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Events - June 22
1807 - The crew of the British man-of-war "Leopard" fired upon and boarded the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake". James Barron, the commander of the "Chesapeake" was convicted following a court-martial. The reason for the court-martial: Barron was not prepared for action. This incident, along with a few others, led to the War of 1812. A little side fact: Stephen Decatur, a judge in the court-martial, was killed in a duel some eight years after the war. The winner of the duel was James Barron.

1832 - J.I. Howe patented the pin machine, better known as a pinmaker.

1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.

1937 - Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, knocked out James J. Braddock in a boxing match in Chicago, Illinois. The bout lasted eight rounds and Louis was announced as the world heavyweight boxing champion.

1938 - Joe Louis knocked out Germany's Max Schmeling in the first round, in a bout at Yankee Stadium.

1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.

1939 - Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell joined in song to perform "An Apple for the Teacher", on Decca Records.

1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time. V-Mail used a special paper for letter writing during WWII. It was designed to reduce cargo space taken up by mail sent to and from members of the armed services. The letters written on this special paper were opened at the post office, censored and reduced in size by photography. One roll of film contained 1,500 letters.

1952 - The U.S. Olympic Fund increased by $1,000,000, thanks to a nationwide, 14-1/2 hour telethon that starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes -- two back-to-back perfect games -- in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1959 - "The Battle of New Orleans", by Johnny Horton, started week number four at the top of the nation’s music Tunedex. The song was number one for a total of six weeks. It was Horton’s only number one record and million-seller. He had big hits, however, with movie music: "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska" (from the film by the same title, starring John Wayne) -- both in 1960. Horton, from Tyler, TX, married Billie Jean Jones, Hank Williams’ widow. Tragically, Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash on November 5, 1960.

1963 - "Fingertips - Pt 2", by Little Stevie Wonder, was released. It became Wonder’s first number one single on August 10th. Wonder had 46 hits on the pop and R&B music charts between 1963 and 1987. Eight of those hits made it to number one.

1964 - The United States Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s controversial book, "Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned.

1964 - Barbra Streisand signed a 10-year contract with CBS-TV worth about $200,000 a year. Both CBS and NBC had been bidding for Streisand’s talents.

1968 - Herb Alpert used his voice and his trumpet to run to the top of the pop music charts. "This Guy’s in Love with You" became the most popular song in the U.S. this day. It would rule the top of the pop music world for four weeks. It was the only vocal by Alpert to make the charts, though his solo instrumentals with The Tijuana Brass scored lots of hits. Alpert performed on 19 charted hits through 1987.

1970 - Mike Dann resigned as senior vice-president of CBS to join the Children’s Television Workshop, the "Sesame Street" people. Dann became the first major commercial TV industry leader to join forces with a non-commercial operation such as the CTW. As part of his deal, Dann was able to remove the letters A, B, C, N and S from the alphabet, doing what he couldn’t do at CBS: eliminate ABC and NBC.

1985 - "People" magazine had an interesting story in the week’s issue. It took a death count in Sylvester Stallone’s "Rambo" flick, finding that there were 44 people killed directly. The wizards at "People" figured out that this was an average of one body biting the "Rambo" dust every 2.1 minutes. There were also 70 explosions that killed an undetermined number of people, according to the magazine.

1990 - The last-place Atlanta Braves fired manager Russ Nixon and replaced him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985. Good move. Cox led the Braves to a dramatic worst-to-first turnaround, the first of its kind in the National League. In the World Series his team lost to the (also) resurgent Minnesota Twins. Cox was name AP Manager of the Year (the first manager to be so named in both leagues). The Braves followed 1991 with NL East championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997, becoming the first team to win division titles in six straight completed seasons. Those division titles also let to NL pennants, except for 1993 and 1997.

1992 - CBS "This Morning" co-host Paula Zahn announced, “Making headlines this morning: Bill Clinton comes up with a plan for the economy. Tax the rich, cut the deficit, and help just about everyone else.” Very similar to the Robin Hood system, wasn’t it?

1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to people with poor eyesight or other correctable conditions.

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Birthdays - June 22
1903 - ‘King’ Carl (Owen) Hubbell (‘The Meal Ticket’: baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [World Series: 1933, 1936, 1937/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1933/won 24 games in a row over two seasons: 1936-37]; died Nov 21, 1988)

1906 - Billy (Samuel) Wilder (Academy Award-winning director: The Apartment [1960], The Lost Weekend [1945]; Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Witness for the Prosecution, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, Sabrina, Irma La Douce, The Front Page, Buddy, Buddy; died Mar 27, 2002)

1907 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh (aviator, author: Gift from the Sea; married to Charles; mother of kidnapped Charles Jr.; died Feb 7, 2001)

1909 - Michael Todd (Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) (producer: Oklahoma!, Around the World in 80 Days; developed [w/American Optical Company] Todd-AO system using 65mm cine cameras at 30 fps and wide angle photgraphy [approx 150 degrees]; husband of Elizabeth Taylor; killed in plane crash Mar 22, 1958)

1921 - Gower Champion (Tony Award-winning choreographer: 42nd Street [1981], The Happy Time [1968], Hello Dolly! [1964], Bye-Bye Birdie [1961], Lend an Ear [1949]; actor, dancer: Lovely to Look At, Show Boat, Mr. Music; died Aug 25, 1980)

