Sunday, June 10, 2007
Only 204 days until the Year 2008
Race Unity Day
Facts for June 10~
- For the first time, after years in entertainment, Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts. The song that earned him his number one slot was, "The Candy Man," which stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks. Davis had openly said he did not want to record the song, but did so as a favor to Mike Curb, MGM Records head, since the song was planned to be used in the film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Davis said he would give the song one take, one take only. In that one go through of recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. Until that point the best the entertainer had done was 12 weeks on the charts for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955, and 11 weeks for "Iâ€™ve Gotta Be Me" in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis decided to include it in his stage shows and concerts. It earned him massive amounts of royalties.
- As 67,100 fans appeared in Seattle, Washington,Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd. Attendees were looking forward to hearing what the ex-Beatle was up to.
- "Affirmed" won the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown.
- Philadelphia Phillie, Pete Rose, singled out Houston pitcher Nolan Ryan to tie Stan Musialâ€™s career-hit total at 3,630. With a potential baseball strike looming on the horizon nixed "Charlie Hustleâ€™s" efforts to break the National League record.
- Johnny Bench, all-star catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, retired from the game. Bench referred to his 16 years in the major leagues as a boyâ€™s dream. He went on to several endeavors: endorsements, restaurant ownership, and a career as a baseball sportscaster for CBS radio.
- While rushing in a game against Jacksonville, Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals broke the 2,000-yard mark in rushing. The Generals also won the game 31-24. His efforts set a United States Football League (USFL) record; a feat that had only been reached twice in the National Football League (NFL), once in 1973, by O.J. Simpson for 2,003 yards, and once in 1984 by Eric Dickerson for 2,105 yards.
- A "Doonesbury" cartoon strip took a poke at singer Frank Sinatra by portraying the him as a friend of organized crime; specifically the Mafia. Of the over 800 newspapers that carried the strip by cartoonist, Garry Trudeau, several of the papers posted the comic strip panel with a disclaimer.
- A small earthquake rattled 15 states from Iowa to South Carolina.
- Louis L'Amour, the writer of the Old West, died of lung cancer at age 80. Nearly 200 million copies of his books had been printed and his works had been translated into 20 languages. L'Amour wrote and published 101 books, nearly all Westerns. The titles included How the West was Won, Hondo, The Quick and the Dead, War Party, Radigan, The Tall Stranger, The Burning Hills, The Trail to Crazy Man, The Quick and the Dead
and Ride the Dark Trail. For millions of readers around the world, L'Amour personified the early frontiers of North America. More than 45 of his novels and short stories were made into films. L'Amour never smoked, and it was believed that his lung cancer may have been caused from his work as a young man as a coal miner.
1990 - The Civic Forum movement founded by President Vaclav Havel won Czechoslovakia's first free elections since 1946.
1990 - Alberto Fujimori, of J . . Peru's presidential election, defeating Mario Vargas Llosa.
1990 - Bulgaria's former Communist Party won the country's first free elections in more than four decades.
1993 - The scientific journal Nature published an article about the extraction of genetic material from an insect that lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Raul Cano, George Poinar, and other scientists extracted DNA from insects encased in amber from deposits as old as 120 million years. This discovery served as inspiration to the movie "Jurassic Park".
1994 - President Clinton intensified sanctions against Haiti's military leaders, suspending U.S. commercial air travel and most financial transactions between the two countries.
1996 - Britain and Ireland opened Northern Ireland peace talks; the IRA's political arm Sinn Fein was excluded.
1997 - Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot killed his defense chief Son Sen and 11 members of his family and fled his northern stronghold. The news did not emerge for three days.
1998 - Former Oak Ridge Boys member Steve Sanders was found dead early in the morning in Coral Gables, Florida, where he was living. He was 45. Sanders reportedly died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Sanders, who replaced Oak Ridge Boys member William Lee Golden in 1987, departed from the award-winning country group in 1996.
1999 - Model Cindy Margolis filed a suit in United States District Court in Los Angeles against Internet pornographers to defend her domain name. Margolis claimed pornographic Website operators were peddling her altered-to-appear-nude image. The beautiful cyberpinup -who had appeared in numerous national magazine spreads and big corporate ad campaigns, had a cameo appearance in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and operated her own Website - enlisted the help of attorney Mitchell Kamarack and the Cybertrackers organization. Margolis had been named "Queen of the Internet" by Yahoo Int â€° â€° ne and the "Most Popular Star on the Internet" by The Guinness Book of World Records.
Born on June 10~
F. [Francis] Lee Bailey
Shirley Owens Alston
Ken [Kenneth Wayne] Singleton
Football Hall of Famer, sportscaster
Rick [Lamar] Camp
Human Beatbox [Darren Robinson]
figure skater 1982
Quote of the Day
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur SchopenhauerWord of the Day
n : trickery, deception
"Honesty, not chicanery, will get you more dates."