

1988 - President Reagan nominated Lauro F. Cavazos to be secretary of
education. Cavazos was the first Hispanic in U.S. history to be named
to a cabinet position. On Sep 20, 1988, he was unanimously confirmed
by the U.S. Senate. President George Bush (I) asked him to continue as
Secretary following the Nov 1988 election and he remained in that
position until resigning in December 1990.

1995 - Jerry Garcia, 53-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the
Grateful Dead, died at a Northern California residential drug
treatment center. Cause of death was a heart attack.

1999 - "She meant everything to me," said actor William Shatner after
the death of his wife, Nerine. He had found her dead in the swimming
pool of their Studio City, California home. "My beautiful wife is
dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy
will remain with me the rest of my life."

1999 - "On a grand night for hitters, pitchers got slammed," as AP
sports writer Ronald Blum put it, "for the first time in 129 years of
major league baseball, five grand slams were hit in one day." 1)
Fernando Tatis (St. Louis Cardinals), 2) Jose Vidro (Montreal Expos),
3) Mike Lowell (Florida Marlins), 4) Bernie Williams (NY Yankees) ...
5) Jay Buhner of the Seattle Mariners, being the last to hit the slam,
actually set the record.

August 9th.

1593 - Isaac (Isaak) Walton
author: The Compleat Angler; died Dec 15, 1683; see Let's Go Fishing Day [above]

1901 - Charles Farrell
actor: My Little Margie; developer [w/Ralph Bellamy]: Palm Springs
Racquet Club; died May 6, 1990

1902 - Zino (Rene) Francescatti
French concert violinist; died Sep 17, 1991

1919 - Ralph (George 'Major') Houk
baseball: catcher: NY Yankees [World Series: 1947, 1952]; manager:
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees

1925 - Len Sutton
auto racer: finished second to teammate, Rodger Ward at 1962
Indianapolis 500

1927 - Robert Shaw
actor: Battle of the Bulge, Black Sunday, The Deep, Force 10 from
Navarone, From Russia with Love, A Man for All Seasons, Jaws; died Aug
28, 1978

1928 - Bob Cousy
Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: NBA MVP [1957];
autobiography: The Killer Instinct; actor: Blue Chips

1931 - Gene 'Big Daddy' Lipscomb (Eugene Allen Lipscomb)
football [defensive tackle]: U.S. Marine Corps; NFL: LA Rams,
Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers; died May 10, 1963

1934 - Merle Kilgore
Songwriter Hall of Famer: Ring of Fire, More and More, Johnny Reb,
Wolverton Mountain, Dear Mama, Love Has Made You Beautiful, Fast
Talking Louisiana Man

1936 - Julian (Manuel Liranzo) Javier
baseball: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1963, 1968/World Series: 1964, 1967,
1968], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1972]

1938 - Rod Laver
tennis champion: Australian Open [1960, 1962, 1969], French Open
[1962, 1969], Wimbledon [1961, 1962, 1968, 1969], U.S. Open [1962,

1939 - Billy Henderson
singer: group: Spinners: Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, One of a
Kind [Love Affair], The Rubberband Man, They Just Can't Stop It [Games
People Play]

1939 - Claude (Wilson) Osteen
baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington
Senators, LA Dodgers {World Series: 1965, 1966/all-star: 1967, 1970,
1973], Houston Astros, SL Cardinals, Chicago White Sox

1942 - Tommy (Lee) Agee
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1966, 1967],
NY Mets [World Series: 1969], Houston Astros, SL Cardinals; died Jan
22, 2001

1942 - David Steinberg
Emmy Award-winning comic writer: The 63rd & 64th Annual Academy Awards
[1990-1991, 1991-1992]; TV host: The Music Scene; comedian: The David
Steinberg Show, Second City

1943 - Ken Norton
Boxing Hall of Famer: heavyweight boxing champ [1978]

1944 - Sam Elliott
actor: Gettysburg, Lonesome Dove, Mask, Tombstone, Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid, TVs Mission Impossible

1946 - Jim Kiick
football: Miami Dolphins running back: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII

1949 - Ted (Lyle) Simmons
baseball: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979},
Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1981, 1983/World Series: 1982], Atlanta

1951 - Steve (Steven Eugene) Swisher
baseball: catcher: Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1976], SL Cardinals, SD Padres

1952 - John Cappelletti
football: Penn State: Heisman Trophy Winner [1973]; LA Rams, San Diego Chargers

1955 - Benjamin Orr (Orzechowski)
musician: bass guitar, singer: group: The Cars: My Best Friend's Girl,
Just What I Needed, Let's Go, You Might Think, Magic, Drive, Tonight
She Comes; solo: LP: The Lace; died Oct 3, 2000

1957 - Melanie Griffith
actress: Working Girl, Night Moves, Smile, A Stranger Among Us, Born
Yesterday, Mulholland Falls, Lolita [1997], Crazy in Alabama; actress
Tippi Hedren's daughter

1958 - Amanda Bearse
actress: Married......with Children; director: Dharma & Greg, Veronica's Closet

1959 - Kurtis Blow (Walker)
rap artist; disc jockey

1962 - John Williams
'Hot Rod': basketball: Tulane Univ., Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix
Suns, Dallas Mavericks

1963 - Whitney Houston
Grammy Award-winning singer: I Will Always Love You; Greatest Love of
All, You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You; actress: The
Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale

1967 - Deion Sanders
football: Florida St. [All-American: [1987-1988], NFL: Atlanta
Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins;
baseball: Atlanta Braves; first athlete to star in a World Series
[1992] and a Super Bowl [XXIX]

1968 - Gillian Anderson
actress: The X Files, Future Fantastic, Pth.laying by Heart, The House
of Mirth.

Chart Toppers
August 9th.

1944 I'll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Amor - Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Is You is or is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) - Louis Jordan

1952 Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
I'm Yours - Don Cornell
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith

1960 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Image of a Girl - Safaris
Please Help Me, I'm Falling - Hank Locklin

1968 Hello, I Love You - The Doors
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
Let 'Em In - Wings
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Golden Ring - George Jones & Tammy Wynette

1984 When Doves Cry - Prince
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
State of Shock - Jacksons
Mama He's Crazy - The Judds

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08-09-2008, 11:00 PM
223rd day of 2008 - 143 remaining.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The famous Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was established on this day in 1846 by the United States Congress as an institute of learning.

An Englishman, James Smithson, made it possible to create the institute with his generous monetary gift of $500,000; hence, the name, Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Institution supports a wide variety of research projects and publications. It also houses the national museums of natural history, technology, art and history. One of the most popular is the National Air Museum which contains the Wright Brothers original biplane and Charles Lindbergh’s plane, The Spirit of St. Louis.

Often referred to as America’s attic, the Smithsonian has a little something for everyone from every era and pertaining to all subject matter. You’ll even find Archie Bunker’s chair at the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian. (http://www.si.edu/) click. (http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/1846/index.htm)

August 10th.

1821 - Missouri or ‘muddy water’ was the name of the river and the Indian tribe that lived in the area ... long before Missouri became the 24th state of the USA on this day. Missouri, the gateway to the West, calls the hawthorn its state flower and the bluebird, its state bird. St. Louis (1820) and St. Charles (1821-1826) were both capital cities of Missouri before Jefferson City. Missouri is also known as the Show Me State. In 1899, Missouri Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said, “...frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” The phrase stuck.

1833 - Chicago, Illinois was incorporated on this day, not as a city, but as a village. The Windy City had a population of less than 200 at the time.

1869 - O.B. Brown of Malden, MA patented the motion-picture projector. Unfortunately, there were no films yet available. Popcorn was around, however.

1885 - The nation’s first electric streetcar railway opened in Baltimore, MD.

1929 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the St. Louis Cardinals got his final major-league baseball win as he defeated Philadelphia 19-16. Alexander tied Christy Mathewson for the National League record of career victories with a total of 373. Alexander got his first major-league win in 1911. He played for three National League teams: Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis.

1954 - Workers at the Studebaker auto plant in South Bend, IN agreed to take pay cuts of from $12 to $20 weekly in an attempt to help the faltering automaker. The plan didn’t help. Studebaker was soon out of business because of increased competition from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.

1954 - Sir Gordon Richards announced his retirement as a racing jockey to become a trainer. Sir Gordon rode 4,870 winners into the winner’s circle in his 34-year racing career.

1965 - Karen Muir of Kimberley, South Africa, age 12 (and 328 days), set a women’s world record this day. Young Karen did the 110-yard backstroke in 1:08.7 at Blackpool, England. If you’re wondering, since 1969, world records have been recognized using metric distances only.

1973 - For the first time in his golfing career, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. This one was in Cleveland, OH.

1981 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies connected for career hit number 3,631, becoming the National League leader for hits, breaking the record set by Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. Rose had been one hit away from that record before a 50-day players’ strike kept the mark at bay. At the time, Rose was third on the all-time hit list -- behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.

1984 - Mary Decker’s chances for a medal in the 3,000-meter run at the Summer Olympics fell to the ground in Los Angeles. Zola Budd, representing great Britain, collided with Decker. The U.S. runner, and the favorite to win, fell, sprawling off the track.

1985 - Madonna’s album Like a Virgin became the first solo album by a female artist to be certified for sales of five million copies.

1986 - Billy Martin’s uniform number 1 was retired by the New York Yankees. He was the 13th Yankee great to receive the honor.

1987 - A Chorus Line celebrated its 5,000th performance. It was estimated that 25 million theatre goers had seen the musical since it opened in 1975. An estimated 16.7 million people had seen the show on Broadway, with another 8.3 million taking in the touring production. A Chorus Line became the longest-running show on The Great White Way on September 29, 1983 and ended its Broadway run in 1990.

1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2600 mark, after a gain of 43.84 points. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones industrials were at 2635.84. That’s it from the Financial Desk...

1995 - Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted (11 counts each) for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The April 19, 1995 blast killed 168 people . The first three counts of the indictment were for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill people and destroy federal property. The eight remaining counts were for killing federal law enforcement agents.

2000 - The California State Legislature approved a bill to make March 31, the birthday of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez (he died in 1993), a holiday for state workers. Gov. Gray Davis signed the bill into law on August 18, 2000. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said, “Cesar Chavez is the first union leader in the United States to be celebrated with a paid holiday, what could be more important as Latinos are changing the face of America?”

August 10th.

1874 - Herbert (Clark) Hoover
31st U.S. President [1929-1933]; married to Lou Henry [two sons]; first U.S. President born west of the Mississippi River; first to have a telephone at his desk; died Oct 20, 1964

1898 - Jack (John Joseph) Haley
actor: The Wizard of Oz, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; died June 6, 1979

1902 - Norma Shearer
Academy Award-winning actress: The Divorcee [1929-30]; The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Private Lives, Romeo and Juliet; died June 12, 1983

1913 - Noah Beery Jr.
actor: The Rockford Files, Walking Tall, Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, The Bastard, Fastest Gun Alive, Million Dollar Kid; died Nov 1, 1994

1913 - Steve Nagy
ABC & PBA Hall of Famer: bowler of the year [1952, 1955]; first bowler to roll a perfect 300 game on TV; PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award named for him; died Nov 10, 1966

1914 - Jeff Corey
actor: Color of Night, Conan the Destroyer, Sinatra, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Boston Strangler; died Aug 16, 2002

1923 - Rhonda Fleming (Marilyn Louis)
actress: Stage Door, The Best of Broadway, Little Egypt, Inferno; operates cancer clinic for women

1926 - Junior Samples
comedian: Hee Haw; died Nov 13, 1983

1928 - Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward)
Grammy Award-winning singer: Big Bad John [1961]; P.T. 109, I.O.U.; TV host: The Jimmy Dean Show; sausage mogul

1928 - Eddie Fisher
singer: Oh! My Pa-Pa, Anytime, Dungaree Doll, A Man Chases a Girl, Wedding Bells, Heart, On the Street Where You Live, Cindy, Oh Cindy, Song of the Dreamer; TV host: Coke Time with Eddie Fisher; actor: All About Eve, Bundle of Joy, Butterfield 8; father of Carrie Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher

1933 - Rocky (Rocco Domenico) Colavito
baseball: Cleveland Indians [4 home runs in a row: 6/10/1959/all-star: 1959, 1965, 1966], Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1961, 1962], KC Athletics [all-star: 1964], Chicago White Sox, LA Dodgers, NY Yankees

1940 - Bobby Hatfield
singer: group: The Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’, Just Once in My Life, Unchained Melody, Ebb Tide, [You’re My] Soul and Inspiration, Rock and Roll Heaven; died Nov 5, 2003

1943 - Ronnie Spector (Veronica Bennett)
singer: group: The Ronettes: Be My Baby, Baby I Love You; solo: Try Some Buy Some, Say Goodbye to Hollywood

1947 - Ian Anderson
musician: flute, singer: group: Jethro Tull: Bungle in the Jungle, Living in the Past

1947 - George Buehler
football: Oakland Raiders guard: Super Bowl XI

1949 - Ralph Simpson
basketball: Michigan State, Chicago Bulls

1959 - Rosanna Arquette
actress: Pulp Fiction, Silverado, Desperately Seeking Susan, New York Stories, The Executioner’s Song, After Hours

1960 - Antonio Banderas (José Antonio Domínguez Banderas)
actor: Too Much, Never Talk to Strangers, Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Against of the Wind, Law of Desire, Labyrinth of Passion, Los Tarantos, The Mask of Zorro; fashion model: Ralph Lauren, Gucci

1961 - Jon Farriss
musician: drums, singer: group: INXS: Just Keep Walking, The One Thing, Original Sin, Melting in the Sun, This Time

1965 - Claudia Christian
actress: Babylon 5, Dallas, The Calendar Girl Murders, A Wing and a Prayer, The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

1967 - Riddick Bowe
boxing champion: world heavyweight [1992]

1968 - Michael Bivins
singer: groups: New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe

1972 - Angie Harmon
actress: Law & Order, Baywatch Nights, Lawn Dogs, Batman Beyond.

Chart Toppers
August 10th.

1945 Dream - The Pied Pipers
I Wish I Knew - Dick Haymes
If I Loved You - Perry Como
Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie

1953 No Other Love - Perry Como
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson

1961 Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
Last Night - Mar-Keys
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline

1969 In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones ;)
All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) - Charley Pride

1977 I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
I’m in You - Peter Frampton
Best of My Love - Emotions
Rollin’ with the Flow - Charlie Rich

1985 Shout - Tears for Fears
Never Surrender - Corey Hart
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
I’m for Love - Hank Williams, Jr.

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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08-10-2008, 11:00 PM
224th day of 2008 - 142 remaining.

Monday, August 11, 2008
...---... DAY.

The international distress call, SOS, which replaced CQD (All stations -- distress!), was first used by an American ship on this day in 1909. The ocean liner Arapahoe found itself in trouble off Cape Hatteras, NC. The ship’s wireless operator, T. D. Haubner, radioed for help when his ship lost its screw propeller near the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’, Diamond Shoals. The call was heard by the United Wireless station at Hatteras.

Contrary to popular opinion, SOS (which has no stops between the letters, the signal being a continuous signal of three dots, three dashes and three dots) is not an acronym for any series of words such as Save Our Ship or Save Our Souls. The original call for distress began with the British CQ, meaning “All Stations”, used by telegraph and cable operators worldwide. The D for ’distress’ was added to CQ by the Marconi company in 1904.

In 1906, at the Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference, the German’s general inquiry call, SOE, was suggested as an international distress signal. Changing the E to S gave the signal its unmistakeable character, and SOS was officially ratified as the international distress signal in 1908, although it was not officially adopted by the USA until 1912 (prompted by the Titanic tragedy). It is interesting to note that the Titanic’s radio operator sent Marconi’s CQD code six times before using the four-year-old international SOS signal some twenty minutes later ... as Marconi waited in NY to make the return trip to England on the ill-fated ship.

