Monday, October 17, 2011


Today is National Pasta Day
1888  The first issue of National Geographic was published
1904  The Bank of Italy, later Bank of America, opened for business
1915  Playwright Arthur Miller was born – “Death of a Salesman”
1918  Actress Rita Hayworth was born
1933  Albert Einstein arrived in the US after fleeing Nazi Germany
1938  Daredevil Evel Knievel was born
1939  Frank Capra’s movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” opened in DC
1941  The first US destroyer, the Kearney, was torpedoed during WWII off the coast of Iceland
1957  The movie “Jailhouse Rock” with Elvis Presley premiered in Memphis, Tennessee
1959  Queen Elizabeth was fined $140 for withdrawing her horse from a race
1967  The play “Hair” was first performed in NYC – ran for 1,873 performances on Broadway
1972  Rapper Eminem was born
1973  A five month oil embargo by Arab states against the US and Britain began – would last until March of 1974
1979  Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize
1986  The US Senate approved an immigration bill that prohibited the hiring of illegals and granted amnesty to those who entered prior to 1982
2000  The final Presidential debate between George Bush and Al Gore took place
2005  In a cost cutting move, GM and the UAW agreed on $1 billion in cuts to health benefits to keep the company solvent
2006  The Census Bureau estimated that the US population hit 300 million. It hit 200 million 39 years before and 100 million 91 years previously. The US was the only industrialized country to have major growth
2006  President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act to permit accused terrorists to be tried before military tribunals
2004  Boston beats the NYY 6-4 in 12 innings as David Ortiz hits a 2 run HR for the win – still trail 3-1 in ALCS
2004  Carlos Beltran hits a HR for Houston – his 5th consecutive playoff game with a HR – playoff record
2000  Patrick Roy gets his 448th victory as a goalie in the NHL passing Terry Sawchuk for career victory lead
1999  NY Mets beat Braves in 15 innings 4-3 – Braves left postseason record 19
players on base
1998  NYY beat San Diego 9-6 – scored 7 runs in the 7th on a Chuck Knoblauch’s three run HR and a grand slam by Tino Martinez
1989  Game 3 of the World Series is postponed when an earthquake hits SF
1987  The first indoor World Series game is played – Minnesota – Twins win
1982  Robin Yount of the Brewers is the first player to have two four hit games in one World Series
1980  Willie Aikens hits a triple in a 4-3 KC win over Philadelphia – it is his first triple ever – he had 2 in his regular season career in 2,856 plate appearances
1979  Pittsburgh wins the World Series  - Willie Stargell is named MVP
1974  By winning World Series #71, the Oakland A’s become the only team other than the NYY to win 3 straight World Series championships
1971  In game 7 of the World Series, Roberto Clemente hits a HR and the Pirates win 2-1 – he is MVP and batted .414 in the series
1970  Pete Maravich makes his NBA debut with Atlanta
1968  Elvin Hayes makes his NBA debut
1964  Willis Reed makes his NBA debut with the NY Knicks
1961  Runaround Sue - Dion
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
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  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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