CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONGS OF THE DAY
1948 - Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
1953 - Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson
1961 - I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline
1969 - Workin’ Man Blues - Merle Haggard
1975 - Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
1984 - Still Losing You - Ronnie Milsap
1985 - Highwayman - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson
National Ice Cream Pie Day
1587 - An expedition led by Sir Walter Raleigh landed at what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Seven days later, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parentage to be born in America. Four years later, a ship bringing supplies arrived to find no trace of the colony.
1872 - Montgomery Ward published the first catalog. By 1904 the Montgomery Ward catalog weighed four pounds. The company closed its catalog operations in 1985 and closed the last of its retail stores in 2004. There is now an online catalog store.
1914 - President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.
1930 - Pluto the dog debuted in the Walt Disney cartoon The Chain Gang.
1953 - Four cows in Stearns county Minnesota were picked up by a tornado and set down unharmed.
1958 - The highly controversial novel, Lolita, written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabakov was published in the US. The book detailed an adult man’s obsession over 12-year-old Dolores Haze, who he secretly calls Lolita.
1974 - The Department of Agriculture announced development of the Super Slurper, a starch derivative treated with iron that could retain water 1,300 times its own weight. It’s the world’s most absorbent substance.
1981 – All-American Football running back Herschel Walker took out a $1 million insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London against injuries that would end his football career.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military, and police forces. Boris Yeltsin was able to organize a strong resistance and ultimately eliminated the political power of the Communist party. The coup collapsed after three days.
2006 - The FDA approved a mix of bacteria-killing viruses for spraying on cold cuts, hot dogs, and sausages to combat deadly microbes.
2010 - 380 million eggs were recalled due to salmonella contamination.
2010 - North Carolina state Attorney General Roy Cooper reported that the State Bureau of Investigation had made mistakes or distorted evidence in more than 200 cases at the expense of potentially innocent men and women. Three defendants in botched cases had been executed and crime lab may have violated both state and federal laws.
2011 - Mortgage rates fell the lowest rate in fifty years.
2012 - Facebook Inc. (FB) fell to a record low, losing almost half its value since an initial public offering in May 2012, after the lifting of restrictions on share sales by its biggest investors. Shares in the world’s largest social-networking service fell 4.1 percent to $19.05 at the close in New York. It has since rebounded to $171.00 per share.
1774 - MERIWETHER LEWIS (explorer: team: Lewis and Clark; died of gunshot wounds 1809)
1935 - RAFER JOHNSON (Olympic and National Track and Field Hall of Famer: decathlon gold medalist ; AP Athlete of the Year ; actor: License to Kill; Real life hero, along with Rosey Grier tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy; instrumental in creating the California Special Olympics)
1936 - ROBERT REDFORD (actor: All the President’s Men, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Academy Award-winning director: Ordinary People; A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show)
1939 - JOHNNY PRESTON (singer: Running Bear, Cradle of Love)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONGS OF THE DAY
1954 - I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
1958 - Alone with You - Faron Young
1967 - I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James
1970 - Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James
1976 - Say It Again - Don Williams
1978 - Talking in Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
1986 – You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight - John Schneider
Snuffleupagus’s Birthday - His first name is Aloysius.
National Soft Ice Cream Day
1862 - On the third day of the Dakota (Sioux) uprising in Minnesota, warriors contemplated an attack on a garrison inside of Fort Ridgely, near Sleepy Eye. Concluding that the fort was too strong, the Dakota moved on to the settlement of New Ulm, killing settlers along the way.
1895 - John Wesley Hardin, one of the bloodiest killers of the Old West, was murdered by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso.
1909 - The first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a surface of crushed stone and tar track was held in front of some 12,000 spectators. Automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer won the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race.
1940 - The newly created, Civil Aeronautics Administration, awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1951 – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American League, 3’ 7” tall Eddie Gaedel, arrived in a paper Mache cake and made his big-league baseball debut with the St. Louis Browns. He was walked on four pitches in his one at-bat. The famous stunt was devised by legendary owner and showman Bill Veeck and was financed by Falstaff Beer.
1953 - The Iranian military, with support and financial assistance from the United States government, overthrew the government of Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq and reinstated the Shah of Iran. Iran remained a solid Cold War ally of the United States until a revolution ended the Shah’s rule in 1979.
1960 - Russia launched Sputnik 5 which carried the dogs Belka and Strelka, along with a gray rabbit, 40 mice, 2 rats, and 15 flasks of fruit flies and plants. It was the first spacecraft to carry animals into orbit and return them alive. One of Strelka’s pups, Pushinka, bred and born after her mission, was given as a present to Caroline Kennedy by Nikita Khrushchev in 1961.
1980 - A Saudi Airlines Lockheed L-1011 made an emergency landing after passengers started a fire while cooking with a portable butane stove. When the plane reached the end of the runway it bursts into flames and all 301 people aboard are killed.
