Events - July 23
1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.
1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA. Actually, the first lesson proved interesting: A student was suspended from a pole on a rope while “learning the use of his limbs.” Famous people who were former students: John Quincy Adams, James Audubon.
1829 - The first typewriter was patented -- by William Burt of Mt. Vernon, MI. It didn’t work out as well as other practical models developed years later. The first problem was, people couldn’t get used to calling it a Burtwriter...
1934 - The program "Home Sweet Home" debuted on the NBC Red radio network. The principal characters were Fred, Lucy, Dick Kent and Uncle Will.
1941 - Sonny Dunham and his orchestra recorded the tune that was to become Mr. Dunham’s theme song. "Memories of You" was Bluebird record #11289.
1945 - The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
1950 - To the strains of "Back in the Saddle Again", by Ray Whitley and Gene Autry, TV viewers were treated to the first performance of "The Gene Autry Show". The singing cowboy made the transition from Hollywood films to the tube this night. Autry and his sidekick Pat Buttram maintained law and order in the U.S. Southwest for six years. And they did it in a most entertaining manner. Gene sang just like he did in the movies and his horse, Champion would do some amazing horse tricks, and Pat Buttram would invariably get into silly situations.
1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.
1966 - Frank Sinatra hit the top of the pop album chart with his "Strangers in the Night". It was the first #1 Sinatra LP since 1960. The album’s title song had made it to number one on the pop singles chart on July 2nd.
1969 - Three Dog Night received a gold record for the single, "One". It was the first of seven million-sellers for the pop-rock group.
1972 - Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.
1984 - From the Oh, THOSE Pictures File: Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown. It had been discovered that she had posed nude for "Penthouse" magazine. Williams, the first black Miss America, relinquished her title to Suzette Charles, the pageant’s runner-up.
1987 - Billy Williams, Catfish Hunter and Ray Dandridge were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Joining the trio, St. Louis Cardinals/CBS radio announcer Jack Buck, who became the 11th person to receive the Ford Frick Award for broadcasters.
1999 - "The Haunting", a remake of the 1963 classic, opened at theatres across the U.S. It brought it a not-so-spooky $33.44 million bucks the first weekend. The cast included the scary Lili Taylor, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Bruce Dern. 2000 - Tiger Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland to become the youngest player (24 years of age) to win the career ‘Grand Slam’ of golf (The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open) and the first to win all four majors since Jack Nicklaus’ victory in the 1966. Woods not only was the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam, he completed it faster than any of the four greats who did it before him. The other players to win the Grand Slam were Gene Sarazen in 1935, Ben Hogan in 1953, Gary Player in 1965 and Jack Nicklaus in 1966 (age 26) at Muirfield. (Nicklaus went on to win the Grand Slam two more times.) Woods finished the British Open at 19-under-par 269, the best score ever at St. Andrews (Nick Faldo shot an 18- under in his 1990 win), and the lowest score ever at a major championship.
Birthdays - July 23
1876 - Ginger (Clarence Howeth) Beaumont (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1900, 1903], Boston Doves, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1910]; died Apr 10, 1956)
1894 - Arthur Treacher (Veary) (actor: National Velvet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Princess, Heidi, David Copperfield, The Merv Griffin Show; fast-food chain: Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips; died Dec 14, 1975)
1908 - Karl Swenson (actor: The Hanging Tree, The Gallant Hours, North to Alaska, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Vanishing Point; died Oct 8, 1978)
1912 - Michael Wilding (actor: Waterloo, The World of Suzie Wong, The Glass Slipper, Under Capricorn, The Courtney Affair; died July 8, 1979)
1913 - Coral Browne (actress: Auntie Mame, The Killing of Sister George, Eleanor, First Lady of the World, The Courtney Affair; wife of actor Vincent Price; died May 29, 1991)
1915 - Vincent Sardi, Jr. (restaurateur: Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, NY; died Jan 4, 2007)
1918 - Pee Wee (Harold) Reese (Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1941, 1946-1954/all-star: 1942, 1946-1954], LA Dodgers; coach: LA Dodgers; died Aug 14, 1999)
