Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Today is National Acorn Squash Day
1822  Brazil declares independence from Portugal
1880  George Ligowski got a patent for a device that threw clay pigeons into the air for shooting
1907  The RMS Lusitania set a transatlantic voyage record of just under 5 days on her maiden voyage – sunk in 1915 by the Germans
1915  The Raggedy Ann Doll was patented by John Gruelle
1927  Phil Farnsworth demonstrated the first use of TV in San Francisco
1930  The cartoon “Blondie” debut in the newspapers
1936  Singer Buddy Holly was born – “Peggy Sue”
1940  The Germans started bombing London – would last 57 consecutive days and kill over 40,000
1949  Singer Gloria Gaynor was born – “I Will Survive”
1963  The first appearance by the Beatles – “Big Night Out” on ABC
1966  The final episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” aired on CBS
1967  “The Flying Nun” with Sally Field made its debut on ABC
1977  The final episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” aired on CBS – made its debut in 1962
1977  G. Gordon Liddy was released from jail after four years for his role in Watergate
1979  ESPN debuts on cable
1979  Chrysler asks the federal government for assistance of $1.5 billion following the loss of $700 million
1980  32nd Emmy Awards – winners were “Taxi” and “Lou Grant”
1981  Judge Wapner and “The People’s Court” premiered on TV
1986  Bishop Desmond Tutu became the first black man to become Archbishop of Cape Town
1996  Rapper  Tupac Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas Strip – died 6 days later
2001  The final “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” TV show aired
2008  The federal government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac following the disastrous sub-prime mortgage meltdown
2009  Pirates lose – will finish the season under .500 for the 17th straight year
2002  Rangers hit a HR in a game vs. Rays – tied MLB record with a HR in 25th straight game
1999  Arizona beats Milwaukee 11-9 – ties MLB record with 15 pitchers used
1998  Mark McGwire hits his 61st HR tying Roger Maris’ record
1998  Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 50th HR – hit 50 last year – only 3rd player in MLB
history to hit 50 in consecutive seasons
1998  Houston’s Randy Johnson strikes out 14 – 17th time he has struck out 10 or more, 100th time in his career
1996  Mike Mussina of Baltimore beats Detroit 6-0 – Baltimore’s first shutout of the season
1993  St. Louis’ Mark Whitten ties MLB record with 12 RBI in the game – 4 HRs, one grand slam
1986  Martina Navratilova wins the 100th US Women’s Open
1984  Mets Dwight Gooden gets his 228th strikeout of the season – breaks NL rookie record held by Grover Alexander in 1911 – ends season with 276
1980  John McEnroe wins the 100th Men’s US Open                         
1980  Oakland’s Steve McCatty beats Baltimore 5-2 – MLB record 78th complete game pitched by the A’s
1963  The Pro Football Hall of Fame is opened in Canton, Ohio
1955  Whitey Ford becomes the 5th pitcher in MLB history to throw consecutive one hitters
1941  Rookie Early Wynn wins his 1st game – ends career with 300
1960  It’s Now or Never – Elvis Presley
1964  The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
1965  Help – The Beatles
1966  You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
1967  Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
1969  Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
1970  War – Edwin Starr
1972  Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
1973  Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
1974  Having My Baby – Paul Anka with Odia Coates
1975  Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
1976  Shake Your Booty – KC & the Sunshine Band
1979  My Sharona – The Knack
1980  Upside Down – Diana Ross
1981  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
1983  Maniac – Michael Sembello
1984  What’s Love Got to Do With It – Tina Turner
1986  Take My Breath Away - Berlin
1987  La Bamba – Los Lobos
1988  Sweet Child of Mine – Guns & Roses
1991  Every Thing I Do – Bryan Adams
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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