Globe Wireless, a Louisiana company, began operation that same year, as rules and regulations following the sinking of the Titanic included the requirement that all ships carry equipment capable of sending and receiving Morse code messages over VHF radio frequencies. On July 12, 1999, Globe Wireless broadcast its last Morse code message to ships, five months after Morse code was no longer an internationally acceptable form of communication for ships at sea. Globe’s was the last service of its kind in North America.

Morse code and its SOS signal began its demise in the 1960s as faster more efficient forms of transmission became available. Today, most ships use mobile phones, fax machines, and e-mail to communicate. The Global Maritime Distress and Safety system, which uses the satellite-based Global Positioning System, is now the internationally accepted manner in which to transmit a ship’s exact location and problem ... instantly.

In comparison, SOS and other Morse code transmissions which were the high tech methods of 1909, were “very slow, unreliable ... if you’re lucky, you can send 25 words a minute”, stated Globe Wireless Manager Karl Halvorsen. His and other similar companies around the world now provide the instant message services to ships that are used on land.

SOS ...---... Morse code is sinking.
People & Events CQD and SOS (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rescue/peopleevents/pandeAMEX88.html) What is the Meaning of SOS? (http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/060199tip6.htm) The "Wireless Telegraphists" and Their Work. (http://users.senet.com.au/~gittins/radio.html)

August 11th.

1874 - Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT gave us reason to relax and cool off on this hot summer day. Mr. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head.

1896 - Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket! Pull the chain, the light goes on. Pull it again, the light goes off. Pull it again and the chain comes off...

1924 - The first newsreel pictures of U.S. presidential candidates were taken -- in Washington, DC.

1941 - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded Elmer’s Tune on Bluebird Records.

1943 - Benjamin F. White became the first four-time winner of the Hambletonian. White rode Solo Song to the win in a field of 11 racehorses.

1951 - WCBS-TV in New York City televised the first baseball doubleheader -- in color. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves were featured, with the Dodgers winning, 8-1.

1958 - Elvis Presley received a gold record for the hit, Hard Headed Woman. The song was featured in the movie King Creole.

1961 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves got his 300th major-league victory as he beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1.

1965 - Thirty-four people died, more than 3,000 were arrested and there was over $40 million in damage to property in the Watts area of Los Angeles. All of this was the result of a six-day riot which began on this day, and was caused by a minor confrontation between the California Highway Patrol and two young black men.

1968 - It was the start of National Apple Week in England. The Beatles launched their new record label, Apple.

1970 - Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies became the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each of the two major leagues. Bunning, who later became a U.S. Senator, pushed the Phils over the Houston Astros, by a score of 6-5.

1971 - Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins got the 500th and 501st home runs of his major-league baseball career.

1971 - Republican New York mayor John Lindsay had a change of political heart as he made the switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party.

1977 - Pistol Pete Maravich signed a five-year basketball contract with the New Orleans Jazz for $3 million.

1984 - The Cincinnati Reds honored All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench by retiring his uniform (#5) this day.

1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “...I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia. We begin bombing in five minutes.“ The remark was made during a time when technicians had the microphone open and the President didn’t think he was being heard. He was just jesting as he was testing. Funny, actually, that this could happen to ‘Dutch’ Reagan -- a former radio sportscaster for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa and other radio stations -- not to mention TV and film. The remark, literally, bombed ... though nothing more serious happened.

1987 - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was called "the best album made during the last 20 years" by the respected music publication, Rolling Stone magazine.

1992 - The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States.

1998 - British Petroleum announced it was buying, er, merging with Amoco Corp. of the U.S. in a $53-billion deal. BP was already the world’s third-largest oil company, and the deal made it a bigger rival to No. 1 Royal Dutch/Shell and No. 2 Exxon.

1999 - A rare tornado touched down in downtown Salt Lake City, killing one person (the first recorded tornado death in the state’s history).

August 11th.

1807 - David Atchison
politician: organizer of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad; president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, president of U .S. for one day [March 4, 1849], the Sunday before Zachary Taylor (refused to be inaugurated on a Sunday) was sworn in; Atchison counties in KS and MO are named for him; died Jan 26, 1886

1862 - Carrie Bond
composer: I Love You Truly, A Perfect Day; died Dec 28, 1946

1902 - Lloyd (Benedict) Nolan
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial [1955]; Airport, Hannah and Her Sisters, Earthquake, Ice Station Zebra, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place, Julia, Martin Kane, Private Eye; died Sep 27, 1985

1912 - Jean Parker (Lois Green Zelinska)
actress: Apache Uprising, The Gunfighter, The Texas Rangers, Little Women [1933]; died Nov 30, 2005

1913 - Bob (Robert Boden) Scheffing
baseball: catcher: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals; died Oct 26, 1985

1921 - Alex Haley
Pulitzer Prize-winning author: Roots [1977]; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Queen; died Feb 10, 1992

1925 - Mike Douglas (Dowd)
TV host: The Mike Douglas Show; singer: The Men in My Little Girl’s Life; The Music Show, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge; died Aug 11, 2006

1925 - Carl Rowan
journalist: NBC News, Chicago Daily News; author: Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall, Breaking Barriers, Wait Till Next Year, Go South in Sorrow, South of Freedom; director: U.S. Information Agency; U.S. Ambassador to Finland; died Sep 23, 2000

1926 - Claus von Bulow
business mogul: subject of film: Reversal of Fortune

1928 - Arlene Dahl
actress: Night of the Warrior, Slightly Scarlet, Three Little Words, One Life to Live; author: beauty book series; TV host: Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, Opening Night; wife of actor Fernando Lamas, mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas

1933 - Jerry Falwell
leader of religious right: Moral Majority head, preacher; died May 15, 2007

1936 - Bill (William Charles) Monbouquette
baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1960, 1962, 1963], Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees, SF Giants

1937 - Anna Massey
actress: A Doll’s House, Frenzy, Bunny Lake is Missing, Anna Karenina

1938 - Vada (Edward) Pinson
baseball: Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1959, 1960/World Series: 1961], SL Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, KC Royals; died Oct 21, 1995

1941 - Bill Munson
football: Utah State Univ., LA Rams, Seattle Seahawks, SD Chargers, Detroit Lions; Asst. G.M.: Buffalo Bills; died July 10, 2000

1942 - Mike Hugg
musician: drums: groups: Chapter Three, Manfred Mann: 5-4-3-2-1, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Oh No Not My Baby, If You Gotta Go Go Now, Just like a Woman, The Mighty Quinn, Pretty Flamingo, Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James

1942 - Otis Taylor
football: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver: UPI AFC Player of the Year [1971]: Super Bowl I, IV

1942 - Guy Villari
singer: group: The Regents: Barbara Ann

1943 - Jim Kale
musician: bass: group: The Guess Who: No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Hand Me Down World, Share the Land, Albert Flasher, Rain Dance, Star Baby, Clap for the Wolfman, Dancin’ Fool

1948 - Ken Mendenhall
football: Univ. of Oklahoma, Green Bay Packers

1949 - Eric Carmen
musician: bass, keyboards, songwriter, singer: group: The Raspberries: Go All the Way; solo: All By Myself, Never Gonna Fall in Love, Almost Paradise, Again, Hungry Eyes, Make Me Lose Control

1950 - Erik Braunn
musician: guitar, singer: group: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1950 - Steve Wozniak
founder: Apple Computer, Inc [1976: w/Steve Jobs]

1953 - Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea)
wrestler, actor: Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando, Thunder in Paradise

1954 - Joe Jackson
singer: Steppin’ Out, Is She Really Going Out with Him?, It’s Different for Girls, On the Radio, Happy Ending, Be My Number 2.

Chart Toppers
August 11th.

1946 They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Surrender - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crewcuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
In the Chapel in the Moonlight - Kitty Kallen
One By One - Kitty Wells & Red Foley

1962 Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Ahab, the Arab - Ray Stevens
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Make It with You - Bread
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James

1978 Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Grease - Frankie Valli
Love or Something Like It - Kenny Rogers

1986 Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain - The Judds

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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08-11-2008, 11:32 PM
225th day of 2008 - 141 remaining.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Important Hollywood film innovations -- the first use of indoor lighting on an actor, the first film to publicize its stars’ names, the sneak preview, the concept of different versions of the same movie -- were the creations of moviedom’s Cecil B. (Blount) DeMille.

DeMille, born on this day in 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts is, however, better known for producing the film spectacular. On that large scale were over seventy films including The Crusades, The Sign of the Cross, King of Kings, Cleopatra, The Plainsman, Reap the Wild Wind, The Buccaneer, and his Academy Award-winner, The Greatest Show on Earth [1952].

Cecil B. DeMille’s all-time greatest show was The Ten Commandments. His first production of this biblical story was in 1923. Then, in 1956, he presented a new epic version (which is shown annually on TV) with the famous cast of thousands.
Classic movie favorites. (http://classicmoviefavorites.com/demille/) Cecil B. DeMille. (http://imdb.com/name/nm0001124/)

August 12th.

1851 - Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadle sewing machine on this day. Although a sewing machine had already been patented, Singer’s sewing machine was revolutionary, having a double treadle. With patent in hand, Isaac set up shop in Boston, Massachusetts and began to manufacture his invention. Even after huge settlements paid to Elias Howe, another sewing machine patent holder, Singer, through business innovations like installment buying, after-sale servicing and trade-in allowances, had the marketplace all sewn up...

1865 - Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. Hmm. Joseph Lister. That name rings a bell. Yep. Same Joseph Lister as the one whose name is on those bottles of Listerine mouthwash.

1877 - Thomas A. Edison finished figuring out his first phonograph. Edison handed the model of his invention to John Kreusi with instructions on how to build it. Kreusi, a confident man, bet the inventor $2 and said that there was no way that the machine would ever work. He lost the bet.

1879 - The first National Archery Association tournament began in Chicago, IL. No, Robin Hood was nowhere to be seen...

1918 - Regular air-mail service began between New York City and Washington, DC.

1936 - Berlin, Germany was host to the Olympics and the youngest winner of a gold medal (to that day). The U.S.A.’s 13-year-old diver, Marjorie Gestring, won the springboard event.

1937 - Comedian Red Skelton got his first taste of network radio as he appeared on the Rudy Vallee Show on NBC.

1940 - Will Bradley and his trio recorded Down the Road Apiece on Columbia Records.

1964 - For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game -- setting a new baseball record. Would we call this ‘am-bat-extrous’?

1966 - The last tour for the Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was “arrogant ... but probably true.”

1967 - Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut at the National Blues and Jazz Festival in Great Britain.

1969 - The Boston Celtics basketball team was sold for $6,000,000. It was the highest dollar figure ever paid for a pro basketball team (to that time).

1973 - Golfer Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title, breaking a record held for nearly 50 years by Bobby Jones. Nicklaus won the PGA Championship for the third time.

1981 - IBM (International Business Machines) introduced the Model 5150 PC (personal computer). The IBM PC ran on the Intel 8088 microprocessor at 4.77 mHz with one or two 160K floppy disk drives. It had 16 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 256k, five 8-bit ISA slots, a 65-watt power supply, no built-in clock, no built-in serial or parallel ports, and no built-in video capability -- it was available with an optional color monitor. MS-DOS 1.0/1.1 was issued with the PC (IBM later released its own operating system: PC-DOS). Prices started at $1,565. The IBM PC was a smashing success and IBM quickly became the #1 microcomputer company, with Apple dropping to #2.

1982 - Terry Felton of the Minnesota Twins set a major-league record for rookie pitchers. He had no wins and 14 losses. Guy Morton of the Cleveland Indians had lost 13 games, but won his 14th, back in 1914.

1982 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit bottom, closing at 776.92. The next morning, a bull market began that lasted until the 500-point crash of 1987.

1984 - Luis Aparicio and Don Drysdale, who began their playing careers on the same day (in 1956), were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Also inducted were Pee Wee Reese, Harmon Killebrew and Rick Ferrell.

1986 - Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform retired. Number 29 played for the Angels for seven years.

1988 - The Last Temptation of Christ, the controversial film directed by Martin Scorsese, opened despite demonstrations and protestations by religious groups.

1992 - The United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to form a free-trade zone that would remove most barriers to trade and investment and create the world’s largest trading bloc: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

1994 - Woodstock ’94 began in Saugerties, New York (it ran thru August 14). 235,000-350,000 rockers attended the show, which featured 30+ bands, included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Areosmith, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails.

1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits filed by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks had kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims and their relatives before and during World War II.

August 12th.

1753 - Thomas Bewick
illustrator [of books]: Fables of Aesop, History of Quadrapeds, British Birds; died Nov 8, 1828

1849 - Abbott Thayer
artist: created camouflage pattern for military; died in 1921

1880 - Christy (Christopher) ‘Matty’ Mathewson
‘Big Six’: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: developed the screwball; New York Giants {World Series: 1905: shut out Philadelphia in 1st three games, 1911, 1912, 1913], Cincinnati Reds; manager: Cincinnati Reds; coach: NY Giants; president: Boston Braves; died Oct 7, 1925

1881 - Cecil B. (Blount) DeMille
Academy Award-winning film producer; died Jan 21, 1959; see Cast of Thousands Day [above]

1910 - Jane Wyatt
Emmy Award-winning actress: Father Knows Best [1957, 1958-59, 1959-60]; Gentleman’s Agreement, Lost Horizon, Amityville 4; died Oct 20, 2006

1911 - Cantinflas (Mario Moreno Reyes)
comic actor: Around the World in 80 Days, Pepe; Mexico’s vaudeville: carpas; died Apr 20, 1993

1917 - Marjorie Reynolds (Goodspeed)
actress: Gone with the Wind, The Time of Their Lives, Doomed to Die1916 - Marjorie Reynolds (Goodspeed) (actress: Gone with the Wind, The Time of Their Lives, Doomed to Die; died Feb 1, 1997)

1919 - Michael Kidd (Milton Greenwald)
choreographer, dancer: It’s Always Fair Weather, Smile

1926 - John Derek (Derek Harris)
actor: All the King’s Men, Prince of Players, Ambush at Tomahawk Gap, Exodus; director: Bolero; married to Bo Derek; died May 22, 1998

1926 - Joe Jones
singer: You Talk Too Much; pianist for B.B. King

1927 - Porter Wagoner
singer: Satisfied Mind, Sorrow on the Rocks, Big Wind, Cold Hard Facts of Life, Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident; w/Dolly Parton: Daddy Was An Old-Time Preacher Man, Please Don’t Stop Loving Me; songwriter: Tore Down, I Haven’t Learned a Thing, Ole Slew Foot

1928 - Bob (Robert Ray) Buhl
baseball: Milwaukee Braves [World Series: 1957/all-star: 1960], Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies; died Feb 16, 2001

1929 - Buck Owens (Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.)
singer: I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail, Act Naturally, Waiting in Your Welfare Line, Made in Japan; songwriter: Crying Time; TV host: Hee Haw, Buck Owen’s Ranch House; died Mar 25, 2006

1931 - William Goldman
screen writer: Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Chaplin

1933 - Parnelli (Rufus) Jones
auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1963]

1939 - George Hamilton
actor: Love at First Bite, Act One, The Survivors, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Where the Boys Are, Evel Knievel, The Dead Don’t Die, Doc Hollywood

1939 - Larry Ziegler
golf: Senior PGA Tour: in top 70 on the all-time money list

1941 - Jennifer Warren
actress: Amazons, Slap Shot, The Intruder Within, Confessions of a Married Man, Fatal Beauty, Partners in Crime

1949 - Mark Knopfler
musician: guitar, songwriter, singer: group: Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

1950 - George McGinnis
basketball: Indiana University, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers

1954 - Sam J. Jones
actor: Texas Payback, Fists of Iron, Thunder in Paradise, Maximum Force, Fist of Honor, Silent Assassins, 10, Flash Gordon, The Highwayman

1954 - Pat Metheny
musician: jazz-guitar: LPs: Bright Size Life, Watercolors, Pat Metheny Group, New Chautauqua, American Garage, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, Offramp, Travels, Rejoicing, First Circle, Song X, Still Life [Talking]

1959 - Suzanne Vega
musician: folk-guitar, singer, songwriter: Luka, Marlene on the Wall, Small Blue Thing, Calypso, Tom’s Diner

1961 - Roy Hay
musician: guitar: group: Culture Club: Karma Chameleon

1971 - Pete Sampras
tennis champion: Australian Open [[1994], Wimbledon [1993, 94, 95], U.S. Open [1990, 93, 95]

1972 - Rebecca Gayheart
actress: Urban Legend, Jawbreaker, Scream 2, Beverly Hills, 90210, Shadow Hours.

