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Today in History - April 7

Today's Birthdays

1770 William Wordsworth, poet; died Apr 23, 1850
1786 William King, 13th U.S. Vice President; died Apr 18, 1853
1873 John (Joseph) ‘Mugsy’ McGraw, ‘Little Napoleon,’ Baseball Hall of Famer; died Feb 25, 1934
1874 Edward Knoblock, playwright (Kismet) died July 19, 1945
1897 Walter Winchell, vaudeville performer/journalist/gossip columnist/radio commentator; died Feb 20, 1972
1908 Percy Faith, orchestra leader/composer (died Feb 9, 1976)
1915 Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan), jazz singer (God Bless the Child) died July 17, 1959
1920 Ravi Shankar, musician (father of Norah Jones)
1928 James Garner, actor (Maverick, Rockford Files)
1931 Daniel Ellsberg, author (released Pentagon Papers to the NY Times)
1933 Wayne Rogers, actor (M*A*S*H)
1935 Bobby Bare, country singer (Detroit City)
1937 Charlie Thomas, R&B singer (The Drifters)
1938 Jerry Brown, Oakland mayor, former California governor
1938 Spencer Dryden, drummer (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) died Jan 11, 2005
1938 Freddie Hubbard, Jazz trumpeter
1939 Francis Ford Coppola, film director (The Godfather series)
1939 David Frost, TV journalist
1943 Mick Abrahams, guitarist (Jethro Tull)
1944 Gerhard Schroeder, former chancellor of Germany
1947 Patricia Bennett, R&B singer (The Chiffons)
1949 John Oates, rock singer (Hall and Oates)
1951 Janis Ian, singer (At 17)
1952 Bruce Gary, drummer (The Knack)
1954 Jackie Chan, martial artist/actor (Rush Hour series)
1954 Tony Dorsett, Football Hall of Fame running back
1954 Clark Gillies, NY Islanders left wing
1960 James ‘Buster’ Douglas, boxing champion
1960 Simon Climie, rock musician (Climie Fisher)
1962 Hugh O'Connor, adopted son of actor Carroll O'Connor; committed suicide March 28, 1995
1964 Russell Crowe, actor (Cinderella Man)
1965 Bill Bellamy, actor (Fastlane)
1969 Ricky Watters, retired running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle SEahawks)
1970 Kevin Smith, Dallas Cowboys cornerback
1973 Brett Tomko, baseball player
1975 Ronde Barber, football player (Tampa Bay Bucaneers)
1975 Tiki Barber, retired NY Giants running back
1975 Heather Burns, actress (Miss Congeniality series)
1975 Ronnie Belliard, baseball player (Clevenland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers)

Today's Deaths in History

1891 P.T. Barnum, circus magnate, dies at 80
1947 Henry Ford, auto pioneer, dies at 83
1947 Rudolf Hoess, Auschwitz Camp Commandant, is hanged at 46
1987 Maxine Sullivan, Jazz vocalist (Blue Skies), dies at 75
1991 Henry Glover, music producer, dies at 69
1995 Ruth Disney, Walt's sister, dies at 91
2001 David Graf, actor (Police Academy series) dies at 50

Today in History

1862 Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
1864 The first camel race in America was held in Sacramento, CA.
1888 P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time (Collier’s).
1927 An audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
1928 45-year-old retired goalie Lester Patrick stepped in to save a game for the New York Rangers, following an injury to the Rangers’ regular goaltender; the Rangers went on to beat Montreal and win the Stanley Cup in that game, the final of the series.
1939 Italy invaded Albania.
1940 Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.
1949 The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific opened on Broadway.
1953 The U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be Secretary-General.
1954 "Gee," by The Crows, became the first rhythm and blues single to gain attention on pop music charts.
1963 Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament (23 years old).
1969 The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
1970 John Wayne, a movie veteran of more than 200 films, won his first and only Oscar, an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in True Grit, also starring Kim Darby and Glen Campbell.
1973 Vicki Lawrence got her number one single as "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" made it to the top of the pop charts.
1976 China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping.
1977 In the first American League game played outside the United States, Toronto’s Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
1979 Ken Forsch of Houston pitched a no-hitter over the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, the earliets in the season a no-hitter had ever been pitched.
1984 Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers tied the record for the earliest no-hitter in a season when he whipped Chicago 4-0.
1985 Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals broke the single-game rushing mark in the United States Football League (USFL), gaining 233 yards while leading the Generals past Houston 31-25.
1990 Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial (a federal appeals court later reversed the convictions).
1990 A display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center; the center and its director were indicted on obscenity charges.
1994 Civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.
2001 NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey to the red planet.
2001 An unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants was fatally shot by a white police officer in Cincinnati, sparking three days of riots.
2003 U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad and seized one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.
2003 The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation.

Chart Toppers

1945
My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
Kallen)
A Little on the Lonely Side - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Jimmy
Brown)
Shame on You - Spade Cooley

1953
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Till I Waltz Again with You - Teresa Brewer
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams

1961
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Apache - Jorgen Ingmann
On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins

1969
Dizzy - Tommy Roe
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass - Buck Owens

1977
Rich Girl - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Dancing Queen - Abba
Don’t Give Up on Us - David Soul
Lucille - Kenny Rogers

1985
One More Night - Phil Collins
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Country Girls - John Schneider

Quote of the Day

It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
Eugene McCarthy, US politician (1916 - 2005)

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Today in History - April 8th

Today's Birthdays

0563 B.C. Buddha (Shakyamuni),‘The Enlightened One’ in the Buddhist faith; died Feb 15, 483 B.C.
1872 Raymond Knight, the 'father of Canadian rodeo'
1892 Mary Pickford (Gladys Louise Smith), actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) died May 29, 1979
1912 Sonja Henie, ice skater (Olympic Gold Medalist 1928, 1932, 1936) died Oct 12, 1969
1918 Betty Ford, Former first lady
1922 Carmen McRae, jazz singer (The Next Time It Happens) died Nov 10, 1994
1923 Edward Mulhare, actor (Our Man Flint) died May 24, 1997
1926 Shecky Greene, comedian
1927 Charlie (Charles Richard) ‘Smokey’ Maxwell, baseball (Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox)
1928 John Gavin (Anthony Golenour), actor (Psycho, Spartacus)
1937 Seymour Hersh, investigative reporter
1938 Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General
1940 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Famer
1941 J.J. Jackson, R&B singer; died March 17, 2004
1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (The Lennon Sisters)
1941 Vivienne Westwood, fashion/costume designer
1942 Leon Huff, singer/songwriter (The O'Jays)
1943 John (Frederick) Hiller, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1946 Stuart Pankin, actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
1946 Jim (James Augustus) ‘Catfish’ Hunter, pitcher (KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees; died Aug 9, 1999 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
1947 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Yes)
1949 John Madden, film director (Shakespeare in Love)
1949 Brenda Russell, singer/songwriter (Piano in the Dark, Get Here)
1951 Mel Schacher, rock musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
1954 Gary Carter, Baseball Hall of Famer
1954 John Schneider, actor/singer (The Dukes of Hazzard)
1961 Mark Clayton, NFL wide reciever (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
1961 Richard Hatch, TV personality (Survivor winner)
1962 Izzy Stradlin, rock guitarist (Guns n' Roses)
1963 Julian Lennon, rock singer/guitarist
1963 Donita Sparks, rock musician (L7)
1964 Biz Markie, rapper
1966 Robin Wright Penn, actress/wife of Sean Penn (Forrest Gump)
1968 Patricia Arquette, actress (Medium)
1970 Craig Honeycutt, rock singer (Everything)
1971 Darren Jessee, rock musician (Ben Folds Five)
1973 Emma Caulfield, actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1978 Rachel Roberts, actress (Simone)
1980 Katee Sackhoff, actress ("Battlestar Galactica")
1981 Taylor Kitsch, actor (Friday Night Lights)
1984 Taran Noah Smith, actor (Home Improvement)
1984 Kirsten Storms, actress (Kim Possible)

Today's Deaths in History

1941 Earle Graser, radio announcer (The Lone Ranger) dies in an auto accident
1973 Pablo Picasso, artist, dies at 91
1981 Omar N. Bradley, World War II general/first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dies at 88
1990 Ryan White, AIDS patient/activist, dies at 18
1997 Laura Nyro, rock singer/songwriter (And When I Die), dies at 49
2000 Claire Trevor, actress, 'The Queen of Film Noir,' (Key Largo) dies at 90

Today in History

1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
1834 Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election (New York City).
1873 Alfred Paraf of New York City patented the first successful oleomargarine.
1911 The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New York City.
1935 The Works Progress Administration was approved by Congress.
1939 the first Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at Godshall Ranch, Apple Valley, California.
1941 Earle Graser, the eight-year voice of the radio program The Lone Ranger, died in an auto accident.
1943 Wendell Wilkie’s One World was published for the first time.
1952 President Harry S. Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.
1963 Steve Brooks became only the fifth race jockey to ride 4,000 career winners.
1968 The Beatles went gold again, receiving a gold record for the single "Lady Madonna."
1969 The Montreal Expos and the New York Mets played in Shea Stadium in New York in the first international baseball game in the major leagues.
1970 The Senate rejected President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court.
1971 Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1974 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1977 The Clash's self-titled debut album was released in Britain.
1985 Comedienne Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent eye liner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup.
1986 Baritone Robert Merrill of the Metropolitan Opera became the first person to both sing the anthem and throw out the first ball at Yankee Stadium for the Yanks home opener.
1987 Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned after saying on ABC's Nightline that blacks may lack some of the "necessities" for becoming baseball managers.
1990 Ryan White, the teen-age AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died at age 18.
1992 Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced at a news conference that he had AIDS.
1994 Rock singer-musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in Seattle of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play Topdog/Underdog.
2005 World leaders joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Chart Toppers

1946
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie
Hughes)
Personality - Johnny Mercer
You Won’t Be Satisfied - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter

1954
Wanted - Perry Como
Cross Over the Bridge - Patti Page
A Girl, A Girl - Eddie Fisher
Slowly - Webb Pierce

1962
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Slow Twistin’ - Chubby Checker
She’s Got You - Patsy Cline

1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Let It Be - The Beatles
Instant Karma (We All Shine On) - John Ono Lennon
Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

1978
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
Ready for the Times to Get Better - Crystal Gayle

1986
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. - John Cougar Mellencamp
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
100% Chance of Rain - Gary Morris

Quote of the Day

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
Douglas Adams, British humorist and author (1952 - 2001)



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Today in History - April 9th

Today's Birthdays

1821 Charles Baudelaire, poet (The Voyage) died Aug 31, 1867
1883 Frank King, cartoonist (Gasoline Alley) died June 25, 1969
1898 Paul Robeson, singer/actor (Ol’ Man River) died Jan 23, 1976
1903 Ward (Wardell) Bond, actor (Drums Along the Mohawk) died Nov 5, 1960
1905 J. William Fulbright, Congressman/benefactor (Fulbright Scholarship Program) died Feb 9, 1995
1916 Julian Dash, jazz tenor sax; died Feb 25, 1974
1926 Hugh Hefner, Playboy magazine founder /publisher
1932 Carl Perkins (Carl Lee Perkings), singer (Blue Suede Shoes) died Jan 19, 1998
1933 Jean-Paul Belmondo, actor (Les Misérables)
1935 Avery Schreiber, comedian (Burns & Schreiber) died Jan 7, 2002
1939 Michael Learned, actress (The Waltons)
1940 Jim Roberts, NHL (Montreal Canadiens, St Louis Blues)
1942 (Andre) Brandon de Wilde, actor (Shane) killed in car crash July 6, 1972
1942 Margo Smith, country singer
1943 Terry Knight, singer (Terry Knight and the Pack; founded Grand Funk Railroad)
1946 Les Gray, singer (Mud)
1948 Michel Parizeau, NHL (Philadelphia Flyers, St Louis Blues)
1953 Hal Ketchum, country singer
1954 Dennis Quaid, actor (Innerspace)
1957 Severiano (Seve) Ballesteros, golfer (won more than thirty major golf tournaments on five continents)
1959 Dave Innis, country musician (Restless Heart)
1961 Mark Kelly, keyboards (Marillion)
1961 Kirk McCaskill, pitcher (California Angels, Chicago White Sox)
1964 Lisa Guerrero, sports commentator (Sports Illustrated, FOX)
1965 Paulina Porizkova, actress/supermodel
1965 Keith Jackson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins)
1966 Cynthia Nixon, actress (Sex & the City)
1968 Jay Chandrasekhar, actor/director (Super Troopers)
1969 Kevin Martin, rock singer (Candlebox)
1971 Jacques Villeneuve, Formula 1 racer
1974 Jenna Jameson, adult film actress
1979 Keshia Knight Pulliam, actress (The Cosby Show)
1980 Albert Hammond Jr., rock musician (The Strokes)
1980 Ryan Northcott, actor (Mystery, Alaska)
1990 Kristen Stewart, actress (Panic Room)
1998 Elle Fanning, actress (Because of Winn-Dixie)

Today's Deaths in History

1747 Simon Fraser (Lord Lovat), 12th baron Lovat Jacobite (last man beheaded in England) dies at 80
1956 Jack Little, songwriter (In Old Shanty Town) commits suicide at 56
1959 Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, dies at 91
1976 Phil Ochs, protest singer, commits suicide at 35
1988 Brook Benton, singer (Rainy Night in Georgia) dies of bacterial meningitis at 56
1988 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
2001 Willie Stargell, baseball great (Pittsburgh Pirates) dies at 61
2004 Nick and Mary Yankovic, parents of "Wierd Al" Yankovic, dies at 86 and 81 of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning
2005 Andrea Dworkin, anti-pornography activist, dies at 58

Today in History

1682 French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.
1833 The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, N.H.
1865 Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House, Va., ending the Civil War.
1872 S.R. Percy of New York City received a patent for dried milk.
1878 First Lady Lucy Hayes begins holding Easter Egg rolling contests on the White House lawn.
1905 The first aerial ferry bridge went into operation in Duluth, Minnesota.
1912 The Boston Red Sox defeated Harvard 2-0, as Fenway Park was opened for the first time.
1912 The RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for New York.
1928 Mae West made her glamorous debut on Broadway in the classic production of Diamond Lil.
1939 Black singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of her race.
1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway during World War II.
1942 American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces during World War II.
1947 Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers announced the purchase of the baseball contract that would bring slugger Jackie Roosevelt Robinson to the Dodgers from Montreal.
1953 Warner Brothers, the first of the major Hollywood studios to introduce 3-D motion pictures, premiered The House of Wax at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.
1953 Cincinnati baseball officials said that the National League team wanted to be known as the Redlegs and not the Reds.
1959 NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
1962 President John F. Kennedy opened the Washington Senators’ baseball season by throwing out the first ball at the new D.C. Stadium.
1965 TIME magazine featured a cover with the entire Peanuts gang.
1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson attended the opening of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, the first major-league baseball game played indoors.
1969 The album Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan was released.
1973 Tommy Aaron became the second native son from Georgia to win the Masters golf title at Augusta.
1977 The Swedish pop group Abba made its debut at number one on the American pop charts, as "Dancing Queen" became the most popular record in the U.S.
1985 Tom Seaver broke a major-league baseball record (held by Walter Johnson) as he started his 15th opening-day game.
1992 Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges.
1996 Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., the once-powerful House Ways and Means chairman, pleaded guilty to two mail fraud charges (he served 15 months in prison).
1996 President Bill Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law.
2001 American Airlines' parent company acquired bankrupt Trans World Airlines, becoming America's No. 1 carrier.
2003 Jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad.
2005 Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.

Chart Toppers

1947
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
How are Things in Glocca Morra - Buddy Clark
Managua, Nicaragua - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Don Rodney)
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis

1955
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
South Street - The Orlons
Can’t Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
Still - Bill Anderson

1971
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
For All We Know - Carpenters
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
After the Fire is Gone - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

1979
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray

1987
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis
Come Go with Me - Expose
Ocean Front Property - George Strait

Quote of the Day

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Aldous Huxley, English critic & novelist (1894 - 1963)



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Today in History - April 10th

Today's Birthdays

1829 William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army; died Aug 20, 1912
1847 Joseph Pulitzer, newspaperman/benefactor (Pulitzer Prize); died Oct 29, 1911
1882 Frances Perkins (Mrs. Paul Caldwell Wilson), first woman U.S. presidential cabinet member (Secretary of Labor 1933-1945) died May 14, 1965
1885 Bernard Gimbel, merchant (Gimbel’s Department Stores) died Sep 29, 1966
1911 Martin Denny, composer/arranger/pianist (Exotica music) died Mar 2, 2005
1915 Harry Morgan, actor (Dragnet, M*A*S*H)
1916 Vernon Presley, father of Elvis; died June 16, 1979
1921 Chuck (Kevin Joseph) Connors, actor (The Rifleman, Cowboy in Africa) died Nov 10, 1992
1921 Sheb Wooley, comic/singer/songwriter (The Purple People Eater) died Sep 16, 2003
1926 Alvin "Junior" Samples, country entertainer (Hee Haw) died Nov 13, 1983
1929 Liz Sheridan, actress (Seinfeld)
1929 Max von Sydow, actor (Flash Gordon)
1932 Omar Sharif, actor (Dr. Zhivago)
1933 Ponciano "Poncie" Ponce, Hawaiian actor (Hawaiian Eye)
1936 John Madden, sportscaster
1936 Bobbie Smith, R&B singer (The Spinners)
1938 Don Meredith, sportscaster
1947 Bunny Wailer, reggae musician
1948 Mel Blount, Football Hall of Famer
1950 Ken (George Kenneth) Griffey Sr., baseball (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners)
1951 Steven Seagal, actor (Under Seige series)
1953 Terre Roche, folk singer (The Roches)
1954 Peter MacNicol, actor (24, Ally McBeal, Sophie's Choice)
1954 Deborah Rush, actress (American Wedding)
1957 Steven Gustafson, rock musician (10,000 Maniacs)
1958 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, R&B singer/producer
1959 Brian Setzer, rock/swing guitarist/orchestra leader
1960 Afrika Bambaataa, rapper/R&B musician (Planet Rock)
1960 Katrina Leskanich, rock singer (Katrina and the Waves)
1960 Olivia Brown, actress (Miami Vice)
1963 Warren "Torch" DeMartini, rock guitarist (Ratt)
1965 Tim "Herb" Alexander, rock musician (Primus)
1967 Kay Whitmore, NHL goalie (NY Rangers)
1968 Orlando Jones, comedian/actor (Evolution, Drumline)
1970 Enrico Ciccone, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
1975 Steve Washburn, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
1977 Robin Paul, actress (Ed)
1980 Kasey Kahne, NASCAR race driver
1982 Chyler Leigh, actress (The Practice)
1983 Ryan Merriman, actor (Final Destination 3)
1984 Mandy Moore, singer/actress (A walk to Remember)
1988 Haley Joel Osment, actor (The Sixth Sense)

Today's Deaths in History

1919 Emiliano Zapata, activist/revolutionary, is assassinated at 39
1954 Auguste Lumičre, filmmaking pioneer, dies at 91
1958 Chuck Willis, rock musician (CC Rider), dies at 30
1961 Irene Warfield, silnet film actress, dies at 65
1975 Marjorie Main, actress (Ma & Pa Kettle movies) dies at 89
1975 Walker Evans, photographer (documented the Depression), dies at 71
1980 Kay Medford, actress (To Rome With Love) dies at 65
1991 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Predator) dies at 35 of AIDS
1991 Natalie Shafer, actress (Gilligan's Island) dies at 90
1992 Sam Kinison, comedian, dies at 38
2000 Larry Linville, actor (M*A*S*H) dies at 60
2004 Donna Michelle, playmate (1964 Playmate of the Year) dies at 58

Today in History

1849 Walter Hunt of New York City patented the safety pin.
1866 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
1912 The luxury liner Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
1916 The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament at Siwanoy golf course in Bronxville, NY.
1925 The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published.
1932 Adolf Hitler came in second in voting for German president to the incumbent, Paul von Hindenburg.
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals, paving the way for Robinson to become the first black player in the major leagues.
1953 Eddie Fisher was discharged from the Army and arrived home to a nice paycheck of $330,000 in record royalties (Fisher sold 7 million records for RCA Victor while on furloughs).
1958 Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand afternoon TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis.
1959 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito married a commoner, Michiko Shoda.
1961 Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
1963 The nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher and its crew of 129 was lost off Cape Cod, Mass.
1970 Officially resigning from The Beatles, Paul McCartney disbanded arguably the most influential rock group in history at a public news conference.
1972 Some 70 nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, signed an agreement banning biological warfare.
1974 Golda Meir announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel.
1981 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands won election to the British Parliament.
1991 Los Angeles King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal.
1992 Financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed (the convictions were later overturned).
1995 NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more.
1996 President Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion.
1998 Negotiators in Northern Ireland reached a landmark settlement that called for Protestants and Catholics to share power.
2001 The Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
2002 Eight Israelis were killed by a suicide bomber aboard a bus in Haifa.
2003 The House passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and strengthening child pornography laws.

Chart Toppers

1948
Manana - Peggy Lee
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - The Art Moonie Orchestra
Anytime - Eddy Arnold

1956
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch - The Platters
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1964
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Suspicion - Terry Stafford
Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash

1972
A Horse with No Name - America
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
My Hang-Up is You - Freddie Hart

1980
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl - Spinners
Call Me - Blondie
Sugar Daddy - Bellamy Brothers

1988
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson
Devil Inside - INXS
Famous Last Words of a Fool - George Strait

Quote of the Day

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A. A. Milne, English juvenile author (1882 - 1956)



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Today in History - April 11th

Today's Birthdays

1862 Charles Evans Hughes, 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41) died Aug 27, 1948
1864 Lillie P. Bliss, founder (New York City’s Museum of Modern Art) died in 1931
1893 Lou Holtz, comedian/actor (When Do We Eat?) died Sep 22, 1980
1899 Percy Julian, scientist (developer of synthetic progesterone) died Apr 19, 1975
1902 Quentin Reynolds, New York NY, newscaster (Its News to Me) died Mar 17, 1965
1907 Paul Douglas, actor (The Mating Game) died Sep 11, 1959
1908 Jane Bolin, attorney (first black woman graduate of Yale School of Law; first black, female judge) died Jan 8, 2007
1913 Oleg Cassini, fashion designer; died March 17, 2006
1916 Howard W. Koch, film producer (President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1979) died Feb 16, 2001
1928 Ethel Kennedy (Skakel), widow of slain U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy
1931 Johnny Sheffield, actor (Tarzan series)
1932 Joel Grey (Katz), Tony & Academy award-winning actor (Cabaret)
1939 Louise Lasser, actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman)
1943 Harley Race, wrestling superstar (WWE Hall of Fame)
1947 Peter Riegert, actor (Local Hero, National Lampoon’s Animal House)
1947 Meshach Taylor, actor (Designing Women, Mannequin)
1950 Bill Irwin, actor (My Blue Heaven)
1951 Sid Monge, pitcher (California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, SD Padres, Detroit Tigers)
1956 Neville Staple, singer (The Specials)
1958 Stuart (William) Adamson, guitarist/singer (Big Country) committed suicide in Honolulu Dec 16, 2001
1958 Brynn Hartman, actress/wife of Phil Hartman; committed suicide May 28, 1998 after shooting her husband in his sleep
1961 Lucky Vanous, model (Diet Coke ads)
1963 Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, professional poker champion
1964 Bret Saberhagen, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher (Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox)
1966 Lisa Stansfield, singer/songwriter (All Around the World)
1970 Delroy Pearson, R&B singer (Five Star)
1970 Dylan Keefe, rock musician (Marcy Playground)
1970 Trevor Linden, NHL right wing/NHLPA President (Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitols)
1971 Vicellous Reon Shannon, actor (CSI)
1972 Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox catcher
1973 Jennifer Esposito, actress (Spin City)
1974 Tricia Helfer, actress (Battlestar Galactica)
1974 Trot Nixon, Boston Red Sox outfielder
1975 Angela Devi, model; committed suicide March 31, 2006
1980 Mark Teixiera, Texas Rangers 1st baseman/slugger
1981 Allesandra Ambrosio, actress (Casino Royale)
1987 Joss Stone, pop singer

Today's Deaths in History

1034 Romanos III Argyros, Byzantine Emperor, is assassinated by his wife at 65
1906 James A Bailey, circus pioneer (Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus) dies at 58
1966 Max Nesbitt, singer/comic writer, dies at 62
1970 John H O'Hara, US author (Pal Joey) dies at 65
1983 Dolores Del Rio, Mexican actress, dies at 78
1987 Erskine Caldwell, writer (God's Little Acre) dies at 83
1990 Bill Bushnell, actor (A Chorus Line) dies at 34
1992 James Brown, actor (The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin) dies at 72
1994 John O/Brien, author (Leaving Las Vegas) dies at 33
1996 Jessica Dubrow, dies at 7 in a plane crash while attempting to become the youngest pilot to fly across the United States
2006 Proof, rapper/actor, is shot and killed in a gun battle outside a Detroit nightclub at 32
2006 June Pointer, singer (the Pointer Sisters) dies at 52

Today in History

1689 William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
1803 A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.
1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
1876 The stenotype was patented by John C. Zachos of New York City.
1898 President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
1899 The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
1921 KDKA radio broadcast the first live sports event (a lightweight boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee).
1921 Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
1938 The SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) was founded.
1940 Andrew Ponzi of New York set a world’s record in a New York pocket billiards tournament, running 127 balls straight.
1945 The Americans liberate Buchenwald, the concentration camp where the Nazis conducted large-scale testing of vaccines for epidemic typhus, killing hundreds of prisoners.
1947 Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history when he played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1951 General Douglas MacArthur is relieved of command by President Harry S. Truman for insubordination and failure to follow Presidential directives.
1956 Elvis Presley reached the top spot on the Billboard music chart with his first double-sided hit, "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Was the One."
1961 Carl Yastrzemski replaced Ted Williams in left field for the Boston Red Sox.
1961 Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village.
1962 The New York Mets played their first regular season game (managed by Casey Stengel, the Mets lost their first ten games).
1970 Apollo 13, with astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert aboard, is launched for the moon ("Houston, we've had a problem.")
1979 Idi Amin, Uganda dictator, was forced to flee the capital of Kampala when the Tanzanian army, aided by Ugandian exiles who had united as the Uganda National Liberation Army, took the city.
1980 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
1981 President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.
1981 Wedding bells chimed for guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli of One Day at a Time.
1986 Kellogg’s of Battle Creek, MI stopped its 80-year tradition of tours of the breakfast-food plant, saying that company secrets were at risk with spies from other cereal manufacturers.
1989 Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers scores the first NHL playoff goal scored by a goaltender.
1996 The Detroit Red Wings become the second NHL team to win 60 games in a season.
1996 Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff, who'd hoped to become the youngest person to fly cross-country, was killed with her father and flight instructor when her plane crashed after takeoff from Cheyenne, Wyo.
2001 Ending an 11-day standoff, China agreed to free the 24 crew members of an American spy plane that had collided with a Chinese fighter plane, killing its pilot.
2002 U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff (he was sentenced to eight years in prison).
2003 American troops took the northern Iraqi city of Mosul without a fight.
2006 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that his country had succeeded in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time.
2006 Israel's Cabinet declared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon permanently incapacitated, officially ending his five-year tenure.

Chart Toppers

1949
Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)
Sunflower - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: The Skylarks)
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Vaughn Monroe
Candy Kisses - George Morgan

1957
Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Party Doll - Buddy Knox
Gone - Ferlin Husky

1965
I’m Telling You Now - Freddie & The Dreamers
The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens
Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
King of the Road - Roger Miller

1973
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) - Four Tops
Super Kind of Woman - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats

1981
Kiss on My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma - David Frizzell & Shelly West

1989
The Look - Roxette
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young cannibals
Like a Prayer - Madonna
I’m No Stranger to the Rain - Keith Whitley

Quote of the Day

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Henry Adams, US author, autobiographer, & historian (1838 - 1918)

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Today in History - April 12th

Today's Birthdays

1724 Lyman Hall, US physician/signer of the Declaration of Independence; died Oct 19, 1790
1777 Henry Clay, 'The Great Compromiser;' died June 29, 1852
1916 Beverly Cleary, author (Ramona)
1923 Ann Miller (Lucille Ann Collier), actress/dancer (On the Town) died Jan 22, 2004
1926 Jane Withers, actress/TV spokesperson (Josephine the plumber)
1931 Billy (Richard) Vaughn, musician/orchestra leader (Melody of Love) died Sept 26, 1991
1932 Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury), ukulele/falsetto singer (Tiptoe Through the Tulips) died Nov 30, 1996
1936 Charles Napier, actor (Rambo)
1938 Judy Lynn, country singer (Footsteps of a Fool)
1940 Woody (Woodrow Thompson) Fryman, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs)
1940 Herbie Hancock, Oscar-winning jazz/fusion musician/composer (Rockit)
1941 Bobby Moore, English football player/actor (Victory)
1944 John Kay (Joachim Krauledat), guitarist/vocalist (Steppenwolf)
1945 Richard pilcher, actor (Homicide: Life on the Street)
1946 Ed O’Neill, actor (Married......with Children)
1947 Dan Lauria, actor (The Wonder Years)
1947 David Letterman, TV host/comedian (Late Night with David Letterman)
1947 Tom Clancy, thriller writer (Hunt for Red October)
1949 Scott Turow, author (Presumed Innocent)
1950 David Cassidy, singer/actor (The Partridge Family)
1951 Jackson "Thunderfoot" Spires, rock drummer (Blackfoot)
1951 Alex Briley, singer (The Village People)
1953 Mickey Mantle, Jr., son of Yankee great Mickey Mantle
1954 Pat Travers, rock guitarist (Boom Boom Out Go the Lights)
1956 Andy Garcia, actor (The Untouchables)
1957 Vince Gill, country singer (When Love Finds You)
1958 Will Sergeant, guitarist (Echo & the Bunnymen)
1961 Lisa Gerrard, singer (Dead Can Dance)
1961 Ray Abruzzo, actor (The Sopranos)
1962 Art Alexakis, singer (Everclear)
1964 Amy Ray, singer (Indigo Girls)
1967 Mellow Man Ace, Afro-Cuban rapper
1967 Neil Fanning, voice actor (Scooby-Doo)
1968 Adam Graves, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers)
1968 Alicia Coppola, actress (Jericho)
1970 Nicholas Hexum, rock singer (311)
1971 Kent Manderville, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
1971 Nicholas Brendon, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1971 Shannen Doherty, actress (Beverly Hills 90210)
1972 NiCole Robinson, actress (The West Wing)
1973 Krzystof Oliwa, NHL forward (Calgary Flames)
1974 Roman Hamrlik, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1978 Guy Berryman, rock musician (Coldplay)
1979 Claire Danes, actress (Romeo+Juliet, Shopgirl)
1979 Jennifer Morrison, actress (House)
1986 Athena Lundberg, playmate (January 2006)
1987 Brendon Urie, rock singer (Panic! at the Disco)

Today's Deaths in History

1748 William Kent, architect (Kensington Palace) dies at 63
1817 Charles Messier, astronomer (catalogued objects in space) dies at 86
1878 William M "Boss" Tweed, New York City politician (convicted of corruption), dies at 55
1912 Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross, dies at 90
1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the U.S. dies in Warms Springs, GA at 63
1967 Buster Bailey, Jazz clarinetist, dies at 64
1975 Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergčre), dies at 68
1977 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs) dies at 82
1981 Joe Louis, "The Brown Bomber," boxing champion, dies at 66
1989 Abbie Hoffman, counter-culture/hippie, dies at 52
1989 Sugar Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr) world welterweight champion, dies at 67
1996 Michelle Calvert, stunt double (Xena: Warrior Princess) dies at 24 in a boating accident
1999 Boxcar Willie, country singer, dies at 67

Today in History

1606 England adopted the original version of the Union Jack as its flag.
1799 Phineas Pratt patented the comb cutting machine.
1833 Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe in New York City.
1847 Yung Wing, one of several Chinese students, arrived in America, and went on to become the first student from China to graduate from Yale University (1854).
1861 The Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
1877 James Alexander Tyng, while playing a baseball game in Lynn, MA, became the first ballplayer to wear a catcher’s mask.
1892 Voters in Lockport, NY became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.
1905 The Hippodrome opened in New York City with the gala musical revue, A Yankee Circus on Mars.
1939 Woody Herman’s orchestra recorded "Woodchopper’s Ball."
1954 Bill Haley & the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" for Decca Records.
1955 The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was termed “safe, effective and potent” by the University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center.
1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the Earth once before making a safe landing.
1964 Arnold Palmer won his fourth Masters title and became the first golfer to make career earnings of $506,496.84.
1964 Philadelphia singer Chubby Checker married Dutch-born beauty Catharina Lodders, former Miss World.
1967 Jim Brown made his TV acting debut on the NBC show I Spy, starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp.
1969 Lucy and Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts made the cover of Saturday Review.
1970 The NY Yankees dedicated plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio.
1981 The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its first test flight.
1983 Harold Washington becomes Chicago's first black mayor.
1984 Challenger astronauts made the first satellite repair in orbit by returning a healthy Solar Max satellite to space.
1985 Federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns, as the circus said, but goats with horns which had been surgically implanted.
1985 Senator Joseph ‘Jake’ Garn became the first space politician as he lifted off this day from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1987 Larry Mize, 28, hit a miracle shot, a 140-foot chip, to win the Masters golf title in Augusta, GA.
1988 Frank Robinson replaced Cal Ripken as manager of the Baltimore Orioles.
1992 Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz.
1992 Euro Disneyland, a $4 billion theme park, opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France.
1999 U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found President Bill Clinton in contempt of court for giving "intentionally false" testimony in a lawsuit filed by Paula Jones about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2001 Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken declared a state of emergency amid an outbreak of racial violence.
2002 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez resigned under pressure from the country's divided military (he was returned to office two days later).
2004 Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list.

