Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Today is National Rum Punch Day
1797  The first U.S. frigate, Constitution (Old Ironsides) was launched in Boston
1850  The slave trade in Washington, DC was abolished as part of the Compromise of 1850
1859  A patent was granted to George Simpson for the electric range
1860  King Edward VII became the first member of the British royalty to visit the U.S.
1881  Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st President – President Garfield died the day before
1929  Comedian Anne Meara was born – “Stiller & Meara”
1934  Actress Sophia Loren was born
1946  The first Cannes Film Festival was held
1951  The first North Pole jet crossing took place
1958  Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed in the chest by a deranged woman in NYC
1962  James Meredith was blocked from entering Mississippi University as its first black student
1967  The ocean liner QEII was launched – 963 feet long
1973  Singer Jim Croce died in an airplane crash
1976  Playboy released the interview with Jimmy Carter in which he said he had “lusted in his heart”
1984  “The Cosby Show” premiered on NBC
1995  AT&T announced the biggest corporate breakup ever as it will split into 3 separate companies
2004  CBS News apologized for its story on President Bush’s National Guard service – said it would not vouch for the authenticity of the documents it sired
2009  The 61st Emmy Awards – winners were “Mad Men” and “30 Rock”
2003  Marcus Giles of Braves hits his 20th HR of the season – Braves have 6 players with 20 or more
2002  Orioles Mike Bordick sets a MLB record with his 102nd consecutive game without an error at shortstop
1998  Cal Ripken ends his record 2,632 consecutive game streak – started 5/30/82
1992  Philadelphia second baseman Mickey Morandi gets an unassisted triple play – 9th in MLB history
1988  Wade Boggs gets his 200th hit in 6 straight seasons
1987  Walter Payton sets NFL record with his 107th rushing TD
1986  Tony Gwynn steals 5 bases – ties NL record
1983  Detroit gets 10 consecutive hits in the first inning – ties AL record
1980  Spectacular Bid wins the Woodward – his only 3 rivals pulled out of the race
1978  Red Sox lose to Detroit 12-2 – Boston only had 6 hits – 4 by Jerry Remy
1973  Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match
1972  Atlanta beats Houston 13-6 – scored all 13 in the 2nd inning
1970  Jim Palmer wins his 20th game – Orioles now have three 20 game winners for the season
1968  Mickey Mantle hits his final HR #536 – hit his 1st 5/1/51
1967  Johnny Bench hits his 1st MLB HR – ends with 389
1965  812 fans see Philadelphia beat the Braves
1965  547 fans see KC beat Minnesota
1961  Roger Maris hits his 59th HR in 155 games
1965  Willie Mays hits his 50th HR – only 7th to do so
1954  Warren Spahn wins his 20th game – 6th time he has done so  
1919  Babe Ruth is honored at “Babe Ruth Day” in a double header at Fenway – he wins the 1st game with a HR in the 9th and scores the winning run in the 2nd (over)
1917  NBA Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach was born
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
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
1974  Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White
1975  Fame – David Bowie
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
1985  Money for Nothing – Dire Straights
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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