Monday, August 8, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY AUGUST 8

THE HISTORY OF AUGUST 8
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Zucchini Day and National Frozen Yogurt Day
1786  U.S. Congress adopted the silver dollar and decimal system of money
1854  Smith & Wesson patented  metal bullet cartridges
1876  Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph
1899  The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall
1911  The one millionth patent was filed in the U.S. – for a tubeless tire
1921  Actress/swimmer Esther Williams was born
1937  Actor Dustin Hoffman was born – “The Graduate”
1937  The Japanese army occupied Beijing, China
1942  Six convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in the U.S. were executed
1945  President Truman signed the United Nations Charter
1963  The “Great Train Robbery” in England occurred - $7.3 million was stolen
1966  South African Broadcasting banned the Beatles
1966  The first heart pump was given to a patient by Dr. DeBakey
1969  Sharon Tate and four other people were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers
1974  President Nixon announced he would resign from office
1990  Iraq annexes Kuwait
2000  Confederate sub, H.L. Hunley, was raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor
2001  Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were divorced
SPORTS HISTORY on AUGUST 8
2009  Albert Pujols gets his 100th RBI – 9th straight season of his career
2004  Tim Wakefield of Boston wins the game despite giving up 6 HRs – 1st time a pitcher won doing so since 1932
2003  Eric Gagne sets MLB record with his 39th straight save to start the season
2002  John Smoltz gets his 40th save of the season – fastest ever to reach that mark
2000  Cubs pitcher Phil Norton makes his MLB debut – gave up 4 HRs in the 4th inning – 1st Cub in 124 year history of the organization to do so
1998  Paul Molitor gets his 500th steal – only 6th player in history to have 500 steals and 3,000 hits
1997  Seattle’s Randy Johnson strikes out 19 White Sox hitters – 2nd time this season – 1st time in MLB history it is done twice in a season
1996  Darryl Strawberry hits his 5th HR in last 9 at bats
1992  NBA’s Dream Team wins Olympic Gold
1991  In a 14 inning game, Detroit players strikeout 21 times
1990  Baltimore gets a triple play vs. Oakland                                        
1988  The Twins get their 2nd triple play of the season
1984  Carl Lewis wins his 3rd gold medal at the Olympics
1984  Milwaukee’s Don Sutton throws his 100th strikeout for the 19th straight season – MLB record
1979  A’s Matt Keough loses to California 8-1 – record now is 0-14
1973  Red Sox Orlando Cepeda ties MLB record with 4 doubles in the game
1955  Don Newcombe of the Dodgers loses o the Cubs 1-0 – his record now is 18-2 – both losses to Cubs
1954  Dodgers score 13 runs in the 8th – 12 unearned and 12 with 2 outs and no one on base
1922  Pirates set a record with 46 hits in a double header
1900  The first Davis Cup tennis matches are held – Boston
#1 SONGS on AUGUST 8
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
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
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
1999  Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

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