Chart Toppers

1950
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton
Music, Music, Music - Teresa Brewer
Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams

1958
Tequila - The Champs
He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands) - Laurie London
Book of Love - The Monotones
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson

1966
The Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
Daydream - The Lovin’ Spoonful
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold

1974
Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
Bennie & The Jets - Elton John
A Very Special Love Song - Charlie Rich

1982
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
We Got the Beat - Go-Go’s
Make a Move on Me - Olivia Newton-John
Big City - Merle Haggard

1990
Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne
I’ll Be Your Everything - Tommy Page
All Around the World - Lisa Stansfield
Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart - Randy Travis

Quote of the Day

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.
Horace, Roman lyric poet & satirist (65 BC - 8 BC)


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Today in History - April 13th

Today's Birthdays

1743 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President (1801-1809) died July 4, 1826
1852 F. W. (Frank Winfield) Woolworth, merchant (created the five and ten cent store) died Apr 8, 1919
1899 Alfred Butts, architect/game inventor (Scrabble) died Apr 4, 1993
1902 Phillipe de Rothschild, author (Lady Chatterley's Lover) died Jan 20, 1988
1902 Marguerite Henry, author (Misty) died Nov 26, 1997
1906 Samuel Beckett, author/critic/playwright (Waiting for Godot) died Dec 22, 1989
1906 Bud (Lawrence) Freeman, jazz tenor sax; died Mar 15, 1991
1909 Eudora Welty, poet (Delta Wedding) died July 23, 2001
1919 Howard Keel (Harry Clifford Leek), actor (Dallas) died Nov 7, 2004
1919 Madalyn Murray O’Hair, author/atheist (Why I Am an Atheist) murdered: missing since Aug 1995, her body was found near Camp Wood, TX Jan 28, 2001
1923 Don Adams (Donald James Yarmy), actor (Get Smart) died Sep 25, 2005
1925 Jules Irving, actor (It Came from Beneath the Sea) died July 28, 1979
1931 Dan Gurney, auto racer (first driver to win all 4 major categories: Formula One, Indy Cars, NASCAR and sports cars)
1935 Lyle Waggoner, actor (The Carol Burnett Show)
1937 Edward Fox, actor (Force 10 from Navarone)
1939 Paul Sorvino, actor (Law and Order, Goodfellas)
1940 Lester Chambers, singer/harmonica (The Chambers Brothers)
1942 Bill Conti, Academy Award-winning composer (movie scores)
1944 Jack Casady, bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
1944 Brian Pendleton, guitarist (The Pretty Things) died May 25, 2001
1945 Tony Dow, actor (Leave It to Beaver)
1945 Lowell George, rock singer (Little Feat) died June 29, 1979 of a drug overdose
1946 Al Green, singer/songwriter (Let’s Stay Together)
1950 Ron Perlman, actor (Hellboy)
1950 William Sadler, actor (The Shawshank Redemption)
1951 Max Weinberg, drummer (E Street Band)
1951 Peabo Bryson, singer (If Ever You're In My Arms Again)
1954 Jimmy Destri, organ (Blondie)
1957 Gary Kroeger, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1958 Randy Piper, rock guitarist (WASP)
1959 Vicky Witt, playmate (August 1978)
1961 Joey Mazzola, rock musician (Sponge)
1963 Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion
1964 Caroline Rhea, comic/actress (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
1964 Davis Love III, professional golfer
1964 Page Hannah, actress (Fame)
1965 Lisa Umbarger, basssist (The Toadies)
1966 Marc Ford, rock musician (The Black Crowes)
1970 Rick Schroder, actor (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue)
1972 Mariusz Czerkawski, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers, NY Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs)
1973 Bokeem Woodbine, actor (The Rock, The Big Hit)
1974 Sergei Gonchar, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins)
1975 Lou Bega, singer (Mambo #5)
1976 Jonathan Brandis, actor (SeaQuest DSV)
1981 Courtney Peldon, actress (Boston Public)

Today's Deaths in History

1974 Stanley Smith, actor (Honey) dies at 71
1978 Paul McGrath, actor (No Time For Love) dies at 74
1984 Christopher Wilder, serial killer (The Beauty Queen Killer) shoots himself (when cornered by the police) at 39
1986 Stephen Stucker, actor (Airplane) dies at 36
1987 Francis M. Cockrell, TV writer (Batman) dies at 80
2005 Johnnie Johnson, rock songwriter (Roll Over Beethoven) dies at 80

Today in History

1598 King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, granting rights to the Protestant Huguenots.
1742 George Frideric Handel's Messiah was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.
1782 Washington, North Carolina was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington.
1796 The first known elephant to arrive in the United States came to New York.
1870 The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City.
1916 The first hybrid seed corn was purchased by Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, OH.
1940 The first of the ‘Road’ movies with Bob Hope, Big Crosby and Dorothy Lamour opened at the Paramount Theatre in New York City (The Road to Singapore).
1943 The Thomas Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
1954 Hank Aaron debuted for the Milwaukee Braves, going 0-for-5 against Cincinnati.
1958 Van Cliburn of Kilgore, TX earned 1st prize in the Soviet Union’s Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in Moscow.
1963 Pete Rose got his first major-league hit for the Cincinnati Reds; 21 years later to the day, he collected his 4,000th hit.
1964 Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for Lilies of the Field.
1970 Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.
1972 The first strike in the history of major-league baseball ended.
1980 Grease, Broadway’s longest-running musical, closed after eight years, and a run of 3,388 performances and $8 million earned.
1981 Janet Cook won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing; she later said that her prize-winning story in The Washington Post was a fake, and the award was rescinded.
1984 The Montreal Expos welcomed Pete Rose to the team and he repaid the Expos’ faithful with a double against his former teammates, the Philadelphia Phillies, for his 4,000th career hit.
1985 The Grand Ole Opry, a radio staple from Nashville for 60 years, came to TV.
1986 Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters green jacket with a 9-under-par 279.
1986 Pope John Paul II visited a Rome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.
1990 The Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, a massacre the Soviets had previously blamed on the Nazis.
1997 Tiger Woods, 21, became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first person of African heritage to claim a major golf title.
1998 NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a $62.5 billion merger.
1999 Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide in 1998 was videotaped and shown on 60 Minutes.
2002 Venezuela's interim president, Pedro Carmona, resigned a day after taking office in the face of protests by thousands of supporters of the ousted president, Hugo Chavez.
2004 Barry Bonds hit his 661st homer, passing Willie Mays to take sole possession of third place on baseball's career list.
2005 Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta.

Chart Toppers

1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
Be My Love - Mario Lanza
The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow

1959
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
Happy Together - The Turtles
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
Bernadette - Four Tops
Walk Through This World with Me - George Jones

1975
Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band
Poetry Man - Phoebe Snow
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
Always Wanting You - Merle Haggard

1983
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
Hungry like the Wolf - Duran Duran
We’ve Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton

1991
I’ve Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat
You’re in Love - Wilson Phillips
Hold You Tight - Tara Kemp
Down Home - Alabama

Quote of the Day

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire, French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

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Today in History - April 14th

Today's Birthdays

1629 Christiaan Huygens, astronomer (discovered Saturn's rings) died July 1695
1866 Anne Mansfield Sullivan, educated Helen Keller; died Oct 20, 1936
1879 James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads) died May 5, 1958
1898 Lee Tracy, Atlanta GA, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye) died Oct 18, 1968
1904 Sir John Gielgud, London England, actor (Arthur, Chariots of Fire) died May 21, 2000
1906 Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz, King of Saudi-Arabia; died March 25, 1975
1907 François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti; died April 21, 1971
1925 Rod Steiger, actor (On the Waterfront, Dr. Zhivago) died July 9, 2002
1930 Bradford Dillman, actor (Murder She Wrote)
1935 Loretta Lynn, country singer (Coal Miner's Daughter)
1936 Kenneth Mars, comic actor (Young Frankenstein)
1936 Frank Serpico, policeman
1941 Julie Christie, actress (Dr Zhivago)
1941 Pete Rose, "Charlie Hustle," baseball player/manager (Cincinnati Reds)
1942 Dick Brooks, NASCAR legend; died Feb 1, 2006
1945 Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist (Rainbow, Deep Purple)
1948 Larry Ferguson, keyboardist (Hot Chocolate)
1949 Dennis Bryon, drummer (Bee Gees)
1950 Randolph Powell, actor (Dallas, Logan's Run)
1952 Kenny Aaronson, bassist (Stories, Hall & Oates)
1957 Richard Jeni, comic; committed suicide Mar 10, 2007
1960 Brian Forster, drummer (Partridge Family)
1960 Brad Garrett, actor (Everybody Loves Raymond)
1961 Robert Carlyle, actor (The Full Monty, Trainspotting)
1962 John Bell, rock musician (Widespread Panic)
1965 Stan Humphries, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers)
1966 David Justice, baseball player (Atlanta Braves)/ex-husband of Halle Barry
1966 Greg Maddux, San Angelo TX, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs)
1967 Barret Martin, rocker (Screaming Trees)
1968 Anthony Michael Hall, Boston MA, comedian (16 Candles, Breakfast Club)
1971 Greg Zaun, catcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
1973 Adrien Brody, actor (The Pianist)
1973 David Miller, tenor (Il Divo)
1974 Da Brat, female rapper
1975 Amy Dumas, WWE Diva
1977 Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1978 Coleen Shannon, playmate (January 2004 – 50th Anniversary Playmate)
1996 Abigail Breslin, actress (Little Miss Sunshine)

Today's Deaths in History

1759 Georg Frideric Händel, organist/composer (Watermusic), dies at 74
1964 Rachel L Carson, US biologist/author (Silent spring), dies at 56
1965 Perry E Smith, murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
1965 Robert E Hickok, murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
1975 Fredric March, actor, (Inherit the Wind, The Best Years of our Lives), dies at 77
1983 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies
1986 Simone de Beauvoir, French author (Deuxičme Sexe), dies at 86
1990 Peter Dunn, actor (Invaders from Mars) dies
1995 Burl Ives, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 85
1996 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
1996 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
1999 Ellen Corby, actress (The Waltons) dies at 87
2002 Buck Baker, NASCAR legend, dies at 83

Today in History

1775 The first abolitionist society in the U.S. organizes in Philadelphia, PA.
1841 Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue is published.
1846 The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, for California on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
1859 Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities is published.
1860 The first Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco, CA. from St Joseph, MO.
1863 William Bullock patents the continuous-roll printing press.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
1902 J.C. (James Cash) Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer. Wyoming.
1906 President Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in the U.S. press.
1912 The Titanic, launched on 31 May 1911, on route from Southampton to New York with 2200 passengers, strikes iceberg off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia at approximately 11:30pm, and sinks early the next morning (1500+ death toll).
1912 Frederick Rodman Law was a stunt man and became the first man to intentionally jump from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York without intending to take his own life.
1927 The first Volvo automobiles premiere in Sweden.
1928 The New York Rangers beat Montréal Maroons, 3 games to 2
to win the Stanley Cup.
1935 Babe Ruth played his first game for the National League in Fenway Park in Boston, MA (Boston Braves)
1939 John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath is published.
1956 Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.
1958 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika aboard) burns up in atmosphere.
1964 A Delta rocket's third-stage motor prematurely ignites in an assembly room at Cape Canaveral, killing 3.
1967 Herman’s Hermits, featuring lead singer Peter Noone, went gold with the single, "There’s a Kind of Hush."
1969 For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, a tie resulted in two stars sharing the Best Actress Oscar (Barbra Streisand for her performance in Funny Girl, and Katharine Hepburn for her starring role in The Lion in Winter).
1970 One of Apollo 13's oxygen tanks explodes, causing a cancelled moon mission.
1971 The Supreme Court upholds busing as means of achieving racial desegregation.
1980 Stan Mikita retired after 21 years with the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL (his #21 jersey became the first Blackhawks number to be retired).
1986 In retaliation for the April 5 bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin in which two U.S. servicemen were killed, Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Tripoli and Benghazi, in Libya, which kill 60 people.
1988 The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will (the U.S. retaliates against Iran on April 18 with Operation Praying Mantis, the world's largest naval battle since World War II).
1997 Whitewater figure James McDougal drew a three-year prison sentence for 18 felony fraud and conspiracy counts.
1999 NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
2000 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich filed a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster.
2002 Tiger Woods became only the third golfer in history to win back-to-back Masters titles.
2003 The Human Genome Project is successfully completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy.
2003 Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit fell to U.S.-led forces with unexpectedly light resistance.
2003 U.S. commandos in Baghdad captured Abul Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985.
2005 The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Portland's Multnomah County.

Chart Toppers

1944
It’s Love, Love, Love - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Skip Nelson)
I Love You - Bing Crosby
Besame Mucho - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty
Kallen
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter

1952
Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Tell Me Why - The Four Aces
(When You Feel like You’re in Love) Don’t Just Stand There - Carl Smith

1960
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Greenfields - The Brothers Four
Mama - Connie Francis
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves

1968
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Young Girl - The Union Gap
Cry like a Baby - The Box Tops
You are My Treasure - Jack Greene

1976
Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
’Til I Can Make It on My Own - Tammy Wynette

1984
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
Hello - Lionel Richie
Thank God for the Radio - The Kendalls

Quote of the Day

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Jean Giraudoux, French diplomat, dramatist, & novelist (1882 - 1944)


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Today in History - April 15th

Today's Birthdays

1452 Leonardo da Vinci, scientist/mathematician/engineer/inventor/anatomist/painter/ sculptor/architect/musician/writer (Mona Lisa) died May 2, 1519
1684 Catherine I of Russia, second wife of Peter the Great/Empress of Russia; died May 17, 1727
1741 Charles Willson Peale, painter/soldier/naturalist (portrait of George Washington) died Feb 22, 1827
1843 Henry James, author (The Portrait of a Lady) died Feb 28, 1916
1884 Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," blues singer; died Sept 21, 1937
1889 Thomas Hart Benton, painter (regionalism) died Jan 19, 1975
1912 Kim Il-sung, dictator of North Korea; died July 8, 1994
1917 Hans Conried, actor/voice actor (Dudley Do-Right) died Jan 5, 1982
1924 Sir Neville Marriner, conductor (Amadeus soundtrack)
1929 Sir George Adrian Hayhurst Cadbury, chocolatier
1933 Roy Clark, country musician/entertainer (Hee Haw)
1933 Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched) died May 18, 1995
1939 Marty Wilde, British pop singer/songwriter (father of Kim Wilde)
1940 Robert Walker, Jr., actor (Ensign Pulver)
1940 Willie Davis, centerfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers)
1942 Walt Hazzard, NBA (LA Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors)
1944 Dave Edmunds, rock guitarist/singer (Rockpile)
1947 DeDe Lind, playmate (August 1967)
1947 Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, TV producer/writer (Designing Women)
1948 Michael Kamen, composer (film scores) died Nov 18, 2003
1950 Amy Wright, actress (Breaking Away)
1951 Heloise, newspaper advice columnist
1954 Seka, adult film actress
1955 Dodi Al-Fayed, department store heir; died Aug 31, 1997 in the same car crash that claimed the life of Princess Di
1959 Emma Thompson, actress (Sense & Sensibility)
1959 Thomas F. Wilson, actor (Back to the Future series)
1959 Kevin Lowe, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers, NY Rangers)
1961 Lynne Austin, playmate (July 1986)
1965 Graeme Clark, pop musician (Wet Wet Wet)
1966 Samantha Fox, singer (Naughty Girls Need Love Too)
1968 Ed O'Brien, guitarist (Radiohead)
1968 Stacey Williams, model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue)
1969 Jeromy Burnitz, outfielder (Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates)
1969 Jimmy Waite, NHL goaltender (Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes)
1971 Jason Seahorn, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
1972 Lou Romano, voice actor (Cars)
1974 Danny Pino, actor (Cold Case)
1974 Josh Todd, rock singer (Buckcherry)
1975 Paul Dana, IRL driver; died Mar 26, 2006 in a crash during race practice
1976 Susan Ward, actress (Shallow Hal)
1978 Milton Bradley, outfielder (Oakland Athletics)
1983 Ilya Kovalchuk, NHL forward (Atlanta Thrashers)
1990 Emma Watson, actress (Harry Potter series)

Today's Deaths in History

1621 John Carver, first governor of the Plymouth colony, dies at 45
1865 Abraham Lincoln, 16th President, dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 56
1889 Father Damien de Veuster, missionary to the leper colony on Molokai, dies at 49 of leprosy
1912 Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic, went down with the ship at 62
1912 John Jacob Astor, richest victim of the Titanic, is crushed to death at 47
1919 Helen Lorraine Allison, the only child from first- or second-class on the Titanic to die, dies at 2
1949 Wallace Beery, actor (Treasure Island) dies at 64
1971 Dan Reeves, NFL owner (Cleveland/LA Rams) dies at 58
1975 Richard Conte, actor (The Godfather) dies at 65
1980 Raymond Bailey, actor (Beverly Hillbillies) dies at 75
1980 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist (Being and Nothingness) dies at 74
1990 Greta Garbo, actress (Anna Karenina) dies at 84
1998 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator, dies at 72
2000 Edward Gorey, illustrator (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats) dies at 75
2001 Joey Ramone, punk music icon, dies at 49 of lymphoma
2002 Byron "Whizzer" White, running back/Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
2005 John Fred, pop singer (Judy in Disguise) dies at 63

Today in History

1755 Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
1783 The preliminary articles of peace ending the Revolutionary War are ratified.
1850 The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1865 Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th President of the United States upon the death of Abraham Lincoln.
1892 The General Electric Company forms.
1923 Insulin first became generally available for use by diabetics.
1923 Dr. Lee DeForest’s Phonofilm, the first sound-on-sound film, motion picture, was demonstrated for a by-invitation-only audience at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City.
1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1927 Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Norma and Constance Talmadge become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1943 An Allied bomber attack misses the Minerva automobile factory and hits the Belgian town of Mortsel instead, killing 936 civilians.
1945 The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1955 The first McDonald's restaurant opens in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1956 General Motors announced that the first free-piston automobile had been developed.
1964 The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opens, running 23 miles across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
1971 George C. Scott refused the Oscar for his Best Actor performance in Patton at the 43rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, saying, “It is degrading to have actors in competition with each other.”
1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens.
1985 Ozzie Smith was awarded a $2-million annual contract by the St. Louis Cardinals, making him the richest infielder in baseball.
1986 The United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
1989 Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests (Tianimen Square) upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang.
1990 In Living Color makes its debut on FOX-TV.
1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsley is sent to jail for tax evasion.
1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley are inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
1997 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
1997 Major League Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring his # 42 for all teams.
2000 Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.
2002 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
2003 Looters and arsonists ransacked and gutted Iraq's National Library, as well as Iraq's principal Islamic library.
2004 In a videotape, a man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered a truce to European countries that did not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers left Islamic nations.

Chart Toppers

1945
My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
Kallen)
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills

1953
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Doggie in the Window - Patti Page
Till I Waltz Again with You - Teresa Brewer
Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams

1961
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Apache - Jorgen Ingmann
Dedicated to the One I Love - The Shirelles
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins

1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Galveston - Glen Campbell
Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone) - Loretta Lynn

1977
Dancing Queen - Abba
Don’t Give Up on Us - David Soul
Don’t Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
Lucille - Kenny Rogers

1985
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Nightshift - Commodores
Honor Bound - Earl Thomas Conley

Quote of the Day

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician (1889 - 1964)


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Today in History - April 16th

Today's Birthdays

1682 John Hadley, mathematician/inventor (first reflecting telescope) died Feb 14, 1744
1867 Wilbur Wright, aeronaut (Wright Brothers) died Jan 30, 1948
1889 Charlie Chaplin (The Little Tramp), comedian/actor/director (City Lights) Died Dec 25, 1977
1898 Marian Jordan, Peoria IL, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly) died April 7, 1961
1900 Polly Adler, Russia, bordello proprieter/author (House is not a Home) died June 11, 1962
1911 Christine McIntyre, actress (3 Stooges movies) died July 8, 1984
1913 Les Tremayne, London, actor (War of the Worlds) died Dec 19, 2003
1919 Pualani Mossman, hula dancer; died May 8, 2006
1918 Spike Milligan, Ahmed Nagar India, actor/comedian (3 Musketeers) died Feb 27, 2002
1920 Barry Nelson, Oakland, actor (Airport)
1921 Peter Ustinov, London England, actor (Death on Nile) died Mar 28, 2004
1924 Henry Mancini, Cleveland OH, composer/conductor (Pink Panther) died June 14, 1994
1927 Pope Benedict XVI (Josef Ratzinger)
1928 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (St Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions) died Jan 29, 2002
1930 Herbie Mann, Brooklyn NY, jazz flute/sax (Just Wailin') died July 1, 2003
1931 Edie Adams (Elizabeth Edith Enke), actress/Mrs Ernie Kovacs (It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World)
1933 Ike Pappas, reporter (witnessed/covered the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald)
1934 Robert Stigwood, producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease)
1935 Bobby Vinton, Pittsburgh PA, singer (Roses are Red)
1937 George "The Animal" Steele, wrestler
1939 Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien), rock vocalist (Son of a Preacher Man) died Mar 2, 1999
1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers)
1947 Gerry Rafferty, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Stealer's Wheel)
1949 Melody Patterson, actress (F Troop)
1950 David Graf, Lancaster OH, actor (Police Academy series) died Apr 7, 2001
1952 Bill Belichick, NFL coach (New England Patriots)
1952 Billy West, voice actor (Ren & Stimpy, Futurama)
1953 Peter Garrett, Australian rock singer (Midnight Oil)
1954 Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Sea of Love)
1962 Ian MacKaye, rock singer (Fugazi)
1963 Jimmy Osmond, Ogden UT, singer (Donnie & Marie)
1964 Dave Pirner, rocker (Soul Asylum)
1965 Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, 2-1/2 Men)
1965 Martin Lawrence, comedian (Big Mama's House series)
1970 Fran Robinson, California, actress (Charlie & Company)
1970 Bonnie Bernstein, NFL sideline reporter
1970 Walt Williams, NBA (Sacramento Kings)
1971 Peter Billingsley, actor (A Christmas Story)
1971 Selena (Quintanilla Perez), slain Tejano singer; died Mar 31, 1995
1975 Sean Maher, actor (Firefly)
1976 Lukas Haas, West Hollywood CA, actor (Mars Attacks, Witness)
1979 Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, rock musician (The Hives)
1983 Cat Osterman, softball player (2004 Olympic Gold Medalist)

Today's Deaths in History

1850 Marie (Gresholtz) Tussaud, maker of wax figures, dies at 88
1879 Bernadette, saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers, France at 35
1914 George W Hill, US astronomer (moon orbit), dies at 76
1968 Edna Ferber, author (American Beauty), dies at 78
1972 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
1978 Lucius D. Clay, military governor of West Germany (post WWII) dies at 80
1985 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], actor (Gremlins), dies at 60
1988 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO military commander, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
1991 David Lean, director (Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 83
1992 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
1992 Neville Brand, actor (Stalag 17), dies of emphysema at 71
1994 Ralph Waldo Ellison, US writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
1995 Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon, commits suicide at 25
1996 Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
2002 Robert Urich, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire) dies at 55
2005 Kay Walsh, dancer/actress (Oliver Twist) dies at 93
2005 Marla Ruzicka, humanist (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict) is killed by a car bomb in Baghdad at 28

Today in History

1178 BC A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.
1521 Martin Luther made his first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
1777 In the Battle of Bennington, New England's Green Mountain Boys rout the British.
1789 President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.
1818 The Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment, which provided for an unarmed US-Canada border.
1853 The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
1862 A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.
1881 In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
1908 Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Lake Powell, UT.
1912 Harriet Quimby becomes first woman pilot to cross the English Channel.
1917 Vladimir Lenin returns to Saint Petersburg from exile in Finland.
1929 Cleveland Indian Earl Averill becomes the first player in the American League to hit a home run on his first at-bat.
1935 Fibber McGee & Molly premiers on NBC-Radio.
1940 The first no-hit, no-run game thrown on an opening day of baseball season was earned by Bob Feller, as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
1943 Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
1945 The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.
1945 In his first speech to Congress, President Harry S. Truman pledged to carry out the war and peace policies of his late predecessor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1946 Syria gains its independence.
1947 An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
1947 Financier and presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse, "Let us not be deceived. We are today in the midst of a cold war."
1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News, succeeding Douglas Edwards in that role.
1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
1964 Sentences totaling 307 years were passed on 12 men who stole Ł2.6m in used bank notes in what became known as the Great Train Robbery.
1964 The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers), the band's debut album, was released.
1972 Apollo 16 launches towards the moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1972 Prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1972 Two giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, arrive at the national Zoo in Washington, D.C., a gift from China.
1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.
1983 Steve Garvey sets a National League record by playing in his 1,118th consecutive game.
1988 In Forlě, Italy, the Red Brigades kill Italian Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor of Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita.
1992 The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
1994 Singer Harry Connick, Jr. weds model Jill Goodacre.
1996 Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce.
1998 The Nashville Tornado of 1998, one of the most serious urban tornadoes causes one death and significantly damages downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
2003 The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
2003 Michael Jordan played his last NBA game as his Washington Wizards ended their season with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
2007 More than 30 people are killed in a shooting at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksbug, VA.

Chart Toppers

1946
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
You Won’t Be Satisfied - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief - Betty Hutton
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter

1954
Wanted - Perry Como
Cross Over the Bridge - Patti Page
Here - Tony Martin
Slowly - Webb Pierce

1962
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Slow Twistin’ - Chubby Checker
She’s Got You - Patsy Cline

1970
Let It Be - The Beatles
ABC - The Jackson 5
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

1978
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
Someone Loves You Honey - Charley Pride

1986
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
Manic Monday - Bangles
She and I - Alabama

Quote of the Day

Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
Kurt Vonnegut, novelist (1922-2007 ), in Slaughterhouse Five

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Today in History - April 17th

Today's Birthdays

1837 J.P. (John Pierpoint) Morgan, financier; died Mar 31, 1913
1894 Nikita Khrushchev, U.S.S.R. premier (1958-1964) died Sep 11, 1971
1896 Senor Wences, Spanish comedian/ventriloquist; died April 20, 1999
1897 Thornton Wilder, novelist/playwright (Our Town) died Dec 7, 1975
1905 Arthur Lake (Silverlake), actor (Blondie series) died Jan 9, 1987
1918 William Holden (Beedle Jr.), actor (Stalag 17, Sunset Boulevard) died Nov 16, 1981
1923 Lindsay Anderson, director (The Whales of August) died Aug 30, 1994
1923 Harry Reasoner, newsman (Sixty Minutes, ABC News) died Aug 6, 1991
1934 Don Kirshner, music publisher/creator (The Monkees)
1942 David Bradley, actor (Harry Potter series)
1943 Dennis Hextall, NHL (NY Rangers, LA Kings, California Golden Seals, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals)
1944 L. Scott Caldwell, actress ("Rose" on Lost)
1948 Jan Hammer, composer/musician (Miami Vice theme)
1950 Bruce McNall, former NHL team owner (LA Kings)
1951 Olivia Hussey, actress (Stephen King’s It)
1954 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, wrestler
1954 Michael Sembello, musician/songwriter (Maniac)
1955 Pete Shelley (McNeish), singer (The Buzzcocks)
1957 Teri Austin, actress (Knots Landing)
1959 Sean Bean, actor (Patriot Games, The Lord of the Rings series)
1959 Stephen Singleton, saxophone (ABC)
1961 Boomer (Norman) Esiason, quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
1961 Daphna Kastner, actress/Mrs. Harvey Keitel
1963 Joel Murray, actor/brother of Bill Murray (Dharma and Greg)
1964 Maynard James Keenan, rock musician (A Perfect Circle, Tool)
1964 Lela Rochon, actress (Boomerang)
1964 Ken Daneyko, defenseman (New Jersey Devils)
1965 Marquis Grissom, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
1965 William Mapother, actor ("Ethan" on Lost)
1967 Henry Ian Cusick, actor ("Desmond" on Lost)
1967 Kimberly Elise, actress (John Q)
1969 Liz Phair, singer/songwriter (Whipsmart)
1972 Jennifer Garner, actress (Elektra)
1974 Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, singer
1982 Brad Boyes, NHL forward (St Louis Blues)

Today's Deaths in History

0485 Proclus, Greek philosopher ("Wherever there is number, there is beauty") dies at 73
1680 Kateri Tekakwitha, "The Lily of the Mohawks," first native American to receive beatification, dies at 24
1790 Benjamin Franklin, author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat, dies at 84
1960 Eddie Cochran, singer (Summertime Blues) dies at 21 in a traffic accident
1967 Red Allen, Jazz trumpeter, dies at 59
1990 Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, dies at 64
1998 Linda McCartney, wife of Paul, dies at 56 of breast cancer
2002 Al Hendrix, father of Jimi, dies at 82
2003 Robert Atkins, dietician (Atkins Diet) dies at 72
2003 Earl King, singer/songwriter (New Orleans R&B) dies at 69

Today in History

1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.
1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.
1524 Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York harbor.
1629 Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1704 John Campbell, known by many as America’s first news vendor, published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper, the Boston News-Letter.
1810 Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton.
1860 A law in New York went into effect requiring fire escapes on tenement houses.
1861 Virginia secedes from the Union during the Civil War.
1895 The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed, marking the end of the First Sino-Japanese War.
1916 The American Academy of Arts and Letters obtained its charter from Congress.
1924 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company.
1933 Johnny Roventini uttered the words “Call for Philip Morris” for the first time on radio.
1937 Daffy Duck debuts in Warner Bros.' short Porky's Duck Hunt.
1941 Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter (then called the heliocopter) lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.
1945 In Strassfurt, Germany, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash seizes half a ton of uranium in an attempt to foil Soviet Union plans to build an atomic bomb.
1951 Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
1961 A group of CIA-financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
1964 The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair.
1964 The CBS television network paid $1,800,000 for the rights to the 1964-1965 National Football League (NFL) Championship games.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
1970 Paul McCartney’s first solo LP, McCartney, was released.
1971 "Joy to the World," by Three Dog Night, made it to the top of the pop music charts.
1972 "Betcha by Golly, Wow," by The Stylistics, earned a gold record for the group.
1975 The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender, ending the Cambodian Civil War.
1976 During his unsuccessful re-election bid, U.S. President Gerald Ford appears as himself on Saturday Night Live.
1984 Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People's Bureau in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy, ten others are wounded (leads to an 11-day siege of the building).
1985 The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent LOVE stamp.
1986 A war began between the Isles of Scilly and the Netherlands in 1651 was finally declared over, though fighting had ended in the 17th century (Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War).
1993 A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted.
1996 Lyle and Erik Menendez were spared the death penalty by a Los Angeles jury, which recommended they serve life in prison without parole for killing their wealthy parents.
2001 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 500th career home run, becoming the 17th major leaguer to reach the mark.
2002 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two U.S. Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
2004 Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi with a missile strike on his car.
2006 A Palestinian suicide bomber struck a Tel Aviv restaurant during Passover, killing nine people.
2006 Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was convicted of corruption (he was later sentenced to 60 years in prison).
2006 10 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide attack near the old Central bus station in Tel Aviv.

