440 International Those Were the Days
July 3

Events - July 3
1819 - This was a great day for those folks who liked to save for a rainy day. The first bank in the U.S. opened in New York City. Business was brisk with $2,807 deposited in the Bank for Savings.

1871 - The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the "Montezuma".

1878 - John Wise of Lancaster, PA was the pilot for the maiden flight of a dirigible.

1890 - The Spud State, the Potato State, the Gem State are all synonymous with Idaho, which entered the United States of America on this day. The capital of the 43rd state is Boise. The official state bird is the mountain bluebird; the state flower is the syringa ... or lilac, to the non-botanists among us.

1912 - Rube Marquard set a baseball pitching record. The hurler and his New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-1, earning Marquard his 19th consecutive win.

1922 - Readers were introduced to "Fruit Garden and Home" magazine. In two years, the publication would be renamed "Better Homes and Gardens".

1937 - Del Mar race track opened in sunny Del Mar, California.

1939 - Chic Young’s comic strip character, "Blondie" was first heard on CBS radio. Later, the popular comic strip would become a TV favorite, as well.

1940 - The hilarious comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted with their network radio show on NBC. The duo replaced Fred Allen for the summer months.

1941 - Cab Calloway and his orchestra recorded the standard, "St. James Infirmary", for Okeh Records.

1945 - Victor Borge was first heard on NBC radio. The network gave the comedian/pianist the summer replacement slot for "Fibber McGee and Molly".

1945 - The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Automotive production had been diverted to military production for the war (WWII) effort.

1953 - Harry Belafonte was shown with actress Janet Leigh and film star Tony Curtis on the cover of "Ebony" magazine. It was the first time a black person and two Caucasians were seen together on a U.S. magazine cover.

1973 - Clint Holmes received a gold record for his hit single, "Playground in My Mind".

1976 - Brian Wilson rejoined The Beach Boys, who were appearing at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA (before 74,000 fans). Wilson had been out of the group’s road tour schedule for 12 years.

1976 - 103 hostages were rescued by an Israeli commando unit in a raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. 106 hostages had been taken from a hijacked Air France airliner on its way to Paris from Tel Aviv. Seven pro-Palestinian guerrilla hijackers, 20 Ugandan soldiers and 3 hostages were killed in the raid.

1985 - Kevin Curren whipped #1-seeded John McEnroe at the Wimbledon tennis championships. McEnroe had been attempting to become the first American to earn three consecutive men’s titles at Wimbledon.

1986 - Mikhail Baryshnikov, considered by many to be the world’s greatest ballet dancer, became a U.S. citizen in ceremonies at Ellis Island, New York Harbor.

1988 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan issued a statement to the world, and an apology to the Iranian people, “I am saddened to report that it appears that in a proper defensive action by the "USS Vincennes" this morning in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian airliner was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz ... We greatly regret any loss of life ...” (290 died when the "Vincennes" fired upon Iran Air Flight 655, mistaking the plane for a hostile F-14 fighter plane.)

1996 - “Earth, take a good look. It could be your last.” "Independence Day" was shown for the first time to U.S. audiences. Gigantic alien spacecraft are parked in orbit around the Earth, getting set to attack major points around the globe. The weirdos from outer space wipe out New York, Los Angeles, and Washington just for practice. Survivors come up with a plan to fight back ... and just do manage to save the planet. The movie was a blockbuster, doing $50.23 million in its debut weekend. How could it miss with a star-studded cast including Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, James Rebhorn and Harvey Fierstein!

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Birthdays - July 3
1878 - George M. (Michael) Cohan (actor, singer, composer: Over There, The Yankee Doodle Boy, Give My Regards to Broadway, Mary’s a Grand Old Name, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Harrigan; subject of movie: Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Broadway show: George M!; died Nov 5, 1942)

1906 - George Sanders (Academy Award-winning actor: All About Eve [1950]; The Quiller Memorandum, Picture of Dorian Gray, Village of the Damned, A Shot in the Dark, Samson and Delilah; died Apr 25, 1972)

1915 - Jerry Gray (arranger, bandleader: The Glenn Miller Orchestra; died Aug 10, 1976)

1921 - Susan Peters (Carnahan) (actress: Andy Hardy’s Double Life, Random Harvest; died Oct 23, 1952)

