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Music Calendar...

In 1956 RCA releases its first Elvis Presley record, "Heartbreak Hotel" b/w "I Was The One." In 1957 Buddy Holly records "That'll Be The Day" in Clovis, New Mexico. In 1958 Pat Boone appears on TV's "The Perry Como Show." In 1962 Sam Cooke's single "Twistin' The Night Away" is released. In 1963 The Classics record "Till Then." In 1963 The Beatles sign a contract with Vee Jay records to release two of their British hits, "Please Please Me" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret," in the U.S. In 1964 Producer Phil Spector appears as a panelist on the British rate-a-record TV program "Juke Box Jury." In 1964 "She Loves You" by the Beatles enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1970 John Lennon & Yoko Ono shave their heads for peace. In 1970 Sly & The Family Stone appear on CBS-TV's "Th

Today In History...

In 1533 England's King Henry VIII secretly marries his second wife, Anne Boleyn (who later gave birth to Elizabeth I). In 1579 The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic. In 1787 Shay's Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Captain Daniel Shays fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, MA. In 1890 Reporter Nellie Bly of the New York World receives a tumultuous welcome home after she completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. In 1890 The United Workers of America is founded. In 1915 The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service when he calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco from New York. In 1925 The largest diamond, Cullinan (3106 carats), found in South Africa. In 1940 The first social security checks are mailed. In 1945 Grand Rapids becomes the first city to fluoridate its public water supply. In 1946 The United Mine Workers rejoin th

Born On This Day...

In 1627 Irish physicist/author, Robert Boyle (experiments with color) In 1736 Astronomer/mathematician, Joseph-Louis Lagrange In 1759 Scottish poet/songwriter, Robert Burns (Auld Lang Syne) In 1783 Businessman, William Colgate (founded Colgate-Palmolive) In 1860 Charles Curtis, 31st U.S. vice-president (1929-33) In 1874 English novelist, W. Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage) In 1878 Engineer, Ernst Frederik Alexanderson (over 320 patents) In 1882 English author/critic, Virginia Woolf In 1899 Blues singer/guitarist, "Sleepy" John Estes In 1899 Belgium premier, Paul Henri Spaak (NATO secretary-general, 1957-61) In 1906 Actress, Mildred Dunnock (Jazz Singer, Love Me Tender) [d: 7-5-91] In 1918 Baseball broadcaster, Ernie Harwell (wrote Tuned to Baseball) [d: 5-4-10] In 1918 Actor, Ken Mayers (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol) [d: 1-30-85] In 1919 Former broadcast journalist/author, Edwin Newman (NBC) [d: 9-15-10] In 1924 Football Hall-of-Famer, Lou "The Toe" Groza (Brown

A Reflection of Unity

On September 12th 2001, 300 million Americans put aside what divides us, and rallied around what Unites us all. We proudly flew our flags and wore T-Shirts that said these colors don’t run. WE demonstrated to the world we are ONE PEOPLE and ONE NATION under God. It’s time for us to seriously get back to some real “Common Sense.” It’s Hyphenated America that’s really dividing us, yes we have diverse cultures in our society and that’s what makes this nation strong. The rest of the world doesn’t divide us in groups, they see us all as Americans. I would love to see the day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Using the race card to silence your political opponents is destructive! We were all born with an equal ticket to this “Show of Life, “ and when our performance is over, and we leave the stage for the last time, I hope we all get to see those flags of Unity flying in everyones neighborhood before the light fades.

Today In History...

In 1793 During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason by the National Convention, is executed by the guillotine. In 1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resign from the U.S. Senate. In 1892 John Couch Adams, English co-discoverer of Neptune, dies. In 1908 New York City enacts an ordinance that made smoking in public by women punishable by a fine of $5.00 to $25.00 and 10 days in jail. In 1915 The Kiwanis Club is formed in Detroit, Michigan. In 1924 Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin dies of a stroke at age 54. In 1950 A federal jury in New York finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury. In 1950 George Orwell, author of "1984," dies in London. In 1954 The first gas turbine automobile is exhibited in New York City. In 1954 The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched atGroton, Connecticut. In 1969 Switzerland had to seal off an underground cavern after a nuclear accident. In 1976 The supers

Born On This Day...

In 1338 King Charles V of France (1364-80) In 1743 American inventor/clockmaker, John Fitch In 1813 Western U.S. explorer/mapmaker, John C. Fremont In 1815 Dentist, Horace Wells (pioneer in use of medical anesthesia) In 1821 John Cabell Breckinridge, 14th U.S. vice-president (1857-61) In 1824 Confederate general, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson In 1855 Inventor, John Moses Browning (automatic rifle) In 1884 Attorney/social reformer, Roger Nash Baldwin (founded ACLU) In 1898 Actor, John George (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu) In 1900 Actor, J. Carroll Naish (Adventures of Charlie Chan) [d: 1-24-73] In 1905 French fashion designer, Christian Dior [d: 10-24-57] In 1912 German scientist, Konrad E. Bloch (cholesterol research) [d: 10-15-00] In 1915 Actor, Alan Hewitt (Det. Brennan-My Favorite Martian) [d: 11-7-86] In 1918 Actor, Edwin Haig Alberian (Clarabelle-Howdy Doody) [d: 3-31-97] In 1919 Actress, Jinx Falkenberg (Masquerade Party) [d: 8-27-03] In 1921 Dr. Barney Clark, first artifi

Music Calendar...

In 1934 "Smoke Gets Into Your Eyes" by Paul Whiteman is #1 on charts. In 1956 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville. In 1958 "Get A Job" by the Silhouettes, "Magic Moments" by Perry Como and "Witchcraft" by Frank Sinatra all enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1964 The Beatles' first U.S. album, "Meet The Beatles," is released. In 1965 The Byrds begin recording "Mr. Tambourine Man." In 1965 The Rolling Stones and the Kinks make their first appearances on TV's "Shindig." In 1965 Alan Freed, who coined the phrase "Rock & Roll," dies at age 43. In 1967 The U.S. hit TV show "The Monkees" premieres on British TV. In 1967 The Rolling Stones' album "Between The Buttons" is released. In 1968 Bob Dylan performs for the first time, after a near-fatal motorcycle accident two years earlier, at a benefit for Woody Guthrie. In 1968 Donovan, Jimi Hendrix and Oti