Saturday, October 15, 2011


Today is National Mushroom Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day and National Roast Pheasant Day
1582  Many Catholic countries switched to the Gregorian calendar – skipped the 10 previous days – today followed October 4 and Oct 5 to 14 disappeared
1860  An 11 year old girl wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln suggesting that he grow a beard to improve his appearance
1878  The Edison Electric Light Co. was incorporated in NYC – would begin supplying power in 1882
1920  Author Mario Puzo was born – “The Godfather”
1924  Lee Iacocca was born – automotive executive
1939  LaGuardia Airport opened in NYC – was the largest most advanced of its time
1946  Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisoned himself hours before he was due to be executed
1951  “I Love Lucy” made its debut on TV – ran until 1961
1959  Sarah Ferguson was born – Duchess of York
1959  Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was born
1959  The “Untouchables” premiered on TV – ran until 1963
1962  US intelligence data showed evidence of Soviet missile sites in Cuba
1964  Composer and lyricist Cole Porter died at age 73
1976  The first ever Vice Presidential debate took place – Mondale and Dole
1976  Mobster Carlo Gambino died
1991  The long controversial hearings on confirmation of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court ended with Senate approval of 52-48
1993  Nelson Mandela and South African President F W de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize
1999  The organization “Doctors Without Borders” won the Nobel Peace Prize
2008  The first Presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama took place
2003  Florida comes back with 3 straight wins vs. the Cubs to advance to the World Series
2001  NYY Beat Oakland 5-2 to advance to the ALCS – 1st team ever to lose first 2 games at home and advance – Derek Jeter gets his 87th postseason hit – a record
1989  Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as the NHL’s all time scorer
1989  Eagles beat Phoenix Cardinals 17-5 as teams combine for 12 turnovers – 3 interceptions by QB Randal Cunningham and 6 by QB Tom Tupa
1988  Injured Dodger Kurt Gibson hits a HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win in game 1 of the World Series
1986  NY Mets advance to the World Series by beating Houston 7-6 in 16 innings – longest postseason game in MLB history
1983  Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football – Columbia will lose their next 44 games
1975  Luis Tiant of the Red Sox throws 163 pitches to beat Cincinnati 5-4 in the World Series
1971  Julius Erving makes his debut with Virginia of the ABA
1969  Orioles Earl Weaver is the first manager to be ejected from a World Series game since 1935
1966  Bill Russell becomes the NBA’s first black coach – will be player/coach of the Boston Celtics
1965  Rick Barry makes his NBA debut with the San Francisco Warriors – they win 122-115
1923  The New York Yankees win their first World Series
1961  Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
1962  Monster Mash – Bobby Picket & the Crypt Kickers
1965  Yesterday – The Beatles
1966  Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – The Four Tops
1967  To Sir, With Love - Lulu
1968  Hey Jude –The Beatles
1969  I Can’t Get Next to You – The Temptations
1970  I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
1971  Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1973  Angie – The Rolling Stones
1974  Nothing From Nothing – Billy Preston
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1978  Kiss You All Over – Exile
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  Take On Me – a-ha
1986  When I Think of You – Janet Jackson
1989  Miss You Much – Janet Jackson
1991  Emotions – Mariah Carey
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
1999  Heartbreak – Mariah Carey

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