Chart Toppers
August 12th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Ain’t that a Shame - Fats Domino
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
(You’re the) Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Beginnings/Colour My World - Chicago
I’m Just Me - Charley Pride

1979 Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Good Times - Chic
The Main Event/Fight - Barbra Streisand
Suspicions - Eddie Rabbitt

1987 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
I Want Your Sex - George Michael
Heart and Soul - T’Pau
One Promise Too Late - Reba McEntire

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

ATTN: Readers. I will be offline effective today threw the 18th. do to my own surgery. I am fine but very sore putting it mildly. :) I took the time to put the 12th. & 13th. together. I should be back on the 17th or 18th depending on how I feel. Take care.

08-11-2008, 11:35 PM
226th day of 2008 - 140 remaining.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

On this day in 1952, the original version of Hound Dog was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It was the first hit for the song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. (Among their other famous hits: Kansas City [Wilbert Harrison], On Broadway [The Drifters], and Stand By Me .

Four years later, Hound Dog got the world’s attention when it was recorded by Elvis Presley.

Musician-composer Johnny Otis (Willie and the Hand Jive) said he helped Leiber and Stoller with the writing of Hound Dog. All was fine as long as Big Mama Thornton was doin’ the singing (Otis was her producer); but as soon as the Elvis version started bringing in the bucks, Otis was cut out of the picture. Otis went to court but lost the suit.

We think the judge said, “You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, a-cryin’ all the time.” And Leiber and Stoller chimed in, “You ain’t no friend of mine.”
Big Mama Thornton, the blues and more! (http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/1325/Big_Mama_Thornton_the_blues_and_more) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. (http://rockhall.com/inductee/jerry-leiber-and-mike-stoller) Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Los Angeles, 1978. (http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~sawyer/thornton.html) ;)

August 13th.

1784 - The Continental Congress met for the final time in Annapolis, Maryland. It moved a few more times, from Philadelphia, PA to New York City and, finally, to its permanent seat of government in Washington, DC.

1867 - Under the Gaslight, by Augustin Daly, opened in New York City. The show went on to become one of the most popular melodramas ever staged in America.

1889 - William Gray of Hartford, CT patented the coin-operated telephone. Please deposit another $8.35, please. And if you listen closely you’ll hear the quarters “bong”, the nickels “boing” and the dimes go “bing-bing”...

1912 - St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA was granted the first experimental radio license by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

1919 - The previously undefeated racehorse, Man o’ War, was upset -- by Upset -- at Saratoga, NY. This turn of events so upset Man o’ War that the horse never lost a race again. Man o’ War proved to be quite the stud, as well. After wining 1,300 races, he sired 379 foals. The stud fee for Man o’ War was $5,000.

1924 - The first country music record to sell one million copies reached that point on this day. It was The Prisoner’s Song, recorded by Vernon Dalhart. The Prisoner’s Song and songs like Molly Darling, Death of Floyd Collins and New River Train helped Dalhart outsell all others during his era (about 75 million records). He became a Country Music Hall of Famer in 1981.

1930 - Guy Lombardo and his orchestra put to wax Go Home and Tell Your Mother, on Columbia Records.

1931 - Elk City, Oklahoma dedicated its new community hospital. It was the first of its kind in the United States.

1934 - Cartoonist Al Capp began his famous comic strip, Li’l Abner. In those early days, the cartoon strip was carried in eight newspapers. Eventually, it would be in more than 500, and would be the basis for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie, too.

1935 - The first roller derby match was held at the Coliseum in Chicago, IL.

1942 - The Walt Disney classic Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1948 - Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Satchel Paige threw his first complete game in the major leagues. He allowed the Chicago White Sox only five hits in the 5-0 shutout. Incidentally, the rookie pitcher was 42 years old.

1961 - The German city of Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence. The East Berlin government was adamant in its effort to keep those in the eastern sector from moving into the non-Communist western sector. Even regular telephone and postal service between the sectors was stopped. Several days later, the barbed wire was reinforced with a concrete wall between official crossing points. The Berlin Wall stood as a barrier to freedom for the East Germans until November 9, 1989.

1969 - Bowie Kuhn, who had been the acting commissioner of major-league baseball since February, started this day expecting his term to come to an end. He ended the day having been elected to a seven-year term -- and he stayed on for almost a decade after that first term.

1979 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals got his 3,000th career hit while leading the Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.

1986 - United States Football League standout Herschel Walker signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Walker’s contract paid an estimated $5 million over five years. He had been playing for the New Jersey Generals before the USFL went out of business.

1986 - After 22 seasons, Tony Perez of the Cincinnati Reds announced his plan to retire at the end of the 1986 season. That would leave Pete Rose and George Foster as the only remaining, active players from the original Big Red Machine of the 1970s.

1990 - Soul singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield (Superfly, Freddie’s Dead) was paralyzed from the neck down after a lighting tower fell on him at a concert in Brooklyn, New York. Mayfield died Dec 26, 1999.

1996 - CNN reported that The New York Post reported that Donald Trump planned to construct a 140-story NYSE Tower at the end of Wall Street. ‘The Donald’ said the New York Stock Exchange should be housed in the world’s tallest building, and he was willing to build it.

August 13th.

1422 - William Caxton
printer: 1st to print a book in English language: Recuyell of the Histories of Troy; died in 1491

1818 - Lucy Stone
women’s rights activist: member of first Woman’s Rights Convention [1850]; founded [w/husband]: American Suffrage Association; died Oct 18, 1893

1860 - Annie Oakley (Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee)
sharpshooter, performer: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show; died Nov 3, 1926

1895 - Bert Lahr (Irving Lahrheim)
actor: The Wizard of Oz, Rose Marie, Ship Ahoy, The Night They Raided Minsky’s; died Dec 4, 1967

1899 - Alfred (Joseph) Hitch****
‘The Master of Suspense’: director: Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds, Rear Window, Rebecca, To Catch a Thief, Frenzy, Notorious, Suspicion, The Thirty-Nine Steps; TV host: Alfred Hitch**** Presents; died Apr 29, 1980

1902 - Regis Toomey
actor: Change of Habit, Warlock, They Died with Their Boots On, Shadows of the Orient, The Curfew Breakers; died Oct 12, 1991

1904 - Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers
actor: Abie’s Irish Rose, Varsity, Mexican Spitfire at Sea, My Best Girl; died Apr 21, 1999

1908 - Gene Raymond (Raymond Guion)
actor: Hit the Deck, Flying Down to Rio; host: TV’s Reader’s Digest, Hollywood Summer Theatre, Fireside Theatre; died May 3, 1998

1912 - Ben Hogan
golf champion: Masters [1951, 1953], U.S. Open [1948, 1950, 1951, 1953], British Open [1953], PGA [1946, 1948]; died July 25, 1997

1919 - Rex Humbard
television evangelist

1919 - George Shearing
jazz pianist: September in the Rain, I’ll Take Romance, Changing with the Times; composer: Lullaby of Birdland, Conception, Consternation

1920 - Neville Brand
actor: Stalag 17, Birdman of Alcatraz, Riot in Cell Block II, Laredo; U.S. Army: 4th most-decorated [WWII]; died Apr 16, 1992

1926 - Fidel Castro (Ruz)
Cuban guerrilla/dictator

1929 - Pat Harrington
Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor: One Day at a Time [1983-84]; The Jack Paar Show, The Steve Allen Show, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Danny Thomas Show

1930 - Don Ho (Donald Tai Loy Ho)
singer: Tiny Bubbles; Waikiki entertainer, host: The Don Ho Show; died April 14, 2007

1930 - Vinegar Bend (Wilmer David) Mizell
baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1959], Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1960], NY Mets; died Feb 21, 1999

1935 - ‘Mudcat’ (James Timothy ‘Jim’) Grant
baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1963], Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965/all-star: 1965], LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos, SL Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates

1940 - Tony (Lee) Cloninger
baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves [only player from National League and only pitcher to have 2 grand slams in a game: July 3, 1966], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970], St. Louis Cardinals

1944 - Kevin Tighe
actor: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Newsies, Double Cross, City of Hope, Another 48 Hrs., Caught in the Act

1947 - Gretchen Corbett
actress: The Rockford Files, Jaws of Satan, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, The Savage Bees

1948 - Kathleen Battle
Metropolitan Opera diva: performed w/NY Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris

1949 - Cliff Fish
musician: bassist: group: Paper Lace: The Night Chicago Died

1949 - Andy (Andre) Thornton
baseball: Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1982, 1984]

1949 - Bobby Clarke
Hockey Hall of Famer: Philadelphia Flyers: Hart Memorial Trophy winner [1973, 75, 76], coach, general manager

1951 - Dan Fogelberg
singer: Hard to Say, Longer, Leader of the Band, The Language of Love, Same Old Lang Syne, Run for the Roses

1952 - Don Hardeman
football: Texas A&I, NFL: Houston Oilers, TB Buccaneers, Baltimore Colts, NO Saints

1958 - Feargal Sharkey
singer: group: The Undertones: Teenage Kicks, Jimmy Jimmy, Here Comes the Summer, My Perfect Cousin, Julie Ocean, Forever Paradise, It’s Going to Happen; solo: Listen to Your Father, A Good Heart, When a Man Loves a Woman, More Love

1959 - Danny Bonaduce
actor: The Partridge Family, H.O.T.S., America’s Deadliest Home Video; disc jockey

1967 - Quinn Cummings
actress: The Goodbye Girl, The Babysitter, Night Terror, Intimate Strangers.

Chart Toppers
August 13th.

1948 It’s Magic - Doris Day
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood
& The Campus Kids)
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Dang Me - Roger Miller

1972 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
Bless Your Heart - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats

1980 Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Stand by Me - Mickey Gilley

1988 Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
Don’t Close Your Eyes - Keith Whitley

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

[B]All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

ATTN: Readers. I will be offline effective today threw the 18th. do to my own surgery. I am fine but very sore putting it mildly. :) I took the time to put the 12th. & 13th. together. I should be back on the 17th or 18th depending on how I feel. Take care.
Brief update. I will still be away and return within the 1 St. week of, September.

09-26-2008, 01:31 AM
270th day of 2008 - 96 remaining.

Friday, September 26, 2008
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Shamu was born this day in 1985 in Orlando, Florida. She was the first killer whale to be born in captivity and survive. Her place of birth was Sea World.

Shamu and other killer whales with the same name (Shamu’s mother, Katina, also plays Shamu in the shows at Sea World Florida) have entertained millions at Sea World parks and at other ocean-life parks throughout the world. The giant, but seemingly gentle, creatures give rides to their trainers. They let children pet them and feed them. Shamu has even been known to give a visitor a sloppy, wet kiss.

The original Shamu ... her real name is Kalina ... moved to Sea World Texas, where she met the father of her calf Kito. She moved back to Sea World Florida to have her baby. It is there that Baby Shamu often performs with his mother.
Sea world. (http://shamu.com/) And click. (http://www.seaworld.org/)

September 26th.

1892 - The ‘March King’ was introduced to the general public. John Philip Sousa and his band played the Liberty Bell March in Plainfield, New Jersey.

1908 - An ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. The phonograph offered buyers free records by both the Democratic and Republican U.S. presidential candidates!

1955 - Debbie Reynolds married singing idol Eddie Fisher. The couple made it through four tempestuous years.

1957 - West Side Story opened in New York. The musical ran for 734 performances. The loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet produced several hit songs, including Maria and Tonight.

1960 - The first of the presidential debates between hopefuls Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place. The debate, moderated by Howard K. Smith, reached more than 69 million people via TV and another 17 million on radio.

1962 - “Come and listen to the story ’bout a man named Jed...” The Beverly Hillbillies aired on CBS-TV. U.S. audiences were enchanted with Jed, Ellie Mae, Granny, Jethro, Miss Jane and that banker feller. Enchanted, as in a trance, in fact, for 216 shows. Bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs had the honor of composing and recording the theme song and hit record, The Ballad of Jed Clampett.

1964 - Gilligan’s Island began its 98-show run on CBS. The TV show starred Bob Denver in the title role, Jim Backus as Mr. Howell, Natalie Schafer as Lovey Howell, Alan Hale as the Skipper, Russell Johnson as the Professor and Dawn Wells and Tina Louise as Mary Ann and Ginger, respectively.

1969 - The Beatles walked the road toward a hit LP for the last time, as Abbey Road was released in London. The 13th and last album for the ‘fab four’ zoomed quickly to the #1 spot on the charts and stayed there for 11 weeks.

1983 - The longest winning streak in sports -- 132 years -- was broken. It was the America’s Cup race and the United States team expected to maintain their title; one they were defending for the 25th time. Challenger Australia II won!

1984 - History was made at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Neil Shicoff, lead tenor in the The Tales of Hoffmann, was unable to perform due to illness. His understudy, a chap named William Lewis, was a bit under the weather as well, and his voice began to falter during the performance. So, Kenneth Riegel was called in to sing the part from the orchestra pit while Mr. Lewis lip-synced the part on stage.

1984 - Liz Taylor starred in the season opener of the TV soap, Hotel. Despite incredibly biting bits from John Belushi on NBC’s Saturday Night Live regarding her plumpness at the time, viewers were quite amazed when Ms. Taylor appeared in a gown -- with a 24-inch waistline. Definitely no more, “I followed Liz Taylor to McDonald’s to watch the numbers change,” from Joan Rivers.

1986 - Dallas, on CBS-TV, smashed NBC’s Miami Vice in the overnight ratings. The episode, from Southfork Ranch, had Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) returning from the dead -- in the shower, no less! Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) was a bit perplexed. So were the viewers. Somebody had stayed up very, very late writing this episode.

1987 - Whitney Houston’s fifth consecutive #1 U.S. single hit the top. Didn’t We Almost Have It All was a cut from her LP, Whitney, which was number one on the album charts from June 27 to Sep 11 that year.

1991 - A group of scientists, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside Biosphere 2, a sealed structure in Oracle, AZ. They had planned to have no contact with the outside world; to grow their own food and live peacefully together as future pioneers in a harsh and alien world. Unfortunately, the outside world had to intervene a few times; to get rid of an ant invasion, to pump in oxygen, to tend to a health emergencies, to bring in forgotten necessities like makeup. The scientific team managed to last out the term, but they were half-crazy and half-starved when U.S. marshals led them out two years later.

1997 - Motion pictures opening in the U.S. this day: Triumph Films’ The Assignment; Dreamworks’ The Peacemaker; and The Edge and Soul Food from 20th Century Fox.

If you like TWtD you will love TWtD Deluxe.

September 26th.

