Events - February 3
1862 - Thomas Edison, always looking for a way to do something new, came up with this idea: He printed the "Weekly Herald" and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. Strange thing is ... it was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train! We suppose the news was ‘on track’ -- Extra! Extra!
1869 - Actor Edwin Booth opened his new theatre in New York City. The first production was "Romeo and Juliet". Even at that time, tickets didn’t come cheap. Some sold as high as $125 for this presentation.
1930 - U.S. President Herbert Hoover appointed Charles Evans Hughes as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1941 - Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the classic, "Amapola", on Decca Records. Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly joined in a vocal duet on this very famous and popular song of the Big Band era.
1947 - Percival Prattis of "Our World" in New York City became the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC.
1950 - Ed, Gene, Joe and Vic, The Ames Brothers, reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time, as "Rag Mop" became the most favorite song in the U.S. The brothers enjoyed many successes with their recording efforts: "You You You" , "The Man with the Banjo" and "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane" , "Tammy" and "Melody d’Amour" . Ed Ames had been with the Russ Morgan Band and, after the brothers split in the late 1950s, went on to enjoy a lucrative television and recording career. He recorded "My Cup Runneth Over" and "Who Will Answer", both hits in the 1960s. He also played Mingo on the "Daniel Boone" TV series. Ed is fondly remembered for one of the funniest moments of "The Tonight Show" on NBC when he competed with host Johnny Carson in a hand axe-tossing contest. Mingo won, with hilarious results that are still shown in every celebration of "The Tonight Show".
1951 - Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time. Button went on to become a fixture on figure-skating telecasts on ABC-TV.
1951 - The Tennessee Williams play, "The Rose Tattoo", opened on Broadway in New York.
1959 - 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens died in an airplane crash near Mason City, Iowa. February 3rd has been remembered as ‘The Day the Music Died’ since Don McLean made the line popular in his 1972 hit, "American Pie".
1964 - Coach Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky got win #700 as the Wildcats defeated Georgia 108-83.
1964 - The British group, The Beatles, received its first gold record award for the single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand". The group also won a gold LP award for "Meet The Beatles". The album had been released in the United States only 14 days earlier. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
1971 - Lynn Anderson received a gold record for the single, "Rose Garden". The Grand Forks, ND country singer was raised in Sacramento, CA. In addition to being a singer, she was an accomplished equestrian and California Horse Show Queen in 1966.
1972 - The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.
1984 - A sellout crowd of 18,210 at Madison Square Garden in New York City saw Carl Lewis best his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.
1989 - Former first baseman Bill White was the first African American to head a major professional sports league in the United States. He became National League president this day.
1990 - Jockey Willie Shoemaker raced for the 40,352nd and last time. He finished fourth at the Santa Anita Racetrack aboard 7-10 favorite "Patchy Groundfog". Shoemaker won 1100 stakes and 8,833 wins (a world record that stood until Laffit Pincay Jr. topped it in 1999) in 40,350 races. In 42 years, Shoemaker won 11 Triple Crown races, including four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes, and three Preakness Stakes; 1,009 stakes races; and 10 national money titles. He earned more than $123 million in purses, about $10 million of which went into his pocket. (Shoemaker’s life took a tragic turn on April 8, 1991, when he was left paralyzed from the neck down after an auto accident.)
2001 - The XFL (Xtreme Football League) debuted. The league was created by Vince McMahon, mastermind behind the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). What was promoted as “Football the Way It Was Meant to Be Played” soon faded into painful memories for TV viewers and fans. The WWF apparently thought that it could pull in millions of wrestling fans to support the league, but was shocked when it discovered that actual football fans were the major supporters of the XFL, and these football fans were turned off by the wrestling-show influence on the games.
2002 - Super Bowl XXXVI (at New Orleans): New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17. (The Rams had been a two-touchdown favorite and were trying for their second NFL title in three seasons.) Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired won the game after a 53-yard, nine-play drive was engineered by Patriots QB Tom Brady, who was voted the game’s MVP. “This is the perfect example of what happens when guys believe in each other,” said Brady, leader of the team that had been 5-11 the previous year. “The fans of New England have been waiting 42 years for this day,” owner Robert Kraft said. At the start of the season, the Patriots were 50-1 shots to win what was their first title ever (twice before they had lost Super Bowls -- both in the Louisiana Superdome). Tickets: $400.