1927 - Ken Russell (director: Women in Love, The Music Lovers, Altered States, Tommy, The Boy Friend, Prisoner of Honor; died Nov 27, 2011)

1930 - Pete Fountain (clarinetist: New Orleans jazz great; Lawrence Welk Show, For the First Time; died Aug 6, 2016)

1937 - Tom Stoppard (Straussler) (playwright: The Real Thing, On the Razzle, Travesties, Empire of the Sun)

1940 - Fontella Bass (singer: Rescue Me; died Dec 26, 2012)

1940 - Cesar (Leonardo) ‘Pepito’ Tovar (baseball: Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees; died July 14, 1994)

1943 - Kurtwood Smith (actor: To Die For, The Crush, Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, Dead Poets Society, Rambo 3, RoboCop, The New Adventures of Bean Baxter, Big Wave Dave’s)

1944 - Jethro Pugh (football: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle: Super Bowl V, VI, X, XII, XIII; died Jan 7, 2015)

1945 - Michael Cole (actor: Mod Squad, Chuka, Nickel Mountain)

1945 - Paul Naumoff (football: Detroit Lions [Lions record: tackles in a game: 21 vs. Cleveland Nov. 9, 1975])

1946 - Johnny Lee (country singer: Lookin’ for Love, One in a Million, Bet Your Heart on Me)

1947 - Betty Buckley (actress: Cats, Eight is Enough, Carrie, Wyatt Earp; singer: Memories)

1948 - Paul Barrere (musician: guitar: group: Little Feat: On Your Way Down, Day at the Dog Races; solo: LP: On My Own Two Feet)

1949 - Jan Smithers (actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, Mr. Nice Guy, Where the Lilies Bloom)

1952 - Laura Branigan (singer: Gloria, Solitaire, How am I Supposed to Live Without You, Self Control, Theme Song from Octopussy, Hot Night; died [brain aneurysm] Aug 26, 2004)

1953 - Frank (Daryl) Tanana (baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1976, 1977, 1978], Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, NY Mets, NY Yankees)

1953 - Dave Lewis (hockey: NY Islanders, LA Kings, NJ Devils, Detroit Red Wings [player, coach])

1953 - John Verhoeven (baseball: pitcher: California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins)

1955 - Neil Clark (musician: guitar: group: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)

1955 - Matt (Lon) Keough (baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1978] , NY Yankees, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros)

1956 - Montel Williams (TV talk show host: The Montel Williams Show)

1960 - Vince Clarke (songwriter: group: DePeche Mode: Just Can’t Get Enough, See You; musician: keyboards: groups: Yaz: Only You, Don’t Go, Nobody’s Diary; The Assembly: Never Never; Erasure: Sometimes)

1962 - Tom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) (actor: Mission: Impossible series, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Days of Thunder, Born on the Fourth of July, Cocktail, Top Gun, Rain Man, The Color of Money, Taps, Interview with a Vampire, Jerry Maguire, Eyes Wide Shut, Mission: Impossible II, Collateral, War of the Worlds)

1962 - Thomas Gibson (actor: Far and Away, The Age of Innocence, Barcelona, Dharma & Greg, Eyes Wide Shut)

1962 - Hunter Tylo (actress: All My Children, Final Cut, Days of Our Lives, Longshot)

1966 - Moises Alou (baseball: Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros)

1970 - Teemu Selanne (‘The Finnish Flash’: hockey: Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, San-Jose Sharks)

1970 - Shawnee Smith (actress: Becker, Iron Eagle, Who's Harry Crumb?, Desperate Hours, Leaving Las Vegas, Arsenio, Armageddon, Karen Black: Actress at Work)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - July 3
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
A Guy is a Guy - Doris Day
Be Anything - Eddy Howard
That Heart Belongs to Me - Webb Pierce

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool - Connie Francis
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
Because They’re Young - Duane Eddy
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin

This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Angel of the Morning - Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette

Silly Love Songs - Wings
Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right) - Silver Convention
Misty Blue - Dorthy Moore
All These Things - Joe Stampley

The Reflex - Duran Duran
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
When Doves Cry - Prince
I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight) - Vern Gosdin

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

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