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Events - June 6
1816 - Ten inches of wonderful wet, white snow fell this day in New England. It was one of the latest snowfalls ever (or maybe one of the earliest!) Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

1833 - The first U.S. President to ride in a railroad car was Andrew Jackson. President Jackson boarded a B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) passenger train in Baltimore, MD.

1844 - The first YMCA was founded in London by George Williams, young draper’s assistant who had come to London to learn the drapery trade. At that time, wholesale drapery houses employed large numbers of young men, who were given room and board at their work places. They worked long hours and had poor living conditions. Williams sought permission to hold prayer meetings in his bedroom with other young men who, like himself, shared the Christian faith. Soon, the group expanded, drawing to it young men who were alone and lonely in the City of London.

1882 - The first electric flatiron, or what we call the electric iron, was patented by Henry W. Seely of New York City. We bet he probably had the nicest pressed shirts in the neighborhood.

1904 - The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ.

1932 - The first U.S. federal tax on gasoline was enacted. The rate was a penny per gallon. Ride a bike. Save some money.

1933 - The first U.S. drive-in to show movies opened in Camden, New Jersey on Crescent Boulevard. Those first drive-in moviegoers got to see "Wife Beware", a flick not destined to be a classic. The screen measured a huge 40 feet by 50 feet and was easily seen by everyone in the first cars in the front to the 500th car in the back row. Everyone (including the whole town) could hear the sound, too ... with a slight delay for the folks in the back row because the sound emanated from speakers mounted next to the screen. Admission was 25 cents per person plus 25 cents for the car, maximum $1.00.

1938 - "Stella Dallas" was presented for the first time on the NBC Red radio network. The serial was “the true to life story of mother love and sacrifice.” "Stella Dallas" continued to do this and so much more until 1955.

1942 - Adeline Gray made the first nylon-parachute jump in Hartford, CT. It proved, no doubt, better and much more comfortable than the first cinder block-parachute jump...

1944 - CBS radio saluted America’s war doctors with "The Doctor Fights", presented for the first time this day.

1944 - This was D-Day, the day thousands of Allied troops invaded Normandy, France. Their objective: to open a second major European front in the battle against the Nazis. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of these united forces (and, who later became President of the United States) said, “This landing is but the opening phase of the campaign in Western Europe. Great battles lie ahead. I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us.”

1946 - New York City was the site of the formation of the Basketball Association of America.

1956 - Gogi Grant (Audrey Brown) reached the top spot on the "Billboard" singles chart for the first and only time in her career. Her hit, "The Wayward Wind", stayed at the top of the top-tune tabulation for eight weeks and on the music charts for 22 weeks. It was her second record release. The first, in October, 1955, was "Suddenly There’s a Valley" which climbed to number nine.

1962 - The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, “They’re pretty awful.” He changed his mind after meeting the group, however. The rest, of course, is rock-music history.

1971 - For the last time, we saw Polish dancing bears, a little mouse named Topo Gigio, remembered The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, the comedy of Jackie Mason, John Byner, Rich Little, Richard Pryor and so many more, as "The Ed Sullivan Show" left CBS-TV. Gladys Knight and The Pips and singer Jerry Vale appeared on the final show. "The Ed Sullivan Show" had been a showcase for more than 20 years for artists who ranged from Ethel Merman to Ella Fitzgerald, from Steve and Eydie to the Beatles. "The Ed Sullivan Show" was the longest running variety show on TV -- a “rillly big sheeeew.”

1973 - Barry White was awarded a gold record for "I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby". It was his first hit and his first of five number one million-sellers. White began recording in 1960. He formed the group, Love Unlimited, in 1969 and married one of the group’s singers, Glodean James. He also formed the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra which had the number-one hit, "Love’s Theme" in 1973. I’m Casey Kasem. Now back to the count down...

1978 - Proposition 13 passed in California. Voters joined Senator Howard Jarvis in cutting property taxes by 57 percent. This was seen as the birth of a taxpayer’s revolt against high taxes and excessive government spending.

1978 - The ABC-TV newsmagazine "20/20" debuted. Producer Bob Shanks, realizing that the first show was a disaster, fired the co-hosts, magazine editor Harold Hayes and Australian art critic Robert Hughes. The next week, Shanks tapped former "Today" and "Concentration" host Hugh Downs, formerly of NBC, to take over the show.

1987 - Steffi Graf beat Martina Navratilova and won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in Paris. She is the only player in tennis history to win each of the four Grand Slam titles at least four times [Wimbledon: 7, French Open: 6, U.S. Open: 5, Australian Open: 4].

1994 - U.S. President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries from around the world visited Normandy, France. Many D-Day veterans joined them to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Overlord and to pay respect to the thousands who died there in World War II.

1998 - "The Boy is Mine", by Brandy and Monica, zoomed to number 1 on the "Billboard" pop chart. It ruled the Hot 100 roost for 13 weeks -- putting it in the top ten of longest-running #1 singles in the modern rock era.

