Events - January 11
1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London. Benjamin Franklin sent the plant to his buddy, John Bartram in Philadelphia. So, get some rhubarb pie, or if you’re in the vicinity of Knott’s Berry Farm, and you’re going to have their famous chicken dinner, you’ll get stewed rhubarb whether you want it or not! Of course, you can just get into a rhubarb today to celebrate!
1878 - For the first time, milk was delivered in glass bottles -- by one Alexander Campbell, in New York. Up to that time, moo juice had been ladled out of a container by the milkman, right into the customer’s own container. Why, we remember, the milkman would ladle milk into our pockets so we’d have something to drink for lunch. But it never lasted till then for some reason.
1902 - "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time. Initially, there were only five paying subscribers and a few hundred others who paid a nickel at newsstands. In September, 1903 the magazine became a monthly.
1913 - The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
1928 - "Ol’ Man River" was recorded on Victor Records by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Bing Crosby crooned as the song’s featured vocalist. The tune came from the Broadway musical, "Showboat".
1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. She had also been the first woman to solo across the Atlantic three years earlier.
1947 - Baseball great Honus Wagner signed his 36th professional contract by agreeing to coach the Pittsburgh Pirates. His claim to the Baseball Hall of Fame was a .329 21-year career batting average. He also wore the title of ‘The Flying Dutchman’, earned by stealing bases.
1947 - "The Amazing Mr. Malone" (aka "Murder and Mr. Malone") debuted on ABC radio. The program starred Frank Lovejoy.
1949 - The Los Angeles Open golf tournament was won by Lloyd Mangrum, who admitted that he wore a lucky pair of pajamas under his pants. One of our golfing friends likes to take his lucky ferret with him in his pants. “Sure beats a five wood!” he says.
1958 - Lloyd Bridges starred as Mike Nelson, an ex-Navy frogman who became an underwater trouble shooter, in "Sea Hunt" on CBS-TV. The show remained on the network for four years. The underwater sequences, for those wondering, were filmed in Silver Springs, Florida. The above-water sequences were filmed at Marineland of the Pacific.
1963 - Whiskey-A-Go-Go opened this night on Sunset Boulevard in Boss Angeles, and what an opening it was! Bright lights and mini-skirted dancers in cages were the prominent features of America’s first discotheque.
1964 - Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that (cough) smoking cig (cough, cough) arettes is a (cough) definite health hazard.
1964 - The head football coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, the popular Bud Wilkinson, resigned from the University of Oklahoma.
1970 - Thanks to his winning the Los Angeles Open golf tournament, Billy Casper was the second golfer in history to top the $1-million mark in career earnings.
1970 - Super Bowl IV (at New Orleans): Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7. QB Len Dawson (of HBO’s Inside the NFL), Jan Stenerud and the Chiefs socked it to coach Bud Grant’s Vikings. MVP: Chiefs QB Dawson. Tickets: $15.00.
1973 - Major-league baseball agreed to allow the American League to experiment with the designated hitter rule for the next three years. At last check, they were still experimenting with it...
1978 - Two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.
1980 - Rupert Holmes was at the top of the pop music charts, with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)".
1984 - "Thriller", the album by Michael Jackson, became the all-time best- selling LP. "Thriller", with ten-million copies sold, surpassed the previous bestseller, the soundtrack from "Saturday Night Fever". Among its precedent- shattering achievements, "Thriller" spent 37 weeks at number one on the "Billboard" album chart (longer than any contemporary rock or pop album -- only the cast album of "South Pacific" at 69 weeks and the "West Side Story" soundtrack at 54 weeks had longer runs at the top). And "Thriller" produced seven top-10 singles, ahead of Fleetwood Mac, Cyndi Lauper and Bruce Springsteen, who have each taken four top-10 singles off one LP. As of early 2002, "Thriller" was still the biggest-selling record ever, having sold more than 40-million copies.
1986 - Author James Clavell signed a deal with Morrow/Avon Publishing for $5 million as an advance for the book "Whirlwind". The book is a 2,000 page novel. Now, for the bean-counters who might not figure this out, that comes to... $2,500 a page!
1989 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan delivered his farewell address from the Oval office in the White House.
1992 - Paul Simon was the first major international star to perform in South Africa following the end of a U.N. cultural boycott. Simon opened a concert tour in Johannesburg this day. The crowd was estimated at 30,000 to 40,000. Simon’s tour had the backing of South Africa’s leading black political group, the African National Congress.
1998 - The Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, to win the American Football Conference Championship. And the Green Bay Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 23-10, to claim the National Football Conference Championship.
2004 - Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill charged in a book that President George Bush (II) had entered office in 2001 intent on invading Iraq. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind wrote The Price of Loyalty, based on 7,630 journal entries provided by O’Neill.
2005 - At least eight people were killed in a wildfire that raced through southern Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, forcing terrified residents to leap into the sea to avoid the flames.
2005 - The European Union and the U.S. agreed to settle their dispute over subsidies to Airbus SA and Boeing Co. through bilateral talks rather than asking the WTO to resolve it.
2006 - USA Today reported that less than three weeks before the Jan 2 explosion at West Virginia’s Sago Mine, the mine’s owner, International Coal Group, was cited for “combustible conditions” that showed “a high degree of negligence for the health and safety of the miners.”
2007 - Fourteen members of an advisory board to Jimmy Carter’s human rights organization resigned to protest his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The board members accused the former U.S. president of unfairly criticizing Israel.
