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ShadowThomas 08-22-2007 11:00 PM

235th day of 2007 - 130 remaining.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

On this day in 1943, LIFE magazine spotlighted a dance craze that was sweeping the U.S.A. -- the Lindy Hop. The Lindy was named after American aviation hero Charles A. Lindbergh; and began its entry into the American lifestyle in 1927. The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York was really jumping when George ‘Shorty’ Snowden, one of the Savoy’s famous dancers, started doing twists, turns, jumps and twirls to the music of greats like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Snowden told everyone he was doing the Lindy Hop.

The jitterbug, swing or Lindy as it was called by white dancers became an integral part of Hollywood’s golden era and was picked up by the youth of America during WWII, as exhibited on the LIFE cover.

The Lindy Hop was still being danced in the 1950s to rock ’n’ roll at sock hops; and was the jump start for the dance styles of the 1960s and 1970s. In fact, people throughout the world still do the Lindy ... or Boogie Woogie, Rock ’n’ Roll, Le Roc, Ceroc, etc. (current variations of the first acrobatic social dance).

LIFE Magazines with Lindy-Related Content. More here.

August 23rd.

1858 - A melodrama titled Ten Nights in a Barroom opened at the National Theatre in New York City. It was a temperance melodrama -- about the evils of drinking.

1892 - John H. Stedman of Rochester, NY patented the printed streetcar transfer. Don’t forget. You have to ASK for the transfer.

1902 - Fannie Merrit Farmer opened her cooking school, Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, in Boston, MA. Ms. Farmer was the leading cooking authority of her day. Known as the ‘mother of measurements’, she revolutionized food preparation throughout the world with her introduction of precise measurements -- the level teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, etc. And, in 1919, candy maker Frank O’Connor paid Fannie the ultimate compliment by naming his now famous company, Fanny Farmer Candy Shops.

1904 - Harry D. Weed of New York state patented the grip-tread tire chain for automobiles. On those snowy, winter mornings in New York, et al, you can still hear those tire chains as cars ride by. Some still prefer the chains to today’s snow-tread tires.

1913 - The statue of The Little Mermaid, based on the tale by Hans Christien Andersen, was unveiled in Copenhagen. It was a donation from brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagenand has become a famous symbol of the city.

1923 - Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, The Happiness Boys, were heard on radio for the first time. The two were billed as radio’s first comedians and were also credited with creating and performing the first singing commercial.

1936 - Bob Feller made his pitching debut with the Cleveland Indians. Feller struck out 15 St. Louis Browns in his first outing. Three weeks later, he tied the American League record by striking out 17 Philadelphia Athletics.

1942 - Francisco ‘Pancho’ Segura of Ecuador won the Longwood Bowl at Brookline, MA. Francisco became the first player from South America to win a major U.S. grass-court tennis tournament.

1947 - Margaret Truman, daughter of U.S. President Harry S Truman, presented her first public concert. Margaret sang before 15,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert did not get great reviews. In fact, the critics didn’t like Margaret’s singing at all. And Margaret’s dad didn’t like the critics, and said so, from the White House.

1965 - The U.S. premiere of the motion picture Help!, starring The Beatles, was held for thousands of moviegoers wanting to see the group’s first color motion picture. Their first film, A Hard Day’s Night, had been produced in black and white.

1969 - Mrs. Audrey McElmury of La Jolla, CA won the world cycling championship in Czechoslovakia.

1970 - U.S. swimmer Gary Hall broke three world records at the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) outdoor swimming meet, held in Los Angeles, CA.

1982 - Gaylord Perry was tossed out of a game for throwing an illegal spitball. Perry, pitching for the Seattle Mariners, was given the heave-ho by the home plate umpire in the seventh inning of the game.

1984 - The gang from the PBS series Sesame Street was seen in a feature film. The plot of the movie, starring Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, revolved around Big Bird leaving Sesame Street and joining a family of dodo birds.

1984 - South Fork Ranch, the home of the fictitious Ewing clan of the CBS-TV show "Dallas", was sold. The ranch, a 200-acre spread near Dallas, was to be transformed from a tourist site into a hotel, according to the new owners.

1986 - Darrell Waltrip became the first racecar driver to earn $7 million in a racing career.

1987 - The Pan American games concluded in Indianapolis, with the United States winning a record 369 medals. 168 of the meals were of the gold variety.

August 23rd.

1754 - Louis XVI
last King of France [1774-1792]; executed Jan 21, 1793

1785 - Oliver Hazard Perry
American naval officer: Battle of Lake Erie: “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”; died Aug 23, 1819

1869 - Edgar Lee Masters
poet: Spoon River Anthology; died Mar 5, 1950

1912 - Gene (Eugene Curran) Kelly
dancer, actor: Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, Anchors Aweigh, The Three Musketeers, Marjorie Morningstar, Inherit the Wind, North and South Book I; director: Singin’ in the Rain, Hello, Dolly!, A Guide for the Married Man, The Cheyenne Social Club; died Feb 2, 1996

1917 - Tex (Sol) Williams
singer: Smoke, Smoke, Smoke [That Cigarette], Shame on You, The Rose of the Alamo, Bluebird on Your Windowsill, Bottom of a Mountain; died Oct 11, 1985

1922 - George (Clyde) Kell
Baseball Hall of Famer: Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951], Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1954], Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1956, 1957]

1922 - Jean Darling (LeVake)
actress: March of the Wooden Soldiers, Little Rascals-Book 17

1929 - Vera Miles (Vera June Ralston)
actress: The Wrong Man, Psycho, The FBI Story, Autumn Leaves, Into the Night, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sergeant Ryker, Jigsaw, Our Family Business

1929 - Peter Thompson
golf champion: British Open [1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965]

1932 - Mark Russell (Ruslander)
comedian: Real People, The Starland Vocal Band Show

1934 - Barbara Eden (Barbara Jean Moorhead)
actress: I Dream of Jeannie, Harper Valley P.T.A., The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

1934 - Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Washington Redskins QB: shares record for longest pass completion [99 yds. - 1968]; Philadelphia Eagles; broadcasting: sports announcer

1934 - Johnny (John Anthony) Romano
‘Honey’: baseball: catcher: Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1961, 1962], SL Cardinals

1936 - Rudy Lewis
singer: group: Up on the Roof, On Broadway; died in May 1964

1940 - Tony Bill
actor: Barb Wire, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Shampoo, Ice Station Zebra, You’re a Big Boy Now, None But the Brave, Come Blow Your Horn, What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?; director: Next Door, Crazy People, The Princess and the Pea, My Bodyguard

1942 - Patricia McBride
ballerina: New York City Ballet: for many years she was Mikhail Baryshnikov’s only partner

1942 - Nancy Richey-Gunter
tennis: Australian Open Grand Slam Champion [1968]

1945 - Tom Boerwinkle
basketball: Chicago Bulls

1946 - Keith Moon
singer, drummer: group: The Who: Substitute, I’m a Boy, Happy Jack, Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me; solo: Two Sides of the Moon; actor: Sextette, Tommy, That’ll Be the Day; died Sep 7, 1978

1948 - Ron (Ronald Mark) Blomberg
‘Boomer’: baseball: NY Yankees [baseball's first designated hitter: 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against the Red Sox at Fenway Park: Apr 6, 1973], Chicago White Sox

1949 - Shelley Long
Emmy Award-winning actress: Cheers [1982-83]; Irreconcilable Differences, Outrageous Fortune, Troop Beverly Hills, Night Shift, Don’t Tell Her It’s Me, The Brady Bunch Movie, The Money Pit

1949 - Rick Springfield
singer: Jessie’s Girl; actor: General Hospital, Hard to Hold, The Human Target

1951 - Lisa Najeeb Halaby (Queen Noor)
widow of Jordan’s King Hussein; active in social and cultural circles in Jordan and internationally

1951 - Mark Hudson
singer: group: The Hudson Brothers: So You are a Star; TV: The Hudson Brothers Show

1951 - Jimi Jamison
singer: group: Survivor: I Can’t Hold Back, Burning Heart

1953 - Bobby G. (Gubby)
singer: group: Bucks Fizz: Making Your Mind Up, Land of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies, Now Those Days are Gone, If You Can’t Stand the Heat, You and Your Eyes So Blue; solo singer, songwriter: theme for TV sitcom: Big Deal

1962 - Shaun Ryder
singer: group: Happy Mondays

1970 - River (Jude) Phoenix
actor: Running on Empty, Stand by Me, This Thing Called Love, Sneakers, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita, The Mosquito Coast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; died Oct 31, 1993

Chart Toppers
August 23rd.

1950 Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
I Wanna Be Loved - The Andrews Sisters
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow

1958 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
Little Star - The Elegants
My True Love - Jack Scott
Alone with You - Faron Young

1966 Summer in the City - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
See You in September - The Happenings
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace ;)
(You’re) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

1982 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Nobody - Sylvia

1990 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
Come Back to Me - Janet Jackson
If Wishes Came True - Sweet Sensation
Next to You, Next to Me - Shenandoah

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

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ShadowThomas 08-23-2007 11:00 PM

236th day of 2007 - 129 remaining.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The residents of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae woke up this morning in 0079 and went about their normal chores. There was no reason for them to fear the mountain whose slopes they farmed. They lived in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, overlooking the Bay of Naples, Italy. But, about noon, without any warning, Mt. Vesuvius exploded. Vesuvius, the volcano, erupted, spewing stones and lava, burying Pompeii under 13 feet of ash, and covering Herculaneum and Stabiae with mud and debris.

Most of the Romans were buried alive, the layers of volcanic ash preserving them and the remains of Pompeii. The story of this fateful day began to unfold for later generations when archaeologists first uncovered an outer wall of Pompeii in 1748. 2,000 skeletons were eventually uncovered in the Pompeiian ruins, but no one really knows how many thousands more people died from the choking, poisonous fumes and suffocating ash.

There were eye-witness accounts of the tragedy. Pliny the Elder, a natural historian, was commander of the Roman fleet at the time of the eruption. He sailed across the Bay of Naples to get a closer look at the volcanic activity and to rescue survivors. Unable to make any rescues, he was probably overcome by the gaseous fumes and died. Those who had accompanied him gave first-hand reports to Pliny the Elder’s nephew, Pliny the Younger, who wrote two letters outlining, in vivid detail, the events of this day.

Mt. Vesuvius, the peaceful, beautiful mountain, that made its first appearance as a volcano on this day in 79 A.D., is still considered an active volcano.

Pompeii. Vesuvius, Italy. Eye Witness to the Eruption of A.D. 79! Mount Vesuvius. And here. :D

August 24th.

1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1853 - The American Pharmaceutical Association held its first convention.

1869 - Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received a patent for the waffle iron, a “device to bake waffles.” He didn’t waffle about putting his invention to good use. It quickly became a popular appliance. You would heat up the waffle iron on the old coal stove - and later, the gas range - pour the batter on the griddle, close the cover and after a few minutes, flip the griddle in its little groove, and cook the other side of the waffle. Not quite as convenient as our electric waffle irons, but, you can be sure, if it’s Swarthout!

1891 - Thomas Edison applied for a movie camera patent. The most important element in making a movie ... the film ... was patented six years later.

1912 - The U.S. Post Office got heavy -- by abolishing its rule that only parcels up to four pounds could be sent through the system.

1939 - Louis ‘Lepke’ Buchalter, the leader of Murder, Incorporated, gave himself up to columnist Walter Winchell in New York City. Winchell turned the underworld leader over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

1950 - The summer replacement radio show for Suspense, titled Somebody Knows, was heard for the final time on radio. The program offered a reward of $5,000 for information that led to the solving of crimes. Somebody Knows began with the introduction, “You out there. You, who think you have committed the perfect crime -- that there are no clues, no witnesses -- listen. Somebody knows.”

1963 - John Pennel became the first pole-vaulter to vault higher than 17 feet. Pennel, using a fiberglass pole, vaulted 17 feet, 3/4 inches during a meet in Miami, FL.

1969 - Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant premiered in both New York and Los Angeles.

1975 - Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major-league baseball record. He successfully stole his 38th consecutive base. Lopes pulled off the steal in the 12th inning of a game against the Montreal Expos. The Dodgers, however, still lost in 14 innings. The Score was 5-3.

1979 - B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in show business at a special celebration held at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

1985 - Huey Lewis and The News reached the top. The Power of Love was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

1989 - Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, was out - of baseball (banned for life). Rose signed a five-page agreement with A. Bartlett Giamatti, comissioner of baseball, who charged that Rose, as Cincinnati Reds manager, bet on baseball games.

1991 - The day the Soviet Union began to break apart, and Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as head of the Communist party. (He resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union on Dec 25, 1991).

1992 - One of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States occurred on this day as Hurricane Andrew crashed into southern Florida. Andrew left a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people, left over 50,000 without homes and caused billions of dollars in property damage.

1995 - Microsoft officially rolled out their Windows 95 operating system. Midnight parties at retailers across the U.S. offered the new system for sale to those who just couldn’t wait any longer. NBC’s Jay Leno hosted the official launch party at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. The company lit up the Empire State Building with the Windows 95 logo colors, and licensed the Rolling Stones song, "Start Me Up", to use in its TV advertisements (for $12 million).

August 24th.

1900 - Preston Foster
actor: The Time Travelers, The Marshal’s Daughter, My Friend Flicka, Dr. X, Annie Oakley, Waterfront; died July 14, 1970

1912 - Durward (Randall) Kirby
TV announcer: The Garry Moore Show, The Perry Como Show, Auction-Aire; TV host: Candid Camera; died Mar 15, 2000

1917 - Dennis James (Demie James Sposa)
TV host: Chance of a Lifetime, High Finance, The Name’s the Same, United Cerebral Palsy Telethon; “Okay? Okay!”; died June 3, 1997

1924 - Louis Teicher
pianist: duo: Ferrante & Teicher: Exodus, Tonight, Theme from "The Apartment", Midnight Cowboy

1928 - Penny (Millicent Maxine) Edwards
actress: Heart of the Rockies, North of the Great Divide, Trail of Robin Hood; died Aug 26, 1998

1930 - Roger McCluskey
race driver: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer: winner: PPG Cup [official IndyCar World Series Championship]: 1973; raced in 18 Indianapolis 500 races; Indy Car Driving Champion: 1973; died July 29, 1993

1936 - Murray Balfour
hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins

1938 - David Freiberg
musician: bass guitar: group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City; Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, The Fool, Who Do You Love

1938 - Mason Williams
musician: guitar: Classical Gas; Emmy Award-winning writer: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [1968-69]; The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour

1941 - Ernest Wright
singer: group: Little Anthony and the Imperials: Tears on My Pillow, Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop, Hurt So Bad

1943 - John Cipollina
musician: guitar: group: Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, Who Do You Love?, The Fool

1944 - Jim Brady
singer: group: The Sandpipers: Guantanamera, Come Saturday Morning

1944 - Gregory Jarvis
aircraft engineer: astronaut: Challenger space shuttle

1945 - Ken Hensley
musician: guitar, keyboard, composer: group: Uriah Heep: July Morning, Easy Livin’

1949 - Joe Regalbuto
actor: Murphy Brown, Knots Landing, Writer’s Block, The Queen of Mean, Invitation to Hell, Lassiter

1954 - Chris (Christopher Sean) Batton
baseball: pitcher: Oakland Athletics

1955 - Jeffrey Daniel
singer: group: Shalamar: Take that to the Bank, The Lover in You

1956 - Tony (Antonio Garcia) Bernazard
baseball: Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers

1958 - Steve Guttenberg
actor: Billy, No Soap Radio, Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Police Academy series, The Boys from Brazil

1960 - Cal (Calvin Edwin) Ripken Jr.
baseball: shortstop: Baltimore Orioles [Rookie of the Year: 1982/World Series: 1983/all-star: 1983 thru 1996/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1991/record: most consecutive games played: 1996]

1961 - Mark Bedford
musician: bass: 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, Starvation, Ghost Train

1962 - Craig Kilborn
TV host: Late Late Show, The Daily Show

1965 - Marlee Matlin
Academy Award-winning actress: Children of a Lesser God [1986]; Hear No Evil, Bridge to Silence, Reasonable Doubts.

Chart Toppers
August 24th.

1951 Too Young - Nat King Cole
Because of You - Tony Bennett
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Hey, Good Lookin’ - Hank Williams

1959 The Three Bells - The Browns
Sea of Love - Phil Phillips
Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson

1967 All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees ;)
Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin
I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James

1975 Fallin’ in Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
One of These Nights - Eagles
Get Down Tonight - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
Love Song - The Oak Ridge Boys

1991 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over - Lanny Kravitz
Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave) - Roxette
You Know Me Better Than That - 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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ShadowThomas 08-24-2007 11:00 PM

237th day of 2007 - 128 remaining.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

There were a lot of firsts in the life of Allan Pinkerton, born on this day in 1819 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Allan created the first private detective agency in 1850; making him the first private eye. Abraham Lincoln hired him as the first Secret Service officer. He, in fact, foiled the first attempt on Abraham Lincoln’s life.

Mr. Pinkerton hired others to help him in his detective agency. They were called Pinkertons, known for spying for the Union during the Civil War. Later, they were employed as scabs (where they were called Pinks -- possibly the origin of the slang word, fink) during labor strikes and were active in suppressing labor disputes.

Allan Pinkerton actually created the term that has been glorified on countless TV shows, although there has never been a show that featured Pinkerton, Private Eye.

Roots of a Detective. Allan Pinkerton. Pinkerton Pinkerton Agency.

August 25th.

1840 - Joseph Gibbons of Albion, Michigan received a notice from the U.S. Patent office. Joseph had patented the seeding machine.

1875 - Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel (on this day and the next). He made the swim from Dover to Cap Gris-nez, France in 21 hours, 45 minutes.

1879 - New York’s Madison Square Garden displayed a real floating ship in a gigantic water tank as Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore, was performed.

1902 - The first Arabic daily newspaper in the U.S., Al-Hoda, began publication in New York City.

1916 - The U.S. National Park Service was created. If you see a park ranger, give ’em a pat on the back today. They deserve it.

1920 - Ethelda Bleibtrey became the first woman to win an event for the United States in Olympic competition. She won the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition at Antwerp, Belgium.

1920 - The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome on this day. Talk about getting out of the New York heat...

1940 - Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were married -- while suspended in parachutes at the World’s Fair in New York City. The minister, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were also in parachutes!

1941 - Skinnay Ennis and his orchestra recorded the tune Don’t Let Julia Fool Ya.

1946 - Ben Hogan won his first major golf title. He captured the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) championship at Portland, OR.

1949 - NBC radio debuted Father Knows Best. The Thursday night program aired for five years. Robert Young played the role of Jim Anderson, the ever-patient father. The rest of the family included wife Margaret, son Bud and lovely daughters Betty (the eldest) and Kathy. The family lived on Maple Street in Springfield. Remember Bud’s favorite phrase (he only said it about six dozen times per show)? “Holy Cow!” Father Knows Best made the transition to TV in 1954, with Robert Young as the only cast member to continue with the show.

1964 - The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single A Hard Day’s Night. It was the third gold record for the Fab Four. They would collect 18 more through 1970.

1968 - Outfielder Rocky Colavito of the New York Yankees did the unusual. He pitched 2-1/2 innings to help out in a pitching jam. He earned the win by beating Detroit 6-5. "What’s so unusual about that?" you ask. Remember, we said Rocky was an outfielder.

1970 - British singer and pianist Elton John made his U.S. concert debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Some of his opening night numbers: Your Song, Country Comfort, Take Me to the Pilot, Honky Tonk Women and Bad Side of The Moon.

1979 - “Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one; When you gonna give me some time, Sharona.” My Sharona, by The Knack, hit #1 on the Hot 100. It was a solid #1 for six straight weeks.

1982 - The group, Fleetwood Mac, received a gold record for the album Mirage.

1984 - The Cabbage Patch Kids and Trivial Pursuit were replaced by the latest fad toys: robotic action figures that fought galactic battles. They were called Transformers.

1984 - Ghostbusters, by Ray Parker, Jr., started week #3 at the top of the pop music charts. The hit song was from the movie of the same name starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis.

1991 - The Russian Communist party issued a declaration of full independence for Belarus, the Soviet state that had declared its independence on July 27, 1991. Russia, Belarus and Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States to coordinate economic activities, defence and foreign relations.

1996 - Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Amateur Championship in a row. Steve Scott, a 19-year-old from the University of Florida, led from the third hole all the way to the next-to-the-last hole of the 36-hole final and lost on the second playoff hole. Woods is the only golfer to win three U.S. Amateurs in succession.

August 25th.

1819 - Allan Pinkerton (first first private detective; died July 1, 1884; see Private Eye Day [above]

1839 - Bret (Francis) Harte
writer: The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar; died May 6, 1902

1841 - Emil Kocher
Nobel Prize-winning surgeon [for his pioneering work on thyroid gland: 1909]; died July 27, 1917

1850 - Charles Richet
Nobel Prize-winning physiologist [1913]

1900 - Sir Hans Adolf Krebs
Nobel Prize-winning biochemist [for his discovery of co-enzyme A and its importance for intermediary metabolism: 1953]; died in 1981

1909 - Ruby (Ethel Hilda) Keeler
dancer, actress: 42nd Street, No, No, Nanette [Broadway revival]; died Feb 28, 1993

1909 - Michael Rennie
actor: The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Devil’s Brigade, The Battle of El Alamein, Phone Call from a Stranger, The Robe, Hotel; died June 10, 1971

1913 - Bob Crosby
bandleader: group: The Bob Cats: Big Noise from Winnetka, Summertime, South Rampart Street Parade, Dogtown Blues; brother of Bing Crosby; died Mar 9, 1993

1913 - Don DeFore
actor: Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Jumping Jacks, My Friend Irma, The Stork Club; died Dec 22, 1993

1913 - Walt Kelly
cartoonist: Pogo; animator: Fantasia [1940], The Reluctant Dragon [1941]; died Oct 19, 1973

1916 - (Charles) Van Johnson
actor: Three Days to a Kill, Delta Force Commando 2, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Doomsday Flight , Brigadoon, The Caine Mutiny, Easy to Love, In the Good Old Summertime, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Two Girls and a Sailor

1916 - Frederick Chapman Robbins
Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist [for his work on poliomyelitis viruses: 1954]

1917 - Mel Ferrer
actor: Scaramouche, The Sun Also Rises, War and Peace, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Sex and the Single Girl

1918 - Leonard Bernstein
conductor: New York Philharmonic Orchestra; composer: West Side Story, On the Town, My Sister Eileen, On the Waterfront , Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Mass, Songfest; died Oct 14, 1990

1918 - Richard Greene
actor: Island of the Lost, The Castle of Fu Manchu, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stanley and Livingstone; died June 1, 1985

1919 - George Wallace
Governor of Alabama; candidate for U.S. President: paralyzed by gunshot wounds as subject of assassination attempt [1972]; died Sep 13, 1998

1921 - Monty Hall (Halparin)
TV host: Let’s Make a Deal, Keep Talking, NBC Comedy Playhouse

1927 - Althea Gibson
tennis champion: French Open [1956], Wimbledon [1957, 1958], U.S. Open [1957, 1958]; died Sep 28, 2003

1930 - Sir Sean Connery
Academy Award-winning actor: The Untouchables [1987]; The Rock, First Knight, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Rising Sun, Outland, The Longest Day, Dragonheart, Entrapment; “Bond. James Bond.”: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever

1931 - Regis (Francis Xavier) Philbin
TV host: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; TV announcer: The Joey Bishop Show; TV field interviewer: Almost Anything Goes

1933 - Tom Skerritt
Emmy Award-winning actor: Picket Fences [1992-93]; Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It, M*A*S*H, The Turning Point, Top Gun, Alien

1936 - Gordon John****
auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1973, 1982]

1942 - Walter Williams
singer: group: The O’Jays: Love Train, Back Stabbers

1944 - Jacques Demers
hockey: NHL head coach: St Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens

1944 - Anthony Heald
actor: Bushwhacked, Kiss of Death, The Client, The Ballad of Little Jo, Whispers in the Dark, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Silence of the Lambs

1946 - Rollie (Roland Glen) Fingers
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974/all-star: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976], SD Padres [all-star:1978], Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1981, 1982/CY Young Award winner: 1981/Baseball Writers’ Award 1981]

1946 - Charlie Sanders
football: Detroit Lions

1947 - Anne Archer
actress: Falcon Crest, A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Fatal Attraction, Narrow Margin, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Short Cuts

1949 - John Savage
actor: White Squall, Shattered Image, The Hunting, The Godfather, Part 3, Silent Witness, The Onion Fields, Hair, The Deer Hunter, The Killing Kind, Soldier’s Revenge

1949 - Gene Simmons
musician: group: Kiss: Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth, I Was Made For Lovin’ You, Forever; actor: Red Surf, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive

1951 - Rob Halford
singer: group: Judas Priest: Tyrant, Victim of Changes, Ripper, Beyond the Realms of Death, Take on the World, Living after Midnight, Breaking the Law

1954 - Elvis Costello (Declan McManus)
musician, songwriter: I’m Not Angry, Less than Zero, Watching the Detectives, Clubland, Oliver’s Army, Every Day I Write the Book, I’m Your Toy, Party, Party, So Young

1958 - Tim Burton
director: Planet of the Apes [2001], Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow

1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus
singer: Achy Breaky Heart

1964 - Morgan Englund
actor: The Guiding Light; Cloris Leachman’s son

1964 - Blair Underwood
actor: L.A. Law, Downtown, Just Cause, Dangerous Relations, Posse, Heat Wave, Rules of Engagement

1964 - Joanne Whalley
actress: Trial by Jury, Navy SEALS, To Kill a Priest, The Singing Detective, Dance with a Stranger, What the Butler Saw

1965 - Cornelius Bennett
football [linebacker]: Univ of Alabama; NFL: Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts

1970 - Claudia Schiffer
supermodel; actress: Richie Rich, Friends & Lovers, Black and White.

Chart Toppers
August 25th.

1944 Amor - Bing Crosby
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Time Waits for No One - Helen Forest
Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) - Louis Jordan

1952 Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells

1960 It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Walk--Don’t Run - The Ventures
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968 People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf ;)
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Already It’s Heaven - David Houston

1976 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Let ’Em In - Wings ;)
Bring It on Home to Me - Mickey Gilley

1984 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Stuck on You - Lionel Richie
Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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

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ShadowThomas 08-25-2007 11:00 PM

238th day of 2007 - 127 remaining.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Lee DeForest was born on this day in 1873 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
We're sure his parents had big plans for him; but they could never
have realized how their son, Lee, would change the world.

DeForest seemed to be a born inventor. He held patents for hundreds of
different items including the photoelectric cell and the surgical
radio knife. But none had as much impact on the world as his invention
of the electron tube, specifically the triode, a three element vacuum
tube, which later became the audion tube -- possibly the most
significant invention that made radio possible.

Wireless radio broadcasting was unthinkable in the early 1900s and
DeForest was considered a fraud. He was arrested for selling stock to
underwrite the development of his invention, which no one believed
would work. He was forced into selling the rights to his patent to
American Telephone and Telegraph for $500,000; considered by most to
be foolish of AT&T. The rest is history.

We can all read Lee DeForest's version in his 1950 autobiography,
Father of Radio.

Lee Deforest.
Lee DeForest .

August 26th.

1498 - The master artist, Michelangelo, was commissioned to make the
Pieta. Originally intended as a monument for his tomb, Michelangelo's
Florentine Pieta has interested historians for centuries because the
four-figure sculpture does not feature the perfect proportions that
are the hallmark of Michelangelo's work.

1842 - The U.S. Congress established the fiscal year, which begins on July 1st.

1873 - The first public school kindergarten in the U.S. was authorized
by the school board of St. Louis, MO.

1883 - The first of a series of increasingly violent explosions
occurred on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. On the morning of the
next day, the world's largest explosion was heard some three thousand
miles away. The volcanic island exploded, spewing five cubic miles of
earth into the air -- fifty miles high. It created tidal waves up to
120 feet high, killed 36,000 people and caused oceanic and atmospheric
changes over a period of many years.

1918 - Frank Bacon starred as Lightnin' lit up the Gaiety Theatre in
New York City. The play became the first to run for more than 1,000

1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was
certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex -- in the voting booth.
In other words, it gave women in the United States the right to vote.
In 1973, Congresswoman Bella Abzug presented a bill to Congress
designating this day as Women's Equality Day. The President issued a
proclamation and in 1974 it became Public Law #93-382.

1939 - The radio program Arch Oboler's Plays presented the NBC
Symphony, for the first time, as the musical backdrop for the drama,
This Lonely Heart.

1939 - Red Barber announced the first televised baseball games -- on
New York's WXBS. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds played a
doubleheader for the occasion.

1947 - Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major-league
baseball this day. The Brooklyn Dodger hurler helped his own cause by
slamming a home run in his first appearance at the plate.

1950 - Bobby Riggs signed 'Gorgeous Gussie' (Gertrude) Moran to his
pro tennis troupe for a mininum salary of $75,000 a year.

1957 - The Ford Motor Company rolled out the first Edsel automobile.
110,847 of the cars were built before Ford pulled the plug due to lack
of sales. The car was named Edsel for the company founder's son, Edsel
Bryant Ford.

1961 - The NHL Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto, Canada.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix opened his recording studio in New York City.
Because of its state-of-the-art 36-track recording capability, it
attracted many top rock groups.

1973 - David Eisenhower wrote his final sports column for the
Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper. The article was about the
Philadelphia Phillies.

1981 - Steve Ovett recaptured the mile-run record which had been taken
from him just a week earlier by Sebastian Coe. Ovett's new world
record time was 3:48.40.

1982 - Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock's 1974 record of 118 stolen
bases in a season as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Kansas City
Royals, 10-3.

1984 - John Henry, a nine-year-old gelding, came from behind to win
the $600,000 Arlington Million race in suburban Chicago, IL. The
lifetime earnings of the famous horse reached $5,482,797.

1987 - The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail
stores in Dallas, TX. This was a first for the company that had sold
its products door to door for 81 years.

1992 - A no-fly zone was imposed on southern Iraq. Operation Southern
Watch was orchestrated by the United States, France and Britain. The
campaign supported U.N. Security Council resolutions containing Iraq,
protecting Kuwait, and keeping pressure on Saddam Hussein's Iraqi

1995 - Seal (Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel) hit #1 with the
single, Kiss from a Rose. It was at the tippy top of U.S. tune
tabulations for just one week.

August 26th.

1838 - John Wilkes Booth
actor, assassin: shot and killed U.S. President Abraham Lincoln at
Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC; killed [or committed suicide] Apr
26, 1865

1873 - Lee DeForest
inventor: triode vacuum tube; died June 30, 1961 see Radio Day [above]

1894 - Sparky (Earl John) Adams
baseball: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, SL Cardinals [World
Series: 1930, 1931], Cincinnati Reds; died Feb 24, 1989

1904 - Christopher Isherwood
author: Goodbye to Berlin; died Jan 4, 1986

1906 - Albert Sabin
polio researcher: the Sabin oral polio vaccine; died Mar 03, 1993

1909 - Jim Davis
actor: Inferno in Paradise, Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy
'Satchel' Page, Little Big Horn, The Outcast; died Apr 26, 1981

1917 - Jan Clayton
actress: Lassie, Pantomime Quiz; died Aug 28, 1983

1919 - Ronny Graham (Ronald Montcrief Stringer)
singer, actor: Chico and the Man, The New Bill Cosby Show, The Hudson
Brothers Show, The Bob Crane Show; died July 4, 1999

1921 - Ben (Benjamin C.) Bradlee
executive editor: The Washington Post; vice-president-at-large: The
Washington Post Company

1922 - Irving R. Levine
broadcast journalist; author: Main Street U.S.S.R., Travel Guide to
Russia, The New Worker in Soviet Russia, Main Street Italy

1924 - Alex (Alexander Raymond) Kellner
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1949], KC
Athletics, Cincinnati Redlegs, St. Louis Cardinals; died May 03, 1996

1934 - Tommy Heinsohn
Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: Rookie of the Year
[1956-57], NBA Coach of the Year [1973]

1935 - Geraldine Ferraro
first woman to be nominated for vice president of the U.S. by a major
political party [Democratic Party, 1984]

1935 - James Hylton
auto racer: NASCAR Rookie of the Year: 1966

1936 - Mike Farmer
basketball: St. Louis Hawks

1937 - Don Bowman
comedian, entertainer: Still Fighting Mental Health, Poor Old Ugly
Gladys Jones, Giddyup Do-nut, Chit Atkins Make Me a Star

1939 - Bill White
hockey: NHL: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks

1942 - Vic Dana
singer: Red Roses for a Blue Lady

1946 - Swede Savage
auto racer: killed in crash during Indianapolis 500: 1973

1949 - Bob Cowsill
singer: group: The Cowsills: The Rain, the Park and Other Things

1952 - Michael Jeter
Emmy Award-winning actor: Evening Shade [1992]; Hot House, The Boys
Next Door, Waterworld, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Gypsy, The
Fisher King, Miller's Crossing, The Green Mile; died Mar 30, 2003

1957 - John O'Neill
musician: guitar: groups: That Petrol Emotion: Keen, V2; The
Undertones: Teenage Kicks, Jimmy, Jimmy, Here Comes Summer, My Perfect
Cousin, Julie Ocean, Forever Paradise, It's Going to Happen

1957 - Alex (Alejandro Castro) Trevino
baseball: catcher: NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, SF
Giants, LA Dodgers, Houston Astros

1958 - Jet Black (Brian Duffy)
musician: drums: group: The Stranglers: Grip, Peaches, No More Heroes,
Walk on By, Golden Brown, Skin Deep, Nice in Nice

1960 - Branford Marsalis
musician: saxophone: bandleader: The Tonight Show; toured with Sting

1980 - Macaulay Culkin
actor: Home Alone series, Getting Even with Dad, George Balanchine's
The Nutcracker, The Good Son, My Girl, Uncle Buck, Only the Lonely,
The Pagemaster, Richie Rich.

Chart Toppers
August 26th.

1945 If I Loved You - Perry Como
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
You Two-Time Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter

1953 I'm Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
No Other Love - Perry Como
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
Hey Joe! - Carl Smith

1961 Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
Michael - The Highwaymen
Tender Years - George Jones

1969 Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones ;)
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

1977 Best of My Love - Emotions
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge
Easy - Commodores
Way Down - Elvis Presley

1985 The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News ;)
St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
Real Love - Kenny Rogers & 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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ShadowThomas 08-26-2007 11:00 PM

239th day of 2007 - 126 remaining.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Titusville, PA, August 27, 1859. A shaft was being sunk deep in the ground and the drill had reached 69 feet, 6 inches. W.A. Smith, better known to the drillers and other folk in the small town in Western Pennsylvania as Uncle Billy, saw a dark film floating on the water. The water was below the derrick floor.

Colonel Edwin Drake kept drilling, because what Uncle Billy saw was oil. Soon, the first commercial oil well was pumping out 20 barrels of crude oil a day.

This wasn’t Texas crude. It wasn’t Oklahoma gold. This was Pennsylvania oil, folks; Titusville, PA: home of the first oil well.


August 27th.

1660 - John Milton’s books were burned in London, because of the author’s attacks on King Charles II.

1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent to, and published by, The New York Sun newspaper. The story was about China meeting the peace demands of England and France.

1889 - Boxer Jack Dempsey was defeated for the first time in his career as George LaBlanche used the pivot punch to knock Dempsey into nighty-night land. The punch was later banned from boxing. There are still other punches hanging around that make boxers see stars and hear birdies...

1889 - Charles G. Conn of Elkhart, IN patented the metal clarinet. More than 100 years later the name, Conn, still represents one of the most popular musical instrument names -- especially for clarinets.

1912 - Tarzan was born, or rather, came to life on this day. Tarzan of the Apes was published by writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.

1921 - J.E. Clair, who owned the Acme Packing Company, bought a pro football franchise for Green Bay, WI. Cheeseheads could have been their name, but he decided to pay tribute to those who packed the meat at his processing plant. Hence the name: the Green Bay Packers.

1932 - John M. Miller, performing at the National Air Races in Cleveland, OH, dazzled a large crowd as he did a perfect loop-the-loop in his autogyro.

1938 - Monte Pearson led the New York Yankees to a 13-0, no-hit victory over the Cleveland Indians.

1938 - At a poetry reading by Archibald MacLeish, another poet, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers in order to disrupt the recital. That jealous poet, incidentally, was Robert Frost.

1939 - Singer Allan Jones recorded I’m Falling in Love with Someone on Victor Records.

1970 - The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA was the venue of singer Elton John’s first concert appearance in America and a record company executive for UNI records (a division of MCA) signed Elton to a recording contract.

1981 - Divers probing the wreckage of the luxury cruise ship Andrea Doria recovered two safes from the purser’s office. The Andrea Doria sank in a collision with the Swedish liner Stockholm (July 25, 1956). What was in the safes? Oh, only about a million dollars in cash and jewelry.

