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A SHORT VACATION
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1950 – I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow
1960 - Wings Of A Dove - Ferlin Husky
1970 - I Can’t Believe that You’ve Stopped Loving Me - Charley Pride
1980 – Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
1990 - You Really Had Me Going - Holly Dunn
YoYo Was Patented (1866) Time to start thinking about your Christmas “Wish” list, will a Yoyo be on it?
Name Your PC Day – (mine is “Ono Notagain”)
1820 - The American whaler Essex was attacked by an 80-ton sperm whale, 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. An enraged bull whale rammed the ship twice and capsized the vessel. The 20 crewmembers escaped in three open boats, but only five of the men survived the journey.
1859 - An impromptu game of base ball, as it was spelled in the early years, was played by two teams of seven at the Milwaukee Fair Ground. The game was organized by Rufus King, publisher of the Milwaukee Sentinel, and is believed to have been the first baseball game played in Milwaukee. In spite of cold weather, two more games were played in December, and by April 1860 the Milwaukee Base Ball Club was organized.
1866 - The first patent for a yoyo or whirlgig was issued.
1873 - The rival cities of Buda and Pest were joined together to form the capital of Hungary.
1913 - The National Biscuit Co. (Nabisco) introduced Mallomars, chocolate covered marshmallow cookies.
1914 - Photographs became a requirement on passports from the US State Department.
1931 - The first commercial teletype service was introduced by AT&T.
1947 - Meet the Press aired for the first time. It ran for more than 29 years on television.
1954 - Bartenders in Hammond, Indiana requested that disc jockeys at WJOB radio stop playing Ferlin Husky's The Drunken Driver, about an intoxicated driver who causes a crash that kills two children. Allegedly, the song "is hurting business," the union claimed.
1959 - WABC radio in New York fired rock jock, Alan Moondoggy Freed. He had refused to sign a statement for the FCC to state that he never received bribes. He was replaced on-the-air in mid record.
1959 - The first British Ford was marketed to Americans. The Ford Anglia 105E was equiped with an overhead valve engine and a four-speed gearbox. It sported a distinctive rear-sloping back window, frog-like headlights, and stylish colors.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis still loomed until, on this date, President Kennedy lifted the blockade he had placed around Cuba after confirming that all offensive weapons systems had been dismantled, and that Soviet nuclear-capable bombers were to be removed from the island.
1962 – It was reported that President John Kennedy had contributed his government salaries since 1947 to charity, including his White House presidential salary. George Washington accepted only reimbursement of expenses as president. Herbert Hoover donated his entire presidential salaries to charity. Donald Trump took $1 each year from his presidential paychecks. According to news coverage and White House news releases, Trump wrote checks equal to a quarter of his $400,000 annual salary every quarter to various government agencies, including the National Parks Service, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many more agencies of the federal government.
1968 - Methane gas explosions in a West Virginia coal mine killed 78 men. The damage to the mine was so extensive that it had to be sealed with the bodies of the men still inside.
1969 - A group of Native Americans claimed ownership and began occupying the recently-closed Alcatraz prison. Citing the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), they claimed abandoned or out-of-use federal land should be returned to the Native people from whom it was acquired. They were forcibly removed in 1971.
1969 - DDT was banned for residential use as part of a total phase out of its use in the US.
1975 - Donald Rumsfeld became the youngest Secretary of Defense in American history. In 2001, he became the oldest Secretary of Defense in American history.
1980 - Lake Peigneur, located in southern Louisiana, became the sight of a man-made disaster. The freshwater lake with a depth of about ten feet was turned into a 200-foot depth salt water lake in three days.
2000 - A French judge ordered Yahoo! to block Web surfers in France from an auction where Nazi memorabilia is sold.
1930 - Curly Putman, Jr., (songwriter. His biggest success was Green, Green Grass of Home (Porter Wagoner and others). He also co-wrote D-I-V-O-R-C-E (Tammy Wynette), The Bird (Jerry Reed), Do You Wanna Go To Heaven (T.G. Sheppard), He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones), It's a Cheating Situation (Moe Bandy and Janie Fricke), My Elusive Dreams (David Houston and Tammy Wynette), and more.)
1977 - Josh Turner (singer: Long Black Train, Your Man, Would You Go With Me)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1952 - Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams
1972 – She's Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride
1992 - I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) - Alabama
A Sad Day in Northwest Wisconsin Deer Hunting – See 2004 below.
1783 – Two Frenchmen balloonists became the first men to fly.
1785 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: William Beaumont was born on this date. Beaumont served as a surgeon during the War of 1812. After the War he moved to Prairie du Chien where he met and treated Alexis St. Martin, a man who was accidently shot in the stomach. Beaumont left an opening in the stomach left by the wound for many years to increase his knowledge of digestion. The doctor conducted 238 highly scientific experiments that were later published in Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion. The dietetic table he created has changed very little over the years and all subsequent experiments of digestion were based on his findings.
1916 - The HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the HMHS Titanic, which had been requisitioned as a hospital ship for WWI, was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea, killing 30 people. Over 1000 passengers were rescued, most of the 30 who died, died because the lifeboats they had escaped to were lowered prematurely and sucked under by the propeller.
1931 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: NFL Center Jim Ringo was born in Orange, New Jersey. Ringo played for the Green Bay Packers from 1953 to 1963. Despite being only 235 pounds and a seventh round draft choice, Ringo went on to win All-Pro honors eight times...seven as a Packer. He also played in 10 Pro Bowls. He helped the Packers win back-to-back NFL titles in 1961 and 1962.
