356th day of 2010 - 9 remaining
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Chipmunks were at the #1 position on the music charts on this day in 1958 as Alvin, Simon, and Theodore sang with David Seville. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), the novelty tune that topped the charts for a month, is still a Christmas favorite today...
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We’ve been good, but we can’t last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast
Want a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don’t be late
Events December 22
1894 - The United States Golf Association was formed -- in New York City.
1910 - U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914.
1920 - WEAF, in New York City, aired the first broadcast of a prize fight from ringside. The fight was broadcast from Madison Square Garden where Joe Lynch defeated Peter Herman to retain the bantamweight title. Bantamweights top the scales at 118 pounds. Just think, either of those boxers could have been mistaken for the microphone stand.
1937 - The Lincoln (named for the U.S. president of the same name) Tunnel in New York opened to traffic. Originally called the Midtown Hudson Tunnel, the tube between Weehawken, New Jersey and midtown Manhattan allowed only one lane of traffic in each Direction . (A new northbound-only tube opened to traffic Feb 4, 1945 and a southbound tube opened May 25, 1957.)
1941 - Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra recorded Blues in the Night on Decca. The song became one of Lunceford’s biggest hits. Between 1934 and 1946 Jimmy Lunceford had more hits (22) than any other black jazz band (except Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway).
1943 - Sporting goods manufacturers received permission to use synthetic rubber for the core of baseballs. The move, of course, produced livelier baseballs. Announcers said, “Back - back - back - back - back,” a lot.
1944 - During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demanded the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium. Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied, “Nuts!” (Some sources say that his actual language was stronger than that.)
1956 - Colo the gorilla was born at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo, tipping the scales at 3 1/4 pounds. It was the first gorilla to be born in captivity.
1968 - Julie Nixon, daughter of the President-elect, married Dwight David Eisenhower, grandson of the former President.
1972 - Folk singer Joni Mitchell received a gold record for the album, For the Roses. The album included the song, You Turn Me on, I’m a Radio.
1975 - Mike and Gloria Stivic (Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers) had a baby on All In the Family on CBS-TV.
1976 - The last deal was made as production ended for Let’s Make A Deal. TV’s big dealer, Monty Hall, gave away an estimated $35 million in prizes and over 20,000 kisses during the 3,200 shows. Most of the prizes were behind door number... We forget. We do remember that Jay Stewart was the announcer and Carol Merrill was the spokesmodel.
1981 - London was the scene of a rock ’n’ roll auction where buyers paid $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon’s marriage certificate was worth $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film Help! brought $2,100.
1984 - CBS Records announced plans for the release of Mick Jagger’s first solo album, set for February, 1985. The Rolling Stone went solo after a 20-year career with the self-proclaimed “greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.” The album: She’s the Boss.
1986 - Joe Paterno was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. It marked only the second time a coach had won the honor. The first to do so was UCLA’s basketball legend, John Wooden. The magazine also chose this issue to change its own logo to a two-line design (which had absolutely nothing to do with Joe Paterno).
1989 - Playwright Samuel Beckett died in Paris at the age of 83.
1990 - Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland’s first popularly elected president.
1992 - A Libyan Boeing 727 collided with a MiG 23 near Tripoli. All 157 people on the jetliner were killed.
1993 - Singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor, philanthropist Michael Jackson, fighting child molestation allegations, issued a video statement in which he said he was “totally innocent of any wrongdoing.”
1995 - These motion pictures opened in the U.S.: The funny Dracula: Dead and Loving It, starring funny folks Leslie Nielsen, Peter Macnicol, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Lysette Anthony, Harvey Korman and Mel Brooks; the cute/entertaining Grumpier Old Men with Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Kevin Pollak, Daryl Hannah, Burgess Meredith and Ann Guilbert; and the thriller Sudden Death, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Ross Malinger, Kate Mcneil, Dorian Harewood and Raymond J. Barry.
1996 - Kordell Stewart of the Pittsburgh Steelers ran 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of an 18-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He set an NFL record for the longest scoring run by a quarterback.
