Monday, August 15, 2011


Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
1620  The Mayflower set sail from South Hampton with 102 Pilgrims
1769  French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born
1848  The dentist chair was patented by M.W. Hanchett
1906  The first freight delivery tunnel begins underground in Chicago
1911  Crisco was first introduced into the family kitchen by Procter & Gamble
1912  Cooking expert Julia Child was born
1914  The Panama Canal opened to shipping – came in under cost – cargo ship “Ancon” was the first to travel through it
1918  U.S. and Russia sever diplomatic ties
1939  “The Wizard of Oz” opened in Hollywood
1945  South Korea was liberated from Japanese rule after 40 years
1945  Gasoline and fuel rationing ended in the U.S. after WWII
1947  India gained its independence from England after 200 years of rule
1948  The first nightly newscast began on CBS
1961  East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall
1965  The Beatles held a concert at Shea Stadium in New York – 60,000 screaming fans attended
1968  Actress Debra Messing was born – “Will  and Grace”
1969  The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival opened in NY state – 400,000 attended
1971  President Nixon ordered a 90 freeze on wages, prices, and rent in an attempt to bring inflation under control
1972  Actor Ben Affleck was born
1974  The longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon recorded – 52 days
1991  750,000 attended Paul Simon’s concert in Central Park
1998  Apple Computer launched the iMac - $1,299
2001  The first solar system outside our own was discovered
2007  Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleads guilty to felony charges in the NBA betting scandal
2006  Cubs and Astros play an 18 inning game – Cubs use all 25 players, combine to use 18 pitchers, combine to use 46 players
2006  Arizona and Colorado play an 18 inning game – combine to use 42 players and 15 pitchers
2003  NY Mets Tom Glavine wins his 250th game – ends with 305
1999  Chuck Finley strikes out 4 batters in an inning – only player in MLB history to do it twice
1997  Randy Johnson strikes out 13 – has 32 in his last 2 games to tie MLB record – Tiant, Ryan, and Gooden
1992  Montreal pitcher Mark Gardner hits 3 batters in an inning
1990  Reds Mark Winningham hits 3 triples in a game vs. St. Louis
1990  Mark McGwire is the first player to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons
1989  Cancer sufferer Dave Dravecky breaks his arm on the mound – his final MLB game – faced 2 batters in the 6th before the break and he got the win
1989  Texas pitcher Charlie Hough throws his 2nd career one hitter – it results in his 2nd career one hit loss – Rangers got 13 hits but no runs to lose 2-0
1984  Expos trade Pete Rose back to the Reds – will be player/manager
1980  Oakland A’s Rick Langford throws his 17th consecutive complete game – most in MLB since 1953
1964  Ralph Boston sets then long jump record at 27’3”
1912  Yankees Guy Zin steals home twice in the game – NYY end the season with 18 steals of home – MLB record
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1964  Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin
1965  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
1967  All You Need is Love – The Beatles
1968  People Got to Be Free – The Rascals
1969  In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
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  The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
1975  Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1977  Best of My Love – The Emotions
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 Aguilera

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