Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Today is National Peach Pie Day
1456  The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed
1814  British forces invaded Washington, DC setting fire to the White House and Capitol and most public buildings before a major rain storm squelched many of the fires
1853  The 1st potato chips were made by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs
1869  Cornelius Swartout received patent # 94,093 – a waffle iron
1891  Edison filed a patent for the motion picture camera
1932  Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the U.S. – trip from California to New Jersey took 19 hours
1945  Wrestling promoter Vince McMahon was born
1949  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect
1954  President Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act – outlawed the Communist Party in the U.S.
1968  France became the world’s 5th nuclear power
1973  Comedian Dave Chappelle was born
1981  Mark David Chapman was sentenced to prison for the killing of John Lennon
1982  800 Marines land in Beirut as part of a joint U.S.-French peace keeping force
1990  Iraq troops surround foreign embassies in Kuwait
1992  Hurricane Andrew hit Florida and the Gulf coast – 55 dead, $15 billion in damages
1993  NASA’s Mars Observer was declared lost – was supposed to map the surface of Mars at a cost of over $950 billion
1995  Microsoft’s “Windows 95” went on sale
2004  Osama Bib Laden’s chauffer was arraigned at the 1st U.S. military commission hearing since WWII
2006  Pluto was disqualified from being a planet – it was reclassified as being a “dwarf planet”
2009  Reader’s Digest filed for bankruptcy – founded in 1922
2005  Mets beat Arizona 18-4 – rookie Mike Jacobs gets 2 HRs – 1st player in MLB history to get 4 HRs in 4 days since he made his debut
2003  Oakland hits 2 grand slams in the game – 1st time in the 103 year history of the organization- had not hit one all year
2002  Baltimore loses to Toronto – will finish the rest of the season with a 4-31 record
1991  Seattle’s Rob Murphy pitches in his 121st straight game without a win
1989  Pete Rose is suspended for life for gambling on baseball
1983  Baltimore infielder Lenn Sakata catches in the 10th inning vs. Toronto – his only time as a catcher – Baltimore’s pitcher Tippy Martinez comes in as a relief pitcher, but Toronto manages to get 3 runners to 1st base and Tippy picks them all off – Sakata hits a 3 run HR in the bottom of the inning for the win
1982  Royal catcher John Walthan steals his 31st base – MLB record for catchers (1916) – ends season with 36
1975  Lou Brock steals his 800th base – ends with 938
1974  Dodgers Davey Lopes steals 5 bases in the game
1972  Gordie Howe enters the NHL Hall of Fame
1971  Ernie Banks hits his 512th and final HR
1963  John Pennel becomes the 1st to pole vault 17 feet
1960  Cal Ripken born
1940  Ted Williams pitched the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit – gave up 3 hits and 1 run
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
1969  Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
1970  War – Edwin Starr
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
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  The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
1987  La Bamba – Los Lobos
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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