Events - July 24
1847 - Richard M. Hoe of New York City patented the rotary-type printing press.
1849 - Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. presented its first Doctor of Music Degree -- to Professor John Casper Henry Dielman.
1933 - The first broadcast of "The Romance of Helen Trent" was heard on radio. The show continued on the air for 7,222 episodes and 27 years. Amazingly, Helen stayed at 35 years of age throughout the entire series! The show used two Helen Trents over the years. The first Helen was played by Virginia Clark (for 11 years) and the second by Julie Stevens (for 16 years).
1933 - During his third "Fireside Chat", U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt showed why the homey, warm, comfortable discussion was, indeed, a fireside chat. The President stopped the discussion on the air (remember folks, this was radio) and asked for a glass of water, which he then sipped. Newsman Robert Trout is credited with coming up with the name, "Fireside Chat", because of real moments like this.
1938 - Clarinet virtuoso and big band leader Artie Shaw recorded his now-classic, "Begin the Beguine", for Bluebird Records in New York City. Shaw was married to Ava Gardner at the time.
1943 - "Foreign Assignment" was first heard on Mutual radio. The title role of Brian Berry was played by Jay Jostyn, who also starred in another popular radio drama, "Mr. District Attorney".
1956 - After a decade together as the country’s most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called it quits this night. They did their last show at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City. The duo ended their relationship exactly 10 years after they had started it.
1969 - Hoyt Wilhelm, pitching for the Chicago White Sox, set a major-league baseball record by pitching in game number 907 of his career. Wilhelm went on to lead all major-league hurlers (number of games pitched) with 1,070 in his career (1952-1972).
1978 - Billy Martin resigned. It was his first of three exits as manager of the New York Yankees baseball team. Martin would be canned in 1979 and again in 1983, each time by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
1983 - Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett slammed a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Royals a 5-4 lead over New York. Or did he? Seconds after Brett crossed home plate, New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin came out of the dugout to protest that the pine tar on Brett's bat was more than 18 inches up the bat handle. The umpires measured Brett's bat, using home plate as a measuring rod, and came to the conclusion that Martin was correct and called Brett out, erasing the Royals lead. Or did they? The president of the American League, Lee McPhail, later reversed the umpires' decision on the pine tar and ruled that the game was suspended -- with the Royals leading, 5-4. The game was completed 3 1/2 weeks later, on August 18, 1983, in Yankee Stadium. The outcome of the game? It only took 12 minutes to play the remainder of the contest with the Royals tarring the Yankees 5-4.
1984 - After 14 years and four Super Bowl championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League. Bradshaw, age 35, was forced to the sidelines by an elbow injury. Following a divorce from ice skater Jo Jo Starbuck, Bradshaw joined CBS as a football analyst.
1985 - Walt Disney’s "The Black Cauldron" opened in movie houses around the country. The film was the 25th full-length cartoon produced by the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA and was its most expensive to that time. "The Black Cauldron" cost Disney $25 million to produce.
1987 - Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak. When she got to the top, she was heard to say, “Hey, dudes -- how do I get down from here?”
1998 - “In the last great invasion of the last great war, the greatest danger for eight men ... was saving one.” That one was one Private James Ryan and the story of the search for him, "Saving Private Ryan", opened in U.S. theatres this day. Produced and directed by one Steven Spielberg, the movie earned $30.58 million the first weekend. 2001 - The city of Detroit, Michigan celebrated its 300th anniversary with a historical reenactment of city founder Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landing on the shores of the Detroit River. Included in the tricentennial party, the unveiling of a statue of Cadillac: a gift of the French-American Chamber of Commerce to the city of Detroit. Happy birthday Motor City!
