No Edition today,
sorry, but one on Monday for sure. Here
is a correction for “This Day in American History,” plus today’s which features
Just thought you should know - Mia Hamm has more goals in international competition than Pele.
3rd paragraph, under the heading "U.S. National Team"
I rarely have the time to read that far down the page but
today it just caught my eye. I'm not even a big fan of soccer, but I heard that Mia Hamm had scored more goals in international play than anyone, and it just stuck in my head. Can't remember what I had for breakfast though.
Your newsletter is informative and I admire you for the time and energy that goes into it. Keep up the good work!
(Thank you for catching this; will change today's and put the Hamm record in the May 16th. I have been writing The Day in American History for over ten years, and this one must have been an early one. I will be more careful and review these.
Here is the correct information and this goes in May 16:
1999-Mia Hamm, the most recognized female soccer player in the world, she broke the all-time international scoring record, for men and women against Brazil in Orlando, Fla. with her 108th career goal
The change for October 23
1940-Birthday of Pele ( EdsonArantes do Nascimento) famous soccer player, born Tres Coracoes, Brazil. 3 winning teams [1958, 1962, 1970].
This Day in American History
1861-Transcontinental telegraph line was placed in operation when Stephen Johnson Field, chief justice of California, sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln. On October 25, 1861, telegrams were exchanged between Mayor Fernando Wood of New York City and Mayor H.F. Teschemacher of San Francisco, CA. Rates during the first week were $1 a word between San Francisco and the Missouri River. Later the rates were reduced: 10 words from San Francisco to New York City cost $6, and each additional word cost 75 cents. The obstacles to building the line over the sparsely populated and isolated western plains and mountains were huge. Wire and glass insulators had to be shipped by sea to San Francisco and carried eastward by horse-drawn wagons over the Sierra Nevada. Supplying the thousands of telegraph poles needed was an equally daunting challenge in the largely treeless Plains country, and these too had to be shipped from the western mountains. Indians also proved a problem. In the summer of 1861, a party of Sioux warriors cut part of the line that had been completed and took a long section of wire for making bracelets. Later, however, some of the Sioux wearing the telegraph-wire bracelets became sick, and a Sioux medicine man convinced them that the great spirit of the "talking wire" had avenged its desecration. Thereafter, the Sioux left the line alone, and the Western Union was able to connect the East and West Coasts of the nation much earlier than anyone had expected and a full eight years before the transcontinental railroad would be completed.
1839-Biurthday of Belva A. Lockwood, an educator, lawyer and advocate for women’s rights, born at Royalton, NY. In 1879, she was admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court—the first woman to do so. While practicing law at Washington, DC, she secured equal property rights for women. By adding amendments to statehood bills, Lockwood helped to provide voting rights for women in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. In 1884, she was the first woman formally nominated for the US presidency. Died May 19, 1917, at Washingotn, DC.
1892-Black workers strike in New Orleans, LA
1908 -Baseball's anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is introduced by Bill Murray. The song writing team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (words) who created the immortal tune have never seen a game. The story goes Jack Norworth one was riding a New York City subway train, he spotted a sign that said "Ballgame Today at the Polo Grounds." Some baseball-related lyrics popped into his head, that were later set to some music by Albert Von Tilzer, to become the well known baseball song, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Despite the fact that neither Norworth or Tilzer had ever been to a baseball game at the time the song was written, it is one of the most widely sung songs in America. Here is the most adopted 1927 version:
1914-birthday of alto sax player Jimmie Powell, New York City, NY
1920- bassist Wendell Marshall born St. Louis, Mo, with Duke Ellington 1948-1955.
