440 International Those Were the Days
June 3

Events - June 3
1800 - John Adams moved to Washington DC. He was the first President to live in what became the capital of the United States. It would be November before he would move into the People’s House, or the Executive Mansion, later known as the White House. Where did President Adams live until he moved into that big house? Holiday Inn, of course.

1856 - Cullen Whipple of Providence, RI patented the screw machine.

1871 - The Ocobock Brothers’ Bank in Corydon, IA was relieved of the sum of $6,000 in cash by 24-year-old Jesse James and his gang of outlaws.

1888 - There was no joy in Mudville this day, as "Casey at the Bat" was first published in "The San Francisco Examiner". The author was not given a byline in the paper, but he was given $5. Ernest Thayer wrote a series of comic ballads for the San Francisco paper. "Casey at the Bat" was the last, and the only one to live on through the years. William DeWolf Hopper, the well-known actor, first recited the poem at Wallach's Theatre in New York City this same year. That five minutes and 40 seconds became part of DeWolf Hopper's repertoire. It is said that he had told the tale of Mudville some 10,000 plus times.

1931 - "The Band Wagon", a Broadway musical, opened in New York City. The show ran for 260 performances.

1932 - Lou Gehrig connected for four consecutive home runs -- setting a major-league baseball record.

1932 - John J. McGraw retired as manager of the New York Giants. McGraw had led the Giants to ten National League pennants and three World Series championships.

1937 - Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson of Baltimore, MD, the woman who was the cause of King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne, was married this day to the former King (The Duke of Windsor). This was the storybook romance; the king in love with the commoner gives up his throne to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. They lived happily ever after ... in France.

1946 - Mutual Radio debuted "The Casebook of Gregory Hood". The show was the summer replacement series for "Sherlock Holmes". The mystery series became a regular weekly program in the fall of 1946.

1952 - Frank Sinatra recorded the classic "Birth of the Blues" for Columbia Records.

1959 - The first class to graduate from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO did so on this day.

1964 - "The Hollywood Palace" on ABC-TV hosted the first appearance of the first U.S. concert tour of The Rolling Stones. Dean Martin emceed the show. One critic called the Stones “dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than The Beatles.”

1978 - Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams combined their singing talents to reach the number one spot on the nation’s pop music charts with "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late".

1985 - After five years, the characters of Nancy and Chris Hughes returned to "As the World Turns". CBS-TV brought the couple back to the daytime serial to add more “homespun values” to the show.

1987 - George Michael’s "I Want Your Sex" was banned by the BBC (for daytime play). Michael had tried to explain that the song was about love, not lust.

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Birthdays - June 3
1780 - William Hone (author: [The Every-Day Book] Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements; “A good lather is half the shave.”; died Nov 6, 1842)

1808 - Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederate States of America [1861-1865]; U.S. Senator and Secretary of War; died Dec 5, 1889)

1878 - Barney Oldfield (Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Famer: the first American to drive a mile in a minute [1903]; testimonial for Firestone tires: “My only life insurance.”; died Oct 4, 1946)

1901 - Maurice Evans (actor: Macbeth, Planet of the Apes, Batman, Bewitched; died Mar 12, 1989)

1904 - Jan Peerce (Jacob Pincus Perlemuth) (opera singer: tenor; actor: Goodbye, Columbus; died Dec 15, 1984)

1910 - Paulette Goddard (Pauline Marion Levy) (actress: So Proudly We Hail!, Time of Indifference, Sins of Jezebel, Reap the Wild Wind, The Women; died Apr 23, 1990)

1917 - Leo Gorcey (actor: Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys series: Bowery Buckaroos, Here Come the Marines, ’Neath Brooklyn Bridge, Smuggler’s Cove; died June 2, 1969)

1918 - Lili St. Cyr (Willis Marie Van Schaak) (actress: The Naked and the Dead, Son of Sinbad; died Jan 29, 1999)

1922 - Alain Resnais (director: Last Year at Marienbad, Stavisky, Providence, On connaît la chanson; died Mar 1, 2014)

