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On This Day 4-12-2024

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Music Calendar...

In 1939 Woody Herman's Orchestra records "Woodchopper's Ball." In 1954 Joe Turner's single "Shake, Rattle & Roll" is released. In 1954 Billy Haley and the Comets record "Rock Around The Clock." In 1961 Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place" wins the Best Record Grammy, and Bob Newhart's "Button Down Mind" wins Best Album. In 1964 Chubby Checker marries former Miss World Catherina Lodders. In 1964 "It's Over" by Roy Orbison enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 After crashing his Corvette into a parked truck in Los Angeles, Jan & Dean's Jan Berry is paralyzed for a year. In 1968 Life magazine features an article on the Doors entitled "Wicked Go The Doors." In 1968 The Turtles' album "Turtles' Greatest Hits" is certified gold. In 1969 Simon & Garfunkel win the Record of the Year Grammy for "Mrs. Robinson" and Jose Feliciano wins Best New Artist. In

Today In History...

In 1606 England adopted as its flag the original version of the Union Jack. In 1844 Texas becomes a U.S. territory. In 1853 The first truancy law is enacted in New York. A $50 fine was issued to parents whose children, aged 5-15, were absent from school. In 1861 Fort Sumter, South Carolina, is shelled by the Confederacy starting the Civil War. In 1862 Union volunteers led by James J. Andrews steal a Confederate train near Marietta, Georgia, but were later caught. In 1877 The catcher's mask is first used in a baseball game. In 1892 The portable typewriter is patented by George C. Blickensderfer. In 1894 A 3-day snowstorm dumps 30 inches on Pennsylvania and New York. In 1934 The highest-velocity wind ever recorded, 231 mph, occurs at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. In 1934 The F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "Tender is the Night" is first published by Scribner's in New York. In 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage and Harry S.

Born On This Day...

In 1724 Governor, Lyman Hall (signed the Declaration of Independence) In 1777 Politician/statesman, Henry Clay (The Great Compromiser) In 1791 Republican party founder, Francis P. Blair In 1831 Engineer, Grenville Dodge (Union Pacific Railroad chief engineer) In 1838 American librarian, John Billing Shaw In 1892 Jazz musician, Johnny Dodds In 1904 Opera soprano, Lily Pons (Metropolitan Opera) [d: 2-13-76] In 1912 Singer, Herbert Mills (The Mills Brothers) [d: 4-12-89] In 1913 Sportscaster/actor, Jimmy Lennon (Raging Bull, Rocky) [d: 4-20-92] In 1917 Blues singer/guitarist, Hound Dog Taylor [d: 12-17-75] In 1918 Singer, Helen Forrest (Harry James, Benny Goodman) [d: 7-11-99] In 1919 Singer/arranger, Billy Vaughn (Melody of Love) [d: 9-26-91] In 1923 Actress/dancer, Ann Miller (Great American Pastime) [d: 1-22-04] In 1926 Actress, Jane Withers (Josephine the plumber) [d: 8-7-21] In 1932 Singer, Tiny Tim (Tiptoe Through The Tulips) [d: 11-30-96] In 1933 Spanish opera singer, Montserrat Ca

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Music Calendar...

In 1961 Barbra Striesand appears on "The Jack Paar Show." In 1964 The Searchers ("Needles & Pins") appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1968 "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap is certified gold. In 1969 "Grazing In The Grass" by Friends Of Distinction, "These Eyes" by Guess Who and "Atlantis" by Donovan all enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1974 The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit the National Ballet of Canada. In 1975 "Only Women Bleed" by Alice Cooper, "Bad Time" by Grand Funk, "Magic" by Pilot and "Sister Golden Hair" by America all enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1975 "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1977 Jackson Browne, John Sebastian, J.D. Souther, Richie Havens and others play a series of concerts in Tokyo to benefit efforts to protect whales and dolphins. They raised $150,