Chart Toppers

1947
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
Heartaches - The Ted Weems Orchestra (whistler: Elmo Tanner)
How are Things in Glocca Morra - Buddy Clark
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis

1955
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Fess Parker
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
Can’t Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
South Street - The Orlons
Still - Bill Anderson

1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Another Day/Oh Woman Oh Why - Paul McCartney
Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean
Empty Arms - Sonny James

1979
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Barbara Mandrell

1987
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin & George Michael
Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
(You’ve Got) the Touch - Alabama

Quote of the Day

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Napoleon Bonaparte, French general & politician (1769 - 1821)


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Today in History - April 18th

Today's Birthdays

1857 Clarence Darrow, attorney (Scopes Monkey Trial) died Mar 13, 1938
1880 Sam (Samuel Earl) Crawford, ‘Wahoo Sam,’ Baseball Hall of Famer (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers) died June 15, 1968
1904 Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, comic/actor/singer/dancer; died Dec 13, 1981
1918 Tommy Mottola, guitarist (Frank Sinatra, Perry Como) died Aug 9, 2004
1919 Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy) died Jan 16, 2001
1922 Barbara Hale, actress (Perry Mason)
1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, blues musician; died Sept 10, 2005
1930 Clive Revill, actor (The Sea Wolf)
1937 Robert Hooks, actor (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
1941 Mike Vickers, guitarist/reeds (Manfred Mann)
1942 Steve Blass, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1942 Pete Gogolak, first soccer-style kicker in pro football (Buffalo Bills, NY Giants)
1946 Hayley Mills, actress (The Parent Trap)
1946 Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence, drummer (Jefferson Airplane) died Apr 16, 1999
1947 James Woods, actor (Diggstown, Shark)
1949 Geoff Bodine, NASCAR driver
1953 Rick Moranis, actor (Honey I Shrunk the Kids series, Ghostbusters series)
1956 Eric Roberts, actor (Doctor Who)
1958 Les Pattinson, rock musician (Echo and the Bunnymen)
1961 Jane Leeves, actress (Frasier)
1963 Conan O’Brien, TV talk show host
1963 Eric McCormack, actor (Will & Grace)
1966 Valeri Kensky, NHL (NY Rangers, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils)
1967 Maria Bello, actress (Payback, The Cooler)
1970 Greg Eklund, drummer (Everclear)
1970 Willie Roaf, lineman (New Orleans Saints)
1973 Derrick Brooks, linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1974 Mark Tremonti, guitarist (Alter Bridge)
1976 Melissa Joan Hart, actress (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
1976 Sean Maguire, actor (The Class)
1978 Buffy Tyler, playmate (November 2000)
1984 America Ferrera, actress (Ugly Betty)

Today's Deaths in History

1943 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Admiral (led Pearl Harbor attack) dies at 59when his plane is shot down over the Solomon Islands
1945 Ernie Pyle, journalist, is hot by a sniper on Ie Shima and killed at 44
1955 Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (Theory of Relativity), dies at 76
1996 Brook Berringer, college football player (Nebraska), killed at 22 two days before the NFL draft when his small plane crashed
1996 Bernard Edwards, R&B musician (Chic) dies at 43
1996 Fred G. Sullivan, filmmaker (The Beer Drinker's Guide to Fitness & Filmmaking) dies at 50
1998 Terry Garvin, wrestler, dies at 61
2001 Billy Mitchell, saxophonist (Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie) dies at 74
2002 Thor Heyerdahl, explorer (Kon Tiki) dies at 87
2002 Wahoo McDaniel, wrestler, dies at 63
2005 Sam Mills, linebacker (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers) dies at 45 of cancer

Today in History

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
1775 Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode from Boston to Concord, MA. to warn citizens of the approaching British army.
1796 The Archers, the first opera written by an American composer (Benjamin Carr), was performed in New York City.
1846 The telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House of New York City.
1877 Charles Cros of France wrote a paper on that described the process of recording and reproducing sound.
1880 A F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
1895 New York State passed an act that established free public baths.
1906 The Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred at 5:13 a.m. (3,000 deaths).
1906 The Los Angeles Times runs a front-page story on the Azusa Street Revival, launching Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
1923 Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY with the NY Yankees hosting the Boston Red Sox.
1934 The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX.
1942 An air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1943 Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (who led the attack on Pearl Harbor) is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over the Solomon Islands.
1945 Ernie Pyle, war correspondent, was shot and killed by a Japanese sniper off the island of Ie Shima, just off the coast of Okinawa (his remains now lie at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater on Oahu, Hawaii).
1946 The League of Nations is dissolved.
1953 Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot homer in Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1954 Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
1956 Eddie Rommel became the first baseball umpire to wear eyeglasses during a game was between the NY Yankees and Washington Senators.
1956 Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1958 A U.S. federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
1960 The Mutual Broadcasting System was sold to the 3M Company of Minnesota for $1.25 million.
1974 James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul,’ received a gold record for the single "The Payback."
1978 The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control in 1999.
1980 The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President.
1981 Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds became the fifth pitcher in the history of major-league baseball to earn 3,000 strikeouts in a career.
1983 A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
1984 Michael Jackson faced surgery in Los Angeles as doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27.
1985 Liberace broke his own record for ticket sales at Radio City Music Hall, grossing more than $2,000,000 for his engagement in the historic New York City venue.
1987 Mike Schmidt joins the 500 home run club.
1988 U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in retaliation for damage to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58); the one-day action is the world's largest naval battle since World War II.
1989 Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.
1994 Former President Richard Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in Park Ridge, N.J.; he died four days later.
1996 In Lebanon, at least 106 Lebanese civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Qana (see Qana Massacre).
1999 Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer, played the last professional game of his 20-year career, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

2002 Four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were killed when they were mistakenly bombed by an American F-16.
2002 Police arrested actor Robert Blake in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley (Blake was later acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case).
2003 Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve (he was later convicted and sentenced to death).
2004 Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq.
2005 Adobe Systems announced an agreement to acquire Macromedia.
2006 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes had a baby girl, Suri.

Chart Toppers

1948
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - The Art Moonie Orchestra
But Beautiful - Frank Sinatra
Anytime - Eddy Arnold

1956
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1964
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Suspicion - Terry Stafford
Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash

1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Rockin’ Robin - Michael Jackson
My Hang-Up is You - Freddie Hart

1980
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Honky Tonk Blues - Charley Pride

1988
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
Devil Inside - INXS
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance with You - Eddie Rabbitt

Quote of the Day

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.
Marilyn Monroe, US actress (1926 - 1962)

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Today in History - April 19th

Today's Birthdays

1721 Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence; died July 23, 1793
1877 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor (outboard motor) died July 12, 1934
1897 Constance Talmadge, silent film actress; died Nov 23, 1973
1903 Eliot Ness, lawman (took down Al Capone) died May 16, 1957
1905 Tommy Benford, drummer (Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers) died in 1994
1920 Frank Fontaine, comedian/actor/singer (The Jackie Gleason Show) died Aug 4, 1978
1925 Hugh O’Brian (Krampke), actor (In Harm’s Way)
1927 Don Barbour, singer (The Four Freshmen)
1930 Dick Sargent (Richard Cox), actor (Bewitched) died July 8, 1994
1933 Jayne Mansfield (Vera Jane Palmer), actress (It Takes a Thief) killed in car crash near New Orleans LA June 29, 1967
1934 Dickie Goodman (Richard Dorian Goodman), entertainer (Buchanan and Goodman) died Nov 6, 1989
1935 Dudley Moore, actor (Arthur films, 10) died March 22, 2002
1941 Alan Price, keyboards/singer (The Animals)
1942 Larry (Hilario) Ramos Jr., guitar/singer (The Association)
1943 Eve Graham (Evelyn May Beatsom), singer (The New Seekers)
1944 Bernie Worrell, keyboardist (P Funk)
1946 Tim Curry, actor (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hunt for Red October)
1947 Mark Volman, saxophone/singer (The Turtles)
1949 Paloma Picasso, jewelry/fashion designer
1952 Alexis Arguello, boxer
1953 Rod Morgenstein, rock musician (Winger)
1954 Bob Rock, rock musician/producer (The Payolas)
1962 Al Unser, Jr. race car driver
1963 Valerie Plame, CIA agent
1965 Marion "Suge" Knight, rap producer
1968 Ashley Judd, actress (Double Jeopardy)
1969 Jesse James, custom motorcycle builder/Mr. Sandra Bullock
1969 Danelle Folta, playmate (April 1995)
1969 Shannon Lee, actress/daughter of Bruce Lee
1978 James Franco, actor (Spiderman series)
1979 Kate Hudson, actress (Almost Famous)
1981 Hayden Christensen, actor (Star Wars Episodes II, III)
1981 Martin Havlat, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
1981 Troy Polamalu, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1987 Maria Sharapova, tennis champion

Today's Deaths in History

1824 Lord Byron, poet (Don Juan), dies at 36
1881 Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies at 76
1882 Charles Darwin, biologist, dies at 73
1906 Pierre Curie, French physicist, dies at 45
1989 Daphne du Maurier, novelist (The Birds, Rebecca) dies at 81
1993 David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians, dies at 33
2002 Layne Staley, rock musician (Alice in Chains) dies at 34 of a drug overdose
2004 Norris McWhirter, co-founder (Guinness Book of Records) dies at 78
2005 Ruth Hussey, actress (The Great Gatsby) dies at 93
2005 Blade Icewood, rapper (Detroit) is shot and killed at 28
2006 Scott Crosswood, pilot (first man to fly at Mach 2) dies at 84

Today in History

1529 At the Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protests the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, beginning the Protestant movement.
1692 Bridget Bishop goes on trial in Salem, Massachusetts for witchcraft.
1775 The Battle of Lexington and Concord which began the American Revolutionary War, is fought.
1861 Baltimore riot of 1861: a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.
1892 The Duryea gasoline buggy was first driven in the United States.
1897 The first Boston Marathon, the first race of its type in the United States, was run; it was won by John J. McDermott of New York City.
1909 Joan of Arc receives beatification.
1919 Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful parachute jump and free-fall.
1927 Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces that the United States will be abandoning the gold standard.
1934 Shirley Temple makes her film debut in Stand Up and Cheer.
1938 RCA–NBC begins regular television broadcasts.
1940 Paavo Nurmi, a runner from Finland, predicted that a four-minute mile would be run within the next decade.
1943 In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
1951 General Douglas MacArthur spoke before Congress; the highlight of this memorable address was General MacArthur stating, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”
1951 Shigeki Tanaka, who survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan in World War II, won the Boston Marathon.
1956 Major-league baseball came to New Jersey for the first time as the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.
1958 The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers met for the first time as major-league baseball came to the West Coast.
1960 Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against their president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
1961 The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in failure.
1967 Nancy Sinatra and her dad, Frank, were awarded a gold record award for their collaboration on the hit single, "Something Stupid."
1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, DC.
1981 The Oakland A's became the first major-league baseball team to win 11 straight games at the beginning of a season.
1985 "Advance Australia Fair" is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
1987 The Simpsons make their television debut in the short "Good Night" a segment for The Tracey Ullman Show.
1989 A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
1989 A white female jogger in New York's Central Park was brutally beaten and raped. Five black and Hispanic teenagers were imprisoned, but the convictions were overturned in 2003 when a serial rapist confessed and DNA evidence tied him to the crime.
1993 The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, Texas burned to the ground at the end of a 51-day standoff with federal agents; 81 people die.
1994 A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to beaten motorist Rodney King.
1995 The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK was destroyed by a bomb estimated at 5,000 pounds, hidden in a rent-a-truck; Timothy McVeigh was convicted of terroristic murder and executed June 11, 2001.
1997 Flooding from the Red River forced more than 50,000 residents to abandon Grand Forks, N.D.
1999 The German parliament inaugurated its new home in the restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital.
2000 An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashes near Davao International Airport, killing 131.
2000 168 bronze and stone chairs, each inscribed with a victim's name and mounted on a glass base, were unveiled at the opening of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
2005 Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
2006 The U.S. government released a previously secret list of the names and nationalities of 558 people held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Chart Toppers

1949
Cruising Down the River - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: The Skyliners)
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Vaughn Monroe
Forever and Ever - Perry Como
Candy Kisses - George Morgan

1957
Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
Party Doll - Buddy Knox
Come Go with Me - The Dell-Vikings
Gone - Ferlin Husky

1965
I’m Telling You Now - Freddie & The Dreamers
Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
I Know a Place - Petula Clark
King of the Road - Roger Miller

1973
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Sing - Carpenters
A Shoulder to Cry On - Charley Pride

1981
Kiss on My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers
Old Flame - Alabama

1989
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young cannibals
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
I’m No Stranger to the Rain - Keith Whitley

Quote of the Day

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson, Third U.S. President (1743 - 1826)

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Today in History - April 20th

Today's Birthdays

0570 Muhammed, founder of Islam died in 632
1850 Daniel Chester French, sculptor (Abraham Lincoln seated in the Lincoln Memorial) died Oct 7, 1931
1889 Adolf Hitler, dictator/racist/murderer; committed suicide Apr 30, 1945
1893 Harold Lloyd, comedian/actor (For Heaven’s Sake) died Mar 8, 1971
1908 Lionel Hampton, singer/songwriter/jazz musician; died Aug 31, 2002
1920 John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
1924 Nina Foch (Nina Consuelo Maud Fock), actress (The Ten Commandments)
1925 Tito (Ernest) Puente, jazz musician/bandleader; died June 1, 2000
1926 Elena Verdugo, actress (House of Frankenstein)
1927 Phil Hill, race driver (one of only two Americans to win the Formula One title)
1937 George Takei, actor (Star Trek, The Green Berets)
1941 Ryan O’Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)
1943 Edie Sedgwick, actress/socialite; died Nov 15, 1971
1945 Steve Spurrier, football (Univ. of Florida, San Francisco 49ers)
1945 Jimmy Winston (Langwith), organ (Small Faces)
1947 Brian Lavender, NHL (StL Blues, NY Islanders, Detroit Red Wings, California Seals)
1947 David Leland, actor (Time Bandits)
1948 Craig Frost, keyboards (Grand Funk Railroad)
1949 Jessica (Phyllis) Lange, actress (Tootsie, King Kong)
1950 Veronica Cartwright, actress (The Birds)
1951 Luther Vandross, singer/songwriter; died July 1, 2005
1958 Viacheslav (Slava) Alexandrovich Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Detroit Red Wings)
1959 Clint Howard, actor (Backdraft, Cocoon)
1961 Don Mattingly, first baseman (NY Ynkees)
1964 Crispin Glover, actor (Back to the Future series, Charlie’s Angels series)
1964 Andy Serkis, actor (Lords of the Rings series)
1967 Mike Portnoy, drummer (Dream Theater)
1972 Carmen Electra, model/actress (Baywatch)
1976 Joey Lawrence, actor (Gimme a Break)

Today's Deaths in History

1534 Elizabeth Barton, English nun, is executed for predicting that if Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn against the wishes of the Pope, he would die in six months
1765 Abigail Williams, accuser in the Salem Witch Trials, dies at 91
1769 Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa tribe, dies
1912 Bram Stoker, writer (Dracula) dies at 64
1982 Archibald McLeish, poet/Librarian of Congress, dies at 79
1992 Benny Hill, comedian, dies at 68
1993 Cantinflas, Mexican comic/actor, dies at 81
1996 Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne, dies at 75
1999 “Ravishing” Rick Rude, wrestler, dies at 40

Today in History

1534 Jacques Cartier began the voyage in which he discovered Canada and Labrador.
1657 Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (New York City).
1792 France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1832 The U.S. Congress and President Andrew Jackson made Hot Springs, Arkansas the first Federal Reservation in order to protect the hot springs flowing from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain.
1836 The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
1861 Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
1862 The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
1865 Safety matches were first advertised.
1912 Opening day for Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
1918 Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1926 Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
1931 Louis Armstrong recorded the classic, “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” for Okeh Records.
1931 Jesse Harper became the new athletic director and Heartley ‘Hunk’ Anderson took over as coach of Notre Dame, 20 days after Knute Rockne died in a plane crash.
1935 Your Hit Parade, starring Kay Thompson, Charles Carlyle, Gogo DeLys and Johnny Hanser, was first broadcast on radio.
1939 Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
1940 RCA publicly demonstrated its new electron microscope.
1945 Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart during World War II.
1945 U.S. B-29 bombers destroy the Musashi Aircraft plants, halting production of the Nakajima Ki-84 fighter planes.
1947 Comedian Fred Allen of Allen’s Alley fame didn’t find things so funny when censors cut him off the air during his radio broadcast; Allen was telling a joke about a mythical network vice-president when he was suddenly taken off the air.
1949 Willie Shoemaker won his first race as a jockey aboard Shafter V at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, CA, not far from San Francisco.
1959 Desilu Playhouse on CBS-TV presented a two-part show titled The Untouchables starring Robert Stack.
1961 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave approval for FM stereo broadcasting.
1968 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.
1971 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1972 Apollo 16 lands on the Moon.
1980 The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.
1985 The British pop music group Wham!, featuring George Michael, became the first to release cassettes in the People’s Republic of China.
1986 Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
1986 Michael Jordan sets all-time record for points in a NBA playoff game with 63 against the Boston Celtics.
1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves in the Columbine High School massacre.
2004 In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
2005 President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.
2006 Bowing to intense pressure, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari agreed to abandon his claim to another term.

Chart Toppers

1950
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton
Music, Music, Music - Teresa Brewer
Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams

1958
He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands) - Laurie London
Book of Love - The Monotones
Don’t You Just Know It - Huey (Piano) Smith & The Clowns
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson

1966
The Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
Daydream - The Lovin’ Spoonful
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold

1974
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB featuring The Three Degrees
Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
A Very Special Love Song - Charlie Rich

1982
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
We Got the Beat - Go-Go’s
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
The Clown - Conway Twitty

1990
I’ll Be Your Everything - Tommy Page
Don’t Wanna Fall in Love - Jane Child
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
Five Minutes - Lorrie Morgan

Quote of the Day

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)


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Today in History - April 21st

Today's Birthdays

1782 Friedrich Froebel, educator/inventor (kindergarten) died June 21, 1852
1816 Charlotte Bronte, author (Jane Eyre) died Mar 31, 1855
1838 John Muir, conservationist (establishment of the U.S. National Parks system) died Dec 24, 1914
1887 Joe McCarthy, baseball manager (Chicago Cubs, NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox) died Jan 13, 1978
1915 Anthony Quinn, actor (The Old Man and the Sea, Zorba the Greek) died June 3, 2001
1919 Don Cornell (Louis Varlaro), singer (Love is a Many-Splendored Thing) died Feb 23, 2004
1922 Alistair MacLean, author (The Guns of Navarone) died Feb 2, 1987
1926 Queen Elizabeth II (Elisabeth Mary), Queen of the United Kingdom
1931 Carl (Robert) Belew, country singer/songwriter (Welcome Back to My World) died Oct 31, 1990
1935 Charles Grodin, actor (Midnight Run, Dave)
1936 Reg Fleming, NHL (Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, NY Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres)
1939 Sister Helen Prejean, author/activist (Dead Man Walking)
1939 Ernie Maresca, songwriter (Runaround Sue, The Wanderer)
1940 Jacques Caron, NHL player/coach (LA Kings, St Louis Blues; NJ Devils)
1947 Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterburg), singer/songwriter (Stooges)
1947 John Weider, bassist (Eric Burdon and the Animals)
1948 Paul Davis, singer/songwriter (I Go Crazy)
1949 Patti LuPone, actress (Evita)
1951 Paul Carrack, pianist/singer/songwriter (Mike and the Mechanics, Ace)
1951 Tony Danza, actor (Who’s the Boss, Taxi)
1953 Reginald Denny, truck driver (assaulted during LA riots)
1958 Andie (Rosalie Anderson) MacDowell, actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
1959 Robert Smith, guitarist/singer/songwriter (The Cure)
1959 Jerry Only, bassist (The Misfits)
1959 Michael Timmons, guitarist/songwriter (Cowboy Junkies)
1963 John Cameron Mitchell, actor/writer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
1965 Eddie "The Eagle" Belfou, NHL goalie (Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers)
1965 Karen Foster, playmate (October 1989)
1970 Nicole Sullivan, actress (Scrubs)
1971 Eric Mabius, actor (Ugly Betty)
1971 Michael Turner, comic book artist (Witchblade)
1977 Jamie Sale, pairs figure skating champion
1978 Brandon Steineckert, drummer (Rancid)
1980 Vincent Lecavalier, NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1981 Stephanie Larimore, playmate (June 2006)
1982 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, running back (Tampa bay Bucaneers)
1986 Alexander Edler, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)

Today's Deaths in History

1509 King Henry VII of England dies at 52
1910 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), author (Tom Sawyer) dies at 74
1918 Manfred von Richthofen, German ace pilot, shot down over France at 25
1971 François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Haitian dictator, dies at 64
1977 Gummo Marx, American actor and comedian, dies at 83
1978 Sandy Denny, singer (Fairport Convention) dies at 31
1990 Erte, French artist, dies at 97
1996 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, bookmaker/sportscaster, dies at 76
2001 Jack Haley, Jr., producer (Biography series)
2003 Nina Simone, singer, dies at 70
2005 Gerry Marshall, race driver (Formula One) dies at 63

Today in History

0753 BC - Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional).
1509 Henry VIII ascends the throne of England (unofficially) at the death of his father, Henry VII.
1649 The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
1836 Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto.
1856 The first rail train to pass over the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, IL made its journey across a newly completed bridge between the two rail centers.
1895 Woodville Latham demonstrated the first use of a moving picture projected on a screen in New York City.
1918 German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron," is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France.
1944 Women in France receive the right to vote.
1949 The prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcasting was presented to You Bet Your Life star, Groucho Marx, the first time the honor had been awarded to a comedian.
1952 Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated.
1956 Leonard Ross, age 10, became the youngest prizewinner on a big-time quiz program, winning $100,000 on The Big Surprise for knowing about stocks.
1959 The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was landed by Alf Dean, who caught a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed in at 2,664 pounds.
1960 Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
1962 The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens, the first World's Fair in the U.S. since World War II.
1963 The Beatles and The Rolling Stones met for the first time together, at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England (the Stones opened).
1967 A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos leads a coup d'état, establishing a military regime that lasts for seven years.
1970 Sportscaster Curt Gowdy was the recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for achievement in radio and television.
1975 President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls.
1976 A Cadillac convertible, the ‘last’ American-made rag-top automobile, rolled off the assembly line at GM’s Cadillac production facility in Detroit, MI (they were brought back a few years later).
1977 The Broadway musical Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City.
1980 America’s oldest long-distance race, the Boston Marathon, was touched by scandal when Rosie Ruiz, a 26-year-old office worker, stunned the sports world by crossing the finish line in a record time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds (she was stripped of the honor when evidence showed that she had not run the entire race).
1984 David Palmer pitched only the fourth shortened, perfect game in major-league baseball history (five innings).
1986 A record audience watched as the long-sealed vault of racketeer, Al Capone was opened during a much-hyped TV special by Geraldo Rivera.
1987 The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that explodes in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, killing 106 people.
1989 In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
1992 Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
1994 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.
2004 Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people.

Chart Toppers

1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Would I Love You - Patti Page
The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow

1959
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
I Need Your Love Tonight - Elvis Presley
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
This is My Song - Petula Clark
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees
Lonely Again - Eddy Arnold

1975
Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Always Wanting You - Merle Haggard

1983
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Mr. Roboto - Styx
Dixieland Delight - Alabama

1991
You’re in Love - Wilson Phillips
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Joyride - Roxette
Down Home - Alabama

Quote of the Day

Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Victor Borge, US (Danish-born) comedian & pianist (1909 - 2000)

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Today in History - April 22nd

Today's Birthdays

1724 Immanuel Kant, philosopher; died Feb 12, 1804
1870 Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Vladimir Lenin), Communist revolutionary; died Jan 21, 1924
1899 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian writer (Lolita) died July 2, 1977
1904 J. (Julius) Robert Oppenheimer, physicist (first atomic bomb) died Feb 18, 1967
1906 Eddie Albert (Edward Albert Heimberger), actor (Green Acres) died May 26, 2005
1920 Hal March (Mendelson), TV emcee (The $64,000 Question) died Jan 19, 1970
1922 Charles Mingus, bassist/piano/singer/bandleader/composer (20th century black music) died Jan 5, 1979
1923 Aaron Spelling, executive producer (Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island) died June 23, 2006
1923 Bettie Page, American model/pinup girl
1926 Charlotte Rae, actress (Facts of Life)
1932 Estelle Harris, actress (Seinfeld)
1936 Glen Campbell, country singer (Rhinestone Cowboy)
1937 Jack Nicholson, actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
1946 John Waters, director (Hairspray)
1949 Spencer Haywood, basketball (U.S. Olympic team, Denver Rockets, LA Lakers)
1950 Peter Frampton, rock guitarist/singer (Show Me the Way)
1952 Marilyn Chambers, adult film actress (Behind the Green Door)
1954 Joseph Bottoms, actor (The Net)
1959 Terry Francona, 1st baseman/outfielder (Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs)
1959 Ryan Stiles, comic actor (The Drew Carey Show)
1959 Catherine Mary Stewart, actress (Weekend at Bernie's)
1961 Byron Allen, TV host/comedian (Real People)
1964 Chris Makepeace, actor (My Bodyguard)
1965 Lauri Hendler, actress (Gimme a Break)
1966 Jeffrey Dean Morgan, actor (Grey's Anatomy)
1967 Sheryl Lee, actress (One Tree Hill)
1967 Sherri Shepherd, actress (The Wedding Bells)
1974 Shavo Odadjian, rock musician (System of a Down)
1976 Dan Cloutier, NHL goaltender (Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers)
1978 Jason Stollsteimer, singer/guitarist (The Von Bondies)
1979 Daniel Johns, rock musician (Silverchair)
1984 Michelle Ryan, actress (The Bionic Woman)

Today's Deaths in History

1778 James Hargreaves, inventor (The Spinning Jenny) dies at 58
1933 Henry Royce, British automobile manufacturer (Rolls-Royce) dies at 70
1946 Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, dies at 73
1978 Will Geer, actor (The Waltons) dies at 1976
1983 Earl "Fatha" Hines, jazz pianist, dies at 79
1984 Ansel Adams, American photographer, dies at 82
1988 Irene Rich, actress (Angel and the Bad Man) dies at 97
1994 Richard M. Nixon, 37th president of the United States, dies at age 81
1996 Erma Bombeck, humorist/author (The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank) dies at 69
1998 Jack Cummins, film producer (Inventing the Abbots) dies at 49
2002 Linda Lovelace, adult film actress (Deep Throat) dies at 53
2003 Andrea King, actress (Dragnet) dies at 84
2004 Pat Tillman, Arizona Cardinals/Army Ranger, is killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan at 27
2004 Jason L. Dunham, U.S. Marine Corporal/Medal of Honor recipent, dies at 22 when he covers a grenade with his body, saving the lives of the Marines around him

Today in History

1509 Henry VIII ascends the throne of England after the death of his father.
1793 Philadelphia played host to the first circus attended by George Washington.
1864 Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.
1876 An eight-team National League began its inaugural baseball season.
1878 The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.
1889 The Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.
1898 The first shot of the Spanish-American War rang out as the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship off Key West, Fla.
1912 Pravda, the voice of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publications in Saint Petersburg.
1914 Babe Ruth, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, made his pitching debut in pro baseball.
1915 The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres.
1930 The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.
1940 The first all-Chinese commercial radio program was broadcast over KSAN radio in San Francisco, CA.
1945 After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse.
1946 Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg arrived at WEAF radio in New York City with an entertaining morning show called, "Hi, Jinx" (WEAF is now WFAN SportsRadio 66).
1952 An atomic test conducted in Nevada became the first nuclear explosion shown on live network TV.
1954 The televised Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.
1956 Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel.
1962 The Toronto Maple Leafs won back the Stanley Cup after 11 years.
1970 Earth Day was observed for the first time.
1970 Tom Seaver of the New York Mets struck out 19 batters to tie a National League baseball record.
1970 H. Ross Perot reportedly lost $450 million in the stock market.
1971 John Kerry, dressed in combat fatigues, testifies on his views of the Vietnam War before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
1974 Redbone won a gold record for the single, "Come and Get Your Love."
1975 Barbara Walters signs a five-year $5 million contract with ABC, becoming the highest paid television newsperson.
1983 The West German news magazine Stern announced the discovery of 60 volumes of personal diaries purportedly written by Adolf Hitler; however, the diaries turned out to be a hoax.
1985 Washington and Lee University researchers reported that Martha Washington had 29,650 pounds when she and George were married ($5.9 million).
1990 Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon freed American hostage Robert Polhill after nearly 39 months of captivity.
1993 The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1993 Web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.
1997 Government commandos stormed the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru, ending a 126-day hostage crisis (all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels were killed; 71 hostages were rescued).
2000 In a pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami; the 6-year-old boy was reunited with his father.
2004 Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
2004 Pro football player Pat Tillman, who'd traded in a multimillion-dollar contract to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, was killed by friendly fire; he was 27.
2005 Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans (he was later sentenced to life in prison).
2006 The Iraqi parliament elected Jalal Talabani to another term as president.
2006 Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian Army since the Korean War.

