440 International Those Were the Days
December 6

Events - December 6
1873 - America’s first international football (soccer) game was played in New Haven, CT. Yale defeated Eton (England) 2-1.

1883 - "Ladies’ Home Journal" was published for the first time. It became one of the few magazines to reach a circulation of over one million. Paid circulation is currently over 4,000,000.

1902 - The 8¢ Martha Washington stamp was issued this day. The stamp was the first U.S. definitive or commemorative stamp to feature a woman.

1923 - The first presidential address to be carried on radio was broadcast from Washington, DC. President Calvin Coolidge addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

1944 - "Red Bank Boogie", Count Basie’s salute to his hometown, was recorded on Columbia Records. The tune is a tribute to Red Bank, New Jersey.

1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S Truman. In the President’s words, “Here are no lofty peaks seeking the sky, no mighty glaciers or rushing streams wearing away the uplifted land. Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty, serving not as the source of water, but as the last receiver of it. To its natural abundance we owe the spectacular plant and animal life that distinguishes this place from all others in our country.”

1948 - "Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts" debuted on CBS-TV. The show ran for almost 10 years and the redhead introduced such talent as Pat Boone, The Chordettes, Carmel Quinn, The McGuire Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Steve Lawrence and Al Martino.

1950 - ‘America’s Sweetheart’, Shirley Temple, became Shirley Temple Black. She married Charles Black, a socialite and business executive from San Francisco.

1960 - Eileen Farrell debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the title role of Gluck’s "Alcestis".

1960 - Gene Autry was attending the 1960 baseball winter meetings hoping to secure a broadcasting contract for KMPC, his Los Angeles radio station. The ‘Singing Cowboy’ wound up as the owner of the expansion Los Angeles Angels (when no one came forward to bid for the team, Autry made a bid of his own). The team became the showpiece for KMPC. The Angels played their first season in Wrigley Field (capacity 22,000), then rented Dodger Stadium and later moved to Anaheim.

1968 - The Commissioner of Baseball, William Eckert was told, “Yer outta here!” after serving three years of his 7-year contract. Bowie Kuhn was his replacement and had as bad a time -- only for a longer period of time.

1969 - Musician Cab Calloway turned actor as he was seen in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Littlest Angel" on NBC. The big band singer, known for such classics as "Minnie the Moocher", became a movie star in "The Blues Brothers" (1980) with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.

1969 - "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", by Steam, reached the #1 spot on the top 40. It stayed at the top for two weeks and was the only major hit for the group that later ran out of ... steam.

1971 - It was payday for Jack Nicklaus. He received $30,000 for capturing the first Disney World golf tournament. His earnings for the season totaled $244,490.

1973 - Following the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, House Speaker Gerald Ford became the U.S.’s first appointed Vice President. Later, he became the nation’s first non-elected President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.

1975 - Paul Simon’s album, "Still Crazy After All These Years", was number one in the U.S. It was Simon’s first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup ("My Little Town", which was also included on Garfunkel’s "Breakaway" album).

1984 - Martina Navratilova’s 74-game winning streak over 11+ months came to an end. The 19-year-old tennis star was defeated by Helen Sukova in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

1984 - Two former Beatles debuted in two film releases this day. Paul McCartney’s "Give My Regards to Broad Street" and George Harrison’s "A Private Function" were finalized for theatre audiences.

1985 - John Cougar Mellencamp promised 24,000 people at a New York City concert that he would refund their $17.50 tickets. A power outage had caused a 20-minute interruption during this, his debut concert.

1986 - University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman Trophy on this day.

1996 - "Daylight" (“No air. No escape. No time.”) opened in the U.S. The action adventure thriller stars Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman and Viggo Mortensen.

1997 - Unbeaten World Boxing Council welterweight champion Oscar de la Hoya stopped Wilfredo Rivera in the eighth round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain the WBC Welterweight Championship. De la Hoya, who won all five of his fights in 1997, improved to 27-0, 22 by knockout.

1998 - Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle "Endeavour" completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station. “We have capture of Zarya,” Commander Robert Cabana announced when the two pieces came together at approximately 9:07 p.m. EST. “Congratulations to the crew of the good ship Endeavour,” replied Mission Control. “That's terrific.”

1999 - The U.S. airline maintenance company SabreTech was cleared of conspiracy charges in the crash of a plane belonging to cut-rate carrier ValuJet, which killed 110 people. The company was convicted on a series of less serious charges, including the improper packaging of the oxygen cannisters thought to be responsible for the crash. The case involved 144 oxygen generators removed by SabreTech from other ValuJet planes and delivered to the ill-fated flight without the required safety caps or any markings indicating the canisters were hazardous. Investigators blamed the generators for starting a 2,200-degree cargo fire that brought down the DC-9 on May 11, 1996.

