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In 1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris is #1 on the charts. In 1930 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra recorded "On the Sunny Side of the Street." In 1945 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie registered together for the first time. In 1958 Chuck Berry records "Johnny B. Goode." In 1959 Cash Box magazine uses a red "bullet" on its record charts to indicate the most muscular upward movement. In 1963 Paul McCartney & John Lennon composed "From Me To You" in the car on their way from York to Shrewsbury during the Helen Shapiro tour. In 1966 Liverpool's Cavern Club, an early Beatles stomping ground, closes when its owners go bankrupt. In 1968 Frankie Lymon ("Why Do Fools Fall In Love") dies of a heroin overdose at age 25. In 1970 "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, and "Celebrate" by Three Dog Night all entered the U.S. Top 40 chart. In 1970 &q

Today In History...

In 1827 The first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, was incorporated. In 1844 U.S. Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer, and several others are killed when a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton explodes. In 1849 The ship California arrives in San Francisco with the first gold seekers. In 1854 Some 50 opponents to slavery meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for a new political group. The organization would later become known as the Republican Party. In 1861 The Territory of Colorado is organized. In 1883 The first vaudeville theater opens. In 1902 A Colorado mine disaster kills over a thousand. In 1933 Leftist playwright Bertolt Brecht leaves Germany. In 1934 "Palooka" opens and introduces Jimmy Durante and "Inka Dinka Do." In 1940 The British ship "Queen Elizabeth" is launched. In 1940 The first college basketball game is televised on W2XBS/Ne

Born On This Day...

In 1516 England's Queen Mary I (1553-58) In 1533 French essayist, Michel de Montaigne In 1820 Illustrator, Sir John Tenniel (Alice in Wonderland) In 1824 French acrobat Charles Blondin (crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope) In 1890 Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky In 1893 Novelist/playwright Ben Hecht (The Front Page) In 1901 Chemist, Linus Pauling (Nobel-1954, 1962) [d: 8-19-94] In 1906 Gangster, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel [d: 6-20-47] In 1907 Cartoonist, Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon) [d: 4-3-88] In 1908 Actress Billie Bird (Benson, Dear John) [d: 11-27-02] In 1909 Actor, Olan Soule (Mr. Pfeiffer-My Three Sons) [d: 2-1-94] In 1909 English poet Sir Stephen Spender [d: 7-16-95] In 1910 Film director Vincente Minnelli (American In Paris) [d: 7-25-86] In 1914 Actor, Jim Boles (One Man's Family) [d: 5-26-77] In 1915 Zoologist, Sir Peter Medawar (Nobel-1953) [d: 10-2-87] In 1915 Actor, Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof) [d: 9-8-77] In 1923 Actor, Charles Durning (The Sting, Tootsi

Music Calendar...

In 1942 "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" by Bing Crosby entered the U.S. singles chart. In 1955 Billboard magazine reports that sales of 45 rpm singles had surpassed 78 rpm rivals for the first time. In 1956 Little Richard's single "Long Tall Sally" is released. In 1960 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." In 1961 "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. In 1967 Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne," is released. In 1969 "Stormy" by the Classics IV is certified gold. In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" goes gold. In 1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for profanity on stage at a concert in Oklahoma City. In 1971 "What Is Life" by George Harrison entered the U.S. Top 40 chart. In 1974 Joni Mitchell's album "Court And Spark" is certifi

Today In History...

In 1801 Washington, DC, is placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. In 1813 Congress authorizes the use of steamboats to transport mail. In 1827 The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans. In 1844 The Dominican Republic gained its independence. In 1861 In Warsaw, Russian troops fire on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland, killing five. In 1879 The artificial sweetener saccharin is discovered. In 1883 The first practical cigar-rolling machine is patented. In 1890 Boxers Danny Needham and Patsy Kerrigan fight 100 rounds in San Francisco before the match is declared a draw. In 1908 The design of the U.S. 46-star flag (adding Oklahoma) is officially released. In 1919 The American Association for the Hard of Hearing is formed in New York City. In 1922 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed a woman's right to vote. In 1922 Reader's Digest begins publication. In 1932 Physicist James Chadwick proposes the existe

Born On This Day...

In 1807 American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In 1850 Philanthropist/railroad builder Henry E. Huntington In 1877 Sports owner Walter Briggs (Detroit Tigers) In 1888 Historian, Arthur Meier Schlesinger In 1889 Physiologist Charles Herbert (discovered insulin) In 1891 Inventor David Sarnoff (founded RCA, NBC) In 1892 Actor William Demarest (Uncle Charley-My Three Sons) In 1895 Actor Edward Brophy (The Last Hurrah) In 1902 Golf Hall-of-Famer Gene Sarazen (invented sand wedge) [d: 3-13-99] In 1902 Author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath) [d: 12-20-68] In 1903 Actor, Reginald Gardiner (The Pruitts of Southhampton) [d: 4-25-90] In 1904 American author James Thomas Farrell (Studs Lonigan) [d: 8-22-79] In 1904 Singer/actress Elisabeth Welch (Stormy Weather) [d: 7-15-03] In 1905 Actor, Franchot Tone (Dr. Freeland-Ben Casey) [d: 9-18-68] In 1910 Actress Joan Bennett (Little Women, Dark Shadows) [d: 12-7-90] In 1910 Auto racer Ted Horn (most consecutive national titles 1946-48) [d: 10-10-

Music Calendar...

In 1957 "Teen-Age Crush" by Tommy Sands, "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline, and "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox all enter the U.S. top 40 In 1957 Porter Wagoner joins the Grand Ole Opry. In 1959 3 weeks after he was killed in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper's album "Chantilly Lace" was released. In 1959 "Never Be Anyone Else But You" by Ricky Nelson enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1963 "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons enters the U.S. top 40 charts. In 1964 Newsweek features a front-page article about the Beatles. In 1964 The Beatles appear for the third time on "The Ed Sullivan Show," becoming the first group to perform 3 times on the program. In 1965 Shooting begins in the Bahamas on the Beatles' second film, "Help!" In 1966 The Rolling Stones begin the second leg of their South Pacific tour with a concert in St. Kilda, New Zealand. In 1970 In his first solo appearance on U.S