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Music Calendar...

In 1936 Country singer Hank Snow records "Lonesome Blue Yodel" and "Prisoned Cowboy." In 1955 "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks. In 1957 Ricky Nelson meets Elvis Presley after Ricky's Los Angeles concert. In 1963 The Hollies begin recording their first album. In 1965 The Rolling Stones fly to Montreal to begin their fourth Canadian/American tour. In 1966 Beale Street in Memphis, TN, is declared a national landmark and "Home of the Blues." In 1966 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 "96 Tears" by ? & The Mysterians is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1967 The rock musical "Hair" opens off Broadway. In 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's album "Willy & The Poor Boys" is released. In 1970 Neil Diamond receives a gold record for the single "Cracklin' Rose." In 1971 Allman Bro

Today In History...

In 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh is executed in London. In 1682 The founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, lands at what is now Chester, PA. In 1811 The first Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. In 1833 The first college fraternity is founded. In 1863 The International Committee of the Red Cross founded. In 1901 Leon Czolcosz, the assassin of President McKinley, is electrocuted. In 1911 American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer dies in Charleston, SC. In 1917 The thermometer drops to 33 below zero at Soda Butte, WY, the U.S.'s lowest October temperature record. In 1923 The Republic of Turkey is proclaimed. In 1929 "Black Tuesday," descends on the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapse amid panic selling, thousands of investors are wiped out, and American's Great Depression begins. In 1940 Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson draws the first number (158) in the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. In 1945 The first American made ball-point pens are

Born On This Day...

In 1656 Astronomer, Sir Edmund Halley (observed comet named for him in 1682) In 1740 Scottish biographer, James Boswell In 1815 Songwriter, Daniel Decatur Emmett (Wish I Was In Dixie) In 1831 Scientist, Othniel Marsh (discovered over 1000 fossils) In 1859 Sports owner, Charles H. Ebbets (Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field) In 1875 Marie, queen consort of Ferdinand I of Rumania In 1879 Politician, Franz Von Papen (helped Hitler become German chancellor) In 1884 Actor, Bela Lugosi (Dracula, Body Snatcher) In 1891 Actress/singer, Fanny Brice (Ziegeld Follies) In 1897 Actress, Hope Emerson (Minerva-I Married Joan, Peter Gunn) In 1897 Nazi propagandist, Paul Joseph Goebbels In 1904 Composer, Vivian Ellis [d: 6-19-96] In 1921 Actor, Ed Kemmer (Buzz Corey-Space Patrol) [d: 11-5-04] In 1921 Political cartoonist, Bill Mauldin (Willie & Joe) [d: 1-22-03] In 1922 Trumpeter/composer, Neal P. Hefti (Batman, Odd Couple themes) [d: 10-11-08] In 1925 Actress, Geraldine Brooks (Honor Thompson-Ironside)


With Halloween upon us, it's a boo-tiful time to hear some real life ghost stories from the stars who swear they've seen one: Hugh Grant He lived in a Los Angeles mansion once owned by troubled movie queen Bette Davis. Could it be a coincidence that the halls often echo with tormented, disembodied screams? He thinks not. Nicolas Cage He once spotted a spook in the attic at the mansion of his famous uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola. Ever since, Nic has refused to sleep over at Uncle Frank's. "I was living in the attic," he recalls. "I was not quite asleep when the door opened and there was a pitch black silhouette of a woman with big hair. When it moved toward me, I let out the blood curdling scream and threw my pillow at it. Then it disappeared." Dan Aykroyd Who ya gonna call when your L.A. home's haunted by Mama Cass Elliot? Nobody seems to know, so the "Ghostbusters" star has learned to live with The Mamas and The Papas' hefty sin

Music Calendar...

