Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE HISTORY OF OCTOBER 26

THE HISTORY OF OCTOBER 26
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Mincemeat Pie Day, National Pretzel Day and National Pumpkin Day
1492  Columbus’ fleet anchored off of the Bahamas
1774  Minutemen were organized in the American colonies
1825  The Erie Canal between the Hudson River and Lake Erie became operational – 363 miles long and 40 feet wide
1858  The rotary washing machine was patented by Hamilton Smith
1881  The shootout at the OK Corral took place – Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday
1941  US Savings Bonds first went on sale
1946  TV host Pat Sajak was born – “Wheel of Fortune”
1947  Actress Jaclyn Smith was born – “Charlie’s Angels”
1947  Hilary Rodham Clinton was born
1949  President Truman signed legislation raising the minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
1954  Chevrolet introduced the V-8 engine
1954  Disney’s first TV program made its debut – Disneyland on ABC
1957  Vatican Radio began broadcasting
1958  Pan Am flew the first transcontinental jet trip – NYC to Paris
1970  The “Doonesbury” comic strip made its debut in 28 newspapers
1972  Guided tours of Alcatraz began
1972  Henry Kissinger declared that “peace is at hand” with Vietnam
1973  President Nixon released the first Watergate tapes
1975  Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian President to visit the US
1978  Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat were announced as the winners of the Nobel Peace prize
1984  The infant who became known as “Baby Fae” received a baboon heart transplant – she would die 21 days later
1994  Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty
SPORTS HISTORY ON OCTOBER 26
2005  White Sox sweep Houston to win their 1st World Series since 1917
2000  NYY beat NY Mets to win their 26th World Series – 3rd year in a row – Derek Jeter MVP
1997  Florida Marlins win game 7 of the World Series vs. Cleveland 3-2 in the 11th on Edgar Renteria’s single
1996  NYY win their 23rd world Series as they sweep Atlanta – John Wetteland named MVP – had 4 saves
1990  Wayne Gretzky is the 1st NHL player to score 2,000 points
1985  Patrick Ewing makes his NBA debut – averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game in his career
1984  Charles Barkley makes his NBA debut – averages 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in his 16 year career – MVP 1992-93
1984  John Stockton makes his NBA debut with Utah – all time leader in assists with 15,806, leader in steals with 3,265 – averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists
1984  Michael Jordan makes his NBA debut – 32,292 career points, averaged 30.1 points per game, led NBA in scoring 10 times, 5 time MVP, 6 titles won
1982  Steve Carlton wins NL Cy Young award for the 4th time – 23-11, 3.10 ERA, 19 complete games, and 286 strikeouts
1980  St. Louis sacks Baltimore QBs a NFL record 12 times
1977  Sparky Lyle wins AL Cy Young – 1st reliever to win it – 13-5, 26 saves
1971  Vida Blue wins AL Cy Young – 24-8, 1.82 ERA, 8 shutouts, 24 complete games, 301 strikeouts
1940  Detroit’s Hank Greenberg wins AL MVP - .340 average, 41 HRs, 150 RBI
# 1 SONGS ON OCTOBER 26
1961  Runaround Sue – Dion
1964  Baby Love – The Supremes
1965  Yesterday – The Beatles
1966  96 Tears - ? & the Mysterians
1967  To Sir, With Love - Lulu
1968  Hey Jude –The Beatles
1969  Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
1970  I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
1971  Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1973  Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1976  If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
1978  Hot Child In the City – Nick Glider
1980  Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand
1982  Who Can It Be Now – Men at Work
1983  Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
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
1988  Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
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
1995  Fantasy – Mariah Carey
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio       
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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