Friday, August 5, 2011


Today is National Root Beer Float Day
1787  The Continental Congress began in Philadelphia – debated the articles contained in the U.S. Constitution
1890  The electric chair was used in the U.S. for the first time at Auburn State Prison in NY – William Kemmler for murder
1911  Comedian Lucille Ball was born
1926  Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel – 14 hours 39 minutes – broke record set in 1875
1928  Artist Andy Warhol was born
1945  The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima9,600 pounds
1960  Chubby Checker debuts his version of “The Twist” on Dick Clark’s show
1960  The nationalization of U.S. and foreign property began in Cuba
1965  The Voting Right Act was signed by President Johnson
1978  Pope Paul VI died after leading the Catholic Church for 15 years
1986  Timothy Dalton was named the 4th actor to play James Bond
1989  “Oh, Calcutta” closed in NYC after 5,959 performances
1990  Jon Benet Ramsey was born – murdered young beauty queen
1991  TV Newsman Hary Reasoner died at age 68
1998  Monica Lewinsky testified for over 8 hours before a grand jury regarding her affair with President Clinton
1998  Country singer Tammy Wynette died at age 55
2003  Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on “The Tonight Show” that he was going to run for Governor of California
2004  Funk legend Rick James died at age 56 – 1981 hit “Super Freak”
2009  The U.S. Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomajor to be a Supreme Court Justice by a 68-31 vote
2001  Red Sox catcher Scott Hattenberg hit into a triple play in the 4th vs. Rays – in the 6th he hit a grand slam to give Boston the lead and the win
1999  San Diego’s Tony Gwynn gets his 3,000th hit – ends with 3,141
1996  Darryl Strawberry hits 3 HRs in a win over the White Sox – only 8th player to hit 3 in a game in both leagues
1994  Joe Carter of Toronto steals a base – only 10th player in MLB history to have 300 HRs and 200 stolen bases
1992  Nolan Ryan is ejected from the game – 1st time in his 26 year career
1989  Red Sox retire Carl Yastrzemski’s #8 - .285/452/1,844
1988  Jose Canseco steals his 30th base – 11th in MLB history to have 30 steals and 30 HRs in a season – will end the season as the first 40-40 member
1988  Rich Gossage gets his 300th save – 2nd ever to do so – ends with 310
1986  Baltimore and Toronto combine for a record 3 grand slams in the game
1984  Carl Lewis wins his 2nd gold medal at the Olympics
1983  Mets pitcher Walt Terrel hits 2 HRs – 1st time in 5 years a pitcher has done so
1975  Mets fire Yogi Berra
1973  Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn are inducted into the Hall of Fame
1967  Brooks Robinson of Baltimore sets a MLB record – hit into his 4th triple play of his career
1952  Satchel Paige (46) becomes the oldest to win a complete game shutout
1890  Cy Young makes his debut and gets the win – ends career with 511
1962  Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Neil Sadaka
1964  A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
1965  I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits
1966  Wild Thing – The Troggs
1967  Light My Fire – The Doors
1968  Hello, I Love You – 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
1973  The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
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  Three Times a Lady – The Commodores
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
1989  Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
1990  Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
1992  This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1998  The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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