1924 - Colleen Dewhurst (Tony Award-winning actress: All the Way Home [1960], A Moon for the Misbegotten [1974]; Desire Under the Elms, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Mourning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness; Emmy Award-winner: Between Two Women [1986], Those She Left Behind [1989], Murphy Brown: Bon and Murphy and Ted and Avery [1991]; died Aug 22, 1991)

1925 - Tony Curtis (Bernard Schwartz) (actor: Some Like It Hot, The Great Impostor, The Defiant Ones, Houdini, Trapeze, The Boston Strangler, Christmas in Connecticut, The Count of Monte Cristo; died Sep 29, 2010)

1926 - (Irwin) Allen Ginsberg (Beat Generation poet: Howl, and Other Poems, Kaddish and Other Poems, Reality Sandwiches, The Fall of America: Poems of These States; died Apr 5, 1997)

1929 - Chuck Barris (producer: Dating Game, Newlywed Game, Three’s a Crowd; producer/host: The Gong Show; songwriter: Palisades Park; novelist: You and Me, Babe; died Mar 21, 2017)

1930 - Dakota Staton (Aliyah Rabia) (jazz singer: No Man is Going to Change Me, The Late Late Show, Dynamic!, Crazy He Calls Me, Time to Swing; died Apr 10, 2007)

1934 - Jim (James Edward) Gentile (‘Diamond Jim’: baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles [2 grand slams in same game: 1961/record shared with 8 others], KC Athletics, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians)

1939 - Ian Hunter (Patterson) (guitar, singer, songwriter: group: Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes, Ballad of Mott, All the Way to Memphis, The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll, Saturday Gigs; book: Diary of a Rock Star)

1942 - Curtis Mayfield (songwriter; Grammy Award-winning singer: Superfly, Freddie’s Dead; group: The Impressions; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99]; died Dec 26, 1999)

1943 - Billy Cunningham (‘Kangaroo Kid’: Basketball Hall of Famer: basketball: Philadelphia 76ers; Carolina Cougars: ABA player of the year [1972]; coach of Philadelphia ’76ers)

1945 - Hale Irwin (golf champion: U.S. Open: 1974, 1979, 1990: at age 45, he was the oldest U.S. Open winner)

1946 - Mike Clarke (Michael Dick) (musician: drummer: group: The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!; died Dec 19, 1993)

1946 - Eddie Holman (singer: Hey There Lonely Girl; made first singing appearance at age of two at Metropolitan AME Zion church, Norfolk, VA; ordained Baptist minister since the early 1980s)

1947 - Michael Burton (Olympic Gold medalist: 1,500-meter freestyle [1968, 1972], 400-meter freestyle [1968] - the only swimmer to win this event twice; founded Des Moines, Iowa Aquatic Club)

1950 - Suzi Quatro (Susan Kay Quatro) (singer: Stumblin’ In [w/Chris Norman]; actress: Happy Days)

1950 - Deniece Williams (singer: Let’s Hear It for the Boy, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late [w/Johnny Mathis], Free, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle)

1952 - Billy Powell (musician: keyboards: group: Lynryd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama; died Jan 28, 2009)

1954 - Dan Hill (singer: Sometimes When We Touch)

1958 - Scott Valentine (actor: Family Ties, Midnight Caller, Object of Obsession, Out of Annie’s Past, To Sleep with a Vampire, Write to Kill, Dangerous Pursuit, Deadtime Stories)

1961 - Charles Hart (Broadway lyricist: Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - June 3
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
The Happy Wanderer - Frank Weir
I Really Don’t Want to Know - Eddy Arnold

I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
Lovers Who Wander - Dion
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones

Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
Love on a Two-Way Street - The Moments
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
My Love - Sonny James

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams
You’re the One that I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Do You Know You are My Sunshine - The Statler Brothers

Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Live to Tell - Madonna
On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
Whoever’s in New England - Reba McEntire

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

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