For entire month of September previous year
October dates for 2010 and October 2011
11/1 All Saints Day 11/1/54 Last B-29 bomber retired by the USAF 11/1/66 Three Elvis Presley albums go Gold today, his 1956 debut album and its 2 sequels 11/1/80 CSX Corporation formed, merging several railroads 11/2/43 The 15th Air Force flew its 1st mission of WW2 11/3/54 Singer Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) born 11/2/67 British group Move sued for promotional postcard showing the Prime Miniter nude, cards confiscated 11/3/57 Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis released, hits #1, 2 & 3 on C&W, Pop, and R&B charts 11/3/59 C133 cargo plane made its 1st delivery of an Atlas intercontinental missile 11/3/61 Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) unanimously elected as 1st member of Country Music Hall of Fame 11/4/31 Ike Turner, singer 11/4/60 USAF revealed use of a C-97 as an airborne command post 11/4/76 Presented with a BeeGees platinum record, NY Mayor Beame says he looks forward to playing it 11/4/80 Ronald Reagan elected President 11/4/81 Private Eyes by Hall & Oates goes platinum, as does 9 Tonight by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 11/5/1912 1st artillery adjustments made from a plane in USA 11/5/42 Art Garfunkel, singer 11/5/47 Peter Noone born, singer 11/5/46 Gram Parsons born (died 1973) 11/6/11 Daylight Savings ends, turn your clocks upside-down 11/6/30 Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker awarded the Medal of Honor for WW1 action 11/6/65 New York hit by massive blackout 11/6/73 2 men are fined $300 each for stealing Gram Parsons' body to cremate in the desert 11/7/1885 Canadian Pacific Railway completed, Canada's 1st transcontinental railroad 11/7/1907 US Signal Corps alloted $25,000 to procure an airplane 11/7/43 born Joni Mitchell, singer 11/7/70 MGM Records drops 18 acts who "exploit & promote hard drugs" including Connie Francis and Judy Garland 11/7/74 Ted Nugent wins Nat. Squirrel-Shooting Archery Contest, at 150 yards 11/8/49 born Bonnie Raitt singer 11/8/50 1st jet plane vs. jet plane combat in history, over Korea 11/8/61 Leif Garrett 11/8/66 Ronald Reagan elected Governor of CA 11/9/1918 Last US air unit assigned to Army in WW1 11/9/61 Record shop manager Brian Epstein goes to Cavern Club to hear the Beatles 11/9/66 rumor spreads that Paul McCartney is killed in auto accident & replaced by a look-alike 11/9/89 Fall of the Berlin Wall 11/10/11 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 11/10/58 Billboard says Beechnut gum's sales have doubled as sponsor of Dick Clark's American Bandstand 11/10/60 Gregg Allman gets a guitar for 13th birthday, forms group with his brother within the year 11/10/88 USAF announces exsistence of F-117A, the Stealth Fighter 11/11/11 Veteran's Day, originally observing the end of WW1 on the 11th day of the 11th month 11/11/56 1st flight of the world's supersonic bomber, the B-58 Hustler 11/12/42 Ninth Air Force established in Middle East 11/12/45 born Neil Young, singer 11/13/43 Heaviest raid on New Guinea in WW2, 119 B24s & B25s 11/13/65 James Brown's I Got You (aka I Feel Good) released, hits #1 on R&B and #3 on Pop charts 11/14/66 1st jet aircraft to land in Antarctica, a C141 Starlifter 11/14/60 Elvis Presley's It's Now Or Never sells a British record of 780,000 copies its 1st week there 11/15/32 Petula Clark, singer 11/15/47 1st test flight of a ram-jet helicopter, by McDonell Aviation 11/16/59 Capt. J.W. Kittinger parachuted from altitude of 76,400 feet 11/16/56 Elvis Presley's 1st movie debuts, Love Me Tender, grossing over $4 million in 2 months 11/16/1892 Dr. Thomas Neill Cream executed for 9 murders and numerous backstreet abortions, calling himself Jack the... 11/17/38 born Gordon Lightfoot 11/17/44 US fighter fly over Philippines for 1st time since evacuation of 1942 11/17/47 Actor Ronald Reagan elected president of the Screen Actors Guild 11/17/53 born Dino Martin, Jr. 11/18/1883 US & Canada begin using Standard Time to standardize railroad time schedules 11/18/49 USAF C-74 aircraft carried a record 103 people 11/18/54 Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney banned as offensive by ABC Radio 11/18/56 Fats Domino sings Blueberry Hill on Ed Sullivan Show 11/18/68 Glen Campbell gets his 1st gold record, for Wichita Lineman 11/18/80 The B-52s' self-titled record album goes gold 11/19/52 World speed record of 698.5 mph set, by a F-86D 11/20/63 1st two F-4C jet fighters delivered to USAF 11/20/54 Singing cowboy Gene Autry 1st appearance on Grand Ole Opry 11/20/55 Bo Diddley does his own "Bo Diddley" live on Ed Sullivan Show instead of song he rehearsed for Ed 11/20/59 Alan Freed fired by WABC New York, refused to sign affidavit about payola 11/21/57 1st of several balistic missile bases to be erected at Frances E. Warren AFB in Wyoming 11/21/60 Ray Charles has 4 songs in top 100 inc. Georgia On My Mind and Ruby 11/22/88 Rollout of the B-2 "stealth" bomber 11/22/55 RCA signs singer Elvis Presley for $5000, which he uses to buy a Cadillac, & buys out his previous contracts 11/22/77 You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone goes platinum, from a movie of the same name 11/23/47 1st flight of world's largest land plane, the XC-99 11/23/64 Rolling Stones banned by BBC after showing up late for live radio show "Top Gear" 11/23/76 Jerry Lee Lewis arrested outside Graceland, demanding to see Elvis, drunk & waving a pistol 11/24/11 New Moon completely dark, werewolf threat low, enjoy your Thanksgiving tofurky 11/24/44 1st large bombing raid on Tokyo, by 88 B-29s 11/25/36 Nazi Germany & Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact to "safeguard their common interests" 11/25/56 T/Sgt R.J. Patton made 1st successful polar parachute jump 11/26/38 Tina Turner born, singer 11/26/56 Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey found dead from a simple home accident 11/26/57 RF-101 established a transcontinental round trip record of 6 hours,42+ minutes 11/26/75 Rev. Boykin of Tallahassee (FL) burns $2000 of rock & roll records, the Devil's music 11/26/82 Miles Davis marries Cicely Tyson, with Bill Cosby as Best Man 11/27/11 Advent 11/27/1897 Jenny Coupler patented to make coupling railroad cars safer 11/27/1912 US Army accepts 1st flying boat, Curtiss Aviation 11/27/42 Jimi Hendrix born (died 1970) 11/27/44 born Eddie Rabbitt singer 11/27/56 James Garner appears in Man from 1997 in which a time traveler accidentally leaves behind an almanac from the future, a theme used in Back To The Future Part 2 11/27/74 "Kung Fu Fighting" becomes a gold record though sequel "Dance The Kung Fu" bombs 11/28/1729 300 French soldiers & settlers killed by Natchez Indians over settlements in their sacred burial grounds 11/28/29 Berry Gordy, Jr 11/28/42 1st US bombing raid on Japanese-occupied Thailand 11/28/44 Randy Newman born, he really does like short people 11/28/64 Leader Of The Pack by the Shangri-Las girl group becomes a #1 hit song 11/28/66 The Monkees get their 3rd gold record "I'm A Believer," their 2nd was Last Train To Clarkesville 11/29/51 USAF announces development of 1st all-jet heavy bomber, the B-52 11/30/29 Dick Clark born, America's oldest teenager 11/30/56 TM-61 Matador became USAF's 1st completely tactical missile 12/1/59 Essential systems were eliminated from the B-70 program, essentially ending it 12/1/45 born Bette Midler, singer/actress 12/1/35 born Lou Rawls singer 12/1/76 Bill Grundy uses the F word on the British "Today Show," The Sex Pistols are banned from performing live shows in U.K. 12/1/82 Michael Jackson album "Thriller" released, with Vincent Price narration on title track 12/2/1763 1st Jewish center in America opens, in Newport 12/2/35 Flight of 20 bombers flew Calif to FLA in less than 22 hours 12/3/1909 Camas Prairie Railroad begins operation (google it) 12/3/45 P-80 becomes USAF's 1st jet fighter 12/3/66 Gov. Ronald Reagan tells Berkeley students "Observe the rules or get out" 12/3/71 Montreux Casino burns down while Frank Zappa's performing, inspiring song Smoke On The Water 12/3/79 Several fans are trampled to death at a general-seating rock concert in Cincinnati 12/3/48 born Ozzy Osbourne singer 12/4/65 Two astronauts launched in Gemini VII 12/4/44 born Dennis Wilson singer, of the Beach Boys 12/4/68 The Soviet Union calls the Beatles "rich idols of the Philistines" 12/5/1907 Wilbur Wright offers US govt a 2 person airplane for $25,000 12/6/49 USAF funds diverted to build Alaska radar defense