Events - July 22
1926 - Babe Ruth proved that he could catch a baseball. In a stunt at Mitchell Field in New York, Ruth, a private in the National Guard, caught a baseball that was dropped from an airplane. The plane was at 250 feet and traveling at about 100 miles-per-hour. As the cowhide hit the leather of Ruth’s glove, the ‘Bambino’ said, “Eeeeeeeooooooowwwwwcccchhh!”
1933 - Aviator Wiley Post ended his first around-the-world flight on this day. Post traveled 15,596 miles in just over a week (7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes). His famous plane was called the "Winnie Mae".
1933 - Caterina Jarboro became the first black prima donna of an opera company. The singer performed "Aida" with the Chicago Opera Company at the Hippodrome in New York City.
1934 - Public enemy number one, the notorious John Dillinger, was gunned down and mortally wounded by FBI agents at the Biograph Theatre in Chicago, IL.
1937 - Hal Kemp and his orchestra recorded the now-standard, "Got a Date with an Angel", for Victor Records in Hollywood, California. The distinctive vocal on the tune is provided by Skinnay Ennis.
1944 - The Bretton Woods (New Hampshire) Conference created the International Monetary Fund on this day. The IMF is “...a cooperative institution that [many] countries have voluntarily joined because they see the advantage of consulting with one another in this forum to maintain a stable system of buying and selling their currencies so that payments in foreign money can take place between countries smoothly and without delay.” The IMF was based on the ideas of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Director of Monetary Research, Harry Dexter White, John Maynard Keynes of England and the IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction & Development). The IMF began operations in Washington, D.C. in May 1946 with 39 member countries.
1955 - U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C. It was the first time that a Vice President had carried out this task.
1963 - World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston hung on to his boxing title by knocking out challenger Floyd Patterson in the first round of a bout in Las Vegas, NV.
1965 - "Till Death Us Do Part" debuted on England’s BBC-TV. The show was so popular that it became a TV series in Great Britain and was the forerunner of the 1971-92 CBS-TV hit, "All In The Family", starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton.
1967 - The "Billboard" singles chart showed that "Windy", by The Association, was the most popular record in the U.S. for the fourth straight week. The Los Angeles-based sextet would make way for Jim Morrison and The Doors a week later when "Light My Fire" became the hottest record of the mid-summer.
1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.
1977 - Tony Orlando announced his retirement from show business. Orlando was performing in Cohasset, MA when he said that he had finally decided to call it quits. Orlando had two solo hits in 1961 ("Halfway to Paradise" and "Bless You") and 14 hits with his backup singers (known as Dawn) through the mid-1970s. He also hosted a weekly TV variety show with Dawn (Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent) from 1974-1976.
1979 - Frenchman Bernard Hinault won the Tour de France in 103 hours, 6 minutes and 50 seconds. It was the second time that the bicyclist had won the event. He took a little longer to complete the course the previous year, finishing in 108 hours and 18 minutes. Hinault won this event again in 1981, 1982 (his best time, 92 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds) and 1985.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen became the hottest ticket in the rock concert biz as 70,000 Cleveland fans lined up (in less than three hours) to grab tickets to see the ‘Boss’.
1990 - Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France. He outdistanced all other cyclists by finishing in 90 hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds. His time was slower than his past wins. LeMond won in 1986 and again in 1989 with his best time of 87 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds. It seems like you have to be French to win the Tour de France, you say? Wrong, bicycle breath! Greg LeMond represented the U.S.A.
1994 - O.J. Simpson pleaded “absolutely, 100 percent not guilty” to charges he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole and restaurant worker, Ronald Goldman; and the case was assigned to Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito in Los Angeles.
1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a bill designed to mold the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) into a friendlier, fairer tax collector. Democrat and Republican lawmakers attended the bill-signing ceremony at White House. Now that it’s been a few years, what do you think of this fuzzy, warm IRS?
Birthdays - July 22
1784 - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (German astronomer and mathematician: first to triangulate the heavens by observing the parallax of the star 61 Cygni [the change in its angular position as the Earth moved between opposite extremes of its orbit]: Bessel estimated the distance of the star to be 10·1 light years [the Bessel function]; died Mar 17, 1846)
1890 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (mother of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy; died Jan 22, 1995)
1893 - Karl Menninger (psychiatrist: founded [w/brother & father] the Menninger Clinic and Foundation, Topeka, KS to care for people with emotional problems; died July 18, 1990)
1898 - Stephen Vincent Benét (Pulitzer prize-winning poet: , John Brown’s Body , Western Star ; author: The Devil and Daniel Webster; died Mar 13, 1943)
1898 - Alexander (Stirling) Calder (sculptor: wood, bronze, mobiles; died Nov 11, 1976)
1921 - Jim (Manuel Joseph) Rivera (‘Jungle Jim’: baseball: Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], SL Browns, KC Athletics)
1923 - Bob (Robert) Dole (U.S. Senate majority leader, 1996 GOP candidate for president of U.S.)