1984 - The Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theatre to be built in 50 years in New York City. The ribbon cutting was done by "America’s First Lady of the Stage," Helen Hayes.

1984 - A new face joined the group of journalists on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes. Diane Sawyer became the fifth reporter on the top-rated TV newsmagazine. Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley welcomed Sawyer to the show.

1986 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros notched career win #250, by leading the Astros to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

August 27th.

551 B.C. - Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu)
philosopher; died in 479 B.C.

1809 - Hannibal Hamlin
15th U.S. Vice President [under Abraham Lincoln: 1861-1865]; died July 4, 1891

1850 - Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
‘The Duchess’: author: Molly Bawn: “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.”; died Jan 24, 1897

1865 - Charles Dawes
30th U.S. Vice President [under Calvin Collidge: 1925-1929]; awarded Nobel Peace Prize [1925]; songwriter: Melody in A Major aka It’s All in the Game; died Apr 23, 1951

1871 - Theodore Dreiser
novelist: An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie; died Dec 28, 1945

1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson
36th U.S. President: succeeded assassinated President John F. Kennedy Nov 22, 1963 [1963-1969]; married to Claudia ‘Lady Bird’ Alta [two daughters]; nickname: LBJ; died Jan 22, 1973

1910 - Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)
Nobel Peace Prize-winner [1979]: missionary, humanitarian; died Sep 5, 1997

1916 - Martha Raye (Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed)
comedienne, actress: McMillan and Wife, All Star Revue, The Martha Raye Show, The Concorde, Airport ’79, Rhythm on the Range; winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award [1969], Presidential Medal of Freedom [1993]; died Oct 19, 1994

1918 - Peanuts (Harry Lee) Lowrey
baseball: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1945/all-star: 1946], Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies; died July 02, 1986

1927 - Jimmy ‘Cajun’ Newman
singer: Cry, Cry Darling, A Fallen Star, You’re Making a Fool Out of Me, A Lovely Work of Art, Alligator Man, Bayou Talk, DJ for a Day, Artificial Rose

1928 - Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi
Chief Minister of KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa

1929 - Ira Levin
writer: Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying

1931 - Joe (Joseph Robert) Cunningham
baseball: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1959], Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators

1932 - Jim (James Hubert) King
baseball: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals, SF Giants, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

1935 - Ernie (Ernest Gilbert) Broglio
baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

1937 - Tommy (Adrian) Sands
singer: Teen-Age Crush, Goin’ Steady; actor: Sing Boy Sing, None but the Brave, Babes in Toyland, The Longest Day

1942 - Daryl Dragon
Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter: duo: The Captain & Tennille: Love Will Keep Us Together [1975], Muskrat Love, Shop Around, Do That To Me One More Time, The Way I Want To Touch You

1943 - Tuesday Weld (Susan Kerr)
actress: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Author, Author, Falling Down, Rock, Rock, Rock

1944 - Tim Bogert
musician: bass: groups: Showmen, Cactus, Vanilla Fudge: People Get Ready, Ticket to Ride, Bang, Bang, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Take Me for a Little While

1947 - Barbara Bach (Goldbach)
actress: Caveman, Princess Daisy, Give My Regards to Broadstreet, The Spy Who Loved Me

1949 - Jeff Cook
singer, musician: guitar: group: Alabama: Love in the First Degree, Feels So Right

1950 - Cynthia Potter
champion diver: only woman to have won 28 championship titles

1951 - Buddy (David Gus) Bell
baseball: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1973], Texas Rangers [all-star: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984], Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros

1952 - Mike (Michael Lewis) Edwards
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics

1952 - Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman
comedian, actor: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Batman Returns, Pee Wee’s Big Top; TV host: You Don’t Know Jack

1953 - Alex Lifeson
musician: guitar: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, Necromancer, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning

1955 - Pat (Dale Patrick) Kelly
baseball: catcher: Toronto Blue Jays

1956 - Glen Matlock
musician: bass: group: The Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the UK

1977 - Sarah Chalke
actress: Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School, Robin of Locksley, Y2K.

Chart Toppers
August 27th.

1946 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Surrender - Perry Como
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Things - Bobby Darin
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970 Make It with You - Bread
Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War ;)
War - Edwin Starr
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James

1978 Grease - Frankie Valli
Miss You - The Rolling Stones ;)
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Talking in Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle

1986 Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Venus - Bananarama
Strong Heart - T.G. Sheppard

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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ShadowThomas 08-27-2007 11:00 PM

240th day of 2007 - 125 remaining.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It isn’t often that entrepreneur teenagers develop small businesses into corporate giants. But that’s what happened on this day in 1907 in Seattle when nineteen-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 from his friend, Claude Ryan, and started a local delivery service. They called it the American Messenger Company. Jim’s slogan was, “Best service, and lowest rates.” The company did well because Jim and Claude stuck to their principles: round-the-clock customer service, courtesy, reliability and low rates.

They took these concepts a few steps further, focusing on package delivery for local retail stores, merging in 1913 with Mac McCabe and forming Merchants Parcel Delivery. The company was the first to provide consolidated delivery, placing packages with similar street destinations on one delivery truck. The company’s growing fleet of trucks was then managed by Charlie Soderstrom. Charlie selected the dark brown color because of its professional appearance.

By the 1920s, the company had grown large enough to expand to Oakland and Los Angeles, California. It wasn’t long before it became known as United Parcel Service; ‘united’ for the consolidated shipments and ‘service’ because that’s what they offered. Today, United Parcel Service “operates an international small package and document network in more than 200 countries and territories, spanning both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With its international service, UPS can reach over four billion people.”

So give that package to the UPS man in the Buster Brown truck. (Truck drivers refer to the UPS trucks as Buster Brown when chatting on the CB.)

United Parcel Service of America, Inc. Company History. ;)

August 28th.

1811 - Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley eloped with Harriet Westbrook.

1830 - The passenger-carrying train locomotive Tom Thumb was demonstrated for the first time at Baltimore, MD. It was the first locomotive of its kind built in America.

1850 - Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin, was performed for the first time.

1922 - The Walker Cup, the oldest international team golf match in America, was held for the first time at Southampton, NY.

1922 - The first commercial to be broadcast on radio was heard on WEAF in New York City. Announcer H.M. Blackwell spoke about Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings in Queens, New York. The Queensboro Realty Company, of Jackson Heights, bought what was called Toll Broadcasting. WEAF, owned by AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph, in those days) sold their block programming, five one-minute programs, one a day for five days, for $50 plus long-distance toll fees. The Queensboro Realty Company paid $100 for 10 minutes of commercial airtime.

1931 - You Rascal You was recorded by Henry Allen, with the Luis Russell Band, for the Victor label.

1941 - The Football Writers Association of America was organized.

1945 - Baseball commissioner Branch Rickey and future baseball great Jackie Robinson met. They discussed the difficulties Robinson, a black athlete, would face in major league baseball. Robinson received $600 a month and a $3,500 signing bonus to play for Montreal of the International League. He would quickly move up and enjoy a brilliant career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1954 - That’s All Right (Mama) b/w Blue Moon of Kentucky became Elvis Presley’s first hit single on local charts in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips had debuted the single on his Red Hot and Blue show on WHBQ radio -- and the rest is history...

1963 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Some 250,000 people witnessed one of the most stirring speeches of the century.

1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine.

1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Spitz completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes, 7/10ths of a second. His performance set a new world record.

1981 - For the third time in 10 days, a world record in the mile run was set. Sebastian Coe, who broke Steve Ovett’s record on August 19 and lost it to Ovett on August 26, broke it again -- by a full second -- in Brussels, Belgium. Coe’s new record time was 3:47.33.

1984 - The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.

1993 - Billy Joel’s album River of Dreams hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first album to debut at #1 and stayed at top for three weeks. The album tracks were sequenced in the order they were written: No Man’s Land, The Great Wall of China, Blonde Over Blue, A Minor Variation, Shades of Grey, All About Soul, Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel), The River of Dreams, Two Thousand Years, Famous Last Words.

1998 - Why Do Fools Fall in Love opened in U.S. theatres. “Three different women (played by Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon) married Frankie Lymon. Now as they fight to get a piece of his millions, they will have to prove who married him first and who loved him most.” As CNN reviewer Paul Tatara summed it up, “"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" contains bad language, track marks, and a woman driven to prostitution. Rent the video, or, much better yet, buy the record.”

August 28th.

1749 - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
writer: Faust; died Mar 22, 1832

1831 - Lucy Hayes
first lady: wife of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes; died June 25, 1889

1897 - Charlie (Charles John) Grimm
‘Jolly Cholly’: baseball: Philadelphia Athletics, SL Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1929, 1932]; died Nov 15, 1983

1899 - Charles Boyer
actor: Around the World in 80 Days, Barefoot in the Park, Casino Royale, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Algiers; died Aug 26, 1978

1905 - Sam Levene (Samuel Levine)
actor: A Dream of Kings, Three Men on a Horse; died Dec 28, 1980

1913 - Cornelius Johnson
Olympic Gold medalist: high jump [1936]; died Feb 15, 1946

1919 - Ben Agajanian
football: SD Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles; kicking coach specialist: Dallas Cowboys

1921 - Nancy Kulp
actress: The Beverly Hillbillies, The Bob Cummings Show, The Brian Keith Show, The Three Faces of Eve; died Feb 3, 1991

1924 - Peggy Ryan
actress: Hawaii Five-O, Here Come the Co-Eds, Miss Annie Rooney; died Oct 30, 2004

1925 - Billy (William Wayne) Grammer
singer: Gotta Travel On, Bonaparte’s Retreat

1925 - Donald (David Dixon) O’Connor
dancer, singer, actor: Singin’ in the Rain, Francis the Talking Mule series, The Donald O’Connor Show, Call Me Madam, Walking My Baby Back Home, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Buster Keaton Story, Toys, Out to Sea; died Sep 27, 2003

1929 - Roxie Roker
actress: The Jeffersons; died Dec 2, 1995

1930 - Ben (Biagio Anthony) Gazzara
actor: Run for Your Life, Arrest and Trial, Anatomy of a Murder, The Bridge at Remagen, QB VII, Voyage of the Damned, Bloodline

1932 - Andy Bathgate
Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: New York Rangers: Hart Memorial Trophy winner: [1959]; Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Redwings

1933 - Elizabeth Seal
Tony Award-winning actress: Irma La Douce; films: Radio Cab Murder, Cone of Silence, Vampire Circus

1936 - Tony (Andres Antonio) Gonzalez
baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, SD Padres, California Angels

1939 - Clem Cattini
musician: drums: groups: Tornados: Telstar, Globetrotter; Johnny Kidd & The Pirates: Please Don’t Touch, You’ve Got What It Takes, Shakin’ All Over, Restless, Linda Lu

1940 - Richard Sanders
actor: WKRP in Cincinnati, You Can’t Take It with You, Spencer, Berrengers, Forbidden Choices, Neon City

1943 - Lou (Louis Victor) Piniella
baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, KC Royals [all-star: 1972], NY Yankees [World Series: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981

1943 - David Soul (Solberg)
actor: Starsky and Hutch, Salem’s Lot; singer: Don’t Give Up on Us

1945 - John Demarie
football: Cleveland Browns

1945 - Jim Lynch
football: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker: Super Bowl IV

1946 - Mike (Michael Augustine) Torrez
baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees [World Series: 1977], Boston Red Sox, NY Mets

1948 - Daniel Seraphine
musician: drums: group: Chicago: If You Leave Me Now, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

1949 - Hugh Cornwell
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Stranglers: Grip, Peaches, No More Heroes, Walk on By, Golden Brown, Skin Deep, Nice in Nice

1950 - Ron (Ronald Ames) Guidry
baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees pitcher: [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981/all-star: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983/Cy Young Award: 1978/AP male athlete of the year: 1978]

1951 - Wayne Osmond
singer: group: The Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple, Any Time

1951 - Joel (Randolph) Youngblood
baseball: Cincinnati Reds, NY Mets [all-star: 1981], SL Cardinals, Montreal Expos, SF Giants

1953 - Bob Avellini
football: Unive. of Maryland, Chicago Bears

1957 - Rick Rossovich
actor: Sons & Daughters, Macgruder & Loud, ER, Fatally Yours, Tropical Heat, Roxanne, Top Gun, The Terminator, The Lords of Discipline

1957 - Daniel Stern
actor: Celtic Pride, Bushwhacked, City Slickers series, Home Alone series, Born in East L.A., Hannah and Her Sisters, Diner, Starting Over, Breaking Away, Hometown; narrator: The Wonder Years

1958 - Scott Hamilton
Olympic Hall of Famer and figure skating Gold Medalist [1984]; Stars on Ice

1960 - Emma Samms (Samuelson)
actress: Dynasty, General Hospital, Illusions, Delirious

1965 - Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards)
Grammy Award-winning singer: The Woman In Me [1996]; Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Any Man of Mine, No One Needs to Know, [If You’re Not in It for Love] I’m Outta Here! , Come On Over

1969 - Jason Priestley
actor: Beverly Hills 90210, Sister Kate, Calendar Girl, Tombstone, The Boy Who Could Fly.

Chart Toppers
August 28th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Ask Anyone Who Knows - The Ink Spots
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman
Candy Girl - Four Seasons
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right) - Tammy Wynette

1979 My Sharona - The Knack ;)
The Main Event/Fight - Barbra Streisand
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band

1987 Who’s That Girl - Madonna
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right) - Restless Heart

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

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241st day of 2007 - 124 remaining.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A star was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. Singer, songwriter, dancer, actor Michael Joe Jackson started on the road to stardom while at Garnett Elementary School in Gary. Michael performed for his class by singing Climb Every Mountain. Within just a few years, he took his act to the stage joining his brothers as The Jackson Five. They were entertaining at Mr. Lucky’s, also in Gary, Indiana. Michael was only 8. By the time he was 11, Michael, the youngest of the five brothers, was the lead singer of the group.

And their hits were hitting the top of the charts: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There. Then young Michael started recording solo hits like Ben, also #1.

And the hits just kept on coming ... and the awards came with them: A Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal in 1979 for Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough, 5 Grammy Awards in 1983 -- Best Male Pop Vocal and Album of the Year (Thriller), Best Male R & B vocal and Best R & B song (Billie Jean), and Best Recording for Children: E.T., the Extraterrestrial; 2 in 1984 -- Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal (Beat It); another in 1985 with Lionel Richie for Song of the Year (We are the World); a Best Music Video/Short Form Grammy in 1989 for Leave Me Alone; and finally, The Legend Award Grammy -- for the living legend in the music industry, Michael Jackson.

Whether Michael sings with his brothers, his sisters, alone or in duets with fellow performers, the results are hit, after hit, after hit ... The Girl is Mine and Stay, Stay, Stay with Paul McCartney; I Jusr Can’t Stop Loving You with Siedah Garrett; Rock with You, Bad, Smooth Criminal ... Ease on Down the Road with Diana Ross (from Broadway’s The Wiz in which Michael played the scarecrow). Michael, the actor, was also seen as a hologram, Captain Eo in Epcot Center’s multimedia show.

A celebrity for most of his life, he is both magic and tragic ... the gloved one’s fame and infamy well-known throughout the world: he made $70 million from Thriller; he paid $50 million for the rights to the Beatles’ 251 songs; his Bad album was number one in 23 countries; he has an amusement park and zoo at his California estate; he married and divorced Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of the King of Rock.

He remarried; became a father; was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19, 2001; has been dogged by allegations of child sexual abuse (he was tried and acquitted in 2005); and the rest of the story is still being written...

Michael Jackson. Click. And click. :D

August 29th.

1828 - Robert Turner of Ward, MA received a patent for his self-regulating wagon brake.

1833 - Legislation to settle child labor laws was passed in England. The legislation was called the Factory Act.

1885 - The first prize fight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held -- in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds.

1886 - Li Hung-Chang’s chef devised a tasty dish in New York City. It satisfied both American and Oriental tastes. The delicacy was called chop suey. Who was Li Hung-Chang, you ask? He was China’s Ambassador to the United States.

1943 - Paul Whiteman Presents, a summertime radio replacement show, was heard for the last time. The hostess for the show was Dinah Shore. Whiteman’s 35-piece orchestra serenaded listeners on the NBC radio network. Whiteman’s well-known theme song was Rhapsody in Blue.

1946 - Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys recorded It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight on Decca Records. The song turned out to be one of Lady Ella’s most popular.

1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. Senate this day (and part of the previous day). He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Yakety yak!

1964 - Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks) on September 26th and became the biggest of his career. Oh, Pretty Woman was Orbison’s second #1 hit. The other was Running Scared (6/05/61).

1966 - Mia Farrow withdrew from the cast of the ABC-TV prime time drama Peyton Place, after starring for two years. With Farrow’s exit, her character, Allison, was dropped.

1966 - The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It was the group’s last live appearance before they disbanded in 1970.

1969 - To compete with Johnny Carson (NBC) and Joey Bishop (ABC), CBS-TV presented Merv Griffin on late-night TV. Johnny ruled -- staying on top for almost 23 years to come.

1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.

1977 - Lou Brock got the 893rd stolen base of his baseball career -- breaking the major-league mark set by Ty Cobb.

1984 - Edwin Moses won the 400-meter hurdles in track competition in Europe. It was the track star’s 108th consecutive victory.

1986 - The former American Bandstand studio, at the original home of WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, PA, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is located at 4548 Market Street. We expect that any day now, Bandstand host Dick Clark will also be placed on the National Register.

1991 - The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the party’s 75-year controlling regime in the Soviet Union.

1994 - Viacom Inc. announced the purchase of Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., the video rental store giant, for $8 billion. On Sep 29, 1994, Blockbuster did indeed merge with (was gobbled up by) Viacom.

1997 - Four feature flicks were released in the U.S.: Columbia’s Excess Baggage, starring Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken; United Artists’ Hoodlum, with Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth and Vanessa Williams; Universal’s Kull the Conqueror, featuring Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere and Thomas Ian Griffith; and She’s So Lovely, from Miramax, with Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn and John Travolta.

August 29th.

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes
physician, author: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, Elsie Venner; poet: Old Ironsides; died Oct 7, 1894

1912 - (Patrick) Barry Sullivan
actor: The Bad and the Beautiful, The Road West, Oh, God! , Earthquake, The Bastard; died June 6, 1994

1915 - Ingrid Bergman
Academy Award-winning actress: Gaslight [1944], Anastasia [1966], Murder on the Orient Express [1974]; Casablanca; Emmy Award-winner: The Turn of the Screw [1959-60], A Woman Called Golda [1981-82]; died Aug 29, 1982

1916 - George Montgomery (Letz)
actor: Battle of the Bulge, The Texas Rangers, Young People, Cimarron City; died Dec 12, 2000

1919 - Billy (William Richard) Cox
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953], Baltimore Orioles; died Mar 30, 1978

1920 - Charlie (Charles Christopher) Parker Jr.
‘The Bird’: musician: saxophone: Now’s the Time, Yardbird Suite Confirmation, Relaxin’ at Camarillo; died Mar 12, 1955

1923 - Sir Richard Attenborough
actor: Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Dolittle, The Great Escape; director: Chaplin, Ghandi, A Bridge Too Far

1924 - Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones)
singer: What A Diff’rence a Day Makes, It Could Happen to You, Our Love is Here to Stay, For All We Know, Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes], A Rockin’ Good Way [To Mess Around and Fall in Love] , Baby Get Lost, This Bitter Earth; w/Lionel Hampton band [1943-46]; died Dec 14, 1963

1935 - William Friedkin
Academy Award-winning director: The French Connection [1971]; The Exorcist, To Live & Die in LA, The Boys in the Band

1938 - Elliott Gould (Goldstein)
actor: Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice, M*A*S*H, The Long Good-Bye, The Night They Raided Minsky’s

1940 - JamesBrady
Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary to Ronald Reagan; seriously wounded when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Reagan; Brady gun law [requires waiting period and background check on handguns purchased through licensed dealers] named for him

1941 - Ellen Geer
actress: Hard Traveling, Harold and Maude, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Beauty and the Beast

1941 - Robin Leach
TV host: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

1942 - Sterling Morrison
musician: bass, guitar, singer: group: The Velvet Underground: Heroin, I’m Waiting for the Man, Venus in Furs, I’ll Be Your Mirror, Sister Ray

1946 - Bob Beamon
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame long jumper: gold medal: 1968/Mexico City: 29 feet, two-and-one-half inches

1947 - Bob Lutz
tennis: Univ. Southern Cal, Davis Cup champ [w/Stan Smith]: 1968

1949 - Tony Greene
football: Buffalo Bills

1950 - Doug (Douglas Vernon) DeCinces
baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1979], California Angels [all-star: 1983], SL Cardinals

1958 - Michael Jackson
See King of Pop Day [above]

1959 - Rebecca De Mornay
actress: Risky Business, The Three Musketeers, Guilty as Sin, Backdraft.

Chart Toppers
August 29th.

1948 A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Allegheny Moon - Patti Page
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
C’mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry - Jerry Wallace

1980 Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Drivin’ My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt

1988 Monkey - George Michael
I Don’t Wanna to Go on with You like That - Elton John
I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love - Chicago
The Wanderer - Eddie Rabbitt

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

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

What would we do without the legendary monster created by Dr. Frankenstein! Thanks to author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, born on this day in 1797, we have been frighteningly entertained for almost two centuries. In 1818, Ms. Shelley wrote the Gothic horror novel about Dr. Henry Frankenstein, the scientist who created the terrifying, yet loveable, monster. (Mary Shelley was the wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.)

Hollywood took over in 1931 with an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel directed by Great Britain’s James Whale. Boris Karloff was the monster, a role that led to a monster career for Karloff. From then on, Frankenstein lived in sequel after sequel and adaptation after adaptation. Karloff reprised his role in two such films -- The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935 and Son of Frankenstein in 1939.

The opening scene in The Bride of Frankenstein features the author, Mary Shelley. Ms. Shelley is played by Elsa Lanchester. Lon Chaney picked up the monster role following in the difficult, huge footsteps of Karloff.

Mary Shelley and Dr. Frankenstein really were on to something. The movie and TV industries continue to create Frankenstein spin-offs, thrilling ... or should we say, scaring the pants off new generations.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Biography.

August 30th.

1682 - William Penn sailed from England. He later established the colony of Pennsylvania (which, as some of you may know, is now one of the United States) and now stands on top of City Hall in Philadelphia, PA. Not him, really, but a famous statue of him...

1806 - The last issue of the Daily Advertiser was published. It was known as New York City’s second daily newspaper.

1905 - Ty Cobb appeared in his first major-league baseball game. He played for the Detroit Tigers.

1922 - The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded Tiger Rag, one of the most familiar ragtime jazz tunes ever. It was released on the General record label.

1926 - The first running of the Hambletonian happened in Syracuse, New York. Guy McKinney was the first horse to win first place in the famous race.

1951 - The Philippines and the United States signed the Treaty of Mutual Defense.

1965 - After 40 years in baseball, Casey Stengel announced his retirement.

1968 - The Beatles recorded their first songs for their own Apple label. The initial session included the big hits Revolution and Hey Jude.

1968 - The stars came out for charity as John and Yoko Lennon hosted the One on One concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Among the music greats appearing were Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack. Over $250,000 was raised to aid mentally retarded children.

1972 - President Nixon announced that John Dean had completed his investigation into the Watergate wiretapping debacle. And he added that no one from the White House was involved. Well, good. That takes care of that...

1974 - The Brady Bunch, a typical 1970s scrubbed-face American family sitcom which first aired on TV Sept. 26, 1969, came to an end on this day. This original series starred Robert Reed as the architect-widower with three sons (played by Barry Williams as Greg, Christopher Knight as Peter and Mike Lookinland as Bobby), who married a widow (Florence Henderson). The new Mrs. Brady had three daughters (played by Maureen McCormick as Marcia, Eve Plumb as Jan and Susan Olsen as Cindy). Add a nutsy housekeeper, Alice (Ann B. Davis), a family dog and cat and ABC-TV ended up with one giant TV success viewed weekly by millions of youngsters ... and their loving parents. Don’t you miss those Friday night family gatherings in front of the TV?

1974 - The largest fountain in America, the visual symbol of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was dedicated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania this day. The fountain takes up one-fifth of 36-acre Point State Park at the convergence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. 90 percent of the fountain is unseen. That’s the part that pumps water from an underground river (a fourth, unnamed river that runs under the city and flows south, unlike the other three rivers), stores it and feeds it into the fountain. Designed by Charles Stotz and Louis Fosner and built by Robert R. Busse, the fountain is controlled by computers and operates automatically. Wind velocity specifies the height of the water column (2 feet in diameter by up to 200 ft. high. 24 white and gold quartz-iodine lights present a dramatic display of shifting colors by night. That’s how you can see the fountain in all its glory whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Monday Night Football. The most interesting structural fact and a very complicated procedure -- this fountain was built to withstand water pressure from beneath, so the pressure would not push it up and cause it to float.

1984 - President Ronald Reagan, along with Red Barber, Bill Stern, Graham McNamee, Don Dunphy and Ted Husing were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame, in ceremonies at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

1986 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox became the first 20-game winner of the year. Clemens was the first Red Sox pitcher to achieve that feat since 1978.

1993 - Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS-TV. CBS remodeled the Ed Sullivan Theater (on 54th Street in New York City) for Letterman, who had just spent over a decade on NBC (Late Night with David Letterman). The first musical guest to appear on the new show was Billy Joel.

1995 - James Taylor and former wife Carly Simon got back together for their first concert together in 16 years. Livestock ’95 was a benefit performance on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusettes to raise funds for a new barn for the island’s agricultural society.

1997 - Mo Money Mo Problems, by The Notorious B. I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase, hit #1 (for two weeks) on U.S. singles charts. An entire generation fell in love to: “You tell me who flopped who copped the blue drop; Who jewels got robbed who’s mostly Goldie down to the tube sock...” and so much more.

August 30th.

1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
author; died Feb 1, 1851; see Frankenstein Day [above]

1837 - Ellen Arthur (Ellen Lewis Herndon)
wife of Chester A. Arthur [21st U.S. President]; died Jan 12, 1880 [Arthur became President in 1881]

1891 - Dr. Claire Straith
cosmetic surgeon; developed many techniques of plastic surgery, designed new surgical instruments for this type of surgery; was instrumental in auto manufacturers use of safety glass; died July 13, 1958

1896 - Raymond (Hart) Massey
actor: The President’s Plane is Missing, McKenna’s Gold, How the West was Won, The Great Impostor, Battle Cry , The Naked and the Dead, East of Eden, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Dr. Kildare; died July 29, 1983

1898 - Shirley Booth (Thelma Booth Ford)
Academy Award-winning actress: Come Back Little Sheba [1952]; Hot Spell, The Matchmaker; Emmy Award-winner [1962]: Hazel ; A Touch of Grace; died Oct 16, 1992

1901 - Roy Wilkins
civil rights leader: Executive Director of NAACP; died Sep 8, 1981

1906 - (Rose) Joan Blondell
actress: The Baron, The Champ, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Public Enemy; died Dec 25, 1979

1908 - Fred (Fredrick Martin) MacMurray
actor: My Three Sons, The Caine Mutiny, Egg and I, Above Suspicion, The Apartment, The Happiest Millionaire, The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, The Miracle of the Bells; died Nov 5, 1991

1914 - Julie Bishop (Wells)
actress: Westward the Women, Rhapsody in Blue, My Hero; died Aug 30, 2001

1918 - Ted (Theodore Samuel) Williams
‘The Kid’, ‘The Thumper’, ‘The Splendid Splinter’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Boston Red Sox outfielder [World Series: 1946/all-star: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946 thru 1951, 1953 thru 1960/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1946, 1949]; died July 5, 2002

1919 - Kitty Wells (Muriel Ellen Deason)
‘The Queen of Country Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: Jealousy, It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, I Don’t Want Your Money, I Want Your Time, Payin’ for that Back Street Affair, Makin’ Believe, Searching, Heartbreak U.S.A., We’ll Stick Together [w/husband Johnny Wright]

1922 - Regina Resnik
mezzo-soprano: songs from Kismet

1923 - Vic Seixas
tennis champion: Wimbledon [1953]; U.S. Open [1954]

1927 - Geoffrey Beene
fashion designer

1931 - John Swigert Jr.
NASA astronaut: flew on Apollo 13: said, “Houston, we have a problem!”; died Dec 27, 1982

1935 - John Phillips
singer: group: The Mamas & The Papas: Monday Monday, California Dreamin’, Creeque Alley; songwriter: California Dreamin’, San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair]; actress MacKenzie Phillips’ father; died Mar 18, 2001

1939 - Elizabeth Ashley (Cole)
actress: The Carpetbaggers, Ship of Fools, Stagecoach, Paperback Hero, Dangerous Curves, Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, Evening Shade

1941 - John McNally
singer, musician: guitar: The Searchers: Needles and Pins, Love Potion Number 9

1942 - Coy (Lander McCoy) Bacon
football: LA Rams [1968-1972], San Diego Chargers [1973-1975]; Cincinnati Bengals [1976-1977]; Washington Redskins [1978-1981]

1943 - Jean-Claude Killy
Olympic Gold Medal skier [3]: downhill, slalom and giant slalom [1968]

1944 - Tug (Frank Edwin) McGraw
baseball: pitcher: NY Mets [all-star: 1972/World Series: 1973], Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1980/World Series: 1980]; died Jan 5, 2004

1947 - Billy Keller
basketball: Purdue Univ., Indiana Pacers [ABA league champions: 1970, 1972, 1973]

1947 - Peggy Lipton
actress: Twin Peaks, The Mod Squad

1947 - Jon (Paul) Kolb
football: Pittsburgh Steelers tackle: Super Bowl: IX, X, XIII, XIV

1950 - Mick Moody
musician: guitar: group: Whitesnake: Fool for Your Loving, Don’t Break My Heart Again

1951 - Timothy Bottoms
actor: Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase, The Other Side of the Mountain Part II, Texasville, East of Eden

1954 - David Paymer
actor: Unforgettable, Nixon, Get Shorty, City Slickers series, Mr. Saturday Night, Crazy People, No Way Out, The Commish, Downtown

1972 - Cameron Diaz
model; actress: The Mask, Head Above Water, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Charlie’s Angels [2000]

Chart Toppers
August 30th.

1949 You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl I Love) - Eddy Arnold

1957 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

1965 I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Help! - The Beatles
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Yes, Mr. Peters - Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell

1973 Brother Louie - Stories ;)
Live and Let Die - Wings
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Everybody’s Had the Blues - Merle Haggard

1981 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The
Heartbreakers ;)
(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me - Ronnie Milsap

1989 Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Are You Ever Gonna Love Me - Holly Dunn

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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Friday, August 31, 2007

Walter Cronkite started showing up in living rooms during the dinner hour, starting this night in 1963 as anchor of the CBS Evening News (a job he took over from Douglas Edwards on April 16, 1962). Previous to this night, CBS Evening News had been shown from 7:30-7:45 p.m. and 7:15-7:30 p.m.

A familiar face to TV audiences, Walter Cronkite had been the host of You are There, a CBS Sunday night program that ran from 1953 through 1957. A CBS news correspondent, Walter Cronkite served as reporter, host and anchorman as major events in history were reenacted. Those who were viewers of You are There can probably still recite Walter’s closing lines: “What sort of a day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times ... and you were there.” Walter can probably still say this in his sleep.

Seven days after You are There ended, the sincere face and friendly, yet authoritative voice of Walter Cronkite showed up in our living rooms again. This time he was narrator and host of The 20th Century, a program that presented filmed reports of major events and personalities that had shaped modern history. In January of 1967, the show changed its name and format. The 21st Century looked into the future rather than the past. Walter Cronkite remained at the helm. This was double duty for the consummate journalist as he continued to anchor the CBS Evening News.

While Mr. Cronkite was busy narrating, and reporting and anchoring, he was also the moderator in 1951 for The Facts We Face (which became Open Hearing); for the interview show, Man of the Week (1952-53); of the quiz show, It’s News to Me in 1954; narrator of Air Power, a documentary series (1956-58); host of Pick the Winner, a series of political telecasts in 1952 and again in 1956; anchor of the 1960 presidential campaign conclusion, Presidential Countdown; the 1980 CBS wrap-up of political news, Campaign Countdown, and the CBS news analysis program, Eyewitness to History, from 1961 to 1962. Cronkite was also the anchor and chief correspondent for Universe, a CBS science magazine-type program, in the summers of 1980, 1981 and 1982.

His CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite won a multitude of Emmy Awards. Walter, himself, took home several individual Emmys for Outstanding Achievement Within Regularly Scheduled News Programs; specifically, for The Watergate Affair and Coverage of the Shooting of Governor Wallace in 1972-73; Solzhenitsyn, a CBS News Special in 1974. When the Emmy Awards were presented on September 9, 1979, Walter Cronkite received the coveted ATAS Governor’s Award.

Cronkite, voted the ‘most trusted man in America’, left CBS Evening News on March 6, 1981. However, if he’s on TV doing a special, we’ll still be there in the audience ... “And that’s the way it is...”

TV NEWS SHOWS. Cronkite. U.S. Broadcast Journalist. More of, Walter Cronkite. And finally Lol. :D

August 31st.

1852 - The United States Congress passed legislation creating the first prestamped envelopes.

1939 - Frank Sinatra recorded All or Nothing at All with the Harry James Band. The tune failed to become a hit until four years later -- after Ol’ Blue Eyes had joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1940 - Actor Lawrence Olivier and actress Vivian Leigh were married.

1941 - The Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly, started on NBC radio.

1946 - “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ... the caped crusader returned to radio on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Superman had been dropped from the program schedule earlier in the year, but the outrage of youngsters brought the show back to the airwaves. Wow! The amazing power of Kryptonite in the hands of kids! Bud Collyer, later of TV’s Beat the Clock, played Clark Kent aka Superman on the radio series. His identity had been well guarded for years. Most people didn’t have a clue as to the identity of Superman until a TIME magazine article about Collyer appeared in 1946.

1950 - Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game. He got homers off of Boston Braves pitchers Warren Spahn, Normie Roy, Bob Hall and Johnny Antonelli.

1955 - Nashua defeated Swaps in a match-up of the thoroughbred horses at Arlington Park in Chicago, IL.

1959 - Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 hitters. Wally Moon connected for a three-run homer as the LA Dodgers downed the San Francisco Giants, 5-2.

1964 - California officially became the most populated of the United States.

1976 - A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song He’s So Fine (a 1963 Chiffons hit). The judge said that the chorus to Harrison’s My Sweet Lord was identical to He’s So Fine and it eventually (appeals went on for about five years) cost the former Beatle over half a million dollars.

1981 - Tickets went on sale for the highest-priced play in Broadway history. Nicholas Nickleby, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Plymouth Theatre in New York, included a 45-minute dinner break -- all for $100 per person.

1981 - The 30-year contract between ‘Mr. Television’, Milton Berle, and NBC-TV expired. Uncle Miltie had received $6 million for NOT being on the air since his show, The Texaco Star Theatre, went off the air in the mid-1950s. NBC held Berle to the contract to keep him from appearing on competing networks.

1987 - This day saw the largest preorder of albums in the history of CBS Records. 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s Bad album were shipped to record stores. The LP followed in the tracks of the Jackson album, Thriller, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (35 million copies sold). The Bad album was successful -- but sold only 13 million copies.

1990 - Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr were the first father-and-son teammate combo to play on same baseball team: the Seattle Mariners. Both men hit singles in the first inning. And, that September 14 they hit back-to-back home runs in a game at the California Angels.

1997 - Diana, Britain’s Princess of Wales, was killed in an early-morning car crash in Paris, France. Also killed was her millionaire companion, Harrods department store heir, Dodi Fayed. The couple was being chased by aggressive paparazzie (photographers) on motorcycles at the time of the crash.

August 31st.

