Thursday, August 25, 2011


Today is National Whiskey Sour Day
1609  Galileo demonstrated his first telescope
1718  French colonists arrive in Louisiana – some settled in present day New Orleans
1765  In protest over the tax act, American colonists sack and burn the house of Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson
1875  Mathew Webb became the 1st person to swim the English Channel – took 21 hours and 45 minutes
1916  The National Park Service was established
1919  Alabama Governor George Wallace was born
1930  Actor Sean Connery was born – James Bond
1931  TV Personality Regis Philbin was born
1944  Paris was liberated by the Allies after 4 years of occupation
1949  Rocker Gene Simmons was born – “Kiss”
1950  President Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads to prevent a strike
1960  The Summer Olympics open in Rome
1963  George Rockwell, leader of the Nazi American Party, was shot and killed by a sniper in Arlington, Virginia
1972  The first CAT Scan was introduced in England
1975  Bruce Springsteen released his “Born in the USA” album
1980  “42nd Street” opened on Broadway – had 3,486 performances
1984  Novelist Truman Capote died at age 59 – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”
1981  43rd Emmy Awards – “LA Law” and “Cheers” were winners
1997  The tobacco industry agreed to settle with Florida for $11.3 billion
2005  Katrina made first landfall
2009  Senator Ted Kennedy died at age 77
2001  NYY beat Angels 7-5, Roger Clemens record is now 17-1, Paul O’ Neill hit his 20th HR – oldest player to have 20 HRs and 20 steals in a season – he is 38
2001  Texas beats Boston 8-7 in 18 innings – teams used 17 pitchers
1999  Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery gets his 300th save – only 10th to do it and first to do it for one team
1998  Blue Jays Roger Clemens strikes out 18 KC batters – 1st pitcher in MLB history to have 3 games of 18 or more
1996  Seattle connects on back to back HRs for the 17th time this season – MLB record
1996  Yankees dedicate their 1st monument in 47 years – Mickey Mantle
1993  Atlanta’s Fred McGriff and David Justice hit back to back HRs twice in a game vs. San Francisco
1986  Mark McGwire hits his 1st HR – ends with 583
1985  Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player to win 20 games in a season – ends with 24-4 record
1968  NYY outfielder Rocky Colavito pitched 2 2/3rd innings and beat the Tigers 6 to 5 – he played right field in the 2nd game and hit a HR
1967  Dean Chance of Minnesota pitched his 2nd no hitter of the month
1965  Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics signs the NBA’s highest contract – one more dollar than Wilt Chamberlain
1965  “Moonlight” Graham died – immortalized in “Field of Dreams”
1963  Cleveland players strikeout for a record 27 times in a double header (AL record) – combine with Boston for 44 (AL record)
1950  Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight title
1922  Cubs beat Phillies 26-23 in the highest scoring major league game – 51 hits, 23 walks, 10 errors
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  Sailing – Christopher Cross
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
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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