440 International Those Were the Days
July 29

Events - July 29
1754 - The first international boxing match was held -- in Harlston, England. Jack Slack, the champion from Great Britain, knocked out the French challenger, Jean Petit. Everybody got home at a decent hour, too -- the bout lasted only 25 minutes.

1786 - "The Pittsburgh Gazette" became the first newspaper published west of the Alleghenies.

1874 - Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of England received a patent for the lawn-tennis court.

1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York and San Francisco.

1931 - Helen Wills Moody mentioned that she favored short skirts and no stockings when she played tennis. However, she said that shorts would never be popular with top women tennis players. By gosh, she was right.

1950 - RKO pictures released the Walt Disney adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson literary classic, "Treasure Island".

1957 - Jack Paar began a successful five-year run as host of the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV, changing its name to "The Jack Paar Tonight Show". Jack Paar came to NBC from CBS where he had been a game and talk-show host. Paar's forte was interviewing. He would get so involved with his guests and their stories that he would not only laugh with them, but would sometimes, even cry. Paar's emotional outbursts, whether they involved an interviewee, a personal crusade or a feud with the likes of Ed Sullivan or Dorothy Kilgallen, became the major attraction of the show. Jose Melis and his orchestra stayed with Paar through the years as did his sidekick and announcer, Hugh Downs. The very first show had as guests Alexander King, singer Robert Merrill, and funnyman Buddy Hackett. King and Hackett became regulars over the years just as Jack Paar became a regular in our bedrooms every weekday night until March 30, 1962.

1958 - The United States space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was authorized by Congress this day.

1965 - The Queen of England attended the premiere of the motion picture, "Help!", starring The Beatles. The command performance was held at the London Pavilion. The film later earned first prize at the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.

1974 - Jim Hartz was named to join Barbara Walters as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC. Hartz had been the original host of the popular morning TV show. Others who have hosted the show which has aired since 1952 include Dave Garroway, John Chancellor, Hugh Downs, Frank McGee, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.

1981 - Millions of people around the world watched on television as England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took center stage amidst the pomp and splendor of their royal wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The ceremony took place in the wee small hours of the morning in America, but was still a ratings success, with coverage on all networks. 2,500 guests were in actual attendance.

1983 - Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres was injured in the first game of a doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves. Because he was unable to play in the second game, his National League consecutive game record ended at 1,207.

1996 - Carl Lewis won his ninth Olympic gold medal by winning the long jump competition at the 1996 games. Lewis tied swimmer Mark Spitz for most golds by an American athlete. Lewis also was only the second athlete (the other was discus thrower Al Oerter) to win the same track event in four straight Olympics.

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Birthdays - July 29
1861 - Alice Roosevelt (1st wife of 26th President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt; died Feb 14, 1884 [17 years before her husband became President])

1869 - Booth Tarkington (Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Magnificent Ambersons [1919], Alice Adams [1922]; died May 19, 1946)

1887 - Sigmund Romberg (operetta composer: Blossom Time, The Student Prince, The Desert Song, Up in Central Park; songs: When Hearts are Young, Deep in My Heart Dear, Golden Days, Lover Come Back to Me, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, When I Grow Too Old to Dream; founding member of ASCAP; died Nov 9, 1951)

1905 - Clara (Gordon) Bow (actress: Hula, Dancing Mothers, Mantrap, Free to Love, Down to the Sea in Ships; died Sep 27, 1965)

1907 - Melvin Belli (‘King of Torts’: attorney: represented Mae West, Errol Flynn, Muhammad Ali, Jack Ruby, Tammy Fae Bakker; author: Everybody’s Guide to the Law; died July 9, 1996)

1911 - Stephen (Horace) McNally (actor: Dear Detective, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Bullet is Waiting, The Black Castle; died June 4, 1994)

1917 - Homer (Henry D. Haynes) (comedy singer: duo: Homer and Jethro: Baby, It’s Cold Outside [w/June Carter (Cash)], That Hound Dog in the Winder, Hernando’s Hideaway, The Battle of Kookamonga, I Want to Hold Your Hand; died Aug 7, 1971)

1921 - Richard Egan (actor: Love Me Tender, The Hunters, A Summer Place, Blackbeard the Pirate; died July 20, 1987)

1924 - Lloyd Bochner (actor: Naked Gun 2 1/2, Morning Glory, Dynasty, The Richard Boone Show, One Man’s Family, Hong Kong; died Oct 29, 2005)

1924 - Robert Horton (actor: Wagon Train, A Man Called Shenandoah, Kings Row, The Green Slime, Men of the Fighting Lady; died Mar 9, 2016)

1925 - Ted Lindsay (Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: 4 Stanley Cup titles, Chicago Black Hawks; held NHL records for most goals and assists by a left wing and most minutes spent in penalty box)

1926 - Don Carter (bowling champion: U.S. Open 4 time winner [1953, 1954, 1957, 1958]; died Jan 5, 2012)

1930 - Paul Taylor (dancer: Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company: Emmy Award-winning choreographer: Speaking in Tongues [1992], Kennedy Center Honors [1992] “...for enhancing the lives of people around the world and enriching the culture of our nation.”)

1933 - Robert Fuller (actor: Laramie, Wagon Train, Emergency, Maverick, Donner Pass: The Road to Survival, Sinai Commandos)

1933 - Randy Sparks (folk singer, songwriter: groups: New Christy Minstrels: Green, Green, Saturday Night, Today; The Back Porch Majority, Randy Sparks and the Patch Family)

1934 - Felix (Lamela) Mantilla (baseball: Milwaukee Braves [World Series: 1957, 1958], NY Mets, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1965], Houston Astros)

1938 - Peter Jennings (journalist: World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Peter Jennings’ Journal [ABC radio]; died Aug 7, 2005)

1938 - Don (Donald Ralph) Wert (baseball: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968/all-star: 1968], Washington Senators)

1941 - David Warner (actor: Holocaust, Tron, Tom Jones, Time Bandits, Star Trek V & VI, Wild Palms, Ice Cream Man, In the Mouth of Madness, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Man with Two Brains)

1946 - Neal Doughty (musician: keyboards: group: REO Speedwagon: Can’t Fight this Feeling, Keep on Loving You, Take It on the Run)

1949 - Marilyn Quayle (Tucker) (wife of 44th Vice-President of the U.S. Dan Quayle)

1951 - Dan (Daniel) Driessen (baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975, 1976], Montreal Expos, SF Giants, Houston Astros, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1987])

1953 - Ken Burns (Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director: The Civil War [1990-91]; Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Frank Lloyd Wright)

1953 - Geddy Lee (musician: bass, singer: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, Necromancer, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning)

1956 - Patti Scialfa (singer: backup vocalist for Bruce Springsteen on 1988 tour)

1963 - Alexandra Paul (actress: Baywatch, The Paperboy, Sunset Grill, American Nightmare, Christine)

1966 - Martina McBride (country singer: The Time Has Come, The Way I Am, Wild Angels, Evolution, Live from the Crazy Horse [Radio Show])

1972 - Wil Wheaton (actor: Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers, Star Trek: the Next Generation, The Liar’s Club)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - July 29
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Surrender - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Kay Starr
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Even Tho - Webb Pierce

Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
Sealed with a Kiss - Brian Hyland
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Make It with You - Bread
Wonder Could I Live There Anymore - Charley Pride

Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Only One Love in My Life - Ronnie Milsap

Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
On the Other Hand - Randy Travis

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

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