Birthdays - July 24
1783 - Simon Bolivar (South American liberator; died Dec 17, 1830)
1802 - Alexandre Dumas (La Pailleterie) (playwright, novelist: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers; died Dec 5, 1870)
1897 - Amelia Earhart (aviator: 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; 1st woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California; disappeared July 2, 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific during a round the world trip from Florida to California)
1910 - Cootie (Charles) Williams (musician: trumpet: Echoes of Harlem, Concerto for Cootie, Carelessly; w/ Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman; band leader: Cootie Williams Sextet and Orchestra: Tess’ Torch Song, Cherry Red Blues; died Sep 15, 1985)
1914 - Frank Silvera (actor: Valdez is Coming, Toys in the Attic, The High Chaparral; died June 11, 1970)
1916 - Bob Eberly (Robert Eberle) (singer: The Breeze and I, Besame Mucho [w/Kitty Kallen]; sang w/Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & on TV’s Top Tunes; brother of singer Ray Eberle; died Nov 17, 1981)
1920 - Bella Abzug (Stavitsky) (feminist, attorney, U.S. Congresswoman; died Mar 31, 1998)
1921 - Billy Taylor (jazz pianist: leader: Billy Taylor Trio, Orchestra; co-founder of Jazzmobile ’65; music director: The David Frost Show; jazz segments: Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt; died Dec 28, 2010)
1933 - Doug Sanders (golf: champ: 21 victories on PGA & Senior PGA Tours; sponsored Doug Sanders International Jr Championship for top-ranked amateurs; hosts Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic in Houston; inducted into Florida, Georgia, Texas Sports Halls of Fame, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame)
1934 - Rudy Collins (musician: drums: group: Dizzy Gillespie quintet; died Aug 15, 1988)
1935 - Pat Oliphant (political cartoonist)
1936 - Ruth Buzzi (comedienne, actress: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Entertainers, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, That Girl, Sesame Street, Finders Keepers, Freaky Friday)
1939 - Walt Bellamy (Basketball Hall of Famer: NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons: individual NBA record for games played  in a season [1968-1969]; died Nov 2, 2013)
1941 - Barbara Jean Love (singer: group: Friends of Distinction: Grazing in the Grass, Going in Circles, Love or Let Me Be Lonely)
1942 - Heinz Burt (musician: bass: group: The Tornados: Telstar, Globetrotter; solo: Just like Eddie; died Apr 7, 2000)
1942 - Roger Lafreniere (hockey: Cincinnati Wings, Pittsburgh Hornets, Buffalo Bisons, Denver Spurs, St. Louis Blues)
1942 - Chris Sarandon (actor: The Princess Bride, Child’s Play, Deadly Temptress, The Nightmare before Christmas, The Guiding Light)
1947 - Robert Hays (actor: Airplane!, Airplane 2, Take This Job & Shove It, Starman, FM, Angie)
1951 - Lynda Carter (actress: Wonder Woman, Partners in Crime, Hawkeye; Miss World-USA)
1951 - Lynval Golding (musician: guitar: groups: The Specials: Gangsters, A Message to You Rudy, Too Much Too Young, Ghost Town; Fun Boy Three: LPs: Fun Boy Three, Waiting)
1951 - Jim O’Malley (football: Notre Dame University, Denver Broncos)
1953 - Steve Grogan (football: New England Patriots quarterback: Super Bowl XX)
1962 - Kevin Butler (football: Chicago Bears kicker: Super Bowl XX)
1963 - Karl Malone (basketball: Louisiana Tech, Utah Jazz)
1964 - Barry Bonds (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants: [NL MVP: 1990, 1992-1993, 2001-2004; all-star: 1990, 1992-1998, 2000-2004, 2007)
1965 - Kadeem Hardison (actor: A Different World, Vampire in Brooklyn, Renaissance Man, White Men Can’t Jump, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Beat Street)
1968 - Laura Leighton (Miller) (actress: Melrose Place)
1969 - Jennifer Lopez (actress: In Living Color, Selena, Hotel Malibu, Money Train, Anaconda, Angel Eyes)
1982 - Anna Paquin (actress: X-Men, The Piano, Jane Eyre, Amistad, Almost Famous, Finding Forrester, Buffalo Soldiers)
Chart Toppers - July 24
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
It’s Not for Me to Say - Johnny Mathis
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I’m Henry VIII, I Am - Herman’s Hermits
What’s New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
Before You Go - Buck Owens
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Yesterday Once More - Carpenters
Shambala - Three Dog Night
Love is the Foundation - Loretta Lynn
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Feels So Right - Alabama
Toy Soldiers - Martika
Express Yourself - Madonna
Batdance - Prince
What’s Going on in Your World - George Strait
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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