Events - August 21
1841 - John Hampton of New Orleans, LA, received a patent for venetian blinds. Now if he could have just invented self-cleaning venetian blinds...
1878 - A group of 100 lawyers got together at Saratoga Springs, New York and formed the American Bar Association.
1888 - William Burroughs of St. Louis, MO patented his adding machine. It was an invention that bore the name of Burrough’s office machine company for many years.
1912 - The first boy reached the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America program. He was Arthur R. Eldred of Oceanside, NY.
1929 - The Chicago Cardinals became the first professional football team to go out of town for training camp. The team started practice in Coldwater, MI.
1938 - A classic recording was made this day. Fats Waller waxed "Ain’t Misbehavin".
1950 - The United Nations moved into its new permanent facilities in New York City -- on land donated by the Rockefeller family.
1959 - The Hawaiian Islands became the State of Hawaii by a proclamation signed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In March of 1959, the statehood bill had been passed; but it contained a stipulation that the residents of the Hawaiian Islands would have to give their vote of approval. Three months later, they did so -- and by a huge margin. Hawaii, the Aloha State, finally became the 50th state of the United States of America. Although the Aloha State is made up of a chain of 122 volcanic islands spread out over 1,600 miles, only seven, at the southeastern end of the chain, are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui (the Valley Isle), Lanai (the Pineapple Isle), Molokai (the Friendly Isle), Kauai (the Garden Isle), Niihau (the Forbidden Island), and Oahu (the Gathering Place). Oahu is the home of the state capital, Honolulu, and about 75% of the state’s population ... a population that is truly a melting pot of all races and religions. The yellow hibiscus is the Hawaii state flower. The nene or Hawaiian goose is the state bird and the the humuhumunukunukuapua’a is the state fish. The state motto of Hawaii is: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. = The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
1971 - Sixteen-year-old Laura Baugh became the youngest winner of the United States Women’s Amateur Golf tournament.
1976 - RCA Victor Records announced that sales of Elvis Presley records had passed the 400 million mark.
1980 - Linda Ronstadt debuted on Broadway in the production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, "The Pirates of Penzance".
1984 - Victoria Roche was the first girl to compete in a Little League World Series game. The reserve outfielder from Belgium played in the annual event held in Williamsport, PA with her brother, starting outfielder Jeremy Roche.
1984 - Clint Eastwood contributed a hand print and the words, “You made my day,” to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre.
1986 - The Boston Red Sox made history against the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox whipped the Indians 24-5 in the worst loss in the Tribe’s 85-year history. Greg Swindell made his major-league debut on the mound for the Indians. Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd got a 17-run lead for Boston and, luckily, held on for the win.
1988 - More than 1,000 people were killed in an earthquake at Bihar, India, the Himalayan region and Nepal. Registering 6.6 on the Ritcher scale, it killed more than 850 people and left 15,000 injured.
1993 - The soundtrack from "Sleepless in Seattle" hit number one on the "Billboard" LP chart. Other hit albums: #2 "Black Sunday" (Cypress Hill), #3 "janet." (Janet Jackson), #4 "Zooropa" (U2), #5 "Core" (Stone Temple Pilots).
1998 - "Wrongfully Accused", starring Leslie Nielsen, opened in U.S. theatres. Nielsen plays world-renowned violinist, Ryan Harrison, who is out to prove he was framed for murder by a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed terrorist (played by Aaron Pearl). The story spoofs events from many other flicks. Nielson is at his slapstick best with lots of help from Richard Crenna (Fergus Falls), Kelly Le Brock (Lauren Goodhue), Sandra Bernhard (Dr. Fridley), Michael York (the murdered Hibbing Goodhue) and Melinda Mcgraw (Cass Lake). "Wrongfully Accused" was a box-office dud, for sure, but has become a huge favorite on cable TV.
1999 - Hua Mei, the giant panda cub, was born at the San Diego Zoo weighing a not-so-giant 4-5 ounces. Her parents are Bai Yun and Shi Shi (they arrived at the zoo on Sep 10, 1996 on a 12-year conservation study). Hua Mei was the first panda born in the U.S. in ten years.
