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Friday, November 28, 2008

His family had been prominent Georgia farmers transplanted to Detroit. He was a boxer and won nine out of 15 fights. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked for his father during the day and prowled jazz clubs by night. Other career attempts included a jazz record shop from 1953-55, and a job at a Ford factory. Finally, Berry Gordy III, born on this day in 1929, found his forte. He began writing songs.

For three years he wrote for the Golden Gloves champion he had once worked out with, Jackie Wilson. The songs he wrote for Wilson became hits and included Reet Petite, That is Why (I Love You So), I’ll Be Satisfied and Lonely Teardrops.

In 1956, Berry with his second wife, Raynoma, formed a production company. They recorded and released hits by Marv Johnson, changed Smokey Robinson and the Matadors to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and leased their records. Gordy owned a record label (with sisters Anna and Gwen). Anna wrote its first hit, Money (That’s What I Want). Then Berry started Jobete Music Publishing, Hitsville U.S.A., International Talent Management and Motown Record Corporation. The corporation’s first release was The Miracles’ Way Over There. By 1961, their Shop Around was #1 on the R&B charts and also, a #2 pop hit. Gordy had moved out of the local scene. He tightly controlled Motown, and the family operation soon dominated black pop music of the 1960s.

Mary Wells, the Supremes, The Jackson 5, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and many more recording stars were developed and promoted under strict Motown rules.

Some of the artists eventually rebelled against the Berry Gordy style; but the proof of his style being genius was in the success of the song: over 100 Motown singles made it into Billboard magazine’s top ten from 1961 to 1971.

Berry Gordy easily left his mark on the history of rock ’n’ roll.

Berry Gordy III. Motown Record Corporation. Life in Michigan.

November 28th.

1895 - The first automobile race in America began, as six cars traveled from Jackson Park in Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois. J. Frank Duryea was the winner, traveling at a blazing speed of 7 and 1/2 miles per hour! It took him 7 hrs. 53 minutes to make the trek (bathroom stops not included). He won $2,000 for the effort.

1922 - The first skywriting display happened on this day. The words “Hello USA” were written in the sky over New York City. It was a short time later that the invention of Captain Cyril Turner was applied for commercial use.

1932 - Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time. Using his fast-paced, ingenious patter, he invented a new form of comedy that delighted audiences from coast to coast.

1942 - Coffee rationing began in the United States, lasting through the end of World War II.

1942 - A tragic fire at the famed Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, MA killed nearly 500 people, including popular western actor Charles ‘Buck’ Jones. It is believed that the fire started in a corner of one of the lounges when a customer unscrewed a light bulbs to provide some privacy for himself and his date. The bartender ordered a busboy to replace the bulb, but the lounge was so dark that the busboy lit a match to find the socket. A short time later, flames appeared and spread to a nearby tinsel palm tree. When the ceiling (festooned in billows of blue satin fabric) exploded into flames, the entire crowd stampeded. The Cocoanut Grove fire prompted major efforts in fire prevention and control for U.S. nightclubs and other related places of assembly.

1953 - New York City began 11 days without newspapers when a strike of photoengravers shut down publication. The good news: Sales increased for magazines and paperback books. The bad news: Have you ever tried lining a bird cage with paperback books?

1956 - Holding the #1 spot on the music charts: Guy Mitchell singing Singing the Blues. The song remained at the top of the Hit Parade for 10 weeks. Here’s a bit of trivia: Ray Conniff whistled the intro to Singing the Blues.

1963 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced in a televised address that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in memory of President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated six days earlier. President Johnson said the name change had been sanctioned by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. Johnson also ordered the space facility to be renamed John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA. On May 18, 1973 Florida Governor Rueben Askew signed a Florida statute requiring that Cape Kennedy be renamed Cape Canaveral. The name John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA was not changed.

1966 - “Oh-bo-de-o-do...” The New Vaudeville Band received a gold record for Winchester Cathedral this day.

1974 - John Lennon appeared in concert for the last time -- at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night as well as I Saw Her Standing There.

1981 - Alabama football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant won his 315th victory to become college football’s all-time career victory leader. Bryant surpassed Amos Alonzo Stagg with the win. (This record was broken four years later, in October 1985, by Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson.)

1984 - Leaving Chicago behind, Phil Donahue headed to New York for his daily talk show that reached an estimated 7 million people each day. To that time, Phil and actress-wife Marlo Thomas had commuted for four years to be together in matrimony.

1986 - NBC’s Ahmad Rashad heard the acceptance of his marriage proposal from Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of the Detroit Lions-New York Jets football game.

1988 - Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin brought £21 million at Christie’s in London. The painting was one of many that Adolf Hitler had sold in 1939 to ‘cleanse’ Germany of the disturbing images created by painters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

1996 - The U.S. space shuttle Columbia had a screw loose. A stuck hatch (later blamed on that loose screw) prevented astronauts Tammy Jernigan and Tom Jones from taking a spacewalk. “I'm pushing as hard as I can,” Jones said. “It just doesn't seem to want to move,” Jernigan agreed.

November 28th.

1628 - John Bunyan
author: A Pilgrim’s Progress, Grace Abounding, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman, The Holy War; died in 1688

1632 - Jean Baptiste Lully
musician, opera composer: Cadmus and Hermione, Amadis de Gaule, Roland, Armide et Renaud; died Mar 22, 1687

1757 - William Blake
poet: Songs of Innocence; artist: engraved his own poems and drawings on copper plates; died in 1827

1895 - José Iturbi
musician, pianist, conductor: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; died June 28, 1980

1907 - Charles Alston
artist: The Family, Black Man, Black Woman, Walking; died Apr 27, 1977

1915 - Dick Vance
musician: trumpet; died Jan 1, 1985

1922 - Wes Westrum
baseball: San Francisco Giants catcher [all-star: 1952, 1953]; NY Mets, SF Giants manager; died May 28, 2002

1923 - Gloria Grahame (Hallward)
Academy Award-winning actress: The Bad and the Beautiful [1952]; Oklahoma!, It’s a Wonderful Life, Not as a Stranger, Rich Man, Poor Man-Book I; died Oct 5, 1981

1929 - Berry Gordy Jr.
founder: Motown Records, see Berry Gordy Day [above]

1933 - Hope Lange
Emmy Award-winning actress: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [1968-1969, 1969-1970]; Bus Stop, Peyton Place, The Young Lions, Wild in the Country, Pocketful of Miracles, That Certain Summer; died Dec 19, 2003

1934 - Ethel Ennis
singer: w/Benny Goodman Orchestra

1936 - Gary Hart (Gary Warren Hartpence)
U.S. Senator from Colorado; U.S. presidential candidate [1984]

1938 - Michael Ritchie
director: The Scout, Cops and Robbersons, Fletch, Semi-Tough, The Bad News Bears, The Candidate; died Apr 16, 2001

1939 - Gary Troxel
singer: group: The Fleetwoods: Mr. Blue, Come Softly to Me

1940 - Bruce Channel
singer: Hey! Baby, Going Back to Louisiana, Keep On

1941 - Norm Beaudin
hockey: NHL: SL Blues, Minnesota North Stars

1942 - Paul Warfield
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Miami Dolphins wide receiver: Super Bowl: VI, VII, VIII; Cleveland Browns

1943 - Randy (Randall Stuart) Newman
composer: scores for Toy Story, Avalon, Parenthood, The Natural, Ragtime; singer, songwriter: Short People, theme from The Marshall Chronicles: Fallin’ in Love, theme from Cop Rock: Under the Gun; songwriter: Love Story, Mama Told Me Not to Come, Sail Away

1945 - R.B. Greaves
singer: Take a Letter Maria; singer Sam Cooke’s nephew

1946 - Susan Spencer
news correspondent: CBS, 48 Hours

1948 - Beeb Birtles
musician: guitar: group: The Little River Band: It’s a Long Way There, Help is on Its Way, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy on Me

1948 - Vern Den Herder
football: Miami Dolphins defensive end: Super Bowl: VI, VII, VIII, XVII

1949 - Alexander Godunov (Boris Alexandrovich Godunov)
ballet dancer; actor: Die Hard, The Money Pit, Witness; died May 18, 1995

1949 - Paul Shaffer
band leader: Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman; comedian: A Year at the Top, Saturday Night Live

1950 - Ed Harris
actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, Nixon, Apollo 13, The Firm, Glengarry Glen Ross, China Moon, Places in the Heart, The Right Stuff, Knightriders

1959 - Judd Nelson
actor: Blindfold: Acts of Obsession, Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club

1962 - Jon Stewart
comedian, actor: The Daily Show, The Larry Sanders Show, The Jon Stewart Show, Elmopalooza!, The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards

1964 - Roy Tarpley
basketball: Dallas Mavericks

1967 - Anna Nicole Smith
model: Playboy Playmate [May 1992], Playmate of the Year [1993]; actress: The Hudsucker Proxy, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult; died Feb 8, 2007

Chart Toppers
November 28th.

1951 Sin (It’s No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
And So to Sleep Again - Patti Page
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Deck of Cards - Wink Martindale
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967 Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
It’s the Little Things - Sonny James

1975 That’s the Way (I like It) - KC & The Sunshine Band
Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
The Way I Want to Touch You - Captain & Tennille
Rocky - Dickey Lee

1983 All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Holding Her and Loving You - Earl Thomas Conley

1991 When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
That’s What Love is For - Amy Grant
Shameless - Garth Brooks

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Grammy Awards were shown on network television for the first time on this night in 1959. (It was actually the second year of the Grammy Awards.)

Mack the Knife won Record of the Year and Bobby Darin, who belted it out, was Best New Artist of the Year. Frank Sinatra won Album of the Year for Come Dance with Me. Jimmy Driftwood penned the Song of the Year: The Battle of New Orleans, which also won Country and Western Performance of the Year honors for Johnny Horton.

The Best Folk Performance of the Year went to The Kingston Trio for their ...at Large album. The Best Performance by a Top 40 Artist was Nat King Cole’s Midnight Flyer and the Grammy for Best Comedy Performance, Musical went to Homer & Jethro for their immortal The Battle of Kookamonga.

The great Duke Ellington received the 1959 Grammy for Best Performance by a Dance Band this night for his Anatomy of a Murder movie sound track. Ellington won another Grammy and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award six years later.

It was only appropriate that the Grammy Awards would be shown annually on television since the ‘new medium’ of TV would supply much-nominated music over the years and would also spotlight performers. Little did the Academy know what it started ... and that someday, it would award Grammys for music videos as seen on MTV.

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November 29th.

1825 - Rossini’s Barber of Seville was presented in New York City. It was the first Italian opera to be presented in the United States.

1890 - The first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point, New York. The midshipmen from Annapolis dominated, shutting out the cadets, 24-0. They’ve been stealing each other’s mascots ever since.

1904 - President Theodore Roosevelt wrote a letter to his distant cousin Franklin, saying that he approved of Franklin’s engagement to the President’s niece, Eleanor.

1929 - After completing his first flight over the North Pole on this same day in 1926, Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd flew over the South Pole on this day. He became the first American to achieve such a feat.

1932 - The Gay Divorcee opened in New York City. The Cole Porter musical featured the classic, Night and Day.

1938 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra waxed Hawaiian War Chant for Victor Records. We suggest you fry up some humuhumunukunukuapuaa tonight in honor of this occasion. Yum...

1947 - Louis Armstrong and his sextet lit up Carnegie Hall in New York City with a night of jazz -- and more.

1948 - The first opera to be televised was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Otello, by Verdi, was presented over WJZ-TV in New York.

1950 - I Fly Anything, starring singer Dick Haymes in the role of cargo pilot Dockery Crane, premiered on ABC Radio. With a title like that, is it any wonder the show only lasted one season? Haymes went back to singing and did very well, thank you.

1962 - Major-league baseball decided to return to playing only one All-Star Game a year beginning in 1963. There had been two games each year since 1959.

1975 - Shake your disco booties along with this one. Silver Convention had the #1 pop tune this day, called Fly, Robin, Fly.

1983 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 1287.20 -- a new record.

1986 - Actor Cary Grant died on this day at the age of 82. Grant, one of the most debonair of Hollywood’s leading men, left us with many great cinematic performances: Night and Day, Arsenic and Old Lace, She Done Him Wrong, The Awful Truth, The Philadelphia Story, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and many more.

1986 - The blockbuster five-record set, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85, debuted at #1 on the album charts this day. No five-record set had made the top 25 until then. No five-record set had ever gone platinum until then. The price tag? $25.

1994 - The city of Seoul celebrated its 600th anniversary as the capital of Korea.

November 29th.

1607 - John Harvard
clergyman, scholar: Harvard College named for him; died Sep 14, 1638

1816 - Morrison R. Waite
attorney: seventh Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1874-1888]; died Mar 23, 1888

1832 - Louisa May Alcott
author: Little Women; died Mar 6, 1888

1895 - Busby Berkeley (William Berkeley Enos)
choreographer, director: Forty Second Street, Gold Diggers of 1935, Footlight Parade, Hollywood Hotel, Stage Struck, Gold Diggers in Paris, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal; died Mar 14, 1976

1898 - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis
Christian novelist, columnist, author: Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet; died Nov 22, 1963

1917 - Merle Travis
songwriter: 16 Tons, Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette, Petal from a Faded Rose, Cincinnati Lou, Information Please; singer: Re-enlistment Blues in From Here to Eternity, John Henry Junior, Barbara Allen; died Oct 20, 1983

1918 - Madeleine L’Engle
author: A Wrinkle in Time, Summer of the Great-Grandmother

1925 - Minnie (Saturnino Orestes Armas) Minoso
baseball: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox [led league in stolen bases: 1951-1953/all-star: 1951-1954, 1957, 1959, 1960], SL Cardinals, Washington Senators

1927 - Vin Scully
radio/TV sportscaster: Los Angeles Dodgers

1932 - Ed Bickert
musician: jazz guitarist: group: Paul Desmond Quartet

1932 - Jacques Chirac
President of France

1932 - John Gary (Strader)
singer: 23 albums for RCA, other labels: Briarwood, Kama Sutra, Churchhill, Fraternity; songwriter: Possum Song, Plight of the Bumble Bee, The Bell Rings, Forget It, Warm and Tender Glow; diver, inventor: holds two patents on underwater propulsion devices [diving buddy and aqua-peller]

1932 - Diane Ladd (Rose Diane Ladnier)
actress: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Rambling Rose, The Cemetery Club, Chinatown, Father Hood, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Grace Kelly Story, Desperate Lives, I Married a Centerfold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Alice

1933 - John Mayall
songwriter, bandleader: The Bluesbreakers: Steppin’ Out

1933 - Fuzzy (Frederick) Thurston
football: Green Bay Packers

1933 - James Rosenquist
American pop artist: Silo [1963], World’s Fair Mural [1964], Off the Continental Divide [1973], Marilyn [1974], Sunglasses - Landing Net - Triangle [1974], Pale Tent II [1976]

1933 - Dr. David Reuben
author: Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask

1939 - Dick (Richard John) McAuliffe
baseball: Detroit Tigers [All-Star: 1965-1967/World Series: 1968], Boston Red Sox

1939 - Meco (Domenico Monardo)
musician: Star Wars Theme; music producer: Never Can Say Goodbye

1940 - Chuck Mangione
Grammy Award-winning composer: Bellavia [1976]; theme for 1980 Winter Olympics: Give It All You Got; musician: flugelhorn: Feels So Good, Land of Make Believe, The Hill Where the Lord Hides

1941 - Denny Doherty
singer: group: The Mamas and The Papas: Monday, Monday, California Dreamin’, Words of Love, Dedicated to the One I Love, Creeque Alley; TV host; died Jan 19, 2006

1941 - Bill (William Ashley) Freehan
baseball: Univ. of Michigan, Detroit Tigers [All-Star: 1964-1973, 1975; Gold Glove: 1965-1969/World Series: 1968]

1941 - Jody Miller
Grammy Award-winning singer: Queen of the House [1965]; There’s a Party Goin’ On, Look at Mine, He’s So Fine, Baby I’m Yours, Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home, Be My Baby

1944 - Felix Cavaliere
singer, group: The (Young) Rascals: Groovin’, Good Lovin’, Beautiful Morning, People Gotta Be Free; solo: LPs: Destiny, Treasure, Castle in the Air

1947 - Suzy Chaffee
skier: captain: U.S. Women’s Olympic ski team, pro tour of free-style skiing: world championship winner [1971-1973]; Board of Directors: U.S. Olympic Committee [1976]; commercial spokesperson: Chapstick

1947 - Joe Inman
golf: champ: 1976 Kemper Open, 1969 North and South Amateur; member: 1969 Walker Cup team

1949 - Bob Pickard
football: Detroit Lions

1949 - Garry Shandling
comedian, actor: The Larry Sanders Show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

1951 - Barry Goudreau
musician: guitar: groups: Orion the Hunter, Boston: More Than a Feeling, Long Time, Peace of Mind, Don’t Look Back, Man I’ll Never Be, LP: Boston

1951 - Brian Job
swimmer: Stanford University

1955 - Howie Mandel
comedian; actor: St. Elsewhere, Good Grief!; cartoon voice: Bobby’s World game-show host: Deal or No Deal

1958 - Kim Delaney
Emmy Award-winning actress: NYPD Blue [1997]; Philly, All My Children, The Delta Force, Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit, The Drifter, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Mission to Mars

1960 - Cathy Moriarty
actress: Casper, The Mambo Kings, Soapdish, Me and the Kid, Kindergarten Cop, Matinee, Raging Bull; restaurant owner: Beverly Hills Pizzaria

1962 - Andrew McCarthy
actor: The Courtyard, Weekend at Bernie’s series, Mannequin, St. Elmo’s Fire

1964 - Don Cheadle
actor: Picket Fences, Devil in a Blue Dress, Boogie Nights, Bulworth, A Lesson Before Dying, Mission to Mars, Rush Hour 2, Ocean’s Eleven

1968 - Jonathan (Rashleigh) Knight
singer, dancer: group: New Kids on the Block: You Got It (The Right Stuff), This One’s for the Children

Chart Toppers
November 29th.

1944 The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952 You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Lady of Spain - Eddie Fisher
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960 Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with The Innocents
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968 Hey Jude - The Beatles
Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

1976 Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis

1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break - Johnny Lee

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born (prematurely) on this day in 1874. He became a British statesman, soldier, and author -- and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the United States (by an act of Congress on April 9, 1963).

A graduate of Sandhurst Military Academy, Churchill fought in India, the Sudan and South Africa. In 1900 he was elected to the British Parliament. He was the first Lord of the Admiralty (1911-15) in World War I until discredited by the failure of the Dardanelles campaign, which he had championed.

Churchill later served in several cabinet positions in the Liberal government including Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1924 to 1929. Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of Nazi Germany.

In 1940, seven months after the outbreak of World War II, Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister. Churchill’s stirring oratory, his energy, and his refusal to make peace with Hitler were crucial to maintaining British resistance.

After the fall of France (on June 22, 1940), Germany intended to defeat the British Royal Air Force (RAF). In July, the German Luftwaffe began to bomb British airfields and ports. By September, the Luftwaffe had begun to make nightly raids on London. The RAF fought bravely but were badly outnumbered. However, they still managed to hold off the Luftwaffe. Churchill expressed his nation’s gratitude to its airmen: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

After the post-war Labour party victory in 1945, Churchill became leader of the opposition. In 1951 he was again elected prime minister. Two years later he was knighted. That same year he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “...his mastery of historical and biographical presentation and for his brilliant oratory...”

Sir Winston Churchill died in London on January 24, 1965. He is already recorded in our history as one of the greatest statesmen and leaders of the 20th century.

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November 30th.

1875 - A.J. Ehrrichson of Akron, OH patented the oat-crushing machine.

1887 - The first softball game was played -- in Chicago, IL. The game was really called indoor baseball; it used a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.

1922 - Actress Sarah Bernhardt made her last appearance on the stage. She played in the final performance of Daniel, being presented in Turin, Italy.

1935 - The president of Yale University, James Angell, is said to have suggested that professional football “may someday surpass college football in popularity.” They don’t call them universities for nothing, folks...

1939 - Harry James and his big band recorded Concerto for Trumpet -- on Columbia 78s.

1940 - Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. Lucy filed for divorce the day after their final TV show was filmed in 1960.

1943 - Nat ‘King’ Cole and his trio recorded Straighten Up and Fly Right on Capitol Records. It was the first recording for the King Cole trio.

1954 - Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 80th birthday in London. The festivities were said to be the greatest ever held for a British subject.

1956 - Archie Moore was defeated by Floyd Patterson. Patterson won the heavyweight boxing title vacated by the retired Rocky Marciano. At the age of 21, Patterson was the youngest boxer to be named heavyweight champion.

1959 - Joe Foss was named American Football League commissioner. He made about $30,000 a year in salary for the job.

1962 - U Thant of Burma was unanimously appointed Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. He had been chosen to head the world body after Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an air crash in September 1961.

1968 - Diana Ross and The Supremes hit the #1 spot on the music charts with Love Child. The somewhat controversial tune (for the times) stayed at the top for two weeks.

1971 - ABC-TV presented Brian’s Song as the ABC Movie of the Week. The touching story was about Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo and his friendship with Gayle Sayers, who watched Brian die a tragic death. The movie got a rating of 32.9 and a 48 share. The theme song, Brian’s Song, was performed by Michel Legrand.

1974 - The Eagles hit, Best of My Love, was released. It would take until March 1, 1975 for it to reach the #1 spot on the top 40 charts.

1977 - Eric Sevareid retired from CBS-TV. He left CBS after 38 years of working with famous names in the TV news biz ... folks like Morrow, Collingwood, Trout, Cronkite, Edwards, Rather, Kuralt, Wallace, Dean and others.

1986 - Ivan Lendl became the first tennis player in the world to gain career earnings exceeding $10 million.

1991 - PM Dawn’s Set Adrift on Memory Bliss hit #1 in the U.S. The rappers folded another song -- Spandau Ballet’s True -- into theirs, making for a very nice musical effect.

1994 - Talk about bad luck. Nearly 1,000 passengers and crew fled the cruise ship Achille Lauro after it caught fire off the coast of Somalia en route from Genoa to the Sychelles. The ship sank two days later. This was the same Achille Lauro that had been hijacked by Palestinians in October 1985.

November 30th.

