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This Week in History:

Sunday

1804 - Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton to death in their famous duel. Samuel Broadhurst, a relative of Burrs, had tried to negotiate a settlement between the two, but Burr offered the challenge and the duel ensued. Burr won by drawing first blood with his swift sword, a gun, in this case.

1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth made $2,900 his rookie season. Just six years later, his paycheck was worth $125,000 when he became a member of the New York Yankees.

1985 - Zippers for stitches were announced by Dr. H. Harlan Stone. The surgeon had used zippers on 28 patients whom he thought might require additional operations because of internal bleeding following initial operations. The zippers, which lasted between five and 14 days, were then replaced with permanent stitches.

Monday

1946 - "The Adventures of Sam Spade" was heard on ABC radio for the first time. Howard Duff starred as the San Francisco detective in the summer replacement series. Sam Spade first appeared in the 1930 Dashiel Hammett novel "The Maltese Falcon" and in the 1931 original film version of "The Maltese Falcon", starring Ricardo Cortez. Humprey Bogart played Sam in the 1941 movie.

1958 - "Yakety Yak", by The Coasters, became the number one song in the U.S.A., according to "Billboard" magazine. It was the first stereo record to reach the top of the chart.

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1960 - The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. Over 50 million units were sold during the next 25 years.

Tuesday

1925 - Reporters covering the Broadway beat were most impressed by Will Rogers, an Oklahoma cowboy, who had been standing in for W.C. Fields on a temporary basis in the "Ziegfeld Follies."

1939 - Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band. Frankie sang "Melancholy Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart".

1995 - The temperature in Chicago, Illinois reached its all-time high -- 106 degrees (Fahrenheit) -- recorded at Midway Airport.

Wednesday

1789 - This was the day the French Revolution began -- at the fall of the Bastille. It is still celebrated in many countries throughout the world and is a public holiday in France; generally called Bastille Day or Fete National. It is considered the day freedom was born in France.

1946 - Dr. Benjamin Spock's "Baby and Child Care" was first published. The book became one of the most widely-discussed books ever published -- and one of the most widely sold. Dr. Spock's baby book has sold more copies than any book other than the Bible.

1968 - Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run -- in Atlanta, GA -- leading the Braves to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. (In April of 1974, Hammerin Hank eclipsed the old home-run mark of 714, held by Babe Ruth.)

Thursday

1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the United States was established in Los Angeles, CA.

1942 - Glenn Miller and his band recorded the classic "Jukebox Saturday Night" for Victor Records.



1997 - Fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace. Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion. Cunanan is suspected of killing four other men in a cross-country shooting spree.

Friday

1790 - The District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C., was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government.

1935 - The first automatic parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, OK. You could drive up and park for only a nickel in places where parking used to be free.

1981 - Singer Harry Chapin died in a car crash in New York. Chapin, a folk-rock balladeer, was 38. His hit songs included "Taxi", "W-O-L-D" and the million seller, "Cats in the Cradle". He was a champion of the hungry and homeless and organized a massive effort to provide food for the needy. This was his legacy to the world; his work continues by other performers.



Saturday

1901 - Dr. Willis Carrier installed a commerical air conditioning system at a Brooklyn, NY printing plant. The system was the first to provide man-made control over temperature, humidity, ventilation and air quality. It was originally installed to help maintain quality at the printing plant and for the first two decades of the 20th Century, Carriers invention was used primarily to cool machines, not people.

1954 - The first Newport Jazz Festival was held on the grass tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Newport RI. Eddie Condon and his band played "Muskrat Ramble" as the opening number of the worlds first jazz fest. (Couldn't find a video of the actual event, so here's Muskrat Ramble a few years later...)



This one's for you, Scout!! grin 1955 - Disneyland opened the gates to The Happiest Place on Earth in Anaheim, California. In the famous theme parks first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan.





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What a wonderful opening, AN~and I loved the clip on Disneyland's opening-going there this week for that! ThumbsUp


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Lovely opener, AN - it will take me a week to get through it all but the pictures were great and so were the videos. My first husband and I were big Chapin fans; we were still married when Harry died and it was a real blow to us.

Sam Spade...the Best Cat in the World was named Sam Spade Spayed. "Here's lookin' at you, kit!"

I really like these weekly openers. I come and go all week and by the time the week is over I've actually had time to look at everything. But you make awfully pretty ones, Almost Naomi.


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1954 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Miss


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(Just because I haven't for awhile.)


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Thanks, guys...much appreciated. [Linked Image]

Earlier today I was thinking how nice it is that a unique personality comes through in each opener. They're all different, all artistic, all interesting. No carbon copies. Now I just have to catch up on the last month of them. blush Have been busy and distracted...and just skimmed through. But I plan to check them all out in detail as soon as possible.

Scout - Enjoy your DW visit! grin

Julia...I love the Sam Spayed tidbit! ROTFMOL

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Martha...Glad you did! wink




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It's almost 10:00 pm, and a week after 4th of July, but there are some neighborhood teens still lighting illegal fireworks up the street. I hope they don't start anyone's house on fire. The one thing I was grateful for is that(at least in my neighborhood) there weren't any guns fired into the air. ThumbsUp


milk and Girl Scout cookies ;-)

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Fantastic opener, Almost.
I loved that version of Summertime.
Kayla is a cutie.

Hi everybody.



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I particularly liked Eddie Condon wink


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LOL!
I liked that one a lot too. grin



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