Chart Toppers

1944
It’s Love, Love, Love - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Skip Nelson)
I Love You - Bing Crosby
Poinciana - Bing Crosby
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter

1952
Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Be My Life’s Companion - The Mills Brothers
(When You Feel like You’re in Love) Don’t Just Stand There - Carl Smith

1960
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Greenfields - The Brothers Four
Sweet Nothin’s - Brenda Lee
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves

1968
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Cry like a Baby - The Box Tops
Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Fist City - Loretta Lynn

1976
Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind) - Eddie Rabbitt

1984
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
Hello - Lionel Richie
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
The Yellow Rose - Johnny Lee with Lane Brody

Quote of the Day

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Robert Frost, US poet (1874 - 1963)






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Today in History - April 23rd

Today's Birthdays

1564 William Shakespeare, playwright (Romeo & Juliet) died April 23, 1616
1791 James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States; died June 1, 1868
1813 Stephen Douglas, Illinois politician; died June 3, 1861
1858 Max Planck, German physicist (Nobel Prize laureate; quantum theory) died Oct 4, 1947
1891 Sergei Prokofiev, pianist/composer (Peter and the Wolf) died Mar 5, 1953
1921 Janet Blair (Martha Jane Lafferty), actress (The Fabulous Dorseys) died Feb 19, 2007
1921 Warren Spahn, National League pitcher (Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants)
1928 Shirley Temple Black, Diplomat/former child actress
1930 Alan Oppenheimer, actor (Murphy Brown)
1932 (Roy) Halston (Frowick), fashion designer
1932 Jim Fixx, runner/writer (The Complete Book of Running) died July 20, 1984
1936 Roy Orbison, singer (Only the Lonely, Oh Pretty Woman, Crying) died Dec 6, 1988
1939 Lee Majors, actor (The Six Millon Dollar Man)
1939 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her) died Jan 25, 2005
1942 Sandra Dee (Alexandra Zuck), actress (A Summer Place, Gidget) died Feb 20, 2005
1943 Tony (Anthony James) Esposito, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks)
1943 Hervé Villechaize, actor (Fantasy Island) died Sep 4, 1993
1947 Glenn Cornick, bassist (Jethro Tull)
1948 Blair Brown, actress (Altered States)
1949 Joyce DeWitt, actress (Three's Company)
1949 David Cross, violinist (King Crimson)
1952 Narada Michael Walden, drummer/composer (Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra)
1953 James Russo, actor (Donnie Brasco)
1954 Michael Moore, "documentary" film director (Roger & Me)
1955 Judy Davis, actress (The Ref)
1957 Jan Hooks, actress/comedienne (Saturday Night Live)
1960 Valerie Bertinelli, actress (One Day at a Time)
1960 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard) died Jan 8, 1991
1960 Craig Sheffer, actor (Some Kind of Wonderful)
1961 George Lopez, comic/actor (George Lopez Show)
1964 Gen, rock musician (Jesus Jones)
1964 Tara Morice, actress (Strictly Ballroom)
1967 Melina Kanakaredes, actress (CSI:NY)
1968 Stan Frazier, rock musician (Sugar Ray)
1968 Tim Womack, country musician (Sons of the Desert)
1968 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (Oklahoma City) executed June 11, 2001
1970 Scott Bairstow, actor (Party of Five)
1977 Andruw Jones, baseball (Atlanta Braves)
1977 Kal Penn, actor (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle)
1977 John Cena, wrestler/actor (The Marine)
1979 Jaime King, actress (Pearl Harbor)
1981 Joanna Krupa, model/actress (Scary Movie 4)
1985 Rachel Skarsten, actress (Birds of Prey)

Today's Deaths in History

0303 Saint George, Greek Christian, is put to death for his beliefs
1616 William Shakespeare, playwright (Romeo & Juliet) dies on his 52nd birthday
1616 Cervantes, Spanish poet, dies at 68
1850 William Wordsworth, English poet (Lyrical Ballads) dies at 80
1951 Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States, dies at 85
1983 Buster Crabbe, swimmer/actor, dies at 75
1986 Otto Preminger, film director (Anatomy of a Murder) dies at 79
1990 Paulette Goddard, actress (The Great Dictator) dies at 79
1991 Johnny Thunders, rock musician (New York Dolls) dies at 38
1993 Cesar Chavez, labor leader, dies at 66
1995 Howard Cosell, sportscaster, "The Mouth That Roared," dies at age 77
1998 James Earl Ray, assassin (Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.) dies at age 70
2005 Earl Wilson, American League pitcher (Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres)
2007 Boris Yeltsin, First President of the Russian Federation, dies at 76

Today in History

1348 The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III of England is announced on St George's Day.
1597 Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.
1772 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote one of the world’s most familiar national anthems, "La Marseillaise."
1789 President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.
1867 William Lincoln patents the zoetrope, a machine which shows animated pictures by mounting a strip of drawings in a wheel.
1872 Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer in ceremonies held in Washington, D.C.
1896 The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
1900 The word "hillbilly" was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal.
1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1940 About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.
1948 Johnny Longden became the first race jockey to ride 3,000 career winners.
1951 The Associated Press began use of its new Teletypesetter circuit.
1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
1963 Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues.
1964 Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts tossed the first no-hit game for a loss in baseball history (the Reds capitalized on two costly Houston errors).
1968 The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
1968 The United Kingdom produces its first decimalised coins, a 5p and a 10p coin.
1968 Students protesting the Vietnam War at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (the sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment).
1971 The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers was released.
1985 The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke; however, negative public reaction later forced the company to resume selling the original version.
1987 Twenty-six construction workers were killed when an apartment complex being built in Bridgeport, Conn., suddenly collapsed.
1988 Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon, after spending the record total of 741 consecutive weeks (more than 14 years) on the Billboard 200, left the charts for its first time ever.
1990 Namibia becomes the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
1992 McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Beijing.
1993 Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.
2003 Beijing closes all schools for two weeks due to the SARS virus.
2004 President George W. Bush eased Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi's giving up weapons of mass destruction.
2006 Mount Merapi in the Philippines erupted.

Chart Toppers

1945
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra
(vocal: Kitty Kallen)
My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills

1953
Doggie in the Window - Patti Page
Pretend - Nat King Cole
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams

1961
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins

1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears
It’s Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
Galveston - Glen Campbell

1977
Don’t Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
Hotel California - Eagles
She’s Got You - Loretta Lynn

1985
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Nightshift - Commodores
I Need More of You - Bellamy Brothers


Quote of the Day

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Clarence Darrow, US defense lawyer (1857 - 1938)




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Today in History - April 24th

Today's Birthdays

1743 Edmund Cartwright, inventor (power loom) died Oct 30, 1823
1766 Robert Bailey Thomas, founder/editor (The Farmer’s Almanac) died May 19, 1846
1904 Willem de Kooning, painter (expressionist) died Mar 19, 1997
1905 Robert Penn Warren, novelist/first official poet laureate of U.S.; died Sep 15, 1989
1906 William Joyce, Irish/Nazi propagandist (Lord Haw-Haw) in World War II; executed Jan 3, 1946
1911 Jack E. Leonard (Leonard Lebitsky), comedian/actor (The Disorderly Orderly) died May 9, 1973
1914 William Castle, film producer (House on Haunted Hill) died May 31, 1977
1922 Aaron Bell, jazz bass (Duke Ellington) died July 28, 2003
1922 J.D. Cannon, actor (Cool Hand Luke) died May 20, 2005
1928 Johnny Griffin, jazz tenor sax (Chicago Riffin’)
1930 Richard Donner, film director/producer (Lethal Weapon series)
1934 Shirley (Lee Foley) Boone, singer (Mrs. Pat Boone)
1934 Shirley MacLaine (Shirley MacLean Beaty), actress (Terms of Endearment)
1936 Jill Ireland, actress/wife of Charles Bronson; died May 18, 1990
1937 Joe Henderson, composer/tenor sax; died June 30, 2001
1940 Sue Grafton, crime novelist
1942 Richard Daley, Chicago mayor
1942 Barbra (Joan) Streisand, singer/actress (The Way We Were)
1943 Richard Sterban, bassist/singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
1944 Bill Singer, ‘The Singer Throwing Machine,’ pitcher (LA Dodgers, California Angels, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays)
1945 Doug Clifford, drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1947 Glenn Cornick, bassist (Wild Turkey)
1949 Bob Chandler, Oakland Raiders wide receiver
1952 Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
1953 Eric Bogosian, playwright/actor (Talk Radio)
1954 Vince Ferragamo, quarterback (LA Rams)
1954 Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns), bassist/singer (Happy Talk)
1955 Michael O’Keefe, actor (The Great Santini, Caddyshack)
1957 Boris Williams, drummer (The Cure)
1957 David J, goth/rock musician (Bauhaus)
1957 Tricia Lange, playmate (June 1984)
1959 Paula Yates, ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died Sept 17, 2000 of an accidental drug overdose
1963 Billy Gould, bassist (Faith No More)
1964 Cedric the Entertainer, comedian/actor (Barbershop series)
1964 Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor (ER, Beauty Shop)
1964 Paul Ryder, bassist (Happy Mondays)
1967 Omar Vizquel, shortstop (San Francisco Giants)
1967 Shannon Larkin, drummer (Godsmack)
1967 Patty Schemel, rock musician (Hole)
1968 Aaron Comess, rock musician (Spin Doctors)
1969 Melinda Clarke, actress (The O.C.)
1972 Chipper Jones, 3rd baseman (Atlanta Braves)
1973 Damon Lindelof, executive producer (Lost)
1974 Joseph Bruce, rapper (Insane Clown Posse)
1974 Derek Luke, actor (Antwone Fisher)
1977 Eric Balfour, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Women Want)
1977 Carlos Beltran, outfielder (NY Mets)
1982 Kelly Clarkson, singer/TV personality (winner of first American Idol)
1984 Tyson Ritter, singer/bassist (All-American Rejects)
1985 Courtney Draper, actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Today's Deaths in History

1731 Daniel Defoe, writer (Robinson Cruse) dies at 70
1947 Willa Cather, American writer (My Antonia) dies at 73
1967 Vladimir Komarov, cosmonaut, dies at 40 when his space capsule's parachute failed to open
1974 Bud Abbott, actor/comedian (Abbott & Costello) dies at 78
1986 Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor, dies at 89
1997 Pat Paulsen, comedian/politician (Laugh-In) dies at 69
2001 Al Hibbler, singer (Unchained Melody) dies at 85

Today in History

1184 BC Greek warriors enter Troy using the Trojan Horse.
1704 The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
1800 The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress."
1862 A flotilla commanded by Union Admiral David Farragut passes two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River on its way to capture New Orleans, Louisiana.
1877 Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1898 Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1901 The Chicago White Stockings beat the Cleveland Blues 8-2 before a paid crowd of over 10,000 fans to open the brand new American League.
1913 The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City was opened.
1915 The Armenian Genocide began with a massacre of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople (now Istanbul).
1916 The Irish Republican Brotherhood, led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett, starts the Easter Rising rebellion in Ireland.
1934 Laurens Hammond announced the development and patenting of the pipeless organ.
1949 Dick Powell starred in Richard Diamond, Private Detective on NBC radio.
1952 Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the Gruen Guild Playhouse.
1953 Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
1954 Billboard magazine headlined a change to come about in the music biz: the headline read, “Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat -- Spur Rhythm and Blues.”
1959 Your Hit Parade ended after a nine-year run on television and many more years on radio.
1961 Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special" (it was his recording debut).
1961 Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters in a game, becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
1962 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, Calif., and Westford, Mass.
1963 Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics retired from the NBA.
1965 "Game of Love," by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, made it to the top spot on the Billboard music chart.
1967 Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open, making him the first human to die during a space mission.
1967 American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
1969 The singing family, The Cowsills, received a gold record for their hit single, "Hair," from the Broadway show of the same name.
1979 "Georgia on My Mind" is adopted as the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia, a month after it is performed before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly by Ray Charles.
1980 Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis.
1985 There were a reported 832,602 millionaires in the United States, according to researchers.
1990 Space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
1996 The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
2004 U.S. lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
2006 King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.

Chart Toppers

1946
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
You Won’t Be Satisfied - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Day by Day - Frank Sinatra
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter

1954
Wanted - Perry Como
Here - Tony Martin
The Man with the Banjo - The Ames Brothers
Slowly - Webb Pierce

1962
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Young World - Rick Nelson
Charlie’s Shoes - Billy Walker

1970
Let It Be - The Beatles
ABC - The Jackson 5
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone - Charley Pride

1978
Night Fever - Bee Gees
If I Can’t Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Can’t Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
Every Time Two Fools Collide - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West

1986
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
Manic Monday - Bangles
Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Cajun Moon - Ricky Skaggs

Quote of the Day

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor, British movie actress (1932 - )


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Today in History - April 25th

Today's Birthdays

1599 Oliver Cromwell, English statesman; died Sept 3, 1658
1710 James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer (Astronomical Tables) died Nov 17, 1776
1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1812 Overture) died Nov 6, 1893
1874 Guglielmo Marconi, ‘Father of Radio,’ inventor (1909 Nobel Laureate in Physics) died July 19, 1937
1906 William J. Brennan Jr., Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; died July 24, 1997
1908 Edward R. (Roscoe) Murrow, newsman (You Are There) died Apr 27, 1965
1912 Gladys Presley, Elvis' Mom; died Aug 14, 1958
1917 Ella Fitzgerald, singer (Mack the Knife, A-Tisket A-Tasket) died June 15, 1996
1923 Albert King (Nelson), blues singer/guitarist; died Dec 21, 1992
1930 Paul Mazursky, director (Harry and Tonto)
1932 Willis ‘Gator’ Jackson, composer/tenor sax (invented the gator horn) died Oct 25, 1987
1932 Meadowlark (George) Lemon, basketball (Harlem Globetrotters)
1933 Jerry Leiber, record producer (with Mike Stoller)
1940 Al (Alfredo James) Pacino, actor (Scarface, Serpico, The Godfather series)
1945 Stu Cook, bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1945 Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitarist/singer (Abba)
1946 Talia Shire (Coppola), actress (Godfather series, Rocky series, GEICO commercials)
1947 Jeffrey DeMunn, actor (The Shawshank Redemption)
1949 Michael Brown (Lookofsky), keyboards (The Left Banke)
1950 Steve Ferrone, rock musician (The Heartbreakers)
1952 Don Martineau, NHL (Atlanta Flames, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings)
1952 Vladislav Tretiak, Soviet goaltender
1954 Randy Cross, sportscaster (NFL)
1958 Fish, Scottish singer/lyricist (Marillion)
1964 Andy Bell, singer (Erasure)
1964 Hank Azaria, actor (Mystery Alaska)
1965 Eric Avery, rock musician (Jane's Addiction)
1969 Joe Buck, sports broadcaster (NFL)
1969 Gina Torres, actress (Xena: Warrior Princess)
1969 Darren Woodson, strong safety (Dallas Cowboys)
1969 Renée Zellweger, actress (Bridget Jones series, Jerry Maguire)
1970 Jason Lee, actor (My Name is Earl, Dogma)
1970 Tionne Watkins, singer (TLC)
1975 Emily Bergl, actress (Men in Trees)
1976 Tim Duncan, forward (San Antonio Spurs)
1977 Marguerite Moreau, actress (Mighty Ducks series)
1983 DeAngelo Williams, running back (Carolina Panthers)
1988 Sara Paxton, actress (Sleepover)
1996 Allisyn Ashley Arm, actress (Man of the House)

Today's Deaths in History

1744 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (Celcius scale) dies at 42
1800 William Cowper, English poet/hymnist, dies at 68
1878 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty) dies at 58
1915 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State, dies at 84
1968 John Tewksbury, Olympic Medalist (1900-track and field) dies at 92
1972 George Sanders, actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray) dies at 65
1984 Richard Benedict, actor (Hawaii Five-O) dies at 64
1990 Dexter Gordon, saxophonist, dies at 67
1995 Art Fleming, game show host (Jeopardy) dies at 70
1995 Ginger Rogers, actress/dancer (w/Fred Astaire) dies at 83
1999 Roger Troutman, pop/R&B musician, is shot and killed at 47 by his brother Larry (who then committed suicide)
2000 David Merrick, theatrical producer (42nd Street) dies at 88
2002 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, rapper (TLC) dies at 30 in an automobile crash
2005 Johnny Sample, defensive back (Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers) dies at 67

Today in History

1507 Mapmaker and geographer Martin Waldseemuller of Germany's world map showed the new world as ‘Amerige’ (the land of Amerigo, referring to explorer Amerigo Vespucci).
1707 The Habsburg army is defeated by Bourbon army at Almansa (Spain) in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1719 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is published.
1792 Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
1792 "La Marseillaise" (French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1829 Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.
1831 The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
1847 The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.
1859 Ground is broken for the Suez Canal.
1862 Forces under Union Admiral David Farragut capture the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
1901 New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
1915 The ANZAC spirit tradition begins during World War I with a landing at Gallipoli on the Turkish coast.
1916 ANZAC Day commemorated for the first time.
1928 Buddy, the first seeing eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank.
1940 W2XBS (now WCBS-TV) in New York City presented the first circus on TV.
1943 Rufus Gentry, playing for Buffalo in the International Baseball League, tied a record originally set in 1916 by winning an 11-inning, no-hitter as Buffalo defeated Newark 1-0.
1944 The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
1945 United States and Russian troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.
1945 The Nazi occupation army leaves Milan after a partisan insurrection (this day is taken as symbol of the liberation of Italy).
1953 Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid, describing the double helix structure of DNA.
1954 The prototype manufacture of a new solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.
1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to traffic, saving shippers millions of dollars.
1961 Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
1967 Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the United States.
1970 "ABC," by the Jackson 5, reached the number one spot in pop music where it stayed for two weeks.
1972 Nguyen Hue Offensive: The North Vietnamese 320th Division forces 5,000 South Vietnamese troops to retreat and traps about 2,500 others northwest of Kontum.
1972 Bill Sharman, ending his first year as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, was named Coach of the Year in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1973 The Sweet received a gold record for the hit "Little Willy."
1975 As North Vietnamese forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated, almost ten years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.
1982 Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords.
1983 American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.
1985 Big River (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
1988 In Israel, John Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.
1989 James Richardson is freed from a Florida prison 21 years after being wrongfully convicted of the murder of his seven children.
1992 Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
1993 300,000 gay, lesbian, transgender, and allied activists march on Washington, DC demanding freedom from discrimination.
1998 Whitewater prosecutors questioned first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for a failed savings and loan.
1999 More than 70,000 mourners gathered in Littleton, Colorado to honor the victims of the Columbine High School massacre five days earlier.
2003 Georgia lawmakers voted to scrap the Dixie cross from the state's flag.
2005 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties gaining entrance into the European Union.

Chart Toppers

1947
Heartaches - The Ted Weems Orchestra (whistler: Elmo Tanner)
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis

1955
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
Unchained Melody - Al Hibler
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
Can’t Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
Still - Bill Anderson

1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
Empty Arms - Sonny James

1979
Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
All I Ever Need is You - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West

1987
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Aretha Franklin & George Michael
Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
Sign ’o’ the Times - Prince
Rose in Paradise - Waylon Jennings

Quote of the Day

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.
Chester Bowles, US diplomat & economist (1901 - 1986)


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Today in History - April 26th

Today's Birthdays

0121 Antonius Marcus Aurelius (Marcus A Verus), Emperor of Rome (161-180) died Mar 17, 0180
1718 Esek Hopkins, US, first commander-in-chief (US Navy) died Feb 26, 1802
1785 John James Audubon, bird watcher/artist; died Jan 27, 1851
1822 Frederick Law Olmsted, architect/writer (designed Central Park) died Aug 28, 1903
1884 Harry Sothern, actor (Buck Rogers) died Feb 22, 1957
1886 Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett), "Mother of the Blues," US blues singer; died Dec 22, 1939
1893 Anita Loos, author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) died Aug 18, 1981
1895 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's Deputy Führer, only prisoner at Spandau Prison; died Aug 17, 1987
1900 Charles Richter, earthquake seismologist (Richter scale) died Apr 30, 1985
1917 Ieoh Ming Pei, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
1917 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (New York Giants) died Dec 28, 1992
1918 Stafford Repp, actor (Batman) died Nov 5, 1974
1933 Carol Burnett, comedian/actress (Carol Burnett Show)
1938 Duane Eddy, guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
1938 Maurice Williams, rocker (The Zodiacs)
1940 Giorgio Moroder, composer/producer/singer (Top Gun)
1941 Bruce MacGregor, NHL (Detroit Red Wings, NY Rangers)
1942 Bobby Rydell, rock singer (Bye Bye Birdie)
1943 Gary Wright, singer/keyboardist (Dream Weaver)
1948 Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
1950 Howard "Leon" Reeder, R&B guitarist (Champaign)
1956 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)
1958 Giancarlo Esposito, actor (Bob Roberts)
1960 Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran Duran)
1961 Anthony Cumia, radio personality (The Opie and Anthony Show)
1961 Joan Chen (Chen Chong), actress (Heaven & Earth)
1961 Chris Mars, rock drummer (The Replacements)
1963 Jet Li, actor (Romeo Must Die)
1964 Jimmy Stafford, rocker (Train)
1965 Kevin James, comic/actor (King of Queens)
1967 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, actress (Without a Trace)
1970 Melania Trump, wife of "The Donald"
1971 Jay DeMarcus, country musician (Rascal Flats)
1972 Francisco Cordova, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1972 Natrone Means, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
1975 Nathan "Joey" Jordison, rock musician (Slipknot)
1976 Jose Pasillas, rocker (Incubus)
1977 Tom Welling, actor (Smallville)
1980 Jordana Brewster, Panamá, actress (The Fast and the Furious)
1983 Jessica Lynch, US soldier, POW in Operation Iraqi Freedom
1984 Ryan O'Donohue, Pomona CA, actress (Byrds of Paradise)

Today's Deaths in History

1731 Daniel Defoe, English author (Robinson Crusoe), dies at 70
1865 Charles J Sax, Belgian inventor (saxophone), dies at 74
1865 John Wilkes Booth, assassin, is shot dead near Bowling Green, VA at 27
1956 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
1961 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta), dies at 36
1970 Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick), stripper/actress (Pruitts of Southampton), dies from cancer at 56
1973 Irene Ryan, actress (Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
1976 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Saber of London), dies at 45
1976 Sidney James, actor (Lavander Hill Mob), dies at 65
1980 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
1981 Jim Davis, actor (Dallas), dies at 65
1981 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
1984 William "Count" Basie, jazz piano great, dies at 79
1986 (William) Broderick Crawford, actor (Highway Patrol), dies at 74
1986 Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87
1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy), dies at 78
1991 Carmine Coppola, composer/father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies
1991 Emily McLaughlin, US actress (General Hospital), dies at 61
1992 Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse), dies at 87
1995 Alexander Knox, actor/writer (Gorky Park), dies at 88
1997 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
2004 Estee Lauder, cosmetics mogul, dies at 95

Today in History

1514 Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn.
1607 English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1805 United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out three runners at the plate in one game, all were ends of a double play.
1906 First motion pictures shown in Hawaii.
1912 First homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox).
1921 Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio when WEW in St. Louis, MO aired weather news.
1928 Madame Tussaud's waxworks exhibition opens in London.
1931 Lou Gehrig hits a homerun but is called out for passing a runner; the mistake costs him American League home run crown, and he & Babe Ruth tie for the season.
1933 The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
1935 Frank Boucher is given the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently, for winning it 7 of 11 years.
1937 Someone on the LIFE magazine staff forgot to put the word “LIFE” in the upper left-hand corner, resulting in the only time that the magazine was nameless.
1941 A tradition begins with the first organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs).
1948 The XP-86 prototype for the Sabre Jet first "officially" breaks the sound barrier; the first operational F-86A Sabres entered service in May of the same year.
1952 US minesweeper Hobson rams aircraft carrier Wasp, kills 176.
1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins.
1957 Jamestown, VA, 350th Anniversary Festival opens.
1961 Roger Maris hits first of 61 homers in 1961.
1964 The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1966 Arnold "Red" Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach.
1975 Philadelphia Phillies' Mike Schmidt's two homeruns ties National League record of 11 homeruns in April.
1977 New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens.
1978 An updated version of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper appeared on television; in the lead role (his first TV special), was former Beatle, Ringo Starr.
1980 Iran begins scattering US hostages from the US Embassy.
1980 Philadelphia Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats St Louis Cardinals).
1984 Liverpool's Cavern Club reopens.
1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver.
1986 Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl USSR explodes, 31 die.
1990 New York Court of Appeals ends 2˝ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of the case.
1990 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 one-hitters
1991 Dinosaurs premieres on ABC-TV.
1992 Growing Pains final episode on ABC-TV.
1992 Who's The Boss' final episode after 8 years on ABC-TV.
1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base.
1993 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman.
1995 Coors Field opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings.
1998 Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading human rights activist in Guatemala, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2000 Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
2001 Junichiro Koizumi was elected prime minister of Japan by the lower house of Japan's parliament.
2002 An expelled student went on a shooting rampage at a school in Erfurt, Germany, killing 13 teachers, two students and a police officer before taking his own life.
2005 The government unveiled the new colorized $50 bill.
2005 Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests.

Chart Toppers

1948
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
Manana - Peggy Lee
The Dickey Bird Song - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Glenn Hughes)
Anytime - Eddy Arnold

1956
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
Ivory Tower - Cathy Carr
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1964
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles
Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash

1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Rockin’ Robin - Michael Jackson
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Chantilly Lace - Jerry Lee Lewis

1980
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
With You I’m Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta
A Lesson in Leavin’ - Dottie West

1988
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Devil Inside - INXS
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby
I’ll Always Come Back - K.T. Oslin

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The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
Albert Einstein, US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)



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Today in History - April 27th

Today's Birthdays

1737 Edward Gibbon, historian/author (History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) died Jan 16, 1794
1759 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, author (Vindication of the Rights of Women) died Sep 10, 1797
1791 Samuel F.B. (Finley Breese) Morse, inventor (electromagnetic telegraph) died Apr 2, 1872
1822 Ulysses S. Grant, Union General/18th U.S. President; died July 23, 1885
1894 George Petty, WWII Pin-Up Artist (Esquire Magazine, the Memphis Belle) died July 21, 1975
1896 Rogers ‘Rajah’ Hornsby, baseball (St Louis Cardinals, NY Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, St Louis Browns) died Jan 5, 1963
1900 Walter Lantz, animator (Woody Woodpecker) died Mar 22, 1994
1916 Enos (Bradsher) ‘Country’ Slaughter, Baseball Hall of Famer (St Louis Cardinals, NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Braves) died Aug 12, 2002
1922 Jack Klugman, actor (The Odd Couple)
1926 Tim LaHaye, reverend/author (Left Behind series)
1927 Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader/wife of Dr. Martin Luther King; died Jan 31, 2006
1932 Anouk Aimee (Françoise Sorya Dreyfus), actress (La Dolce Vita)
1932 Casey Kasem (Kemal Amin Kasem), radio DJ/announcer/host (American Top 40)
1932 Chuck Knox, football head coach (LA Rams, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)
1932 Maxine (Ella) Brown, singer (The Browns)
1937 Sandy Dennis, actress (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff) died Mar 2, 1992
1938 Earl Anthony, bowling champion; died Aug 14, 2001
1939 Judy Carne (Joyce Betterill), comedienne/actress (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In)
1941 Lee Roy Jordan, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
1942 Bob Foster, International Boxing Hall of Famer (light heavyweight champion)
1942 Jim Keltner, rock drummer (George Harrison, Ringo's All-Starr Band)
1944 Cuba Gooding, Sr., singer (The Main Ingredient)
1947 Mack Alston, tight end (Washington Redskin, Houston Oilers, Baltimore Colts)
1947 Pete Ham, guitarist/pianist/singer (Badfinger) died april 24, 1975
1947 Keith Magnuson, NHL (Chicago Blackhawks) died Dec 15, 2003
1947 Ann Peebles, singer (I Can't Stand the Rain)
1947 Dave Peel, punk rocker (The Lower East Side)
1948 Kate Pierson, organist/singer (The B-52’s)
1948 Frank Abagnale, Jr., forger (subject of Catch Me if You Can)
1949 Herbie Murrell, R&B singer (The Stylistics)
1951 Paul Daniel ‘Ace’ Frehley, rock musician (Kiss)
1952 George ‘Iceman’ Gervin, Basketball Hall of Famer (San Antonio Spurs)
1954 Herm Edwards, NFL coach (Kansas City Chiefs)
1956 Kevin McNally, actor (Pirates of the Caribbean series)
1959 Sheena Easton (Sheena Shirley Orr), singer (Morning Train)
1959 Marco Pirroni, guitarist/songwriter (Siouxsie & the Banshees)
1962 James LeGros, actor (Sleeper Cell)
1965 Rob Squires, rock musician (Big Head Todd & the Monsters)
1975 Chris Carpenter, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
1979 William James Boyd, bassist (Evanescence)
1979 Travis Meeks, rock singer (Days of the New)
1984 Patrick Stump, guitarist/singer (Fall Out Boy)

Today's Deaths in History

1521 Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, is killed by Filipino natives at 41
1813 Zebulon Pike, American frontiersman and explorer (Pike's Peak) dies at 34
1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist/poet, dies at 78
1932 Hart Crane, writer/lyricist (White Buildings) commits suicide at 32
1965 Edward R. Murrow, journalist, dies at 57
1977 Stanley Adams, actor (Star Trek-The Trouble with Tribbles) dies at 62
1994 Lynne Frederick, actress/former Mrs. Peter Sellers, dies at 39 of alcoholism
1996 William Colby, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency, dies at 76
1999 Al Hirt, trumpeter, dies at 76
2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, singer (Turn the Beat Around) dies at 45
2002 Ruth Handler, toy manufacturer (Barbie Doll) dies at 85
2005 Red Horner, NHL Hall of Famer (Toronto Maple Leafs) dies at 95

Today in History

1509 Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
1521 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.
1667 The blind, impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for Ł10.
1773 The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1805 United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The "Shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' hymn).
1810 Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.
1813 United States troops capture the capital of Ontario, York (present day Toronto, Ontario) in the War of 1812.
1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1865 The worst steamship disaster in the history of the United States occurred as the Sultana, carrying approximately 2,300 passengers, the majority being freed Union POWs, exploded while en route to Cairo, IL.
1865 The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.
1880 Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
1899 The Western Golf Association was founded in Chicago, IL.
1936 The United Auto Workers (UAW) gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.
1938 Geraldine Apponyi was the first American woman to become a Queen when she married King Zog of Albania.
1946 The first commercial carrier ship to be equipped with radar, the SS African Star, was placed in service.
1947 Organized baseball celebrated Babe Ruth Day.
1947 The first broadcast of Studio One on CBS radio was broadcast.
1950 In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races (Apartheid).
1956 Rocky Marciano relinquished his crown as heavyweight boxing champ when he retired from boxing.
1960 The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT, the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.
1968 Jimmy Ellis defeated Jerry Quarry of Atascadero, CA for the World Boxing Association’s heavyweight title.
1973 Steve Busby of Kansas City lead the Royals to a 3-0, no-hit shutout of the Detroit Tigers.
1974 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for impeachment of President Nixon.
1976 Maxine Nightingale received a gold record for the single, "Right Back Where We Started From."
1978 Former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman was released from prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.
1981 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
1981 Former Beatle Ringo Starr married Barbara Bach at the Marylebone Registry Office in London.
1982 John W. Hinckley Jr. went on trial in Washington, D.C., in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan (he was acquitted by reason of insanity).
1983 Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros broke Walter Johnson’s strikeout record as he struck out the 3,509th batter of his career.
1987 The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
1992 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro.
1992 Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
1994 The first democratic general election in South Africa is held in which black citizens could vote.
2005 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus 380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
2005 Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first Kremlin leader to visit Israel.
2006 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

Chart Toppers

1949
Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)
Forever and Ever - Perry Como
"A" You’re Adorable - Perry Como
Candy Kisses - George Morgan

1957
Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Mama Look at Bubu - Harry Belafonte
Gone - Ferlin Husky

1965
Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits
I Know a Place - Petula Clark
This is It - Jim Reeves

1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Sing - Carpenters
The Cisco Kid - War
Superman - Donna Fargo

1981
Kiss on My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Being with You - Smokey Robinson
A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight) - Mickey Gilley

1989
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
The Church on Cumberland Road - Shenandoah

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Today in History - April 28

Today's Birthdays

1758 James Monroe, 5th President of the United States; died July 4, 1831
1874 Sidney Toler, actor (Charlie Chan films) died Feb 12, 1947
1878 Lionel Barrymore (Blythe), actor (It’s a Wonderful Life, Key Largo) died Nov 15, 1954
1902 Red (Charles Frederick) Lucas, ‘The Nashville Narcissus,’ pitcher (NY Giants, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates) died July 9, 1986
1911 Lee Falk, comic strip artist (The Phantom) died Mar 13, 1999
1922 Alistair Stuart MacLean, author (The Guns of Navarone) died Feb 2, 1987
1926 Harper Lee, author (To Kill a Mockingbird)
1929 Carolyn Jones, actress (The Addams Family) died Aug 3, 1983
1930 James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State
1937 Saddam Hussein, Iraqi dictator; hung Dec 30, 2006
1938 Madge Sinclair, actress (Coming to America) died Dec 20, 1995
1941 Ann-Margret, singer/actress (Tommy)
1945 John Wolters, drummer (Dr. Hook)
1948 Marcia Strassman, actress (Welcome Back Kotter)
1949 Paul Guilfoyle, actor (CSI)
1949 Bruno Kirby, actor (City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally, Good Morning, Vietnam) died Aug 14, 2006
1950 Jay Leno, comic/talk show host (The Tonight Show)
1950 Jim Wiley, NHL center (Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks)
1952 Chuck Leavell, keyboards (Allman Brother Band)
1953 Kim Gordon, bassist (Sonic Youth)
1953 Mary McDonnell, actress (Dances With Wolves)
1966 John Daly, professional golfer
1967 Kari Wührer, actress (Eight Legged Freaks)
1967 Monique Noel, playmate (May 1989)
1967 Peter Stoyanovich, kicker (Miami Dolphins)
1968 Daisy Berkowitz, guitarist (Marilyn Manson)
1970 Nicklas Lidström, NHL defenseman (Detroit Red Wings)
1971 Simbi Khali, actress (3rd Rock from the Sun)
1971 Chris Young, actor (Max Headroom)
1973 Elisabeth Rohm, actress (Law and Order)
1973 Jorge Garcia, actor (Lost)
1974 Penelope Cruz, actress (Woman on Top)
1975 James Thrash, wide reciever (Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins)
1978 Nate Richert, actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
1981 Jessica Alba, actress (Fantastic Four)
1991 Aleisha Allen, actress (Are We There Yet?)

