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In 1929 Leo Reisman and his Orchestra record "Happy Days Are Here Again." In 1954 Gene Autry makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1955 After promising to play "Sixteen Tons," Bo Diddley pulls a switch and plays "Bo Diddley" on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1955 RCA buys Elvis Presley's contract from Sun Records for $40,000. In 1959 Miles Davis and Gil Evans team in the studio to record their classic collaboration "Sketches of Spain." In 1961 Bob Dylan begins his first recording session for his self-titled debut album. In 1963 In Reading, England, 3000 copies of the new album "With TheBeatles" are stolen from a parked delivery van outside a record store. In 1964 For the second time in less than 4 months, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger is fined by an English court for various driving offenses. In 1965 "The Sounds Of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1965 "I He

Today In History...

In 1620 Susanna and William White's son Peregrine is born while the Mayflower is in the Massachusetts Bay, becoming the first child born of English parents in what's now known as New England. In 1789 New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify Bill of Rights. In 1820 A wounded, enraged whale rammed and sank the "Essex" inspiring Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick." In 1888 William Bundy invents the first timecard clock. In 1910 Revolution breaks out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero. In 1914 The State Department begins requiring photographs for passports. In 1929 The radio program "The Goldbergs" debuts on NBC Blue Network. In 1931 The first commercial teletype service begins. In 1945 24 accused Nazi World War II criminals go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1947 Britain's future queen Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey. In 1947 "Meet the Press" makes it's network TV

Born On This Day...

In 1602 German inventor, Otto von Guericke (air pump) In 1620 Peregrine White (first child born of English parents in NewEngland) In 1726 Judge Oliver Wolcott (signed of the Declaration of Independence) In 1752 English poet, Thomas Chatterton In 1761 Pope Pius VIII (253rd pope, 1829-30) In 1858 Swedish author, Selma Lagerlof In 1866 Judge, Kenesaw Mountain Landis (first commissioner of pro baseball) In 1869 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Clark Griffith (owned Senators, Twins) In 1871 Mathematician, William H. Kilpatrick (progressive education) In 1884 Social reformer, Norman Mattoon Thomas (help found ACLU) In 1886 Zoologist, Karl von Frisch (bee expert) (Nobel-1973) In 1889 American astronomer, Edwin Powell Hubble (discovered galaxies) In 1890 Actor, Robert Armstrong (King Kong) In 1891 Actor, Reginald Denny (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman) In 1900 Cartoonist, Chester Gould (Dick Tracy) [d: 5-11-85] In 1907 Actress, Fran Allison (Kukla, Fran & Ollie) [d: 6-13-89] In 1908 Author/TV host, Ali

Music Calendar...

In 1943 Stan Kenton & his Orchestra record "Artistry in Rhythm." In 1948 "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by Spike Jones enters the U.S. charts. In 1954 Sammy Davis, Jr. is involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, CA. 3 days later, Davis lost the sight in his left eye. In 1957 WCFL in Chicago is picketed by the local Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records. In 1964 Gary Lewis & the Playboys record "This Diamond Ring." In 1965 The Who's lead singer Roger Daltry walks out of a performance in London's Glad Rags Ball because of sound problems. In 1966 "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by the Temptations both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks. In 1968 The Supremes play a royal command performance before QueenElizabeth II in

Today In History...

In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico. In 1620 The Mayflower pilgrims reach Cape Cod. In 1794 The U.S. and Britain sign the Jay Treaty resolving matters leftover from the Revolutionary War. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. In 1887 American poet Emma Lazarus, who'd written "The New Colossus" to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, dies at age 38. In 1895 The pencil is invented. In 1919 The U.S. Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles. In 1942 During World War II, Russian forces launch their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front. In 1954 New Jersey's Garden State Parkway installed the first automatic toll collectors. In 1959 Ford Motor Company cancels production of the Edsel. In 1969 Apollo XII astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon. In 1977 Egyptian

Born On This Day...

