Sunday, August 7, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 7

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 7
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Raspberries and Cream Day
1782  Badges of U.S. Military Merit (Purple Heart) were established by Washington
1789  The U.S. War Department was established by Congress
1794  The Whiskey Rebellion begins – Pennsylvania farmers rebel against federal taxes on liquor
1912  The Progressive Party nominates Teddy Roosevelt for President
1942  U.S. forces land on Guadalcanal – first major Allied offensive in the Pacific – fighting would last 6 months
1959  The U.S. launched “Explorer 6” – would send back pictures from the Moon
1964  Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution – gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with North Vietnam
1974  Stuntman Phillippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers
1975  Actress Charlize Theron was born
1983  675,000 employees strike AT&T
1990  U.S. troops are sent to Saudi Arabia to defend against a possible invasion by Iraq
1992  Luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground off the coast of Massachusetts
1998  U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed killing 224 – Osama Bin Laden was later identified in connection with the attacks
2000  Al Gore selected Joe Lieberman as his VP running mate
2001  Former President Clinton received a $10 million advance for his memoir
2005  Peter Jennings, ABC News anchor , died
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 7
2007  Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s record with his 756th HR
2004  Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher to win 300 games – ends with 355
2003  Eric Gagne gets his 38th consecutive save and 46th consecutive over 2 seasons
2003  Albert Pujols reaches 30 HRs and 100 RBI level – has done so in each of his 1st three years in the league – only other one to do so was Jose Canseco
2001  Greg Maddux sets NL record with 70 1/3rd innings without giving up a walk
2000  LA Lakers announce the retirement of VP of Operations – Jerry West
1999  Wade Boggs becomes the first player to hit a HR for his 3,000th hit
1992  Orlando Magic sign #1 draft choice Shaquille O’Neal
1984  Bill Buckner and Tony Armas both hit a grand slam in Boston’s 12-7 win over Detroit
1983  Grete Waitz wins the first all women’s marathon in Finland – will win the NYC marathon in 77 days
1978  Eddie Mathews inducted into the Hall of Fame - .271/512/1,453
1962  NYY shortstop Tony Kubek returns from military service – hit a HR in his 1st at bat
1956  Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at a fan
1956  51 year old Satchel Paige wins a minor league game – 57,000 see him do it at the Orange Bowl in Miami
1943  Giants strand 18 runners in a game vs. Philadelphia2 in each inning
1929  Babe Ruth ties record by hitting a grand slam in consecutive games
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 7
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
1993  Can’t Help Falling in Love – UB40
1995  Waterfalls - TLC
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1997  I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy
1998  The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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