1870 - Maria Montessori
educator: first woman to attend medical school, first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy, worked with handicapped and socially deprived children, developed unique educational method known as the Montessori method; Montessori Schools named for her; died May 6, 1952

1897 - Fredric March (Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel)
Academy Award-winning actor: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1931-32], The Best Years of Our Lives [1946]; Seven Days in May, Inherit the Wind, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Desperate Hours, The Bridges at Toko- Ri, Executive Suite, A Christmas Carol, A Star is Born, Mary of Scotland, Anna Karenina, The Barretts of Wimpole Street; Tony Award- winner: Long Day’s Journey into Night [1957]; died Apr 14, 1975

1903 - Arthur (Morton) Godfrey
ukulele playing, TV/radio entertainer: Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, Arthur Godfrey and Friends; Lipton Tea commercials; died Mar 16, 1983

1907 - William Shawn
magazine editor: The New Yorker; died Dec 08, 1992

1908 - William Saroyan
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: The Time of Your Life [1940]; The Human Comedy; died May 18, 1981

1914 - Richard Basehart
actor: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; Marilyn: The Untold Story , The Andersonville Trial, The Brothers Karamazov, Moby Dick; died Sep 17, 1984

1916 - Daniel Schorr
journalist: CBS News, CNN; Senior News Analyst: National Public Radio

1918 - Alan Jay Lerner
Songwriters Hall of Famer: Academy Award-winner: Gigi [score and title song, 1958], An American in Paris [screenplay, 1951]; lyricist: Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Camelot, My Fair Lady ; half of songwriting team of Lerner & Loewe; Grammy Award-winner: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [1969]; died June 14, 1986

1920 - G.D. Spradlin
actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, The War of the Roses, Tank, North Dallas Forty, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Part 2, Zabriskie Point, Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II

1924 - Buddy Hackett (Leonard Hacker)
comedian, actor: The Love Bug, The Music Man; cartoon voices: The Little Mermaid; died Jun 30, 2003

1928 - James Coburn
actor: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Great Escape, Our Man Flint, The President’s Analyst, Hudson Hawk, Charade, The Magnificent Seven; died Nov 18, 2002

1935 - Eldridge Cleaver
black activist; died May 1, 1998

1935 - Frank Robinson
Baseball Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Redlegs [ Rookie of the Year: 1956/all-star: 1956, 1957], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965/World Series: 1961/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1961], Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971/all-star: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1966], LA Dodgers, California Angels, Cleveland Indians; first black baseball manager

1937 - Warren Berlinger
actor: Love American Style, Sex and the Single Parent, The World According to Garp

1939 - Jerry Allison
musician: drums: group: The Crickets: That’ll be the Day; songwriter w/Sunny Curtis

1940 - Jack Thompson
actor: Last Dance, The Killing Beach, Ground Zero, Breaker Morant, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Waterfront, Jack Petersen

1945 - Itzhak Perlman
violinist: recorded with Andre Previn and Scott Joplin

1945 - Van Morrison
songwriter, singer: group: Them: Gloria; solo: Brown Eyed Girl, Domino, Blue Money, She Gives Me Religion

1947 - Carl Garrett
football: Oakland Raiders running back: Super Bowl XI

1949 - Richard Gere
actor: An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Cotton Club, Days of Heaven, First Knight, The Jackal

1952 - Rudolph Schenker
musician: guitar: group: Scorpions: LPs: Lonesome Crow, Fly to the Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killers, Taken by Force, Tokyo Tapes, Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout, Love at First Sting, World Wide Live

1954 - Claudell Washington
baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1974/World Series: 1974], Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, NY Mets, Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1984], NY Yankees, California Angels

1955 - Edwin Moses
Olympic Gold Medalist [1976, 1984] & Hall of Famer: 400-meter hurdles: the first athlete to use 13 strides between hurdles; 1983 winner of Sullivan Award: the U.S. outstanding amateur athlete

1955 - Anthony Thistlethwaite
musician: saxophone: group: The Waterboys

1957 - Glenn Tilbrook
musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: group: Squeeze: Goodbye Girl, Up the Junction, How Long

1958 - Von (Francis) Hayes
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983/all-star: 1989], California Angels

1959 - Tony DeFranco
singer: group: The DeFranco Family: Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat

1970 - Deborah (Ann) Gibson
singer: Only in My Dreams, Foolish Beat, Lost in Your Eyes, Les Miserables; writer: Between the Lines; perfume: Electric Youth

1972 - Chris Tucker
actor: Rush Hour series, House Party 3, Dead Presidents, The Fifth Element, Money Talks, Jackie Brown.

Chart Toppers
August 31st.

1950 Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
Sam’s Song - Bing & Gary Crosby
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
Little Star - The Elegants
My True Love - Jack Scott
Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson

1966 Summer in the City - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
See You in September - The Happenings
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 (You’re) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
The Grand Tour - George Jones

1982 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Hurts So Good - John Cougar
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band ;)
Fool Hearted Memory - George Strait

1990 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
Come Back to Me - Janet Jackson
If Wishes Came True - Sweet Sensation
Next to You, Next to Me - Shenandoah

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

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244th day of 2007 - 121 remaining.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Originally there were no female telephone operators in the young communications industry. However, the callers complained that the operators were rude. And so, the first woman was hired to be the courteous, friendly voice on the other end of the black box and wire.

The first woman telephone operator was Emma M. Nutt, who started work saying “Number pu-leeeeeze” for the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston, Massachusetts on this day in 1878. She remained in her career choice for 33 years.

We’ve come a long way, baby. In fact, we’ve come full circle. Wasn’t that last telephone operator’s voice, male? Well, at least he was polite.

The history of AT&T.

September 1st.

1819 - The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by Jethro Wood.

1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service. The car was built by company namesake George Pullman and he was assisted by Ben Field.

1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. We know it better as the record player. Emile got the patent, but Thomas Edison got the notoriety for making it work and making music with his invention.

1906 - Pitcher Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics went 24 innings. For the record, the A’s defeated the Boston Red Sox.

1922 - The first daily news program on radio was The Radio Digest, on WBAY radio. The program, hosted by George F. Thompson, the program’s editor, originated from New York City.

1923 - The earth shook violently in Kanto, Japan. It was the worst earthquake in Japan’s history (magnituded 7.1), killing some 140,000 people.

1939 - This day would live in infamy as the beginning of World War II. It was marked by the invasion of Poland by Nazi troops and planes. Polish defenses crumbled under the massive mechanized land and air assault.

1949 - Martin Kane, Private Eye debuted on NBC-TV. William Gargan starred on the Thursday night program. Gargan’s Martin Kane was a smooth, wisecracking operator who worked closely with the cops. His headquarters were at Happy McMann’s tobacco shop. As time passed, the format changed and so did the lead. Kane no longer worked closely with the fuzz and three other actors played the famous detective, Lloyd Nolan (1951-52), Lee Tracy (1952-53) and Mark Stevens (1953-54). Martin Kane, Private Eye ended on June 17, 1954.

1951 - The United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS Treaty.

1962 - An earthquake struck northwestern Iran near Ghazvin. The magnitude 7.3 quake killed some 12,000 people.

1971 - When Danny Murtaugh, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, handed in his lineup card to the umpire, it contained the names of nine black baseball players -- a first for the major leagues.

1972 - The O’Jays received a gold record for Back Stabbers. It was the first hit for the group from Canton, OH. The O’Jays would place nine more hits on the pop and R&B charts. Five of them were gold record winners: Love Train, I Love Music, Use ta Be My Girl, For the Love of Money and Put Your Hands Together.

1972 - America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

1973 - Horse-racing jockey Braulio Baeza won two races at Belmont Park, New York. Baeza then boarded an airplane and flew to Liberty Bell race track in Philadelphia to ride Determined King to victory in the Kindergarten Stakes.

1975 - The last Monday Night Baseball game was broadcast on NBC-TV. Montreal’s Expos defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. ABC-TV picked up the games in 1976.

1977 - Singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records. Chrysalis bought the group’s private stock label for $500,000. With the high visibility of the former Playboy Bunny, it was difficult to think of Blondie as a band, and not just Debbie Harry.

1982 - After a two-year absence from the major leagues (following a near-fatal stroke in June of 1980), pitcher J.R. Richard was called back to the Houston Astros.

1983 - A Soviet interceptor plane destroyed a Korean Air Boeing 747 that had strayed 100 miles off course, flying over Soviet military installations. Flight 007, carrying 240 passengers and 29 crew members, had departed from New York and was en route to Seoul, Korea. All 269 on board perished.

1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.

1992 - Chess champ Bobby Fischer came out of his 20-year retirement to hold a press conference in Yugoslavi a. He spit on an order from the U.S. Treasury Department warning him of his pending violation of U.N. sanctions if he played chess in Yugoslavia. Fischer announced that he would, indeed, play his one-time rival, Boris Spassky, in a $5-million chess match in Sveti Stefan, Yugoslavia -- despite the sanctions. The match began on Sep 30 and ran thru Nov 11 (Fischer won).

1997 - The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised $50,475,055 -- a record -- to support Muscular Dystrophy Association research and services.

1997 - Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes in which Princess Diana was fatally injured, had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. The Paris prosecutor’s office said, “The analysis of his blood showed a concentration of alcohol at an illicit level.”

September 1st.

1791 - Lydia Sigourney
author: Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands, Letters to Young Ladies, How to Be Happy; died June 10, 1865

1854 - Engelbert Humperdinck
opera composer: Hansel and Gretel; name borrowed by pop singer Arnold Dorsey; died Sep 27, 1921

1875 - Edgar Rice Burroughs
writer: Tarzan of the Apes; died Mar 19, 1950

1898 - Richard Arlen (Van Mattimore)
actor: Road to Nashville, Johnny Reno, Apache Uprising, Sex and the College Girl, Buffalo Bill Rides Again, Island of Lost Souls; died Mar 28, 1976

1900 - Don Wilson
announcer, actor: The Jack Benny Show; died Apr 25, 1982

1904 - Johnny Mack Brown
actor: Apache Uprising, Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Oregon Trail, Rustlers of Red Dog, Texas Kid; died Nov 14, 1974

1907 - Walter (Philip) Reuther
labor union leader: president of United Automobile Workers [UAW] and Congress of Industrial Organizations [CIO]; killed in plane crash May 9, 1970

1916 - Arleen Whelan
actress: Never Wave at a WAC, Ramrod; passed away Apr 7, 1993

1920 - Richard Farnsworth
actor: The Fire Next Time, The Two Jakes, The Natural, Misery, Anne of Green Gables, Lassie, The Grey Fox, Legend of the Lone Ranger, Havana, The Boys of Twilight; died Oct 6, 2000

1922 - Yvonne De Carlo (Peggy Yvonne Middleton)
actress: The Munsters, Salome, Where She Danced, The Ten Commandments, McLintock!; died Jan 8, 2007

1922 - Vittorio Gassman
actor: Sharkey’s Machine, The Scent of a Woman, Abraham, Bitter Rice, War and Peace, The Family; died June 29, 2000

1923 - Rocky Marciano (Rocco Marchegiano)
boxer: World Heavyweight Champion [1952-56]: the only world champion to have won every fight in professional career [1947-56]; died Aug 31, 1969

1928 - George Maharis (Maharias)
actor: Route 66, Rich Man, Poor Man - Book 1, The Most Deadly Game, The Crash of Flight 401, Return to Fantasy Island, Murder on Flight 502, Land Raiders, Exodus

1931 - Boxcar Willie (Lecil Martin)
‘The Singing Hobo’: songwriter, singer: Not the Man I Used to Be; died Apr 12, 1999

1933 - Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins)
songwriter: Walk Me to the Door; singer: It’s Only Make Believe, Danny Boy, Lonely Boy Blue, What Am I Living For, Next In Line, Hello Darlin’, 15 Years Ago, You’ve Never been this Far Before, Don’t Cry Joni; CMA Male Vocalist of the Year [1975], Grammy Award-winner [w/Loretta Lynn]: After the Fire is Gone [1971]; owns booking agency, music publishing company, Twitty Burgers, Twitty City theme park; died June 5, 1993

1935 - Seiji Ozawa
orchestra leader: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

1935 - Guy Rodgers
basketball: Milwaukee Bucks, Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia Warriors; died Feb 19, 2001

1937 - Al Geiberger
golf: holds PGA Tour Record for lowest score in 18 holes [59], played in 1977 during the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at the Colonial Country Club

1937 - Ron O’Neal
actor: Original Gangstas, Up Against the Wall, Trained to Kill, Super Fly, Red Dawn, No Place to Be Somebody, The Equalizer, Bring ’Em Back Alive; died Jan 14, 2004

1939 - Lily (Mary Jean) Tomlin
Emmy Award-winning comedy-writer: Lily [1973-74], Lily Tomlin [1975-76], The Paul Simon Special [12/8/77], producer: Lily: Sold Out [1980-81]; Tony Award-winning actress: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe [1986]; Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, 9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, And the Band Played On, Short Cuts, Nashville

1939 - Rico (Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo) Carty
baseball: Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1970], Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays

1940 - Dave White (Tricker)
singer, songwriter: group: Danny & The Juniors: At the Hop, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

1943 - Don Stroud
actor: Dillinger and Capone, Prime Target, Twisted Justice, Amityville Horror, The Buddy Holly Story, Sudden Death, Killer Inside Me, Madigan, Coogan’s Bluff, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Kate Loves a Mystery, Dragnet

1944 - Leonard Slatkin
Grammy Award-winning orchestra director: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra

1946 - Barry Gibb
musician: rhythm guitar, songwriter, singer: group: The Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Tragedy , Lonely Days; What Kind of Fool [w/Barbra Streisand], Emotion [w/Samantha Sang]; score: Saturday Night Fever; 29 hits: 7 gold, 4 platinum

1946 - Greg Errico
musician: drums: group: Sly and The Family Stone: Everyday People, [I Want to Take You] Higher, Dance to the Music, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Thank You [Falettinme be Mice Elf Agin]

1946 - Dennis Partee
football: San Diego Chargers

1947 - Ed Podolak
football: Kansas City Chiefs running back: Super Bowl IV

1949 - Garry (Lee) Maddox
baseball: San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1980, 1983]

1955 - Bruce Foxton
musician: guitar: band: 100 Men; group: The Jam: Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, David Watts, Eton Rifles, Little Boy Soldiers, Saturday’s Kids, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Beat Surrender, Man in the Corner Shop, Set the House Ablaze, Start, The Planner’s Dream Gone Wrong

1957 - Gloria Estefan (Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo)
‘Queen of Latin Pop’: Grammy Award-winning singer: Mi Tierra [1993], Abriendo Puertas [1995]; group: Miami Sound Machine: Don’t Want to Lose You, Turn the Beat Around; solo: LPs: Cuts Both Ways, Into the Light, Greatest Hits, Destiny; over 45 million records sold; actress: Music of the Heart

1961 - Scott ‘Bam Bam’ Bigelow pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Survivor Series, Wrestlemania, Extreme Championship Wrestling, WCW Saturday Night, Ready to Rumble.

Chart Toppers
September 1st.

1951 Because of You - Tony Bennett
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
Shanghai - Doris Day
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Sea of Love - Phil Phillips
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
I’m Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees ;)
Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin
I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James

1975 Get Down Tonight - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor
At Seventeen - Janis Ian
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

1983 Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Maniac - Michael Sembello
You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation - Ronnie McDowell

1991 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams ;)
Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave) - Roxette
Wind of Change - Scorpions
You Know Me Better Than That - 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
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245th day of 2007 - 120 remaining.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

If you’re a glutton for punishment by running the marathon ... or if you just wonder why folks put themselves through such a grueling activity, this day is for you.

Legend has it that, on this day in the year 490 B.C., a trained runner by the name of Phidippides of Athens, completed his mission to seek help against the invading Persian army. Phidippides had run for two days and two nights to the city of Sparta, about 140 miles away. Under religious law, he could not get the needed help until after the next full moon. And so, he ran the 140 miles again, returning to Athens without Spartan troops.

The Athenians had no time to wait for the Spartan troops; however, they were still able to win the battle against the Persians at Marathon. Wounded, Phidippides took to the road again, running the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to carry the news of the victory. His last words before he collapsed and died, “Rejoice, we are victorious.”

In honor of Phidippides, the 26-mile marathon became part of the Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896. A year later, the Boston Marathon was held for the first time, making it the oldest marathon race in the United States.

At the Olympic games in London in 1908, 385 yards were added to the 26-mile marathon in order for the runners to pass King Edward VII’s royal box in White City Stadium. This 26.2 mile distance was made the official Olympic marathon distance in 1924 at the Paris Olympics.

Ancient Olympic Events. Phidippides of Athens. Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Olympic Games. The Great Marathon Myth.

September 2nd.

1666 - This was the first day of the Great Fire of London. More than 13,000 houses burned and six people died in a three-day fire that started in a wooden house on Pudding Lane near the Tower of London. The house belonged to a baker named Farryner. It was this fire that prompted the first fire insurance policy.

1789 - The United States Treasury Department, the third presidential cabinet department, was organized by an act of Congress. It got the U.S. out of the ‘wampum’ trading business...

1858 - The first special cigar bands were distributed at a dinner in New York City. The bands paid homage to Cyrus W. Field for his work in the laying of the Atlantic telegraph cable.

1897 - The first issue of McCall’s magazine was published. The magazine had previously been called The Queen—Illustrated Magazine of Fashion and McCall’s Magazine, the Queen of Fashion.

1924 - Theatregoers heard the song Indian Love Call for the first time in the operetta Rose Marie, which opened in New York City.

1927 - Sophie Tucker recorded her signature song, Some of These Days, for Columbia Records.

1931 - The radio show 15 Minutes with Bing Crosby debuted on CBS. The singer became a super-hot property after the debut.

1938 - The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was placed in operation on the New York Central railroad. Coach #1472 began its initial run with the modern lighting on this day.

1945 - U.S. President Harry S Truman proclaimed this day as Victory-over-Japan Day (V-J Day or Victory Day). It was so named because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on this day (Far Eastern Time). The informal agreement of surrender had been made on August 14.

1949 - Alben W. Barkley, the Vice President of the United States under President Harry S Truman, wrote a letter that made reference to his office as the Veep. The name stuck. Alben W. Barkley was forevermore referred to as the Veep. And ever since, it has been used as the common expression for vice presidents, whether in government or business. Barkley, born in Kentucky, was Veep from 1949 until 1953.

1962 - Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record. ‘Hubbs of the Cubs’ played errorless ball for his 74th consecutive game.

1965 - The Beatles received a gold record for their single Help!, from the movie of the same name.

1972 - Milt Pappas of the Chicago Cubs pitched 9-2/3 innings of perfect baseball, before giving up a walk to Larry Stahl of the Philadelphia Phillies. Pappas got the no-hitter and an 8-0 win at Wrigley Field, Chicago.

1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitching staff to toss spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters. The Tigers lost anyway, 3-0.

1980 - Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych won his first game in 2-1/2 years for the Detroit Tigers. He gave up seven hits to the Chicago White Sox but led the Tigers to a 11-2 win.

1984 - Jockey Larry Snyder rode Tennessee Rite to a nine-length win in the the Prelude Stakes for $50,000 at Louisiana Downs. It was Snyder’s 5,000th career victory and came 24 years -- to the day -- after his first win in 1960.

1986 - Pitcher Steve Carlton earned career win #322. ‘Lefty’ gave up seven hits in leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Former Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson, making his first major-league at-bats, got one of the hits. Bo knows...

1995 - The soundtrack album from the Michelle Pfeiffer movie, Dangerous Minds, hit number one on Billboard. Tracks like Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio, Gin & Juice by DeVante and True O.G. by Mr. Dalvin + Static kept the Dangerous Minds album at the top for three weeks.

1995 - The Concert for the Hall of Fame was presented at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It was the grand-opening celebration for the $92-million, I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Appearing at the concert were such Rock and Roll notables as Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Martha and the Vandellas, John Mellencamp, etc. etc. etc. The museum’s official public dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony had been held the previous day.

1998 - Swissair Flight 111 went down about five miles off the Nova Scotia hamlet of Peggy’s Cove. The Boeing MD-11, enroute to Geneva, Switzerland, from New York, plunged into the water off Canada while attempting an emergency landing at Halifax International Airport. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has collected over a million pieces of wreckage from the Atlantic Ocean for its ongoing investigation. An in-flight entertainment system is suspected as one possible cause of the crash. Swissair and Boeing have offered compensatory damages to relatives of all 229 people who perished in the crash.

1999 - Cal Ripken, Jr. hit his 400th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore.

September 2nd.

1917 - Laurindo Almeida
Grammy Award-winning composer, musician: guitar: Guitar from Ipanema [1964]; Viva Bossa Nova; underscore: Viva Zapata; died July 26, 1995

1917 - Cleveland Amory
writer: The Cat and the Curmudgeon, The Cat Who Came for Christmas, TV Guide columnist; died Oct 14, 1998

1918 - Allen Drury
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Advise and Consent [1960]; died Sep 2, 1998

1918 - Martha Mitchell (Beall)
socialite: wife of U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell of the Nixon administration; died May 31, 1976

1919 - Marge Champion (Marjorie Belcher)
dancer, actress: Give a Girl a Break, Jupiter’s Darling, Lovely to Look At, Mr. Music, The Party, The Swimmer; choreographer [w/Gower Champion]; model for animated Snow White

1925 - Eddie Price
football: NY Giants

1937 - Peter Ueberroth
businessperson, promoter: 1984 Summer Olympics in LA; Baseball Commissioner [1984-1989]

1939 - Sam Gooden
singer: group: Roosters; The Impressions: It’s All Right, For Your Precious Love

1940 - Jimmy Clanton
singer, songwriter: Just A Dream, Venus in Blue Jeans, Another Sleepless Night; toured w/Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars; actor: Go, Johnny, Go!

1942 - Tom Keating
football: Oakland Raiders defensive tackle: Super Bowl II

1943 - Rosalind Ashford
singer: group: Martha and the Vandellas: Heat Wave, Quick Sand, Dancing in the Street

1943 - (James) Luke Walker
baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Detroit Tigers

1946 - Marty Grebb
musician: keyboards: group: The Buckinghams: Don’t You Care, Kind of a Drag, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Susan

1946 - Billy Preston
musician, songwriter, singer: Will It Go Round in Circles, Nothing from Nothing, Outa-Space, Get Back [w/The Beatles], With You I’m Born Again [w/Syreeta]; appeared in film: St. Louis Blues; played w/Little Richard’s Band; died June 6, 2006

1948 - Nate (Nathaniel) ‘Tiny’ Archibald
Basketball Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, New York Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks; NBA stats [over 14 years]: 16,481 points, 6,476 assists, six NBA All-Star games; elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame [1991]

1948 - Terry Bradshaw
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh Steelers QB: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV; football sportscaster/analyst: CBS-TV, FOX-TV; actor: Cannonball Run; singer: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

1948 - Christa McAuliffe (Sharon Christa Corrigan)
teacher, astronaut: Challenger space shuttle; killed in Challenger explosion Jan 28, 1986

1950 - Lamar Johnson
baseball: Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers

1951 - Lenvil Elliott
football: San Francisco 49ers running back: Super Bowl XVI

1951 - Mark Harmon
actor: Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Wyatt Earp, Till There Was You, Reasonable Doubts, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, St. Elsewhere, Centennial, Flamingo Road, Moonlighting, Sam, 240-Robert; People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive [1986]

1952 - Jimmy Connors
tennis champion: Australian Open [1974], Wimbledon [1974, 1982], U.S. Open [1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983]

1954 - Rick (Richard Eugene) Manning
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers

1955 - Linda Purl
actress: Happy Days, Matlock, Beacon Hill, Robin’s Hoods, Under Cover

1957 - Steve Porcaro
musician: keyboards, singer: group: Toto: Hold the Line, 99, Make Believe, Rosanna, Africa

1958 - Fritz McIntyre
musician: keyboards: group: Simply Red: Money’s Too Tight to Mention, Holding Back the Years, The Right Thing

1960 - Eric Dickerson
Pro Football Hall of Famer: NFL individual record for yards gained in a season: LA Rams [1984]: Rookie of Year [1983]; Indianapolis Colts; LA Raiders, Atlanta Falcons

1964 - Keanu Reeves
actor: Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnemonic, Speed, Little Buddha, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Parenthood, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons, River’s Edge , Youngblood, Brotherhood of Justice, Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance, Dream to Believe.

Chart Toppers
September 2nd.

1944 I’ll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
It Could Happen to You - Jo Stafford
Soldier’s Last Letter - Ernest Tubb

1952 Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells

1960 It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Walk--Don’t Run - The Ventures
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968 People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf ;)
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

1976 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Let ’Em In - Wings ;)
(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap

1984 What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Missing You - John Waite
Stuck on You - Lionel Richie
Let’s Fall to Pieces Together - George Strait

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

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246th day of 2007 - 119 remaining.

Monday, September 3, 2007

It was on this day in 1838 that Frederick Douglass, a black man, boarded a train in the slave state of Maryland, dressed as a sailor with borrowed ID papers. He rode the train to Wilmington, Delaware. There he caught a steamboat to Philadelphia. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, was a free city. There he transferred to a train that took him to New York City -- also a free city.

It was in New York that he was helped by the underground railway network to freedom.

Frederick Douglass became one of the nation’s strongest abolitionists, fighting in the struggle against slavery and one of America’s greatest orators. He published the weekly North Star, which was later titled Frederick Douglass’ Paper, to reach the black people. It was mostly through his urging that there were black troops serving in the Civil War.

His autobiography, Life and Times, is a narrative classic of escape to freedom.

Frederick Douglass . And more.

September 3rd.

1783 - The Revolutionary War ended on this day. A treaty was signed by Great Britain and the United States in Paris, France. The treaty bears the signatures of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John Jay.

1833 - The first successful one-cent (or penny) newspaper was published. Benjamin H. Day issued the first copy of The New York Sun. By 1836, "The Sun" had the largest circulation in the country: 30,000. Wouldn’t he be surprised at how successful a paper can be selling at a buck instead of a penny!

1895 - The first professional football game was played -- in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. Since 1967, St. Vincent College in Latrobe has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.

1929 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 381.17. It was the peak of the bull market of the 1920s.

1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. Campbell drove his Bluebird Special on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah at a speed of 301.13 MPH.

1939 - Britain’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced the declaration of war against Germany at 11:15 a.m. The British ultimatum to halt the German invasion of Poland had expired at 11:00 a.m. (GMT).

1940 - Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five recorded Summit Ridge Drive for Victor Records.

1942 - Frank Sinatra bid adieu to the Tommy Dorsey Band as he started his solo singing career.

1951 - What was to become the longest-running TV serial (or soap opera) was seen for the first time. Search for Tomorrow debuted on CBS-TV.

1954 - The Lone Ranger was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes spanning 21 years. Many of the original ABC radio shows later became available through syndication and can still be heard on stations brave enough to air dramas in today’s radio world of talk and music.

1963 - Reprise Records, owned by Frank Sinatra, became part of Warner Brothers Records. The ‘Chairman of the Board’ continued to record for the label.

1967 - After 17 years, What’s My Line aired for the final time on CBS-TV. The host of the show was John Daly. Panelists on the first show were: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Untermeyer, Dr. Richard Hoffman and New Jersey Governor Harold Hoffman. Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf joined the show a short time later. Kilgallen, Cerf and Francis were the continuing regulars for fifteen years. Fred Allen, Hal Block and Steve Allen served as panelists for short stints at different times.

1971 - The Lawrence Welk Show was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. ABC felt the show attracted “too old an audience ... not good for attracting advertisers.” Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, Calcutta, in 1960. A one and a two...

1973 - David Pearson became the first racecar driver to earn one million dollars in career earnings. Pearson finished second in the Southern 500 stock-car race in Darlington, SC. Other drivers to make the big bucks at the time were Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Sr. and Mario Andretti.

1981 - David Brinkley ended an illustrious 38-year career with NBC News this day. ABC had offered him an opportunity too good to refuse.

1984 - Jerry Lewis smashed all previous records for charity fund-raising. A total of $32,074,566 was pledged on the annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

1984 - Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season. Three hurlers had previously held the record, Clay Carroll, Rollie Fingers and Sutter, with 37 saves. The Cardinals defeated the New York Mets, 7-3.

1986 - Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge, forming the world’s largest accounting firm.

September 3rd.

1596 - Nicolo Amati
violin maker; died in 1684

1875 - Ferdinand Porsche
auto designer; died Jan 30, 1951

1910 - Kitty Carlisle (Catherine Conn)
actress: A Night at the Opera; panelist: To Tell the Truth; died Apr 17, 2007

1913 - Alan (Walbridge) Ladd
actor: The Carpetbaggers, Citizen Kane, Shane, Star Spangled Rhythm, This Gun for Hire; actress Cheryl Ladd’s father-in-law [she married Alan's son David]; died Jan 29, 1964

1914 - Tom Glazer
singer: On Top of Spaghetti [w/Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus]; composer: film score: A Face in the Crowd

1916 - Eddie (Edward Raymond) Stanky
‘The Brat’, ‘Muggsy’: baseball: Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1947/all-star: 1947], Boston Braves [World Series: 1948/all-star: 1948], NY Giants [World Series: 1950/all-star: 1951/record for walks in a row (7 in 1950)], SL Cardinals; manager: SL Cardinals, Chicago White Sox; died June 16, 1999

1923 - Mort Walker (Addison)
cartoonist: Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois

1925 - Hank (Henry Williams) Thompson
‘Crown Prince of Country Music’: singer: Humpty Dumpty Heart, Wild Side of Life, A Six-Pack to Go, Oklahoma Hills; group: The Brazos Valley Boys

1926 - Anne Jackson
actress: Lovers and Other Strangers, Lost in Yonkers, A Woman Called Golda, Funny About Love

1931 - Dick Motta
basketball: coach: Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets

1932 - Eileen Brennan
Emmy Award-winning actress: Private Benjamin [1980-81]; A New Kind of Family, Off the Rack, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Last Picture Show, Stella, The Sting, FM

1933 - Tompall (Tom Paul) Glaser
singer: group: The Glaser Brothers: Lovin’ Her Was Easier, Just One Time, I Still Love You, Gone on the Other Hand, Through the Eyes of Love, One of These Days, California Girl, Gone Girl, Rings, Ain’t It All Worth Living; songwriter: Running Gun, Stand Beside Me, Streets of Baltimore; solo: Musical Chairs, It’ll Be Her; sang backup on El Paso

1936 - Steve (Stephen) Boros
baseball: Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds

1940 - Pauline Collins
Tony Award-winning actress: Shirley Valentine [1989]; City of Joy, Upstairs, Downstairs

1942 - Al Jardine
songwriter, singer, musician: bass, guitar: group: The Beach Boys: Surfin’, Lady Lynda

1942 - Gary Jarrett
hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals

1943 - Dave Eichelberger
golf: Senior PGA Tour pro

1943 - Valerie Perrine
actress: Lenny, W.C. Fields and Me, Superman, Boiling Point, Sweet Bird of Youth, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills

1944 - Gary Leeds
musician: drums: group: The Walker Brothers: My Ship is Coming In, Make It Easy on Yourself, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore , No Regrets

1945 - George Biondo
musician: group: Steppenwolf: Born to Be Wild

1948 - Donald Brewer
musician: drums, songwriter: groups: Silver Bullet Band, Flint, Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band, Walk like a Man, Shinin’ On, Some Kind of Wonderful, Bad Time

1949 - Ray Easterling
football: Univ. of Richmond, Atlanta Falcons

1965 - Charlie Sheen (Carlos Irwin Estevez)
actor: Wall Street, Platoon, Hot Shots, The Chase, Men at Work, Young Guns, Major League, Major League II, Being John Malkovich, Spin City; brother of actor Emilio Estevez, son of actor Martin Sheen

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Chart Toppers
September 3rd.

1945 Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
Gotta Be This or That - Benny Goodman
You Two-Time Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter

1953 I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
No Other Love - Perry Como
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky

1961 Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
Michael - The Highwaymen
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It) - Ral Donner
Tender Years - George Jones

1969 Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones ;)
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

1977 Best of My Love - Emotions
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle :)

1985 The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin ;)
Love is Alive - The Judds

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

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247th day of 2007 - 118 remaining.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

This is the birthday of one of the most written-about, talked-about, joked-about cities in the world, Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles was born on this day in 1781.

The Mexican Provincial Governor, Felipe de Neve, founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, originally named Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, by Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, who had noticed the beautiful area as they traveled north from San Diego in 1769. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles translates into the Village of our Lady, the Queen of the Angels ... L.A. for short.

Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848, and Los Angeles, the capital of Alta California, a Mexican Province, came with it. Once a quiet, little village, the discovery of oil in the 1890s started an expansion that has grown to be the home of more than 8 1/2 million people (approx. 3 1/2 million in the actual city limits). Hollywood, movie stars, Disneyland, freeways, Beverly Hills, earthquakes, fires, floods and drive-by shootings have all managed to keep the City of Angels on the map, so to speak.

As have the more than a million visitors a year ... they come to visit and they often come back to stay ... in L.A.


September 4th.

1833 - Barney Flaherty answered an ad in The New York Sun and became the first newsboy. Actually, Barney became what we now call a paperboy. He was 10 years old at the time. Show us a 10-year-old who reads a newspaper today. Those were the days! Of course, there was no radio, no TV, no MTV, no computers, no Internet. What was a kid to do?

1882 - Thomas Edison displayed the first practical electrical lighting system. The Pearl Street electric power station, Edison’'s steam powered plant, began operating and successfully turned on the lights in a one square mile area of New York City.

1885 - As you pile that delicious platter of stuff on your tray, grab an extra dessert just for the fun of it and enough packets of sugar to last a year ... keep in mind that on this day, the Exchange Buffet opened in New York City. It was the first self-service restaurant in the U.S.

1888 - The name Kodak was registered by George Eastman of Rochester, NY. He patented his roll-film camera: U.S. Patent #388,850.

1927 - Lloyd Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a short fly ball that hit inside the foul line and bounced into the stands. It was a home run, according to the rules at the time. Ironically, Waner’s brother, Paul, came to bat next and did the same thing -- for another home run. Today, a similar hit would be called a ground rule double.

1928 - An endurance test got underway for the Boston Braves. The team started a stretch that saw them playing nine doubleheaders in a row. It is doubtful that the person in charge of scheduling games lasted very long after that.

1928 - Wingy Manone recorded Downright Disgusted for Vocalion Records. Playing drums for Wingy was a young sideman named Gene Krupa.

1941 - The New York Yankees won their 12th American League baseball pennant. This was the earliest any American League team had clinched the title.

1949 - The longest pro tennis match in history was played. Pancho Gonzales and Ted Schroeder played 67 games in five sets.

1951 - The first coast-to-coast telecast using coaxial cable was seen by viewers from New York City to San Francisco, CA. What did they see? U.S. President Harry S Truman giving a speech to the nation from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco.

1953 - The New York Yankees became the first baseball team, and Casey Stengel the first manager, to win five consecutive American League championships.

1959 - Mack the Knife was banned from radio -- at least from WCBS Radio in New York City. Teenage stabbings in the city had people pretty uptight; therefore, the ban.

1967 - The richest horse race in American history was run. The All-American Futurity, a race for quarter horses, was held in New Mexico. Laico Bird won $225,000 of the $486,593 purse.

1972 - Swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz became the first Olympian to win seven gold medals.

1982 - After six weeks, Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor, dropped out of the top spot on the music charts. The song, from the movie, Rocky III, dropped all the way to number 2 (for two weeks), then to number 3 for one week and to number 4 for two weeks before starting to fade. That’s what we call a hit, folks! It was the group’s biggest, earning them a platinum record.

1997 - The 14th MTV Video Music Awards show was staged at Radio City Music Hall. Host Chris Rock introduced Madonna, U2, Beck, Jamiroquai, The Wallflowers with Bruce Springsteen & Marilyn Manson. Most memorabel moment: Sting joining Puff Daddy & Faith Evans to perform I’ll Be Missing You.

1998 - Knock Off, with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Schneider, Lela Rochon, Michael Fitzgerlad Wong, Carmen Lee, Glen Chin, Jeff Wolfe and Paul Sorvino, opened in U.S. theatres. Set at the time of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong by the British to the Chinese, it’s about an attempt by the Russian Mafia to sell deadly microbombs. You probably didn’t see it in a U.S. theatre, but it has been on U.S. TV a bunch of times.

September 4th.

