Monday, August 1, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 1

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 1
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
1779  Francis Scott Key was born – wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”
1819  Herman Melville was born – wrote “Moby Dick”
1831  The London Bridge was opened
1834  Slavery was abolished in the British Empire
1876  Colorado became the 38th state
1893  A machine for making shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford
1914  Germany declared war on Russia at the start of WWI
1933  Comedian Dom Deluise was born
1936  Adolph Hitler presided over the Olympic Games in Berlin
1941  Willy’s Truck Co. introduced the Jeep for the U.S. Army
1942  Musician Jerry Garcia was born – “Grateful Dead”
1958  First class postage is raised from 4 cents – had been 3 cents for 26 years
1966  A gunman on a tower at the University of Texas killed 14 people and injured 31 others
1971  Astronauts on the Moon discover a rock believed to be 4,500 million years old
1972  The first article about Watergate appears in the Washington Post
1976  Liz Taylor divorces for the 6th time – twice from Richard Burton
1981  MTV premieres at – the first music video shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
1988  Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio show
1994  Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley confirm they were married 11 weeks earlier
2007  A bridge crossing a river in Minneapolis collapsed sending cars into the river – 13 people lost their lives
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 1
2005  Orioles Rafael Palmeiro is suspended 10 days for violating steroid policy
2002  Vlad Guerrero hits his 2nd walk off HR in 3 days
1996  Mets commit 7 errors in a 13-9 loss to the Pirates – team record
1994  Cal Ripken plays in his 2,000th consecutive game  - only 2nd to do so – Gehrig
1993  Reggie Jackson inducted into Hall of Fame – .262 average, 563 HRs, 1,702 RBI in his career
1990  Cleveland’s Alex Cole steals 5 bases in a win over KC
1987  Mike Tyson beats Tony Tucker to become undisputed champion
1986  Burt Blyleven gets his 3,000th strikeout – 10th to do so – ends with 3,701
1985  Vince Coleman steals his 74th base – rookie record
1982  Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson inducted into Hall of Fame – Aaron: .305 average, 755 HRs, 2,297 RBI – Robinson: .294 average, 586 HRs, 1,812 RBI – MVP in both leagues
1978  Pete Rose’s 44 game hitting streak comes to an end – batted .385 during the streak
1973  Julius Erving traded by the Virginia Squires to New York Nets
1972  Nate Colbert of Padres hits 5 HRs and gets 13 RBI in a doubleheader
1970  Willie Stargell ties record with 5 extra base hits – 3 doubles and 2 HRs
1962  Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no hits the White Sox 1-0
1945  Mel Ott hits his 500th HR – joins Ruth and Foxx – ends with 511
1937  Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle – 2nd time he has done so
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 1
1960  I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
1964  A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
1965  I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits
1966  Wild Thing – The Troggs
1967  Light My Fire – The Doors
1968  Hello, I Love You – The Doors
1969  In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
1970  (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
1971  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – The Bee Gees
1972  Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
1973  The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
1974  Annie’s Song – John Denver
1975  One of These Nights – The Eagles
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
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
1985  Shout – Tears for Fears
1986  Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
1989  Batdance - Prince
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1992  Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1995  Waterfalls - TLC
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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