1942 – Construction on The Alcan Highway, proposed by President Roosevelt and designed by the Army Corps of Engineers began on March 9, 1942. It was to be 1600 miles of highway through the most difficult terrain in North America, a land route to Alaska. The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on this date, a mere eight months and twelve days.
1944 - The Roy Rogers Show debuted on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Singing with Roy ‘The King of the Cowboys’, were the Whippoorwills and The Sons of the Pioneers.
1980 – Twenty-eight thousand Canada geese spent a few nights on Silver Lake in Rochester, Minnesota. The population of geese peaked in 2004 at 40,000. It was discovered that there were several Giant Canada Geese, thought to be extinct, in the flock. Recently, there have been up to an estimated 10,000 geese stopping.
1986 - Oliver North, National Security Council staff member and his secretary, Fawn Hall, began shredding documents that would have exposed their participation in a range of illegal activities regarding the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to a rebel Nicaraguan group.
1995 - British Airways Captain Rex Gravely received a Royal SPCA plaque. He had diverted a jumbo jet, 1,000 miles, to save a miniature Shitzu dog named Louise. Two hundred passengers voted to divert the Houston-to-London flight to Boston to save the dog when the jet’s cargo-hold over-heated.
2001 - One month after the attacks on the World Trade Center, CMT presented their Country Freedom Concert. Charlie Daniels was booked on the show and was going to perform his popular “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag.” The politically correct executives at CMT told Charlie that he could not sing that song on the show, because it might offend the Muslim community. Charlie Daniels, an American Patriot, canceled his appearance on the show.
2004 - Robert Crotteau, Joey Crotteau, Alan Laski, Mark Roidt, Jessica Willers, and Denny Drew were gunned down at their deer camp near Birchwood, Wisconsin. Others, who were wounded: Lauren Hesebeck and Terry Willers. A trespassing deer hunter opened fire on the hunters when they got into an altercation after ordering him to leave their private hunting land. Police arrested Chai Soua Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota for killing the six hunters. (In 2005 Vang (36) was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to six life terms. He is currently incarcerated in the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa.)
2008 - A Chinese college student, visiting a zoo in China, jumped the 6.5-foot high security fence and approached the panda, Yang Yang. Yang Yang proceeded to bite the student on the arms and legs, inflicting injuries severe enough to require emergency surgery. His comment after the incident was, “Yang Yang was so cute, and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn’t expect he would attack.”
1933 - Jean [Ollie Imogene] Shepard (honky tonk singer and songwriter. She scored hits with Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar), A Satisfied Mind, A Dear John Letter [with Ferlin Husky] and I’ll Take the Dog [with Ray Pillow].)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1944 – Smoke On The Water - Red Foley
1964 – I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens
1974 – Country Is - Tom T. Hall
1984 - Give Me One More Chance - Exile
First Patent for a Snowmobile
President John F. Kennedy Was Shot
1842 - Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 miles away.
1906 - Delegates attending the Berlin Radio-telegraphic Conference in Germany voted to use SOS (...---...) as the letters for the new international signal. The international use of SOS was ratified in 1908. It is not an acronym.
1927 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: Carl Eliason of Sayner, Wisconsin, was granted the first patent ever given for a snowmobile design. It was a small vehicle with a front-mounted liquid-cooled 2.5 HP Johnson outboard engine, slide rail track guides, wooden cleats, rope-controlled steering skis, and running boards made of two downhill skis. The US Army, ordered 150 all-white Eliason Motor Toboggans for use in the defense of Alaska during World War II.
1963 - On CBS Television, the popular soap opera As the World Turns was interrupted by a flash bulletin about the president from Dallas, TX. No one was available to man the CBS News studio at that instant, but a voice informed the nation that President John F. Kennedy had been gravely wounded during a motorcade through downtown Dallas. Minutes later, Walter Cronkite, wearing partially rolled-up, white shirt sleeves, a loosened tie, no makeup, and black glasses, read wire copy just handed him: “Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States is dead.” Cronkite, disbelieving the words he had just said, turned to look at a studio clock, stoically raised a hand to wipe away tears and continued with the tragic news that President Kennedy had died while undergoing emergency surgery at Parkland Hospital. His last words...Nellie Connally, the First Lady of Texas, turned to Kennedy, who was sitting behind her, and commented, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you". Kennedy's reply – "No, you certainly can't."
1965 - Little Jimmy Dickens’ May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose was at #1. Neal Merritt, who wrote the song, said it was inspired by one of the many comic put-downs uttered by host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
1983 - Maytag built its last wringer-washing machine, a Master Model E. It had been introduced in 1939. Maytag stockpiled parts to last another quarter century.
1984 - Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood presented a sweater, knitted by his mother, to the Smithsonian Institution as “A symbol of warmth, closeness and caring.”
1995 - Walt Disney's Toy Story, the first computer-animated movie, opened.
2001 - Using a laptop computer, Pope John Paul II, for the first time, sent out his official word (via e-mail) over the Internet.
2004 – The Orange Revolution began in Ukraine. The revolution exploded after an election that was marred by widespread rumors of corruption and fraud. The protests resulted in electoral reforms in the country and November 22 was declared a “Day of Freedom” in 2005. The holiday was then moved to January 22 in 2011.
2005 - Angela Merkel took office as German Chancellor. The physical chemist from former East Germany became the first female chancellor of the country.
2006 - The Copyright Office ruled that cell phone owners could break locks to use their handsets with competing carriers.
2010 - Germany’s defense minister announced that Germany was abolishing compulsory military service and would switch to a slimmed-down volunteer military service focused on missions abroad.
1898 - Wiley Post (pioneer aviator, parachutist; co-author: Around the World in Eight Days; killed in plane crash [w/flying companion Will Rogers])
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