Today In History...

Today In History...
   In 1789 The U.S. War Department establishes a regular army with a strength
           of several hundred men.
   In 1829 London's re-organized police force, which came to be known as
           Scotland Yard, goes on duty.
   In 1902 Impresario David Belasco opens his first Broadway theatre.
   In 1913 Engine designer Rudolf Diesel drowns in the English Channel.
   In 1918 Allied forces score a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line
           in Germany during World War I.
   In 1927 Phone service is established between the U.S. and Mexico.
   In 1943 During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian
           Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the British ship
           Nelson off Malta.
   In 1951 The first color telecast of a football game on a network.
   In 1951 Nicholson discovers the 4th and 12th satellites of Jupiter.
   In 1953 "Make Room For Daddy" starring Danny Thomas premieres on ABC-TV.
   In 1954 The movie "A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and James Mason,
           premieres at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
   In 1957 The New York Giants play their last baseball game at the Polo Ground
           before moving to San Francisco.
   In 1963 The second session of the ecumenical council Vatican II opens in
           Rome, Italy.
   In 1963 The "Judy Garland Show" and the situation comedy "My Favorite
           Martian" starring Bill Bixby and Ray Walston both debut on CBS-TV.
   In 1969 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV.
   In 1973 Soyuz 12 returns to Earth.
   In 1973 47-year-old Frenchman Henri Rochetain sets the world record for
           staying on a tightrope at 185 days.
   In 1975 Baseball manager Casey Stengel dies at a hosptial in Glendale,
           California, at the age of 85.
   In 1977 Soviet space station Salyut 6 is launched into earth orbit.
   In 1978 After only a month as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope
           John Paul I is found dead in his Vatican apartment.
   In 1979 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Ireland.
   In 1982 Seven people in the Chicago area die after unknowingly taking
           Extra-Strength Tylenol laced with cyanide.
   In 1983 Congress invokes the War Powers Act for the first time when it
           authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 U.S. Marines in Lebanon
           for up to 18 months longer.
   In 1984 Officials in Ireland announce that two of its navy cutters had
           intercepted a trawler carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons
           from the U.S. for delivery to the Irish Republican Army.
   In 1986 The Soviet Union releases Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist
           confined in Moscow on spying charges, whose detention had been
           regarded as a serious obstacle to a U.S.-Soviet summit.
   In 1987 Henry Ford II, longtime chairman of Ford Motor Company, dies in
           Detroit, Michigan, at age 70.
   In 1988 The space shuttle Discovery blasts-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida,
           marking America's return to manned space flight following the
           Challenger disaster.
   In 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the U.S. win
           their second gold medals of the Seoul Olympics, in the 200-meter and
           the long jump, respectively.
   In 1989 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is convicted of battery for slapping Beverly
           Hills police officer Paul Kramer after he'd pulled over her
           Rolls-Royce for expired license plates.
   In 1991 California Governor Pete Wilson vetoes a bill outlawing job
           discrimination against homosexuals, saying it could have led to
           unjustified lawsuits.
   In 1992 Magic Johnson, infected with the AIDS virus, announces he would
           return to basketball. (He scrapped his comeback the following
   In 1992 Lawmakers in Brazil vote overwhelmingly to impeach President
           Fernando Collor de Mello.
   In 1993 Bosnia's parliament rejects an international peace plan.
   In 1995 Three U.S. servicemen are indicted in the rape of a 12-year-old
           Okinawan girl and handed over to Japanese authorities.
   In 1995 The O.J. Simpson trial is sent to the jury.
   In 1997 Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree to resume negotiations,
           ending a six-month stalemate.
   In 1997 Oklahoma City bombing defendant Terry Nichols goes on trial in the
           same courtroom in Denver where Timothy McVeigh was convicted and
           sentenced to die.
   In 1998 The Federal Reserve lowers the prime rate to 5.25 percent, the first
           cut in nearly three years.
   In 1998 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accepts a proposal in which Israel
           cedes additional West Bank land.
   In 1998 A 10-mile-long, 2-mile-wide oil spill threatens the California
   In 2001 President Bush condemns Afghanistan's Taliban rulers for harboring
           Osama bin Laden and his followers.
   In 2001 Former South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu dies at age 78.
   In 2002 Israel bows to UN demands and U.S. pressure, pulling troops and 
           tanks out through the barbed wire encircling Yasser Arafat's West 
           Bank headquarters. 
   In 2003 President Bush signs legislation to ratify the FTC's authority to 
           set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers. 
   In 2004 The privately built SpaceShipOne rocket plane travels past the edge 
           of earth's atmosphere, completing the first stage of a quest to win 
           the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
   In 2008 Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington 
           Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the 
           largest single-day point loss in its history.
   In 2010 Actor Tony Curtis died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 85. Married 
           at one point to Janet Leigh, father to Jamie Lee Curtis.

