Today, in history, America went “Over the Rainbow”

The Wizard of OzToday, August 25, in 1939, The Wizard of Oz opened in the theaters. Have you seen this movie? If you haven’t, you’ve been on a desert island all of your life.

An interesting fact is, there were 4 pairs of ruby slippers used during the filming of this movie. The so-called original ruby slippers used in the movie were auctioned in 2000 for over $600 thousand. Since then, they were stolen. There’s a $1 million dollar reward for the return of the ruby slippers. It would be hilarious if 4 people show up to claim the reward.

 

What happened today? Justice for Pete Rose?

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Today, August 24, in 1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling charges. At the time, Pete was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. But that’s not the big story. What happened after he was banned was very interesting.

Bart GiamattiBart Giamatti, president of Yale University, had just been named as Baseball Commissioner. He was given the job for one reason only – To give Pete Rose the ax.

8 days after Giamatti made the announcement that Pete was banned from baseball, on September 1, he died of a heart attack.

Many pissed off Pete Rose fans were screaming, “What goes around comes around.”

Finally, the outspoken sportscaster, Howard Cossell, blamed Pete Rose for Giamatti’s death in an interview, and literally called Pete a murderer.

On this day, in 1996, Bill had Hillary send an email to children

Hillary Clinton smoking cigaretteBill Clinton had Hillary do his dirty work, which is more in line with her style

On this day, August 23, in 1996, President Bill Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.

He didn’t have to get the message to the children. Rumor has it that he asked Hillary to send each child in the US an email, informing them of what the President had decided. She was only too happy to honor her dear husband’s request, considering this is her specialty.

By the way. Hillary probably sent the emails on her private email server.

Famous Life Magazine hit the stands today, in 1938 – Read it online

Life Magazine: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Aug 22,1938

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Did you know that you can read this famous Life Magazine online?

Today, August 5, President Reagan dropped a bomb on Labor Unions

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In 1981, the tired, overworked, underpaid Air Traffic Controllers went on strike. Unfortunately, the boss they were striking against was the Commander and Chief.

It was on this very day that President Ronald Reagan said to them, “The Strike is Over! You’re Fired!”

For the next two years after this incident, workers who belonged to the labor unions were scared to death to go on strike.

On this day, July 30, Reform Schools learned a new phrase

reform-schoolOn this day, July 30, in 1956, The U.S. adopted the phrase, “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

Since then, we’ve seen this phrase on money, but have taken it for granted. It has been seen in many other places. One of these places, the Reform School in my hometown, used this phrase, but in a very unlikely way.

“In God We Trust”, a Reform School attention getter

The Reform School, in case you aren’t aware, is a place where youthful offenders are sent, instead of prison.

I’ve heard many horror stories about the reform school in my hometown. One of these is a paddle on display, which is immediately seen by the youth upon entry. On the paddle is a message:

In God We Trust, Your Ass We Bust

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Out of coincidence, Muhammad Ali made history today

Something bad happened to the Champ on this day

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June 18 – Pretty dull unless you like Walt Disney or baseball

fred-lynnUnless you’re a Walt Disney or Gunsmoke fan, today won’t excite you very much.

In 1961, “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio. I didn’t even know it was ever on the radio.

In 1999, Walt Disney’s “Tarzan” opened.

On yes, if you’re a baseball fan, something exciting did happen in 1975. Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers. Too bad he didn’t hit a double. He would have batted for the cycle. A year later, he made an Aqua Velva commercial, in which two women called him into the stands. Do they still make Aqua Velva?

Today was a big day for Michael Jordan

michael-jordanOn June 12, 1991, Michael Jordan won his first NBA title as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the fifth game of the championship series. This was also the first championship for the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading Today was a big day for Michael Jordan

On this day, June 12, free TV became history

digital-tvOn June 12, 2009, watching your local TV for free became a thing of the past. The switch from analog TV trasmission to digital was completed. This meant, if you wanted to watch the Super Bowl, World Series, Dr, Phil, Jeopardy, or any of your other favorite TV shows, you had to pay for a subscription to cable TV.

On this day, May 16, Hillary Clinton made history. It’s a sign!

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Hillary Clinton made history on this day, May 16, 2000. Then the U.S. First Lady, she was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.

Is this a sign that she’ll be the next U.S. President? Hillary Clinton is no stranger to politics, while Donald Trump may be considered an amateur.

