Wednesday, August 31, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 31

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 31
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Outside Day and National Trail Mix Day
1865  The federal government estimated the Civil War cost $8 billion – one million wounded or killed
1887  A patent was issued to Thomas Edison for the motion picture camera
1924  Comedian Buddy Hackett was born
1928  Actor James Coburn was born
1942  The Bethesda Naval Hospital was dedicated by FDR
1949  Actor Richard Gere was born – “Pretty Woman”
1955  The first sun powered automobile was demonstrated in Chicago by William Cobb
1961  A concrete wall replaced barbed wire fence between East and West Germany – the Berlin Wall
1964  California officially became the most populated state
1972  Comedian Chris Tucker was born
1988  A five day blackout of downtown Seattle began
1990  East and West Germany signed a treaty harmonizing the political and legal system
1994  A ceasefire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed
1997  Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris
1998  “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to gross $600 million
2004  Wildfires in the state of Alaska during July and August destroyed over 5 million acres of land
2006  Summer (June through August) ended with an average temperature of 74.5 degrees – only 1936 was slightly hotter
2008  “The Dark Night” became the second movie to top $500 million at the domestic box office – “Titanic” still #1 at $600 million
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 31
2005  Jeremy Hermida of Florida makes his MLB debut – came in as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam – in the same game Albert Pujols got his 100th RBI – 4th in MLB history to do so in first 5 years
2004  Cleveland beats NYY 22-0 – had 22 hits
2003  Alex Rodriguez hits his 40th HR – 2nd player in MLB history with four straight 40 HR seasons – Babe Ruth
1998  Oakland’s Rickey Henderson scores his 2,000th run – only 6th player in MLB history to do so – Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays
1996  Marlins score 5 runs in the 1st inning vs. Reds – lose 22-8
1993  Orioles Mike Mussina strikes out 6 straight Angels
1990  Dennis Eckersley gets his 40th save of the season – only one of three to ever do it twice – Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Reardon
1982  NY Mets lose their 15th game in a row – will win tomorrow
1974  NYY Get 25 hits in a 18-6 win over Chicago
1968  NY Mets pitcher Jim McAndrew loses his NL record tying 5th shutout loss of the season – ends season with a 4-7 record and a 2.28 ERA
1959  Sandy Koufax sets NL record with 18 strikeouts – also sets MLB record with 31 over 2 consecutive starts
1954  Indians win their 18th game of the month
1950  Gil Hodges its 4 HRs in a Brooklyn 19-3 win
1917  Babe Ruth wins his 20th game of the year
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 31
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1963  My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels
1964  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
1965  Help – The Beatles
1966  Sunshine Superman - Donovan
1967  Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
1968  People Got to Be Free – The Rascals
1969  Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
1970  War – Edwin Starr
1971  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul & Linda McCartney
1972  Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
1973  Brother Louie - Stories
1974  Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates
1975  Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
1976  You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees
1977  Best of My Love – The Emotions
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
1980  Upside Down – Diana Ross
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1982  Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
1983  Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – The Eurythmics
1984  What’s Love Got to Do With It – Tina Turner
1985  The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
1987  La Bamba – Los Lobos
1989  Cold Hearted – Paula Abdul
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  You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio

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