1693 - Uniforms for police in New York City (or what there was of New York City at that time) were authorized on this day.
1795 - Martin Academy in Washington, TN changed its name to Washington College ... the first college to be named after George Washington.
1805 - Bill Richmond, the first noted boxer in America, beat up Tom Tough (Jack Homes) in round 26 of a bout in Kilburn Wells, England.
1865 - C.E. Barnes of Lowell, MA patented the machine gun.
1881 - The first ice cream sundae was served -- by accident. Druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, couldn’t serve the desirable, but scandalous (not allowed on the Sabbath) flavored soda water that a customer wanted. Mr. Berner compromised and put ice cream in a dish and poured the syrup on top (chocolate syrup was only used for making flavored and ice-cream sodas, at the time). Voila! An ice cream Sunday! (The spelling was later changed to ‘sundae’).
1889 - John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in the last championship bare-knuckle fight. Good thing it was the last one, too, as the bout went on for 75 rounds! It took 2 hours, 16 minutes and 23 seconds to complete.
1907 - Florenz Ziegfeld staged the first "Ziegfeld Follies" at the roof garden of the New York Theatre.
1946 - Actress Ava Gardner divorced bandleader Artie Shaw on this day; not quite a year after they were married.
1950 - Joel McCrea appeared in the lead role of "Tales of the Texas Rangers". The soon-to-be-popular show debuted on NBC radio.
1953 - Notre Dame announced that the following five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.
1958 - The first gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded. It went to the soundtrack LP, "Oklahoma!". The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first gold single issued by the RIAA was "Catch a Falling Star", by Perry Como, in March of 1958. A gold single also represents sales of one million records.
1960 - Storer Broadcasting Company purchased WINS radio in New York City for $10 million. It was the highest price paid for a radio station (to that time). Many great radio personalities including Murray the K, Bruce Morrow and Alan Freed were stars on WINS Radio. WINS, under Storer ownership, also aired some very clever promotions, including the time they drove the New York media crazy. It was a discovery (thought to be a rare find) in the back seat of a New York taxicab: a clay tablet that looked to be Egyptian and had carvings on it. Upon closer examination, it read, “Everybody’s mummy listens to 10-10 WINS!”
1970 - The San Francisco Giants’ Jim Ray Hart hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game). Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted in (RBI) during a single inning. The Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 13-0.
1984 - John McEnroe made short work of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Connors managed to win only four games and tied for the second lowest number of games won by a Wimbledon men’s singles finalist since 1922. McEnroe won the event in just 1 hour 20 minutes.
1985 - Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Lambert of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced his retirement on this, his 33rd birthday. A 1974 second-round draft choice from Kent State University in Ohio, Lambert played 11 seasons with the Steelers. He racked up several awards including the NFL’s Rookie of the Year , Defensive Player of the Year ; and nine consecutive Pro Bowls [1975-1983]. Jack Lambert was a major chunk of the Steel Curtain and owns four Super Bowl rings to prove it.
1987 - Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star, pulling in more viewers than many game shows and soap operas. He captured center stage as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.