In 1893 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts his first public performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique," in St. Petersburg, Russia, just nine days before his death. In 1956 Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1958 Buddy Holly makes his last major TV appearance on ABC's "American Bandstand." In 1961 Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein receives a request for "My Bonnie" by the Beatles. He set out to find the group and soon after became their manager. In 1965 Manfred Mann appears on TV's "Shindig." In 1968 Newsweek features an article on Mama Cass Elliot. In 1968 Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery. At the time, he was living with a pregnant Yoko Ono. In 1969 "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley is certified gold. In 1971 The Beach Boys appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 1971 John & Yoko record "Happy Ch

Today In History...

In 1636 The first U.S. college, Harvard University is founded. In 1776 The Battle of White Plains is fought during the Revolutionary War. In 1793 Eli Whitney applies for a patent for the cotton gin. In 1886 The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland in the presence of its sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. In 1904 St. Louis Police try a new investigation method called fingerprints. In 1918 Czechoslovakia declares independence from Austria. In 1919 Congress enacts the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Wilson's veto. In 1922 Fascist, Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government. In 1922 The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game. In 1929 The first child is born in an aircraft in Miami, Florida. In 1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary during a re-election campaign stop in New York. In 19

Born On This Day...

In 1017 King Henry III Of Holy Roman & Germany (1046-56) In 1467 Dutch author, Desiderius Erasmus In 1728 Explorer, Captain James Cook (discovered the Sandwich Islands) In 1793 Manufacturer, Eliphalet Remington (Remington Rifles) In 1808 Inventor, Horace Smith (Smith and Wesson revolvers) In 1842 American orator, Ann Elizabeth Dickinson In 1846 French chef/author, Georges Auguste Escoffier In 1894 Clyde Pangborn, first to fly nonstop from Tokyo to Washington In 1902 Actress, Elsa Lanchaster (The Bride of Frankenstein) [d: 12-26-86] In 1903 Author, Evelyn Arthur Waugh (Brideshead Revisited) [d: 4-10-66] In 1907 Fashion designer, Edith Head [d: 10-24-81] In 1907 Actor/comedian, Lew Parker (Lou Marie-That Girl) [d: 10-27-72] In 1909 Irish painter, Francis Bacon [d: 4-28-92] In 1914 Polio vaccine inventor, Dr. Jonas Salk [d: 6-23-95] In 1915 Actress, Dody Goodman (Mary Hartman, Diff'rent Strokes) [d: 6-22-08] In 1915 Actor, Jack Soo (Det. Nick Yemana-Barney Miller) [d: 1-11-79] In

Some twisters:

She sells seashells down by the seashore. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick. She sifted thistles through her thistle-sifter. Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. For Moses, he knowses his toeses aren't roses, as Moses supposes his toeses to be. While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water. Red leather, yellow leather. Rubber baby buggy bumpers. Freshly fried fresh flesh. Six twin screwed steel steam cruisers. The crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver. Preshrunk silk shirts. A bloke's bike back brake block broke. She sells sea shells on the sea shore and the shells she sells are seashells I'm sure. Tim, the thin twin tinsmith. The sixth sheik's sixth sheep's sick. Does your shirt shop stock short socks with spots? Black bug's blood, black bug's blood. The sweetest girl I ever saw sat sipping


What drives you crazy every day. The stuff that just pushes your buttons and burns you up inside. We took an informal poll and got this from listeners: People smoking Politics People texting and driving Congress High price of medications and healthcare Food that gets wasted (by spoiling) Finding out you overpaid Clueless workers in stores Hard-to-open packages


It's a nasty habit, but did you know that biting your nails can make you sick? Researchers at Texas A&M University Health Science Center explain five scary side effects of biting your nails -- from illness to bad breath. 1. You're eating germs Your nails pack a lot of dirt, which means there are germs there. And even if you wash your hands frequently, it's difficult to wash away all those germs. When you put your fingers in your mouth and chew on the nails, you are transferring those germs inside your body. And that significantly increases your chance of becoming ill. 2. You can get painful nail infections You can also spread those germs from nail to nail, which increases your risk of paronychia, an infection of the nail. Symptoms of paronychia include a painful, red, swollen area around the nail, often at the cuticle or at the site of a hangnail or other injury. If the infection is bacterial, there may be pus-filled blisters at the site. Also, if you chew on nails that

Time to Play YES OR B.S.