Today's Deaths in History

1926 Zip the Pinhead, freak show performer, dies at 83
1945 Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, is exected at 61
1970 Ed Begley, actor (Sweet Bird of Youth) dies at 69
1975 Tom Donahue, FM radio DJ (pioneer, freeform radio) dies at 46
1981 Steve Currie, rock musician (T Rex) dies in a car crash at 33
1988 B.W. Stevenson, country singer/songwriter (My Maria) dies at 38
1993 Jim Valvano, college basketball coach (North Carolina State ) dies at 47
1999 Rory Calhoun, actor (Pure Country) dies at 76
2005 Percy Heath, jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) dies at 71

Today in History

1253 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.
1788 Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1789 The crew of the British ship Bounty mutineed, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.
1862 In the Civil War, Admiral David Farragut captures New Orleans, Louisiana.
1896 The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan of Sioux City, IA.
1926 American League baseball owners agreed to have home plate umpires carry resin on the field for the benefit of pitchers with sweaty hands.
1930 The first night game in organized baseball history takes place in Independence, Kansas.
1932 A vaccine against yellow fever was announced.
1937 The first animated-cartoon electric sign was displayed on a building on Broadway in New York City.
1939 Small cars were offered for sale in the U.S. for the first time.
1940 "Pennsylvania 6-5000," the classic Glenn Miller signature song, was recorded on Bluebird Records.
1945 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed.
1947 Thor Heyerdahl and a six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.
1952 The United States occupation of Japan (since World War II) ends.
1959 Arthur Godfrey was seen for the last time in the final telecast of Arthur Godfrey and His Friends on CBS-TV.
1961 Warren Spahn pitched his second no-hit game for the Milwaukee Braves, beating the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
1965 United States troops land in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. citizens.
1967 Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
1969 Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
1970 President Richard M. Nixon formally authorizes American combat troops to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia.
1978 President of Afghanistan Mohammed Daoud Khan is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.
1980 President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran.
1985 The little town of Parker, TX, not far from Dallas, reported a 2-to-1 edge in the ratio of tourists to residents as some 2,100 tourists each day converged on the town to visit Southfork Ranch, the home of the Ewing family of the CBS-TV hit Dallas.
1986 The Soviet Union informed the world of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, two days after it happened.
1986 Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve USS Coral Sea, on station across the "Line of Death" in the Gulf of Sidra off the coast of Libya.
1987 For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl counterpart: The Art of Excellence, by Tony Bennett,
1988 Near Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle "C.B." Lansing is sucked out of Aloha Flight 243, a Boeing 737, and falls to her death when part of the plane's fuselage rips open in mid-flight.
1990 The musical A Chorus Line closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway.
1992 The Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended diet chart.
1994 Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had betrayed U.S.secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
1996 President Bill Clinton gave 4-1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
1996 In Tasmania, Australia, Martin Bryant goes on a shooting spree, killing 35 people and seriously injuring 37 more.
1997 The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention goes into effect, with Russia, Iraq and North Korea notable nations who had not ratified the treaty.
1999 The House rejected on a tie vote of 213-213 a measure expressing support for NATO's five-week-old air campaign against Yugoslavia (the House also voted to limit the president's authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia).
2001 A Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito.
2003 Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store launches, selling 1 million songs in its first week.
2004 The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown on CBS' 60 Minutes II.
2005 More than 100 volunteers joined police in Duluth, Ga., in searching for Jennifer Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who had vanished two days earlier (Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., having run away on her own).
2005 Taraki Sivaram, a popular Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka, was kidnapped in Colombo; his body was found the next day near the parliament.

Chart Toppers

1950
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams

1958
Tequila - The Champs
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
The Witch Doctor - David Seville
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson

1966
(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold

1974
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB featuring The Three Degrees
Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
Hello Love - Hank Snow

1982
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
We Got the Beat - Go-Go’s
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
Crying My Heart Out Over You - Ricky Skaggs

1990
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
I Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
How Can We Be Lovers - Michael Bolton
Love on Arrival - Dan Seals


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There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist painter (1881 - 1973)





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Today in History - April 29th

Today's Birthdays

1745 Oliver Ellsworth, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (3rd to be selected) died Nov 26, 1807
1863 William Randolph Hearst, publisher (subject of Citizen Kane) died Aug 14, 1951
1899 Duke Ellington, Jazz musician/composer; died May 24, 1974
1901 Hirohito, Japan’s longest-reigning emperor; died Jan 7, 1989
1907 Fred Zinnemann, Academy Award-winning director (High Noon, From Here to Eternity) died Mar 14, 1997
1909 Tom Ewell (Samuel Yewell Tompkins), actor (The Seven Year Itch) died Sep 12, 1994
1912 Richard Carlson, actor (Creature from the Black Lagoon) died Nov 24, 1977
1915 Donald Mills, singer (The Mills Brothers) died Nov 13, 1999
1918 George Allen, football head coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins) died Dec 31, 1990
1919 Celeste Holm, actress (Gentlemen’s Agreement, All About Eve)
1928 Carl Gardner, R&B singer (The Coasters)
1929 Mickey (Maurice Joseph ‘Maury’) McDermott, pitcher (Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers, StL Cardinals) died Aug 7, 2003
1931 (Anthony James) Lonnie Donegan, folk singer/guitarist/banjo (Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight) died Nov 3, 2002
1933 Keith Baxter, actor (Hawaii Five-0)
1933 Rod McKuen, poet
1934 Luis Aparicio (Luis Ernesto Montiel), Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox)
1934 Otis Rush, blues musician
1936 April Stevens (Carol Lo Tempio), singer (Deep Purple)
1937 Jean Gauthier, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins)
1943 Duane Allen, country singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
1944 Jim Hart, quarterback (St Louis Cardinals)
1946 John Waters, film director/writer (Polyester, Hairspray)
1947 Tommy James, singer (The Shondells)
1947 Johnny Miller, golf champion
1947 Jim Ryun, runner/member U.S. House of Representative (Kansas)
1949 Francis Rossi, guitarist/singer (Status Quo)
1950 Wayne Secrest, country musician (Confederate Railroad)
1951 Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR auto racing champion; killed in crash in Daytona 500, Feb 18, 2001
1952 Nora Dunn, actress/comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1954 Jerry Seinfeld, actor/comedian
1954 Jake Burton Carpenter, snowboarder/founder (Burton Snowboards)
1954 Debora Iyall, singer (Romeo Void)
1955 Kate Mulgrew, actress (Star Trek: Voyager)
1957 Daniel Day-Lewis, actor (My Left Foot)
1958 Michelle Pfeiffer, actress (Fabulous Baker Boys, Dangerous Liaisons)
1958 Eve Plumb, actress (The Brady Bunch)
1960 Phil King, bassist (Lush)
1960 Audrey Wells, writer (Under the Tuscan Sun)
1963 Chad Little, NASCAR race driver
1965 Vincent Ventresca, actor (Boston Common)
1967 Curtis "CuJo" Joseph, NHL goaltender (Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings)
1968 Carnie Wilson, singer (Wilson Phillips)
1970 Andre Agassi, professional tennis champion
1970 Master P, rapper
1970 Uma Thurman, actress (Kill Bill series, Pulp Fiction, Be Cool)
1973 Mike Hogan, bassist (The Cranberries)
1980 Mathieu Biron, NHL defenseman (New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals)
1983 Jay Cutler, quarterback (Denver Broncos)

Today's Deaths in History

1594 Thomas Cooper, English bishop/lexicographer/writer, dies at 77
1698 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis/First Lord of the British Admiralty, dies at 42
1920 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General (Civil War) dies at 80
1937 William Gillette, actor (Sherlock Holmes) dies at 83
1967 Anthony Mann, actor/director (Man from Laramie) dies at 60
1980 Alfred Hitchcock, film director (Psycho, The Birds) dies at 80
1993 Mick Ronson, guitarist/composer (Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars) dies at 46
1993 Michael Gordon, film director (Cyrano de Bergerac) dies at 83
1997 Mike Royko, newspaper columnist (Chicago Tribune) dies at 64
1998 Hal Laycoe, hockey defenseman/coach (NY Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins) dies at 75
2004 Sid Smith, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs) dies at 78
2005 William J. Bell, television writer/producer (soap operas) dies at 78
2006 John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, dies at 97
2007 Josh Hancock, relief pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals) dies at 29 in an auto accident

Today in History

1429 Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
1770 James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia.
1813 A patent for rubber was given to J.F. Hummel of Philadelphia, PA.
1854 The Ashmun Institute is officially chartered, becoming the first college for African American students.
1861 Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
1862 New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1864 Theta Xi, a professional fraternity, was founded in Troy, NY.
1879 Electric arc lights were used for the first time in Cleveland, OH.
1916 The Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
1941 The Boston Bees agreed to rename the National League team the Braves, the name they used prior to 1935.
1945 American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
1945 Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler married his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker; the couple killed themselves the next day.
1946 Former Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders are indicted for war crimes.
1954 Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut in "Night Visitor" on Ford Theatre on NBC-TV.
1959 UNIVAC, the electronic computer that was the size of a house, actually picked four out of six winners at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.
1960 Dick Clark told a House of Representatives investigating committee looking into the payola scandal that he, the host of American Bandstand, never took payola for records featured on his daily TV show.
1961 ABC’s Wide World of Sports began its long run on ABC-TV.
1967 After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.
1968 Hair made its way from Greenwich Village to to the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway.
1969 Sir Duke, Duke Ellington, celebrated his 70th birthday by being honored with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom, the U.S. government’s highest civilian honor.
1974 President Richard Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
1975 In the Vietnam War, Operation Frequent Wind takes place as the last U.S. citizens begin evacuation from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover.
1981 Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
1981 Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, became the first left hander in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
1983 Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.
1985 George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, fired manager Yogi Berra.
1986 Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters on the way to a 3-2 win.
1991 A cyclone struck the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless, leading to a U.S. rescue/relief mission dubbed Operation Sea Angel.
1992 Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King (54 people were killed).
1996 Former CIA Director William Colby was missing and presumed drowned after an apparent boating accident in Maryland.
1996 The musical Rent opened on Broadway.
1997 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
1997 Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
2002 A year after the loss of a seat it had held for over 50 years, the United States won election to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
2003 The Palestinian parliament approved Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister.
2004 President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney met behind closed doors with the Sept. 11 commission.
2004 A national monument to the 16 million U.S. men and women who served during World War II opened to the public in Washington D.C.
2005 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
2005 JAG ended it’s ten-season TV run with a flip of a coin, frozen in mid air, that still leaves us wondering if it was Harm or Mac (Sara) who gave up their career in order for the couple to be together.

Chart Toppers

1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
Would I Love You - Patti Page
The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow

1959
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley
Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Need You - Sonny James

1975
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Supernatural Thing - Ben E. King
Blanket on the Ground - Billie Jo Spears

1983
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Der Kommissar - After the Fire
American Made - The Oak Ridge Boys

1991
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Down Home - Alabama

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The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost, poet (1874 - 1963)




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Today in History - April 30th

Today's Birthdays

1662 Queen Mary II of England (Mary, Queen of Scots), died Dec 28, 1694
1877 Alice B. Toklas, companion of Gertrude Stein, died March 7, 1967
1898 Cornelius Vanderbilt, reporter/columnist/author/lecturer; died in 1974
1908 Eve Arden (Eunice Quedens), actress (Our Miss Brooks, Grease) died Nov 12, 1990
1910 Al Lewis (Albert Meister), actor (The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?) died Feb 3, 2006
1923 Percy Heath, jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet)
1925 Johnny Horton, rock musician (Battle of New Orleans) died Nov 5, 1960
1926 Cloris Leachman, actress (Young Frankenstein)
1933 Willie Nelson, country singer/songwriter
1938 Larry Niven, sci-fi author (Ringworld)
1940 Burt Young, actor (Rocky series)
1943 Bobby Vee (Robert Velline), singer (Devil or Angel)
1944 Jill Clayburgh, actress (Nip/Tuck)
1953 Merrill Osmond, singer (The Osmonds)
1954 Jane Campion, film director (The Piano)
1959 Stephen Harper, Prime minister of Canada
1961 Isiah Thomas, Basketball Hall of Famer/New York Knicks coach
1963 Michael Waltrip, NASCAR race driver
1963 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
1965 Adrian Pasdar, actor (Heroes)
1966 Wendy L. Walsh, actress (The Day After Tomorrow)
1969 Clark Vogeler, rock guitarist (The Toadies)
1969 Paulo Jr., rock bassist (Sepultura)
1971 Chris Henderson, rock musician (3 Doors Down)
1972 J.R. Richards, rock singer (Dishwalla)
1972 Lisa Dean Ryan, actress (CSI)
1973 Akon, R&B singer
1974 Deanna Brooks, playmate (May 1998)
1975 Johnny Galecki, actor (Roseanne)
1975 Elliott Sadler, NASCAR race driver
1976 Amanda Palmer, lead singer (The Dresden Dolls)
1978 Tyler Labine, actor (Boston Legal)
1982 Kirsten Dunst, actress (Spiderman series)
1983 Troy Williamson, wide reciever (Minnesota Vikings)
1987 Nikki Webster, actress (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)

Today's Deaths in History

1883 Édouard Manet, French painter, dies at 51
1900 John Luther "Casey" Jones, train engineer, dies in railroad crash at 37
1945 Adolph Hitler, Nazi dictator, commits suicide at 56
1945 Eva Braun, bride of Adolph Hitler, commits suicide at 33
1970 Inger Stevens, actress (A Guide for the Married Man) commits suicide by overdose at 35
1972 Gia Scala, actress (The Guns of Navarone) dies at 38
1974 Agnes Moorehead, actress (Bewitched) dies at 73
1982 Lester Bangs, music journalist/author/musician (Creem, Rolling Stone) dies at 33
1983 George Balanchine, Russian-born dancer/choreographer, dies at 79
1983 Muddy Waters, blues guitarist, dies at 68
1989 Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space) dies at 65
1989 Sergio Leone, film director (Once Upon a Time in America) dies at 60
1994 Richard Scarry, author (Little Golden Books) dies at 74

Today in History

1006 Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appeared in the constellation Lupus.
1483 Orbital calculations suggest that on Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit (until July 23, 1503).
1492 Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
1789 On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
1803 The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
1812 Louisiana became the 18th state.
1889 The first national holiday in the United States was celebrated, as citizens of the U.S. observed the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration.
1900 Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.
1900 Train engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers (the event was immortalized in song).
1903 Victor Records made its first Red Seal recording.
1922 Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitched the major league’s fifth perfect game as the Chisox defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0.
1925 Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc was sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity.
1939 The New York World's Fair, billed as a look at "the world of tomorrow," opened.
1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to appear on television during the World Fair's opening ceremonies broadcast.
1939 The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service.
1939 Public Television began.
1939 Baseball’s ‘Iron Horse’, Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees.
1940 Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials to be the first American woman prize-fight referee.
1944 The New York Giants (of baseball) whipped the Brooklyn Dodgers 26-8, setting a major-league record for runs driven in by a team in a single game.
1945 Arthur Godfrey began his CBS radio morning show.
1945 Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker.
1947 Maps had to be changed as Boulder Dam was changed back to its original name, Hoover Dam.
1955 University of Iowa men students released a little pent-up energy, conducting panty raids at women’s dorms.
1964 TV sets would be drastically different after a ruling by the FCC stating that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF (channels 2-13) and the new UHF (channels 14-83).
1966 The Church of Satan was founded.
1970 President Richard Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia.
1973 President Richard Nixon announced that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and others have resigned in the Watergate Scandal.
1975 The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
1985 The National Basketball Association set an all-time season attendance record as 19,506,355 fans attended games in arenas around the league.
1987 Three more compact discs of music by The Beatles went on sale for the first time (Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver).
1988 French-Canadian singer Céline Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland in front of 600 million TV-viewers, representing Switzerland with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi."
1993 Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.
1993 The World Wide Web was born at CERN.
1995 U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Northern Ireland.
1997 ABC aired the "coming out" episode of the sitcom Ellen, in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.
2001 Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing (her remains were found more than a year later in a Washington, D.C., park).
2002 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approved the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years.
2003 Mahmoud Abbas took office as the first Palestinian prime minister; international mediators presented Israeli and Palestinian leaders with a "road map" to peace.
2003 The U.S. Navy withdrew from its disputed Vieques bombing range in Puerto Rico.
2004 Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty in Santa Maria, Calif., to a grand jury indictment that expanded the child molestation case against him (he was later acquitted).
2004 Former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his New Jersey mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.
2005 Missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., originally claiming to have been abducted but then admitting she was a "runaway bride."
2006 Trapped miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell (at Beaconsfield, Tasmania) were found alive after being unaccounted for for five days.

Chart Toppers

1944
I Love You - Bing Crosby
It’s Love, Love, Love - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Skip Nelson)
San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter

1952
Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
(When You Feel like You’re in Love) Don’t Just Stand There - Carl Smith

1960
Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
Sink the Bismarck - Johnny Horton
Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves

1968
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Cry like a Baby - The Box Tops
Young Girl - The Union Gap
The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard

1976
Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Together Again - Emmylou Harris

1984
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
Hello - Lionel Richie
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
Right or Wrong - George Strait

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On May 1, 2003 George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in Navy One, a Lockheed S-3 Viking, wearing a flight suit. A few minutes later he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating "Mission Accomplished."

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QUOTE(Scoobie @ May 1 2007, 04:22 AM) *
On May 1, 2003 George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in Navy One, a Lockheed S-3 Viking, wearing a flight suit. A few minutes later he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating "Mission Accomplished."

And the War ended, everyone came home, and lived happily ever after.


Scoobie, that banner was placed there by the aircraft carrier crew, referring to the mission they had been assigned and accomplished. Yes, the White House absolutely took advantage of that, but it was the Navy's idea to recognize the carrier and it's mission accomplishment.

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The banner stating "Mission Accomplished" was the main source of controversy and criticism. Navy Commander and Pentagon spokesman Conrad Chun stated that the banner referred specifically to the aircraft carrier's 10-month deployment (which was the longest deployment of a carrier since the Vietnam War) and not the war itself, saying "It truly did signify a mission accomplished for the crew."

The White House claimed that the banner was requested by the crew of the ship. Afterwards, the administration and naval sources stated that the banner was the Navy's idea, White House staff members made the banner, and it was hung by the U.S. Navy personnel. White House spokesman Scott McClellan told CNN "We took care of the production of it. We have people to do those things. But the Navy actually put it up."




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Today in History - May 1st

Today's Birthdays

1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (Dafne) died Feb 25, 1643
1672 Joseph Addison, essayist (Cato) died June 17, 1719
1825 George Inness, artist (Peace and Plenty) died Aug 3, 1894
1830 Mary ‘Mother’ Jones, ‘The Miner’s Angel,’ labor leader; died Nov 30, 1930
1852 Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer, died Aug 1, 1903
1895 Leo Sowerby, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (The Canticle of the Sun) died July 7, 1968
1907 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America) died June 17, 1986
1913 Louis Nye, comedian/actor (Beverly Hillbillies) died Oct 9, 2005
1915 Archie Williams, Olympic Gold Medalist (1936 track) died June 24, 1993
1916 Glenn Ford (Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford), actor (Blackboard Jungle, Midway) died Aug 30, 2006
1918 Jack Paar, TV host (The Tonight Show) died Jan 27, 2004
1919 Dan O’Herlihy, actor (Halloween 3, RoboCop) died Feb 17, 2005
1923 Joseph Heller, writer (Sex and the Single Girl, Catch-22) died Dec 10, 1999
1924 Art Fleming,game show host (Jeopardy) died April 25, 1995
1925 Chuck Bednarik, Football Hall of Famer (Philadelphia Eagles)
1925 Scott Carpenter, former astronaut (Project Mercury)
1929 Sonny James (James Loden), "The Southern Gentleman," singer (Young Love)
1930 Ollie Matson, Pro Football Hall of Famer (Chicago Cardinals, LA Rams, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles)
1934 Joan Hackett, actress (Only When I Laugh) died Oct 8, 1983
1934 Shirley Horn, jazz singer/pianist; died Oct 20, 2005
1939 Judy Collins, singer (Both Sides Now)
1939 Max Robinson, broadcast journalist (ABC News World News Tonight) died Dec 20, 1988
1942 Stephen Macht, actor (Sliders)
1945 Rita Coolidge, singer (One Fine Day)
1946 Joanna Lumley, actress (Absolutely Fabulous)
1946 John Woo, Hong Kong, director (Face/Off)
1946 Nick Fortune (Fortuna), basssit (The Buckinghams)
1951 Dann Florek, actor (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit)
1954 Ray Parker Jr., R&B singer (Raydio)
1957 Steve Farris, guitarist (Mr. Mister)
1959 Phil Smith, saxophonist (Haircut 100)
1961 Marilyn Milian, judge (The People's Court)
1962 Maia Morgenstern, actress (Passion of the Christ)
1962 Ted Sundquist, general manager (Denver Broncos)
1966 Johnny Colt, bassist (Black Crowes)
1966 Charlie Schlatter, actor (18 Again)
1967 Tim McGraw, country singer
1967 Tawnni Cable, playmate (June 1989)
1968 D'Arcy, rock bassist (Smashing Pumpkins)
1969 Wes Anderson, director (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
1969 Carrie Stevens, playmate (June 1997)
1972 Julie Benz, actress (Dexter)
1973 Curtis Martin, running back (NY Jets)
1974 Tiffany Fallon, playmate (Dec 2005, PMOY 2005)
1976 Darius McCrary, actor (15 Minutes)
1985 Drew Sidora, actress (That's So Raven)
1997 Ariel Gade, actress (Dark Water)
2001 Cinnamon, Giac's cat

Today's Deaths in History

1873 David Livingstone, Scottish missionary, dies at 60
1904 Antonín DvoĹ™ák, Czech composer, dies at 62
1945 Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide at 47
1965 Spike Jones, band leader/musician/comedian, dies at 53
1968 Jack Adams, hockey player/coach/general manager (Toronto Arenas, Toronto St. Pats, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings) dies at 72
1986 Hugo Peretti, songwriter/record producer (The Loin Sleeps Tonight) dies at 69
1989 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor (LIFE) dies at 76
1989 Douglass Watson, actor (The Money Pit) dies at 68
1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula 1 legend, dies in a crash at 34
1998 Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther leader, dies at 62
2000 Steve Reeves, actor (Hercules) dies at 74
2001 Harold 'Happy' Hairston, actor (Airport '79) dies at 58
2003 Elizabeth Hulette, WCW "First Lady of Wrestling," dies at 42
2006 Johnny Paris, saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) dies at 65

Today in History

1707 The Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.
1751 America’s first cricket tournament was held in New York City.
1786 Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro premiered in Vienna.
1834 The British colonies abolished slavery.
1869 The Folies Bergčre opened in Paris.
1883 Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) staged his first Wild West Show.
1885 The first skyscraper in America was under construction, a 10-story building located on the corner of LaSalle and Adams in Chicago, IL.
1886 The general strike which eventually won the eight-hour workday started in the United States (these events are today commemorated as May Day or Labor Day in most industrialized countries).
1898 The United States Navy destroyed the Spanish Pacific fleet in the battle of Manila Bay, the first battle of the Spanish-American War.
1915 RMS Lusitania departed New York City on her two hundred and second and final crossing of the North Atlantic; six days later the ship was torpedoed off the Irish coast with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.
1920 The longest baseball game (by innings) was played, as the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers played an incredible 26 innings with the same pitchers.
1930 The dwarf planet Pluto was officially named.
1931 The 102-story Empire State Building in New York City was dedicated.
1931 Singer Kate Smith began her long and illustrious radio career with CBS.
1940 The 1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to war.
1941 The Orson Welles film Citizen Kane premiered in New York.
1945 Soviet troops raised the Soviet Flag over the Reichstag, in Berlin.
1948 The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.
1950 Guam was organized as a United States commonwealth.
1955 Jockey Willie Shoemaker rode the legendary Swaps to a win in the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.
1956 The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk was made available to the public.
1960 The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
1961 The Prime minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaimed Cuba a socialist nation and abolished elections.
1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle became president of Nicaragua.
1967 Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
1969 Leonard Tose, a trucking executive from Philadelphia, PA, bought the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
1970 Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin combined for the first time on Elton’s first American album simply titled, Elton John.
1970 Protests erupted in Seattle, Washington, United States following the announcement of President Richard M. Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
1971 Amtrak went into service, combining and streamlining the operations of 18 intercity passenger railroads.
1978 Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
1978 The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as "spam") was sent by a DEC marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1982 "I Love Rock ’N Roll," by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, appeared at the top of the pop music charts for the seventh, and final, week.
1986 Race car driver Bill Elliott set a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, AL (212.229 mph).
1987 Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1989 Disney-MGM studios opened in Orlando, Florida.
1991 Rickey Henderson stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category; however, his accomplishment was overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan, who pitched his seventh career no-hitter (breaking his own record).
1992 On the third day of the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking "Can we all get along?"
1994 Brazilian Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna dies in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix.
1999 The Mercury space capsule Liberty Bell 7 that Gus Grissom flew in 1961 was found in the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla.
2001 Thomas E. Blanton Jr. became the second ex-Ku Klux Klansman to be convicted in the 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the lives of four black girls. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)
2003 President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast and, in a speech to the nation, declared major combat in Iraq over.
2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2006 Hundreds of thousands of mostly Hispanic immigrants in the United States skipped work and took to the streets, flexing their economic muscle in a nationwide boycott.
2006 The Puerto Rican government ran out of money, forcing the closure of schools and all other government agencies.

Chart Toppers

1945
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
Kallen)
My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills

1953
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Till I Waltz Again with You - Teresa Brewer
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves

1961
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
I’ve Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins

1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
It’s Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
Hair - The Cowsills
Galveston - Glen Campbell

1977
Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
Hotel California - Eagles
When I Need You - Leo Sayer
She’s Pulling Me Back Again - Mickey Gilley

1985
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge
Girls Night Out - The Judds

Quote of the Day

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

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Today in History - May 2nd

Today's Birthdays

1729 Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, died Nov 17, 1796
1843 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-born inventor (automatic lubricators) died Oct 10, 1929
1885 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist, died Feb 1, 1966
1892 Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," German World War I pilot, died Apr 21, 1918
1895 Lorenz Hart, Broadway lyricist, died Nov 22, 1943
1903 Bing Crosby, singer/actor, died Oct 14, 1977
1903 Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician/author, died March 15, 1998
1907 Pinky Lee, vaudeville performer, died Apr 3, 1993
1924 Theodore Bikel, actor (Murder She Wrote)
1925 Roscoe Lee Browne, actor (The Cowboys) died Apr 11, 2007
1929 Link Wray, guitarist (Link Wray & His Ray Men) died Nov 5, 2005
1936 Engelbert Humperdinck, singer
1937 Lorenzo Music, actor (Rhoda) died Aug 4, 2001
1945 Bianca Jagger, human rights activist/ex-Mrs Mick Jagger
1946 Lesley Gore, singer (It's My Party)
1947 Jo Ann Pflug, actress (Love American Style)
1948 Larry Gatlin, gountry singer (Gatlin Brothers)
1950 Lou Gramm, rock singer (Foreigner)
1952 Christine Baranski, actress (Cybil, The Birdcage)
1954 Angela Bofill, R&B singer
1955 Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
1956 David Rhodes, guitarist (Peter Gabriel)
1962 Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Amadeus)
1969 Todd Sucherman, rock drummer (Styx)
1972 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, wrestler/actor (Be Cool)
1972 Jennifer Miriam, playmate (March 1997)
1975 David Beckham, futbol star/Mr Posh Spice
1977 Jenna Von Oy, actress (Blossom)
1978 Steve Bays, singer/keyboards (Hot Hot Heat)
1979 Roman Lyashenko, NHL (Dallas Stars, New York Rangers) commited suicide July 5, 2003
1980 Brad Richards, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1983 Gaius Charles, actor (Friday Night Lights)
1985 Sarah Hughes, champion figure skater
1985 Kyle Busch, NASCAR race driver
1986 James Kirk, actor (She's the Man)

Today's Deaths in History

1519 Leonardo da Vinci, artist/inventor, died at 67
1945 Martin Bormann, Nazi official/Hitler's secretary, died at 44
1957 Joseph R. McCarthy, U.S. Senator (R-Wis.) died at 48
1972 J. Edgar Hoover, FBI head, died at 77
1980 George Pal, film director (The Time Machine) died at 72
1983 Norm Van Brocklin, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (LA Rams) died at 57
1984 Jack Barry, TV game show producer/host (Joler's Wild), died at 66
1990 David Rappaport, diminutive actor (Time Bandits) died at 38
1992 Wilbur Mills, U.S. Congressman, died at 82
1999 Oliver Reed, English actor (Oliver, Gladiator) died at 61
2001 Gina Mastrogiacomo, actress (Goodfellas) died at 39
2002 Judy Toll, comedian (The Groundlings) died at 44

Today in History

1670 King Charles II of England granted a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
1829 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger declared the Swan River Colony in Australia.
1863 Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va (he died eight days later).
1885 Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time.
1890 The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
1918 General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1920 The first game of the Negro National League baseball was played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1932 Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on the NBC Blue Network.
1933 Adolf Hitler banned trade unions.
1939 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end.
1945 The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
1946 Alcatraz Federal prison, San Francisco, was taken over by six inmates following failed escape attempt.
1952 The world's first jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, made its maiden voyage, flying from London to Johannesburg.
1953 Hussein iwa crowned King of Jordan.
1955 Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
1967 The Toronto Maple Leafs won their 11th Stanley Cup (their last one in the 20th Century) by defeating the Montreal Canadiens at Maple Leaf Gardens in the sixth game and winning the playoff final series 4 games to 2.
1969 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed on her maiden voyage to New York City.
1972 Buddy Baker became the first stock car driver to finish a 500-mile race in less than three hours en route to winning the Winston Select 500 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama.
1974 Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
1982 The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano in the Falklands War.
1994 Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first democratic elections.
1995 During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fired cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
1997 Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
1998 The European Central Bank was founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the EU's monetary policy.
1999 Mireya Moscoso became the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
2000 Bill Clinton announces that GPS access equivalent to the U.S. military would be available for regular citizens.
2005 The Pontiac Grand Am ceases production at the 100 year-old Lansing Car Assembly plant.