system 12/6/69 A free rock & roll concert in Livermore, CA, turns disasterous, released theatricly as "Gimme Shelter" 12/6/79 "Highway To Hell" album by AC/DC goes gold, lead singer Ron Scott dies 2 months later 12/7/41 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bombed by Japan without declaring war first 12/7/42 born Harry Chapin (died 1981) singer/song writer, gold record for Cat's In The Cradle 12/7/49 Tom Waits, singer 12/7/72 Final Moon landing, Apollo 17, with little public interest 12/8/43 born Jim Morrison (died 1971) singer 12/8/47 born Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers Band 12/8/48 B-36 completed a 9,400 mile nonstop flight without refueling 12/8/61 "Surfin" released, 1st song by The Beach Boys 12/8/80 John Lennon is shot by a Beatles fan after signing an album for him, dying within 30 minutes 12/8/82 Singer/song writer Marty Robbins died, his "That's All Right" outsold the Elvis Presley version 12/9/41 1st use of US bombers in WW2, bombing enemy ships off Philippines 12/9/57 born Donny Osmond, singer 12/10/11 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 12/10/54 Greatest G-force sustained by man set by Col. J.P. Stapp 12/10/67 Singer/writer Otis Redding killed in plane crash (26) "Dock Of The Bay" is released posthumously 12/11/1914 Radio message received by a US plane in flight at distance of ten miles 12/11/26 born Big Mama Thornton "Hound Dog" (later also done by Elvis Presley in 1956) 12/11/44 born Brenda Lee singer 12/11/54 Billboard magazine predicts that 78 rpm records are doomed due to 45 rpm popularity 12/11/64 Popular R&B singer Sam Cooke shot to death under bizaar circumstances wearing only shoes & a sports coat 12/12/1887 US Congress passes the Interstate Commerce Act, putting the ICC in charge of regulating railroads 12/12/35 an amphibian plane flies record 1033 miles 12/12/38 born Connie Francis singer 12/12/49 born Dionne Warwick, singer 12/12/68 The Rolling Stones film "Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus" with real clowns, but it's never released 12/13/62 USAF balloon reaches record 82,000 feet 12/13/48 born Ted Nugent singer 12/14/47 Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman seperate 12/14/84 1st flight of X-29 12/14/63 Dinah Washington died (39, sleeping pills od) What A Difference A Day Makes, "Unforgetable" 12/15/22 born Alan Freed (died1965) super DJ 12/15/64 1st USAF gunship, the AC-47 enters combat in Vietnam 12/15/42 born Dave Clark, singer 12/15/55 Folsom Prison Blues song released, album later recorded by Johnny Cash live inside the prison 12/15/77 The Sex Pistols are denied U.S. visas to appear on Sat. Night Live for multiple reasons 12/16/1773 Patriots disguised as Indians dump tea off British ships, The Boston Tea Party 12/16/44 Nazi Germany, thought near collapse, starts all-out Battle of the Bulge 12/16/70 5 singles & 5 albums by Creedence Clearwater are certified gold the same day 12/17/1903 1st sustained controlled flight in a powered aircraft, by the Wright Brothers 12/17/55 "16 Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford tops both C&W and pop charts, #1 on pop chart since November 12/18/41 Buzz Wagner becomes 1st American ace of WW2 12/18/43 born Keith Richards (born in India as Harry Rodger Webb) singer, TV & movie actor, most recently in Pirates Of The Caribbean At Worlds End 12/19/72 Massive 11 day air strike begins to convince North Vietnam to conclude Paris Peace Talks 12/19/44 born Zal Yanovsky singer "Do You Believe In Magic" with the Lovin Spoonful 12/19/55 Carl Perkins records his most popular song "Blue Suede Shoes" 12/20/11 Erev Chanukah begins at sunset, light one candle 12/20/41 1st combat between the Flying Tigers and Japanese over China 12/20/67 Jethro Tull band formed, named after an 18th century inventor of farm implements 12/20/73 Bobby Darin (37) "Mack The Knife" dies during open-heart surgery 12/21/11 1st day of winter & 1st full day of Hanukkah, light 2nd candle tonight 12/21/44 Hap Arnold becomes General of the US Army 12/21/46 born Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, guitar 12/21/40 born Frank Zappa, singer "Baby Snakes" 12/21/70 "Jesus Christ Superstar" studio-recorded album of the play goes gold 12/22/11 Winter Solstice, shortest day of year north of the Equator & longest south of it 12/22/49 born Robin Gibb, singer with brothers Barry & Maurice as The Bee Gees 12/22/49 born Maurice Gibb, twin of Robin 12/22/64 1st flight of SR-71 supersonic spy plane 12/22/62 "Telstar" by the Tornadoes is 1st song by a British group to hit #1 in US 12/22/81 Sotheby's rock & roll auction sells Tom Jones jacket for $12 and a John Lennon self-portrait for $15,000 12/23/1907 Signal Corps issues 1st specs for the 1st military airplane 12/24/11 New Moon, werewolf threat level green, Christmas Eve 12/24/24 born Lee Dorsey singer, Working In A Coal Mine (top 10 hit 1966) 12/24/1928 Great Northern Railroad completes longest railway tunnel, Cascade Tunnel 12/24/43 Over 600 US bombers attack Nazi Germany's V1 & V2 weapons sites, destroying them 12/24/44 born Mike Curb, president of MGM Records, Republican Lt. Gov of California 12/24/54 popular R&B singer Johnny Ace (25) kills self playing Russian Roulette backstage in Houston 12/24/61 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is the 1st African song to hit #1 in US, based on native folk song translated into English 12/24/74 James Taylor, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell sing Christmas carols on streets of L.A. 12/25 Christmas Day observed, written by early Greek Christians as Xmas to signify the cross later carried by Christ 12/25/32 born Little Richard (Richard Penniman) singer 12/25/46 born Jimmy Buffett, singer 12/25/45 born Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) Welcome To My Nightmare 12/25/40 born Phil Spector record producer 12/25/59 Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr, age 18) gets 1st drum set, for Christmas 12/25/49 USAF reveals development of a ceramic with resistance of 2000 degrees heat 12/25/76 "Hotel California" album by The Eagles with Joe Walsh goes gold. You can check out anytime you want... 12/26 Kwanzaa observed, created in the 1960s by a college profesor combining various African customs 12/26 Boxing Day observed in UK & Canada, giving presents to servents & the poor 12/26/63 Capitol/EMI releases its 1st Beatles single, I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There 12/26/43 Bombing of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, completely destroys enemy defenses against invasion 12/27/35 Lava flow diverted by Army aerial bombardment, Hawaii 12/27/80 "Starting Over" by John Lennon hits#1 in UK & US simultaneously 3 weeks after his death 12/28/11 Hanukkah ends 12/28/46 born Edgar Winter, singer 12/28/48 C-47 with rocket boosters rescues 12 USAF pilots from ice in Greenland 12/29/42 born B.J. Thomas "Hooked On A Feeling" (later a gold record for Blue Swede in 1974) 12/29/39 1st flight of B-24 bomber, the 1st of over 18,000 B-24s produced by 1945 12/30/1914 US Signal Corps accepts the first Burgess-Dunne stable armored plane 12/30/28 Bo Diddley born, singer 12/30/42 born Michael Nesmith singer with The Monkees 12/30/45 born Davy Jones of The Monkees, and stay out of his locker 12/31 New Year's Eve, party like it's 1999 12/31/45 World War 2 officially declared over 12/31/43 born John Denver, singer/song writer, died flying his own plane 12/31/48 born Donna Summer singer 12/31/42 born Andy Summers singer 12/31/55 "Unchained Melody" named #1 tune of the year, later used in Demi Moore movie Ghost 12/31/70 Paul McCartney files a writ in London against the Beatles, breaking up the group, naming the other 3 12/31/74 "Cat's In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin, words by his wife, is a gold #1 hit. He says, "This one is scaring fathers from coast to coast; I suspect wives are buying it as zingers for their husbands." January 1 New Year's Day. If you still celebrate New Year's Day in April you're a fool 1/1/42 born Country Joe McDonald, singer & Vietnam War protestor 1/1/44 US Strategic Air Forces in Europe activated 1/1/62 The Beatles audition for Decca Records in London but Decca decides to sign another group instead, the Tremeloes 1/1/80 Keith Richards awarded MBE by Queen of England. A singer since 1957 with 22 hits in England, his biggest in America were Devil Woman (1976) and We Don't Talk Anymore the previous year (1979) 1/3/66 Experimental B-70 bomber hit 2000 mph