Events - July 19
1909 - The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston. “Yer out! Yer out! And you, sir, are out number three!”
1914 - Boston began what was called its miracle drive as the Braves went from worst to first in the National League. They won the pennant and the World Series as well.
1939 - Jack Teagarden and his orchestra recorded "Aunt Hagar’s Blues" for Columbia Records. Teagarden provided the vocal on the session recorded in Chicago, IL.
1942 - "The Seventh Symphony", by Shostakovich, was performed for the first time in the United States by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
1946 - Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test. She passed it with flying colors and was signed to her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. The first of her 29 films was "Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!"
1948 - "Our Miss Brooks", starring Eve Arden and Gale Gordon, debuted on CBS radio. Arden played the role of Connie Brooks. The program stayed on radio until 1957, running simultaneously on TV from 1952 to 1956. Miss Brooks taught English at Madison High School. Her pal, the bashful, biology teacher Philip Boynton, was played by Robert Rockwell. The crusty, blustery principal of Madison High, Osgood Conklin, was none other than Gale Gordon. Supporting Eve Arden was Jane Morgan as Miss Brooks' landlady, Mrs. Davis. The main problem child in the classroom, the somewhat dimwitted Walter Denton was Richard Crenna.
1949 - Singer Harry Belafonte began recording for Capitol Records on this day. The first sessions included "They Didn’t Believe Me" and "Close Your Eyes". A short time later, Capitol said Belafonte wasn’t “commercial enough,” so he signed with RCA Victor (for a very productive and commercial career).
1951 - Famous thoroughbred race horse Citation retired from racing.
1960 - Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major-league debut. Marichal allowed just one hit (a double in the eighth inning) as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
1966 - Frank Sinatra married actress Mia Farrow this day. Sinatra, 50, married the 20-year-old actress and was photographed after the ceremony by 14 motion-picture cameras and 37 still cameras.
1980 - Billy Joel earned his first gold record with "It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me", which reached the top of the "Billboard" pop music chart. He would score additional million-sellers with "Just the Way You Are", "My Life", "Uptown Girl" (for girlfriend and later, wife and supermodel Christie Brinkley) and "We Didn’t Start the Fire". Joel reached the top only one other time, with "Tell Her About It" in 1983.
1984 - Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice President. Ferraro, age 48, campaigned with presidential hopeful Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale of Minnesota. Both lost in a landslide to the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
1985 - Two years after its initial release, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" grossed an additional $8.8 million in its first three days in rerelease. The film placed second in popularity that weekend to another Steven Spielberg film, "Back to the Future".
1987 - Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees tied the major-league record of Dale Long (set in 1956) by failing to get a home run after hitting round-trippers in eight consecutive games. Despite rumors as such, Mattingly was not taken behind the dugout and whipped by the team’s owner...
1989 - 181 out of 293 passengers and crew survived the crash of a United Airlines DC-10. The pilot of Flight 232, bound for Chicago, reported trouble to the Sioux City, Iowa airport half an hour before it slammed into the Sioux City runway. Prepared emergency personnel were credited with helping many to survive the fiery crash.
1990 - Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison and fined $50,000 for filing false income tax returns. Rose, who spent 25 years in the majors with 4256 hits, 1314 RBIs and a lifetime average of .303, was released from prison Jan 7, 1991.
1996 - The Centennial Olympics opened in Atlanta, Georgia. In the biggest Olympics staged in the 100-year history of the Games, 197 nations marched in the opening ceremonies. Montreal singer Celine Dion sang "The Power of the Dream," written by David Foster, Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds and Linda Thompson -- and commissioned for the Olympics. Former heavyweight champ and Atlanta native Evander Holyfield carried the Olympic torch into the stadium. Holyfield handed off to American swimmer Janet Evans Evans, who ran up the aisle with the torch and lighted the torch of heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali. (Evans also swam the 800m in the Olympics and was talking with a German TV crew when the infamous Olympic Centennial Park bomb exploded.)
