Events - April 29
1813 - A patent for rubber was given to J.F. Hummel of Philadelphia, PA.
1864 - Theta Xi, a professional fraternity, was founded -- in Troy, NY.
1879 - Electric arc lights were used for the first time -- in Cleveland, OH.
1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to rename the National League team the Braves, the name they used prior to 1935.
1945 - American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, where tens of thousands of people had perished.
1953 - "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher" began its TV and radio run on NBC-TV and Mutual radio. Fisher, a popular performer, was seen and heard on more TV and radio stations in 1954 than any other entertainer. Oh, my! (Papa)
1954 - Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut in "Night Visitor" on "Ford Theatre" on NBC-TV. The versatile film ("Marty") star would later become a sitcom sensation in "McHale’s Navy" with comedian Tim Conway on CBS and, later, as a helicopter owner in "Airwolf".
1960 - Dick Clark told a House of Representatives investigating committee looking into the payola scandal that he, the host of "American Bandstand", never took payola for records featured on his daily TV show. Clark would, however, relinquish rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated 30 years later, amounted to about $80 million.
1961 - “Spanning the globe ... to bring you the constant variety of sport, the constant variety of human competition, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports.” A Saturday afternoon sports program began its long run on ABC-TV. The show, featuring Jim McKay as host, along with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker, Heywood Hale Brun and others, was not an immediate hit. Although Roone Arledge’s vision of a worldwide window on televised sports got off to a slow start, "ABC’s Wide World of Sports" became one of TV’s most popular and enduring programs.
1968 - "Hair" made its way from Greenwich Village to the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway. The show certainly opened eyes. It was the first time that actors appeared nude in a Broadway musical. "Hair" ran for 1,844 shows on and off Broadway. It was even more successful in its London run later. Big songs from the show: "Hair" (The Cowsills) and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (The 5th Dimension).
1969 - Sir Duke, Duke Ellington, celebrated his 70th birthday. He was honored with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom, the U.S. government’s highest civilian honor.
1981 - Steve Carlton, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, became the first left hander in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts. He fanned Montreal’s Tim Wallach in the first inning of a game that saw the Phillies beat the Expos 6-2. Carlton was only the sixth major leaguer to strikeout 3,000 batters.
1985 - George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, fired manager Yogi Berra. Berra was canned after only 16 games into the young baseball season. In his place, Steinbrenner brought Billy Martin back ... for the fourth time.
1986 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters on the way to a 3-2 win. This record for the Bosox hurler surpassed the 19 strikeouts for a nine-inning game held by Nolan Ryan when he pitched for the California Angels. Tom Seaver of the New York Mets and Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals also held a piece of the previous 19-KO record.
2005 - (Thanks to Jill Brown [email@example.com]): "JAG" ended it’s ten-season TV run with a flip of a coin -- frozen in mid air -- that still leaves us wondering if it was Harm, or was it Mac (Sara), who gave up their career in order for the couple to be together.
Birthdays - April 29
1745 - Oliver Ellsworth (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [3rd to be selected]; died Nov 26, 1807)
1863 - William Randolph Hearst (publisher of U.S. newspapers and magazines; influenced the establishment of comic strips; built San Simeon estate; subject of biography, Citizen Kane; grandfather of Patricia Hearst; died Aug 14, 1951)
1899 - Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington (‘Sir Duke’: musician [piano-player], jazz bandleader, composer; created big band pieces, film scores, operas, ballets, Broadway shows, gospel music; died May 24, 1974)
1901 - Hirohito (Japan’s longest-reigning emperor; died Jan 7, 1989)
1907 - Fred Zinnemann (Academy Award-winning director: High Noon , From Here to Eternity , A Man for All Seasons ; died Mar 14, 1997)
1909 - Tom Ewell (Samuel Yewell Tompkins) (Tony Award-winning actor: The Seven Year Itch ; The Tom Ewell Show, Easy Money; died Sep 12, 1994)
1912 - Richard Carlson (actor: I Led Three Lives, MacKenzie’s Raiders, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Doomsday Flight, Tormented; died Nov 25, 1977)