for 3 minutes 1/3/64 The Jack Paar Show plays a video clip of The Beatles, predating their 1st live US appearence by a month 1/3/45 born Stephen Stills singer 1/4/41 Maureen Reagan born on Jane Wyman's 27th birthday 1/4/42 born John McLaughlin, singer 1/4/57 Military Air Transport Service brings 10,000 refugees to US 1/4/54 Truck driver Elvis Presley meets Sam Phillips & records a 2-sided demo record in Memphis 1/5/23 born Sam Phillips, record producer who met truck driver Elvis Presley in 1954 1/5/75 The Wiz, a soul-music version of The Wizard Of Oz, opens on Broadway 1/5/79 Briefcase Full of Blues by the Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi) inc. the song Soul Man goes platinum, reviving sales of the original version by Sam & Dave 1/6/1893 Great Northern Railway drives last spike at Scenic, WASH 1/6/57 Elvis Presley sings 7 songs in 20 minutes on the Ed Sullivan Show 1/7/29 "Question Mark", a Fokker C-2, flies a refueled record 150 hours 45 minutes 1/7/48 born Kenny Loggins, singer "Sittin' In" 1/7/82 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gets a platinum record in America for "Hooked On Classics," a blend of 18th, 19th and early 20th century music to a disco beat 1/8/33 Ronald Reagan gets 1st job as radio announcer, Davenport, Iowa 1/8/35 born Elvis Presley (died 8/16/77) gold records for rock, gospel and Christmas music 1/8/41 "Little Anthony" Gourdine born, 1950s singer 1/8/57 Elvis Presley passes the Army pre-induction exam 1/8/64 Air Force Cross awarded posthumously to Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr., shot down during 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis 1/8/47 David Bowie born, dropped real last name Jones to avoid confusion with actor Davy Jones of The Monkees 1/9/12 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 1/9/15 born Les Paul, record holder for shortest song ever released, 2 notes long, as "Magic Melody, Part 2" 1/9/44 born Jimmy Page, singer and a founding member of Led Zeppelin 1/10/1863 London Underground opens 1/10/43 born Jim Croce singer (died 9/20/73, just 1 year after his 1st hit) Time In A Bottle went gold in 1973 1/10/45 born Rod Stewart singer 1/10/46 Army sets world helicopter high altitude record, 21,000 feet 1/10/81 Pirates Of Penzance, the only operetta written specificly for America by Gilbert & Sullivan, reopens on Broadway starring pop singers Linda Ronstadt & Rex Smith, who later reprise their roles for a movie version 1/12/62 USAF begins spraying defoliants over Vietnam in Operation Ranch Hand 1/12/63 Bob Dylan records a play for BBC Radio as a hobo, including a song never released on a record 1/13/42 Army Air Force test flies its 1st helicopter, the XR-4 1/13/79 Donny Hathaway (34) fell or jumped from 15th floor hotel room, sang themesong for TV-series "Maude." He had been attempting a comeback by singing duets with Roberta Flack but suffered from psychological problems 1/14/66 David Bowie releases his 1st single since dropping his last name Jones 1/16/12 Martin Luther King Day observed 1/16/1756 French & Indian War turns into the Seven Years War between Britain & France 1/16/1868 William Davis patents the refrigerator car to ship perishables by railroad 1/16/57 The Cavern Club opens in a former wine cellar in Liverpool, England 1/16/72 David Sevile (Ross Bagdasarian) died, creator & voice of "The Chipmunks" and Witch Doctor novelty records 1/17/1871 The cable car patented, and still going in San Francisco 1/17/1957 BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) formed in San Francisco 1/17/74 Singer Dino Martin, son of Dean Martin, arrested for selling an AK47 machine gun to an undercover cop 1/17/82 Song writer Tommy Tucker (48) is overcome by fumes & found dead, refinishing floors in his home 1/17/91 Gulf War starts with F-117A fighters and B-52 bombers at night 1/18/41 born Bobby Goldsboro, one of opening acts for Rolling Stones in 1964 1/18/57 Three B-52s make world's 1st nonstop jet flight around the world 1/18/82 L.A. Mayor Bradley declares Bob & Doug McKenzie Day in honor of the comic SCTV characters 1/19/1910 First bomb run by an airplane, using 3 two-pound sand bags 1/19/39 born Phil Everly, singer with his brother Don, "Wake Up Little Suzie," smashed his guitar onstage when Don quit 1/19/43 born Janis Joplin singer (died 10/4/70) Ball & Chain 1/19/49 born Robert Palmer, singer with Genesis before he and Phil Collins went solo 1/19/46 born Dolly Parton, singer/actress "9 to 5" 1/20/1889 born Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter, died 12/6/49) singer "Goodnight Irene" 1/20/65 Alan Freed (42), the top ten DJ destroyed by the payola scandal hearings, dies of uremia 1/21/41 born Richie Havens, singer 1/21/59 Civil War folksong "Tom Dooley" becomes a gold record for the Kingston Trio, their 1st 1/21/66 George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd, for whom Eric Clapton later wrote "Layla" 1/21/82 Blues guitarist B.B. King donates his 7,000 rare records collection dating back 40 years to the University of Mississippi 1/22/35 born Sam Cooke (died 12/11/64) singer equally popular on R&B and Pop charts "You Send Me" 1/22/59 USAF determines that less than 1% of UFO sightings are of unknwn origin in report later known as Operation Bluebook 1/22/66 These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra hits the Top 100 pop chart, & eventually #1 1/23/12 New Moon completely dark, werewolf threat low 1/23/73 Philadelphia radio station WMMR plays 12 minute of bells tolling to observe the Vietnam War cease-fire 1/24/41 Neil Diamond born singer 1/24/78 Randy Newman's "Short People" goes gold, his musical spoof of prejudice 1/25/55 British Railways announce plan to abandon steam engines 1/25/71 Charles Manson & 3 female followers convicted of murdering Sharon Tate and 6 others in 1969 1/25/76 An all-star Houston rock concert to benefit huricane victims produces no net proceeds after expenses 1/25/90 The SR-71 "spy planes" retired by Strategic Air Command, replaced by satellites in orbit 1/26 Australia Day 1/26/40 Ronald Reagan marries Jane Wyman 1/26/57 Last P-51 fighter plane retired from service, donated to Air Force Museum 1/26/57 Eddie Van Halen born, called "the 1st guitar hero of the Eighties" by David Lee Roth 1/26/81 Autoamerican album by Blondie goes platinum, inc. singles The Tide Is High and Rapture, introducing reggae & vamp rap to the Top 100 1/27/67 Apollo 1 catches fire inside capsule on launchpad, killing all 3 astronauts 1/27/58 Singer Little Richard enrolls in college after finding God when his plane caught fire over the Philippines 1/28/45 The 8th Air Force launches 1000 plane raid on Nazi Germany 1/29/58 Instrumental "Tequila" by Jim Seals & Dash Crofts, as The Champs, released 1/29/79 A San Diego teenager shoots up her high school, killing 2, saying only "I don't like Mondays." It is immortalized in song by the Boomtown Rats 1/30/69 The Beatles last appearence, on the rooftop of Apple Studios playing for the movie Let It Be, is cut short by police due to complaints of the noise by neighbors 1/30/73 KISS plays its 1st live concert, though Paul Stanley says that 1st makeup looked more like New York Dolls 1/30/82 I Can't Go For That by Hall & Oates hits #1 on the Disco, Pop and R&B charts, only the 4th record by white singers to hit #1 on the R&B chart since 1965 1/31/35 Union Pacific's M-10000 enters service as City of Salina, a 3-car V-12 diesel powered train 1/31/51 Phil Collins born, his Genesis began in 1972 1/31/58 1st US satellite launched, Explorer 1 1/31/81 "Sukiyaki" the only Japanese song to hit #1 in America (1963) hits #1 again, this time by female duo "A Taste Of Honey" 1/31/56 born John Lydon, singer (known as Johnny Rotten only when he was with The Sex Pistols) February 1 National Freedom Day 2/1/59 Ballistic Missile Early Warning System becomes operational 2/1/39 born Don Everly, singer with brother as The Everly Brothers until he announced onstage that he was quitting 2/1/52 born Rick James, singer 2/1/53 Holland's famous earthen dikes breached by storm surge, 1800 people drowned, newer dikes never breached again, and hundreds more drowned in southern England along the Thames 2/2 Groundhog Day, just ask Bill Murray 2/2/55 Petula Clark has her 1st hit record in UK, but won't catch on in America for a decade 2/3/59 Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) killed in a plane crash while on tour 2/6/1911 Ronald Reagan born in Illinois 2/6/50 born Natalie Cole, singer 2/9/13 New Moon, werewolf