Events - August 10
1821 - Missouri or ‘muddy water’ was the name of the river and the Indian tribe that lived in the area ... long before Missouri became the 24th state of the USA on this day. Missouri, the gateway to the West, calls the hawthorn its state flower and the bluebird, its state bird. St. Louis (1820) and St. Charles (1821-1826) were both capital cities of Missouri before Jefferson City. Missouri is also known as the Show Me State. In 1899, Missouri Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said, “...frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” The phrase stuck.
1846 - The famous Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was established by the United States Congress as an institute of learning. An Englishman, James Smithson, made it possible to create the institution with his generous monetary gift of $500,000; hence, the name, Smithsonian.
1869 - O.B. Brown of Malden, MA patented the motion-picture projector. Unfortunately, there were no films yet available. Popcorn was around, however.
1885 - The nation’s first electric streetcar railway opened in Baltimore, MD.
1929 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the St. Louis Cardinals got his final major-league baseball win as he defeated Philadelphia 19-16. Alexander tied Christy Mathewson for the National League record of career victories with a total of 373. Alexander got his first major-league win in 1911. He played for three National League teams: Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis.
1954 - Workers at the Studebaker auto plant in South Bend, IN agreed to take pay cuts of from $12 to $20 weekly in an attempt to help the faltering automaker. The plan didn’t help. Studebaker was soon out of business because of increased competition from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
1954 - Sir Gordon Richards announced his retirement as a racing jockey to become a trainer. Sir Gordon rode 4,870 winners into the winner’s circle in his 34-year racing career.
1965 - Karen Muir of Kimberley, South Africa, age 12 (and 328 days), set a women’s world record this day. Young Karen did the 110-yard backstroke in 1:08.7 at Blackpool, England. If you’re wondering, since 1969, world records have been recognized using metric distances only.
1973 - For the first time in his golfing career, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. This one was in Cleveland, OH.
1981 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies connected for career hit number 3,631, becoming the National League leader for hits, breaking the record set by Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. Rose had been one hit away from that record before a 50-day players’ strike kept the mark at bay. At the time, Rose was third on the all-time hit list -- behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.
1984 - Mary Decker’s chances for a medal in the 3,000-meter run at the Summer Olympics fell to the ground in Los Angeles. Zola Budd, representing great Britain, collided with Decker. The U.S. runner, and the favorite to win, fell, sprawling off the track.
1985 - Madonna’s album "Like a Virgin" became the first solo album by a female artist to be certified for sales of five million copies.
1986 - Billy Martin’s uniform number 1 was retired by the New York Yankees. He was the 13th Yankee great to receive the honor.
1987 - "A Chorus Line" celebrated its 5,000th performance. It was estimated that 25 million theatre goers had seen the musical since it opened in 1975. An estimated 16.7 million people had seen the show on Broadway, with another 8.3 million taking in the touring production. "A Chorus Line" became the longest-running show on The Great White Way on September 29, 1983 and ended its Broadway run in 1990.
1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2600 mark, after a gain of 43.84 points. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones industrials were at 2635.84. That’s it from the Financial Desk...
1995 - Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted (11 counts each) for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The April 19, 1995 blast killed 168 people. The first three counts of the indictment were for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill people and destroy federal property. The eight remaining counts were for killing federal law enforcement agents.
2000 - The California State Legislature approved a bill to make March 31, the birthday of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez (he died in 1993), a holiday for state workers. Gov. Gray Davis signed the bill into law on August 18, 2000. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said, “Cesar Chavez is the first union leader in the United States to be celebrated with a paid holiday, what could be more important as Latinos are changing the face of America?”