1554 - Philip Sidney
poet: Arcadia; statesman, soldier: dying, he gave his water bottle to another dying soldier and uttered this famous quote: “Thy necessity is yet greater than mine.”; died in Oct 1586

1667 - Jonathan Swift
satirist: Gulliver’s Travels, Thoughts on Religion; died Oct 19, 1745

1835 - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
writer: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper; died Apr 21, 1910

1874 - Sir Winston Churchill
see Churchill Day [above]; died Jan 24, 1965

1918 - Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
actor: The F.B.I., 77 Sunset Strip, Hot Shots!, The Gathering: Part 2, Terror Out of the Sky, Airport ’75, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Hotel; voice of Alfred in Batman-the Animated Series

1920 - Virginia Mayo (Virginia Clara Jones)
actress: Midnight Witness, Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Silver Chalice, The West Point Story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Best Years of Our Lives; died Jan 17, 2005

1924 - Shirley Chisholm
politician: first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress; author; quote: “When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.”; died Jan 1, 2005

1924 - Allan Sherman (Copelon)
comedian: Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!; associate producer: I’ve Got a Secret; died Nov 20, 1973

1926 - Richard Crenna
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Rape of Richard Beck, ABC Theatre [1984-85]; Slattery’s People, The Real McCoys, Our Miss Brooks, It Takes Two, All’s Fair, Gabriel’s Fire, Centennial, Sabrina, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Rambo 3, On the Wings of Eagles, Rambo, First Blood, Part 2, The Flamingo Kid, Body Heat, The Sand Pebbles, Pride of St. Louis, Wrongfully Accused, Judging Amy; died Jan 17, 2003

1929 - Dick Clark
TV producer, host: American Bandstand, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The $25,000 Pyramid, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Dick Clark Presents the Rock and Roll Years, The Dick Clark Show, Dick Clark’s Golden Greats, Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday, Dick Clark’s Nighttime, Dick Clark’s World of Talent, Puttin’ on the Hits, Live! Dick Clark Presents, The Challengers; executive producer: Keep on Cruisin’, In Person from the Palace; former Philadelphia DJ

1930 - G. (George) Gordon Liddy
politician, radio host: The G-Man, The G. Gordon Liddy Show

1931 - Thurman ‘Teddy’ Wilburn
singer: group: Wilburn Brothers: Which One is to Blame; Grand Ole Opry [1941]

1931 - Bill Walsh
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers; football coach: Stanford University, San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII; died Jul 30, 2007

1932 - Bob Moore
instrumentalist: group: Moby Grape: LP: Truly Fine Citizen

1935 - Jack Reno
country singer: Repeat After Me, Hitchin’ a Ride, I Want One

1936 - Abbie Hoffman
activist: 1960s cultural revolutionary [Yippie]; one of the Chicago Eight; author: Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal this Book; died Apr 12, 1989

1937 - Jimmy Bowen
singer: I’m Stickin’ with You, Party Doll

1937 - Robert Guillaume (Williams)
Emmy Award-winning actor: Soap [1978-79], Benson [1984-85]; Pacific Station, A Good Day to Die, North and South Book 1, The Meteor Man, Superfly T.N.T.; voice of Det. Catfish: Fish Police

1937 - Ridley Scott
director: White Squall, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Thelma and Louise, Black Rain, Someone to Watch Over Me, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien, The Duelists; brother of director Tony Scott

1943 - Leo Lyons
musician: bass: groups: Jaybirds, Ten Years After: I’m Going Home, Love Like a Man

1944 - Rob Grill
musician, singer: group: The Grass Roots: Midnight Confessions, Let’s Live for Today

1944 - Luther Ingram
musician, singer: [If Lovin’ You is Wrong] I Don’t Want to be Right; died Mar 19, 2007

1945 - Roger Glover
musician: bass: groups: Episode Six, Rainbow, Deep Purple: Black Night

1947 - David Mamet
director: Oleanna, Homicide, House of Games, Things Change; playwright: Hoffa, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, The Verdict, The Postman Always Rings Twice

1950 - Craig (Steven) Swan
baseball: pitcher: NY Mets [NL ERA title: 1978 - 2.43], California Angels

1950 - Paul Westphal
basketball guard: Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics; coach: Southwestern Baptist Bible College, Grand Canyon College, Phoenix Suns

1951 - June Chadwick
actress: Forbidden World, The Last Horror Film, This is Spinal Tap, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Going to Extremes, Star Trek: Away Team

1952 - Mandy Patinkin
Tony Award-winning actor: Evita [1980]; True Colors, The Doctor, Dick Tracy, Alien Nation, The Princess Bride, Sunday in the Park with George, Yentl, French Postcards, Chicago Hope

1953 - Shuggie (Johnny) Otis Jr.
musician: guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards: LPs: Here Comes Shuggie Otis, Freedom Flight, Inspiration Information, Omaha Bar-B-Que

1954 - George McArdle
musician: bass guitarist: group: Little River Band: Help is on Its Way, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy on Me

1954 - June Pointer
singer: group: The Pointer Sisters: Fire, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Jump [For My Love], Automatic, Neutron Dance, I’m So Excited, Dare Me, Yes We Can Can, How Long [Betcha Got a Chick on the Side]; solo: LP: Baby Sister

1955 - Billy Idol (Broad)
musician: guitar, singer: Mony, Mony, Eyes Without a Face, Dancing with Myself, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Speed, Cradle of Love; songwriter: Hot in the City

1955 - Kevin Conroy
actor: Chain of Desire, The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton, Tour of Duty, Rachel Gunn, R.N., Ohara, voice of Batman: Batman-The Animated Series

1957 - John Aston
musician: guitar: groups: Photons, Psychedelic Furs: We Love You, Love My Way, Heaven, Pretty in Pink

1957 - Richard Barbieri
musician: drums: group: Japan: Don’t Rain on My Parade, The Unconventional, The Tenant, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Taking Islands in Africa, I Second That Emotion, Cantonese Boy, Bamboo Houses, Forbidden Colours; composer: for Ballet Rambert

1962 - Bo (Vincent Edward) Jackson
baseball: KC Royals [all-star: 1989], Chicago White Sox, California Angels; football: LA Raiders RB [Heisman Trophy: 1985]

1965 - Ben Stiller
actor: The Ben Stiller Show, Reality Bites, Flirting with Disaster, The Cable Guy, There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Zoolander

1970 - Des’ree
singer: I Ain’t Movin’

1973 - (William) Jason Reso
pro wrestler/actor: Raw is War, Wrestlemania XV, Summerslam, WWF Insurrextion, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Armageddon

Chart Toppers
November 30th.

1945 It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
I’ll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers
Shame on You - The Lawrence Welk Orchestra (vocal: Red Foley)

1953 Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961 Runaround Sue - Dion
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969 Come Together/Something - The Beatles
And When I Die - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard

1977 You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You) - Waylon Jennings

1985 Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Too Much on My Heart - The Statler Brothers

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Monday, December 1, 2008

“After the German surrender, one of Hitler’s high-ranking naval officers was asked why the Nazi U-boats had been withdrawn from U.S. coastal waters early in 1943. The answer was exploded in a curt guttural: ‘It was because of those damned little red and yellow planes!’” -- From Robert E. Neprud’s Flying Minute Men

Civil Air Patrol members became the Minutemen of World War II, volunteering their time, resources, and talents to defend the nation’s borders. They filled the gaps left by the men, women and resources mobilized to fight abroad. These Flying Minutemen, all volunteers, performed valiantly on many missions including coastal patrol to search for enemy submarines, search and rescue missions throughout the United States, cargo and courier flights to transfer critical materials and personnel. They even towed targets so Army Air Corps personnel could practice air-to-air gunnery techniques. In all, these volunteers amassed a stunning record -- flying more than half-a-million hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims.

Where did these volunteers come from? Although Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into World War II, many Americans saw the AXIS threat long before Dec. 7, 1941. Among them were nearly 150,000 men and women involved in aviation.

As early as 1938, they began to argue for the creation of an organization to harness their experience in the event America entered the conflict. Their efforts, led by writer-aviator Gill Robb Wilson and supported by Gen. Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold, resulted in the creation of the Civil Air Patrol. The Director of Civilian Defense, former New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, signed a formal order creating the CAP on this day in 1941 -- one week before Pearl Harbor.

A thankful nation recognized the vital role CAP played during the war and felt that it could continue to provide invaluable help to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, U.S. President Harry S Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating the CAP as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. And on May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557, permanently establishing the CAP as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.

With more than 53,000 members, 535 light aircraft and an extensive communications capability, the Civil Air Patrol is fully equipped to continue its mission for America.

Happy birthday, CAP!

Volunteers Serving America in Times of Need. The Civil Air Patrol. And here.

December 1st.

1879 - Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore, opened. Arthur Sullivan conducted the orchestra while William Gilbert played the role of a sailor in the chorus and in the Queen’s Nay-vee.

1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys (and for girls since 1979), in an area west of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1938, Spencer Tracy portrayed Father Flanagan in the movie, Boys Town, and won himself an Oscar.

1924 - Lady Be Good opened in New York City. George Gershwin wrote the music while Fred and Adele Astaire were well-received by the show’s audience for their dancing talents.

1940 - Glenn Miller got a call from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). He was informed that he couldn’t use his Moonlight Serenade as his band’s theme song. He had to use "Slumber Song" instead because of an ASCAP ban.

1945 - Burl Ives made his concert debut. He appeared at New York’s Town Hall. We lovingly listen every year for the voice of this old-time radio personality as the narrator and banjo-pickin’ snowman in TV’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

1953 - Walter Alston was named manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers on this, his 42nd birthday. He became the dean of baseball managers before retiring in 1976.

1968 - Promises, Promises opened on Broadway. The play ran for 1,281 performances, earning $35,000 in profits each week of 1969. Dionne Warwick had a hit version of the title song.

1973 - ‘The Golden Bear’, Jack Nicklaus, won the Walt Disney World Open Golf Tournament and became the first golfer to win $2 million in career earnings.

1980 - George Rogers of the University of South Carolina was named the Heisman Trophy winner. Rogers went on to achieve great success for the Washington Redskins.

1981 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson as pro basketball’s second all-time leading scorer (second to Wilt Chamberlain). Kareem got to the total of 26,712 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 117-86. Chamberlain’s record fell in 1984, when Kareem’s scores reached 31,259. Kareem wound up his career in 1989 with 38,387 points.

1984 - Just eight days after his miracle pass to lead Boston College over Miami, Doug Flutie was named Heisman Trophy winner for the year. Flutie was only the 13th quarterback to receive the award.

1985 - Singer and actress Barbi Benton set a record as she appeared for the fourth time on the cover of Playboy magazine.

1995 - Movies debuting in the U.S.: White Man’s Burden (“Two men at odds in a world turned upside down.”), starring John Travolta and Harry Belafonte; and Wild Bill (“The Name Is Legendary. The Man Is Real.”), with Jeff Bridges and Ellen Barkin.

1999 - An international team of scientists announced it had sequenced the first human chromosome. Just what does this mean? Very glad you asked. All human DNA is contained within 23 pairs of chromosomes. In the center of any normal human cell are 46 X-shaped chromosomes. Within each chromosome is bundled a double-stranded helix of DNA. That is where human genes reside. These genes carry instructions for everything from hair color and height to how the brain is organized. More than 30 human disorders are already associated with changes to genes of chromosome 22 (the one mapped this day). Researchers are hopeful that by using gene therapies, they will be able to make human cells work correctly. Scientists hope these therapies may one day be reliable enough to treat diseases without the sometimes debilitating side effects of some drugs. Dr. Francis Collins, chair of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said, “For the first time we can see the entire landscape of a human chromosome. I think this is probably the most important scientific effort that mankind has ever mounted. That includes splitting the atom and going to the moon.”

2000 - Quills opened in U.S. theatres. Starring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet, rising-star Joaquin Phoenix, and Academy Award-winner Michael Caine, the flick centers on the Marquis De Sade (“The pleasure is all his.”), his nasty writings (sexual situations) and attempts to ‘cure’ him.

December 1st.

1886 - Rex (Todhunter) Stout
mystery writer: Nero Wolfe series; died Oct 27, 1975

1897 - Cyril Ritchard
Tony Award-winning actor: Peter Pan [1955]; films: Hans Brinker, Half a Sixpence, Peter Pan, Blackmail; Kraft Television Theatre, Goodyear TV Playhouse; died Dec 18, 1977

1911 - Walter (Emmons) ‘Smokey’ Alston
baseball: SL Cardinals; Baseball Hall of Fame manager: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1955], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965]; died Oct 1, 1984

1911 - Calvin Griffith
baseball owner: Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins; died Oct 20, 1999

1912 - Cookie (Harry Arthur) Lavagetto
baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers [all-star: 1938-1941/World Series: 1941, 1947: pinch hit game-4-winning double off right field wall]; died Aug 10, 1990

1913 - Mary Martin
Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer: Peter Pan [1955]; South Pacific, I Do! I Do!, Sound of Music, Night and Day, Star Spangled Rhythm, Birth of the Blues, Rhythm on the River; singer: My Heart Belongs to Daddy, I’ll Walk Alone, Almost Like Being in Love; mother of actor Larry Hagman; died Nov 3, 1990

1923 - Dick Shawn (Richard Schulefand)
comedian, actor: Bewitched, Rented Lips, Maid to Order, Check is in the Mail, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Love at First Bite, The Producers, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; died Apr 17, 1987

1923 - Admiral Stansfield Turner
U.S. Navy Ret, CIA Director

1925 - Cal ‘Buster’ McLish (Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish)
baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1959], Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies

1929 - David Doyle
actor: Charlie’s Angels, Ghost Writer, Love or Money?, The Comeback, Paper Lion, Sweet Surrender, Rugrats, Bridget Loves Bernie; died Feb 26, 1997

1933 - Lou Rawls (Louis Allen)
Grammy Award-winning singer: Dead End Street [1967], A Natural Man [1972]; You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Your Good Thing is about to End, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Love is a Hurtin’ Thing, Budweiser commercials, TV regular: Dean Martin Presents; group: Soul Stirrers; died Jan 6, 2006

1934 - Billy Paul (Paul Williams)
singer: Me and Mrs. Jones

1935 - Woody Allen (Allen Konigsberg)
Academy Award-winning writer and director: Annie Hall [1977]; Radio Days, Alice; Academy Award-winning writer: Hannah and Her Sisters [1986]; actor, writer, director: Sleeper, Husbands and Wives, Annie Hall, Mighty Aphrodite, Manhattan Murder Mystery, New York Stories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Bananas; actor, writer: Play It Again, Sam, What’s New Pussycat?; actor: Scenes from a Mall, Casino Royale; comedy writer; Your Show of Shows, The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom

1938 - Sandy Nelson
musician: drums: Teen Beat, Let There be Drums; w/Teddy Bears: To Know Him is to Love Him

1939 - (Dianne) ‘Dee Dee’ Lennon
singer: group: The Lennon Sisters: The Lawrence Welk Show, Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters

1939 - Lee Trevino
World Golf Hall of Famer: champion: US Open [1968, 1971], U.S. Senior Open [1990], British Open [1971, 1972], PGA: Rookie of the Year [1967], Varden Trophy-winner [1970], Player of the Year [1971], champion [1974, 1984], Seniors Champion [1992], Senior Player of the Year [1990, 1992]; AP Male Athlete of the Year [1971]

1940 - Richard Pryor
comedian, actor: Another You, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Harlem Nights, Brewster’s Millions, Superman 3, The Toy, Some Kind of Hero, Silver Streak, The Wiz, California Suite, Blue Collar, Car Wash, Lady Sings the Blues, The Richard Pryor Show, On Broadway Tonight; Emmy Award-winning comedy-variety writer: Lily [1973-1974]; died Dec 10, 2005

1944 - Eric Bloom
singer, musician: guitar: group: Blue Oyster Cult

1945 - John (Paul) Densmore
musician: drums: group: The Doors: Light My Fire, People are Strange, Love Me Two Times, Riders on the Storm

1945 - Bette Midler
Grammy Award-winning singer: LP: The Divine Miss M [1972], You are the Wind Beneath My Wings [1989]; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The Rose; Emmy Award-winning entertainer: Bette Midler-Old Red Hair is Back [1977-1978], The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson [5/21/1992]; actress: From a Distance, Beaches, For the Boys, Down and Out in Beverly Hill Business, Ruthless People, Hawaii, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, The Edge of Night

1946 - Gilbert O’Sullivan (Raymond Edward O’Sullivan)
singer: Alone Again [Naturally], Clare, Get Down, What’s in a Kiss?; LP: Back to Front

1948 - George (Arthur) Foster
baseball: outfielder: SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1972, 1975, 1976/all-star: 1976-1979, 1981/Baseball Writer’s Award (National League): 1977], NY Mets, Chicago White Sox

1951 - Treat Williams
actor: The Phantom, The Late Shift, Mulholland Falls, Final Verdict, J. Edgar Hoover, The Men’s Club, The Little Mermaid, Flashpoint, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Prince of the City, Hair, The Eagle Has Landed, Eddie Dodd, Good Advice

1958 - Charlene Tilton
actress: Dallas, Center of the Web

1960 - Carol Alt
supermodel, actress: Amazon, Beyond Justice, Thunder in Paradise, Private Parts, Grownups

1961 - Jeremy Northam
actor: The Net, Amistad, The Winslow Boy, The Golden Bowl, Enigma

Chart Toppers
December 1st.

1946 Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas &
The Campus Kids)
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal:
Doris Day)
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954 Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962 Big Girls Don’t Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobby’s Girl - Marcie Blane
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson

1970 I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978 MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
Sweet Desire - The Kendalls

1986 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News
Touch Me When We’re Dancing - Alabama

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sales of Henry Ford’s fabulously successful Model T had slipped noticeably in 1926. Those who lived during the prosperous 1920s had had their fill of pure utility and were ready for a larger measure of comfort and beauty.

The Ford car simply had not kept up with America’s rising standard of living. And so, production of the Model T ceased at the end of May, 1927, a few days after the 15-millionth car had come off the assembly line. A new car would take its place.

The most extraordinary aspect of Henry Ford’s plunge into the future was that his old car expired before his new car had been born. No matter what vehicle he might come up with, no one knew how it would be powered because no plan for a new engine existed. Nevertheless, movement in the direction of a totally new car forged ahead. Ford’s basic concept was for a car that would deliver the speed, power and comfort suited to the improved roads and the quickened pace of life in that day. The body would be lower than the T, longer, wider, more pleasing in its proportions, available in a variety of models and an assortment of colors (the Model T had been available in black only). And it would be named after the first car made by Ford Motor Company back in 1903: the Model A.
To produce the new car, retooling on an unprecedented scale would be required. According to one historian, a changeover of this scope and urgency was, at the time, “unknown in American industrial history.”

During the months between the discontinuance of Model T and delivery of the first Model A, 400,000 orders had piled up for a car that not a single customer had seen.

The first Model A was unveiled on this day in 1927 in New York City’s Waldorf Hotel and in 35 other cities around the U.S., Canada and Europe. The car was priced affordably: the Phaeton sold for $395.00 and the Tudor Sedan for $495.00. The lag between cars available and orders on hand had mounted to 800,000 by the spring of 1928. Ford made almost two million Model A cars in 1929 alone. But Black Thursday came on October 24th of that year, ushering in the Great Depression, and from that time on it was downhill all the way. In 1931, sales dropped to 620,000 units. Production of Model A was shut down in August, and early the following year, the ‘new order’ took over in the form of the radically different Ford V-8.

By that time, a total of well over 20 million Fords had been manufactured, and almost 5 million of these had been the brilliant little Model As.

Henry Ford, born July 30, 1863.Click.

December 2nd.

1932 - The Adventures of Charlie Chan was first heard on the NBC Blue radio network. The Chinese detective became even more popular on the movie screen in the 1930s and 1940s.

1940 - A seat on the New York Stock Exchange would have set you back $33,000, the lowest price for a seat since 1899, when they sold for the bargain price of just $29,500.

1950 - Vic Toweel of South Africa set a record for knockdowns -- in a title fight in Johannesburg, South Africa. He floored Danny O’Sullivan of England 14 times in 10 rounds before the bantamweight fight was stopped. During a post-fight interview, O’Sullivan told reporters, “Adkeivhaep oi er,” then, keeled over, again.

1952 - Denver’s KOA-TV transmitted, for 49 stations on the NBC network, the first human birth to be seen on TV. It was a part of the program, The March of Medicine.

1952 - Keeping his campaign promise, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Korea to promote a settlement to end hostilities in that war-ravaged country.

1952 - George Jorgensen, a former G.I. who had gone to Denmark in 1950, prepared to return to the U.S. this day -- as Christine Jorgensen. She, er, he, had undergone 2,000 hormone injections and six operations performed by sex change surgeons.

1959 - Behind the Great Wall, a truly stinking motion picture, was seen at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City. A somewhat noxious scent was piped through the ceiling vents during certain portions of the show. The effect was called Aromarama. It didn’t catch on...

1967 - Singer Jimmie Rodgers (Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine) was found in a car in Los Angeles, near death, suffering from a fractured skull. He had been the victim of a “mysterious assault”.

1972 - Motown’s Temptations reached the #1 spot on the top 40 charts with Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone. It was the fourth #1 hit for the Temptations, joining My Girl (1965), I Can’t Get Next to You (1969) and Just My Imagination (1971).

1982 - Barney B. Clark became the first recipient of an artificial heart. The 61-year-old retired dentist from Seattle underwent a 7½-hour operation at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The operation was performed by a surgical team headed by Dr. William C. DeVries. Clark survived with the artificial heart for over 3 months. He died on March 23, 1983.

1984 - Dan Marino connected for four touchdown passes and set an NFL record for TD passes in a season (37 to that point; he finished the season with 48). Miami’s Dolphins lost the game, however, to the Los Angeles Raiders, 45-34.

1985 - The highest-rated Monday Night Football telecast was seen this night on ABC-TV. The Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears, 38-24. The Miami win snapped the Bears’ 12-game winning streak.

1995 - R. Kelly’s R. Kelly was the #1 album in the U.S for one week. The tracks: Intro--The Sermon, Hump Bounce, Not Gonna Hold On, You Remind Me of Something, Step in My Room, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Be Happy, Down Low, I Can’t Sleep Baby, Thank God It’s Friday, Love is on the Way, Heaven If You Hear Me, Religious Love, Tempo Slow, As I Look Into My Life and Trade in My Life.

1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute double album was released. The collection included songs from Sinead O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Queen, George Michael, U2, Paul McCartney, REM, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many others.

December 2nd.

1859 - Georges Seurat
French painter: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte; died Mar 29, 1891

1863 - Charles Ringling
circus entrepreneur; died Dec 3, 1926

1908 - Hy Gardner
journalist: Miami, New York radio/TV: Hy Gardner Calling; died June 17, 1989

1909 - June Clyde
actress: Behind the Mask, A Study in Scarlet Branded Men; died Oct 1, 1987

1910 - Robert (John) Paige
actor: Bye Bye Birdie, Hellzapoppin, Son of Dracula, The Green Promise, The Monster and the Girl; TV emcee: The Big Payoff, The Colgate Comedy Hour; died Dec 21, 1987

1914 - Adolph Green
Tony Award-winning playwright: Applause, Hallelujah, On the Twentieth Century, Bells are Ringing, Auntie Mame, On the Town, The Barkleys of Broadway; lyricist: collaborated with Betty Comden: Singin’ in the Rain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; died Oct 23, 2002

1914 - Eddie Sauter
musician: drums, trumpet, arranger: for Benny Goodman: Superman, Benny Rides Again, All the Cats Join In, Clarinet A La King; for Artie Shaw: The Maid with the Flaccid Air, composer; orchestra leader: Sauter-Finegan Orchestra; died Apr 21, 1981

1914 - Ray Walston
Emmy Award-winning actor: Picket Fences [1995-96]; My Favorite Martian, Fast Times, Silver Spoons, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, The Apartment, Of Mice and Men, Popeye, Silver Streak, The Sting; died Jan 1, 2001

1916 - Charlie Ventura
musician: tenor sax: played w/Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Count Basie; band leader: LPs: Charlie Boy, In Chicago, Bop for the People, Euphoria, Charlie Ventura Quintet in Hi-Fi, Chazz; died Jan 17, 1992

1917 - Ezra Stone
actor: The Aldrich Family; director: Fireball Fun-For-All; author; died Mar 3, 1994

1918 - Milton DeLugg
bandleader: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; Milton DeLugg and His Orchestra: Abe Burrows’ Almanac, The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show, Dagmar’s Canteen, Doodles Weaver, The Gong Show, Judge for Yourself, Your Hit Parade; musician: accordion: The Milton DeLugg Quartet: Broadway Open House; songwriter: Orange Colored Sky

1922 - Leo Gordon
actor: Alienator, Devil’s Angels, Soldier of Fortune, Ten Wanted Men, Hondo, Circus Boy; died Dec 26, Dec 2000

1923 - Maria Callas (Calogeropoulous)
singer: opera: dramatic soprano; died Sep 16, 1977

1924 - Alexander Haig
U.S. Secretary of State [1981-1988]

1925 - Julie Harris
Emmy Award-winning actress: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Moon of Alban [1958-1959], Victoria Regina [1961-1962]; Knots Landing, The Family Hovak, Backstairs at the White House, Carried Away, Scarlett, The Dark Half, Gorillas in the Mist, The Bell Jar, Voyage of the Damned, Harper, A Doll’s House, I Am a Camera, East of Eden, Member of the Wedding

1929 - Lowell North
yachtsman: Olympic gold medal [w/Peter Barrett]: Mexico City, 1968; founder of North Sails [one of largest sail makers in world]

1934 - Bill McCreary
hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, SL Blues; NHL referee

1934 - Andre (Kenneth Ian) ‘Andy’ Rodgers
baseball: NY Giants, SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates; died Dec 13, 2004

1940 - Willie Brown
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Oakland Raiders corner back: Super Bowl: II, XI; Denver Broncos

1941 - Tom McGuinness
musician: bass, guitar: groups: Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint, Blues Band

1942 - Ted Bluechel Jr.
singer, musician: drums: group: The Association

1943 - Zeke Moore
football: Houston Oilers

1943 - William Wegman
photographer: photographs, videotapes, paintings and drawings exhibited in museums and galleries internationally; film and video works for Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street and Nickelodeon; works for children: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Mother Goose, Alphabet Soup; The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold [screened at 1996 Sundance Film Festival]

1944 - Cathy Lee Crosby
actress: Wonder Woman, World War III, Roughnecks, The Dark, Coach; TV host: That’s Incredible!

