Events - July 10
1866 - Edison P. Clark of Northampton, MA patented his indelible pencil.
1890 - Wyoming, the state with the smallest population entered the Union this day. The 44th state was named after an Algonquin Indian word meaning ‘large prairie place’. Appropriately, the Indian paintbrush that covers much of the large prairie is the state flower and the meadowlark, frequently seen circling the prairie land, is the state bird. Another Indian term, Cheyenne, is also the name of the state capital. Wyoming is called the Equality State because it is the first state to have granted women the right to vote (1869).
1900 - One of the most famous trademarks in the world, ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1913 - It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and while you are baking at the beach or lake, keep this factoid in mind: The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental United States was 134 degrees which melted thermometers this day in Death Valley, California.
1920 - One of the greatest horse races in America was run as Man o’ War defeated John P. Grier in the Dwyer Stakes. Man o’ War set a world-record time of 1 minute, 49-1/5 seconds in the 1-1/8 mile event.
1929 - The U.S. government began issuing paper money in the small size we currently carry.
1934 - Carl Hubbell threw three strikeouts in the first inning of the All-Star baseball game held at New York’s Polo Grounds. Hubbell faced the American League’s best power hitters: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmy Fox. In the second inning, Hubbell remained strong, fanning Al Simmons, Joe Cronin and Lefty Gomez. From then on, however, it was all up hill for the National League which lost by a score of 9-7. Hubbell’s nicknames, incidentally, were Meal Ticket and King Carl.
1936 - Billie Holiday recorded "Billie’s Blues" for Okeh Records in New York. Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw and Cozy Cole supported Holiday, instrumentally, on the track.
1938 - Howard Hughes started his flight around the world. It took him 91 hours to complete the odyssey.
1944 - "The Man Called X", starring Herbert Marshall, debuted on CBS radio.
1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson was defeated for only the second time in 133 fights. 7-2 underdog Randy Turpin took the middleweight crown from Robinson in a 15-round referee’s decision in London, England. (Sugar Ray took the title back September 12th at the Polo Grounds in New York.)
1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. "Telstar" would usher in a new age of communication via telephone and TV, with voice and picture transmission from Europe to America and back. Signals were picked up by a 38-ton antenna in Andover, Maine. To commemorate the event, an instrumental hit by the Tornadoes, an English surf-rock group, made it to number one for three weeks in November, 1962. It was titled, "Telstar", of course.
1965 - The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song, hit the top spot on the "Billboard" chart. "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction" was their first time at the top. And as fate would have it, Betty Brenneman, music director at 93/KHJ, Los Angeles in 1965, had assigned the number ‘440’ to the KHJ control room copy of the single, "Satisfaction". Just think ... our DJ database site, 440: Satisfaction, could have been named, 216: Satisfaction, had that number been next in line. It just wouldn’t have had the same ring to it, would it? "Satisfaction", stayed at number one for 4 weeks. Considered by many to be the greatest rock band in the world, "Satisfaction" remains the Stones’ signature.
1969 - The National League was divided into two baseball divisions (wacky as the realignment turned out to be). For example, the Atlanta Braves were placed in the West Division, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were Eastern Division teams. Cincinnati was also placed in the National League West. The Chicago Cubs sued to stay out of the west and remain in the east in the 1990s, when three divisions were formed. They ended up in the new Central division.
1971 - Tony Conigliaro of the Boston Red Sox announced his retirement from major-league baseball. Conigliaro had suffered a vision impairment in his left eye after being hit in the head by a thrown fastball during a game. Despite efforts to make a comeback, Tony C. never regained the form he once brought to the game.
1984 - Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden of the New York Mets became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. Gooden was 19 years, 7 months and 24 days old. He led the National League to a 3-1 win at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that the former (regular) Coke was coming back to share shelf space with the New Coke, after a consumer furor. The original formula was renamed Coca-Cola Classic.
1991 - After 1,000 years, the Russian people were finally permitted to elect a president. Boris Yeltsin took the oath of office this day, after he had resoundingly defeated the Communist Party candidate.
1998 - "Lethal Weapon 4" premiered, garnering $34,048,124 box-office bucks its opening weekend. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are on the hit list of the nasty Chinese Triads. Riggs and Murtaugh are helped(?) by Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) and Lee Butters (Chris Rock). Lorna Cole (played by Rene Russo) is Riggs’ sweetie this time around.
