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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:42 am

Jan 1 Happy New Year!

In 1751, the world's most celebrated holiday, New Year's Day, was first celebrated in most English-speaking countries

In 1890, the very first Tournament of Roses Parade was staged in Pasadena, California

In 1892, Ellis Island opened to begin processing immigrants to the US

In 1898, the 5 boroughs of New York became the City of New York

In 1967, The Great Criswell predicted that there would be a one-week war with Egypt and Russia against Israel. The Arab-Israeli War broke out that June. He also stated that Jayne Mansfield would die that year - she did

In 1968, Criswell predicted that a black civil rights leader would be assassinated before October - Martin Luther King, Jr was shot in April

In 1971, tobacco ads were banned from being broadcast

In 1999, 11 European countries gave up their own currency and adopted the Euro

In 2000, people the world over changed their calendars to 2000, with very few of the Y2K computer glitches that had been predicted

Births:
1735 - Paul Revere, silversmith, patriot ("The British are coming!")
1752 - Betsy Ross, flagmaker, sewed the first American flag
1919 - JD Salinger, novelist (The Catcher In The Rye)
1938 - Frank Langella, actor (Frost/Nixon)
1969 - Verne Troyer, actor (Mini-Me - Austin Powers)

Deaths:
1716 - William Wycherley, dramatist (The Country Wife), age about 75
1953 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold, Cold Heart), age 29
1961 - Dashiell Hammett, author (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon), age 66
1972 - Maurice Chevalier, entertainer (movies - Gigi, Can-Can) (singer - Mimi), age 83
2009 - Clainorne Pell - US Senator (RI), founder of Pell Grants for college-bound students, of Parkinson's Disease, age 90
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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:59 am

Jan 2

In 1872, Brigham Young, 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy (he had 25 wives! :shock: )

In 1983, the smash musical "Annie" closed at the Uris Theater after 2,377 performances

In 1995, the most distant galaxy yet discovered was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii (an estimated 15 billion light years away)

Births:
1903 - Sally Rand, inventor of the Fan Dance
1920 - Isaac Asimov, sci-fi writer (I, Robot)
1936 - Roger Miller, songwriter (King Of The Road), wrote the score for the hit Broadway musical "Big River"
1939 - Jim Bakker, TV evangelist (PTL Club), de-frocked after a scandal
1968 - Cuba Gooding, Jr, oscar-winning actor (Jerry Maguire)

Deaths:
1974 - Tex Ritter, country singer (father of John Ritter), age 67
1977 - Errol Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), age 53
1990 - Alan Hale, Jr, actor (Skipper - Gilligan's Island), of cancer, age 71
1994 - Caesar Romero, actor (TV's Joker - Batman), age 86
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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:23 am

Jan 3

In 1871, Henry Bradley patented oleomargarine

In 1938, the March of Dimes was established to fight polio

In 1981, John Lennon's "Just Like Starting Over" topped the pop music charts, just weeks after his death

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister this century

Births:
106 - Cicero, Roman statesman
1892 - JRR Tolkien, writer (Lord of The Rings)
1907 - Ray Milland, oscar-winning actor (Lost Weekend)
1909 - Victor Borge, comedian/pianist
1916 - Maxene Andrews, singer (Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)
1945 - Steven Stills, musician (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Buffalo Springfield), Love The One You're With
1956 - Mel Gibson, actor/director (Braveheart)

Deaths:
1882 - William H Ainsworth, writer (Guy Fawkes), age 76
1967 - Jack Ruby, assassin (killed Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV), age 55
1979 - Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, age 91
1997 - Burton Lane, composer (Finian's Rainbow), age 84
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:00 am

Jan 4

In 1885, the first successful appendectomy was performed

In 1970, TV history was made - on the show Lassie, superdog Lassie was hit by a car while pushing a child away from danger. For the next month, the collie was seen on TV suffering from amnesia

In 1999, former wrestler Jesse Ventura was inaugurated Governor of Minnesota

Births:
1809 - Louis Braille, developed a system of writing for the blind
1905 - Sterling Holloway, actor (The Life Of Riley)/voiceover actor (voice of Winnie The Pooh)
1914 - Jane Wyman, oscar-winning actress (Johnny Belinda)
1935 - Floyd Patterson, heavyweight boxing champ
1937 - Dyan Cannon, actress (Heaven Can Wait)
1960 - Michael Stipe, singer (R.E.M. - Losing My Religion)
1962 - Patrick Cassidy, actor (Dirty Dancing, Fever Pitch)
1963 - Dave Foley, actor (NewsRadio, Kids In The Hall)

