Saturday, August 20, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 20

WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Lemonade Day and National Chocolate Pecan Day
1741  Alaska was founded by Vitus Jonas Bering
1833  The 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison, was born
1866  It was formally declared by President Jackson that the Civil War was over – fighting had stopped months earlier
1896  The dial telephone was patented
1920  The first commercial radio station began operating – Detroit, Michigan
1931  Boxing promoter Don King was born
1940  Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary leader, was assassinated in Mexico City where he lived in exile by a Soviet agent
1946  TV Newswoman Connie Chung was born
1953  The Soviet Union announced they had detonated a hydrogen bomb
1954  TV host Al Roker was born
1964  President Johnson announced a $1 billion anti-poverty program
1968  The Soviet Union began the invasion of Czechoslovakia to crush an anti-Soviet uprising with 650,000 troops
1977  “Voyager 2” was launched by the U.S. – contained a phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages and sounds of music
1988  Over 150,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park were destroyed by fire
1989  Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty were killed by their sons Eric and Lyle
1991  A crowd of over 100,000 protested outside the Russian Parliament over the coup that removed Gorbachev from power
1998  The U. S. military attacked a camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan in response to the embassy bombings in Africa
2009  The Lockerbie bomber was released from a Scottish prison and allowed to return to Libya – had been sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane that killed 270 people
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 20
2005  KC Royals win – snap a 19 game losing streak
2004  For the 200th time, Randy Johnson strikes out 10 or more
2000  Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship – 1st player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a year
2000  For the 7th game in a row Seattle gives up at least 9 runs – ties MLB record set in 1901
1997  Cincinnati records no assists in a win over Colorado
1986  NYY Dave Winfield hits his 300th HR – ends with 465
1985  Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 11th straight game – 1st NL pitcher to have 200 strikeouts in each of his 1st 2 seasons
1980  Pirates Omar Moreno steals his 70th base – 1st player this century to have three 70 steal seasons
1978  Jerry Remy hits a HR – last of his career – will have an additional 2,321 at bats without a HR – career 7 HRs with 4,455 at bats                         
1965  Eddie Mathews hits a HR for the Braves – he and Aaron have now combined for 773 HRs passing Ruth and Gehrig
1963  Mets pitcher Grover Powell wins his MLB debut – will be injured in next start and never win again
1961  Phillies set then record with their 23rd straight loss – will win 2nd game of the doubleheader to end the streak
1960  Ted Williams gets his 2,000th walk – joins Ruth as the only other one – ends with 2,021
1948  78,382 watch the White Sox play the Indians in Cleveland – Satchel Paige gets the 1-0 win for Cleveland
1945  Tommy Brown (Brooklyn Dodgers) becomes the youngest player to hit a HR – was 17 years, 8 months, and 14 days old
1938  Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd and last grand slam – still MLB record
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 20
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1965  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
1966  Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
1967  Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
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
1973  Brother Love - Stories
1974  Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
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  The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
1986  Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1995  Kiss From a Rose - Seal
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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