1803 - Sarah Childress Polk
First Lady: wife of 11th President of the United States, James Knox Polk; died Aug 14, 1891

1824 - Anton Bruckner
composer: wrote symphonies [9], masses and a Te Deum; died Oct 11, 1896

1846 - Daniel Burnham
architect: Railway Exchange Building [Chicago, one of the 1st skyscrapers in U.S.], Chicago’s Monadnock Building [1891] and Reliance Building [1894]; long-range city plan for Chicago [1909], Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.; died in 1912

1908 - Richard Wright
author: Black Boy, The Outsider, Black Power, The Color Curtain, Pagan Spain; died Nov 28, 1960

1917 - Henry Ford II
industrialist: head of Ford Motor Co. [1945-1980]; died Sep 29, 1987

1918 - Paul Harvey
news commentator: “Hello Americans. Stand by for news!”: The Rest of the Story

1919 - Howard Morris
comedian, actor: Boys Night Out, Splash, High Anxiety, The Nutty Professor; Your Show of Shows, Caesar’s Hour, Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo; director: With Six You Get Egg Roll, Don’t Drink the Water, Goin’ Coconuts; died May 21, 2005

1928 - Dick (Richard Allen) York
actor: Bewitched, That Brewster Boy, Going My Way, Inherit the Wind, They Came to Cordura, My Sister Eileen, Tea and Sympathy, Bus Stop; died Feb 20, 1992

1931 - Mitzi Gaynor (Franchesca Mitzi Marlene de Charney von Gerber)
singer, dancer, actress: South Pacific, Anything Goes, There’s No Business like Show Business, For Love or Money

1933 - Richard S. Castellano
actor: The Godfather, Lovers and Other Strangers, Honor Thy Father, Night of the Juggler, The Gangster Chronicles, Joe and Sons, The Super; died Dec 10, 1988

1937 - Dawn Fraser
Olympic swimmer [Australia]: 1st to win 8 medals: 4 gold [1956,1960,1964 - 100 meter freestyle; 1956 - relay), and 4 silver

1938 - Leonard Frey
actor: Fiddler on the Roof, The Boys in the Band; died Aug 24, 1988

1941 - Ken (Kenneth Smith) Harrelson
‘Hawk’: baseball: KC Athletics, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1967/all-star: 1968], Cleveland Indians; baseball broadcaster: WSBK-TV, Boston; GM: Chicago White Sox

1942 - Raymond Floyd
golf champion: Masters [1976], U.S. Open [1986], PGA [1969, 1982]

1942 - Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight
singer: group: Gladys Night and the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, The Way We Were/Try to Remember medley

1944 - Jennifer Salt
actress: Soap, The Marshall Chronicles, Play It Again, Sam, Out of the Darkness

1945 - Gene Parsons
musician: drums: group: The Byrds; solo: Kindling

1946 - Gary Duncan (Grubb)
musician: guitar: group: Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, Who Do You Love?, The Fool

1946 - Greg Elmore
musician: drums: group: Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, Who Do You Love?, The Fool

1947 - Wayne LaChance
hockey: Clarkson University, Springfield Kings, Greensboro Generals, Syracuse Eagles; owner [w/Bruce Landon] of AHL Springfield [MA] Falcons

1949 - Tom Watson
golf champion: Masters [1977, 1981], U.S. Open [1982], British Open [1975, 1977, 1982, 1983]

1950 - Doyle (Lafayette) Alexander
baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees [World Series: 1976], Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1988]

1950 - Ronald LaPread
musician: bass: group: Commodores: Still, Three Times a Lady, Nightshift

1951 - Martin Chambers
musician: drums: group: The Pretenders: Kid, Brass in Pocket, Back on the Chain Gang

1951 - Judith Ivey
Tony Award-winning actress: Steaming [1983], Hurly Burly [1985]; Designing Women, The Critic, Down Home, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans

1953 - Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
actor: Alien Nation, Rituals, Roots, Welcome Back, Kotter, Quiet Fire, L.A. Heat, L.A. Vice

1953 - Steve Luke
football: Green Bay Packers

1958 - Paul (Wesley) Householder
baseball: Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros

1971 - Ione Skye
actress: Say Anything, Covington Cross, Guncrazy, Dream for an Insomniac.

Chart Toppers
September 4th.

1946 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Surrender - Perry Como
Doin’ What Comes Naturally - Dinah Shore
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 Sheila - Tommy Roe
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Party Lights - Claudine Clark
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins

1970 War - Edwin Starr
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
(If You Let Me Make Love to You) Why Can’t I Touch You? - Ronnie
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James

1978 Grease - Frankie Valli
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Blue Skies - Willie Nelson

1986 Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Venus - Bananarama
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Heartbeat in the Darkness - Don Williams

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

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248th day of 2007 - 117 remaining.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The first disaster relief provided by the American Red Cross benefited thousands of fire victims left destitute this day by the Great Fire of 1881.

It had been a long hot summer in the ‘thumb-area’ of Michigan and small forest fires were burning. A southwest gale fanned the flames into an inferno. The fire raged for three days, scorching over a million acres. Over 125 people died in the blaze.

The American Association for the Relief of Misery on the Battlefields was a result of the International Red Cross and the forerunner of the American Association of the Red Cross. Clara Barton was instrumental in establishing the American chapter in 1881.

Over one hundred nations now have Red Cross associations. Each national society carries on its own program; however, all are united in their aim to prevent misery in time of war or peace and serve all people, regardless of race, nationality or religion.

The Red Cross flag (white background with a red cross) is the reverse of Switzerland’s flag where the first Red Cross was founded in 1863 ... and that’s how the organization got its name.

History Timeline — Pre 1900 - Today.

September 5th.

1882 - The first Labor Day holiday parade was held in New York City. It was sponsored by the Central Labor Union. Some 10,000 workers -- all men -- participated in the parade.

1885 - Jake Gumper of Ft. Wayne, IN bought the first gasoline pump produced in the United States.

1901 - The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was formed in Chicago. It became the first organized baseball league.

1905 - The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed by representatives of Russia and Japan, ending the Russo-Japanese War. Why was it called The Treaty of Portsmouth? It was signed at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1906 - Bradbury Robinson executed the first legal forward pass in football. Robinson threw the ball to Jack Schneider of St. Louis University in a game against Carroll College.

1938 - The NBC Red network broadcast Life Can Be Beautiful for the first time. The program was “an inspiring message of faith drawn from life.” The program aired until 1954.

1956 - Johnny Cash hit the record running with I Walk the Line. Cash’s debut hit song climbed to #17 on the pop music charts.

1958 - The first color videotaped program was aired. It was The Betty Feezor Show on WBTV-TV in Charlotte, NC.

1960 - Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay would later change his name to Muhammad Ali and become one of the great boxing champions in the world. In 1996, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, Muhammad Ali was given the honor of lighting the Olympic flame.

1964 - The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun made it to #1. It stayed at the top until it was replaced three weeks later by Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman. Orbison’s smash was just entering the pop charts on this day for a 14-week run.

1971 - J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros tied Karl Spooner’s record by striking out 15 batters in his major-league baseball debut. The Astros beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3.

1972 - PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorists entered the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, killing 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team.

1972 - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway won a gold record for their duet, Where is the Love. The song got to number five on the pop music charts and was one of two songs that earned gold for the duo. The other was The Closer I Get To You (1978).

1980 - Switzerland’s St. Gotthard Auto Tunnel, the longest underground motorway in the world, opened. Traffic moved along the 10+ miles that took ten years to build and cost $417 million.

1983 - The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) became the first hourlong network news show.

1984 - Mortimer Zuckerman, a real estate magnate, spent $163 million on a deal. Zuckerman purchased the newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report.

1986 - After 23 years of “oohing” and “aahing,” laughing and kibitzing as host of various talk shows, Merv Griffin aired his final program -- for Metromedia Television.

1997 - Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) died of a heart attack at her Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Calcutta, India. The Albanian nun had celebrated her 87th birthday just nine days earlier. The recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa gave hope to millions, caring for, helping and listening to the poor and downtrodden.

1998 - Aerosmith’s I Don't Want to Miss a Thing debuted at #1 on U.S. music charts. The song, from the movie, Armageddon, was the first single by Aerosmith to reach number one. It stayed at the top through the entire month of September.

September 5th.

1638 - Louis XIV
‘The Sun King’ [he chose the sun as his royal emblem]: King of France [1643-1715]; died Sep 1, 1715

1897 - Morris Carnovsky
actor: Cyrano de Bergerac, Gun Crazy, Dead Reckoning, Rhapsody in Blue, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes; cofounder of New York’s Group Theater; Shakespearean actor; died Sep 1, 1992

1897 - Arthur Charles Nielsen
market researcher: founder of A.C. Nielsen Co.: radio and TV audience surveys; Lawn Tennis Hall of Famer: avid player, generous patron; died June 1, 1981

1901 - Florence Eldridge (McKechnie)
actress: Inherit the Wind, Les Miserables, Mary of Scotland , Christopher Columbus; died Aug 1, 1988

1902 - Darryl F. (Francis) Zanuck
producer: The Jazz Singer, The Grapes of Wrath, Forever Amber, The Snake Pit; cofounder of 20th Century Studios; died Dec 22, 1979

1905 - Arthur Koestler
novelist: The Thirteenth Tribe, Scum of the Earth, Darkness at Noon; died Mar 3, 1983

1912 - John Cage
composer: experimental music and performance with non-traditional instruments: Bacchanal, Anthems of the Sun, Living Room, Water Music, Third Construction, 4’53"; died Aug 12, 1992

1921 - Jack Valenti
movie executive: president of Motion Picture Association of America; died Apr 26, 2007

1929 - Bob Newhart
actor, comedian: The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart; LP: The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart

1932 - Carol Lawrence (Laraia)
singer, actress: West Side Story, General Hospital

1936 - Bill Mazeroski
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates

1937 - William Devane
actor: Deceit, A Christmas Visitor, The X-Files: The Truth, Hollow Man, Space Cowboys, Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story, 24, Knots Landing, Marathon Man, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, A Woman Named Jackie, From Here to Eternity

1938 - John Ferguson
hockey: Fort-Wayne Komets, Cleveland Barons, Montreal Canadiens

1939 - Billy Kilmer
football: Washington Redskins quarterback: Super Bowl VII

1939 - Clay Regazzoni
auto racer: 5-time grand prix champ [for Ferrari]; broke his back in a crash at Long Beach CA [1980]

1939 - John Stewart
singer: Gold; group: The Kingston Trio; songwriter: Daydream Believer

1940 - Raquel Welch (Jo Raquel Tejada)
actress: Tainted Blood, The Four Musketeers, Woman of the Year, Bandolero!, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Myra Breckenridge, Fantastic Voyage, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

1945 - Al Stewart
singer, musician: guitar: Time Passages, Year of the Cat, Manuscript

1946 - Dennis Dugan
actor: Happy Gilmore, Problem Child, Parenthood, The Howling, Night Moves, Night Call Nurses, Shadow Chasers, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I, Empire

1946 - Julius Keye
basketball: Denver Nuggets; died Sep 13, 1984

1946 - Freddie Mercury (Bulsara)
singer: I was Born to Love You; Queen: Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We are the Champions; died Nov 24, 1991

1946 - Loudon Wainwright III
songwriter, singer: Dead Skunk; actor: M*A*S*H, The Slugger’s Wife, Jackknife

1948 - Jim White
football: Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle: Super Bowl XI

1950 - Cathy Guisewite
cartoonist: Cathy

1951 - James McAlister
football: UCLA Hall of Famer, All-American running back; New England Patriots

1952 - Cleo Miller
football: Cleveland Browns

1969 - Dweezil Zappa
musician: guitar: MTV; son of musician Frank Zappa, brother of singer Moon Unit Zappa

1973 - Rose McGowan
actress: The Doom Generation, Bio-Dome, Scream, Going All the Way, Charmed, Monkeybone.

Chart Toppers
September 5th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
That’s My Desire - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 My Boyfriend’s Back - The Angels
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman
Blowin’ in the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul & Linda McCartney
Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin
Easy Loving - Freddie Hart

1979 My Sharona - The Knack ;)
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
Don’t Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra ;)
Heartbreak Hotel - Willie Nelson & Leon Russell

1987 La Bamba - Los Lobos
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
Only in My Dreams - Debbie Gibson
She’s Too Good to Be True - Exile

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

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249th day of 2007 - 116 remaining.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The original name of Russia’s second largest city was restored on this day in 1991. The city of St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, hence the name, St. Petersburg. But it wasn’t always that simple.

In 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Russian leaders felt that Petersburg was too German-sounding. So they changed the name of the city to Petrograd -- to make it more Russian-sounding.

Then, in 1924, the country’s Soviet Communist leaders wanted to honor the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir I. Lenin. The city of Petrograd became Leningrad and was known as Leningrad until this day in 1991 when the new Russian legislators -- no longer Soviet Communists -- wanted the city to reflect their change of government.

What’s in a name? Well, it seems that if it’s a city’s name, it has a lot to do with the politics of the times. Just think, the Russians could have renamed their city, Yeltsingrad, rather than St. Petersburg. Kinda has a nice ring to it...

Click. And click for more information.

September 6th.

1819 - Thomas Blanchard of Springfield, MA patented a machine called the lathe. Blanchard said it was invented for the manufacturing of gun stocks. His lathe did the work of 13 operators.

1920 - The first prizefight broadcast on radio featured Jack Dempsey knocking out Billy Miske in the third round of a bout in Benton Harbor, MI. Radio station WWJ in Detroit was the station that fight fans were tuned to.

1930 - Gallant Fox won the Lawrence Realization at Belmont Park in New York and became the leading moneymaker in thoroughbred racing.

1937 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded Sugar Foot Stomp on Victor Records. The tune was a Fletcher Henderson arrangement.

1943 - The youngest player to appear in an American League game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. On this day, Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.

1958 - Actor Steve McQueen starred on the CBS-TV series, Wanted: Dead or Alive. McQueen played bounty hunter Josh Randall. Randall was a man of few words but sure knew how to use his .30-.40 sawed-off carbine on the bad guys.

1958 - Georgia Gibbs sang The Hula-Hoop Song on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was the first national exposure for the Hula-Hoop craze. Many people recorded the song to capitalize on the fad, including Teresa Brewer and Betty Johnson. Like sometimes happens with fads, these songs didn’t become very popular. The Hula-Hoop craze lasted a bit longer...

1959 - The first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation. The original Barbie, along with her pals, Ken and Skipper, are now collectors items, although new versions are continually being produced.

1961 - Bob Dylan gave one of his first performances at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village. The Gaslight was originally a ‘basket house’, where performers were paid from the contents of a basket that had been passed around.

1969 - Singer, songwriter David Bowie debuted on U.K. charts with Space Oddity. You remember, “Ground Control to Major Tom, Ground Control to Major Tom ... Check igition and may God’s love be with you, Three, Two, One, Liftoff...” Space Oddity peaked at #5 in the U.K. The song’s release was timed for the U.S. moon landing, but didn’t make the U.S. charts until its rerelease in 1973 (it reached #15).

1972 - Rick DeMont lost the gold medal he received in a 400-meter swimming event because a banned drug was found in his system during routine drug testing.

1973 - Avenging the loss of his gold medal one year earlier, swimmer Rick DeMont captured the 400-meter freestyle event with a world record time of 3:58.18 ... without drugs.

1975 - Glen Campbell hit #1 on the Billboard pop music chart with Rhinestone Cowboy. It had reached the top position on the country chart on August 23rd.

1976 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were reunited by Frank Sinatra -- after 20 years of going their separate ways. The former comedy team warmly met each other again during a surprise visit by Martin to Lewis’s annual Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy.

1980 - Miss Oklahoma, Susan Powell, was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ. It was the first time in 25 years that Bert Parks had not served as master of ceremonies for the show. He had been dismissed because the pageant committee considered him to be too old. Former TV Tarzan, Ron Ely, was chosen to host the festivities.

1982 - Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates saw his uniform, number 8, retired by the Bucs. It was the fourth Pirate player’s uniform to be so honored. The other three belonged to Roberto Clemente (#21), Honus Wagner (#33) and Pie Traynor (#20).

1984 - Country-music star Ernest Tubb died this day, at the age of 70. Tubb was from Crisp, Texas and was known as the ‘Texas Troubadour’. He patterned his unique style after Jimmie Rodgers. Tubb recorded I’m Walking the Floor Over You and sold more than three million copies of the tune. Blue Christmas, I Love You Because, Missing In Action and Thanks a Lot were also classics made famous by Tubb. Other recording artists as diverse as The Andrews Sisters, Loretta Lynn and Red Foley recorded with Tubb. His 1979 album, The Legend and the Legacy, was a top-ten hit. Tubb was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1943 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965.

1984 - Ginger Rogers was in Buffalo, NY for a homecoming at Shea’s Theatre. The star of so many great motion pictures, Rogers had played the Shea 55 years earlier.

1986 - Bananarama hit the top spot on the pop music charts with Venus. The tune had also been a number one hit for the Dutch group, The Shocking Blue (2/07/70).

1996 - Three movies opened in U.S. theatres: Bogus, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment; Bulletproof, with Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Farentino and James Caan; and Sweet Nothing, starring Michael Imperioli, Mira Sorvino, Paul Calderon.

1997 - The Westminster Abbey funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales, was an extraordinary event, marked by numerous poignant moments: The people sobbing and throwing flowers at the funeral cortege winding through the streets of London. Her sons, walking behind her casket with their heads bowed. And Diana’s brother, who during his funeral oration took aim at the media, who he said made the princess “the most hunted person of the modern age.” Elton John sang a rewritten version of Candle in the Wind to “England’s rose”. The song was originally a tribute to film legend Marilyn Monroe, whose own tragic life, like Diana’s, ended at the age of just 36.

September 6th.

1757 - Marquis de Lafayette
French and American General: ‘The Hero of Two Worlds’; died May 20, 1834

1860 - Jane Addams
Nobel Peace Prize-winner [1931]: social worker for peace and women’s rights; founded Chicago’s Hull House; died May 21, 1935

1885 - Otto Kruger
actor: The Young Philadelphians, Cover Girl, Corregidor, High Noon, Dracula’s Daughter, I am the Law; died Sep 6, 1974

1888 - Joseph P. Kennedy
U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain; father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Senator Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy; died Nov 18, 1969

1902 - Morgan Beatty
reporter, journalist: Associated Press, radio: ABC, TV: Du Mont; died July 4, 1975

1904 - ‘Slapsie’ Maxie Rosenbloom
boxer, actor: I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Cops , Here Comes Kelly, Cooking Up Trouble; died Mar 6, 1976

1912 - Vince (Vincent Paul) DiMaggio
baseball: Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1943, 1944], Philadelphia Blue Jays, NY Giants, Philadelphia Phillies; older brother of Joe [and Dom] DiMaggio; died Oct 3, 1986

1924 - Hal (Harold Bentley) Jeffcoat
baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals

1929 - Dow Finsterwald
golf: PGA champion [1958]

1937 - Jo Anne Worley
comedienne: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Hollywood Squares

1939 - Susumu Tonegawa
Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist [1987]: discovered how the body can defend itself against millions of different diseases it has never before encountered

1940 - Brian Smith
hockey: NHL: LA Kings, Minnesota North Stars

1940 - Tom Janik
football: Texas A & I, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills

1942 - Carol Wayne
actress: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Scavenger Hunt, Heartbreakers; died Jan 13, 1985 [drowning accident in Manzanillo, Mexico]

1943 - Roger Waters
musician: bass, songwriter: group: Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall [Part II]

1944 - Swoosie Kurtz
Tony Award-winning actress: Fifth of July [1981], The House of Blue Leaves [1986]; Emmy Award-winner: Reunion: Carol & Company [1989-90]; Sisters, Love, Sidney, The World According to Garp

1946 - Ron Boone
basketball: Utah Jazz; record: 1,041 consecutive games; broadcaster [color analyst]: Utah Jazz

1947 - Jane Curtin
Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Kate and Allie [1983-84, 1984-85]; Coneheads, Saturday Night Live, Suspicion

1948 - Claydes (Charles) Smith
musician: guitar: group: Kool & The Gang: Ladies Night, Celebration, I.B.M.C.; LPs: Wild and Peaceful, Kool Jazz, Light of Worlds, Spirit of the Boogie, Love & Understanding, Something Special, As One, In the Heart, Emergency

1949 - Mike (Michael Wayne) Thompson
baseball: pitcher: Washington Senators, SL Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

1951 - Ken Bernich
football: Auburn Univ. All-American

1954 - Banner Thomas
musician: bass: group: Molly Hatchet

1958 - Jeff Foxworthy
comedian: You Know You’re a Redneck, The Jeff Foxworthy Show; author: No Shirt, No Shoes ... No Problem

1961 - Paul Waaktaar
musician: guitar, singer: group: a-ha

1974 - Justin Whalin
actor: The Dead Pool, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Serial Mom, Dungeons & Dragons.

Chart Toppers
September 6th.

1948 A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
It’s Magic - Doris Day
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood
Tonight You Belong to Me - Patience & Prudence
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Because - The Dave Clark Five
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies ;)
I’m Still in Love with You - Al Green
Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson

1980 Upside Down - Diana Ross
Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee

1988 Monkey - George Michael
Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses ;)
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
I Couldn’t Leave You if I Tried - Rodney Crowell

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

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250th day of 2007 - 115 remaining.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Dagwood and Blondie made their first appearance on this day in 1930, in the comic strips. The Blondie cartoon was created by Chic Young and over time, the characters were heard on the radio, seen in 28 movies, and on two TV series. The strip featured newspaper hero Dagwood Bumstead as the playboy son of a railroad tycoon. He dated Blondie Boopadoop, a flapper, or gold digger. They married in February, 1933 and had a nice family. Alexander (Baby Dumpling), their first child, was born in 1934. Cookie arrived later.

The strip is still running. Since Chic Young’s death in March, 1973, Blondie has been written by Chic’s son, Dean. It was drawn, for a time, by Jim Raymond, then by Stan Drake. The strip is now done by Dean Young and Denis Lebrun.

Dagwood continues to be the bungling husband who gets into petty arguments with his neighbor, Herb Woodley; the office worker abused by his boss, Mr. Dithers; and the sleep-in, miss the carpool, lazy friend, husband, employee. In the 1990s, Blondie Bumstead, whose children are no longer babies, became a working woman, joining up with Herb’s wife, Tootsie. They have a catering service.

In their honor, make a Dagwood sandwich today.

More here. Dean Young. Stan Drake.

September 7th.

1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator. She weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Originally, the incubator was called a hatching cradle.

1892 - The first world heavyweight title fight to use the Marquis of Queensberry Rules (including boxing gloves and three-minute rounds) was held in New Orleans, LA. James Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in round 21.

1914 - The New York Post Office Building opened its doors to the public. Since post offices open up quite often, you might wonder what’s unusual about this one. Well, this brand new building on Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in New York City bore the inscription, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The inscription, supplied by William M. Kendall of the architectural firm that designed the post office, is a free translation from Herodotus, the Greek historian.

1916 - The New York Giants, of baseball fame, started setting a major-league record. The Giants won the first of 26 consecutive ball games.

1921 - The first Miss America Pageant was held at Atlantic City, New Jersey. This first contest was a promotion to keep tourists in the resort town after the Labor Day holiday (the unofficial end of summer). Miss Washington, D.C. won the contest and received a golden statue of a mermaid as her prize! She was 16-year-old Margaret Gorman. Miss Gorman was 5’1" with blonde hair, blue eyes, weighing 108 pounds and her vital statistics were 30-25-32! Diminutive compared to the more recent and rather statuesque Miss Americas.

1940 - Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded Temptation on the Victor label.

1956 - The Bell X-2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Capt. Iven C. Kincheloe, climbed to an altitude of 126,000 feet -- a world record. Kincheloe was awarded the 1956 MacKay Trophy.

1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.

1966 - The final episode of the original The Dick Van Dyke Show was seen on CBS-TV. Van Dyke played Rob Petrie, the head comedy writer for The Alan Brady Show. Rob worked with two other comedy writers, Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam), both of whom were good friends of Rob and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). The Dick Van Dyke Show can still be seen in syndication.

1970 - Jockey Willie Shoemaker became the winningest horse-racing jockey by collecting win #6,033. ‘The Shoe’ earned his victory at Del Mar Race Track in Southern California -- passing the previous mark set by Johnny Longden.

1971 - After nine years and 216 shows, The Beverly Hillbillies was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Not to weep for Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly Mae (Donna Douglas), Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.), Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bayley), Miss Hathaway (Nancy Kulp) or the rest of the Hillbillies’ crew, however. The show has been in syndication since it left the network.

1972 - Curtis Mayfield earned a gold record for his Superfly album, from the movie of the same name. The LP contained the hits, Freddie’s Dead and Superfly. Both songs were also million sellers.

1975 - The Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League West division title. The Big Red Machine set records for winning the division this early in the season -- and for winning it by 20 games.

1984 - American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards. Customers paid $250 a year and were able to charge $10,000 -- or more. Don’t leave home without it...

1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th pro game, setting an NFL record. Despite the milestone, the Dolphins lost to the San Diego Chargers, 50-28.

1996 - From our "Blink and You Miss It" file: Mike Tyson took on WBA Champion Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson captured the WBA title, knocking out Seldon 1:49 into the opening round.

1996 - Rappers Tupac Shakur and Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, were shot after leaving the Tyson/Seldon prizefight (see above). A white Cadillac with four people inside pulled alongside Shakur and Knight at a Las Vegas intersection and someone opened fire. Tupac was hit 4 times (he died 6 days later), while Suge escaped with minor injuries. One theory about who orchestrated the shootings is that it was a result of rivalry between the U.S. East-Coast and West-Coast rappers.

September 7th.

1533 - Elizabeth I
Queen of England [1558-1603]: daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; the Elizebethan Era was named after her; died Mar 24, 1603

1819 - Thomas Hendricks
21st vice president of the United States [1885]; died in office Nov 25, 1885

1860 - Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson)
artist: modern, primitive work: The Old Oaken Bucket, Christmas at Home, The Quilting Bee; first painted at age 78; died Dec 13, 1961

1867 - J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan Jr.
financier; died Mar 13, 1943

1900 - Taylor Caldwell
author: Dear and Glorious Physician; died Sep 2, 1985

1908 - Paul Brown
Pro Football Hall of Famer: football coach: Cleveland Browns; died Aug 5, 1991

1908 - Dr. Michael DeBakey
heart surgeon

1909 - Elia Kazan (Kazanjoglous)
Academy Award-winning director: Gentleman’s Agreement [1947], On the Waterfront [1954]; East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire , Splendor in the Grass, Viva Zapata!, Pinky, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; died Sep 28, 2003

1913 - Sir (John) Anthony Quayle
actor: The Bourne Identity, The Eagle Has Landed, MacKenna’s Gold, QB VII, 21 Hours at Munich, Anne of a Thousand Days, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wrong Man, The Guns of Navarone; died Oct 20, 1989

1920 - Al Caiola
musician: guitar: themes from The Magnificent Seven and Bonanza

1921 - Arthur Ferrante
musician: pianist: duo: Ferrante and Teicher: Exodus, Tonight, Theme from The Apartment, Midnight Cowboy

1923 - Louise Suggs
golf champion: U.S. Open [1949, 1952]; LPGA [1957]

1923 - Peter (Sidney Ernest Aylen) Lawford
actor: Rosebud, Ocean’s 11, Mrs. Miniver, The Longest Day, Exodus, The Oscar, Harlow; member: Rat Pack; died Dec 24, 1984

1924 - Daniel Inouye
U.S. Senator from Hawaii; member of U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Japanese-American WWII unit that fought in Europe; lost arm in battle; won Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

1928 - Al McGuire
Basketball Hall of Famer: New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, Marquette University coach: Coach of the Year [1971, 1974], Belmont Abbey College coach; college color sportscaster for NBC; died Jan 26, 2001

1929 - Sonny (Theodore) Rollins
musician: saxophone: Oleo, Airegin, composer: score for Alfie and Alfie’s Tune, Soloscope; awarded Guggenheim Fellowship [1972]

1936 - Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley)
singer: group: The Crickets: That’ll Be the Day, Oh, Boy, Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby; solo: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore; killed in plane crash Feb 3, 1959

1937 - John Phillip Law
actor: The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, Barbarella, The Last Movie, The Love Machine

1945 - Jacques Lemaire
hockey: Quebec Aces, Houston Apollos, Montreal Canadiens; head coach: Minnesota Wild

1946 - Alfa Anderson
singer: groups: Brown Sugar, Chic: Dance, Dance, Dance, Everybody Dance, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times

1946 - Joe (Joseph Oden) Rudi
baseball: KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974/all-star: 1972, 1974, 1975], California Angels, Boston Red Sox

1949 - Gloria Gaynor
singer: I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye

1950 - Peggy Noonan
writer: U.S. President’s speeches: “A kinder, gentler nation.”

1951 - Chrissie Hynde
musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: group: The Pretenders: Kid, Brass in Pocket, Precious, Private Life, Lovers of Today, 2000 Miles, Back on the Chain Gang

1951 - Bert Jones
football: Baltimore Colts: NFL MVP [1976]; LA Rams; Sporting News College Player of the Year [1972]: Louisiana State quarterback

1951 - Julie Kavner
Emmy Award-winning actress: Rhoda [1977-78], The Simpson’s: voice of Marge Simpson [1991-92]; The Tracy Ullman Show, This is My Life, Radio Days, I’ll Do Anything, Hannah and Her Sisters

1952 - Susan Blakely
actress: Rich Man, Poor Man, The Lonely Lady, Towering Inferno, Savages, Capone, Lord’s of Flatbush, Concorde: Airport ’79, Cry for Love, Ladykillers, Over the Top, Hungry Hearts, Her Married Lover

1954 - Corbin Bernsen
actor: L.A. Law, Major League, Radioland Murders, Savage Land, Tales from the Hood, The Dentist, Spacejacked, Major League: Back to the Minors, The Dentist II, Time Shifters, Psych

1954 - Benmont Tench
musician: keyboards: backed Elvis Costello in live performances; group: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Girl, Don’t Do Me like That, Jammin’ Me

1969 - Angie Everhart
model, actress: Undercover, Executive Target, Welcome to Hollywood, Denial, Point Doom

1970 - Tom Everett Scott
actor: Grace Under Fire, That Thing You Do!, An American Werewolf in Paris, The Love Letter

1973 - Shannon Elizabeth
actress: American Pie, American Pie 2, Scary Movie, Seamless, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; TV host: VH1

1978 - Devon Sawa
actor: Casper, Little Giants, Now and Then, The Boys Club, Slackers

1987 - Evan Rachael Wood
actress: Profiler, Search for Grace, Practical Magic, Once and Again.

Chart Toppers
September 7th.

1949 Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl I Love) - Eddy Arnold

1957 Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
That’ll Be the Day - The Crickets
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

1965 Help! - The Beatles
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
It’s the Same Old Song - Four Tops ;)
The Bridge Washed Out - Warner Mack

1973 Brother Louie - Stories
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy
Everybody’s Had the Blues - Merle Haggard

1981 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The
Heartbreakers ;)
(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me - Ronnie Milsap

1989 Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Don’t Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
I’m Still Crazy - Vern Gosdin

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

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ShadowThomas 09-07-2007 11:00 PM

251st day of 2007 - 114 remaining.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

NBC-TV headed into “Space: the final frontier” on this date in 1966. The first episode of Star Trek, titled, The Man Trap, was seen on the network.

Although Star Trek has become a cult phenomenon, with Trekkie (or the member preferred title, Trekker) conventions held annually, the NBC series did not do well. It was regularly beaten in its time slot, and it placed #52 among all series in 1966-1967, its best season. NBC canceled the show on September 2, 1969. Star Trek did return to NBC in 1973 -- as a cartoon. The original cast provided the voices: William Shatner played Captain Kirk; Leonard Nimoy was the Vulcan, Spock; DeForest Kelley was Dr. Leonard McCoy. George Takei played Sulu; Nichelle Nichols was Uhura, James Doohan was Scotty and Chekov was played by Walter Koenig.

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise has done very well in recent years, having made several motion pictures and several TV spin-offs.

“Beam me up, Scotty” and, for gosh sakes, “live long and prosper.”

StarTrex. Star Trek: "The Man Trap"

September 8th.

1866 - James and Jennie Bushnell became the proud parents of sextuplets in Chicago, IL. Three boys and three girls were born. Though two babies died, the surviving four lived long lives. This was the first recorded birth of sextuplets.

1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America was written by a former Baptist preacher, Francis Bellamy. It only took Mr. Bellamy three hours to write the original 23 words in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America.

1900 - Galveston, Texas was struck by the worst hurricane (and deadliest natural disaster) in American history. 23 foot waves fronting winds up to 135 mph took 6,000 lives. The storm battered Galveston for 18 hours. When the city, on an island connected to the mainland by a 2-mile long causeway, was rebuilt, it was raised 15 feet above its previous level; and a new sea wall was built six feet higher than the previous high-water mark.

1935 - The Hoboken Four, featuring Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on Major Bowes Amateur Hour on WOR radio. The group won the competition held at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.

1941 - Harry James and his orchestra recorded Miserlou for Columbia Records.

1943 - New York Giants player Ace Adams pitched his 62nd game, and set a major-league baseball record for number of games worked by a pitcher in a single season.

1944 - Ed Wynn resumed his radio career after seven years off the air. Wynn starred in Happy Island on the NBC Blue network.

1945 - A bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time -- in Washington, DC.

1950 - Sandy Sadler grabbed the world featherweight boxing title from Willie Pep by a knockout. Peps shoulder was dislocated while he was in a clinch with Sadler. Yeeeeeeowwwwccccchhh! That was probably more of a passout than a knockout.

1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant this day -- the earliest a team had done so.

1958 - Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates tied a major-league baseball record by hitting three triples. Clemente led the Bucs to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

1965 - Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics played all nine positions as the Athletics lost to the California Angels, 5-3 in 13 innings. He gave up one run while playing the role of pitcher. That’s what we call a one-man team!

1973 - Home run number 709 went into the record books for Hank Aaron. The Atlanta slugger established a major-league baseball record for the most home runs hit in one league. Aaron eclipsed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homers in 1974.

1986 - Herschel Walker made his start in the National Football League. He led the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-28 win over the New York Giants. Walker had played in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals.

1990 - Jon Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory hit number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles list. The song, from the album of the same name, was the theme song from the movie Young Guns II and earned Jon Bon Jovi an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

1994 - USAir flight 427 crashed as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport. All 132 people on board the Boeing 737 were killed. In March of 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that rudder malfunction was the most likely cause of the crash.

1997 - America Online acquired CompuServe, the oldest U.S. on-line computer service. The billion-dollar deal also saw AOL involved with WorldCom, a telephone company with hundreds of miles of high-capacity line. Under the deal, WorldCom kept CompuServe’s global data network and agreed to provide network services to AOL. The deal gave AOL much-needed cash to develop new online content and expand its base of 9 million subscribers.

1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 62nd home run of the season. It broke NY Yankee Roger Maris’ all-time major-league home-run record set in 1961. McGwire went on to set a season record of 70 homers.

September 8th.

1157 - Richard the Lionheart
Coeur de Lion: Richard I: King of England [1189-1199]; died Apr 6, 1199

1841 - Antonin Dvorak
composer: Slavonic Dances, Fifth Symphony, The Water Nymph, Carnival, Gypsy Melodies; died May 1, 1904

1897 - Jimmie (James Charles) Rodgers
‘The Blue Yodeler’: Country Music Hall of Famer: ‘T’ for Texas, Brakeman’s Blues, Blues Yodel , Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues; 1st country singer to be in a film: Singing Brakeman; member: Country Music Hall of Fame; died May 26, 1933

1900 - Claude (Denson) Pepper
U.S. Senator from Florida [1936-1950]; member of Congress for fourteen terms; champion of social welfare for the elderly; died May 30, 1989

1914 - Hillary Brooke (Beatrice Peterson)
actress: The Admiral was a Lady, Confidence Girl; died May 25, 1999

1915 - Duffy (Hugh) Daugherty
College Football Hall of Famer: player, coach: Syracuse University; coach: Michigan State: won two Big Ten championships; died Sep 25, 1987

1922 - Sid Caesar
Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian: Your Show of Shows [1951], Caesar’s Hour [1956]; Sid Caesar Invites You, Admiral Broadway Revue

1925 - Peter (Richard Henry) Sellers
comedian, actor: The Pink Panther series, What’s New Pussycat, The Mouse that Roared, The World of Henry Orient, Casino Royale, Dr. Strangelove, Being There; died July 24, 1980

1932 - Patsy Cline (Virginia Petterson Hensley)
Country Music Hall of Famer: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Heartaches, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Faded Love; killed in plane crash Mar 5, 1963

1937 - Virna Lisi (Pieralisi)
actress: Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard, Christopher Columbus, Le Serpent [Night Flight from Moscow], Casanova, The Secret of Santa Vittoria

1938 - Sam Nunn
U.S. Senator from Georgia: Chairperson of Senate Armed Forces Committee

1941 - Christopher Connelly
actor: The Messenger, Mines of Kilimanjaro, Benji, The Martian Chronicles: Part 3; died Dec 7, 1988

1941 - Dante Drowty
singer: group: Dante and The Evergreens: Alley-Oop

1941 - Alan Feinstein
actor: The Runaways, Jigsaw John, The Family Tree, Berrenger’s, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night, Love of Life

1942 - Brian Cole
musician: bass, singer: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love, Everything That Touches You, Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies; died Aug 2, 1972

1945 - Lem Barney
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Detroit Lions cornerback: NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year [1967]; played in 10 Pro Bowls

1945 - ‘Rogie’ Rogatien Vachon
hockey: NHL: Houston Apollos, Montreal Canadiens, LA Kings, Boston Bruins

1946 - Ken (Kenneth Roth) Forsch
baseball: pitcher: Houston Astros [all-star: 1976], California Angels [all-star: 1981]

1946 - L.C. Greenwood
football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV

1957 - Heather Thomas
actress: Hidden Obsession, Red Blooded American Girl, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, Cyclone, Zapped!, The Fall Guy, The Ultimate Challenge, Co-Ed Fever

1958 - Michael Lardie
musician: group: Great White

1960 - David Steele
musician: keyboards, bass: group: Fine Young Cannibals, The Beat: Stand Down Margaret, Wha’appen, Can’t Get Used to Losing You

1962 - Scott Levy
pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Monday Night RAW, Wrestlemania X, WCW Thunder, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon, WWF No Way Out

1971 - David Arquette
actor: The Outsiders, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Webbers, Dead Man’s Walk, Dream with the Fishes, Scream 2, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder, Scream 3, 3000 Miles to Graceland

1981 - Jonathan Taylor Thomas
actor: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tom and Huck, Man of the House, Home Improvement, Itsy Bitsy Spider cartoon.