Birthdays - August 10
1874 - Herbert (Clark) Hoover (31st U.S. President [1929-1933]; married to Lou Henry [two sons]; first U.S. President born west of the Mississippi River; first to have a telephone at his desk; died Oct 20, 1964)
1898 - Jack (John Joseph) Haley (actor: The Wizard of Oz, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; died June 6, 1979)
1902 - Norma Shearer (Academy Award-winning actress: The Divorcee [1929-30]; The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Private Lives, Romeo and Juliet; died June 12, 1983)
1913 - Noah Beery Jr. (actor: The Rockford Files, Walking Tall, Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, The Bastard, Fastest Gun Alive, Million Dollar Kid; died Nov 1, 1994)
1913 - Steve Nagy (ABC & PBA Hall of Famer: bowler of the year [1952, 1955]; first bowler to roll a perfect 300 game on TV; PBA’s Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award named for him; died Nov 10, 1966)
1914 - Jeff Corey (actor: Color of Night, Conan the Destroyer, Sinatra, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Boston Strangler; died Aug 16, 2002)
1923 - Rhonda Fleming (Marilyn Louis) (actress: Stage Door, The Best of Broadway, Little Egypt, Inferno; operates cancer clinic for women)
1928 - Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward) (Grammy Award-winning singer: Big Bad John ; P.T. 109, I.O.U.; TV host: The Jimmy Dean Show; sausage mogul; died Jun 13, 2010)
1928 - Eddie Fisher (singer: Oh! My Pa-Pa, Anytime, Dungaree Doll, A Man Chases a Girl, Wedding Bells, Heart, On the Street Where You Live, Cindy, Oh Cindy, Song of the Dreamer; TV host: Coke Time with Eddie Fisher; actor: All About Eve, Bundle of Joy, Butterfield 8; father of Carrie Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher; died Sep 22, 2010)
1933 - Rocky (Rocco Domenico) Colavito (baseball: Cleveland Indians [4 home runs in a row: 6/10/1959/all-star: 1959, 1965, 1966], Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1961, 1962], KC Athletics [all-star: 1964], Chicago White Sox, LA Dodgers, NY Yankees)
1940 - Bobby Hatfield (singer: group: The Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’, Just Once in My Life, Unchained Melody, Ebb Tide, [You’re My] Soul and Inspiration, Rock and Roll Heaven; died Nov 5, 2003)
1943 - Ronnie Spector (Veronica Bennett) (singer: group: The Ronettes: Be My Baby, Baby I Love You; solo: Try Some Buy Some, Say Goodbye to Hollywood)
1947 - Ian Anderson (musician: flute, singer: group: Jethro Tull: Bungle in the Jungle, Living in the Past)
1947 - George Buehler (football: Oakland Raiders guard: Super Bowl XI)
1949 - Ralph Simpson (basketball: Michigan State, Chicago Bulls)
1959 - Rosanna Arquette (actress: Pulp Fiction, Silverado, Desperately Seeking Susan, New York Stories, The Executioner’s Song, After Hours)
1960 - Antonio Banderas (José Antonio Domínguez Banderas) (actor: Too Much, Never Talk to Strangers, Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Against of the Wind, Law of Desire, Labyrinth of Passion, Los Tarantos, The Mask of Zorro; fashion model: Ralph Lauren, Gucci)
1961 - Jon Farriss (musician: drums, singer: group: INXS: Just Keep Walking, The One Thing, Original Sin, Melting in the Sun, This Time)
1965 - Claudia Christian (actress: Babylon 5, Dallas, The Calendar Girl Murders, A Wing and a Prayer, The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
1967 - Riddick Bowe (boxing champion: world heavyweight )
1968 - Michael Bivins (singer: groups: New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe)
1972 - Angie Harmon (actress: Law & Order, Baywatch Nights, Lawn Dogs, Batman Beyond)
Chart Toppers - August 10
Dream - The Pied Pipers
I Wish I Knew - Dick Haymes
If I Loved You - Perry Como
Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie
No Other Love - Perry Como
I’m Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
I Like It Like That - Chris Kenner
Last Night - Mar-Keys
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline
In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) - Charley Pride
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
I’m in You - Peter Frampton
Best of My Love - Emotions
Rollin’ with the Flow - Charlie Rich
Shout - Tears For Fears
Never Surrender - Corey Hart
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
I’m for Love - Hank Williams, Jr.
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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