Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Today is National French Fries Day and National Beans ‘n’ Franks Day
1863  Rioting against the Civil War draft took place in NYC – 100’s died over a three day period – the movie “Gangs of New York” reviewed the events
1864  Mogul John Jacob Astor IV was born – died on the Titanic
1898  Marconi patented the radio
1917  An executive order called 678,000 men into military service
1928  Actor Bob Crane was born – “Hogan’s Heroes”
1930  The NY Times reported that “TV would be a theater in every home”
1931  The failure of a major German bank, Danabank, led to the closing of all German banks for 3 weeks
1935  Football player/U.S. Senator Jack Kemp was born
1939  Frank Sinatra recorded his first song, “From the Bottom of My Heart” with the Harry James Band
1942  Actor Harrison Ford was born
1944  Erno Rubik was born – invented the “Rubik’s Cube”
1946  Cheech Marin was born – “Cheech & Chong”
1960  JFK won the Democratic nomination for President in Los Angeles
1972  George McGovern won the Democratic nomination in Florida
1977  A 25 hour blackout hit NYC – about 9 million people affected
1978  Lee Iacocca was fired as President of Ford Motors by Henry Ford II
1983  With Lee Iacocca leading the company, Chrysler paid off a $1.2 billion loan 7 years ahead of schedule
1994  Tonya Harding’s ex-husband  was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan
2000  Former war foes U.S. and Vietnam agree to virtually unrestricted free trade
2004  Ken Jennings crossed the $1 million winnings level on “Jeopardy” after 30 days
2005  Bernie Ebbers, former CEO of Worldcom, is sentenced to 25 years in prison for fraud
2001  Mike Piazza hits his 300th HR – ends with 427
1999  In the All-Star game at Fenway, Pedro Martinez strikes out the first four batters he faced, and 5 of the 6 in his two innings of work – named MVP
1997  Dennys Reyes is the first lefty in nearly 5 years to start for the Dodgers – Bob Ojeda in 1992
1997  Seattle and Texas combine for a record 31 strikeouts in the game
1996  Cleveland scores 4 runs in the 4th, 5 in the 5th, and 6 in the 6th to beat Twins 19-11 – had 12 doubles to tie AL record – teams combine for AL record 18 doubles
1995  Greg Maddux issues his 1st walk in 51 innings to pitcher Joey Hamilton, a career .041 hitter
1991  Four Orioles combine to pitch a no hitter vs. the A’s – only 2nd time in baseball history 4 have done so (Oakland 9/28/1975)
1988  Red Sox fire manager John McNamara and replace him with Joe Morgan – they will win 19 of the next 20 games
1982  NL wins its 11th consecutive All-Star game – 19 of last 20
1975  Reds beat Mets 5-3 – their 41st win in their last 50 games
1973  Expos Hal Breeden pinch hits a HR in each game of a double header vs. Atlanta – ties MLB record (Joe Cronin 6/17/1943)
1971  AL wins its only All-Star game between 1962 and 1983
1963  Spud Webb is born
1963  Early Wynn wins his 300th and final MLB game
1962  Arnold Palmer (276) wins the 91st British Open
1934  Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR
#1 SONGS on JULY 13
1961  Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
1962  Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton
1964  Rag Doll – The Four Seasons
1965  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
1968  This Guy’s in Love with You – Herb Alpert
1969  In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
1970  Mama Told Me Not to Come – Three Dog Night
1971  It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
1972  Lean on Me – Bill Withers
1973  Will It Go Round in Circles – Billy Preston
1975  Listen to What the Man Says – Paul McCartney & Wings
1976  Afternoon Delight – The Standard Vocal Band
1978  Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
1979  Bad Girls – Donna Summer
1980  It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel
1981  Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
1982  Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  When Doves Cry – Prince
1989  If You Don’t Know Me by Now – Simply Red
1990  Step by Step – New Kids on the Block
1991  Rush Rush – Paula Abdul
1992  Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1994  I Swear – All-4-One
1995  Waterfalls – TLC
1997  I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

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