Chart Toppers

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Quote of the Day

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)



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Today in History - May 3rd

Today's Birthdays

1469 Niccolo Machiavelli, philosopher/writer (The Prince) died June 22, 1527
1874 François Coty, French perfume manufacturer, died July 25, 1934
1888 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life) died Jan 11, 1981
1898 Golda Meir, Israeli founder and prime minister; died Dec 8, 1978
1906 Mary Astor, actress (Maltese Falcon) died Sep 25, 1987
1910 Norman Lewis Corwin, radio writer/director/producer (We Hold These Truths)
1913 William Inge, playwright (Come Back Little Sheba) died June 10, 1973
1919 Pete Seeger, folk singer
1919 Betty Comden (Cohen), screenwriter (Singin’ in the Rain) died Nov 23, 2006
1921 Joe Ames, singer (The Ames Brothers)
1921 Sugar Ray Robinson, International Boxing Hall of Famer (middleweight champ) died Apr 12, 1989
1926 Ann B. Davis, actress (The Brady Bunch)
1928 Dave Dudley (Pedruska), country singer (The Country Gentlemen, The Roadrunners) died Dec 22, 2003
1931 Joe Layton (Lichtman), choreographer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) died May 5, 1994
1932 Robert Osborne, film historian/TV Host (American Movie Classics)
1933 James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, singer (Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag) died Dec 25, 2006
1934 Frankie Valli, singer (The Four Seasons)
1935 Ron Popeil, inventor (Veg-O-Matic, Poleil Pocket Fisherman)
1944 Pete Staples, bassist (The Troggs)
1946 Greg Gumbel, sports announcer (NFL)
1946 Norm Chow, football offensive coordinator (Tennessee Titans)
1946 Davey Lopes, baseball (LA Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros)
1947 Doug Henning, magician/illusionist (The World of Magic) died Feb 8, 2000
1950 Mary Hopkin, singer (Those Were the Days)
1950 Howard Ashman, lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors) died of AIDS March 14, 1991
1951 Christopher Cross, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
1953 Bruce Hall, bassist (REO Speedwagon)
1957 Cactus Moser, country musician (Highway 101)
1959 David Ball, rock keyboardist (Soft Cell)
1960 Amy Steel, actress (Friday the 13th, Part 2)
1963 Jeff Hornacek, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers)
1964 Ron Hextall, NHL Goaltender (Philadelphia Flyers)
1971 Bobby Cannavale, actor (Will and Grace)
1971 Josey Scott, rock singer (Saliva)
1973 Jennifer Tung, actress (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist)
1975 Dule' Hill, actor (The West Wing)
1976 Jeff Halpern, NHL center (Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals)
1977 Ryan Dempster, pitcher (Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs)
1990 Jillian Berard, actress (Happy Texas)

Today's Deaths in History

1758 Pope Benedict XIV dies at 83
1972 Bruce Cabot, actor (King Kong) dies at 68
1988 Milton Caniff, cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) dies at 81
1989 Christine Jorgensen, transexual, dies at 62
1996 Jack Weston, actor (The Cincinnati Kid) dies at 71
1999 Steve Chiasson, NHL defenseman (Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes), dies at 32 in an auto wreck
2000 Cardinal John O'Connor, archbishop of New York, died at 80
2001 Billy Higgins, jazz drummer, dies at 64
2003 Suzy Parker, actress (Kiss Them for Me) dies at 70
2004 Michelle Skalnik, actress (Poltergeist: The Legacy) dies at 27
2006 Earl Woods, father of golfer Tiger Woods, dies at 74

Today in History

1494 Christopher Columbus first sighted land that will be called Jamaica.
1802 Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.
1810 Lord Byron swam the Hellespont (the Dardanelles Strait between European and Asian Turkey).
1837 The University of Athens was founded, the oldest university in the eastern Mediterranean.
1867 The Hudson Bay Company gave up all claims to Vancouver Island.
1916 Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter uprising.
1921 West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1923 Lieutenants John Macready and Oakley Kelly landed their Fokker T-2 aircraft in San Diego, California at the end of the first non-stop transcontinental flight (it took nearly 27 hrs).
1927 Francis E.J. Wilde of Meadowmere Park, NY patented the electric sign flasher.
1933 The United States Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time: Mrs. Nellie Ross.
1936 Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
1937 Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone with the Wind.
1938 Viewers of W2XBS-TV (now WCBS-TV) watched the first book review show.
1939 "Beer Barrel Polka," one of the standards of American music, was recorded by The Andrews Sisters for Decca Records.
1941 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Whirlaway to the winner’s circle in the Kentucky Derby on his way to winning racing’s Triple Crown.
1942 Japanese naval troops invaded Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo, which resulted in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
1944 Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.
1945 Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
1946 The International Military Tribunal for the Far East began in Tokyo against 28 Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1948 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1951 The United States Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
1952 The first airplane landed at the geographic location of the North Pole.
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner, Walter O’Malley, agreed to move the team from Flatbush to Los Angeles.
1959 The first Grammy Awards are announced.
1960 The musical The Fantasticks opened off-Broadway, beginning a record run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 performances.
1971 Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., aimed at shutting down the nation's capital.
1971 National Public Radio, the U.S. national, non-commercial radio network, was born.
1973 The Sears Tower in Chicago was topped out as the world's tallest building.
1979 Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
1986 Horse racing legend Bill Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the the Kentucky Derby (54).
1986 Twenty-one people were killed and 41 injured after a bomb exploded in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.
1987 A crash by Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama fencing at the start-finish line led NASCAR to develop restrictor plate racing the following season both at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega.
1988 The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan's activities.
2001 The United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
2002 Pipe bombs exploded in six mailboxes in rural parts of Illinois and Iowa, injuring six people.
2003 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.
2004 The U.S. military said it had reprimanded seven officers in the abuse of inmates at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison; two of the officers were relieved of their duties.
2005 Iraq's first democratically elected government was sworn in.
2006 A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., rejected the death penalty for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, deciding he should spend life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Chart Toppers

1947
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
Mam’selle - Art Lund
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis

1955
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
Can’t Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins

1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
Empty Arms - Sonny James

1979
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Reunited - Peaches & Herb
Stumblin’ In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
Where Do I Put Her Memory - Charley Pride

1987
(I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew
Looking for a New Love - Jody Watley
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
Don’t Go to Strangers - T. Graham Brown

Quote of the Day

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
Evan Esar, American Humorist (1899 - 1995)





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Today in History - May 4th

Today's Birthdays

1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian inventor (piano) died Jan 27, 1731
1796 Horace Mann, the father of public education in the U.S., died Aug 2, 1859
1820 Julia Tyler (Gardiner), wife of 10th U.S. President John Tyler, died July 10, 1889
1852 Alice Pleasance Liddell, English schoolgirl (model for Alice in Wonderland) died Nov 15, 1934
1889 Cardinal (Francis) Joseph Spellman, Roman Catholic clergy leader, died Dec 2, 1967
1909 Howard Da Silva (Silverblatt), actor (The Great Gatsby) died Feb 16, 1986
1923 Ed ‘Cass’ Cassidy, drummer (Taj Mahal, Spirit)
1928 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt
1928 Maynard Ferguson, jazz trumpeter/trombone/horns
1928 Betsy Rawls, golf champion (first of two players to win U.S. Open four times)
1929 Audrey (Edda Kathleen) Hepburn (van Heemstra), actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's) died Jan 20, 1993
1937 Dick Dale, surf guitarist
1938 Tyrone Davis, soul singer (Turn Back the Hands of Time) died Feb 9, 2005
1939 Paul Gleason, actor (The Breakfast Club) died May 27, 2006
1940 Robin Cook, author (Coma, Mortal Fear)
1941 George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
1942 Nickolas Ashford, producer/songwriter/singer (Ashford & Simpson)
1943 Ronnie Bond (Ronald Bulls), drummer (The Troggs)
1944 Fred (Frederic) Stanfield, NHL left winger (Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, Buffalo Sabres)
1949 John Force, NHRA funny car driver
1949 Stella Parton, actress/singer (Dukes of Hazzard TV series)
1951 Jackie (Sigmund) Jackson, singer (The Jackson Five)
1951 Colin Bass, bassist (Camel)
1951 Mick Mars, rock guitarist (Mötley Crüe)
1952 Anthony Hamilton, actor (Mission: Impossible TV series) died March 29, 1995 of AIDS-related pneumonia
1954 Pia Zadora, actress (Hairspray)
1955 Danny Brubeck, drummer (Dave Brubeck’s son)
1955 Lynne Spears, Britney's mom
1959 Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick), country singer (Forever and Ever Amen)
1961 Jay Aston, singer (Bucks Fizz)
1961 Mary McDonough, actress (The Waltons)
1962 Tracy Vaccaro, playmate (October 1983)
1962 Oleta Adams, singer (Get Here)
1967 Ana Gasteyer, actress/comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1972 Mike Dirnt, rock bassist (Green Day)
1973 John Madden, NHL center (New Jersey Devils)
1975 Laci Peterson, housewife/murder victim, died Dec 25, 2002
1976 Heather Kozar, playmate (January 1998, PMOY 1999)
1977 Emily Perkins, actress (Stephen King's It)
1979 Lance Bass, singer (’N Sync)
1980 Kristi Cline, playmate (September 1999)
1983 Derek Roy, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
1985 Anthony Fedorov, singer/TV personality (American Idol-2005)
1992 Courtney Jines, actress (Third Watch)
1994 Alexander Gould, actor (Finding Nemo)

Today's Deaths in History

1961 Anita Stewart, actress (A Tale of two Cities) dies at 66
1975 Moe Howard, actor/comedian (Three Stooges) dies at 77
1980 Josip Broz Tito, President (Yugoslavia) dies at 87
1983 Todd Starke, actor (Adma-12) dies in a motorcycle accident at 21
1984 Diana Dors, actress/model (The English Marilyn Monroe) dies at 52
1984 Bob Clampett, cartoonist (Looney Tunes) dies at 70
1985 Clarence Wiseman, 10th General of the Salvation Army, dies at 77
1987 Paul Butterfield, blues harmonica player, dies at 44
2001 Bonnie Lee Bakley, wife of Robert Blake, is shot and killed at 44
2005 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer/military journalist, dies at 74
2006 Michael 'Bear' Taliferro, actor (Half Past Dead) dies at 45

Today in History

1471 Edward IV defeated a Lancastrian Army and killed Edward, Prince of Wales at the Battle of Tewkesbury (Wars of the Roses).
1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island).
1776 Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1855 American adventurer William Walker departed from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1865 Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois, three weeks after his assassination.
1871 The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opened its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 A bomb was thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois, United States, killing eight and wounding 60 (Haymarket Square Riot).
1886 The first practical phonograph, better known as the gramophone, was patented.
1904 Construction began by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1905 Belmont Park race track opened on Long Island, New York.
1912 Italy occupied the Greek island of Rhodes.
1919 Student demonstrations took place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1920 The Symphony Society of New York presented a concert at the Paris Opera House, the first American orchestra to make a European tour.
1924 The Summer Olympics opened in Paris, France.
1925 The Terris-Dundee boxing match was the final event held at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1927 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1930 British police arrested Mahatma Gandhi and placed him in Yeravda Central Prison.
1932 Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed in the Atlanta Penitentiary for tax evasion.
1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea began with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands.
1945 The North Germany Army surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
1945 June Christy sang with the Stan Kenton band on one of the most famous of all big band hits, "Tampico."
1946 US Marines from the Treasure Island Marine Barracks stopped a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison.
1948 Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published.
1953 Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1956 Gene Vincent and his group, The Blue Caps, recorded "Be-Bop-A Lula" for Capitol Records in Los Angeles.
1961 The "Freedom Riders" began a bus trip through the South as part of the Civil Rights Movement.
1964 The Pulitzer Prize jury failed for the first time to award winners in the areas of fiction, drama and music.
1964 Another World premiered on NBC-TV.
1970 Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
1972 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to Greenpeace Foundation.
1977 Former President Richard M. Nixon spoke with interviewer David Frost in the first of four television interviews.
1985 Spend A Buck posted the third fastest winning time in the Kentucky Derby by running the 1-1/4 mile track at Churchill Downs in 2 minutes and 1/8 second.
1985 The famed Apollo Theatre, once the showcase for the nation’s top black performers, reopened after a renovation that cost $10.4 million.
1988 The PEPCON disaster rocked Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonated during a fire.
1989 Former White House aide Oliver North was convicted of three crimes and was acquitted of nine other charges in the Iran-Contra Affair (the convictions were later overturned on appeal).
1990 Latvia proclaimed the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
1994 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy, granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1996 José María Aznar was appointed Prime Minister of Spain, ending 13 years of Socialist rule.
1998 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gave "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepted a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins played the third longest NHL game in history with 5 overtimes played (the game lasted until Keith Primeau of the Flyers scored 92 minutes and 1 second into overtime).
2000 Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
2001 Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death in Los Angeles (Blake was later acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case and ordered to pay damages).
2001 Pope John Paul II followed Saint Paul's footsteps across the Mediterranean, from Greece to Syria to Malta.
2002 An EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashed in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria shortly after takeoff, killing more than 148 people.

Chart Toppers

1948
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
The Dickey Bird Song - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Glenn Hughes)
Manana - Peggy Lee
Anytime - Eddy Arnold

1956
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
Moonglow and Theme from ’Picnic’ - Morris Stoloff
Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1964
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark Five
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
Chantilly Lace - Jerry Lee Lewis

1980
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again - Debby Boone

1988
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby
Angel - Aerosmith
It’s Such a Small World - Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash

Quote of the Day

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.
Eric Hoffer, American social writer (1902 - 1983)




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Today in History - May 5th

Today's Birthdays

1813 Sřren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, died Nov 11, 1855
1818 Karl Marx, socialist writer/ founder of communism (Das Kapital, The Communist Manifesto) died Mar 14, 1883
1830 John Batterson Stetson, cowboy hat manufacturer, died Feb 18, 1906
1867 Nelly Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman), journalist/women’s rights advocate, died Jan 27, 1922
1890 Christopher Morley, writer (New York Evening Post, Saturday Review) died March 28, 1957
1901 Blind Willie McTell, blues singer, died Aug 15, 1959
1903 James Beard, chef/cookbook writer, died Jan 21, 1985
1913 Duane Carter, Sprint Car Hall of Famer, died Mar 8, 1993
1914 Tyrone Power (Tyrone Edmund Power Jr.), actor (The Mark of Zorro, Witness for the Prosecution) died Nov 15, 1958
1915 Alice Faye (Alice Jeanne Leppert), actress (State Fair) died May 9, 1998
1927 Art Pollard, auto racer, killed during Indianapolis 500 time trials May 12, 1973
1927 Pat Carroll, comedienne/actress (Caesar’s Hour)
1934 ‘Ace’ Cannon (John Henry Cannon Jr.), saxophonist (Tuff)
1934 John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
1937 Sandy Baron (Sanford Beresofsky), comedian/actor (If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium) died Jan 21, 2001
1937 Johnnie Taylor, singer (Who's Making Love) died May 31, 2000
1938 Michael Murphy, actor (Batman Returns, The Year of Living Dangerously)
1940 Lance Henriksen, actor (Aliens, The Terminator, The Right Stuff)
1942 Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh), country singer (Stand By Your Man, D-I-V-O-R-C-E) died Apr 6, 1998
1943 Michael Palin, comedian/actor (Monty Python)
1944 Jean-Pierre Léaud, actor (The 400 Blow)
1944 Roger Rees, actor (Robin Hood: Men in Tights)
1944 John Rhys-Davies, actor (Sliders, Lord of the Rings series)
1948 Bill Ward, drummer (Black Sabbath)
1952 Alan Clark, rock musician (Dire Straits)
1957 Richard E. Grant, actor (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
1957 Lisa Eilbacher, actress (Beverly Hills Cop, An Officer and a Gentleman)
1959 Ian McCulloch, singer/guitarist (Echo & the Bunnymen)
1959 Brian Williams, news anchor (NBC Nightly News)
1962 Gary Daly, singer (China Crisis)
1962 Kevin Mooney, bassist (Adam & the Ants)
1965 Shelley Bruce, Broadway actress (Annie)
1966 Shawn Drover, drummer (Megadeth)
1967 Charles Nagy, pitcher (Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres)
1970 Will Arnett, actor/comedian (Arrested Development)
1970 Kyan Douglas ,TV personality (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy)
1972 Zigmund Palffy, NHL right wing (Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, NY Islanders)
1972 Wendy Kaye, playmate (July 1991)
1973 Tina Yothers, actress (Family Ties)
1973 Muhsin Muhammad, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
1979 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Angel)
1981 Marcelle Bittar, Brazilian supermodel
1983 Henry Cavill, actor (Hellraiser: Hellworld)
1987 Ian Michael Smith, actor (Simon Birch)
1988 Jessica Dubroff, aviator, died Apr 11, 1996
1988 Brooke Hogan, singer/reality TV star (daughter of Hulk Hogan)

Today's Deaths in History

1821 Napoléon Bonaparte dies in exile at 51
1981 Ronald McQueen, reggae bassist (Steel Pulse), dies at 31
1981 Bobby Sands, Irish activist, dies at 27 during his hunger strike
1996 Jordan Carlton, actor (Mr. Holland's Opus) dies at 15
2001 Cliff Hillegass, writer/publisher (Cliff Notes), dies at 83
2001 Terry Ryan, screenwriter (The Phil Silvers Show) dies at 78
2002 George Sidney, film director (Our Gang comedies) dies at 85

Today in History

1260 Kublai Khan became ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1809 Mary Kies of South Killingly, CT, became the first woman to be issued a U.S. patent, for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
1847 The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
1862 General Ignacio Zaragoza's troops were outnumbered three to one as they battled the invading French army and defeated Napoleon III's forces; that battle is now commemorated as Cinco de Mayo.
1865 In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the United States took place.
1877 Sitting Bull led his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1886 The Bay View Tragedy occurred, militia fired upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
1891 New York City was the site of the dedication of a building called the Music Hall, now known as Carnegie Hall.
1892 Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 more years.
1893 Stock prices plummeted, major railroads went into receivership, 15,000 businesses went bankrupt and 15 to 20 percent of the work force was unemployed in the worst economic crisis to date.
1900 The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly.
1904 Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox tossed a perfect game against the Philadelphia Americans.
1916 U.S. Marines invade the Dominican Republic.
1925 John T. Scopes is served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1936 Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, IL received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with the pour lip.
1941 Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Liberation Day).
1944 Mohandas Gandhi was freed from prison.
1945 In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.
1945 German troops in the Netherlands and Denmark capitulate to Canadian and British forces, liberating these countries from Nazi occupation.
1945 Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, ordered all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.
1955 West Germany became a sovereign state.
1955 The musical Damn Yankees opened in New York City for a successful run of 1,019 performances.
1956 Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile within the United States.
1961 Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
1966 Willie Mays hit home run number 512 of his career, breaking Mel Ott's National League record.
1973 56,800 fans paid $309,000 to see Led Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium, the largest paid crowd assembled in the U.S. to date to see a single musical act.
1978 Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds smacked his 3,000th major-league hit.
1980 Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.
1985 The first husband and wife team to win a major marathon, Ken and Lisa Maratin, won more than $50,000 for their first-place finishes in the Pittsburgh Marathon.
1985 President Ronald Reagan attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a military cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany (the visit drew worldwide condemnation because 49 members of the Waffen SS were buried there).
1988 Eugene Antonio Marino became the first black Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States.
1991 A riot broke out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, DC after a Salvadoran man is shot by police.
1992 Wolfenstein 3D was released, the first-ever first-person shooter computer game.
1994 Michael Fay, an American teenager, was charged along with eight others for vandalism in Singapore; he was sentenced to four strokes with a cane on the buttocks.
2000 Reformers swept Iran's run-off elections, winning control of the legislature from conservatives for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
2002 French President Jacques Chirac was re-elected in a landslide victory over extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.
2002 The World Wrestling Federation changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment due to a lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund.
2005 The United Kingdom general election took place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party was re-elected for a third, consecutive term.

Chart Toppers

1949
Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)
Forever and Ever - Perry Como
Again - Doris Day
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

1957
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
School Day - Chuck Berry
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
Gone - Ferlin Husky

1965
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits
I Know a Place - Petula Clark
I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers
This is It - Jim Reeves

1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
The Cisco Kid - War
Little Willy - The Sweet
Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

1981
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers
Being with You - Smokey Robinson
Rest Your Love on Me - Conway Twitty

1989
Like a Prayer - Madonna
I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Young Love - The Judds

Quote of the Day

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

William Congreve, English dramatist (1670 - 1729), The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1

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Today in History - May 6th

Today's Birthdays

1758 Maximilian Robespierre, French revolutionary, executed by guillotine July 28, 1794
1856 Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, died Sept 23, 1939
1856 Robert E. Peary, explorer (discoverer of the North Pole, Greenland, and the Melville meteorite) died Jan 20, 1920
1868 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, died Jul 17, 1918
1895 Rudolph Valentino (Rodolpho Alfonso Rafaello Pietro Filiberto Guglielmi Di Valentina D’Antonguolla), actor (The Sheik) died Aug 23, 1926
1903 (Bernard) Toots Shor, restaurateur/barkeep, died Jan 23, 1977
1907 (Wilbur Charles) Weeb Ewbank, Pro Football Hall of Famer/head coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets) died Nov 17, 1998
1913 Stewart Granger, actor (The Hound of the Baskervilles) died Aug 16, 1993
1915 (George) Orson Welles, actor (War of the Worlds, Citizen Kane) died Oct 10, 1985
1923 Harry (Percival) Watson, Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Brooklyn Americans, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks)
1931 Willie Mays, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (New York Giants, San Francisco Giants)
1945 Bob Seger, rock guitarist/singer (Night Moves)
1947 Alan Dale, actor (Ugly Betty, Star trek: Nemesis)
1948 Mary MacGregor, singer (Torn Between Two Lovers)
1951 Davey Johnstone, guitarist (Elton John)
1952 Gregg Henry, actor (Payback)
1952 Fred McNeil, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
1955 Tom Bergeron, TV host (Dancing with the Stars)
1959 Heather Ripley, actress (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
1960 John Flansburgh, rock singer (They Might Be Giants)
1960 Roma Downey, actress (Touched by an Angel)
1960 Anne Parillaud, actress (Man in the Iron Mask)
1961 George Clooney, actor (Ocean's Eleven series)
1964 Tony Scalzo, rock bassist/songwriter (Fastball)
1964 Dana Hill, voice actress (Rugrats) died July 15, 1996
1965 Leslie Hope, actress (24)
1966 Thurman Thomas, NFL Hall of Fame running back (Buffalo Bills)
1967 Mark Bryan, rock guitarist (Hootie and the Blowfish)
1971 Chris Shiflett, rock guitarist (Foo Fighters)
1972 Martin Brodeur, NHL goaltender (New Jersey Devils)
1977 Marc Chouinard, NHL center/wing (Vancouver Canucks)
1977 Laura Cover, playmate (July 1999)
1983 Adrianne Palicki, actress (Friday Night Lights)
1985 Chris Paul, NBA point guard (New Orleans Hornets)

Today's Deaths in History

1862 Henry David Thoreau, author/philosopher, dies at 44
1910 King Edward VII of Britian dies at 68
1919 L. Frank Baum, writer (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) dies at 62
1983 Kai Winding, jazz trombonist/composer, dies at 60
1987 William Casey, Central Intelligence Agency director, dies at 74
1992 Marlene Dietrich, actress (The Blue Angel) dies at 90
1996 William Colby, CIA director, found dead after possible drowning at 76
1999 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys) dies of a drug overdose at 39
2002 Otis Blackwell, pianist/singer/songwriter, dies at 70
2004 Barney Kessel, jazz guitarist, dies at 80
2006 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor, dies at 99

Today in History

1527 Spanish and German troops sacked Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance (147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, died fighting the forces of Charles V during the Sack of Rome in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo).
1536 King Henry VIII ordered translated Bibles be placed in every church.
1682 Louis XIV of France moved his court to Versailles.
1835 James Gordon Bennett published the New York Herald for the first time.
1840 The Penny Black postage stamp was valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1851 Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola FL, patented the mechanical refrigerator.
1851 Linus Yale of Newport, NY received a patent for the clock-type lock.
1861 Arkansas seceded from the Union.
1877 Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrendered to United States troops in Nebraska.
1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
1889 The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
1915 Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run, playing for the Boston Red Sox.
1937 The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
1941 Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
1941 Bob Hope performed his first USO show, at California's March Field .
1942 Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
1942 On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese.
1945 Axis Sally delivered her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1946 The New York Yankees announced that they were to be the first major-league baseball team to travel by airplane during the entire 1946 season.
1954 Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, finishing in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds during a track meet in Oxford, England.
1957 Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.
1959 The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London, the highest price paid to that time for a painting by a living artist.
1960 Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey.
1981 A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
1982 Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners became the 15th pitcher in the major leagues to win 300 career victories.
1983 The Hitler diaries were revealed as a hoax when experts examined the books and concluded that they were fake.
1986 Comedienne Joan Rivers put her foot in her mouth by announcing to the world that she was leaving The Tonight Show as permanent guest host to begin her own late-night gabfest on the new FOX TV Network.
1994 Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against President Bill Clinton, alleging he'd sexually harassed her in 1991.
1994 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiated at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
1996 The body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he'd disappeared.
1997 Hemophiliacs who contracted AIDS between 1978 and 1985 from tainted blood products accepted a $600 million settlement from four health-care companies.
2001 Pope John Paul II, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque.
2002 Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed in Hilversum, Netherlands.
2002 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of house arrest.
2004 An estimated 51.1 million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of Friends on NBC.

Chart Toppers

1950
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams

1958
Tequila - The Champs
The Witch Doctor - David Seville
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson

1966
Good Lovin’ - The Young Rascals
Monday Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold

1974
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Things Aren’t Funny Anymore - Merle Haggard

1982
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Mountain Music - Alabama

1990
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
I Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
How Can We Be Lovers - Michael Bolton
Love on Arrival - Dan Seals

Quote of the Day

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
William J. H. Boetcker



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Today in History - May 7th

Today's Birthdays

1812 Robert Browning, poet/married to poet Elizabeth Barrett, died Dec 12, 1889
1833 Johannes Brahms, composer (Lullaby) died April 3, 1897
1840 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer (1812 Overture) died Nov 6, 1893
1885 Gabby (George Francis) Hayes, actor/vaudevillian (silent movie villain) died Feb 9, 1969
1892 Archibald MacLeish, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet/U.S. Librarian of Congress, died Apr 20, 1982
1892 Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia, died May 4, 1980
1901 Gary (Frank James) Cooper, actor (Sergeant York, High Noon) died May 13, 1961
1909 Edwin H. Land, American inventor (instant polaroid photography) died March 1, 1991
1919 Eva (Evita) Peron, wife of Argentina’s President Juan Peron (subject of the Broadway musical and film Evita)died July 26, 1952
1921 Gale Robbins, actress/snger (The Belle of New York) died Feb 12, 1980
1922 Darren McGavin, actor (The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story) died Feb 25, 2006
1923 Anne Baxter, actress (The Ten Commandments, All About Eve) died Dec 12, 1985
1930 Totie Fields (Sophie Feldman), entertainer/comedienne, died August 2, 1978
1932 Pete Domenici, U.S. Senator (R-N.M.)
1933 Johnny Unitas, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers) Sep 11, 2002
1939 Johnny Maestro, singer (The Worst That Could Happen)
1939 Jimmy Ruffin, R&B singer (What becomes of the Broken Hearted)
1943 Ricky West, guitarist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
1946 Bill Danoff, singer/songwriter (The Starland Vocal Band)
1946 Thelma Houston, R&B singer (Don't Leave Me This Way)
1946 Bill Kreutzmann, rock musician (Grateful Dead)
1947 Dave Hampton, running back (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
1950 Tim Russert, broadcast journalist (Meet the Press)
1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, boxer/actor (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
1951 Robert Hegyes, actor (Welcome Back, Kotter)
1951 Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink), Grammy Award-winning songwriter/singer (At Seventeen)
1953 Terry Richardson, NHL (Detroit Red Wings, St Louis Blues)
1954 Amy Heckerling, writer/director (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1955 Tim Richmond, NASCAR driver
1959 Michael E. Knight, actor (All My Children)
1961 Phil Campbell, rock singer/musician (Motorhead)
1962 Robbie Knievel, daredevil/son of Evel Knievel
1963 Johnny Lee Middleton, bassist (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
1965 Chris O'Connor, rock musician (Primitive Radio Gods)
1965 Owen Hart, wrestler, died from injuries sustained in a fall May 23, 1999
1969 Traci Lords, actress (Cry Baby)
1972 Eagle-Eye Cherry, rock singer (Save Tonight)
1974 Breckin Meyer, actor (Clueless)
1979 Frenchie Davis, singer/TV perosnlaity (American Idol)
1984 Alex Smith, NFL quarterback (San Francisco '49ers)
1991 Taylor Abrahamse, actor (Hockey: A People's History)

Today's Deaths in History

1825 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer, dies at 74
1989 Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space) dies at 65
1991 Dennis Crosby, actor/son of Bing Crosby, commits suicide at 56
1995 Ray McKinley, jazz drummer/singer/bandleader, dies at 84
1998 Eddie Rabbitt, country singer (I Love a Rainy Night) dies at 56
2000 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., actor (Little Caesar) dies at 90
2002 Seattle Slew, Triple Crown-winning race horse, dies at 28
2002 James 'Buster' Brown, dancer/choreographer (Cotton Club) dies at 88

Today in History

1274 In France, the Second Council of Lyons opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
1429 Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning wounded to lead the final charge; the victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years' War.
1664 Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.
1763 Chief Pontiac begins the "Conspiracy of Pontiac" by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
1789 The first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington and his wife, Martha.
1824 The World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was held in Vienna, Austria, conducted by Michael Umlauf under the deaf composer's supervision.
1840 The Great Natchez Tornado struck Natchez, Mississippi, killing 317 people, the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
1847 The American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia.
1895 In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrated to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, world's first radio receiver.
1912 Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories (the award was established by Joseph Pulitzer).
1912 The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.
1915 A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.
1920 Soviet Russia recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.
1939 Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1941 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded one of the great American music standards, "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, bringing an end to World War II in Europe.
1945 Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, consisting of six teams.
1946 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) was founded with about 20 employees.
1951 Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.
1952 The concept for the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, was first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
1954 The Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended after 55 days with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
1958 Pianist Van Cliburn signed an artist’s contract with RCA Victor Records.
1959 93,103 fans packed the LA Coliseum for Roy Campanella Night, an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees in which Sandy Koufax pitched for the Dodgers and lost to the Yankees, 6-2.
1960 Leonid Brezhnev replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as president of the Supreme Soviet.
1960 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
1964 Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, a Fairchild F-27 airliner, crashed near San Ramon, California, killing all 44 aboard; the FBI later reported that a cockpit recorder tape indicated that the pilot and co-pilot had been shot by a suicidal passenger.
1966 The Mamas & The Papas made the climb to the top of the Billboard pop music chart with "Monday, Monday."
1977 Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories.
1984 A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.
1987 Shelly Long made her last appearance as a regular on the popular TV show, Cheers.
1992 A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
1992 Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on its maiden voyage (STS-49).
1992 Three employees at a McDonald's Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, were brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery.
1998 The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for more than $37 billion.
1999 NATO jets struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three people and injuring 20; President Bill Clinton called the attack a "tragic mistake."
1999 Pope John Paul II traveled to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
1999 A jury found The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode (Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million).
2000 President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia's first democratic transfer of power.
2001 Ronnie Biggs, the "Great Train Robber" who had eluded capture for decades following his prison escape in 1965, returned to Britain, where he was arrested and jailed to complete the 28 remaining years of his sentence.
2006 Rolling Stone magazine published its 1000th issue.

