Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Today is National Banana Split Day and National S’mores Day
1821  Missouri became the 24th state
1846  The Smithsonian Institute was established by Congress - $500,000 bequest by James Smithson made it possible
1869  The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown
1874  The 31st President, Herbert Hoover, was born
1889  The screw on cap was patented by Dan Rylands
1897  The active ingredient for aspirin was invented by a German worker working for Bayer
1898  Jack Haley was born – Tin Man on “Wizard of Oz”
1921  FDR was stricken with polio
1927  Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated – President Coolidge took part
1928  Actor/singer /sausage maker Jimmy Dean was born
1945 The Japanese announce they will surrender provided the status of the Emperor remains the same
1948  “Candid Camera” debuts on ABC
1950  National Guard called to active duty by Truman during Korean War
1960  Actor Antonio Banderas was born
1969  The LaBianca’s were found murdered in their home one day after Sharon Tate and four others were found – Manson family was responsible
1977  David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, NY – accused of being “Son of Sam” serial killer
1979  Michael Jackson launches his solo career with “Off the Wall”
1988  President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act – gave $20,000 to Japanese-Americans interred during WWII
1993  Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1995  Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged in the Oklahoma City bombings
2005  The British arrested two dozen people in a plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic Ocean
2004  Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 30 HRs in 13 consecutive seasons
2003  Rafael Furcal of the Braves turns the 12th unassisted triple play in MLB history
2002  Barry Bonds breaks Willie McCovey’s single season intentional walk record with his 46th – will end with 68 for the season
1999  All nine Orioles starters score at least one run and reach base
twice in a 17-1 win over Tampa Bay
1998  Albert Belle of White Sox gets his 100th RBI – and his 30 HRs and 100 RBI in 7 consecutive seasons puts him in the company of Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx
1996  Eddie Murray hits his 18th career grand slam
1992  NY Mets Vince Coleman walks 5 times to tie MLB record – will have only 27 all season
1989  Nolan Ryan loses a no hitter in the 9th inning for the 5th time
1987  Oakland rookie Mark McGwire gets his 38th HR – ties MLB rookie record
1981  With his 3,631st career hit, Pete Rose breaks Stan Musial’s NL record
1978  NYY Ron Guidry improves his record to 16-2, 1.88 ERA
1971  Harmon Killebrew hits his 500th and 501st HR – 10th to do so – ends with 573
1971  Juan Marichal records his 50th shutout of his career
1960  Ted Williams announces he will retire at the end of the season
1924  Ty Cobb steals 2nd base once, third base twice, and home once – also scores 4 times
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1962  Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Neil Sadaka
1964  Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin
1965  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
1967  Light My Fire – 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
1973  The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
1975  Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1977  I Just Want to Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
1978  Three Times a Lady – The Commodores
1979  Bad Girls – Donna Summer
1980  Magic – Olivia Newton-John
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1982  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
1986  Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
1987  I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1995  Waterfalls – TLC
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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