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Events - August 6
1890 - Denton ‘Cy’ Young pitched his first major-league baseball game on this day. He led the Cleveland Spiders past the Chicago White Sox. Young went on to enjoy a great baseball career, winning a total of 511 games (95 more than second place Walter Johnson) ... averaging more than 23 victories over 22 seasons, playing for Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston (where he played in the first World Series, and won). The Cy Young Award was established in 1956, when the Baseball Writer's Association of America bestowed the honor on the best pitcher in major-league baseball for that year. The award has been presented every year since. In fact, from 1967 on, two Cy Young awards have been presented annually to the best pitcher in each major league.

1926 - Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by two hours.

1926 - You would have paid $10 a seat to see the first talking picture, "Don Juan", starring John Barrymore. The movie was shown at New York’s Warners’ Theatre in glorious black and white. Bear in mind that $10.00 in 1926 would have almost bought a small theatre.

1928 - One of radio’s first serials was heard as "Real Folks" debuted on NBC.

1930 - Joseph Crater, 41 years old and a New York Supreme Court Justice, mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. His wife, Estelle, declared Judge Crater to be legally dead in 1937.

1939 - After becoming a success with Ben Bernie on network radio, Dinah Shore started her own show on the NBC Blue radio network. Dinah sang every Sunday evening. Dinah also had a successful TV career spanning over two decades.

1945 - More than 200,000 civilians died from the explosion and/or radiation when an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped an atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It was the first time an atomic bomb had been dropped over a populated place; and the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. The aftereffects of this WWII event are still felt today.

1948 - Seventeen-year-old Bob Mathias won the decathlon competition at the Olympic Games being held in London, England.

1949 - Chicago White Sox baseball star Luke Appling played in the 2,154th game of his 19-year, major-league career.

1952 - Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major-league baseball game. Paige shutout the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in a 12-inning game.

1967 - Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins pitched five innings of perfect baseball, leading his team to victory over the Boston Red Sox. Chance was only the third player to pitch a shortened, perfect game.

1969 - Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the first fair ball to sail completely out of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Stargell’s blast measured 506 feet from home plate.

1973 - After one of the biggest promotional blitzes in TV history, writer/reporter Sally Quinn joined Hughes Rudd as co-host of the "CBS Morning News". Not long after her TV debut, Quinn found that she wasn’t suited so much for TV and went back to writing for "The Washington Post".

1973 - Stevie Wonder came close to losing his life, following a freak auto accident. Wonder, one of Motown’s most popular recording artists, was in a coma for 10 days. Miraculously, he recovered and was back in the recording studio in less than eight weeks.

1981 - Stevie Nicks’ first solo album, "Bella Donna", was released. The lead singer for Fleetwood Mac scored a top-three hit with "Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" (9/05/81) from the album. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were featured on the track. Nicks went on to record a total of 11 hits for the pop-rock charts through 1988.

1981 - Golfing legend Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when the ‘Super Mex’ had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself. Ouch!

1986 - Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to be named “Bond ... James Bond.” Dalton, 38, and his studio, United Artists, ended months of speculation as to who would star as Agent 007 in the 15th James Bond film. The character of Bond was created by writer Ian Fleming. Other stars to play the role of the suave, debonair and deadly double agent include: Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby, with Pierce Brosnan as the James Bond for the 1990s.

1996 - NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced the possibility that a primitive form of microscopic life may have existed on Mars more than three billion years ago. The evidence came from a fossil found on a meteorite in Antarctica believed to have come from Mars billions of years ago.

1997 - A Korean Air Boeing 747, Flight 801, plowed into a hillside short of the Guam International Airport, killing 226 of the 254 aboard. “There was a big ball of fire just before the crash,” said Rudy Delos-Santos, a reporter at radio station KOKU who lives near the crash site. The South Korean plane “plowed through the jungle for a minute or so before it came to a rest.” The impact broke the fuselage into six pieces. The tail, with its distinctive Korean Air logo, was the only part of the plane still recognizable.

1999 - Two memorable movies opened in U.S. theatres. "The Sixth Sense", with Bruce Willis starring as a child psychologist and Haley Joel Osment, who plays an 8-year-old who is visited by ghosts. As of July 24, 2001, it had rung up $293,501,675 at the box office. Not nearly so successful, but great fun just the same, was "The Thomas Crown Affair". Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo starred in this redo of the 1968 Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway flick. As of June 30, 2001, it had grossed $69,304,264.

