Monday, December 27, 2010

1932: Radio Music Hall opens in New York City

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Have you ever been to Radio Music Hall in New York City?  

It opened on this day in 1932.   

Since then, over 300 million people have watched shows, movies, concerts and other events.   

One of the great landmarks of New York City.    

It was the brainchild of John D Rockfeller, Jr.   

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

1972: Immaculate reception and Franco Harris

The AFL and NFL merged in 1970.   The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns moved to the AFC.     

The first big game of the new post-merger era took place on this day in 1972:     


On December 23, 1972, in a controversial play that is known as the “Immaculate Reception,” rookie running back Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers grabs a deflected pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw to score a touchdown, winning the game for the Steelers 13-7 over the Oakland Raiders.

The historic play took place during the semifinal playoff game of the American Football Conference (AFC), in Pittsburgh. Ken Stabler of the Raiders scored a touchdown with 73 seconds left in the game, putting Oakland up 7-6. Things looked dark for the Steelers, a struggling franchise that had finished 31 of the previous 39 seasons with a losing record. Bradshaw’s pass, launched from the Steelers’ 40-yard-line, was intended for halfback Frenchy Fuqua. 

When the Raiders safety Jack Tatum collided with Fuqua at Oakland’s 35-yard-line, the ball bounced backwards in a huge arc for a total of seven yards, where Harris scooped it up before it hit the ground and ran 42 yards into the end zone."

The victory put the Steelers in the football map.   They won 4 Super Bowls in the 1970's and became one of the greatest teams in NFL history. 

It all started with a crazy play in an AFC playoff game.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 1970: Elvis meets President Nixon



Who would have believed this?   On this day in 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Nixon in the White House.    

As we know now, Elvis was offering his status as a celebrity to help on the war on drugs.    

Elvis had made a huge comeback and his songs were on the charts again.   

Nothing happened but there are some great pictures of the meeting.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

1957: Elvis gets drafted!

Elvis Presley was riding very high but he got a draft notice in the US mail on this day in 1957.     

Elvis ended up in Germany for a couple of years but no one missed him on the radio because of all of the material that RCA had recorded.   

He met a young Priscilla in Germany, the woman that he married in 1967.   He came home in 1960 and enjoyed some big hits like "It's now or never" and lots of others.

Best of all, he didn't complain about doing his duty and gained a lot of respect for that.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We remember Glenn Miller who disappeared on this day in 1944


On this in 1944,  Glenn Miller was lost over The English Channel:

".....Captain Miller in question was the trombonist and bandleader Glenn Miller, the biggest star on the American pop-music scene in the years immediately preceding World War II and a man who set aside his brilliant career right at its peak in 1942 to serve his country as leader of the USAAF dance band. 

It was in that capacity that Captain Glenn Miller boarded a single-engine aircraft at an airfield outside of London on December 15, 1944—an aircraft that would go missing over the English Channel en route to France for a congratulatory performance for American troops that had recently helped to liberate Paris. "

What a great loss.  They made a good movie of his life a bit later.  His music lives on and every generation picks it up, specially when they get into dancing:




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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1977: Another anniversary of Saturday Night Fever


The movie "Saturday Night Fever" hit the theaters this week in 1977.  The rest is history:
"Millions of Americans did, however, make it through the film that made a movie star out of 23-year-old John Travolta and propelled the already famous Mr. Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, to a level of superstardom rarely achieved before or since.

The film, of course, was Saturday Night Fever, a pop-cultural juggernaut that had its world premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on this day in 1977.
Like many, I watched the movie and found the soundtrack fantastic.  I wasn't that crazy about the movie story but that's OK.  I watched the movie a couple of years ago and my original analysis is the same same:  good music, silly story!

There were four new songs from the movie.  The best was "How deep is your love", a great love ballad.  The others were "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever" and "More than a woman".   




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1799: President Washington died in Mt Vernon


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George Washington, our first president, died on this day in 1799.   

Washington was living in Mt Vernon, his retirement home after leaving the White House in 1797.   

Without question, He was the most important and consequential American of that period. 

He will always be remembered as the indispensable American or the one who made the country possible.   


This is why we refer to him as first in peace, first in war and first in the hearts of his countrymen:




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Saturday, December 11, 2010

1951: Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball



The great Joe DiMaggio officially ended his baseball career on this day in 1951.   

He began with the Yankees in 1936 when he was 21.   We remember him for the 56-game hitting streak and a .325 career batting average.  He also played in 10 World Series, including 4 in a row (1936-39) and won the MVP 3 times. (1939, 1941 & 1947).

Was he the best?   Let's say that he was one of the best!    

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

December 8, 1980: Howard Cosell announced that Lennon was dead on ABC Monday Night Football



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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

We remember Pearl Harbor 1941


Like so many others, my father learned of the attack on the radio.   He was 15 and probably did not know where the island was.   However, he quickly figured out that things would get very complicated and very soon.   

We remember the 3,000 who were killed that day and the brave ones who went to war after:



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Monday, December 06, 2010

Dec 6, 1969: # 1 song in the US....Steam "Na na hey hey kiss him goodbye"


"Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na

Hey Hey Hey Goodbye

He'll never love you The way that i love you

Cause if he did, no no He wouldn't make you cry

He must be fooling baby For you my love

My love

So will you kiss him I wanna see you kiss him

I'm gonna see you kiss him, Goodbye

Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey 

Goodbye

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na

Hey Hey Hey Goodbye
He's never near you To comfort and cheer you
When all those sad tears are Falling baby from your eyes
He must be fooling baby Fooling my love
Its alright love I wanna see you kiss him
I'm gonna see you kiss him, goodbye
Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye
Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey
Goodbye 
I really love you girl I really need you
I need to have you near me everyday
You know that's true girl I really need you girl
I cant let you be with him When its not right......."