1926 – Birthday of Y.A. (Yelberton Abraham) Tittle, Jr. , born Marshall, TX. (Pro Football Hall of Famer: NY Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts: quarterback; UPI Player of the Year [1957, 1962]; AP Player of the Year )
1929- Black Thursday---after several weeks of a downward trend in stock prices, investors began panic selling on Black Thursday, October 24, 1929. More than 13 million shares were dumped. Desperate attempts to support the market brought a brief rally. By December 1 stocks on the New York Stock Exchange had dropped in value by $26,000,000. the day after the crash, Pres. Herbert Hoover said, " The fundamental business of the country...is on a sound and prosperous basis." In actuality, the Great Depression of the 1930's began. 1931 - The George Washington Bridge was opened, linking New York City with New Jersey. The bridge became a famous New York landmark and has been featured in many movies and TV shows. The toll to cross the bridge was to be temporary -- just to cover costs. But it costs and costs and costs when you have to keep repairing and painting a bridge that big -- so, the bridge toll continues. And the bridge is still being painted.
1930—Singer Big Bopper ( J.P. Richardson) Birthday
1931- Alphonse Capone, better known as "Scarface" , was sentenced in a federal court in Chicago for 11 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine for failing to pay $231,000 in federal income taxes. After years of local and state alleged efforts to get this mobster, the feds were able to collect enough accounting information to sentence him. Capone, who ruled Chicago's illicit beer and liquor trade during Prohibition had a crime organization netting him an estimated $100 million a year in the late 20's, little of which he declared to the government.
1935- Mike Riley-Eddie Farley record " The Music Goes Round and Round," Decca.
1935-Langston Hughes’ “Mulatto” opens, the first Black-authored play to become
a long-run Broadway hit.
1937-Birthday of sax player/composer Odean Pope, Ninety-Six, SC
1939 - Women’s nylon hosiery went on sale for the first time -- at Wilmington Dry Goods in Wilmington, DE. Why Wilmington? The Dupont Company, the inventor of nylon, is based there.
1945 - The United Nations charter took effect on this day -- at the San Francisco Conference -- establishing the United Nations. 51 countries came together determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; to reaffirm faith in human rights; to promote social progress and better standards of life; to practice tolerance and live together in peace and unite their strength to maintain international peace and security. Since 1971, by unanimous request of the U.N. General Assembly (the world’s forum for discussing matters affecting world peace and security), this day has been observed throughout all UN member nations as a public holiday, United Nations Day.
( lower half of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct24.html )
1952 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in Detroit, delivered his famous speech about Korea. He promised to go to Korea and seek “an early settlement to the war” if elected President. He was -- and he did.
1956-the first Presbyterian female minister, the Reverent Margaret Ellen Towner, was ordained in her home church in Syracuse, NY. She was appointed minister of Christian education of the First Presbytery Church, Allentown, PA. She had received a Bachelor of Divinity degree form Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1954.
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot, dry, Santa Ana’s that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that, every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen."
1960 - Brenda Lee hit #1 for the second time in the year with "I Want to Be Wanted". 1960 was a very good year for the young (age 15) songstress. In addition to her first #1 smash, "I’m Sorry" (July 18), Lee had two other songs on the charts: "Sweet Nothin’s" (#4, April 18) and "That’s All You Gotta Do" (#6, July 4).
1977- the first jockey to win more than $5 million in purses in one year was Steve Cauthen of Kentucky, whose purses this day amounted to $5,009,692.
1991- The final frontier for Gene Roddenberry, writer, best known for the creation of
1992, The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, in 11 innings in Game 6 to become the first non-US-based team to win the World Series. Forty-one year old Dave Winfield's 11th inning double is the key hit in Toronto's victory.
2000- Orlando Hernandez (8-0, 1.90) losses his first postseason game as the Mets defeat the Yankees on a tie breaking eight inning double by Benny Agbayani, 4-2. New York native John Franco gets the win ending the Yankees' record 14-game World Series winning streak.
2000- Roger Clemens is fined a reported $50,000 for throwing the jagged barrel of a shattered bat in the direction of Met catcher Mike Piazza in the first inning Game 2 of the World Series
World Series Champions This Date
1992 Toronto Blue Jays.