Monday, August 22, 2011


Today is National Spumoni Day
1770  Australia was claimed by England after Captain James Cook landed there
1775  King George III claimed that the American colonies were in open rebellion
1846  The U.S. annexed New Mexico
1865  William Shepard received a patent for liquid soap
1902  The Cadillac Co. was started in Detroit
1902  President Teddy Roosevelt became the first President to ride in a car
1910  Japan annexed Korea – ruled for 35 years
1934  Norman Schwarzkopf was born – General during “Desert Storm”
1942  Brazil declared war on the Axis powers – only South American country to send troops to Europe
1947  Actress Cindy Williams was born – “Laverne and Shirley”
1951  A crowd of 75,052 watched the Harlem Globetrotters play in Berlin
1962  Charles de Gaulle, President of France, escaped an assassination attempt
1966  The Beatles arrive in the NYC
1968  The first Papal visit to Latin America – Pope Paul VI visited Columbia
1973  Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by President Nixon
1984  The Republican National Convention nominated Ronald Reagan for a second term
1989  Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers, was killed in Oakland, California
1990  Angry protesters blocked a street in Moscow protesting the continued shortage of cigarettes
1994  DNA testing linked OJ Simpson to the murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman
1996  President Clinton signed the largest welfare reform bill ever
2006  Paramount Pictures severed ties with Tom Cruise after 14 years
2007  Texas beats Baltimore 30-3 (AL record), in the 2nd game of the double header they score 9 (AL record for a double header) – no team since 1897 had scored 30 in a game
2003  Sammy Sosa hits his 500th HR as a Cub and his 30th for 9 straight seasons
2000  Alex Ochoa hits a grand slam – 142nd grand slam this season – MLB record
2000  Colorado uses 9 pitchers through 11 innings vs. Braves – catcher Brent Mayne pitches the 12th and gets the win – 1st position player to get a win since 1968 and first catcher since 1889
1999  Three consecutive Giants get a HR – 2nd time they have done so in 3 days
1999  Mark McGwire hits his 50th HR – MLB record 50 or more in 4 straight
1992  Red Sox rookie John Valentin gets his 1st HR – a grand slam
1989  Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter – 1st in MLB history – Rickey Henderson was the victim – ends with 5,714
1989  Indians Felix Fermin ties MLB record with 4 sacrifice bunts – last done 70 years ago
1982  Catcher Glenn Brummer steals home in the 12th as Cardinals beat San Francisco – will only have 3 more steals in his career
1979  Johnny Bench hits his 325th HR as a Reds player – passes Frank Robinson’s franchise record
1970  Bob Gibson beats Padres on 2 hits – also got a triple and a double in the game
1965  Giants pitcher Juan Marichal hits Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
1961  Roger Maris gets his 50th HR
1948  Brooklyn Dodgers steal 8 bases, including a triple steal with Jackie Robinson on 3rd
1851  Yacht “America” wins the Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America’s Cup)
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
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
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.
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
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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