Events - April 4
1859 - Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land" (later named "Dixie") in New York City. Just two years later, the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.
1887 - Susanna M. Salter became the first woman mayor in the U.S. She was duly elected by the people of Argonia, KS. Ms. Salter won by a two-thirds majority but didn’t even know she was in the running ’til she went into the voting booth. It seems that her name was submitted by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Susanna M. Salter received $1 for her year as mayor.
1891 - Distinguished American actor Edwin Booth made his final stage appearance in a production of "Hamlet" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
1914 - The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City. "The Perils of Pauline" starred Pearl White.
1932 - Professor C.G. King of the University of Pittsburgh isolated vitamin C after five years of research. Take some vitamin C today and feel better fast! Suck a lemon!
1938 - After seven years of singing on the radio, Kate Smith began a new noontime talk show.
1939 - Glenn Miller recorded his theme song, "Moonlight Serenade", for Bluebird Records. Previously, the Miller theme had been "Gone with the Dawn" and, before then, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep".
1944 - Because he refused to pay his own expenses for road trips, Rogers Hornsby quit as the manager of the Vera Cruz, Mexico baseball club.
1954 - Maestro Arturo Toscanini conducted his last concert with the NBC Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Toscanini ended a 17-year association with the orchestra.
1960 - Eleven Academy Awards were presented to one movie at the 32nd Annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theater, Los Angeles. "Ben-Hur", the Best Picture of 1959, was the first motion picture to receive that many Oscars. The other categories for which the MGM film, produced by Sam Zimbalist, was honored were: Best Director (William Wyler); Best Actor (Charlton Heston); Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith); Best Cinematography/Color (Robert L. Surtees); Best Art Direction-Set Direction/Color (Edward Carfagno, William A. Horning, Hugh Hunt); Best Costume Design/Color (Elizabeth Haffenden); Best Sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, Sound Director); Best Film Editing (John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters); Best Effects/Special Effects (visual-A. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald III; audible-Milo B. Lory); and Best Music/Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklos Rozsa). "Ben-Hur" lost only one nomination: Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. "Room at the Top" (Neil Paterson) took that Oscar home and the Best Actress award, too (Simone Signoret). The Best Supporting Actress award went to Shelley Winters for her performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank", her second Oscar. The moviemakers of "Anatomy of a Murder" had high hopes with six nominations in the ring; but that’s all they were. However, the Best Music/Song Oscar went to "High Hopes" (James Van Heusen-music, Sammy Cahn-lyrics) from "A Hole in the Head". It would be 38 years and a lot of high hopes before one film won 11 Academy Awards again ("Titanic"). And who knows how long before the host is an Award recipient again! (Bob Hope received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.)
1964 - The Beatles set an all-time record on the Top 100 chart of "Billboard" magazine this day. All five of the top songs were by the British rock group. In addition, The Beatles also had the number one album as "Meet the Beatles" continued to lead all others. The LP was the top album from February 15 through May 2, when it was replaced by "The Beatles Second Album". It was estimated at the time that The Beatles accounted for 60 percent of the entire singles record business during the first three months of 1964. The top five singles by The Beatles this day were:
1) Can’t Buy Me Love
2) Twist and Shout
3) She Loves You
4) I Want to Hold Your Hand
5) Please Please Me
“What song was number six?” you ask. "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford. Hey, we don’t leave anything out.
1967 - Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show". He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week! Hi yo!
1968 - Bobby Goldsboro received a gold record for the single, "Honey". The poignantly sad song charted for 13 weeks -- spending five weeks at number one. Goldsboro produced a total of 11 hits on the pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s. "Honey" was his only million seller and only number one hit.
1971 - Veterans stadium (nicknamed the Vet) in Philadelphia, PA was dedicated this day. At the time, it was the largest baseball park in the National League. A total of 56,371 fans could come out to see the Phillies play baseball or the Eagles play football. (Veterans Stadium was demolished on March 21, 2004 and the area where it stood is now a parking lot for the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park sporting complex.)
1984 - Bob Bell retired as Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago, IL. Bell was an institution in the Windy City since making his first appearance in 1960. Pinto Colvig was the original Bozo.
