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In 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethoven's funeral in Vienna. In 1957 Lonnie Donegan ("Rock Island Line") begins his second U.S. tour at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1959 Connie Francis performs on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1962 "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler is certified gold. In 1963 Jan & Dean sing "Linda" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." In 1966 The Ventures perform "Secret Agent Man" on "Where The Action Is." In 1969 "My Way" by Frank Sinatra enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 "Time Of The Season" by the Zombies peaks at #3 and "Traces" by the Classics IV peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1970 Ringo Starr appears on the "David Frost Show," singing "Sentimental Journey." In 1973 After their single "The Cover Of Rolling Stone" debuts, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show are pictured on the front of the magazine.

Today In History...

In 1638 Swedish Colonists settle in what is now Wilmington, Delaware. In 1792 Sweden's King Gustav III dies, nearly two days after he was mortally wounded during a masquerade party. In 1798 The Republic of Switzerland is formed. In 1812 The first White House wedding takes place as Lucy Payne Washington, sister-in-law of President James Madison, marries U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd. In 1848 Broken ice creates a dam that stops Niagara Falls. In 1867 The British Parliament passes the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada, effective the following July. In 1871 Royal Hall is opened in London by Queen Victoria. In 1882 The Knights of Columbus is chartered in Connecticut. In 1886 Coca-Cola is created by John Pemberton in Atlanta, GA, as a hangover cure and a stomach ache/headache remedy. Cocaine was an ingredient of Coke until 1904 when Congress banned it. In 1920 Actress Mary Pickford and actor Douglas Fairbanks are married. In 1932 A vaudeville comedian makes his

Born On This Day...

In 1790 John Tyler, 10th U.S. president (1841-1845) In 1819 Businessman, Edwin Drake (first productive oil well in America) In 1853 Inventor/electrician, Elihu Thomson (founded General Electric) In 1867 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Cy Young ("greatest pitcher in history") In 1875 Lou Henry Hoover, wife of U.S. president Herbert Hoover In 1878 Composer, Albert Von Tilzer (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) In 1888 Businessman, James E. Casey (founded United Parcel Service [UPS]) In 1889 Playwright/actor, Howard Lindsay In 1908 Actor, Arthur O'Connell (Mr. Peepers) [d: 5-18-81] In 1908 Actor/writer, Dennis O'Keefe (Dennis O'Keefe Show) [d: 8-31-68] In 1911 Actor, Philip Ahn (Master Kan-Kung Fu) [d: 2-28-78] In 1913 Actor/comedian Phil Foster (Frank-Laverne & Shirley) [d: 7-8-85] In 1916 U.S. senator Eugene McCarthy [d: 12-10-05] In 1918 Singer/actress, Pearl Bailey (Porgy & Bess) [d: 8-17-90] In 1918 Businessman, Sam Walton (founded Wal-Mart) [d: 4-5-92] In 1919 Actre

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In 1743 George Frederic Handel's oratorio "Messiah" is performed in London. In 1792 Joseph Haydn's Symphony Number 94 in G Major, also known as the "Surprise Symphony," is performed for the first time in London. In 1891 The first jazz concert is held at Carnegie Hall. In 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Cohn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas." In 1963 Dion ("Runaround Sue") marries Sue Butterfield. In 1963 "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys and "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1963 "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby & The Romantics is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1964 "In His Own Write," John Lennon's first poetry book, is published in Britain. In 1965 Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Gene Pitney and the Moody Blues perform on TV's "Hullabaloo." In 1968 "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles, "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro and "

Today In History...

In 1752 Pope Stephen II is elected to succeed Zacharias, however Stephen dies 2 days later. In 1775 In a speech to the Virginia Provincial Convention, Patrick Henry makes his famous plea for American independence from Britain when he says, "Give me liberty or give me death!" In 1806 Having reached the Pacific Coast, explorers Lewis and Clark begin their journey back east. In 1840 The first photo of the moon is taken. In 1914 A tornado kills 94 in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1918 During World War I, Germany initiates the use of a terrifying new weapon, a 25-foot cannon nicknamed "Big Bertha." In 1919 Benito Mussolini establishes his Fascist movement in Milan, Italy. In 1929 The first telephone is installed in the White House. In 1933 The German Reichstag adopts the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. In 1942 The U.S. begins moving Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers. In 1944 Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 fe

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In 1699 Scientist/botanist, John Bartram ("Father of American Botany") In 1749 Mathematician, Pierre-Simon Laplace In 1823 Schuyler Colfax, 17th U.S. vice president (1869-73) In 1857 Actress/cookbook author, Fannie Farmer In 1874 Artist, Joseph Leyendecker (over 300 Saturday Evening Post covers) In 1876 Engraver, Sir Muirhead Bone In 1881 French novelist, Roger Martin du Gard (Nobel, 1937) In 1900 Author/philosopher, Erich Fromm (Escape From Freedom) [d: 3-18-80] In 1902 Actor, Philip Ober (General Stone-I Dream Of Jeannie) [d: 9-13-82] In 1908 Actress, Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) [d: 5-10-77] In 1912 German scientist, Werner Von Braun (rocket expert) [d: 6-16-77] In 1917 Bandleader, Johnny Guarnieri (Morey Amsterdam Show) [d: 1-7-85] In 1922 Comedian, Marty Allen (Allen and Rossi) [d: 2-12-18] In 1923 Football Hall-of-Famer, Arnie Weinmeister (Giants) [d: 7-3-00] In 1927 Baseball player, Johnny Logan (Milwaukee Braves) [d: 8-9-13] In 1927 Actress, Monique Van Vooren (Andy