You think walking is easy? Well it actually takes 200 muscles just to lift your leg and move it forward. (B.S., it actually takes only about 40 to do that) The state of Oregon actually has a law that dishes must "drip dry." (Yes) Ostriches can run faster than horses! (Yes) There are more than 15 thousand different varieties of rice. (Yes) The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured over 50 feet long and weighed just over 20 tons! (B.S.! The largest on record was 37 feet long and weighed 12 tons! It was captured off the shores of New Brunswick in 1930) Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet. (Yes) Wanna know how big somebody's feet are? Check out their forearm. For most people, the length of their forearm is the same as the length of their feet. (Yes) The sun isn't round. It's flat on the top and bottom. (Yes! Who knew?) Tony Danza had originally been tapped to host "American Idol" but

National Pumpkin Day -- How about a little pumpkin trivia:

Pumpkins were once recommended for? Cleaning horses Treating acne Removing freckles and curing snakebites *** Curing impotence Some Indians used pumpkins as? Doormats *** Masks Birthing aids Skin cream Indians used pumpkin seeds for? Medicine *** Facial masks Birth control False teeth Pumpkins originated in? Cuba Central America *** Ecuador San Pedro

Top 10 most grating people in the office.

The Perfume Polluter -- She comes to work wearing half a bottle of perfume. The Neat Freak -- This person wouldn't have a hair out of place in a tornado and cleans off his desk with ammonia-based spay every day. Sloppy Sam -- He's the opposite of the neat freak. It's impossible to see his desk under all the clutter. The Coffee Culprit -- This creep drinks the last cup of coffee and never makes another pot. (Most sales people meet this description.) Loudmouth Larry -- Even if he's talking on the phone, you can hear him a half block away. The Belcher -- He rattles windows with his burps and never says "Excuse Me." The Gossip -- This person knows more about your life than you do and makes sure everyone else does too. The Nutrition Cop -- This person peers at your lunch, then grimaces and says: "Don't you know that stuff will kill you." The Junk Food Junkie -- The opposite of the Nutrition Cop. He sticks a candy bar under your nose and tempts you to

Music Calendar...

In 1934 Cole Porter records his own composition "You're The Top" from the show "Anything Goes." In 1936 Roy Acuff begins his first recording sessions. In 1958 Bill Haley plays the first German Rock concert in West Berlin. In 1961 Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records. In 1963 Bob Dylan plays a sell-out concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. In 1965 After reportedly smoking pot in the Buckingham Palace bathroom, the Beatles line up to receive the prestigious MBE (Member of British Empire) award. In 1966 Liberace plays the dual roles of good and evil pianists on TV's "Batman." In 1968 Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company perform on TV's "Hollywood Palace." In 1968 The Beatles appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 1968 "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor and "Stormy" by the Classic IV both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter get married. In 1971

Today In History...

In 1774 The First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. In 1825 The Erie Canal opens in upstate New York connecting the Hudson River with Lake Erie. In 1861 Telegraph service is inaugurated in U.S. In 1881 The "Gunfight at the O-K Corral" takes place in Tombstone, AZ, as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holiday shoot it out with Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of Clanton's gang were killed; Earp's brothers were wounded. In 1919 Bismarck, North Dakota, drops to ten below zero, the town's coldest October temperature to date. In 1941 U.S. Savings Bonds go on sale. In 1942 The U.S. ship Hornet is sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II. In 1949 President Truman signs a measure increasing the minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents. In 1956 The International Atomic Energy Agency is established. In 1957 The Soviet Union announces that its defense minister, Marshal Georgi Zhukov, had been relieved of his duties. In 1958

Born On This Day...