1924 - Margaret Whiting (singer: Moonlight in Vermont, It Might as Well Be Spring, Now is the Hour, Far Away Places, A Tree in the Meadow, w/Jimmy Wakely: Slippin’ Around, Wedding Bells Will Soon Be Ringing; Jan 10, 2011)
1928 - Orson Bean (Dallas Burroughs) (comedian, actor: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; game show panelist: To Tell the Truth, I’ve Got a Secret, Keep Talking; author: 25 Ways to Cook a Mouse)
1929 - Marcia Henderson (actress: The Aldrich Family, Thunder Bay, Naked Alibi, Deadly Duo; died Nov 23, 1987)
1932 - Oscar de la Renta (fashion designer; died Oct 20, 2014)
1934 - Louise Fletcher (actress: High School High, Two Moon Junction series, Nightmare on the 13th Floor, Final Notice, Flowers in the Attic, Invaders from Mars, A Summer to Remember, Natural Enemies, Lady in Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
1937 - Chuck Jackson (singer: Any Day Now, I Don’t Want to Cry)
1938 - Terence Stamp (actor: Superman: The Movie, Far from the Madding Crowd, Alien Nation, Billy Budd, Wall Street, Young Guns, The Real McCoy)
1940 - Alex Trebek (game show host: Jeopardy, Concentration, The $128,000 Question; narrator: Heart of Courage)
1940 - Thomas Wayne (Perkins) (singer: Tragedy; died Aug 15, 1971)
1941 - George Clinton (aka Dr. Funkenstein, also Maggot Overlord) (singer: groups: The Parliaments: [I Just Wanna] Testify; Funkadelic: LP: Funkadelic, Maggot Brain, One Nation Under a Groove, Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, Trombipulation, The Electric Spanking of War Babies; Parliament: Mothership Connection; Brides of Funkenstein; Parlet; Bootsy’s Rubber Band; solo: LP: Computer Games: single: Atomic Dog; Parliament/Funkadelic motto: Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow)
1943 - Bobby Sherman (singer: Little Woman, Julie, Do Ya Love Me; actor: Shindig, Here Come the Brides, Getting Together; founder of TAC-5, a paramedics group)
1944 - Estelle Bennett (singer: group: The Ronettes: Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Do I Love You, [The Best Part Of] Breaking Up, Walking in the Rain; died Feb 11, 2009)
1944 - Rick Davies (musician: keyboard, singer: group: Supertramp)
1944 - Sparky (Albert) Lyle (baseball: NY Yankees pitcher: Cy Young Award )
1946 - Danny Glover (actor: Lethal Weapon series, Silverado, Escape from Alcatraz, Chiefs, The Color Purple, Angels in the Outfield, Places in the Heart)
1947 - Albert Brooks (Einstein) (actor: Broadcast News, Lost in America, Private Benjamin, Taxi Driver)
1947 - Don Henley (drummer, singer: groups: Shiloh; The Eagles: Hotel California; solo: Dirty Laundry, All She Wants to Do is Dance, The End of the Innocence; songwriter: The Boys of Summer)
1947 - Cliff (Clifford) Johnson (baseball: Houston Astros, NY Yankees [World Series: 1977, 1978], Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers)
1955 - Willem Dafoe (actor: Platoon, Mississippi Burning, Clear and Present Danger, New York Nights)
1956 - Scott (Douglas) Sanderson (baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1990], NY Yankees [all-star: 1991], California Angels, SF Giants, Chicago White Sox)
1963 - Rob Estes (director, actor: Silk Stalkings, Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Terror in the Mall, Outreach)
1963 - Joanna Going (actress: Search for Tomorrow, Another World, Dark Shadows, Wyatt Earp, Still Breathing, NetForce, Cupid & Cate)
1964 - John Leguizamo (actor: The Fan, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Super Mario Bros., Carlito’s Way, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Casualties of War; actor, playwright: Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama; comedian: House of Buggin’)
1964 - David Spade (writer, comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Coneheads, A Very Brady Sequel, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, The Rugrats Movie, Lost & Found)
1965 - Michael Hickenbottom (pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania series, Royal Rumble series, Sunday Night Heat, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon)
1965 - Patrick Labyorteaux (actor: JAG, Mame, Little House on the Prairie, Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College, 3 Ninjas, Redemption of the Ghost, Hollywood Palms)
1967 - Irene Bedard (actress: Crazy Horse, Grand Avenue, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale; voice-over: Pocahontas)
Chart Toppers - July 22
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Honey-Babe - Art Mooney
The House of Blue Lights - Chuck Miller
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce
Surf City - Jan & Dean
So Much in Love - The Tymes
Memphis - Lonnie Mack
Act Naturally - Buck Owens
It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Don’t Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Good Times - Chic
Makin’ It - David Naughton
Shadows in the Moonlight - Anne Murray
Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
Don’t Disturb This Groove - The System
I Know Where I’m Going - The Judds
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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