1946 - Pedro (Rodriguez) Borbon
baseball: pitcher: California Angels, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1972, 1975, 1976], SF Giants, SL Cardinals

1946 - Gianni Versace
fashion designer; murdered July 15, 1997

1948 - Wayne (Kirby) Simpson
baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [all star: 1970], KC Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels

1950 - John Wesley Ryles
singer: Kay

1952 - Michael McDonald
singer, songwriter, musician: keyboard: group: The Doobie Brothers: What a Fool Believes, Real Love; solo: I Keep Forgettin’ [Everytime You’re Near], On My Own [w/Patti LaBelle], LP: If That’s What It Takes, No Lookin’ Back, Sweet Freedom

1954 - Stone Phillips
news correspondent: 20/20; TV anchor: Dateline NBC

1955 - Dennis Christopher
actor: The Silencers, It’s My Party, Boys Life, Stephen King’s It, Jake Speed, Chariots of Fire, The Last Word, Alien Predators, Elvis: The Movie, California Dreaming, Breaking Away, The Young Graduates, Sweet Dreams

1956 - Steven Bauer
actor: Primal Fear, Body Count, Wildfire, Scarface, Wiseguy

1958 - Randy Gardner
figure skater: [w/Tai Babilonia] five-time U.S. National Champions and 1979 World Champions [in pairs]

1960 - Rick Savage
musician: bass: group: Def Leppard: LPs: On Through the Night, High ’n’ Dry, Pyromania

1968 - Lucy Liu
actress: Ally McBeal, Bang, Jerry Maguire, Charlie’s Angels

1973 - Monica Seles
tennis champion: French Open singles [1990, 1991, 1992]; Australian Open [1991, 1992, 1993]; U.S. Open [1991, 1992]

1981 - Britney Spears
dance-pop singer: albums: Baby… One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again; TV performer: The Mickey Mouse Club, Time Out with Britney Spears, Britney in Hawaii

Chart Toppers
December 2nd.

1947 Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Art Lund
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy

1955 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963 I’m Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971 Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Baby I’m-A Want You - Bread
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard

1979 No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
Babe - Styx
Please Don’t Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Broken Hearted Me - Anne Murray

1987 (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Should’ve Known Better - Richard Marx
Lynda - Steve Wariner

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

On this day in 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Boswell of New Orleans were celebrating the birth of their daughter, Connie. They should have known from her melodic cries that she would one day be singin’ the blues. Connie or Connee (a spelling she preferred later in life), who also played several musical instruments, arranged vocals for herself and her two sisters.

Although she was stricken with polio and worked from her wheelchair, she never let this get in the way of being part of her white, jazz-singing trio. The Boswell Sisters’ talent was quickly recognized and by the time Connee was 24 years old, the sisters were doing vaudeville, radio, playing New York’s Paramount Theatre, recording with the Dorsey Brothers: You Oughta Be in Pictures; making films and appearing on the U.S.A.’s first public TV broadcast.

One thing led to another and Connie went solo, entertaining World War II troops, making films, appearing on Broadway and recording with big names like Woody Herman; even a duet classic with Bing Crosby: Basin Street Blues. Her musical influence spanned many generations and music styles. If you’d have asked Ella, she would have told you, “They just don’t make ’em like Connee Boswell anymore.”

The Boswell Sisters. click, and click.

December 3rd.

1818 - Illinois (from an American Indian word meaning ‘tribe of superior men’) is the name of the 21st state to enter the United States of America. Many superior men have hailed from Illinois, the most famous being Abraham Lincoln. The ‘Illinois rail-splitter’ is buried in the city where he was married and began his legal career, Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Also known as the Prairie State, Illinois calls the tiny, but beautiful violet, the state flower, while state bird honors were bestowed on the brightly colored cardinal.

1833 - Oberlin College in Ohio started classes as the first coed institution of higher learning in the United States. Looking at the school’s registration, one would have found a total of 44 students enrolled: 29 men and 15 women.

1922 - The first successful Technicolor motion picture, The Toll of the Sea, was shown at the Rialto Theatre in New York City.

1924 - Prizefighter Jack Sharkey lost his boxing license. The New York State Boxing Commission revoked his boxing card after Sharkey knocked down referee Eddie Purdy during a match. Maybe he just needed glasses...

1925 - The first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra was presented at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Commissioned by Walter Damrosch, American composer George Gershwin presented Concerto In F, and was also the featured soloist playing a flugelhorn in a slow, bluesy style as one of his numbers.

1944 - Frank Sinatra was in the Columbia Records studio recording Old Man River.

1953 - Kismet opened on Broadway in New York. The show ran for 583 performances.

1955 - Elvis Presley’s first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. No, it wasn’t Hound Dog or Heartbreak Hotel. The first two sides were actually purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records: Mystery Train and I Forgot to Remember to Forget. Elvis was described by his new record company as “The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.”

1960 - Camelot opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. Richard Burton and Julie Andrews played the leading roles in the musical written by Lerner and Loewe. Robert Goulet also got rave reviews. Camelot had a run of 873 performances. Broadway went Hollywood in the 1967 film version of Camelot. Its run was not quite as successful.

1967 - The world’s first successful heart transplant was performed. Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation at Cape Town, South Africa.

1968 - The rules committee of major-league baseball announced that in 1969 the pitcher’s mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches in order to “get more batting action.” What they didn’t know at the time was that batters would get taller in 1969...

1968 - The O’Kaysions received a gold record for Girl Watcher. The song had a promotional reprise in the 1990s as a theme for Merv Griffin’s Wheel of Fortune -- with the revamped lyrics, “I’m a Wheel Watcher...”

1977 - After 29 weeks in the #1 position on the album charts (a record, literally...), Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac, was replaced at the top spot by the album Simple Dreams, sung by Linda Ronstadt.

1983 - In his final season as head basketball coach of the DePaul Blue Demons, Ray Meyer won game #700.

1984 - Miss America 1971, Phyllis George, wife of the Governor of Kentucky and an heiress to the Kentucky Fried Chicken fortune, signed a multiyear contract with CBS-TV. Her work as coanchor of the CBS Morning News began in January 1985.

1984 - The world’s worst industrial accident occurred when gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. The deadly gas, methyl isocyanate, killed over two thousand people, and injured more than 200,000.

1986 - Bobby Knight led the Indiana Hoosiers past Notre Dame 67-62. For only the second time in his 22-year basketball coaching career, Knight relied on a zone defense. He also threatened to throw 20 chairs onto the floor to trip Fighting Irish players, so maybe that had something to do with it, too.

1994 - On Bended Knee, by Boyz II Men, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The smash was #1, off and on, thru January 1995.

1999 - After rowing 2,962 miles in 81 days, Tori Murden of the United States eased her 23-foot boat, American Pearl, to the dock at Fort-du-Bas on the French Carribean island of Guadeloupe. She had just rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Astonishingly, Murden appeared relaxed, even radiant, as she stood up to toss out a rope. “Next time, the Concorde,” she quipped, as she bounded out of the boat.

December 3rd.

1755 - Gilbert Stuart
artist: portraits of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, etc.; died July 9, 1828

1838 - Cleveland Abbe
meteorologist: first U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist; died Oct 28, 1916

1857 - Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski)
author: Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness; died Aug 3, 1924

1907 - Connee Boswell
singer: died Oct 11, 1976; see Connee Boswell Day [above]

1922 - Sven Nykvist
cinematographer: Something to Talk About, Sleepless in Seattle, Chaplin, New York Stories, Agnes of God, The Postman Always Rings Twice; died Sep 20, 2006

1925 - Harry (Leon) ‘Suitcase’ ‘Goody’ Simpson
baseball: Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics [all-star: 1956], NY Yankees [World Series: 1957], Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates; died Apr 3, 1979

1927 - Phyllis Curtin
singer: soprano: New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala, Teatro Colon; coordinator of Voice Dept and Opera at Yale School of Music, Dean Emerita of Boston Univ School for the Arts

1927 - Ferlin Husky (aka: Simon Crum, Terry Preston)
singer: Gone, A Fallen Star, Wings of a Dove, The Waltz You Saved for Me

1927 - Andy (Howard Andrew) Williams
Emmy Award-winning entertainer: The Andy Williams Show [1962-63]; singer: Can’t Get Used to Losing You, [Where Do I Begin] Love Story, Days of Wine and Roses, Canadian Sunset, Moon River, Born Free, Butterfly, I Like Your Kind of Love [w/Peggy Powers], Are You Sincere, Lonely Street, In the Village of St. Bernadette

1930 - Jean-Luc Godard
producer, writer, director: Breathless, Weekend, Hail Mary, King Lear, A Married Woman

1931 - Jaye P. (Mary Margaret) Morgan
singer: That’s All I Want from You, The Longest Walk; performer: Stop the Music, Perry Presents, The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show, The Jaye P. Morgan Show; panelist: The Gong Show

1936 - Clay (Clayton Errol) Dalrymple
baseball: catcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969]

1937 - Bobby Allison
International Motorsports Hall of Famer: Daytona 500 winner [1978, 1982, 1988], oldest Daytona 500 winner [1988]

1947 - (Ronald) Wayne Garrett
baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969, 1973], Montreal Expos, SL Cardinals

1948 - Ozzy (John) Osbourne
songwriter, singer: groups: Rare Breed, Black Sabbath: Paranoid; solo: Blizzard of Oz; dead bat-head biter

1949 - Mickey Thomas
singer: Alive Alone, group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City, Sara

1951 - Mike Bantom
basketball: St. Joseph’s Univ., 1972 USA Olympic Men’s Team, Phoenix Suns

1951 - Rick Mears
auto racer: Indy 500 winner [1979, 1984, 1988, 1991]; Rookie of the Year [1976]; Roger Penske racing team

1952 - Larry Anderson
baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Brewers Chicago White Sox

1960 - Daryl Hannah
actress: The Fury, Splash, Steel Magnolias, Blade Runner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Roxanne, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Grumpier Old Men, Diplomatic Siege, Dancing at the Blue Iguana

1960 - Julianne Moore
actress: The Fugitive, Short Cuts, Nine Months, Lost World: Jurassic Park, Boogie Nights, Cookie’s Fortune, The Ladies Man, Hannibal

1965 - Katarina Witt
Emmy Award-winning performer: Carmen On Ice [1989-90]; Olympic Gold Medalist ice skater

1968 - Brendan Fraser
actor: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, George of the Jungle, Encino Man, The Quiet American

1973 - Holly Marie Combs
actress: Picket Fences, Chain of Desire, A Reason to Believe, Daughters, Ocean’s Eleven

1980 - Anna Chlumsky
actress: My Girl, My Girl 2, A Child’s Wish, Miracle in the Woods

1982 - Brian Bonsall
actor: Family Ties, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Father and Scout, Lily in Winter, Father Hood, Desperate Motives

Chart Toppers
December 3rd.

1948 Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry
Babbitt & Gloria Wood
You Were Only Fooling - Kay Starr
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956 Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964 Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
She’s Not There - The Zombies
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
Once a Day - Connie Smith

1972 Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone - The Temptations
I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
If You Don’t Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
She’s Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride

1980 Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
He’s So Shy - Pointer Sisters
If You Ever Change Your Mind - Crystal Gayle

1988 Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) - Will To Power
Look Away - Chicago
How Can I Fail? - Breathe
I Know How He Feels - Reba McEntire

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cannon’s went off in Lynn, Massachusetts on this day in 1940, when baby Frederick Anthony Picariello arrived on the scene. Little Freddy and his mom got along just fine. They even collaborated in the writing of a song when Freddy was 16. They titled their piece, Rock ’n’ Roll Baby. By this time Freddy was driving a truck while he was trying to make the move to show biz. The first thing he did was take on the stage name of Freddy Karmon.

Then he made a demo of the song and presented it to Philly DJ, Jack McDermott. What happened next made rock ’n’ roll history. Producers Frank Slay and Bob Crewe heard the song, took Freddy under their wings, changed his stage name to Freddy Cannon and the title of the song to Tallahassee Lassie. Freddy Cannon exploded onto the music charts and on June 29, 1959, he had a #6 hit. From that day on, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when you’d turn on a rock station, you could count on hearing jocks introducing Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon and hits like Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (#3 on January 11, 1960), Palisades Park (#3 on June 23, 1962), and Transistor Sister.

After recording several hit LPs in the mid-1960s, Freddy, no longer a teenage idol, promoted other singers’ recordings for Buddah Records, and participated in an oldies revival; having some success with his 1981 recording, Let’s Put the Fun Back in Rock ’n’ Roll.

Happy Birthday, Boom Boom.

Freddy Cannon. Freddy boom boom Cannon.

December 4th.

1867 - The National Grange of Husbandry was founded. The organization of farmers was known, typically, as the Grange. The group contributed to agriculture and served as a focus for rural social life in America. How many of you remember going to a Sweet 16 party at the local Grange Hall? Just another piece of Americana for your memory banks...

1927 - Duke Ellington’s big band opened the famed Cotton Club in Harlem. It was the first appearance of the Duke’s new and larger group. He played the club until 1932.

1932 - “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press!” The Walter Winchell Show, later The Jergens Journal and still later, Kaiser-Frazer News, was first heard on the NBC Blue network. Winchell kept that gossip show going on the radio for 23 years. It was sponsored at first by Jergens lotion and, later, by Dryad deodorant, Kaiser-Frazer cars and Richard Hudnut shampoo.

1933 - Tobacco Road, a play based on Erskine Caldwell’s book, premiered at the Masque Theatre in New York City. The play ran for eight years and 3,182 shows.

1933 - One of America’s great radio shows made the leap to the big time. Ma Perkins moved from WLW in Cincinnati, OH to the NBC-Red network. The show proved to be so popular that it was later carried on both CBS and NBC radio.

1934 - Ethel Merman recorded I Get a Kick Out of You, from Cole Porter’s musical, Anything Goes. She was backed by the Johnny Green Orchestra. The tune was recorded for Brunswick Records.

1955 - As part of an NBC-TV special, mime artist Marcel Marceau appeared on television for the first time. In a rare speaking role, Marceau was heard to deliver the memorable line, “ .” Pretty funny stuff for a mime...

1962 - James Caan made his TV acting debut in A Fist of Five, an episode of The Untouchables on ABC-TV, starring Robert Stack, today’s Unsolved Mysteries host.

1965 - Composer, lyricist, and singer, Jacques Brel made his American debut in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Brel composed Jackie, You’re Not Alone, If You Go Away and more.

1970 - Frank Reynolds was seen co-hosting the ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith for the final time this night. Reynolds commented on the switch to a new co-host (Harry Reasoner) saying, “Due to circumstances beyond my control, the unemployment statistics rose yesterday.”

1972 - Billy Paul from Philadelphia received a gold record for his smash hit, Me and Mrs. Jones.

1982 - Running back Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia received the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s finest college football player. Walker was only the seventh junior to receive the award.

1984 - The discovery of a Bronze Age shipwreck off the southern coast of Turkey was announced by the National Geographic Society. The find dated back to when King Tutankhamen (Tut, to you) ruled Egypt.

1985 - Dallas, Texas became the largest city in the United States to pass a no smoking law for restaurants. ‘Big D’ added another ‘biggest’ to its list.

1995 - The first rush of a 60,000-strong NATO force surged into Bosnia and Croatia in a peacekeeping mission in the Balkans. The troops arrival came two days after Serb military leader Gen. Ratko Mladic rejected the Dayton peace accord. He demanded a reconsideration of the accord’s transfer of control over Serb areas around Sarajevo to a new Muslim-Croat federation.

1998 - The remake of Alfred Hitch****’s classic Psycho opened in U.S. theatres. Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche starred. By 2001, the film had grossed $21.486 million in the U.S. Considering it cost $25 million (plus a heafty marketing campaign), the bottom line is pretty scary for this flick. The original has brought in some $16 million, but cost just $800,000 to make in 1960.

December 4th.

1795 - Thomas Carlyle
writer: Critical and Miscellaneous Essays; historian; died Feb 5, 1881

1835 - Samuel Butler
author: Erewhon, The Way of All Flesh; died June 18, 1902

1858 - Chester Greenwood
inventor: ear muffs; died in 1937

1861 - Lillian Russell (Helen Louise Leonard)
singer, actress: Wild Fire; burlesque: The Great Mogul [1881]; died June 6, 1922

1914 - Claude Renoir
cinematographer: The Spy Who Loved Me, The River; son of artist Pierre Renoir; died Sep 5, 1993

1912 - Pappy (Gregory) Boyington
aviator: USMC: commanding officer of WWII Black Sheep Squadron [VMF 214]; received Congressional Medal of Honor; died Jan 11, 1988

1915 - Eddie Heywood Jr.
pianist, composer: Canadian Sunset; died Jan 2, 1989

1921 - Deanna Durbin
actress: Summer Stock, Lady on a Train, 100 Men and a Girl, It Started with Eve, Can’t Help Singing

1928 - Dena Dietrich
actress: The Ropers, The Practice, Karen, Adam’s Rib

1930 - Harvey (Edward) Kuenn
baseball: Detroit Tigers [American League Rookie of the Year: 1953/all-star: 1953-1959], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1960], SF Giants [World Series: 1962], Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies; manager: Milwaukee Brewers: American League Manager of the Year [1982]; died Feb 28, 1988

1931 - Alex Delvecchio
Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: Lady Bing Trophy-winner [1959, 1966, 1969]

1933 - Horst Buchholz
actor: Faraway, So Close!, Avalanche Express, Raid on Entebbe, The Savage Bees, Fanny, The Magnificent Seven; died Mar 3, 2003

1934 - Victor French
actor: Choices, Little House on the Prairie, The Other, Spencer’s Mountain, Highway to Heaven, The Hero, Get Smart, Carter Country; died June 15, 1989

1934 - Wink (Winston Conrad) Martindale
TV host: Tic Tac Dough, Can You Top This?; singer?: Deck of Cards

1937 - Max Baer Jr.
actor: The Beverly Hillbillies, Macon County Line; producer: Ode to Billy Joe; son of boxing great Max Baer, Sr.

1940 - John Cale
musician: bass, keyboard, viola, singer: group: The Velvet Underground: The Gift, Sister Ray; solo: Half Past France, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Streets of Laredo

1940 - Freddy Cannon (Frederick Anthony Picariello)
see Boom Boom Day [above]

1941 - Marty Riessen
tennis champion: shares record for most US Open mixed doubles, won by an individual male [4]

1942 - Bob Mosley
musician: bass: group: Moby Grape

1942 - Chris Hillman
musician: guitar, bass, mandolin: groups: The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn!; Golden State Boys, Hillmen, Green Grass Group, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Desert Rose Band; solo: LPs: Slippin’ Away, Clear Sailin’, The Hillman, Morning Sky, Desert Rose, Ever Call Ready

1943 - Gary Sabourin
hockey: NHL: SL Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, California Seals, Cleveland Barons

1944 - Dennis Wilson
musician: drums, keyboard; singer: group: The Beach Boys: I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations, California Girls, Surfin’ USA, Little Deuce Coupe, Surfer Girl, Be True to Your School; died in drowning accident Dec 28, 1983

1946 - Skip Vanderbundt
football: SF 49ers LB

1948 - Southside Johnny (Lyon)
singer: group: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes: I Don’t Wanna Go Home, The Fever, This Time It’s for Real, Hearts of Stone

1948 - Randy Vataha
football: Stanford Univ., New England Patriots WR; sports consultant

1949 - Jeff Bridges
actor: White Squall, Wild Bill, Blown Away, The Vanishing, American Heart, The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Starman, Against All Odds, The Last Picture Show, The Company She Keeps, Fearless, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, Sea Hunt; songwriter; son of actor Lloyd Bridges; brother of actor Beau Bridges

1951 - Gary Rossington
musician: guitar: group: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama; Rossington Collins band: LPs: Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, This is the Way

1951 - Patricia Wettig
Emmy Award-winning actress: thirtysomething [1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91]; Stephen King’s The Langoliers, City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, City Slickers

1956 - Bernard King
basketball: New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks: led NBA in scoring [32.9 points per game, 1984-85], Washington Bullets; actor: Fast Break, Miami Vice, Ryan’s Hope

1964 - Marisa Tomei
Academy Award-winning actress: My Cousin Vinny [1993]; Chaplin, Oscar, The Paper, Untamed Heart, A Different World, The Flamingo Kid, As the World Turns

1973 - Tyra Banks
actress: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Higher Learning; model: Cover Girl cosmetics

1984 - Lindsay Felton
actress: Thunder Alley, Stray Dog, The Metro Chase

Chart Toppers
December 4th.

1949 Don’t Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Can’t I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

1957 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
April Love - Pat Boone
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

1965 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
1-2-3 - Len Barry
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold

1973 Top of the World - Carpenters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Just You ’n’ Me - Chicago
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich

1981 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
My Favorite Memory - Merle Haggard

1989 Blame It on the Rain - Milli Vanilli
We Didn’t Start the Fire - Billy Joel
(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me - Paula Abdul
It’s Just a Matter of Time - Randy Travis

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Friday, December 5, 2008

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was the first national association of craft unions in the United States to represent the practical economic interests of its members (dating back to the 1880s).

The CIO (originally known as the Committee for Industrial Organization) represented workers in the mass-production industries, such as the automobile industry, and was a part of the AFL. After the AFL decided to expel the group in 1938, the CIO reorganized as the Congress of Industrial Organizations and operated on its own.

On this day in 1955, after many years of rivalry, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to become the AFL-CIO. Not all national unions belong to the AFL-CIO. The Teamsters Union was kicked out in 1957 and the United Auto Workers pulled out in 1968.

