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On the 1st, in 1980:

Ted Turner launches CNN, and thus begins the 24-hour news cycle

On the 2nd, in 1935:

Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player. His record of batting .690 remains unbeaten.

On the 3rd, in 1946:

US Supreme court rules that race separation on buses is unconstitutional

On the 4th, in 1917:

American men start registering for the draft for WWI

On the 5th, in 1996:

Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, TN

On the 6th, in 1850:

Levi Strauss makes his first pair of blue jeans

On the 7th, in 1864:

Abe Lincoln is nominated for President by Republicans

On the 8th, in 1969:

Brian Jones leaves The Rolling Stones

On the 9th, in 1973:

Secretariat wins the Triple Crown

On the 10th, in 1977:

Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer

On the 11th, in 1895:

The first auto race is held (paving the way for speedfreaks the world over)

On the 12th, in 1962:

Three convicts used spoons to dig their way out of Alcatraz

On the 13th, in 1930:

First nudist colony opens its gates (sales of binoculars in the surrounding area spikes)

On the 14th, in 1953:

President Eisenhower condemns Senator Joseph McCarthy’s call for book burning

On the 15th, in 1908:

World congress for Woman’s rights opens in Amsterdam

On the 16th, in 1984:

Michael Jordan is drafted by the Chicago Bulls

On the 17th, in 1928:

Amelia Earhart embarks on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman

On the 18th, in 1973:

NCAA makes urine drug testing mandatory for all participants

On the 19th, in 1955:

Mickey Mantle hits career HR #100

On the 20th, in 1967:

Muhammad Ali is arrested for refusing to be drafted into the armed forces

On the 21st, in 1989:

Melanie Griffith remarries Don Johnson (wedding attendees resist the urge to “speak now or forever hold their peace”)

On the 21st, in 1990:

Florida passes a law prohibiting wearing a thong bathing suit

On the 23rd, in 1961:

US Air Force Major Robert White takes the X-15 aircraft to 107,700 feet.

On the 24th, in 1664:

New Jersey is founded as colony (if only they knew it would lead to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”)

On the 25th, in 1947:

The tennis shoe is introduced (which makes us wonder what they played tennis in during all the previous years: tennis boots?)

On the 26th, in 1997:

Supreme Court strikes down Internet indecency law

On the 27th, in 2008:

Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

On the 28th, in 1997:

Mike Tyson takes a bite of Evander Holyfield’s ear

On the 29th, in 1995:

The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

On the 30th, in 2005:

Spain legalizes same sex marriage


On the 1st, in 1991:

Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals a record-breaking 939th base.

On the 2nd, in 1902:

The first science fiction film, George Melies' A Trip to the Moon, is released.

On the 3rd, in 1952:

First landing by an airplane at North Pole.

On the 4th, in 1974:

The band KISS performs in their hometown of New York City for the first time.

On the 5th, in 1904:

Playing against the Philadelphia Athletics, Cy Young of the Boston Americans pitches the first perfect game.

On the 6th, in 1954:

Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, setting a new record of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

On the 7th, in 1959:

The Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar" in the U.S., the first record on their own label.

On the 8th, in 2010:

Timothy Janus sets a new record by eating 7.72 lbs of boneless buffalo wings in 12 minutes during the Isle Boonville World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship.

On the 9th, in 1984:

In 25 innings - covering eight hours over two days - the Chicago White Sox defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in the longest game in major-league history.

On the 10th, in 1986:

Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.

On the 11th, in 1910:

The U.S. Department of Interior establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.

On the 12th, in 1963:

Bob Dylan walks out of The Ed Sullivan Show when CBS censors forbid him from performing "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues."

On the 13th, in 1982:

The Chicago Cubs became the first major league baseball team to win 8,000 games.

On the 14th, in 1991:

The world's largest burrito, weighing 1,126 pounds, is created.

On the 15th, in 1980:

Maxie Anderson and his son complete the first nonstop transcontinental balloon flight - from Fort Baker, CA to Matane, Quebec - over four days in their helium-filled balloon, Kitty Hawk.

On the 16th, in 1998:

Sammy Sosa becomes the first Chicago Cub to hit two home runs in one inning.

On the 17th, in 1985:

Les Anderson catches a record 97 pound Chinook Salmon off the coast of Alaska.

On the 18th, in 1986:

Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 atomic hand-stand push-ups.

On the 19th, in 1958:

Bobby Darin's single "Splish Splash" is the first to be released as a pressed-to-plastic 45-RPM disc.

On the 20th, in 1992:

Aerosmith donates $10,000 to support "Corporal Politics," a controversial art exhibition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On the 21st, in 1998:

Microsoft and Sega announce that they are collaborating on Dreamcast, a new home video game system.

On the 22nd, in 1992:

Johnny Carson hosts his final "Tonight Show," stepping down after 30 years as host.

On the 23rd, in 1999:

Gerry Bloch, at age 81, becomes the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, breaking his own record set 13 years earlier at age 68.

On the 24th, in 1999:

David Bowie writes and records the song "What's Really Happening" during a live webcast.

On the 25th, in 1986:

An estimated 7 million Americans take part in "Hands Across America"" to raise money for the hungry and homeless.

On the 26th, in 1999:

The Backstreet Boys album Millennium sells more than 1 million copies in its first week of release.