Chart Toppers
September 8th.

1950 Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
Little Star - The Elegants
Patricia - Perez Prado
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966 Sunshine Superman - Donovan
See You in September - The Happenings
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 (You’re) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap

1982 Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band ;)
Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
Love Will Turn You Around - Kenny Rogers

1990 Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi ;)
Release Me - Wilson Phillips
Do Me! - Bell Biv DeVoe
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Celebrating his 6th birthday (he was born in 1890) on this day, Harland Sanders had no way of knowing that he was destined to become one of the most recognizable men in the world. A short time after his birthday, his father died, and a very young boy became his mother’s support system. He took care of his baby brother and sister and did the cooking while his mother went to work ... and he became quite an accomplished cook in quick order.

After his mother remarried when he was 12, he went to work at a multitude of different jobs, ending up operating a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. It was here, at the age of 40, that Harland started cooking seriously. Using recipes he had learned at the tender age of six, he would prepare meals for hungry travelers serving them in his gas-station living quarters. His food was so popular that he finally had to open a restaurant. Over the next decade, Sanders tried and tested, and again, tried and tested his fried chicken recipe until he perfected the 11 herbs and spices that made up his secret blend that is still tempting taste-buds in Kentucky, and now, throughout the world.

Sanders’ cooking had such a following that, in 1935, he was made a Kentucky Colonel for his contributions to Kentucky cuisine. Four years later his restaurant was listed in Adventures in Good Eating by Duncan Hines. However, it wasn’t until 1955, when an interstate highway was to bypass Corbin, Kentucky, and Harland Sanders was living on only $105 a month from Social Security, that he took to the road to franchise his chicken recipe and restaurant concept.

The first franchises were established by a handshake. Sanders traveled across the United States, stopping at restaurants to fry up batches of his chicken. If the owner and employees liked the dish, they shook Sanders’ hand, and paid him a nickel for every chicken they sold. By 1964, there were over 600 of the Colonel’s franchises in the U.S. and Canada. The 74-year-old Sanders sold his interest that year for $2,000,000, remaining on as its spokesperson until his death in 1980.

The image of the Kentucky Colonel still graces the signage at thousands of restaurants throughout the world. Harland Sanders would be pleased to know that we’re still enjoying his special flavors every time we order a bucket of original recipe, crispy crust or tender-roast chicken from KFC.

September 9th.

1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.

1850 - When California became the 31st of the United States of America on this day, cries of “there’s gold in them thar hills” had already been heard for two years. So, it’s no surprise that the nickname for the most populous state is the Golden State, and that the golden poppy (orange-yellowish in color) is the state flower. (Contrary to popular opinion, the California poppy does not yield opium.) The state bird of California is the California valley quail. No, it is not golden in color, but is grayish-brown with black, white and chestnut markings. Sacramento, centrally located but far from being the largest city in the state, is the state capital.

1898 - Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship -- in Omaha, NE.

1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was organized as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America.

1946 - Ben Alexander hosted Heart’s Desire for the first time. Heart’s Desire was a giveaway contest program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

1950 - Sal Maglie of the New York Giants pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had accomplished this feat.

1956 - On this Sunday night, 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to CBS to see and hear 21-year-old singer Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ Presley. Elvis sang Don’t Be Cruel and Ready Teddy. One female Elvis fan described him as, “One big hunk of forbidden fruit.” Elvis got the largest fee to that date for appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show: $50,000.

1965 - Los Angeles Dodgers player Sandy Koufax pitched the eighth perfect game in major-league baseball history by leading the Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 1-0. A perfect game is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base by any means (hits, walks, errors or black magic).

1971 - Hockey legend Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings retired from the National Hockey League on this day.

1979 - Tracy Austin became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open women’s tennis title. She was 16 years old.

1981 - John McEnroe defeated Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl. It was McEnroe’s fourth U.S. Open, men’s singles, tennis championship. This one was won over Lendl by scores of 6-3, 6-4, and 6-1.

1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown’s combined yardage record by reaching 15,517 yards.

1986 - Ted Turner presented the first of his colorized films -- on his superstation WTBS in Atlanta, GA. The first Hollywood classic to get the new look was Yankee Doodle Dandy. Some people were opposed to the colorization process, where color is added to black-and-white movies. They felt the originals should be pristine -- that any change interferes with the original creativity.

1990 - The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, closed to public tours in 1984, was reopened this day, following a $160 million restoration. Private citizens had mounted the campaign that returned the island’s main building to its former grandeur. Ellis Island was the gateway for more than half of the immigrants entering the U.S. between 1892 and 1924.

1998 - Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in a 23-foot submersible to view the wreckage of the Titanic two and a-half miles below the ocean surface off Newfoundland. Comments about the experience: “Awesome ... and humbling, too.”

September 9th.

1877 - Frank (Leroy) Chance
‘Husk’, ‘The Peerless Leader’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Chicago Orphans, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910], NY Yankees; manager: NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox; minor-league team owner; subject of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play; died Sep 15, 1924

1890 - Colonel Harland Sanders
businessman: see Colonel Sanders Day [above]; died Dec 16, 1980

1893 - Esther Cleveland
daughter of U.S. President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland; first child of a U.S. President to be born at the White House; died June 25, 1980

1898 - Frankie (Francis) Frisch
‘The Fordham Flash’: baseball: NY Giants [World Series: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924], SL Cardinals [World Series: 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1931/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1935]; died Mar 12, 1973

1899 - Waite (Charles) Hoyt
‘Schoolboy’: Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher: NY Giants, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees [World Series: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928], Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics [World Series: 1931], Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates; radio sportscaster; died Aug 25, 1984

1899 - Billy Rose (Rosenberg)
producer, author, songwriter: Me and My Shadow, That Old Gang of Mine, It’s Only a Paper Moon, Without a Song, Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight, More than You Know, Barney Google; died Feb 10, 1966

1905 - Joseph E. Levine
movie producer: The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge, The Lion in Winter; died July 31, 1987

1923 - Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder (Demetrios Georgios Synodinos)
oddsmaker, broadcaster: The NFL Today; died Apr 21, 1996

1924 - Jane Greer
actress: Immediate Family, Just Between Friends, Against All Odds, Man of a Thousand Faces, Clown, Prisoner of Zenda, Out of the Past, Dick Tracy Detective; died Aug 24, 2001

1925 - Cliff Robertson
Academy Award-winning actor: Charly [1968]; PT 109, Days of Wine and Roses, The Devil’s Brigade, Midway, Gidget, Picnic, Three Days of the Condor, Brainstorm, Falcon Crest; AT&T commercials

1932 - Sylvia Miles
actress: Midnight Cowboy, Crossing Delancey

1941 - Otis Redding
musician, singer: [Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay; killed in plane crash Dec 10, 1967

1942 - Inez Foxx
singer: Mockingbird [w/brother, Charlie]

1942 - Luther Simmons
singer: group: Main Ingredient: Everybody Plays the Fool

1945 - Dee Dee Sharp (Dione LaRue)
singer: Mashed Potato Time, Gravy [For My Mashed Potatoes], Ride!, Do the Bird, Slow Twistin’ [w/Chubby Checker]

1946 - Doug Ingle
musician: keyboard, singer: group: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1947 - Freddy Weller
musician: guitar: Paul Revere and The Raiders [1969]; solo: Games People Play; songwriter: Dizzy

1949 - Joe Theismann
football: Washington Redskins QB: Bert Bell Award [1982], AP Player of the Year [1983], Super Bowl XVII, XVIII;, Toronto Argonauts; ESPN sportscaster

1951 - Michael Keaton (Douglas)
actor: Batman, Beetlejuice, Mr. Mom, Dream Team, Much Ado about Nothing, Report to Murphy

1951 - Tom Wopat
actor: Cybill, The Dukes of Hazzard, A Peaceable Kingdom, Blue Skies; singer: The Rock and Roll of Love

1952 - Angela Cartwright
actress: Make Room for Daddy, Lost in Space

1952 - Jerry (Wayne) Mumphrey
baseball: SL Cardinals, SD Padres, NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Houston Astros [all-star: 1984], Chicago Cubs

1952 - David Stewart
musician: guitar, keyboard: duo: Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams, Who’s That Girl, Right by Your Side, Here Comes the Rain Again; Tourists: Loneliest Man in the World

1960 - Hugh Grant
actor: Sense and Sensibility, Nine Months, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Impromptu, The Dawning, Maurice, Extreme Measures, Notting Hill, Mickey Blue Eyes

1966 - Adam Sandler
comedian: The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live [opera man]; actor: Happy Gilmore, Mixed Nuts, Airheads, Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Going Overboard, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy

1969 - Scott DeFreitas
actor: As the World Turns

1971 - Henry Thomas
actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, Legends of the Fall, Fire in the Sky, A Taste for Killing, Psycho 4: The Beginning, The Quest, Cloak & Dagger, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raggedy Man

1980 - Michelle Williams
actress: Dawson’s Creek, Species, A Thousand Acres, Prozac Nation, Perfume.

Chart Toppers
September 9th.

1951 Because of You - Tony Bennett
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny ;)
I’m Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry ;)
Reflections - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee
Your Tender Loving Care - Buck Owens

1975 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
At Seventeen - Janis Ian
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor
Feelins’ - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynne

1983 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Maniac - Michael Sembello
Puttin’ on the Ritz - Taco
I Fire I Can’t Put Out - George Strait

1991 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
The Promise of a New Day - Paula Abdul
Motownphilly - Boys II Men
Brand New Man - Brooks & Dunn

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Actor James Arness brought Marshall Matt Dillon to life on this night in 1955. Gunsmoke debuted on CBS-TV and went on to become the longest-running (20 years) series on television. The pioneer in adult westerns also starred Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell, and Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode. Other well-known performers joined the cast throughout the years -- Ken Curtis as Festus Hagan and Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper, the town blacksmith, were two favorites.

Gunsmoke had enjoyed a radio run of three years with William Conrad (Cannon) playing Marshall Dillon before the TV version went on the air. The two ran simultaneously for six more years. An interesting note: CBS’ first choice for the role of the resolute, determined Matt Dillon was John Wayne. Wayne did not want to become involved with a weekly TV show at the time and suggested his friend, James Arness. The suggestion was magic. Arness, the only cast member other than Milburn Stone to stay in the role for the full twenty years, became Matt Dillon. The casting couldn’t have been better.

The show was saved from cancellation in the 1960s when its popularity had waned. CBS owner William S. Paley, a fan of Gunsmoke, demanded the the western be put on the fall schedule.

Not only was Gunsmoke the longest-running series with a regular cast of characters; but when it finally did meet its demise, it was the last of the network Westerns to go.

“Oh, Mister Dillon!” (Say it with a twang, please.)


September 10th.

1846 - Elias Howe patented the lock stitch sewing machine.

1935 - “I’m Popeye the sailor man...” toot! toot! Popeye was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip, which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Sweepea. Now, eat your spinach in celebration!

1950 - Eddie Cantor moved from radio to TV, as he hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour on NBC. In addition to Cantor, other hosts of the Colgate Comedy Hour included: Fred Allen, Donald O’Connor, Bob Hope, Gordon MacRae and Jimmy Durante.

1951 - Florence Chadwick of San Diego, CA, became the first American woman to swim the English Channel from both coasts.

1955 - Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is ... Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry (Band of Gold), There She Is was part of the wedding ceremony.

1961 - Mickey Mantle tied a major-league baseball record for home runs by hammering his 400th career round-tripper.

1964 - Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.

1969 - The New York Mets beat the Montreal Expos in both ends of a doubleheader and, for the first time ever, moved into first place in the National League East Division. A month later the ‘Amazin’ Mets’ were in their first World Series.

1972 - Gayle Sayers of the Chicago Bears retired from pro football.

1972 - Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton in a heavyweight boxing match and avenged a loss to Norton the previous March.

1974 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Maury Wills’ 1962 major-league record for stolen bases in a season. ‘Lightning’ Lou stole his 105th base on his way to a career total of 938 stolen bases.

1977 - After years on the comic pages, Mickey Finn was put to paper for the final time. Cartoonist Frank ‘Lank’ Leonard bowed out in unique style -- by discontinuing the strip in mid-story.

1980 - Bill Gullickson of the Montreal Expos fanned 18 batters, setting a major-league record for a rookie pitcher in a single game. The Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2.

1982 - Pete Rose played in his 3,077th baseball game, breaking Hank Aarons’s record for the most games played in the National League.

1986 - Sprinter Evelyn Ashford was defeated for the first time in eight years. Ashford lost to Valerie Brisco-Hooks in the 200-meter run held in Rome, Italy.

1995 - Cyndi Lauper won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Mary Ann in "Mad About You".

September 10th.

1839 - Isaac Kauffman Funk
publisher: the Funk of Funk and Wagnalls dictionary; died Apr 4, 1912

1914 - Robert Wise
Academy Award-winning director: The Sound of Music [1965], West Side Story [1961]; Two for the Seesaw, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture; died Sep 14, 2005

1915 - Edmond O’Brien
Academy Award-winning actor: The Barefoot Contessa [1954]; Seven Days in May, Birdman of Alcatraz, Fantastic Voyage, Pete Kelly’s Blues, The Long Hot Summer; died May 9, 1985

1924 - Ted (Theodore Bernard) Kluszewski
‘Big Klu’: baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956], Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], LA Angels; died Mar 29, 1988

1927 - Yma Sumac
(Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo)
Peruvian singer, of Inca descent, w/4-octave range: LPs: Voice of the Xtabay, Legend of the Sun Virgin, Legend of the Jivaro

1929 - Arnold Palmer
golf champion: 1st million $ winner; Masters Champion: [1958, 1960, 1962, 1964], U.S. Open [1960], British Open [1961, 1962]

1934 - Charles Kuralt
journalist: CBS News, On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Sunday Morning; died July 4, 1997

1934 - Roger (Eugene) Maris (Maras)
baseball: Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, NY Yankees [all-star: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962/World Series: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1960, 1961/AP Male Athlete of the Year: 1961], SL Cardinals [World Series: 1967, 1968; died Dec 14, 1985

1937 - Tommy Overstreet
singer: Gwen [Congratulations], Don’t Go City Girl on Me

1940 - Buck (Junious) Buchanan
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle: Super Bowl I, IV; asst. coach: New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns; director: Kansas Special Olympics; died July 16, 1992

1942 - Danny Hutton
singer: group: Three Dog Night: One, Easy to be Hard, Eli’s Coming, Mama Told Me [Not to Come], Joy to the World, Black & White, Shambala

1945 - Jose Feliciano
Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist [1968]; Light My Fire, Feliz Navidad, musician: guitar, songwriter: theme for Chico and the Man

1946 - James Hines
National Track & Field Hall of Famer: 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist: [100 meters-9.9; 4x100 relay anchor-38.2]; football: Miami Dolphins

1947 - Larry Nelson
golf champion: U.S. Open [1983], PGA [1981, 1987]

1948 - Judy Geeson
actress: To Sir with Love, Danger UXB, The Eagle Has Landed

1948 - Bob Lanier
Basketball Hall of Famer: Detroit Pistons: 8 time NBA All-Star; Milwaukee Bucks; heads ad agency, Bob Lanier Enterprises

1948 - Willie Sojourner
basketball: Virginia Squires, New Jersey Nets

1948 - Margaret Trudeau (Sinclair)
author: Beyond Reason; Canada’s 1st Lady - wife of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau [1968-1979]

1948 - Charlie Waters
football: Dallas Cowboys safety: Super Bowl V, VI, X, XII, XIII

1950 - Joe Perry
musician: guitar: group: Joe Perry Project; Aerosmith: LPs: Toys in the Attic, Rocks

1950 - Don Powell
musician: drums: 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

1953 - Amy Irving
actress: Yentl, Crossing Delancy, The Competition, Benefit of the Doubt, Carrie, Honeysuckle Rose; singing voice of Jessica Rabbit: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1955 - Pat Mastelotto
musician: drums: group: Mr. Mister

1956 - Johnnie Fingers (Moylett)
musician: keyboards, singer: group: The Boomtown Rats: Looking After No. 1, She’s So Modern, Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, Banana Republic

1958 - Chris Columbus
director: Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone series, Only the Lonely, Heartbreak Hotel, Adventures in Babysitting

1960 - Siobhan Fahey
singer: group: Bananarama

1960 - Colin Firth
actor: Pride and Prejudice, Circle of Friends, Hostages, The Advocate, Valmont, Apartment Zero, The Secret Garden, Another Country

1968 - Big Daddy Kane
rap artist, songwriter: Long Live the Kane.

Chart Toppers
September 10th.

1944 I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Soldier’s Last Letter - Ernest Tubb

1952 Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960 It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Volare - Bobby Rydell
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968 People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf ;)
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

1976 You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
You’ll Never Find Another Love like Mine - Lou Rawls
Let ’Em In - Wings
(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap

1984 What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Missing You - John Waite
She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
Tennessee Homesick Blues - 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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254th day of 2007 - 111 remaining.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

For me, 9/11 was the day America and the rest of the world came to a complete stop. I remember 9/11 very well. I live about 150 miles north of N.Y.C. and was thinking the Capitol of N.Y. in Albany was going to be attached as well. I know for myself, I will never forget.
I would also ask everyone here to take a moment of silence to remember all the victims and fallen hero's of that tragic day, September 11th 2001.

Phones rang across the United States and the rest of the world on this day in 2001, “Turn on the TV!” It was 8:48 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A passenger jet had just crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Flames and smoke billowed from the tower. It was now 9:06. This was no accident. Another plane just hit the World Trade Center’s South Tower. New York was under attack and this time it wasn’t King Kong. This was real.

News bulletins came fast and furious. These were passenger jets, fully fueled: American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston on its way to LA with 92 people aboard and United Flight 175, same itinerary, with 65 onboard. More news bulletins: 9:43 a.m. The Pentagon had just been hit by another jet airliner, American Flight 77 leaving Washington for Los Angeles with 64 people aboard. In the next 12 minutes, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Sirens screamed. People were running, screaming, jumping out of the towers. Then the North Tower crumbled like a deck of cards. Gray, choking clouds filled the streets of New York City’s lower West end, covering people, cars and buildings with debris, fireballs of airplane fuel, desks, computers, paper, and ash. More news bulletins: Nineteen minutes before the North Tower collapsed, a fourth jet airliner, United Flight 93 with 44 people aboard, on its way to San Francisco from Newark had crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA, some 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Terrorists had struck on U.S. soil. Air traffic to and from U.S. airports was halted. The horror was being played over and over on every TV channel and on every American’s face. It wouldn’t go away and neither would the tears and the fears. What we witnessed would forever change our lives, our country and the rest of the world.

19 Muslim militants, all men, all in their 20s and 30s, members of Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, had hijacked at least four planes all in the name of their religion: Islam. Almost 3,000 people died at Ground Zero, including 385+ firefighters and police who valiantly attempted to save the thousands in the WTC towers. One jet destroyed a section of the Pentagon, killing 189 people. On Flight 93, the brave souls aboard tried to regain control from their hijackers. Was their plane headed for the White House? They were determined not to let this happen. Their plane crashed in a field. There were no survivors.

19 Islamic religious fanatics of Middle Eastern descent wanted to destroy what Americans stand for. They died in vain. But, the people they murdered did not. Americans are now prouder, more committed to stand together; united from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida, determined not to let any country, religion, or people steal our freedoms. Americans will fight all evil-doers for the inalienable right to live in our democracy. The battle cry of the United States against terrorists: “Let’s roll!” (Todd Beamer’s last words as heard by an Airfone operator minutes before Flight 93 crashed.)

September 11, 2001-The Day the World Changed. World Trade Center. World Trade Center’s South Tower. the World Trade Center collapsed. USA Newspaper headlines. The September 11th Attack on the Pentagon.

A couple of vedeos I really like. Better have a few klenax handy. This one is 4 minutes long. This one is 3 minutes long. Last one here as I could post tons of these. Just a word of caution: some of the senes are a little intense and may be a little disturbing to some.

September 11th.

1847 - Stephen Foster performed his Oh! Susanna for the very first time. The performance, for a crowd at the Eagle Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned Foster a bottle of whiskey.

1850 - Jenny Lind sang at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City. It was her first performance in America. Lind’s voice was so sweet that she was nicknamed ‘The Swedish Nightingale’.

1875 - Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm appeared in the New York Daily Graphics newspaper. 17 successive pictures that filled a full page made up the first comic strip to be published in a newspaper.

1877 - The first comic-character timepiece was patented by the Waterbury Clock Company. It was another 56 years before the same company produced the first Mickey Mouse watch.

1883 - The mail chute was patented by James G. Cutler, a former Mayor of Rochester, NY. The device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester. Mail chutes can still be seen -- and sometimes, they still work -- in many old office buildings. Did you ever wonder, as you see the mail going down the chute, whether it will get to its destination or disappear into never-never land -- never to be seen again? Maybe those wayward letters join up with the socks that escape from dryers.

1945 - Ernest Tubb recorded It Just Don’t Matter Now and When Love Turns to Hate on the Decca label. Tubb became the second recording artist to have made a commercial record in Nashville, TN.

1954 - The Miss America Pageant was televised-- live coast-to-coast -- for the first time. Bob Russell was the host. Lee Meriwether was crowned Miss America by a panel of judges that included movie queen Grace Kelly.

1959 - Elroy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates saw his 22-game winning streak come to an end. Face lost to the LA Dodgers, 5-4. He did, however, finish the 1959 season with an impressive 18-1 record. For those of you with baseballs for heads, who can’t figure out how he ended up with 18 wins for the season instead of 22 ... Face won the other four games at the end of the 1958 season.

1962 - Ringo Starr joined John, Paul, George and Andy to record Love Me Do at Abbey Road, London, England. “Who’s Andy?” you ask. Andy White, that’s who, recruited as drummer for this session. “Then, what did Ringo do?” you ask. He handled the tambourine, that’s what. It took 17 takes to complete Love Me Do to everyone’s satisfaction. P.S. I Love You was recorded the same day, with Andy on drums again, and Ringo manning the maracas this time.

1964 - The last of the Friday Night Fights was seen on free, home TV. The Gillette Safety Razor Company, Madison Square Garden and ABC-TV televised a fight between Dick Tiger and Don Fullmer from Cleveland, OH. Tiger beat Fullmer to wrap up the 20-year TV series. Boxing soon went to closed-circuit TV in theatres and to cable and pay-per-view TV.

1970 - “Would you believe?” The last of the Get Smart series on CBS-TV was aired. The show, featuring dimwitted, secret agent Maxwell Smart, played by Don Adams, and his sidekick, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), aired on NBC in 1965 before moving to CBS. Incidentally, Max’s shoe phone was worn on his right foot...

1974 - The St. Louis Cardinals took seven hours, four minutes and 25 innings to beat the New York Mets 4-3 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. The game set a National League record for innings played in a night game. It was the second-longest game in professional baseball history. Fans went home at 3:10 a.m.

1984 - Bruce Springsteen broke the attendance record at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The Boss entertained 16,800 fans for the first of six sold-out shows. Springsteen broke his own record; one he set during a visit to Philly in 1981.

1985 - Pete Rose broke the major-league record for hits. He connected for hit #4,192 against Eric Show of San Diego.

1986 - The stock market plunged 86.61 points to 1792.89. It was the busiest day ever (to that day) for investors, brokers and traders on Wall Street as the big board tumbled.

1993 - Mariah Carey’s album Music Box reached #1 on U.K. album charts, while a single from that album, Dreamlover, was hitting #1 on U.S. singles charts.

1994 - Andre Agassi won the men’s title at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, defeating Michael Stich 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

1998 - Movies opening in the U.S. this day: Rounders (with Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol), Without Limits (with Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland and Monica Potter), and Simon Birch (with Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello and Ashley Judd).

1999 - Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women’s title at age 17 in only her second year as a pro. Williams beat top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

September 11th.

1862 - O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
author: short stories: Gift of the Magi; died June 5, 1910

1885 - D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
writer: Lady Chatterly’s Lover; died in Mar 2, 1930

1899 - Jimmie (James Houston) Davis
politician: Governor of Louisiana [1944-1948, 1960-1964]; Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter: You are My Sunshine

1909 - Anne Seymour (Eckert)
actress: Sunrise at Campobello, Mirage, All the King’s Men; died Dec 8, 1988

1913 - Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant
football coach: University of Alabama: the winningest coach in college football [323 wins, 85 losses, 17 ties in 25 years]; died Jan 26, 1983

1917 - Ferdinand (Edralin) Marcos
President of the Philippines [1966-1986]; died Sep 28, 1989

1924 - Tom Landry
Pro Football Hall of Famer: coach: Dallas Cowboys [1960-1988], record: 270-178-6, 20 straight winning seasons, five NFC titles, two Super Bowl wins; died Feb 12, 2000

1926 - Eddie (Edward Thomas) Miksis
baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1947, 1949], Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, SL Cardinals, Cincinnati Redlegs

1926 - Alfred Slote
author: The Trading Game, Finding Buck McHenry

1928 - (Henry) Earl Holliman
actor: Police Woman, Delta, The Wide Country, P.S.I. Luv U, Hotel De Paree, The Bridges at Toko-Ri

1928 - William X. Kienzle
author: The Rosary Murders, Body Count; died Dec 28, 2001

1935 - Gherman Titov
Russian cosmonaut: second man in space [first was Yuri Gagarin]; first man to spend more than a day in space [25 hours: Vostok 2: 1961]; died Sep 20, 2000

1940 - Brian (Russell) De Palma
director: Carrie, The Untouchables, Bonfire of the Vanities, Body Double, Scarface, Wise Guys

1942 - Lola Falana
singer, actress: The New Bill Cosby Show, Ben Vereen - Comin’ at Ya, Lady Cocoa, The Klansman

1943 - Mickey Hart
musician: drums, songwriter: group: Grateful Dead: St. Stephen, China Cat Sunflower, Dark Star, Alabama Getaway; scored part of film: Apocalypse Now

1944 - Phil May
singer: group: The Pretty Things: LP: Parachute; group: Fallen Angels

1944 - Dave (David Arthur) Roberts
baseball: pitcher: SD Padres, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants, Seattle Mariners, NY Mets

1946 - Dennis Tufano
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Buckinghams

1948 - Jeff (Jeffrey Lynn) Newman
baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1979], Boston Red Sox

1949 - Marty Liquori
track: Villanova University

1950 - Amy Madigan
actress: Riders of the Purple Sage, Uncle Buck, Field of Dreams, Places in the Heart, Love Letters, Love Child, The Ambush Murders

1953 - Tommy Shaw
musician: guitar: group: Styx: Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto

1957 - Jon Moss
musician: drums: group: Culture Club: Karma Chameleon

1959 - Mick Talbot
musician: keyboards: group: The Style Council: Speak like a Child, Money Go Round, Solid Bond in Your Heart, Long Hot Summer, My Ever Changing Moods, You’re the Best Thing, Welcome to Milton Keynes, Walls Came Tumbling Down

1962 - Kristy McNichol
Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1976-77, 1978-79]; Empty Nest, Apple’s Way, Baby of the Bride, Women of Valor, Dream Lover, Only When I Laugh, Little Darlings, The Summer of My German Soldier

1963 - Virginia Madsen
actress: The Prophecy, Blue Tiger, Caroline at Midnight, Candyman, Love Kills, The Hot Spot, Gotham, Slamdance, Dune

1967 - Harry Connick Jr.
Grammy Award-winning singer: We are in Love; actor: Copycat, When Harry Met Sally

1979 - Ariana Richards
actress: Switched at Birth, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Chart Toppers
September 11th.

1945 Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
If I Loved You - Perry Como
You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter

1953 Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
No Other Love - Perry Como
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky

1961 Michael - The Highwaymen
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
My True Story - The Jive Five
Tender Years - George Jones

1969 Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

1977 Best of My Love - Emotions
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge
Handy Man - James Taylor
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle

1985 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me - Rosanne Cash

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

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ShadowThomas 09-11-2007 11:00 PM

255th day of 2007 - 110 remaining.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

“Hey, hey we’re the Monkees -- and we don’t monkey around...” The theme song from the NBC-TV show, The Monkees, kicked off a fun-filled weekly series on this day in 1966.

Some 400 aspiring actors had auditioned for the Columbia television series by producer Don Kirschner. Davy Jones, a former English horse racing jockey; Michael Nesmith, a session guitarist; Peter Tork of the Phoenix Singers; and Micky Dolenz, who had appeared in the TV series Circus Boy were picked to be America’s answer to The Beatles. The four were picked to become the fabricated music group -- not because they could sing, act or play musical instruments -- but because they looked the parts. Dolenz and Jones were actors, Tork and Nesmith had some musical experience.

The Monkees were the first made-for-TV rock group. Ironically -- or maybe not -- The Monkees TV show won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967.

September 12th.

1866 - The first burlesque show opened in New York City. The show was a four-act performance called The Black Crook. It ran for 475 performances and made about $1.3 million for its producers. Not bad money in 1866. Actually, not bad money now, either.

1873 - The first practical typewriter was sold to customers. We think that in order to celebrate this momentous occasion, we should all hunt and peck on our word processors today ... since all typewriters in this, the Electronic Age, are pretty much impractical ...

1928 - Actress Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut. The play was titled The Czarina. It would be four years before the ‘First Lady of the American Screen’ would indeed, make her first film, A Bill of Divorcement.

1938 - H.V. Kaltenborn made broadcasting history by covering a crisis in Czechoslovakia for CBS radio beginning on this day. Kaltenborn was so devoted to his work that he slept in the studio for 18 days while bringing updates to his appreciative audience.

1940 - Johnny Long’s orchestra recorded the classic In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town for Decca Records.

1953 - The opening scene of Camelot was staged. 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wed the 36-year-old U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, future U.S. President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

1954 - A standing-room-only crowd of 84,587 arrived at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, OH to watch the Indians play the New York Yankees. The Indians won both ends of the doubleheader: 4-1 and 3-2.

1954 - Lassie was seen on CBS-TV for the first time. Despite being called “girl” by Jeff Miller, who starred as Tommy, and Jan Clayton, who starred as Jeff's mom, Ellen, Lassie was, in reality, a male dog. In fact, there were more than a half-dozen Lassie dogs doing stunts. Lassie ran on CBS for exactly 17 years. The last show aired on September 12, 1971.

1966 - The Beatles received a gold record this day for Yellow Submarine.

1970 - James Taylor’s first single, Fire and Rain, was released. Taylor scored 14 hits on the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.

1973 - Horse race jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his 100th winner -- in a $100,000 stakes race. Shoemaker was aboard Such a Rush in the Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar, CA.

1979 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits -- and 400 career home runs -- as the Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 9-2 at Fenway Park in Boston.

1980 - An in-depth report on the death of Elvis Presley aired on ABC-TV’s 20/20. It raised so many unanswered questions that the official case concerning Elvis’ death was reopened. Elvis has left the building...

1983 - Arnold “I’ll Be Back” Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen, 14 years after emigrating from Austria.

1984 - Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. ‘Air’ Jordan became an NBA star for the Bulls and helped make the team a dominant force in the NBA.

1984 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets set a rookie strikeout record by fanning his 251st batter of the season. ‘Doc’ Gooden led the Mets to a 2-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Pirates this day.

1994 - This was a big day for a young company named Mosaic Communications. It announced its first products: a network browser called Mosaic Netscape, and a server line called Mosaic Netsite.

1996 - Barbra Streisand, the Eagles, Chicago and the Neville Brothers performed at a Los Angeles fundraiser for U.S. President Bill Clinton. How much for tickets? $2,500 -- to Bill’s reelection campaign.

1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major-league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season.

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September 12th.

1818 - Richard Gatling
inventor: the Gatling gun; died Feb 26, 1903

1880 - H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken
newspaper journalist, critic: Baltimore Sun; author: The Smart Set, American Mercury, The American Language; son of cigarmaker, August Mencken; died January 29, 1956

1888 - Maurice (Auguste) Chevalier
actor, singer: Gigi, Fanny, Can-Can; died Jan 1, 1972

1901 - Ben Blue (Benjamin Bernstein)
actor, comedian: Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Broadway Rhythm, The Big Broadcast of 1938; died Mar 7, 1975

1913 - Jessie (James Cleveland) Owens
National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist (4): 1936 Berlin Games: 100-meter, 200-meter, long jump, 4x100-meter relay, breaking or tying Olympic records nine times; Big Ten meet [1935]: broke 4 world records and tied another in one afternoon; died Mar 31, 1980

1916 - Tony (Melvin) Bettenhausen
International Motorsports Hall of Famer; killed while test driving a racecar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 12, 1961

1918 - Chaim Herzog
President of Israel; died Apr 17, 1997

1920 - Irene Dailey
actress: Another World

1924 - Ella Mae Morse
singer: Cow Cow Boogie, Shoo Shoo Baby, House of Blue Lights, The Blacksmith Blues; 1st artist to record for Capitol Records; died Oct 16, 1999

1925 - Stan (Stanley Edward) ‘Stash’ Lopata
baseball: catcher: Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1950/all-star: 1955, 1956], Milwaukee Braves

1925 - Dickie (John) Moore
actor: Miss Annie Rooney, Our Gang series

1931 - George Jones
‘The Possum’: singer: Why Baby Why, White Lightning, The Race is On, He Stopped Loving Her Today, Tender Years, She Thinks I Still Care, Near You [w/Tammy Wynette]

1934 - Glenn Davis
National Track & Field & Olympic Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist [3]: 400-meter hurdles [1956, 1960], 4x400-meter relay [1960]; football: Detroit Lions wide receiver

1937 - George Chuvalo
boxing: heavyweight: 97 bouts: 68 wins by knockout, 9 by decision, 2 draws, 1 disqualification, 2 TKOs

1940 - Linda Gray
actress: Dallas, Models, Inc., Melrose Place

1940 - Mickey (Michael Stephen) Lolich
baseball: pitcher: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968/all-star: 1969, 1971, 1972], NY Mets, SD Padres

1943 - Maria Muldaur (d’Amato)
singer: Midnight At The Oasis, I’m a Woman

1943 - Ralph Neely
football: Dallas Cowboys tackle: Super Bowl V, X, XI

1944 - Barry White
singer: I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby, Never, Never Gonna Give You Up, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe, Love’s Theme [w/Love Unlimited Orchestra]; played piano on Jesse Belvin’s Goodnight My Love [1955]; died July 4, 2003

1946 - John ‘Frenchy’ Fuqua
football: Pittsburgh Steelers running back: Super Bowl X

1947 - John (Evans) Montague
baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

1948 - Dave Washington
football: SF 49ers

1952 - Gerry Beckley
singer: Grammy Award-winning [1972] group: America: A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Tin Man, Ventura Highway, Lonely People, You Can Do Magic

1952 - Neil Peart
musician: drums: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning

1954 - Joe Pantoliano
actor: Orphans, Bound, The Immortals, The Spy Within, The Fugitive, Nightbreaker, Midnight Run, La Bamba, Empire of the Sun, The Goonies, Risky Business, Eddie and the Cruisers, Idolmaker, From Here to Eternity, The Fanelli Boys

1954 - Peter Scolari
actor: Bosom Buddies, Newhart, The Mommies, Goodtime Girls, Family Album, Camp Nowhere, Corporate Affairs

1956 - Barry Andrews
musician: keyboards: groups: League of Gentlemen, XTC

1956 - Brian Robertson
musician: guitar: groups: Wild Horses, Thin Lizzy: Still in Love with You

1957 - Michael Hegstrand
pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania VII, VIII, XIII, XIV, Summerslam, Royal Rumble, WWF Judgement Day, Beyond the Mat; died Oct 19, 2003

1957 - Rachel (Claire) Ward
actress: The Thorn Birds, Night School, Sharky’s Machine, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Against All Odds, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Double Jeopardy

1957 - Hans Zimmer
Academy Award-winning composer: The Lion King [1994]; Moonlighting, Wild Horses, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Bird on a Wire, Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, Backdraft, A League of Their Own, Drop Zone, Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, The Rock, Scream 2, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, Mission: Impossible II, Hannibal, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down

1966 - Darren E. Burrows
actor: Northern Exposure, Cry-Baby, Class of 1999 .

Chart Toppers
September 12th.

1946 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
The High and the Mighty - Victor Young
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

1962 Sheila - Tommy Roe
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Ramblin’ Rose - Nat King Cole
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins

1970 War - Edwin Starr
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
All for the Love of Sunshine - Hank Williams, Jr.

1978 Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings

1986 Venus - Bananarama
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Desperado Love - Conway Twitty

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

You are however, welcomed to PM. me or even start a thread on comments
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Thanks for your kind, considerate understanding.