The AFL-CIO has five major activities (in addition to keeping itself organized): 1) To work for laws favorable to labor and general welfare; 2) To help organize workers who are not in labor unions; 3) To settle disputes and encourage friendly relations among member unions; 4) To take part in the world labor movement through the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, an association of unions from all parts of the free world; and 5) To help educate union members and the general public about the aims of organized labor.

The organization of organizations celebrates its birthday today. Let’s walk a picket line in their honor.

AFL-CIO. Union: The AFL and CIO Merge in Massachusetts.

December 5th.

1868 - The first American bicycle school opened in New York City. It announced courses for velocipede riding.

1876 - The fabulous Stillson wrench was patented by D.C. Stillson of Somerville, MA. What the heck is a Stillson wrench you ask? Actually, it was the first practical pipe wrench.

1908 - Numerals were used for the first time on football uniforms worn by college football players. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers proudly displayed their new numbers in a game with Washington and Jefferson.

1929 - The American League for Physical Culture was barely organized this day in New York City. Just what is the ALPC? If you guessed nudist organization, you were correct!

1933 - Drinkers toasted the end of Prohibition in the U.S. It had been 14 years between (legal) drinks. The long dry spell ended at 5:32 p.m., when Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (repealing the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited all booze).

1936 - Bing Crosby took over as host of The Kraft Music Hall. Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.

1948 - The first church service in sign language for the hearing impaired was broadcast from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Jamaica, Long Island. WPIX-TV, Channel 11 in New York aired the telecast.

1951 - The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC. A single attendant, without entering a car, could automatically park or return an auto to or from the ‘Park-O-Mat’ in less than a minute.

1952 - The Abbott and Costello Show started a 52-episode, syndicated run on TV. Comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello became such big hits that those same 52 episodes were run over and over on local and network TV for years.

1952 - Mutual radio broadcast The Green Hornet for the final time. The show left the air after 15 years on Mutual, NBC and ABC. The Green Hornet reappeared in 1966, this time on TV.

1983 - The first video arcade game licensed by the National Football League was unveiled in Chicago. Bally Manufacturing named it, appropriately enough, NFL Football.

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at age 37, was the oldest player in the National Basketball Association. He decided to push those weary bones just one more year by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers -- for $2 million. Other NBA greats who played for 16 seasons include John Havlicek of Boston, Dolph Shayes of Philadelphia, Paul Ilas of Seattle and Elvin Hayes of Houston.

1985 - Walter Pleate, America’s oldest military veteran, died on this day at age 108. He was one of a dozen living veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898).

1992 - The rapper known as Ice Cube hit it big as his The Predator became the #1 album in the U.S. The tracks: The First Day of School (Intro), When Will They Shoot?, I’m Scared (Insert), Wicked, Now I Gotta Wet’ Cha, The Predator, It Was a Good Day, We Had to Tear This ________ Up, ________ ’Em (Instert), Dirty Mack, Don’t Trust ’Em, Gangsta’s Farytale 2, Check Yo Self (Featuring DAS EFX), Who Got the Camera?, Intergration (Insert), Say Hi to the Bad Guy.

1996 - The baseball players union executive board unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement, marking the end of the longest labor dispute in baseball history. The new agreement introduced a Luxury Tax, revenue sharing, interleague play, and several provisions designed to compel the future cooperation of owners and players.

1997 - These films debuted in the U.S.: 1) Good Will Hunting, starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard. Williams won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Affleck and Damon won for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen; 2) The Wings of the Dove, with Helena Bonham Carter Linus Roache Alison Elliott Elizabeth Mcgovern. This one was nominated for several Oscars, but did not win any.

1998 - James P. Hoffa won the Teamsters presidency after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in the union's presidential election. Leedham said it was difficult to compete against Hoffa’s name recognition, financing and more than four years of campaigning for the top post of the largest private sector union in the U.S.

1998 - R. Kelly & Celine Dion were number one in the U.S with their single, I’m Your Angel.

December 5th.

1782 - Martin Van Buren
8th U.S. President [1837-1841]; first to be born a U.S. citizen; married to Hannah Hoes [four sons]; nickname: The Little Magician; died July 24, 1862

1839 - General George Armstrong Custer
U.S. military officer; killed in battle at Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876

1870 - Bill Pickett
rodeo cowboy: first to bulldog - wrestle a running steer to the ground; died Apr 2, 1932

1894 - Phillip K. Wrigley
corporate executive: Wrigley Gum; died Apr 12, 1977

1901 - Walt (Walter Elias) Disney
cartoonist: 1st color-animated cartoon: Steamboat Willie; creator of: Mickey Mouse, Disneyland; Emmy Award-winning producer: Disneyland film series [1955], Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color [1962-63; died Dec 15, 1966]

1902 - Strom Thurmond
U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 1954 [first person in U.S. history to be elected to a major office by write-in ballot]; governor of South Carolina [1947-1951]; died Jun 26, 2003

1906 - Otto (Ludwig) Preminger
director: In Harm’s Way, Advise and Consent, Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, Saint Joan, Bonjour Tristesse, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Moon is Blue, Forever Amber, Laura; died Apr 23, 1986

1916 - Margaret (Maggie) Hayes
actress: Omar Khayyam, Blackboard Jungle, Sullivan’s Travels, In Old Colorado, Robert Montgomery Presents; died Jan 26, 1977

1922 - Don Robertson
Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Famer: I Really Don’t Want to Know, I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Please Help Me I’m Fallin’, I Love You More and More Each Day; whistler: The Happy Whistler

1930 - Larry Kert
actor, singer, dancer: West Side Story original cast [1957]; died June 5, 1991

1932 - Jim Hurtubise
auto racer: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer; died Jan 6, 1989

1932 - ‘Little’ Richard (Pennimann)
singer: Good Golly Miss Molly, Tutti Frutti, Slippin’ and Slidin’, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Ready Teddy, The Girl Can’t Help It, Lucille, Keep a Knockin’; preacher

1934 - Joan Didion
author: Run River, After Henry, Democracy, A Star is Born

1935 - Calvin Trillin
author: American Stories, Remembering Denny, Uncivil Liberties, If You Can’t Say Something Nice; writer: New Yorker magazine

1936 - Chad Mitchell
singer: group: Chad Mitchell Trio: Lizzie Borden

1938 - J.D. (John Delphus) McDuffie
NASCAR auto racer: killed in Watkins Glen crash Aug 11, 1991

1944 - Jeroen Krabbé
actor: Immortal Beloved, King of the Hill, The Fugitive, Stalin, Robin Hood, The Prince of Tides, Crossing Delancey, Dynasty

1945 - Pam Higgins
golf: touring pro: 3 victories in 14 years on the LPGA Tour

1945 - Jose Carreras
singer: tenor: New York Metropolitan Opera

1947 - Jim Messina
musician: duo: Loggins and Messina: Your Mama Don’t Dance, Danny’s Song, Thinking of You, My Music; groups: Buffalo Springfield, Poco; solo: LPs: Oasis, Messina

1947 - Jim Plunkett
football: Oakland and LA Raiders quarterback: Super Bowl: XV, XVIII; Heisman Trophy winner: Stanford University [1970]; New England Patriots Rookie of the Year [1971], San Francisco 49ers

1949 - Lanny Wadkins
golf: PGA champion [1977], PGA Player of the Year [1985]

1950 - Steve Furness
football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle: Super Bowl: IX, X, XIII, XIV

1951 - Morgan Brittany (Suzanne Cupito)
actress: Dallas, Glitter, Moviola, Sundown, LBJ: The Early Years, The Prodigal, The Initiation of Sarah

1951 - Gordon Browne
football: NY Jets

1957 - Art Monk
football: Washington Redskins wide receiver: Super Bowl XVIII, XXII, XXVI

1960 - Les Nemes
musician: bass: group: Haircut 100

1960 - Jack Russell
singer: group: Great White

1963 - Carrie Hamilton
actress: Fame, Cool World, Shag: The Movie, Tokyo Pop, Hostage, daughter of comedienne, Carol Burnett; died Jan 20, 2002

1964 - Pablo Morales
Olympic Gold Medalist: swimmer [1984, 1992]; holds men’s world record for 100 meter butterfly [1986]

1968 - Margaret Cho
actress: All-American Girl, TV guest host: Girls’ Night Out

1973 - Shalom Harlow
fashion model [Donna Karen, Ralph Laure, Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Dior]; actress: In & Out, Head Over Heels, Happy Here and Now

1985 - Frankie Muniz
actor: Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip, The Andy Dick Show, Dr. Dolittle 2

Chart Toppers
December 5th.

1950 All My Love - Patti Page
A Bushel and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow

1958 To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
One Night - Elvis Presley
Problems - The Everly Brothers
City Lights - Ray Price

1966 Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder &
The Detroit Wheels
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974 I Can Help - Billy Swan
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
Back Home Again - John Denver

1982 Truly - Lionel Richie
Gloria - Laura Branigan
Mickey - Toni Basil
You and I - Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle

1990 I’m Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
From a Distance - Bette Midler
Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

On this day in 1883 Ladies’ Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper was published for the first time. It became one of the few magazines to reach a circulation of over one million. Paid circulation is over 3,000,000.

But, why not let the folks at LHJ say it in their own words:

“...As the oldest, most respected women’s service magazine in the country, Ladies’ Home Journal has always focused on issues of crucial importance to millions of women. Since our first issue, in December 1883, we’ve covered an incredibly wide range of topics--from the latest medical research and consumer news to parenting know-how, workplace survival, good skin care, nutrition facts and much, much more. Every issue includes subjects as diverse as the lives of our readers, women who work both in and out of the home and who are wives and mothers as well. With top-quality research, analysis and reporting, Ladies’ Home Journal represents a standard of excellence that just keeps getting better after more than a century of service to America’s women. We both empower women and applaud their growing power. Our fifty year slogan has never been more true: Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman.”

Well said. And, we won’t!

The Ladies Home Journal. more here to.

December 6th.

1873 - America’s first international football (soccer) game was played in New Haven, CT. Yale defeated Eton (England) 2-1.

1902 - The 8¢ Martha Washington stamp was issued this day. The stamp was the first U.S. definitive or commemorative stamp to feature a woman.

1923 - The first presidential address to be carried on radio was broadcast from Washington, DC. President Calvin Coolidge addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

1944 - Red Bank Boogie, Count Basie’s salute to his hometown, was recorded on Columbia Records. The tune is a tribute to Red Bank, New Jersey.

1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S Truman. In the President’s words, “Here are no lofty peaks seeking the sky, no mighty glaciers or rushing streams wearing away the uplifted land. Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty, serving not as the source of water, but as the last receiver of it. To its natural abundance we owe the spectacular plant and animal life that distinguishes this place from all others in our country.”

1948 - Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts debuted on CBS-TV. The show ran for almost 10 years and the redhead introduced such talent as Pat Boone, The Chordettes, Carmel Quinn, The McGuire Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Steve Lawrence and Al Martino.

1950 - ‘America’s Sweetheart’, Shirley Temple, became Shirley Temple Black. She married Charles Black, a socialite and business executive from San Francisco.

1960 - Eileen Farrell debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the title role of Gluck’s Alcestis.

1960 - Gene Autry was attending the 1960 baseball winter meetings hoping to secure a broadcasting contract for KMPC, his Los Angeles radio station. The ‘Singing Cowboy’ wound up as the owner of the expansion Los Angeles Angels (when no one came forward to bid for the team, Autry made a bid of his own). The team became the showpiece for KMPC. The Angels played their first season in Wrigley Field (capacity 22,000), then rented Dodger Stadium and later moved to Anaheim.

1968 - The Commissioner of Baseball, William Eckert was told, “Yer outta here!” after serving three years of his 7-year contract. Bowie Kuhn was his replacement and had as bad a time -- only for a longer period of time.

1969 - Musician Cab Calloway turned actor as he was seen in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Littlest Angel on NBC. The big band singer, known for such classics as Minnie the Moocher, became a movie star in The Blues Brothers (1980) with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.

1969 - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, by Steam, reached the #1 spot on the top 40. It stayed at the top for two weeks and was the only major hit for the group that later ran out of ... steam.

1971 - It was payday for Jack Nicklaus. He received $30,000 for capturing the first Disney World golf tournament. His earnings for the season totaled $244,490.

1973 - Following the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, House Speaker Gerald Ford became the U.S.’s first appointed Vice President. Later, he became the nation’s first non-elected President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.

1975 - Paul Simon’s album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was number one in the U.S. It was Simon’s first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup (My Little Town, which was also included on Garfunkel’s Breakaway album).

1984 - Martina Navratilova’s 74-game winning streak over 11+ months came to an end. The 19-year-old tennis star was defeated by Helen Sukova in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

1984 - Two former Beatles debuted in two film releases this day. Paul McCartney’s Give My Regards to Broad Street and George Harrison’s A Private Function were finalized for theatre audiences.

1985 - John Cougar Mellencamp promised 24,000 people at a New York City concert that he would refund their $17.50 tickets. A power outage had caused a 20-minute interruption during this, his debut concert.

1986 - University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman Trophy on this day.

1996 - These movies opened in the U.S.: Daylight (“No air. No escape. No time.”), starring Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman and Viggo Mortensen; and Ridicule (“Wit is the ultimate weapon.”), with Fanny Ardant Jean Rochefort Judith Godreche Charles Berling.

1997 - Unbeaten World Boxing Council welterweight champion Oscar de la Hoya stopped Wilfredo Rivera in the eighth round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain the WBC Welterweight Championship. De la Hoya, who won all five of his fights in 1997, improved to 27-0, 22 by knockout.

1998 - Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station. “We have capture of Zarya,” Commander Robert Cabana announced when the two pieces came together at approximately 9:07 p.m. EST. “Congratulations to the crew of the good ship Endeavour,” replied Mission Control. “That's terrific.”

1999 - The U.S. airline maintenance company SabreTech was cleared of conspiracy charges in the crash of a plane belonging to cut-rate carrier ValuJet, which killed 110 people. The company was convicted on a series of less serious charges, including the improper packaging of the oxygen cannisters thought to be responsible for the crash. The case involved 144 oxygen generators removed by SabreTech from other ValuJet planes and delivered to the ill-fated flight without the required safety caps or any markings indicating the canisters were hazardous. Investigators blamed the generators for starting a 2,200-degree cargo fire that brought down the DC-9 on May 11, 1996.

December 6th.

1864 - William S. (Surrey) Hart
actor: silent screen star: Show People, Tumbleweeds, Wagon Tracks, The Disciple; director: Narrow Trail, Return of Draw Egan, Hell’s Hinges; died June 23, 1946

1886 - Joyce (Alfred) Kilmer
poet: Trees; killed in action in WWI July 30, 1918

1887 - Lynn (Lillie Louise) Fontanne
Emmy Award-winning actress: The Magnificent Yankee, Hallmark Hall of Fame [1964-65]; The Pirate [w/husband], Alfred Lunt; died July 30, 1983

1896 - Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershvin)
lyricist: Lady Be Good, The Man I Love, The Man That Got Away, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm; died Aug 17, 1983

1898 - Alfred Eisenstaedt
photographer: 86 LIFE magazine cover photos: most famous: end of WWII Times Square photo of nurse kissing sailor; died Aug 24, 1995

1900 - Agnes (Robertson) Moorehead
Emmy Award-winning actress: Night of the Vicious Valentine, The Wild, Wild West [1966-67]; Bewitched, Dear, Dead Delilah, The Singing Nun, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, How the West Was Won, Raintree County, Magnificent Obsession, Show Boat, Johnny Belinda, Dark Passage, Jane Eyre, The Magnificent Ambersons, Citizen Kane; died Apr 30, 1974

1903 - ‘Poosh ’Em Up’ Tony (Anthony Michael) Lazzeri
Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Yankees [World Series: 1926-1928, 1932, 1936, 1937/all-star: 1933/A.L. single game record: 11 RBI’s: May 24, 1936], Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1938], Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants; .300 hitter 5 times, drove in over 100 runs 7 times; died Aug 6, 1946

1913 - Eleanor Holm
International Swimming and Women’s Sports Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist: 100 meter backstroke [1932]; singer: Art Jarrett band; actress: Tarzan’s Revenge; Billy Rose’s Aquacade; interior decorator; died Jan 31, 2004

1920 - Dave Brubeck
jazz musician: Take Five, LPs: Jazz Goes to College, Dave Brubeck at Storyville, Time Out, Two Generations of Brubeck, Last Set at Newport, All the Things We Are

1921 - Otto Graham
College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cleveland Browns [1950-55]: T-formation quarterback: NFL Player of the Year [1953, 1955]; coach: Coast Guard Academy, Washington Redskins; died Dec 17, 2003

1924 - Wally (Wallace Maynard) Cox
actor: Mr. Peepers, School House, The Adventures of Hiram Holiday, The Barefoot Executive, The Boatniks, Spencer’s Mountain, State Fair; TV panelist: Hollywood Squares; died Feb 15, 1973

1925 - Andy Robustelli
Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams defensive end, New York Giants; league Player of the Year [1962]

1928 - Bobby Van (Bobby King Robert Stein)
actor, dancer: Escape from Planet Earth, Small Town Girl, Kiss Me Kate, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; died July 31, 1980

1932 - Don King
heavyweight boxing promoter: Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson

1939 - Steve Alaimo
singer: Every Day I Have to Cry Some; actor: The Wild Rebels, Stanley

1941 - Helen Cornelius
singer: There’s Always a Goodbye, [w/Jim Ed Brown]: I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You, Born Believer, If It Ain’t Love By Now, If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight, Lying in Love with You, Fools

1942 - Len Barry (Borrisoff)
singer: 1-2-3, Like a Baby, Somewhere; group: The Dovells: Bristol Stomp

1944 - Jonathan (Kenneth) King
singer: Everyone’s Gone to the Moon, Let It All Hang Out; songwriter, producer: Good News Week

1945 - Larry Bowa
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies shortstop, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets; manager

1945 - James Naughton
actor: The Paper Chase, Planet of the Apes [TV], The Glass Menagerie, The Cosby Mysteries, The First Wives Club, Oxygen; brother of actor David Naughton

1948 - JoBeth Williams
actress: Kramer vs. Kramer, Poltergeist, The Big Chill, American Dreamer, Wyatt Earp, A Season of Hope, The Client, From the Earth to the Moon, Justice, The Rose Technique

1949 - Fred O’Donnell
hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins

1951 - Gavin Kirk
hockey: WHA: Phoenix Roadrunners, Ottawa Nationals, Edmonton Oilers

1951 - Carl Summerell
football: E. Carolina, New York Giants QB

1953 - Tom Hulce
actor: The Heidi Chronicles, Fearless, The Inner Circle, Parenthood, Dominick & Eugene, Amadeus, National Lampoon’s Animal House

1955 - Steven Wright
stand-up comedian: deadpan, monotone; in film: Desperately Seeking Susan

1956 - Peter Buck
musician: guitar: group: R.E.M.: Stand, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, Radio Free Europe

1956 - Rick (Paul) Buckler
musician: drums, singer: group: The Jam

1957 - Steve (Stephen Wayne) Bedrosian
baseball: pitcher: Atlanta Braves [Sporting News’ pitcher of the year: 1982], Philadelphia Phillies [Cy Young Award-winner: 1987/all-star: 1987], SF Giants [World Series: 1989], Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1991]

1962 - Ben Watt
musician: guitar, keyboard, singer: group: Everything but the Girl: Sean, Come on Home

1962 - Janine Turner (Gauntt)
actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City

Chart Toppers
December 6th.

1951 Sin (It’s No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Down Yonder - Del Wood
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Don’t You Know - Della Reese
In the Mood - Ernie Field’s Orch.
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967 Daydream Believer - The Monkees
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
It’s the Little Things - Sonny James

1975 Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
Sky High - Jigsaw
Let’s Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Secret Love - Freddy Fender

1983 All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
A Little Good News - Anne Murray

1991 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Blowing Kisses in the Wind - Paula Abdul
Forever Together - Randy Travis

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 7, 1941 is remembered as “a date which will live in infamy”: Pearl Harbor Day. Thousands of lives were lost, a major portion of America’s Pacific fleet was in pieces and the U.S. was catapulted into war in the Pacific.
Today, at the onshore USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, we can see displays of World War II naval history and wartime Hawaii; and view a film about the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. A ferry shuttles back and forth between the visitor center and the memorial where one can actually stand right above the Arizona.
In fact, the rusted remains of the Arizona are clearly visible under the waters of Pearl Harbor. The memorial to the 1,100 men entombed forever within the sunken, once mighty, battleship, straddles the USS Arizona. One wall of the structure bears their names. Although there were many suggestions throughout the years for a USS Arizona memorial, planning for the structure did not begin until 1960.

And, without the help of Elvis Presley, the Memorial might still be just a dream. Elvis staged a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961, raising more than $60,000 to start the USS Arizona Memorial’s building fund. Construction was completed in 1980.

We pause to reflect on one of America’s most tragic days.

Pearl Harbor. USS Arizona (BB-39) More can be found here, And here.

December 7th.

1787 - Delaware, the First State, was first to ratify the proposed U.S. Constitution and was the first state admitted to the Union (on this day). Also known as the Diamond State, Delaware is the smallest Southern state and the second smallest of all 50 states. “So what,” you say. “We want to know what the Delaware state bird is!” Ye of little faith. That was coming next. The Delaware state bird is the blue hen chicken. And, in case you wanted to know even more, the capital of Delaware is Dover and the peach blossom is the state flower.

1842 - The New York Philharmonic Society gave its first public concert by performing works of Beethoven. The conductor that historical day was Ureli Corelli Hill. The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world.

1925 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds -- in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Johnny went on to fame swinging from vines as ‘King of the Jungle’, Tarzan, in movies.

1926 - The household refrigerator, operating on gas, was patented. No, not by what you might think of as a major appliance manufacturer. The refrigerator was patented by the Electrolux Servel Corporation. Name sound familiar? Yep -- the vacuum cleaner people.

1935 - Byron Haines, a halfback for the University of Washington, scored all the points as the Huskies defeated Southern California, 6-2. He scored all the points for his team -- and the other team as well. He was responsible for Washington’s touchdown and he was pushed over the goal line giving USC a safety.

1948 - NBC presented the Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program for the first time. The talent show earned Dick Contino, an accordionist, the $5,000 prize as the program’s first national winner. Over the years Heidt gave some big stars their big starts: Art Carney, Frankie Carle, Gordon MacRae, the King Sisters, Alvino Rey, Ken Berry, Frank DeVol, Dick Contino, Al Hirt, Fred Lowrey, Ronnie Kemper, Larry Cotton, Donna and her Don Juans, Ollie O'Toole and many others.

1948 - The man referred to as the Babe Ruth of cricket retired in Australia. His name was Donald Bradman. Wisden, cricket’s authoritative almanac, named Sir Donald as the best cricketer of the 20th century. In 52 Test matches from 1928 to 1948, he scored 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94.

1952 - My Little Margie, starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell, made its debut on CBS radio. The TV version of the popular show had begun on June 16, 1952. My Little Margie stayed on radio for three years. Miss Storm got a show of her own called The Gale Storm Show. She also recorded several hit songs, including I Hear You Knocking and Ivory Tower between 1955-57.

1955 - Robert Sarnoff was elected president of NBC. Sarnoff was promoted to put NBC on the road to economic self-sufficiency, replacing the rather flamboyant (and big spending) president/CEO Pat Weaver.

1957 - Singer Pat Boone was at the top of the pop charts for the first of six weeks with April Love. His other number one hits included Ain’t That a Shame, I Almost Lost My Mind, Don’t Forbid Me and Love Letters in the Sand. See what wearing white buck shoes and drinking lots of milk can do for you?

