Friday, September 23, 2011


Today is National White Chocolate Day
1642  The first commencement ceremony was held at Harvard
1780  John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers showing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender the fort at West Pint to the British
1806  Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest – they started on May 14, 1804
1846  Johan Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune
1901  The trial of President McKinley’s assassin began – it lasted 8 hours and 26 minutes, the jury returned a verdict in 34 minutes
1920  Actor Mickey Rooney was born
1930  Singer Ray Charles was born
1938  A time capsule to be opened in 6939 was buried at the World’s Fair in NYC
1939  Sigmund Frued died in London
1949  Singer Bruce Springsteen was born
1952  Richard Nixon made his “Checkers” speech to refute allegations of improper campaign financing
1959  Jason Alexander was born – George on “Seinfeld”
1962  ABC’s first color TV series premiered – “The Jetson’s”
1969  “Marcus Welby,MD” premiered on TV – lasted until 1976
1976  President Ford and Jimmy Carter debated on TV
1977  Cheryl Ladd replaced Farah Fawcett on “Charlie’s Angels”
1981  Home Depot became a publicly traded company
1986  Congress chose the rose as the National Flower
1990  Iraq threatened to destroy oil fields and attack Israel  if any country tried to force it out of Kuwait
2008  Goldman Sachs got a $5 billion cash infusion from Warren Buffet
2006  Barry Bonds hits his 734th HR to break NL record – Hank Aaron
2002  St. Louis scores 10 runs in the 7th – 9 of them were consecutive with 2 outs
2001  Sammy Sosa hits 3 HRs in the game – 3rd time he has done it this season and the first time it has been done in MLB history
2001  Alex Rodriguez hits his 48th HR – MLB record for shortstops
2000  Rafael Palmeiro hits his 400th HR – ends with 569
1998  Craig Biggio of Houston steals his 50th base – only second in MLB history with 50 doubles and 50 steals (Tris Speaker 1912)
1998  Sammy Sosa hits his 64th and 65th HRs of the season
1995  Lance Johnson of White Sox gets 6 hits – 3 of them triples
1988  Jose Canseco is the first to steal 40 bases and hit 40 HRs – Bonds,
Rodriguez, and Soriano will join him
1988  Orel Hershiser beats Giants 3-0 –  49 consecutive scoreless innings pitched
1984  Sparky Anderson is the 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues
1983  Steve Carlton wins his 300th game – ends with 329, 3.22 ERA for career
1979  Lou Brock steals his 938th base – last of his career
1965  Larry Jackson of the Cubs loses his 20th game of the year – won 20 last year
1962  LA Dodgers Maury Wills steals his 97th base on the way to 104 – breaks Ty Cobb’s record
1961  Whitey Ford of NYY wins his 25th game of the season – 25-4, 3.21 ERA, Cy Young winner this year
1957  Ted Williams reaches base 5 times – has reached 16 consecutive times to tie MLB record
1952  1st closed circuit televised broadcast of a sports event – Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight title
1916  Grover Cleveland Alexander wins both games of a double header vs. Cincinnati
1961  Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee
1964  Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
1966  Cherish – The Association
1967  The Letter – The Box Tops
1968  Hey Jude – the Beatles
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
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
1983  Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
1984  Let’s Go Crazy - Prince
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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