Friday, August 12, 2011


Today is National Julienne Fries Day
1658  The first police force was established in New Amsterdam (later NYC) it totaled 8 men
1833  Chicago was incorporated as a village – population 350
1851  Isaac Singer received a patent for a sawing machine
1877  Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording
1881  Director Cecil B. DeMille was born
1898  Hawaii was formally annexed by the U.S.
1908  The first Model T was built
1910  Actress Jane Wyatt was born
1939  Actor George Hamilton was born
1944  Joseph Patrick Kennedy, older brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed during WWII
1953  Ann Davidson becomes the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic when she arrives in Miami
1953  The Soviet Union test its first hydrogen bomb
1955  The minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00
1964  Ian Fleming, the creator of “James Bond”, died
1981  IBM unveiled its PC – the IBM 5150 – basic model sold for $1,600, better version was $3,000
1982  Film star Henry Fonda died at age 77
1985  The worst single aircraft disaster occurred as a Japanese 747 crashed in Japan killing 520 of the 524 aboard
1997  1.2 million pounds of hamburger was recalled in the U.S. due to e-coli fears
2000  The Russian nuclear sub, Kursk, was lost at sea with 118 crew members aboard
2000  Film actress Loretta Lynn died at age 87 – made nearly 100 films
2004  James McGreavy (Governor of NJ) resigned after admitting to an affair with a male co-worker
2007  TV talk show host, Merv Griffin died at age 82 – he created “Jeopardy” in 1964 and sols it to Coca-Cola in 1986 for $250 million
2004  Ben Broussard of Cleveland hits his 2nd pinch hit grand slam of the season – 4th in MLB history to do so
2001  Greg Maddux ends his streak at 72 1/3rd innings without giving up a walk – it was an intentional walk
1994  MLB players go on strike
1993  For the 3rd consecutive game, a Detroit Tiger hits a grand slam – ties MLB record (1978 Brewers)
1988  Boston Red Sox set AL consecutive home wins record at 23 – have not lost since June 24
1987  Braves trade for minor leaguer John Smoltz
1986  Red Sox Don Baylor is hit for a record 25th time – will end being hit 35 times this season
1984  Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1974  Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1974  Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox batters in a 4-2 win
1969  Boston Celtics sold for a record $6 million
1964  Mickey Mantle switch hit for a HR in a game for the 10th time – MLB record
1960  Ralph Boston of the U.S. sets then world long jump record at 26’11”
1956  Mickey mantle hits his 41st HR and 7th in the last 8 days
1934  Babe Ruth makes his final appearance at Fenway Park
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
1968  People Got to Be Free – The Rascals
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
1974  The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
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
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

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