Events - July 13
1812 - The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City on this day.
1832 - U.S. Indian agent and explorer Henry Schoolcraft stumbled upon the source of the Mississippi River. Its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico begins at Lake Itasca, Minnesota.
1836 - John Ruggles of Thomaston, Maine received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office under a new patent-numbering system. Before Ruggles, a U.S. Senator from Maine and the author of the 1836 Patent Act which brought back the examination process, there had been 9,957 non-numbered patents issued. Ruggles received his patent for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines.
1875 - David Brown of Lebanon, New Jersey patented the first cash-carrier system. It was a basket moved by a wire, a pail and pulleys, the forerunner of the pneumatic tube ... like those we use at the drive-in-bank windows.
1896 - Philadelpia’s Ed Delahanty became the second major-league player to hit four home runs in a single game.
1938 - Spectators paid 25 cents to witness the first television theatre that opened in Boston, MA. The variety show with dancing and song lasted 45 minutes and was attended by 200 people. The acts were performed on a floor above the theatre and transmitted downstairs by TV.
1939 - Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band. Frankie sang "Melancholy Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart".
1959 - "Dedicated to the One I Love", by The Shirelles, was released. The tune went to number 83 on the Top 100 chart of "Billboard" magazine. The song was re-released in 1961 and made it to number three on the charts. That’s just one case for being in the right place at the right time...
1971 - Reggie Jackson hit a home run off Doc Ellis in the All-Star Game in Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI. The shot bounced off the light tower deep in right field. The American League won the game 6-4.
1972 - Carroll Rosenbloom (owner of the Baltimore Colts) and Robert Irsay (of the Los Angeles Rams) came up with a unique trade for the NFL. The wealthy businessmen traded teams!
1973 - The Everly Brothers called it quits during a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Buena Park, CA. Phil Everly walked off the stage in the middle of the show and brother Don said, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” The duo reunited a decade later for a short time.
1973 - David Bedford set a new world record in the 10,000-meter race in London. The track star from Great Britain ran the distance in 27 minutes, 30.8 seconds.
1982 - The first All-Star Game played outside the United States was played this day in Montreal, Canada. The National League won for the 11th consecutive year, defeating the American League 4-1.
1985 - Duran Duran took "A View to a Kill", from the James Bond movie of the same name, to the top of the record charts this day. The song stayed on top for two weeks. "Live and Let Die" by Wings and "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon -- both James Bond themes -- got only as high as number two on the record charts.
1985 - The event was the "Live Aid" concert for African famine relief. The place was Philadelphia, PA and it was also, London, England. Electrifying performances from Philly's JFK Stadium, London's Wembley Stadium and other venues were telecast world-wide. The all-day and much-of-the-night concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. The audience was equally as big - 162,000 attended the concert and another 1.5 billion viewed it on TV. Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized the "Live Aid" concert, gathering the big name stars, all of whom performed without pay. "Live Aid" ran for some sixteen hours and raised over $100 million.
1986 - Kent Tekulve of the Philadelphia Phillies broke the National League record for relief appearances by notching his 820th performance. He helped the Phils with an 11-inning victory over the Houston Astros (5-4). Elroy Face of Pittsburgh had been the previous record holder in the National League.
1992 - An appeals court in New York ruled that Jett Williams, the secret daughter of Hank Williams Senior, was entitled to share the royalties from his songs. In 1984, Jett had hired investigator Keith Adkinson, who found that Jett had been deliberately defrauded out of her father’s estate and his copyright royalties. Adkinson sued on her behalf. On October 26, 1987 the Alabama Circuit Court ruled that Hank Williams was Jett’s father. On July 5, 1989 the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Jett had been defrauded, and awarded her half of her father’s estate. And on July 13, 1992 the federal court in New York awarded Jett her proportionate share of her father's copyright renewal royalties.
1995 - The temperature in Chicago, Illinois reached its all-time high -- 106 degrees (Fahrenheit) -- recorded at Midway Airport.
Birthdays - July 13
100 B.C. - Julius Caesar (Roman writer, orator, politician, emperor, dictator: “I came, I saw, I conquered.”; month of July named for him; assassinated Mar 15, 44 B.C.)