Birthdays - April 4
1821 - Linus Yale (inventor: Yale Infallible Bank Lock and cylinder lock; died Dec 25, 1868)
1895 - Arthur Murray (Moses Teichman) (dancer: Arthur Murray Dance Studios; died Mar 3, 1991)
1906 - John Cameron Swayze (newsman: NBC-TV; panelist: Who Said That; commercial spokesman: Timex; died Aug 15, 1995)
1914 - Frances Langford (Frances Newbern) (radio singer: I’m In The Mood For Love; appeared on Dick Powell’s Hollywood Hotel, Bob Hope’s USO tours; actress: Born to Dance, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Dixie Jamboree, Girl Rush; died July 11, 2005)
1915 - Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) (blues singer, guitarist: Close to You, Baby Please Don’t Go, She’s Nineteen Years Old, I Can’t Be Satisfied, Honey Bee; died Apr 30, 1983)
1921 - Elizabeth Wilson (actress: The Boys Next Door, Quiz Show, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Addams Family, The Graduate, Taken in Marriage, Doc, East Side/West Side; died May 9, 2015)
1922 - Elmer Bernstein (Academy Award-winning composer of film scores: Thoroughly Modern Millie ; Sudden Fear, The Man with the Golden Arm, Ten Commandments, Sweet Smell of Success, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Walk on the Wild Side, The Magnificent Seven; died Aug 18, 2004)
1924 - Gil (Gilbert Raymond) Hodges (baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [shares record for most home runs in one game  August 31, 1950/World Series: 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956/all-star: 1949, 1950-1955, 1957], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959], NY Mets; died Apr 2, 1972)
1928 - Maya Angelou (author: All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes; died May 28, 2014)
1932 - Anthony Perkins (actor: Psycho series, The Sins of Dorian Gray, Mahogany, Murder on the Orient Express, On the Beach, Desire Under the Elms, Friendly Persuasion; died Sep 12, 1992)
1938 - Angelo (Bartlett) Giamatti (president: Yale University; commisioner: major-league baseball; died Sep 1, 1989; see Giamatti Day [above])
1938 - Norro Wilson (singer, composer, producer: Surround Me with Love, Men [for Charly McClain]; sang duets with Margo Smith)
1939 - JoAnne Carner (Gunerson) (golf champion: U.S. Open [1971, 1976], Du Maurier Classic [1975, 1978])
1939 - Hugh Masekela (musician: trumpet: Grazing in the Grass)
1939 - Ernie Terrell (boxer: Heavyweight Champ ; died Dec 16, 2014)
1942 - Jim (James Louis) Fregosi (baseball: LA Angels [all-star: 1964], California Angels [all-star: 1966-1970], NY Mets, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates; died Feb 14, 2014)
1942 - Kris Jensen (singer: Torture)
1942 - Kitty Kelley (author: Nancy Reagan, Jackie O, His Way)
1943 - Mike (Michael Peter) Epstein (‘Superjew’: baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972], California Angels, Texas Rangers)
1944 - Craig T. Nelson (Emmy Award-winning actor: Coach [1991-1992]; Probable Cause, Turner and Hooch, Troop Beverly Hills, Silkwood, All the Right Moves, Stir Crazy, Chicago Story, Call to Glory, Private Benjamin, Poltergeist, The Killing Fields, The District)
1947 - Ray (Raymond Earl) Fosse (baseball: catcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1970, 1971], Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1973, 1974], Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers)
1947 - Ed White (football: Minnesota Vikings guard: Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, XI)
1948 - Berry Oakley (musician: bass: group: The Allman Brothers Band: Ramblin’ Man; died Nov 11, 1972)
1950 - Christine Lahti (actress: Swing Shift, Crazy from the Heart, The Doctor, Hideaway, The Harvey Korman Show)
1951 - Steve Gatlin (singer: group: The Gatlin Brothers: Sweet Becky Walker, The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fall, Delta Dirt, Broken Lady, Statues without Hearts, Night Time Magic, I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today, All the Gold in California, Take Me to Your Lovin’ Place, It Don’t Get No Better Than This, Sure Feels like Love, Houston [Means I’m One Day Closer to You], Denver)
1952 - Dave Hill (musician: guitar: group: Slade: Run Runaway, My Oh My, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody)
1957 - Graeme Kelling (musician: guitar: group: Deacon Blue; died June 10, 2004)
1965 - Robert Downey Jr. (actor: Ally McBeal, Richard III, Natural Born Killers, Short Cuts, Chaplin, Soapdish, Baby It’s You, U.S. Marshals)
1966 - Nancy McKeon (actress: The Facts of Life, The Wrong Woman, Teresa’s Tattoo, Where the Day Takes You, The Lightning Incident, Poison Ivy, High School USA)
Chart Toppers - April 4
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton
Dearie - The Guy Lombardo Orchestra (vocal: Kenny Gardner Trio)
Music, Music, Music - Teresa Brewer
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
Tequila - The Champs
He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands) - Laurie London
Lollipop - Chordettes
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
The Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
Daydream - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line - Buck Owens
Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
Bennie & The Jets - Elton John
Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) - Tanya Tucker
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
We Got the Beat - Go-Go’s
Make a Move on Me - Olivia Newton-John
Bobbie Sue - The Oak Ridge Boys
Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne
I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart - Randy Travis
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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