1774 - Johnny Appleseed (Chapman)
nurseryman: planter of apple orchards; died Mar 18, 1845

1888 - T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Nobel Prize-winning poet [1948]; The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; died Jan 4, 1965

1895 - George Raft (Ranft)
actor: Scarface, Eighty Days, Some Like It Hot, Casino Royale; died Nov 24, 1980

1897 - Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini)
262nd pope of the Roman Catholic Church [1963-1978]; died Aug 6, 1978

1898 - George Gershwin (Jacob Gershvin)
composer: Rhapsody in Blue, Swanee, Porgy & Bess, The Man I Love, Strike Up the Band, Funny Face, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, An American in Paris, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, A Foggy Day [In London Town], Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay; collaborated with brother Ira; died July 11, 1937

1901 - Ted Weems (Wilfred Theodore Weymes)
orchestra leader: Ted Weems Orchestra: Heartaches, Piccolo Pete; played mostly on network radio shows; musician: violin, trombone; died May 6, 1963

1914 - Jack LaLanne
fitness guru

1919 - Barbara Britton (Brantingham)
actress: Mr. & Mrs. North, Dragonfly Squadron, Bandit Queen, Captain Kidd, I Shot Jesse James, Wake Island; died Jan 17, 1980

1925 - Marty Robbins (Robertson)
Country Music Hall of Famer; Grammy Award Winner: El Paso [1960], My Woman, My Woman, My Wife [1970]; A White Sport Coat, Don’t Worry, Devil Woman; actor: Road to Nashville, Ballad of a Gunfighter, Hell on Wheels, The Drifter; last Grand Ole Oprey singer to perform in Ryman Auditorium, 1st to perform in new Opryland; died Dec 8, 1982

1925 - Bobby (Robert Clayton) Shantz
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1951, 1952/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1952], KC Athletics, NY Yankees [all-star: 1957/World Series: 1957, 1960], Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Colt .45’s, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies

1926 - Julie London (Peck)
singer: Cry Me a River; actress: Emergency; died Oct 18, 2000

1927 - Patrick O’Neal
actor: In Harm’s Way, Under Siege, The Way We Were, Diagnosis: Unknown, Dick and the Duchess, Emerald Point N.A.S., Kaz; died Sep 9, 1994

1931 - George Chambers
musician: bass, singer: group: The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come Today

1932 - Joyce Jameson
comedienne, actress: The Spike Jones Show, Club Oasis, The Balcony, The Comedy of Terrors; died Jan 16, 1987

1933 - Donna Douglas
actress: Beverly Hillbillies, Frankie and Johnny

1936 - Winnie Mandela
political activist; married South African president Nelson Madela

1941 - Joe Bauer
musician: drums: group: The Youngbloods: Get Together

1942 - Kent McCord (McWhirter)
actor: Adam 12, Unsub, Battlestar Gallactica, Accidental Meeting, Return of the Living Dead, Predator 3, Vice President of Screen Actors Guild

1945 - Dave (David Edwin) Duncan
baseball: catcher: KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1971/World Series: 1972], Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles

1945 - Bryan Ferry
singer: group: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, All I want is You, Out of the Blue, Love is the Drug, Dance Away, Angel Eyes, More than This, Heart on My Sleeve; solo: Let’s Stick Together

1947 - Lynn Anderson
Grammy Award-winning singer: Rose Garden [1970]; Ride, Ride, Ride, If I Kiss You, Promises, Promises; CMA Female Vocalist of the Year [1971]

1948 - Mary Beth Hurt
actress: Six Degrees of Separation, The Age of Innocence, Compromising Positions, The World According to Garp, A Change of Seasons, Interiors, Working It Out, Tattingers

1948 - Olivia Newton-John
singer: You’re the One that I Want, If Not for You, Let Me Be There, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, Please Mr. Please, Physical, Magic; actress: Grease, Xanadu, Two of a Kind

1949 - John Roche
basketball: Univ. South Carolina, Denver Nuggets [record: 7 three-pointers in a quarter

1951 - Dave Casper
football: Oakland Raiders tight end: Super Bowl XI

1952 - Garry Howatt
hockey: NHL: NY Islanders, Hartford Whalers, NJ Devils

1954 - Craig Chaquico
musician: guitar, singer: group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City, Sara, Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight

1955 - Carlene Carter
singer: I Fell in Love, Every Little Thing, Do It in a Heartache; June Carter’s daughter

1956 - Linda Hamilton
actress: Terminator series, Beauty and the Beast, Children of the Corn

1962 - Melissa Sue Anderson
actress: Little House on the Prairie, The Loneliest Runner, The Equalizer: Memories of Manon

1962 - Tracey Thorn
singer: groups: Marine Girls: LPs: Lazy Ways, Beach Party; Everything But the Girl: Night and Day, Each and Everyone, Sean, Come on Home, I Fall to Pieces; solo LP: A Distant Shore.

Chart Toppers
September 26th.

1944 I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Is You is or is You Ain’t - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952 You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960 My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis
Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hush - Deep Purple
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

1976 Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
I’d Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time - Willie Nelson

1984 Missing You - John Waite
Let’s Go Crazy - Prince & The Revolution
Drive - The Cars
Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room - Merle Haggard

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

09-27-2008, 09:26 AM
271st day of 2008 - 95 remaining.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

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Remember the children’s story about the train that could? The little choo-choo made it to the top of the hill, pulling its load, by will power, courage, strength and thought, “I think I can, I think I can.”

Well, this story is about another train that could and did. On this day in 1829, a locomotive belonging to England’s Stockton and Darlington line, pulled a passenger train down the tracks. It was the first time an engine -- not a horse -- had accomplished this.

The locomotive, The Rocket was designed by George Stephenson with the help of his son Robert. It was the first truly successful steam locomotive, able to pull a train on smooth rails. (The very first steam engine locomotive was built by Richard Treithick, also of England, in 1804.)

Critics were a little wary of the iron horse. One said that it would make stay-at-homes into gadabouts; honest men into liars and be the downfall of an intellectual society. Some choo-choo, eh?
The Rainhill Trials. October 1829 (http://www.resco.co.uk/rainhill/index.html) The Rocket. (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/RArocket.htm)

September 27th.

1894 - Aqueduct Race Track opened in New York on this day.

1933 - NBC radio debuted Waltz Time, featuring the orchestra of Abe Lymon. The program continued on the network until 1948.

1938 - Clarinet virtuoso Artie Shaw recorded the song that would become his theme song. Nightmare was waxed on the Bluebird Jazz label.

1938 - Thanks for the Memory was heard for the first time on The Bob Hope Show -- on the NBC Red radio network. Who was the bandleader? If you said Les Brown, you’d be ... wrong. It was Skinnay Ennis accompanying ol’ ski nose at the time.

1942 - Just after leaving CBS radio, Glenn Miller led his civilian band for the last time at the Central Theatre in beautiful Passaic, NJ. Miller had volunteered for wartime duty.

1954 - The Tonight show debuted on NBC-TV. Steve Allen hosted the late-night program which began as a local New York show on WNBT-TV in June 1953. Tonight became a launching pad for Steve and hundreds of guests, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Skitch Henderson and orchestra provided the music. Ernie Kovacs was the host from 1956-1957.

1962 - Detroit secretary Martha Reeves cut a side with a group called The Vandellas and the result was I’ll Have to Let Him Go. Soon thereafter, the hits of Martha and The Vandellas just kept on comin’.

1962 - After a concert that featured folk music at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times gave a glowing review in a story about “Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk Song Stylist.”

1970 - “Round and round and round it goes and where it stops, nobody knows.” Ted Mack said, “Good night from Geritol” for the last time. After 22 years on television, the curtain closed on The Original Amateur Hour on CBS. The show had been on ABC, NBC, CBS and originated on the Dumont Television Network.

1986 - Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling was the #1 U.S. LP. The tracks: Dancing on the Ceiling, Se La, Ballerina Girl, Don’t Stop, Deep River Woman, Love Will Conquer All, Tonight Will Be Alright, Say You, Say Me and Night Train (Smooth Alligator). Dancing on the Ceiling was the number one album for two weeks.

1989 - The first two people to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live to tell about it, did so this day. Actually, Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter DeBernardi went over 167-foot high Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the Falls. Why’d they do that? To show kids there are better things to do than drugs. Huh?

1995 - Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin announced that the U.S. would issue a $100 note that had been redesigned to incorporate numerous security features. The most noticeable feature was a large, off-center Ben Franklin. Rubin commented, “We are improving the security of the currency, and maintaining its integrity and global reputation.”

1996 - Two movies debuted in U.S. theatre this day: Extreme Measures, a thriller with Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman and Sarah Jessica Parker; and 2 Days in the Valley, starring James Spader, Danny Aiello, Teri Hatcher, Eric Stoltz, Jeff Daniels, Glenne Headly, Marsha Mason. It iss “A pretty screwed-up story about pretty screwed-up people...”

September 27th.

1722 - Samuel Adams
U.S. Revolutionary War leader; governor of Massachusetts [1793-1797]; cousin of U.S. President John Adams; died Oct 2, 1803

1792 - George Cruikshank
caricaturist, illustrator: Charles Dickens’ books; died in 1878

1840 - Thomas Nast
political cartoonist: considered the father of American political cartooning: drew cartoon [Harper’s Weekly] using elephant as symbol of Republican party; died Dec 7, 1902

1847 - ‘Professor’ Mike (Michael) Donovan
International Boxing Hall of Famer: middleweight boxing champ [1878-1883]; boxing teacher: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was a pupil; died Mar 24, 1918

1898 - Vincent Youmans
Songwriters’ Hall of Famer: musician, composer: Hit the Deck, Great Day!, No, No Nanette [w/Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II], I Know that You Know [w/Harbach], More than You Know, Rise ’n’ Shine, Flying Down to Rio, The Carioca; died Apr 5, 1946

1919 - Johnny (John Michael) Pesky
baseball: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1946, all-star: 1946], Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

1920 - William Conrad (Cann)
actor: Cannon, Jake and the Fatman, Sorry, Wrong Number, Killers, Naked Jungle; TV narrator: The Bullwinkle Show; radio: Marshall Dillon in Gunsmoke; died Feb 11, 1994

1920 - Jayne Meadows (Cotter)
actress: City Slickers, Murder by Numbers, Lady in the Lake, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, Medical Center; panelist: I’ve Got a Secret; wife of Steve Allen; sister of Audrey Meadows

1922 - Arthur Penn
director: Bonnie and Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant, The Miracle Worker, Little Big Man, Night Moves

1925 - Kathleen Maguire
actress: Edge of the City, The Chadwick Family, One Life to Live, The Concorde: Airport ’79; died Aug 9, 1989

1929 - Sada Thompson
Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1977-78]; Tony Award-winning actress: Twigs [1972]; Our Town, Desperate Characters

1933 - Greg Morris
actor: Mission: Impossible, Vega$, The Doomsday Flight; died Aug 27, 1996

1933 - Kathleen Nolan
actress: The Real McCoys, Jamie, Broadside; Screen Actor’s Guild president

1934 - Wilford Brimley
actor: Cocoon, The Natural, Tender Mercies, The Firm, Absence of Malice, The China Syndrome, The Electric Horseman, Our House

1934 - Claude Jarman Jr.
actor: Hangman’s Knot, Rio Grande, The Sun Comes Up, Intruder in the Dust, The Yearling

1939 - Delores Taylor
actress, writer, producer: The Trial of Billy Jack, Billy Jack

1939 - Kathy Whitworth
golf champion: Nabisco Dinah Shore [1977], LPGA [1967, 1971, 1975]

1941 - Labron Harris Jr.
golf: Oklahoma State Univ.; U.S. Amateur title: 1962

1941 - Don Nix
musician: baritone sax: group: The Mar-Keys, Booker T and the M.G.’s, Memphis Horns; composer: Goin’ Down

1943 - Randy Bachman
musician: guitar, singer: groups: Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Let It Ride, Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Roll on Down the Highway, The Guess Who: Shakin’ All Over, These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight

1944 - Gary (Lynn) Sutherland
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, SD Padres, SL Cardinals

1947 - Meat Loaf (Michael Lee Aday)
musician, singer: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light; actor: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Americathon, Roadie

1949 - Mike (Michael Jack) Schmidt
Baseball Hall of Famer: Philadelphia Phillies Golden Glove, all-star third baseman: [all-star: 1974, 1976, 1979-1984, 1986, 1987, 1989/World Series: 1980, 1983/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1980, 1981, 1986]

1949 - Robb Weller
TV host: Win, Lose or Draw, Entertainment Tonight

1953 - Greg Ham
musician: saxophone, flute, keyboards: group: Men at Work: Who Can It Be Now, Down Under

1958 - Shaun Cassidy
singer: Da Doo Ron Ron, That’s Rock ’n’ Roll, Hey Deanie, Do You Believe in Magic; actor: The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Breaking Away, General Hospital, Blood Brothers; son of Jack Cassidy & Shirley Jones; half-brother of David Cassidy

1969 - Patrick Muldoon
actor: Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, Starship Troopers, The Second Arrival.

Chart Toppers
September 27th.

1945 If I Loved You - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter

1953 No Other Love - Perry Como
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Crying in the Chapel - June Valli
A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky

1961 Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
The Mountain’s High - Dick & DeeDee
Crying - Roy Orbison
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

1969 Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Easy to Be Hard - Three Dog Night
Tall Dark Stranger - Buck Owens

1977 Best of My Love - Emotions
Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Keep It Comin’ Love - KC & The Sunshine Band
I’ve Already Loved You in My Mind - Conway Twitty

1985 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Cherish - Kool & The Gang
Freedom - Wham!
I Fell in Love Again Last Night - The Forester Sisters

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09-28-2008, 10:31 AM
272nd day of 2008 - 94 remaining.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The man who created Li’l Abner was born on this day in 1909 at New Haven, Connecticut. Alfred Gerald Caplin, better known as Al Capp, was responsible for all the happenings in the fictitious hillbilly town of Dogpatch.

From 1934 until 1977, Capp wrote and drew the cartoon, Li’l Abner, with its cast of wonderful characters, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, their son Abner, the lovely Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick and the lovable Schmoos. Al Capp even invented a holiday, Sadie Hawkins Day.

Li’l Abner wasn’t just a funny comic strip. It became a Broadway show and a Hollywood movie, too. But above all else, Al Capp used the characters in the Sunday funnies for political satire. It was fairly common to see public figures being lampooned in Li’l Abner. Al Capp would have had a field day with today’s political antics.
Li'l Abner. (http://www.lil-abner.com/) Al Capp. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capp) Li’l Abner. (http://povonline.com/Abner2.htm) Al Capp. (http://www.lil-abner.com/cappbio.html)

September 28th.

1542 - Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed his ship at what we now call San Diego Bay. The site is marked with a monument, the Cabrillo National Monument, and some folks in California still celebrate Cabrillo day. There’s a reason for that. Cabrillo was the first to find California.

1892 - A football game was played in Mansfield, PA. The game, between Mansfield State Normal School and Wyoming Seminary, was the first one in the U.S. to be played at night.

1928 - Glen Gray’s orchestra recorded Under a Blanket of Blue, with Kenny Sargeant on vocals.

1936 - Bachelor’s Children debuted on CBS radio (at 9:45 a.m.) in addition to its schedule on the Mutual Network (at 10:15 a.m.). The show’s theme song, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life, opened the 15-minute, critically acclaimed, daily serial. Bachelor’s Children became very popular because of its natural dialogue which made folks think they were hearing a real event. Bachelor’s Children ... brought to you by Old Dutch Cleanser, Palmolive-Peet Soap, Colgate Toothpaste and Wonder Bread.

1939 - The final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio. The star of the show, Rudee Vallee, wrapped things up after a decade of entertaining radio. The Fleischmann Hour was sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast. What else?

1944 - WABD in New York City telecast the first full-length musical written for TV. Ray Nelson was in the director’s chair for The Boys from Boise. The production was carried on the DuMont Network.

1955 - “The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC.” The World Series was seen in all its colorful glory for the first time this day. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game, 6-5.

1961 - Richard Chamberlain played the part of handsome, young, Dr. Kildare for five years, beginning this day on NBC. Raymond Massey co-starred in the TV medidrama. Chamberlain’s Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) became a hit a year into the show. He also sang Love Me Tender and All I Have to Do is Dream in 1962 and 1963 -- all on MGM. Scalpel, doctor?

1961 - Hazel premiered on NBC-TV. The sitcom starred Shirley Booth in the title role, with Don DeFore as George Baxter and Whitney Blake as Dorothy Baxter (the family who Hazel adopted). She was their maid and housekeeper. Hazel was based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoon series by Ted Key.

