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Events - August 3
1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail on the "Santa Maria". He was accompanied by a crew of 90 and two more ships, the "Nina" and the "Pinta". They left Spain half an hour before sunrise to begin the search for a water passage to Cathay. Instead, Columbus and company landed on October 12 at Guanahani, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas ... not India but the New World of the Americas.

1750 - This is the day that Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. He called it "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management". Sounds like fun reading...

1880 - The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, New York.

1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. It was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter.

1933 - With Lefty Grove pitching, the Philadelphia Athletics whipped the New York Yankees, 7-0. The Yankees had gone 308 games without being shutout.

1933 - The world-famous Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. The timepiece sold for $2.75. A Mickey Mouse Clock sold for $1.50. New models now sell for $25 or more and the original watches and clocks are worth hundreds of dollars.

1949 - The National Basketball Association was formed. It was a combination of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1954 - A record divorce settlement (for the time) was awarded to Mrs. Barbara Bobo Rockefeller. Winthrop Rockefeller was ordered to pay a sum of $5,500,000 to his ex-wife.

1963 - The college football all-stars downed the Green Bay Packers by a 20-17 score. It was a big upset since the college upstarts had been heavy (50-1) underdogs.

1963 - The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The group was about to leave its hometown behind for unprecedented world-wide fame and fortune.

1963 - The Beach Boys’ "Surfer Girl"entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became one of their biggest hits. "Surfer Girl" made it to number seven on the hit music chart Sep 14, 1963.

1963 - Comedian Allan Sherman’s summer camp parody, "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)" was released on Warner Brothers Records. It went to number two on the pop charts (8/24/63).

1966 - Comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose this day.

1971 - Paul McCartney formed a new band called Wings. Joining McCartney in the group were Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues, Denny Seilwell and McCartney’s wife, Linda.

1983 - Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn resigned after 14 years on the job. Originally, he had been asked to take the job for six months or so.

1984 - Wall Street ended its best week (to that time) with a jump in the Dow Jones blue-chip average of 87.46. A one-day volume record was also set as 236.57 million shares changed hands, keeping brokers on the trading floor very busy. 72.9 million shares were traded in the first hour alone.

1987 - Joe Niekro was suspended for 10 days for throwing scuffed baseballs. He first denied the charge made by the home plate umpire, but an emery board fell right out of his pocket during an inspection!

1989 - The ABC news magazine "Primetime Live" debuted, with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer reporting/starring. Just one of many creations of ABC News president Roone Arledge, the show ran through Sep 9, 1998, when it was merged with ABC’s "20/20".

1993 - Boston Ventures sold Motown Records to the Dutch recording and entertainment company, Polygram, for $325 million. Boston Ventures and MCA Records had picked up Motown from founder Berry Gordy for a mere $61 million in 1988.

1996 - “Give your body happiness, Macarena...” "Macarena (bayside boys mix)", by Los Del Rio, hit #1 on "Billboard". It stayed and stayed at the top -- for 14 smash weeks -- as dancers swayed and swayed. “Ehhhhhh, Macarena!”

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Birthdays - August 3
1900 - Ernie Pyle (journalist: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter [1944]: reports of 1940 London bombings and war reports from Africa, Italy and France; managing editor: Washington Daily News; killed by sniper’s bullet on Ie Shima, small island off Okinawa, April 18, 1945)

1900 - John T. Scopes (high school teacher: subject of famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial: convicted of teaching evolution in Tennessee school; died Oct 21, 1970)

1902 - Ray Bloch (orchestra leader: TV shows: Blind Date, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Gay Nineties Revue, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Larry Storch Show, Songs for Sale; died Mar 29, 1982)

1905 - Margaret Kuhn (National Women’s Hall of Famer: forced into retirement at age 65, she formed the Gray Panthers to fight age discrimination; her advice: “Speak your mind. Even if your voice shakes, well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.”; died Apr 22, 1995)

