Friday, August 5, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 5

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 5
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Waffle Day
1858  The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid – linked Newfoundland to Ireland – line went dead in October
1884  The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid
1891  The first Traveler’s Checks were issued by American Express
1906  Actor/director John Huston was born – “The Maltese Falcon”
1914  Electric traffic lights were first used – Cleveland, Ohio
1924  The comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” made its debut in the New York Daily News
1926  Houdini stayed in a coffin underwater for an hour
1930  Neil Armstrong was born – 1st man on the Moon
1946  Actress Loni Anderson was born – “WRKP in Cincinnati
1956  Actress Maureen McCormick was born – Marsha in “The Brady Bunch”
1957  “American Bandstand” first aired on ABC – hosted by Dick Clark
1962  Nelson Mandela was arrested for incitement and illegally leaving South Africa
1962  Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her home at age 36 – ruled a suicide as an empty bottle of sleeping pills was found near her body
1974  President Nixon admitted he took part in the Watergate cover-up – he had authorized hush money to be paid to the burglars
1981  President Reagan begins firing 11,500 air traffic controllers who went on strike 2 days earlier
1983  AT&T broke up into several regional carriers following government anti-trust suits
1984  Actor Richard Burton died at age 58
2005  Baidu.com, a Chinese search engine company, went public – up 354% in the 1st day of trading
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 5
2007  Tom Glavine wins his 300th game – 5th lefthander to do so – ends with 305
2006  Reggie White, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, and John Madden inducted into the Football Hall of Fame
2006  Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record with his 11th 30 save season – will end with 15
2006  Rookie pitcher Fausto Carmona of Cleveland becomes only the second pitcher in MLB history to lose 4 relief games in a week
2005  Albert Pujols becomes the 1st player in MLB history to hit 30 HRs in his 1st 5 seasons
2002  LA Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn died – called 3,338 consecutive Lakers games

2001  Cleveland beats Seattle 15-14 in 11 innings – 1st team in 76 years to come back from a 12 run deficit                                                             
2001  Detroit Tigers tie MLB record by scoring only one run in their 5th consecutive game – last done 1968
2001  Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett inducted into the Hall of Fame
1994  Braves Fred McGriff hits a HR – only 9th player in MLB history to hit 30 or more in 7 consecutive seasons
1992  Oakland’s Jose Canseco walks in his first 2 at bats – walked 5 times yesterday – ties MLB record (1938) with 7 consecutive walks
1986  Steve Carlton gets his 4,000th strikeout – only Nolan Ryan is in the club
1984  Blue Jays Cliff Johnson hits his 19th pinch hit HR – MLB record
1979  Red Sox beat Milwaukee 19-5 – did not score a run in the 4th but did it in every other inning
1979  Willie Mays inducted into Hall of Fame - .302/660/1,903
1975  Phillies 1st 8 batters get a hit – MLB record
1936  Jesse Owens wins his 3rd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics
1931  Cards Jim Bottomley has 6 hits in 6 at bats for the 2nd time in his career
1921  First play-by-play baseball game was broadcast on the radio – Pittsburgh
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 5
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
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
1980  Magic – Olivia Newton-John
1981  Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
1982  Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
1983  Every Breathe You Take – The Police
1984  Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
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
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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