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June 10

Events - June 10
1806 - The sport of harness racing was first covered in a newspaper in the U.S. this day in New York’s "Commercial Advertiser". A pacer named Yankee won the mile at Harlem Race Track in New York. Yankee had the pace down correctly: simultaneously thrusting out the fore and hind legs on one side.

1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD graduated its first class on this day. Midshipmen still attend classes and graduate from the same locale, not far from Chesapeake Bay.

1902 - A kindly gent named Americus F. Callahan patented what he called the outlook or see-through envelope. The rest, of course, is accounts payable history...

1924 - The first political convention on radio was presented by NBC. Graham McNamee provided coverage of the Republican National Convention from Cleveland, OH. McNamee was one of the great sports broadcasters of radio’s Golden Age.

1935 - After completing one full day without imbibing liquor, Dr. Robert Smith, better known as Doctor Bob, and his friend William G. Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous. This was the beginning of a lifetime without booze for the two ... and for thousands more throughout the years.

1938 - Hollywood Park race track opened for thoroughbreds and, later, harness racing. The Inglewood, CA track closed Dec 22, 2013.

1944 - Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major-league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

1954 - General Motors announced that the first successful gas-turbine bus had been produced. A proud moment, indeed.

1966 - The first use of reversed tape (in a popular tune) was heard in the song "Rain" (or "niaR") by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B’ side of "Paperback Writer". The technique, which had been used by John Cage, Edgar Varese and others, was refined by John Lennon.

1972 - Sammy Davis Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, "The Candy Man", stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks. "The Candy Man" was truly a song of fate for Sammy. He openly did not want to record the song, but did so as a favor to MGM Records head Mike Curb, since it was to be used in the film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Davis said he would give the tune one take, “and that’s it!” Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955 and 11 weeks for "I’ve Gotta Be Me" (from "Golden Rainbow") in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts -- and collected huge royalties from it.

1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.

1981 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies singled off of Houston pitcher Nolan Ryan to tie Stan Musial’s baseball career-hit total at 3,630. A looming baseball strike of 50 days thwarted ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ efforts to break the National League record.

1983 - Johnny Bench, all-star catcher of the Cincinnati Reds (elected in 1989 to baseball Hall of Fame), announced his plans to retire from the game. Bench called his 16 years in the big leagues “a boy’s dream.” Bench went on to several endeavors, including restaurant ownership, commercial endorsements (“Rust-Oleum -- no runs, no drips, no errors...”) and as a baseball sportscaster for CBS radio.

1985 - Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals broke the 2,000-yard mark in rushing during the season as the Generals won over Jacksonville, 31-24. The effort set a United States Football League (USFL) record. This feat had only been reached twice in the National Football League (NFL) -- once by O.J. Simpson in 1973 for 2,003 yards and by Eric Dickerson in 1984 for 2,105 yards.

1989 - The Reverend Jerry Falwell announced the disbanding of the Moral Majority because, he said, he had accomplished everything he set out to do with it.

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Birthdays - June 10
1895 - Hattie McDaniel (Academy Award-winning actress: Gone with the Wind [1939]: 1st African-American to win Oscar; Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat, Saratoga, Since You Went Away; died Oct 26, 1952)

1903 - Clyde Beatty (circus performer, lion tamer, circus owner, actor: The Big Cage, Darkest Africa, Perils of the Jungle, Ring of Fear, Bat Men of Africa; died July 19, 1965)

1904 - Frederick Loewe (Oscar-winning composer: Gigi [1958], My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon [w/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner]; died Feb 14, 1988)

1910 - Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett) (blues musician: rhythm guitar, singer: How Many More Years, Smoke Stack Lightning, Evil; died Jan 10, 1976)

1911 - Terence Rattigan (playwright: The V.I.P.s, The Winslow Boy, The Day Will Dawn; died Nov 30, 1977)

1915 - Saul Bellow (writer: The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Dangling Man, The Victim, Henderson the Rain King; died Apr 5, 2005)

1918 - Barry Morse (actor: The Fugitive, A Tale of Two Cities, Asylum, Glory! Glory!, Master of the Game, Space: 1999; died Feb 2, 2008)

1921 - Prince Philip (Mountbatten) (Duke of Edinburgh; married to Queen Elizabeth II)

1922 - Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) (singer: Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, You Made Me Love You, The Man that Got Away; actress: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star is Born, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Judgment at Nuremberg; mother of Liza Minnelli and Lorna & Joey Luft; died June 22, 1969)

