Tuesday, May 25, 2010

1935: Babe Ruth hits # 714 or last home run


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Babe Ruth is #3 on the home run list behind Bonds and Aaron.  However, 714 is one of those magic numbers for baseball fans like me.  It was the Babe's career home run totals.  60 (later 61) and 714 were the big baseball numbers that we grew up hearing about.  

Frankly, I never thought that anyone would catch Ruth's 714.   At the same time, I cheered Aaron all the way, specially after he got to 700 and eventually passed Ruth.


Babe Ruth hit # 714 on this day in 1935.   He was playing for the Boston Braves after being released by the Yankees.    I am not even sure if he played another game for the Braves after hitting this homer.    It's a shame that he didn't play his last game as a Yankee.


He died in 1948 from cancer.





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Friday, May 21, 2010

Charles Lindbergh 1927


We remember that Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris in 1927.     His plane "The spirit of St. Louis" taken off from Roosevelt Field 33 hours earlier.

As a result of the flight, Lindbergh became an international personality and met his future wife during a trip to Mexico.     He died in 1974.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

1998: We remember the day that Frank Sinatra died


Where did the years go?  Frank Sinatra died on this day in 1998 at age 82.

Sinatra was one of the biggest male vocalists of the 20th century.  He was still recording and performing at the end of his life.  

His life was like that song, "My way":




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Monday, May 10, 2010

May 1964: Louis Armstrong & The Beatles meet in the pop charts



On this week in 1964, Louis Armstrong ended The Beatles' historic domination of the US pop charts.  

The band from the UK had the # 1 song on Billboard for 100 days.  It was truly amazing!


The Beatles came back with more hits in 1964 and a movie that summer.  We remember today that it was Armstrong himself who ended the streak, one of the most amazing streaks in music history.

 Click here for "Hello Dolly", a great song!


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Sunday, May 09, 2010

We remember "Victory in Europe Day" 1945


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On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated the end of the European War:
"On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany."
 As we discussed with Barry, the end of the European war happened very fast.    Let's remember that D-Day was the year before and The Battle of the Bulge happened over the Christmas holidays.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Bee Gees and First of May


It's "First of May" and another chance to remember one of my favorite, and nicest, songs written by the Brothers Gibb.

"First of May" is one of my favorite Bee Gees' songs.  Barry was the lead vocalist and it was a single from the "Odessa" album.  The B-side was "Lamplight", one of Robin's best lead vocals and also from the album.


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"First of May" 1969


The Bee Gees released "First of May" in the spring of 1969:


"When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
we used to love while others used to play.
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away.
Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small,
 
and you don't ask the time of day.
But you and I, our love will never die,
but guess we'll cry come first of May.
The apple tree that grew for you and me,
 
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And I recall the moment of them all,
the day I kissed your cheek and you were gone.
When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
 
do do do do do do do do do...
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away......"


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