As I perused my “Today in History” file this afternoon, I thought that there were enough interesting occurrences on this date to make a blog out of it. So put on your focused task-master face (just in case the boss looks in on you) and click a few items that may or may not be of interest to you, but will certainly kill some time until you get off work. Don’t thank me, I cut, I paste, I move on…
129 years ago – In 1890, Yosemite was declared a national park by Congress.
111 years ago – In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T. Sticker Price: $825.
87 years ago – In 1932, with a count of two balls and two strikes, Babe Ruth “called his shot“, andpointed to the center-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. On the next pitch, he hit a home run over those very bleachers to put the Yankees ahead of the Cubs in Game 3 of the World Series.
58 years ago – In 1961, Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by hitting his 61st home run of the season. The Babe hit 60 homers in 1927.
57 years ago – In 1962, Johnny Carson made his first appearance as host of “The Tonight Show”. He was introduced by Groucho Marx and his first guests were Mel Brooks, Tony Bennett, Rudy Vallee and Joan Crawford.
57 years ago – In 1962, The Beach Boys released their debut album, “Surfin’ Safari”.
51 years ago – In 1968, the horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” premiered in Pittsburgh, just a few days before opening nationwide.
50 years ago – In 1969, The Beatles released “Abbey Road” in the U.S. If you aren’t a Beatles fan, that’s their classic album that features “Come Together“, “Here Comes the Sun“, and “Something“.
48 years ago – In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.
45 years ago – In 1974, the flesh-eating Leatherface was first seen . . . with the Dallas release of Tobe Hooper’s“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. The opening narration was done by John Larroquette. It opened nationwide three days later.
44 years ago – In 1975, Muhammed Ali beat Joe Frazer in the Philippines for their third and final fight. The Thrilla in Manila is widely considered to be one of the greatest fights of all time.
35 years ago – In 1984, U2 released “The Unforgettable Fire”, featuring the Martin Luther King tribute “Pride (In the Name of Love)“.
28 years ago – In 1991, the white crystal-beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. M.C. Hammer foolishly offered a $50,000 reward for its return.
23 years ago – In 1996, Fountains of Wayne released their self-titled debut album.
21 years ago – Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
18 years ago – In 2001, the Supreme Court suspended Bill Clinton from practicing law before the high court. He avoided the formality of his disbarment by resigning from the Supreme Court’s bar a month later.
17 years ago – In 2002, Good Charlotte released their second album, “The Young and the Hopeless”.
13 years ago – In 2006, George Michael was arrested and charged with drug possession after he was found in his second-favorite position: slumped over the steering wheel of his car in London.
Two years ago – In 2017, tragedy struck in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival crowd for 10 minutes from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. 58 people were killed and more than 800 were injure