Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Today is National Bouillabaisse Day
1503  Nostradamus was born
1656  Artificial pearls were first manufactured
1782  Charleston, SC was evacuated by the British
1798  A nut and bolt machine was patented by David Wilkinson of RI
1799  The first President of the US, George Washington died at Mt. Vernon
1819  Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state
1903  William Ennis became the first policeman to die in the electric chair
1908  Comedian Morey Amsterdam was born – Dick Van Dyke Show
1911  Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole
1927  China and the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations
1932  Country singer Charlie Rich was born
1934  The first streamlined steam locomotive was introduced in Albany, NY
1939  The Soviet Union was dropped from the UN
1944  Congress established the rank of 5-Star General
1946  Actress Patty Duke was born
1946  The UN General Assembly voted to establish its headquarters in NYC
1967  DNA was created in a test tube
1972  Astronauts Schmitt and Cernan blasted off from the Moon – last two to visit it
1977  “Saturday Night Fever” with John Travolta premiered in NYC
1981  Israel annexed the Golan Heights which had been seized from Syria in the war of 1967
1987  Chrysler pleaded no contest to charges it sold some cars as new after employees had driven them with the odometer detached
1995  Microsoft and NBC announced the formation of MSNBC
1997  Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 to be a national holiday to smooth the visit of Pope John Paul II
2001  The US shipped a load of corn to Cuba – first food shipment since 1963
2009  Red Sox sign John Lackey to a 5 year $85 million deal

1999  LA Clippers score just 19 points in the 1st half – breaking a 25 year old record
1992  Lennox Lewis wins the WBC title when Riddick Bowe refuses to fight him
1991  Desmond Howard wins the 57th Heisman Award
1990  Alex English of Denver scores his 25,000th NBA point
1988  The Miami Heat win their first game ever 89-88 after 17 losses
1986  Dan Marino throws for 403 yards and 5 TDs in an OT win vs. LA Rams
1985  Roger Maris died – 2 time MVP with NYY – in 1961 he  batted .269 with record 61 HRs and 141 RBI
1984  Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football after 15 years
1980  Elston Howard died – 4 time World Series winner with NYY – MVP 1963
1980  New Orleans Saints beat NY Jets – end 14 game losing streak
1965  Rookie Rick Barry of San Francisco scores 57 points in a game vs. NY Knicks – second highest score by a rookie (Wilt Chamberlain had 58 in 1960)
1962  Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia scores 63 and Elgin Baylor of LA Lakers scores 50 – only 3 times in NBA history have opposing players scored 50 or more in the same game
1961  NYY reject Roger Maris’ request for a $75,000 contract
1954  Brooklyn Dodgers sign Sandy Koufax to a $6,000 contract
1947  NASCAR is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1961  The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1964  Come See About Me – The Supremes
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  Leaving On a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
1970  The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
1971  Family Affair – Sly & the Family Stone
1972  Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
1973  The Most Beautiful Girl – Charlie Rich
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
1988  Look Away - Chicago
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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