Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Today is National Banana Day and National Pecan Cookie Day
1776  Nathan Hale was arrested by the British for spying for the American rebels
1776  NYC burned down in a great fire after the British took over
1780  Benedict Arnold met with the British to plan handing over a fort to them (West Point)
1893  The first gasoline powered automobile was built by Charles and Frank Duryea
1897  The NY Sun ran the famous “yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial
1903  The first cowboy film, “Kit Carson”, premiered in the U.S.
1930  Johan Ostermeyer patented the flashbulb
1931  Actor Larry Hagman was born – JR on “Dallas
1937  J.R.R. Tolkein published “The Hobbit”
1938  Hurricane winds of 183 MPH hit New England killing 700
1947  Suspense novelist Stephen King was born
1949  The People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by Communist leaders
1950  Comedian Bill Murray was born
1957  “Perry Mason” with Raymond Burr debut on CBS
1967  Country singer Faith Hill was born
1981  Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Supreme Court justice – confirmed by the Senate 99-0
1981  Nicole Richie was born
1986  38th Emmy Awards – “Golden Girls” and “Cagney & Lacey” were winners
1989  Colin Powell was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the first African American to hold the position
1993  “NYPD Blue” premiered on TV
1996  JFK Jr. married Carolyn Bessette
1998  Congress released video tapes of President Clinton’s testimony in the Monica Lewinsky scandal
2003  55th Emmy Awards – “West Wing” won for best drama
2005  Hurricane Rita approached the Gulf Coast only weeks after Katrina – millions began a precautionary evacuation
2008  Final game at Yankee Stadium – they win
2004  Ichiro Suzuki gets 5 hits in the game – 4th time this year
2001  Brewers strikeout 10 times – now have 1,272 for the season – MLB record
1999  Pedro Martinez strikes out 12 Toronto batters – gets his 300th strikeout of the season – only 2nd to strikeout 300 in both leagues (Randy Johnson)
1997  Barry Bonds hits an inside the park HR
1996  Eddie Murray hits his 19th career grand slam
1992  Dennis Eckerskey gets his 50th save of the season – only 2nd player to do so
1991  USA basketball announces its “Dream Team” for the Olympics
1986  Jets beat Dolphins 51-45 on OT – record 884 passing yards
1981  Steve Carlton gets his 3,128th career strikeout – NL record previously held by Bob Gibson
1973  NY Mets go into 1st place after being 12 games out
1971  Baltimore’s Dave McNally gets his 20th win for the 4th straight season
1970  Vida Blue no hits Minnesota – gave up 2 walks – it is 2nd MLB start
1970  “Monday Night Football” debuts on ABC – Cleveland beats Jets 31-21
1966  Only 530 fans see Cubs beat Reds at Wrigley
1966  Juan Marichal wins his 23rd – hit a HR in the 9th for a 6-5 win over Pirates
1963  NYY Yogi Berra hits his 358th and last HR
1954  NYY win their 101st game – but only 1,912 saw it
1961  Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee
1963  Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
1964  Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
1966  Cherish – The Association
1967  The Letter – The Box Tops
1968  Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
1969  Sugar Sugar – The Archies
1970  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
1971  Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond
1972  Don’t Get Hooked on Me – Mac Davis
1973  Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
1974  Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White
1975  I’m Sorry – John Denver
1976  Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
1977  I Just Want to be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
1980  Upside Down – Diana Ross
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1982  Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
1983  Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
1985  Money for Nothing – Dire Straights
1987  Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
1988  Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1993  Dream Lover – Mariah Carey
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio
1998  I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

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