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1947 – I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
1967 - You Mean the World to Me - David Houston
1977 - More to Me - Charley Pride
1987 - Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues - The Judds
The First Loop-The-Loop (See 1913 below.)
1307 - William Tell is fabled to have shot an apple off his young son’s head on this day. The story is of either Swiss, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, or Persian origin.
1883 - US railroads adopted four standard time zones. Prior to this, most towns in the US had their own local time, generally based on "high noon," or the time when the sun was at its highest point in the sky. In 1918 Congress officially adopted the railroad time zones and put them under the supervision of the ICC.
1913 - The first airplane performed a loop-the-loop at a level of 1,000 feet. The pilot, Lincoln Beachey, died two years later at age 28, from a crash while performing stunts.
1928 - Walt Disney premiered Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the first cartoon with synchronized sound, Steamboat Willie. Walt Disney did all the voices in the film.
1930 - Federal agents and county deputies raided Otto Matschke's home, north of Beloit, Wisconsin and seized an illegal still and 300 gallons of contraband moonshine.
1951 - Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly launched See It Now on TV. Murrow showed a live camera shot of the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a live shot of the Pacific, saying, "We are impressed by a medium through which a man sitting in his living room has been able to look at two oceans at once."
1958 – The USS Carl D. Bradley, a 638-foot cargo freighter snapped in two during a violent storm and sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. The 3 lifeboats on board did not deploy properly so the disaster claimed the lives of 33 of the 35 men on board.
1961 - The Saskatchewan legislature passed a law giving residents of their province, Canada’s first prepaid health care plan.
1977 - The American Cancer Society held the first nationwide Great American Smokeout. The idea came about in 1971 when a man in Massachusetts asked his neighbors to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent for cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund.
1978 - Congressman Leo Ryan was leading a delegation with 20 disillusioned members of the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana church to an airport when they were attacked by followers of Jones at the Guyana airport, all in the party were shot and killed. At the time of the airport attack, Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple, lead a mass suicide rite by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid, by choice or by force. A few were injected with cyanide when they failed to drink. Nine hundred thirteen of his followers died, 276 were children. Jim Jones was found shot in the head, but it is not known who fired the shot.
1986 - Jack Parr was a guest on The Tonight Show. One of television’s greatest lines came from this show, when after a long ramble by Parr, Carson quipped, "Why is it that I feel I’m guesting on your show?"
1992 - Superman was killed by Doomsday in today's issue of the comic book.
1999 - A pyramid of logs for a traditional football bonfire collapsed, killing twelve students and injuring twenty-seven others at Texas A&M University.
2003 - A fifty-seven-year-old Florida woman recovered from a stroke to find she had a British accent. Experts diagnosed her as suffering from "foreign accent syndrome," one of less than 20 cases reported worldwide in 80 years.
2004 - Great Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales.
2008 - A tool bag became untethered and drifted away from shuttle Endeavor astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper. She had cleaned and lubed a gummed-up joint on a wing of solar panels on the international space station. The tool bag is one of the largest items ever lost by a space walker.
2010 - General Motors stock resumed trading on Wall Street. The corporate icon had collapsed into bankruptcy and was rescued with a $50 billion bailout from taxpayers.
2010 - A study showed that 39% of Americans said marriage was becoming obsolete. Accordingly, the Census Bureau planned to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty.
1946 - Jacky Ward (country music artist. Between 1972 and 1982 he charted more than fifteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles, the highest-peaking singles were, A Lover's Question, Fools Fall in Love, and Travelin’ Man. He recorded three duets with Reba McEntire, including Three Sheets in the Wind.)
1959 – Country Girl - Faron Young
1969 - Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard
1979 – Come with Me - Waylon Jennings
1989 - Bayou Boys - Eddy Raven
“American Made” Matters Day – “Locally Made” is even better!
1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery. The speech was considered so insignificant at the time that coverage was limited to the inside pages of the newspapers. President Lincoln traveled to the site of the battle to designate it as a national cemetery. While on the train, he wrote his speech on a small piece of paper. It took about 3 minutes to deliver.
1925 – The movie The Big Parade opened in New York City. It was the first movie to include profanity. It was a silent movie, but, through its 2 hours and 21 minutes runtime, the words “god*amn”, hel*uva, and *itches all appeared on the title cards. In comparison, the 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street had 569 utterances of the f-word.
1941 – WISCONSIN DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN: Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson was born in Elroy, Wisconsin. He began his career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin's state Assembly. He was first elected governor in 1987. Throughout his career, Thompson received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year Award, the Horatio Alger Award, and the Marquette University Les Aspin Center Award for Distinguished Public Service. During his 14 years as governor (1987-2000), Thompson focused on building Wisconsin's economy. He gained national attention for his welfare reform and education policies. In 1996, Thompson enacted Wisconsin Works, or "W-2," Wisconsin's landmark welfare-to-work legislation, which served as a national model for welfare reform. On February 2, 2001, Thompson was sworn-in as Health and Human Services Secretary for the Bush Administration. He is currently the President of the University of Wisconsin System.
1941 - Despite protests from those living on Sauk Prairie, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized $65,000,000 to establish the Badger Army Ammunition Plant on 7,354 acres of land in Sauk County, near Baraboo. Employment reached an historic high of near 7,500 during World War II. Plant operation was terminated in March 1975 and all production facilities and many support functions were placed on standby status, which continued until 1998. Demolition of the plant started in 2004.
1955 – Johnny Cash wrote the song, I Walk the Line. He recorded the song in 1956. It became his first number one hit on the Billboard charts. I Walk the Line remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies. The inspiration for the lyrics came from his first wife, Vivian Liberto.
1959 - The cartoon series Rocky and His Friends premiered on television. His friends included Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale and of course Bullwinkle the MOOSE.
1959 - The last Edsel rolled off the assembly line. It was only in production for two years and manufactured only 110,847 cars.
1961 - Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared, and was presumed eaten by the cannibals of New Guinea.
1965 - Kellogg introduced Pop Tarts.
1968 - The CMA Awards were broadcast on TV from the Ryman Auditorium. The show was co-hosted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
1993 - Toyota and General Motors signed an historic agreement to sell the Chevy Cavalier in Japan as the Toyota Cavalier.
1996 - Boating magazine announced the winners of its boat-name contest: Luna-Sea, Fishcally Irresponsible, Lady Go Diver, Fishin Impossible, and Wake, Rattle, & Troll.
1997 - The world’s first surviving septuplets (seven) were born to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey (pronounced same as McCoy) of Carlisle, Iowa.
2001 - President George W. Bush signed legislation to put airport baggage screeners on the US federal payroll. Bush said the law offered “…permanent and aggressive steps to improve the security of our airways.”
2004 - In one of the worst sports brawls in US history, Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers charged into the stands and fought with Detroit Pistons fans. Officials called the game with 45.9 seconds left on the clock giving the Pacers the 97-82 win.
2008 - Spanish doctors announced the successful transplant of a new windpipe to a woman. The transplanted tissue was grown from her own stem cells. The procedure eliminated the need for anti-rejection drugs.
2008 - The CEO’s of the Big Three Automakers appeared before the House Services Financial Committee seeking support for a $25 billion taxpayer funded bailout package. During the hearing, Rep. Brad Sherman of California, asked the executives to “raise their hand if they flew [to Washington] commercial. Let the record show, no hands went up. Second, I’m going to ask you to raise your hand if you are planning to sell your jet and fly back commercial. Let the record show, no hands went up.” Sherman later remarked: “There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, DC., and people coming off them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses.” Only Ford ended up refusing the bailout money.
1941 - Dan Haggerty (animal trainer, actor: The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams)
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