Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Today is National Watermelon Day
1492  Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships
1678  Robert LaSalle built the first ship in America – the “Griffon”
1852  The first collegiate rowing race in America – Harvard beat Yale by 4 lengths
1882  Congress passed the first law restricting immigration – banned Chinese immigration for 10 years
1914  Germany declared war on France – the beginning of WWI
1923  Coolidge became the 30th President after the death of President Harding – sworn in by his father at a farm house in Vermont
1926  Tony Bennett was born
1940  Actor Martin Sheen was born
1941  Entrepreneur Martha Stewart was born
1943  General Patton slapped a private at a hospital for cowardice – ordered by Eisenhower to apologize
1958  The “Nautilus” became the first sub to cross under the ice of the North Pole
1966  Comedian Lenny Bruce died from a morphine overdose
1967  President Johnson announced plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam
1975  The Louisiana Superdome was dedicated
1981  U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike – Reagan threatened to fire them – most of the 13,000 refused to return to work and he fired them
1993  The U.S. Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsberg
2000  George Bush accepts the Republican nomination for President
2003  Episcopal Church voted to approve the appointment of Mr. Robinson as Bishop – he was openly gay
2009  Japan held its first jury trial since WWII
2004  Albert Pujols hits his 30th HR – 1st player in MLB history to hit 30 in his first 4 seasons
2003  Eddie Murray, Gary Carter, and Bob Uecker inducted into the Hall of Fame
2002  Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR for the 11th consecutive season – will end with 13 consecutive
2002  Mariners Edgar Martinez hits 3 sacrifice flies – ties MLB record
1998  Houston pitcher C.J. Nitkowski hits 3 consecutive Florida batters in the 8th inning – Dock Ellis and Wilbur Wood are the only other two to do so
1997  Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox, and Tommy Lasorda inducted into Hall of Fame
1990  Cleveland’s Alex Cole ties MLB record by stealing 7 bases in 2 games – had 5 yesterday
1989  Reds send 20 men to bat in one inning, also set a record with 16 hits in the inning, scored 14 runs in the 1st
1989  Jorge Valesquez becomes the 5th jockey to win 6,000 races
1987  Minnesota’s Joe Niekro is suspended for 10 games when he is caught with a file on the mound
1987  Jack Morris throws 5 wild pitches (ties AL record) – will end the season with 24 – MLB record at the time
1986  Willie McCovey and Bobby Doerr inducted into the Hall of Fame
1983  Nolan Ryan pitches his 9th career one hitter
1980  Al Kaline and Duke Snider inducted into the Hall of Fame
1969  Orioles Dave McNally suffers his first loss of the year – record now 15-1
1962  NY Mets Frank Thomas becomes only the 2nd player in NL history to have 6 HRs in 3 consecutive games
1961  St. Louis beats Pittsburgh 19-0 – most lopsided shutout since 1906
1944  Tommy Brown, 16 years, 8 months old, makes his MLB debut with Brooklyn- had one error, a double, and scored a run
1933  NY Yankees are shut out for the first time in 308 games
1863  Saratoga Race Track opens
1964  A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
1965  I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits
1967  Light My Fire – The Doors
1969  In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
1970  (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
1971  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – The Bee Gees
1972  Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
1975  Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees
1976  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
1977  I Just Want to Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
1978  Miss You – The Rolling Stones
1979  Bad Girls – Donna Summer
1981  Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
1982  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  When Doves Cry – Prince
1985  Shout – Tears for Fears
1986  Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
1987  I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1995  Waterfalls - TLC
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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