2008 - New movies in the U.S.: First Sunday, with Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Chi McBride, Loretta Devine, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan and Malinda Williams; In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, with Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Ray Liotta, Matthew Lillard, Burt Reynolds, Will Sanderson, Ron Perlman, Claire Forlani, Brian J. White, Kristanna Loken and Gabrielle Rose; and the animated The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, featuring the voices of Mike Nawrocki and Phil Vischer.
2008 - Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mount Everest, died in New Zealand at 88 years of age. After conquering the world’s highest mountain with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, Hillary devoted much of his life to helping the people of Nepal.
2008 - Bank of America announced its purchase of Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock. The deal that rescued the biggest mortgage lender in the U.S.
Birthdays - January 11
1755 - Alexander Hamilton (statesman, 1st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; died July 11, 1804)
1815 - Sir John (Alexander) MacDonald (1st Prime Minister of Canada; died June 6, 1891)
1839 - Eugenio De Hostos (Puerto Rican patriot; scholar, author of more than fifty books; died Aug 11, 1903)
1885 - Alice Paul (women’s rights activist; founder of National Women’s Party ; died July 9, 1977)
1887 - Monte Blue (actor: Rootin’ Tootin’ Rhythm, Thunder Pass, Song of the Gringo, Wagon Wheels, So This is Paris, Orphans of the Storm; died Feb 18, 1963)
1910 - Schoolboy (Lynwood Thomas) Rowe (baseball: pitcher: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1934, 1935, 1940/all-star: 1935, 1936], Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1947]; died Jan 8, 1961)
1923 - Carroll Shelby (auto racer: remember the Shelby 350 coupe?; died May 10, 2012)
1924 - Don Cherry (singer: Band of Gold; golf: U.S. Walker Cup Team, champ: Sunnehanna (Johnstown PA) Amateur ; died Apr 4, 2018)
1925 - Grant Tinker (Emmy Award-winning TV executive: Tenth Annual ATAS Governor’s Award , President, NBC; producer: U.S.A. Today - The Television Series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary; married to actress, Mary Tyler Moore; died Nov 28, 2016)
1930 - Rod Taylor (actor: The Birds, Masquerade, The Time Machine; died Jan 7, 2015)
1930 - Jack Nimitz (jazz ‘reed’ musician: toured with Herman, Kenton, helped found Supersax, played w/Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry and Gerald Wilson; died Jun 10, 2009)
1933 - Goldie Hill (country entertainer: I Let the Stars Get in My Eyes; married to country singer, Carl Smith)
1934 - Jean Chrétien (prime minister: Canada [1993-2003])
1942 - George Mira (football: Miami Dolphins QB, Super Bowl VI)
1943 - Jim Hightower (radio host, author: Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times, Eat Your Heart Out)
1945 - Christine Kaufmann (actress: Bagdad Cafe, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Taras Bulba, The Last Days of Pompeii; died Mar 28, 2017)
1946 - Naomi (Diane) Judd (Grammy Award-winning singer: duo: The Judds: Why Not Me, Have Mercy, LP: Heartland; mother of singers, Wynonna, Ashley)
1947 - Anna Calder-Marshall (Emmy Award-winning actress: The Male of the Species, Prudential’s On Stage [1968-1969])
1948 - Chris Ford (basketball: NBA: Detroit Pistons [1972-1973], Boston Celtics [1973-1982] coach: Boston Celtics [1990-1995], Milwaukee Bucks [1996-1998], Los Angeles Clippers [1999-2000])
1949 - Dennis (Frederick) Greene (singer: group: Sha-Na-Na: LPs: Rock & Roll is Here to Stay!, The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll)
1949 - Dave Burrows (hockey: NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs)
1949 - Bobby Sheehan (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings)
1952 - ‘Gentle’ Ben Crenshaw (golf champion: NCAA championship in [1971, 1972, 1973], Masters championship )
1953 - Freddie Solomon (football: Univ of Tampa; NFL: Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver: Super Bowl XVI, XIX; died Feb 13, 2012)
1954 - Gary Brokaw (basketball: Notre Dame; NBA: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic [Dir of Scouting/Camps])
1958 - Vicki Peterson (musician: guitar, singer: group; The Bangles: Walk like an Egyptian, Manic Monday)
1963 - Jason Connery (actor: The Boy Who Had Everything, Casablanca Express, The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, Midnight in St. Petersburg, Macbeth, Merlin, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell; son of actors Sean Connery and Diane Cilento)
1972 - Amanda Peet (actress: The Whole Nine Yards, Ellen Foster, Playing by Heart, Origin of the Species, Saving Silverman, Changing Lanes)
1975 - Rory FitzPatrick (hockey: Montreal Canadiens, SL Blues, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres)
1976 - Alfonso Boone (football: Mount San Antonio Jr. College; NFL: Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs)
1982 - Tony Allen (basketball: Oklahoma State Univ; NBA: Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics)
1982 - Toccara Williams (basketball: Texas A&M Univ; WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars)
1985 - Aja Naomi King (actress: How to Get Away with Murder, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Blacklist, Damsels in Distress, Emily Owens, M.D, The Birth of a Nation)
Chart Toppers - January 11
For Sentimental Reasons - Nat King Cole
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
The Old Lamplighter - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers
Hearts of Stone - The Fontane Sisters
Loose Talk - Carl Smith
Telstar - The Tornadoes
Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence
Hotel Happiness - Brook Benton
Ruby Ann - Marty Robbins
My Sweet Lord/Isn’t It a Pity - George Harrison
Knock Three Times - Dawn
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees
My Life - Billy Joel
Sharing the Night Together - Dr. Hook
Tulsa Time - Don Williams
Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
Notorious - Duran Duran
Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott
Give Me Wings - Michael Johnson
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
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