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January 10

Events - January 10
1911 - Major Jimmie Erickson shot the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, California.

1945 - Erskine Hawkins waxed a classic for Victor Records. The tune, with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, was titled "Tippin’ In".

1947 - "Finian’s Rainbow" opened on the Great White Way in New York City. The musical played for 725 performances. Years later, Petula Clark would star and sing in the celluloid version on the silver screen.

1949 - The Radio Corporation of America, sometimes known as RCA, announced a new 7-inch, 45-rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45, the record with the big hole in the middle, would change the pop music business. RCA even manufactured a record player that played only 45s -- with a fat spindle that made “stacking wax” real simple and automatic for those romantic times when hands were just too busy to be flippin’ records.

1950 - Ben Hogan, appearing for the first time in a golf tournament since an auto accident a year earlier, tied ‘Slammin’ Sammy Snead in the Los Angeles Open. Hogan lost in a playoff.

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his first tunes as an RCA Victor artist. Recording in Nashville, Elvis sang "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey". "Heartbreak Hotel" was #1 by April 11, 1956 and stayed there for eight weeks. It was #1 on the pop and rhythm and blues charts and number five on the country music list.

1960 - Marty Robbins’ hit tune, "El Paso", held the record for the longest #1 song to that time. The song ran 4 minutes and 20 seconds, giving many radio station program directors fits; because the average record length at that time was around 2 minutes, and formats didn’t allow for records much longer than that, (e.g., 2-minute record, 3 minutes for commercials, 60 seconds for promo, 2-minute record, etc.). DJs got used to the longer length quickly, however, realizing it gave them time, before the record ended, to actually think of something to say next...

1963 - The Chicago Cubs become the first baseball club to hire an athletic director. He was Robert Whitlow.

1969 - Elvis Presley’s single, "Don’t Cry Daddy", entered the Top 10 on the pop charts this day. If you listened to this song carefully, you’d hear a vocal duet with country artist Ronnie Milsap.

1969 - The final issue of "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared after 147 years of publication. It returned in limited publication years later. Norman Rockwell’s art was a popular item in the "Post".

1971 - Masterpiece Theatre premiered on PBS. Host Alistair Cooke introduced the drama series, The First Churchills.

1976 - C.W. McCall’s "Convoy" was the #1 single in the U.S. -- on both pop and country charts. “Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck ... You gotta copy on me, Pig Pen, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer shure, fer shure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c'mon. Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy...”

1981 - "The Pirates of Penzance", by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened on Broadway. The show, starring pop singers Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, was made into a movie in 1983.

1984 - Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry [1967] to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Lauper went one better for copping the award for Worst Hair Coloring by a Woman on the Planet. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" ya know... fer sure.

1984 - “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers this day in the famous and successful commercial campaign for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas spent $8 million on the ads that promoted hamburger sales plus T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and countless other items bearing the picture of the elderly cult star.

1990 - Time Inc. aquired Warner Communications for the tidy little sum of $14.1 billion. Thus began Time Warner, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates.

1996 - The third day of the ‘Blizzard of ’96’ saw the northeastern U.S. buried under 1.5 to 3 feet of snow. The big storm caused $1 billion in damage and killed 100 people. New York City had the heaviest snowfall in 48 years. Quick, let’s go make snow angels.

1997 - These films debuted in U.S. theatres: "Evita" (“The Most Anticipated Motion Picture Event of The Year”), starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail; "Jackie Chan’s First Strike" (“Jackie Chan fights for America in his biggest action film ever.”; "The Relic" (“They did the unthinkable. They brought it back.”), with Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt and James Whitmore; and "Turbulence" (“If you weren’t afraid of flying before, you will be now.”, starring Ray Liotta Lauren Holly Hector Elizondo Brendan Gleeson.

2000 - America Online, “the company that brought the Internet to the masses,” announced that it had agreed to buy Time Warner, the largest traditional media company in the U.S., for $165 billion.

2002 - Todd Eldredge won his 6th U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

2003 - These movies debuted in the U.S.: Just Married, starring Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, Monet Mazur, David Moscow, Valeria Andrews, David Rasche, Veronica CartNarc, starring Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Busta Rhymes and Chi Mcbride.

2004 - Michelle Kwan won her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first men’s title.

2004 - Fiona Thornewill, a 37-year-old British woman, completed her unaided solo hike to the South Pole in record time. Thornewill walked 700 miles in 42 days breaking the previous record of 44 days for an unaided individual or team for walking or skiing.

2005 - A mudslide at La Conchita in Ventura County, CA destroyed fifteen homes and killed ten people.

2005 - CBS News fired four people in the wake of a 2004 story, aired by Dan Rather, about George Bush and his involvement in the National Guard as a young man.

2006 - On the fourth anniversary of detainees being held without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Amnesty International claimed that torture and ill-treatment of terrorist suspects was ongoing at Camp Delta.

2007 - The U.S. Postal Service honored jazz great Ella Fitzgerald with a postage stamp. Fitzgerald became the 30th honoree in the popular Black Heritage commemorative stamp series.

2007 - U.S. President George Bush (II) announced his intention to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. The ‘surge’, as the build-up soon became known, was an attempt to improve the security of Baghdad and the western province of Anbar.