In 1600 Charles I, king of England (1625-49) In 1752 American soldier, George Rogers Clark In 1805 French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps (built Suez Canal) In 1831 James A. Garfield, 20th U.S. president (March 4-Sept 19, 1881) In 1895 Actress, Mae Marsh (Birth of a Nation) In 1902 Actor, Trevor Bardette (Old Man Clanton-Wyatt Earp) [d: 11-28-77] In 1904 Actress, Nancy Carroll (Alice-The Aldrich Family) [d: 8-6-65] In 1905 Bandleader/songwriter, Tommy Dorsey [d: 11-26-56] In 1917 Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi (1966-77, 80-84) [d: 10-31-84] In 1919 Announcer/TV host, George Fenneman (Dragnet) [d: 5-29-97] In 1919 Actor, Alan Young (Time Machine, Wilbur Post-Mr. Ed) [d: 5-20-16] In 1921 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Roy Campanella (Dodgers) [d: 6-26-93] In 1926 Former U.S. ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick [d: 12-7-06] In 1933 TV/radio talk show host, Larry King (Larry King Live) (87) In 1934 Folk singer, Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) [d: 3-22-91] In 1935 G.E. chairman, John Francis Welch Jr. (

Today In History...

In 1820 Antarctica is discovered by U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer. In 1865 Using the pen name "Mark Twain," Samuel L. Clemens publishes "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" in the New York Saturday Press. In 1883 The U.S. and Canada adopt Standard Time Zones to avoid confusion across the continent. In 1886 Chester A. Arthur, the 21st U.S. president, dies at age 56. In 1902 Inspired by Teddy Roosevelt, Morris Michtom invents the Teddy Bear. In 1903 The U.S. and Panama sign the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty giving the U.S. the rights to build the Panama Canal. In 1909 The U.S. invades Nicaragua and later overthrows President Zelaya. In 1913 Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop. In 1928 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuts in "Steamboat Willie," the first sound-synchronized animated cartoon at the Colony Theatre in New York. In 1932 "Flowers and Trees" receives the first Academy Award for a cartoon. In 1942 &quo

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In 1787 Civil rights leader, Sojourner Truth (women's and black's rights) In 1789 Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, developed a method of photography In 1801 Businessman, John Butterfield (founded American Express) In 1832 Finnish explorer, Nils Nordenskjold (Northeast Passage) In 1836 Playwright/lyricist, Sir W.S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan) In 1836 Italian founder of criminology, Cesare Lombroso In 1874 Humorist/essayist, Clarence Day (Life With Father) In 1881 Hockey player, Percy Lesueur (invented large goalie glove) In 1889 Italian operatic soprano, Amelita Galli-Curci In 1897 Pianist/songwriter, Jules Buffano (Jimmy Durante Show) In 1899 Conductor, Eugene Ormandy (Philadelphia Orchestra) In 1901 Pollster, George H. Gallup (Gallup Poll) [d: 7-28-84] In 1906 Biochemist, George Wald (vitamin A in retina) [d: 4-13-97] In 1908 Actress, Imogene Coca (Your Show of Shows) [d: 6-2-01] In 1909 Lyricist, Johnny Mercer (Moon River, Old Black Magic) [d: 6-25-76] In 1912 Actor, Arthur P

Music Calendar...

In 1839 Verdi's first opera, "Oberto," was first performed in Milan. In 1877 The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, "TheSorcerer" begins in London. In 1945 "Chickery Chick" by Sammy Kaye is #1 on the charts. In 1958 "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Platters enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1958 "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1961 Patsy Cline records "She's Got You" in Nashville. In 1962 "Big Girls Don't Cry" by the Four Seasons hits #1 on U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks. In 1967 Davy Jones of the Monkees opens Zilch I, a Greenwich Village, NY, boutique. In 1967 Pink Floyd's third single "Apples and Oranges" is released, but it failed to chart. In 1968 Glen Campbell receives gold records for "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." In 1969 The Rolling Stones' album "Let It Bleed

Today In History...

In 1558 Elizabeth I ascends to English throne upon the death of Queen Mary. In 1800 Congress holds its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building. In 1869 The Suez Canal opens in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. In 1889 The Union Pacific Railroad Company begins daily direct service between Chicago and Portland, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. In 1917 Sculptor August Rodin dies in Meudon, France. In 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor aka "Lady Bird." In 1940 The Green Bay Packers become first NFL team to travel by plane. In 1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize the steel industry. In 1959 Synthetic diamonds are made for the first time. In 1962 President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. In 1968 NBC upset football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a Jets-Raiders game to begin the telefilm "Heidi" on schedule.Viewers missed s

Born On This Day...