On this day, May 12, President Carter and two sports figures made history

president-carter-fidel-castroOn this day, May 12, in Politics

On this day, in 2002 former U.S. President Carter arrived in Cuba to visit with Fidel Castro. This was the first time than any American head of state, whether in office or not, had gone to Cube since the 1959 revolution.

 

 

 

ernie-banks-chicago-cubsOn this day, May 12, in Sports

In the world of sports, two interesting things happened on this day. First, Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs, hit his 500th home run in 1970. Finally, in 1957,  A.J. Foyt won his first race in Kansas City, MO.

Not much happened today, May 10, unless you’re a pro football fan

american-national-football-leagueThe only somewhat exciting thing that happened on this day, May 10, was in 1969. Unfortunately, many of the pro football fans today don’t remember.

It was on this day that the National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season. This was a controversial topic, because the National Football League was thought to be superior to the American Football League. But a gentleman from Alabama changed all of that during Super Bowl III. By the way, if you’re interested in Football History, you can watch the entire game.

The greatest interviewer in history was honored on this day, May 8

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Today, a man who knows how to interview was honored in Hollywood

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On this day, May 8, two bazaar events in business and entertainment

new-cokeOn this day, in 1985, “New Coke” was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of what most people consider to be the greatest soft drink ever, Coca-Cola.

New Coke started the “cola war”

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On this day, April 24, things have been pretty dull

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Not very much happened on this day, April 24. At least, not very much exciting happened, unless you’re into the stock market, or slap stick comedy. Continue reading On this day, April 24, things have been pretty dull

On this day, April 23 – The Internet reached 2 milestones

youtubeDid you know that on today, April 23, two major milestones were achieve in the cyber world?

Two internet milestones that changed entertainment forever

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On this day – Alexander Graham Bell patented telephone

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On this day in history, March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. Back then, it was called the electronic speech machine.

The telephone was nice while it lasted. But now it is nothing more than a passing fad. Most people don’t even have a telephone. Everyone has a smart phone.

In 1876, it was a major milestone to have the human voice transmitted over two devices. Today, everyone seems to take much more delight in texting. Are we moving forward or backward?

First Game Played in Coors Field, March 31, 1995

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On this day in history, in 1995, the very first baseball game was played in the brand new Coors Field in Colorado. The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 4 to 1.

After the game, an idiot tried to toy with my mind by asking me the following question, “What kind of beer do they sell in Coors Field?” I ignored him the first time. He asked the question again. I decided to answer a stupid question with a stupid answer, and at the same time, throw it right back at him.

I said to him, “They sell Busch Beer in Coors Field. Now, I want to ask you something. What kind of beer do they sell in Busch Stadium?”

This ended the conversation, and he walked away whining, exposing himself as a first class moron.

On this day in history, December 26, A Great Comedian Left Us

jack-bennyIt was on this day, December 26, 1974, that the entertainment world lost one of the greatest comedians of all times.

Jack Benny, who was portrayed as the miser and the cheapskate was anything but that. He was also the man who was 39 years of age, most of his life. Sources will say that he was 80 when he expired, but Mr. Benny would probably tell you that he was 39.

Many Sunday evenings, he brought joy to many people with “The Jack Benny Show”.  Mr, Benny, along with his co-stars, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day and Don Wilson thrilled audiences from from 1950 to 1965.

Mr. Benny is not known as the funniest comedian of all time. However, it was his way of not being funny that made him one of the funniest and greatest comedians.

Many of his shows have not been preserved, and this is most unfortunate. The younger generation today will never have the opportunity to appreciate how great this man was.

Mr. Benny, along with George Burns and Milton Berle, were part of a completely different and elite class of comedians. We will never see comedians like these today. They are long gone, but definitely not forgotten.

Mr. Benny, after all these years, I still miss you. Thanks for all the great memories.

On This Day – Dec 12 – Our Right to Vote was Questioned

On this day in history, December 12, 2000

florida-recountThe U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the Presidential election Florida recount between George Bush and Al Gore.

Many American were asking themselves if they would ever vote again. Was the right to vote taken away during the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision? Maybe it was, maybe it was not. But ironically, the same thing happened in the State of Alabama Governor election two years later. While the apparent winner was celebrating his victory, the votes were still being tallied. Again, people went through a long time period wondering who won the election. Several days later, the other gentleman won the election.