Events - February 13
1741 - "The American Magazine", the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It beat Benjamin Franklin’s "General Magazine" off the presses by 3 days (whew!). Andrew Bradford, publisher of this 50-page gem, was quoted as saying, “Stuff it Ben. Someday, I’ll be mentioned ahead of you in Those Were the Days.”
1867 - Johann Strauss’ magnificent "Blue Danube Waltz" was played for the first time at a public concert in Vienna, Austria.
1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized on this day.
1939 - Virginia Payne, already popular as the voice of "Ma Perkins", took on a new character in NBC’s soap opera, "The Carters of Elm Street". Virginia played the part of Mrs. Carter.
1940 - Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and his orchestra recorded the classic "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues". The tune was waxed on the famous Bluebird record label.
1945 - Allied planes staged a massive bombing raid on Dresden, Germany. The ensuing fire storm destroyed the German artistic and cultural capital, killing over 35,000 people.
1947 - "Family Theater of the Air" was heard for the first time on Mutual radio. Jim Ameche and Loretta Young starred in the program’s first episode, "Flight from Home".
1953 - Major-league baseball owners were warned by Senator Edwin Johnson against televising their games nationwide. The Senator said that broadcasting these games to a national audience would be a threat to the survival of minor league baseball. Major league owners did not ‘go to bat’ for the Senator. Games, particularly on NBC, received a large and loyal following.
1956 - Former U.S. President Harry S Truman and retired General Douglas MacArthur were pictured on the cover of LIFE magazine. Their dual memoirs were featured in that week’s issue.
1961 - Calcutta by Lawrence Welk Orchestra peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart. Calcutta’s reign as king of the heap lasted for two weeks.
1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY. Fleming would go on to win Olympic gold, and as a professional skater, signed a long-term, $500,000 contract for several commercial endorsements that lasted for years. She appeared in TV specials and performed with the "Ice Follies" and "Holiday on Ice" and was elected to the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Olympic Hall of Fame.
1966 - The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York. It was one of six times The Stones performed on Sullivan. This day, they did (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, As Tears Go By and 19th Nervous Breakdown.
1971 - The Osmonds, a family singing group from Ogden, Utah, began a five-week stay at the top of the pop music charts with the hit, "One Bad Apple". The song, featuring the voice of little Donny Osmond, also showcased the talent of Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. The brothers were regulars on Andy Williams’ TV show from 1962 to 1967. The group began as a religious and barbershop quartet in 1959. Together, the Osmonds scored with 10 singles in four years -- four of them were top ten hits.
1974 - Soviet dissident author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the U.S.S.R. He settled in the U.S. (in Vermont), but returned to Russia in 1994.
1986 - In a report issued on this day by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, it was revealed that high school salaries for U.S. principals topped $70,000. The lowest salary reported for a high school principal was $15,200. The average salary for a high school principal was $49,670. On average, a principal would hand out more than 1,342,328,321 hours of detention in his or her career.
1988 - The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, purchased a Santa Ynez CA ranch. He later named it Neverland (and it housed an amusement park, a full size movie theatre, and a zoo).
1992 - Donna Weinbrecht of the United States won the gold medal in women’s freestyle skiing moguls at the Olympic games in Albertville, France.
1997 - After a two-day chase, space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard to begin a $350 million refurbishment. The mission’s objective was to replace worn-out components and install new ones to inctrease the performance of the telescope.
1998 - These films were seen for the first time on U.S. screens: "The Borrowers", with John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie and Mark Williams; "Sphere", with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson; and "The Wedding Singer", featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
1999 - Oscar De La Hoya retained his WBC welterweight crown by KO-ing the previously unKO-ed (and undefeated) Ike Quartey of Ghana. De La Hoya won a split decision in Las Vegas.
1999 - Monica’s "Angel of Mine" was the #1 top-40 hit in the U.S.: “I look at you, lookin' at me; Now I know why they say the best things are free; I’m gonna love you boy you are so fine; Angel of Mine.”
2000 - Tiger Woods saw his streak of six consecutive victories come to an end as he fell short to Phil Mickelson in the Buick Invitational.
2004 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission began writing rules to enable users to access the Internet through electric power lines.
2005 - Ray Charles’ final album, Genius Loves Company, won eight Grammy awards, including album of the year, record of the year for Here We Go Again (with Norah Jones), and pop-vocal album of the year.
2006 - Former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein threw a tantrum when he was forced to attend his trial, wearing a traditional Islamic robe rather than his usual crisp suit, as he shouted, “Down with Bush.”
2007 - Mitt Romney, former Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially entered the 2008 presidential race. Romney’s father, George, was a Michigan governor in the 1960s.
2008 - Australians watched a live broadcast of their government apologizing for policies that degraded its indigenous people. PM Rudd said Australians had reached a time in their history when they must face up to their past to be able to cope with the future. Aborigines numbered about 450,000 in Australia’s population of 21 million.