Deaths:
1821 - Elizabeth Seton, first native-born American to be canonized a saint, age 46
1965 - TS Eliot, poet (Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats), of emphysema, age 76
1994 - Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), age 48
1998 - Mae Questel, actress (Funny Girl)/voiceover actress (voice of betty Boop, Olive Oyl)
1999 - Iron Eyes Cody, actor ( Keep America Beautiful ad campaign), age 94
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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:19 am

Jan 5

In 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge

In 1970, ABC daytime drama "All My Children" premiered

In 1975, "The Wiz" premiered at the Majestic Theater, NYC and ran for 1,672 performances

In 1998, US Congressman Sonny Bono was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort near Reno, Nevada

In 1998, vandals decapitated the statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Births:
1794 - Edmund Ruffin, agriculturalist, one of the originators of crop rotation and fertilization
1918 - Jean Dixon, astrologer
1931 - Alvin Ailey, choreographer (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater)
1931 - Robert Duvall, oscar-winning actor (Tender Mercies)
1946 - Diane Keaton, oscar-winning actress (Annie Hall)
1969 - Marilyn Manson, rocker

Deaths:
1943 - George Washington Carver, scientist (discovered many uses for the peanut - peanut butter)
1982 - Hans Conreid, actor (Make Room For Daddy, Bullwinkle Show), age 64
1994 - Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, US Speaker of the House, of cancer, age 81
1998 - Sonny Bono, US Congressman/singer (Sonny and Cher - I Got You, Babe), of a skiing accident, age 62
2003 - Jean Kerr, writer (Please Don't Eat The Daisies), age 79
2004 - Tug McGraw, ace relief pitcher, father of Tim, of an inoperable brain tumor, age 59
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No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:39 am

Jan 6

In 1838, the telegraph was demonstrated for the first time in public by Samuel Morse

In 1942, the first commercial around-the-world aircraft flight took place

In 1952, "Peanuts" debuted in the Sunday funny papers

In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan, favored to win the Women's US Figure Skating Championship, was assaulted after a practice session in Detroit and severely injured her leg above the knee. She went on to win the Olympic Silver Medal

Births:
1412 - Joan of Arc, French heroine, liberated the city of Orleans from the English
1878 - Carl Sandburg, author (Abraham Lincoln)
1880 - Tom Mix, actor (hero in Westerns - Sagebrush Tom)
1913 - Loretta Young, oscar-winning actyress (The Farmer's Daughter)
1914 - Danny Thomas, actor (Make Room For Daddy)/philanthropist (founder of St Jude's Children's Hospital)
1931 - EL Doctorov, author (Ragtime)
1953 - Malcolm Young, musician (AC/DC)
1960 - Howie Long, football star/sportscaster

Deaths:
1919 - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1901-09), age 60
1985 - Robert HW Welch, Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, age 85
1989 - Hirohito, Japanese Emperor (1922-89), age 87
1993 - Rudolph Nureyev, ballet star, of AIDS, age 54
1993 - Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter, of cancer, age 75
2004 - Francesco Scavullo, photographer, age 82
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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby LauraK » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:44 pm

Seeing Tug McGraw's name there makes me think of Tim's song Live Like You Were Dying, so I had to go and watch the video. *snif* :cry:
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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:57 pm

I thought of the same thing. *snif* :cry:
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:36 am

Jan 7

In 1782, the Bank of North America in Philadelphia opened, the first commercial bank in the US

In 1894, WKL Dickinson received a patent for motion picture film. His demo included a 47-frame film running 2 seconds and showing comedian Fred Ott sneezing

In 1958, the Flying V guitar was patented by the Gibson Guitar Company

In 1970, neighbors of landowner Max Yasguir sued for $35,000 for property damage caused by 450,000 flower children attending the August 1969 Woodstock Festival

In 1990, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public because it was leaning too far. :shock: It re-opened after extensive repairs in 2001