In 1587 Dutch poet, Joost van den Vondel In 1717 French mathematician, Jean d'Alembert In 1755 King Louis XVIII of France (1814-24) In 1790 German astronomer/mathematician, August Mobius (analytic geometry) In 1799 American artist, Titian Ramsey Peale In 1890 Pro football pioneer, Jack Cusack (Canton Bulldogs) In 1897 Actor, Eddie Baker (Keystone Kops) In 1901 English golfer, Joyce Wethered [d: 11-20-97] In 1902 Physicist, Eugene Wigner (helped develop atomic bomb) [d: 1-1-95] In 1905 Actor, Mischa Auer (Brewster's Millions, My Man Godfrey) [d: 3-5-67] In 1906 Manufacturer, Soichiro Honda (Honda Motors) [d: 8-5-91] In 1907 Actor, Joe Cobb (Joe-Our Gang) [d: 5-21-02] In 1909 Anatomist, Geoffrey (Howard) Bourne (adrenal gland) [d: 7-19-88] In 1911 Actor, William Tannen Life & Legend Of Wyatt Earp) [d: 12-2-76] In 1914 Comedian, Archie Campbell (Hee Haw, Grand Ole Opry) [d: 8-29-87] In 1916 Historian/writer, Shelby Foote (The Civil War) [d: 6-28-05] In 1916 Photographer/journa

YES OR B.S.

John Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were avid marble collectors and players. (Yes) The oldest fast-food hamburger chain in America is McDonald's. (B.S., it's really White Castle.) In "I Love Lucy," the Ricardos lived in Los Angeles. (B.S. - Nope, they lived in Manhattan). One Cherry Street in New York City was the home to George Washington as it was the first U.S. Presidential address. (Yes) The leader of a group of kangaroos is called the Captain Kangaroo. (B.S.) If you pluck your eyebrow, it takes about 6 weeks to grow back. (B.S., it takes 3 months!) When Americans were asked what state they would most like to move to the #1 answer was California. (B.S., it was Florida!) You will not outrun a grizzly bear. They can actually run about as fast as a horse. (Yes) In India it is completely legal for a woman to marry a goat. (Yes) If you're dining "Alfresco" that means the food you ordered is being cooked at your table side. (B.S., it actuall

Music Calendar...

In 1918 "Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" by Arthur Fields is #1 on the the charts. In 1937 Bob Crosby and his Orchestra record "South Rampart Street Parade." In 1940 "Only Forever" by Bing Crosby is #1 on the charts. In 1950 "Harbor Lights" by Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye is #1 on the charts. In 1951 "Cry" by Johnnie Ray enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1955 Johnny Cash debuts on the Country chart with "Cry Cry Cry." In 1959 The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The Sound Of Music" opens on Broadway with Mary Martin as Maria von Trapp. In 1959 Mitch Miller's album "Sing Along With Mitch" is certified gold. In 1959 "Mr. Blue" by the Fleetwoods is #1 and "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1963 "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens is #1 on the U.S. top40 chart. In 1964 Bobby Rydell is a guest panelist on TV's "To

Today In History...

In 1776 British troops capture Fort Washington during the American Revolution. In 1864 Union General William T. Sherman begins his "March to the Sea" through Georgia during the Civil War. In 1885 Canadian rebel Louis Riel is executed for high treason. In 1901 Three race cars break the 60mph "barrier" in the same race at Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. In 1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th U.S. state. In 1914 The twelve Federal Reserve Banks open. In 1926 Ohio State University honors Maurine Ormsby, an award-winning purebred Holstein cow, as homecoming queen. In 1933 The U.S. establishes diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. In 1933 Brazil's President Getulio Vargas assumes dictatorial powers. In 1941 Nazi Germany launches a second assault on Moscow during World War II, again doomed to failure. In 1950 The U.N. gets U.S. government approval to issue postage stamps. In 1955 The first speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (D.M. Campbell). In 1961 House Speaker Samuel T. Ray

Born On This Day...