1968 - The Beatles rode the nearly seven-minute-long Hey Jude to the top of the charts for a nine week-run starting this day. Talk about your microgroove recording! Copies of this Apple release were shipped by the dozen to radio stations because the platters wore out after just a few plays.

1982 - The first of seven deaths was reported in the Chicago area from Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. Later, Johnson and Johnson introduced a triple sealed, tamper resistant Tylenol bottle.

1984 - Saluting his 34 years in television, Bob “If There’s an Honor I’ll Be There” Hope showed outtakes of his years in television on (where else?) NBC. When he began in television’s infancy, back in 1950, Hope said he got into the new medium “...because the contract was so delicious, I couldn’t turn it down.”

1991 - Garth Brooks, big ol’ black hat and all, hit number one with his album Ropin’ the Wind. He was the first country artist to debut an album at #1 on both the Billboard album chart and country album chart.

1997 - Europe held off the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, 14.5-13.5.

September 28th.

1841 - Georges Clemenceau
French government leader; died Nov 24, 1929

1856 - Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin
writer: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Timothy’s Quest, The Bird’s Christmas Carol; organized 1st free kindergarten in San Francisco, established California Kindergarten Training School; died Aug 24, 1923

1892 - Elmer Rice
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: Street Scene [prize for drama: 1929]; died May 8, 1967

1901 - William S. Paley
Television Hall of Famer, broadcast executive: founder/owner of CBS; died in 1990; died Oct 26, 1990

1902 - Ed (Edward Vincent) Sullivan
newspaper columnist, TV host: Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show; died Oct 13, 1974

1905 - Max (Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried) Schmeling
International Boxing Hall of Famer: heavyweight champ: bouts: 70; won: 56; lost: 10; drew: 4; KOs: 39

1909 - Al Capp (Alfred Gerald Caplin)
cartoonist: Li’l Abner; died Nov 5, 1979; see Li’l Abner Day [above]

1916 - Peter Finch (Frederick George Peter Ingle-Finch)
Academy Award-winning actor: Network [1976]; Flight of the Phoenix, Raid on Entebbe, Elephant Walk; died Jan 14, 1977

1919 - Tom Harmon
football: University of Michigan [Heisman Trophy: 1940], AFL: NY Americans [1941], NFL: LA Rams [1946-1947]; broadcaster: ABC Sports; World War II fighter pilot [Silver Star, Purple Heart]; father of actor Mark Harmon; died Mar 17, 1990

1923 - William Windom
Emmy Award-winning actor: My World and Welcome to It [1969-70]; Murder, She Wrote, The Farmer’s Daughter, The Girl with Something Extra, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, To Kill a Mockingbird

1924 - Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastrojanni)
actor: White Nights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Used People, Divorce, Italian Style, La Dolce Vita; died Dec 19, 1996

1925 - Arnold Stang
comedian, actor: Broadside, The Milton Berle Show, Dennis the Menace; cartoon: voice of Top Cat

1926 - Jerry Clower
entertainer: LP: Jerry Clower from Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin’; CMA Comedian of the Year [1974-82]; TV co-host: Nashville on the Road; writer: Ain’t God Good; died Aug 24, 1998

1930 - Tommy Collins (Leonard Sipes)
singer: You Better Not Do That, It Tickles, If You Can’t Bite, Don’t Growl, I Made the Prison Band; songwriter: If You Ain’t Lovin’ then You Ain’t Livin’, You Gotta Have a License; died Mar 14, 2000

1934 - Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal)
actress: And God Created Woman, Viva Maria, A Very Private Affair

1935 - Bruce Crampton
golf: best PGA year: 1973: won four times and finished second five times; 10 holes-in-one in pro career

1938 - Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson
singer, songwriter: group: The Drifters: There Goes My Baby, Save the Last Dance for Me; solo: Spanish Harlem, Stand by Me, What is Soul, Supernatural Thing Part 1

1941 - Charley Taylor
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Washington Redskins wide receiver: played in seven Pro Bowls

1942 - Grant (Dwight ‘Buck’) Jackson
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1969], Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1971], NY Yankees [World Series: 1976], Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1979], Montreal Expos, KC Royals

1943 - J.T. Walsh
actor: Breakdown, Hope, Hannah and Her Sisters, Tin Men, Tequila Sunrise, The Grifters, Backdraft, A Few Good Men, Loaded Weapon 1, The Last Seduction, The Client, The Babysitter, Crime of the Century, Pleasantville, Hidden Agenda; died Feb 27, 1998

1946 - Helen Shapiro
singer: Please Don’t Treat Me like a Child, You Don’t Know, Walkin’ Back to Happiness, Tell Me What He Said, Little Miss Lonely, Fever; actress: It’s Trad, Dad, Play It Cool, Oliver!

1947 - Jeffrey Jones
actor: The Avenging Angel, Houseguest, Stay Tuned, The Hunt for Red October, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Beetlejuice, Howard the Duck, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Amadeus

1952 - Anthony Davis
football: Univ. of Southern California All-American, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, LA Rams

1952 - Sylvia Kristel
actress: Emmanuelle series, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, The Concorde: Airport ’79, Beauty School

1954 - Steve Largent
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver; seven Pro Bowls; NFL record holder: most consecutive games with a reception [177], most yards on receptions [13.089], most touchdown passes [100]; member of U.S. House of Representatives [Oklahoma]

1964 - Janeane Garofalo
actress: The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Saturday Night Live, TV Nation, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, The Cable Guy, Cop Land, Felicity, The Independent, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Laramie Project

1967 - Mira Sorvino
Academy Award-winning supporting actress: Mighty Aphrodite [1995]; Norma Jean & Marilyn, Tales of Erotica, The Replacement Killers, Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior, The Triumph of Love

1967 - Moon Unit Zappa
actress: Dark Side of Genius, Heartstopper, Spirit of ’76, The Boys Next Door; daughter of singer Frank Zappa

1972 - Gwyneth Paltrow
Academy Award-winning actress: Shakespeare in Love [1998]; Hook, Great Expectations, A Perfect Murder, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bounce, The Anniversary Party, Possession, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal, A View from the Top.

Chart Toppers
September 28th.

1946 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
Shake, Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley & His Comets
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 Sheila - Tommy Roe
Ramblin’ Rose - Nat King Cole
Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG’s
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins

1970 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence
Clearwater Revival
Julie, Do Ya Love Me - Bobby Sherman
There Must Be More to Love Than This - Jerry Lee Lewis

1978 Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John
I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings

1986 Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.
In Love - Ronnie Milsap

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

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09-29-2008, 11:38 PM
273rd day of 2008 - 93 remaining.

Monday, September 29, 2008

My Fair Lady closed on this day in 1962 after a run of 6½ years. At the time, the show held the Broadway record for longest-running musical of all time. 3,750,000 people watched the wonderful show and heard tunes like Wouldn’t it Be Loverly, Show Me, Get Me to the Church on Time, I’m an Ordinary Man, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face and the Vic Damone/Robert Goulet standard, On the Street Where You Live.

The team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe turned George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, into a colorful, musical production. They gave a new life to the rough-around-the-edges, ****ney, flower girl; the subject of a bet between Professor Higgins (Just You Wait, ’Enry ’Iggins) and a colleague. The Professor bet that he could turn Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady (The Rain in Spain). With a Little Bit of Luck he did it. Eliza, looking and acting very much like a princess, sang I Could Have Danced All Night.

After its Broadway success, My Fair Lady was made into a motion picture (1964) and won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Biography of Alan Jay Lerner. (http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3753&source_type=A) Click. (http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=2407)

September 29th.

1829 - Greater London’s Metropolitan Police went into action. There was much opposition to the act of Parliament that authorized the police force. Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel had requested the act (the police were called ‘Bobbies’ in honor of him). The Bobbies first official headquarters were at Scotland Yard; and Scotland Yard became the official name of the police force.

1920 - Radios for 10 bucks! That’s what Joseph Horne Company’s department store in Pittsburgh, PA was selling. The radios were advertised in The Pittsburgh Sun for $10 and up. One could get a ready-made radio in a box with headphones and tuning knob. This way, one could do away with the Quaker Oats round box and the cat’s whisker wire, which was a pain in the butt to tune.

1930 - “This is Lowell Thomas.” Those words were spoken for the first time as a young Lowell Thomas made his debut on CBS Radio. He replaced Floyd Gibbons on the nightly (6:45 p.m.), 15-minute newscast. Thomas, who started as a reporter for the New York Daily News (at age 19), was heard on the radio for the next 46 years.

1930 - “Ba, ba, ba, boo. I will, ba ba ba boo ... marry you!” ‘Der Bingle’, better known as Bing Crosby, America’s premier crooner for decades, married Dixie Lee.

1940 - Double or Nothing, a radio quiz show, was first heard on the Mutual Radio Network. Each time contestants answered questions correctly, their winnings would double -- from $20 to $40 to the big payoff of $80. If they gave an incorrect answer, they were gone! Nobody bet on how long the show would last. Good thing. It kept going for a dozen years. Among the sponsors: Feen-A-Mint, Chooz breath candy and Campbell’s soup.

1946 - Mystery fans remember when The Adventures of Sam Spade debuted on CBS radio this Sunday night. (It had aired in the summer of 1946 on ABC on Friday nights.) The Adventures of Sam Spade, with Howard Duff playing Spade, became a big hit in the Sunday night radio lineup. And now a word from our sponsor: “Use Wildroot Cream Oil, Charlie ... it keeps your hair in trim...”

1947 - Dizzy Gillespie presented his first Carnegie Hall concert in New York, adding a sophisticated jazz touch to the famous concert emporium. Diz would become one of the jazz greats of all time. His trademark: Two cheeks pushed out until it looked like his face would explode. But, as the hepcats said, “Man, that guy can blow!”

1951 - The University of California defeated the University of Pennsylvania 35-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. It was the first network football game to be televised in color -- on CBS.

1953 - Danny Thomas, who many now remember as Marlo’s dad and Phil Donahue’s father-in-law, is also remembered for many things that influenced television. At the suggestion of his friend, Desi Arnaz, Thomas negotiated a deal that would allow him to retain ownership rights to his programs, like Make Room for Daddy, which debuted this day on ABC-TV. Later, in 1957, the show would move to CBS under the Desilu/Danny Thomas Productions banner. The rest is, literally, TV history. His success allowed him to give something back to the world, in the form of his philanthropic efforts to build St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. “All I prayed for was a break,” he once told an interviewer, “and I said I would do anything, anything, to pay back the prayer if it could be answered. All I needed was a sign of what to do and I would do it.” And so it was.

1960 - My Three Sons was welcomed into U.S. homes on ABC-TV. Fred MacMurray, who was a movie actor, had a difficult time making the adjustment to the small screen. But adjust he did, and My Three Sons endured so well that CBS bought the successful hit for somewhere between seven and ten million dollars in 1965.

1977 - It was the most-watched prize fight in history, as Muhammad Ali beat Ernie Shavers (in a decision) to claim the heavyweight championship boxing crown. The bout was televised from New York City’s Madison Square Garden and was officiated by the first woman official of a heavyweight title boxing match. Ali “floated like a butterfly ... stung like a bee” before an estimated 70 million viewers -- on NBC-TV.

1982 - 264,000 bottles of Tylenol, the pain reliever, were recalled after a California man was poisoned by a strychnine-laced capsule. Seven people died of cyanide poisoning when they unknowingly ingested Tylenol that had been deliberately tampered with. The killer or killers have never been identified.

1983 - On the Great White Way, A Chorus Line became the longest-running show on Broadway, with performance number 3,389. Grease, the rock ’n’ roll production, had been the previous box-office champ since 1980.

1984 - The lovely Elizabeth Taylor, undergoing rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic and overcoming a nagging weight problem, was voted as the world’s most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll released this day.

1986 - Mary Lou Retton, who stunned audiences with perfect 10 scores in the Olympics of 1984, called it quits from the wide world of gymnastics.

1996 - The Nintendo 64 video game system known as the first ‘true’ 64-bit system, hit North American shelves. That first day, Nintendo sold 500,000 systems, with the Mario64 game selling the same with it. Needless to say, Nintendo’s system was a big sucess.

2000 - Movies released in the U.S.: Beautiful, with Minnie Driver, Joey Lauren Adams, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Kathleen Turner; Best in Show, starring Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitch****; The Broken Hearts League, Timothy Olyphant, Zach Braff, Dean Cain, Andrew Keegan; and Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton and Wood Harris.

September 29th.

1547 - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
author: Don Quixote; died Apr 23, 1616

1758 - Horatio Nelson
military: British Navy: Battle of Trafalgar hero; killed during that battle Oct 23, 1805

1904 - Greer Garson
Academy Award-winning actress: Mrs. Miniver [1942]; Sunrise at Campobello, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Singing Nun; died Apr 6, 1996

1907 - (Orvon) Gene Autry
‘The Singing Cowboy’: actor: 100+ cowboy westerns; singer: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, The Death of Mother Jones, You are My Sunshine, Mexicali Rose, Back in the Saddle Again; owner: California Angels, Golden West Broadcasting; CMA Hall of Famer; only person to have 5 Hollywood Walk of Fame stars [film, radio, TV, stage, records]; died Oct 2, 1998

1907 - Richard Harkness
radio/TV journalist: NBC Washington correspondent [1943-1970]; died Feb 16, 1977

1912 - Michelangelo Antonioni
director: Blowup, Zabriskie Point, The Red Desert, The Passenger, Love in the City

1913 - Trevor (Wallace) Howard
actor: Superman: The Movie, Gandhi, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ryan’s Daughter, The Count of Monte Cristo; died Jan 7, 1988

1913 - Stanley Kramer
director: The Defiant Ones, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Inherit the Wind, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Judgment at Nuremberg, Ship of Fools, On the Beach; died Feb 19, 2001

1923 - Bum Phillips
football coach: Houston Oilers

1931 - Anita Ekberg
actress: La Dolce Vita, War and Peace

1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer [1986]: singer: Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless; cousin of singer Mickey Gilley, and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart

1938 - Mike (Michael Francis) McCormick
baseball: pitcher: NY Giants, SF Giants [all-star: 1960, 1961/Cy Young Award: 1967], Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, NY Yankees, KC Royals

1939 - Larry Linville
actor: M*A*S*H, Grandpa Goes to Washington, Blue Movies, Earth Girls Are Easy, West From North Goes South, A Million to Juan, Pressure Point; died Apr 10, 2000

1940 - Mike Eischeid
football: punter: Oakland Raiders Super Bowl II. Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl VIII, IX

1941 - Kermit Zarley
golf: PGA Tour: joined in 1963, Senior PGA Tour: joined in 1992

1942 - Madeline Kahn
Tony Award-winning actress: The Sisters Rosensweig [1993]; Blazing Saddles, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?, High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein, Oh Madeline, Mr. President; died Dec 3, 1999

1942 - Ian McShane
actor: Grand Larceny, Con Man, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Grace Kelly Story, Yesterday’s Hero, The Fifth Musketeer, Code Name: Diamond Head, The Last of Sheila, If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belgium, Lovejoy, Roots, Dallas, Bare Essence

1943 - Lech Walesa
Nobel Peace prize-winner [1983]: founder of Polish solidarity

1944 - Mike Post
Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger, musician: Classical Gas [1968], The Rockford Files [1975: w/Pete Carpenter], The Theme From Hill Street Blues [1981: w/Larry Carlton], The Theme From L.A. Law [1988]; Emmy Award: Main Title: Murder One [1995]; Baa Baa Black Sheep, CHiPs, The Night Rider, Magnum, P.I., The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hunter, Stingray, Quantum Leap, Doogie Howser, M.D., Silk Stalkings, Martial Law, Sins of the City, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

1946 - Patricia Hodge
actress: The Heat of the Day, The Shell Seekers, Sunset, Diamond’s Edge, Dust to Dust, Betrayal, The Elephant Man, Rumpole of the Bailey

1947 - Altie Taylor
football: Utah State, Detroit Lions

1948 - Mark Farner
musician: guitar: singer: Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band, Walk Like a Man; solo: LP: Mark Farner, No Frills

1948 - Bryant Gumble
TV host: Today [NBC], Real Sports [HBO], Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel [CBS], The Early Show [CBS]; brother of Greg

1949 - Steve (Steven Lee) Busby
baseball: pitcher: KC Royals [all-star: 1974, 1975]

1953 - Warren (Livingston) Cromartie
baseball: Montreal Expos, KC Royals

1956 - Sebastian Coe
runner: world record: 800-meters [1:41.73: June 10, 1981]; eight world records and two Olympic gold medals

1957 - Andrew Dice Clay
actor: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Private Resort, Pretty in Pink, Amazon Women on the Moon, Andrew Dice Clay: Banned for Life

1957 - Tim (Timothy Earl) Flannery
baseball: SD Padres [World Series: 1984]

1961 - Tom Sizemore
actor: Pearl Harbor, Guilty by Suspicion, Passenger 57, Striking Distance, Wyatt Earp, Natural Born Killers, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down

1970 - Emily Lloyd
actress: Under the Hula Moon, Scorchers, A River Runs Through It, In Country, Wish You Were Here.