1997 - Actress Hunter Tylo, whose pregnancy got her fired from TV’s steamy soap Melrose Place, was awarded $4.9 million by jurors who agreed she was wrongfully terminated.
1998 - The American Basketball League (ABL) suspended operations and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The league blamed its problems on a lack of both TV exposure and sponsor support.
1999 - Two astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Discovery started three days of spacewalks to repair the crippled Hubble Space Telescope so it could focus correctly on stars, galaxies and other celestial objects.
1999 - Movies opening in U.S. theatres: the pro-football flick Any Given Sunday, starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid and James Woods; and Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey as the late Andy Kaufman.
2000 - Flicks debuting in the U.S.: Cast Away, with Tom Hanks starring as a FedEx systems engineer stranded on a desert island with only a volleyball to talk to; Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, starring Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell and Gerard Butler as Dracula; The Family Man, with Nicolas Cage as a Wall Street bachelor who wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom married ... with children; Miss Congeniality, starring Sandra Bullock as a bumbling FBI agent in her undercover job as a contestant in the Miss United States pagent; and the comedy State and Main, with Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti Lupone, William H. Macy and Sarah Jessica Parker.
2000 - Former Missouri governor and U.S. senator John Ashcroft was nominated to be U.S. Attorney General in Bush administration.
2001 - Passengers and flight attendants subdued Richard Colvin Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami. He appeared to have explosive materials inserted into his shoes. The flight was diverted to Boston and the FBI confirmed that Reid’s shoes were packed with explosives. Reid, who became known around the world as the ‘the shoe bomber’, was sentenced to life in prison for the act.
2002 - 50-year-old Joe Strummer, lead singer of the legendary British punk band The Clash, died in Broomfield, England.
2003 - A 6.5 earthquake jolted the central California coast. Two people were killed in Paso Robles when the 1892 Mastagni Building and its 15-foor clock tower collapsed. Damages from the quake were put at $100 million.
2004 - It was opening day in the U.S. for Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle, Joaquin Phoenix, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte and Antonio David Lyons. Also debuting was Meet the Fockers, with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Teri Polo and Blythe Danner.
2004 - Europe’s Court of First Instance ruled that Microsoft Corporation had to divulge some trade secrets to competitors and produce a version of its flagship Windows operating system stripped of the program that plays music and video.
2005 - India’s most advanced INSAT-4A telecommunications satellite was successfully launched by the European Ariane-5G launch vehicle of Arianespace, from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
2006 - Movies debuting in the U.S.: The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, John Turturro, William Hurt, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Macht, Tammy Blanchard, Vladimir Mashkov and Joe Pesci; Night at the Museum, with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Mickey Rooney, **** Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, Ricky Gervais, Rami Malek, Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson; and We Are Marshall, starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara and Arlen Escarpeta.
2006 - Residents of Almazan, a small town in rural Spain, won the top prize of 390 million euros (£262m; $514m) in the world’s richest lottery, known as El Gordo (‘the fat one’).
2007 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss the political and military situation in the war-torn country. It was the first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president.
2008 - The Russian ruble continued its plunge as the Central Bank again eased its support of the currency, under pressure from plunging oil prices and other economic woes.
2008 - Toyota Motor Corp. projected its first-ever operating loss ($1.66 billion), acknowledging that its nine-year stretch of global vehicle-sales growth had stalled.
2009 - A U.S. federal appeals court ordered Microsoft Corp. to stop selling its Microsoft Word program by January 2010 and pay a Canadian software company $290 million for violating a patent. The court upheld the ruling of a lower court that Word’s handling of .xml, .docx, and .docm files infringed upon Toronto-based i4i’s patented XML-handling algorithms. In November 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court said it would consider making some patents more vulnerable to legal challenge, agreeing to hear Microsoft’s appeal in the i4i case.
2009 - The Pan American Development Foundation reported that poverty had forced at least 225,000 children in Haiti’s cities into slavery as unpaid household servants, far more than previously thought.
