Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Today is National Sacher Torte Day
1492  Columbus discovered what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic
1766  The London auction house Christie’s held its first sale – was sold in 1998 to a French business man
1776  Phi Beta Kappa became the first American college scholastic Greek letter fraternity – Williams and Mary in Virginia
1782  Martin Van Buren was born – 8th US President
1791  Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart died at age 35
1792  George Washington was re-elected President
1831  Former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the House of Representatives
1832  Andrew Jackson was re-elected President
1839  George Armstrong Custer was born – cavalry officer who met his fate at the Battle of Little Bighorn
1861  Bills calling for the abolition of slavery were introduced in the US Congress
1876  A fire in the Brooklyn Theater in NY killed 278 people
1893  The first electric car was built in Toronto – could go 15 miles before needing to be recharged
1901  Walt Disney was born
1926  French painter Claude Monet died at age 86
1932  Singer Little Richard was born
1933  Prohibition in the US ended as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment – had been in effect since 1919
1951  “Dragnet” premiered on TV
1955  The Montgomery Bus boycott began
1994  Newt Gingrich was elected the first Republican speaker of the House of Representatives in four decades
1996  Alan Greenspan warned that investors could be succumbing to “Irrational exuberance”
2006  NYC became the first US city to ban trans fats in restaurants effective July, 2007
2008  OJ Simpson was sentenced to to 33 years in prison in Las Vegas for kidnapping and assault
2000  Karl Malone moves pass Wilt Chamberlain in career scoring – he now has 31,443 to 31,419 for Wilt – ends career with 36,928 – 2nd all time
1996  Portland’s Jermaine O’ Neal becomes the youngest NBA player at age 19
1992  Bill Laimbeer gets his 10,000th rebound – ends with 10,400
1991  Moses Malone of Bucks scores his 26,000th point – 6th to do so
1987  Tim Brown wins 53rd Heisman Award
1984  Oakland A’s trade Rickey Henderson to NYY
1981  Marcus Allen wins 47th Heisman Trophy Award
1978  Pete Rose signs 4 year deal with Philadelphia - $3.2 Million
1973  Expos trade Mike Marshall to LA Dodgers – will win Cy Young in 1974
1967  Walt Hazzard of Syracuse ties NBA record held by Wilt Chamberlain by scoring 15 consecutive points
1947  Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight title
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1963  Dominique – The Singing Nun
1964  Ringo – Lorne Green
1965  Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds
1966  Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967  Daydream Believer – The Monkees
1968  Love Child – Diana Ross & the Supremes
1969  Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye - Steam
1970  I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family
1971  Family Affair – Sly & the Family Stone
1972  I Am Women – Helen Reddy
1973  Top of the World – The Carpenters
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
1979  Babe - Styx
1980  Lady – Kenny Rogers
1981  Physical – Olivia Newton-John
1983  Say, Say, Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
1984  Out of Touch – Daryl Hall & John Oates
1986  The Next Time I Fall in Love – Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
1987  Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
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
1994  On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
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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