Chart Toppers

1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
Sparrow in the Treetop - Bing Crosby
Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams

1959
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
The Happy Organ - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
The Happening - The Supremes
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Need You - Sonny James

1975
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
Chevy Van - Sammy Johns
Roll on Big Mama - Joe Stampley

1983
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band
Let’s Dance - David Bowie
Jose Cuervo - Shelly West

1991
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Rockin’ Years - Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton

Quote of the Day

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
Carl Sagan, US astronomer & popularizer of astronomy (1934 - 1996)



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Today in History - May 8th

Today's Birthdays

1828 Jean Henri Dunant, author/philanthropist (founder of Red Cross Society) died Oct 30, 1910
1848 Oscar Hammerstein I, playwright/producer; died Aug 1, 1919
1884 Harry S Truman, "Give ’Em Hell Harry," 33rd U.S. President, died Dec 26, 1972
1895 Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, TV clergyman (Life is Worth Living) died Dec 9, 1979
1906 Roberto Rossellini, director (Seven Deadly Sins, The Messiah) died June 3, 1977
1911 Robert Johnson, Blues Hall of Fame singer/songwriter/guitarist (Sweet Home Chicago) died Aug 16, 1938
1913 Bob Clampett, animator (Looney Tunes) died May 4, 1984
1919 Lex Barker (Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.), actor (La Dolce Vita) died May 11, 1973
1926 Don Rickles, comedian/actor (CPO Sharkey, Kelly’s Heroes)
1928 Theodore C. (Ted) Sorensen, Special Counsel to U.S. President John F. Kennedy
1932 (Charles) Sonny Liston, International Boxing Hall of Famer, died Dec 30, 1970
1937 Mike (Miguel Angel Santana) Cuellar, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, St Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, California Angels)
1940 Peter Benchley, author (Jaws, The Deep) died Feb 11, 2006
1940 Ricky (Eric Hilliard) Nelson, actor/ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer (Garden Party) killed in plane crash Dec 31, 1985
1940 Toni Tennille, singer (The Captain and Tenille)
1941 John Fred, singer (Judy in Disguise) died April 14, 2005
1941 James Mitchum, actor (In Harm’s Way)
1943 Paul Samwell-Smith, bassist (The Yardbirds)
1944 Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd), singer (Rock And Roll Parts I & II)
1944 Captain Dale Dye, U.S. Marine/actor (Saving Private Ryan)
1945 Keith Jarrett, pianist/composer
1951 Philip Bailey, singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1951 Chris Frantz, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
1953 Alex Van Halen, rock drummer (Van Halen)
1953 Billy Burnette, singer/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
1954 David Keith, actor (The Great Santini, An Officer and a Gentleman)
1954 Stephen Furst, actor (Animal House)
1957 Bill Cowher, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1959 Ronnie (Ronald Mandel) Lott, NFL defensive back (SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders, NY Jets)
1960 Eric Brittingham, rock bassist (Cinderella)
1964 Melissa Gilbert, actress (Little House on the Prairie)
1964 Bobby Labonte, NASCAR race driver
1964 Dave Rowntree, rock drummer (Blur)
1969 Chad Rowan, first foreign sumo Yokozuna (Akebono)
1971 Todd Greene, catcher (NY Yankees)
1972 Darren Hayes, singer (Savage Garden)
1972 Ray Whitney, NHL left wing (Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks)
1974 Korey Stringer, NFL lineman (Minnesota Vikings) died of a heat stroke in training camp Aug 1, 2001
1975 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer (Rhythm Divine)
1975 Jussi Markkanen, NHL goaltender (Edmonton Oilers)
1976 Jeff Simmons, IRL race driver
1977 Jennifer Walcott, playmate (August 2001)
1978 Josie Maran, model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue)
1980 Kimberlee Peterson, actress (NCIS)
1981 John Maine, pitcher (NY Mets)
1985 Sarah Vaillancourt, Canadian Women's hockey player (Olympic Gold medalist)

Today's Deaths in History

1819 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii, dies at 61
1828 Mauro Giuliani, Italian composer, dies at 47
1880 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary) dies at 58
1952 William Fox, film producer (Fox Films)
1967 LaVerne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters) dies at 55
1982 Neil Bogart, American record executive (Casablanca Records) dies at 39
1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Formula One race driver, dies in a crash during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at 32
1985 Dolph Sweet, actor (Dark Shadows) dies at 64
1988 Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction writer (Starship Troopers) dies at 80
1994 George Peppard, U.S. Marine/actor (The A-Team) dies at 65
1998 Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, banker/Watergate figure, dies at 85
1999 Dirk Bogarde, actor (The Servant) dies at 78
1999 Dana Plato, actress (Diff'rent Strokes) commits suicide at 34
2006 Iain MacMillan, Abbey Road photographer, dies at 67

Today in History

1541 Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River and named it Río de Espíritu Santo.
1794 Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, was tried, convicted, and guillotined all on one day in Paris.
1821 In the Greek War of Independence, the Greeks defeated the Turks in Gravia.
1846 The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas, resulting in victory for Gen. Zachary Taylor's forces.
1847 Robert W. Thomson of England patented the rubber tire.
1861 Richmond, Virginia, was named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
1877 The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened at Gilmore's Gardens in New York City.
1879 George Selden of Rochester, NY applied for the first automobile patent.
1886 Dr. John S. Pemberton first sold his secret elixir, Coca-Cola (he sold the formula in 1889 for $2,300).
1902 In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupted, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing more than 30,000 people (only a handful of residents survived the blast).
1915 Regret captured the Kentucky Derby, the only filly to win the Run for the Roses in Louisville, KY.
1919 Edward George Honey first proposed the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of World War I, which later resulted in the creation of Remembrance Day.
1939 Clay Puett invented the electric starting gate, first used to start races at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA.
1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea came to an end; it was the first time in naval history where two enemy fleets fought without visual contact between warring ships.
1944 The first eye bank was established, in New York City.
1945 President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in Europe.
1945 V-E Day was celebrated throughout the free world, as the Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany.
1958 Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
1959 The final broadcast of One Man’s Family was heard on NBC radio after being on the air 27 years.
1961 The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. selected the "Mets" as the name for their National League baseball franchise that would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962.
1962 Zero Mostel starred in one of his most famous roles, in the Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
1965 College sophomore Randy Matson broke his own pending world record in the shot put by breaking the 70-foot barrier (Matson put that shot 70 feet, 7 inches at a meet in College Station, TX).
1968 Catfish Hunter pitched the ninth perfect game in major-league baseball history, as Oakland beat Minnesota 4-0.
1970 The Hard Hat riot occurred in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with anti-war demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.
1970 The album Let It Be by the Beatles was released.
1972 U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announced his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
1973 A 71-day standoff, between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ended with the surrender of the militants.
1978 David Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to the "Son of Sam" killings.
1981 Fernando Valenzuela, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, won his fifth shutout of the young baseball season.
1984 The Soviet Union announced that it would boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
1984 Cpl. Denis Lortie entered the Quebec National Assembly and opened fire, killing three and wounding 13 (René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeded in calming him, for which he would later receive the Cross of Valour).
1984 Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on Happy Days.
1985 Larry Bird scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 130-123 win over the Detroit Pistons.
1987 Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1999 Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

Chart Toppers

1944
I Love You - Bing Crosby
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter

1952
Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Easy on the Eyes - Eddy Arnold

1960
Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
Sink the Bismarck - Johnny Horton
Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves

1968
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
Young Girl - The Union Gap
The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard

1976
Welcome Back - John Sebastian
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Boogie Fever - Sylvers
My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You - Charley Pride

1984
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
Hello - Lionel Richie
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes - The Oak Ridge Boys

Quote of the Day

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President (1743 - 1826)

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Today in History - May 9th

Today’s Birthdays

1800 John Brown, American abolitionist, tried for treason and hanged Dec 2, 1859
1843 Belle Boyd, actress/author/Confederate spy, died June 11, 1900
1860 J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (Peter Pan) died June 19, 1937
1882 Henry J. Kaiser, builder (Hoover Dam, Kaiser Shipyards) died Aug 24, 1967
1893 William Moulton Marston, psychologist/writer (co-creator of Wonder Woman) died May 2, 1947
1914 Hank Snow, country singer/songwriter (Hello Love) died Dec 20, 1999
1918 Mike Wallace, broadcast journalist (60 Minutes)
1920 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down)
1920 William Tenn, sci-fi author (The Square Root of Man)
1928 Colin Chapman, English engineer/automobile manufacturer (Lotus)
1928 (Richard) Pancho Gonzales, U.S. Open Tennis Champion, died July 3, 1995
1931 Vance Brand, astronaut (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project)
1935 Nokie Edwards, guitarist (The Ventures)
1936 Albert Finney, actor (Murder on the Orient Express)
1936 Glenda Jackson, actress (A Touch of Class)
1937 Sonny Curtis, guitarist (Buddy Holly & the Crickets)
1937 David Prater, singer (Sam & Dave) died April 9, 1988
1940 James L. Brooks, film producer/writer (Terms of Endearment)
1941 Pete Birrell, bassist (Freddie & the Dreamers)
1942 John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
1942 Tommy Roe, singer/songwriter (Dizzy)
1944 Richie Furay, rock singer/songwriter/guitarist (Poco, Buffalo Springfield)
1945 Steve Katz, producer/guitarist/harmonica/singer (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1946 Candice Bergen, actress (Murphy Brown)
1946 Clint Holmes, singer/songwriter (Playground in My Mind)
1949 Billy Joel, singer/songwriter/pianist (Piano Man)
1950 Tom Petersson, bassist/singer (Cheap Trick)
1955 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Predator, Harry & the Hendersons) died April 10, 1991 of AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion
1960 Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame right fielder (San Diego Padres)
1961 John Corbett, actor (Northern Exposure, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
1962 David Gahan, singer (Depeche Mode)
1962 Paul Heaton, guitarist/singer (The Housemartins)
1965 Steve Yzerman, NHL Center (Detroit Red Wings)
1970 Ghostface Killah, rapper
1971 Paul McGuigan, rock bassist (Oasis)
1974 Sam Schmidt, IRL driver/team owner
1977 Maggie Dixon, Women's college basketball coach (US Military Academy) died April 6, 2006
1977 Dan Regan, rock musician (Reel Big Fish)
1978 Aaron Harang, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
1979 Rosario Dawson, actress (Clerks II)
1979 Brandon Webb, pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks)
1982 Rachel Boston, actress (Grey's Anatomy)

Today’s Deaths in History

1657 William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, dies at 67
1791 Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 53
1903 Paul Gauguin, French painter, dies at 54
1914 C.W. Post, food manufacturer (Post cereals) dies at 59
1957 Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (South Pacific) dies at 64
1977 James Jones, writer (From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line) dies at 55
1978 Aldo Moro, Prime Minister of Italy, dies at 61
1985 Edmond O'Brien, actor (DOA) dies at 69
1986 Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese sherpa (Edmund Hillary & Mount Everest) dies at 72
1989 Keith Whitley, country music singer, dies at 33 from alcoholism
1998 Alice Faye, actress (Fallen Angel) dies at 83
2001 James E. Myers, American songwriter/producer (Rock Around the Clock) dies at 81
2003 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana, dies at 84
2004 Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president assassinated at 52
2004 Alan King, comedian, dies at 76

Today in History

1502 Christopher Columbus left Spain for his fourth and final journey to the "New World."
1671 Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1754 The first cartoon appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette, an editorial by Benjamin Franklin commenting on “the present disunited state of the British Colonies.”
1868 The city of Reno, Nevada, was founded.
1887 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opened in London.
1901 Australia opened its first parliament in Melbourne.
1913 The 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was ratified.
1926 Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claimed to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of his diary seemed to indicate that this did not happen).
1927 The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
1936 The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City.
1936 Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy started their own radio show on NBC, only months after they had debuted on Rudy Vallee’s radio program.
1940 Actress Vivien Leigh made her American theatre debut with Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet in New York City.
1941 German submarine U-110 was captured by the Royal Navy; on board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
1942 Belgrade became the first Axis-conquered city to murder or eliminate its Jewish population, largely with the help of Serbian collaborators.
1942 The German SS murdered 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine); the victims were shot with machine gun in ravine on the order from Gebietskomissar Eggers and Chief of Gendarmerie Busse.
1945 The final German surrender to Marshal Georgy Zhukov at Berlin-Karlshorst was signed by Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff as the representative of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as the Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine.
1945 Hermann Göring was captured by the United States Army.
1949 Rainier III of Monaco became Prince of Monaco.
1950 L. Ron Hubbard published his book on Dianetics, entitled Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
1955 Sam and Friends debuted on a local U.S. television channel, marking the first television appearance of both Jim Henson and what would become Kermit the Frog and the Muppets.
1960 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sale of the birth control pill.
1961 Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles set a major-league baseball record by hitting grand slam home runs in two consecutive innings.
1961 Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
1962 The Beatles inked their first recording contract with EMI Parlophone.
1970 In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 Vietnam War protesters peacefully demonstrated behind a barricaded White House.
1974 Bruce Springsteen performed a concert in Cambridge, Mass., that prompted rock critic Jon Landau to write, "I saw rock and roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen."
1974 The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon.
1978 The bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades, was found in an automobile in the center of Rome.
1980 In Florida, Liberian freighter SS Summit Venture hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, sending 35 people (most in a bus) to their deaths as a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
1980 In Norco, California, five masked gunman held up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history (two of the gunman and two police officers were killed while 33 police and civilian vehicles were destroyed in the chase).
1984 It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings (8 hours, 6 minutes) and two days to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in the longest game (in elapsed time) in major-league history.
1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
1994 Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus.
1999 On Mother's Day, a bus carrying 43 mostly elderly passengers to a Mississippi casino crashed on Interstate 610 in New Orleans, LA when the driver apparently passed out (22 passengers died).
2000 Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was convicted of extortion schemes to manipulate the licensing of riverboat casinos.
2002 Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening suspended executions in his state while a study was done on whether the death penalty was being meted out in a racially discriminatory way (Glendening's successor, Gov. Robert Ehrlich, lifted the moratorium seven months later).
2002 The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem came to an end when the Palestinians inside agreed to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.
2004 Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov was killed in a landmine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
2004 The Canadian national team won the World Ice Hockey Championship in Prague.
2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was selected as the successor of Pope John Paul II.
2006 Two miners, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, were freed after 14 days trapped underground in a goldmine at Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia.
2006 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

Chart Toppers

1945
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
He’s Home for a Little While - Dinah Shore
Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills

1953
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves

1961
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Gene McDaniels
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
Hair - The Cowsills
Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures
Hungry Eyes - Merle Haggard

1977
Hotel California - Eagles
When I Need You - Leo Sayer
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Play, Guitar Play - Conway Twitty

1985
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Don’t You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
There’s No Way - Alabama

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Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835-1910)




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Today in History - May 10th

Today’s Birthdays

1760 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French composer (La Marseillaise) died June 26, 1836
1838 John Wilkes Booth, actor/assassin (Abraham Lincoln) died April 26, 1865
1850 Thomas Lipton, founder (Lipton Tea Co.) died Oct 2, 1931
1899 Fred Astaire, dancer/actor (Daddy Long legs) died June 22, 1987
1902 David O. Selznick, film producer (Gone With the Wind) died June 22, 1965
1909 Maybelle Carter, country singer (mother of June Carter Cash) died Oct 23, 1978
1915 Denis Thatcher, British businessman/husband of Margaret Thatcher
1922 Nancy Walker (Ann Myrtle Swoyer), actress (McMillan and Wife) died Mar 25, 1992
1930 Pat Summerall, sports broadcaster (CBS, Fox, ESPN)
1930 Scott Muni, Disc Jockey (Beatles) died Sept 28, 2004
1933 Barbara Taylor Bradford, writer (Emma's Secret)
1935 Larry Williams, singer/songwriter (Bonie Maronie) died Jan 7, 1980
1936 Gary Owens, actor/announcer (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
1938 Henry Fambrough, singer (Spinners)
1941 Danny Rapp, singer (Danny & the Juniors)
1942 Jim Calhoun, collecge basketball coach (Connecticut)
1944 Jim Abrahams, film director (Naked Gun series)
1946 Donovan, Scottish singer (Hurdy Gurdy Man, Mellow Yellow)
1946 Dave Mason, guitarist/singer (Traffic)
1946 Graham Gouldman, guitarist/bassist/songwriter (10cc)
1947 Jay (John) Ferguson, singer (Spirit)
1951 Ron Banks, R&B singer (The Dramatics)
1955 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
1955 Mark David Chapman, assassin (John Lennon)
1957 Sid Vicious, punk bassist (The Sex Pistols)
1960 Bono, Irish rock singer (U2)
1960 Victoria Rowell, actress (Diagnosis: Murder)
1961 Danny Carey, rock drummer (Tool)
1963 Lisa Nowak, former astronaut (attempted to kidnap U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman)
1965 Linda Evangelista, supermodel
1965 Krist Novoselic, rock guitarist (Nirvana)
1967 Young MC, rapper (Bust a Move)
1968 Eric Palladino, actor (ER, Over There)
1970 Gina Phillips, actress (Hawaii)
1973 Dario Franchitti, IRL race driver/Mr. Ashley Judd
1975 Hélio Castroneves, Brazilian IRL driver
1975 Andrea Anders, actress (The Class)
1976 Rhona Bennett, singer (En Vogue)
1977 Nick Heidfeld, German Formula 1 driver
1977 Amanda Borden, Olympic Gold Medal gymnast
1978 Kenan Thompson, actor/comedian (Snakes on a Plane)
1979 Kat Oberle, model (Playboy)

Today’s Deaths in History

1566 Leonhart Fuchs, German botanist (co-founder of botany) dies at 65
1774 King Louis XV of France dies at 64
1818 Paul Revere, American patriot, dies at 83
1863 Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general, dies at 39 after being accidentally being shot by his own men
1963 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, football player (LA Rams, Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers) dies at 31 of a heroin overdose
1977 Joan Crawford, actress (Mildred Pierce) dies at 73
1989 Woody Shaw, jazz trumpeter/composer, dies at 44
1990 Susan Oliver, actress (Star Trek) dies at 58
1994 John Wayne Gacy, serial killer, is executed at 52 for the rape and murder of 33 boys
1999 Shel Silverstein, poet/composer (Where the Sidewalk Ends) dies at 68
2000 Bart the Bear, animal actor (The Edge, Legends of the Fall) dies at 23
2001 Deborah Walley, actress (Gidget Goes Hawaiian) dies at 57
2005 David Wayne, rock singer (Metal Church) dies at 47 after a car crash
2006 A.M. Rosenthal, newspaper editor (New York Daily News) dies at 84

Today in History

1497 Amerigo Vespucci left Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
1503 Christopher Columbus visited the Cayman Islands and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there.
1774 Louis XVI became King of France.
1775 Fort Ticonderoga is taken by a small force led by Colonel Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen.
1775 Representatives from the 13 colonies of the United States met in Philadelphia and raised the Continental Army to defend the new republic, placing it under command of George Washington of Virginia.
1801 The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States.
1864 Colonel Emory Upton led a 10-regiment "attack-in-depth" assault against the Confederate works at the Battle of Spotsylvania, which, though ultimately unsuccessful, provided the idea for the massive assault against the Bloody Angle on May 12.
1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
1865 Union soldiers ambushed and mortally wounded Confederate raider William Quantrill in Kentucky (he died June 6).
1869 The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah, with a golden spike.
1872 Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
1908 Mother's Day was observed for the first time.
1924 J. Edgar Hoover was appointed the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a post he held until his death in 1972.
1927 The Hotel Statler in Boston, MA. became the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms.
1930 The Adler Planetarium opened to the public in Chicago, IL.
1933 The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
1940 Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the classic, "Perfidia," for Decca Records.
1940 Germany invaded Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
1940 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.
1941 The House of Commons in London was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
1941 Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland in order to try and negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets released "Rock Around the Clock," the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the charts.
1960 The nuclear submarine USS Triton completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.
1963 The Rolling Stones produced their first recordings, "Come On" and "I Wanna Be Loved."
1969 The National and American Football Leagues announced plans to merge for the 1970-71 season.
1969 The Battle of Dong Ap Bia began with an assault on Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill).
1970 The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since the beginning of World War II by defeating St. Louis.
1979 The Federated States of Micronesia became self-governing.
1981 François Mitterrand took office as the first Socialist President of France.
1985 Gordon Johncock announced that he was retiring from auto racing (Indy car).
1986 Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the celebrated Blue Angels precision aerial demonstration team.
1994 Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa.
1996 A "rogue storm" near the summit of Mount Everest killed eight climbers, making it the deadliest day in the mountain's history.
1997 An earthquake near Ardekul in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people.
2001 In Ghana, a stampede at a futbol game killed more than 120 spectators.
2002 FBI agent Robert Hanssen was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2003 The New York Times announced that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud."
2005 A hand grenade allegedly thrown by Vladimir Arutinian landed about 65 feet (20 meters) from United States President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but malfunctioned and did not detonate.
2005 A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan to terminate its employees' pension plans.
2005 Germany dedicated its new national Holocaust memorial.

Chart Toppers

1946
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
Shoo Fly Pie - The Stan Kenton Orchestra (vocal: June Christy)
One-zy, Two-zy - Phil Harris
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954
Wanted - Perry Como
Young at Heart - Frank Sinatra
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Slowly - Webb Pierce

1962
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
Charlie’s Shoes - Billy Walker

1970
American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
Vehicle - The Ides of March
Love or Let Me Be Lonely - The Friends of Distinction
The Pool Shark - Dave Dudley

1978
Night Fever - Bee Gees
If I Can’t Have You - Yvonne Elliman
The Closer I Get to You - Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway
It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right - Dolly Parton

1986
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Why Can’t This Be Love - Van Halen
Grandpa (Tell Me ’bout the Good Old Days) - The Judds

Quote of the Day

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, US author & physician (1809 - 1894)



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Today in History - May 11th

Today’s Birthdays

1811 Chang and Eng Bunker, famous conjoined twins, died Jan 17, 1874
1852 Charles W. Fairbanks, United States Vice President, died Jun 4, 1918
1875 Harriet Quimby, aviator (first woman to receive pilot's license) died July 1, 1912
1888 Irving Berlin (Israel Baline), composer (God Bless America, White Christmas) died Sept 22, 1989
1892 Margaret Rutherford, actress (The Importance of Being Earnest) died May 22, 1972
1894 Martha Graham, modern dancer/choreographer, died Apr 1, 1991
1904 Salvadore (Felipe Jacinto) Dalí (y Domenech), surrealist artist, died Jan 23, 1989
1911 Phil Silvers (Philip Silversmith), comedian/actor (Sgt. Bilko) died Nov 1, 1985
1911 Doodles (Winstead) Weaver, actor (Road to Nashville) died Jan 17, 1983
1912 Foster Brooks, comedian/actor (Mork & Mindy) died Dec 20, 2001
1918 Richard Feynman, physicist/Nobel Prize laureate (atomic bomb) died Feb 15, 1988
1920 Denver Pyle, actor (The Dukes of Hazzard) died Dec 25, 1997
1927 Mort Sahl, comedian/actor (Don’t Make Waves)
1932 Valentino (Garavani), fashion designer
1935 Doug McClure, actor (Shenandoah) died Feb 5, 1995
1939 Milt (Miltiades Stergios Papastegios) ‘Gimpy’ Pappas, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs)
1940 Butch (Larry) Hartman, USAC auto racer
1941 Eric Burdon, singer (War, The Animals)
1943 Les (John) Chadwick, bassist (Gerry & the Pacemakers)
1946 Robert Jarvik, physician/inventor (Jarvik 7 artificial heart)
1947 Butch Trucks, drummer (The Allman Brothers Band)
1952 Shohreh Aghdashloo, actress (House of Sand and Fog)
1955 Mark Herndon, country musician (Alabama)
1959 Martha Quinn, television personality (MTV VJ)
1963 Natasha Richardson, actress (Widow’s Peak, Nell)
1964 Bobby Witt, pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks)
1965 Greg Dulli, rock singer (The Afghan Whigs)
1966 Christoph Schneider, metal drummer (Rammstein)
1966 nancy Hower, actress (Star Trek: Voyager)
1970 Nicky Katt, actor (Dazed & Confused, Grindhouse)
1975 Coby Bell, actor (Third Watch)
1978 Laetitia Casta, supermodel/actress
1983 Matt Leinart, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
1983 Holly Valance, actress/singer (DOA: Dead or Alive)

Today’s Deaths in History

1778 William Pitt the Elder, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies at 69
1960 John D. Rockefeller, Jr., philanthropist, dies at 86
1970 Johnny Hodges, Jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington) dies at 62
1973 Lex Barker, actor (Tarzan) dies at 54
1979 Barbara Hutton, former Mrs. Cary Grant, dies at 66
1979 Lester Flatt, bluegrass musician (Flatt & Scruggs) dies at 64
1981 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer/musician, dies at 36
1985 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy) dies at 1984
1988 Kim Philby, British intelligence officer/KGB spy, dies at 76
2001 Douglas Adams, author (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series) dies at 49
2003 Noel Redding, rock bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 57
2004 John Whitehead, R&B singer (McFadden & Whitehead) dies at 54
2006 Floyd Patterson, champion boxer (youngest to win the heavyweight title) dies at 71
2006 Frankie Thomas, actor (Tom Corbett: Space Cadet) dies at 85

Today in History

1310 54 members of the Knights Templar were burned at the stake in France for being heretics.
1792 Captain Robert Gray became the first documented white person to visit the Columbia River.
1812 Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
1816 The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
1858 Minnesota entered the United States of America as the Union’s 32nd state.
1862 The ironclad CSS Virginia was scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
1864 Confederate General JEB Stuart was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern, Virginia.
1894 Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers went on a wildcat strike in Illinois.
1900 In an effort to regain the heavyweight boxing title, James J. Corbett, known as Gentleman Jim, was knocked out cold by James J. Jeffries in the 23rd round.
1910 Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress.
1911 The United States became a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1924 Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.
1927 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1928 WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY began the first schedule of regular TV programs.
1934 A strong two-day dust storm removed massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl in North America.
1943 American troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
1946 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire.
1946 The first CARE packages for Europe arrived at Le Havre, France.
1949 Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1949 Israel joined the United Nations.
1956 Former heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano went into public relations for the Raynham Dog Racing Track in Massachusetts.
1960 In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents captured fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, living under the assumed name Ricardo Klement.
1967 Andreas Papandreou is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.
1970 The Chairmen of the Board received a gold record for the hit, "Give Me Just a Little More Time."
1970 The Beatles song "The Long and Winding Road" was released as a single in the United States.
1972 The San Francisco Giants announced that they were trading Willie Mays to the New York Mets.
1973 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg had charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
1981 Heavyweight boxing challenger Gerry Cooney left former champ Ken Norton on the ropes and unconscious after 54 seconds of the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1984 The Detroit Tigers defeated the California Angels 8-2 and set a major-league record for victories at the beginning of a baseball season, winning 26 of their first 30 games.
1985 Duane ‘Pancho’ Carter grabbed the pole position for the Indianapolis 500, entering the history books with a speed of 212.583 mph for four qualifying laps.
1985 Scott Brayton turned in the fastest lap ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hitting 214.199 mph in the third lap of qualifying.
1987 Klaus Barbie went on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
1987 The first heart-lung transplant took place in Baltimore, Maryland, performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of Stanford University School of Medicine.
1995 In New York City, more than 170 countries decided to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
1996 After taking-off from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 caused the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
1997 IBM's Deep Blue chess-playing supercomputer defeated Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player.
1998 India conducted three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
1998 A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency, the euro.
2004 The Stockline Plastics factory explosion in Glasgow killed nine people.
2004 A video on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of American hostage Nicholas Berg, who had been kidnapped in Iraq.
2006 A science team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign successfully converted pig waste into crude oil.

Chart Toppers

1947
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
Heartaches - The Ted Weems Orchestra (whistler: Elmo Tanner)
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde) - Red Foley

1955
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
Honey-Babe - Art Mooney
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

1963
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins

1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
I Am...I Said - Neil Diamond
How Much More Can She Stand - Conway Twitty

1979
Reunited - Peaches & Herb
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Stumblin’ In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
Backside of Thirty - John Conlee

1987
(I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew
Looking for a New Love - Jody Watley
With or Without You - U2
The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder - Michael Johnson

Quote of the Day

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist (1821 - 1881)


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Today in History - May 12th

Today’s Birthdays

1812 Edward Lear, illustrator/poet (Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense) died June 29, 1888
1820 Florence Nightingale, nurse/author (Notes on Nursing) died Aug 13, 1910
1828 Dante Rossetti, poet/artist (The Annunciation) died Apr 9, 1882
1850 Henry Cabot Lodge, statesman, died Nov 9, 1924
1900 Captain Mildred McAfee (Horton), first Director of U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) died Sep 2, 1994
1907 Katharine Hepburn, actress (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, On Golden Pond, The African Queen) died June 29, 2003
1912 Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General/special prosecutor (Watergate) died May 29, 2004
1914 Howard K. (Kingsbury) Smith, journalist/TV anchorman (ABC News) died Feb 15, 2002
1918 Julius Rosenberg, convicted spy, executed June 19, 1953
1922 Bob Goldham, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings) died Nov 6, 1991
1925 Yogi (Lawrence Peter) Berra, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher/manager (NY Yankees, NY Mets)
1928 Burt Bacharach, composer (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head)
1935 Felipe (Felipe Rojas) Alou, outfileder/1st baseman (SF Giants, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers)
1935 John Bucyk, NHL left winger (Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins)
1936 Tom Snyder, broadcast journalist (The Late Show with Tom Snyder, Tomorrow)
1937 George Carlin, actor/comedian (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)
1938 Millie Perkins, actress (Ensign Pulver)
1939 Ronald L. Ziegler, journalist/Press Secretary (President Richard M. Nixon) died Feb 10, 2003
1942 Ian Dury singer (Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) died Mar 27, 2000
1942 Billy Swan, songwriter/singer (I Can Help)
1942 Ted (Theodore Rodger) Kubiak, infielder (KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, StL Cardinals, Texas Rangers, SD Padres)
1943 David Walker, guitarist (Gary Lewis & The Playboys)
1945 Ian McLagan, keyboardist (The Faces)
1948 Lindsay Crouse, actress (Places in the Heart, Slap Shot)
1948 Steve Winwood, keyboardist/singer (Blind Faith, Traffic, Spencer Davis Group)
1950 Bruce Boxleitner, actor (Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
1950 Pat (Patrick Leonard) Darcy, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
1950 Billy Squier, singer/guitarist (Everybody Wants You, The Stroke)
1950 Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor (The Usual Suspects)
1956 Bernie Federko, NHL center (St Louis Blues)
1956 Greg Phillinganes, keyboardist (Toto)
1958 Kim Greist, actress (Throw Momma from the Train)
1958 Eric Singer, rock drummer (KISS, Alice Cooper)
1959 Ving Rhames, actor (Pulp Fiction)
1961 Billy Duffy, guitarist (The Cult)
1962 Emilio Estevez, actor (Breakfast Club, Mighty Ducks series)
1962 Brett Gurewitz, songwriter/producer (Bad Religion)
1962 April Grace, actress (Lost)
1963 Vanessa A. Williams, actress (Soul Food)
1963 Deborah Kara Unger, actress (The Game, Payback)
1966 Stephen Baldwin, actor (The Usual Suspects)
1967 Paul D'Amour, bassist (Tool)
1968 Tony Hawk, skateboard champion
1969 Kim Fields, actress (The Facts of Life, Living Single)
1970 Samantha Mathis, actress (Broken Arrow, American Psycho)
1978 Jason Biggs, actor (American Pie series)
1978 Amy Sloan, actress (Gilmore Girls)
1979 Steve Smith, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
1984 Cheryl Burke, ballroom dancer (Dancing with the Stars)
1986 Emily VanCamp, actress (Everwood)
1992 Malcolm David Kelley, actor (Lost)

Today’s Deaths in History

1864 J. E. B. Stuart, Confederate Army general, dies at 31
1889 John Cadbury, English chocolate entrepreneur, dies at 87
1957 Erich von Stroheim, film director/actor (Sunset Boulevard) dies at 71
1992 Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch) dies at 59 of AIDS-related cancer
2000 Adam Petty, NASCAR driver, dies at 19 in a crash during race practice
2001 Perry Como, singer, dies at 88
2001 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer, dies at 75

Today in History

1551 The National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, was founded in Lima, Peru.
1831 The first indicted bank robber in the U.S., Edward Smith, was sentenced to five years hard labor on the rock pile at Sing Sing Prison.
1847 Mormon pioneer William Clayton got tired of counting the revolutions of a rag tied to a spoke of a wagon wheel to figure out how many miles he had traveled; so, while he was crossing the plains in his covered wagon, he invented the odometer.
1870 The Manitoba Act was given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
1888 Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.
1932 Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh was found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home.
1941 Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer in Berlin.
1949 The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin blockade.
1950 The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.
1955 Sam Jones of the Chicago Cubs pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 4-0, becoming the first black pitcher to throw a major-league no-hitter.
1955 Passengers crowded in to ride the last run of the Third Avenue elevated, "The El", in New York City.
1957 A.J. Foyt earned his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, Missouri.
1958 A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement was signed between the United States and Canada.
1962 Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" valedictory speech at West Point.
1966 Busch Memorial Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team, opens in St. Louis, Missouri.
1967 At Queen Elizabeth Hall, England, Pink Floyd staged the first-ever quadraphonic rock concert.
1970 Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs smacked home run number 500.
1970 The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.
1971 The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1972 The album Exile on Main St. by the Rolling Stones was released.
1975 The Cambodian navy seized the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
1977 The Eagles earned a gold record for the hit, "Hotel California".
1978 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it would alternate men’s and women’s names in the naming of hurricanes.
1982 During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpowered Juan Fernandez Krohn before he could attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet.
1985 Lionel Richie received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama (his alma mater).
1992 Four suspects were arrested in the beating of trucker Reginald Denny at the start of the Los Angeles riots.
1999 David Steel became the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
2002 Former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
2003 The Riyadh compound bombings in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, carried out by Al Qaeda, killed 26.
2003 Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers brought the Texas House to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.

