Events - August 28
1811 - Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley eloped with Harriet Westbrook.
1830 - The passenger-carrying train locomotive "Tom Thumb" was demonstrated for the first time at Baltimore, MD. It was the first locomotive of its kind built in America.
1850 - Wagner’s opera, "Lohengrin", was performed for the first time.
1907 - Nineteen-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 from his friend, Claude Ryan, and started a local delivery service in Seattle, Washington. They called it the American Messenger Company. Jim’s slogan was, “Best service, and lowest rates.” The company did well because Jim and Claude stuck to their principles: round-the-clock customer service, courtesy, reliability and low rates. They took these concepts a few steps further, focusing on package delivery for local retail stores, merging in 1913 with Mac McCabe and forming Merchants Parcel Delivery. The company was the first to provide consolidated delivery, placing packages with similar street destinations on one delivery truck. The company’s growing fleet of trucks was then managed by Charlie Soderstrom. Charlie selected the dark brown color because of its professional appearance. By the 1920s, the company had grown large enough to expand to Oakland and Los Angeles, California. It wasn’t long before it became known as United Parcel Service; ‘united’ for the consolidated shipments and ‘service’ because that’s what they offered. Today, United Parcel Service “operates an international small package and document network in more than 200 countries and territories, spanning both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With its international service, UPS can reach over four billion people.”
1922 - The Walker Cup, the oldest international team golf match in America, was held for the first time at Southampton, NY.
1922 - The first commercial to be broadcast on radio was heard on WEAF in New York City. Announcer H.M. Blackwell spoke about Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings in Queens, New York. The Queensboro Realty Company, of Jackson Heights, bought what was called ‘toll broadcasting’. WEAF, owned by AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph, in those days), sold their block programming, five one-minute programs, one a day for five days, for $50 plus long-distance toll fees. The Queensboro Realty Company paid $100 for 10 minutes of commercial airtime.
1931 - "You Rascal You" was recorded by Henry Allen, with the Luis Russell Band, for the Victor label.
1941 - The Football Writers Association of America was organized.
1954 - "That’s All Right (Mama)" b/w "Blue Moon of Kentucky" became Elvis Presley’s first hit single on local charts in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips had debuted the single on his "Red Hot and Blue" show on WHBQ radio -- and the rest is history...
1963 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Some 250,000 people witnessed one of the most stirring speeches of the century.
1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Spitz completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes, 7/10ths of a second. His performance set a new world record.
1981 - For the third time in 10 days, a world record in the mile run was set. Sebastian Coe, who broke Steve Ovett’s record on August 19 and lost it to Ovett on August 26, broke it again -- by a full second -- in Brussels, Belgium. Coe’s new record time was 3:47.33.
1984 - The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
1993 - Billy Joel’s album "River of Dreams" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first album to debut at #1 and stayed at top for three weeks. The album tracks were sequenced in the order they were written: "No Man’s Land", "The Great Wall of China", "Blonde Over Blue", "A Minor Variation", "Shades of Grey", "All About Soul", "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)", "The River of Dreams", "Two Thousand Years", "Famous Last Words".
1998 - "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" opened in U.S. theatres. “Three different women (played by Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon) married Frankie Lymon. Now as they fight to get a piece of his millions, they will have to prove who married him first and who loved him most.” As CNN reviewer Paul Tatara summed it up, “"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" contains bad language, track marks, and a woman driven to prostitution. Rent the video, or, much better yet, buy the record.”