1963 - Instant replay was used for the first time during the Army-Navy game. CBS-TV used the new video technique over and over and over and over and over again.

1968 - The great grandson of Mr. M. Dodd, who had borrowed a volume on diseases from the University of Cincinnati Medical Library in 1823, was assessed the largest library fine ever -- $2,646. No charges were pressed, but the great grandson was placed on detention for 12 years, 5 months and 23 days -- in the library, of course.

1970 - Harry Reasoner, who had left CBS News weeks before, joined Howard K. Smith for The ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner. The Smith-Reasoner team lasted almost five years.

1973 - Sally Quinn, writer for The Washington Post, author, and co-host of CBS Morning News, left the program after only three months, never to return to television. No sweat, Sally. Lots of people left the CBS Morning News after only three months.

1974 - Kung Fu Fighting, by Carl Douglas, reached the #1 position on the pop charts. It stayed there for two weeks.

1984 - Michael Jackson was in Chicago to testify that the song, The Girl is Mine, was exclusively his and he didn’t swipe the song, Please Love Me Now. It was a copyright infringement case worth five million dollars. He won.

1986 - Basketball coach Pat Riley got coaching victory number 300. The L.A. Lakers downed the Golden State Warriors, 132-100. It had taken Pat only 416 games to reach that milestone.

1995 - The U.S. spacecraft Galileo arrived at Jupiter, and fired its main engine for 49 minutes to attain a successful orbit around Jupiter. The same day, Galileo's atmospheric probe plunged into Jupiter’s atmosphere, and relayed information on the structure and composition of the solar system’s largest planet.

1996 - Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The hit, from her Secrets album, stayed at number one half-way thru Feb 1997.

December 7th.

1873 - Willa (Sibert) Cather
Pulitzer Prize-Winning author: One of Ours [1923]; O Pioneers!, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Alexander’s Bridge; died Apr 24, 1947

1879 - (Charles) Rudolf Friml
musician, composer: Rose Marie, Indian Love Call; died Nov 12, 1972

1909 - Jacob Kainen
artist: lyrical and poetic abstractions; died Mar 19, 2001

1910 - Rod Cameron (Nathan Roderick Cox)
actor: Midnight Auto Supply, Psychic Killer, Evel Knievel, The Last Movie, Northwest Mounted Police, Wake Island, State Trooper, City Detective; died Dec 21, 1983

1911 - Louis Prima
musician: trumpet, bandleader: Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang, Gleeby Rhythm Orchestra; songwriter: Sing, Sing, Sing, Christopher Columbus, It’s the Rhythm in Me, Sunday Kind of Love, Robin Hood, Bell-Bottom Trousers, Civilization, Oh, Babe; singer: [w/wife Keely Smith]: Just a Gigolo, That Old Black Magic, I Ain’t Got Nobody, I’ve Got You Under My Skin; solo: Wonderland by Night; voice of Orangutan: The Jungle Book; died Aug 24, 1978

1915 - Eli Wallach
actor: Emmy Award-winning actor: The Poppy is Also a Flower [1966-67]; Our Family Honor, Too Much, Legacy of Lies, Mistress, The Two Jakes, The Godfather, Part 3, Tough Guys, Christopher Columbus, Sam’s Son, The Deep, Cinderella Liberty, MacKenna’s Gold, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Tiger Makes Out, The Magnificent Seven, How the West was Won

1923 - Ted Knight (Tadeus Wladyslaw Konopka)
Emmy Award-winning Actor: The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1972-73, 1975-76]; Too Close for Comfort, The Ted Knight Show; Caddyshack, Countdown, Psycho; died Aug 26, 1986

1926 - Victor Kiam II
business executive: Lever Brothers, Playtex, Remington: chairman: “I liked it [electric shaver] so much, that I bought the company.”; NFL team owner: New England Patriots; died May 27, 2001

1930 - Dan Sikes Jr.
golf: champ: Bay Hill Invitational: 1968; one of golf leaders who laid groundwork for Senior Tour in 1980

1931 - Bobby Osborne
musician: mandolin, singer: duo: Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top, Up This Hill and Down, Tennessee Hound Dog, Georgia Pinewoods

1932 - Ellen Burstyn (Edna Rae Gilhooley)
Academy Award-winning actress: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore [1974]; The Color of Evening, When a Man Loves a Woman, The Cemetery Club, Same Time Next Year, Harry and Tonto, The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, The Ellen Burstyn Show, The Doctors

1935 - Don (Donald Eugene) Cardwell
baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Mets [World Series: 1969], Atlanta Braves

1940 - Gerry Cheevers
Hockey Hall of Famer: Boston Bruins goalie: longest undefeated streak [32 games]; Stanley Cup winner [1970, 1972]; coach: Boston Bruins

1942 - Harry Chapin
songwriter, singer: Taxi, W-O-L-D, Cat’s in the Cradle; Recipient of Special Congressional Gold Medal: Worldwide Humanitarian for the Hungry, Needy and Homeless; killed in auto accident July 16, 1981

1942 - Alex (Alexander) Johnson
baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, California Angels [all-star: 1970], Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers

1945 - Al Woodall
football: QB: Duke Univ, NY Jets

1947 - Johnny (Lee) Bench
Baseball Hall of Famer: catcher: Cincinnati Reds [Rookie of the Year: 1968/all-star: 1968-1980, 1983] World Series: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976]/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1970, 1972]; ten Gold Glove Awards; broadcaster: CBS radio

1947 - Garry Unger
hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, SL Blues, Atlanta Flames, LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers

1948 - James Keach
actor: Wildcats, Love Letters, Vacation, The Experts, Moving Violations, Comes a Horseman, The Razor’s Edge; director: The Stars Fell on Henrietta, A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story, Sunstroke, Praying Mantis, The Absolute Truth; married to actress Jane Seymour, son of actor Stacy Keach Sr., brother of actor Stacy Keach

1949 - Tom Waits
singer: Shiver Me Timbers, Diamonds on My Windshield, Small Change, The Piano Has Been Drinking, Tom Traubert’s Blues, Burma Shave, Potter’s Field, Jersey Girl, LP: Foreign Affairs, Swordfishtrombone; songwriter: I Never Talk to Strangers; actor: Short Cuts, Paradise Alley, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ironweed, The Cotton Club; playwright [w/wife, Kathleen Brennan]: Frank’s Wild Years

1954 - Mike Nolan
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

1955 - Priscilla Barnes
actress: Mallrats, Licence to Kill, Time Machine, Delta Fox, Beyond Reason, Three’s Company, The American Girls

1956 - Larry Bird
Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: Rookie of the Year [1979-80]; NBA MVP [1984, 1985, 1986], AP Male Athlete of the Year [1986], Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year [1986]

1956 - Ozzie (Osvaldo Jose) Virgil (Jr.)
baseball: catcher: Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983/all-star: 1985], Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1987], Toronto Blue Jays

1966 - C. Thomas Howell
actor: Two Marriages, Hourglass, Payback, Breaking the Rules, A Tiger’s Tale, Soul Man, Tank, The Outsiders, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; rodeo cowboy

1978 - Shiri Appleby
actress: Roswell, ER, Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, I Love You to Death, The Thirteenth Floor, A Time for Dancing

Chart Toppers
December 7th.

1944 The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
I’m Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952 Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Because You’re Mine - Mario Lanza
Why Don’t You Believe Me - Joni James
Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce

1960 Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968 Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

1976 Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy
Davis, Jr.
Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis

1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Better Be Good to Me - Tina Turner
Your Heart’s Not in It - Janie Fricke

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Monday, December 8, 2008

John Lennon was shot and killed on this day in 1980 as he stood outside of his New York City apartment house, the Dakota. The deranged, obsessed ‘fan’ was quickly apprehended by others gathered at the scene. A several-days vigil by hundreds of mourning fans is remembered as candles flickered and the song Give Peace a Chance was heard -- a continuing tribute to the musician and songwriter of a generation.

John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, together with New York’s officials, set up a permanent memorial to her husband: a section of Central Park, opposite The Dakota, named Strawberry Fields.

Strawberry Fields. John Lennon. On December 8, 1995, the fifteenth anniversary of John's death.....

December 8th.

1940 - The Chicago Bears shut out the Washington Redskins b-i-g t-i-m-e. The final score: Chicago 73, Washington 0.

1941 - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires teamed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to record Moonlight ****tail on Bluebird Records. By April 1942, the song was a solid hit.

1949 - One of America’s classic Broadway plays, and later, a major motion picture, debuted. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes began its long run at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Carol Channing starred in the musical and charmed audiences with the show’s songs such as her trademark signature, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.

1956 - The Olympic games, which had opened Nov 22, closed this day at Melbourne, Australia. ‘The Friendly Games’, as this Olympiics came to be known, was Australia’s first attempt at hosting the Olympics and left “an enduring legacy not only for Melbourne and Australia but for the Olympic movement itself.”

1961 - Surfin’, The Beach Boys first record, was released on Candix Records. It became a local hit in Los Angeles but only made it to #75 nationally. The surfin’ music craze didn’t take hold across America for another year. By the time Surfin’ Safari entered the Top 40 (September 1962), though, The Beach Boys were ridin’ a wave of popularity that continues today even though The Beach Boys have become The Beach Men.

1962 - Striking workers of the International Typographical Union closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days, ending on April 1, 1963. A total of 5,700,000 readers were affected by the shutdown. It made people turn on radio and TV, of course.

1963 - Florence Henderson and Jose Ferrer co-starred in The Girl Who Came to Supper on Broadway. The production, however, only lasted for 112 shows.

1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was set free three days later after his father paid a $240,000 ransom with no questions asked. Three men were eventually caught, convicted and imprisoned for the crime.

1965 - Humphrey Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, opened in Cactus Flower on Broadway. The show also starred Barry Nelson. The production was awarded Best Play honors and ran for 1,234 performances.

1979 - Styx Babe hit #1 in the U.S. It stayed there for two weeks, before being knocked out of the coveted spot by Rupert Holmes’ Escape (The Pina Colada Song).

1982 - The Federal Communications Commission approved the move of WOR-TV, Channel 9 in New York City to lovely Secaucus, New Jersey. The move, complete with new call letters WWOR, gave the Garden State its first VHF television station ... and a superstation at that!

1984 - Indiana Hoosier’s basketball coach, Bobby Knight, got career win #400 as Indiana beat Kentucky’s Wildcats, 81-68.

1986 - Santa Claus was really TV’s Ed McMahon (at least at the White House). Johnny Carson’s straight man arrived in D.C. for a Christmas bash. He and First Lady Nancy Reagan exchanged kisses and, according to Ed, “She gave me a kiss, and I gave her a Hershey.” Always the pitchman, that McMahon guy. At least it wasn’t Alpo ... or Budweiser.

1995 - Father of the Bride - Part II opened in the U.S. The sequel to Father of the Bride stars Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, George Newbern and Kieran Culkin. And, as one moviegoer put it, “This film is proof that sequels should never be made to comedies.”

1997 - A $25 billion deal: Swiss Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland announced a plan to form a single bank with assets of well over half a trillion dollars. The combined group would be called the United Bank of Switzerland and would become the world’s biggest money manager.

2000 - Movies debuting in the U.S.: Dungeons and Dragons (“This is no game.”), starring Justin Whalin, Zoe Mclellan and Jeremy Irons; Proof of Life: “Suspense, suspense. Russell Crowe excellent and mesmerizing, Meg (Ryan) grew for this one ... big time, epic adventure.”; and Vertical Limit (“The Mountain Will Decide.”), starring Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton and Robin Tunney.

December 8th.

1765 - Eli Whitney
inventor: cotton gin and uniformity method of musket manufacturing: beginning of mass production; died Jan 8, 1825

1861 - William Durant
auto manufacturer: cofounder of Chevrolet, founder of General Motors, Durant Motors; died Mar 18, 1947

1886 - Diego Rivera
artist: politically controversial murals in Ministry of Education Building, National Palace and other government buildings in Mexico City; died Nov 25, 1957

1894 - Elzie Segar
cartoonist: creator of Popeye; died in 1938

1894 - James Thurber
writer: New Yorker magazine; author: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, My World and Welcome to It, The Last Flower, Is Sex Necessary?; died Nov 2, 1961

1903 - Adele Simpson (Smithline)
fashion designer: “She gave the postwar U.S. its own couture identity.”; died Aug 23, 1995

1925 - Jimmy Smith
Grammy Award-winning musician: modern jazz organist: LP: The Cat [1965]; Walk on the Wild Side

1925 - Sammy Davis Jr.
entertainer: Sammy and Company, NBC Follies; singer: The Candy Man, What Kind of Fool Am I, Faraway Places, Hey There, Something’s Gotta Give, Love Me or Leave Me, That Old Black Magic, Mr. Wonderful, Too Close for Comfort; group: The Will Mastin Trio; actor: The Kid Who Loved Christmas, Cannonball Run series, Sweet Charity, A Man Called Adam, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Three Penny Opera, Ocean’s 11, Porgy and Bess, Golden Boy, Mr. Wonderful, Rufus Jones for President; member: The Rat Pack; author: Why Me?; died May 16, 1990

1925 - Hank (Henry Curtis) Thompson
baseball: SL Browns, NY Giants [World Series: 1951, 1954]; died Sep 30, 1969

1930 - Maximilian Schell
Academy Award-winning actor: Judgment at Nuremberg [1961]; Little Odessa, Abraham, Stalin, The Freshman, Peter the Great, The Chosen, Julia, The Man in the Glass Booth, The Odessa File, Heidi, The Young Lions, Wiseguy

1933 - John Green
basketball: Michigan State

1933 - Flip (Clerow) Wilson
Emmy Award-winning comedy writer: The Flip Wilson Show with Lena Horne and Tony Randall [12/10/70]; comedian: Uptown Saturday Night, The Flip Wilson Show: Geraldine: “The Devil Made Me Do It!”, Charlie & Co.; TV emcee: People are Funny; died Nov 25, 1998

1936 - David Carradine
actor: Karate Cop, Animal Instincts, Double Trouble, Future Zone, Night Children, Future Force, Warlords, The Bad Seed, Lone Wolf McQuade, The Long Riders, Gray Lady Down, Cannonball, Kung Fu: The Movie, North and South Book I & II, Shane, Kung Fu, Kung Fu-The Legend Continues; son of actor John Carradine, brother of actors Keith and Robert Carradine

1937 - James MacArthur
actor: Hawaii Five-O: Dano of “Book ’em, Dano”, Hang ’Em High, Spencer’s Mountain, The Interns, The Swiss Family Robinson; son of actress Helen Hayes

1939 - Gordon ‘Red’ Berenson
hockey: U. of Michigan; NHL: Montreal Canadiens, NY Rangers, SL Blues [shares NHL record for goals [4] made in one period [11/7/68], Detroit Red Wings; coach

1939 - Jerry Butler
singer: For Your Precious Love, He Will Break Your Heart, Find Another Girl, I’m Telling You, Moon River, Never Give You Up, Hey Western Union Man, LP: Only the Strong Survive; group: The Impressions

1939 - James Galway
musician: flute: LP: In Ireland

1942 - Bobby Elliott
musician: drums: group: The Hollies: Searchin’, Stay, Just One Look, Here I Go Again, We’re Through, Yes I Will, I’m Alive, Look Through Any Window, I Can’t Let Go, Bus Stop, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, The Air That I Breathe

1943 - Jim (James Douglas) Morrison
‘The Lizard King’: singer: group: The Doors: Light My Fire, Love Her Madly, Riders on the Storm, When the Music’s Over, People are Strange, Love Me Two Times, Touch Me; died July 3, 1971

1943 - Mary Woronov
actress: Eating Raoul, Rock ’n’ Roll High School

1946 - John Rubinstein
Tony Award-winning actor: Children of a Lesser God [1980]; Crazy Like a Fox, Family, RoboCop the Series: The Future of Law Enforcement; composer: score: The Candidate

1947 - Gregg Allman
musician: keyboards, guitar, singer: Midnight Rider; group: Allman Brothers Band: Ramblin’ Man

1950 - Tim (Timothy John) Foli
baseball: shortstop: NY Mets, Montreal Expos, SF Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1979], California Angels, NY Yankees

1952 - Greg Collins
football: Notre Dame, San Francisco 49ers LB

1953 - Kim Basinger
actress: Ready to Wear, Wayne’s World 2, The Real McCoy, The Getaway, Final Analysis, Cool World, The Marrying Man, Batman, My Stepmother is an Alien, Blind Date, 9 1/2 Weeks, The Natural, Hard Country; former town owner: Braselton, GA; married to actor Alec Baldwin

1957 - Phil Collen
musician: guitar: group: Def Leppard: Photograph, Rock of Ages, Foolin’; group: Girl

1964 - Teri Hatcher
actress: Desperate Housewives, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Love Boat, Karen’s Song, MacGyver, Heaven’s Prisoners, Straight Talk, The Cool Surface, Soapdish, Dead in the Water, Tango and Cash, The Big Picture

1966 - Sinéad O’Connor
singer: Nothing Compares to You

Chart Toppers
December 8th.

1945 It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy
It’s Been So Long Darling - Ernest Tubb

1953 Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961 Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard

1977 You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton

1985 Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose) - Lee Greenwood

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The U.S. Post Office in Wilmington, Delaware offered Christmas Seals for sale for the very first time on this day in 1907. Contributions for the original seals, designed by Emily P. Bissell, helped in the fight against tuberculosis. (A hospital in Wilmington is named in honor of Bissell.)

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Use Christmas Seals (from the American Lung Association’s Web site:

10. Because Emily Bissell was able to save a much needed TB sanatorium from closing when she launched her first Christmas Seal campaign in 1907.

9. So at the next ****tail party you attend you can answer the question, “What do you use Christmas Seals for anyway?” One answer: They do wonders to dress up envelopes!

8. To help educate and better the lives of the more than 4.8 million American children with asthma.

7. So the people who receive your holiday cards know that you have a big heart.

6. Because more than 50,000 children entered the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals Kids’ Drawing Contest sponsored by the Triaminic Parents Club. (Call 1-800-LUNG-USA).

5. Because the Triaminic Parents Club donates $1 to the American Lung Association for every child’s Christmas Seals Kids’ Drawing Contest entry form.

4. To know that 90 percent of the proceeds from the Christmas Seal Campaign goes to local Lung Associations to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.

3. Because Christmas Seals make great keepsakes and collector’s items.

2. Because we’re asking nicely.

1. And the number 1 reason why you should use Christmas Seals is to support the American Lung Association’s efforts to fight lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, and lung cancer, because When You Can’t Breathe, Nothing Else Matters.

American Lung Association’s Web site: click.

December 9th.

1788 - George Washington sold his race horse, Magnolia, to Colonel Henry Lee. Washington reportedly got 5,000 acres of Kentucky farmland, while Colonel Lee got 8-1 odds...

1793 - The first daily newspaper in New York City was founded by Noah Webster. The American Minerva was published for the first time this day. How long Webster stayed awake at night to come up with Minerva is anyone’s guess.

1884 - Levant Richardson of Chicago, IL received his patent for the ball-bearing roller skate. His teeth chattered all the way to the post office box, downtown. The pavement was kind of rough on those early skates...

1926 - Benny Goodman’s first recording session was this day. He played clarinet with the Ben Pollack and His Californians on a tune titled When I First Met Mary on Victor Records. Goodman, incidentally, was all of 17 years old.

1926 - The U.S. Golf Association legalized steel-shaft golf clubs. Many of the new clubs are still wrapped around tree trunks, put there by angry golfers who couldn’t make them work any better than the clubs made with hickory sticks.

1934 - Because of ground conditions, the New York Giants football team preferred to wear basketball sneakers, as they defeated the Chicago Bears, 30-13, for the NFL championship.

1940 - The Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio advertising contract -- with experimental station W2XOR in New York City. The ads ran for 26 weeks and promoted the Longines time signals.

1953 - Frank Sinatra recorded Young at Heart. The song was turned down by Nat ‘King’ Cole and other artists, believe it or not. It became a top hit in the U.S. in March of 1954.

1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation of St. Paul, MN unveiled a new computer, known as Univac 1107. The electronic wizard employed what was known as thin-film memory.

1972 - Keith Moon, Rod Stewart and Roger Daltrey opened the rock opera Tommy in london. The show featuring Tommy, Pinball Wizard and other tunes, was so hot that tickets sold for $50 and up.

1984 - The Jackson’s Victory Tour came to a close at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after 55 performances in 19 cities. The production was reported to be the world’s greatest rock extravaganza and one of the most problematic. The Jackson brothers received about $50 million during the five-month tour of the U.S. -- before some 2.5 million fans.

1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears got another first as he ran six plays as quarterback. He was intercepted twice, but ran the ball himself on four carries. It didn’t help. The Green Bay packers still won, 20-14. Payton said after the game, “It was okay, but I wouldn’t want to do it for a living.”

1984 - Eric Dickerson, then of the Los Angeles Rams, became only the second pro football player to run for more than 2,000 yards (2,105) in a season. He passed O.J. Simpson’s record of 2,003 as the Rams beat the Houston Oilers, 27-16.

1992 - Britain’s Prime Minister John Major announced in parliament the separation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. (The couple’s divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)

1995 - The Beatles’ Anthology 1 was #1 in the U.S. The double CD contained 60 Beatles songs and was the their sixteenth number-one album. It also set a record for the longest time span for a run of number-one albums: 31 years and 10 months between Meet the Beatles and Anthology 1.

1998 - CBS Corp. raised $2.9 billion by selling a 17 percent stake in Infinity Broadcasting Corp., its radio and outdoor advertising business. The initial public offering of stock is largest ever in the media industry.

December 9th.

