Wednesday, March 3, 2010

On this day in 1931, The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the US anthem – A tradition which will probably last forever… As opposed to when it’s performed by some R & B singers at sports events, when the song lasts forever.

On this day in 1847, Alexander Graham Bell was born… Without his invention of the telephone, where would Superman change clothes?

On this day in 1991, Queen Elizabeth needed three stitches in her finger after trying to break up a dog fight at Windsor Castle… That was good practice for breaking up later fights between Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

On this day in 1969, the Concorde made its maiden flight at twice the speed of sound… Some assumed that passengers wouldn’t be able to hear the pilot.

On this day in 1949, Captain James Gallagher completed the 1st round-the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas… In modern air travel, having the destination the same as the point of departure only happens with luggage.

On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested for profane behaviour… Considering the popularity of Madonna and Britney Spears, it seems Mr. Morrison was simply ahead of his time.

Monday, March 1, 2010

On this day in 1944, Roger Daltrey was born… They say he was so rough on motel rooms, instead of mints, maids left horse tranquilizers on his pillow.

On this day in 1954, Ron Howard was born… It makes most Happy Days fans feel old imagining “Ritchie Cunningham” going for a prostate exam.

On this day in 1969, Mickey Mantle retired, taking the Yankees jersey number 7 with him… More currently, the FBI may be retiring Roger Clemens’ jersey.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

On this day in 1983, the last episode of M*A*S*H aired… Some say its depiction of express line surgery in the Korean War was too much like our healthcare service.

On this day in 1966, The Cavern Club in Liverpool closed. That was where The Beatles 1st performed… Fans blame Yoko for that, too.

On this day in 1939, dancer/choreographer Tommy Tune was born. He is 6’ 6 ½ ” tall… Although there’s no truth to the rumour that he won the CN Tower Look-Alike Contest.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

On this day in 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born… They say when his mom stitched his name into his T-shirts for summer camp, she had to start around Valentine’s Day.

On this day in 1991, the Gulf War ended… And CNN had to find another story.

Friday, February 26, 2010

On this day in 1932, Johnny Cash was born… Apparently he was easy to spot in the nursery, because he was the only baby in a black diaper.

On this day in 1936, Hitler opened the Volkswagen factory… Who would have guessed that Hitler was in any way responsible for The Love Bug?

On this day in 1928, Fats Domino was born. He became famous singing “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill”… We suspect he’d been impressed a few times at IHOP, too.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

On this day in 1940, the 1st NHL game was televised between the Rangers and the Canadiens… The main challenge was presenting all that swearing and bloodshed as family viewing.

On this day in 1913, federal income taxation was started in the US… Back then a dollar went further, but the trick was getting it past Washington.

On this day in 1908, the 1st tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey opened… New Yorkers were of the opinion “there goes the neighbourhood."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On this day in 1989, Margaret Ray was found in David Letterman’s home, claiming to be his wife… It seems she had an entirely different concept of “Late Night With David Letterman.”

On this day in 1987, Larry King suffered a heart attack, but he bounced back successfully… Possibly from all the experience of bouncing back from divorces.

On this day in 1988, the Supreme Court voted that Jerry Falwell couldn’t collect from Hustler magazine for a parody of him… They say that Jerry was so upset, he cancelled his subscription.

Friday, February 19, 2010

On this day in 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph… Today the only significant use of vinyl in the recording industry involves Britney Spears’ jumpsuit.

On this day in 1906, William Kellogg started selling breakfast cereals originally developed as health food for psychiatric patients… Some thought they’d be further confused by food that went “Snap, crackle and pop.”

On this day in 1934, Bob and Dolores Hope were married… A comedian’s wedding night is the one time he doesn’t want to get a laugh.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On this day in 1965, Frank Gifford announced he’d retire from the NFL to broadcast… When Kathie Lee found out about Suzen Johnson, she almost retired Frank’s jersey with him in it.

On this day in 1957, Wheel of Fortune personality Vanna White was born… Some say a talking Vanna White doll that only said “Goodnight, everybody” would have been very lifelike.