Birthdays - August 28
1749 - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (writer: Faust; died Mar 22, 1832)
1831 - Lucy (Ware Webb) Hayes (first lady: wife of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes; died June 25, 1889)
1898 - Charlie (Charles John) Grimm (‘Jolly Cholly’: baseball: Philadelphia Athletics, SL Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1929, 1932]; died Nov 15, 1983)
1899 - Charles Boyer (actor: Around the World in 80 Days, Barefoot in the Park, Casino Royale, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Algiers; died Aug 26, 1978)
1905 - Sam Levene (Samuel Levine) (actor: A Dream of Kings, Three Men on a Horse; died Dec 28, 1980)
1913 - Cornelius Johnson (Olympic Gold medalist: high jump ; died Feb 15, 1946)
1919 - Ben Agajanian (football: SD Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles; kicking coach specialist: Dallas Cowboys)
1921 - Nancy Kulp (actress: The Beverly Hillbillies, The Bob Cummings Show, The Brian Keith Show, The Three Faces of Eve; died Feb 3, 1991)
1924 - Peggy Ryan (actress: Hawaii Five-O, Here Come the Co-Eds, Miss Annie Rooney; died Oct 30, 2004)
1925 - Billy (William Wayne) Grammer (singer: Gotta Travel On, Bonaparte’s Retreat; died Aug 10, 2011)
1925 - Donald (David Dixon) O’Connor (dancer, singer, actor: Singin’ in the Rain, Francis the Talking Mule series, The Donald O’Connor Show, Call Me Madam, Walking My Baby Back Home, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Buster Keaton Story, Toys, Out to Sea; died Sep 27, 2003)
1929 - Roxie Roker (actress: The Jeffersons; died Dec 2, 1995)
1930 - Ben (Biagio Anthony) Gazzara (actor: Run for Your Life, Arrest and Trial, Anatomy of a Murder, The Bridge at Remagen, QB VII, Voyage of the Damned, Bloodline)
1932 - Andy Bathgate (Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: New York Rangers: Hart Memorial Trophy winner: ; Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Redwings; died Feb 26, 2016)
1933 - Elizabeth Seal (Tony Award-winning actress: Irma La Douce; films: Radio Cab Murder, Cone of Silence, Vampire Circus)
1936 - Tony (Andres Antonio) Gonzalez (baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, SD Padres, California Angels)
1939 - Clem Cattini (musician: drums: groups: Tornados: Telstar, Globetrotter; Johnny Kidd & The Pirates: Please Don’t Touch, You’ve Got What It Takes, Shakin’ All Over, Restless, Linda Lu)
1940 - Richard Sanders (actor: WKRP in Cincinnati, You Can’t Take It with You, Spencer, Berrengers, Forbidden Choices, Neon City)
1943 - Lou (Louis Victor) Piniella (baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, KC Royals [all-star: 1972], NY Yankees [World Series: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981)
1943 - David Soul (Solberg) (actor: Starsky and Hutch, Salem’s Lot; singer: Don’t Give Up on Us)
1945 - John Demarie (football: Cleveland Browns; died Nov 29, 2015)
1945 - Jim Lynch (football: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker: Super Bowl IV)
1946 - Mike (Michael Augustine) Torrez (baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees [World Series: 1977], Boston Red Sox, NY Mets)
1948 - Daniel Seraphine (musician: drums: group: Chicago: If You Leave Me Now, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?)
1949 - Hugh Cornwell (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Stranglers: Grip, Peaches, No More Heroes, Walk on By, Golden Brown, Skin Deep, Nice in Nice)
1950 - Ron (Ronald Ames) Guidry (baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees pitcher: [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981/all-star: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983/Cy Young Award: 1978/AP male athlete of the year: 1978])
1951 - Wayne Osmond (singer: group: The Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple, Any Time)
1951 - Joel (Randolph) Youngblood (baseball: Cincinnati Reds, NY Mets [all-star: 1981], SL Cardinals, Montreal Expos, SF Giants)
1953 - Bob Avellini (football: Unive. of Maryland, Chicago Bears)
1957 - Rick Rossovich (actor: Sons & Daughters, Macgruder & Loud, ER, Fatally Yours, Tropical Heat, Roxanne, Top Gun, The Terminator, The Lords of Discipline)
1957 - Daniel Stern (actor: Celtic Pride, Bushwhacked, City Slickers series, Home Alone series, Born in East L.A., Hannah and Her Sisters, Diner, Starting Over, Breaking Away, Hometown; narrator: The Wonder Years)
1958 - Scott Hamilton (Olympic Hall of Famer and figure skating Gold Medalist ; Stars on Ice)
1960 - Emma Samms (Samuelson) (actress: Dynasty, General Hospital, Illusions, Delirious)
1965 - Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards) (Grammy Award-winning singer: The Woman In Me ; Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Any Man of Mine, No One Needs to Know, [If You’re Not in It for Love] I’m Outta Here!, Come On Over)
1969 - Jason Priestley (actor: Beverly Hills 90210, Sister Kate, Calendar Girl, Tombstone, The Boy Who Could Fly)
Chart Toppers - August 28
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Ask Anyone Who Knows - The Ink Spots
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce
Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman
Candy Girl - Four Seasons
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right) - Tammy Wynette
My Sharona - The Knack
The Main Event/Fight - Barbra Streisand
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Who’s That Girl - Madonna
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right) - Restless Heart
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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