Chart Toppers
September 29th.

1947 Feudin’ and Fightin’ - Dorothy Shay
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So - Vaughn Monroe
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces
Tina Marie - Perry Como
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Sally, Go ’Round the Roses - The Jaynetts
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
Abilene - George Hamilton IV

1971 Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
Maggie Mae/Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez
The Year That Clayton Delaney Died - Tom T. Hall

1979 My Sharona - The Knack
Sad Eyes - Robert John
Rise - Herb Alpert
It Must Be Love - Don Williams

1987 Didn’t We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Lost in Emotion - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Three Time Loser - Dan Seals

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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09-29-2008, 11:44 PM
274th day of 2008 - 92 remaining.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


First heard on the NBC Red radio network this day in 1930, Death Valley Days became one of radio’s biggest hits. The 30-minute, Western-adventure series starred Tim Daniel Frawley as the Old Ranger, Harvey Hays as the Old Prospector, John White as the Lonesome Cowboy, Edwin Bruce as Bobby Keen, Robert Haag as Sheriff Mark Chase and Olyn Landick as Cassandra Drinkwater.

The tales heard on Death Valley Days were all based on fact and were human interest stories revolving around the borax mining town of Death Valley, California. The show was created by Ruth Woodman, a script writer for a New York ad agency. She had never seen Death Valley; but had found the vehicle to sell 20-Mule-Team Borax. As time went on, Ms. Woodman did make a trip to Death Valley. She went back again and again after that, digging up facts for her scripts. She even met an honest-to-goodness old ranger, Wash Cahill, who knew everyone and everything about the mining town.

Death Valley Days was renamed Death Valley Sheriff in 1944 and The Sheriff in 1945. And Ruth Woodman continued to write the scripts. She even wrote scripts when Death Valley Days became a TV show. Buy some 20-Mule-Team Borax in commemoration.
More good reading here. (http://www.deathvalleydays.com/) Jerry Haendiges Radio Logs. (http://user.aol.com/radiolog2/logd1015.html) "Death Valley Days" TV-Series 1952-1975 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044259/) 20-Mule-Team Borax. (http://www.borax.com/) ;)

September 30th.

1641 - Once upon a time, New York and New Jersey were known as the New Netherlands. It was on this day that an ordinance by the authorities of the New Netherlands declared that an annual fair be held at Fort Amsterdam (now, New York City). The ruling actually stated that there would be two fairs, a Cattle Fair on October 15 and a Hog Fair on November 1; and that all who had any thing to buy or sell could attend. Anyone remember seeing a cow or a pig running around NYC lately?

1927 - A record for the most home runs in a season -- 60 -- was set by Babe Ruth. The record stood for 34 years until it was broken by Roger Maris.

1933 - The theme song was Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here and it opened the National Barn Dance. The half-hour country music and comedy show, originally heard on WLS, Chicago since 1924, moved to the NBC Blue network this night. National Barn Dance was broadcast from the Eighth Street Theater in Chicago, where the stage was transformed into a hayloft every Saturday night. The host was Joe Kelly. Uncle Ezra was played by Pat Barrett who was known to say, “Give me a toot on the tooter, Tommy,” as he started dancing. A few of the other Barn Dance characters were Arkie, the Arkansas Woodchopper; Pokey Martin; the Hoosier Hotshots; the Prairie Ramblers; cowgirl, Patsy Montana; Pat Buttram; Lulu Belle and the Cumberland Road Runners. Gene Autry and Red Foley were heard early in their careers on National Barn Dance. Although there were plenty of sponsors (Alka Seltzer, One-A-Day vitamins, Phillips Milk of Magnesia), the National Barn Dance was one of the few radio shows to charge admission!

1935 - “Calling all cars...” The Adventures of Dick Tracy came to radio for the first time -- on the Mutual Radio Network. Based on the comic strip created by Chester Gould, the 15-minute adventure show was heard Monday thru Friday at 5:45 p.m. The sponsors were Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice.

1935 - “Summertime ... and the livin’ is easy.” Porgy and Bess was presented for the first time -- at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It was a flop! (It was revived in 1942. It wasn’t a flop that time. It ran longer than any revival in the history of U.S. musical theater.)

1939 - Captain Midnight was heard on radio for the first time -- on Mutual. The Captain flew his single-engine plane all over the place fighting crime. Talk about a popular show: Ovaltine dropped its sponsorship of Little Orphan Annie to climb on board with Captain Midnight. The show was also sponsored by Skelly Oil.

1941 - The Larry Clinton Orchestra recorded their version of That Solid Old Man, on Bluebird Records.

1947 - “Look sharp ... feel sharp...” The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3. The Gillette Safety Razor Company and Ford Motor Company were the sponsors. Together, they paid $65,000 for coverage of the entire series! Announcers: Bob Edge (who also did the razor commercials), Bob Stanton and Bill Slater.

1951 - “Thank you and may God bless.” The Red Skelton Show debuted on NBC-TV (almost 10 years to the day after Red made his radio debut). America’s ‘Clown Prince of Comedy’ was a hit for years on radio and an even bigger one on TV with characters like The Mean Wittle Kid (“I dood it!”), Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg, Willie Lump-Lump, San Fernando Red, Bolivar Shagnasty and Freddie the Freeloader. Later, he would move to CBS-TV. Overall, The Red Skelton Show remained a fixture on U.S. television for 20 years.

1954 - Julie Andrews, who would later become a household name in movies, TV and on records, opened on Broadway for the first time. The future star of The Sound of Music appeared in The Boy Friend this night.

1955 - James Dean, the brooding film actor who won acclaim in Giant, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, died from injuries suffered in a car crash at the intersection of routes 46 and 41, near Cholame, CA, a tiny farm town. Dean, who lived the life of James Stark (his character in Rebel Without a Cause), was killed when his Porsche Spyder ran into another car, head-on at 75 miles an hour. James Dean souvenirs are for sale at the Jack Ranch Cafe, a half-mile west of the crash scene. Located near the cafe is the Dean memorial, financed by Japanese fan Seita Ohnishi. Dean's mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, who was in the Porsche with Dean, was gravely injured, but gradually recovered. Ironically, Wütherich eventually returned to his native (West) Germany and died there in 1981 when his car skidded on a rain-slickened road and struck a tree.

1966 - Nazi war criminals Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were freed from Spandau Prison after serving 20 years.

1971 - A nine-member citizens committee was organized to investigate the Attica, New York prison riot earlier in the month. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed in the rioting -- the worst in U.S. history.

1980 - Israel issued new currency. The shekel replaced the pound.

1982 - The gang down at the Boston Beacon Street neighborhood bar called Cheers brought their antics into our homes beginning this night. Cheers was the place “Where Everyone Knows Your Name” as the theme song, written by Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy, told us. And we got to know everyone’s name like they were family. The original cast included owner/bartender Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, his helper Ernie ‘Coach Pantusso’ (Nicholas Colasanto), waitresses Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and Carla Tortelli LeBec (Rhea Perlman), and the regulars -- Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger). Cheers, created by Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows, became an American institution and was still the number one TV show when it ended its eleven-year run on August 19, 1993.

1984 - Mike Witt pitched a perfect game. With a final score of 1-0, and a California win over Texas, Witt was the 11th major-league baseball pitcher in 104 years to accomplish this feat.

1984 - Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, returned after a 20-month hiatus. Trudeau, married to former Today co-host Jane Pauley, revived the sometimes controversial strip by showing how Mike and the gang from Walden Pond “jumped from draft beer and mixers to cocaine and herpes.”

1993 - MS-DOS v6.2 was released by Microsoft. Why? As far as we can tell, it was because I.B.M. had just released their DOS v6.1.

1993 - More than 10,000 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck southern India. 7,600 people were killed and 130,000 left homeless by the pre-dawn temblor. It was the worst earthquake to hit India in 50 years, flattening 52 villages and damaging hundreds more.

1998 - A U.S. General Accounting Office audit of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and his predecessor, Robert Fiske, showed they had spent more than $40 million investigating President Bill Clinton -- from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. No matter what we may think of attorneys, we have to admit that they really do know how to spend money...

1999 - German novelist Guenter Grass won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences credited Grass’ first novel, The Tin Drum, with restoring honor to German literature “after decades of linguistic and moral destruction.”

September 30th.

1861 - William Wrigley Jr.
chewing gum tycoon; died Jan 26, 1932

1905 - Johnny (John Thomas) Allen
baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees [World Series: 1932], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1938], Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1941], SL Browns, NY Giants; died March 29, 1959

1921 - Deborah Kerr (Trimmer)
actress: The King and I, From Here to Eternity, A Woman of Substance, The Night of the Iguana, Quo Vadis, Tea and Sympathy, Separate Tables

1922 - Oscar Pettiford
musician: bass, cello; played with Charlie Barnet, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Getz

1924 - Truman (Streckfus) Capote (Persons)
writer: In Cold Blood, Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany’s; actor: Murder by Death; died Aug 25, 1984

1926 - Robin (Evan) Roberts
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1950/all-star: 1950-1956/Sporting News National League Player of the Year: 1952, 1955], Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs; won 286 games in 19 seasons, six consecutive 20-victory seasons

1931 - Angie Dickinson (Brown)
actress: Police Woman, Cassie and Company, Wild Palms, Dressed to Kill, Rio Bravo, Ocean’s 11; Hollywood’s Best Legs Award [1962]

1932 - Johnny (John Joseph) Podres
baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1953, 1955], LA Angeles Dodgers [all-star: 1958, 1960, 1962/World Series: 1959, 1963], Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres

1935 - Jill Corey (Norma Jean Esperanza)
singer: Love Me to Pieces

1935 - Johnny Mathis
singer: Wonderful, Wonderful, It’s Not for Me to Say, Chances Are, Misty, The Twelfth of Never, A Certain Smile, Small World, Gina, What Will Mary Say, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late [w/Deniece Williams], Friends In Love [w/Dionne Warwick]

1942 - Dewey Martin
musician: drums, singer: group: Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth

1943 - Marilyn McCoo (Davis)
singer: group: The Fifth Dimension: Up, Up and Away; Aquarius; solo: One Less Bell to Answer, You Don’t Have to be a Star [w/husband, Billy Davis, Jr.]; TV hostess: Solid Gold [1981-1984, 1986-88]; TV music reporter: Preview

1944 - Jody Powell
journalist; Press Secretary to U.S. President Jimmy Carter

1944 - Austin ‘Red’ Robbins
basketball: Univ. of Tennessee, Philadelphia 76ers

1946 - Sylvia Peterson
singer: group: The Chiffons: Tonight’s the Night, One Fine Day, He’s So Fine, A Love So Fine, I Have a Boyfriend, Sweet Talkin’ Guy

1948 - Andy Maurer
football: guard, tackle: Minnesota Vikings: Super Bowl IX, Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XII

1951 - Catie Ball-Condon
swimmer: Univ. of Florida, U.S. women’s Olympic 400 medley relay [gold medal: 1968]

1953 - Deborah Allen (Thurmond)
singer: Baby I Lied, Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me [w/Jim Reeves]; songwriter: Don’t Worry ’Bout Me

1953 - Victoria Tennant
actress: Flowers in the Attic, L.A. Story, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance

1954 - Barry Williams (Blenkhorn)
actor: The Brady Bunch, A Very Brady Christmas

1961 - Eric Stoltz
actor: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mask, Some Kind of Wonderful, Our Town, Three Sisters, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Glass Menagerie, Pulp Fiction, Once and Again

1961 - Crystal Bernard
actress: Wings, It’s a Living, Happy Days, As Good as Dead, Slumber Party Massacre 2

1962 - Dave Magadan
~ baseball: NY Mets [NLCS: 1988], Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres.

Chart Toppers
September 30th.

1948 A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
It’s Magic - Doris Day
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long Way) - Eddy Arnold

1956 Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood
The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett
Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

1964 Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
G.T.O. - Ronny & The Daytonas
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972 Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Saturday in the Park - Chicago
Back Stabbers - O’Jays
I Ain’t Never - Mel Tillis

1980 Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You - Dolly Parton

1988 Don’t Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin :D
I’ll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
Love Bites - Def Leppard
Addicted - Dan Seals

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

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that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

09-30-2008, 11:00 PM
275th day of 2008 - 91 remaining.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Destined to become one of the world’s greatest pianists, Vladimir Horowitz was born on this day in 1903 in Kiev, Russia. While most young children were playing games, Vladimir was playing with the ivories. His time was well spent as he was fully capable of performing publicly by the time he was sixteen.

Within four years, the young piano virtuoso was entertaining audiences at recitals throughout Leningrad -- 23 performances in one year, where he played over 200 different works of music, never repeating a composition. After Leningrad, Horowitz played in concerts in Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.

In 1928, the Russian pianist traveled to the United States to play with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Arturo Toscanini chose Horowitz to perform his first solo with the New York Philharmonic. It was there that Horowitz met his bride-to-be, Toscanini’s daughter, Wanda. The two were wed in Milan in 1933. New York became Horowitz’ permanent home in 1940. He became a U.S. citizen a few years later, devoting the rest of his career to benefit performances, and helping young, aspiring artists.

His return to the concert stage in May of 1965 was a triumphant success, as was his television recital, Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall.

Just three years before his death, Vladimir Horowitz returned to his homeland to perform once again for the Russian people on April 20, 1986. They felt he had been away far too long ... close to sixty years.
The Vladimir Horowitz Website. (http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/9436/)

October 1st.

1880 - A new director of the United States Marine Corps Band was named. John Philip Sousa became the band’s 17th leader. In 1888 he composed Semper Fidelis, traditionally known as the official march of the Marine Corps.

1903 - Cy Young played in his (and everyone else’s) first World Series baseball game. The game was held in Boston between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Pilgrims (now the Red Sox). Cy and Boston lost the game; the score was Pittsburgh 7, Boston 3; however, Boston came back to win the series, five games to three.

1908 - Imagine paying just $825 for a new car! That’s what it cost to buy the new Model T which was introduced by Henry Ford.

1928 - Duke Ellington recorded The Mooche on the Okeh label.

1928 - Forever, by Ben Pollack and his band, was recorded on Victor Records. In Pollack’s band were two talented young musicians: Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden.

1942 - Pop Quiz time: Who was the original host of People Are Funny? Radio and TV fans might say, “Art Linkletter.” They would be wrong. Art Baker was the original host.

1946 - The first baseball play-off game for a league championship featured the St. Louis Cardinals beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2.

1957 - U.S. B-52 bombers in the Strategic Air Command went on 24-hour alert status because of the perceived threat of an attack from the Soviet Union.

1962 - “From New York ... heeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” Ed McMahon introduced the new host of NBC’s Tonight Show for the first time. Johnny Carson entertained late-night America for nearly three decades, give or take 20 years for vacations...