On this day in 1954 John Travolta was born. He’s extremely popular… Except possibly with the other less successful actors who starred with him on Welcome Back, Kotter.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On this day in 1963, Michael Jordon was born… They say Michael was so tall as a child, his mom had his growth chart on the outside of their house.

On this day in 1864, a Confederate submarine became the 1st to sink a ship with a torpedo, but the explosion was so great that the sub was destroyed, too… Remember, this was a century before Super Dave Osborne.

On this day in 1970, Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She returned to the stage within a year... Some say this is where The Who got the idea for their annual farewell tours.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On this day in 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert… By the way, that’s the only thing that Queen Victoria had in common with Jerry Lee Lewis.

On this day in 1942, RCA presented the 1st gold record to Glenn Miller for Chattanooga Choo ChooSome Tennesseans felt that would be a great name for a smokeless tobacco product.

On this day in 1950, Senator McCarthy started the investigation into subversive activities, announcing he had a list of “known Communists”… Parents explained to their children that he was “making a list, and checking it twice.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On this day in 1945, Mia Farrow was born. She was married to Frank Sinatra… Apparently when asked why the toilet seat was down, Frank said “I did it my way.”

On this day in 1964, The Beatles 1st appeared on The Ed Sullivan ShowIf Yoko Ono had adopted Topo Gigo, his name could have been Topo Ono.

On this day in 1985, Madonna’s Like A Virgin album went #1… Some thought it should have been stocked in the “fiction” section.

Monday, February 8, 2010

On this day in 1940, Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel was born… And that was the last time that his hair was messed up.

On this day in 1965, cigarette ads were banned from British TV… It was just as well because “I’d walk a mile for a camel” didn’t translate well to “I’d walk 1.6093 kilometers for a camel.”

On this day in 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded for plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I… Some that say if the Queen still beheaded people, Fergie would have no more bad hair days.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

On this day in 1962, country singer Garth Brooks was born. He’s one of the few country artists who smashed guitars onstage… Although once Wynonna accidentally sat on one backstage.

On this day in 1940, Disney’s Pinocchio was released. It’s a story about a boy made from wood… It’s rumoured a more recent version has Geppetto making him a companion named “Tipper.”

On this day in 1964, 25,000 expectant fans in New York welcomed The Beatles to Kennedy Airport… And apparently 12 unsuspecting fans in L.A. welcomed their luggage to LAX.

Friday, February 5, 2010

On this day in 1861, the peep show machine was patented by Sam Goodale of Cincinnati… Some say it was the predecessor of cable TV.

On this day in 1921, The New York Yankees purchased 20 acres in the Bronx for Yankee Stadium… Making it one of the few urban areas that are still inhabited by animals.

On this day in 1934, Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron was born… He was so exciting to watch, even Jane Fonda would have stayed awake.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Alice Cooper was born on this day in 1948. Early in his career, he sang onstage with a snake… Coincidentally, they say in her biography Tina Turner claims the same thing.

On this day in 1987, Liberace died… It was rumoured that his burial was complicated by an extension cord running to his jacket.

On this day in 1974, Patricia Hearst was kidnapped, but she was well treated by her kidnappers… They even gave her one of the nicest guns.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly’s plane went down, making it known as “The day the music died”… Not to be confused with a possible reunion with New Kids On The Block.

On this day in 1913, the 16th Amendment of the US Constitution established income tax… Not to be confused with the other date when The Red Cross started asking for blood.

On this day in 1904, Charlie “Pretty Boy” Floyd was born… No relation to George Clooney.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

On this day in 1947, Farrah Fawcett was born… Back in the 70s, she was the actress with the bionic hair.

On this day in 1848, the 1st shipload of immigrants from China arrived in San Francisco… They say that was America’s 1st delivery of Chinese.

On this day in 1979, punk singer Sid Vicious died… Punkers of the era proudly used pins for self-mutilation, although corsage pins for the prom didn’t count.