Events - June 9
1790 - The first copyright for a book was given to "The Philadelphia Spelling Book". We checked and found that spelling in the City of Brotherly Love is pretty much the same as it is in most other places -- only the accent is a bit different...
1890 - "Oh Promise Me" was sung by Jessie Bartlett Davis in the premiere of the operetta, "Robin Hood", which opened at the Grand Opera House in Chicago, IL.
1899 - James J. Jeffries punched Bob ‘Ruby Robert’ Fitzsimmons into the next county via an 11th-round knockout at Coney Island, NY. Jeffries became heavyweight boxing champ as a result.
1924 - "Jelly-Roll Blues" was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton and his band for Gennett Records.
1934 - Walt Disney’s famous ducky made his first appearance (as a bit player) on film -- in "The Wise Little Hen". Donald Duck went on to quack his way into mischief and stardom in 127 cartoons and features before his final appearance in 1961. The irascible duck is known the world over and is the best-recognized Disney creation after Mickey Mouse.
1943 - The U.S. Congress authorized legislation giving the green light to a withholding tax on payrolls -- the pay-it-as-you-make-it income tax.
1946 - Mel Ott of the NY Giants became the first manager to receive this dubious honor: Ott was ejected from both games of a doubleheader!
1959 - The first Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarine was launched at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. The USS George Washington (SSBN 598) was christened this day and served proudly until January 24, 1985. In November 1960, George Washington was also the first FBM sub to deploy on an operational patrol (with Polaris missiles on board and ready to fire).
1962 - A decade after making his first hit song, "Because of You", singer Tony Bennett debuted in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1965 - Frenchman Michel Jazy ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.6 seconds to break the 1964 record set by Peter Snell.
1970 - Bob Dylan received an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University. Corretta Scott King (Doctor of Humanities) and Walter Lippman (Doctor of Laws) also received honorary degrees. Dylan wrote the song "Day of the Locust" about the event (it was the year the locusts invaded).
1973 - The first Triple Crown winner in 25 years of horse racing won the Belmont Stakes in New York. The thoroughbred that clinched horse racing’s most prestigious honor was Secretariat.
1975 - Tony Orlando and Dawn received a gold record for their hit song, "He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)". The million-seller was number one for three weeks (May 3-17, 1975) and one of five million-sellers for the trio. (The song, titled "He Will Break Your Heart", was a hit for Jerry Butler in 1960.)
1978 - Larry Holmes beat up Ken Norton to claim the heavyweight boxing title in a 15-round decision in Las Vegas.
1980 - Comedian Richard Pryor was rushed to the hospital after suffering third-degree burns over most of his upper body. Pryor was nearly killed in an explosion while he was freebasing cocaine. Pryor was seen, ablaze, running down the street from his house before he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He was hospitalized for more than two months following the debacle.
1985 - The Los Angeles Lakers edged the Boston Celtics, 111-100, to win their first National Basketball Association title in nine tries over the Celtics. The Lakers had been shut out of a championship series since 1959 when they were based in Minneapolis. The MVP of the winning Lakers was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
1992 - Entertainer Ben Vereen was critically injured when he was struck by a van while walking along the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California. The driver, producer/composer David Foster, was not charged. Some hours earlier, Vereen had run into a tree while driving his own car. He blames that mishap for the later accident. He said, "I had hit my head on the steering wheel but felt fine. Later that evening as I was walking in Malibu, I had [a] stroke as a result of that accident." Vereen says he then stumbled into the roadway and was hit by the van. Talk about having a lousy day...
1996 - Linux v2.0 was released. 2.0 was a significant improvement over the earlier versions of the operating system that some experts say will become a competitor for MS Windows. Several ‘flavors’ of Linux have been developed as many in the computing world look for ways to wriggle free from the clutches of “Micro$oft” and its wealthy creator, Bill Gates.
