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1944 - Soldier’s Last Letter - Ernest Tubb
1954 – I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
1964 – I Guess I'm Crazy - Jim Reeves
1974 - The Grand Tour - George Jones
1984 - Let’s Fall to Pieces Together - George Strait
1994 – Dreaming With My Eyes Open – Clay Walker
Victory Over Japan Official Proclaimation – WWII, President Harry S Truman proclaimed today as Victory-Over-Japan Day in 1945. An informal surrender had been given by Japan on August 14, 1945. However, this is the day the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The war had lasted six years and one day. The Allies lost over 16,000,000 military and over 45,000,000 civilian personnel. The Axis had over 8,000,000 military dead and over 4,000,000 civilian dead. German forces had surrendered on May 7th.
1666 - The Great Fire of London broke out in a bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire burned for three days, destroying 13,200 homes and other structures, including St. Paul's Cathedral.
1752 - The last day of observation of the Julian calendar in Britain and its colonies. It was replaced by the Gregorian calendar and parliament decided an 11-day discrepancy between the two would be rectified by making the following day September 14.
1789 - An act of Congress created the United States Treasury Department, the third presidential cabinet department.
1862 – Shortly after the bloody Sioux Uprising in Minnesota and in the throws of the Civil War, Manitowoc settlers were awakened to the cry of "Indians are coming" by messengers on horseback. Before anyone checked the validity of this alarm, the "Indian Scare of 1862" had started. People from the surrounding areas fled to Manitowoc and other city centers and men arrived with guns, axes, and pitchforks for defense. It was a hoax.
1874 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: Grace Ellen Nielson McGovern, sister-in-law of Governor Francis Edward McGovern, was born in the Town of Granville, Wisconsin outside Milwaukee. She served as first lady for her bachelor brother-in-law, Governor Francis Edward McGovern, from 1911 to 1915, acting frequently as hostess for many social functions.
1885 - The Rock Springs Massacre took place near Rock Springs, Wyoming. There was an influx of workers coming from China to work at the Union Pacific Coal Company. The Chinese workers earned less pay than their American or European immigrant counterparts. The riot started when ten white men in miners’ dress came to work and claimed the Chinese had no right to be there. By the end of day, 28 Chinese workers were confirmed dead and another 15 were wounded.
1901 – Vice President Theodore Roosevelt outlined his ideal foreign policy in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Two weeks later, Roosevelt became president and “Big Stick Diplomacy” defined his leadership.
1945 - Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. The country had been under influence from France since the early 19th century.
1962 - The Soviet Union agreed to send arms to Cuba to help it meet perceived threats from aggressive imperialist elements.
1963 - Walter Cronkite anchored the first half-hour newscast on network television. He interviewed President Kennedy.
1963 – In direct defiance of a restraining order imposed by 5 federal judges, Alabama governor George Wallace prevented the racial integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. President Kennedy federalized the guard and had them return to their armories. In retaliation, Wallace declared that the state would reimburse parents if they sent their children to a new all-white private school or an all-white public school in a neighboring district.
1974 - President Gerald Ford signed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Act protects the retirement assets of workers in the US by implementing rules that qualified plans must follow to ensure that plan fiduciaries do not misuse plan assets. ERISA also covers some non-retirement accounts, such as employee health plans.
2000 - The California opening of the 6,356-mile American Discovery Trail was celebrated in San Francisco. The 15-state trail is the result of an 11-year effort backed by Backpacker magazine and the American Hiking Society.
2003 - Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sayed that his organization was working on ''serious projects'', and that his priority is to use biological weapons against the US.
2013 – At the University of Brunswick in Canada, volunteers from a freshman sex education program handed out free condoms with a note that endorsed sexual consent, “Consent is Sexy!” The note was attached to the condom by staples...the entire promotion was scrapped and the condoms recalled when it was noticed that the staples had penetrated the condoms.
1934 - Grady Nutt (‘The Prime Minister of Humor’ Southern Baptist minister, humorist, television personality, and author. Started his TV career on The Mike Douglas Show later became a member of the cast of Hee Haw. Starred in the pilot for The Grady Nutt Show, but was killed in a plane crash before the show was picked up for the regular TV season.)
1947 - Cledus Maggard (song writer, Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band The White Night. Writer and producer for Magnum P.I.)
Happy Birthday
1946 – New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
1956 – Crazy Arms - Ray Price
1966 – Almost Persuaded - David Houston
1976 – (I'm a) Stand by My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap
1986 - Heartbeat in the Darkness - Don Williams
Get Off Your Lazy Butt Day (Inspired by the 1918 entry)
1777 - The American flag was flown in battle for the first time during a Revolutionary War skirmish in Maryland.
1783 - The Paris Peace Treaty was signed following the Revolutionary War. The Treaty demanded land, including Wisconsin, be ceded from Britain to the US and Britain's recognition of the “United States of America.” The treaty bears the signatures of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay.
1918 – Ten thousand young men suspected of avoiding the draft, were rounded up in New York City in a “Slacker Raid” during World War I. The raids were conducted by members of the American Protective League, a private organization of citizens that had been given quasi-law enforcement powers by the Justice Department, with President Woodrow Wilson’s approval.
1939 - Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. The US declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941 and, after Germany declared war on the US, the US responded with a Declaration of War on December 11, 1941.
1947 - The federal War Assets Office sold a local government-owned hemp mill, Darien, Wisconsin, to Walworth Foundries. The mill consisted of 20 acres where cannabis was grown and seven buildings where the hemp was used to create rope and burlap. In 1943 Wisconsin had 31,000 acres in cannabis as part of the Hemp for Victory campaign during WWII. The product was subject to the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. The Act was repealed in 1969.