2010 - Films debuting in the U.S.: Country Strong, with Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw and Sean Symons; Little Fockers, starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson and Barbra Streisand; Somewhere, with Benicio Del Toro, Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning, Stephen Dorff and Laura Ramsey; True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and Hailee Steinfeld.
Birthdays December 22
1696 - James Oglethorpe
colonist: founded city of Savannah, Georgia; colonized Georgia; died June 30, 1785
1858 - Giacomo Puccini
musician, Italian opera composer: La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly; died Nov 29, 1924
1862 - Connie (Cornelius Alexander) Mack (McGillicudy)
‘The Tall Tactician’: Baseball Hall of Fame catcher: Washington Statesmen, Buffalo Bisons, Pittsburgh Pirates; Baseball Hall of Fame manager: Pittsburgh Pirates [1894-1996], Philadelphia Athletics [1901-1950: retired at age 88]: record for managing most games [7,755], most wins [3,731] and most losses [3,948]; built two championship dynasties w/four pennants in five years (1910-1914) and three in a row: 1929-1931; died Feb 8, 1956
1869 - Edwin Arlington Robinson
Pulitzer prize-winning poet: Collected Poems , The Man Who Died Twice , Tristram ; Richard Cory, Miniver Cheevy; died Apr 6, 1935
1885 - Deems Taylor
composer: operas: The King’s Henchman, Peter Ibbetson; writer; music critic: New York World [1921-25], New York American [1931-32]; intermission commentator for Sunday radio broadcasts of NY Philharmonic [1936 to 1943]; president of ASCAP; married to poet and playwright Mary Kennedy; died July 3, 1966
1901 - Andre Kostelanetz
music conductor: with Perry Como: Prisoner of Love; arranger: Broadway show tunes; died Jan 13, 1980
1907 - Dame Peggy (Edith Margaret Emily) Ashcroft
Academy Award-winning actress: Passage to India ; The Heat of the Day, The Jewel in the Crown, Secret Ceremony, The Nun’s Story, The 39 Steps; British Olivier Award [lifetime achievement - 1991]; died Jun 14, 1991
1909 - Patricia Hayes
actress: Crime and Punishment, Master of the Moor, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Fool, A Fish Called Wanda, Willow; died Sep 19, 1998
1912 - Lady Bird (Claudia Alta) Johnson
First Lady: wife of 36th U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson; died Jul 11, 2007
1917 - Gene Rayburn (Rubessa)
comedian: The Steve Allen Show, Tonight; TV game-show host: Match Game, Make the Connection, Break the Bank; TV panelist: The Name’s the Same; died Nov 29, 1999
1918 - Frankie Darro (Johnson)
actor: Vanishing Legion, Westward the Women, Broadway Bill, Riding High, Black Gold, Irish Luck; died Dec 25, 1976
1922 - Barbara Billingsley
actress: Leave It to Beaver, Back to the Beach, Eye of the Demon, Airplane; died Oct 16, 2010
1922 - Ruth Roman
actress: The Killing Kind, Love has Many Faces, Since You Went Away, The Window, Knots Landing; died Sep 9, 1999
1927 - Peggie Castle (Blair)
actress: The White Orchid, The Finger Man; died Aug 11, 1973
1934 - David Pearson
International Motorsports Hall of Famer: Daytona 500 winner 
1936 - Hector Elizondo
actor: Chicago Hope, Popi, Freebie and the Bean, Foley Square, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Casablanca, Perfect Alibi, Beverly Hills Cop 3, Frankie and Johnny, Pretty Woman, The Flamingo Kid, Young Doctors in Love, The Fan, Cuba, American Gigolo, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, Pocket Money, Born to Win
1938 - Matty (Mateo Rojas) Alou
baseball: SF Giants [World Series: 1962], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1968, 1969], SL Cardinals, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972], NY Yankees, SD Padres
1940 - Ellie (Elrod Jerome) Hendricks
baseball: baseball: catcher: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969-1971], Chicago Cubs, NY Yankees [World Series: 1976]
1944 - Steve (Norman) ‘Lefty’ Carlton
