On This Day..... March 7

MARCH 7TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CEREAL DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY
  • TODAY IS “BE HEARD” DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • WILLARD SCOTT (1934, 84)
  • MICHAEL EISNER (1942, 76)
  • TAMMY FAYE BAKKER (1942-2007)
  • JOHN HEARD (1945-2017)
  • PETER WOLF (1946, 72)
  • BRYAN CRANSTON (1956, 62)
  • IVAN LENDL (1960, 58)
  • TAYLOR DAYNE (1962, 56)
  • BRET EASTON ELLIS (1964, 54)
  • WANDA SYKES (1964, 54)
  • RACHEL WEISZ (1970, 48)
  • PETER SARSGAARD (1971, 47)
  • JENNA FISCHER (1974, 44)
  • LAURA PREPON (1980, 38)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 322 BC, ARISTOTLE DIES AT 62. RUMORS AT THE TIME THAT HE WAS KILLED BY HIS SON ALEXANDER ARE NEVER CONFIRMED OR DISPROVEN
  • IN 1274, THOMAS AQUINAS DIES AT 48
  • IN 1530, AFTER THE POPE DECLINES KING HENRY VIII’S DIVORCE, HE DECLARES HIMSELF THE NEW POPE OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH
  • IN 1644, MASSACHUSETTS IS THE FIRST STATE TO FORM A BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE
  • IN 1774, THE BRITISH CLOSE THE PORT OF BOSTON FOR ALL BUSINESS
  • IN 1801, MASSACHUSETTS IS THE FIRST STATE TO ENACT VOTER REGISTRATION LAWS
  • IN 1843, EDWARD KAVANAGH OF MAINE IS THE FIRST CATHOLIC ELECTED GOVERNOR
  • IN 1857, BASEBALL CHANGES ITS OFFICIAL RULES TO DECLARE THAT NINE INNINGS ENDS A GAME RATHER THAN NINE RUNS
  • IN 1870, THE CINCINATTI REDS BECOME THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM AND BEGIN AN EIGHT MONTH SEASON IN THE MIDWEST AND EAST COAST
  • IN 1876, ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL PATENTS THE TELEPHONE
  • IN 1918, PRES. WILSON ESTABLISHES THE US ARMY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
  • IN 1927, THE SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN A TEXAS LAW MAKING IT ILLEGAL FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO VOTE IN PRIMARIES
  • IN 1936, HITLER SENDS TROOPS INTO RHINELAND, EFFECTIVELY ENDING THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
  • IN 1939, GLAMOUR MAGAZINE PUBLISHES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1939, GUY LOMBARDO RECORDS “AULD LANG SYNE”
  • IN 1943, GENERAL GEORGE PATTON LANDS IN TUNISIA
  • IN 1945, ALLIED FORCES CONQUER THE CITY OF COLOGNE
  • IN 1955, MARY MARTIN’S “PETER PAN” APPEARS ON TELEVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1960, JACK PAAR RETURNS TO THE TONIGHT SHOW AFTER WALKING OUT A MONTH EARLIER OVER A CENSORED JOKE
  • IN 1965, UNARMED BLACK ACTIVISTS MARCH IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND ARE ATTACKED BY STATE TROOPERS. THE EVENT WOULD COME TO BE KNOWN AS “BLOODY SUNDAY”
  • IN 1967, TEAMSTERS PRESIDENT JIMMY HOFFA BEGINS AN EIGHT YEAR JAIL SENTENCE FOR JURY TAMPERING AND FRAUD
  • IN 1968, THE BBC BEGINS BROADCASTING IN COLOR
  • IN 1970, SIMON AND GARFUNKEL GO TO #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART FOR TEN WEEKS WITH “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”, THOUGH THEY HAD ALREADY BROKEN UP
  • IN 1972, ROBERTA FLACK RELEASES “THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE”
  • IN 1973, THE “DUELING BANJOS” FROM THE MOVIE DELIVERANCE HITS #2 ON THE SINGLES CHART AND IS CERTIFIED GOLD FOR SELLING 500,000 COPIES
  • IN 1974, THE SUNKEN CIVIL WAR BATTLESHIP “USS MONITOR” IS RESTORED AND SHOWN AT CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1975, DAVID BOWIE RELEASES “YOUNG AMERICANS”
  • IN 1977, PRESIDENT CARTER MEETS WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN
  • IN 1980, SISSY SPACEK’S “COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1981, AN 18 YEAR OLD VISITOR IS STABBED AND KILLED IN THE FIRST EVER HOMICIDE AT DISNEYLAND
  • IN 1983, THE NASHVILLE NETWORK BEGINS BROADCASTING
  • IN 1987, THE BEASTIE BOYS HAVE THE FIRST RAP ALBUM TO HIT #1 ON THE CHARTS WITH “LICENSE TO ILL”
  • IN 1988, HOWARD STERN DEBUTS HIS FIRST PAY-PER-VIEW SPECIAL “UNDERPANTS AND NEGLIGEE PARTY”
  • IN 1988, ACTRESS AND DRAG QUEEN DIVINE DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES AT 42
  • IN 1993, “DIFF’RENT STROKES” ACTOR TODD BRIDGES IS ARRESTED FOR STABBING A TENANT IN HIS BUILDING
  • IN 1994, CARROT TOP WINS THE 8TH AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS
  • IN 1994, THE US NAVY BEGINS ALLOWING WOMEN TO SERVE ON COMBAT SHIPS
  • IN 1994, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT PARODY SONGS ARE PROTECTED UNDER THE DOCTRINE OF FAIR USE AND CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYWRIGHT VIOLATION
  • IN 1995, NEW YORK STATE LEGALIZES THE DEATH PENALTY, BRINGING THE TOTAL STATES WHERE IT WAS LEGAL AT THE TIME TO 38
  • IN 1998, MADONNA HITS #1 WITH “FROZEN” FROM HER “RAY OF LIGHT” ALBUM
  • IN 1999, STANLEY KUBRICK DIES AT 70 SIX DAYS AFTER FINISHING HIS FINAL FILM, “EYES WIDE SHUT”
  • IN 2011, “TWO AND A HALF MEN” FIRES CHARLIE SHEEN
  • IN 2015, BOKO HARAM KILLS 54 AND INJURES 143 IN A NIGERIAN BOMBING SPREE
  • IN 2016, PEYTON MANNING ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE NFL
  • IN 2016, MARIA SHARAPOVA FAILS A DRUG TEST AND IS SCRATCHED FROM THE AUSTRAILIAN OPEN

TRIVIA:

IN 1966, PHIL SPECTOR RECORDS IKE & TINA TURNER’S ICONIC “RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH”. BECAUSE SPECTOR WAS AWARE OF IKE TURNER’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, HE PAID IKE $20,000 TO NOT ENTER THE STUDIO WHILE TINA RECORDED HER VOCALS. ALTHOUGH IKE IS CREDITED OFFICIALLY ON THE ALBUM, HIS GUITAR PORTION IS ACTUALLY PLAYED BY GLEN CAMPBELL WHO WAS WORKING AS A SESSION MUSICIAN AT THE TIME


THE BEASTIE BOYS DEBUT ALBUM “LICENSE TO ILL” WAS ORIGINALLY TITLED “DON’T BE A FAGGOT” BUT COLUMBIA RECORDS FORCED THE BAND TO CHANGE THE NAME BEFORE RELEASING IT

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