ShadowThomas 09-12-2007 11:00 PM

256th day of 2007 - 109 remaining.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pull the little paper sticking out of the foil. That’s right. Now carefully unwrap the silver foil. Voila! A milk-chocolate delight; and just one of the many chocolate products produced by the Hershey Chocolate Company.

Milton S. Hershey was born on this day in 1857. By the time he was in his mid-30s he had developed the ’Great American Chocolate Bar’ -- or Hershey Bar as it is known throughout the world. This bar of solid milk chocolate became the foundation of his company and his fortune; and the foundation of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Milton Hershey would be proud to know that the sweet cocoa smell of chocolate still permeates his hometown and home of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

He would also find that some Hershey hotel guest rooms include cocoa butter soap as an amenity. And the street lights are in the shape of chocolate candy kisses.

More here. Hershey Chocolate Company. Hershey Chocolate Factory.

September 13th.

1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan. The money was borrowed from the Bank of North America at 6% interest. The national debt has grown a little over the years. Americans now owe about $65,000 each, as their share of the debt.

1898 - Reverend Hannibal Williston Goodwin of Newark, NJ patented celluloid photographic film. It’s the stuff on which movies are made.

1899 - Henry M. Bliss became the first known automobile fatality. As Mr. Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street, he was hit by a car driven by Arthur Smith. Bliss was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. Smith was arrested, but was not held.

1922 - The mercury climbed to 136 degrees (Fahrenheit) in El Azizia, Libya, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. We sure hope they had plenty of lemonade on hand.

1931 - Vaudeville star Eddie Cantor was heard for the first time -- on NBC radio. The Chase and Sanborn Hour became one of the most popular radio shows of the 1930s.

1932 - Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win both the American and National league pennants. McCarthy, then managing the New York Yankees, clinched the American League pennant on this day.

1937 - The first broadcast of Kitty Keene, Inc. was heard on the NBC Red network.

1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association was formed in New York City. Patty Berg became the first president of the LPGA.

1954 - The cover of LIFE magazine was adorned with Judy Garland’s picture, with the caption, “Judy Garland takes off after an Oscar.” Garland had been nominated for her role in A Star is Born.

1960 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola. A scandal, investigated by a Congressional committee, involved some of the biggest names in radio, including popular New York DJ Alan Freed. He lost his job at WABC for allegedly accepting gifts and money for playing certain records. There was substantial evidence to prove that the practice was quite widespread.

1968 - Clarence Carter received a gold record for his million-selling hit Slip Away. Carter earned two other gold records for Too Weak to Fight and Patches. The singer from Montgomery, Alabama had been blind since age one and taught himself to play guitar by age 11.

1969 - John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in concert for the first time. The appearance at the Toronto Peace Festival was Lennon’s first in four years. The first hit by the new group, Give Peace a Chance, made it to number 14 on the charts.

1971 - The World Hockey Association was formed. It was announced that play would commence in October, 1972.

1986 - Captain EO, a 17-minute, three-dimensional, musical, science-fiction flick starring Michael Jackson, made its gala premiere at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL this day. The innovative movie cost approximately $1,000,000 a minute to produce.

1986 - Miss America (1987), crowned this night in Atlantic City, NJ, was Kellye Cash, the grandniece of singer Johnny Cash. It was the first year that the contestants’ measurements were not publicized. Women’s groups had been protesting the Miss America Pageant, especially the judging of contestants in swim suits, saying it was humiliating and demeaning to women.

1992 - The first puntless game in NFL history happened this day. The Buffalo Bills (quarterback Jim Kelly: 403 yards and three TDs) and San Francisco 49ers (QB Steve Young: 449 yards and three touchdowns) combined for 1,086 yards of total offense -- without punting the ball once. The Bills beat the 49ers 34-31. And they have the nerve to call it football...

1993 - There was hope that the 45 years of war between Arabs and Jews would come to an end. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin came together in Washington, DC to sign an agreement to make peace, not war.

1996 - Movies debuting in the U.S. this day: American Buffalo (starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson); Feeling Minnesota (with Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Tuesday Weld, Dan Aykroyd); Fly Away Home (Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany); Grace of My Heart (Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Leigh Warren; Maximum Risk (Jean-Claude Van Damme Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade); and The Rich Man’s Wife (Halle Berry, Christopher Mcdonald, Peter Greene).

1997 - Oscar De La Hoya was awarded a unanimous decision after 12 rounds against Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho in Las Vegas. This was the second time De La Hoya, unbeaten in 26 bouts, had successfully defended his WBC welterweight boxing title. “He earned it,” the bruised and battered Camacho said following the loss. “He did everything he said he was going to do, except he didn’t knock me out.”

1997 - “I like that ooh, ooh; Come on, come on MC, MC ooh, ooh...” Mariah Carey’s Honey debuted on the Hot 100 at number one -- her third single to do so. The others were Fantasy (Sep 30, 1995) and One Sweet Day (Dec 2, 1995). Carey was the first artist to have three singles debut at #1.

September 13th.

1851 - Dr. Walter Reed
army doctor, medical pioneer: yellow fever research; Walter Reed Army Hospital [Bethesda MD] named in his honor; died Nov 23, 1902

1857 - Milton S. (Snavely) Hershey
candy tycoon: see Candy Kisses Day [above]; died Oct 13, 1945

1860 - John (Joseph) Pershing
U.S. General: Pershing tank named for him; died July 15, 1948

1876 - Sherwood Anderson
writer: Winesburg, Ohio; died Mar 8, 1941

1903 - Claudette Colbert (Lily Claudette Chauchoin)
Academy Award-winning actress: It Happened One Night [1934]; I Met Him in Paris, Drums Along the Mohawk, Egg and I, Three Came Home; died July 30, 1996

1911 - Bill Monroe
‘Father of Bluegrass Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: singer: Blue Moon of Kentucky; band: The Bluegrass Band; songwriter: Kentucky Waltz, A Letter from My Darling; died Sep 9, 1996

1916 - Roald Dahl
writer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; screen play: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; died Nov 23, 1990

1916 - Dick (Richard Benjamin) Haymes
singer: I’ll Get By, It Can’t Be Wrong, You’ll Never Know, Till the End of Time, Mamselle, Little White Lies; actor: State Fair, All Ashore, Irish Eyes are Smiling; died Mar 28, 1980

1924 - Scott Brady (Gerard Tierney)
actor: Johnny Guitar, The China Syndrome, Arizona Bushwackers; died Apr 16, 1985

1925 - Mel Torme
‘The Velvet Fog’: Grammy Award-winning singer: LP: An Evening with George Shearing and Mel Torme [1982]; Comin’ Home Baby, Careless Hands, Bewitched; songwriter: The Christmas Song; died June 5, 1999

1926 - Emile Francis
hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, NY Rangers

1928 - Robert Indiana (Clark)
artist: As I Opened Fire

1931 - Barbara Bain (Millie Fogel)
Emmy Award-winning actress: Mission Impossible [1966-67, 1967-68]; Space 1999, Richard Diamond, Private Detective

1933 - Eileen Fulton
actress: As the World Turns, Our Private World

1937 - Fred Silverman
TV executive: NBC head; ABC Program Chief; producer: Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Thicke of the Night, Diagnosis Murder

1938 - Judith Martin (Judith Sylvia Perlman)
columnist: Miss Manners

1939 - Richard Kiel
actor: The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Silver Streak, Happy Gilmore, Pale Rider, Force 10 from Navarone, The Longest Yard, The Phantom Planet, Van Dyke and Company, The Barbary Coast

1941 - David Clayton-Thomas
singer: group: Blood Sweat and Tears: You Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel

1944 - Peter Cetera
musician: bass guitar, singer: solo: Glory of Love, One Good Woman; group: Chicago

1944 - Jacqueline Bisset
actress: Rich and Famous, The Deep, Airport, Bullitt, Wild Orchid, Murder on the Orient Express, Choices

1947 - Ed Bell
football: NY Jets

1948 - Brian Cadle
hockey: WHA: Winnipeg Jets

1948 - Nell Carter
Tony & Emmy Award-winning actress: Ain’t Misbehavin’ [1978], [1981-82]; Gimme a Break, Lobo, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; died Jan 23, 2003

1948 - Curtis Perry
basketball: Phoenix Suns

1949 - Rick (John Rikard) Dempsey
baseball: catcher: Minnesota Twins, NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1979, 1983], Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1988], Milwaukee Brewers

1952 - Randy Jones
singer: group: The Village People: Y.M.C.A.

1956 - Joni Sledge
singer: group: Sister Sledge: We are Family

1959 - Jean Smart
actress: Designing Women, Project X, The Brady Bunch Movie, The Odd Couple II, Piaf

1977 - Fiona Apple
singer, songwriter: LPs: Tidal, When The Pawn.

Chart Toppers
September 13th.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
That’s My Desire - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Maybellene - Chuck Berry
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 My Boyfriend’s Back - The Angels
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

1971 Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Easy Loving - Freddie Hart

1979 My Sharona - The Knack
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
I May Never Get to Heaven - Conway Twitty

1987 La Bamba - Los Lobos
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
Didn’t We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
Make No Mistake, She’s Mine - Ronnie Milsap & Kenny Rogers

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

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257th day of 2007 - 108 remaining.

Friday, September 14, 2007

As lights went out in bedrooms throughout America, voices were heard repeating the good-night routine performed on this, the first performance of The Waltons on CBS-TV in 1972. “Good night, John Boy”, “Good night, Jim-Bob”, “Good night, Elizabeth” and so on...

Families tuned in every Thursday night to get a TV view of the life happenings of the Walton family. The Depression years (and later) story, narrated by its creator, Earl Hamner, Jr., was seen through the eyes of the oldest of 7 children, John Boy, portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas.

Walton’s Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Jefferson County was the locale of all that happened to the Walton family. That family included other Emmy Award winners, Michael Learned as Olivia Walton (the brood’s mother) and Ellen Corby as Grandma Walton. Veteran performers Ralph Waite as John Walton and Will Geer as Grandpa Walton, along with the bright, young, rising stars -- Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor), Jim-Bob (David W. Harper), Elizabeth (Kami Cotler), Jason (Jon Walmsley), Erin (Mary Elizabeth McDonough), and Ben (Eric Scott), made the TV series a popular favorite. Executive producer Lee Rich and producer Robert L. Jacks picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series-Continuing in the very first year of The Waltons.

Nine years later, the children were grown up, going to college and getting married. Walton’s Mountain had changed and we all said “Good night, John Boy” for the last time (unless you’re still watching the show in syndication).

The Waltons. :)

September 14th.

1741 - George Frederick Handel completed his The Messiah. It took the composer just 23 days to complete the timeless musical treasure which is still very popular during the Christmas holiday season.

1814 - Frances Scott Key, an attorney in Washington, DC, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry (an outpost protecting the city of Baltimore, MD). Key wrote some famous words to express his feelings. Those words became The Star-Spangled Banner, which officially became the U.S. national anthem by an act of Congress in 1931.

1886 - George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN patented the typewriter ribbon. For those of you who don’t remember typewriters, no less their ribbons, these ribbons were inked and had to be threaded through prongs and from reel to reel. Very messy and a big pain in the neck.

1916 - Baseball pitcher Christy Mathewson won the last pitching assignment of his major-league career on this day. Mathewson had a total of 373 wins, 188 losses and 83 shutouts in 636 games. He struck out 2,511 batters.

1927 - Gene Austin waxed one of the first million sellers. He recorded his composition, My Blue Heaven, for Victor Records.

1936 - The NBC radio network presented John’s Other Wife for the first time. Actually, John’s other wife was not his wife at all. She was his secretary.

1957 - Richard Boone became the hired gun, Paladin. The CBS-TV series Have Gun Will Travel debuted this night. The popular western continued for six years.

1968 - Cardigan Bay was retired at the age of 12. The famous horse was the first harness racer to earn $1,000,000 in career winnings.

1973 - Donny Osmond received a gold record for his hit single, The Twelfth of Never. The song, released in March of 1973, was one of five which turned gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were Sweet & Innocent, Go Away Little Girl, Hey Girl and Puppy Love.

1978 - The first show of the TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the irrepressible Robin Williams as Mork and actress Pam Dawber as Mindy, aired on ABC-TV. Mork had made an earlier (February, 1978) appearance, landing on earth during an episode of Happy Days. Na nu, na nu.

1982 - Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries suffered when her car plunged off a mountain road. Her daughter, seventeen-year-old Stephanie, a passenger in the car, suffered bruises and trauma. Princess Grace, the former movie star, Grace Kelly, of Pennsylvania and Hollywood, had been married to Prince Ranier III of Monaco since 1956.

1984 - Dustin Hoffman brought the show Death of a Salesman back to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. The classic show broke with tradition. It ran only six times a week instead of the usual eight performances.

1987 - A skateboard high jump record was set. Tony Magnusson cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.

1995 - The London auction house, Sotheby’s, autioned Paul McCartney’s hand-written lyrics for the Beatles’ Getting Better (from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) for £161,000 ($257,600). It was a record (pardon the expression) for a Beatles song.

1998 - WorldCom completed its $40-billion merger with MCI. “MCI WorldCom is open for business,” said Bert C. Roberts Jr., chairman of the company. “We have created a new kind of communications company with a unique set of assets, a top-flight group of employees, and a heritage for delivering the benefits of competition to our customers.”

2000 - Microsoft Windows Me (Millennium Edition) was released. It was the successor and last version of the popular Windows 9x series of operating systems which began with the enormously popular Windows 95. It also was, “Quite possibly, the most under-hyped version of Windows ever created.”

If you like TWtD you will love TWtD Deluxe.

September 14th.

1849 - Ivan Pavlov (physiologist: 1904 Nobel Laureate in Medicine; developer of Pavlov’s Theory; died Feb 27, 1936

1867 - Charles Gibson
artist: The Gibson Girl; died in 1944

1879 - Margaret Sanger
nurse, feminist: birth control advocate; 1st president of International Planned Parenthood; died Sep 6, 1966

1910 - Jack (John Edward) Hawkins
actor: Ben Hur, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Lola, Zulu; died July 18, 1973

1914 - Clayton Moore
actor: The Lone Ranger, Jesse James Rides Again; died Dec 28, 1999

1920 - Kay Medford (Maggie O’Regin)
actress: Lola, Funny Girl, Butterfield 8, The Rat Race, Dean Martin Presents, The Dean Martin Show, To Rome with Love; died Apr 10, 1980

1921 - Constance Baker Motley
civil rights attorney; 1st woman elected as president of Manhattan [NYC]; 1st black woman to become a state senator of New York; federal judge

1921 - Hughes Rudd
news correspondent: CBS Morning News [20 years]; ABC; died Oct 13, 1992

1923 - Bud (John) Palmer
basketball: Princeton Univ., New York Knickerbockers; broadcaster: CBS Sports, ABC’s Wide World of Sports

1924 - Jerry Coleman
baseball: NY Yankees; broadcaster: San Diego Padres, CBS Radio Sports: “There’s a long drive. The outfielder is back at the warning track and hits his head on the wall! It rolls back toward second base! This could be a triple!”

1927 - Gardner Dickinson
golf: member of NCAA Championship team at LSU [1947]; 1st PGA tour victory: Miami Beach Open [1956]; last tour victory: Atlanta Classic [defeated Jack Nicklaus in playoff: 1971]; member U.S. Ryder Cup teams [1967, 1971]; member of Sports Halls of Fame: Georgia, Alabama, LSU; died Apr 19, 1998

1930 - Allan Bloom
author: The Closing of the American Mind, Love and Friendship; died Oct 7, 1992

1933 - Zoe Caldwell
actress: Medea, Lantern Hill

1934 - Kate Millett
writer: The Basement, Flying, Sexual Politics; sculptor

1935 - Ed Khayat
football: Philadelphia Eagles, NE Patriots

1936 - Walter Koenig
actor: Star Trek, Antony and Cleopatra, Moontrap

1938 - Nicol Williamson
actor: The Advocate, Christopher Columbus, Excalibur, The Human Factor, Robin and Marian, Hamlet

1944 - Joey (Davenie) Heatherton
actress: Dean Martin Presents, Cry-Baby, Bluebeard; daughter of Ray Heatherton of Tropicana Orange Juice fame

1946 - Pete Agnew
musician: bass, singer: group: Nazareth: Love Hurts

1947 - Jon ‘Bowzer’ Bauman
singer: group: Sha Na Na: LP: Rock & Roll is Here to Stay!; VJ: VH-1

1947 - Sam Neill
actor: In the Mouth of Madness, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, The Piano, Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Sleeping Dogs, Ivanhoe, The Final Conflict, My Brilliant Career

1950 - Paul Kossoff
musician: guitar: group: Free: All Right Now; died Mar 19, 1976

1954 - Barry Cowsill
singer: group: The Cowsills: Indian Lake, Hair, The Rain, the Park and Other Things; his body was recovered Dec 28, 2005 from the Chartres Street Wharf

1957 - Tim (Timothy Charles) Wallach
baseball: Montreal Expos [all-star: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990], LA Dodgers, California Angels

1959 - Mary (Frances) Crosby
actress: Dallas: she shot J.R.; The Berlin Conspiracy, Corporate Affairs, Deadly Innocence; daughter of Bing and Kathryn Crosby

1959 - Morten Harket
singer: group: a-ha: Take on Me

1964 - Faith Ford
actress: Murphy Brown, Thirtysomething, Another World, If It’s Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium, The Norm Show

1971 - Kimberly Williams
actress: Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II, Jake’s Women, Elephant Juice, Simpatico

1989 - Jesse James
actor: Pearl Harbor, As Good As It Gets, The Gingerbread Man, A Dog of Flanders, Slap Her, She’s French.

Chart Toppers
September 14th.

1948 A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
It’s Magic - Doris Day
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956 Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Because - The Dave Clark Five
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972 Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis ;)
Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson

1980 Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Fame - Irene Cara
Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee

1988 Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Perfect World - Huey Lewis & The News
(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes - Highway 101

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

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258th day of 2007 - 107 remaining.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

USA Today, a publication of the Gannett media empire, was published for the first time on this day in 1982. The paper was called “The Nation’s Newspaper.” Critics called the satellite-transmitted, colorful, splashy, somewhat glitzy publication, “News McNugggets,” “The Nation’s Comic Book” and the winner of the “Pulitzer Prize for Best Investigative Paragraph.”

Several books have been written about the newspaper that is now read by millions each day. Two such volumes chronicling the rise of USA Today are Gannett Chairman Al Neuharth’s Confessions of an S.O.B. and Peter S. Prichard’s The Making of McPaper.

USA Today -- now with editions throughout the world -- has changed the shape of newspapers everywhere. Many have imitated the fast-reading format pioneered by USA Today in an attempt to revitalize the suffering newspaper industry.

USA Today.

September 15th.

1857 - Timothy Alden of New York City earned a patent for the typesetting machine. Newspaper and magazine publishers were very happy, as the machine made the production of these publications much faster and easier to accomplish ... making them more timely. We wonder what Timothy would have thought of the computer.

1930 - Ely Culbertson and the United States team played a challenge match with Great Britain in contract bridge competition. The event took place in London, England, and helped establish bridge as a favorite with the card-playing crowd. The London bridge crowd fell down on the job as the U.S. team won the match.

1930 - Hoagy Carmichael recorded Georgia on My Mind on the Victor label. Carmichael composed the song (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell) that has has been recorded by Ray Charles and many other artists over the years. Georgia on My Mind became the official state song of Georgia in 1979.

1934 - NBC radio presented The Gibson Family to American audiences. The program was the first musical-comedy-drama to be broadcast. Ernest Whitman and Eddie Green were featured members of the cast and were billed as “network radio’s only colored comedians.” The show originated from the studios of WEAF in New York City.

1953 - The National Boxing Association adopted the 10-point ‘must’ scoring system for all of its matches. The winner of each round must get 10 points, while the loser of each round must have fewer than 10 points.

1963 - Matty, Felipe and Jesus Alou, the famed Alou Brothers of baseball, took to the outfield and played together for the first time. The brothers played for the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-5, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1965 - It was a grand time in Hooterville. Oliver (Wendell) Douglas and his socialite wife Lisa; storekeeper Sam Drucker; Arnold the Pig and a whole bunch of funny neighbors showed up at Green Acres on CBS-TV. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor headed a memorable cast in this, the first of six seasons on the network.

1971 - Twelve members of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee founded Greenpeace, the environmental organization committed to a green and peaceful world. The group from Vancouver, British Columbia was aboard the Phyllis Cormack sailing to Amchitka, Alaska to protest nuclear testing.

1973 - Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup and set a world record for the 1-1/8 mile event. The legendary thoroughbred won in 1 minute, 45-2/3 seconds and earned $250,000.

1979 - Bob Watson of the Boston Red Sox hit a single, double, triple, and home run to become the first player in the major leagues to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Boston walloped the Baltimore Orioles 10-2.

1984 - Princess Diana and Prince Charles celebrated the birth of their second child, a blue-eyed baby boy who weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) is third in line to succeed to the British throne.

1997 - Elton John’s Candle in the Wind 1997 sold more than 600,000 copies in its first day in British stores. At one Tower Records in London, 1,000 copies of the Princess Diana tribute were snatched up in less than 90 minutes. The single was released in the U.S. on Sep 23 and hit #1 Oct 11.

2000 - Motion pictures released in the U.S. this day: Warner Bros.’ Bait, and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; United Artists’ Crime + Punishment in Suburbia; Hollywood Pictures’ Duets; and the re-release of MGM’s This is Spinal Tap.

September 15th.

1789 - James Fenimore Cooper
writer: The Leatherstocking Tales: The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, The Prairie; died Sep 14, 1851

1857 - William Howard Taft
27th U.S. President [1909-1913]; married to Helen Herron [two sons, one daughter]; Yale University law professor; Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1921-30]; died Mar 8, 1930

1890 - Agatha (Marie Clarissa) Christie (Miller)
writer: Murder on the Orient Express, 65 other mysteries; playwright: The Mousetrap [world’s longest running play]; died Jan 12, 1976

1903 - Roy Acuff
‘The King of Country Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: Wabash Cannonball, Pins and Needles [In My Heart], Night Train to Memphis, The Great Speckled Bird, Freight Train Blues; group: Smoky Mountain Boys; publisher: Acuff-Rose Publishing; died Nov 23, 1992

1907 - Fay Wray
actress: King Kong, Dr. X, Tammy and the Bachelor; died Aug 8, 2004

1908 - Penny Singleton (Mariana McNulty)
actress: Blondie series; died Nov 12, 2003

1916 - Margaret Lockwood (Day)
actress: The Wicked Lady, Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes; died July 15, 1990

1920 - Dave Garcia
baseball manager: Cleveland Indians

1922 - Jackie Cooper (John Cooperman Jr.)
actor: Superman series, The People’s Choice, Skippy, Little Rascals, Our Gang; director: Izzy & Moe, Sex and the Single Parent, Leave ’Em Laughing, Marathon

1924 - Bobby Short
pianist, singer: regular on first Playboy TV series; autobiography: Black & White Baby; died Mar 21, 2005

1928 - Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderly
musician: Alto/Soprano Saxophone: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; died Aug 8, 1975

1928 - Henry Silva
actor: The Bravados, Green Mansions, Oceans Eleven, The Manchurian Candidate, Johnny Cool, The Hills Run Red, Sharky’s Machine, Code of Silence, Amazon Women on the Moon, Above the Law, Dick Tracy, The End of Violence

1938 - Gaylord (Jackson) Perry
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: SF Giants [all-star: 1966, 1970/Cy Young Award: 1971], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1972, 1974], Texas Rangers, SD Padres [Cy Young Award: 1978/all-star: 1979], NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, KC Royals; 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts, 20-game winner 5 times, lifetime ERA: 3.10, only pitcher to win Cy Young Award in both leagues

1940 - Jimmy Gilmer
singer: group: Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs: Sugar Shack, Daisy Petal Pickin’

1940 - Merlin Olsen
Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams; broadcaster: NBC, CBS NFL Football; actor: Father Murphy, Little House on the Prairie

1941 - Les (William) Braid
musician: bass, organ: group: The Swinging Blue Jeans: Hippy Hippy Shake; died July 31, 2005

1945 - Carmen Maura
actress: Between Heaven and Earth, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Law of Desire, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Dark Habits

1946 - Tommy Lee Jones
Academy Award-winning actor: The Fugitive [1993]; House of Cards, The Client, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Coalminer’s Daughter, Batman Forever, Volcano, U.S. Marshals; Emmy Award-winner: The Executioner’s Song [1982-1983]

1946 - Oliver Stone
Academy Award-winning director: Born on the Fourth of July [1989], Platoon [1986]; Wall Street, JFK, Natural Born Killers

1949 - Dave (David Percy) Pagan
baseball: NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners

1961 - Dan Marino
football: Miami Dolphins QB: individual NFL record for yards gained passing in a season [5.084] and touchdowns thrown [48] - both in 1984; Super Bowl XIX; TV host/analyst: HBO: Inside the NFL

1984 - Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David)
third in line to the British throne; see 1984 [above]

Chart Toppers
September 15th.

1949 Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
Maybe It’s Because - Dick Haymes
Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me - Wayne Raney

1957 Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Fraulein - Bobby Helms

1965 Help! - The Beatles
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan ;)
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
Is It Really Over? - Jim Reeves

1973 Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy
Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Loves Me like a Rock - Paul Simon
You’ve Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty

1981 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The ;)
Older Women - Ronnie McDowell

1989 Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Don’t Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
Heaven - Warrant
I Wonder Do You Think of Me - Keith Whitley

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

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259th day of 2007 - 106 remaining.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Do you stick your nose up in the air and say that your ancestors came over on the Mayflower? If so, you of staunchly English pedigree should know that on this day, in the year 1620, 102 passengers and crew set sail on the ocean blue from Plymouth, England.

Their destination was the New World. And, although they encountered stormy weather and treacherous seas, this hearty group of 41 men, the rest, women and children; half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs, made it to Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 21, 1620.

A month later, the Plymouth Colony was founded by the passengers of the Mayflower. Better check that family tree ...

More reading here. The Mayflower.

September 16th.

1908 - General Motors was founded on this day. The man responsible for the beginning of the huge auto-manufacturing company (maker of Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet) was William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant.

1920 - Enrico Caruso made his last recording for Victor Records in Camden, NJ.

1924 - Jim Bottomley of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major-league baseball record by knocking in 12 runs in a single game.

1938 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the swing classic Boogie Woogie for Victor Records.

1940 - Sam Rayburn of Texas became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rayburn served as Speaker for 17 years.

1941 - CBS radio debuted The Arkansas Traveler. The program was later renamed The Bob Burns Show. Burns played a very strange musical instrument called the ‘bazooka’. The U.S. Army chose the name to identify its rocket launcher, because it looked so much like Burns’ bazooka, believe it or not...

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given the OK to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1960 - Amos Alonzo Stagg announced his retirement from football coaching. He was 98 years old at the time!

1963 - She Loves You, by The Beatles, was released in the U.S. It was the first record recorded by The Beatles; but the second single by the ‘Fab Four’ to hit #1. I Want to Hold Your Hand, was the group’s first #1 song and million seller. It beat She Loves You to the top spot by just a few weeks.

1964 - Shindig premiered on ABC-TV. The program had go-go girls and the biggest rock bands of the day in a dance party environment. Regulars were Jimmie O’Neill and the Shindig Dancers. The first show featured Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Bobby Sherman and comic Alan Sues.

1965 - San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral became the site of the first concert of sacred music presented by Duke Ellington.

1965 - The Dean Martin Show debuted on NBC-TV. It was a weekly variety show that continued on the network for nine years. Regulars over the years were The Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song? Everybody Loves Somebody.

1968 - The Andy Griffith Show was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), and the rest of the gang from Mayberry, NC, are still seen regularly on TV through syndication.

1978 - Boston’s album Don’t Look Back ascended to number one on U.S. charts. Other LPs in the top five that week: 2. Some Girls (The Rolling Stones); 3. Double Vision (Foreigner); 4. Grease (Soundtrack); 5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Soundtrack).

1981 - Boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, at age 25, knocked out Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns. Leonard won the welterweight boxing championship -- and the richest payday in boxing history.

1988 - Tom Browning made it into the history books of major league baseball when he pitched a perfect game. The 12th perfect game in history was a National League match between Cincinnati and Los Angeles with a score of 1-0.

1999 - Hurricane Floyd stormed ashore, pounding North Carolina with 110 mph winds, dumping more than a foot of rain, damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives. Floyd also caused the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history, with 2.6 million people ordered away from the shores in the hurricane’s path.

September 16th.

1823 - Francis Parkman
author: The Oregon Trail; died in 1893

1875 - J.C. (James Cash) Penney
merchant: founder: J.C. Penney Co.; died Feb 12, 1971

1890 - George Whitney Calhoun
sportswriter: Green Bay Press Gazette; cofounder [w/Earl Curly Lambeau] of Green Bay Packers [Calhoun named the team]

1908 - (Colonel) Buster ‘Bus’ Mills
baseball: SL Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, SL Browns, NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians; died Dec 1, 1991

1914 - Allen Funt
radio/TV producer, host: Candid Microphone, Candid Camera; films: What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?, Money Talks; died Sep 5, 1999

1919 - Marvin Middlemark
inventor: rabbit ears TV antenna; died in 1989

1922 - Janis Paige (Donna Mae Tjaden)
actress: The Pajama Game, Silk Stockings, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Hero

1924 - Lauren Bacall (Betty Perske)
actress: Key Largo, Applause, Woman of the Year, How to Marry a Millionaire, To Have and Have Not; married actor Humphrey Bogart

1924 - Nelson Benton
journalist: CBS News; died Feb 13, 1988

1925 - Charlie Byrd
musician: guitar: Meditation, Desafinado [w/Stan Getz]; died Nov 30, 1999

1925 - B.B. (Riley B.) King
musician, singer: The Thrill Is Gone, I Like to Live the Love, Rock Me Baby; appeared in films: Into the Night, Amazon Women of the Moon; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award [1987]

1925 - Morgan Woodward
actor: The Waltons, Dark Before Dawn, The Longest Drive

1926 - John Knowles
author: Backcasts: Memories & Recollections of Seventy Years as a Sportsman

1927 - Peter Falk
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Price of Tomatoes: The Dick Powell Show [1961-62]; Columbo [1971-72, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1989-90]; Murder by Death, Pocketful of Miracles , The Great Race, The In-Laws, The Princess Bride

1927 - Jack Kelly
actor: Maverick, Dr. Hudson’s Secret Journal, Get Christie Love, To Hell and Back; host: NBC Comedy Theater; mayor: Huntington Beach, California; died Nov 7, 1992

1930 - Anne Francis
actress: Funny Girl, Blackboard Jungle, Laguna Heat, Battle Cry, Bad Day at Black Rock, Born Again

1934 - Elgin Baylor
basketball: LA Lakers: holds NBA Playoff Record for points scored in a game [61], and for points scored in a playoff series [284] [both in 1962]

1934 - George Chakiris
Academy Award-winning actor, dancer: West Side Story [1961]; Is Paris Burning, Dallas

1938 - Larry Grantham
football: NY Jets linebacker: Super Bowl III

1942 - Bernie Calvert
musician: bass: group: The Hollies: The Air that I Breathe; group: The Dolphins

1944 - Linda Henning
actress: Petticoat Junction

1944 - Betty Kelly
singer: group: Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street

1948 - Kenny Jones
musician: drums: group: Small Faces, Faces: Stay with Me; group: The Who

1949 - Ed Begley Jr.
actor: St. Elsewhere, Parenthood, She-Devil, The Applegates, The Accidental Tourist, The In-Laws

1950 - David Bellamy
singer: duo: The Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow, If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me; songwriter: Spiders and Snakes

1950 - Susan Ruttan
actress: L.A. Law, Sweet 15, A Perfect Little Murder, Funny About Love, Fire and Rain, Chances Are, Bad Dreams, Eye of the Demon, Bad Manners

1955 - Robin (R) Yount
Baseball Hall of Famer: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder [all-star: 1980, 1982, 1983/World Series: 1982/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1982-shortstop, 1989-outfielder]

1956 - David Copperfield (Kotkin)
magician, illusionist

1956 - Mickey Rourke
actor: Body Heat, Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Nine Weeks, Barfly, Angel Heart, Johnny Handsome, Wild Orchid, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man

1958 - Orel (Leonard Quinton) Hershiser
baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [all-star: 1987, 1988, 1989/World Series: 1988/Cy Young Award: 1988], Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1995]

1961 - Jennifer Tilly
actress: The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Webbers, The Getaway [1994], Stuart Little, The Magnificent Ambersons

1963 - Richard Marx
singer, songwriter: Hazard, Children of the Night, Too Late to Say Goodbye, Keep Coming Back, Angelia , Take This Heart, Right Here Waiting, Satisfied , Hold on to the Nights, Endless Summer Nights, Should’ve Known Better, Don’t Mean Nothing

1964 - Molly Shannon
actress: Saturday Night Live.

Chart Toppers
September 16th.

1950 Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Tzena, Tzena, Tzena - The Weavers
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966 You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles ;)
Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I’m Leavin It (All) Up to You - Donny & Marie Osmond
Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap

1982 Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) - Jerry Reed

1990 Release Me - Wilson Phillips
Do Me! - Bell Biv DeVoe :D
Have You Seen Her - M.C. Hammer
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

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260th day of 2007 - 105 remaining.

Monday, September 17, 2007

CBS-TV debuted an oxymoronic show this night in 1965. Hogan’s Heroes, a comedy, took place in a World War II Nazi POW camp.

For six years the prisoners, under the lead of Colonel Robert Hogan (played by former KNX radio air personality Bob Crane), managed to outwit the incompetent and inept Nazi Colonel Wilhelm Klink (played very competently by Werner Klemperer [2-time Emmy-Award winner for his role]) and Nazi Sgt. Shultz (played quite deftly by John Banner).

The prisoners finagled, cheated and tricked the Germans so they could feed classified information to the Allies, help fugitives escape from Germany, etc. They managed, through their conniving, to live in luxury. Robert Clary played the Frenchman Louis LeBeau, who prepared fine French cuisine for his fellow prisoners. A steam room, a barbershop and many other creature comforts added to the amusement of the viewers

Those who watched the antics in Stalag 13 will remember the comedy and pathos brought to the small screen by POWs: Sgt. Andrew Carter (played by Larry Hovis); radioman Sgt. James Kinchloe (played by Ivan Dixon); and Peter Newkirk, the English corporal (played by Richard Dawson, later of Family Feud).

Some thought it almost sacrilegious to make light of a POW camp. However, much can be learned through comedy. With tongue in cheek, Hogan’s Heroes educated and entertained.

Now, a new generation, along with old fans, can be entertained by Hogan’s Heroes, through the book, Hogan’s Heroes; Behind the Scenes at Stalag 13, written by Werner Klemperer with Brenda Scott Royce.

September 17, 1965 - July 4, 1971 Hogan’s Heroes. The Fifties Web. :)

September 17th.

1787 - The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates from twelve states at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The U.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest working Constitution.

1872 - Phillip W. Pratt of Abington, MA patented an automatic sprinkler system for putting out fires. The system was operated by means of a valve to which cords and fuses were attached. The cords held the valve closed with a spring-loaded lever. In case of a fire, when the fuses ignited, the cords burned, and the valve opened, releasing a stream of water.

1911 - The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York City to Pasadena, CA, was accomplished on this day. It took C.P. Rogers only 82 hours to fly across the U.S.

1920 - The National Football League was formed -- in Canton, Ohio. Canton is now the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1931 - RCA Victor began demonstrating a very early version of the long-playing (LP), 33-1/3 RPM phonograph record. It would be another 17 years before RCA rival Columbia would begin mass production of the LP.

1952 - Frank Sinatra sang at his final session with Mitch Miller and Columbia Records.

1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. Banks was also quick to say, “Let’s play two!” Banks was the Cubs’ outstanding shortstop from 1954 to 1960. In 1961 he was moved to left field, then to first base, where he spent the rest of his career. In 1969, Ernie Banks was voted the Cub’s best player ever by Chicago fans. ‘Mr. Cub’ retired in 1971.

1954 - Rocky Marciano retained possession of the world heavyweight boxing title. He knocked out Ezzard Charles in the eighth round of their championship bout.

1955 - The Perry Como Show moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV. Soon, U.S.A. audiences would “Sing along with me ... I’m on my way to the stars...” with the incomparable Mr. C. Como’s hourlong variety show replaced his three-times-per-week, 15-minute show, which had been on the air since 1948. The new version of The Perry Como Show soon became Saturday’s highest-rated TV program, beating CBS competitor Jackie Gleason.

1955 - Capitol Records released Magic Melody, Part Two. The tune consists only of the last two notes of the musical phrase, “Shave and a haircut, two bits,” making it the shortest tune ever to be released. Now we want to see the deejay put that one on and make it to the bathroom and back before it’s finished playing...

1961 - A new team debuted in the National Football League: the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 37-13 in the team’s first game.

