Saturday, July 2, 2011


Today is National Barbecued Spareribs Day
1636  The city of Providence, Rhode Island was formed
1776  The Continental Congress approved adoption of the Declaration of Independence – signed by two future Presidents (Adams and Jefferson)
1785  The first 4th of July parade was held in Bristol, Rhode Island
1802  The U.S. Military Academy was opened in West Point – 10 cadets entered
1804  Nathaniel Hawthorne was born – wrote “The Scarlet Letter”
1826  Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S., died at age 83 at – original signer of the Declaration of Independence
1826  John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S., died at age 90 just hours after Jefferson – 50 years to the day he signed the Declaration of Independence
1831  James Monroe, the 5th President of the U.S., died at age 73
1832  The song “America” was sung publicly for the first time at a 4th of July celebration in Boston
1848  The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid by President Polk in Washington, DC – would not be completed until 1884
1865  The first edition of “Alice in Wonderland” was published
1872  John Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the U.S., was born in Vermont
1884  The Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S. in ceremonies in Paris – installed in U.S. in 1885 and dedicated in 1886
1895  The words to “America the Beautiful” first appeared in a Boston magazine
1902  The notorious mobster Meyer Lansky was born
1916  Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs opened a stand in Coney Island and held a hot dog eating contest that lasts to today
1943  TV host Geraldo Rivera was born in NYC
1946  The Philippines became independent of U.S. sovereignty
1949  Joyce Brothers, psychologist, author, was born
1954  Marilyn Shepard was killed at her home by her husband Dr. Sam Shepard – inspired the series and movie “The Fugitive”
1995  Actress Eva Gabor, star of “Green Acres”, died in Los Angeles
2007  Joey Chestnut won Nathan’s hot dog eating contest beating 6 time winner Takero Kobayashi – 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes
1929  Al Davis, LA and Oakland Raiders owner, was born
1930  George Steinbrenner, principal owner of the NY Yankees, was born
1934  Boxer Joe Louis had his first professional fight
1939  A tearful Lou Gehrig gave his “luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech as 61,808 NY Yankees fans bid him goodbye – his #4 was retired
1964  Manny Jimenez of KC hit 3 HRs – did not hit one in 1963 and only 26 in 7 seasons – game ended in a 6-6 tie as a fireworks show had to run
1970  Cardinals send 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the 8th – all 3 strikeout
1977  The Red Sox hit MLB record tying 8 HRs to beat Toronto 9-6 – 7 of the 8 were solo HRs
1980  Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,000th batter – ends career with 5,714
1981  John McEnroe wins the 95th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1982  Jimmy Connors wins the 96th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1983  NYY Dave Righetti pitches a no-hitter vs. the Red Sox – 1st Yankee no hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956 World Series
1984  Phil Niekro is the 9th pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts – ends with 3,342
1999  Jose Canseco of the Devil Rays gets his 30th HR of the season – only player in MLB history with 30 HRs with 4 different teams – Oakland, Texas, Toronto
2003  NY Yankees give up 7 HRs to the Red Sox – most HRs given up by the Yankees in their history
2005  Hank Stram died – Super Bowl winning football coach
#1 SONGS on JULY 4
1955  Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & his Comets
1961  Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
1964  I Get Around – The Beach Boys
1965  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
1966  Paperback Writer – The Beatles
1968  This Guy’s in Love with You – Herb Alpert
1969  Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet” – Henry Mancini
1972  Lean on Me – Bill Withers
1974  Rock the Boat – The Hues Corporation
1975  Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain & Tennille
1976  Afternoon Delight – The Starland Vocal Band
1979  Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
1981  Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
1982  Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
1983  Every Breath You Take – The Police
1984  When Doves Cry – Prince
1987  I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
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
1999  If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

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