1921 - Calvert DeForest (actor: Late Night with David Letterman: Larry ‘Bud’ Melman; Mr. Write, Leader of the Band, Heaven Help Us; died Mar 19, 2007)
1925 - Gloria DeHaven (actress: Two Girls and a Sailor, Three Little Words, Summer Stock, Broadway Rhythm, Nakia; died Jul 30, 2016)
1926 - Johnny (John Thomas) Groth (baseball: Detroit Tigers, SL Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, KC Athletics)
1929 - Billy Maxwell (golf: Texas Golf Hall of Famer: North Texas State University: 4 straight NCAA championships [1949-1952]; champ: U.S. Amateur , Azalea Open , Arlington Hotel Open , Hesperia Open , the Memphis Open , Palm Springs Classic, Puerto Rico Open , Dallas Open )
1933 - Bert Convy (TV host: Win, Lose or Draw, Tattletales, People Do the Craziest Things; actor: Love of Life, The Snoop Sisters; singer: group: Cheers: Black Leather Jacket and Motorcycle Boots; died July 15, 1991)
1934 - Steve Lacy (Lackritz) (jazz musician: soprano sax: Ask Me Now, Pannonica; composer; died Jun 4, 2004)
1935 - Cleve Duncan (singer: group: Penguins: Earth Angel; died Nov 7, 2013)
1936 - Don (Donald Scott) Drysdale (Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1959], Los Angeles Dodgers [World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966/all-star: 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968/Cy Young Award-winner: 1962]; broadcaster: ABC Monday Night Baseball; writer: Once a Bum, Always a Dodger; died July 3,1993)
1936 - Anthony Kennedy (lawyer: U.S. Supreme Court Justice, sworn in February 18, 1988)
1938 - Ronny Cox (actor: Scissors, Total Recall, Loose Cannons, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop series, Some Kind of Hero, Taps, The Onion Field, Harper Valley P.T.A., Gray Lady Down, Bound for Glory, Deliverance, Sweet Justice, Spencer, Second Chances, St. Elsewhere, Cop Rock, Apple’s Way)
1939 - Nicholas Gage (writer: Eleni)
1940 - Don Imus (Radio Hall of Fame talker: Imus In The Morning; actor: Odd Jobs)
1940 - Gary Stites (singer: Lonely for You, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Starry Eyed)
1945 - Dino Danelli (musician: drummer: group: The (Young) Rascals: Good Lovin’, Groovin’, How Can I Be Sure, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free; group: Bulldog)
1946 - Andy Mackay (musician: saxophone, woodwinds: group: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, All I Want is You, Out of the Blue, Dance Away, Angel Eyes, Jealous Guy; solo: LPs: In Search of Eddie Riff, Resolving Contradictions)
1947 - David Essex (Cook) (singer: Rock On, Lamplight, I’m Gonna Make You a Star; actor: Godspell, Evita, That’ll be the Day)
1947 - Larry Manetti (actor: Magnum P.I., Baa Baa Black Sheep, Exit, The Take)
1948 - Coby Dietrick (basketball [center]: San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls)
1950 - Belinda Montgomery (actress: Man from Atlantis, Doogie Howser, M.D., Stone Fox, Tell Me That You Love Me)
1950 - Blair Thornton (musician: guitar: group: Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Roll On Down the Highway)
1951 - Edie McClurg (actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, The Hogan Family, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, A River Runs Through It, Eating Raoul)
1961 - Martin Gore (musician: group: DePeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence)
1961 - Woody Harrelson (Emmy Award-winning actor: Cheers [1988-89]; White Men Can’t Jump, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal, The Cowboy Way)
1962 - Eriq La Salle (actor: ER, Another World, Coming to America, Under Suspicion, Color of Night)
1967 - Philip Seymour Hoffman (actor: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Scent of a Woman, The Getaway, Twister, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Magnolia, State and Main, Almost Famous; died Feb 2, 2014)
1968 - Gary Payton (‘The Glove’: basketball [guard]: Oregon State Univ; NBA: Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
1968 - Stephanie Seymour (super model)
1972 - Marlon Wayans (writer, actor: The Wayans Bros, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2; brother of Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans)
Chart Toppers - July 23
You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood & The Campus Kids)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
Can’t You See that She’s Mine - The Dave Clark Five
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto
Dang Me - Roger Miller
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilber O’Sullivan
It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer - Charley Pride
It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time - Spinners
True Love Ways - Mickey Gilley
Hold on to the Nights - Richard Marx
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Lappard
New Sensation - INXS
Set ’Em Up Joe - Vern Gosdin
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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