Events - August 24
0079 - The volcano, Mt. Vesuvius, erupted for the first time, destroying southern Italy’s cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. Vesuvius exploded without warning at about noon, covering Pompeii in a layer of ash nearly 13 feet deep. The other two cities were buried under mud and volcanic debris. Archaeologists have determined what life was like in Roman times from the volcanic-ash-preserved remains of the cities. Vesuvius is still active.
1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1869 - Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received a patent for the waffle iron, a “device to bake waffles.” He didn’t waffle about putting his invention to good use. It quickly became a popular appliance. You would heat up the waffle iron on the old coal stove - and later, the gas range - pour the batter on the griddle, close the cover and after a few minutes, flip the griddle in its little groove, and cook the other side of the waffle. Not quite as convenient as our electric waffle irons, but, you can be sure, if it’s Swarthout!
1891 - Thomas Edison applied for a movie camera patent. The most important element in making a movie ... the film ... was patented six years later.
1912 - The U.S. Post Office got heavy -- by abolishing its rule that only parcels up to four pounds could be sent through the system.
1939 - Louis ‘Lepke’ Buchalter, the leader of Murder, Incorporated, gave himself up to columnist Walter Winchell in New York City. Winchell turned the underworld leader over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
1950 - The summer replacement radio show for "Suspense", titled "Somebody Knows", was heard for the final time on radio. The program offered a reward of $5,000 for information that led to the solving of crimes. "Somebody Knows" began with the introduction, “You out there. You, who think you have committed the perfect crime -- that there are no clues, no witnesses -- listen. Somebody knows.”
1963 - John Pennel became the first pole-vaulter to vault higher than 17 feet. Pennel, using a fiberglass pole, vaulted 17 feet, 3/4 inches during a meet in Miami, FL.
1975 - Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major-league baseball record. He successfully stole his 38th consecutive base. Lopes pulled off the steal in the 12th inning of a game against the Montreal Expos. The Dodgers, however, still lost in 14 innings. The Score was 5-3.
1985 - Huey Lewis and The News reached the top. "The Power of Love" was #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" for two weeks.
1989 - Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, was out - of baseball (banned for life). Rose signed a five-page agreement with A. Bartlett Giamatti, comissioner of baseball, who charged that Rose, as Cincinnati Reds manager, bet on baseball games.
1991 - The day the Soviet Union began to break apart, and Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as head of the Communist party. (He resigned the presidency of the Soviet Union on Dec 25, 1991).
1992 - One of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States occurred on this day as Hurricane Andrew crashed into southern Florida. Andrew left a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people, left over 50,000 without homes and caused billions of dollars in property damage.
1995 - Microsoft officially rolled out their Windows 95 operating system. Midnight parties at retailers across the U.S. offered the new system for sale to those who just couldn’t wait any longer. NBC’s Jay Leno hosted the official launch party at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. The company lit up the Empire State Building with the Windows 95 logo colors, and licensed the Rolling Stones song, "Start Me Up", to use in its TV advertisements (for $12 million).
Birthdays - August 24
1900 - Preston Foster (actor: The Time Travelers, The Marshal’s Daughter, My Friend Flicka, Dr. X, Annie Oakley, Waterfront; died July 14, 1970)
1911 - Durward (Randall) Kirby (TV announcer: The Garry Moore Show, The Perry Como Show, Auction-Aire; TV host: Candid Camera; died Mar 15, 2000)
1917 - Dennis James (Demie James Sposa) (TV host: Chance of a Lifetime, High Finance, The Name’s the Same, United Cerebral Palsy Telethon; “Okay? Okay!”; died June 3, 1997)
1924 - Louis Teicher (pianist: duo: Ferrante & Teicher: Exodus, Tonight, Theme from "The Apartment", Midnight Cowboy; died Aug 3, 2008)
1928 - Penny (Millicent Maxine) Edwards (actress: Heart of the Rockies, North of the Great Divide, Trail of Robin Hood; died Aug 26, 1998)
1930 - Roger McCluskey (race driver: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer: winner: PPG Cup [official IndyCar World Series Championship]: 1973; raced in 18 Indianapolis 500 races; Indy Car Driving Champion: 1973; died July 29, 1993)
1936 - Murray Balfour (hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins)
1938 - David Freiberg (musician: bass guitar: group: Jefferson Starship: We Built this City; Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, The Fool, Who Do You Love)
1938 - Mason Williams (musician: guitar: Classical Gas; Emmy Award-winning writer: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [1968-69]; The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour)
1941 - Ernest Wright (singer: group: Little Anthony and the Imperials: Tears on My Pillow, Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop, Hurt So Bad)
1943 - John Cipollina (musician: guitar: group: Quicksilver Messenger Service: Dino’s Song, Who Do You Love?, The Fool; died May 29, 1989)
1944 - Jim Brady (singer: group: The Sandpipers: Guantanamera, Come Saturday Morning)
1944 - Gregory Jarvis (aircraft engineer: astronaut; killed Jan 28, 1986 in Challenger space shuttle explosion)
1945 - Ken Hensley (musician: guitar, keyboard, composer: group: Uriah Heep: July Morning, Easy Livin’)
1949 - Joe Regalbuto (actor: Murphy Brown, Knots Landing, Writer’s Block, The Queen of Mean, Invitation to Hell, Lassiter)
1954 - Chris (Christopher Sean) Batton (baseball: pitcher: Oakland Athletics)
1955 - Jeffrey Daniel (singer: group: Shalamar: Take that to the Bank, The Lover in You)
1956 - Tony (Antonio Garcia) Bernazard (baseball: Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers)
1958 - Steve Guttenberg (actor: Billy, No Soap Radio, Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Police Academy series, The Boys from Brazil)
1960 - Cal (Calvin Edwin) Ripken Jr. (baseball: shortstop: Baltimore Orioles [Rookie of the Year: 1982/World Series: 1983/all-star: 1983 thru 1996/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1991/record: most consecutive games played: 1996])
1961 - Mark Bedford (musician: bass: group: Madness: The Prince, Don’t Quote Me on That, Our House, My Girl, Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment, Return of the Los Palmos Seven, Cardiac Arrest, House of Fun, Tomorrow’s Just Another Day, Starvation, Ghost Train)
1962 - Craig Kilborn (TV host: Late Late Show, The Daily Show)
1965 - Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actress: Children of a Lesser God ; Hear No Evil, Bridge to Silence, Reasonable Doubts)
Chart Toppers - August 24
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Because of You - Tony Bennett
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Hey, Good Lookin’ - Hank Williams
The Three Bells - The Browns
Sea of Love - Phil Phillips
Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin
I’ll Never Find Another You - Sonny James
Fallin’ in Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
One of These Nights - Eagles
Get Down Tonight - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
Love Song - The Oak Ridge Boys
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over - Lanny Kravitz
Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave) - Roxette
You Know Me Better Than That - George Strait
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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