Sunday, July 17, 2011


Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day
1821  Spain ceded Florida to the U.S.
1898  Spain surrendered to the U.S. in Cuba during the Spanish-American War
1899  Actor James Cagney was born
1912  TV Host Art Linkletter was born
1917  Comedian Phyllis Diller was born
1918  Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed under orders from Lenin
1935  Singer Diahann Carroll was born
1945  Truman, Stalin, and Churchill met in Potsdam – would be the last Allied Summit of WWII
1952  Actor David Hasselhoff was born – “Baywatch”
1955  Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California – more than 30,000 people showed up
1959  Billie Holiday, jazz and blues great, died at age 44
1972  The first women since the 1920’s were hired as special FBI agents
1980  Ronald Reagan accepted the Republican nomination for President
1981  At the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel, a walkway above the lobby collapsed killing 114 people
1995  The Nasdaq closed above 1,000 for the first time
1996  TWA flight 800 crashed off Long Island killing 230 on board
1997  F.W. Woolworth’s announces that the last of its 400 stores would be closed – started in 1879
1999  A search began for the missing plane piloted by JFK, JR. , his wife, and her sister off the coast of Cape Cod
2004  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used the phrase “girlie men” to characterize California state democrats
2007  The Dow crossed 14,000 in intra-day trading for the first time
2009  Walter Cronkite died at age 97 – anchored CBS Evening News for 19 years
2003  KC shortstop Angel Berroa hits his 10th HR – only 16th rookie shortstop in MLB history to have double figure HRs
2001  Expos coach Ozzie Guillan is thrown out before the 1st pitch is thrown – continued the argument from yesterday’s game
1998  Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle both hit their 300th HR – Palmeiro ends with 569, Belle 381
1991  In a 15 inning loss, Orioles Sam Horn is the 1st MLB player (non pitcher) to strikeout 6 consecutive times in a game
1990  Minnesota gets 2 triples in the game – 1st time ever – lose to the Red Sox on an unearned run
1990  Bo Jackson hits 3 straight HRs and his 100th in a game vs. NYY, and Deion Sanders gets an inside-the-park HR as Jackson separates his shoulder going for the ball – he will miss 6 weeks
1989  Carlton Fisk gets his 2,000th hit – ends with 2,356
1989  Pitching in relief, David Wells wins both games of a double header                                                                               
1977  Mets Lenny Randle comes to bat vs. the Cubs, a power blackout will cause the game to be postponed – Randle will ground out on September 16
1974  Bob Gibson strikes out Cesar Geronimo for his 3,000th strikeout – six years later Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th strikeout
1974  Milwaukee third baseman Don Money commits an error – 1st in 257 chances – Money holds the record in both leagues for most chances without an error
1974  Tommy John blows his elbow out – has first “Tommy John Surgery” – will win 164 more games before he retires
1961  Ty Cobb dies at age 74
1941  Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak came to an end
1935  Bill Werber of Red Sox ties MLB record with 4 straight doubles – will do it again in 1940 with Cincinnati – only to ever do it in both leagues
1922  Ty Cobb gets 5 hits for the 4th time this season – AL record
#1 SONGS on JULY 17
1961  Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
1962  Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton
1963  Surf City – Jan & Dean
1964  Rag Doll – The Four Seasons
1965  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
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  Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
1974  Rock You Baby – George McCrae
1975  Listen to What the Man Says – Paul McCartney & Wings
1976  Afternoon Delight – The Standard Vocal Band
1977  Looks Like We Made It – Barry Manilow
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
1992  Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1994  I Swear – All-4-One
1998  The Boy is Mine – Brandy & Monica

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