1561 - Sir Edwin Sandys
English statesman: treasurer: Virginia Company; colonist: one of the founders of the Virginia Colony [United States]; Sandys Parish in Bermuda named for him; died in 1629

1608 - John Milton
poet: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes; civil rights activist; died Nov 8, 1674

1848 - Joel Chandler Harris
author: Uncle Remus stories; died in 1908

1886 - Clarence Birdseye
inventor: process to deep-freeze foods; one of the founders of General Foods Corp.; died Oct 8, 1956

1898 - Emmett Kelly
clown: Ringling Bros.: hobo, Weary Willie; died Mar 28, 1979

1902 - Margaret Hamilton
actress: The Wizard of Oz, The Anderson Tapes, Brewster McCloud; Maxwell House commercials; died May 16, 1985

1906 - Grace Hopper
computer developer: COBOL; U.S. Naval officer: Rear Admiral, oldest naval officer on active duty [retired at age 79]; died Jan 1, 1992

1906 - Freddy Martin
‘Mr. Silvertone’: musician: tenor sax; bandleader: I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts, April in Portugal, I Saw Stars, Then I’ll Be Tired of You, Isle of Capri, Piano Concerto in B Flat, Tonight We Love, Bumble Boogie, Sabre Dance Boogie, Warsaw Concerto, Rose O’Day, Miss You; died Sep 30. 1983

1909 - Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
actor: Ghost Story, Gunga Din, The Prisoner of Zenda, Accused, Catherine the Great, Scarlet Dawn; TV host: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents; died May 7, 2000

1911 - (William) Broderick Crawford
actor: Ransom Money, Dark Forces, The Oscar, Last of the Comanches, Born Yesterday, All the King’s Men, Highway Patrol, King of Diamonds, The Interns; died Apr 26, 1986

1912 - Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neil
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives [1977-1987], Massachusetts Democratic congressman; died Jan 5, 1994

1916 - Kirk Douglas (Isadore Demsky/Issur Danielovitch)
actor: Greedy, The Secret, Oscar, Queenie, Tough Guys, The Final Countdown, The Chosen, A Gunfight, There was a Crooked Man, The Arrangement, The Brotherhood, In Harm’s Way, Seven Days in May, Spartacus, Lonely are the Brave, Paths of Glory, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Lust for Life, Ulysses, Young Man with a Horn, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful; father of actor Mike Douglas

1922 - Redd Foxx (John Elroy Sanford)
comedian: Sanford and Son, The Royal Family, Redd Foxx, The Redd Foxx Show, Harlem Nights, Norman, Is that You?, Cotton Comes to Harlem; died Oct 11, 1991

1925 - Dina Merrill (Nedenia Hutton Rumbough)
actress: Suture, Fear, Caddyshack 2, The Sundowners, Butterfield 8, Operation Petticoat, Hot Pursuit; heir to Post cereal fortune

1928 - Dick Van Patten
actor: Eight is Enough, When Things Were Rotten, WIOU, The Partners, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Mama, A Dangerous Place, Spaceballs, Westworld, Superdad, Son of Blob

1929 - John Cassavetes
actor: Edge of the City, The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary’s Baby, Johnny Staccato; director: Big Trouble, Love Streams, Gloria, Opening Night, Faces, Shadows; died Feb 3, 1989

1930 - Buck Henry (Zuckerman)
actor: Short Cuts, Grumpy Old Men, Eating Raoul, Catch-22, The Graduate; Emmy Award-winning writer: Ship of Spies, Get Smart [1966-67]; That was the Week That Was, To Die For, The Day of the Dolphin, What’s Up, Doc?, The Owl and the Pussycat, Catch-22, The Graduate; entertainer: The Steve Allen Show, The New Show

1933 - Morton Downey Jr.
talk show host: The Morton Downey, Jr. Show; actor: The Silencer, Revenge of the Nerds 3: The Next Generation, Driving Me Crazy, Predator 2; died Mar 12, 2001

1933 - Orville Moody
golf: champ: U.S. Open [1969]

1938 - David Houston
Grammy Award-winning singer: Almost Persuaded [1966]; Mountain of Love, Livin’ in a House Full of Love, With One Exception, You Mean the World to Me, Have a Little Faith, Already It’s Heaven, Baby Baby [I Know You’re a Lady], So Many Ways; actor: Carnival Rock, Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers; died Nov 30, 1993

1938 - David ‘Deacon’ Jones
Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams: coined the term ‘sack’ of which he was premier at the time; NFL defensive player of the year [1967, 1968]; San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins

1941 - Beau (Lloyd III) Bridges
director, Emmy Award-winning actor: Without Warning: The James Brady Story [1991-92]; The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader- Murdering Mom [1992-93]; Harts of the West, Ensign O’Toole; The Fabulous Baker Boys, Married to It, Sidekicks, The Hotel New Hampshire, Norma Rae, Two Minute Warning, The Other Side of the Mountain, For Love of Ivy, The Red Pony, Sea Hunt; son of actor Lloyd Bridges, brother of actor Jeff Bridges

1942 - Dick Butkus
College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears: middle linebacker: NFL Defensive Player of the Year [1969, 1970]; actor: Rich Man, Poor Man, Half Nelson

1943 - Jim Merritt
baseball: pitcher: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970/all-star: 1970], Texas Rangers

1944 - Neil Innes
musician: keyboard, singer, songwriter: group: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: I’m the Urban Spaceman

1945 - Michael Nouri
actor: To the Limit, Danielle Steele’s Changes, The Hidden, Flashdance, Gangster Wars, Love & War, The Gangster Chronicles, Downtown, The Curse of Dracula, The Bay City Blues, Beacon Hill

1947 - Steve Owens
Heisman Trophy winner: Oklahoma [1969]

1949 - Tom Kite
golf champion: U.S. Open [1992]; PGA Rookie of the Year [1973], Vardon Trophy winner [1989], PGA Player of the Year [1989]

1950 - Joan Armatrading
singer, songwriter: Me, Myself, I, Love and Affection, Down to Zero, Water in the Wine, Drop the Pilot

1953 - John Malkovich
Emmy Award-winning actor: Death of a Salesman [1986]; Mulholland Falls, Dangerous Liaisons, True West, The Killing Fields, The Sheltering Sky, Places in the Heart, Of Mice and Men, In the Line of Fire, Empire of the Sun

1954 - Jack Hues
singer: group: Wang Chung: Everybody Have Fun Tonight

1955 - Otis Birdsong
basketball: guard: Univ. of Houston [Player of the Year: 1977]; Kansas City Kings, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics; four-time NBA all-star; scored over 14,000 career points

1956 - Sylvia (Sylvia Hutton)
singer: Nobody, You Don’t Miss a Thing, The Drifter, The Matador, Heart on the Mend, Sweet Yesterday

1957 - Donny Osmond
singer: Go Away Little Girl, Puppy Love; [w/sister, Marie]: I’m Leaving It All Up to You; group: Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple; TV host: Donny and Marie; actor: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Chart Toppers
December 9th.

1946 Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The
Campus Kids)
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
The Old Lamplighter - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954 Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Count Your Blessings - Eddie Fisher
Dim Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) - Bill Haley & His Comets
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962 Big Girls Don’t Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobby’s Girl - Marcie Blane
Don’t Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)

1970 I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978 Le Freak - Chic
I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli
I Love the Nightlife (Disco ’Round) - Alicia Bridges
On My Knees - Charlie Rich with Janie Fricke

1986 The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You - George Strait

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Each year on the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the prizes bearing his name are awarded “to those persons who shall have contributed most materially to the benefit of mankind during the year immediately preceding.” Alfred Bernhard Nobel died on this day in 1896 and the first of the Nobel Prizes was presented in 1901 according to instructions in his will. Nobel chose this method to ease his conscience after inventing the deadly explosive, dynamite. One of the richest men in the world, he also felt it would be wrong to leave his fortune to relatives. “Inherited wealth is a misfortune which merely serves to dull man’s faculties.”

So instead of wishing you had a rich relative, get out there and do something good for man and womankind today ... and every day, for that matter!

Alfred Nobel - The Man Behind the Nobel Prize. Experience the Magic of the Nobel Festivities. click.

December 10th.

1810 - The first interracial, title boxing bout was staged at Copthall Common in England. An American, Tom Molineaux, lost to Tom Cribb on a fluke punch. The fight went 40 rounds!

1817 - Mississippi, the state with the same name as the mighty river that borders it, and the 20th state, entered the USA this day. Although the Indian word, Mississippi, translates to ‘father of waters’, Mississippi’s nickname is the Magnolia State. Not so coincidentally, the state flower is the magnolia. The mockingbirds sitting on the branches of the magnolia trees are the state birds. Jackson, one of the largest cities in the state is also the state capital. Now, class, how were we taught to remember how to spell this state? All together now: M-i-s, s-i-s, s-i-p-p-i; or M-i-s-s, i-s-s, i-p-p-i; or M-i-crooked letter-crooked letter-i, crooked letter-crooked letter-i, humpback-humpback-i.

1896 - Intercollegiate basketball was played for the first time as Wesleyan University defeated Yale, 4-3, in New Haven, Connecticut.

1910 - Tenor Enrico Caruso and conductor Arturo Toscanini were featured at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City for the world premiere of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West.

1927 - For the first time, famed radio announcer George Hay introduced the WSM Barn Dance as The Grand Ole Opry. The show’s title may have changed but it remained the home of country music.

1930 - Duke Ellington and his orchestra recorded the haunting Mood Indigo on Victor Records. It became one of the Duke’s most famous standards.

1930 - Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats defeated Georgetown College, 67-19. It was the first time Rupp coached Kentucky and he wowed the crowd on hand with a fast break style of basketball that was practically unheard of at the time. Rupp continued to coach at Kentucky for 44 years, winning 874 games and earning four national titles. The sports arena where the Wildcats play is named after Rupp.

1949 - Fats Domino recorded his first sides for Imperial Records. The legend from New Orleans recorded The Fat Man, one of the earliest rock and roll records. The title also turned into Domino’s nickname and stayed with him through his years of success. For those with a burning desire to know, Fats’ real name is Antoine. The Fat Man, incidentally, is thought to have been a million-seller, but that can’t be verified.

1950 - Dr. Ralph Bunche became the first black to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. He was undersecretary of the U.N. at the time.

1953 - With an investment of $7,600, Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy magazine. There is no date printed on the first issue -- now a collector’s item. The reason, according to Hef, is that he doubted anyone would expect a second issue to be printed. Included in this first issue: A classic, nude, calendar photo of actress Marilyn Monroe.

1953 - Harry Belafonte debuted on Broadway in Almanac at the Imperial Theatre. Critics hailed Belafonte’s performance as “electrifyingly sincere.” Also starring in the show: Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe, Polly Bergen and Orson Bean.

1955 - The Big Surprise on NBC-TV awarded the largest amount of money given away on television. Mrs. Ethel Park Richardson of Los Angeles, CA may have needed an armored truck to carry away her $100,000 in cash.

1964 - Rev. Martin Luther King became a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was the youngest person to have won the award.

1966 - The Beach Boys made a one-week stop at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as Good Vibrations made it to #1. It was the third #1 hit the group scored. The others were I Get Around and Help Me, Rhonda.

1967 - Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays (Otis’ backup group) were killed in the crash of a private plane near Madison, Wisconsin. Redding was 26 years old. His signature song, (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay was recorded three days before his death. It was #1 for four weeks beginning February 10, 1968. Redding was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The Bar-Kays biggest hit was in July, 1967: Soul Finger. James Alexander, bass player for the group, was not on the plane. Ben Cauley, trumpet player, survived the crash. The group played for a time with various new members.

1971 - William H. Rehnquist was confirmed by the Senate, 68-26, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He replaced Justice John Harlan who resigned in September 1971. Rehnquist joined the Court on January 7, 1972, the same day as Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

1972 - The longest non-scoring pass in NFL history was made as Jim Hart of the St. Louis Cardinals passed from his own one-yard-line to Bobby Moore, known now as Ahmad Rashad, who was tackled on the Los Angeles Rams’ one-yard-line. The pass officially went for 98 yards.

1977 - In only his second year of riding, Steve Cauthen became the first jockey to win $6-million in a single season. Cauthen was dubbed ‘The Six Million Dollar Kid’, and ‘Stevie Wonder’ by his admirers and was named 1977 Sportsman of the Year by "Sports Illustrated", the Associated Press, "ABC’s Wide World of Sports" and "The Sporting News".

1982 - Heavyweight Michael Dokes knocked out Mike Weaver at 1:03 of the first round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1985 - The R.H. Donnelley Corporation announced plans to bring full color to its phone books, with red, blue and green ... along with the traditional Yellow Pages; and it wasn’t long before ads printed in the Yellow Pages began sprouting up with red, blue and green accents (which cost more than the traditional, black-only print).

1986 - Exxon announced the sale of its Manhattan landmark, the 53-story Exxon Building, to a Japanese real estate developer. The price tag was $610 million.

1988 - Chicago’s Look Away was the #1 single in the U.S. It was one of three top-ten hits from the Chicago 19 album (the others were I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love and You’re Not Alone).

1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s Son of Sam Law that forced criminals’ profits for selling their stories to be seized and given to their victims. The High Court held that the New York law was inconsistent with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

1991 - Alan Freed, the disc jockey credited with giving ‘Rock and Roll’ its name, was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Freed died Jan 20, 1965.)

1994 - Kenny G’s Miracles: The Holiday Album was number one in the U.S. It became the best selling Christmas album in history, selling over 8 million albums as of 2000. The tracks: Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, Greensleeves, Miracles, Little Drummer Boy, The Chanukah Song, Silver Bells, Away in a Manger and Brahms Lullaby.

1999 - These flicks opened in the U.S.: The Cider House Rules, starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Irving won the Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published); Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (“He charges $10 but he’s willing to negotiate.”), with Rob Schneider, William Forsythe and Eddie Griffin; The End of the Affair (“The end was just the beginning.”), starring Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea; The Green Mile (“Walk a mile you'll never forget.”), starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt and Michael Clarke Duncan (this one was nominated for a bunch of Oscars; and Ride with the Devil, with Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire and Jewel Kilcher.

December 10th.

1787 - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
educator: founded first public school for deaf children [now the American School for the Deaf]; died in 1851

1830 - Emily Dickinson
poet: This is My letter to the World, If You Were Coming in the Fall, Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church, Because I Could Not Stop for Death; died May 15, 1886

1851 - Melvil Dewey
librarian: inventor of the Dewey Decimal System; died Dec 26, 1931

1903 - Mary Norton
author: children’s books: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Borrowers; died Aug 29, 1992

1906 - Harold Adamson
lyricist: Time on My Hands, Daybreak; died Aug 17, 1980

1911 - Chet (Chester Robert) Huntley
Emmy Award-winning newscaster: co-anchor [w/David Brinkley]: The Huntley-Brinkley Report [1958-1959, 1959-1960, 1960-1961, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1963-1964]; died Mar 20, 1974

1913 - Morton Gould
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: Stringmusic [1995]; Fall River Legend, Billion Dollar Baby; film score: Delightfully Dangerous; died Feb 21, 1996

1914 - Dorothy Lamour (Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton)
actress: Road to Singapore and other ‘Road’ movies with Bob Hope; The Love Goddesses, Pajama Party, Donovan’s Reef, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Hurricane; Miss New Orleans [1931]; died Sep 22, 1996

1923 - Harold Gould
actor: Romero, Dream Chasers, Seems Like Old Times, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, The Sting, Rhoda, Under One Roof, The Golden Girls, Spencer, Singer & Sons, He & She, The Feather and Father Gang

1924 - Ken Albers
bass singer: group: The Four Freshmen: LPs: And Five Trumpets, And Five Saxes, In Person, Voices in Love, And Five Guitars

1927 - Joe Olivier
musician: guitar: group: Bill Haley and His Comets [1957, 1958]; solo as Cappy Bianco; died Dec 25, 2001

1928 - Dan Blocker
actor: Bonanza, Cimarron City, Come Blow Your Horn, Lady in Cement, ****eyed Cowboys of Calico County; died May 13, 1972

1933 - Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu)
actor: Red Sun Rising, Sidekicks, Taking Care of Business, Pacific Heights, Kung Fu: The Movie, Conan the Destroyer, Sand Pebbles, Hawaiian Heat; died July 21, 2006

1941 - Fionnula Flanagan
Emmy Award-winning actress: Rich Man, Poor Man [2/2/76], Money for Nothing, Youngblood, Picture of Dorian Gray, How the West was Won, Hard Copy

1941 - Tommy Kirk
actor: Blood of Ghastly Horror, Village of the Giants, Pajama Party, Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Shaggy Dog, Old Yeller, Bikini Beach

1941 - Tommy Rettig
actor: Lassie, The Cobweb, River of No Return, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T; died Feb 15, 1996

1943 - Chad Stuart
musician: guitar, lyricist, singer: duo: Chad & Jeremy: Yesterday’s Gone, A Summer Song, Willow Weep for Me, If I Loved You, Before and After, I Don’t Wanna Lose You Baby, Distant Shores; emcee for The Smothers Brothers Show

1944 - Steve (Steven) Renko
baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, KC Royals

1944 - Tisha (Patricia) Sterling
actress: Killer Inside Me, Betrayal, Snatched, Powder Keg, Defiant, Coogan’s Bluff

1946 - Christopher ‘Ace’ Kefford
musician: bass: group: The Move: Night of Fear, I Can Hear the Grass Grow, Flowers in the Rain, Fire Brigade, Blackberry Way

1947 - Bob Birdsell
hockey: WHL: Salt Lake Golden Eagles; CHL: Kansas City Blues, Amarillo Wranglers; AHL: Hershey Bears

1947 - Walter ‘Clyde’ Orange
musician: drums, singer: group: The Commodores: Machine Gun, Just to Be Close to You, Sweet Love, Easy, Sail On, Three Times a Lady, Still, Nightshift

1948 - Jessica Cleaves
singer: group: Friends of Distinction: Grazing in the Grass

1950 - Lloyd Neal
basketball: Portland Trailblazers

1951 - Johnny (Raul) Rodriguez
singer: Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico

1952 - Susan Dey
actress: The Partridge Family, L.A. Law, Love and War, Emerald Point N.A.S., Blue River, Sunset Limousine, Comeback Kid, First Love

1953 - Dave Tipton
football: Western Illinois, New England Patriots DL

1959 - Mark Aguirre
basketball: NBA Dallas Mavericks: led NBA in field goals [925 in 1983-84], Detroit Pistons: NBA Championship teams [1989, 1990]

1960 - Kenneth Branagh
actor: Henry V, Another Country, Othello, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing, Look Back in Anger; autobiography: Beginning; cofounder: Renaissance Theater Company in England

Chart Toppers
December 10th.

1947 Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Dick Haymes
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955 Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Nuttin’ for Christmas - Barry Gordon
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963 Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971 Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Got to Be There - Michael Jackson
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ - Charley Pride

1979 Babe - Styx
Still - Commodores
Please Don’t Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
I Cheated Me Right Out of You - Moe Bandy

1987 Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Faith - George Michael
Should’ve Known Better - Richard Marx
Somebody Lied - Ricky Van Shelton

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first display of the Northern Lights was recorded in America. The sighting was made in New England on this day in 1719. The report said that a mysterious face seemed to appear in the atmosphere; and, since most aurora borealis displays occur in September and October and again in March and April, this is very strange, indeed!

The green, red, and frost-white light displays occur most frequently when there is a great deal of sunspot activity.

A source for Information, links and images about the "Northern Lights. more here, here, and here.

December 11th.

1816 - The Hoosier state, Indiana, entered the United States of America as the 19th state. The nickname, meaning rustic, is not a good decription of Indianapolis, the major metropolis that is its capital. However, much of the state is still farmland, and the little state flower, the peony, grows in many Hoosier front yards. The cardinal, the state bird, is also the state bird of each of the states (except Michigan) that border Indiana: Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.

1844 - Dr. Horace Wells of Hartford, CT had a tooth extracted. Ouch! But wait. He became the first to receive an anesthetic for this dental procedure. Ah, muth bether, Dothtuh.

1882 - The Bijou Theatre in Boston, MA became the first theatre to be lighted by electricity.

1919 - The kind citizens of Enterprise, Alabama dedicated the first known monument to an insect! The town turned out to honor the boll weevil; the evil weevil that destroyed cotton plants. However, by forcing folks to diversify their crops, the farmers wound up tripling their income. Thus, the tribute to those bugs.

1939 - Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. Legend has it that she didn’t care much for the picture, but it became an international symbol of ‘back home’ for those at war.

1939 - Marlene Dietrich recorded Falling In Love Again -- on the Decca label.

1944 - The Chesterfield Supper Club debuted on NBC radio. Perry Como, Jo Stafford and many other stars of the day shared the spotlight on the 15-minute show that aired five nights a week. The show was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes.

1946 - John D. Rockefeller, Jr. offered up a six-block area of land in New York City for use as world headquarters of the United Nations. The offer was accepted the following day. No one connected with the United Nations has been able to make a decision that quickly since.

1951 - Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball. Joltin’ Joe played only for the New York Yankees during his 13-year career. His lifetime batting average was .325; and his streak of 56 games batted safely in, still stands as a record. Joe’s two brothers, Vince and Dom, were also major-league players.

1952 - An audience of 70,000 people watched from 31 theatres as Richard Tucker starred in Carmen. The event was the first pay-TV production of an opera. Ticket prices ranged from $1.20 to $7.20.

1967 - The French prototype Concorde 001 was rolled out in Toulouse, France (the British 002 prototype was not quite finished in Bristol). The joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, took two more years of testing and fine-tuning the powerful engines before it made its maiden flight.

1973 - Karen and Richard Carpenter received a gold record for their single, Top of the World.

1973 - Ron Santo was traded to the Chicago White Sox from crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Santo became the first major-league baseball player to invoke the rule which permits 10-year veterans of a club to refuse to be traded. He turned down a trade to the California Angels.

1976 - Al Stewart debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with Year of the Cat. It peaked at #8, but not until March 1977.

1981 - It was Muhammad Ali’s 61st -- and last -- fight. He lost to future champ Trevor Berbick.

1982 - Toni Basil reached the #1 one position on the pop music charts for the first time, with her single, Mickey. The chorus: “Hey Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey.” Romantic, huh?

1983 - Noises Off, a London play, opened at the Atkinson Theatre in New York City. The three-act play was described by critics as “an outrageous slapstick comedy of utter chaos.”

1985 - The most expensive non-oil acquisition in U.S. history took place. General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. The conglomerate would bring in about $39 billion in revenues. The deal also included NBC radio and TV.

1985 - With the season still in progress, the Chicago Bears declared their intention to appear in and win the Super Bowl. Members of the team, known as Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew, released their Superbowl Shuffle. The Bears went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 46-10.
“You better start makin’
Your Superbowl plans.
But don’t get ready or go to any trouble,
Unless you practice
The Superbowl Shuffle.”

1993 - Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle was number one on U.S. album charts. The rest of the top five: 2-Vs., Pearl Jam; 3-Music Box, Mariah Carey; 4-The Spaghetti Incident?, Guns N’ Roses; 5-The Beavis & Butt-Head Experience, Various artists.

1997 - Negotiators from around the world (more than 150 countries) agreed on a package of measures that for the first time would legally obligate industrial countries to cut emissions of waste industrial (greenhouse) gases that scientists say are warming the Earth’s atmosphere.

1998 - Movies debuting in the U.S.: Jack Frost (“Jack Frost is getting a second chance to be the world’s coolest dad... if he doesn’t melt first.”), with Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Mark Addy and Joseph Cross; Life is Beautiful/La Vita è Bella (Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film), starring the Academy Award-winning Roberto Benigni (Best Actor), Nicoletta Braschi, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Giorgio Cantarini, Marisa Paredes; and Star Trek: Insurrection (“The Battle for Paradise Has Begun”), with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise.

December 11th.