1997 - Daniel Komen of Kenya broke the 8-minute barrier for the 2-mile run while setting a new world record of 7:58.61 at the Hechtel Night of Athletics in Hechtel, Belgium. Komen actually ran two sub-4-minute-miles in this race, running his first mile in 3:59.2, then turned in a second mile of 3:59.4.
Birthdays - July 19
1834 - Edgar Degas (artist; Impressionist: noted for his paintings of dancers in motion; died Sep 27, 1917)
1865 - Charles Mayo (surgeon: founded Mayo Clinic & Mayo Foundation with his brother; died May 26, 1939)
1896 - A.J. (Archibald Joseph) Cronin (author: The Citadel, Keys of the Kingdom; died on Jan 9, 1981)
1916 - Phil (Philip Joseph) Cavarretta (baseball: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1935, 1938, 1945/all-star: 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1945], Chicago White Sox; died Dec 18, 2010)
1921 - Rosalyn Yalow (medical investigator, Nobel Prize-winner for Physiology/Medicine : medical applications of radioactive isotopes: developed RIA; died May 30, 2011)
1922 - George McGovern (U.S. Senator and 1972 presidential contender; died Oct 21, 2012)
1923 - Alex Hannum (basketball: player: Syracuse Nationals; coach: only coach to win titles in both NBA [Philadelphia ’76ers] and ABA [Oakland Oaks]; died Jan 18, 2002)
1924 - Pat Hingle (actor: Batman, The Grifters, Splendor in the Grass, On the Waterfront, Norma Rae, Of Mice and Men; died Jan 3, 2009)
1925 - Sue Thompson (Eva McKee) (singer: Norman, Sad Movies [Make Me Cry])
1927 - Billy (William Frederick) Gardner (‘Shotgun’: baseball: NY Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, NY Yankees [World Series: 1961], Boston Red Sox; manager: California Angeles, Minnesota Twins)
1935 - Philip Agee (CIA agent; author: Inside the Company: CIA Diary; died Jan 7, 2008)
1937 - George Hamilton IV (singer: A Rose and a Baby Ruth, Why Don’t They Understand, Abilene, The Teen Commandments [w/Paul Anka & Johnny Nash], She’s a Little Bit Country; died Sep 17, 2014)
1938 - Richard Jordan (actor: Captains and the Kings, The Bunker, The Hunt for Red October, Dune, Logan’s Run, Rooster Cogburn; died Aug 30, 1993)
1940 - Dennis Cole (actor: The Young and the Restless, The Barbary Coast; died Nov 15, 2009)
1941 - Natalya Bessmertnova (prima ballerina: Bolshoi ballet; died Feb 19, 2008)
1941 - Vikki Carr (Florencia Bisenta deCasilla Martinez Cardona) (singer: It Must be Him, With Pen in Hand, The Lesson)
1945 - Craig Cameron (hockey: Minnesota North Stars, NY Islanders)
1946 - Alan Gorrie (musician: bass, singer: group: Average White Band: Pick Up the Pieces, Work to Do, Let’s Go Around Again; solo: LP: Sleepless Nights)
1946 - Ilie Nastase (tennis champion: French Open , U.S. Open )
1947 - Bernie Leadon (musician: guitar: group: The Eagles: Take It Easy, Best of My Love, One of these Nights)
1947 - Brian Harold May (musician: guitar: group: Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites the Dust)
1952 - Allen Collins (musician: guitar: group: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama; died Jan 23, 1990 of respiratory failure due to a 1986 car crash which killed his girfriend and left him paralyzed)
1962 - Anthony Edwards (actor: ER, Northern Exposure, It Takes Two, The Client, Pet Sematary 2, Delta Heat, El Diablo, Summer Heat, Revenge of the Nerds series, Top Gun, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1965 - Clea Lewis (actress: Ellen, Flying Blind, The Rich Man’s Wife)
Chart Toppers - July 19
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Amor - Bing Crosby
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
I’m Yours - Eddie Fisher
Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith
I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
That’s All You Gotta Do - Brenda Lee
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
This Guy’s in Love with You - Herb Alpert
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
I’ll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine
When Doves Cry - Prince
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
I Don’t Want to Be a Memory - Exile
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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