1915 - Donald Mills (singer: group: The Mills Brothers: Tiger Rag, Nobody’s Sweetheart, Dinah, Paper Doll, Glow Worm, You Always Hurt the One You Love, Cab Driver; died Nov 13, 1999)
1917 - Celeste Holm (Academy Award-winning actress: Gentlemen’s Agreement ; All About Eve, High Society, The Tender Trap, Three Men and a Baby; died Jul 15, 2012)
1918 - George Allen (football: head coach: LA Rams, Washington Redskins [Super Bowl VII]: “Losing is like death.”; sportscaster; died Dec 31, 1990)
1928 - Carl Gardner (singer: group: The Coasters: Down in Mexico, Searchin’, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy, Little Egypt; died Jun 12, 2011)
1929 - Mickey (Maurice Joseph ‘Maury’) McDermott (baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, NY Yankees [World Series: 1956], KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers, SL Cardinals; died Aug 7, 2003)
1931 - (Anthony James) Lonnie Donegan (folk singer, musician: guitar, banjo: Rock Island Line, Gambling Man, Cumberland Gap, Lost John, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour [On the Bedpost Overnight]; died Nov 3, 2002)
1933 - Keith Baxter (actor: Berlin Blues, Ash Wednesday, Chimes at Midnight)
1933 - Rod McKuen (singer: If You Go Away; poet-song writer; died Jan 29, 2015)
1934 - Luis Aparicio (Luis Ernesto Montiel) (Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop: Chicago White Sox [AL Rookie of the Year: 1956/all-star: 1958-1962, 1970/World Series: 1959], Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972/World Series: 1966], Boston Red Sox; shortstop records: most games [2,581], assists [8,016], chances [12,564], double plays [1,553]; stole over 50 bases three straight seasons leading league in steals 9 consecutive times)
1936 - Zubin Mehta (conductor: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra)
1936 - April Stevens (Carol Lo Tempio) (singer: Deep Purple, Whispering, Stardust)
1937 - Jean Gauthier (hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins)
1943 - Duane Allen (singer: group: Oak Ridge Boys: Talk About the Good Times, Where the Soul Never Dies, Cryin’ Again, American Made, Love Song, I Guess It Never Hurts to Cry Sometimes, Everyday, Make My Life with You, Little Things, Touch a Hand Make a Friend, Elvira)
1944 - Jim Hart (football [quarterback]: SL Cardinals [record: most yards passing, career: 34,639 yards: 1966-83])
1947 - Jim Ryun (runner; member U.S. House of Representative [from Kansas])
1947 - Tommy James (Jackson) (singer: group: Tommy James and The Shondells: I Think We’re Alone Now, Hanky Panky, Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover, Sweet Cherry Wine, Crystal Blue Persuasion; solo: Draggin’ the Line, I’m Comin’ Home, Three Times in Love)
1947 - Johnny Miller (golf champion: U.S. Open , British Open ; shares record for lowest 18-hole total )
1951 - Dale Earnhardt (NASCAR auto racer: champ: Winston Cup [7 times], Daytona [34 times], 76 career victories; killed in crash in Daytona 500 Feb 18, 2001)
1954 - Jerry Seinfeld (Emmy Award-winning producer: Seinfeld [1992-1993]; comedian, actor)
1955 - Kate Mulgrew (actress: Columbo, Ryan’s Hope, Roots, Daddy, Throw Momma from the Train)
1957 - Daniel Day-Lewis (Academy Award-winning actor: My Left Foot ; The Unbearable Lightness of Being, In the Name of the Father, Age of Innocence, Gandhi, A Room with a View)
1958 - Michelle Pfeiffer (actress: Dangerous Liaisons, Batman Returns, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Grease 2, Ladyhawke, Scarface, The Witches of Eastwicke, The Age of Innocence)
1958 - Eve Plumb (actress: The Brady Bunch, Little Women, ... And God Spoke, A Very Brady Christmas, Force of Evil)
1968 - Carnie Wilson (singer; group: Wilson Phillips; daughter of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, sister of singer Wendy Wilson)
1970 - Andre Agassi (tennis champion: Wimbledon , U.S. Open )
1970 - Uma (Karuna) Thurman (actress: The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Mad Dog and Glory, Final Analysis, Robin Hood, Henry and June, Dangerous Liaisons, Kiss Daddy Goodnight)
Chart Toppers - April 29
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
Would I Love You - Patti Page
The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley
Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues
White Lightning - George Jones
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Need You - Sonny James
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Supernatural Thing - Ben E. King
Blanket on the Ground - Billie Jo Spears
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Der Kommissar - After the Fire
American Made - The Oak Ridge Boys
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Down Home - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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