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Birthdays - August 6
1809 - Alfred Tennyson (England’s Poet Laureate [1850]: The Charge of the Light Brigade, In Memoriam, The Lady of Shalott, The Lotuseaters, The Idylls of the King, Maud, Enoch Arden, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After; died Oct 6, 1892)

1881 - Leo Carrillo (actor: The Cisco Kid, Pancho Villa Returns, One Night in the Tropics, Phantom of the Opera [1943]; died Sep 10, 1961)

1881 - Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel Prize-winning bacteriologist [1945]: discovered penicillin; died Mar 11, 1955)

1881 - Louella Parsons (Oettinger) (gossip columnist: competed in print and on radio with nemesis Hedda Hopper; died Dec 9, 1972)

1883 - Scott Nearing (sociologist and natural-food advocate, author [w/wife]: Living the Good Life; Nearing lived to 100 years; died Aug 24, 1983)

1892 - Hoot (Edmund Richard) Gibson (actor: Death Valley Rangers, Frontier Justice, The Marshal’s Daughter, The Prairie King, Sonora Stagecoach, Wild Horse, Roaring Ranch, Fighting Parson; died Aug 23, 1962)

1908 - Helen Hull Jacobs (tennis champion: Wimbledon [1936], U.S. Open [1932, 1933, 1934, 1935]; died June 2, 1997)

1911 - Lucille Ball (Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: I Love Lucy [1952, 1953], The Lucy Show [1966-67, 1967-68], 12th Annual Atlas Governor’s Award [1988-89]; The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mame; died April 26, 1989)

1917 - Robert Mitchum (actor: The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Cape Fear, A Family for Joe, African Skies, Night of the Hunter, The Story of G.I. Joe; commercials: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”; died July 1, 1997)

1921 - Buddy (William) Collette (musician: reeds, piano, composer: LPs: Now and Then, Blockbuster; died Sep 19, 2010)

1922 - Doug Ford (golf champion: Masters [1957], PGA [1955])

1928 - Andy Warhol (Warhola) (filmmaker, pop artist: Campbell Soup; “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”; died Feb 22, 1987)

1930 - Abbey Lincoln (Wooldridge) (actress: For Love of Ivy, Mo’ Better Blues; died Aug 14, 2010)

1938 - Paul Bartel (writer, director, actor: Eating Raoul; writer, director: Not for Publication, Cannonball; director, actor: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills; director: The Longshot, Lust in the Dust, The Secret Cinema, Death Race 2000, Private Parts; actor: The Usual Suspects, The Jerky Boys, Number One Fan, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Rock ’n’ Roll High School, Hollywood Boulevard; died May 13, 2000)

1938 - Peter Bonerz (actor: The Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5; director: Murphy Brown)

1938 - Bert Yancey (golf: Charlie Bartlett Award: 1978; died Aug 26, 1994)

1941 - Ray (Raymond Leonard) Culp (baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1963], Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1969])

1943 - Ray Buktenica (actor: Rhoda, House Calls, Life Goes On)

1944 - Ed Sneed (golf: PGA champ: 1973 Kaiser International [1973], 1974 Greater Milwaukee Open [1974], 1977 Tallahassee Open [1977], Michelob-Houston Open [1982]; TV golf analyst)

1945 - Andy (John Alexander) Messersmith (baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1971], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974/all-star: 1974, 1975], Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1976], NY Yankees)

1947 - Ken Riley (football: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback: Super Bowl XVI)

1950 - Dorian Harewood (actor: Sudden Death, Pacific Heights, Full Metal Jacket, Against All Odds, An American Christmas Carol, Sparkle, Viper, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, Trauma Center, Strike Force, Roots: The Next Generation, Glitter, Capitol Critters [voice of Moze])

1951 - Catherine Hicks (actress: 7th Heaven, Marilyn, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Bad News Bears, Ryan’s Hope, Tucker’s Witch, Star Trek 4)

1952 - Pat MacDonald (musician: groups: Essentials, Barbara K, Cat’s Away, Timbuk 3: The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, All I Want for Christmas)

1958 - Randy DeBarge (musician: bass, vocals: group: DeBarge: Rhythm of the Night, I Like It, All this Love, Time Will Reveal)

1962 - Michelle Yeoh (actress: Tomorrow Never Dies, Jackie Chan: My Story, Moonlight Express)

1965 - David Robinson (Olympic Gold Medalist: 1992 basketball Dream Team; San Antonio Spurs center: NBA Rookie of the Year [1990])

1972 - Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) (singer: group: Spice Girls: LPs: Forever, Spice, Goodbye, Spiceworld; solo: LP: Schizophonic)

1976 - Melissa George (actress: Home and Away, Dark City, Hollyweird, Sugar & Spice, Mulholland Drive, Thieves)

1976 - Soleil Moon Frye (actress: Punky Brewster, The Liar’s Club, The St. Tammany Miracle)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - August 6
1949
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love) - Eddy Arnold

1957
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

1965
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I’m Henry VIII, I Am - Herman’s Hermits
What’s New Pussycat? - Tom Jones
The First Thing Ev’ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev’ry Night) - Jimmy Dean

1973
The Morning After - Maureen McGovern
Live and Let Die - Wings
Diamond Girl - Seals & Crofts
Lord, Mr. Ford - Jerry Reed

1981
Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield
Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey Scarbury
I Don’t Need You - Kenny Rogers
Dixie on My Mind - Hank Williams, Jr.

1989
Batdance - Prince
On Our Own - Bobby Brown
So Alive - Love & Rockets
Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ like That - Dolly Parton

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