Sunday, August 21, 2011


Today is National Pecan Turtle Day
1841  A patent for the venetian blind was given to John Hampson
1858  The Lincoln-Douglas debates begin in Illinois before 12,000 people
1878  The American Bar Association was established in Saratoga, NY
1888  The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs
1911  Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum – found 2 years later in Italy
1912  Arthur Eldred became the first American to become a boy scout
1923  In Kalamazoo, Michigan an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing onto the eyes of their partners
1938  Country music singer Kenny Rogers was born
1940  Leon Trotsky, exiled Communist revolutionary, died in Mexico City following an assassination attempt on him a day earlier
1956  Actress Kim Cattrall was born – “Sex and the City”
1959  Hawaii became the 50th state
1963  Martial law was declared in South Vietnam following anti-government protests by Buddhist monks
1984  Clint Eastwood received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1987  A U.S. Marine was convicted of spying for the first time – Sgt. Clayton Lonetree had given the Soviets secrets while working at the embassy in Moscow
1993  NASA lost contact with the “Mars Observer” at a cost of $980 million
1997  A hamburger recall was extended to 2.5 million pounds of beef due to e-coli poisoning
2006  The trial of Saddam Hussein for genocide and acts against humanity began in Iraq
2007  Angels Garret Anderson gets 10 RBI vs. NYY
2005  NYY Randy Johnson gives up 4 HRs in an inning vs. Chicago – 1st time in his career
2004  LA Dodgers Jeff Weaver ties MLB record by hitting 3 consecutive batters in an inning
1999  Baltimore’s Brady Anderson leads off both games of a double header with a HR – only 3rd time in MLB history – they lost both games
1991  Cincinnati hits a grand slam in consecutive innings to beat the Expos 9-2
1991  NYY Bernie Williams strikes out 5 consecutive times in a 7-4 loss to KC – 28 players in MLB history have done so
1987  Dale Murphy hits his 300th HR – ends with 398
1986  With 2 outs in the 6th inning, the Red Sox score 11 runs to beat Cleveland 24-5
1984  Rookie Roger Clemens gets 15 strikeouts in a 11-1 Boston win
1982  Rollie Fingers gets his 300th save – 1st to ever do so – ends with 341
1972  Steve Carlton’s 15 game winning streak came to an end
1971  Cincinnati’s Jim Merritt gets his only win of the year (1-11) – he won 20 games last year
1967  Ken Harrelson becomes baseball’s first free agent
1963  Luis Aparicio gets his 300th steal – ends with 506
1936  Wilt Chamberlain born – scored 31,491 NBA points
1931  Babe Ruth hit his 600th HR – Lou Gehrig will hit one right after him – they will hit HRs in the same inning 19 times in their careers and 72 times in the same game
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1961  Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
1964  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
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
1972  Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
1973  Brother Love - Stories
1974  Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1977  Best of My Love – The Emotions
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
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
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – 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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