Birthdays - February 13
1683 - Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (Giambattista Piazzetta) (artist: Ecstasy of St. Francis, Fortune Teller; died Apr 28, 1754)
1885 - Bess Truman (Wallace) (wife of 33rd U.S. President Harry S Truman; died Oct 18, 1982)
1891 - Grant Wood (artist: American Gothic, Daughters of the Revolution, Dinner for Threshers, Young Corn, Fall Plowing, Stone City; died Feb 12, 1942)
1900 - Wingy (Joseph Matthews) Manone (musician: trumpet: Tar Paper Stomp; singer, bandleader: Nickel in the Slot, Flat Foot Floogie, Annie Laurie; died July 9, 1982)
1911 - Jean Muir (Fullarton) (actress: The World Changes, Oil for the Lamps of China, Her Husband’s Secretary, Dance Charlie Dance, The Constant Nymph; died July 23, 1996)
1918 - Patty Berg (golf champion: U.S. Open ; 57 career pro wins including 15 majors; founder/1st president of LPGA; died Sep 10, 2006)
1918 - Oliver Smith (scenic designer: Broadway: On the Town, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly!; films: Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Porgy and Bess, The Band Wagon; died Jan 23, 1994)
1919 - Eddie G. Robinson (football coach: Grambling State University: record for most victories in overall NCAA competition ; died Apr 3, 2007)
1920 - Eileen Farrell (soprano: 1940s radio performer; San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitain Opera; also successful singing, recording popular music and jazz; died Mar 23, 2002)
1921 - Pete (Peter Paul) Castiglione (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, SL Cardinals; died Apr 22, 2010)
1923 - Gene Ames (singer: group: The Ames Brothers: You Are the One, Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Undecided, You You You, The Man with the Banjo, The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, Tammy, Melodie d’Amour; died Apr 26, 1997)
1923 - Chuck Yeager (pilot: broke sound barrier; featured in movie: The Right Stuff)
1924 - Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber (French economist/journalist: founder of left-wing weekly L'Express ; author: Lieutenent en Algérie , The American Challenge , Le défi américain , The Chosen and the Choice )
1927 - Jim McReynolds (guitar, folk singer: group: Jim & Jesse: Freight Train, Diesel on My Tail, Ballad of Thunder Road, Golden Rocket; died Dec 31, 2002)
1931 - Geoff Edwards (radio DJ: WOKO [Albany], KFMB [San Diego], KHJ [LA], KFI, [LA], KMPC [LA]; actor: Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, Diff’rent Strokes; TV game show host: Treasure Hunt, Jackpot!, Starcade; died Mar 5, 2014)
1933 - Kim (Marilyn) Novak (actress: Picnic, The Man with the Golden Arm, Bell Book and Candle, Vertigo)
1934 - George Segal (actor: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Touch of Class, King Rat, Look Who’s Talking Now, Taking the Heat, The Bridge at Remagen, Just Shoot Me)
1935 - Tommy Jacobs (golf: champion: Denver Open , San Diego Open , Utah Open , Palm Springs Golf Classic )
1938 - Oliver Reed (actor: The Prince and the Pauper, Women in Love, Oliver!, The Jokers; died May 2, 1999)
1940 - Robert J. Eaton (automobile mogul: Vice Chairman and COO: The Chrysler Corporation)
1941 - Bo Svenson (actor: Delta Force, Heartbreak Ridge, Private Obsession, North Dallas Forty)
1942 - Carol Lynley (Jones) (actress: The Poseidon Adventure, Return to Peyton Place, The Stripper, Fantasy Island, Spirits)
1942 - Peter Tork (Peter Halsten Thorkelson) (bassist, singer: group: The Monkees: Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer, Daydream Believer)
1944 - Sal (Salvatore Leonard) Bando (baseball: KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1969, 1972-1974/World Series: 1972-1974], Milwaukee Brewers)
1944 - Stockard Channing (Susan Stockard) (actress: Stockard Channing in Just Friends, The Stockard Channing Show, Up Close and Personal, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, Grease, Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves)
1944 - Jerry Springer (TV host: The Jerry Springer Show)
1950 - Roger Christian (singer: group: The Christians)
1950 - Peter (Brian) Gabriel (singer: group: Genesis; solo songwriter, singer: Sledgehammer, Big Time)
1951 - David Naughton (actor: Bodybags, An American Werewolf in London, Overexposed, My Sister Sam, Makin’ It, At Ease; brother of actor James Naughton)
1956 - Peter Hook (musician: bass: group: Joy Division: Transmission, Love Will Tear Us Apart; New Order: Blue Monday, Confusion, Shellshock)
1957 - Tony Butler (musician: bass: group: Big Country: Harvest Home, Fields of Fire, In a Big Country, Chance, Wonderland, East of Eden, Where the Rose is Sown)
1968 - Kelly Hu (actress: Martial Law, Growing Pains, The Doors, The Bold and the Beautiful, Nash Bridges)
1974 - Robbie Williams singer: Old Before I Die, Lazy Days, Let Me Entertain You, She’s the One, Eternity, Feel, Misunderstood; group: Take That
1977 - Randy Moss (football [wide receiver]: Marshall College; NFL: Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans)
1979 - Rafael Márquez (footballer [player, captain]: Mexico national team: first player to captain his national team in four consecutive editions of the FIFA World Cup [2002, 2006, 2010, 2014])
1979 - Mena Suvari (actress: American Beauty, Restitution, No Surrender, The Garden of Eden, Day of the Dead, Stuck, Factory Girl, Orpheus, Rumor Has It)
Chart Toppers - February 13
Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe
I’ll Dance at Your Wedding - Buddy Clark with The Ray Noble Orchestra
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
No, Not Much! - The Four Lads
Teen Age Prayer - Gale Storm
Why Baby Why - Red Sovine & Webb Pierce
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
You Don’t Own Me - Leslie Gore
Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance
Begging to You - Marty Robbins
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Without You - Nilsson
Precious and Few - Climax
One’s on the Way - Loretta Lynn
Rock with You - Michael Jackson
Do that to Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennille
Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers
Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight - The Oak Ridge Boys
Could’ve Been - Tiffany
Seasons Change - Expose
I Want to Be Your Man - Roger
Wheels - 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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