Birthdays - July 10
1834 - James (Abbott McNeill) Whistler (artist: Whistler’s Mother [The Artist’s Mother] , Arrangement in Gray, Black No. 1; died July 17, 1903)
1839 - Adolphus Busch (brewer: founder of Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest beer brewery; died Oct 10, 1913)
1871 - Marcel Proust (author: The Past Recaptured; died Nov 18, 1922)
1875 - E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley (journalist, author: Trent’s Last Case; invented humorous voice form of two rhymed couplets of unequal length: the clerihew; died Mar 30, 1956)
1899 - John Gilbert (John Cecil Pringle) (silent film star: Bullets and Brown Eyes, The Merry Widow, The Big Parade; died Jan 9, 1936)
1915 - Milt Buckner (musician: piano, organ, composer: Hamp’s Boogie Woogie, The Lamplighter, Count’s Basement; died July 27, 1977)
1915 - Saul Bellow (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: Humboldt’s Gift ; Nobel Prize for Literature ; The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, The Bellarosa Connection; died Apr 5, 2005)
1916 - Dick Cary (jazz musician: trumpet, arranger; 1st pianist in Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars [1947-48]; died Apr 6, 1994)
1917 - Don Herbert (science teacher, actor: Mr. Wizard; died June 12, 2007)
1920 - David Brinkley (TV journalist: The Huntley-Brinkley Report, This Week with David Brinkley; died June 12, 2003)
1921 - Jeff (Jean Marie) Donnell (actress: The George Gobel Show, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome, My Man Godfrey; died Apr 11, 1988)
1923 - Earl Hamner Jr. (writer: Palm Springs Weekend, Spencer’s Mountain, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story; creator: Falcon Crest; executive producer, narrator: The Waltons; died Mar 24, 2016)
1923 - Jean Kerr (Collins) (author: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Finishing Touches; died Jan 5, 2003)
1926 - Fred Gwynne (actor: The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?, My Cousin Vinny, Fatal Attraction, Pet Sematary, Ironweed; died July 2, 1993)
1931 - Nick Adams (actor: The Rebel, Mister Roberts, Picnic, Our Miss Brooks, No Time for Sergeants, Hell is for Heroes; died Feb 6, 1968)
1933 - Jerry Herman (composer, lyricist: Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mame, Dear World, Mack and Mabel)
1937 - Sandy Stewart (Galitz) (singer: My Coloring Book; vocalist: The Perry Como Show, Sing Along with Mitch)
1939 - Lawrence Pressman (actor: The Late Shift, Fire and Rain, The Hanoi Hilton, On Wings of Eagles, For Love or Money, The Winds of War, The Gathering series, Rich Man, Poor Man, The Man in the Glass Booth, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Mulligan’s Stew, Ladies’ Man, Doogie Howser, M.D.)
1941 - Ian Whitcomb (singer: You Turn Me On)
1943 - Arthur Ashe (International Tennis Hall of Famer: 33 career titles: Australian Open , Wimbledon , U.S. Open ; author: A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete, Days of Grace; died Feb 6, 1993)
1943 - Jerry Miller (musician: guitar: group: Moby Grape: LPs: Moby Grape, Wow, Grape Jam, Truly Fine Citizen, 20 Granite Creek, Grape Live; The Jerry Miller Band: LP: Life is like That)
1945 - Ron Glass (actor: Barney Miller, Deep Space, Houseguest; died Nov 25, 2016)
1945 - Hal (Harold Abraham) McRae (baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970, 1972], KC Royals [all-star: 1975, 1976, 1982/World Series: 1980, 1985])
1945 - Virginia Wade (tennis champion: Australian Open , Wimbledon , U.S. Open )
1946 - Sue Lyon (actress: The Invisible Strangler, The Flim Flam Man, The Night of the Iguana, Lolita)
1947 - Arlo Guthrie (folk singer: The City of New Orleans, Alice’s Restaurant; son of legendary folk singer, Woody Guthrie)
1949 - Ronnie James Dio (Padavona) (singer, songwriter: groups: Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio: Mystery, Stars, LPs: Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Dream Evil)
1949 - Winston Rekert (actor: Agnes of God, Droids, Adderly, Glory! Glory!, Neon Rider, Moonlight Becomes You, Murder at the Cannes Film Festival; died Sep 14, 2012)
1954 - Andre (Nolan) Dawson (baseball: Montreal Expos [Rookie of the Year: 1977/all-star: 1981, 1982, 1983], Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991], Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins)
1954 - Neil Tennant (singer: group: Pet Shop Boys: LP: What Have I Done to Deserve This)
1960 - Roger Craig (football: SF 49ers, LA Raiders, Minnesota Viking)
1972 - Sofía Vergara (model, actress: Acapulco, cuerpo y alma, Big Trouble)
1980 - Thomas Ian Nicholas (actor: Radio Flyer, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, American Pie, Party of Five, Halloween: The Homecoming)
Chart Toppers - July 10
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Windy - The Association
Little Bit o’ Soul - The Music Explosion
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
All the Time - Jack Greene
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
The Hustle - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Lizzie and the Rainman - Tanya Tucker
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendez
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Highway 40 Blues - Ricky Skaggs
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Unbelievable - EMF
Right Here, Right Now - Jesus Jones
Don’t Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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