Monday, September 26, 2011


1789  Thomas Jefferson became the first Secretary of State
1820  Frontiersman Daniel Boone was born
1888  Poet T.S. Elliot was born
1898  American composer George Gershwin was born
1902  Gangster Albert Anastasia was born
1908  An ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared in “The Saturday Evening Post”
1913  The first boats were raised in the locks of the Panama Canal
1914  The Federal Trade Commission was formed to regulate interstate commerce
1914  Fitness expert Jack LaLanne was born
1934  The liner Queen Mary was launched
1948  Singer Olivia Newton-John was born
1954  Ronald Reagan made his first appearance as the host of “General Electric Theater” – continued for 8 years
1957  The musical “West Side Story” opened on Broadway
1960  The first of 4 TV debates between Kennedy and Nixon took place – watched by estimated 80 million Americans – half of the population
1960  The longest speech in UN history – 4 hrs.29 minutes by Castro
1962  “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS – ended 1971
1964  “Gilligan’s Island” premiered on CBS
1968  “Hawaii Five-O” premiered on ABC – ended 1980
1969  “The Brady Bunch” appeared for the first time on ABC – ended 1974
1973  The Concorde flew from Washington, DC to Paris in 3 hours and 33 minutes
cutting the time in half
1984  Britain and China initialed an agreement to return Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997
1986  William Rehnquist became Supreme Justice of the Supreme Court
1987  “Star Trek: The Next Generation” premiered on TV
1994  Jury selection began in LA in the murder trial of OJ Simpson
2001  Raul Gonzalez gets his 1st MLB hit – the only hit for the Reds in a 8-0 loss
1999  Mark McGwire gets his 60th HR of the season – he and Sammy Sosa become the only players to hit 60 HRs twice
1998  Curt Schilling gets his 300th strikeout of the season – his second consecutive season doing so – 5th in MLB history
1998  Dennis Eckersley plays in his final game, his 1,071st breaking Hoyt Wilhelm’s record for most appearances – had 197 wins, 390 saves, and a career
3.50 ERA over 24 seasons
1997  Atlanta’s Rafael Belliard hits a HR – last one he hit was May 5, 1987 – got two in his career in 2,524 plate appearances
1993  Mariners Randy Johnson gets his 300th strikeout of the season
1988  Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson is stripped of his gold medal in the 100M for failing a drug test
1984  Rookie Juan Samuel of Philadelphia steals his 72nd base – breaks Tim Raines rookie record
1983  St. Louis’ Bob Forsch pitches a no hitter – 2nd of his career – 25th pitcher to have 2 or more
1981  Nolan Ryan gets his 5th no hitter – 1st to do so – ends with 7
1979  Braves Phil Niekro gets his 20th win – beat brother Joe who also had 20
1971  Jim Palmer of the Orioles gets his 20th win – 3 other Orioles have 20 wins this season also
1971  Ernie Banks gets the last hit of his career – his 2,583rd
1962  Maury Wills becomes the first to steal 100 bases in a season – end with 104
1962  Chicago Cubs lose their 101st game of the season – 903 fans show up
1961  Roger Maris hits his 60th HR to tie Babe Ruth
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  Hey Jude – the Beatles
1970  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
1971  Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1972  Don’t Get Hooked on Me – Mac Davis
1974  Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim
1976  Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
1978  Kiss You All Over - Exile
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
1980  Upside Down – Diana Ross
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1983  Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
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
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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