Events - June 13
1789 - Mrs. Alexander Hamilton served a new dessert treat for General George Washington. The highlight of the dinner party was ice cream! And you thought all this time that Dolley Madison was responsible. Not so.
1893 - The first Ladies’ British Amateur golf championship was sponsored by the Ladies Golf Union. The match took place at St. Anne’s, a new course in Lancashire.
1921 - Babe Ruth connected for a 460-foot home run deep into the center-field bleachers at the Polo Grounds in New York City. It was the longest homer in the career of ‘The Sultan of Swat’.
1935 - Jim Braddock defeated Max Baer in a 15-round decision. Braddock captured the world heavyweight boxing title for the win in New York City.
1939 - Lionel Hampton and his band recorded "Memories of You" for Victor Records.
1940 - The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs were the first two major-league baseball teams to play at Doubleday Field at Cooperstown, NY in the Hall of Fame Game.
1944 - The wire recorder was patented by Marvin Camras. Wire recorders were the precursor of much easier to use magnetic tape recorders.
1948 - Uniform #3, belonging to Babe Ruth, was retired at farewell ceremonies for the Babe. The touching ceremony at Yankee Stadium came just two months before the baseball legend passed away.
1966 - The Miranda Decision was handed down by the United States Supreme Court. The 5-4 decision regarded the rights of individuals to remain silent because “...anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law.” It held that the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States “required warnings before valid statements could be taken by police.”
1970 - The song "Make It with You", by David Gates and Bread, was released. It turned out to be a number-one hit (8/22/70). Though Bread had a dozen hits, including one other million-seller ("Baby I’m-A Want You", 1971); "Make It with You" was the soft-pop group’s only number-one tune.
1971 - Singer Francis Albert Sinatra made an attempt to retire from show business following a performance this night at the Music Center in Los Angeles, CA. ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ got a bit restless in retirement, however, and was back in "Sinatra - The Main Event" at Madison Square Garden in November 1973.
1984 - Rick Sutcliffe was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago Cubs. Sutcliffe had been 4-5 for the Indians, but ended the season 16-1 with the Cubs. He led the Cubbies to the National League East Division title.
1987 - Garrison Keilor, host and storyteller on the award-winning National Public Radio series, "A Prairie Home Companion", left the program and its delightful shores of Lake Wobegon for Denmark where he intended to spend his time writing (he returned to the U.S. two years later). He had been with the NPR program for 13 years.
Birthdays - June 13
1865 - William Butler Yeats (Nobel Prize-winning poet & dramatist ; passed Jan 28, 1939)
1892 - (Philip St. John) Basil Rathbone (actor: The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, The Last Hurrah, The Hound of the Baskervilles, House of Fear, David Copperfield, Last Days of Pompeii, Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes, A Christmas Carol, The Comedy of Terrors; died July 21, 1967)
1903 - Red (Harold) Grange (Pro and College Football Hall of Famer: ‘The Galloping Ghost’: Chicago Bears, University of Illinois: running back; died Jan 28, 1991)
1908 - (Maria Helena) Vieira da Silva (artist: style: Parisian School and abstract expressionism; died Mar 6, 1992)
1910 - Mary (Isabelle) Wickes (Wickenhauser) (actress: Little Women, Sister Act, Postcards from the Edge, How to Murder Your Wife; died Oct 22, 1995)
1912 - Samuel A. (Albert) Taylor (playwright: Sabrina , Vertigo, Three on a Couch, Topaz, Sabrina ; died May 26, 2000)
1913 - Ralph Edwards (actor/host: Radio Stars on Parade, Beat the Band, The Devil’s Bedroom; TV and radio host: Truth or Consequences, This is Your Life; died Nov 16, 2005)
1915 - Don Budge (tennis champion: Australian Open , French Open , Wimbledon [1937, 1938, 1939], U.S. Open [1937, 1938]; passed away Jan 26, 2000)
1917 - Si (Simon) Zentner (bandleader, trombonist: Boyd Raeburn Orchestra; died Jan 31, 2000)
1918 - Ben Johnson (actor: Angels in the Outfield, The Getaway, The Last Picture Show, One-Eyed Jacks, Red Dawn, Shane; died Apr 8, 1996)
1922 - Mel (Melvin Lloyd) ‘Dusty’ Parnell (baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1949, 1951]; died Mar 20, 2012)
1926 - Paul Lynde (comedian, actor: The Paul Lynde Show, Hollywood Squares, Love American Style, Temperatures Rising, Bewitched, The Red Buttons Show; cartoon voice: Claude Pertwee; died Jan 10, 1982)
1935 - Christo (Javacheff) (artist: Valley Curtain, Running Fence, The Umbrellas)
1936 - Michel Jazy (track: world-record holder in the mile [1965-3 minutes, 53.6 seconds])
1940 - Bobby Freeman (singer: Do You Wanna Dance, C’mon and Swim; died Jan 23, 2017)
1940 - Dallas Long (Olympic Gold Medal-winning shot-putter: [Tokyo: 1964], world record [67' 10": 1964])
1943 - Malcolm McDowell (actor: A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man, Blue Thunder, Caligula, Gulag, Look Back in Anger, Fantasy Island )
1949 - Dennis Locorriere (musician: guitar, singer: group: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Sylvia’s Mother, Sexy Eyes, The Cover of "Rolling Stone", When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman)
1950 - J.P. Bordeleau (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks)
1951 - Howard Leese (musician: guitar, keyboards: group: Heart: Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Straight On)
1951 - Richard Thomas (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Waltons ; Roots: The Next Generation, All Quiet on the Western Front, Johnny Belinda)
1952 - Ernie (Leo Ernest) Whitt (baseball: catcher: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays [all-star: 1985], Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles)
1953 - Tim Allen (Timothy Allen Dick) (comedian, actor: Home Improvement, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II, The Santa Clause, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Galaxy Quest)
1968 - Deniece (Lisa Marie) Pearson (singer: group: Five Star: System Addict, Can’t Wait Another Minute, Find the Time, Rain or Shine, Stay Out of My Life, The Slighest Touch)
Chart Toppers - June 13
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra
Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I’m in Love Again - Fats Domino
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
Love Me with All Your Heart - The Ray Charles Singers
Together Again - Buck Owens
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Nice to Be with You - Gallery
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo
Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
My Heart - Ronnie Milsap
One More Try - George Michael
Together Forever - Rick Astley
Everything Your Heart Desires - Daryl Hall John Oates
I Told You So - Randy Travis
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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