1966 - I Love My Dog was released by Cat Stevens. He was 19 years old. Five years later, he recorded such hits as Wild World, Morning Has Broken, Peace Train and Oh Very Young. By 1979, Cat Stevens , disenchanted with the music business, converted to the Islamic religion and changed his name to Yusef Islam. He may not have liked the music biz anymore but Cat still loves his dog.

1971 - Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida, USA. The opening was planned for October when the crowds were slower. Disney planners wanted everything to move slowly at first, so any problems that sprang up could be fixed with minimal guest inconvenience. The dedication of the park was held on October 25, 1971. Roy O. Disney stood with Mickey Mouse in Town Square and read the dedication plaque: “Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney . . . and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place . . . a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh, and play, and learn - together.” Walt Disney World eventually became the world’s largest, man-made, tourist attraction.

1977 - 77,691 fans saw world-famous soccer player Pele in the last game of his career -- at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He played the first half with the New York Cosmos and the second half with his former team, Santos of Brazil.

1980 - Ladies’ Home Journal startled readers. Robert Redford became the first male to appear alone on the cover. It had taken 97 years for the magazine to change its no-men-on-the-cover policy.

1983 - Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart began a four-week run as the number one single in the U.S. The song, from her Faster Than the Speed of Night album, ran 5 minutes, 36 seconds and it took a day or two to get out of your head after you listened to it...

1987 - An earthquake in Los Angeles (eleven miles southeast of Pasadena) killed eight people and injured 200. The quake caused $358 millon in property damage and measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

1993 - The hauntingly beautiful (I Know I Got) Skillz, by Shaquille O’Neal, was released. Just a sample: “...I’m big like Gorilla, 6-7, large, I kick rhymes like moduck-kwong you, I smoke-smoke the mic-mic, I Chech and Chong you, you don’t like Shaq, frankly I don't give a damn, I know I got skills man, I know I got skills man...”

1994 - Eric Clapton’s album From the Cradle was number one in the U.S. The rest of the top five for the week: II (Boyz II Men); Rhythm of Love (Anita Baker); The Lion King (soundtrack); Dookie (Green Day).

1996 - Theodore Kaczynski was charged by a U.S. federal grand jury with mailing a bomb that killed advertising executive Thomas Mosser in 1994. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, pleaded guilty in January 1998 to mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23. He was sentenced in July 1997 to life without possibility of parole by a federal court in Sacramento, California.

October 1st

1903 - Vladimir Horowitz
concert pianist; died Nov 5, 1989; see Virtuoso Vladimir Day [above]

1909 - Everett Sloane
actor: Citizen Kane, Marjorie Morningstar, The Enforcer; died Aug 6, 1965

1920 - Walter Matthau
Academy Award-winning actor: The Fortune Cookie [1966]; The Odd Couple, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, Dennis the Menace, Kotch, Pete & Tillie, Plaza Suite, The Sunshine Boys, JFK, Fail-Safe, Earthquake; died July 1, 2000

1921 - James Whitmore
actor: Give ’Em Hell Harry, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!, Planet of the Apes, Tora! Tora! Tora!

1924 - Jimmy Carter
39th U.S. President [1977-1981]; married to Rosalynn Smith [three sons, one daughter]; full name: James Earl Carter

1924 - William Rehnquist
U.S. Supreme Court Justice [sworn in Jan 7, 1972], Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court [Sep 26, 1986-present]

1925 - Roger Williams (Louis Weertz)
pianist: 18 gold/platinum albums, charted Billboard hits in four different decades: Autumn Leaves, Born Free, The Impossible Dream, Till, Almost Paradise, Two Different Worlds, Near You, Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago, Theme from Somewhere in Time; in October 2000 Williams celebrated his 75th birthday by playing a 12-hour marathon at the opening of Steinway Hall in Phoenix

1926 - Max Morath
musician: piano: wrote, performed on NET: The Ragtime Era, Turn of the Century

1927 - Tom Bosley
actor: Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries, Murder, She Wrote, The Dean Martin Show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

1928 - Laurence Harvey (Laruschka Mischa Skikne)
actor: Room at the Top, Butterfield 8, The Manchurian Candidate, Of Human Bondage; died Nov 25, 1973

1928 - George Peppard
actor: The A-Team, Banacek, The Carpetbaggers, The Blue Max, Pork Chop Hill, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, How the West was Won, Night of the Fox, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Executioner; died May 8, 1994

1930 - Philippe Noiret
actor: Il Postino, The Palermo Connection, Cinema Paradiso, The Family, My New Partner, Coup de Torchon, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, The Clockmaker, Night Flight from Moscow, Murphy’s War, Topaz, The Day of the Jackal; died Nov 23, 2006

1931 - Frank Gardner
auto racer

1932 - Albert Collins
Grammy Award-winning musician: blues guitarist, songwriter: LP: Showdown! [1985]; LPs: Love Can Be Found Anywhere Even in a Guitar, Ice Pickin’, Frostbite, Frozen Alive!, Don’t Lose Your Cool, Live in Japan, Cold Snap; Blues Hall of Famer [1989]; died Nov 24, 1993

1933 - Richard Harris
actor: Camelot, The Guns of Navarone, Hawaii, A Man Called Horse, Mutiny on the Bounty, Unforgiven; singer: MacArthur Park, Didn’t We; LP: A Tramp Shining

1933 - Richard Harris
actor: Camelot, The Guns of Navarone, Hawaii, A Man Called Horse, Mutiny on the Bounty, Unforgiven, Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; singer: MacArthur Park, Didn’t We; LP: A Tramp Shining; died Oct 25, 2002

1934 - Chuck (Charles Joseph) Hiller
baseball: SF Giants [World Series: 1962], NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates; died Oct 20, 2004

1935 - Julie Andrews (Julia Wells)
Academy Award-winning actress: Mary Poppins [1964]; The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, 10, Hawaii; Emmy Award-winner: Victoria Regina: Hallmark Hall of Fame [1961-62]; My Fair Lady, The Boyfriend

1936 - Stella Stevens (Eggleston)
actress: The Poseidon Adventure, Li’l Abner, The Nutty Professor, Flamingo Road, Ben Casey

1939 - George Archer
golf: Masters Champion [1969]

1942 - Herb Fame (Feemster)
singer: Herb of Peaches & Herb: Reunited

1944 - Scott McKenzie (Phillip Blondheim)
singer: San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair], Like an Old Time Movie; co-writer: Kokomo [Beach Boys]

1945 - Rod (Rodney Cline) Carew
Baseball Hall of Famer: Minnesota Twins [Rookie of the Year: 1967/all-star: 1967-1978/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1977], California Angels [all-star: 1979-1984]

1945 - Donny Hathaway
singer: Where is the Love, You’ve Got a Friend, The Closer I Get to You [w/Roberta Flack]; died Jan 13, 1979

1947 - Stephen Collins
actor: Scarlett, A Woman Named Jackie, The Big Picture, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brewster’s Millions, Inside the Third Reich, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Promise, All the President’s Men, Nick & Hillary, Tattingers, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Working It Out

1950 - Randy Quaid
actor: The Last Picture Show, Dead Solid Perfect, Days of Thunder, The Paper, Bye Bye Love, Caddyshack 2, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Vegas Vacation, Independence Day

1956 - Vance (Aaron) Law
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1988], Oakland Athletics

1963 - Mark McGwire
baseball: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals: Broke Roger Maris’ major-league single-season home-run record [60] Sep 8, 1998, set single-season record in 1998: 70

1968 - Cindy Margolis
model, actress: The Price is Right, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Chairman of the Board, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, The Cindy Margolis Show; Most Downloaded Woman [Guiness Book of World Records]

Chart Toppers
October 1st.

1949 You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
Maybe It’s Because - Dick Haymes
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Slipping Around - Ernest Tubb

1957 Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Chances Are/The Twelfth of Never - Johnny Mathis
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You - Ray Price

1965 Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys
You Were on My Mind - We Five
Is It Really Over? - Jim Reeves

1973 We’re an American Band - Grand Funk
Half-Breed - Cher
Loves Me like a Rock - Paul Simon
Blood Red and Goin’ Down - Tanya Tucker

1981 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The
Tight Fittin’ Jeans - Conway Twitty

1989 Girl I’m Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
Heaven - Warrant
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
Let Me Tell You About Love - The Judds

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

[B]All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
that view this thread will not have to scroll down to view the
Thanks for your understanding. :)

10-02-2008, 10:15 AM
276th day of 2008 - 90 remaining.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The renowned comic strip Peanuts, from the pen of cartoonist Charles Schulz, began on this day in 1950 in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip, for the United Features Syndicate, had only three characters at its inception: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty (Reichardt) and Shermy. The world’s most famous beagle, Snoopy, made his first appearance on October 4th.

Later, we were introduced to Linus, Lucy Van Pelt, Sally and Schroeder; and learned that the Peanuts gang came from the California town of Sebastopol, which really exists.

Charlie Brown starred in his own Broadway musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, along with the rest of the gang; and in several movies; and in several TV specials. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas are rerun on TV year after year, no doubt attracting new audiences each time around.

Snoopy, everyone’s favorite character in the strip, became so famous that the comic strip, although titled, Peanuts, is often referred to as Snoopy.

The last Peanuts strip created by Charles Shultz, as he was set to retire, showed Snoopy at his typewriter surrounded by other Peanuts regulars. Snoopy was typing out a “Dear Friends” letter thanking readers:
“I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip,” Schulz wrote. “Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy ... how can I ever forget them ... ” It ended with his signature.

Charles Shultz died Feb 12, 2000 as the last strip was headed for newsstands. And readers of 2400 newspapers, in 68 countries, who speak in 26 different languages, read their beloved Peanuts through tears that turned to smiles as they recalled the wonderful moments those little children and our favorite dog, Snoopy gave us.
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October 2nd.

1908 - For the fourth time in history, baseball fans saw a perfect game. Cleveland pitcher Addie Joss never let Chicago near the bases as Cleveland won, 1-0.

1920 - The only triple-header in baseball history was played, as the Cincinnati Reds took two out of three games from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1928 - This was a busy day at Victor Records Studios in Nashville, TN. DeFord Bailey cut eight masters. Three songs were issued, marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA.

1929 - The National Farm and Home Hour, which gave rural Americans information about farm products, growing crops, farm animal care and useful household tips, debuted on NBC radio. The Stars and Stripes Forever opened the show. Don Ameche and Raymond Edward Johnson were featured, along with music and entertainment by The Cadets male quartet, Jack Baus and The Cornbusters and Mirandy of Persimmons Holler. The National Farm and Home Hour was sponsored by Montgomery Ward (or, Monkey Ward’s, as we used to call it).

1933 - Red Adams was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Later, the program was retitled, Red Davis (starring Burgess Meredith), Forever Young and, finally, Pepper Young’s Family (starring Mason Adams). Radio listeners kept listening through all the changes until 1959.

1937 - Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of Love is in the Air.

1939 - Flying Home was recorded by Benny Goodman and his six-man-band -- for Columbia Records. A chap named Fletcher Henderson tickled the ivories on this classic. It later became a big hit and a signature song for Lionel Hampton, who also played on this original version of the tune.

1949 - “Hennnnnnreeeeee! Henry Aldrich!” “Coming, Mother!” The popular radio program, The Aldrich Family, became one of TV’s first hits, as the longtime radio show appeared on NBC-TV for the first time. In addition to being a successful radio transplant, The Aldrich Family scored another distinction -- being the very first TV sitcom (situation comedy).

1953 - Friday nights were Person to Person nights on CBS, beginning this night. Edward R. Murrow, with lit cigarette in hand, premiered the popular interview program which would establish him as a TV icon.

1955 - “Good Eeeeeeevening.” The master of mystery movies, Alfred Hitch****, presented his brand of suspense to millions of viewers on CBS. The man who put the thrill in thriller would visit viewers each week for ten years with Alfred Hitch**** Presents. And who could forget that theme song (The Funeral March of a Marionette)?

1959 - “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the twilight zone.” Familiar words now, but they were first spoken this Friday night on CBS-TV at 10 p.m. by the creator and host of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling.

1963 - Pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out New York Yankee Harry Bright to end game one of the World Series. Bright was Koufax’ 15th strikeout victim, breaking the World Series single game record of 14 set by Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine against the Yankees in 1953. Koufax’ performance helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees and their ace, Whitey Ford. The Dodgers went on to sweep New York in four games. Koufax was the Game 4 winner also. His 1963 regular-season record was 25-5.

1965 - The McCoys’ Hang on Sloopy hit #1 in the U.S. The song snuck in at number one for one week, between Eve of Destruction, by Barry McGuire and Yesterday, by The Beatles.

1966 - Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year.

1967 - Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993.

1971 - This was a very good day for singer Rod Stewart. His Every Picture Tells a Story album hit number one in both the U.S. and the U.K. And, to add a little icing to this day’s cake, his single with two back-to-back hits from the album -- Maggie May and Reason to Believe -- rose to #1 on the Billboard singles chart.

1988 - The games of the XXIV Olympiad closed at Seoul, Korea. The Soviet Union topped the medals tally with 132 (55 gold) against 102 medals for East Germany (37 gold) and 94 for the United States (36 gold). The Olympics were also profitable, with a surplus of $288 million. And the Games helped open new avenues of foreign trade and commerce to the isolated, but burgeoning, South Korean economy.

1998 - These motion pictures opened in U.S. theatres: Antz (Dreamworks Pictures); Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND (Raucous Releasing); A Night at the Roxbury (Paramount Pictures); and What Dreams May Come (Polygram Films).

October 2nd.

1869 - Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi
political and spiritual leader: India; died Jan 30, 1948

1879 - Wallace Stevens
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Collected Poems [1955]; died Aug 2, 1955

1890 - Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx
“The one, the only, Groucho.”: TV host: You Bet Your Life; comedian, actor: one of the Marx Brothers of vaudeville and film fame: Animal Crackers, A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, The Cocoanuts, Monkey Business; died Aug 19, 1977

1896 - (William Alexander) Bud Abbott
comedian, actor: Abbott of Abbott & Costello; Who’s on First?, The Abbott & Costello Show; died Apr 24, 1974

1904 - (Henry) Graham Greene
author: The Third Man, The Power and the Glory; died Apr 3, 1991

1927 - Paul Goldsmith
motorcycle hall of famer: champ Daytona 200 [1953]; auto racer: finished 3rd Indy 500 [1960]

1928 - (George Emmett) ‘Spanky’ McFarland
actor: Little Rascals series, Our Gang comedies; died June 30, 1993

1929 - Moses Gunn
NAACP Image Award-winning actor: Ragtime [1981]; Othello, The Blacks, Shaft, The Great White Hope, Good Times, Father Murphy; died Dec 16, 1993

1932 - Maury (Maurice Morning) Wills
baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966/all-star: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1962/AP Male Athlete of the Year: 1962], Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos

1938 - Rex Reed
movie critic; actor: Myra Breckenridge

1945 - Don McLean
songwriter, singer: American Pie, Vincent, Castles in the Air

1946 - Bob (Robert Eugene) Robertson
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays

1948 - Avery Brooks
actor: Spenser: For Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Walking with Dinosaurs, The Ballad of Big Al, Jesus: The Complete Story

1948 - Donna Karan (Faske)
fashion designer: DKNY line of clothes

1949 - Richard Hell (Myers)
musician: bass: groups: Television; Heartbreakers; Neon Boys: Love Comes in Spurts, That’s All I Know Right Now; Voidoids: Kid with the Replaceable Head, Blank Generation

1950 - Michael Rutherford
musician: guitarist: group: Mike + The Mechanics: Silent Running, All I Need is a Miracle, The Living Years

1951 - Sting (Gordon Sumner)
singer: group: The Police; solo: Set Them Free, Fortress Around Your Heart; songwriter: Every Breath You Take; actor: Dune

1955 - Philip Oakey
singer: group: The Human League: Don’t You Want Me?, [Keep Feeling] Fascination, Mirror Man, The Lebanon, Life on Your Own, Louise, Electric Dreams

1956 - Freddie Jackson
singer, songwriter: You are My Lady

1971 - Tiffany (Tiffany Darwisch)
singer: I Saw Him Standing There, I Think We’re Alone Now, Could’ve Been; voice of Judy Jetson: The Jetsons.