1803 - Hector Berlioz
musician, composer, major force in the development of musical form during the Romantic Era; died Mar 8, 1869

1863 - Annie Jump Cannon
astronomer: discovered five stars; National Academy of Science Draper Medal-winner; died Apr 13, 1941

1882 - Fiorello LaGuardia
‘Little Flower’: politician: NYC mayor [1933-45]; LaGuardia Airport in NY bears his name; died Sep 20, 1947

1904 - Marjorie (Henderson) Buell
cartoonist: Little Lulu; died May 30, 1993

1905 - Gilbert Roland (Luis Antonio Damaso de Alonso)
actor: Barbarosa, Islands in the Stream, Cheyenne Autumn, Treasures of Pancho Villa, Thunder Bay, Captain Kidd, The Cisco Kid series; died May 15, 1994

1912 - Carlo Ponti
producer, director: Marriage, Italian Style

1916 - (Damaso) Perez Prado
musician: piano, organ: Patricia, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, Mambo No. 5, Mambo No. 8 died Sep 14, 1989

1918 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
dissident Russian writer: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

1926 - Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton
blues singer: pre-Elvis version of Hound Dog; died July 25, 1984

1930 - Jean-Louis Trintignant
actor: Trois Couleurs: Rouge, Is Paris Burning?, And God Created Woman, A Man and a Woman

1931 - Rita Moreno (Rosita Alverio)
dancer, Academy Award-winning actress: West Side Story [1961]; The Wharf Rat, I Like It Like That, Portrait of a Showgirl, The Four Seasons, Anatomy of a Seduction, Carnal Knowledge, Summer and Smoke, The King and I, Singin’ in the Rain; Emmy Award-winning actress: The Muppet Show [1976-77], The Paper Palace, The Rockford Files [1/20/78]

1931 - Pierre Pilote
Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: Chicago Black Hawks defenseman: Norris Trophy winner [1964, 1965, 1966], Toronto Maple Leafs

1934 - (Arthur) Lee Maye
baseball: Milwaukee Braves, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox; died July 17, 2002

1934 - Curtis Williams
singer: group: The Penguins: Earth Angel

1935 - Tom Brumley
musician: steel guitar: group: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Stone Canyon Band

1938 - Fred Cox
football: Minnesota Vikings: kicked field goals in 31 consecutive games [1968-70] - a record

1940 - David Gates
musician: guitar, keyboard, singer: solo: Goodbye Girl; group: Bread: Make It With You, If, Baby I’m-A Want You, Diary, Aubrey

1941 - Larry Stallings
football: Georgia Tech, SL Cardinals LB

1942 - Donna Mills
actress: Knots Landing, The Good Life, False Arrest, Curse of the Black Widow, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, Play Misty for Me

1944 - Lynda Day George
actress: Young Warriors, Casino, Ants, The Barbary Coast, The Silent Force, Roots, Rich Man, Poor Man-Book I, Mission: Impossible

1944 - Brenda Lee (Tarpley)
singer: I’m Sorry, All Alone Am I, I Want to Be Wanted, Sweet Nothin’s, That’s All You Gotta Do

1945 - Earlie Thomas
football: NY Jets

1949 - Teri Garr
actress: Ready to Wear, Dumb and Dumber, The Tale of the Frog Prince, Mr. Mom, Tootsie, The Black Stallion, Oh, God!, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Young Frankenstein, Pajama Party, Women of the House, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Good Advice, The Girl with Something Extra

1952 - Robert Cochran
skier: U.S. slalom champion [1969, 1970], downhill champion [1971, 1973], Alpine combined champion [1971, 1972], giant slalom champion [1971, 1974]; 1972 U.S. Olympic Ski Team

1952 - Susan Seidelman
director: Desperately Seeking Susan, She-Devil, Making Mr. Right, Smithereens

1953 - Bess Armstrong
actress: The Skateboard Kid, Jaws 3, Nothing in Common, Four Seasons, On Our Own, My So-Called Life, Married People

1954 - Jermaine Jackson
singer: Daddy’s Home, Let’s Get Serious; group: The Jackson Five: I’ll be There; brother of Michael, Janet, La Toya, Tito, Randy, Marlon and Jackie

1958 - Nikki Sixx (Frank Ferranno)
musician: bass: group: Motley Crue: LPs: Too Fast for Love, Theatre of Pain

1966 - Gary Dourdan
actor: C.S.I, A Different World, Weekend at Bernie’s II, Alien: Resurrection, King of the World

Chart Toppers
December 11th.

1948 Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt
& Gloria Wood)
A Little Bird Told Me - Evelyn Knight
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956 Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
A Rose and a Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964 Ringo - Lorne Greene
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
She’s Not There - The Zombies
Once a Day - Connie Smith

1972 I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
If You Don’t Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
You Ought to Be with Me - Al Green
Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me) - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats

1980 Lady - Kenny Rogers
More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Smoky Mountain Rain - Ronnie Milsap

1988 Look Away - Chicago
How Can I Fail? - Breathe
I Don’t Want Your Love - Duranduran
If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’) - George Strait

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Francis Albert Sinatra came into this world this day in 1915, in Hoboken, NJ, without making a sound or opening his eyes. In fact, he didn’t even sing a note until his grandmother held him under some cold running water. Then, for 82 years, he, with the blue eyes so famous that he was often referred to as Ol’ Blue Eyes, never stopped singing.

The Voice sang his way through weddings, local Union functions and made his commercial media debut singing the hits on radio’s The Lucky Strike Hit Parade. He then made his own hits, recording over 1500 songs, including the favorites: All or Nothing at All (Frank’s first), I’ll Never Smile Again, In the Blue of the Evening, I’ll be Seeing You, Five Minutes More, The Loneliest Night of the Week, I’m a Fool to Want You, I’ve Got the World on a String, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, You Make Me Feel So Young, Strangers in the Night, Witchcraft, That’s Life, New York, New York and My Way; taking home ten Grammy awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For Frankie, being a singing idol wasn’t enough. The silver screen beckoned and he became bigger than life in over fifty films, including On the Town, Guys and Dolls, Ocean’s Eleven, Not as a Stranger, The Manchurian Candidate, None But the Brave, Young at Heart, The Tender Trap, High Society, Pal Joey and The Joker is Wild. Hollywood rewarded him with a Special Oscar for The House I Live In, a short he made to promote racial and religious tolerance; an Oscar nomination for The Man with the Golden Arm, and the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in From Here to Eternity; plus the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1970.

The television industry embraced Frank, too, presenting him with an Emmy in 1965 for Outstanding Musical Special, Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music. Not to be outdone, the President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, presented Francis Albert Sinatra with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.

Mr. S. died of a heart attack on May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles, California. He remains the Chairman of the Board in the memories of the four generations of his fans wordwide.

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December 12th.

1787 - Pennsylvania was ratifed on this day as the second of the United States of America. Also one of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania is geographically located in the keystone position in relation to the other 12 colonies, earning the nickname, the Keystone State. The state capital is Harrisburg, a city almost midway between Pennsylvania’s two most well-known cites, Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in the east. Philadelphia is also where the first Continental Congress met and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Not so famous is the state bird, the ruffed grouse and the state flower, the mountain laurel.

1850 - Wide, Wide World, the novel by Elizabeth Wetherell (whose real name was Susan Warner), was published on this day. The book was called a bestseller by many folks; the first bestseller in America. There were 14 editions printed during the first two years of publication.

1897 - The Katzenjammer Kids (Hans and Fritz) appeared for the first time in The New York Journal. The Rudolph Dirks comic strip became one of the most durable ever produced.

1899 - George Grant of Boston, MA patented the golf tee. Fore!

1900 - Charles M. Schwab formed the United States Steel Corporation; bringing together John Pierpont Morgan and Andrew Carnegie to create one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world. Is it the same Charles M. Schwab of private investment fame? Yes ... along with his son, in fact.

1937 - The Federal Communications Commission was a bit upset with NBC radio. The FCC scolded the radio network for a skit that starred Mae West. The satirical routine was based on the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and, well, it got a bit out of hand. So, following its scolding by the FCC, NBC banned Miss West from its airwaves for 15 years. Even the mere mention of her name on NBC was a no-no.

1948 - Michigan State was admitted to the Western Conference; making it the Big 10 Conference once again.

1955 - The largest philanthropic act in the world was announced by the Ford Foundation which gave $500,000,000 to private hospitals, colleges and medical schools.

1959 - At 22 years and 104 days of age, Bruce McLaren became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix race as he earned first place at Sebring, Florida.

1961 - Former big band singer (with Kay Kyser) Mike Douglas began a variety TV show from Cleveland. The show became most successful when KYW-TV moved from Cleveland to Philadelphia. Then, when the Douglas show left Philly for Hollywood, it folded. All things considered, it was a successful syndication effort, nationally, for Westinghouse Productions.

1963 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album became the fastest-selling record of all time when 4 million copies of the disk, each selling for 99 cents, were sold in six days -- between December 7-12. The memorial tribute was recorded November 22, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

1980 - Oil tycoon Armand Hammer bought a notebook of writings by Leonardo da Vinci for $5.28 million at auction in London. It was the highest price ever paid for a manuscript. It was 36 pages long and dated back to 1508.

1980 - The U.S. Congress amended the Copyright Act in 1980 to explicitly recognize that computer programs were protected as literary works.

1983 - Football’s Jim Brown showed up in Sports Illustrated again. This time, he was not on the cover as in September, 1960, but inside the magazine -- a record span of more than 23 years between spreads, as they say in the publishing biz.

1984 - The group known as Band Aid -- 38 of Britain’s top rock musicians -- recorded Do They Know It’s Christmas? for Ethiopian famine victims. Despite the best of intentions, much of the food raised never got to the starving Ethiopians. In fact, much of it was found rotting on docks, not fit for human consumption. More than a Band-Aid was needed to fix that political mess.

1986 - James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith became the first college graduate to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. “If I only had a bwain...,” he said, as he beat the brains out of Tim Witherspoon so badly, poor Tim couldn’t count to ten. “One, duh. Eight. Six. Duh. I’m out.”

1986 - The LA Lakers beat the Boston Celtics, 117-110, to become the first visiting team to win at the old Boston Garden since December, 1985 -- a streak of 48 straight wins for the Celtics.

1992 - The soundtrack from the movie The Bodyguard was the #1 album in the U.S. A smash, as they say, it was number one for twenty weeks. The track listing: I Will Always Love You, I Have Nothing, I’m Every Woman, Run to You, Queen of the Night, Jesus Loves Me, all by Whitney Houston; Even If My Heart Would Break, by Kenny G & Aaron Neville; Someday (I’m Coming Back), by Lisa Stansfield; It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day, by The S.O.U.L S.Y.S.T.E.M.; Peace, Love And Understanding (What's So Funny ’Bout), by Curtis Stigers; Theme from The Bodyguard, by Alan Silvestri; and Trust in Me, by Joe ****er featuring Sass Jordan.

1995 - The International Olympic Committee announced that NBC had successfully bid a record $2.3 billion for the exclusive U.S. TV (broadcast and cable) rights to the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games and the 2006 Winter Games. $894 million is for the 2008 games alone. And the deal calls for a 50-50 revenue sharing program with the IOC.

1997 - These films opened in U.S. theatres: Amistad (dir: Steven Spielberg), starring Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne Anthony Hopkins and Djimon Hounsou; For Richer or Poorer (dir: Bryan Spicer), with Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley, Jay O. Sanders and Michael Lerner; Home Alone 3 (dir: Raja Gosnell), starring Alex D. Linz, Haviland Morris, Olek Krupa and Rya Kihlstedt; and Scream 2 (dir: Wes Craven), with Neve Campball, Courteney Cox, Jerry O'connell and Liev Schreiber.

December 12th.

1745 - John Jay
statesman: 1st Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court [1789-1795]; co-author of the Federalist papers; died May 17, 1829

1805 - William Garrison
poet, journalist: editor: National Philanthropist; antislavery activist: publisher: The Liberator; died May 24, 1879

1806 - Stand Watie
Indian Chief: Cherokee; signer of the Treaty of Echota; brigadier general: 1st Cherokee regiment for the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War; died Sep 9, 1871

1821 - Gustave Flaubert
author: Madame Bovary; died May 8, 1880

1893 - Edward G. Robinson (Emmanuel Goldenberg)
actor: Soylent Green, MacKenna’s Gold, The Prize, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Kid Galahad, Barbary Coast, Little Caesar, Scarlet Street; died Jan 26, 1973

1913 - Winston Burdett
newscaster: CBS: “I don’t want to be quoted, and don’t quote me that I don’t want to be quoted.”

1915 - Frank (Francis Albert) Sinatra
see Chairman of the Board Day [above]; died May 14, 1998

1918 - Joe Williams (Joseph Goreed)
jazz singer: Every Day [I Have the Blues], Party Blues, Goin’ to Chicago; sang with Count Basie: LP: Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings; actor: The Bill Cosby Show; died Mar 29, 1999

1923 - Bob Barker
TV game show host: The Price Is Right

1924 - Ed Koch
politician: mayor: New York City; judge: TV’s The People’s Court

1927 - Honor Blackman
actress: Conspirator, Jason and the Argonauts, Goldfinger, Twinky, To the Devil a Daughter

1929 - John (James) Osborne
Academy Award-winning playwright: Tom Jones [1963]; The Entertainer, Look Back in Anger; Tony Award-winner: Luther [1964]; died Dec 24, 1994

1932 - Bob Pettit
Basketball Hall of Famer: St. Louis Hawks: Rookie of the Year [1954-55], MVP Award [1956, 1959]; the first NBA player to score 20,000 points; NBA Silver Anniversary Team [1971]; NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team [1996]

1936 - Wally Dallenbach
auto racer: Fastest Ontario 100 Indy racer [1973]

1938 - Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero)
singer: Stupid Cupid, Where the Boys Are, Lipstick on Your Collar, I’ll Follow the Boys, My Happiness, Who’s Sorry Now, Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

1940 - Shirley Englehorn
golf: winner: 1970 LPGA Championship

1941 - Terry Kirkman
musician: wind instruments, keyboards: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love

1941 - Dionne Warwick
Grammy Award-winning singer: Do You Know the Way to San Jose [1968], I’ll Never Fall in Love Again [1970], I’ll Never Love This Way Again [1979]; Then Came You [w/Spinners], Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer, Promises, Promises, Anyone Who Had a Heart

1942 - Mike Pindar
musician: keyboards: group: The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin; solo: LP: Thomas from Mighty Oaks, The Promise, Hopes Dreams and Wishes

1943 - Dickie Betts
musician: guitar: group: The Allman Brothers: Ramblin’ Man; solo: LP: Highway Call; group: Great Southern: LP: Dickie Betts and Great Southern, Atlanta Burning Down

1943 - Mike Smith
musician: organs, singer: group: The Dave Clark Five: Do You Love Me, Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Red Balloon, Everybody Get Together

1943 - Grover Washington Jr.
musician: saxophone: Just the Two of Us [w/Bill Withers]; died Dec 17, 1999

1945 - Ralph Garr
baseball: Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1974], Chicago White Sox, California Angels

1946 - Clive Bunker
musician: drums: group: Jethro Tull: Living in the Past, Sweet Dream, Witch’s Promise

1946 - Gloria Loring (Goff)
actress: Days of Our Lives; singer: Friends & Lovers [w/ Carl Anderson]

1949 - Paul Rodgers
musician: piano, vocals: Cut Loose; groups: Free, Bad Company, The Firm

1952 - Rubin Carter
football: Denver Broncos defensive tackle: Super Bowl XII

1952 - Cathy Rigby
gymnast: 1968 & 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, World Champion silver medalist [1970]; TV commercials; actress: Peter Pan

1953 - Rafael Septien
football: Dallas Cowboys kicker: Super Bowl XIII

1956 - Ana Alicia
actress: Falcon Crest, Romero, Coward of the County

1957 - Sheila E. (Escovedo)
musician: drums, singer: The Glamorous Life

1959 - Paul Rutherford
singer: group: Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax!, Two Tribes, The Power of Love

1962 - Tracy Austin
International Tennis Hall of Famer: US Open [and youngest] Singles champion [1979 and 1981]; youngest player to enter Wimbledon; AP Female Athlete of the Year [1979, 1981]; first siblings to win Wimbledon mixed doubles championship [w/brother John] [1980]

1970 - Jennifer Connelly
actress: Mulholland Falls, The Rocketeer, Labyrinth, Once Upon a Time in America

1975 - Mayim Bialik
actress: Blossom, Molloy

1977 - Bridget Hall
supermodel: on over 60 International covers, listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the top ten moneymaking Supermodels of the world

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Chart Toppers
December 12th.

1949 Mule Train - Frankie Laine
I Can Dream, Can’t I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack
Don’t Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford

1957 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms

1965 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Let’s Hang On! - The 4 Seasons
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold

1973 Top of the World - Carpenters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
The Love I Lost - Harol Melvin & The Bluenotes
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich

1981 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Still Doin’ Time - George Jones

1989 We Didn’t Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
Don’t Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville)
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

It was on this day in 1928 that the George Gershwin composition, American in Paris, was presented to the public. The debut was performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Walter Damrosch.

A tone poem, An American in Paris was used as a ballet for Gene Kelly’s 1951 performance in the movie of the same name. Unfortunately, George Gershwin did not live to see his composition being danced to in the Academy Award-winning An American in Paris. It won six Oscars: Best Art Direction/Set Direction [Color], Best Color Cinematography, Best Costume Design [Color], Best Story and Screenplay, Best Picture ... and Best Score.

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December 13th.

1809 - The first abdominal surgical procedure was performed -- in Danville, Kentucky. The patient was Jane Todd Crawford and the operation was performed without the aid of an anesthetic. However, during the operation, Ms. Crawford did say, “Eeeeeeeeeee owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwchhhhhhhhhhhh!” We can’t say that we blame her.

1816 - John Adamson of Boston, MA received a patent for a dry dock.

1913 - Leonardo da Vinci’s La Gioconda or, Mona Lisa for us art neophytes, was returned to the Louvre Museum in Paris after a two-year absence. The stolen painting was recovered and was valued at that time at $5,000,000. In 1962, appraisers set the value at one hundred million dollars. It is said that Mrs. Gioconda’s only payment for four years of modeling was free entertainment by jesters, players and singers.

1929 - Hoagy Carmichael recorded with Louis Armstrong. They did Rockin’ Chair on Columbia records and cylinders.

1936 - Green Bay beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6, to capture the National Football League championship. It was the last game for Boston. The team became the Washington Redskins in 1937.

1940 - The two-sided jump tune, The Anvil Chorus, was recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra for Bluebird Records in New York. The 10-inch, 78 rpm record ran six minutes (including flipping).

1942 - The characters of Allen’s Alley were presented for the first time on The Fred Allen Show. This particular segment of the show became very popular and was used by Allen until 1949. Remember the stops along the way in Allen’s Alley? They were at the Brooklyn tenement of Mrs. Nussbaum, the farmhouse of Titus Moody, the shack of Ajax Cassidy and the antebellum mansion of Senator Beauregard Claghorn.

1948 - The American Federation of Musicians went back to work after an 11½-month strike. During the strike, there was an 11½-month ban on phonograph records as well.

1949 - The American League voted down a proposal to revive the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920. Gaylord Perry and others didn’t much give a hoot. They tossed the spitter anyway.

1961 - Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) died at the age of 101. The self-taught artist took up painting in her sixties; having her first showing in New York City at the ripe, young age of eighty. Her style was nostalgic and primitive -- mostly rural scenes: The Old Oaken Bucket, Christmas at Home, The Quilting Bee.

1973 - Detroit became the first city to receive a franchise in the fabulously unsuccessful World Football League.

1974 - Former Beatle George Harrison was greeted at the White House. President Gerald R. Ford invited Harrison to lunch. The two exchanged buttons -- Ford giving George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now) pin and Harrison gave the President an OM (Hindu mantra word expressing creation) button.

1978 - The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, with 1979 dates and the first “P” mintmark since the silver nickels of World War II. Denver production began on January 9, 1979, and San Francisco minting began on February 2, 1979. The Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first coin to honor a woman, was not a hit with the public for several reasons, most importantly because it was often mistaken for a quarter, which was about and eighth of an inch smaller in diameter.

1983 - Detroit and Denver played for 3 hours, 11 minutes in pro basketball. The Pistons finally won, 186-184, in triple overtime. NBA single-game records were set for most points by two teams; by one team; assists; and field goals -- plus, hot dogs sold; pennants snapped up by fans; popcorn, peanuts, nachos, too! And, Kiki Vandeweghe of the Denver Nuggets had a career-high night with 51 points.

1985 - In a movie first, the murder mystery, Clue, opened nationally. The film featured three different endings. Newspaper ads indicated which ending was playing at which theatre.

1986 - Duke University won its first NCAA team championship in the school’s 62-year history. The Blue Devils’ soccer team beat Akron, 1-0, to win the crown.

1986 - The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, hit #1 for a week in the U.S.: “That’s just the way it is; Some things will never change. That’s just the way it is; Aw, but don’t you believe them.”

1996 - These motion pictures opened in the U.S.: Mars Attacks (“Nice planet. We’ll take it!”), with an all-star cast that includes Jack Nicholson Glenn Close Annette Bening Pierce Brosnan Danny DeVito Martin Short Sarah Jessica Parker Michael J. Fox Rod Steiger, to name a few; Jerry Maguire (“Show me the money!”), starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renee Zellweger; The Preacher’s Wife (“They needed help. What they got was a miracle.”), with Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines and Jenifer Lewis.

1997 - The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Getty Center museum complex, built on a hilltop overlooking the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, was held this day. The public opening was held three days later (Dec 16) for the billion-dollar monument to art and architecture -- one of the largest arts centers in the United States.

December 13th.

1797 - Heinrich Heine
poet: The Lorelei, Atta Troll, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Germany A Winter’s Tale, Romacero; author: Travel Pictures, The Romantic School, On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany; died Feb 17, 1856

1818 - Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady: wife of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln; died July 16, 1882

1835 - Phillips Brooks
lyricist: O Little Town of Bethlehem; died Jan 23, 1893

1903 - Carlos Montoya
flamenco guitarist; died Mar 3, 1993

1910 - Van Heflin (Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr.)
Academy Award-winning actor: Johnny Eager [1942]; died July 23, 1971

1914 - Larry (Sam Klusman) Parks
actor: The Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again; died Apr 13, 1975

1915 - Curt Jurgens (Curd Jürgens)
actor: The Spy Who Loved Me, And God Created Woman, The Longest Day, Enemy Below; died June 18, 1982

1917 - Ann Richards
actress: Sorry Wrong Number, Random Harvest, Three Hearts for Julia, Don’t Call Me Girlie; died Aug 24, 2006

1918 - Bill Vukovich (William Vucerivoch)
race car driver: Indianapolis 500 winner [1953, 1954]; killed in Indy crash May 30, 1955

1920 - George Shultz
Secretary of State under U.S. President Ronald Reagan [1982-1988]

1923 - Larry (Lawrence Eugene) Doby
Baseball Hall of Famer: Cleveland Indians center fielder {World Series: 1948, 1954/all-star: 1949-1955]; AL home run [32] leader [1952, 1954], runs [104] scored [1952], RBIs [126 in 1954]; Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers; died Jun 18, 2003

1925 - Dick Van Dyke
Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian: The Dick Van Dyke Show, [1959-1960], [1963-1964], [1965-1966]; Diagnosis Murder

1925 - Wayne Walker
songwriter: first big hit: I've Got a New Heartache [performed by Ray Price]; Are You Sincere, Leaving on Your Mind, Memory No. 1; died Jan 2, 1979

1926 - Carl (Daniel) ‘Oisk’ Erskine
baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956/all-star: 1954], LA Dodgers

1929 - Christopher Plummer (Orme)
Emmy Award-winning actor: The Moneychangers [1976-1977], Madeline [1993-1994]; The Sound of Music

1934 - Richard D. Darryl Zanuck
producer: Jaws, The Sting

1941 - John Davidson
actor, singer; TV game show host: Hollywood Squares

1943 - Fergie (Ferguson Arthur) Jenkins
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1967, 1971, 1972/Cy Young Award: 1971], Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox; 20-game winner 7 times; only major league pitcher to strike out more than 3,000 batters while walking fewer than 1,000; Canada’s first Hall-of-Famer

1946 - Mike Mosley
auto racer: winner of 5 Indy Car races, competed in 15 Indianapolis 500s; killed in highway accident Mar 3, 1984

1947 - Lemar Parrish
football: Cincinnati Bengals [1970-77], Washington Redskins [1978-81], Buffalo Bills [1982]

1948 - Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter
musician: guitarist: groups: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers: What a Fool Believes

1948 - Ted Nugent
musician: guitar, singer: group: Amboy Dukes; solo: Cat Scratch Fever

1949 - Randy Owen
musician: guitar, singer: group: Alabama: I Want to Be with You, I Wanna Come Over, My Home’s in Alabama, Tennessee River, Why Lady Why, Old Flame, Feels So Right, Love in the First Degree, Mountain Music, Close Enough to Perfect, The Closer You Get, Dixieland Delight, When We Make Love, Roll on Eighteen Wheeler, 40 Hour Week

1949 - Robert Lindsay
Tony Award-winning actor: Me and My Girl [1987]; film: Ghengis Cohn, Strike It Rich, Bert Rigby You’re a Fool

1949 - Tom Verlaine (Miller)
musician: guitar, singer: group: Television: Little Johnny Jewel, Venus, Torn Curtain

1950 - Brad Dusek
football: Washington Redskins [1974-1981]

1957 - Steve Buscemi
actor: Lonesome Dove, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Hudsucker Proxy, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Escape from L.A., Con Air, The Wedding Singer, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, Franky Goes to Hollywood, The Laramie Project

1959 - Johnny Whitaker
actor: Family Affair, The Biscuit Eater, Mulligan’s Stew

1960 - Richard Dent
football: Chicago Bears defensive end: Super Bowl XX; San Francisco 49ers

1967 - Jamie Foxx
comedian, actor: The Jamie Foxx Show, In Living Color, Booty Call, The Players Club, Any Given Sunday

Chart Toppers
December 13th.