1905 - Dolores del Rio (Lolita Dolores Martinez Asunsolo y Lopez Negrete) (actress: Flying Down to Rio, Journey into Fear, Flaming Star, Children of Sanchez, Accused; died Apr 11, 1983)

1917 - Charlie Shavers (musician: trumpet: group: John Kirby Sextet; composer: Pastel Blue, Undecided; died July 8, 1971)

1918 - Les Elgart (musician: lead trumpet, bandleader: Les and [w/brother] Larry Elgart; died July 29, 1995)

1921 - Richard Adler (composer, lyricist [w/Jerry Ross]: scores: Pajama Game, Damn Yankees; solo: scores: Kwamina, A Mother’s Kisses; died Jun 21, 2012)

1921 - Marilyn (Marvel) Maxwell (actress: Arizona Bushwackers, Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, Summer Holiday, Lost in a Harem; died Mar 20, 1972)

1924 - Leon Uris (author: Exodus, Battle Cry, Mila 18, The Angry Hills, Armageddon; screenplay: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; died June 21, 2003)

1926 - Tony Bennett (Benedetto) (Grammy Award-winning singer: I Left My Heart in San Francisco [1962], MTV Unplugged [1994]; I Wanna Be Around, Who Can I Turn To, The Shadow of Your Smile, Because of You, Rags to Riches, Stranger in Paradise, In the Middle of an Island, The Good Life; appeared in film: The Oscar)

1926 - Gordon Scott (Werschkul) (actor: Gladiator of Rome, Tarzan and the Trappers, Sampson and the 7 Miracles of the World; died Apr 30, 2007)

1937 - Steven Berkoff (actor: Intruders, The Krays, Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, Beverly Hills Cop, A Clockwork Orange, War & Remembrance)

1940 - Lance (Bambi) Alworth (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver: Super Bowl VI; San Diego Chargers)

1940 - Martin Sheen (Ramon Estevez) (actor: The West Wing, Apocalypse Now, J.F.K., Wall Street, Badlands, Ghandi, Gettysburg, The Final Countdown; father of actors Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez)

1941 - Beverly Lee (singer: group: The Shirelles: I Met Him on a Sunday, Dedicated to the One I Love, Tonight’s the Night, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Mama Said, Soldier Boy)

1941 - Martha Stewart (cooking, craft, decorating, planting advisor; Martha Stewart’s Living [TV show and magazine])

1949 - B.B. (Morris) Dickerson (musician: bass, singer: group: War)

1950 - John Landis (director: Thriller video, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Beverly Hills Cop 3, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Oscar, Three Amigos, Trading Places)

1951 - Marcel Dionne (Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: Lady Byng Trophy [1975]; LA Kings: Lady Byng Trophy [1977], Art Ross Trophy [1980]; NY Rangers)

1951 - Johnny Graham (musician: guitar: group: Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Best of My Love)

1951 - Jay North (Hopper) (actor: Dennis the Menace, Maya, Zebra in the Kitchen, The Teacher, Scout’s Honor)

1955 - Corey Burton (character voice: Spider-Man, Critters, James Bond Jr., Bonkers, Snow Monkeys, Mighty Ducks, Pocahontas, Hercules, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story 2, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

1959 - John C. McGinley (actor: The Rock, On Deadly Ground, Born on the Fourth of July, Hear No Evil, Point Break, Fat Man and Little Boy, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Platoon, The Pentagon Wars)

1963 - James Hetfield (musician: guitar, singer: group: Metallica)

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Chart Toppers - August 3
1946
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Doin’ What Comes Naturally - Dinah Shore
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

1954
Sh-Boom - The Crewcuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
One by One - Kitty Wells & Red Foley

1962
Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
Sealed with a Kiss - Brian Hyland
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

1970
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Make It with You - Bread
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder
Wonder Could I Live There Anymore - Charley Pride

1978
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Only One Love in My Life - Ronnie Milsap

1986
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her - George Strait

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