Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE HISTORY OF DECEMBER 7

THE HISTORY OF DECEMBER 7
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Cotton Candy Day
1787  Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution
1796  Electors chose John Quincy Adams to be the second US President succeeding George Washington
1808  Electors chose James Madison as the fourth President succeeding Thomas Jefferson
1936  Martin Van Buren was elected the 8th President
1842  The NY Philharmonic gave its first concert
1877  Thomas Edison demonstrated the gramophone
1907  The first Christmas Seals to help fight tuberculosis were sold
1923  Actor/comedian Ted Knight was born – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
1941  Japan launched an attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor – 363 Japanese planes destroyed 8 battleships and 3 light cruisers, 188 planes and killed 2,400 people in two hours – “A day that will live in infamy” – tomorrow FDR will ask Congress to declare war on Japan
1942  Singer Harry Chapin was born – “Cat’s in the Cradle”
1945  The microwave oven was patented
1949  The Chinese Nationalist government fled to Formosa
1953  Audrey Hepburn was featured on the cover of Life magazine
1972  America’s last Moon mission was launched – landed there on December 11
1972  Imelda Marcos, wife of President of the Philippines, was stabbed by an assailant who was killed by her security guards
1982  Charlie Brooks Jr. became the first US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection in Texas
2006  The Seminole Tribe of Florida said it was going to buy the Hard Rock business for $965 million
SPORTS HISTORY ON DECEMBER 7
2005  Texas trades Alfonso Soriano to Washington – will be 4th member of the “40-40 club” in 2006 – 46 HRs and 41 steals
2003  Denver beats Kansas City 45-27 as Clinton Portis has 5 rushing TDs and 218 yards
1994  Philadelphia 76ers win their 2,000th game – join Boston and Lakers as the only 2,000 win franchises
1993  Detroit Pistons set NBA record by only scoring 6 points in the 4th quarter in a 91-89 loss to Orlando
1988  Texas signs free agent Nolan Ryan to a one year deal – will be 16-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 301 strikeouts in 1989 – will play for them for 5 years  
1986  Pat Riley wins his 300th game as coach in only his 416th game – fastest to 300 wins
1985  Bo Jackson wins the 51st Heisman Award
1982  Utah Jazz make all 39 free throws they attempt in a 137- 121 loss to Portland
1956  Larry Bird born – 21,791 points, 8,974 rebounds, 3 time MVP, 3 time champion
1939  Lou Gehrig elected to the Hall of Fame – 17 year career: .340 average, 493 HRs, 1,995 RBI, 2 time MVP
1937  The Boston Red Sox acquire the contract of 19 year old Ted Williams
# 1 SONGS ON DECEMBER 7
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1961  Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1963  Dominique – The Singing Nun
1964  Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton
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  The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
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
1980  Lady – Kenny Rogers
1981  Physical – Olivia Newton-John
1982  Mickey – Toni Basil
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
1990  Because I Love You – Stevie B
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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