1950 A Bushel and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow

1958 To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
Problems - The Everly Brothers
Queen of the Hop - Bobby Darin
City Lights - Ray Price

1966 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Mellow Yellow - Donovan
Lady Godiva - Peter & Gordon
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974 Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
Cat’s in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
She Called Me Baby - Charlie Rich

1982 Mickey - Toni Basil
Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney
Redneck Girl - The Bellamy Brothers

1990 Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
From a Distance - Bette Midler
Something to Believe In - Poison
I’ve Come to Expect It from You - George Strait

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Michel de Notredame was destined to tell the world about its destiny. He was born on this day in 1503 at St. Remy, Provence, France. We know him as Nostradamus, author of ten books of prophecies, titled Centuries (Volumes I-X), that many still believe foretold the future. He was a physician, an astrologer and a clairvoyant.

Nostradamus’ famous astrological predictions were written in rhyming quatrains (four-line poems) and, according to many readers of our time, accurately predicted the Great London Fire in 1666, Spain’s Civil War, and a Hitler who would lead Germany into war. He even correctly predicted his own death on July 2, 1566.

Acclaimed today as one of the most accurate seers in the history of the world, he wrote in code, since in his day, if he was found out, he would have been considered a sorcerer and would probably have been burned at the stake. He used symbolism, metaphors, and added and deleted letters to make his writings even more obscure. Most were written in French, although Nostradamus, an educated man, would also use Italian, Greek and Latin. What if something got lost in the translation?

Since none of us really knows, nor do we know what his code was, nor which calendar Nostradamus was using, we can only try to make events fit into the 942 quatrains. That’s a lot of history and a lot of destiny to prove. Is it fact or fancy?

Nostradamus (1503-1566) Could he see the future?

December 14th.

1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented the nut and bolt machine, and the screw, too!

1819 - The 22nd entry into the United States of America, Alabama, was officially admitted on this day. Deep in the “Heart of Dixie,” (one of the state’s nicknames), Alabama was first inhabited by the Creek Indians (Alabama means ‘tribal town’), then explored by the Spanish, settled by the French, and then controlled by the British. The region was ceded to the U.S. following the American Revolution. The Confederacy was founded in Alabama; the state flag still bears a resemblance to the Confederate Battle Flag. Alabama’s motto, Audemus jura nostra defendere – We Dare Defend Our Rights - has been taken very seriously throughout the state’s history, especially in the 1950s and 1960s , as it was the site of landmark civil rights actions. The state tree, pinus palustris or Southern longleaf pine; and the camellia, the state flower, are plentiful throughout the state, as is the state bird, the yellowhammer, which is also the state’s other nickname. Julia S. Tutwiler (lyrics) and Edna G. Gussen (music) wrote the state song named after the state. No, the title is not, Yellowhammer or Tribal Town. It’s just plain, Alabama. No kidding. But for some reason, we can’t recall ever hearing the band Alabama sing Alabama.

1902 - The Silverton set sail from the Bay Area. The ship was about to lay the first telephone cable between San Francisco and Honolulu. The project was completed by January 1, 1903.

1911 - After centuries of unsuccessful expeditions in search of the South Pole, Roald Amundsen and four companions made the discovery this day.

1928 - America’s original Funny Girl, Fanny Brice, recorded If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain), a song from the play, My Man -- on Victor Records.

1934 - The first streamlined locomotive, nicknamed the Commodore Vanderbilt, was introduced by the New York Central Railroad. The locomotive was quite impressive: 228 tons and 4,075 horsepower. The 'bathtub' shroud that gave the Commodore Vanderbilt its streamlined appearance was designed by the Case School of Science in Cleveland, Ohio. After an October 1945 collision with a truck at a grade crossing, all the streamlining was removed.

1936 - You Can’t Take It with You opened at the Booth Theatre in New York City.

1944 - MGM released the movie National Velvet. Elizabeth Taylor starred as Velvet Brown.

1953 - Fred Allen returned from semiretirement to narrate Prokofiev’s classic, Peter and the Wolf, on the Bell Telephone Hour on NBC radio.

1953 - Sandy Koufax, age 19, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. The kid reportedly had played no more than 20 games of baseball in his entire life. In the next 12 seasons, Koufax posted 167 wins, 87 losses and 2,396 strikeouts, becoming a baseball legend!

1963 - Singer Dinah Washington died in Detroit at 39 years of age. She popularized many, many great songs, including What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, Unforgettable, and several hits with Brook Benton (Baby [You’ve Got What it Takes" and A Rockin’ Good Way [To Mess Around and Fall in Love]).

1968 - Marvin Gaye was number one in the U.S. with I Heard It Through the Grapevine. The smash was stuck at the top of the charts all the way through Jan 1969. It turned out to be Gaye’s biggest hit.

1970 - George Harrison received a gold record for his single, My Sweet Lord.

1970 - Golfing great Lee Trevino had won only two tournaments during the year; but became the top golf money-winner with $157,037 in earnings for the year.

1973 - Jerry Quarry defeated Ernie Shavers in 2 minutes, 21 seconds of the first round of their heavyweight boxing match in New York. Quarry broke his hand in the short fight and failed miserably at a later comeback attempt.

1983 - The musical biography of Peggy Lee opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City. The show was titled Peg. You say you are not familiar with this gem? The reason could be that the show closed three days later after only five performances.

1984 - The Cotton Club opened around the U.S. There were nine classic songs by Duke Ellington on the soundtrack of the movie.

1985 - America’s winningest high school football coach called it quits this day. Gordon Wood, 71, of Brownwood High School in Central Texas retired after 43 years. Wood sported a career record of 405 wins, 88 losses and 12 ties. The football stadium at Brownwood High has since been rebuilt and named for him.

1996 - The disabled freighter Bright Field rammed a crowded New Orleans riverfront mall on the Mississippi River. Quick action by the vessel’s pilot may have averted disaster. The pilot sent off a last-second warning blast of the horn and tried to redirect the ship by dropping an anchor. The ship slammed bow-first into the busy riverfront shopping complex, injuring dozens of people, but no one was killed.

1999 - U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a fund of $5.2 billion for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers. The breakthrough in the months-long negotiations came after the German government raised its offer to $2.6 billion, equaling the amount already pledged by industry to compensate those forced to work for Hitler's war machine.

December 14th.

1503 - Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame)
physician, an astrologer and a clairvoyant, author; died July 2, 1566; see Nostradamus Day [above]

1896 - James Doolittle
aviator: U.S. Army Air Force Lt. General: awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for leading 1st U.S. aerial raid against Japan in WWII; died Sep 27, 1993

1897 - Margaret Chase Smith
politician: 1st woman elected to both houses of U.S. Congress; died May 29, 1995

1902 - Billy Burke
golf champion: North & South Open champion [1928], US Open [1931], U.S. Ryder Cup team [1931]

1908 - Morey Amsterdam
comedian, actor: The Dick Van Dyke Show; radio: NBC Monitor; died Oct 27, 1996

1911 - Spike (Lindley Armstrong) Jones
musician: drummer; band leader: City Slickers: ****tails for Two, Der Fuhrer’s Face; died May 1, 1965

1913 - Dan Dailey
singer, dancer, actor: When My Baby Smiles at Me, State Fair, There’s No Business like Show Business; died Oct 16, 1978

1918 - James T. Aubrey Jr.
movie/TV executive: president: MGM, CBS; died Sep 3, 1994

1920 - Clark Terry
musician: trumpet, flugelhorn: with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones

1922 - Don Hewitt
Emmy Award-winning producer: Coverage of Martin Luther King Assassination and Aftermath/CBS News Special Reports and Broadcasts [1969], The Selling of Colonel Herbert/60 Minutes [1973], 60 Minutes [1973]

1932 - Abbe Lane (Abigail Francine Lassman)
singer, glamour actress: Americano; photographed in bathtub filled with coffee [50s]; bandleader Xavier Cugat’s ex

1932 - Charlie Rich
‘The Silver Fox’: Grammy Award-winning singer: Behind Closed Doors [1973]; Lonely Weekends, The Most Beautiful Girl; died July 25, 1995

1935 - Lee Remick
actress: Bridge to Silence, The Omen, QB VII, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Tempest, Days of Wine and Roses, Anatomy of a Murder, The Long, Hot Summer; died July 2, 1991

1939 - Frank St. Marseille
hockey: NHL: SL Blues, LA Kings

1944 - James Sutorius
actor: Dynasty, The Andros Targets, The Bob Crane Show, On Wings of Eagles, A Question of Love

1946 - Jane Birkin
actress: French Intrigue, La Belle Noiseise, Le Petit Amour, Evil Under the Sun, Death on the Nile, Catherine & Co., Romance of a Horsethief, Blowup

1946 - Patty (Anna Marie) Duke
Academy Award-winning actress: The Miracle Worker [1962]; Emmy: Captains and the Kings [1976-1977]

1946 - Pat McCauley
musician: keyboards: group: Them

1946 - Stan Smith
International Tennis Hall of Famer: Amateur US Open Champ [1969], US Open Men’s Singles Champ [1971], Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champ [1972]

1946 - Joyce Vincent Wilson
singer: group: Tony Orlando and Dawn: Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, Candida, Knock Three Times

1948 - Jon Staggers
football: Green Bay Packers

1949 - Bill (William Joseph) Buckner
baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974], Chicago Cubs [NL batting champ: 1980/all-star: 1981], Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1986], California Angels, KC Royals

1949 - Dee Wallace-Stone
actress: The Frighteners, Temptress, The Road Home, My Family Treasure, I’m Dangerous Tonight, Popcorn, Miracle Down Under, Critters, Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home, Skeezer, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Howling, 10, The Hills Have Eyes, Together We Stand, The New Lassie

1949 - Cliff Williams
musician: guitar: group: AC/DC: LPs: Powerage, Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, For Those about to Rock, Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who, Blow Up Your Video

1958 - Mike Scott
musician: guitar, singer: group: The Waterboys

1963 - Cynthia Gibb
actress: Gypsy, Death Warrant, Malone, Jack’s Back, Youngblood, Modern Girls, Stardust Memories, Madman of the People, Fame

1964 - Rebecca Gibney
actress: Halifax f.p

Chart Toppers
December 14th.

1951 Sin (It’s No) - Eddy Howard
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - Carl Smith

1959 Heartaches by the Number - Guy Mitchell
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
In the Mood - Ernie Field’s Orch.
The Same Old Me - Ray Price

1967 Daydream Believer - The Monkees
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
It’s the Little Things - Sonny James

1975 Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
Let’s Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
Love Put a Song in My Heart - Johnny Rodriguez

1983 Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Say It Isn’t So - Daryl Hall-John Oates
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
Tell Me a Lie - Janie Fricke

1991 Black or White - Michael Jackson
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men
All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
For My Broken Heart - Reba McEntire

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Monday, December 15, 2008

The cinema spectacular, Gone With the Wind, premiered at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on this day in 1939. It was the first movie premiere ceremony to be televised. The governor of Georgia proclaimed the day a state holiday in commemoration of the event and the holiday celebrations continued for three days.

Earlier the same year on June 27th, a ‘wrap’ party was held to celebrate the completion of the major cinematography of GWTW. David O. Selznick had paid author Margaret Mitchell $50,000 for the movie, and ultimately, the TV rights to her novel. MGM then paid out $1.25 million to help finance the film, to convince Clark Gable to play the role of Rhett Butler, and to receive a fifty percent share of the movie’s profits. Two versions of the film were produced. One contains Rhett Butler’s famous farewell to Scarlett, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” For including the word ‘damn’, Selznick was fined $5,000. The other version had Gable’s Butler saying, “Frankly my dear, I just don’t care.”

Author Margaret Mitchell’s working name for her lead character was Pansy O’Hara. The final version of GWTW read Scarlett O’Hara. Among the many actresses considered for the role before Vivien Leigh was chosen to star were Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Miriam Hopkins, Susan Hayward, Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, Lana Turner, Jean Arthur, and Joan Bennett. Vivien Leigh earned $30,000 for the role that keeps on playing.

Ironically, Hollywood’s most famous, and possibly America’s greatest film, has resided permanently in Atlanta for some years. A theatre at the CNN Center Cinemas shows only "Gone With the Wind". The famous flick plays continuously on a daily schedule. The movie is now owned by Ted Turner. He acquired the entire MGM film library for TBS & TNT. We figure MGM made its money back and then some.

Gone with the Wind. I had the chance to see Gone with the Wind on the "big screen" when I was in my early teens and became an instant "Windie." I had already read Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner and was not disappointed when I saw the movie; I was in awe.

December 15th.

1791 - The Bill of Rights was ratified this day in Virginia. The Bill of Rights is comprised of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

1854 - Philadelphia residents were amazed as the first street cleaning machine was put into operation. A series of brooms attached to a cyclinder mounted on a cart was turned by a chain driven by the turning of the cart’s wheels.

1939 - Nylon yarn was sold to hosiery mills to make women’s stockings, marking the first use of commercial yarn for apparel. The DuPont product enabled a record number of ladies’ hose to go on sale for the first time in May 1940. And it all started in nylon’s hometown: Wilmington, Delaware.

1941 - A musical standard was recorded this day on Victor Records. Lena Horne sang the torch classic that became her signature: Stormy Weather. “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky. Stormy weather...”

1943 - Famed composer, blues singer, piano and pipe organ player, Fats (Thomas Wright) Waller died at the age of 39 from pneumonia. He began playing piano at the age of six, recording songs by 16. In the early years, some of his songs became smash hits, unfortunately after he had sold them outright. Songs like On the Sunny Side of the Street and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love. Waller was such a prolific composer of shows and hit songs that it would take pages to name them all. Some of the titles you may be familiar with are: Ain’t Misbehavin’, I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Fallin’, Honeysuckle Rose, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter and It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.

1944 - On this day, as World War II raged, news spread of the loss of an airplane somewhere over the English Channel between England and Paris. On board the ill-fated aircraft was Major Glenn Miller on his way to lead his Air Force Band in a Christmas concert.

1949 - After a decade on radio, Captain Midnight was heard for the final time. Put your secret decoder away now, kids.

1954 - Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter was featured on Walt Disney’s TV series for the first time. Crockett was played by Fess Parker. It wasn’t long before the Davy Crockett craze brought a new number one song to the pop music charts. “Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.”

1962 - The first record album to poke fun at a U.S. President became the #1 LP in the country. Vaughn Meader’s The First Family made the humorist a household word. The album stayed at #1 for three months.

1962 - Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics set a National Basketball Association record as he made his 5,926th field goal. His sterling career included the NBA’s MVP Award in 1957, and the record of 30 free throws in one game on March 21, 1953 when the Celtics played the Syracuse Nationals. Four of those free throws were made in overtime.

1966 - One of the greatest names in children’s television and movie production died on this day. Walt (Walter Elias) Disney died in Burbank, California. Mr. Disney was 65 years old. What a legacy he left the world!

1967 - The Silver Bridge, on U.S. 35 between Point Pleasant, WV and Gallipolis, OH, collapsed during afternoon rush hour. 46 people died. Although many states (including California and New York) had instituted bridge inspection programs, it was not until this tragedy that the issue of bridge safety was brought into national focus.

1973 - Sandy Hawley became the first jockey in history to win 500 races in a single year. With this victory in the third race at Laurel racetrack on Charlie Jr., he broke the legendary Bill Shoemaker’s 20-year-old record. Hawley recorded his 6,000th career victory in 1992 aboard Summer Commander at Greenwood racetrack.

1973 - Charlie Rich’s hit, The Most Beautiful Girl, hit #1 (for two weeks) in the U.S. “Hey, if you happen to see the most beautiful girl that walked out on me ... Tell her, "I'm sorry." Tell her, "I need my baby." Won't you tell her that I love her.”

1974 - Bert Jones, quarterback of the Baltimore Colts, set an NFL record by completing seventeen consecutive passes in a game against the New York Jets.

1980 - Dave Winfield signed a ten-year contract with the New York Yankees for somewhere between $1.3 and $1.5 million. He become the wealthiest player in the history of U.S. team sports. The total package for the outfielder was said to be worth over $22 million.

1982 - Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant announced that he was retiring as head football coach at the University of Alabama. Bryant had 232 victories and only 46 losses while coach of the Crimson Tide.

1986 - Violinist Isaac Stern arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to cut the ribbon for the renovated Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1988 - James Brown, charged with numerous offences, including illegal possession of drugs and firearms, aggravated assault and failure to stop for the police, was sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment. He was released from the South Carolina prison in 1991, having reportedly written new material while locked up.

1995 - The leaders of the European Union were gathered in Madrid to discuss the shape of a single European currency. They decided on a name for it: the Euro.

1996 - Boeing Co. jolted the aerospace world with a $13.3 billion deal to buy McDonnell Douglas Corp. The merger formed the world’s largest aerospace company.

2000 - These memorable movies premiered in the U.S.: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Academy awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration [Timmy Yip], Best Cinematography [Peter Pau], Best Foreign Language Film [Taiwan] and Best Music, Original Score [Tan Dun], starring Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Cheng Pei Pei and Lung Sihung; Walt Disney Pictures’ animated The Emperor’s New Groove (“Llama llama ding dong”), with the voices of David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton and Wendie Malick; Dude Where’s My Car? (“After a night they can't remember, comes a day they'll never forget.”), with Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff, Kristy Swanson and Hal Sparks; and What Women Want (“He has the power to hear everything women are thinking. Finally... a man is listening.”), starring Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Ashley Johnson, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine and Alan Alda.

December 15th.

1832 - Gustave Alexandre Eiffel
engineer: designed Paris’ Eiffel Tower and helped design Statue of Liberty; died Dec 27, 1923

1859 - Ludwig (Lazarus) Zamenhof
linguist: developed international language: Esperanto; died in 1917

1892 - J. (Jean) Paul Getty
oil magnate: Getty Oil; once the richest man in the world; art collector: his art formed the nucleus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu CA; died June 6, 1976

1904 - Kermit Bloomgarden
Tony Award-winning producer: The Diary of Anne Frank [1956]; Death of a Salesman, The Music Man, Equus; died Sep 20, 1976

1916 - Buddy (Edwin) Cole
pianist: group: The Buddy Cole Trio; sang with Rosemary Clooney: LP: Swing Around Rosie; died Nov 5, 1964

1918 - Jeff Chandler (Ira Grossel)
actor: Merrill’s Marauders, Return to Peyton Place, Broken Arrow; died June 17, 1961

1920 - Eddie (William Edward) Robinson
baseball: Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1948], Washington Nationals [all-star: 1949], Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1951, 1952], Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1953], NY Yankees [World Series: 1955], KC Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers

1922 - Alan Freed
disc jockey: WJW, Cleveland, WINS & WABC, New York: The Moondoggy Show; fired on air at WABC for alleged involvement in the payola scandal of the late 1950s; died Jan 20, 1965

1928 - Ernest Ashworth
Country Music Hall of Famer: Talk Back Trembling Lips; Member of Grand Ole Opry

1928 - Friedrich Hundertwasser
artist, printer, painter, ecologist: believed that the straight line was from the devil; public buildings should be like nature, simple, yet complex, colorful, efficient and self-sustaining

1928 - Jimmy Nelson
ventriloquist: Danny O’Day, Farfel the Dog; LP: Jimmy Nelson’s Instant Ventriloquism

1928 - Jerry Wallace
singer: Primrose Lane, Shutters and Boards, A Touch of Pink, If You Leave Me I’ll Cry; actor: Hec Ramsey

1930 - Edna O’Brien
author: Time and Tide, Country Girls Trilogy

1933 - Tim Conway
actor, comedian: McHale’s Navy, The Tim Conway Show, The Carol Burnett Show, various Dorf videos

1939 - Cindy Birdsong
singer: group: Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, group: Diana Ross and The Supremes: Love Child, Someday We’ll Be Together, River Deep-Mountain High [with Four Tops]

1940 - Nick Buoniconti
Pro Football Hall of Famer: Miami Dolphins LB: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII; TV football analyst: HBO: Inside the NFL

1942 - Dave Clark
singer: group: The Dave Clark Five: Bits and Pieces, Do You Love Me, Glad All Over, Everybody Knows, Red Balloon, Good Old Rock & Roll, Everybody Get Together; TV producer: Hold On It’s the Dave Clark Five, Ready Steady Go!; actor: Time; stunt man

1943 - Pete Duranko
football: Notre Dame All-American DE-LB, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos

1944 - Stan (Stanley Raymond) Bahnsen
baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees [Rookie of the Year: 1968], Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Montreal Expos, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies

1946 - Carmine Appice
composer, drummer: groups: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, KGB, King Kobra; co-wrote [w/Rod Stewart]: Da Ya Think I’m Sexy

1948 - Doug (Douglas James) Rau
baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978], California Angels

1948 - Charlie Scott
basketball: University of North Carolina; Boston Celtics, 3-time NBA all-star

1949 - Don Johnson (Donnie Wayne Johnson)
actor: Nash Bridges, Miami Vice, Harrad Experiment, A Boy and His Dog, The Long, Hot Summer, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Revenge of the Stepford Wives

1955 - Paul Simonon
musician: bass: group: The Clash: 1977, Capital Radio, Career Opportunities, I’m So Bored with the USA, Police and Thieves, Complete Control, [White Man] in Hammersmith Palais, English Civil War, Stay Free, Brand New Cadillac, Death or Glory, Jimmy Jazz, Rock the Casbah, Train in Vain [Stand by Me]

1961 - Reginald Hudlin
director: The Great White Hype, Cosmic Stop, Boomerang; writer: Bebe’s Kids; writer, director: House Party; brother of producer, director Warrington Hudlin

1961 - Daryl Turner
football: Michigan State, Seattle Seahawks

1963 - Helen Slater
actress: Parallel Lives, Lassie, Chantilly Lace, City Slickers, Ruthless People, Legend of Billie Jean, Supergirl, Capital News

1970 - Michael Shanks
actor: Stargate SG-1, The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon, Escape from Mars, Suspicious River, Mr. Fortune’s Smile, The Artist's Circle

1972 - Stuart Townsend
actor: About Adam, Shooting Fish, Venice Project, The Queen of the Damned, 24 Hours

Chart Toppers
December 15th.

1944 White Christmas - Bing Crosby
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
I’m Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce

1960 Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with The Innocents
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaemphert
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Born to Be with You - Sonny James

1976 Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo &
Billy Davis, Jr.
Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous - Johnny Duncan

1984 Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Anne Murray (with Dave Loggins)

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