2008 - The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical is based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen -- about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. The production closed on August 30, 2009 after 685 performances. During its run, The Little Mermaid introduced Broadway debuts by director Francesca Zambello and Sierra Boggess in the title role.

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Birthdays - January 10
1883 - Francis X. (Xavier) Bushman (actor: The Rosary, Neptune’s Daughter, The Thirteenth Man, Dick Tracy, Hollywood Boulevard, David and Bathsheba, Sabrina, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini; died Aug 23, 1966)

1904 - Ray Bolger (Raymond Wallace Bulcao) (dancer, actor: The Wizard of Oz; died Jan 15, 1987)

1908 - Paul Henreid (Paul Georg Julius Hernreid Ritter Von Wassel-Waldingau) (actor: The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Deep in My Heart, Casablanca, Goodbye, Mr. Chips; director: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Battle in Blue, Battle Shock, Tall Lie; died Mar 29, 1992)

1917 - Jerry Wexler (record producer: Atlantic Records; died Aug 15, 2008)

1921 - Rodger Ward (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1959 and 1962]; died Jul 5, 2004)

1924 - Max Roach (jazz drummer, composer: Freedom Now Suite; educator: taught at Lennox, MA School of Jazz and Yale; Professor of Music at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; died Aug 16, 2007)

1927 - Johnnie Ray (singer: Cry, Please, Mr. Sun, The Little White Cloud That Cried, Walkin’ My Baby Back Home, Just Walking in the Rain; died Feb 24, 1990)

1927 - Gisele MacKenzie (Marie LaFeche) (singer: Your Hit Parade, Hard to Get; died Sep 5, 2003)

1930 - Roy Edward Disney (executive: Walt Disney Company; nephew of Walt Disney; organized the ousting of two top Disney executives: Ron Miller [1984], Michael Eisner [2005]; died Dec 16, 2009)

1938 - Frank Mahovlich (hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens)

1938 - Willie (Lee) ‘Stretch’ McCovey (Baseball Hall of Famer: SF Giants [NL Rookie of the Year: 1959/World Series: 1962/all-star: 1963, 1966, 1968-1971/Baseball’s Writer’s National League MVP Award: 1969], SD Padres, Oakland Athletics)

1939 - Sal Mineo (Salvatore Mineo, Jr.) (singer: Start Movin’, Lasting Love; actor: The Gene Krupa Story; died Feb 12, 1976)

1939 - Bill Toomey (U.S. Decathlon Olympic Gold Medalist [1968])

1943 - Jim Croce (singer, songwriter: You Don’t Mess Around with Jim, Time in a Bottle, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, I’ve Got a Name; killed in plane crash Sep 20, 1973)

1944 - Frank Sinatra Jr. (singer: It’s All Right; bandleader; died Mar 16, 2016)

1945 - Rod Stewart (singer, musician: Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?)

1946 - Bob Lang (musician: bass: group: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: Game of Love; Mindbenders: Groovy Kind of Love)

1948 - Donald Fagen (musician: keyboard: group: Steely Dan: LPs: Countdown to Ecstacy, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, Aja, Gaucho)

1948 - Cyril Neville (musician: percussion, singer: group: The Neville Brothers: LP: FiYo on the Bayou; Meters: Sophisticated Cissy, Cissy Strut)

1949 - George Foreman (boxer: oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 [Nov 5, 1994]; commercial pitchman)

1953 - Pat Benatar (Grammy award-winning singer: Crimes of Passion [1980], and Fire and Ice [1981], Hit Me with Your Best Shot)

1953 - Bobby Rahal (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1986])

1961 - Janet Jones-Gretzky (dancer, actress: Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, Dance Fever, The Beastmaster, The Flamingo Kid, A League of Their Own, The Firm: Total Body - Low Impact Aerobics; wife of hocky great Wayne Gretzky)

1967 - Trini Alvarado (actor: The Frighteners, Little Women, Stella, The Chair, Mrs. Soffel, Rich Kids)

1973 - Ryan Drummond (voice actor: voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in SEGA games; actor: Based on a True Story, Bring It On)

1973 - Glenn Robinson (basketball: Purdue Univ; NBA: Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers)

1974 - Jemaine Clement (comedian, actor: Flight of the Conchords, The Drinky Crow Show, Diagnosis: Death, Dinner for Schmucks, Men in Black 3)

1974 - Hollis Thomas (football: Northern Illinois Univ; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints)

1974 - Ryôka Yuzuki (actress: All Night Long, Angel of Darkness 3, Ladies in Torture I, Voyeurs, Inc.; anime voice actress: Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Hell Girl, Real Bout High School, Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club, X-TV)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - January 10
Symphony - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
White Cross on Okinawa - Bob Wills

Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
Changing Partners - Patti Page
The Gang that Sang ‘Heart of My Heart’ - The Four Aces
Bimbo - Jim Reeves

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

Raindrop Keep Fallin’ on My Head - B.J. Thomas
Someday We’ll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Baby, (Baby I Know You’re a Lady) - David Houston

How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Baby Come Back - Player
You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck

Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
That’s What Friends are For - Dionne & Friends
Morning Desire - Kenny Rogers

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

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