Friday, October 21, 2011


Today is National Apple Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day and National Caramel Apple Day
1797  The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) was launched in Boston – had 44 guns and was 204 feet long
1872  The first black man was accepted to the Naval Academy – John Conyers
1979  Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb – lasted 13 hours before burning out – he had tested it for 14 months
1917  Jazz great Dizzie Gillespie was born
1917  The first Americans saw action during WWI
1918  Margaret Owen set a typing record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter
1927  Construction began on the George Washington Bridge in NYC
1940  “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway was first published
1945  Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time
1950  Chinese forces occupied Tibet
1956  Actress Carrie Fisher was born – Princess Lelia in “Star Wars”
1957  The film “Jailhouse Rock” with Elvis Presley opened
1960  JFK and Richard Nixon held their fourth and final debate
1964  The movie “My Fair Lady” had its world premiere in NYC
1967  Thousands of anti-war protesters tried to storm the Pentagon
1976  Congress repealed the Homestead Act of 1862 for all states except Alaska because there was no longer any public land suitable for cultivation
1987  The Senate began debating the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork – he was rejected two days later
1988  Deposed President Marcos of the Philippines and his wife were indicted in NYC on racketeering charges for buying hundreds of millions of dollars of NYC real estate with money embezzled from their country
1989  Buck Helm was found alive after being buried for four days under ruble in the San Francisco earthquake
1991  Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years in captivity
1994  North Korea and the US sign an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections
2007  Red Sox beat Cleveland in game 7 of ALCS to advance to the World Series
2001  Arizona wins NLCS to advance to the World Series – have only been in existence 4 years
1998  NYY sweep San Diego to win World Series – they had 114 regular season wins
1997  Florida scores 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat Cleveland 14-11 in game 3 of the World Series
1995  Braves beat Cleveland 3-2 in game 1 of the World Series – Kenny Lofton steals 2 bases in one inning (ties record set in 1921) – teams combine for 5 hits (ties record for least hits in a World Series game)
1989  Houston becomes the 1st major college team to gain over 1,000 yards in a game – beat Southern Methodist 95-21 – had 771 passing and 250 rushing
1984  Steve Jones runs the Chicago Marathon in world record
1980  Philadelphia wins their first World Series – have been a MLB team for 98 years
1979  Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls scores the NBA’s first 4 point play
1976  The NY Knicks retire Willis Reed’s #19
1975  Carlton Fisk hits a 12th inning HR to left field to tie the World Series with the Reds 3 games to 3
1973  Oakland wins the World Series for the 2nd straight year
1973  Fred Dryer of LA Rams records 2 safeties in the game – NFL record
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  Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1974  Then Came You – Dionne Warwick & the Spinners
1976  If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
1978  Kiss You All Over – Exile
1980  Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand
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  Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston
1986  True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
1987  Bad – Michael 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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