Sunday, October 30, 2011


Today is National Candy Corn Day
1735  John Adams was born – 2nd President of the US
1873  P.T. Barnum’s circus “The Greatest Show on Earth” made its debut in NYC
1888  John Loud received a patent for the ballpoint pen
1893  Body builder Charles Atlas was born
1894  The time clock was patented by Daniel Cooper
1918  Allied representatives met in Paris to draw up conditions for an armistice during WWI
1938  Orson Welles panicked the nation with the broadcast of “War of the Worlds” – he was describing a Martian invasion
1945  Actor Henry Winkler was born – “The Fonz”
1945  The US government announced the end of shoe rationing
1946  TV newsperson Andrea Mitchell was born
1952  The first frozen pea packages were sold by Clarence Birdseye
1954  The Defense Department announced the end to all segregation in the regiments
1961  The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved removing Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb
1961  The Soviet Union tested a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb
1972  President Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion
1975  The NY Daily News ran the headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead” – it came after said he would veto any bailout of NYC
1988  Kraft, Inc agreed to a buyout by Phillip Morris for $13.1 billion in the largest merger of non oil companies in America
2000  TV entertainer Steve Allen died at age 78 – was the creator of the “Tonight Show”
2006  Based on 2005 crime stats, St. Louis, Mo. Had the highest crime rate in the US with a 20% in violent crimes from the prior year
2007  Singer/actor Robert Goulet died at age 73
2001  John Stockton begins his 18th season with Utah – longest with one team in NBA history – Hakeem Olajuwon had 17 with Houston
2001  President Bush throws out the 1st pitch in game 3 of the World Series in honor of NYC’s first responders – Yankees win 2-1
1996  Philadelphia names Terry Francona manager
1984  Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez named AL Cy Young winner – only 3rd reliever to win it – 9-3, 1.92 ERA, 32 saves – all are career bests
1981  Pat Riley makes his NBA coaching debut with the LA Lakers
1981  Isiah Thomas makes his NBA debut with the Detroit Pistons
1974  “Catfish” Hunter wins AL Cy Young – 25-12, 2.29 ERA – his 4th straight 20 win season – will win 24 in 1975
1974  Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in Zaire – “Rumble in the Jungle”, “Rope a Dope”
1963  Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP – 25-5, 1.88 ERA, 306 strikeouts             
1954  NBA adopts use of the 24 second clock                                
1945  Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to the Triple A team in Montreal
1961  Runaround Sue – Dion
1963  Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
1964  Baby Love – The Supremes
1965  Yesterday – The Beatles
1966  Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
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
1972  I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
1973  Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1975  Island Girl – Elton John
1976  If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1978  You Needed Me – Anne Murray
1979  Pop Muzik - M
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  Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) – Billy Ocean
1985  Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston
1986  True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
1987  Bad – Michael Jackson
1988  Kokomo – The Beach Boys
1990  Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
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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