Birthdays - June 9
1672 - Peter the Great (Piotr Alekseevich Romanov) (Peter I: Russian Czar [1682-1721], Emperor of Russia [1721-1725]; died Feb 8, 1725; note: these dates are based on the Gregorian calendar -- see May 30 for Julian calendar dates)
1781 - George Stephenson (inventor: developer of steam locomotive; died Aug 12, 1848)
1791 - John Howard Payne (composer, lyricist: The Maid of Milan, Home Sweet Home; died Apr 9, 1852)
1865 - Carl Nielsen (composer: Maskarade; conductor: Danish Royal Opera [1908-1914]; director: Royal Conservatory [Copenhagen, 1915]; passed away Oct 3, 1931)
1891 - Cole (Albert) Porter (composer & lyricist: Broadway shows: Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Can Can, Silk Stockings; songwriter: I’m in Love Again, Let’s Do It, You Do Something to Me, It’s De-Lovely, Night and Day, Don’t Fence Me In, What is This Thing Called Love, Love for Sale, I Get a Kick Out of You, Just One of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, I Love Paris, In the Still of the Night, True Love; died Oct 15, 1964)
1900 - Fred Waring (choirmaster & bandleader: group: The Pennsylvanians: The Whiffenpoof Song; invented Waring blender; died July 29, 1984)
1908 - Luis Kutner (attorney: responsible for release of unjustly-held prisoners; wrote the living will concept; died Mar 12, 1993)
1910 - Robert Cummings (Emmy Award-winning actor: Twelve Angry Men ; Love That Bob, The Bob Cummings Show, My Hero, Dial "M" for Murder, The Carpetbaggers; died Dec 2, 1990)
1915 - Les Paul (Polfus) (Grammy Award-winning guitarist: Chester & Lester [w/Chet Atkins - 1976], Trustees Award ; w/Mary Ford: Vaya Con Dios, How High the Moon, Hummingbird, Sittin’ on Top of the World; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ; died Aug 12, 2009)
1916 - Robert McNamara (U.S. Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy & Johnson administrations; president of World Bank; died Jul 6, 2009)
1922 - George Axelrod (playwright: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bus Stop, The Seven Year Itch, The Manchurian Candidate; died June 21, 2003)
1926 - Mona Freeman (actress: National Velvet, Black Beauty, Dear Ruth, Battle Cry; died May 23, 2014)
1926 - Roy Smalley (baseball: shortstop: Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies; died Oct 22, 2011)
1930 - Marvin Kalb (journalist: NBC News, Meet the Press; Executive Director: Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy)
1931 - Jackie Mason (Jacob Moshe Maza) (comedian: Chicken Soup, The World According to Me, The Jerk, Caddyshack 2, History of the World: Part 1; ordained rabbi)
1931 - Joe Santos (Minieri) (actor: The Rockford Files, The Panic in Needle Park, Shamus, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Blue Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Sinatra, Trial by Jury)
1931 - Bill (William Charles) Virdon (baseball: SL Cardinals [Rookie of the Year: 1955], Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1960])
1934 - Jackie Wilson (singer: Lonely Teardrops, Night, Alone at Last, [Your Love Keeps Lifting Me] Higher and Higher, Baby Workout, For Your Precious Love, Chain Gang; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; died Jan 21, 1984)
1935 - Diana Van der Vlis (actress: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Incident, The Girl in Black Stockings, Ryan’s Hope; died Oct 22, 2001)
1939 - David Hobbs (auto racer, broadcaster, actor: Stroker Ace, Emerald City, Emmerdale Farm)
1939 - Dick Vitale (sportscaster: basketball analyst: ABC, ESPN; author: Time Out, Baby!, Campus Chaos - Why the Game I Love is Breaking My Heart; columnist: USA TODAY)
1941 - Billy Hatton (musician: bass: group: The Fourmost: Hello Little Girl, I’m in Love, A Little Loving)
1941 - Jon Lord (musician: keyboards: groups: Artwoods, Flowerpot Men, Deep Purple: Black Night, Strange Kind of Woman, Fireball, Smoke on the Water; died Jul 16, 2012)
1950 - Trevor Bolder (musician: bass: groups: Spiders from Mars, Uriah Heep: LP: Equator)
1951 - Dave (David Gene) Parker (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [Baseball Writer’s Award: 1978/all-star: 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981/World Series: 1979], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1985, 1986/World Series: 1988, 1989], Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1990], California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays)
1961 - Michael J. Fox (actor: Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights Big City, Doc Hollywood, Greedy, For Love or Money, Family Ties; voice of bulldog puppy in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey)
1963 - Johnny Depp (John Christopher Depp III) (actor: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Arizona Dreams, Nick of Time, Dead Man, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Don Juan DeMarco, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Edward Scissorhands, Platoon, A Nightmare on Elm Street, 21 Jump Street, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
1964 - Gloria Reuben (actress: ER, Timecop, Shaft )
1964 - Wayman Tisdale (basketball: Olympic Gold medalist , Univ of Oklahoma [all-American], Phoenix Suns; jazz musician: bass guitar: group: LPs: Power Forward, In the Zone, Decisions; died May 15, 2009)
1981 - Natalie Portman (actress: Mars Attacks!, The Prince of Egypt, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace)
Chart Toppers - June 9
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson
Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
Burning Bridges - Jack Scott
Paper Roses - Anita Bryant
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Love Hangover - Diana Ross
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Someday When Things are Good - Merle Haggard
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
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