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Birthdays - June 6
1606 - Pierre Corneille (playwright: Cinna, Le Cid, L’illusion Comique; died Oct 1, 1684)

1755 - Nathan Hale (American patriot & Revolutionary War military officer: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”; arrested [Sep 20, 1776] by British troups while spying for General George Washington; executed Sep 22, 1776 at age 21 [by order of British General William Howe])

1756 - John Trumbull (artist: painter of the Revolution: The Battle of Bunker Hill, The Surrender of Cornwallis, The Declaration of Independence; son of colonial Connecticut’s governor; died Nov 10, 1843)

1799 - Aleksandr Pushkin (poet: Boris Gudunov, Eugene Onegin; died Feb 10, 1837)

1875 - Thomas Mann (author: Little Herr Friedemann, Royal Highness, Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, Death in Venice, Reflections of an Unpolitical Man, Order of fhe Day, Disorder and Early Sorrow, Mario and the Magician; died Aug 12, 1955)

1891 - Ted Lewis (Theodore Leopold Friedman) (clarinettist, singer, bandleader: Ted Lewis & His Band: Somebody Stole My Gal, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; died Aug 25, 1971)

1898 - Walter Abel (actor: Raintree County, Mirage, Quick Let’s Get Married, 13 Rue Madeleine, Wake Island, Silent Night Bloody Night, Kid from Brooklyn, Holiday Inn, The Indian Fighter; died Mar 26, 1987)

1903 - Aram (Ilyich) Khachaturyan (musician, composer: Sabre Dance, Spartacus; died May 1, 1978)

1907 - Bill (William Malcolm) Dickey (Baseball Hall of Famer: catcher: NY Yankees catcher [1928-1946: played in 38 World Series games: 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946/record: caught 100 or more games 13 years in a row]; died Nov 12, 1993)

1909 - Isaiah Berlin (philosopher, historian; died Nov 5, 1997)

1926 - Tom Ryan (cartoonist: Tumbleweeds)

1932 - David R. Scott (NASA astronaut: flew on Gemini 8, Command Module pilot [Apollo 9], walked and drove first Lunar Rover on the moon as commander of Apollo 15)

1932 - Billie Whitelaw (actress: Frenzy, The Dressmaker, The Secret Garden, The Omen, Masterpiece Theatre productions; died Dec 21, 2014)

1934 - Roy Innes (civil rights leader: National Chairman of Congress of Racial Equality [CORE]; died Jan 8, 2017)

1935 - Jon Henricks (swimmer: Univ of Southern California, Olympic Gold Medalist: Melbourne: 2 gold [1956], Rome: 2 gold [1960])

1935 - Bobby Mitchell (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cleveland Browns running back; Washington Redskins wide receiver: 1st black player for Washington; All Pro [1962, 1964]; four Pro Bowls)

1936 - Levi Stubbs (Stubbles) (lead singer: group: The Four Tops: Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can’t Help Myself, Reach Out I’ll be There, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Seven Rooms of Gloom, Bernadette; died Oct 17, 2008)

1939 - Gary U.S. Bonds (Anderson) (singer: Quarter to Three, New Orleans, Rendezvous, Come on Let’s Go)

1939 - Ed (Edward) Giacomin (Hockey Hall of Fame goalie: NHL: NY Rangers [Vezina Trophy winner: 1970-71], Detroit Red Wings)

1941 - Marshall Johnston (hockey: Univ. of Denver [NCAA Championship team: 1961], Canadian Olympic Team [1964, 1968]; NHL: Minnesota North Stars, California Golden Seals; coach: California Golden Seals, Denver Univ., Colorado Rockies, NJ Devils, NY Islanders, Ottawa Senators)

1943 - Merv (Mervin Weldon) Rettenmund (baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969, 1970, 1971], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975], SD Padres, California Angels)

1943 - Joe Stampley (country singer: Soul Song, There’s Another Woman, Whiskey Chasin’, Back Slidin’, Double Shot of My Baby’s Love)

1944 - Peter Albin (musician: bass, guitar & vocals: group: Big Brother and The Holding Company: Piece of My Heart)

1944 - Monty Alexander (jazz musician: piano: So What?)

1944 - Bud (Derrel McKinley) Harrelson (baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1969, 1973/all-star: 1970, 1971], Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers)

1945 - David Dukes (actor: War & Remembrance, The Winds of War, Sisters, The Men’s Club, Snow Kill, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, The Josephine Baker Story, Held Hostage; died Oct 9, 2000)

1947 - Robert Englund (actor: A Nightmare on Elm Street [1-5], Hustle, A Star is Born, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane)

1947 - Ada Kok (swimmer: Netherlands Olympic silver medalist Tokyo [1964])

1954 - Harvey Fierstein (Tony Award-winning actor: Torch Song Trilogy [1983]; Mrs. Doubtfire, Bullets Over Broadway; and playwright: Torch Song Trilogy [1983]; La Cage aux Folles, Tidy Endings; actor: Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day)

1955 - Sandra Bernhard (comedienne, actress: Roseanne, The Richard Pryor Show, Comedy Central: The A-List, The Late Shift, Hudson Hawk, King of Comedy)

1956 - Bjorn Borg (tennis champ: French Open [1974-1975, 1978-1981], Wimbledon [1976-1980])

1959 - Amanda Pays (actress: Exposure, Dead on the Money, Leviathan, Off Limits, The Kindred, Oxford Blues, Mad Headroom, The Flash)

1960 - Steve Vai (musician: guitar: group: David Lee Roth Band: California Girls)

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Chart Toppers - June 6
1949
Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
Again - Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

1957
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
A Teenager’s Romance/I’m Walkin’ - Ricky Nelson
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965
Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs
Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley
What’s He Doing in My World - Eddy Arnold

1973
My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Daniel - Elton John
Pillow Talk - Sylvia
Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett

1981
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Being with You - Smokey Robinson
Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Friends - Razzy Bailey

1989
Rock On - Michael Damian
Soldier of Love - Donny Osmond
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Where Did I Go Wrong - Steve Wariner

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...


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