1965 - The Smothers Brothers Show, a sitcom, debuted on CBS-TV. Dick Smothers played young executive Dick Smothers, who worked for publisher Leonard J. Costello (Rolland Winters). Dick was trying to enjoy life as a prosperous bachelor, when his brother Tom (played by Tom) showed up as an apprentice angel. Tom, who had been lost at sea some years before, had to perform good deeds on earth in order to gain permanent angel wings. Instead of the helpful angel, he was often the blundering angel, constantly depending on brother Dick to get him out of scrape after scrape. The Smothers Brothers Show ran in this format for one year. The funny and talented duo returned in February of 1967 with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and continued to get into scrape after scrape -- this time with the network.

1983 - Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, was crowned Miss America. Williams was the first black woman in the 62-year history of the Miss America Pageant to win the coveted title. Williams relinquished her crown during her reign when nude pictures of her were published in Penthouse magazine. She went on to enjoy popularity as a singer (Dreamin’, Save the Best for Last) and an actress (Candyman, Another You, Under the Gun).

1983 - The Cincinnati Reds honored Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench as he ended his 16-year career as a catcher.

1983 - Slugger Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron’s major-league record for games played. ‘Yaz’ played in his 3,299th game.

1984 - Seventeen years to the day after his first major-league home run, Reggie Jackson of the California Angels hit his 500th career homer -- in a game against the Kansas City Royals.

1986 - The New York Mets clinched their first divisional title since 1973 by defeating the Chicago Cubs 4-2. The Mets later won the World Series as well.

1994 - II, by Boyz II Men, debuted at number one on the Billboard U.S. album chart. Cuts on the LP: Thank You, All Around the World, U Know, Vibin’, I Sit Away, Jezzebel, Khalil [Interlude], Trying Times, I’ll Make Love to You, On Bended Knee, 50 Candles, Water Runs Dry, Yesterday. II was #I for IV weeks.

1999 - Four flicks featured at U.S. theatres this day: Blue Streak (starring Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, William Forsythe); Breakfast of Champions (with Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, Nick Nolte, Barbara Hershey); For Love of the Game (Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone); and Get Bruce! (Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Lily Tomlin and about a zillion others).

September 17th.

1869 - Ben (Bernard) Turpin
comedian, actor: Burlesque of Carmen, Yankee Doodle in Berlin, Mack Sennett comedies, When Comedy was King; died July 1, 1940

1900 - J.W. (John Willard) Marriott
hotel magnate; died Aug 13, 1985

1902 - Esther Ralston
actress: Tin Pan Alley, We’re in the Legion Now, Oliver Twist, Shadows of the Orient, To the Last Man; died Jan 14, 1994

1903 - Dolores Costello
actress: The Magnificent Ambersons; died Mar 1, 1979

1904 - Jerry Colonna
comedian, actor: Meet Me in Las Vegas, Kentucky Jubilee, The Road to Singapore; TV host: The Jerry Colonna Show; died Nov 21, 1986

1907 - Warren (Earl) Burger
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; died June 25, 1995

1922 - Ursula Howells
actress: Girly, The Gilded Cage; died Oct 16, 2005

1923 - Hank (Hiram) Williams Sr.
musician, songwriter, singer: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Cold, Cold Heart, Take These Chains from My Heart, Honky Tonkin’, Jambalaya, Kaw-Liga, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Lovesick Blues; 1st country musician whose music crossed over into pop; wrote 125 compositions; died Jan 1, 1953

1926 - Bill Black
musician: bassist: group: Bill Black Combo: White Silver Sands, Smokie Pt. 2; played in Elvis Presley band, backup for Elvis; died Oct 21, 1965

1927 - George Blanda
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears QB, Houston Oilers QB: AFL MVP [1961], LA Raiders kicker and quarterback: AFC Player of the Year, AP Male Athlete of the Year [1970]; holds NFL individual record for points scored in career [2002, 1949-75] and points scored after touchdowns [943]

1928 - Roddy (Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude) McDowall
Tony Award-winning actor: The Fighting **** [1960]; Planet of the Apes series, The Poseidon Adventure , The Longest Day, How Green was My Valley, My Friend Flicka, Lassie Come Home; died Oct 3, 1998

1929 - Sil Austin
musician, tenor saxophone: Slow Walk; composer: Ping-Pong; died Sep 1, 2001

1929 - Pat Crowley
actress: Joe Forrester, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Red Garters, Return to Fantasy Island

1931 - Anne Bancroft (Anna Maria Louisa Italiano)
Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress: The Miracle Worker [1962]; The Graduate, The Turning Point, Agnes of God, Malice, Point of No Return, The Elephant Man, Silent Movie; married to Mel Brooks; died June 6, 2005

1933 - Dorothy Loudon
actress: The Garry Moore Show, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; died Nov 15, 2003

1935 - Ken Kesey
author: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nestdied Nov 10, 2001

1937 - Orlando (Manuel) Cepeda
‘Baby Bull’, ‘Cha Cha’: Baseball Hall of Famer: SF Giants [Rookie of the Year: 1958/all-star: 1959-1964, 1967/World Series: 1962, 1967, 1968], SL Cardinals [Baseball Writers’ Award: 1967], Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

1938 - Paul Benedict
actor: The Jeffersons, The Freshman

1938 - Bobby (Robert Paul Sr.) Wine
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos

1938 - LeeRoy Yarborough
race car driver: Daytona 500 winner [1969]; died Dec 7, 1984

1939 - David H. Souter
attorney: Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

1940 - LaMont McLemore
singer: group: The 5th Dimension: Up Up and Away, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, [Last Night] I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All, Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic

1947 - Jeff MacNelly
cartoonist: Shoe; died June 8, 2000 [lymphoma]

1948 - John Ritter
Emmy Award winning actor: Three’s Company [1983-1984]; Problem Child I & II, Hooperman, Stay Tuned; son of Tex Ritter; died Sep 11, 2003

1949 - Cassandra Peterson
‘Elvira, Mistress of the Dark’: TV hostess: The Elvira Show; actress: Echo Park, Uncensored, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Balboa, Working Girls, Stroker Ace, Dead of Night, Nash Bridges

1950 - Fee Waybill (John Waldo)
singer: group: The Tubes

1951 - Kermit Washington
basketball: American Univ., LA Lakers, Portland Trailblazers [suspended 26 games for punching Rockets’ Rudy Tomjanovich: 1977]

1952 - Harold Solomon
tennis: player, coach

1954 - Wayne (Richard) Krenchicki
baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos

1955 - Rita Rudner
comedienne, actress: Rita Rudner TV series, Hollywood Squares.

Chart Toppers
September 17th.

1951 Because of You - Tony Bennett
The Loveliest Night of the Year - Mario Lanza
Sweet Violets - Dinah Shore
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
I’m Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
(’Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
Reflections - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee
My Elusive Dreams - David Houston

1975 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
At Seventeen - Janis Ian
Fame - David Bowie
Feelins’ - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynne

1983 Maniac - Michael Sembello
Tell Her About It - Billy Joel ;)
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Night Games - Charley Pride

1991 The Promise of a New Day - Paula Abdul
I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Motownphilly - Boys II Men
Leap of Faith - Lionel Cartwright

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

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261st day of 2007 - 104 remaining.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Columbia Broadcasting System was born on this day in 1927, although its rival, NBC, had been on the air for some time. The Tiffany Network, as CBS was called, broadcast an opera, The King’s Henchman, as its first program.

William S. Paley put the network together, purchasing a chain of 16 failing radio stations. The controlling interest cost between $250,000 and $450,000. The following year, the 27-year-old Paley became President of CBS. It only took one more year for him to profit 2.35 million dollars as the network grew to over 70 stations.

In 1978 Paley received the First Annual ATAS (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) Governor’s Award as Chairman of the Board of CBS.

CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Columbia Broadcasting System.

September 18th.

1763 - An instrument named the spinet was mentioned in The Boston Gazette newspaper on this day. John Harris made the spinet, a small upright piano with a three to four octave range. There is no verifiable evidence to support the rumor that a man named Spinetti made the first spinet.

1830 - A race was held between a horse and an iron horse. Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in America, was pitted against a real horse in a nine-mile course between Riley’s Tavern and Baltimore. Tom Thumb suffered mechanical difficulties including a leaky boiler. If you had your money on the horse, you won! Tom Thumb lost by more than a nose.

1851 - The New York Times began publishing “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” The Times is now a media conglomerate involving radio, TV, cable and the Internet.

1891 - Harriet Maxwell Converse (her Indian name was Ga-is-wa-noh: the Watcher) became the first white woman to be named chief of an Indian tribe. Converse became chief of the Six Nations tribe at Tonawanda reservation in New York. She had been adopted by the Seneca tribe 7 years earlier because of her efforts on behalf of the tribe.

1895 - If you’ve ever had a chiropractic adjustment you owe it to not only your chiropractor, but to Daniel David Palmer. He gave the first chiropractic adjustment to Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa (now the home of Palmer Chiropractic College).

1947 - Country singers Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the first country show for the NYC venue.

1947 - The U.S. Air Force, an independent military service, was established by the National Security Act. Originally, U.S. military aviation began as part of the U.S. Army in 1907.

1948 - The Original Amateur Hour returned to radio on ABC, two years after the passing of the program’s originator and host, Major Bowes. Bowes brought new star talent into living rooms for 13 years. Ted Mack, the new host, had also started a TV run with The Original Amateur Hour on the DuMont network in January of 1948.

1955 - What had been The Toast of the Town on CBS Television (since 1948) became The Ed Sullivan Show. This “rilly big shew” remained a mainstay of Sunday night television until June 6, 1971. Sullivan was a newspaper columnist/critic before and during the early years of this pioneering TV show.

1957 - The Big Record, hosted by ‘the singing rage’, Miss Patti Page, debuted on CBS-TV. The Big Record was a live musical showcase featuring established artists singing their big songs. The Big Record lasted one big season.

1965 - Larry Hagman (Captain Tony Nelson) and Barbara Eden (Jeannie) starred in the first episode of I Dream of Jeannie on NBC-TV. Capt. Nelson had been forced to make a parachute landing on a desert island. He happened upon an old bottle that had washed up on the shore. He popped the top and - bingo! Out popped Jeannie, a 2000-year-old, very pretty genie. Jeannie took to Tony and started making weekly magic that lasted until September 1, 1970.

1969 - Tiptoeing through late night TV, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss Vicki Budinger. Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, was so enthralled with the falsetto voiced singer that he invited the couple to get married on the show. They did on December 17, 1969 and TV history was made.

1970 - Rock radio mourned the loss of rock music legend, Jimi Hendrix. He died at age 27 of an overdose of sleeping pills. His Purple Haze and Foxy Lady became anthems for a generation at war in Vietnam.

1975 - Publishing heiress Patricia Hearst was rescued/captured by the FBI in San Francisco, CA. She had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army on Feb 4, 1974, but had apparently fallen in with her captors and had participated in a bank holdup. Hearst was convicted of bank robbery on Mar 20, 1976. On Feb 1, 1979, her sentence was commuted to time served by President Jimmy Carter, but her conviction stood. On Jan 20, 2001, outgoing President Bill Clinton granted Patricia Hearst a full pardon.

1977 - The Voyager I spacecraft (launched on Sep 5, 1977 from cape Canaveral, FL) snapped the first photograph showing the earth and moon together. (Voyager I is further away from Earth than any other man-made object.)

1988 - The Seoul Summer Olympics were the first since Munich in 1972, to have no organized boycotts going on. On this first day of competition, the Soviet Union was first to claim a gold medal -- in the women's air rifle event. U.S. swimmers won silver and bronze in women’s platform diving.

1993 - Garth Brooks’ In Pieces debuted at #1 in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 200 and Country LP charts. The album has sold over 8 million copies.

1997 - Time Warner vice-chairman Ted Turner pledged one billion dollars for United Nations programs over ten years. The money came from Time Warner shares Turner acquired in the Time Warner-Turner Broadcasting merger.

September 18th.

1709 - Samuel Johnson
writer: created the first true dictionary of the English language in 1755; poet; essayist; novelist: Rasselas: Prince of Abyssinia; died Dec 13, 1784

1779 - Joseph Story
associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1811-1845]; died Sep 10, 1845

1895 - John (George) Diefenbaker
Canadian Prime Minister [1957-1963]; died Aug 16, 1979

1898 - George (Ernest) Uhle
‘The Bull’: baseball: Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1920], Detroit Tigers, NY Giants, NY Yankees; died Feb 26, 1985

1904 - Bun (Frederick) Cook
Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: NY Rangers [Stanley Cup: 1928, 1933], Boston Bruins; coach: Providence Reds [Calder Cup: 1938, 1940], Cleveland Barons [five Championships 1945-1954]; died Mar 19, 1988

1905 - Greta (Lovisa) Garbo (Gustafsson)
actress: Camille, Grand Hotel, Ninotchka, Mata Hari, The Painted Veil, Anna Christie; died Apr 15, 1990

1905 - Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson
actor: Jack Benny Show, Birth of the Blues, Gone with the Wind, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; died Feb 28, 1977

1910 - Ray Geiger
editor: The Farmer’s Almanac [1934-1993]; the longest-held position of any almanac editor in America; died Apr 1, 1994

1911 - Syd (Sydney) Howe
hockey: NHL: Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Eagles, Detroit Red Wings [1943-1944 record: scored six goals in game]; died May 20, 1976

1916 - Rossano Brazzi
actor: South Pacific, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Barefoot Contessa, Formula for a Murder; died Dec 24, 1994

1920 - Jack Warden
Emmy Award-winning actor: Brian’s Song [1971-72]; N.Y.P.D., Bad News Bears, Crazy like a Fox, Shampoo, From Here to Eternity, All the President’s Men, Problem Child, Used Cars; died July 19, 2006

1925 - Harvey Haddix
‘The Kitten’: baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1953, 1954, 1955], Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Redlegs, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1960/lost 12-inning perfect game to Milwaukee Braves in 13th inning: 5-26-1959], Baltimore Orioles; died Jan 8, 1994

1926 - Bob Toski
golf: Graffis Award [1980]

1927 - Phyllis Kirk (Kirkegaard)
actress: The Red Buttons Show, The Thin Man, House of Wax; died Oct 19, 2006

1929 - Teddi King
singer: Mr. Wonderful; died Nov 18, 1977

1933 - Robert Blake (Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi)
Emmy Award-winning actor: Baretta [1974-1975]; In Cold Blood, Pork Chop Hill, PT 109, Our Gang, Little Beaver & Red Ryder series

1933 - Jimmie Rodgers
singer: Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter than Wine, Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again, Secretly, Are You Really Mine; TV host: The Jimmie Rodgers Show

1940 - Frankie (Frances) Avalon (Avellone)
singer: Venus, Bobby Sox to Stockings, A Boy Without a Girl, Just Ask Your Heart, Why, Dede Dinah; actor: Disc Jockey Jamboree, Guns of the Timberland, The Carpetbaggers, Beach Party series, Back to the Beach

1948 - Ken (Kenneth Alven) Brett
baseball: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1967], Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1974], Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees, California Angels, LA Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, KC Royals; broadcaster: California Angels; died Nov 18, 2003

1949 - Kerry Livgren
musician: guitar, keyboards: group: Kansas: Dust in the Wind

1951 - Daryl Stingley
football: Purdue Univ., NE Patriots; paralyzed in a collision with Oakland Raiders’ Jack Tatum [1978]; founder: Daryl Stingley Youth Foundation

1951 - Tony (Anthony) Scott
baseball: Montreal Expos, SL Cardinals, Houston Astros

1952 - Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin)
musician: drums: group: The Ramones: Howling at the Moon, Do You Remember Rock ’n’ Roll Radio; died June 5, 2002

1959 - Ryne (Dee) Sandberg
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1984-1993/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1984]

1961 - James Gandolfini
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Sopranos [2000, 2001]; A Stranger Among Us, Terminal Velocity, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, 12 Angry Men [1997], A Civil Action, 8MM

1962 - Joanne Catherall
singer: group: Human League: Don’t You Want Me, [Keep Feeling] Fascination, Mirror Man, The Lebanon, Life on Your Own, Louise

1964 - Holly Robinson Peete
actress: 21 Jump Street, Hanging with Mr. Cooper

1967 - Ricky Bell
singer: group: New Edition

1971 - Jada Pinkett Smith
actress: The Nutty Professor, A Different World, Menace II Society, If These Walls Could Talk, Scream 2, Woo, Bamboozled, Collateral; married to actor Will Smith

1973 - James Marsden
actor: X-Men, In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco, Boogies Diner, On the Edge of Innocence, Disturbing Behavior, Ally McBeal.

Chart Toppers
September 18th.

1944 I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Time Waits for No One - Helen Forrest
Soldier’s Last Letter - Ernest Tubb

1952 Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960 It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
The Twist - Chubby Checker
My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

1968 People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
1,2,3, Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
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
I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You - Jim Ed Brown/Helen Cornelius

1984 What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Missing You - John Waite
She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
You’re Getting to Me Again - Jim Glaser

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It was just an average day this day in 1935, when Just Plain Bill was first heard on CBS radio. It was “The real life story of people just like people we all know.” The 15-minute show (Monday through Friday at 7:15 p.m.) was all about (just plain) Bill Davidson and his daughter, Nancy, who lived in (just plain) Hartville. Since Bill was the town barber, everybody came to him with their problems -- and Bill helped them straighten things out.

Instead of playing the usual organ, as a first, Hal Brown played harmonica and whistled the Just Plain Bill introduction music (Darling Nellie Gray). Hal also handled the closing theme (Polly Wolly Doodle) in the same manner.

The show, created by Frank and Anne Hummert, who also came up with Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, Little Orphan Annie, Amanda of Honeymoon Hill, Front Page Farrell, John’s Other Wife, Mr. Chameleon, Our Gal Sunday and many other radio dramas, later moved to NBC radio. Just Plain Bill chalked up a total of 20 years on the air. A few of the Just Plain Bill sponsors over the years were Kolynos toothpaste, Clapp’s baby food, BiSoDol shaving cream and Anacin pain relief pills.

Antique Radio. Just plain Bill. The Radio Showtime. Frank Hummert. Adult Stuff. Team Effort Of Popular Pain Reliever Stifles Pain.

September 19th.

1819 - It was such a beautiful fall day that poet John Keats was inspired to take out pen and pad. He inked one of the best-loved English poems, Ode to Autumn.

1876 - We are reminded that Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, MI patented the carpet sweeper on this day. The name, Bissell, became synonymous with carpet sweepers during the first half of the 20th century -- much like Frigidaire and refrigerator, Jell-O and gelatin dessert.

1928 - The second talkie (the opposite of a silent movie) for Al Jolson was released. It was titled The Singing Fool, which he certainly was not.

1936 - The classic, Indian Love Call, was recorded by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, on Victor Records.

1953 - Gisele MacKenzie took over as host on NBC-TV’s Your Hit Parade. Her biggest hit during that stint (1953-57) was Hard to Get in June of 1955. Ironically, the song was first sung by Gisele in an episode of the NBC-TV show, Justice. It became a hit and she performed it again on Your Hit Parade.

1955 - Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the Producer’s Showcase presentation of Our Town on NBC-TV.

1959 - The leader of the U.S.S.R., Nikita Khruschev, was a little upset. In fact, he got quite angry. And who could blame him. He wasn’t allowed to ride down the Matterhorn, see Tinkerbell or Mickey or anything else at Disneyland. Security - or lack thereof - prevented him from visiting the Southern California amusement park. He did, however, get to visit a movie set.

1963 - The Crystals’ Then He Kissed Me debuted on U.K. charts this day. It had hit U.S. charts on Aug 17, and made it to #6 for three weeks (Sep 14, 21, 28) before fading away.

1970 - She could turn the world on with her smile. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was seen for the first time on CBS-TV. It became one of the most successful television shows of the 1970s. The last, original episode aired on September 3, 1977.

1974 - Eric Clapton received a gold record for I Shot the Sheriff. The song reached #1 on the pop charts on September 14th.

1981 - For their first concert in years, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert to benefit New York City parks. The concert attracted a crowd of 500,000 people in Central Park and was broadcast to a TV audience in the millions.

1985 - In Mexico City, this day will forever be remembered. The first of two killer earthquakes hit the city. This one, 8.1 on the Richter scale, followed the next day by a 7.5er, crumbled buildings (damages were estimated at more than one billion dollars) and killed almost 10,000 people.

1987 - Michael Jackson’s I Just Can’t Stop Loving You rose to #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, from Jackson’s "Bad" LP, stayed at the top of the hit heap for one week.

1988 - U.S. diver Greg Louganis struck and injured his head on the board in a preliminary round of springboard diving at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Days later, however, Louganis won the gold medal in springboard diving.

1991 - Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by a German tourist, Helmut Simon, on the Similaun Glacier in the Tirolean Ötztal Alps, on the Italian-Austrian border. The body is that of a man aged 25 to 35 who had been about 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) tall and had weighed about 50 kg (110 pounds), is the oldest mummified human body ever found intact -- some 5000 years old. And his few remaining scalp hairs provided the earliest archaeological evidence of haircutting. And, if that’s not enough, Ötzi was found to have a number of ‘points’ tattooed on his body, 80% of which are considered valid modern acupucture points and dates acupuncture back to at least 3300 B.C.

September 19th.

1778 - Henry Brougham
orator; the Brougham carriage was named after him; died May 17, 1868

1905 - Leon Jaworski
attorney: Watergate special prosecutor; died Dec 9, 1982

1907 - Lewis F. Powell Jr.
associate justice of U.S. Supreme Court [1972-1987]; died Aug 25, 1998

1911 - Sir William Golding
Nobel Prize for literature [1983]; Lord of the Flies; died June 19, 1993

1914 - Frances Farmer
actress: Rhythm on the Range, Son of Fury; died Aug 1, 1970

1921 - Billy Ward
singer, musician: piano: group: Billy Ward and His Dominoes: Sixty-Minute Man, Have Mercy Baby, Star Dust, Deep Purple, St. Therese of the Roses

1926 - Duke (Edwin Donald) Snider
‘The Silver Fox’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956/all-star: 1950-1956], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959/all-star: 1963], NY Mets, SF Giants; broadcaster: Montreal Expos

1928 - Adam West
actor: Batman, The Detectives, Starring Robert Taylor, The Last Precinct, Hooper, The New Age

1930 - Bob (Robert Lee) Turley
‘Bullet Bob’: baseball: pitcher: SL Browns, Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1954], NY Yankees [World Series: 1955-1958, 1960/all-star: 1955, 1958/Cy Young Award: 1958], Boston Red Sox, LA Angels

1931 - Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay)
singer: It’s Just a Matter of Time, Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes] [w/Dinah Washington], Endlessly, Think Twice, Kiddio, The Boll Weevil Song, Rainy Night in Georgia; died Apr 9, 1988

1931 - Ray Danton
actor: The Longest Day, The George Raft Story, I’ll Cry Tomorrow; died Feb 11, 1992

1932 - Mike Royko
journalist: Chicago Tribune: syndicated column; author: Boss, Slats Grobnick; died Apr 29, 1997

1933 - David McCallum
actor: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Invisible Man, Shattered Image, Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

1934 - Brian Epstein
talent manager: The Beatles; died Aug 26, 1967

1934 - Jay Randolph
sportscaster: NBC Sports, St. Louis Cardinals

1935 - Nick Massi (Macioci)
musician: bass, singer: group: The Four Seasons: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll; died Dec 24, 2000

1936 - Al Oerter
Olympic and Track & Field Hall of Famer: 4 time Gold Medalist & world record maker: discus [1956, 1960, 1964, 1968]

1937 - Chris (Christopher Joseph) Short
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1964, 1967], Milwaukee Brewers; died Aug 1, 1991

1937 - Abner Haynes
football: Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie and Player of the Year [1960]; Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, NY Jets

1940 - Bill Medley
singer: I’ve Had the Time of My Life [w/Jennifer Warnes]; group: The Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, Just Once in My Life, Unchained Melody, Ebb Tide, [You’re My] Soul and Inspiration, Rock and Roll Heaven

1940 - Paul Williams
songwriter: themes: The Love Boat, The Muppet Movie; Academy Award-winning lyricist: A Star Is Born [1976: w/Barbra Streisand]; actor: Smokey and the Bandit series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Wild Wild West Revisited, The Paul Williams Show, The Night They Saved Christmas, The Doors, Hart to Hart Returns

1941 - ‘Mama’ Cass Elliott (Ellen Naomi Cohen)
singer: group: The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin’, Monday, Monday, Creeque Alley; solo: Dream a Little Dream of Me, It’s Getting Better, Make Your Own Kind of Music; group: The Mugwumps; died July 29, 1974

1942 - Freda Payne
singer: Band of Gold, Bring the Boys Home; sang w/Duke Ellington

1943 - Joe (Leonard) Morgan
Baseball Hall of Famer: Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros [all-star: 1966, 1970], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1972-1979/World Series: 1972, 1975, 1976/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1975, 1976], SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983], Oakland Athletics; 266 home runs, 2527 games as second baseman are records for his position; ESPN TV baseball analyst

1945 - Randolph Mantooth
actor: Emergency, Detective School, Operation Petticoat

1946 - John Coghlan
musician: drums: group: Status Quo: LPs: Picturesque Matchstickable, Piledriver, Hello, On the Level, Blue for You

1946 - Joe (Joseph Vance) Ferguson
baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974, 1978], SL Cardinals, Houston Astros, California Angels

1947 - Larry Brown
football: Washington Redskins running back, NFL Player of the Year [1972]; NFL leading rusher [1970, 1972]; Super Bowl VII

1947 - Lol Creme
musician: guitar, singer: groups: 10cc: Rubber Bullets, I’m Not inLove, The Things We Do for Love; Godley & Creme: Donna, Wedding Bells

1948 - Jeremy (John) Irons
Academy Award-winning actor: Reversal of Fortune [1990]; Die Hard: With a Vengeance, House of Spirits, M. Butterfly, Damage, Dead Ringers, The French Lieutenant’s Woman; voice of Scar: Lion King

1949 - Twiggy (Leslie Hornby)
fashion model: mini-skirt; actress: The Boy Friend, Madame Sousatzka, Body Bags, The Princesses

1949 - Sidney Wicks
basketball: College Player of the Year [1970]; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

1950 - Joan Lunden
broadcast journalist; TV host: Good Morning America

1952 - Nile Rogers
musician: group: Honeydrippers: Sea of Love

1956 - Rex Smith
actor: Sooner or Later, A Passion to Kill, Transformations, Pirates of Penzance

1958 - Kevin Hooks
actor: The White Shadow, He’s the Mayor, Innerspace, Can You Hear the Laughter?/The Story of Freddie Prinze, Aaron Loves Angela, Sounder; director: Fled, Passenger 57, Murder Without Motive, Strictly Business, Roots: The Gift

1966 - Soledad O’Brien
TV host: MSNBC: The Site

1967 - Jim (James Anthony) Abbott
baseball: one-handed pitcher: Olympic gold medalist: U.S. baseball team [1988]; California Angels [Sullivan Award: 1987], NY York Yankees [no-hitter: 9/4/93], Chicago White Sox.

Chart Toppers
September 19th.

1945 Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
If I Loved You - Perry Como
You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter

1953 You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
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
My True Story - The Jive Five
(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

1969 Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again - Tom Jones
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

1977 I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
Float On - The Floaters
Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle

1985 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Modern Day Romance - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

It was 1878 and the Sinclair family celebrated the birth of their son, Upton. Of course, they had no way to know that Upton would become a famous author whose books influenced social reform.

Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, published in 1906, was an expose of Chicago’s stockyards and the meat-packing industry, in general. The Jungle revealed unsanitary conditions and what was really in the meat that was being eaten, like rats being swept up and dumped into sausage-making machines.

The book made such bold statements that no publisher would touch it. Sinclair published it himself and The Jungle became a best seller, resulting in laws being passed to ensure pure and safe food products.

What became of Upton Sinclair? He became a vegetarian and used the profits from The Jungle to found a cooperative community in New Jersey. He also wrote about the Teapot Dome scandal in Oil, the Sacco and Vanzetti case in Boston and he penned a Pulitzer Prize-winner, Dragon’s Teeth, an antifascist novel, in 1943. Sometimes it pays to fight your way out of the jungle.

End Poverty in California The EPIC Movement. The Jungle. Upton Sinclair.

September 20th.

1884 - If you thought equal rights for women is a modern concept, think again. On this day, the Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, California. The party nominated Mrs. Belva Lockwood as their U.S. presidential candidate and Marietta Snow as Lockwood’s running mate.

1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania started one of the first daily radio newscasts in the country. The broadcast came from the city desk of The Pittsburgh Post.

1948 - One of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s got their professional start on this day. The Four Freshmen did their first gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana and went on to major success with Capitol Records. Hits included It’s a Blue World, Charmaine and Love is Just Around the Corner.

1953 - Lovely Loretta Young hosted a weekly TV show, Letter to Loretta. Later (February 14, 1954), the name was changed to The Loretta Young Show. As you might suspect, the show featured dramatic responses to letters Loretta had received from her fans during the years she had been a movie star.

1953 - Jimmy Stewart debuted in The Six Shooter on NBC. He played Britt Ponset on the radio Western.

1955 - You’ll Never Get Rich started its run on CBS-TV. Because of weak ratings, the name of the show was changed (less than two months later) to The Phil Silvers Show, with the subtitle, You’ll Never Get Rich. The change worked. The show, “An outrageous satire on military life,” became a hit on the tube and ran thru 1959.

1969 - Sugar, Sugar, by The Archies, hit number one in Billboard. The Archies sat at the top of the hit heap for four weeks.

1973 - The in place for radio and record types to see, and be seen, opened in Los Angeles -- to a sold-out crowd. On the opening bill at the Roxy Theatre: Elton John, Carole King and Jackson Browne.

1973 - In three straight sets, Billie Jean King showed who was the better tennis player in the Battle of the Sexes. She defeated Bobby Riggs in the televised event at the Houston Astrodome, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Howard Cosell was the announcer.

1973 - Singer Jim Croce, his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen, and four others died when their plane crashed into a tree at Natchitoches, LA while taking off for a concert in Sherman, Texas.

1984 - NBC-TV debuted The Cosby Show. Bill Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff (Cliff) Huxtable. His lovely wife, Clair, was played by Phylicia Rashad. The Huxtable kids were Sondra, age 20 (Sabrina Le Beauf), Denise, age 16 (Lisa Bonet), Theodore, age 14 (Malcom-Jamal Warner), Vanessa, age 8 (Tempestt Bledsoe) and Rudy, age 5 (Keshia Knight Pulliam). The premiere was the most watched show of the week and the show went on to become an Emmy Award-winner and one of the most popular on television for eight years.

1986 - NBC’s The Golden Girls won best comedy honors and CBS’s Cagney & Lacey won for top drama at the 38th Emmy Awards held in Pasadena, CA.

1986 - The number one pop hit in the U.S. was Stuck With You, by Huey Lewis & The News. The song, from the multi-platinum album Fore!, was stuck at #1 for three weeks.

1992 - Raymond Floyd won the Senior PGA Tour GTE North Classic at at Indianapolis, Indiana. By winning, he became the first player to win tournaments on the regular and Senior PGA Tours in the same year (he had won the Doral-Ryder Open earlier that year).

1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies: AT&T (communication services); Lucent Technologies (systems and technology communications products); and NCR Corp. (computer business).

September 20th.

1878 - Upton (Beall) Sinclair
author & social/political reformer: see Upton Day [above]; died Nov 25, 1968

1898 - Chuck (Charles Walter) Dressen
baseball: Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants; manager: Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Braves, Detroit Tigers; coach: Brooklyn Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees, LA Dodgers; pro football player: Decatur Staleys, Racine Legion; died Aug 10, 1966

1899 - Elliott Nugent
actor: Romance, The Unholy Three; director: Up in Arms, Welcome Stranger; died Aug 9, 1980

1908 - Zeke (Henry John) Bonura
baseball: Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, NY Giants, Chicago Cubs; died Mar 9, 1987

1911 - Frank DeVol
bandleader, songwriter: themes: The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, The Love Boat; scores: The Dirty Dozen, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Pillow Talk [more than 50 films]; died Oct 27, 1999

1917 - Red (Arnold) Auerbach
Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics coach: most NBA Championships [9] [1957 & 1959-1966]

1918 - Peg Phillips
actress: Northern Exposure; died Nov 7, 2002

1924 - James Galanos
fashion designer

1924 - Gogi Grant (Audrey Brown)
singer: The Wayward Wind, Suddenly There’s a Valley; dubbed vocals for Ann Blythe: The Helen Morgan Story

1927 - Johnny Dankworth
musician: alto sax, band leader, composer: Experiments with Mice, African Waltz, What the Dickens, The Avengers theme song

1927 - Rachel Roberts
actress: Murder on the Orient Express [1974], The Tony Randall Show, Circle of Children; died Nov 26, 1980

1928 - Donald A. Hall
author: The Ox Cart Man, Lucy’s Christmas

1929 - Anne Meara
comedienne: Stiller & Meara; actress: Fame, All in the Family, Rhoda, The Paul Lynde Show, The Corner Bar, Alf

1931 - Peter Palmer
actor: Li’l Abner, Custer, Edward Scissorhands

1934 - Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone)
Academy Award-winning actress: Two Women [1961]; Black Orchid, Marriage Italian Style, Desire Under the Elms, El Cid, Man of La Mancha, Grumpier Old Men, Brief Encounter

1935 - Jim Taylor
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Green Bay Packers running back: Super Bowl I, II; AP NFL Player of the Year [1962]; New Orleans Saints

1937 - Tom (Thomas Michael) Tresh
baseball: NY Yankees [Rookie of the Year: 1962/World Series: 1962, 1963, 1964/all-star: 1962, 1963], Detroit Tigers

1948 - Chuck Panozzo
musician: bass: group: Styx: Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto

1948 - John Panozzo
musician: drums: group: Styx: Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto; died July 16, 1996

1950 - Dave Twardzik
basketball: Portland Trailblazers; GM: Golden State Warriors

1951 - Matt Blair
football: Minnesota Vikings LB: Super Bowls IX, XI

1951 - Guy Lafleur
Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: Montreal Canadiens [Hart Memorial Trophy: 1977, 1978], NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques

1954 - Brinke Stevens
model, actress, scream queen: Necromancy, Emmanuelle 4, Girls of Penthouse, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, The Jigsaw Murders, Transylvania Twist, Acting on Impulse, Invisible Mom, Mommy II: Mommys Day, Victoria’s Shadow, The Vampire Hunters Club, Witchouse 3: Demon Fire, Slumber Party Massacre IV

1956 - Debbi Morgan
actress: Boston Public, Roots: The Next Generations, The Jesse Owens Story, All My Children, General Hospital, Eve’s Bayou, Love & Basketball

1967 - Kristen Johnston
actress: 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Orkly Kid, Backfire!, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Nobody Knows Anything.

Chart Toppers
September 20th.

1946 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter

1954 Sh-Boom - The Crew-Cuts
Skokiaan - The Four Lads
The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter
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
Patches - Clarence Carter
For the Good Times - Ray Price

1978 Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner ;)
I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings

1986 Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
Got My Heart Set on You - John Conlee

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

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Boxing fans all over the world held their collective breaths as Archie Moore, the light heavyweight champion, knocked the heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano, to the floor on this night in 1955. But the champ got up ... just as he had done in every fight before this ... and went on to defeat Moore.

Rocky Marciano was the only world champion at any weight to have won every fight of his professional career (1947 to 1956). 43 of his 49 fights were won either by KO’s or because the fight had to be stopped.

Marciano, born Rocco Marchegiano in Brockton, Massachusetts and known as the ‘Brockton Bomber’, wanted to be a major-league baseball player. This was never to be. Instead, beating up the resident bully in Army camp, he started on the road to his famous boxing career. Marciano won 42 consecutive fights before he met Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight championship on September 23, 1952. Marciano won with a KO. He retired in 1956 after defending his title six times.

The International Boxing Hall of Famer died in a plane crash in Iowa on August 31, 1969. There has never been a boxer like him. In fact, a 1969 computer simulation of a match between Marciano and Muhammad Ali lasted 13 rounds and Marciano knocked out Ali. It was truly a super fight.

Rocky Marciano. professional career (1947 to 1956)

September 21st.

1784 - America’s first daily paper, The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, was published in Philadelphia.

1897 - 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had written a letter to The New York Sun: “I am eight years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Editor Frank Church wrote the response that was printed for the first time on this day: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”

1946 - After being tested on a regional basis, The Second Mrs. Burton was heard for the first time on the entire CBS radio network. The Second Mrs. Burton fared very well, having a relationship with the network for 14 years.

1948 - The Texaco Star Theater on NBC-TV chose this night to make one of its oft-appearing hosts the permanent host. Milton Berle stayed on as the regular host until 1967. He was so much a part of The Texaco Star Theater that it became known as The Milton Berle Show.

1948 - The serial Life With Luigi debuted on CBS radio. Luigi Basko was played by J. Carroll Naish. Naish, an Irish-American, became typecast as an Italian immigrant, and went on to play the same role in the TV version in 1952.