1987 - Consumer reporter David Horowitz was held at gunpoint on camera and forced to read the assailant’s rambling note. The news director took the program off the air until police could get the gunman off the set. Horowitz was unharmed. See the tape of it here: http://youtu.be/ZXP43jlbH_o
1991 - A visiting student from Australia was stabbed to death by an angry mob in Crown Heights, NY. The group was seeking revenge against Jewish people for the death of a seven-year-old black boy who had been struck by a car and allegedly denied assistance by a Hazolah ambulance crew. The riots lasted for three days.
1999 - After being confronted with questions about possible past drug use, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush told reporters he had not used illegal drugs in 25 years. He added that if voters insisted on knowing more, “…they can go find somebody else to vote for.”
2010 - A federal grand jury indicted retired baseball player Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about steroid use. (Clemens was found guilty on all six counts of lying to the grand jury in 2012.)
2010 - The final American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the US-led invasion began. The Pentagon does not release the number of troops stationed in Iraq anymore.
2011 - Phoenix, Arizona residents cleaned up after a wall of dust 1,000 feet tall blanketed the city.
2011- China banned 100 songs from Web sites, barring artists ranging from Lady Gaga to the Backstreet Boys for, “disrupting the online music marketplace and endangering the security of Chinese culture.”
1921 - GENE (Eugene Wesley) RODDENBERRY (creator, producer: Star Trek; writer: Have Gun Will Travel: some of his cremains were flown into space on the space shuttle Columbia)
1944 - Eddy Raven (songwriter: Thank God For Kids [The Oak Ridge Boys]; singer: Joe Knows How to Live, I’m Gonna Get You, I Got Mexico, Shine, Shine, Shine, You Should Have Been Gone By Now, Right Hand Man)
1946 – WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON (42nd U.S. President [1993-2001]; married to former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton [one daughter: Chelsea])
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1950 – I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
1963 - Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
1971 - I’m Just Me - Charley Pride
1979 - Coca Cola Cowboy - Mel Tillis
1986 - You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight - John Schneider
1987 - A Long Line of Love - Michael Martin Murphey
1995 - You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone - Brooks & Dunn
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
National Lemonade Day
1804 - Sergeant Charles Floyd died of possible acute appendicitis three months into the Corps of Discovery expedition with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. He was the only member to die during the journey.
1866 - The National Labor Union advocated an eight-hour workday. Industry did not heed the request, workers commonly worked 10 to 12 hour days, or more.
1866 - President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over.
1911 - A dispatcher in the New York Times office sent the first telegram around the world via commercial service. The message was simply, “This message sent around the world”, it left at 7 PM, traveled over 28,000 miles and was relayed by 16 different operators. It arrived back at The Times only 16.5 minutes later.
1920 - Seven men, including Jim Thorpe, met to organize a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. The meeting led to the creation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), the forerunner to the National Football League.
1945 – At 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old, Brooklyn Dodger, Tommy Brown, became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major-league ball game. He still holds the record.
1951 - The first I.D. jingle company to sing over pre-recorded backgrounds, PAMS, Inc., was formed. Relive some of the past here JINGLE SAMPLES
1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a $1 billion anti-poverty measure.
1974 - President Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as his vice-president.
1975 - Viking 1, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a mission to Mars. On board were a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings. While in orbit, it deployed a landing craft that touched down on the planet in July,1976.
1977 - The United States Voyager II spacecraft was launched on its mission to explore the outer planets. It passed close to Jupiter (July 1979), Saturn (August 1981), Uranus (January 1986), and Neptune (August 1989) before leaving the solar system. In 2013, NASA made the groundbreaking announcement that Voyager 1 had left the heliosphere -- a magnetic boundary “bubble”, which scientists use to explain the separation of our solar system from the rest of the galaxy. Not bad for vintage technology that has just 70 kilobytes of memory on board; a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 has more than 240,000 times that amount.
1986 – A USPS employee killed 14 co-workers in a shooting spree at a post office in Edmonton, Oklahoma.
1989 - Lyle and Erik Menendez shot their parents, Jose and Kitty, to death in the den of the family’s Beverly Hills home. They drove to a secluded area and dumped their shotguns before continuing to a local movie theater to buy tickets as an alibi. When the pair returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, “Somebody killed my parents!”
2004 – Eighty-three tow trucks rolled through the streets of Wenatchee, Washington, in an event arranged by the Washington Tow Truck Association (WTTA). The Guinness Book of World Records dubbed it the world’s largest parade of tow trucks.
2004 - Talk show host Regis Philbin set the world record, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, for most hours on camera. He had logged in 15,188 hours. [Updated 2009, 16,540.5] hours.
1923 - ‘GENTLEMAN’ JIM (James Travis) REEVES (singer: Mexican Joe, Bimbo, Am I Losing You, I’m Getting Better, Welcome to My World, Billy Bayou, He’ll Have to Go, Four Walls; killed in plane crash near Nashville 1964; elected posthumously to the Country Hall of Fame in 1967; Jim had 51 Top 10 hits - 19 after his death.)
1935 - JUSTIN TUBB (singer: Looking Back to See, Sure Fire Kisses; songwriter: Lonesome 7-7203, Love is No Excuse, Keeping Up with the Joneses; Ernest Tubb’s son)
1952 - RUDY GATLIN (singer: group: The Gatlin Brothers: Night Time Magic, I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today, All the Gold in California)