1964 – The first of Jim Reeves’ six posthumous #1 hits on the US country charts. I Guess I'm Crazy spent seven weeks at the top and a total of twenty-four weeks on the chart.
1967 – In Sweden, only essential traffic was permitted on the roads after midnight. At 4:50 AM, all traffic stopped. Drivers had ten minutes to change lanes and at 5:00 AM traffic moved again, all now in the right lane of the highway.
1976 - The spacecraft Viking-2 landed on Mars.
1981 – The US Food and Nutrition service announced that some condiments could count in the nutritional requirements of school lunches as vegetables (i.e. pickle relish=a serving of cucumber, tomato paste=tomato, donuts=bread). President Reagan rescinded it by the end of the month. However, James Johnson, US Ag secretary defended the idea this way, “There was a great misunderstanding in the land as to how these regulations are viewed. I think it would be a mistake to say that ketchup per se was classified as a vegetable...Ketchup in combination with other things was classified as a vegetable.” “What other things?” asked a reporter. “French fries and hamburgers,” Johnson replied.
1981 - David Brinkley ended his 38-year career with NBC News...ABC had offered him an opportunity that was too good to refuse.
1989 - Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor, in a 43-foot ship they had built themselves...8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. Along the way, the couple had two children.
1997 - Arizona Governor Fife Symington was found guilty, by jury, on seven counts of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. The conviction was overturned in 1999 and he was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001.
2004 - The occupation of Beslan School Number One in Russia, which had started on September 1st by Islamic terrorists, came to an end. Explosions and gunfire erupted and heavily armed soldiers rushed the building. The hostage situation ended with 344 civilians killed, 186 of them children and over 700 wounded.
2007 - American businessman, Steve Fossett, took off from a private airstrip in western Nevada, then vanished. In September 2008, a hiker found Fossett's identification cards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, leading shortly after to the discovery of the plane's wreckage.
2010 - San Francisco based Craigslist yielded to pressure and removed its controversial adult services section.
1925 - HANK THOMPSON (‘Crown Prince of Country Music’: singer: Humpty Dumpty Heart, Wild Side of Life, A Six-Pack to Go, Oklahoma Hills; group: The Brazos Valley Boys. Hank was the first to have a music-based television show to be broadcast in color, the first artist to travel with sound and lighting systems and the first to record a live album.)
1933 - TOMPALL GLASER (singer: group: The Glaser Brothers: Lovin’ Her Was Easier, Just One Time, I Still Love You, Gone on the Other Hand, Through the Eyes of Love, One of These Days; songwriter: Running Gun, Stand Beside Me, Streets of Baltimore; solo: Musical Chairs, It’ll Be Her)
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1948 – Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
1958 – Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson
1968 - Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
1978 - Blue Skies - Willie Nelson
1988 - I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried - Rodney Crowell
Hello Edsel Day
1833 - Barney Flaherty answered an ad in The New York Sun and became the first paperboy. He was 10 years old at the time.
1882 - Thomas Edison displayed the first practical electrical lighting system. Edison’s steam powered plant, began operating and successfully lit one square mile area of New York City.
1885 - The Exchange Buffet, the first buffet restaurant in the US, opened in New York City.
1888 - The name Kodak was registered by George Eastman of Rochester, NY. Asked about the name, George Eastman replied, "Philologically, the word Kodak is as meaningless as a child's first 'goo'—terse, abrupt to the point of rudeness, literally bitten off by firm and unyielding consonants at both ends, it snaps like a camera shutter in your face. What more would one ask!" The film was sent in with a $10 processing fee and he would print out the roll of 100 pictures. The customer received their prints and the next roll of 100 exposure film. The early cameras sold for $25 and 100 had been sold by 1896.
1925 - New laws were put in place in Wisconsin, farm wagons on the road after nightfall must now be equipped with lights during the peak corn packing season.
1937 - Following the increases in Polio cases in Chicago, the city health department made statements that the epidemic was under control but, schools will remain closed indefinitely.
1954 - The first passage of the Northwest Passage was completed by icebreakers from the Navy and Coast Guard.
1957 - Ford Motor Company introduced its $350-million design investment car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights.
1972 : US swimmer Mark Spitz set a metals record when he won a seventh gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
1991 - Dottie West died at age 58 of injuries sustained in a car crash. She had been injured in the crash, but did not know the severity of her injuries and died during surgery, 5 days after the accident.
1991 - “Killer Bees”, Africanized Honey Bees that become aggressive when nests are threatened have been identified in Texas and were being quickly destroyed. They have migrated to other southern states.
1993 - Jim Abbott of the New York Yankees, who had been born without a right hand, pitched a no-hitter. The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-0.
1995 - Senator Bob Dole called for English to be declared the official language of the US, but, was mostly ignored. The US, as a whole has no "official" language set by government order. A bill was introduced in 2017 to declare English as the national language of the US, but died in Congress. The top ten languages predominantly spoken in households in the US as of 2023: English is still the top language spoken in the world. English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, and Portuguese. (German was overtaken by Portuguese in 2023.)
2003 - The House of Representatives agreed to a 2.2 percent pay raise for Congress, boosting lawmakers’ annual salaries to about $158,000 the following year. In 2022, the salary is $174,000. Members of the House of Representatives must purchase health care from the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. The government pays approximately 72 percent of the premium.
2006 - "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin died when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb whilst filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
1918 - Paul Harvey (The words, "Hello Americans. Stand by for news!" captivated Americans each day. “The Rest of the Story” kept us all in suspense until the final reveal. Paul was married to his wife Angel for 68 years. He died Feb 28, 2009 with 2 years left on his final contract.)
Happy Birthday
Lloyd Miller
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