Births:
1800 - Millard Fillmore, 13th US President (1850-53)
1911 - Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone With The Wind)
1912 - Charles Addams, cartoonist, New Yorker (The Addams family)
1920 - Vincent Gardenia, actor (Moonstruck)
1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist (with Claude Bollings - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano)
1928 - William Peter Blatty, screenwriter (The Exorcist)
1948 - Kenny Loggins, musician (Footloose)
1956 - David Caruso, actor (CSI Miami)
1957 - Katie Couric, TV News Anchor (CBS Evening News)
1964 - Nicholas Cage, oscar-winning actor (Leaving Las Vegas)

Deaths:
1988 - Trevor Howard, actor (Ryan's Daughter), of bronchitis, age 71
1995 - Larry Grayson, British entertainer (Generation Game), age 71
2007 - Avery Schreiber, comic (Burns and Schreiber), age 66
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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:04 am

Jan 8

In 1856, Borax was discovered near Red Bluff, California

In 1955, after 130 home basketball wins, Kentucky lost to Georgia 59-58, their first loss at home since Jan 2, 1943! :shock:

In 1958, 14-year-old Bobby Fischer won the US Chess Championship for the first time

In 1992, US President George HW Bush fell ill suddenly at a state dinner in Japan. he became pale, slumped in his chair, and promptly vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister. :sick:

Births:
1912 - Jose Ferrer, oscar-winning actor (Cyrano de Bergerac)
1923 - Larry Storch, actor/comedian (F Troop)
1924 - Ron Moody, actor (Oliver!)
1926 - Soupy Sales, entertainer (Soupy Sales Show)
1935 - Elvis Presley, singer (Love me Tender)
1938 - Bob Eubanks, TV Game Show Host (Newlywed Game)
1942 - Stephen Hawking, author (A Brief History Of Time)
1947 - David Bowie, singer (Fame)/actor (The Man Who Fell To Earth)

Deaths:
1324 - Marco Polo, merchant, opened Asia and China to Europe, age 69
1976 - Chou En-Lai, China's prime Minister (1949-76), of cancer, age 78
1990 - Terry Thomas, comic actor (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), of Parkinson's Disease, age 78
1982 - Menachem Begin, Israeli Prime Minister, of a heart attack, age 78
1996 - Francois Mitterand, President of France (1981-95), of cancer, age 79
1997 - Jesse White, actor (Maytag Repairman), age 77
2002 - Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, age 69
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:21 am

Jan 9

In 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the US

In 1951, UN Headquarters officially opened in New York City

In 1972, eccentric recluse Howard Hughes, speaking to reporters by telephone from the Bahamas, said Clifford Irving's biography of him was a fake

In 2007, Apple Computer unveiled the revolutionary iPhone :callme:

Births:
1901 - Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie)
1913 - Richard M Nixon, 37th US President (1969-74), only President to resign from office
1935 - Bob Denver, actor (Dobie Gillis, Gilligan's Island)
1941 - Joan Baez, folk singer/activist (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down)
1944 - Jimmy Page, musician (Led Zeppelin)
1950 - David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter), singer (Hot, Hot, Hot)

Deaths:
1923 - Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand writer (Dove's Nest), age 34
1936 - John Gilbert, actor (His Hour), age 40
1982 - Paul Lynde, actor (Bye, Bye Birdie)/TV Panelist (Hollywood Squares - Center Square)
1995 - Peter Cook, comic (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)/actor (The Princess Bride -"Mawage..."), age 57
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:26 am

Jan 10

In 1911, Jimmie Henrickson shot the first photo from an airplane while flying over San Diego, California

In 1949, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) announced a new 7" 45 rpm phonograph record that changed the pop music business

In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded his first tunes as an RCA Victor recording artist (Heartbreak Hotel, Money Honey, and I Got a Woman)

In 1969, after 147 years of publications, the final issue of the Saturday Evening Post appeared

In 1990, Time, Inc acquired Warner Communications, marking the beginning of Time-Warner

In 1996, the 3rd day of the Blizzard of '96, saw the Northeastern US buried under 1.5-3 feet of snow

In 2000, AOL announced it had agreed to buy Time-Warner

Births:
1738 - Ethan Allen, US Revolutionary War hero
1904 - Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard Of Oz)
1943 - Jim Croce, singer/songwriter (Bad, Bad Leroy Brown)
1945 - Rod Stweart, singer (Maggie May)
1967 - Trini Alvarado, actor (Little Women)

