Sunday, July 31, 2011


Today is National Raspberry Cake Day and National Cotton Candy Day
1790  The first patent in the U.S. was granted – a method of manufacturing potash was given to Samuel Hopkins
1875  The 17th President Andrew Jackson died at age 66
1919  Sportscaster Curt Gowdy was born
1928  MGM released the first talking movie – “White Shadow on the South Seas” – the MGM lion roared for the 1st time
1932  The George Washington quarter went into circulation – commemorated Washington’s birth 200 years ago
1945  Musician Gary Lewis was born – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
1962  Actor Wesley Snipes was born
1965  J.K. Rowling was born – Harry Potter author
1968  The Beatles record “Hey Jude”
1971  Apollo astronaut David Scott took a drive on the Moon in the land rover
1988  The last Playboy Club in the country closed in Michigan
1991  The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow
1991  The U.S Senate voted to allow women to fly combat air missions
1995  Walt Disney Co. acquired Capital-Cities-ABC for $19 billion – the deal also included ESPN
1998  Nicholas Cage received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2000  The Republican National Convention opened in Philadelphia – George Bush’s name was put in nomination
2001  The U.S. House of Representatives voted 265-102 to criminalize all human cloning
2008  Exxon-Mobil reported a 2nd quarter profit of $11.68 billion – short of Wall Street expectations
2005  Bengi and Jose Melina each hit a HR off Randy Johnson
2005  Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs inducted into the Hall of Fame
2004  Ichuro Suzuki gets his 50th hit of the month – 1st player since Joe Medwick (1936) to have two 50 hits months in the same season – 1st player since Pete Rose to have three 50 hit months in a career
2004  The Red Sox trade Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs
1999  Barry Bonds hits a HR in his first two at bats for the second day in a row
1998  Chicago’s Albert Belle hits his 16th HR of the month – MLB record for July
1998  Losing by 9 runs to Oakland in the 8th, Cleveland sends outfielder Mark 
Whiten in to pitch – gave up a double, hit by a pitch, and 2 walks, but struck out 3 batters – only player in MLB history with at least one inning pitched to get every out with a strike
1997  Oakland trades Mark McGwire to St. Louis
1997  Red Sox trade for Jason Vatriek and Derek Lowe
1994  Giants Matt Williams hits his 40th HR of the year – NL mark for HRs through July – MLB record is 41 (Ruth in 1928 and Jimmie Foxx in 1932)
1994  Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto inducted into the Hall of Fame
1988  Jose Canseco becomes the first player to have 30 or more HRs in his first three seasons in the league
1987  Eddie Murray hits his 300th HR – ends with 504
1983  Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, and Walter Alston are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1981  50 days after the strike began, MLB players and owners reach an agreement
1978  Pete Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81 year old record of hitting in 44 consecutive games
1972  Chicago’s Dick Allen hits 2 inside the park HRs in the game – 1st since 1950 and only the 7th in MLB history
#1 SONGS on JULY 31
1960  I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
1964  A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
1965  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
1967  Light My Fire – The Doors
1969  In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
1970  (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
1971  You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor
1972  Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
1973  The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
1975  One of These Nights – The Eagles
1977  I Just Want to Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
1978  Miss You – The Rolling Stones
1979  Bad Girls – Donna Summer
1980  Magic – Olivia Newton-John
1981  Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
1982  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  When Doves Cry – Prince
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1992  Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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