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1966: "Rubber Soul" gets better with age!





"Rubber Soul" was released on this day in 1965.    

I've owned the vinyl mono, vinyl stereo, 8-track, cassette and now the CD.   It is one of my all time favorite LPs.   I can still listen to it and enjoy each and everyone of the songs.

The US version is different than the one released in the UK.   I learned this when I purchased the CD a few years ago.  Where was "I've just seen a face"?  "Nowhere Man" on "Rubber soul"?.

It is one of the best pop LP's ever, as Rolling Stone reminded us:
Happy 50th birthday to Rubber Soul, the album where the Beatles became the Beatles. It was the most out-there music they'd ever made, but also their warmest, friendliest and most emotionally direct. As soon as it dropped in December 1965, Rubber Soul cut the story of pop music in half — we're all living in the future this album invented.
Great LP and music!





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FDR on the day before Pearl Harbor 1941


We will soon celebrate another anniversary of Pearl Harbor.   I found this note very interesting.    This is from the day before the Japanese bombed the US:   
On this day, President Roosevelt—convinced on the basis of intelligence reports that the Japanese fleet is headed for Thailand, not the United States—telegrams Emperor Hirohito with the request that “for the sake of humanity,” the emperor intervene “to prevent further death and destruction in the world.”The Royal Australian Air Force had sighted Japanese escorts, cruisers, and destroyers on patrol near the Malayan coast, south of Cape Cambodia. 
An Aussie pilot managed to radio that it looked as if the Japanese warships were headed for Thailand—just before he was shot down by the Japanese.  
This is a remarkable note.   In other words, we suspected that the Japanese fleet was moving to Thailand.   We learned the next day that it had been moving to Hawaii all along.



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Saturday, December 04, 2010

1976: The Brooks Robinson 17 year Gold Glove Era ended


Some of us had a chance to watch Brooks Robinson play third base for the Orioles.   

I watched him at the end of his career, 1972-76.    Before that, I remember him on TV, from "The Game of the Week" to the All Star Game to 4 World Series appearances.

On this day in 1976, the Brooks Robinson Gold Glove era came to end.  

Aurelio Rodriguez won the AL Gold Glove.    Rodriguez was an outstanding defensive third baseman with Detroit.    He deserved the award.   

It ended Robinson's streak, 1959-75.    

Brooks was a part time player in 1976 so it was time to give the award to someone else.   He retired next year in 1977 and replaced by Doug DeCinces.

Brooks Robinson was synonymous with third base!   He was also a clutch hitter, i.e. 2,848 hits and 1,357 RBI.    He was the AL MVP in 1964 and World Series MVP in 1970. 

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Friday, December 03, 2010

1818: Illinois joined the Union as the 21st state


On this day in 1818, Illinois joined the union as # 21 on the way to 50.     It is today the home of the Cubs and Chicago.



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1839: Young Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer


We know him as The Great Emancipator, perhaps the greatest president and the man who delivered The Gettysburg Address in the middle of the Civil War.   Before any of that, he was a young lawyer in Illinois:


"On this day in 1839, future President Abraham Lincoln advances to another stage in his legal career when he is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Circuit Court. 
It was during his years practicing law that Lincoln honed his now famous oratorical skills."

Lincoln was elected to the US House later and then president in 1860.





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Thursday, December 02, 2010

1961: The day that Fidel Castro said: “Yo soy un Marxista Leninista”!



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We recall that day in 1961 that Fidel Castro made it official:      
""I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall be one until the end of my life."
He went on to state that, "Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class."
He also noted that communism would be the dominant force in Cuban politics:
"There cannot be three or four movements.""
And that was it!
It happened about 7 months after The Bay of Pigs and confirmed that Castro would rule Cuba as a dictator.  It ended any hopes of a multiparty election or restoration of the freedoms that the regime had eliminated by executive decree.
I should add that people were thrown in jail or executed in 1959-61 for calling Castro "un comunista".
None of those people were ever released after Castro confirmed that he was "un communista".




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1823: The Monroe Doctrine


It started as a message to Congress.    It became one of the most important foreign policy doctrines in US history.   We know it as The Monroe Doctrine:
"Monroe’s declaration, which was drafted by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams–who would succeed Monroe as president in 1824–was aimed at preventing attempts by other nations to colonize territory on the North and South American continents that had not yet been claimed by Europeans. Although the U.S. population was at the time concentrated east of the Mississippi River, expansion into the western half of the continent was foremost in the minds of many American politicians, including Monroe and his predecessor Thomas Jefferson. Monroe and Adams were also concerned that the British, French and Russians would attempt to annex regions once held by the Spanish (such as the Southwest, Central and South America and the Northern Pacific)–places over which the U.S. itself hoped to extend control."
America for Americans was the message.    Naturally, it had its critics and supporters.   On balance, it worked well and kept European powers out of America.






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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1990: They started digging "The Chunnel"

It's incredible but true.   You can get on a fast speed train and go under The English Channel.   Here is the story:
After workers drilled that final hole on December 1, 1990, they exchanged French and British flags and toasted each other with champagne. Final construction took four more years, and the Channel Tunnel finally opened for passenger service on May 6, 1994, with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and France’s President Francois Mitterrand on hand in Calais for the inaugural run. 
Still sounds incredible many years later!

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