Deaths:
1862 - Samuel Colt, inventor of the 6-shot revolver (Colt 45), age 47
1951 - Sinclair Lewis, writer (Elmer Gantry), age 65
1961 - Dashiell Hammett, detective writer (The Thin Man), age 66
1981 - Richard Boone, actor (Have Gun - Will Travel), age 63
2004 - Spaulding Gray, actor (Beaches)/actor/writer (Swimming To Cambodia), committed suicide, jumped off the Staten Island Ferry, age 62
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:07 am

Jan 11

In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded by China to Great Britain (it returned to Chinese control in 1997)

In 1878, milk was delivered in bottles for the first time

In 1902, "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time

In 1935, Amelia Earhardt Putnam became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California

In 1963, the Whiskey A-Go-Go opened on Sunset Boulevard in LA, California

In 1964, Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard

In 1973, Major League Baseball agreed to allow the American League to experiment with the designated hitter rule - they're still experimenting :roll:

Births:
1755 - Alexander Hamilton, US Secretary of the Treasury
1815 - Sir John MacDonald, first Prime Minister of Canada
1925 - Grant Tinker, executive producer (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
1946 - Naomi Judd, country singer (The Judds)
1972 - Amanda Peet, actress (Saving Silverman)

Deaths:
1843 - Francis Scott Key, composer (Star-Spangled Banner), age 63
1997 - Sheldon Leonard, actor/producer (I Spy, Nick-It's A Wonderful Life), age 89
2003 - Maurice Gibb, singer/songwriter (The Bee Gees), age 53
20008 - Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr, of Parkinson's Disease, age 90
2008 - Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand explorer/mountaineer (reached the summiut of Mt Everest), of heart failure, age 88
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:29 am

Jan 12

In 1773, the first public museum was organized in Charlestown, South Carolina

In 1949, "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie", the Chicago-based children's show, made its national debut on NBC-TV

In 1966, Batman debuted on ABC-TV

In 1997, Gold Medal figure skater Oksana Baiul was injured while driving intoxicated

Births:
1729 - Edmund Burke, philosopher ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing")
1876 - Jack London, author (The Call Of The Wild))
1905 - Tex Ritter, country singer (High Noon), John Ritter's father
1910 - Luise Rainier, two-time oscar-winning actress (The Great Zeigfield, The Good Earth)
1951 - Kirstie Alley, actress (Cheers)
1951 - Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host
1954 - Howard Stern, radio talk show host
1960 - Oliver Platt, actor (Flatliners)
1974 - Mel C, singer (Spice Girls)

Deaths:
1517 - Vasco de Balboa, Spanish conquistador, beheaded, age 41
1962 - Ernie Kovaks, comedian (Ernie Kovaks Show), killed in auto crash, age 42
1976 - Agatha Christie, mystery writer (Murder On The Orient Express), age 85
1981 - Beulah Bond, actress (It's A Wonderful Life), age 89
2001 - William Hewlett, founder of Hewlett-Packard, age 87
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:52 am

Jan 13

In 1854, Antony Foss patented the accordion

In 1863, Thomas Crapper pioneered the one-piece flushable toilet :shock:

In 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC

In 1957, Wham-O developed the first plastic Frisbee

In 1982, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737, attempted to take off from Washington's National Airport in one of the worst blizzards in history. Ice had built up on the wings as it waited its turn to take off, preventing it from gaining altitude. After crashing into the 14th Street Bridge, the plane fell into the Potomac River, killing 74 of the 79 onboard; 4 people on the bridge were also killed

In 1989, computers across Britain were hit by the "Friday the 13th" virus

Births;
1832 - Horatio Alger, minister/author of rags to riches tales
1884 - Sophie Tucker, singer/vaudeville entertainer "Last of the Red Hot Mamas" (Some of These Days)
1919 - Robert Stack, actor (Untouchables, Airplane!)
1925 - Gwen Verdon, dancer (Chicago)/actress (Cocoon)
1949 - Brandon Tartikoff, TV Executive - President of NBC-TV
1961 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress (Seinfeld)
1966 - Patrick Dempsey, actor (Grey's Anatomy)
1977 - Orlando Bloom, actor (Lord Of The Rings)

Deaths:
1864 - Stephen Foster, composer (My Old Kentucky Home), age 37
1941 - James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), age 58
1979 - Donnie Hathaway, rocker (with Roberta Flack - Where Is The Love?), committed suicide, age 33
2009 - Patrick McGoohan, actor (The Prisoner), age 80
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!


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