Monday, December 12, 2011


Today is National Ambrosia Day
1745  John Jay born – first Supreme Court Chief Justice
1770  British soldiers responsible for the Boston Massacre were acquitted
1787  Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the Constitution
1800  Washington, DC was established as the nation’s capital
1822  Mexico was officially recognized as an independent nation by the US
1870  Joseph Rainey became the first black lawmaker sworn into the House of Representatives
1893  Actor Edward G. Robinson was born
1899  The wooden golf tee was patented by George Bryant of Boston
1901  Marconi received the first long distance radio transmission in Newfoundland
1913  Authorities announced that the Mona Lisa had been recovered – stolen from the Louvre in 1911
1915  Frank Sinatra was born
1916  The worst train disaster ever took place in France – 543 French soldiers were killed
1923  Bob Barker was born – The Price is Right
1925  Arthur Heinman opened the first motel in the US – the Motor Inn in San Luis Obispo, Ca.
1939  Actor Douglas Fairbanks died
1941  Singer Dionne Warwick was born
1946  Tide laundry detergent was introduced
1961  Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 demonstrators were arrested in Albany, Georgia
1963  Kenya gained independence from Britain
1968  Actress Tallulah Bankhead died
1979  President Carter ordered the removal of Iranian diplomats due to the hostage crisis
1980  Apple Computer went public at $22 per share
1982  The Sentry Armored Car Co. in NYC was robbed of $11.4 million at its headquarters
1995  By 3 votes the US Senate failed to pass a constitutional amendment banning flag burning2005  Pepsi overtook Coca-Cola in market capitalization for the first time
1997  Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to a 6 year $69 million deal
1993  Orioles sign free agent Raphael Palmeiro
1988  Miami Heat set an NBA record for the most consecutive losses to start a season with their 17th
1984  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the 1st NBA player to surpass 32,000 points in his career
1980  St. Louis trades Rollie Fingers and Pete Vuckovick to the Brewers – Fingers will win the Cy Young in 1981 and Vuckovick in 1982
1971  LA Lakers win their 21st consecutive game – NBA record – will win 33 in a row
1965  Gale Sayers scores 6 TDs – 4 rushing, one in the air, and one on a 85 yard punt return in a 61-20 Bears win over the 49ers
1932  Bob Pettit born – 1st NBA player to score 20,000 career points
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1964  Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton
1965  Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds
1966  Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967  Daydream Believer – The Monkees
1968  I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
1969  Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye - Steam
1970  The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
1971  Family Affair – Sly & the Family Stone
1972  Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
1974  Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
1975  Fly, Robin, Fly – Silver Connection
1976  Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1980  Lady – Kenny Rogers
1981  Physical – Olivia Newton-John
1982  Maneater – Hall & Oates
1983  Say, Say, Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
1984  Out of Touch – Daryl Hall & John Oates
1987  Faith – George Michael
1989  We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
1991  Black or White – Michael Jackson
1992  I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1993  Again – Janet Jackson
1994  Here Comes the Hot Stepper – Ini Kamoze
1995  One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
1996  Un-break My Heart – Toni Braxton
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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