Chart Toppers

1948
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
Manana - Peggy Lee
The Dickey Bird Song - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Glenn Hughes)
Anytime - Eddy Arnold

1956
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1964
Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles
My Guy - Mary Wells
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
Grandma Harp - Merle Haggard

1980
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Beneath Still Waters - Emmylou Harris

1988
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby
Anything for You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
Cry, Cry, Cry - Highway 101

Quote of the Day

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it.
Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)


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Today in History - May 13th

Today’s Birthdays

1842 Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan, operetta composer (The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance) died Nov 22, 1900
1907 Dame Daphne du Maurier, English author (The Birds, Rebecca) died Apr 19, 1989
1911 Robert Middleton (Samuel Messer), actor (The Harrad Experiment) died June 14, 1977)
1911 Maxine Sullivan (Marietta Williams), singer (Loch Lomand) died Apr 7, 1987
1914 Johnny ‘Johnnie’ Wright, country singer/Mrs Kitty Wells
1914 Joe Louis (Barrow), ‘The Brown Bomber,’ champion boxer, died Apr 12, 1981
1923 Bea (Beatrice) Arthur (Bernice Frankel), actress (The Golden Girls, Maude)
1927 Herbert Ross, film director (Steel Magnolias, Footloose) died Oct 9, 2001
1931 Jim Jones, cult leader, died Nov 18, 1978
1933 Johnny (John Junior) Roseboro, catcher (Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Washington Senators) died Aug 16, 2002
1937 Zohra Lampert, actress (Splendor in the Grass)
1939 Harvey Keitel, actor (Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver)
1941 Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela), singer (Donna, La Bamba) killed in a plane crash Feb 3, 1959
1943 Mary Wells, singer (My Guy) died July 26, 1992
1946 Danny Klein, bassist (J. Geils Band)
1946 Tim Pigott-Smith, actor (Remains of the Day)
1947 (Pete) Overend Watts, bassist (Mott the Hoople)
1949 Franklyn Ajaye, comic/actor (The Jazz Singer, Car Wash)
1950 Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris), singer/somgwriter (My Cherie Amour, For Once in My Life)
1950 Bobby Valentine, baseball manager (Texas Rangers, NY Mets)
1951 Paul Thompson, drummer (Roxy Music)
1957 Alan Ball, screenwriter/director/producer (American Beauty, Six Feet Under)
1957 Koji Suzuki, Japanese writer (The Ring, Dark Water)
1958 Karen Cellini, actress (Dynasty)
1960 Julianne Phillips, actress/Mrs Bruce Springsteen (Skin Deep)
1961 Dennis Rodman, basketball player (Chicago Bulls)
1961 Siobhan Fallon, comic/actress (Saturday Night Live, Men in Black)
1964 Stephen Colbert, comedian/actor (The Colbert Report)
1964 Tom Verica, actor (American dreams, From the Earth to the Moon)
1966 Darius Rucker, singer/guitarist (Hootie & the Blowfish)
1967 Chuck Schuldiner, heavy metal guitarist (Death) died Dec 13, 2001
1967 Melanie Thornton, singer (La Bouche) died in a plane crash Nov 24, 2001
1977 Samantha Morton, English actress (Minority Report)
1978 Barry Zito, pitcher (Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants)
1979 Mickey Madden, rock musician (Maroon 5)

Today’s Deaths in History

1884 Cyrus McCormick, inventor (mechanical reaper) dies at 75
1937 Ekaterina Geladze, mother of Joseph Stalin, dies at 78
1961 Gary Cooper, actor (Sergeant York, High Noon) dies at 60
1972 Dan Blocker, actor (Bonanza) dies at 43
1975 Bob Wills, country singer/songwriter, dies at 70
1988 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
2000 Paul Bartel, actor/writer/director (Eating Raoul) dies at 61
2003 Noel Redding, bassist (Jimi Hendrix Experience) dies at 57
2004 Terry McCrea, actor (Cecil B. Demented) dies at 31 in an auto accident
2006 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., R&B singer (Heatwave) dies at 56

Today in History

1568 The forces of Mary Queen of Scots were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.
1787 Captain Arthur Phillip left Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
1821 Samuel Rust of New York City patented the first practical printing press built in the U.S.
1846 The United States declared war on Mexico.
1854 The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY.
1865 In far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Lee's surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ended with a Confederate victory.
1873 Ludwig M. Wolf of Avon, CT patented the sewing machine lamp holder.
1880 In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.
1912 In the United Kingdom, the Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) was established.
1913 Igor Sikorsky became the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft.
1917 Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1918 The first airmail postage stamps were issued in six, 16 and 24-cent denominations. 1938 Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans jazz standard, "When the Saints Go Marching In," on Decca Records.
1939 The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
1940 Winston Churchill told the British House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
1943 German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrendered to Allied forces.
1949 The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.
1954 The Pajama Game made its debut on Broadway in New York City at the St. James Theatre.
1958 During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard M. Nixon's car was attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
1958 Velcro's trademark was registered.
1960 Hundreds of UC Berkeley students congregated for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
1967 Mickey Mantle joined six other baseball legends as he hit home run number 500, in Yankee Stadium.
1971 Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, received a gold record for her version of "Bridge over Troubled Water."
1973 Tennis star Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court in a televised tennis match that was seen worldwide.
1976 The final game in the history of the American Basketball Association was played as the New York Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in New York to win the 1976 ABA Championship.
1981 Mehmet Ali Ağca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Rome.
1982 The Chicago Cubs became the first major-league baseball team to win 8,000 games, beating the Houston Astros 5-0 (win number 8,000 came after playing 15,337 games in over 107 years).
1984 The Fantasticks, playing at the Sullivan Theatre in Greenwich Village in New York City, became the longest-running musical in theatre history with performance number 10,000.
1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police stormed MOVE headquarters to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1985 Tony Perez became the oldest major-league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run, just a month shy of his 43rd birthday.
1985 ‘The Boss,’ Bruce Springsteen, married actress/model Julianne Phillips in ceremonies in Lake Oswego, OR.
2003 The government unveiled a new version of the $20 bill, the first to be colorized in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.
2005 Malcolm Glazer completed a hostile takeover of the world's biggest sports club, Manchester United Football Club, for $1.4 billion.

Chart Toppers

1949
Cruising Down the River - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: The Skyliners)
Forever and Ever - Perry Como
Careless Hands - Mel Torme
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

1957
School Day - Chuck Berry
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley

1965
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits
Count Me In - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Girl on the Billboard - Del Reeves

1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
You are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Little Willy - The Sweet
Come Live with Me - Roy Clark

1981
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Am I Losing You - Ronnie Milsap

1989
I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
Real Love - Jody Watley
Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Is It Still Over? - Randy Travis

Quote of the Day

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
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Today in History - May 14th

Today’s Birthdays

1727 Thomas Gainsborough, artist (The Blue Boy) died Aug 2, 1788
1897 Sidney Bechet, jazz saxophonist/composer; died May 14, 1959
1900 Billie Dove (Lilian Bohny), actress (The Black Pirate) died Dec 31 1997
1916 Skip (Lloyd) Martin, bandleader/composer/arranger (Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls) died in Feb 1976
1921 Richard Deacon, actor (Leave It to Beaver, Carousel) died Aug 8, 1984
1925 Al Porcino, jazz trumpeter (Louis Prima, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie)
1925 Les (John Lester) Moss, catcher (St Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox)
1929 Gump (Lorne John) Worsley, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (New York Rangers, Montreal Canadians, Minnesota North Stars; consented to wear a mask during his last season in NHL)
1936 Bobby Darin (Cassotto), singer (Mack the Knife, Splish Splash) died Dec 20, 1973
1936 Dick (Richard Dalton) Howser, shortstop (KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees) died June 17, 1987
1942 Tony (Atanasio Rigal) Perez, 3rd baseman/manager (Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies)
1943 Jack Bruce, bassist (Cream)
1943 Derek Leckenby, guitarist (Herman’s Hermits)
1943 Elizabeth Ray, sex scandal figure (U.S. Rep. Wayne Hays)
1944 George Lucas (George Walton Lucas Jr.), film producer/director (Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, American Graffiti)
1946 Gene Cornish, guitarist (The Young Rascals/Rascals)
1947 Dick (Richard William) Tidrow, pitcher (Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, NY Mets)
1947 Tamara Dobson, actress (Cleopatra Jones) died Oct 2, 2006
1948 Dave (David Eugene) LaRoche, pitcher (California Angels, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees)
1951 Pierre Plante NHL winger (Philadelphia Flyers, St Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques)
1952 David Byrne, singer/composer (Talking Heads)
1952 Robert Zemeckis, director/executive producer (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future trilogy)
1953 Tom Cochrane, guitarist/singer (Red Rider)
1959 Steve Hogarth, British singer (Marillion)
1959 Connie Brighton, playmate (September 1982)
1961 Tim Roth, English actor (Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms)
1962 Ian Astbury, singer (The Cult)
1962 C.C. DeVille, rock guitarist (Poison)
1964 Suzy Kolber, sportscaster (NFL)
1966 Fabrice Morvan, notorious lipsyncer (Milli Vanilli)
1966 Mike Inez, rock bassist (Ozzy Osbourne)
1966 Raphael Saadiq, singer/producer (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
1967 Tony Siragusa, NFL tackle/sportscaster (Indianapolis Colts)
1969 Danny Wood, singer (New Kids On the Block)
1969 Cate Blanchett, actress (Elizabeth, Bandits)
1971 Sofia Coppola, film director/writer (Lost in Translation)
1974 Jennifer Allan, playmate (September 1996)
1976 Michelle Rogers, playmate (June 2002)
1976 Hunter Burgan, rock bassist (AFI)
1977 Roy Halladay, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
1978 Henry Garza, singer/guitarist (Los Lonely Boys)
1982 Rachel Roth, actress (Titus)
1983 Amber Tamblyn, actress (Joan of Arcadia)

Today’s Deaths in History

1919 Henry John Heinz, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company, dies at 75
1959 Sidney Bechet, jazz saxophonist/composer, dies on his 62nd birthday
1968 Husband E. Kimmel, Pacific Fleet Admiral (Pearl Harbor) dies at 86
1970 Billie Burke, actress (The Wizard of Oz) dies at 84
1976 Keith Relf, singer/harmonica player (The Yardbirds) dies at 33
1982 Hugh Beaumont, actor (Leave It To Beaver) dies at 73
1987 Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda) dies at 68
1992 Lyle Alzado, defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos) dies at 42
1993 William Randolph Hearst Jr., newspaper magnate, dies at 85
1997 Harry Blackstone Jr., magician, dies at 62
1998 Frank Sinatra, singer/actor (Old Blue Eyes) dies at 82
2003 Dave DeBusschere, NBA Hall of Famer, dies at 62
2003 Wendy Hiller, actress (Voyage of the Damned) dies at 90
2003 Robert Stack, actor (Untouchables) dies at 84
2004 Anna Lee, actress (How Green Was My Valley) dies at 91

Today in History

1607 The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery arrived from Plymouth, England in Jamestown, Virginia, to establish the first permanent colony in the New World.
1610 Henri IV of France was assassinated, bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
1643 Four-year-old Louis XIV became King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1787 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates began to meet to write a new Constitution for the United States.
1796 Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccination.
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from Camp Dubois and began their historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
1862 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patented the chronograph, a timepiece that allows for split-second timing of sporting events.
1870 The first game of rugby in New Zealand was played between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1874 McGill University of Canada and Harvard met on Jarvis Field, Cambridge, MA, for the first game of intercollegiate football in America.
1878 The trademarked name Vaseline (for a brand of petroleum jelly) was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
1897 A statue of George Washington was unveiled in Philadelphia, PA; to commemorate the occasion, John Philip Sousa’s march, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," was performed for the first time in public.
1900 The 1900 Summer Olympics opened in Paris.
1904 The Olympic Games opened in St. Louis, MO, the first time that the games were held in the United States.
1913 John D. Rockefeller made the largest monetary gift to that time by establishing the Rockefeller Foundation for $100,000,000.
1937 Duke Ellington and his band recorded the classic, "Caravan," for Brunswick Records.
1939 Lina Medina became the world's youngest confirmed mother at the age of five.
1942 Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
1942 The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.
1948 Israel declared to be an independent state and a provisional government was established (immediately after the declaration, Israel was attacked by the neighboring Arab states).
1955 Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
1960 Bally Ache, the winner of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD, was sold for $1,250,000.
1961 The Freedom Riders' bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protestors were beaten by an angry mob.
1969 Jacqueline Susann’s second novel, The Love Machine, was published by Simon and Schuster.
1971 The Honey Cone received a gold record for the single, "Want Ads."
1973 Skylab, the United States' first space station, was launched (it was also the last launch of the Saturn V rocket).
1985 The Pill became the leading form of contraception.
1985 The first McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plaines, IL, became the first museum of the fast-food business
1988 A drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, hit a converted school bus carrying a church youth group; the crash and ensuing fire killed 27.
1998 The Seinfeld finale aired on NBC, with 76 million viewers tuning in.
2001 The Supreme Court ruled that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana to ease their pain from cancer, AIDS or other illnesses.
2004 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturned the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
2005 Pope Benedict XVI observed his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai (Hawaii) on the road to canonization into sainthood.
2005 USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, was deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises.
2006 Much of New England was hit with a massive flood, forcing people out of their homes and causing millions of dollars worth of damage.
2007 American television show King of Queens airs its final episode after nine seasons.

Chart Toppers

1950
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
It Isn’t Fair - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams

1958
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
Return to Me - Dean Martin
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson

1966
Monday Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
Kicks - Paul Revere & The Raiders
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold

1974
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
Is It Wrong (For Loving You) - Sonny James

1982
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson

1990
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
Vogue - Madonna
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You - Heart
Help Me Hold On - Travis Tritt

Quote of the Day

I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends.
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Today in History - May 15th

Today’s Birthdays

1567 Claudio Monteverdi, composer (Orfeo) died Nov 29, 1643
1856 Lyman Frank Baum, newspaperman/author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) died May 5, 1919
1859 Pierre Curie, French physicist/Nobel Prize laureate, died Apr 19, 1906
1890 Katherine Anne Porter, writer (Ship of Fools) died Sep 18, 1980
1902 Richard Joseph Daley, ‘The Boss,’ politician (former mayor of Chicago) died Dec 20, 1976
1905 Joseph (Cheshire) Cotten, actor (Tora Tora Tora, The Philadelphia Story) died Feb 6, 1994
1909 James (Neville) Mason, actor (The Desert Fox, Lolita) died July 27, 1984
1914 Walter ‘Turk’ Broda, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Toronto Maple Leafs) died Oct 17, 1972
1914 Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese Sherpa (Mt Everest) died May 9, 1986
1918 Eddy (Richard Edward) Arnold, Country Music Hall of Famer (Make the World Go Away)
1923 Richard Avedon, glamour photographer
1923 Ellis Larkins, pianist (Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams) died Sep 29, 2002
1936 Anna Maria Alberghetti, singer/actress (Carnival)
1936 Paul Zindel, writer (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds) died Mar 27, 2003
1936 Ralph Steadman, cartoonist/illustrator (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas)
1937 Trini López, singer/actor (The Dirty Dozen)
1938 Lenny Welch, singer (Since I Fell for You)
1940 Lainie Kazan (Lainie Levine), singer/actress (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
1940 Don Nelson, basketball coach (Golden State Warriors)
1940 Roger Ailes, Fox News Chairman and CEO
1941 K.T. Oslin, country singer/songwriter
1943 David Cronenberg, film director (Dead Ringers, The Fly)
1945 Jerry Quarry, heavyweight boxing champion
1947 Graham Goble, guitarist/singer (Little River Band)
1948 Brian Eno (Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno), composer/musician/producer (Roxy Music)
1950 Nicholas Hammond, actor (Lord of the Flies, Spiderman TV series)
1951 Wally Chambers, defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Bucaneers)
1951 Chazz Palminteri, actor/writer/director (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects)
1951 Jonathan Richman, punk guitarist (The Modern Lovers)
1953 George (Howard) Brett, Baseball Hall of Famer (Kansas City Royals)
1953 Pat Hickey, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques, StL Blues)
1953 Mike Oldfield, composer/musician (Tubular Bells)
1955 Lee Horsley, actor (North and South Book II)
1955 Melinda Culea, actress (The A-Team)
1956 Dan Patrick, sportscaster (ESPN)
1959 Andrew Eldritch, singer/songwriter (The Sisters of Mercy)
1960 Bernadette Yao, TV personality (Zoom)
1961 Giselle Fernandez, actress/dancer (Dancing with the Stars)
1962 Melle Mel, Rapper (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)
1967 John Smoltz, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1968 Seth Putnam, bassist (Anal C**t)
1969 Emmitt Smith, running back (Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals)
1970 Desmond Howard, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers)
1970 Rod Smith, wide receiver (Denver Broncos)
1970 Prince B, rapper/R&B musician (PM Dawn)
1972 David Charvet, actor (Baywatch, Melrose Place)
1974 Ahmet Zappa, musician/son of Frank Zappa
1975 Ray Lewis, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
1976 Ryan Leaf, former NFL quarterback
1978 Amy Chow, gymnastic Gold Medalist (1996 Atlanta Olympics)
1978 David Krumholtz, actor (NUMB3RS, The Santa Clause series)
1978 Krissy Taylor, model (Cosmo, Vogue) died July 2, 1995
1981 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress (The Sopranos)
1981 Justin Morneau, first baseman (Minnesota Twins)
1982 Jessica Sutta, dancer/singer (The Pussycat Dolls)
1982 Alex Breckenridge, actress (She's the Man, Dirt)
1983 Devin Bronson, guitarist (Avril Lavigne)

Today’s Deaths in History

1886 Emily Dickinson, poet (Because I Could Not Stop for Death) dies at 55
1948 Father Edward Flanagan, priest/founder (Boys Town) dies at 61
1954 William March, writer (The Bad Seed) dies at 60
1967 Edward Hopper, painter (Nighthawks) dies at 84
1982 Gordon Smiley, Indy race car driver, killed at 36 while attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500
1986 Theodore White, journalist/historian (The Making of the President) dies at 71
1989 Johnny Green, songwriter (Easy Come Easy Go) dies at 80
1996 Charles B. Fulton, jurist (Federal Judge) dies at 86
2003 June Carter Cash, country musician/singer/Mrs Johnny Cash, dies at 73

Today in History

1252 Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorized the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1602 Bartholomew Gosnold became the first European to see Cape Cod.
1718 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first machine gun.
1776 The Virginia convention instructed its delegates to propose a declaration of independence from Great Britain.
1817 The first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1836 Francis Baily observed "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.
1862 The U.S. Department of Agriculture was established by President Abraham Lincoln.
1864 In the Battle of New Market, Virginia, students from the Virginia Military Institute fought alongside the Confederate Army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley.
1869 In New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association.
1902 In a field outside Grass Valley, California, Lyman Gilmore reportedly became the first person to fly a powered airplane (a steam-powered glider).
1905 Las Vegas, Nevada, was founded when 110 acres (0.4 km˛), in what later would become downtown, were auctioned off.
1911 The United States Supreme Court declared Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and ordered the company to be dissolved.
1918 Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. began under the direction of the Post Office Department, a forerunner of the United States Postal Service.
1926 The New York Rangers became the newest franchise to be awarded by the National Hockey League (the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup two years later).
1928 The animated short Plane Crazy, featuring the first appearances of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, was released.
1930 Ellen Church became the first stewardess for an airline, serving passengers flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on United Airlines.
1934 The United States Department of Justice offered a $25,000 reward for John Dillinger.
1938 Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride," the group’s last side for Victor Records.
1940 Nylon hose went on sale at stores throughout the United States.
1940 After fierce fighting, the poorly trained and equipped Dutch troops surrendered to Nazi Germany, marking the beginning of five years of occupation.
1941 Joe DiMaggio began his historic major-league hitting streak of 56 games.
1953 World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano collected his 44th pro boxing victory, knocking out former champ Jersey Joe Walcott at Chicago Stadium in two minutes, 25 seconds of the first round.
1957 Britain tested its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.
1963 America launched the last mission of the Mercury Space Program, Mercury.
1964 The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969 Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees.
1970 Close to You, the Carpenter’s second album, and the one that launched them to meteoric fame, was released by A&M Records.
1970 The Beatles' last LP, Let It Be, was released in the United States.
1970 Two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
1970 President Richard Nixon appointed Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.
1972 Glen Campbell earned a gold record for his Greatest Hits album.
1972 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverted to Japanese control.
1972 In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shot and paralyzed Alabama Governor George Wallace while Wallace is campaigning for President.
1973 Nolan Ryan threw his first no-hitter (at Kansas City).
1981 Len Barker, the 25-year-old pitching sensation of the Cleveland Indians, became the tenth major-league hurler to toss a perfect game. leading the Indians past the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0.
1985 Prince Michael of Moldavia and Amanda Carrington tied the knot on the nighttime soap opera, Dynasty.
1987 The Soviet Union launched the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform, which failed to reach orbit.
1988 After more than eight years of fighting, the Red Army began its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
1990 Portrait of Doctor Gachet, by Vincent van Gogh, was sold for a record $82.5 million, the most for a painting at the time.
1991 Edith Cresson became France's first female prime minister.
1995 Dow Corning Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing potentially astronomical expenses from liability lawsuits revolving around silicone breast implants.
1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced he was leaving the Senate after 27 years to challenge President Bill Clinton full time.
2001 A runaway freight train rolled about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a railroad employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop.
2003 Texas Democrats boarded two buses and returned home after a self-imposed four-day exile in Oklahoma that temporarily succeeded in killing a redistricting plan they opposed.
2004 The largest known prime number at the time of its discovery, 224036583 − 1, was found by Josh Findley and the GIMPS collaborative effort.
2004 Arsenal completed an English Premiership season, 38 games, unbeaten.
2006 A defiant Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea at his trial, insisting he was still Iraq's president as a judge formally charged him with crimes against humanity.
2006 The Pentagon disclosed the names of everyone detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison since it opened four years earlier.
2006 The United States removed Libya from its list of terrorist states and said it would restore normal diplomatic relations.

Chart Toppers

1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams

1959
The Happy Organ - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
The Happening - The Supremes
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Groovin’ - The Young Rascals
Sam’s Place - Buck Owens

1975
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles) - Gary Stewart

1983
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Let’s Dance - David Bowie
Overkill - Men at Work
Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love - B.J. Thomas

1991
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Here We Go - C + C Music Factory Presents Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
If I Know Me - George Strait

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All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle, Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)





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Today in History - May 16th

Today’s Birthdays

1905 Henry (Jaynes) Fonda, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts) died Aug 12, 1982
1919 (Wladziu Valentino) Liberace, concert pianist/showman, died Feb 4, 1987
1928 Billy (Alfred Manuel) Martin, baseball player/manager (NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves, Minnesota Twins) died Dec 25, 1989
1946 Robert Fripp, rock guitarist (King Crimson)
1953 Pierce Brosnan, actor (Remington Steele, The Thomas Crown Affair, James Bond)
1955 (Mary) Debra Winger, actress (Terms of Endearment, An Officer and a Gentleman)
1959 Mare Winningham, actress (Turner and Hooch, St. Elmo’s Fire)
1961 Kevin McDonald, actor (The Kids in the Hall, That 70's Show)
1964 Boyd Tinsley, violinist (Dave Matthews Band)
1965 Krist Novoselic, Arock bassist (Nirvana)
1966 Janet Jackson, singer (Control, Miss You Much)
1966 Thurman Thomas, running back (Buffalo Bills)
1968 Ralph Tresvant, singer (New Edition)
1969 Tracey Gold, actress (Growing Pains)
1969 David Boreanaz, actor (Angel, Bones)
1970 Gabriela Sabatini, tennis champion
1970 Danielle Spencer, Australian singer/actress/Mrs. Russell Crowe
1973 Tori Spelling, actress (Beverly Hills 90210)
1974 Sonny Sandoval, rock singer (P.O.D.)
1977 Jean-Sebastien Giguere, NHL goaltender (Anaheim Ducks)
1979 Kaila Yu, actress (The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift)

Today’s Deaths in History

1953 Django Reinhardt, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies at 43
1955 James Agee, writer (A Death in the Family) dies at 45
1956 H. B. Reese, founder of Reese's candies, dies at 77
1957 Eliot Ness, federal agent (The Untouchables) dies at 54
1984 Andy Kaufman, comedian/actor (Taxi, Andy's Funhouse) dies at 35
1985 Margaret Hamilton, actress (The Wizard of Oz) dies at 82
1990 Sammy Davis Jr., singer/dancer/entertainer, dies at 64
1990 Jim Henson, puppeteer (Muppets) dies at 53

Today in History

1866 Charles Elmer Hires invented root beer.
1868 President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during his impeachment trial, by one vote in the United States Senate.
1929 The first Academy Awards were presented, hosted by Douglas Fairbanks and William C. de Mille.
1948 Chaim Weizmann was elected as the first President of Israel.
1953 Bill Haley and His Comets made it to the Billboard music charts for the first time with "Crazy Man Crazy," the first rock ’n’ roll record to make the pop music chart.
1965 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
1985 Michael ‘Air’ Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the National Basketball Association.
1987 Bobro 400, a huge barge, set sail within eyesight of the Statue of Liberty with 3,200 tons of garbage that nobody wanted, beginning an eight-week, 6,000 mile odyssey in search of a willing dumping site.
1988 A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
1995 Japanese police arrested doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, holding him in connection with the nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.
1999 Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his rookie season at age 18, faced Ichiro Suzuki for the first time and recorded three strikeouts in three at bats with a walk.
2002 The remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan.
2005 Kuwait permitted women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
2005 Newsweek magazine retracted a story that claimed investigators had found evidence the Quran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. The story had sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan.
2006 Richard Hatch, who had won $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor," was sentenced in Providence, R.I., to more than four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other income.

Chart Toppers

1944
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter

1952
Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

1960
Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Night - Jackie Wilson
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin

1968
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
Have a Little Faith - David Houston

1976
Boogie Fever - Sylvers
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Fooled Around and Fell in Love - Elvin Bishop
What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down - Ronnie Milsap

1984
Hello - Lionel Richie
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
Let’s Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Williams
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before - Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson

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George Eliot, English novelist (1819 - 1880)





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QUOTE(Giac @ May 16 2007, 03:52 PM) *
I had a feeling someone would remember that one..... biggrin.gif


The way I remember it being reported was that the barge from Islip traveled 'round the world more than once, and a 1/3rd of the waste was lost in the various oceans...
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post May 17 2007, 12:07 PM
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Today in History - May 17th

Today’s Birthdays

1682 Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart), notorious Welsh pirate, died Feb 17, 1722
1903 James (Thomas) Bell, ‘Cool Papa,’ Baseball Hall of Famer (Negro League) died Mar 7, 1991
1911 Maureen (Paul) O’Sullivan, actress (Tarzan films, Hannah and Her Sisters) died June 23, 1998
1936 Dennis Hopper, actor/director (Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now)
1949 Bill Bruford, rock drummer (Genesis, Yes)
1955 Bill Paxton, actor (Twister, True Lies, Aliens, Apollo 13)
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard, champion boxer
1958 Paul Di'Anno, rock singer (Iron Maiden)
1959 Jim Nantz, CBS sportscaster (NFL)
1961 Enya, Irish singer/songwriter (Orinoco Flow)
1962 Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor/comedian/talk show host (Drew Carey Show, The Late Late Show)
1963 Page McConnell, keyboardist/songwriter (Phish)
1965 Trent Reznor, singer/songwriter/musician (Nine Inch Nails)
1966 Hill Harper, actor (CSI:NY)
1973 Josh Homme, guitarist/songwriter (Queens of the Stone Age)
1974 Andrea Corr, Irish singer (The Corrs)
1974 Sendhil Ramamurthy, actor (Heroes)
1976 José Guillén, right fielder (Seattle Mariners)
1982 Tony Parker, NBA point guard (San Antonio Spurs)
1983 Reggie Williams, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1985 Dergy, Board Member smile.gif

Today’s Deaths in History

1510 Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (The Birth of Venus) dies at 65
1536 George Boleyn, English diplomat/brother to Anne Boleyn, is executed at 34 for incest and adultery with his sister
1829 John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 83
1886 John Deere, American blacksmith/manufacturer, dies at 82
1992 Lawrence Welk, musician/TV Host, dies at 89
1995 Hector "Toe" Blake, NHL left wing/coach (Montreal Maroons, Montreal Canadiens) dies at 82
1996 Scott Brayton, Indy race driver, dies at 39 in a crash practicing for the Indy 500
1999 Bruce Fairbairn, record producer/musician (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Loverboy) dies at 49
2002 Dave Berg, cartoonist (Lighter Side) dies at 81
2004 Tony Randall, actor (The Odd Couple) 84
2005 Frank Gorshin, impressionist/actor (Batman)

Today in History

1792 Twenty-four brokers sat down to fix rates on commissions on stocks and bonds, and from that agreement came what has been known since as the New York Stock Exchange.
1846 The saxophone was patented by Adolphe Sax.
1902 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1943 The United States Army contracted with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC computer.
1954 The United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, paving the way for the integration of schools.
1970 Thor Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
1974 Police in Los Angeles, California, raided the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters, killing six members.
1975 NBC-TV paid a whopping $5,000,000 for the rights to show Gone with the Wind just one time.
1975 Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was released and certified a platinum record on the very same day, the first album to be certified a million seller (in this case, a two-million seller) on the first day of release.
1980 Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating a black man.
1983 Lebanon, Israel, and the United States signed an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
1984 Mario Soto of the Cincinnati Reds threw four strikeouts in one inning, only the 15th pitcher to do so since 1900.
1987 An Iraqi fighter jet fired two missiles into the USS Stark (FFG-31), killing 37 and injuring 21 of her crew.
1996 President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in; Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.
1998 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins, only the 15th perfect game in the 118 years of major-league baseball.
2000 Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four black girls; Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry were later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
2004 Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
2005 Los Angeles Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa trounced Mayor James Hahn to be elected the city's first Hispanic mayor in more than a century.
2006 It was announced that Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, had agreed to separate.

Chart Toppers

1945
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

1953
I Believe - Frankie Laine
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves

1961
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Gene McDaniels
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
Hair - The Cowsills
Get Back - The Beatles
My Life (Throw It Away if I Want To) - Bill Anderson

1977
When I Need You - Leo Sayer
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Couldn’t Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
Some Broken Hearts Never Mend - Don Williams

1985
Don’t You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
Everything She Wants - Wham!
Somebody Should Leave - Reba McEntire

Quote of the Day

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
Michael Crichton, US author & screenwriter (1942 - )

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