Events - August 11
1874 - Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT gave us reason to relax and cool off on this hot summer day. Mr. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head.
1896 - Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket! Pull the chain, the light goes on. Pull it again, the light goes off. Pull it again and the chain comes off...
1909 - The liner "Arapahoe" was the first American ship to use the radio distress call, SOS. The ship found itself in trouble off Cape Hatteras, NC and radioed for help. The call was heard by the United Wireless station at Hatteras. Morse code is no longer an internationally acceptable form of communication for ships at sea and most ships now use mobile phones, fax machines, and e-mail to communicate. The Global Maritime Distress and Safety system, which uses the satellite-based Global Positioning System, is the internationally accepted manner in which to transmit a ship’s exact location and problem ... instantly.
1924 - The first newsreel pictures of U.S. presidential candidates were taken -- in Washington, DC.
1941 - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded "Elmer’s Tune" on Bluebird Records.
1943 - Benjamin F. White became the first four-time winner of the Hambletonian. White rode Volo Song to the win in a field of 11 racehorses.
1951 - WCBS-TV in New York City became the first station to televise a baseball game in color. And they didn’t stop there. They were also the first station to broadcast two games in color, as this was doubleheader day at Ebbets Field between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves. (The Dodgers won the first game 8-1; the Braves took the nitecap, 8–4.)
1958 - Elvis Presley received a gold record for the hit, "Hard Headed Woman". The song was featured in the movie "King Creole".
1961 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves got his 300th major-league victory as he beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1.
1965 - Thirty-four people died, more than 3,000 were arrested and there was over $40 million in damage to property in the Watts area of Los Angeles. All of this was the result of a six-day riot which began on this day, and was caused by a minor confrontation between the California Highway Patrol and two young black men.
1970 - Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies became the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each of the two major leagues. Bunning, who later became a U.S. Senator, pushed the Phils over the Houston Astros, by a score of 6-5.
1971 - Republican New York mayor John Lindsay had a change of political heart as he made the switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party.
1977 - Pistol Pete Maravich signed a five-year basketball contract with the New Orleans Jazz for $3 million.
1984 - The Cincinnati Reds honored All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench by retiring his uniform (#5) this day.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “...I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia. We begin bombing in five minutes.“ The remark was made during a time when technicians had the microphone open and the President didn’t think he was being heard. He was just jesting as he was testing. Funny, actually, that this could happen to ‘Dutch’ Reagan -- a former radio sportscaster for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa and other radio stations -- not to mention TV and film. The remark, literally, bombed ... though nothing more serious happened.
1992 - The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States.
1998 - British Petroleum announced it was buying, er, merging with Amoco Corp. of the U.S. in a $53-billion deal. BP was already the world’s third-largest oil company, and the deal made it a bigger rival to No. 1 Royal Dutch/Shell and No. 2 Exxon.
1999 - A rare tornado touched down in downtown Salt Lake City, killing one person (the first recorded tornado death in the state’s history).
Birthdays - August 11
1807 - David Atchison (politician: organizer of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad; president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, president of U.S. for one day [March 4, 1849], the Sunday before Zachary Taylor (refused to be inaugurated on a Sunday) was sworn in; Atchison counties in KS and MO are named for him; died Jan 26, 1886)
1862 - Carrie Bond (composer: I Love You Truly, A Perfect Day; died Dec 28, 1946)
1902 - Lloyd (Benedict) Nolan (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial ; Airport, Hannah and Her Sisters, Earthquake, Ice Station Zebra, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place, Julia, Martin Kane, Private Eye; died Sep 27, 1985)
1912 - Jean Parker (Lois Green Zelinska) (actress: Apache Uprising, The Gunfighter, The Texas Rangers, Little Women ; died Nov 30, 2005)
1913 - Bob (Robert Boden) Scheffing (baseball: catcher: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals; died Oct 26, 1985)
1921 - Alex Haley (Pulitzer Prize-winning author: Roots ; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Queen; died Feb 10, 1992)
1925 - Arlene Dahl (actress: Night of the Warrior, Slightly Scarlet, Three Little Words, One Life to Live; author: beauty book series; TV host: Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, Opening Night; wife of actor Fernando Lamas, mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas)
1925 - Mike Douglas (Dowd) (TV host: The Mike Douglas Show; singer: The Men in My Little Girl’s Life; The Music Show, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge; died Aug 11, 2006)
1925 - Carl Rowan (journalist: NBC News, Chicago Daily News; author: Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall, Breaking Barriers, Wait Till Next Year, Go South in Sorrow, South of Freedom; director: U.S. Information Agency; U.S. Ambassador to Finland; died Sep 23, 2000)
1926 - Claus von Bulow (business mogul: subject of film: Reversal of Fortune)
1933 - Jerry Falwell (leader of religious right: Moral Majority head, preacher; died May 15, 2007)
1936 - Bill (William Charles) Monbouquette (baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1960, 1962, 1963], Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees, SF Giants; died Jan 25, 2015)
1937 - Anna Massey (actress: A Doll’s House, Frenzy, Bunny Lake is Missing, Anna Karenina; died Jul 3, 2011)
1938 - Vada (Edward) Pinson (baseball: Cincinnati Redlegs, Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1959, 1960/World Series: 1961], SL Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, KC Royals; died Oct 21, 1995)
1941 - Bill Munson (football: Utah State Univ., LA Rams, Seattle Seahawks, SD Chargers, Detroit Lions; Asst. G.M.: Buffalo Bills; died July 10, 2000)
1942 - Mike Hugg (musician: drums: groups: Chapter Three, Manfred Mann: 5-4-3-2-1, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Oh No Not My Baby, If You Gotta Go Go Now, Just like a Woman, The Mighty Quinn, Pretty Flamingo, Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James)
1942 - Otis Taylor (football: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver: UPI AFC Player of the Year : Super Bowl I, IV)
1942 - Guy Villari (singer: group: The Regents: Barbara Ann)
1943 - Jim Kale (musician: bass: group: The Guess Who: No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Hand Me Down World, Share the Land, Albert Flasher, Rain Dance, Star Baby, Clap for the Wolfman, Dancin’ Fool)
1948 - Ken Mendenhall (football: Univ. of Oklahoma, Green Bay Packers)
1949 - Eric Carmen (musician: bass, keyboards, songwriter, singer: group: The Raspberries: Go All the Way; solo: All By Myself, Never Gonna Fall in Love, Almost Paradise, Again, Hungry Eyes, Make Me Lose Control)
1950 - Erik Braunn (musician: guitar, singer: group: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida)
1950 - Steve Wozniak (founder: Apple Computer, Inc [1976: w/Steve Jobs])
1953 - Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) (wrestler, actor: Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando, Thunder in Paradise)
1954 - Joe Jackson (singer: Steppin’ Out, Is She Really Going Out with Him?, It’s Different for Girls, On the Radio, Happy Ending, Be My Number 2)
Chart Toppers - August 11
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
Surrender - Perry Como
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
Sh-Boom - The Crewcuts
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
In the Chapel in the Moonlight - Kitty Kallen
One by One - Kitty Wells & Red Foley
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Ahab, the Arab - Ray Stevens
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
Make It with You - Bread
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Grease - Frankie Valli
Love or Something Like It - Kenny Rogers
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna
Mad About You - Belinda Carlisle
Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain - The Judds
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
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