Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today is National Sardines Day
1784  The 12th US President Zachary Taylor was born
1832  South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union over a tariff imposed by the federal government – a compromise ended the problem
1835  A mounted police force called the Texas Rangers was authorized by the Texas government
1859  Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species” which outlined his theory of evolution
1871  The National Rifle Association (NRA) was incorporated in NYC
1888  Public speaker Dale Carnegie was born
1897  Mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano was born
1903  An automobile electric starter was patented by Clyde Coleman
1922  The Italian parliament gave Mussolini dictatorial powers for “one year”
1925  Publisher and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. was born
1949  The steel industry in Britain was nationalized
1950  The musical “Guys and Dolls” premiered in NYC
1963  Nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of JFK, in front of live cameras in the basement of the Dallas Police station
1964  Residents of Washington, Dc were allowed to vote for the first time since 1800
1971  DB Cooper boarded a [lane in Portland, Oregon and demanded $200,000 – he parachuted from the plane over Ariel, Washington and was never found
1979  The US admitted that thousands of troops in Vietnam had been exposed to Agent Orange
1982  The FCC dropped the limits on the duration and frequency of TV commercials
1991  Freddie Mercury of the group Queen died of pneumonia brought on by AIDS
1998  AOL confirmed it would buy Netscape for $10 billion
1998  The UN estimated that 33 million people were infected with AIDS
2005  Actor Pat Morita died at age 73 – played Dr. Miyagi in the movie “The Karate Kid”
2005  Florida trades Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Red Sox for Hanley Ramirez and pitching prospects
2003  Warren Spahn died – won 363 MLB games, 3.09 ERA
2001  Terry Porter became the only player in NBA history to have 15,000 points, 7,000 assists, 1,000 steals, and 1,000 three pointers
1999  Pat Riley gets his 200th win as coach of Miami – 3rd team he has won at least 200 with (NY and LA)
1996  Clyde Drexler of Houston gets his 20,000th point – 24th to do so
1986  Todd Worrell of St. Louis is NL Rookie of the Year – 2.08 ERA, 36 saves
1982  Cal Riken is AL Rookie of the Year - .264 average, 28 HRs, 93 RBI
1976  Joe Morgan of Reds wins his 2nd MVP - .320 average, 27 HRs, 111 RBI
1964  Ken Boyer of St. Louis is NL MVP - .295 average, 24 HRs, 119 RBI
1960  Wilt Chamberlain gets NBA record 55 rebounds – will end the season with a 27.2 rebound per game average – NBA record
1938  Oscar Robertson born – only triple double season in NBA history 1962
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1961  Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1964  Leader of the Pack – The Shangri-Las
1965  I Hear a Symphony – The Supremes
1966  You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes
1968  Love Child – Diana Ross & the Supremes
1969  Come Together – The Beatles
1970  I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family
1971  Theme from “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
1972  I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
1973  Photograph – Ringo Starr
1974  Whatever Gets You Through the Night – John Lennon
1975  Fly, Robin, Fly – Silver Connection
1976  Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1978  MacArthur Park – Donna Summer
1979  No More Tears – Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
1980  Lady – Kenny Rogers
1981  Physical – Olivia Newton-John
1982  Truly – Lionel Richie
1983  All Night Long – Lionel Richie
1984  Wake Me Up Before We Go-Go – Wham!
1987  I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
1990  I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
1992  I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1993  I’d Do Anything for Love – Meat Loaf
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
1995  Exhale – Whitney Houston
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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