Thursday, August 11, 2011


Today is National Raspberry Tart Day
1866  The 1st roller rink was opened in Rhode Island
1874  A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry Parmalee
1896  Harvey Hubbell got a patent for the electric light switch with pull chain
1909  SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship
1919  Industrialist Andrew Carneige died – his fortune in 1999 dollars was $100 billion
1924  Newsreel pictures of the Presidential candidates were taken for the first time
1925  Talk show host Mike Douglas was born
1933  Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell was born
1934  Alcatraz received federal prisoners for the first time – the prison was closed in 1963
1953  Terry Bollea was born – wrestler Hulk Hogan
1956  Elvis Presley released “Don’t Be Cruel”
1964  The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” opened in NYC
1965  The Beatles movie “Help” opened in NYC
1971  Construction began on the Louisiana Superdome – opened on August 3, 1975
1987  Allen Greenspan became head of the Federal Reserve
1992  The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota – it is the largest mall in the world – 2.5 million square feet, four floors high, and over 500 retail outlets
1994  The first retail transaction on the internet took place using encryption software designed to guarantee privacy
1998  Steve Fossett became the first man to cross the South Atlantic in a balloon
2006  TV host Mike Douglas died – his show ran from 1961 to 1982 – today was also his birthday
2003  Royals and NYY set AL record with 19 doubles in the game
2003  Cubs Kerry Woods is the youngest pitcher to get 1,000 strike outs – took him 134 games
2002  Sammy Sosa sets NL record with 14 RBI over 2 consecutive games
2001  Giants pitcher Livian Hernandez goes 4 for 4 including his 1st HR – now has 8 straight hits and is 12 for 13
1998  David Wells of NYY pitches a 4 hit 7-0 win – last game was a perfect game
1993  Detroit’s Dan Gladden hits a grand slam – also hit one yesterday – 14th in MLB history to do so in consecutive games
1991  Wilson Alvarez is the 1st rookie since 1983 to throw a no hitter – it is his 2nd MLB start
1984  Carl Lewis wins his 4th gold medal at the Olympics duplicating the feat of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
1982  Nolan Ryan pitches his 8th career one hitter
1982  Minnesota’s Terry Felton’s record is now 0-11 and 0-14 for his career (MLB record worst start) will end his career without ever getting a win 0-16
1980  Reggie Jackson gets his 400th HR
1979  Tug McGraw of Phillies gives up his 4th grand slam of year – ties MLB record
1973  White Sox rookie Brian Downing gets his 1st MLB hit – an inside the park HR
1970  Jim Bunning becomes the 2nd player to win 100 games in each league – Cy Young the other
1956  Mickey Mantle hits his 40th HR – 1st Yankee since Joe DiMaggio in 1937
1951  1st baseball game to be broadcast in color – Braves vs. Dodgers
1929  Babe Ruth hits his 500th HR – ends with 714
1919  Green Bay Packers football club is formed
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
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
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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