Music Calendar...
   In 1947 Dizzy Gillespie plays his first Carnegie Hall concert in New York.
   In 1958 "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1958 "It's All In The Game" by Tommy Edwards hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
           chart and stayed there for 6 weeks.
   In 1959 Little Anthony and the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop."
   In 1960 Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" on TV's "American Bandstand."
   In 1961 In his first recording session, Bob Dylan plays background harmonica
           on an album by folk singer Caroline Hester.
   In 1963 The Rolling Stones begin their first British tour opening for Little
           Richard, Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers.
   In 1967 Gladys Knight & the Pips' single "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
           is released.
   In 1968 Mama Cass Elliot sings "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" on CBS-TV's
           "Smothers Brothers Show."
   In 1969 "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" by Jackie DeShannon is certified
   In 1970 "Spill the Wine" by Eric Burdon & War and "Candida" by Dawn are both
           certified gold.
   In 1973 "Just You 'N Me" by Chicago enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1973 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk is #1 on the U.S. top 40
   In 1975 Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing "Lonely Teardrops"
           onstage at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. He suffered brain
           damage and remained in a coma for 4 months. He would die eight years
           later in 1984 at age 49.
   In 1976 Aiming at a soda bottle, Jerry Lee Lewis accidently shoots his bass
           player, Norman Owens. (Owens recovers.)
   In 1977 Claiming they are overworked and underpaid, James Brown's band walks
           out on him while touring in Florida.
   In 1978 "Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder is certified gold.
   In 1979 "Still" by the Commodores enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1980 Newsweek prints an article with John Lennon in which he announces
           his first album in 6 years, "Double Fantasy."
   In 1984 "Out Of Touch" by Hall & Oates enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1984 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1986 Guitarist Andy Taylor quits Duran Duran.
   In 1989 For the first time since the Eagles broke up, Glenn Frey joins Don
           Henley onstage in Los Angeles for three Eagles songs.
   In 1990 "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" by Nelson is #1 on
           the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1992 During an interview with a British music magazine, Madonna invites
           Princess Diana to move in with her in the U.S.
   In 1994 The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
   In 1994 Sheryl Crow's album "Tuesday Night Music Club" is certified
   In 1996 Alanis Morissette concludes her first U.S. tour in Houston.
   In 1997 Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine
           possession in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
   In 1998 The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against discount clothing
           company Ross Stores for selling "The Sinatra Collection," an album
           of 75 songs, without permission.
   In 1999 "Garth Brooks in the life of Chris Gaines" special airs on NBC-TV.
   In 1999 Mariah Carey becomes the top-selling female artist of the 90's as
           "Heartbreaker" became her 14th #1 single on Billboard's Hot 100, a
           feat equaled only by the Beatles (20) and Elvis Presley (18).
   In 2001 Jennifer Lopez marries Cris Judd in a secret marriage ceremony in
           the Santa Monica Mountains of California.

   In 2002 Jazz pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia at age 79.


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