440 International Those Were the Days
June 7

Events - June 7
1860 - The book, "Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter" by Mrs. Ann Stevens, was offered for sale for a dime on this day. The 128 page book became the first ‘dime novel’.

1892 - J.F. Palmer of Chicago, IL patented the cord bicycle tire. Not quite a steel-belted radial for bikes, but a lot better than what had been called a tire, to be sure.

1892 - The first pinch-hitter in baseball was used in a game. “Now pinch hitting: Dirty Jack Doyle.” John Joseph ‘Jack’ Doyle played in a game between the Cleveland Spiders and Ward’s Wonders of Brooklyn, NY.

1909 - Actress Mary Pickford made her motion picture debut in "The Violin Maker of Cremona".

1937 - The cover of "LIFE" magazine showed the latest in campus fashions of the times which included saddle shoes.

1939 - Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded "In a Persian Market" on Victor Records.

1945 - The NBC radio program "The Adventures of Topper" was heard for the first time. Later, the popular program would move to TV and continue with rave reviews.

1955 - NBC radio presented "The Lux Radio Theatre" for the final time. The program had aired for 21 years.

1955 - "The $64,000 Question", a summer replacement show, with host Hal March, premiered. The first show became the most watched and talked about program on TV. Contestants had to answer 10 questions correctly for prizes beginning at $64 and doubling with each correct answer. upward to the $4,000 category. Getting this far got you a return trip to the show the following week. At this level, you got a free trip to the Revlon isolation booth where you literally sweated your way from $8,000 to $16,000 to $32,000, and finally, the big one. An expert was permitted to accompany the contestant at the $64,000 mark.

1969 - The rock group Blind Faith made its British debut at a free concert at London’s Hyde Park. Over 100,000 fans attended what was called “the most remarkable gathering of young people ever seen in England.” The group was composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood and Rick Grech.

1974 - "The Entertainer", the original music from the motion picture "The Sting", earned a gold record for pianist and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch.

1976 - "NBC Nightly News", with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, aired for the first time. The partnership lasted until Brinkley moved to ABC News. Chancellor then held the lone, anchor spot until retiring.

1985 - Sylvester Stallone was “The modern John Wayne,” according to the movie wizards at "USA Today". They referred to Sly as “The macho male.” The comment came on the release of the Stallone flick, "Rambo: First Blood, Part II".

1985 - Kevin Koch quit as the Pirate Parrot, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He felt his feathers had been ruffled enough, since 1979.

1996 - "The Rock", starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, was released in the U.S. Harris plays Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, whose commandos seize control of Alcatraz Island and hold a group of tourists hostage. Cage plays FBI nerve-gas weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed, who is called in to disarm Hummel's rockets before they can be fired at San Francisco. Connery is federal prisoner John Patrick Mason, who knows his way around Alcatraz, having been the only prisoner to have successfully escaped the joint. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced flick got favorable reviews (especially among action-movie buffs) and brought in a solid $25.07 million at the box office its opening weekend.

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Birthdays - June 7
1778 - Beau (George Bryan) Brummel (English men’s fashion leader; died Mar 29, 1840)

1848 - (Eugene Henri) Paul Gauguin (artist: The Yellow Christ, Where Do We Come From? Where Are We? Where Are We Going?; died May 8, 1903)

1909 - Virginia Apgar (physician: the Apgar Score System: method of evaluation of newborns’ need for medical care; died Aug 7, 1974)

1909 - Jessica Tandy (Academy Award-winning actress: Driving Miss Daisy [1989]; Cocoon, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Birds, Forever Amber, Used People, Camilla; performed on Broadway with husband, Hume Cronyn; died Sep 11, 1994)

1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Annie Allen [1950]; We Real Cool, The Bean Eaters, Winnie, Coming Home; died Dec 3, 2000)

1917 - Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti) (straight man of comedy-team: Martin and Lewis; singer: Memories are Made of This, Return to Me, Everybody Loves Somebody, The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Houston; actor: My Friend Irma, Hollywood or Bust, Airport, Bells are Ringing, The Caddy, Cannonball Run, Ocean’s 11, Rio Bravo; died Dec 25, 1995)

1919 - Ray Scherer (newsman: NBC: White House correspondent; author w/Robert Donovan]: Unsilent Revolution: Television News and American Public Life; died July 7, 2000)

1924 - Dolores Gray (actress: The Buick Circus Hour, The Opposite Sex, Kismet, Designing Woman; died June 26, 2002)

1928 - James Ivory (director: Jefferson in Paris, The Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, A Room with a View, The Bostonians, Roseland, Wild Party, The Householder)

1928 - Randolph Turpin (boxer: Middleweight Champ [1951]; died May 17, 1966)

1928 - Charles Strouse (musician: composer: Golden Boy; TV/films: The Mating Game, Bye Bye Birdie, Bonnie and Clyde, All in the Family, Annie, A Child’s Garden of Verses)

1929 - John Turner (17th Prime Minister of Canada [1984])

1931 - Virginia McKenna (actress: Duel of Hearts, Born Free, The Chosen, Simba)

1934 - Wynn Stewart (singer: It’s Such a Pretty World Today, Wishful Thinking, After the Storm; died July 17, 1985)

1940 - Tom Jones (Thomas Jones Woodward) (Grammy Award-winning singer: It’s Not Unusual, She’s a Lady, What’s New Pussycat?, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Without Love, Delilah, Love Me Tonight, Green Green Grass of Home, Sex Bomb)

1943 - Nikki Giovanni (Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr.) (poet: The Women and the Men, My House)

1943 - Ken Osmond (actor: Leave It to Beaver, High School U.S.A.)

1944 - Cazzie Russell (basketball: forward & guard: NY Knicks, Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls)

1947 - Don (Donald Wayne ‘Brooks’) Money (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978/World Series: 1982])

1947 - Thurman (Lee) Munson (baseball: catcher: NY Yankees [Rookie of the Year: 1970/all-star: 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978/World Series: 1976, 1977, 1978], Baseball Writer’s Award [1976]; killed in plane crash at Akron-Canton [Ohio] Airport Aug 2, 1979)

1952 - Liam Neeson (actor: Excalibur, The Dead Pool, Ethan Frome, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy, Les Misérables, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace)

1958 - Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) (The Artist Previously Known as Prince: musician, singer: I Wanna be Your Lover, When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, Kiss; actor: Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Graffiti Bridge; died Apr 21, 2016)

1964 - Gia Carides (actress: Primary Colors, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, A Secret Affair)

1965 - Mick (Michael Francis) Foley (pro wresler, actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Monday Night RAW, Wrestlemania series, WWF Armageddon)

1967 - Dave Navarro (musician: guitar: Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers: LP: One Hot Minute)

1970 - Mike Modano (hockey: Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars)

1972 - Chris Martin (actor: Madison, Amazon, The Girls’ Room)

1975 - Allen Iverson (basketball: Georgetown Univ, Philadelphia 76ers [rookie of the year: 1996-1997])

1976 - Cassidy Rae (actress: Melrose Place, Just Shoot Me, Days of Our Lives, Favorite Deadly Sins, Journey of the Heart)

1981 - Anna Kournikova (tennis: champ: US Open [doubles: 1999])

1981 - Larisa Oleynik (actress: 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Ten Things I Hate About You)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - June 7
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Third Man Theme - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra
Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley

The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers

When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Distant Drums - Jim Reeves

The Streak - Ray Stevens
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Pure Love - Ronnie Milsap

Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
I’ve Never Been to Me - Charlene
Finally - T.G. Sheppard

Vogue - Madonna
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You - Heart
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You - Ricky Van Shelton

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