1957 - Famed trial lawyer Perry Mason came to TV. The creation of attorney/novelist Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason found fame first as a series of novels, then as a CBS radio series (1943-1955). TV’s Perry Mason, which continued for 9 seasons (TV’s longest-running lawyer series) on CBS, starred Raymond Burr in the lead role. Della Street was played by Barbara Hale.

1961 - For some reason, folks want to swim the English Channel. However, Antonio Abertondo swam the channel both ways. He did it nonstop in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1970 - ABC-TV debuted Monday Night Football, with Howard Cosell, ‘Dandy’ Don Meredith and Keith Jackson. (Frank Gifford replaced Jackson the following year.)

1981 - For 191 years, the U.S. Supreme Court had existed without a woman sitting on the bench. That changed as Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 99-0 vote. She became the first female Justice of that august body.

1989 - Hugo is a nice enough sounding name -- unless you put a hurricane behind it. Hurricane Hugo tore into Charleston, South Carolina this day, leaving a trail of destruction calculated at over eight billion dollars.

1991 - I Adore Me Amore, by Color Me Badd, rose to #1 on U.S. singles charts. The hit, from their The Best of Color Me Badd LP, was number one for two weeks.

September 21st.

1788 - Margaret Taylor (Smith)
First Lady: wife of 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor; died in 1852

1866 - H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
writer: War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Outline of History; died Aug 13, 1946

1912 - Chuck Jones
cartoonist: The Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Wiley Coyote; died Feb 22, 2002

1924 - Gail Russell
actress: Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour, Angel and the Badman, The Great Dan Patch, The Lawless, The Silent Call; died Aug 26, 1961

1931 - Larry Hagman
actor: I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas, Staying Afloat, Ensign Pulver, In Harm’s Way, Fail-Safe; son of actress Mary Martin

1934 - Leonard Cohen
singer, songwriter: group: The Army: Famous Blue Raincoat, Joan of Arc, Avalanche

1935 - Henry Gibson (Bateman)
comedian: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; Nashville

1941 - Dickey Lee (Lipscomb)
singer: Patches, I Saw Linda Yesterday, Never Ending Songs of Love, Rocky; songwriter: She Thinks I Still Care

1942 - Sam (Samuel Edward Thomas) McDowell
‘Sudden Sam’: baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971], SF Giants, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates; led American League in strikeouts five times in six years

1945 - Richard Childress
auto racer; racing car team owner: six Winston Cup championships, one NASCAR Truck Series championship, 79 victories

1947 - Don Felder
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Eagles: One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Best of My Love, New Kid in Town; solo: LP: Airborne

1947 - Stephen King
author: Pet Sematary, Christine, The Duel, Misery, The Stand, Carrie, The Shining

1947 - Marsha Norman
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: ’Night Mother [1983]

1947 - Reggie Rucker
football: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver: Super Bowl V

1949 - Artis Gilmore
basketball: Chicago Bulls: holds league record for career field goal percentage [.599], Kentucky Colonels: Rookie and Player of the Year [1971]

1950 - Brent McClanahan
football: Minnesota Vikings running back: Super Bowl IX, XI

1950 - Bill Murray
Emmy Award-winning comedy writer: Saturday Night Live [3/12/77]; actor: Stripes, Ghostbusters series, Groundhog Day, Mad Dog and Glory, What About Bob?, Scrooged, Rushmore, Cradle Will Rock, Scout’s Honor, Hamlet, Charlie’s Angels [2000], Speaking of Sex, Osmosis Jones, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation

1953 - Mike Collier
football: Pittsburgh Steelers running back: Super Bowl X

1953 - Arie Luyendyk
racecar driver: Indy 500 winner [1990, 1997]; People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list [1992]

1953 - Kenny Starr
musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: Blind Man in the Bleachers, Me & the Elephant, Tonight I’ll Face the Man [Who Made It Happen]

1954 - Philthy Animal (Philip Taylor)
musician: drums: group: Motorhead

1959 - Dave Coulier
actor: Full House; TV host: America’s Funniest People

1960 - David James Elliott
actor: JAG, Police Academy 3: Back in Training, Knots Landing, Melrose Place, Clockwatchers, The Shrink is In

1961 - Nancy Travis
actress: Fluke, Body Language, The Vanishing, Chaplin, Three Men and a Little Lady, Loose Cannons, Married to the Mob, Three Men and a Baby, Harem, Almost Perfect, Duckman

1962 - Rob Morrow
actor: Numb3rs, Northern Exposure, Quiz Show, Tattingers

1963 - Cecil Grant Fielder
baseball: Detroit Tigers 1st base; Toronto Blue Jays

1967 - Faith Hill
singer: LPs: Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, Faith; sold eleven million records, eight #1 singles, ten #1 videos

1968 - Trugoy the Dove (David Jolicoeur)
musician: group: De La Soul

1968 - Ricki Lake
TV talk show host; in films: Serial Mom, Hairspray

1971 - Alfonso Ribeiro
actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Silver Spoons, Ticks, The Mighty Pawns.

Chart Toppers
September 21st.

1947 Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
That’s My Desire - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams

1955 The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Maybellene - Chuck Berry
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce

1963 Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
Sally, Go ’Round the Roses - The Jaynetts
Abilene - George Hamilton IV

1971 Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
The Year That Clayton Delaney Died - Tom T. Hall

1979 My Sharona - The Knack
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
You’re My Jamaica - Charley Pride

1987 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
Didn’t We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake ;)
This Crazy Love - The Oak Ridge Boys

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265th day of 2007 - 100 remaining.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

In the tradition of the Broadway stage, the lights lowered, the curtain rose and Zero Mostel stepped into the spotlight as the fiddler played. “Tra-a--a-dition,” he sang, as he began the first of 3,242 performances of Fiddler on the Roof. The musical opened on Broadway this day in 1964.

The story of Tevye (brilliantly played by Mostel), a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters, takes place in a small Russian village in the late 1890s. He sings and dances his way through the tragedies and comedies of a father fighting for tradition in a changing world.

“To life,” he sang, as the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick made the stories by Sholem Aleichem come alive. And he brought tears to audiences eyes with the poignant, Sunrise, Sunset, and laughter, too, with the memorable, If I were a Rich Man -- which surely made Zero Mostel a wealthy man.

PLAYBILL ARCHIVES: Fiddler on the Roof — 1964.

September 22nd.

1927 - Referee Dave Barry stopped the count. Boxer Gene Tunney was down; but the champion, Jack Dempsey, hadn’t returned to his corner. By the time the ref was able to resume counting, Tunney was able to get to his feet. He got an extra 2 to 5 seconds. And those seconds counted. Tunney won the fight and took the world championship away from Dempsey.

1937 - Red Norvo and his orchestra recorded the Russian Lullaby on the Brunswick label. Norvo did more famous work at a later date, recording with a singer named Dinah Shore.

1943 - Singer Kate Smith finished her War Bond radio appeal. For 13 continuous hours Smith had stayed on the air, collecting a whopping $39 million dollars in bond pledges.

1955 - Commercial television was beamed to homes in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

1957 - The CBS Radio Workshop was silenced after 18 months of what the critics said was “ingenious radio programming.”

1962 - It was a hootenanny of a good time in, of all places, New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The cast included newcomer Bob Dylan making his first appearance at Carnegie Hall.

1964 - Robert Vaughn starred as Napoleon Solo when The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on NBC-TV this night. Solo’s trusty side-kick in this James Bond spoof was Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum. The show was a hit for 3½ seasons.

1973 - Henry Kissinger took the oath as U.S. Secretary of State. This was the first time a naturalized citizen had held this office. Only in America...

1980 - John Lennon signed with Geffen Records. The Lennon LP, Double Fantasy, was released on Geffen. (Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980.)

1985 - The poor of America’s Heartland ... the financially troubled farmers of Middle America ... got help from their friends in the music biz. Singing stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp held a benefit concert to raise funds. The stars came out and so did the money. The Farm Aid concert raised ten million dollars.

1995 - The Turner Broadcasting System agreed to be gobbled up by, er merge with, the Time Warner media conglomerate for $7.5 billion.

1997 - The Atlanta Braves won an unprecedented sixth straight division title. The record eclipsed the old mark of five straight set by the New Ycrk Yankees (1949-1953) and the Oakland A’s (1971-1975). The Braves failed to reach the World Series, however, for the first time since 1993.

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September 22nd.

1791 - Michael Faraday
chemist/physicist: early experiments w/electricity; died Aug 25, 1867

1895 - Paul Muni (Frederich Weisenfreund)
Academy Award-winning actor: The Story of Louis Pasteur [1936]; The Last Angry Man, Stage Door Canteen, The Good Earth, Angel on My Shoulder; died Aug 25, 1967

1902 - John Houseman (Jacques Haussmann)
Academy Award-winning actor: The Paper Chase [1973]; Seven Days in May, Three Days of the Condor, The Winds of War, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad; died Oct 31, 1988

1909 - Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane (Harry Albershart)
voice: Mister Ed; actor: Red Ryder, El Paso Stampede, Night Nurse; died Oct 27, 1973

1914 - Martha Scott
actress: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Desperate Hours, Our Town, Sayonara, The Turning Point; died May 28, 2003

1917 - Richard C. Hottelet
journalist: CBS News

1920 - Bob Lemon
Baseball Hall of Famer: Cleveland Indians pitcher: World Series [1948, 1954]; manager: Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees [World Series 1978]; died Jan 11, 2000

1925 - Abe Gibron
football: Purdue Univ., Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears; head coach: Chicago Bears; died Sep 22, 1997

1927 - Tom (Thomas Charles) Lasorda
baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers, KC Athletics; Baseball Hall of Famer manager: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988], won 1,599 games, 8 National League West titles, 4 N.L. pennants, 2 World Series championships, managed in 61 post-season games [second only to Casey Stengel’s 63], and managed 4 N.L. all-star teams

1928 - Eugene Roche
actor: Soap, Webster, Perfect Strangers, Lenny, Good Time Harry, The Corner Bar; writer: Captain Kangaroo; died July 28, 2004

1930 - Joni James (Joan Carmello Babbo)
singer: How Important Can It Be?, You Are My Love, Why Don’t You Believe Me

1931 - Ken (Kenneth Joseph) Aspromonte
baseball: Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, LA Angels, Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs

1932 - Ingemar Johansson
boxer: world heavyweight champion [1959]

1935 - Harriet King
fencing: U.S. Olympic Team: 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972

1937 - Ray Norton
track: AAU Outdoor 100 and 200-meter champion [1959, 1960]: world record holder in both events [9.3, 20.5 respectively]

1946 - Larry (Lawrence Edward) Dierker
baseball: pitcher: Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros [all-star: 1969, 1971], SL Cardinals

1946 - Paul Le Mat
actor: Sensation, Children of Fury, Woman with a Past, On Wings of Eagles, The Burning Bed, Strange Invaders, Melvin and Howard, American Graffiti, Firehouse

1949 - Harold Carmichael
football: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver: Super Bowl XV

1951 - David Coverdale
singer: groups: Deep Purple, Whitesnake: Fool for Your Loving, Don’t Break My Heart Again; solo: In the Heat of the Night

1954 - Shari Belafonte
actress: Hotel; TV cohost: Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte; singer Harry Belafonte’s daughter

1955 - Jeffrey Leonard
baseball: LA Dodgers, Houston Astros, SF Giants [all-star: 1987], Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners [all-star: 1989]

1956 - Debby Boone
Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist [1977], You Light Up My Life [1977], With My Song I Will Praise Him [1980], Keep the Flame Burning [w/Phil Driscoll - 1984]; group: The Boone Family; daughter of singers Pat and Shirley Boone

1958 - Lynn Herring
actress: General Hospital

1958 - Joan Jett
singer: group: The Blackhearts: I Love Rock ’n’ Roll, Crimson and Clover, I Hate Myself for Loving You; actress: Light of Day; group: Runaways

1959 - Wally (Walter Wayne) Backman
baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1986], Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners

1961 - Scott Baio
actor: Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, Diagnosis Murder

1961 - Catherine Oxenberg
actress: Dynasty, Acapulco H.E.A.T., Rubdown, Sexual Response, Overexposed, Swimsuit: The Movie, K-9000, The Lair of the White Worm

1964 - Bonnie Hunt
actress: The Green Mile, Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, Random Hearts.

Chart Toppers
September 22nd.

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
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

1964 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972 Black & White - Three Dog Night
Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Saturday in the Park - Chicago ;)
When the Snow is on the Roses - Sonny James

1980 Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee

1988 Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Don’t Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin :D
Joe Knows How to Live - Eddy Raven

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266th day of 2007 - 99 remaining.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

We’re not referring to the game of checkers, here. This is about a dog named Checkers. The dog, a ****er spaniel, belonged to former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. This presidential dog was different than Him and Her, Lyndon Johnson’s beagles; Ronald Reagan’s two dogs, Lucky and Rex, George Bush’s pet dog, Millie or even Bill Clinton’s buddy, Buddy. Abraham Lincoln’s Fido, Harry S Truman’s two dogs, Mike and Feller and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Heidi were also never part of a political controversy.

Checkers, however, was the subject of a speech given this day in 1952 by Mr. Nixon, then a candidate for vice president. In the televised speech, he stated that he would not give back a gift -- whether it had political ties or not -- because it was a present for his daughter.

The gift in question was Checkers and the speech was forever referred to as the “Checkers Speech.”

Richard M. Nixon. Richard M. Nixon "Checkers" Nixon's Famous Checkers Speech Turns 50.

September 23rd.

1779 - You’ve heard the expression, “I have not yet begun to fight.” Well, if you thought that John Paul Jones said those words, you were right. He spoke them in a Revolutionary War battle when, as commander of the American warship, Bonhomme Richard, he led the victory over the British warship, H.M.S. Serapis.

1846 - The planet Neptune was first observed. Although the planet is about 30 times further away from the sun than we are on planet Earth, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle spotted it. How’d he do that?

1908 - The baseball term, “Merkle’s Boner” and the expression, “You’re a bonehead,” had their origins on this day -- at the final game of the National League pennant race between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. The Giants were at bat, two men were on base and the score was tied 1-1. The batter hit safely, scoring the winning run. But, Chicago claimed that Fred Merkle, who had been on first, never advanced to second, that he went straight to the dugout upon seeing the winning run come in. Chicago Cubs’ Johnny Evers tried to tag Merkle but was hampered by hundreds of fans pouring on to the field. Fans called the play a ‘boner’, etc. (It was later decided that the game was a tie, and the teams met again for a playoff, a 4-2 Cubs win.)

1912 - Mack Sennett’s Keystone studio opened, complete with Keystone Kops.

1923 - Jan Savitt and his orchestra recorded 720 in the Books on Decca Records.

1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier of Athegnenber, Germany. Now that’s an invention that used to be very popular in the little box cameras. You popped the bulb into the socket in front of a silver reflector dish. The bulb would get all crinkly looking and milky white in color after it was used (you could only use it once). Then the bulbs were replaced by flash cubes and now, the automatic flash is built into the camera. So easy to use ... but not half as much fun.

1952 - Rocky Marciano became the world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round in Philadelphia PA. It was Rocky’s 43rd consecutive victory.

1952 - Pay Television for sporting events began -- with the Marciano-Walcott fight, coast to coast, in 49 theatres in 31 cities.

1967 - The Box Tops from Memphis hit #1 with The Letter. Though the song was #1 for four weeks and remained on the charts for 13 weeks. The Box Tops reorganized right after that first hit and never made it to #1 again.

1971 - The Honey Cone scored their second gold record with Stick-Up on the Hot Wax label. It was a follow-up to their #1 smash, Want Ads (June 12, 1971).

1986 - NBC-TV won the ratings race for the 52-week season (1985-1986). The Cosby Show and Family Ties rated #1 and #2 respectively that year. NBC repeated the feat the following year and The Cosby Show remained number one through the 1989-1990 season.

1998 - Shadrach, from Columbia Pictures, opened in U.S. theatres. Based on the short story by William Styron, it’s about a 99-year-old former slave (Shadrach) who wants to be buried on the plantation where he was born into slavery. Harvey Keitel, Andie Macdowell, John Franklin Sawyer, Scott Terra, Daniel Treat and Monica Bugajski star.

September 23rd.

1713 - Ferdinand VI
King of Spain [1746-1759]; died in August 1759

1800 - William Holmes McGuffy
educator, author: McGuffy Readers [122 million copies sold as of 1999]; 4th president of Ohio University; died May 4, 1873

1889 - Walter Lippmann
journalist, political commentator; died Dec 14, 1974

1897 - Walter Pidgeon
Mrs. Miniver, Funny Girl, Hit the Deck, How Green was My Valley, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; died Sep 25, 1984

1899 - Louise Nevelson
sculptor: Windows to the West, Tropical Tree III, Mirror-Shadow XI, Tropical Night Disc; died Apr 17, 1988

1920 - Mickey Rooney (Joe Yule, Jr.)
actor: Will Roger’s Follies, Boy’s Town, Captains Courageous, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Human Comedy, The Black Stallion, Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway, Andy Hardy series

1926 - John (William) Coltrane
composer, musician: tenor & soprano sax: Stablemates, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Greensleeves, Chim Chim Cheree, In a Sentimental Mood, LPs: Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things; died July 17, 1967

1930 - Colin Blakely
actor: Murder on the Orient Express, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Dogs of War, Equus; died May 7, 1987

1930 - Ray Charles (Robinson)
‘The Genius’: Grammy Award-winning singer: Georgia on My Mind [1960], Let the Good Times Roll [1960], Genius of Ray Charles [1960], Hit the Road Jack [1961], I Can’t Stop Loving You [1962], Busted [1963], Crying Time [1966], Living for the City [1975], Lifetime Achievement Award of 1986, I’ll be Good to You [w/Chaka Khan - 1990]; What’d I Say, One Mint Julep, Take These Chains from My Heart, You Don’t Know Me; actor: The Blues Brothers, Ballad in Blue, Limit Up; died June 10, 2004

1931 - Pat Suzuki
actress: Skullduggery, Mr. T. and Tina

1935 - Les McCann
musician, singer: Compared to What, Bang, Bang!, Cold Duck

1938 - Romy Schneider (Rosemarie Magdelena Albach-Retty)
actress: What’s New Pussycat?, Bloodline, Death Watch, La Passante; died May 29, 1982

1941 - Bob Vogel
football: Baltimore Colts tackle: Super Bowl III, V

1942 - Jim (James Phillip) Rooker
baseball: pitcher: Detroit Tigers, KC Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1979]

1942 - Woody (William Frederick) Woodward
baseball: Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds

1943 - Steve Boone
musician: bass, singer: group: The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic, You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice, Daydream, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind, Summer in the City, Rain on the Roof, Nashville Cats, Darling Be Home Soon

1943 - Julio Iglesias
singer: To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before [w/Willie Nelson]; Guinness Book of Records: sales of more than 100 million copies of 60 LPs in five languages; soccer: professional goalie [Spain]

1944 - Oscar (Jose) Zamora
baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros

1945 - Ronald Bushy
musician: drums: group: Iron Butterfly: In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida

1945 - Paul Petersen
actor: The Donna Reed Show, Mickey Mouse Club; singer: My Dad; paperback writer: It’s a Wonderful Life

1947 - Mary Kay Place
Emmy Award-winning actress: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman [1976-1977]; Forever Fernwood, The Big Chill; singer: Baby Boy

1949 - Bruce Springsteen
‘The Boss’: singer: group: E-Street Band: Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, Hungry Heart, Dancing in the Dark, Cover Me, I’m on Fire, Glory Days, My Hometown, War; songwriter: Blinded by the Light [Manfred Mann’s Earth Band], Fire [The Pointer Sisters]; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99]

1959 - Jason Alexander
actor: Seinfeld, Everything’s Relative, E/R, Duckman, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, For Better or Worse, Dunston Checks In, Bye, Bye Birdy, The Paper, North, Blankman, Coneheads, Pretty Woman, Jacob’s Ladder, The Mosquito Coast, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Burning, Bob Patterson

1959 - Lita Ford
musician: guitar: group: The Runaways; actress: Highway to Hell, Edgeplay

1961 - Elizabeth Peña
actress: Shannon’s Deal, Tough Cookies, I Married Dora, Jacob’s Ladder, Lone Star, The Invaders, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Fugitive Among Us, La Bamba, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, They All Laughed, Times Square, El Super.

Chart Toppers
September 23rd.

1949 You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
Let’s Take an Old Fashioned Walk - Perry Como
Someday - Vaughn Monroe
Slipping Around - Ernest Tubb

1957 Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You - Ray Price

1965 Help! - The Beatles
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
You Were on My Mind - We Five
Is It Really Over? - Jim Reeves

1973 Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
We’re an American Band - Grand Funk
Loves Me like a Rock - Paul Simon
You’ve Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty

1981 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The
Heartbreakers ;)
You Don’t Know Me - Mickey Gilley

1989 Girl I’m Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
Heaven - Warrant
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher ;)
Above and Beyond - Rodney Crowell

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267th day of 2007 - 98 remaining.

Monday, September 24, 2007

There’s a fictional neighborhood where some of the residents are named Kermit, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Miss Piggy, and Oscar the Grouch. It’s called Sesame Street.

The creator of the lifelike characters, Jim Henson, was born on this day in 1936. The puppeteer first named his puppets, Muppets, in 1954 when he was working as a producer of the Washington, D.C. TV show, Sam and Friends.

Henson moved his Muppets to network TV in 1969. Children of all ages were able to enjoy the Muppets’ antics on the educational, yet entertaining Sesame Street. The Muppets then got their own show, The Muppet Show; which generated The Muppet Movie and other films, like The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper.

And Jim Henson got the awards: 18 Emmys, 17 Grammys, 4 Peabody Awards and 5 Ace Awards (National Cable Television Association).

The premier muppeteer, and voice of Kermit the Frog, died suddenly in May of 1990. Jim Henson lives on through his Muppets.

More reading. Click here. Jim Henson. :)

September 24th.

1915 - Douglas Fairbanks starred in The Lamb. It was his first film and was shown at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York City.

1934 - Babe Ruth bid farewell to the New York Yankees. It was the Babe’s last game in Yankee Stadium and for the team. The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-0.

1938 - Tennis champion Don Budge won the U.S. Tennis Open at Forest Hills, NY. The win made Budge the first player to win all four major titles (he also had won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open).

1940 - Flinging a Wing Ding was recorded by Bob Chester. We wonder whether that was a chicken wing-ding he was flinging...

1942 - Glenn Miller ended his Moonlight Serenade series on CBS radio. It was time for Miller to go to war. The show had aired three times a week for Chesterfield Cigarettes.

1955 - Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Judy Garland make her TV debut on the Ford Star Jubilee. The CBS show received the highest television ratings to that time.

1961 - Bullwinkle J. Moose and his friend, Rocket J. (Rocky) Squirrel, were seen in prime time for the first time on NBC-TV. The Sunday night cartoon (7-7:30 p.m.) was called The Bullwinkle Show. Originally Bullwinkle and Rocky appeared on ABC in a weekday afternoon series, Rocky and His Friends.

1968 - The Vogues received a gold record for Turn Around Look at Me on the Reprise label.

1968 - The longest-running newsmagazine on television began on CBS-TV. 60 Minutes started on this, a Tuesday, night in 1968. During its first three years on the tube, 60 Minutes ran on an alternate-week schedule with CBS News Hour, moving to Sundays (all by itself) in early 1972. 60 Minutes debuted with two correspondents: Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

1977 - Get out the polyester cruisewear! The Love Boat set sail -- on ABC-TV. Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod); Cruise Director, Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes); Dr. Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell); Bartender, Isaac Washington (Ted Lange); and Yeoman-Purser, Burl ‘Gopher’ Smith (Fred Grandy) took to the calm seas each week. The show’s theme, The Love Boat, written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox, was sung by Jack Jones. The voice of Ernie Anderson, will always be remembered for his intros announcing, “The Luuuuuve Boat.”

1988 - The Rev. Barbara C. Harris of Philadelphia was elected Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts. She was the first woman to be elected a bishop of the Episcopal Church.

1988 - Guns N’Roses Appetite for Destruction reached #1 on the Billboard album chart. The tracks: Welcome to the Jungle, It’s So Easy, NighTrain, Out Ta Get Me, Mr. Brownstone, Paradise City, My Michelle, Think About You, Sweet Child O’ Mine, You’re Crazy, Anything Goes, Rocket Queen.

1988 - Seoul Summer Olympics flashes: 1) Carl Lewis ran the fastest 100 meters of his life, 9.92 seconds, but was beaten by Canadian Ben Johnson’s 9.79. “I ran the best I could, and I'm pleased with the race.” Lewis said. (Lewis did become the recipient of the that gold medal when Johnson tested positive for steroids, a banned substance for Olympic athletes.) 2) Jackie Joyner-Kersee amassed a world-record score (7,291) in the heptathlon (seven different track-and-field events for women).

1999 - Movies debuting in U.S. theatres this day: Double Jeopardy (starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood); Guinevere (with Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Gina Gershon); Jakob the Liar (Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban); and Mumford (Jane Adams, Ted Danson, Hope Davis).

September 24th.

1755 - John Marshall
attorney: 4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; died July 6, 1835

1896 - F. (Francis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald
writer: This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night; died Dec 21, 1940

1912 - Don Porter
actor: Our Miss Brooks, The Candidate, Bachelor in Paradise; died Feb 11, 1997

1915 - Larry Gates
actor: Backstairs at the White House, Death of a Gunfighter, The Sand Pebbles, Toys in the Attic; died Dec 12, 1996

1921 - Jim McKay (McManus)
Emmy Award-winning commentator: Coverage of the Munich Olympic Tragedy: ABC Special [1972]; sportscaster: ABC’s Wide World of Sports; newspaper writer: The Baltimore Sun

1924 - Sheila MacRae (Stephens)
comedienne: The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show; author: Mother of the Year; wife of singer, actor Gordon MacRae

1931 - Anthony Newley
actor: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, Roar of the Grease Paint, Oliver Twist, No Time to Die; singer: What Kind of Fool Am I?; died Apr 14, 1999

1936 - Jim (James Maury) Henson
Muppeteer; died May 16, 1990; see Muppeteer Day [above]

1940 - Barbara Allbut
singer: group: The Angels: My Boyfriend’s Back

1941 - John Mackey
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Baltimore Colts: Super Bowl V; San Diego Chargers

1941 - Linda McCartney (Eastman)
photographer: Rolling Stone magazine; singer: group: Wings: Silly Love Songs [w/husband Paul McCartney]; died Apr 17, 1998

1942 - Gerry Marsden
singer: group: Gerry & The Pacemakers: Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, I’m the One, Ferry Cross the Mersey

1946 - ‘Mean’ Joe (Charles) Greene
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle with ‘The Steel Curtain’: two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year; Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV; defensive line coach: Pittsburgh Steelers

1948 - Phil Hartman
actor, comedian: Saturday Night Live, NewsRadio, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Dennis the Menace, Amazon Women on the Moon, Loaded Weapon 1, Coneheads, Stuart Saves His Family, Jingle All the Way; shot to death by his wife Brynn May 28, 1998

1948 - Eric (Thane) Soderholm
baseball: Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees

1951 - Terry Metcalf
football: Toronto Argonauts, SL Cardinals, Washington Redskins

1952 - Rod (Rodney Joe) Gilbreath
baseball: Atlanta Braves

1956 - Hubie (Hubert) Brooks
baseball: NY Mets, Montreal Expos [all-star: 1986, 1987], LA Dodgers, California Angels, KC Royals

1959 - Steve Whitmire
voice [since Jim Henson died in 1990] of Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Doozer; shares same birthday as Jim Henson [see Muppeteer Day above]

Chart Toppers
September 24th.

1950 Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966 Cherish - The Association
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Bus Stop - The Hollies ;)
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974 Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
I Wouldn’t Want to Live if You Didn’t Love Me - Don Williams

1982 Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) - Jerry Reed

1990 Release Me - Wilson Phillips
(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection - Nelson
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

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268th day of 2007 - 97 remaining.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday to the woman who can spin circles around just about any other interviewer on television, Barbara Walters, born this day in 1931.

Originally, Walters was mere window dressing for the Today show on NBC. She had little to do with the program except for reporting women’s features. Eventually she was able to show her prowess in incisive interviews and in-depth features before moving to ABC as a news anchor on ABC News Tonight with Harry Reasoner.

It was this move in 1976 that garnered Ms. Walters an annual salary of $1,000,000 -- an unprecedented sum for a woman broadcaster at that time. Reasoner and Walters didn’t quite click and Reasoner quit. Walters then put her own brand of interviewing style to work in Barbara Walters Specials, which garnered a birthday present for her on this night in 1983. The show received the Outstanding Informational Series Emmy.

In 1984, Barbara Walters was reunited on 20/20 with her former co-host on the Today show, Hugh Downs. She had been promoted from correspondent to co-host. One of her most famous exclusive interviews on 20/20 was with Gulf War hero General Norman Schwarzkopf on March 15, 1991, shortly after the end of Operation Desert Storm. We have also seen Barbara as anchor, taking turns with Diane Sawyer and Forrest Sawyer on the news documentary, Turning Point in 1994.

And, many wondered, when she was given the million-dollar salary, how someone who couldn’t pronounce r’s and l’s could be so successful in the news biz. Even comedians used Barbara in their material. Ignoring the snide comments, Barbara Walters went on to become a highly respected and talented interviewer and journalist; and was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1990. After more than twenty years with ABC-TV, she probably could care less if we call her Baba Wawa.

Barbara Walters. Barbara Jill Walters. And more, Barbara Walters. :D

September 25th.

1513 - The first European to see it took a glance at what we call the Pacific Ocean. Vasco Nunez de Balboa thought he was the first to discover the large body of water. He named it the South Sea, claiming it in the name of the King of Spain.

1690 - Many immigrants came to the New World to escape persecution; yet the land of the free was not necessarily free. On this day, the first newspaper was published in America. It was never published again. Censorship raised its ugly head. Authorities considered “Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick” to be offensive and ordered the publisher, Benjamin Harris, to cease publishing.

1890 - A U.S. National Park was established in Central California. It was called Sequoia National Park after the giant redwood trees that grow there.

1933 - America’s favorite cowboy, Tom Mix, was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters continued on the air until June 1950.

1934 - Hot Lips was recorded by Henry Busse and his orchestra in Chicago, IL.

1950 - NBC-TV introduced a new concept in daytime programming. Kate Smith debuted an hourlong show. Her theme song for the show was When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain. Kate’s daytime show ran for four years. God Bless America.

1953 - Following in the footlights of musical greats like Ignace Paderewski and Victor Borge, a piano player named Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall. Liberace performed before a sellout audience. His candelabra and concert grand piano were instant trademarks that lasted throughout his career.

1965 - Willie Mays hit his fiftieth home run of the baseball season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. He was 34 years old. Ten years before, at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same feat.

1979 - The third musical resulting from the collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber lit up the Great White Way. Evita opened on Broadway to rave reviews.

1981 - Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to sit on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was sworn in as the 102nd Justice.

1986 - An 1884-S Barber Head dime - one of only a dozen in existence - brought $83,000 in a California coin auction.

1992 - A Florida judge ruled that it was legal for a child to divorce biological parents. The court case involved twelve-year-old Gregory Kingsley who didn’t want his parents anymore.

1998 - Hurricane Georges crossed the Florida Straits, passed over Key West and took aim on the northern Gulf coast. On September 26, hurricane warnings went up from Panama City to Morgan City, Louisiana.

September 25th.

1683 - Jean Phillippe Rameau
composer: Treatise of Harmony, Hippolyte and Aricie, Castor and Pollux, Zoroastre, Les Indes Galants; died in 1764

1897 - William (Cuthbert) Faulkner
Nobel Prize-winning writer [1949]; The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absolom!, Sanctuary, The Bear, Soldiers’ Pay, The Reivers; movie scripts: The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not; died July 6, 1962

1905 - Red (Walter) Smith
Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter [New York Times: 1976]; died Jan 15, 1982

1906 - Dimitri Shostakovich
composer: Symphony No.5, No. 7, No. 11, No. 13, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk aka Katerina Ismailova; died Aug 9, 1975

1917 - Phil (Philip Francis) Rizzuto
‘Scooter’: Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Yankees short stop [World Series: 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950-1953, 1955/all-star: 1942, 1950-1953/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1950]; TV sportscaster: Yankees TV; died Aug 14, 2007

1917 - Johnny (John Franklin) Sain
baseball: pitcher: Boston Braves [all-star: 1947, 1948/World Series: 1948], NY Yankees [World Series: 1951, 1952, 1953/all-star: 1953], Kansas City Athletics; died Nov 7, 2006

1926 - Aldo Ray (DaRe)
actor: Battle Cry, God’s Little Acre, The Green Berets, Miss Sadie Thompson, The Naked and the Dead, Nightstalker; died Mar 27, 1991

1931 - Barbara (Ann) Walters
broadcaster: See Baba Wawa Day [above]

1932 - Glenn (Herbert) Gould
pianist, composer: films: Spheres, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Wars; wrote piano essay about Petula Clark; died Oct 4, 1982

1933 - Erik Darling
folk singer: groups: The Weavers; The Tarriers: Cindy, Oh Cindy, Banana Boat Song; Rooftop Singers: Walk Right In; solo: LP: True Religion, Train Time

1936 - Juliet Prowse
dancer, actress: Can-Can, G.I. Blues, Mona McCluskey; L’Eggs commercials; died Sep 14, 1996

1942 - Oscar Bonavena
boxing: heavyweight: record: 56 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw, 42 kayos; found murdered at the Mustang Ranch bordello (Las Vegas) May 22, 1976

1943 - Gary Alexander
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love

1943 - Robert Walden
actor: Lou Grant, All the King’s Men

1944 - Michael Douglas
Academy Award-winning actor: Wall Street [1987]; Disclosure, The China Syndrome, Fatal Attraction, Black Rain, A Chorus Line, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Basic Instinct, The Game, The Streets of San Francisco; son of actor Kirk Douglas

1945 - Onnie McIntyre
musician: guitar: group: Average White Band: Pick Up the Pieces, Work to Do, Let’s Go Around Again

1947 - Cheryl Tiegs
model; author: The Way to Natural Beauty

1949 - Anson Williams (Heimlick)
actor: Happy Days

1950 - E.C. Coleman
basketball: New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors

1951 - Mark Hamill
actor: Star Wars, The Texas Wheelers, Eight is Enough, Batman-The Animated Series, General Hospital

1951 - Bob McAdoo
basketball: Buffalo Braves: NBA MVP [1975]; LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, NY Knicks

1952 - Booker Brown
football: Univ. of Southern California, Houston Oilers

1952 - Christopher Reeve
actor: Superman series, Blood Horse, Black Fox, Somewhere in Time, Village of the Damned, The Remains of the Day; champion of people with paralytic injuries; died Oct 10, 2004

1952 - Mike (Michael Thomas) Stanton
baseball: pitcher: Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox

1955 - Steve Severin (Bailey)
musician: bass: group: Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Lord’s Prayer, Helter-Skelter, Israel, Christine, Happy House

1958 - Michael Madsen
actor: WarGames, The Natural, War and Remembrance, The End of Innocence, Fatal Instinct, Free Willy, Money for Nothing, The Getaway [1994], Wyatt Earp, Mulholland Falls, Executive Target, Pressure Point

1961 - Heather Locklear
actress: Melrose Place, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker

1965 - Scottie Pippen
basketball: Chicago Bulls; member of 1992 Olympic Gold Medal-winning dream team

1968 - Will Smith
actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Six Degrees of Separation, Made in America; singer: Nightmare on My Street, Parents Just Don’t Understand, Men in Black series

1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones
actress: The Phantom, The Mask of Zorro, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Entrapment.

Chart Toppers
September 25th.

1951 Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Come on-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959 Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
(’Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin ;)
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967 The Letter - The Box Tops ;)
Never My Love - The Association
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
My Elusive Dreams - David Houston

1975 Fame - David Bowie
I’m Sorry - John Denver
Fight the Power - The Isley Brothers
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap

1983 Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Baby, What About You - Crystal Gayle

1991 I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Leap of Faith - Lionel Cartwright

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

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269th day of 2007 - 96 remaining.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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. And click.

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...

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270th day of 2007 - 95 remaining.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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 The Rocket.

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

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

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271st day of 2007 - 94 remaining.

Friday, September 28, 2007

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. Al Capp. Li’l Abner. Al Capp.

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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272nd day of 2007 - 93 remaining.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

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.

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
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ShadowThomas 09-29-2007 11:00 PM

273rd day of 2007 - 92 remaining.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

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. Jerry Haendiges Radio Logs. "Death Valley Days" TV-Series 1952-1975 20-Mule-Team Borax. ;)

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... ;)

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274th day of 2007 - 91 remaining.

Monday, October 1, 2007

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.

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 [born, Steven Demitri Georgiou], 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... ;)

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