In 1685 Italian composer, Domenico Scarlatti In 1759 French Revolutionary leader, Georges Danton In 1786 Inventor, Henry Derringer (short-barrel pistol) In 1803 English architect, Joseph Hansom In 1846 Astronomer, Lewis Boss (compiled star catalogs) In 1855 Industrialist, Charles Post (funded Post Cereal) In 1861 Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Richard Dudley Sears In 1876 Actor, H.B. Warner (Mr. Gower-It's A Wonderful Life) [d: 12-21-58] In 1894 Publisher, John S. Knight (Knight-Ridder newspaper chain) In 1899 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Wilham Julius "Judy" Johnson (Negro leagues) In 1906 Italian boxer, Primo Carnera [d: 6-29-67] In 1910 Cardinal John Krol (archbishop of Philadelphia) [d: 3-3-96] In 1911 Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson [d: 1-27-72] In 1911 Football Hall-of-Famer, Sid Gillman (coached Rams, Chargers) [d: 1-3-03] In 1913 Bandleader/saxophonist, Charlie Barnet [d: 9-4-91] In 1914 Actor, Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester-TV's Addams Family) [d: 3-1-84] In 1916 French presid

Music Calendar...

In 1941 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra record "Clarinet a la King." In 1954 "Sh-Boom" by Stan Freberg debuts on the charts. In 1961 Fats Domino appears on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." In 1961 "Crazy" by Patsy Cline enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1961 "Runaround Sue" by Dion hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks. In 1962 12-year-old Stevie Wonder records his first single, "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way." In 1964 David Box, one of Buddy Holly's successors as lead vocalist with the Crickets, is killed in a plane crash. In 1964 "The Beatles Story" album is released with narration and song excerpts in the U.S. In 1964 The Rolling Stones fly to the U.S. for 12 dates, including the Academy of Music and the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1965 Sonny & Cher perform on TV's "Hollywood Palace." In 1965 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds enters the U.S. top 40

Today In History...

In 1864 Forces led by Union General Samuel R. Curtis defeat Confederate General Stirling Price's army in Missouri, during the Civil War. In 1910 Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to make a solo, public airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet as she sailed across a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1915 25,000 women march in New York City demanding the right to vote. In 1941 Walt Disney's full-length animated feature "Dumbo" is released. In 1942 During World War II, Britain launches a major offensive against the Axis Powers at El Alamein, Egypt. In 1944 During World War II the Japanese navy, unable to halt American landings on the island of Leyte, suffer the staggering loss of 34 ships in the battle. In 1946 The United Nations convenes in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow. In 1956 The ill-fated revolt in Communist Hungary starts and is later crushed by Soviet tanks. In 1956 First video recording on magnetic tape is televised co

Born On This Day...

In 1750 Politician/diplomat, Thomas Pinckney (negotiated with Spain) In 1752 Food canning inventor, Nicolas Appert In 1762 Inventor, Samuel Morey (rotary steam engine, windmill) In 1835 Adlai Stevenson, 23rd U.S. vice president (1893-1897) In 1844 Poet, Robert Seymour Bridges (The Testament of Beauty) In 1861 Manufacturer, Marquis M. Converse (Converse Shoe Company) In 1868 Engineer, Frederick Lanchester (first British gasoline automobile) In 1869 College football coach, John William Heisman (Heisman Trophy) In 1873 Inventor, William Coolidge (x-ray tube, incandescent lamp bulb) In 1904 Golfer/author, Harvey Penick (Little Red Book) [d: 4-2-95] In 1905 Nuclear physicist, Felix Bloch (Nobel-1952) [d: 9-10-83] In 1906 U.S. swimmer, Gertrude Ederle (Olympic-Gold-1924) [d: 11-30-03] In 1910 Actor, Hayden Rorke (Dr. Bellows-I Dream of Jeannie) [d: 8-19-87] In 1914 Football Hall-of-Famer, Frank Kinard (Brooklyn Dodgers) [d: 9-7-85] In 1917 Actor, Robert Bray (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West) [

Ghost Beside Me?