1925 - Nat Hentoff (journalist/columnist: Village Voice, Wall Street Journal; music critic/Jazz authority: associate editor: Down Beat magazine; died Jan 7, 2017)

1926 - June Haver (Stovenour) (actress: The Dolly Sisters, Look for the Silver Lining, Love Nest; died July 4, 2005)

1926 - Lionel Jeffries (director: Water Babies, Wombling Free, Amazing Mr. Blunden, The Railway Children; actor: Jekyll and Hyde, Prisoner of Zenda, Lola, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Those Fantastic Flying Fools, Oh Dad Poor Dad [Momma’s Hung You in the Closet & I’m Feeling So Sad], Camelot, Fanny, The Revenge of Frankestein, Bhowani Junction; died Feb 19, 2010)

1928 - Maurice Sendak (author, illustrator: Chicken Soup with Rice, Where the Wild Things Are; died May 8, 2012)

1929 - James A. McDivitt (NASA astronaut: commander: Gemini 4 [first space-walk mission], Apollo 9 [Lunar Module tested for first time in earth orbit]; first American Astronaut to reach rank of general)

1929 - Grace Mirabella (fashion publishing executive: Vogue magazine, Mirabella magazine; writer: Tiffany & Co. [Universe of Design]; In and Out of Vogue : A Memoir [w/Judith Warner])

1933 - F. (Francis) Lee Bailey (defense attorney: O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst, The Boston Strangler, Dr. Sam Sheppard; writer: Criminal Trial Techniques [w/Kenneth J. Fishman], Cleared for the Approach : F. Lee Bailey in Defense of Flying, The Defense Never Rests [w/Harvey Aronson])

1941 - Shirley Owens Alston (singer: group: The Shirelles: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy, Tonight’s the Night, Dedicated to the One I Love, Baby It’s You, Foolish Little Girl)

1943 - Jeff Greenfield (TV commentator: ABC, CNN news analyst)

1944 - Rick Price (musician: bass: groups: The Move, Wizzard: LPs: Wizzard Brew, Introducing Eddy and the Falcons, See my Baby Jive)

1947 - Ken (Kenneth Wayne) Singleton (baseball: NY Mets, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1977, 1979, 1981/World Series: 1979, 1983])

1949 - Kevin Corcoran (actor: A Tiger Walks, Johnny Shiloh, Old Yeller, Savage Sam, The Shaggy Dog; died Oct 6, 2015)

1951 - Dan Fouts (Pro Football Hall of Famer: San Diego Chargers quarter back: AFC Player of the Year [1979]; NFL Player of the Year [1982]; NBC sportscaster)

1953 - Rick (Lamar) Camp (baseball: pitcher: Atlanta Braves; died Apr 25, 2013)

1955 - Andrew Stevens (actor: Code Red, Dallas, Emerald Point N.A.S., Illicit Dreams, Scorned, The Terror Within, The Bastard, The Rebel; producer: Crash Dive, The Boy Who Saved Christmas, A Murder of Crows, Submerged; son of actress, Stella Stevens)

1965 - Linda Evangelista (model)

1965 - Elizabeth Hurley (actress: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Christabel, Orchid House, Passenger 57)

1966 - Doug McKeon (actor: On Golden Pond, Turnaround, Breaking Home Ties, Mischief, Desperate Lives, Night Crossing, From the Earth to the Moon, Critical Mass)

1967 - Darren Robinson (Human Beatbox: rap artist: group: Fat Boys: LPs: Fat Boys, Fat Boys are Back, Big and Beautiful, Krush on You, All Meat No Filler; died Dec 10, 1995)

1982 - Tara (Kristen) Lipinski (figure skater: Olympic gold medalist [Nagano, Japan: 1998], U.S. and World champ [1997], youngest [14] to win Ladies’ U.S. National Figure Skating Championship [4' 8", 75 pounds]; actress: From This Moment, Ice Angel)

1983 - Leelee Sobieski (Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski) (actress: Charlie Grace, Deep Impact, Joan of Arc [TV: 1999], Eyes Wide Shut, Squelch)

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Chart Toppers - June 10
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Moody River - Pat Boone
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
Hello Walls - Faron Young

Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Grazing in the Grass - The Friends of Distinction
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
Natural High - Merle Haggard

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

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