threat level green 2/9/42 born Carole King, singer 2/10/13 Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake 2/10/1908 1st Army contract with Wright Bros. for airplane, they thought view from air would prevent all future wars 2/10/39 born Roberta Flack, singer 2/10/54 The Glenn Miller Story starring Jimmy Stewart premieres, movie soundtrack of actual Miller music is also a best-selling album 2/12/13 Mardi Gras 2/12/1809 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, no longer an official holiday 2/12/1934 Union Pacific's diesel-powered 110 mph M-10000 passenger train begins national tour 2/12/1973 USAF C-141 lands in Hanoi to pick up 1st returning POWs 2/13/13 Ash Wednesday, Ted Turner's least favorite observance 2/13/1741 First magazine published in American colonies 2/14 Valentine's Day 2/14/1855 CB&Q (Chicago Burlington & Quincy) railroad formed 2/14/1564 Galileo born 2/15/51 born Melissa Manchester, singer 2/16/35 born Sonny Bono, singer. Though Sonny & Cher ended after their divorce, Cher spoke at his funeral service 2/16/1923 King Tut's tomb opened, despite warnings of a curse 2/17/63 Michael Jordan born basketball player 2/18/13 President's Day, replacing Washington & Lincoln Birthdays as government holidays, Family Day in Canada 2/19/1912 First Cracker Jack prize 2/20/46 born Jerome Geils, of the J. Geils Band 2/20/62 born John Glenn, astronaut and later Senator and later Space Shuttle astronaut 2/22/1732 George Washington's birthday, no longer an official holiday 2/23/13 Purim begins at sundown 2/23/1896 First Tootsie Roll candies 2/24/49 USAF reveals new jet rocket plane, XF-91 2/25/13 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 2/25/45 B-29s begin night bombing of Tokyo, destroying 28,000 buildings the 1st night 2/25/43 born George Harrison, singer with the Beatles and a fan of the Beach Boys and Spinal Tap 2/25/1841 born Pierre-August Renoir, artist 2/26/32 born Johnny Cash, singer 2/27/1879 artificial sweetener Saccharin discovered 2/28/1827 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad chartered 2/28/1854 Republican Party founded 2/28/47 F-82 set record, flying non-stop Hawaii-New York in 14 hours 33 minutes 2/28/42 born Brian Jones (drowned 7/3/69, less than a month after leaving the Rolling Stones) 2/29/12 Davy Jones died, British rock & roll singer with The Monkees3/1/1918 Congress finally passes Standard Time Act, recognizing Standard Time Zones created by railroads
5/1/12 Holocaust Remembrance Day 5/1/25 Astronaut Scott Carpenter born
5/1/39 Judy Collins born singer
5/1/44 Rita Coolidge born singer
5/1/67 Tim McGraw born, Country singer
5/1/41 Orson Welles' Citizen Kane premieres in New York
5/1/57 Larry King's 1st day on the radio, is the caller there?
5/1/65 Nine records were set by a YF12A interceptor that hit 2062 mph at 80,000 foot altitude
5/1/71 Amtrak begins operations
5/1/54 Alan Freed hosts his 1st rock concert inc. the Clovers and Muddy Waters, sells out at $2 per ticket
5/1/67 Elvis Presley marries Priscilla, daughter of an army colonel he met while serving in Germany. She had moved to Graceland at age 16, in a separate house
5/1/79 Elton John becomes the first pop music star to perform in Israel5/2/36 Engelbert Humperdinck born singer 5/2/23 1st non-stop transcontinental flight NY to San Diego started 5/2/56 "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley hits top 10 on R&B chart and #1 on both Pop and Country charts 5/2/80 Pink Floyd's song Another Brick In The Wall banned in South Africa after black children begin chanting it 5/2/2011 Navy SEALs assassinate Osama bin Laden at his secret compound in Pakistan 5/2/1519 Leonardo da Vinci died (67) in France 5/3/1919 Pete Seeger born, folk & pop singer 5/3/26 Ann B. Davis born, the maid in TV's The Brady Bunch 5/3/33 Alex Cord born, actor Air Wolf TV-series as the agency's boss 5/3/37 Frankie Valli born singer 5/3/50 Peter Gabriel born singer 5/3/52 World's 1st successful landing at the North Pole, by a USAF C-47 5/3/68 The Beach Boys play a concert then have Maharishi Yogi lecture the audience for the 2nd half, it is not received well and half their concert dates cancel 5/3/77 Eric Church born, country singer 5/4/59 Dick Clark announces his 1st movie production, Harrison High, with himself playing a teacher 5/4/59 winners of the 1st annual Grammy Awards inc. Peter Gunn by Mancini, Tequila by the Champs, Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio, and 3 Grammys to David Seville for The Chipmunk Song 5/4/70 Nat. Guard troops fire on Vietnam War protestors at Kent State University, killing 4. Studebt unrest closes down 400 colleges by May 7 and 2 more students are killed by police at Jackson State University (Mississippi) May 14 5/5/12 Cinco de Mayo in US, though not official holiday in Mexico 5/5/62 Cliff Richards gets a Gold Record for the title song for movie The Young Ones 5/6/1912 1st group cross-country flight, by 3 Army planes 5/6/32 President of France assassinated in Paris 5/6/37 German airship "Hindenburg" burst into flame and fell like a lead zeppelin (later used as one of Led Zeppelin's album covers) 5/6/41 Stalin became Premier of Soviet Russia 5/6/31 Willie Mays born, Baseball Hall of Famer 5/6/61 George Clooney born, actor "ER" sitcom, "ER" dramatic TV-series, several movies 5/7/1763 Chief Pontiac rallies Great Lakes tribes against colonial incursions, Pontiac is killed in 1769 5/7/15 German U-boat sank the British passenger liner Lusitania, dead include Americans 5/7/45 Germany signed unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in France 5/7/63 US launched communications satellite Telstar 2 5/7/75 Pres. Ford announced end to Vietnam War as Viet Cong took over Siagon & renamed it Ho Chi Minh City 5/7/71 Eagle-Eye Cherry born singer 5/8/45 VE Day, Germany surrenders 5/8/40 Rick Nelson born singer "Garden Party" 5/8/43 Toni Tennille born singer 5/9/49 Billy Joel born singer 5/10/13 New Moon completely dark, werewolf threat low 5/10/1869 Last spike of 1st US transcontinental railroad, Union Pacific & Central Pacific, in Utah 5/10/29 Fats Domino born singer 5/10/46 Donovan born, singer "Sunshine Superman" , "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man" 5/11/61 Soviet bandleader Alexander Utyosov claims that Dixieland music was invented in his Socialist Motherland. Variations of the claim later become a running joke by Chekhov in TV's Star Trek 5/12/49 Russia ends blockade of West Berlin 5/12/29 Burt Bacharach born singer 5/12/48 Steve Winwood born singer 5/12/62 Billboard Mag. reports the top 2 most played jukebox songs are Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John and Chubby Checker's The Twist 5/12/64 Dominique by the Singing Nun wins Grammy for Best Gospel Record, Allan Sherman for Best Comedy "Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh" 5/12/13 Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May) 5/13/1911 1st 2 Army graduate pilots from Wright School 5/13/41 Ritchie Valens born (died 1959) singer 5/13/43 Mary Wells born, singer from age 17 "My Guy" 5/13/50 Little Stevie Wonder born, singer since age 12 5/13/77 Hustler publisher Larry Flint offers Linda Ronstadt $1 million to pose nude. She tells reporters she threw the offer "in the wastebasket" 5/14/1908 1st passenger flight in an airplane, at Kitty Hawk 5/14/36 Bobby Darin born, singer/actor (Died 1973) The Time Tunnel TV-series, hit song Mack The Knife 5/14/52 David Byrne born, founding member of Talking Heads pop group, singer/composer 5/14/55 "Bo Diddley" sung by Bo Diddley released, will go on to be his biggest hit single 5/14/55 "Mambo King" Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink" sells a million records, one of the Cuban's 4 big hits in America 5/15/1918 US govt. establishes 1st permanent Air Mail route 5/15/69 Gov. Reagan orders end to riot in Berkeley, CA 5/15/71 Yoko Ono's The Fly is screened at Cannes Film Festival, reviewers include Joe Bob Briggs 5/16/80 Dr. Nick is indicted in Memphis for over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis 5/17/42 Taj Mahal born, singer 5/17/1958 Last run of a steam engine on Baltimore & Ohio, for a Cleveland railroad club 5/18/13 Armed Forces Day 5/19/45 Pete Townshend born singer 5/19/52 Grace Jones born singer 5/19/98 Galaxy 4 communications satellite carrying wire news services, CBS & NPR networks, and 80% of beepers, suddenly failed. It was eventually permanently replaced by Galaxy VI 5/20/46 Cher born singer/actress "Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" and drama movies 5/20/44 Joe Cocker born singer 5/20/60 Sue Cowsill born, youngest of the singing Cowsill Family 5/20/51 Capt. James Jabara became 1st USAF jet ace, over Korea 5/20/77 Blondie makes first U.K tour, with fellow New York rock group Television 5/21/41 Ronald Isley born, one of the singing Isley Brothers "Twist & Shout" (1962 hit, two years before The Beatles) 5/21/48 Leo Sayer born singer 5/21/56 1st H-bomb exploded, over Bikini Atoll 5/21/61 Every Beat Of My Heart enters the Top 100, one version by Gladys Knight and another by The Pips on a different record label, of which she is a member. Motown will later sign them as Gladys Knight & the Pips 5/21/69 Yoko & John Lennon begin a ten-day "Bed-in" in a Montreal hotel 2 week after his visa is revoked by the U.S. Embassy in London 5/21/79 Elton John becomes the first pop music star to tour Russia 5/22/58 Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra arrive in London for a tour, reporters are shocked when he admits she is his 14 year old 3rd cousin 5/23/64 British hit My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small hits America's Top 100 and eventually #2 5/24/1918 US Army Air Service organized 5/24/55 Rosanne Cash born singer 5/24/41 Bob Dylan born singer 5/25/13 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbot in his room 5/25/26 Miles Davis born singer 5/25/42 Bill Young born, singer 5/26/34 First nonstop run of the Zephyr (CB&Q railroad) Denver to Chicago 5/26/33 Jimmie Rodgers died, "The Singing Brakeman." 5/26/48 Stevie Nicks born singer 5/26/49 Hank Williams Jr. born singer, Are You Ready For Some Baseball? 5/26/58 Jerry Lee Lewis 37-date tour is cancelled after just 3 concerts due to hostile crowds, the London Evening Star calls for his deportation 5/27/57 That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly & the Crickets is released 5/27/13 Memorial Day observed (last Monday in May) 5/28/44 Gladys Knight born singer 5/28/45 John Fogerty born singer 5/28/48 Ray Laidlaw born singer 5/28/58 Ronald P. Reagan born to Ronald & Nancy Reagan 5/28/55 Billboard Mag. reports "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" has sold 18 million records in 6 months, with versions sung by Fess Parker, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Steve Allen, Burl Ives, Roy Rogers Sons Of The Pioneers, and others 5/30/58 A fatal 5-car accident at Indy changes rules: rollbar required on all cars and medical-certified helmets 5/31/38 Peter Yarrow born, of the singing trio Peter Paul & Mary 5/31/69 Rolling Stone mag. reports that Frank Zappa has become a paid lecturer on the college circuit inc. UCLA on the topic of "Pigs, Ponies and Rock & Roll" 5/31/76 Guinness Book of World Records says The Who is world's loudest rock band, with live performances at 120 decibels 6/1/59 Billboard mag. says some teens are using the latest technology to tape music off radio instead of buying it 6/1/67 First non-stop trans-Atlantic flight by a helicopter, by two HH3Es, New York-Paris 6/1 Canadian Forces Day 6/2 Ascension Day 6/2/1865 US Civil War ends 6/3/1808 Jefferson Davis born 6/4/1917 First Pulitzer Prizes 6/5/2004 Former President Ronald Reagan died 6/6/44 D-Day landing begins before dawn 6/6/19 Canadian National Railways (CN) incorporated 6/7/13 Mt McKinley's highest peak reached 6/8/13 Moon completely dark, werewolf threat level low 6/9/34 Donald Duck born 6/10/15 Saul Bellow born 6/11/13 Vince Lombardi born 6/11/76 San Francisco Latin/rock-fusion group Santana's album AMIGOS goes gold 6/12/29 Anne Frank born 6/12/1973 Dismantling of the Reader RR began, America's last all-steam freight railroad 6/12/87 President Reagan in Berlin says, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! 6/14/76 Beatles album "Rock N Roll Music" released by Capitol after expiration of agreements with Apple, goes gold 6/16/1884 First roller coaster completed, relied on gravity alone to keep wheels on rails 6/17/70 Poleroid camera patented, self-developing photos 6/18/1815 Napoleon has his Waterloo 6/19/64 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) begins construction in California 6/19/76 Blue Oyster Cult gets their 1st hit album, containing song Don't Fear The Reaper 6/20/77 Alaskan Pipeline 6/21 First day of Summer 6/21/66 The Rolling Stones sue 14 New York city hotels for publicly banning them 6/21/2001 Australia sets current record heaviest train ever operated 6/22/44 GI Bill Of Rights signed 6/23/13 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 6/24/47 First UFO sighting reported as "saucer-shaped" 6/26/45 UN charter signed 6/27/1880 Helen Keller born 6/28/19 WW1 officially ended 6/29/56 Federal Aid Highway Act, to connect all 50 states by Interstate Highways 6/30/53 First Corvette 6/30/1977 US Post Office ends regular Railway Post Office (RPO) service on passenger trains 6/30/71 Indian Reservation by Paul Revere & the Raiders become a hit Gold Record 7/1/11 New Moon, werewolf threat low 7/1/82 WABC-AM radio switches from rock music to talk radio format 7/2/64 Civil Rights Act 7/2/81 Stars On 45 by a group of Dutch studio musicians hits #1 and is quickly followed by other medley singles 7/3/1886 First automobile test drive 7/3/71 Jim Morrison (27) of The Doors dies of heart attack in Paris, complicated by years of drugs & alcohol 7/3/81 The Doors give fans a Morrison graveside tribute in Paris 7/4/1828 B&O Railroad laid first stone (later switched to wooden crossties under the rails) 7/5/46 Bikini introduced, named for atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll 7/6/1911 Devil's Postpile Nat Monument in California 7/6/46 Sylvester Stallone born 7/7/1802 First comic book printed 7/7/1862 Congress passes Pacific Railway Act to build a railroad to California 7/9/71 Jim Morrison secretly buried in France to avoid the "circuslike atmosphere" of the Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix funerals 7/9/1893 First open-heart surgery 7/10/43 Arthur Ashe born 7/11/14 Babe Ruth's Major League Baseball debut 7/12/1817 Henry David Thoreau born 7/13/30 First World Cup soccer 7/14/11 Full Moon 7/14/1789 Bastille Day in France and all French territories 7/15/1853 Grand Trunk Railway formed 7/16/45 First successful atom bomb test 7/17/55 Disneyland opens 7/17/61 The Supremes release their 1st single: Buttered Popcorn/Who's Loving You. 7/17/82 The Valley Girl craze starts when Valley Girl by Moon Unit Zappa hits the top 100 Pop Chart. The song i 7/18/21 astronaut John Glenn born 7/19/46 Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe) screen test 7/20/69 First manned Moon landing 7/21/1899 Ernest Hemingway born 7/22/40 Alex Trebek born, what is Host of Jeopardy 7/25/78 First "test-tube" baby born after fertilization outside the womb 7/26/1908 FBI founded 7/26/76 Ted Nugent's self titled album goes gold 7/27/53 Korean War ends with an armistice, a permanent treaty has never been signed. US flag may be flown at half-mast until sunset in recognition of Korean War vets 7/28/29 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis born 7/28/76 Fly Like An Eagle album by The Steve Miller Band goes gold, and eventually platinum 7/29/58 NASA founded 7/30/11 New Moon completely dark, werewolf threat low 8/1 Ramadan begins 8/1/12 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 8/1/42 Jerry Garcia born, singer 8/2/1892 Escalator patent granted 8/2/61 The Beatles begin a 2 year run at The Cavern Club in Liverpool 8/3/49 NBA founded 8/3/71 Ringo Starr's 1st solo hit goes gold: It Don't Come Easy. Paul McCartney forms new group Wings 8/4/1901 Louis Armstrong born 8/5/62 Marilyn Monroe born 8/5/1861 First Income Tax imposed, as a war measure 8/5/1961 Warmest temperature on record for state of Washington, 118 degrees F. at Ice Harbor Dam 8/6/38 Isaac Hayes born, singer 8/6/82 movie "Pink Floyd The Wall" premieres in New York starring "near-catatonic" Bob Geldof in a film with no plot or dialogue, directed by Alan Parker 8/6/70 An antiwar concert on the anniversary of Hiroshima is cancelled in Philadelphia after disappointing turnout in New York's Shea Stadium of just 20,000 paid tickets 8/7/1782 George Washington creates first US military award 8/7/1560 Countess Elizabeth Bathory born, said to have tortured and killed over 600 girls in Hungary before being placed under house arrest in a tower room 8/7/71 The Bee Gees have their 1st number one hit of 7 in the US, their only US hit without faletto singing style 8/8/21 Esther Williams born 8/8/1786 Congress approved the Dollar for US monetary system 8/8/1829 Stourbridge Lion locomotive first run, in Pennslvania 8/8/80 The Plasmatics on tour are refused permission to blow up a car onstage in London 8/8/81 Soul backup singer/songwriter Luther Vandross gets his 1st solo hit album & single 8/9/74 President Ford inaugurated 8/9/1930 Warmest day on record for state of Tennessee, 113 degrees F. in Perryville 8/9/78 blues legend Muddy Waters performs at the White House for a presidential picnic 8/9/82 themesong of movie Rocky 3 "Eye Of The Tiger" goes gold as both single and album 8/10/1846 Smithsonian created, with a donated collection of kites 8/10/1999 Russia President Yeltsin replaced the Prime Minister with virtually unknown former KGB agent Vladimir Putin 8/10/1936 Warmest temperature on record in state of Arkansas, 120 degrees F. in Ozark, and in state of Louisiana, 114 degrees in Plain Dealing 8/10/1898 Warmest temperature on record in state of Oregon, 119 degrees in Pendleton 8/10/09 Leo Fender born, founder of Fender Guitars, sold to CBS Records for $13,000,000 in 1965 8/10/43 Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes, singer wife of Phil Spector 8/11/1909 First SOS emergency signaled radioed 8/11/72 San Antonio declares Cheech & Chong Day 8-12-12 Two-day annual Perseid meteor shower starts, up to 50 per minute in the northeast sky 8/12/81 First personal computer (IBM) 8/12/1936 Warmest day on record in state of Texas, 120 degrees in Seymour 8/13/80 Masked thieves tie up Todd Rundgren and strip hi house of valuables, one of them humming Rundgren's hit "I Saw The Light" 8/13/71 King Curtis of The Coasters (Yakety Yak) stabbed to death outside his New York apartment 8/13/81 President Reagan signs the biggest tax cut in US history, The Economic Recovery Act 8/13/51 Dan Fogelberg born, singer 8/14/45 V-J Day, Japan surrenders, though not recognized by Japanese forces in mainland asia 8/14/40 Dash Crofts born, singer/instrumentalst with Jim Seals, their 1st was "Tequila" by another name 8/14/41 David Crsoby born, of Crosby Stills & Nash (which is not a law firm) 8/14/74 Paul Anka's "Having My Baby" goes gold despite boycott by feminists 8/15/1769 Napoleon born, refered to by Nostradamas as the 1st of 3 antichrists (his 2nd was Hitler) 8/15/79 movie Americathon premieres, a hit satire in which America goes bankrupt billions of dollars in debt & has a telethon to raise money 8/16/1896 Gold discovered up north in Canada & Alaska, starting the Klondike gold rush 8/16/53 James Taylor born, singer and anti-nuke activist 8/16/79 one-hit wonder "My Sharona" by The Knack goes gold, with #1 single & album the following week 8/16/77 Elvis Presley found dead of natural causes at home on the bathroom floor 2 weeks after ex-bodyguards released a tell-all book about him 8/17/12 New Moon, werewolf threat level green 8/17/77 FTD (Florists Transworld Delivery) reports the most flowers ever ordered in one day, by fans to be delivered to Graceland, home of Elvis 8/17/1807 First steamboat trip 8/18/1872 First mail-order catalog issued 8/18/77 75,000 fans show up for the funeral of Elvis, 150 people inside Graceland includ Col. Parker in shirtsleeves and a baseball cap 8/19 National Aviation Day, also Orville Wright's birthday 8/19/40 Johnny Nash born, singer "I Can See Clearly Now" 8/19/80 Debut album of Christopher Cross goes platinum as well as the single "Sailing" 8/20/42 Plutonium first weighed for some project in Manhattan 8/20/48 Robert Plant born, lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin 8/20/69 Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers Of Invention because people at concerts "clap for all the wrong reaons" 8/20/81 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band perform a benefit for Vietnam veterans in Los Angeles 8/21/1581 Spain founds city of Pueblo, naming it "New Mexico" 8/21/41 Kenny Rogers born, country singer/actor "The Gambler" 8/22/1865 Liquid soap patent issued 8/23/12 Gene Kelly born, just singin' & dancin' in the rain 8/23/47 Keith Moon born (died 1978), of The Who 8/23/49 Rick Springfield born, Grammy-winning singer 8/24/49 North American Treaty Org (NATO) established 8/24/81 Mark David Chapman sentenced to "20 years to life" for murder of John Lennon 8/25/54 Elvis Costello born, no relation to Elvis Presley though I'm not sure of Lou Costello 8/25/1877 Joshua Lionel Cohen born, founder of Lionel Trains 8/25/79 jazz bandleader Stan Kenton died, his horn charts were also used in the rock music of "Chicago" 8/26 Laylat al-Qadr 8/26/50 Bob & Dick Cowsill born, of the singing Cowsill Family 8/26/48 Valerie Simpson born, music composer "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Nickolas Ashford 8/26/81 Lee Hays died, cofounder of The Weavers and cowriter of "If I Had A Hammer" 8/26/1765 Protests against the Stamp Act imposed only on colonies turn violent 8/27/10 Mother Teresa born 8/27/42 B.J. Thomas born, Grammy-winning singer "Hooked On A Feeling" 8/27/42 Daryl Dragon born, singer "The Captain & Tennille" 8/27/82 Robert Plant's 1st solo album since Led Zeppelin broke up goes gold 8/28/1753 The Liberty Bell set up in Pennsylvania Assembly 8/28/1864 US Post Office establishes 1st permanent Railway Post Office route 8/28/1830 First B&O train pulled by a steam engine, the Tom Thumb 8/28/51 Wayne Osmond born, singer 8/28/72 David Bowie & the Spiders From Mars perform at Carnegie Hall 8/28/73 Monster Mash hits the Top 10 elevin years after original release by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, by then working as a cab driver 8/29/66 Beatles have their final live concert 8/29/1911 Ishi, last survivor of the California Yahi tribe, walked into Oroville and learned English, then demonstrated Indian customs & wilderness skills 8/29/58 Michael Jackson born, singer with his older brothers in The Jackson 5 8/30 Cleopatra died this day in 30 BC 8/30/35 John Phillips born, singer the Mamas & the Papas, which in 1982 included daughter MacKenzie Phillips 8/31 Eid-al-Fitr 8/31/12 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room again 8/31/83 Pres. Reagan talks to astronauts in orbiting space shuttle Challenger 8/31/1888 The body of Mary Ann Nichols found, 1st victim of Jack the Ripper 8/31/45, Van Morrison born, singer9/1/59 Elizabeth Taylor agrees to make Cleopatra for $1 million, a sum she's sure is so high it will be refused so she can take a vacation without breaking contract but Fox agrees, it will be a costly mistake for them
9/1/83 Pres. Reagan is notified that Russia has shot down a KAL airliner with 269 people onboard
9/1/35 National Model Railroad Association founded in Milwaukee
9/1/1752 Liberty Bell delivered to Philadelphia
9/1/39 Lily Tomlin born, Laugh-In's phone operator, movies 9 to 5 and The Incredible Shrinking Woman
9/1/57 Gloria Estefan born, singer
9/1 /82 Air Force Space Command established
9/2/13 Labor Day (US & Canada, first Monday in Sept)
9/2/52 Jimmy Connors born
9/2/51 Mark Harmon born, actor Deliberate Stranger
9/2/64 Keanu Reeves born, "Point Break" and "Speed"
9/2/68 Salma Hayek born, actress
9/2/45 Japanese delegates aboard USS Missouri sign official surrender documents
9/3/30 Thomas Edison runs first all-electric passenger train Hoboken to Montclair (NJ)
9/3/45 VJ Day declared for victory in Japan
9/3/25 WW1 German zeppelin renamed U.S. Shenandoah broke apart and crashed over Ohio, 14 dead
9/3/83 Typhoon Ike hit 7 major islands in the Philippines, leaving 1300 people dead
9/3/81 Nancy Reagan buys new White House china set with private funds donated for the purpose
9/3/13 Alan Ladd, actor "Box 13"
9/3/44 Valerie Perrine, actress
9/3/65 Charlie Sheen, bad-boy actor The Wraith
9/4/13 Rosh Hashanah
9/4/30 Mitzi Gaynor born, actress
9/4/51 Judith Ivey, actress
9/4/71 Ione Skye, actor
9/4/1941, USS Greer attacked by German submarine 200 miles off Iceland, not sunk but Pres. Roosevelt ordered Navy to attack any German warships on sight. It was not reported to the media at the time because FDR did not think the US was ready to declare war on Nazi Germany (see 10-31-41)
9/5/13 New Moon completely dark, werewolf threat low
9/5/25 Warmest temperature ever recorded in state of Alabama, 112 degrees F. in Centerville
9/5/1847 Jesse James born, inspiration for "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter," sequel to "Dracula Meets Billy The Kid"
9/5/29 Bob Newhart born, movie "Cold Turkey" and Elf
9/5/37 William Devane born, actor
9/5/40 Raquel Welch born, movies Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C.
9/6/44 Swoosie Kurtz born, actress
9/6/47 Jane Curtin born, Coneheads and Saturday Night Live
9/7/1999 Viacom announces it will acquire CBS, creating 2nd largest media company
9/7/23 Peter Lawford born, actor
9/7/26 Samuel Goldwyn born, "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on"
9/7/36 Buddy Holly born, singer
9/7/46 Jerry Zaks born
9/7/51 Julie Kavner born, actress and a voice on The Simpsons
9/8/1760 Montreal surrenders to British in French & Indian War, end of "New France" in Canada
9/8/22 Sid Caesar born "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
9/8/25 Peter Sellers "The Pink Panther"
9/8/39 Frankie Avalon singer/actor
9/8/72 David Arquette born, actor
9/9/12 Grandparent's Day
9/9/1776 Over 4000 people in US & Canada reported dead from a hurricane, N.Carolina to Nova Scotia
9/9/25 Cliff Robertson born, actor Escape From L.A., "PT-109"
9/9/41 Otis Redding born, singer
9/9/43 Roger Waters born
9/9/60 Hugh Grant born, actor
9/10/32 Maj. J. Doolittle set new air speed record, 294 mph
9/10/1999 Judges end forced school busing where it began 30 years previously for integration, in Charlotte, NC
9/10/14 Robert Wise born, director of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Forbidden Planet
9/10/53 Amy Irving born
9/10/58 Chris Columbus born, actor Stepmom
9/10/60 Colin Firth born
9/11 Patriot Day, flag may be flown at half-staff until sunset
9/11/63 almost 50 inches of rain fell on Tiawan in 24 hours
9/11/72 BART carries first passengers in Northern California
9/11/1862 O. Henry born, writer
9/11/1885 D.H. Lawrence born, writer
9/11/40 Brian De Palma born, Carrie
9/11/62 Kristy McNichol born
9/11/63 Virginia Madsen born
9/11/67 Harry Connick born
9/11/94 small plane aimed at the White House hit a tree outside the Presidential bedroom. The pilot was killed, his motives unknown
9/12/1888 Maurice Chevalier born, actor
9/12/31 Ian Holm born
9/12/43 Michael Ondaatje born
9/12/14 Desmond Llewelyn born, actor (died 1999), Q in the James Bond movies
9/12/44 US submarines sink 2 Japanese troop ships not knowing 2000 British, US & Australian POWs are aboard
9/13/13 Yom Kippur
9/13/1922 World record heat of 132 degrees F. set in El Azizia, Libya
9/13/16 Roald Dahl born, actor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
9/13/25 Mel Torme singer/actor
9/13/43 Frank Marshall born
9/13/44 Jacqueline Bisset born, actress
9/13/48 Nell Carter born
9/14/44 Douglass A-20 flies into eye of hurricane for 1st time to gather scientific data & returns
9/14/74 hurricane Fifi came ashore in Honduras, leaving 8000 dead & 100,000 homeless in next 5 days
9/1436 Walter Koenig born, of Star Trek
9/14/47 Sam Neill born, actor In The Mouth Of Madness
9/14/14 Clayton Moore, actor (died 1999) TV's "The Lone Ranger." In 1981 a new, updated version "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" came out and its producers got a court order forbidding Moore from ever wearing the popular mask again. The resulting movie was funnier than Hercules In New York
9/15/1900 Over 8000 people reported dead from the Galveston Hurricane in Texas, deadliest US hurricane on record
9/15/1789 James Cooper born
9/15/1890 Agatha Christie born, novelist
9/15/45 Ron Shelton born
9/15/46 Tommy Lee Jones born, actor Men In Black, The Fugitive
9/15/46 Oliver Stone born, movie director but not the twin of Tommy Lee Jones
9/15/61 Dan Marino born
9/16/1920 Unknown terrorists set off a wagon full of TNT on Wall Street, NY, killing 35 and injuring hundreds, crime is unsolved
9/16/1999 Bomb blamed on Islamic militants kills 18 & injures 200 in Russia, one of 5 bombings there in 3 weeks
9/16/24 Lauren Bacall born, actress
9/16/25 B.B. King born
9/16/27 Peter Falk born "Columbo"
9/16/49 Ed Begley born, actor "Transylvania 6-5000" and "Meet The Applegates"
9/16/56 David Copperfield born, the magician in Terror Train (1980)
9/16/56 Mickey Rourke actor, not David Copperfield's twin
9/16/61 Jennifer Tilly actress, Bride Of Chucky
9/17/12 Rosh Hashanah
9/17/1908 1st fatal airplane accident, Army officer killed & Orville Wright seriously injured
9/17/28 Roddy McDowall born Planet Of The Apes and Fright Night
9/17/31 Anne Bancroft born, Blazing Saddles, "To Be Or Not To Be" (Mel Brooks)
9/17/48 John Ritter born, "Americathon," Stay Tuned
9/18/1759 British capture Quebec in the French & Indian War
9/18/1906 Hong Kong hit by typhoon (hurricane) and tsunami, at least 10,000 dead
9/18/20 Jack Warden born "Crazy Like A Fox"
9/18/33 Robert Blake born, actor "Barretta" TV-sereis, "The Little Rascals," "In Cold Blood"
9/18 Greta Garbo born (she wanted to be alone)
9/19/13 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room
9/19/85 Mexico hit by 8.1 earthquake, damage & aftershocks kill 25,000
9/19/29 Adam West born, tv's Batman
9/19/48 Jeremy Irons born, weird actor? "You have no idea"
9/19/64 Trisha Yearwood born
9/20/1850 President Fillmore signs 1st Railroad Land Grant Act
9/20/1950 USAF announces planned test of pilotless plane controlled from ground using TV camera
9/20/28 Joyce Brothers born, therapist
9/20/34 Sophia Loren born
9/20/13 POW / MIA Recognition Day (third Friday in Sept)
9/21/1866 H.G. Wells born novelist The Time Machine, War Of The Worlds and Empire Of The Ants
9/21/11 Chuck Jones born, cartoonist for Warner Brothers
9/21/47 Stephen King writer/director of Maximum Overdrive
9/21/50 Bill Murray born of Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, "Scrooged"
9/21/57 Ethan Coen
9/21/68 Ricki Lake actress Hairspray
9/22 First day of Autumn
9/22/93 Amtrak train derailed on a bridge that had been rammed by a barge near Mobile ALA, killing 47
9/22/50 1st non-stop flight of Atlantic by a jet aircraft
9/22/89 Losses totaling over $4 Billion reported from 12-day long Hurricane Hugo in the Caribbean and both Carolina states
9/22/1885 Erich Von Stroheim born, scary movie actor/director
9/22/46 Paul Le Mat born
9/22/54 Shari Belafonte-Harper actress/singer
9/22/60 Joan Jett born
9/22/61 Scott Baio born Zapped, "Joanie Loves Chachi"
9/23/21 Battleship Alabama sunk in night & day bombing tests by airplanes
9/23/1874 East Broad Top railway first run
9/23/20 Mickey Rooney born star of Silent Night Deadly Night 5
9/23/26 John Coltrane born
9/23/49 Bruce Springsteen born "Born In The USA"
9/23/59 Jason Alexander born, actor
9/24/29 1st blind all-instrument flight, by Lt. J.H. Doolittle
9/24/1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald born, writer
9/24/36 Jim Henson born (died from walking pneumonia), creator of The Muppets
9/24/41 Linda McCartney born, singer in "Wings" with that guy from the Beatles
9/24/43 Julio Iglesias born, singer
9/24/48 Phil Hartman born (murdered in bed by girlfriend)
9/25/1918 Capt. Rickenbacker attacks 7 enemy aircraft, later awarded the Medal of Honor
9/25/1897 William Faulkner born, writer
9/25/44 Michael Douglas born The Ghost & The Darkness, "Fatal Attraction"
9/25/51 Mark Hamill born, original star of Star Wars and Time Runner, plus the Guyver and Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island
9/25/52 Christopher Reeve born, star of "Superman," not to be confused with Supergirl or Superfly
9/25/59 Michael Madsen born
9/25/61 Heather Locklear born
9/25/69 Catherine Zeta Jones born
9/26/48 Olivia Newton-John born, singer/actress of Xanadu and "Grease"
9/26/56 Linda Hamilton born of Terminator and Terminator 2 (she was busy when they made the 3rd one)
9/27/59 Japan hit by typhoon Vera, killing 4464 people
9/27/1895 George Raft born, actor
9/27/20 William Conrad born The Naked Jungle and radio's Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke," one of best-known westerns
9/27/22 Arthur Penn born
9/27/34 Wilford Brimley born, actor Cocoon
9/27/51 Meat Loaf born, singer/actor "Bat Out Of Hell"
9/27/58 Shaun Cassidy born, actor Hardy Boys
9/28/24 Marcello Mastroianni born
9/28/64 Janeane Garofalo born, a big fan of The Bridges Of Madison County not!
9/28/67 Moon Unit Zappa born, singer/actress who created voice of "Valley Girl" for her father's novelty song of the same name
9/28/67 Mira Sorvino born
9/28/72 Gwyneth Paltrow born, actress
9/29/42 Lt. Ronald Reagan sent to Burbank, CA, to make Army training films at Fort Hal Roach
9/29/82 the 1st of 7 people die from cyanide placed in Tylenol bottles by unknown terrorist, safety seals added to all consumer products, killer never caught
9/29/07 Gene Autry born, singing cowboy star
9/29/08 Greer Garson born
9/29/32 Robert Benton born
9/29/35 Nelson Riddle born, composer of many TV themesongs including 1960's Batman
9/29/42 Madeline Kahn born, bride of Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
9/29/48 Bryant Gumbel born, Ice-T's favorite newscaster (just kidding)
9/29/57 Andrew Dice Clay born, star of movie Ford Fairlane
9/30/49 Berlin Airlift officially ends
9/30/24 Truman Capote born, writer/actor "Murder By Death", "In Cold Blood"
9/30/31 Angie Dickinson born "Police Woman"
9/30/35 Johnny Mathis born, singer, no relation to Curtis Mathis
9/30/57 Fran Drescher born "The Nanny"
9/30/61 Eric Stoltz born, actor Anaconda and remake of The Fly
9/30/71 Jenna Elfman born, actress/sister-in-law of Danny Elfman10/1/47 USAF launches first intercontinental missile 10/2/42 First flight of a turbojet aircraft, a Bell P-59A 10/2/77 Bodies of Elvis Presley & his mother are moved to Graceland after someone tried to steal them from Forest Hill in L.A. 10/3/67 Record speed of 4,534 mph set by secret X-15 flight 10/4/22 Canada nationalizes railroads & creates Canadian National Railway 10/4/57 Sputnik launched into orbit by Russia, the CIA assures Preident Eisenhower that it is not a weapon 10/5/65 First successful USAF launch of an orbiting satellite 10/5/62 The Beatles release their 1st single, Love Me Do/PS, I Love You, and it's heard on Radio Luxembourg 10/5/69 Art Linkletter's daughter leaps to her death, he says she was on LSD "It isn't suicide, it's murder" 10/6/1913 First military aviator badges awarded 10/6/1866 Reno Gang first robs train, Jackson County, Indiana 10/6/76 Rick Dees' spoof of disco, "Disco Duck" goes gold and eventually hits platinum, only the 4th record to ever do so 10/7/57 RCA gets a million orders for Elvis Presley's Christmas album, but had only made 200,000 copies 10/7/49 USAF reports availability of atomic bombs for immediate use if needed 10/7/57 Russia announces it has tested a hydrogen bomb 10/8/12 Yom Kippur and Columbus Day, US government offices closed, Thanksgiving Day in Canada 10/8/40 RAF announces formation of first WW2 squadron composed of US volunteers, the Eagle Squadron 10/8/66 LSD is made illegal in the US as "a dangerous & illegal substance" 10/9/1883 US Congress sets transcontinental railroad gauge at 4 feet 8-1/2 inches, matching wagon wheel axles 10/9/1918 Over 250 bombers & 100 pursuit planes attach enemy in France 10/10/47 Patent issued for Norden Bombsight invented in 1930 but kept secret for 17 years 10/10/62 BBC bans Boris Pickett's Monster Mash as "offensive" to minorities or the handicapped 10/11/11 Full Moon, lock Larry Talbut in his room 10/11/58 Pioneer 1 lunar probe launched by USAF 10/11/75 1st broadcast of NBC's Saturday Night Live, host George Carlin. The following week Simon & Garfunkel reunite to sing on the show 10/12/1918 First night air pusuit operations by American pilots in France 10/12/62 A local group known as The Beatles open for headliner Little Richard in Liverpool 10/12/69 "Turn me on, dead man" is heard by playing a Beatles song backwards on the air 10/12/73 Elton John album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road goes gold, his 3rd hit album 10/13/25 Margaret Thatcher born 10/13/57 Little Richard flies to Los Angeles to be baptised after renouncing "rock & roll" music 10/14/47 First Mach One flight, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in secret tests 10/14/72 The themesong of horror movie "Ben" by 13-year-old Michael Jackson hits #1 on the popchart 10/15/58 The X-15 research aircraft unveiled 10/15/64 British rock star Screaming Lord Sutch runs for Parliament 10/15/73 The Supreme Court refuses to rule on the FCC's right to order radio stations to censor song lyrics 10/16/1917 Final tests of Army's airplane radio at distance of 25 miles, maximum due to curviture of Earth 10/17/11 Boss's Day, thank yours for your job 10/18/84 First flight of the B-1b bomber 10/18/59 Russia announced the 1st photos of the Moon's far side by their Lunik III satelite 3 weeks after the US announced TV video of Earth from Explorer VI 10/20/1911 Wright Army plane delivered to Smithsonian Institute 10/20/76 Born-again Christian Cliff Richard get his first solo Top-10 hit, with "Devil Woman" 10/20/77 3 days after releasing an album showing the Lynyrd Skynyrd band in flames, 3 band members are killed in a plane crash 10/20/79 Born-again Christian Bob Dylan sings his new Gospel-rock song "Serve Somebody" on Saturday Night Live 10/21/61 Bob Dylan records his 1st album at a cost of $400, accompanied only by his guitar & harmonica, he signs his tax form Blind Boy Grunt 10/21/66 The Who performs songs from their latest album including "Batman Theme" with smoke & flash powder 10/21/59 US Army space research & activites turned over to NASA 10/22/52 Patricia Ann Reagan born 10/22/55 The F-105A hit Mach One on its first flight 10/23/83 President Reagan is informed of Marine base bombed in Beirut by Islamic extremists 10/23/58 Nobel Prize awarded to author of "Doctor Zhivago" 10/24/11 United Nations Day 10/25/42 US planes bomb Japanese occupied Hong Kong 10/26/11 New Moon, werewolf threat level green 10/26/1909 First US Army officer solos in an airplane after 3 days of lessons by Wilbur Wright 10/27/1904 First New York subway opens 10/27/56 Frogman Clarence Henry's Ain't Got No Home is released and become a hit 10/27/57 Devaluation of the French franc extended to all imports 10/28/1924 US Army planes broke up cloud formation with electrified sand 10/30/1919 Reversible pitch propeller tested 10/30/72 Elton John becomes the 1st rocker to give a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II since the Beatles in 1963, he would later get $1,000,00 to sing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding 10/30/78 Animated primetime movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park airs on NBC 10/31 Halloween, lock your doors, lock your windows 10/31/68 President Johnson orders suspension of bombing in North Vietnam
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