In 1766 French composer/violinist, Rodolphe Kreutzer In 1873 American composer, William Handy ("Father of the Blues") In 1889 Playwright, George Kaufman (The Man Who Came To Dinner) In 1890 Author/correspondent, George Seldes In 1895 Composer, Paul Hindemith In 1896 Radio actor, Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee & Molly) In 1897 Actor, Halliwell Hobbes (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) In 1899 Radio interviewer/TV host, Mary Margaret McBride In 1901 Singer/songwriter, Jesse Stone (Shake, Rattle & Roll) [d: 4-1-99] In 1904 Bandleader/guitarist, Eddie Condon [d: 8-4-73] In 1906 Trumpeter, Wallace Jones (Duke Ellington band) [d: 3-23-83] In 1907 Actor, Burgess Meredith (The Penguin TV's Batman, Rocky) [d: 9-9-97] In 1916 Cartoon voice, Daws Butler (Elroy Jetson, Yogi Bear) [d: 5-19-88] In 1922 Actor, Royal Dano (How the West Was Won) [d: 5-15-94] In 1928 Actor, Clu Gulager (Virginian, The Last Picture Show) (92) In 1931 Folk singer/musician, Bob Gibson [d: 9-28-96] In 1933 Actor, G

Music Calendar...

In 1903 Enrico Caruso records the aria "On With The Motley" from Verdi's opera "I Pagliacci." In 1925 Louis Armstrong records "My Heart." In 1955 Liberace appears on the cover of TV Guide magazine. In 1955 Fats Domino is named favorite R&B artist in Billboard's DJ's Poll. In 1955 "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford enters the U.S. top 40chart. In 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis & Fats Domino make their movie debut in "Jamboree." In 1966 "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 The riots on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles provide the inspiration for Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," written by Stephen Stills. In 1966 "Poor Side Of Town" by Johnny Rivers is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 The Supremes and the Temptations record their second TV special, "G.I.T. on Broadway." In 1970 The Doors perform their last public concert with Jim Morrison a

Today In History...

In 1859 Jules Leotard introduced his flying trapeze act wearing tights. In 1892 William "Pudge" Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when he is paid $25 for expenses and a cash bonus of $500. In 1906 Crafton, California, sets the U.S. November high temperature record of 105 degrees. In 1920 Judge Kennesaw Landis is elected the first baseball commissioner of both the American and National Leagues. In 1921 Representatives of nine nations gather in the nation's capital for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments. In 1927 Josef Stalin becomes the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Communist Party. In 1933 The first Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal). In 1933 First purported photo of the Loch Ness monster "Nessie," is taken. In 1942 The naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins during World War II as the U.S. won a major victory over the Japanese. In 1944 German b

Born On This Day...

In 1790 Letitia Tyler, first wife of U.S. president John Tyler In 1815 Feminist, Elizabeth Stanton (women's rights movement) In 1817 Philosopher, Baha'Ullah [Mirza Husayn Ali] (founded Baha'i faith) In 1833 Russian composer, Aleksandr Borodin In 1840 French sculptor, "Auguste" Rene Rodin (The Thinker) In 1866 Statesman, Sun Yat-sen (Chinese revolution leader) In 1889 Publisher, De Witt Wallace (co-founded Reader's Digest) In 1891 Astronomer, Seth Nicholson (discovered four Jupiter moons) In 1903 Actor, Jack Oakie (Around The World In 80 Days) [d: 1-23-78] In 1906 Blues singer/guitarist, Bukka White [d: 2-26-77] In 1908 U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Harry Blackmun (1970-94) [d: 3-4-99] In 1911 Jazz trumpeter/arranger, Buck Clayton [d: 12-8-91] In 1912 Football Hall-of-Famer, Alphonse Leemans (Giants) [d: 1-19-79] In 1917 Businessman, Joseph Coors (Adolph Coors Co.) [d: 3-15-03] In 1918 Actor, Robert Brown (M-James Bond movies) [d: 11-11-03] In 1920 Country singer

Music Calendar...

