Friday, July 1, 2011


Today is National Gingersnap Day
1861  President Lincoln created an income tax to pay for the Civil War – tax on inheritance, tobacco, and income over $600
1863  The Battle of Gettysburg began – over 51,000 would die by July 3
1874  The first zoo in the U.S. opened – Philadelphia
1898  During the Spanish-American War, Teddy Roosevelt led his band of “Rough Riders” on an assault and captured San Juan Hill in Cuba
1931  Ice vending machine was first introduced in the U.S./ - Los Angeles
1932  The Democrats nominated Franklin Roosevelt for President
1948  NYC subway fair increased 100% - 5 cents to 10 cents – bus fare was 7 cents
1952  Comedian/actor Dan Aykroyd was born – “Blues Brothers”
1961  Princess Diana was born
1963  The Post Office began its 5 digit ZIP code
1966  Medicare went into effect in the U.S.
1967  Actress Pamela Anderson was born – “Baywatch”
1967  After 1,348 performances, “Funny Girl” closed on Broadway
1969  Prince Charles became Prince of Wales
1972  After 1,750 performances, “Hair” closed on Broadway
1973  The U.S. Army became an all volunteer force
1991  Actor Michael Landon died at age 54
1997  Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule after having been a British colony for 156 years
2000  Actor Walter Matthau died at age 79 – “The Odd Couple”
2004  Star of stage and screen Marlon Brando died
2005  Jesse Crain of Twins gets the win vs. Tampa – his record as a reliever goes to 8-0, was 3-0 last year, and he sets MLB record of 11 relief wins to start a career
2001  Cal Ripken Day at Baltimore – they beat the White Sox and he gets 3 hits
2001  Barry Bonds Day in SF – they beat St. Louis and he gets a double and 3 walks
1999  Toronto pitcher John Frascatore ties MLB record with his 3rd win in 3 consecutive appearances in 3 days
1997  Mike Tyson is suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight
1994  The Orioles (6) and Angels (5) combine for MLB record tying 11 HRs – 8th time in history 11 HRs were hit in a game – later broken

1990  NYY Andy Hawkins throws a no hitter, but loses to the White Sox 4-0 – 5 walks and 3 errors account for the runs
1973  Luis Aparicio of Boston steals his 500th base – led AL the first 9 years of his career in steals
1970  Angels reliever Greg Garrett gets a win without throwing a pitch – picked off a runner with 2 out in the 6th – Angels rally in the 7th and he does not return
1968  A wild pitch by St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson allows a run to score ending 47 2/3rd innings of him pitching scoreless – went on to pitch another 23 scoreless innings
1941  Joe DiMaggio ties Willie Keeler’s 44 game hitting streak
1903  The first Tour de France began
#1 SONGS on JULY 1
1964  I Get Around – The Beach Boys
1965  I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
1966  Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra
1968  This Guy’s in Love with You – Herb Alpert
1970  The Love You Save – The Jackson 5
1971  It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
1972  Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
1973  Will It Go Round in Circles – Billy Preston
1974  Rock the Boat – The Hues Corporation
1975  Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain & Tennille
1976  Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney and Wings
1977  Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti
1979  Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
1980  Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) – Paul McCartney
1981  Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
1982  Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
1983  Flashdance… What a Feeling – Irene Cara
1984  When Doves Cry – Prince
1985  Sussudio – Phil Collins
1986  There’ll Be Sad Songs – Billy Ocean
1987  I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
1988  Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson
1989  Baby Don’t Forget My Number – Milli Vanilli
1990  Step by Step – New Kids on the Block
1991  Rush Rush – Paula Abdul
1992  Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1993  That’s the Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
1994  I Swear – All-4-One
1995  Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? – Bryan Adams
1999  If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

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