Birthdays - July 8
1908 - Louis (Thomas) Jordan (musician: alto sax, singer: Is You or is You ain’t My Baby, Open the Door Richard, G.I. Jive, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens; actor: Five Guys Named Moe; Fuzzy Wuzzy, Beware, Swing Parade of 1946, Reet, Petite, and Gone, Look-Out Sister; died Feb 4, 1975)
1908 - Nelson (Aldrich) Rockefeller (U.S. Vice President under Gerald Ford [1974-1977], Governor of New York [1958-73]; died Jan 26, 1979)
1910 - Sarah (Newcomb) McClendon (journalist: White House press corps; died Jan 7, 2003)
1913 - Walter Kerr (Pulitzer Prize-winning drama critic: New York Herald Tribune, New York Times; playwright: Sing Out, Sweet Land, Song of Bernadette; director: King of Hearts; Broadway’s Ritz Theater renamed for him; died Oct 9, 1996)
1914 - Billy Eckstine (William Clarence Eckstein) (band leader, bass-baritone singer: Fools Rush In, Everything I Have is Yours, I Apologize, My Foolish Heart, Blue Moon, Body and Soul; died Mar 8, 1993)
1917 - Pamela Brown (actress: Wuthering Heights, Cleopatra, Victoria Regina, Alice in Wonderland; died Sep 18, 1975)
1917 - Faye Emerson (actress: Destination: Tokyo, Uncertain Glory; TV panelist: I’ve Got a Secret, What’s in a Word, Masquerade Party; host: The Faye Emerson Show, Author Meets the Critic; died Mar 9, 1983)
1918 - Craig Stevens (Gail Shikles) (actor: Peter Gunn, Drums in the Deep South, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; died May 10, 2000)
1923 - Harrison Dillard (Olympic Gold Medalist: 100 meter , 110 meter hurdles , 4x100 relay [1948, 1952]; Sullivan Trophy winner ; National Track & Field Hall of Famer)
1929 - Shirley Ann Grau (Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Keepers of the House ; The Black Prince and Other Stories)
1931 - Roone Arledge (TV executive: president: ABC News; died Dec 5, 2002)
1932 - Barbara Loden (actress: Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, The Glass Menagerie; died Sep 5, 1980)
1932 - Jerry Vale (Genaro Vitaliano) (singer: Innamorata [Sweetheart], You Don’t Know Me, Have You Looked Into Your Heart)
1933 - Marty Feldman (comedian, actor: Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Yellowbeard, Slapstick of Another Kind; died Dec 2, 1982; died Dec 2, 1982)
1935 - John David Crow (College Football Hall of Famer: Heisman Trophy winner: Texas A&M ; Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, S.F. 49ers; coach/athletic director: Northeast Louisiana U)
1935 - Steve Lawrence (Sidney Leibowitz) (singer: Go Away Little Girl, Party Doll, Pretty Blue Eyes, Footsteps, Portrait of My Love; songwriter: Two on the Aisle; married to singer: Eydie Gorme)
1939 - Tommy Mason (football: Tulane Univ., Minnesota Vikings [#1 draft pick: 1961])
1942 - Phil Gramm (U.S. Senator [Texas]; presidential hopeful )
1944 - Jeffrey Tambor (actor: Big Bully, Radioland Murders, City Slickers, A Perfect Little Murder, Brenda Starr, Mr. Mom, A Gun in the House, Pals, The Larry Sanders Show, Hill Street Blues, The Ropers, 9 to 5, Mr. Sunshine, Max Headroom, Muppets From Space)
1947 - Kim Darby (Deborah Zerby) (actress: Rich Man, Poor Man, True Grit, The Grissom Gang, The Streets of San Francisco)
1948 - Raffi Cavoukian (singer, songwriter: children’s songs: Everything Grows)
1949 - Wolfgang Puck (chef: formerly of Spagos in Los Angeles)
1951 - Anjelica Huston (Academy Award-winning actress: Prizzi’s Honor ; The Witches, The Grifters, The Addams Family Pictures, Addams Family Values; daughter of director John Huston)
1952 - Jack Lambert (Pro Football Hall of Famer: see 1985 [above])
1958 - Kevin Bacon (actor: Apollo 13, JFK, A Few Good Men, The River Wild, Footloose, Murder in the First, The Air Up There, The Guiding Light, Wild Things, My Dog Skip)
1961 - Andy Fletcher (musician: group: Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence, New Life, Shake the Disease)
1961 - Graham Jones (musician: guitar: group: Haircut 100)
1973 - Kathleen Robertson (actress: Beverly Hills, 90210, Scary Movie 2)
Chart Toppers - July 8
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha’i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Over the Mountain; Across the Sea - Johnnie & Joe
Four Walls - Jim Reeves
I Can’t Help Myself - Four Tops
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Before You Go - Buck Owens
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Why Me - Kris Kristofferson
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool - Barbara Mandrell
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash