Today In History

66 years ago – In 1955, the First Microwave Oven was sold. . . by Tappan.  It cost $1,200. . . but it could cook bacon in 90 seconds.

57 years ago – In 1964, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”.

35 years ago – In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, New York Met Mookie Wilson hit a slow roller to first base that went through Bill Buckner’s legs. That allowed a run to score, giving the Mets a come-from-behind victory over the Boston Red Sox.

30 years ago – In 1991, rock promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash while returning from a Huey Lewis Concert in northern California.

Graham built the Fillmore theaters, produced the Live Aid concert, Amnesty International tour and the Us Festival.  He was also responsible for the success of San Francisco artists like Santana, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

28 years ago – In 1993, Vincent Price died of lung cancer at the age of 82.  He was considered the Master of Horror, and also did vocal tracks for Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” album and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

22 years ago – In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed from a lack of cabin pressure in the Lear Jet they were in.  After flying on autopilot for four hours, it crashed in South Dakota.

19 years ago – In 2002, Richard Harris died of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 72.  He was most famous as Professor Dumbledore in the first two “Harry Potter” movies.  Michael Gambon replaced him for the remaining movies.


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