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Music Calendar...

In 1908 An advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post offers a chance to buy, for the first time, a two-sided record (on Columbia). In 1957 Elvis Presley's movie "Jailhouse Rock" premieres. In 1957 "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1958 Buddy Holly records "True Love Ways" in his last studio session before his death the following February. In 1965 The Kingsmen perform "Louie Louie" on ABC-TV's "Shindig." In 1966 The Who, done up in pop-art costumes, appear on British TV's "Ready Steady Go!" In 1967 "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight & the Pips enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1967 "To Sir With Love" by Lulu hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks. In 1965 Elvis Presley's bass player Bill Black, 39, dies following surgery for a brain tumor. In 1967 "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick enters the U.S. top 40 ch

Today In History...

In 1797 The frigate Old Ironsides is launched in Boston Harbor. In 1805 The Battle of Trafalgar takes place off the coast of Spain with the British fleet thwarting the plans of Napoleon I to invade England. In 1861 During the Civil War, Union troops are defeated at the Battle of Leesburg at Balls Bluff, Virginia. In 1879 Thomas A. Edison invents a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. In 1913 Camel cigarettes are introduced for the first time. In 1917 American troops see action in World War I for the first time. In 1918 Margaret Owen sets the manual typing record at 170 wpm. In 1944 During World War II, U.S. troops capture the German City of Aachen. In 1945 Women in France are allowed to vote for the first time. In 1948 Facsimile high-speed radio transmissions are demonstrated. In 1959 The Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York. In 1960 Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican candidate Richa

Born On This Day...

In 1772 English poet/essayist, Samuel Taylor Coleridge In 1808 Clergyman/poet, Samuel F. Smith (My Country 'Tis Of Thee) In 1813 Caroline Fillmore, second wife of U.S. President Millard Fillmore In 1833 Inventor, Alfred Bernhard Nobel (dynamite, established peace prizes) In 1845 Poet, Will Carleton In 1908 Novelist, Louis L'Amour [d: 6-10-88] In 1912 Conductor, Sir Georg Solti (Fidelio) [d: 9-5-97] In 1915 Bandleader/pianist, Owen Bradley [d: 1-7-98] In 1917 Trumpeter, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (created be-bop) [d: 1-6-93] In 1919 Cuban singer, Celia Cruz (Queen of Salsa) [d: 7-16-03] In 1920 Actor, Hy Averback (Mr. Romero-Our Miss Brooks) [d: 10-14-97] In 1924 Actress, Joyce Randolph (Trixie Norton-Honeymooners) (96) In 1928 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Edward Charles ''Whitey'' Ford (Yankees) [d: 8-8-20] In 1929 Author, Ursula K. Le Guin (Left Hand of Darkness) [d: 1-22-18] In 1933 Actress, Georgia Brown (Study In Terror, Fixer) [d: 6-6-92] In 1940 Sin

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Music Calendar...

In 1845 Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" is performed for the first time. In 1929 "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" by Nick Lucas is #1 on the charts. In 1935 "Truckin'" by Fats Waller is #1 on the charts. In 1949 "That Lucky Old Sun" by Frankie Laine is #1 on the charts. In 1955 Elvis Presley and Pat Boone appear in concert together in Cleveland. In 1955 Jim Reeves joins the Grand Ole Opry. In 1963 The Beatles record "I Want To Hold Your Hand." In 1966 Jeff Beck quits the Yardbirds and is replaced by Jimmy Page. In 1967 The Miracles' single "I Second That Emotion" is released. In 1968 Jimmy Page's "New Yardbirds" rename themselves "Led Zeppelin" after the Who's Keith Moon says they'll go over like a lead zeppelin. In 1968 At the invitation of Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton of the Herd joins the Small Faces during a performance in London. This sets the stage for Humble Pie, the group Marriott