Events - June 16
1883 - The New York Giants baseball team admitted all ladies free to the ballpark on this, the first Ladies Day.
1890 - A glittering program of music and ballet, featuring composer Edward Strause, opened the second Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1922 - Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight -- at College Park, MD.
1946 - Lloyd Mangrum won the U.S. Open golf title after a strange twist of events. Tourney leader Byron Nelson was assessed a penalty stroke when his caddie accidentally kicked his ball ... costing the golfing legend the Open title.
1952 - Gale Storm (Margie Albright) and Charles Farrell (Vernon Albright) starred in "My Little Margie" which debuted on CBS-TV on this day. Fans of the popular comedy will remember that "My Little Margie" was based at the Carlton Arms Hotel, Apartment 10-A. Vern Albright was a very eligible widower who worked for the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd. Margie Albright, his 21-year-old daughter, was continually scheming to help dad and continually causing big trouble while helping.
1956 - "Be-Bop-A-Lula", by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, was released on Capitol Records. Vincent was called Capitol’s answer to Elvis Presley. The tune became Vincent Eugene Craddock’s biggest hit of three ("Lotta Lovin’", "Dance to the Bop") to make the pop music charts. Vincent died Oct 12, 1971.
1963 - 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova broke the gender barrier as she blasted off in the "Vostok 6" spacecraft for three days in orbit.
1967 - The Monterey International Pop Festival got underway at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Fifty thousand spectators flocked to the first major rock festival in U.S. history. Ticket prices ranged from $3.50 to $6.50 to see more than two dozen rock acts, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and The Grateful Dead. The festival was immortalized in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1969 documentary "Monterrey Pop".
1968 - Lee Trevino became the first golfer in 68 years to play all four rounds of the U.S. Open golf tournament with sub-par totals of 69, 68, 69 and 67, respectively.
1970 - Football player Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears died of embryonal cell carcinoma, a rare disease that develops as the human embryo is developing. At the time, it was almost incurable. By 2004, it had a cure rate of more than 50 percent.
1972 - The only museum devoted exclusively to jazz music opened. The New York Jazz Museum welcomed visitors for the first time.
1978 - The film adaptation of "Grease", a success on the Broadway stage, opened in the U.S. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred. Several hit songs came out of the motion picture: "Grease", by Frankie Valli, "You’re the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" (both sung by Travolta and Newton-John). The first two songs were platinum 2,000,000+ sellers, while the third was a million-seller.
1980 - The movie "The Blues Brothers" opened in Chicago, IL. John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, formerly of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live", starred. The pair played Jake and Elwood Blues. James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin performed. Cab Calloway also appeared with a rendition of his classic "Minnie the Moocher".
1981 - The "Chicago Tribune" purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million. The Wrigley family had controlled the team for over 60 years. The sale ended the longest continuous ownership of a team that stayed put in its original city.
1985 - Willie Banks broke the world record for the triple jump with a leap of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in the U.S.A. championships in Indianapolis, IN. Banks broke the record that had been set by Brazil’s Joao Oliveria in 1975.
1995 - "Batman Forever", the third film in the Batman series premiered. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) faces Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). Add a sexy psychologist (Nicole Kidman), with a thing for Batman and sidekick Robin (Chris O’Donnell), and you wind up with a smash: $52.78 million in the U.S. for opening weekend. Holy box-office, Batman!
1999 - World-class sprinters all dream the impossible dream, to break the 100-meter world record. Maurice Greene’s dream came true this day at an invitational track meet in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of track and field events. Running in the stadium (home of the 2004 Olympics) with no wind at his back, his friend and training partner in another lane, 24-year-old Maurice Greene finished the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds. The previous record (9.84 seconds), set at the 1996 Olympics, belongs to Canada’s Donovan Bailey. Greene from Kansas City, Kansas is the first American to hold this sprint record since 1994. His training partner, Ato Boldon, placed second with a time of 9.86.