1921 - Joseph Papp (Papirofsky) (Pulitzer Prize-winning [3] producer; also winner of 28 Tony awards and 6 New York Critics Circle Awards; over 400 productions including: Hair, A Chorus Line, Two Gentlemen of Verona, That Championship Season; died Oct 31, 1991)

1922 - Bill Blass (fashion designer; died Jun 12, 2002)

1928 - Ralph Waite (actor: The Waltons, Roots, Cliffhanger, The Bodyguard, Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces, NCIS; died Feb 13, 2014)

1930 - Roy Drusky (DJ, songwriter: Alone with You, Country Girl, Anymore; singer: Three Hearts in a Tangle, Peel Me a Nanner, Another, Yes Mr. Peters [w/Priscilla Mitchell]; films: The Golden Guitar, Forty-Acre Feud; died Sep 23, 2004)

1933 - Dianne Feinstein (Goldman) (politician: U.S. Senator from California)

1934 - Russ (Russell Henry) Snyder (baseball: KC Athletics, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966], Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers)

1936 - Kris Kristofferson (songwriter: Me & Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Help Me Make It Through the Night; singer: Loving Her was Easier, Why Me; actor: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Star is Born, Semi- Tough, Fire Down Below, Dance with Me, Limbo, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town)

1941 - Ed Bradley (news correspondent: 60 Minutes; host: Street Stories; died Nov 9, 2006)

1941 - Michael Lerner (actor: Radioland Murders, Omen 4: The Awakening, Barton Fink, Eight Men Out, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Candidate)

1941 - Barry Serafin (news reporter: ABC News)

1943 - Klaus Maria Brandauer (actor: The Russia House, Quo Vadis, Out of Africa, Kindergarten, Never Say Never Again, The Salzburg Connection)

1944 - Peter Asher (singer: group: Peter and Gordon: A World Without Love, I Go To Pieces, True Love Ways, Lady Godiva, Sunday for Tea; record producer)

1947 - Bobby Douglass (football: Chicago Bears QB: record: most yards rushing by a quarterback in a season [968 yards in 1972])

1947 - Howard Kaylan (Kaplan) (singer: group: The Turtles: Happy Together, She’d Rather Be with Me, Elenore, You Showed Me; duo: Flo & Eddie: back-up for: Bruce Springsteen, The Knack, etc.)

1948 - ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich (basketball: New Orleans Jazz; NCAA Div. I Individual Record: total points scored [1,381], field goal points [522] in a season [1970]: Louisiana State; died Jan 5, 1988 [heart attack])

1948 - Todd Rundgren (singer: We Gotta Get You a Woman, I Saw the Light, Hello It’s Me, Can We Still Be Friends; groups: Nazz, Utopia; producer: Meat Loaf, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad)

1949 - Alan Osmond (singer: group: The Osmonds/The Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple, Any Time, Merrill and Jessica, You’re Here to Remember, I’m Here to Forget)

1949 - Meryl (Mary Louise) Streep (Academy Award-winning actress: Sophie’s Choice [1982], [supporting actress] Kramer vs. Kramer [1979]; Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, Death Becomes Her, Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, Music of the Heart)

1949 - Lindsay Wagner (actress: The Bionic Woman, The Paper Chase, Fire in the Dark, Nurses on the Line, The Second Wind)

1953 - Cyndi Lauper (Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper) (Grammy Award-winning singer [1984]: Girls Just Want to Have Fun; Time After Time, True Colors; actress: Mad About You, Life with Mikey)

1954 - Freddie Prinze (Preutzel) (comedian, actor: Chico and the Man; died Jan 29, 1977)

1955 - Green Gartside (singer: group: Scritti Politti: LPs: Anomie & Bonhomie, Cupid & Psyche 85, Provision, Songs To Remember)

1957 - Gary Beers (musician: bass, singer: group: INXS: Just Keep Walking, The One Thing, Original Sin, Melting in the Sun, This Time)

1958 - Bruce Campbell (actor: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Tornado!, The Hudsucker Proxy, Army of Darkness, Sundown, Maniac Cop series, Evil Dead series)

1960 - Tracy (Jo) Pollan (actress: Family Ties, A Stranger Among Us; married to actor Michael J. Fox)

1961 - Jimmy Somerville (musician: keyboards, singer: groups: The Committee, Communards: You are My World, Don’t Leave Me This Way; Bronski Beat: Smalltown Boy, Why, It Ain’t Necessarily So, I Feel Love)

1962 - Clyde Drexler (‘The Glide’: basketball: Univ of Houston [1980s Phi Slamma Jamma team], Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets)

1964 - Amy Brenneman (actress: Judging Amy, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Middle Ages, Fear, Heat, Casper, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her)

1964 - Tommy Cunningham (musician: drums: group: Wet Wet Wet: Angel Eyes [Home And Away], Somewhere Somehow, Wishing I Was Lucky)

1968 - Darrell Armstrong (basketball [guard]: Fayetteville State Univ; NBA: Orlando Magic, NO Hornets, Mavericks)

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Chart Toppers - June 22
1949
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

1957
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams
Four Walls - Jim Reeves

1965
I Can’t Help Myself - The Four Tops
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Ribbon of Darkness - Marty Robbins

1973
My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Playground in My Mind - Clint Holmes
I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby - Barry White
Kids Say the Darndest Things - Tammy Wynette

1981
Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey
A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
But You Know I Love You - Dolly Parton

1989
I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids on the Block
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Love Out Loud - Earl Thomas Conley

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