Events - July 11
1804 - Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton to death in their famous duel. Samuel Broadhurst, a relative of Burr’s, had tried to negotiate a settlement between the two, but Burr offered the challenge and the duel ensued. Burr won by drawing first blood with his swift sword, a gun, in this case. (Kids: please don’t try this at home. Thank you...)
1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth made $2,900 his rookie season. Just six years later, his paycheck was worth $125,000 when he became a member of the New York Yankees.
1916 - One of America’s great race horses died. Dan Patch was the celebrated horse that had never lost a race. He first became known for promoting his owner’s feed company in Savage, Minnesota. Interestingly, Mr. Savage died several days after his beloved trotter died.
1918 - Enrico Caruso bypassed opera for a short time to join the war (WWI) effort. Caruso recorded "Over There", the patriotic song written by George M. Cohan.
1934 - The first appointments to the newly created Federal Communications Commission were made. The governing body of the American broadcasting industry was first served by seven men named as commissioners.
1950 - Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams suffered a broken elbow during the All-Star baseball game in Chicago.
1955 - The first class of 306 cadets was sworn in at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado, the temporary home of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A bill establishing the Academy had been signed by President Eisenhower on April 1, 1954. The Cadet Wing moved to the academy’s permanent home north of Colorado Springs CO in 1958.
1964 - 18-year-old Millie Small was riding high on the pop music charts with "My Boy Lollipop" (#2, 7/04/64). Listen carefully to the tune and you’ll hear Rod Stewart playing harmonica. Millie Small was known as the ‘Blue Beat Girl’ in Jamaica, her homeland.
1967 - Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition just one day after he and members Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams left The New Christy Minstrels. The First Edition hosted a syndicated TV variety show in 1972. Hits made popular by the group include: "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)", "But You Know I Love You", "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town", "Ruben James", and "Something’s Burning".
1973 - Tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs announced their forthcoming (September, 1973) "Battle of the Sexes". The winner would take home $100,000. The event would be staged at the Houston Astrodome in Texas (before 30,472 spectators, as it turned out; the largest crowd ever for a tennis match) and broadcast on national TV. Who would win? Hint: The female sex.
1985 - Zippers for stitches were announced by Dr. H. Harlan Stone. The surgeon had used zippers on 28 patients whom he thought might require additional operations because of internal bleeding following initial operations. The zippers, which lasted between five and 14 days, were then replaced with permanent stitches.
1985 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first major-league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career as he led the Astros to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Danny Heep, formerly of the Astros, gave Ryan his milestone by fanning on three straight pitches.
1987 - Bo Jackson signed a $7.4 million contract to play football for the LA Raiders for five years. Jackson became a two-sport player as he continued to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals.
Birthdays - July 11
1754 - Thomas Bowdler (medical doctor, bowdlerizer [literary censor]: he bowdlerized [removed] all words “...Which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family.”; died Feb 24, 1825)
1767 - John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. President [1825-1829]; married to Louisa Johnson [three sons, one daughter]; son of 2nd President John Adams; nickname: Old Man Eloquent; died Feb 23, 1848)
1899 - E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (author: Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Is Sex Necessary?, The Elements of Style; died Oct 1, 1985)
1906 - Harry von Zell (radio/TV actor, announcer: Eddie Cantor, Burns and Allen programs; famous blooper: “Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States, Hoobert Heever -- I mean, Herbert Hoover.”; died Nov 21, 1981)
1920 - Yul Brynner (Taidje Khan) (Academy & Tony Award-winning actor: The King and I [1956, 1951 resp.]; The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Anastasia, The Brothers Karamazov, Futureworld, Westworld; died Oct 10, 1985)
1922 - Gene Evans (actor: My Friend Flicka, Walking Tall, Support Your Local Sheriff, Operation Petticoat, The Concrete Cowboys; died Apr 1, 1998)
1924 - Brett Somers (actress: The Odd Couple, Perry Mason; TV panelist: Match Game P.M.; died Sep 15, 2007)
1928 - Carl ‘Bobo’ Olson (World/Internet Boxing Hall of Famer: middleweight champ: career record: 93-16-2 [44 KOs]; Edward J. Neil Trophy for Fighter of the Year: 1954; died Jan 16, 2002)
1929 - Paul Harney (golf: PGA tour pro; owns and operates Paul Harney Golf Club, North Falmouth MA)
1930 - Harold Bloom (literary critic; author: The Western Canon, The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry, Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, & Resurrection)
1931 - Tab Hunter (Arthur Gelien) (singer: Young Love, Ninety-Nine Ways, Apple Blossom Time; actor: Battle Cry, Damn Yankees, Island of Desire, Judge Roy Bean, Ride the Wild Surf; died July 8, 2018)
1934 - Bob Allison (baseball: Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins; died Apr 9, 1995)
1934 - Giorgio Armani (fashion designer: Outstanding International Designer Award )
1939 - Larry Laoretti (golf: champ: U.S. Senior Open )
1944 - Lou Hudson (basketball: Univ. of Minnesota, Atlanta Hawks)
1946 - Beverly Todd (actress: Class of ’61, Clara’s Heart, Baby Boom, Brother John, Roots, The Redd Foxx Show, Having Babies)
1947 - Jeff Hanna (musician: guitar, singer: group: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Mr. Bojangles, Modern Day Romance, Long Hard Road)
1948 - Ernie Holmes (football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle: Super Bowl IX, X; died Jan 17, 2008)
1950 - Bonnie Pointer (Grammy Award-winning singer [w/sister Anita]: Fairy Tale; solo: Fire, Steam Heat; LPs: Bonnie Pointer, If the Price is Right; group: Pointer Sisters: Yes We Can Can, Wang Wang Doodle, How Long [Betcha Got a Chick on the Side], I’m So Excited, Jump [For My Love]; LPs: That’s a Plenty, Live at the Opera House, Steppin, Having a Party)
1952 - Stephen Lang (actor: Tombstone, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman, Crime Story)
1953 - Leon Spinks (boxer: world heavyweight champion [1981,83])
1956 - Sela Ward (actress: Sisters, The Fugitive, Child of Darkness, Child of Light)
1957 - Peter Murphy (singer: group: Bauhaus)
1958 - Mark Lester (actor: Oliver, The Prince and the Pauper, Fahrenheit 451)
1963 - Lisa Rinna (model, actress: Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
1966 - Debbe Dunning (actress: Home Improvement)
Chart Toppers - July 11
I’ll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Delicado - The Percy Faith Orchestra
That Heart Belongs to Me - Webb Pierce
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Mule Skinner Blues - The Fendermen
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
I’ll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson
The Door is Always Open - Dave & Sugar
When Doves Cry - Prince
Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters
Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody - Conway Twitty
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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