Birthdays - June 16
1890 - Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) (actor, comedian: Laurel & Hardy: made over 200 films together; died Feb 23, 1965)
1899 - Helen Traubel (opera singer: St. Louis Symphony, New York Metropolitan Opera [“The Met’s premier Wagnerian soprano.”]; actress: Deep in My Heart, The Ladies’ Man, Gunn; died July 28, 1972)
1907 - Jack Albertson (Academy Award-winning actor ; Tony Award-winner : The Subject was Roses; Emmy Awards: Cher [1974-75], Chico & The Man [1975-76], Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; died Nov 25, 1981)
1916 - Angelo ‘Hank’ Luisetti (basketball: Stanford Univ. 3-time All- American [scored a school record 50 points: Jan 1, 1938], revolutionized game with his one-handed shot; died Dec 17, 2002)
1917 - Katharine Graham (publisher: The Washington Post; won Pulitzer Prize for her memoir, Personal History ; died July 17, 2001)
1920 - John (Howard) Griffin (author: Black like Me [his journal posing as African American], Nuni, The Devil Rides Outside, The John Howard Griffin Reader; died Sep 9, 1980)
1937 - Erich Segal (writer: Love Story, Acts of Faith, Man, Woman and Child, Oliver’s Story; died Jan 17, 2010)
1938 - Joyce Carol Oates (novelist: The Time Traveler, Triumph of the Spider Monkey)
1939 - Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock (country singer: Don’t Destroy Me, Ruby, Baby, Rub It In, Sea Cruise)
1941 - Lamont Dozier (songwriter: team: Holland-Dozier Holland: Baby Love, I Can’t Help Myself; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; solo: Why Can’t We Be Lovers, Trying to Hold on to My Woman)
1942 - Eddie Levert (singer: group: The O’Jays: Love Train, Back Stabbers)
1943 - Joan Van Ark (actress: Knots Landing, Tainted Blood, Frogs)
1945 - Ian Matthews (McDonald) (musician: guitar, singer: groups: Fairport Convention: Book Song; Matthew’s Southern Comfort: Woodstock; solo: I Survived the ’70s, LPs: If You Saw Through My Eyes, Tigers Will Survive, Stealin’ Home, Spot of Interference, Discreet Repeat)
1946 - Derek Sanderson (hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins: shares season record for shorthanded goals scored [3 in 1969], NY Rangers, SL Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins)
1948 - Ron LeFlore (baseball: Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1976], Montreal Expos [stole 97 bases: 1980], Chicago White Sox)
1951 - Roberto Duran (boxing: champion: WBA Lightweight, WBC Lightweight, WBC Welterweight, WBA Light Middleweight, WBC Middleweight, WBA Junior Middleweight; record: 101-13 [69 KOs])
1951 - Stan (Stanley Arthur) Wall (baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers)
1952 - Gino Vannelli (singer, songwriter: Living Inside Myself)
1955 - Laurie Metcalf (Emmy Award-winning actress: Roseanne [1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994]; A Dangerous Woman, JFK, Pacific Heights, Uncle Buck, Desperately Seeking Susan)
1959 - Warrior (James Brian Hellwig) (pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania IV/V/VI/VII,VIII,XII, Royal Rumble, WCW Monday Nitro)
1962 - Wally Joyner (baseball: California Angels, KC Royals, SD Padres, Atlanta Braves)
1962 - Arnold Vosloo (actor: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Morenga, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die)
1970 - Phil (Alfred) Mickelson (golf: champ: Masters [2004, 2006, 2010]; dozens of PGA Tour victories)
1975 - Frederick Koehler (actor: Mr. Mom, Kate and Allie, A Kiss Before Dying, Pearl Harbor)
1977 - Kerry Wood (baseball [pitcher]: Chicago Cubs)
Chart Toppers - June 16
Too Young - Nat King Cole
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
Syncopated Clock - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell
Personality - Lloyd Price
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Him or Me - What’s It Gonna Be? - Paul Revere & The Raiders
Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
It’s Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart
Sister Golden Hair - America
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
I’m Not Lisa - Jessi Colter
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
My Love - Lionel Richie
Our Love is on the Faultline - Crystal Gayle
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Love is a Wonderful Thing - Michael Bolton
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets) - Joe Diffie
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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