Chart Toppers
October 2nd.

1950 Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
La Vie En Rose - Tony Martin
All My Love - Patti Page
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958 It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Tears on My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966 Cherish - The Association
Beauty is Only Skin Deep - The Temptations
Black is Black - Los Bravos
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
I’m a Ramblin’ Man - Waylon Jennings

1982 Jack & Diane - John Cougar
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
Somebody’s Baby - Jackson Browne
Put Your Dreams Away - Mickey Gilley

1990 (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection - Nelson
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Praying for Time - George Michael
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
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10-03-2008, 11:50 AM
277th day of 2008 - 89 remaining.

Friday, October 3, 2008
Imagine a TV sitcom centering around a sheriff, with plots that contained no crime! No crime, you say? How can that work? Well, CBS-TV figured it out on this night in 1960 when The Andy Griffith Show premiered.

Maybe you remember the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina with its sheriff, Andy Taylor, played gently and philosophically by Andy Griffith. Andy was a widower with a young son, Opie, played by the now, award-winning, movie director Ron Howard. Other members of the cast of The Andy Griffith Show went on to become celebrated show biz stars, too: Don Knotts who played Andy’s deputy, Barney Fife; and Jim Nabors, the lovable, extremely naive gas station attendant, Gomer Pyle, come to mind.

Since there was very little crime in Mayberry, the stories centered around the personal lives of the citizens, mainly that of Sheriff Andy Taylor. The sheriff was so beloved that, although the last show aired in September of 1968, millions of viewers continue to see The Andy Griffith Show in reruns. There’s even a worldwide organization, The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC), 12,000 members strong.

It seems that Sheriff Andy may live forever.
The Andy Griffith Show. (http://www.timvp.com/andy.html) The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. (http://www.mayberry.com/tagsrwc/) Barney Fife; (http://www.barneyfife.com/)

October 3rd.

1893 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman of St. Louis, MO. Remember his advertising slogan? “You can be sure if it’s Thurman!”

1901 - The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated on this day. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, RCA-Victor became the leader in phonographs and many of the records played on them. The famous Victrola phonograph logo, with Nipper the dog, and the words “His Master’s Voice”, appeared on all RCA-Victor phonographs and record labels.

1906 - One of the nation’s pioneer retailers, W.T. Grant, opened a 25-cent department store on this day.

1945 - Stan Kenton and his orchestra recorded Painted Rhythm for Capitol Records.

1946 - Dennis Day started his own radio show on NBC. Dennis, a popular tenor featured on The Jack Benny Show, played the same naive young bachelor he played on the Benny show. A Day in the Life of Dennis Day aired for five years.

1951 - “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants are the champs of the National League!” Listeners were hearing the voice of New York Giants play-by-play legend Russ Hodges on the ninth-inning heroics of Bobby Thomson. Thomson’s dramatic home run (off Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca) gave the Giants the pennant as they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4.

1951 - CBS-TV presented the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight. The telecast saw Dave Sands kick Carl ‘Bobo’ Olson’s butt for the middleweight boxing crown at Soldier Field, Chicago.

1954 - One of the favorite TV shows of our time was first seen on this day. Father Knows Best began its long run on CBS, then made the move to NBC in 1956. For Jim Anderson (Robert Young) and family, it was a made-for-TV marriage of over eight wonderful years.

1955 - “Good Morning, Captain!” It was Bob Keeshan’s first day at work in what became a TV institution via CBS: Captain Kangaroo. The children’s television milestone featured Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and other characters.

1955 - LIFE magazine’s cover displayed Hollywood’s most handsome bachelor, Rock Hudson.

1955 - Walt Disney premiered The Mickey Mouse Club on ABC-TV.

1961 - Rob (Dick Van Dyke), Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam) debuted in The Dick Van Dyke Show on CBS-TV. Created by Carl Reiner, the show ran for five years (if you don’t include cable reruns).

1962 - The play, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!, opened. Broadway welcomed Anthony Newley to the stage with many standing ovations.

1980 - ‘The Boss’, Bruce Springsteen, forgot some of the words to Born to Run before an enthusiastic opening night crowd in Ann Arbor, MI.

1986 - Two cinema greats, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, joined for their first comedic collaboration. Their seventh film together, Tough Guys, was released. The film is best described as a modern Rip Van Winkle story.

1990 - On this day, just four days away from the 41st anniversary of the forming of the East German state, East and West Germany came together again. The reunification, originally scheduled to take place during the December parliamentary elections, occurred earlier because East Germany’s economy was in serious shape.

1995 - In a Los Angeles courtroom, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994 stabbing deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter, Ronald Goldman. Simpson smiled and nodded toward the jury, saying “Thank you, thank you.”

October 3rd.

1900 - Thomas Wolfe
author: Look Homeward Angel, You Can’t Go Home Again; died Sep 15, 1938

1916 - James Herriot (James Alfred Wight)
veterinarian, author: All Creatures Great and Small; died Feb 23, 1995

1924 - Harvey Kurtzman
cartoonist; founder of Mad magazine; died Feb 21, 1993

1925 - Gore Vidal
writer: Myra Breckenridge, Burr; actor: Bob Roberts

1928 - Erik Bruhn
ballet dancer, choreographer; died Apr 1, 1986

1929 - Andy Hebenton
hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Boston Bruins

1931 - Glenn Hall
Hockey Hall of Famer: goalie: Detroit Red Wings: Calder Trophy [1955-1956]; Chicago Black Hawks: Stanley Cup winner [1961], Vezina Trophy [1963]; St. Louis: Vezina Trophy: 1967, 1969]

1933 - Neale Fraser
tennis champion: Wimbledon [1960], U.S. Open [1959, 1960]

1934 - Harold Henning
golf: turned pro: 1953, joined PGA Tour: 1955, champ: Texas Open [1966], PGA Tour career earnings: $217,047; joined Senior Tour: 1984, champ: Seiko/Tucson Match Play [1985], GTE Classic [1988], 1991 First of America Classic [1991], Senior PGA Tour career earnings: $2,942,073; died Jan 1, 2004

1935 - Madlyn Rhue
actress: A Majority of One, Executive Suite, Days of Our Lives, Bracken’s World, Houston Knights; died Dec 16, 2003

1938 - Eddie (Ray Edward) Cochran
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer [1987]: singer: Summertime Blues, Sittin’ in the Balcony, Teenage Heaven, C’mon Everybody, Three Stars; films: The Girl Can’t Help It, Untamed Youth, Go Johnny Go; killed in car crash Apr 17, 1960

1940 - Alan O’Day
songwriter: Angie Baby, Rock and Roll Heaven; singer: Undercover Angel

1941 - Mike Gallagher
skier: Olympic Men’s Skiing/Cross Country [1968, 1972], 4x10-Kilometer Relay [1968 w/Michael Elliott, Robert Gray, John Bower, 1972 w/Timothy Caldwell, Larry Martin, Michael Elliott]

1941 - Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans)
singer: The Twist, Pony Time, Let’s Twist Again, The Fly, Limbo Rock, Slow Twistin’ [w/Dee Dee Sharp]

1944 - Jack Gregory
football: Cleveland Browns, NY Giants

1944 - Roy (Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn)
illusionist: Siegfried & Roy

1949 - Lindsey Buckingham
musician: guitar: group: Fleetwood Mac: Big Love; LP: Rumours; solo: Trouble, Go Insane

1950 - Pamela Hensley
actress: Double Exposure, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Kingston: Confidential, Marcus Welby, M.D., Matt Houston, 240-Robert

1951 - Dave (David Mark) Winfield
Baseball Hall of Famer: SD Padres [all-star: 1977-1980], NY Yankees [World Series: 1981/all-star: 1981-1988], California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays [World Series: 1992], Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians

1954 - Dennis (Lee) Eckersley
baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1977], Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1982], Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1988, 1989, 1990/all-star: 1988-1992/Cy Young Award: 1992/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1992], SL Cardinals

1954 - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist [w/brother Jimmie]: Family Style, D/FW [1990]; solo: LP: Couldn’t Stand the Weather; killed in helicopter crash Aug 27, 1990

1959 - Fred Couples
golf champion: Masters [1992]

1959 - Jack Wagner
actor: General Hospital, Melrose Place, Trapped in Space, Play Murder for Me; singer: All I Need

1962 - Tommy Lee (Bass)
musician: drums: group: Motley Crue: LPs: Too Fast for Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain.

Chart Toppers
October 3rd.

1951 Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967 The Letter - The Box Tops
Never My Love - The Association
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got) - Leon Ashley

1975 I’m Sorry - John Denver
Fight the Power - The Isley Brothers
Run Joey Run - David Geddes
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap

1983 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
(She’s) Sexy + 17 - Stray Cats
New Looks from an Old Lover - B.J. Thomas

1991 I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Where Are You Now - Clint Black

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end... ;)

For those who are reading this, be sure and stop in daily as I will
keep this updated daily. I use to do a, Today in history article daily
on my morning radio show.

All I ask of you, is to not to post in this thread, so that others
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Thanks for your understanding. :)

10-04-2008, 10:17 AM
278th day of 2008 - 88 remaining.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

And you thought Laura Lee Hope wrote The Bobbsey Twins. Well, yes and no. Hope was the pen name of Edward L. Stratemeyer, born on this day in 1862. Stratemeyer used over 60 different names to pen over 800 books.

Stratemeyer created the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1906 to produce such popular teenagers’ reading material as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery series. Under the name Arthur Winfield, Stratemeyer penned twenty books from 1899-1917 about the adventures of The Rover Boys, plus forty books centered around the young inventor, Tom Swift.

He wrote the first of many Bobbsey Twins stories in 1904. It was titled Merry Days Indoor and Out and featured the adventures of two sets of twins, eight-year-olds, Bert and Nan and four-year-olds, Freddie and Flossie.

Thanks go to Mr. Stratemeyer, or whatever his name was, for many hours of great reading for many, many generations of young people.
Weinstein's Bobbsey Twins Books. (http://pw2.netcom.com/~drmike99/bobbsey.html) Hardy Boys. (http://www.hardydetectiveagency.com/) Nancy Drew. (http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/) Tom Swift. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Swift)

October 4th.

1854 - Honest Abe Lincoln made his first great political speech while attending the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

1881 - The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a patent for it this day. There were many player piano inventions going on throughout the world during this time. Leveaux happened to be the lucky chap who received the patent England was handing out.

1931 - “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Gumshoe Dick Tracy debuted in The Detroit Mirror. A week later, The New York Daily News and hundreds of others picked up the Chester Gould comic strip.

1933 - Esquire magazine was published for the first time. Considered racy for its time, it pales in comparison to today’s choices of reading material. Esquire can now be described as sophisticated.

1939 - A barber from Canonsburg (near Pittsburgh), PA, who had quite a singing voice, recorded That Old Gang of Mine with the Ted Weems Orchestra. That singer was the feature of the Weems band for many years before going solo as a radio, TV and stage star. You know him as ‘The Incomparable Mr. C.’, Perry Como. His string of hits for RCA Victor spans four decades. He was an NBC mainstay for years and years.

1943 - Is You is or is You Ain’t My Baby? was the musical question by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five on this day -- on Decca Records.

1948 - Gordon MacRae hosted the premiere of a radio classic. The Railroad Hour debuted on ABC radio. The theme song was I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and the show was sponsored by -- get ready -- America’s Railroads.

1953 - I Led Three Lives was first seen in syndication (it was never on a TV network) this day. Richard Carlson starring as Herbert Philbrick.

1954 - Comedienne Spring Byington began the successful network TV series, December Bride -- on CBS. The show had started on radio in 1952 before making the switch to black and white TV.

1957 - The first earth satellite was launched into space this day by the Soviet Union. The craft circled the earth every 95 minutes at almost 2,000 miles per hour. Sputnik I fell from the sky on January 4, 1958.

1957 - Leave It to Beaver premiered on CBS-TV. “...And starring Jerry Mathers as the Beaver,” Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally), and Barbara Billingsley as Mrs. June Cleaver. The Cleavers lived a surreal-American life. June even did the housework in three strands of pearls, fashion plate dresses, makeup and high heels. Life was so grand!

1966 - It was, indeed, a Sunny day for singer Bobby Hebb, who received a shiny gold record award for his song.

1970 - Janis Joplin died from a drug overdose. She was 27. Joplin, known for her passionate, bluesy, vocal style, was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She became a superstar with hits like, Down on Me, Pearl (her nickname) and Every Little Piece of My Heart; but Me and Bobby McGee was her only certified top 40 hit. The Bette Midler movie, The Rose, was based on Joplin’s life.

1976 - TV audiences watched as Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the ABC Evening News for the first time. Walters made the switch with a million-dollar paycheck, becoming the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast.

1981 - Olympic star Bruce Jenner added the title of actor to his resume. He joined singer Harry Belafonte in their first dramatic roles on NBC-TV’s Grambling’s White Tiger. The story line involved Jenner as an object of reverse discrimination upon his enrollment at the famous all-black southern college.

1984 - “There it goes! It could be, it might be, it’s...” A sad day for long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans. Chicago lost to the Padres 7-1 in the National League Championship Series.

1986 - Dan Rather, of The CBS Evening News, was mugged in New York City. Some ten years later, Rather’s attacker was identifed as William Tager, who fatally shot an NBC technician outside of the "Today" show studios in 1994.

1992 - Miami Dolphins’ safety Louis Oliver grabbed three interceptions from the Buffalo Bills and returned one for a 103-yard touchdown. That return tied for the NFL’s all-time longest interception return with a 103-yard return by San Diego’s Vencie Glenn against Denver on November 29, 1987.

1996 - That Thing You Do! was released by 20th Century Fox. The movie marked the directorial debut Tom Hanks and starred Hanks, Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Jonathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Rita Wilson, Chris Isaak, Kevin Pollak, Peter Scolari, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Ellis, and Bill Cobbs. The story revolves around a rock & roll band trying to hit it big in the wake of the British Invasion in early 1964. That Thing You Do! brought in a decent $25,513,987 in the U.S.

1997 - 4 Seasons of Loneliness, by Boyz II Men, was the #1 single in the U.S. The song, from their Evolution album, was number one for one week.

October 4th.

1822 - Rutherford B. Hayes
19th U.S. President [1877-1881]; married to Lucy Webb [seven sons, one daughter]; nickname: Dark-Horse President; died Jan 17, 1893

1861 - Frederic Remington
artist: captured the American West on his canvases; died Dec 26, 1909

1862 - Edward L. Stratemeyer
author: see Stratemeyer Day [above]; died May 10, 1930

1884 - (Alfred) Damon Runyon
journalist; script writer: The Lemon Drop Kid, Little Miss Marker, Sorrowful Jones, Guys and Dolls, Pocketful of Miracles; died Dec 10, 1946

1895 - Buster (Joseph Frank) Keaton (VI)
actor: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hollywood Clowns, Man in the Silk Hat, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, When Comedy was King, Sunset Boulevard, God’s Country, Doughboys, The Saphead; grandfather of actor Michael Keaton; died Feb 1, 1966

1910 - Frankie (Frank Peter Joseph) Crosetti
‘Crow’: baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1932, 1936-1939, 1942, 1943/all-star: 1936, 1939]; died Feb 11, 2002

1917 - Jan Murray (Murry Janofsky)
TV host: Dollar a Second, Treasure Hunt, Songs for Sale, Sing It Again, Go Lucky, Blind Date; comedian: Jan Murray Time; died July 2, 2006

1924 - Charlton Heston (John Charlton Carter)
Academy Award-winning actor: Ben-Hur [1959]; In the Mouth of Madness, A Thousand Heroes, Tombstone, El Cid, Earthquake, The Ten Commandmen