Events - August 25
1840 - Joseph Gibbons of Albion, Michigan received a notice from the U.S. Patent office. Joseph had patented the seeding machine.
1875 - Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel (on this day and the next). He made the swim from Dover to Cap Gris-nez, France in 21 hours, 45 minutes.
1879 - New York’s Madison Square Garden displayed a real floating ship in a gigantic water tank as Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore", was performed.
1902 - The first Arabic daily newspaper in the U.S., "Al-Hoda", began publication in New York City.
1916 - The U.S. National Park Service was created. If you see a park ranger, give ’em a pat on the back today. They deserve it.
1920 - Ethelda Bleibtrey became the first woman to win an event for the United States in Olympic competition. She won the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition at Antwerp, Belgium.
1920 - The first airplane to fly from New York to Alaska arrived in Nome on this day. Talk about getting out of the New York heat...
1940 - Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were married -- while suspended in parachutes at the World’s Fair in New York City. The minister, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were also in parachutes!
1941 - Skinnay Ennis and his orchestra recorded the tune "Don’t Let Julia Fool Ya".
1946 - Ben Hogan won his first major golf title. He captured the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) championship at Portland, OR.
1949 - NBC radio debuted "Father Knows Best". The Thursday night program aired for four years. Robert Young played the role of Jim Anderson, the ever-patient father. The rest of the family included wife Margaret, son Bud and lovely daughters Betty (the eldest) and Kathy. The family lived on Maple Street in Springfield. Remember Bud’s favorite phrase (he only said it about six dozen times per show)? “Holy Cow!” "Father Knows Best" made the transition to TV in 1954, with Robert Young as the only cast member to continue with the show.
1964 - The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single "A Hard Day’s Night". It was the third gold record for the Fab Four. They would collect 18 more through 1970.
1968 - Outfielder Rocky Colavito of the New York Yankees did the unusual. He pitched 2-1/2 innings to help out in a pitching jam. He earned the win by beating Detroit 6-5. “What’s so unusual about that?” you ask. Remember, we said Rocky was an outfielder.
1970 - British singer and pianist Elton John made his U.S. concert debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Some of his opening night numbers: "Your Song", "Country Comfort", "Take Me to the Pilot", "Honky Tonk Women" and "Bad Side of The Moon".
1979 - “Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one; When you gonna give me some time, Sharona.” "My Sharona", by The Knack, hit #1 on the
Hot 100. It was a solid #1 for six straight weeks.
1982 - The group, Fleetwood Mac, received a gold record for the album "Mirage".
1984 - The Cabbage Patch Kids and Trivial Pursuit were replaced by the latest fad toys: robotic action figures that fought galactic battles. They were called Transformers.
1984 - "Ghostbusters", by Ray Parker, Jr., started week #3 at the top of the pop music charts. The hit song was from the movie of the same name starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis.
1991 - The Russian Communist party issued a declaration of full independence for Belarus, the Soviet state that had declared its independence on July 27, 1991. Russia, Belarus and Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States to coordinate economic activities, defence and foreign relations.
1996 - Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Amateur Championship in a row. Steve Scott, a 19-year-old from the University of Florida, led from the third hole all the way to the next-to-the-last hole of the 36-hole final and lost on the second playoff hole. Woods is the only golfer to win three U.S. Amateurs in succession.
Birthdays - August 25
1819 - Allan Pinkerton (created first private detective agency , making him first private eye; hired by Abraham Lincoln as first Secret Service officer [foiled first attempt on Lincoln’s life]; died July 1, 1884)
1839 - Bret (Francis) Harte (writer: The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar; died May 5, 1902)
1841 - Emil Kocher (Nobel Prize-winning surgeon [for his pioneering work on thyroid gland: 1909]; died July 27, 1917)
1850 - Charles Richet (Nobel Prize-winning physiologist [for his work on anaphylaxis: 1913]; died Dec 4, 1935)
1900 - Sir Hans Adolf Krebs (Nobel Prize-winning biochemist [for his discovery of co-enzyme A and its importance for intermediary metabolism: 1953]; died Nov 22, 1981)
1909 - Michael Rennie (actor: The Devil’s Brigade, The Battle of El Alamein, Phone Call from a Stranger, The Robe, Hotel; died June 10, 1971)
1910 - Ruby (Ethel Hilda) Keeler (dancer, actress: 42nd Street, No, No, Nanette [Broadway revival]; died Feb 28, 1993)
1913 - Bob Crosby (bandleader: group: The Bob Cats: Big Noise from Winnetka, Summertime, South Rampart Street Parade, Dogtown Blues; brother of Bing Crosby; died Mar 9, 1993)
1913 - Don DeFore (actor: Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Jumping Jacks, My Friend Irma, The Stork Club; died Dec 22, 1993)
1913 - Walt Kelly (cartoonist: Pogo; animator: Fantasia , The Reluctant Dragon ; died Oct 19, 1973)