1886 - Father Edward Joseph Flanagan (Catholic priest, founder of Boys Town, Omaha NE; died May 15, 1948)
1913 - Dave Garroway (TV talk-show host: Today, Garroway at Large; died July 21, 1982)
1914 - Sam Hanks (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner [1957: 135.601 mph]; died June 27, 1994)
1927 - Ruben (Colon) Gomez (baseball: pitcher: NY Giants [World Series: 1954], SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins; died July 26, 2004)
1928 - Bob (Robert Edward) Crane (actor: Hogan’s Heroes, Return to Peyton Place, Super Dad; DJ: KNX [LA]; found murdered in his hotel room in Scottsdale, AZ June 29, 1978)
1931 - Frank Ramsey (The Kentucky Colonel: Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: played in 7 NBA championships; coach: Kentucky Colonels)
1933 - David Storey (playwright: The Performance of Small Firms, This Sporting Life)
1934 - Wole Soyinka (Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka) (author: The Strong Breed, The Lion and the Jewel)
1935 - Jack Kemp (football: NFL QB: San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills; U.S. congressman from NY [1971-1989]: chairman of House Republican Conference [1980-1987]; U.S. presidential candidate ; U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development [1989-1992]; Republican party candidate for vice-president [w/Bob Dole: 1996]; died May 2, 2009)
1937 - Charles Coody (golf: Masters Champion )
1940 - Patrick Stewart (actor: Star Trek: The Next Generation [series], Gunmen, Excalibur, L.A. Story, Conspiracy Theory, X-Men)
1941 - Robert Forster (actor: Cover Story, Diplomatic Immunity, Delta Force, Standing Tall, The Death Squad, Medium Cool, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Banyon, Nakia)
1942 - Stephen Jo Bladd (musician: drums: group: J. Geils Band: Centerfold)
1942 - Harrison Ford (actor: The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones series, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti, Sabrina, The Devil’s Own, Air Force One, Six Days Seven Nights, Random Hearts)
1942 - Roger McGuinn (musician: guitar; singer, group: The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman, Turn! Turn! Turn!)
1944 - Erno Rubik (inventor: Rubik’s Cube)
1946 - (Richard) Cheech Marin (Cheech of Cheech and Chong; comedic actor: Desperado, Far Out Man, Born in East L.A., Rude Awakening, Nash Bridges, Judging Amy)
1946 - Stu Lantz (basketball: Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Jazz, LA Lakers; color commentary w/Chuck Hearn on Laker games)
1950 - Dennis Giannini (hockey: Quebec Aces, Cleveland Barons, Jacksonville Barons, Portland Buckaroos, New Haven Nighthawks, Baltimore Clippers, Rhode-Island Reds)
1954 - Louise Mandrell (country singer: Put It on Me, Everlasting Love, Reunited [w/husband, R.C. Bannon], You Sure Know Your Way Around My Heart, Some of My Friends are Old Songs, Save Me)
1955 - Kevin (Robert) Bell (baseball: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics)
1956 - Bill (William Holland) Caudill (baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1984], Toronto Blue Jays)
1956 - Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza (musician: bass: groups: Dictators, Twisted Sister: I Am [I’m Me], The Kids are Back, LPs: Stay Hungry, Come Out and Play, Love is for Suckers)
1956 - Michael Spinks (International Boxing Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medal-winning boxer ; champion: light heavyweight, heavyweight; total bouts: 33, won: 32, lost: 1, KOs: 21)
1961 - Lawrence Donegan (musician: bass: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
1972 - Sean Waltman (pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Royal Rumble, WWF Judgement Day, WWF Armageddon)
Chart Toppers - July 13
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
I Don’t Know Enough About You - The Mills Brothers
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Even Tho - Webb Pierce
The Stripper - David Rose
Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
Al Di La’ - Emilio Pericoli
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Take a Chance on Me - Abba
I Believe in You - Mel Tillis
Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
Invisible Touch - Genesis
Nasty - Janet Jackson
Hearts aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love) - Lee Greenwood
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
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