In 1941 "Piano Concerto in B Flat" by Freddy Martin Orchestra is #1 on the charts. In 1947 Lionel Hampton records "Midnight Sun." In 1956 Billie Holiday returns to the New York City stage at Carnegie Hall after a 3-year absence. In 1958 Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls suffer minor injuries in a car crash near Marion, AR, which took the life of their driver, Edward Cunningham. In 1958 "It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty hits #1 on the U.S. top40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks. In 1960 Greg Allman receives an electric guitar from his parents on his 13th birthday. He and his 14-year-old brother Duane learn to play and form their first group, the Kings, a year later. In 1962 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence enters the U.S. top 40chart. In 1966 Fire breaks out in a recording studio where Brian Wilson is recording tracks for the Beach Boys' "Smiley Smile" album. In 1967 The Moody Blues' single "Nights In White Satin&

Today In History...

In 1775 The U.S. Marines are organized under the authority of the Continental Congress. In 1801 The state of Kentucky outlaws dueling. In 1871 Journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley locates missing Scottish missionary David Livingston in Ujiji, Central Africa. Stanley delivered his now famous greeting "Dr. Livingstone, I presume." In 1891 First Woman's Christian Temperance Union meeting is held in Boston. In 1908 The first Gideon Bibles are distributed at the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana. In 1917 41 suffragists are arrested in front of the White House. In 1919 The American Legion holds its first national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1928 25-year-old Hirohito is installed as Japan's emperor. In 1942 Winston Churchill delivers a speech in London in which he said, "I have not become the King's First Minister to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire." In 1945 The U.S. liberates a Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald. I

Born On This Day...

In 1483 Theologian, Martin Luther (leader of the Protestant Reformation) In 1668 Composer, Francois Couperin In 1683 George II, king of England (1727-60) In 1697 English painter, William Hogarth (Rake's Progress) In 1728 Irish writer, Oliver Goldsmith In 1735 Attorney, Grantville Sharp (advocate of the abolition of slavery) In 1793 Physician, Jared Kirtland (co-founded National History Museum) In 1801 Educator, Samuel Gridley Howe (Perkins School for the Blind) In 1827 Soldier diplomat/novelist, Lewis Wallace (Ben Hur) In 1829 Salvation Army founder, William Booth In 1847 Journalist, Joseph Pulitzer In 1852 Short tory writer/poet, Henry Van Dyke In 1879 Poet, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (Johnny Appleseed) In 1882 Frances Perkins, first woman Cabinet member In 1889 Actor, Claude Rains (Invisible Man, Casablanca) In 1893 Novelist, J.P. Marquand (created Japanese detective Mr. Moto) In 1895 Aircraft designer, John Knudsen Northrop In 1899 Journalist, Leland Stowe (World War II for the Chi

Music Calendar...

In 1955 Harry Belafonte records "Jamaica Farewell" and "Come Back Liza" for his "Calypso" album. In 1955 "Why Baby Why" becomes the first Country hit for George Jones. In 1958 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" exceeds 3 million in U.S. sales. Previously, only Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" had achieved this. In 1959 "El Paso" by Marty Robbins enters on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1959 "Heavenly" by Johnny Mathis hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 5 weeks. In 1961 Brian Epstein sees the Beatles perform for the first time in Liverpool at the Cavern Club. By the end of the month he becomes their manager. In 1962 Roy Acuff is elected as the first living member of the CountryMusic Hall of Fame. In 1962 Dion performs "Love Came To Me" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." In 1963 "Louie Louie" by the

Today In History...

In 1620 The Puritans reach Cape Cod, MA, in the Mayflower. In 1799 Napoleon becomes dictator of France. In 1865 General Lee surrenders to Union General Grant at Appomattox. In 1872 Nearly 1000 buildings are destroyed in a 3-day fire in Boston. In 1895 The first U.S. women's amateur golf championship takes place. In 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates to the Netherlands after Germany is defeated during World War I. In 1924 Miriam Ferguson becomes first elected female governor of Texas. In 1935 United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders form the Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) as part of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In 1938 German Nazis begin all-out persecution of the Jews. In 1940 Germany invades Norway and Denmark during World War II. In 1953 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a 1922 ruling that major-league baseball did not come within the scope of federal anti-trust laws. In 1953 Author and poet Dylan Thomas dies in New York at age 39. In