1916 - (Charles) Van Johnson (actor: Three Days to a Kill, Delta Force Commando 2, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Doomsday Flight, Brigadoon, The Caine Mutiny, Easy to Love, In the Good Old Summertime, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Two Girls and a Sailor; died Dec 12, 2008)
1916 - Frederick Chapman Robbins (Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist [for his work on poliomyelitis viruses: 1954]; died Aug 4, 2003)
1917 - Mel Ferrer (actor: Scaramouche, The Sun Also Rises, War and Peace, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Sex and the Single Girl; died Jun 2, 2008)
1918 - Leonard Bernstein (conductor: New York Philharmonic Orchestra; composer: West Side Story, On the Town, My Sister Eileen, On the Waterfront, Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Mass, Songfest; died Oct 14, 1990)
1918 - Richard Greene (actor: Island of the Lost, The Castle of Fu Manchu, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stanley and Livingstone; died June 1, 1985)
1919 - George Wallace (Governor of Alabama; candidate for U.S. President: paralyzed by gunshot wounds as subject of assassination attempt ; died Sep 13, 1998)
1921 - Monty Hall (Halparin) (TV host: Let’s Make a Deal, Keep Talking, NBC Comedy Playhouse)
1927 - Althea Gibson (tennis champion: French Open , Wimbledon [1957, 1958], U.S. Open [1957, 1958]; died Sep 28, 2003)
1930 - Sir Sean Connery (Academy Award-winning actor: The Untouchables ; The Rock, First Knight, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Rising Sun, Outland, The Longest Day, Dragonheart, Entrapment; “Bond. James Bond.”: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever)
1931 - Regis (Francis Xavier) Philbin (TV host: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; TV announcer: The Joey Bishop Show; TV field interviewer: Almost Anything Goes)
1933 - Tom Skerritt (Emmy Award-winning actor: Picket Fences [1992-93]; Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It, M*A*S*H, The Turning Point, Top Gun, Alien)
1936 - Gordon Johncock (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1973, 1982])
1942 - Walter Williams (singer: group: The O’Jays: Love Train, Back Stabbers)
1944 - Jacques Demers (hockey: NHL head coach: St Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens)
1944 - Anthony Heald (actor: Bushwhacked, Kiss of Death, The Client, The Ballad of Little Jo, Whispers in the Dark, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Silence of the Lambs)
1946 - Rollie (Roland Glen) Fingers (Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974/all-star: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976], SD Padres [all-star:1978], Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1981, 1982/CY Young Award winner: 1981/Baseball Writers’ Award 1981])
1946 - Charlie Sanders (football: Detroit Lions)
1947 - Anne Archer (actress: Falcon Crest, A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Fatal Attraction, Narrow Margin, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Short Cuts)
1949 - John Savage (actor: White Squall, Shattered Image, The Hunting, The Godfather, Part 3, Silent Witness, The Onion Fields, Hair, The Deer Hunter, The Killing Kind, Soldier’s Revenge)
1949 - Gene Simmons (musician: group: Kiss: Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth, I Was Made For Lovin’ You, Forever; actor: Red Surf, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive)
1951 - Rob Halford (singer: group: Judas Priest: Tyrant, Victim of Changes, Ripper, Beyond the Realms of Death, Take on the World, Living after Midnight, Breaking the Law)
1954 - Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) (musician, songwriter: I’m Not Angry, Less than Zero, Watching the Detectives, Clubland, Oliver’s Army, Every Day I Write the Book, I’m Your Toy, Party, Party, So Young)
1958 - Tim Burton (director: Planet of the Apes , Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow)
1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus (singer: Achy Breaky Heart)
1964 - Morgan Englund (actor: The Guiding Light; Cloris Leachman’s son)
1964 - Blair Underwood (actor: L.A. Law, Downtown, Just Cause, Dangerous Relations, Posse, Heat Wave, Rules of Engagement)
1964 - Joanne Whalley (actress: Trial by Jury, Navy SEALS, To Kill a Priest, The Singing Detective, Dance with a Stranger, What the Butler Saw)
1965 - Cornelius Bennett (football [linebacker]: Univ of Alabama; NFL: Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts)
1970 - Claudia Schiffer (supermodel; actress: Richie Rich, Friends & Lovers, Black and White)
Chart Toppers - August 25
Amor - Bing Crosby
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Time Waits for No One - Helen Forest
Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) - Louis Jordan
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Walk--Don’t Run - The Ventures
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Alabam - Cowboy Copas
People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Already It’s Heaven - David Houston
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Let ’Em In - Wings
Bring It on Home to Me - Mickey Gilley
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Stuck on You - Lionel Richie
Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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