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Birthdays - December 6
1864 - William S. (Surrey) Hart (actor: silent screen star: Show People, Tumbleweeds, Wagon Tracks, The Disciple; director: Narrow Trail, Return of Draw Egan, Hell’s Hinges; died June 23, 1946)

1886 - Joyce (Alfred) Kilmer (poet: Trees; killed in action in WWI July 30, 1918)

1887 - Lynn (Lillie Louise) Fontanne (Emmy Award-winning actress: The Magnificent Yankee, Hallmark Hall of Fame [1964-65]; The Pirate [w/husband], Alfred Lunt; died July 30, 1983)

1896 - Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershvin) (lyricist: Lady Be Good, The Man I Love, The Man That Got Away, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm; died Aug 17, 1983)

1898 - Alfred Eisenstaedt (photographer: 86 LIFE magazine cover photos: most famous: end of WWII Times Square photo of nurse kissing sailor; died Aug 24, 1995)

1900 - Agnes (Robertson) Moorehead (Emmy Award-winning actress: Night of the Vicious Valentine, The Wild, Wild West [1966-67]; Bewitched, Dear, Dead Delilah, The Singing Nun, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, How the West Was Won, Raintree County, Magnificent Obsession, Show Boat, Johnny Belinda, Dark Passage, Jane Eyre, The Magnificent Ambersons, Citizen Kane; died Apr 30, 1974)

1903 - ‘Poosh ’Em Up’ Tony (Anthony Michael) Lazzeri (Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Yankees [World Series: 1926-1928, 1932, 1936, 1937/all- star: 1933/A.L. single game record: 11 RBI’s: May 24, 1936], Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1938], Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants; .300 hitter 5 times, drove in over 100 runs 7 times; died Aug 6, 1946)

1913 - Eleanor Holm (International Swimming and Women’s Sports Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist: 100 meter backstroke [1932]; singer: Art Jarrett band; actress: Tarzan’s Revenge; Billy Rose’s Aquacade; interior decorator; died Jan 31, 2004)

1920 - Dave Brubeck (jazz musician: Take Five, LPs: Jazz Goes to College, Dave Brubeck at Storyville, Time Out, Two Generations of Brubeck, Last Set at Newport, All the Things We Are; died Dec 5, 2012)

1921 - Otto Graham (College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cleveland Browns [1950-55]: T-formation quarterback: NFL Player of the Year [1953, 1955]; coach: Coast Guard Academy, Washington Redskins; died Dec 17, 2003)

1924 - Wally (Wallace Maynard) Cox (actor: Mr. Peepers, School House, The Adventures of Hiram Holiday, The Barefoot Executive, The Boatniks, Spencer’s Mountain, State Fair; TV panelist: Hollywood Squares; died Feb 15, 1973)

1925 - Andy Robustelli (Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams defensive end, New York Giants; league Player of the Year [1962]; died May 31, 2011)

1928 - Bobby Van (Bobby King Robert Stein) (actor, dancer: Escape from Planet Earth, Small Town Girl, Kiss Me Kate, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; died July 31, 1980)

1939 - Steve Alaimo (singer: Every Day I Have to Cry Some; actor: The Wild Rebels, Stanley)

1941 - Helen Cornelius (singer: There’s Always a Goodbye, [w/Jim Ed Brown]: I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You, Born Believer, If It Ain’t Love By Now, If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight, Lying in Love with You, Fools)

1944 - Jonathan (Kenneth) King (singer: Everyone’s Gone to the Moon, Let It All Hang Out; songwriter, producer: Good News Week)

1945 - Larry Bowa (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies shortstop, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets; manager)

1945 - James Naughton (actor: The Paper Chase, Planet of the Apes [TV], The Glass Menagerie, The Cosby Mysteries, The First Wives Club, Oxygen; brother of actor David Naughton)

1948 - JoBeth Williams (actress: Kramer vs. Kramer, Poltergeist, The Big Chill, American Dreamer, Wyatt Earp, A Season of Hope, The Client, From the Earth to the Moon, Justice, The Rose Technique)

1949 - Fred O’Donnell (hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins)

1951 - Gavin Kirk (hockey: WHA: Phoenix Roadrunners, Ottawa Nationals, Edmonton Oilers)

1951 - Carl Summerell (football: E. Carolina, New York Giants QB)

1953 - Tom Hulce (actor: The Heidi Chronicles, Fearless, The Inner Circle, Parenthood, Dominick & Eugene, Amadeus, National Lampoon’s Animal House)

1955 - Steven Wright (stand-up comedian: deadpan, monotone; in film: Desperately Seeking Susan)

1956 - Peter Buck (musician: guitar: group: R.E.M.: Stand, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, Radio Free Europe)

1956 - Rick (Paul) Buckler (musician: drums, singer: group: The Jam)

1957 - Steve (Stephen Wayne) Bedrosian (baseball: pitcher: Atlanta Braves [Sporting News’ pitcher of the year: 1982], Philadelphia Phillies [Cy Young Award-winner: 1987/all-star: 1987], SF Giants [World Series: 1989], Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1991])

1962 - Ben Watt (musician: guitar, keyboard, singer: group: Everything but the Girl: Sean, Come on Home)

1962 - Janine Turner (Gauntt) (actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City)

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Chart Toppers - December 6
Sin (It’s No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Down Yonder - Del Wood
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Don’t You Know - Della Reese
In the Mood - Ernie Field’s Orch.
Country Girl - Faron Young

Daydream Believer - The Monkees
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
It’s the Little Things - Sonny James

Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
Sky High - Jigsaw
Let’s Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Secret Love - Freddy Fender

All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
A Little Good News - Anne Murray

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Blowing Kisses in the Wind - Paula Abdul
Forever Together - Randy Travis

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...

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