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In 1948 Hank Williams Sr. performs on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show.
In 1954 Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto in San Antonio, TX.
In 1954 "Sh-Boom" by the Crew Cuts is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1955 Bill Haley & the Comets perform "Rock Around The Clock" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1957 Paul Anka makes his TV debut on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1961 "Take Good Care Of My Baby" by Bobby Vee enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 Time Magazine reviews the Beatles' movie "Hard Days Night" with a headline that read "Beatles Blow It."
In 1965 The Turtles' remake of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" and "Help!" by the Beatles both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 Christine McVie becomes the first female member Fleetwood Mac.
In 1971 "Go Away Little Girl…

Today In History

In 1782 George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
In 1789 The U.S. War Department is established by Congress.
In 1882 The famous feud between the Hatfield family of southern West Virginia and the McCoys of eastern Kentucky breaks out.
In 1912 The Progressive Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president.
In 1918 Philadelphia hit its all time high temperature record of 106 degrees.
In 1927 The Peace Bridge between the U.S. and Canada is dedicated during ceremonies attended by the Prince of Wales and U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes.
In 1929 Babe Ruth ties a record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games.
In 1933 The comic strip "Alley Oop" begins.
In 1934 The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."
In 1942 U.S.forces land at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first …

Born On This Day

In 1742 American Revolutionary War general, Nathaniel Green
In 1779 Geographer, Carl Ritter (co-founded modern science of geography)
In 1783 Inventor, John Heathcoat (lace-making machinery)
In 1802 Russian chemist, Germain Henri Jess (thermochemistry)
In 1839 Businessman/senator, John Dryden (founded Prudential Insurance)
In 1852 Austrian engineer, Philipp Forchheimer (groundwater hydrology)
In 1876 Dancer, Mata Hari (German spy executed by firing squad in Paris)
In 1885 Actress, "Billie" Burke (Glinda the Good Witch-The Wizard of Oz)
In 1886 Physicist/inventor, Louis Hazeltine (neutrodyne circuit)
In 1901 German historian, Konrad Heiden (coined the term Nazi) [d: 6-18-66]
In 1902 Actress, Ann Harding (East is West, Janie) [d: 9-1-81]
In 1903 Anthropologist, Louis Leakey (fossil discoveries) [d: 10-1-72]
In 1904 United Nations founder, Ralph J. Bunche (Nobel-1950) [d: 12-9-71]
In 1910 Jazz pianist, Freddie Slack (Boogie Woogie piano) [d: 8-10-65]
In 1925 Country singer, Felice Bryant (Fel…

Music Calendar...

In 1782 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constanze Weber.
In 1927 Jimmie Rodgers records "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier's Sweetheart."
In 1956 "My Prayer" by the Platters hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1956 "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley and "The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan & Goodman both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1957 The Everly Brothers introduce "Wake Up Little Susie" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958 Billboard Magazine introduces their first Hot 100 singles chart.
In 1958 "Rock-In Robin" by Bobby Day, "Chantilly Lace" by Big Bopper and "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1958 "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1962 "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole and "She's Not You" by Elvis Presley both enter the U.S. top 4…

Today In History...

In 1693 Dom Perignon introduces champagne.
In 1735 A jury acquits John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of a charge of libel brought by the royal governor of New York.
In 1790 The Revenue Cutter Service is formed, the forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 1830 Plans for the city of Chicago are laid out.
In 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden are axed to death in their home in Fall River, MA. Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.
In 1914 Britain declares war on Germany and the U.S. proclaims its neutrality during World War I.
In 1926 The U.S. purchases the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.
In 1925 U.S. marines leave Nicaragua after a 13-year occupation.
In 1944 Nazi police arrest 8 people in Amsterdam, including 14-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary, which was published after her death, became a classic depiction of the Holocaust.
In 1958 The Dumont TV Network is dissolved.
In 1962 J…

Born On This Day...

In 1521 Pope Urban VII (9-15 to 9-27-1590)
In 1540 Joseph Justus Scaliger, founder of scientific chronology
In 1755 French inventor, Nicolas-Jacque Conte (modern pencil)
In 1792 Poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley
In 1859 Norwegian novelist, Knute Hamsun (Nobel-1920)
In 1865 Sculptor, John Flanagan (designed George Washington quarter)
In 1899 Religious leader, Ezra Taft Benson (Morman Church)
In 1900 Cartoonist, Douglas L. Mays (Punch) [d: 5-19-91]
In 1900 Queen Elizabeth of England (King George VI's wife) [d: 3-30-02]
In 1901 Jazz singer/trumpeter, Louie Armstrong (Hello Dolly) [d: 7-6-71]
In 1903 Actress/singer, Helen Kane (Boop Boop A Doop girl) [d: 9-26-66]
In 1909 Olympic track athlete, Glenn Cunningham [d: 3-10-88]
In 1910 Composer/educator, William Schuman (Juilliard) [d: 2-15-92]
In 1912 Architect, Raoul Wallenberg (saved 100,000 WWII Jews) [d: 7-17-47]
In 1913 Actor, Wesley Addy (Bostonian, Cabot Alden-Loving) [d: 12-31-96]
In 1919 Gospel singer, James Webre Blackwood [d: 2-3-02]
In 1920 Journali…

Born On This Day...

In 1540 Joseph Scaliger, proposed Julian dating
In 1604 Bible translator, John Eliot (Apostle to the Indians)
In 1623 Italian composer, Pietro Antonio Cesti
In 1737 Antonio Franconi, considered the founder of the French circus
In 1749 Revolutionary, Thomas Lynch (signed the Declaration of Independence)
In 1863 Boxer, Bill Richmond (first American to win distinction as a boxer)
In 1802 Norwegian mathematician, Niels Abel (pioneered modern mathematics)
In 1819 Presidential candidate, John Bidwell (Prohibition Party, 1892)
In 1827 Manuel Deodoro Da Fonseca, first president of Brazilian republic
In 1850 French author, Guy de Maupassant
In 1855 Meteorologist, William Henry Dines (atmospheric properties)
In 1862 John Merrick, known as "The Elephant Man"
In 1876 American historian, Mary R. Beard
In 1887 Actor, Reginald Owen (Dr. Watson-Sherlock Holmes)
In 1889 American poet/short story writer, Conrad Aiken
In 1890 Russian sculptor, Naum Gabo (spatial movement)
In 1906 Director/writer, John Huston …