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1967, 1968/all-star: 1968, 1969, 1971], Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979-1982/Cy Young Award: 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982/World Series: 1980, 1983], Chicago White Sox, SF Giants, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins; won 329 games [second only to Warren Spahn among lefties]; his 4,136 strikeouts exceeded only by Nolan Ryan; shares N.L. record w/19 strikeouts in a game; six 20-win seasons; first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards
1944 - Barry Jenkins
drummer: groups: Nashville Teens, Animals
1945 - Diane Sawyer
TV journalist: 60 Minutes, Prime Time Live, 20/20, Good Morning America; anchor: ABC World News
1946 - Rick Nielsen
musician: guitar, singer: group: Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me, Ain’t That a Shame, Dream Police, Voices
1948 - Steve (Steven Patrick) Garvey
baseball: L.A. Dodgers: [World Series: 1974, 1977, 1978/all-star: 1974-1981/N.L. Baseball Writers’ Award: 1974]; SD Padres [World Series: 1984/all-star: 1984, 1985]
1949 - Maurice Gibb
musician: bass, songwriter: group: Bee Gees: score for Saturday Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive; married to singer Lulu; died Jan 12, 2003
1949 - Robin Gibb
musician, songwriter: group: Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart; see Maurice Gibb: twins
1949 - Ray Guy
football: star punter for Southern Mississippi [1970-72], Oakland Raiders: Super Bowl XI, XV, XVII
1950 - Bob Fitchner
hockey: NHL: Quebec Nordiques
1951 - Jan Stephenson
golf champion: Du Maurier Classic , LPGA , U.S. Open ; centerfold model
1952 - Charles Phillips
football: Oakland Raiders safety: Super Bowl XI
1953 - BernNadette Stanis
actress: Good Times
1953 - Ian Turnbull
hockey: NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs, LA Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins
1956 - Erica Boyer (Amanda Gantt)
actress: X-rated films: Beyond De Sade, Please, Mr. Postman, For Your Thighs Only, Hard to Swallow, Funky Brewster, Best Little Whorehouse in Beverly Hills, Bimbo Bowlers from Boston
1957 - Ricky Ross
singer: group: Deacon Blue: LPs: Raintown, Riches, When the World Knows Your Name
1960 - Luther ‘Luke Skyywalker’ Campbell
rapper: group: 2 Live Crew: Throw the ‘D’, Check It Out Y’All, Move Somethin’, H-B-C, C’Mon Babe, Boyz With da Bass, Splak Shop, We Like to Chill; promoter, nightclub owner; founder: Luke Records
1962 - Ralph Fiennes
Tony Award-winning actor: Hamlet ; Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Avengers, The Prince of Egypt, The End of the Affair, The Miracle Maker, Double Down
1964 - Mike Jackson
baseball [pitcher]: Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox
1968 - Dina Meyer
actress: Poodle Springs, Johnny Mnemonic, Dragonheart, Starship Troopers, Deadly Little Secrets
1973 - Stanley Pritchett
football [running back]: Univ of South Carolina; NFL: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons
1982 - Brooke Nevin
actress: My Suicide, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, Too Cool for Christmas, Guilty Hearts, Loves Music, Loves to Dance, Running Wild
Chart Toppers December 22
1948Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely
1957Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
At the Hop - Danny & The Juniors
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
1966Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
That’s Life - Frank Sinatra
Born Free - Roger Williams
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold
1975That’s the Way (I Like It) - KC & The Sunshine Band
Let’s Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
Convoy - C.W. McCall
1984Like a Virgin - Madonna
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers
Why Not Me - The Judds
1993Again - Janet Jackson
All That She Wants - Ace of Base
Hero - Mariah Carey
I Don’t Call Him Daddy - Doug Supernaw
2002Jenny from the Block - Jennifer Lopez
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Who’s Your Daddy? - Toby Keith
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Chart Topper December 22nd, 1984...Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers