Wednesday, August 17, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 17

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 17
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Vanilla Custard Day
1786  Frontiersman Davy Crockett was born
1807  Robert Fulton’s steamship began moving up the Hudson River on a round trip to Albany
1863  The attack on Fort Sumter began during the Civil War
1893  Actress/sex symbol Mae West was born
1896  Gold was discovered in Alaska starting the Klondike gold rush
1903  Pulitzer prizes began with a $1 million donation from Joseph Pulitzer
1943  Actor Robert DeNiro was born
1943  U.S. and British forces complete their conquest of Sicily during WWII
1960  Actor Sean Penn was born
1962  The Beatles replace drummer Peter Best with Ringo Starr
1969  Singer Donnie Wahlberg was born – “New Kids on the Block”
1969  Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf coast killing 248 - $3.8 billion in damages
1978  Three men completed the first trans Atlantic balloon flight – 3,107 miles in 137 hours
1979  Vivian Vance died – Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy”
1985  Meat packers went on strike at Hormel – lasted a year
1988  Rudolf Hess, last member of Hitler’s inner circle, died at age 93 in prison from an apparent suicide
1988  Vice President George Bush was nominated for President by the Republican Party
1990  Singer Pearl Bailey died at age 72
1998  In a broadcast on TV, President Clinton finally admits to having had an affair with Monica Lewinsky
2000  Al Gore accepted the nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 17
2008  R.A. Dickey of Seattle throws 4 wild pitches in an inning – 5th to ever do so
2004  Rangers Mark Texeira hits for the cycle and drives in 7 runs in a 16-4 win over Cleveland
2002  NYY beat Seattle 8-3 – Alfonso Soriano hits a HR and is only the second baseman in MLB history to have 30 HRs and 30 steals in a season, also Bernie Williams did not get a hit in his 2nd at bat, prior to that he had 11 consecutive hits
2002  Alex Rodriguez hits 3 HRs – 6th player ever with 5 straight 40 HR seasons
2000  White Sox pitcher James Baldwin ties AL record – hit 4 batters
1996  Thomas Howard of Cincinnati gets 3 hits – 4th straight game he has done so
1992  Kevin Gross of Dodgers pitches the only 9 inning no hitter of the season
1986  Steve Carlton of the White Sox gets his 1st AL win – it is his 320th
1986  Pete Rose plays in his final game – strikes out as a pinch hitter
1984  Pete Rose returns to the Reds as a player/manager
1982  Reds Cesar Cedeno steals his 500th base – ends with 550             
1982  Dodgers beat the Cubs 2-1 in 21 innings
1980  In a doubleheader vs. Tigers, Rangers Al Oliver of Texas hits 4 HRs, a double, and a triple – 21 total bases is a two game record
1973  Willie Mays hits his 660th and last HR
1972  Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game – now has 20-6 record
1944  NYY Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in the game
1933  Lou Gehrig breaks the record playing in his 1,309th consecutive game
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 17
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1964  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
1965  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
1966  Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
1967  All You Need is Love – The Beatles
1968  People Got to Be Free – The Rascals
1969  Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
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
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.
1985  Shout – Tears for Fears
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
1993  Can’t Help Falling in Love – UB40
1995  Waterfalls - TLC
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1998  The Boy is Mine – Brandy & Monica
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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