Friday, July 8, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY JULY 8

THE HISTORY OF JULY 8
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Chocolate with Almonds Day
1776  The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was conducted in Philadelphia – the reading was announced by the ringing of the Liberty Bell
1835  The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia cracked – it was being rung to mourn the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall
1839  Industrialist John D. Rockefeller was born
1865  The machine gun was patented by C. E. Barnes
1881  The Sundae was introduced by Edward Berner
1889  The Wall Street Journal was first published
1896  William Jennings Bryant delivered his “Cross of Gold” speech
1932  The Dow Jones Average hit an intra-day low of 40.56 – the lowest level of the Depression
1947  A Roswell New Mexico newspaper claimed that the military had captured a flying saucer – the government claimed it was not true
1949  Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck was born
1950  President Truman named General Douglas MacArthur as commander in chief of UN forces in Korea
1958  Actor Kevin Bacon was born – “Footloose”
1960  The Soviet Union charged U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers with espionage after his plane had been shot down
1961  Country singer Toby Keith was born
1963  All Cuban assets in the U.S. were frozen
1975  President Ford announced he would seek the nomination in 1976
1987  The Kiwanis Club voted to admit women for the first time
1994  OJ Simpson ordered to stand trial for the murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman
2006  New Jersey casinos reopen after one week of a government shutdown
SPORTS HISTORY on JULY 8
2001  Venus Williams wins Wimbledon
2000  Venus Williams wins the Women’s Wimbledon Open – first black woman since 1957 to do so – Althea Gibson
2000  It is the 1st time since 1903 that 2 teams played in a doubleheader in 2 different parks (Shea and Yankee Stadium) – Clemens beans Piazza
2000  Toronto becomes the 1st team in MLB history to have 4 batters with 20 or more HRs before the All-Star break
1997  AL beats NL 3-1 in All-Star game – Sandy Alomar MVP – brother Rob
win it in 1998
1994  In a game vs. Seattle, Red Sox shortstop John Valentin makes the 10th unassisted triple play in MLB history – in the same game an 18 year old made his MLB debut and went 0-3 – Alex Rodriguez
1990  West Germany wins World Cup
1990  After spotting the Angels a 8-0 lead, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs (13 in the 5th) to win the game
1988  Indians’ pitcher Bud Black ties MLB record by hitting 4 batters in the 4th inning
1984  John McEnroe wins the 98th Men’s Wimbledon Open
1982  Billy Martin gets his 1,000th career win as manager – his A’s beat NYY
1980  NL wins its 9th consecutive All-Star game – Ken Griffey MVP
1970  Giants’ Jim Ray Hart is the 1st player in 59 years to have six RBI in one inning – tied MLB record
1962  41 year old Stan Musial hits a HR in his 1st 3 at bats – hit one in his last at bat yesterday to win the game – four in a row ties MLB record
1941  Hitting .405 at the All-Star break, Ted Williams hits a 3 run HR in the 9th with 2 out as AL beats the NL 7-5
1939  Bobby Riggs wins the 59th Men’s Wimbledon Open
#1 SONGS on JULY 8
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  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  Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain & Tennille
1976  Afternoon Delight – The Standard Vocal Band
1979  Bad Girls – Donna Summer
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
1986  Holding Back the Years – 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
1999  If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

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