Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Today is National Gumbo Day
1792  Columbus Day was first observed in the US
1870  General Robert E. Lee died at age 63
1892  In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing, the “Pledge of Allegiance” was first recited in public schools
1901  The “Executive Mansion” was renamed the “White House” by Teddy Roosevelt
1915  The 1 millionth Model T rolled off the Ford assembly line
1920  The construction of the Holland Tunnel began – it ended on 11/13/1927 and connected NYC and Jersey City, NJ
1933  The US Justice Department acquired Alcatraz Island from the US Army
1935  Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born
1947  Newscaster Chris Wallace was born
1949  Eugenie Anderson became the first female Ambassador nominated in the US
1960  Nikita Krushchev pounded his shoe at the UN General Assembly meeting
1969  Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was born
1969  Figure skater and 3 time Olympic gold winner Sonja Henie died – she won a record 10 consecutive world championships
1972  46 soldiers were injured in a race riot aboard the carrier Kitty Hawk
1973  President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford as VP to replace Spiro Agnew who had resigned on corruption charges
1975  Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became the first Irish born saint in 700 years
1984  The Irish Republican Army bombed the hotel where Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher was staying
1997  Singer John Denver died in a plane crash
2000  17 American sailors were killed on the US Cole while refueling in Yemen as
result of a terrorist attack – the vessel was towed home October 26
2007  Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize
2003  Willie Shoemaker died – won 8,833 races – 1st jockey to win $100 million in purses
2001  Braves beat Houston 6-2 to advance to NLCS for 9th time in 10 years
1999  Wilt Chamberlain died – had 31,419 points, averages 30.1 points per game and 22.9 rebounds – career 54% field goal shooter
1997  Livan Hernandez of Florida beats Atlanta on 3 hits 2-1 in game 5 of NLCS – had 15 strikeouts
1993  Dave Stewart of Oakland beat Blue Jays 6-2 – his ALCS record is a perfect 8 to 0
1988  Orel Hershiser beats NY Mets 6-0 on 5 hits in game 7 of NLCS to advance to the World Series
1986  California Angels within one pitch of a pennant win, lose to the Red Sox
1984  Padres pitchers issue 11 walks in a World Series game – ties record
1983  Rookie Mike Boddicker of Baltimore pitches a 3 hitter to beat Philadelphia 4-1 in game 2 of the World Series
1980  Philadelphia wins its 1st NL title in 30 years
1979  Magic Johnson makes his NBA debut – Lakers win 103-102
1972  In a win for the A’s, Reggie Jackson steals home, but is injured and will miss the World Series
1967  St. Louis wins the World Series – Bob Gibson had 3 wins and Lou Brock stole 7 bases (record)
1948  Casey Stengel named manager of the NYY
1923  NY Giants Casey Stengel’s HR beats the NYY 1-0 in the World Series
1961  Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
1965  Yesterday – The Beatles
1966  Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – The Four Tops
1967  The Letter – The Box Tops
1968  Hey Jude –The Beatles
1970  I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
1971  Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1972  Ben – Michael Jackson
1973  Half Breed - Cher
1974  I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John
1976  Disco Duck – Rick Dees
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1978  Kiss You All Over – Exile
1979  Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
1980  Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
1982  Jack and Diane – John Cougar
1983  Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
1984  I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
1985  Oh Sheila – Ready For The Wind
1988  Red Red Wine – UB40
1989  Miss You Much – Janet Jackson
1990  Praying for Time – George Michael
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       
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John

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