Birthdays - February 3
1809 - Felix Mendelssohn (Bartholdy) (composer: Wedding March, Elijah, Fingal’s Cave; died Nov 4, 1847)
1811 - Horace Greeley (journalist: founded and edited The New York Tribune: “Go west, young man!”; politician: helped found the Republican Party, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. President ; died Nov 29, 1872)
1894 - Norman Rockwell (artist: widely known for his realistic, homespun cover art for The Saturday Evening Post; died Nov 8, 1978)
1907 - James A. Michener (novelist: Tales of the South Pacific, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Journey, Hawaii, Iberia, Centennial, Mexico; died Oct 16, 1997)
1918 - Joey Bishop (Joseph Abraham Gottlieb) (comedian, actor: The Joey Bishop Show, Liar’s Club, The Naked and the Dead, Delta Force, Betsy’s Wedding; member of the ‘Rat Pack’ with Frank Sinatra, et al.; died Oct 17, 2007)
1920 - Bibi (Margaret) Osterwald (actress: Bridget Loves Bernie, Bank Shot; died Jan 2, 2002)
1922 - Russell Arms (singer: Your Hit Parade; died Feb 13, 2012)
1925 - Shelley Berman (comedian, actor: The Best Man, Motorama, Rented Lips, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
1926 - Art Arfons (drag racer: ‘The Green Monster’ clocked at over 600 mph; died Dec 3, 2007)
1928 - Frankie Vaughan (Abelson) (singer: Garden of Eden, Tower of Strength; died Sep 17, 1999)
1932 - Peggy Ann Garner (actress: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betrayal; died Oct 16, 1984)
1938 - Victor Buono (actor: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Strangler, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, The Man from Atlantis; died Jan 1, 1982)
1938 - Emile Griffith (International Boxing Hall of Famer: the third fighter in history to hold both the welterweight and middleweight titles; died Jul 23, 2013)
1938 - Elijah Pitts (football: Green Bay Packers running back: Super Bowl I)
1940 - Angelo D’Aleo (singer: group: Dion and The Belmonts: I Wonder Why, A Teenager in Love, Where or When)
1940 - Fran Tarkenton (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Minnesota Vikings quarterback: Super Bowl VIII, IX, XI, also NY Giants quarterback: holds individual NFL career records for passing yards gained, completions, attempts and touchdowns thrown)
1941 - Carol Mann (golf: U.S. Open Champion )
1943 - Blythe Danner (actress: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Husbands and Wives, The Prince of Tides, Inside the Third Reich, Futureworld, 1776, Tattingers, Adam’s Rib, Meet the Fockers, Huff)
1943 - Eric Haydock (musician: bass: group: The Hollies: Searchin’, Just One Look, Here I Go Again, I’m Alive, Bus Stop)
1944 - Gale Gillingham (football: Green Bay Packers guard: Super Bowl I, II)
1945 - Bob Griese (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Miami Dolphins quarterback: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII)
1947 - Melanie (Safka) (singer: Brand New Key, Lay Down, Peace Will Come)
1947 - Joe (Joseph Howard) Coleman (baseball: pitcher: Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1972], Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants)
1947 - Dave Davies (singer, musician: guitar: group: The Kinks: You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Tired of Waiting, A Well Respected Man, Sunny Afternoon; solo: Death of a Clown, Susannah’s Still Alive)
1950 - Morgan Fairchild (Patsy McClenny) (actress: Dallas, Flamingo Road, North and South, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Writer’s Block)
1952 - Fred (Fredric Michael) Lynn (baseball: Boston Red Sox: [Rookie of the Year: 1975/World Series: 1975/AL Baseball Writers’ Award: 1975/all-star: 1975-1980], California Angels [all-star: 1981-1983], Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, SD Padres)
1952 - Benny Malone (football: RB: Arizona State Univ. [college all-star: 1974], Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins)
1959 - Thomas Calabro (actor: Melrose Place, Dream Street)
1959 - Lol (Laurence) Tolhurst (musician: drums, keyboard: group: The Cure: A Forest, Charlotte Sometimes, Let’s Go to Bed, Love Cats, The Caterpillar, In-Between Days)
1965 - Maura Tierney (actress: NewsRadio, Liar Liar, Primary Colors, Forces of Nature, Oxygen, ER, The Andy Dick Show)
1970 - Warwick Davis (actor: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Willow, Leprechaun series, Gulliver’s Travels, Prince Valiant, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Chart Toppers - February 3
Symphony - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
Let It Snow - Vaughn Monroe
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
Secret Love - Doris Day
Make Love to Me - Jo Stafford
Bimbo - Jim Reeves
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Norman - Sue Thompson
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Venus - The Shocking Blue
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
A Week in a Country Jail - Tom T. Hall
Baby Come Back - Player
Short People - Randy Newman
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Out of My Head and Back in My Bed - Loretta Lynn
That’s What Friends are For - Dionne & Friends
Burning Heart - Survivor
I’m Your Man - Wham!
Just in Case - The Forester Sisters
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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