Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Today is National Bratwurst Day
1812  Detroit fell to the British during the War of 1812 – General Hull surrendered without resistance to the British
1861  President Lincoln prohibited Union states from trading with Confederate states during the Civil War
1898  The Roller Coaster was patented by Edwin Preston
1904  NYC began building Grand Central Station
1930  Football player and announcer Frank Gifford was born
1953  TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford was born
1954  Director James Cameron was born – “Titanic”
1954  Walter Cronkite was replaced by Jack Paar as the host of “The Morning Show” on CBS
1958  Singer Madonna was born
1960  The free fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger – he fell more than 16 miles before opening his parachute over New Mexico
1962  The Beatles release drummer Peter Best – Ringo came along August 17
1965  The Watts riots end after 6 days – 34 dead, 857 injured
1977  Elvis Presley died at age 42 – cause of death was a heart attack
1978  James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, appeared before a Congressional committee and said he did not do it
1984  John DeLorean was acquitted of conspiracy to sell $24 million of cocaine – it was thought he wanted the money to save his car company
1984  The U.S. Jaycees vote to admit women as full members
1985  Madonna and Sean Penn were married
1995  Voters in Bermuda reject independence from England
1999  The TV quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” made its debut
2003  Libya accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 in a letter to the UN Security Council
2009  Derek Jeter gets his 2,674th hit – most ever by a shortstop
2007  Trevor Hoffman gets his 30th save for the 12th straight season
2006  Bobby Abreau ties MLB record – 8th straight season with 100 walks (Frank Thomas)
2002  Pedro Martinez loses to Minnesota 5-0 – his 35 scoreless inning streak comes to an end
2001  SD pitcher Jeremy Fikac gets the win over the Mets – struck out the side and pitched just one inning – MLB debut
1996  Orioles beat A’s 14-3 – 8 of the 9 Orioles starters had at least 2 hits

1987  NY Mets beat Cubs 23-10
1981  The highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand 13 – Figi 0)
1978  Luis Tiant of Red Sox gets his 200th win – ends with 229
1976  Brewers pick off 3 runners at first base
1975  Minnesota beats Indians 9-1 – Twins set MLB record 9 players getting at least 2 hits
1971  Harmon Killebrew hits a triple – 8th season he hits just one triple
1969  Bob Gibson gets his 200th strikeout for the 7th straight season – NL record
1968  Denny McLain beats Red Sox at Fenway – he is 16-0 on the road this season
1965  AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise – Miami Dolphins - $7.5 million
1964  With his record at 19-5, Sandy Koufax injures himself on the bases and will miss the rest of the season
1954  Sports Illustrated published for the 1st time
1936  The Berlin Olympics close
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1964  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
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
1970  Make It With You - Bread
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  Who’s That Girl - Madonna
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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