Birthdays - August 21
1904 - (William Allen) Count Basie (bandleader: April in Paris, Open the Door Richard; composer: One O’Clock Jump, Jumpin’ at the Woodside; died Apr 26, 1984)
1916 - Murry (Monroe) Dickson (baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1943, 1946], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1953], Philadelphia Phillies, KC Athletics, NY Yankees [World Series: 1958]; died Sep 21, 1989)
1918 - Billy (William) Reay (hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens; died Sep 23, 2004)
1920 - Gerry (Gerald Lee) Staley (baseball: pitcher: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1952, 1953], Cincinnati Redlegs, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959/all-star: 1960], Detroit Tigers, KC Athletics; died Jan 2, 2008)
1923 - Chris Schenkel (sportscaster: CBS Sports; ABC Sports: host of Pro Bowlers Tour for 33 years; Lifetime Achievement Emmy ; died Sep 11, 2005)
1928 - Art Farmer (musician: trumpet, flugelhorn: worked w/Horace Henderson, Johnny Otis, Lionel Hampton Band; recorded be-bop classic Farmer’s Market; developed musical instrument called ‘flumpet’; died Oct 4, 1999)
1930 - Princess Margaret Rose (Countess of Snowdon; sister of England’s Queen Elizabeth II; younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; died Feb 9, 2002)
1931 - Pete Retzlaff (football: Philadelphia Eagles: Bert Bell Trophy winner )
1932 - Melvin Van Peebles (actor: Terminal Velocity, Boomerang; actor, screen writer: Sophisticated Gents, Sweet Sweetback’s Badassssss Song; screenwriter: Panther, Greased Lightning, The Story of a Three Day Pass)
1936 - Wilt (Wilton) Chamberlain (Basketball Hall of Famer: NBA MVP Award: Philadelphia Warriors , Philadelphia 76ers [1966, 1967, 1968]; died Oct 12, 1999)
1938 - Kenny (Kenneth Donald) Rogers (Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer: She Believes in Me, Lady, Lucille, Islands in the Stream [w/Dolly Parton], What are We Doin’ in Love [w/Dottie West], Through the Years, We’ve Got Tonight [w/Sheena Easton], You Decorated My Life, Coward of the County, The Gambler; groups: The Kirby Stone Four, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition; actor: The Gambler series)
1939 - Harold Reid (singer: group: The Statler Brothers: Flowers on the Wall, Bed of Roses, Class of ’57)
1939 - Clarence Williams III (actor: The Mod Squad, Tales from the Hood, Sugar Hill, Purple Rain)
1943 - Felix (Bernardo Martinez) Millan (baseball: Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1969, 1970, 1971], NY Mets [World Series: 1973)
1944 - Jackie DeShannon (Sharon Myers) (singer: What the World Needs Now is Love, Put a Little Love in Your Heart; songwriter: Dum Dum, Needles and Pins, When You Walk in the Room, Don’t Doubt Yourself Babe; co-wrote: Bette Davis Eyes)
1944 - Peter Weir (director: Dead Poets Society, Witness, Green Card, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Mosquito Coast, The Truman Show)
1945 - Patty McCormack (Russo) (actress: The Bad Seed, Invitation to Hell, The Ropers, Peck’s Bad Girl, Mama)
1945 - Willie Lanier (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker: Super Bowl IV)
1947 - Carl Giammarese (musician: guitar: The Buckinghams: Kind of a Drag)
1951 - Harry Smith (TV host: CBS This Morning, A&E: Biography)
1951 - John (Hardin) Stearns (baseball: catcher: Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets [all-star: 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982])
1952 - Joe Strummer (John Mellors) (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Clash: 1977, Capital Radio, Career Opportunities, I’m So Bored with the USA, Police and Thieves, Complete Control, [White Man] in Hammersmith Palais, English Civil War, Stay Free, Brand New Cadillac, Death or Glory, Jimmy Jazz; died Dec 22, 2002)
1954 - Bruce (Michael) Berenyi (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds, NY Mets)
1954 - Archie Griffin (football: Heisman Trophy winner: Ohio State [1974 & 1975]; Cincinnati Bengals running back: Super Bowl XVI)
1956 - Kim Cattrall (actress: Breaking Point, Wild Palms, Police Academy, The Bastard, The Rebels, Mannequin, Live Nude Girls)
1957 - Frank (Enrico) Pastore (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins; died Dec 17, 2012)
1957 - Kim Sledge (singer: group: Sister Sledge)
1959 - Jim McMahon (football: quarterback: Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears: Super Bowl XX)
1975 - Alicia Witt (actress; Cybill, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Four Rooms, Hotel Room)
Chart Toppers - August 21
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
My Happiness - Jon & Sandra Steele
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Haywood
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
Dang Me - Roger Miller
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
Bless Your Heart - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Tennessee River - Alabama
Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Monkey - George Michael
1-2-3 - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Bluest Eyes in Texas - Restless Heart
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
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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