On the 27th, in 1987:

During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

On the 28th, in 2006:

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on the all time greatest list

On the 29th, in 1910:

Glenn Curtiss pilots an airplane from Albany, NY, to New York City in a race against a train. He wins the $10,000 prize.

On the 30th, in 1987:

Mike Tyson TKO's Pinklon Thomas in six rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

On the 31st, in 1956:

Mickey Mantle's home run hit just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof.


On the 1st, in 2004:

Google introduces Gmail. Free email with a whole gigabyte of storage was a completely new concept. Given Google’s propensity for April Fool’s Day pranks, plenty of people assumed they were kidding

On the 2nd, in 1977:

Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks

On the 3rd, in 1968:

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. The next day, he was assassinated.

On the 4th, in 1975:

Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On the 5th, in 1983:

President Reagan overturns James Watts's decision to ban the Beach Boys from performing at the annual Fourth of July celebration in Washington.

On the 6th, in 1971:

The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, Rolling Stones Records, in a million dollar deal with Atlantic Records.

On the 7th, in 1943:

The NFL adopts free substitution rule.

On the 8th, in 1974:

At the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.

On the 9th, in 1865:

The Houston Astrodome, the world’s first domed sports stadium, opens to host the first indoor baseball game.

On the 10th, in 1970:

Paul McCartney quits the Beatles and announces he has no future plans to record or appear with the band or to write any music with John Lennon.

On the 11th, in 1976:

The first Apple computer—the Apple I—is created.

On the 12th, in 1981:

Columbia, the first operational space shuttle, launches into orbit with crew members John Young and Robert Crippen.

On the 13th, in 1997:

Tiger Woods becomes the youngest player to win the Masters in the 61-year history of the tournament

On the 14th, in 1910:

President Taft begins the tradition of throwing out the first pitch on baseball’s opening day.

On the 15th, in 1955:

Ray Kroc opens the first McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois.

On the 16th, in 1992:

The New York Rangers win a team record 50th game.

On the 17th, in 1970:

Johnny Cash performs at the White house for President Nixon.

On the 18th, in 1923:

Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built," opens.

On the 19th, in 1987:

Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save an unconscious skydiver.

On the 20th, in 1916:

The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

On the 21st, in 1962:

The Seattle World's Fair opens — the first in the United States since World War II.

On the 22nd, in 1969:

Surgeons perform the first human eye transplant.

On the 23rd, in 1954:

Hank Aaron hits his first home run, starting a string of 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973.

On the 24th, in 1913:

The Woolworth Building, then the tallest skyscraper in the world, opens in New York City.

On the 25th, in 1974:

The NFL moves goal posts back from the goal line and adopts the sudden-death playoff.

On the 26th, in 1980:

The record for longest jump by a jet boat—120 feet—is set.

On the 27th, in 2006:

Construction begins on the Freedom Tower at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

On the 28th, in 1930:

Claude Grahame-White becomes the first to pilot an airplane at night.

On the 29th, in 1976:

Bruce Springsteen climbs the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home.

On the 30th, in 1889:

The George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey opens.


On the 1st, in 1972:

Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first NBA player to score 30,000 points.

On the 2nd, in 1927:

Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year).

On the 3rd, in 1931:

"The Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes the U.S. national anthem.

On the 4th, in 1995:

Michael Johnson runs world record 400 meters indoor in 44.63 seconds.

On the 5th, in 1907:

The first radio broadcast of music is aired.

On the 6th, in 1982:

The highest-scoring NBA game features San Antonio beating Milwaukee 171-166 in the third overtime.

On the 7th, in 1942:

The first cadets graduate from Tuskegee’s flying school.

On the 8th, in 1986:

Martina Navratilova becomes the first tennis player to earn $10 million in one year.

On the 9th, in 1976:

The first female cadets are accepted into West Point Military Academy.

On the 10th, in 1876:

Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call, to Thomas Watson.

On the 11th, in 1987:

Wayne Gretzky scores his 1,500th NHL point.

On the 12th, in 1985:

Larry Bird scores a Boston Celtics record 60 points.

On the 13th, in 1965:

The Yardbirds replace Eric Clapton with Jeff Beck.

On the 14th, in 1931:

The first movie theater equipped with rear movie projection is built in New York City.

On the 15th, in 1968:

LIFE magazine calls Jimi Hendrix the "most spectacular guitarist in the world."

On the 16th, in 1974:

The first performance takes place at the new Grand Ole Opry, the largest broadcasting studio in the world, in Nashville.

On the 17th, in 1898:

The first practical submarine is put into operation, submerging in New York harbor for one hour and 40 minutes.

On the 18th, in 1995:

Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17-month NBA retirement.

On the 19th, in 1987:

Bonnie Blair skates a ladies 500 meters record (39.43 seconds).

On the 20th, in 1985:

Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

On the 21st, in 1965:

Martin Luther King, Jr. begins the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

On the 22nd, in 1960:

The first patent for lasers is issued to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes.

On the 23rd, in 1965:

Gemini 3, the first U.S. two-man space flight, is launched, piloted by John Young and Virgil Grissom.

On the 24th, in 1962:

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first unite to perform as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.

On the 25th, in 1958:

Sugar Ray Robinson becomes the first boxing champ to win five times.

On the 26th, in 1980:

The Police perform at the first rock concert in Bombay, India, in 10 years.

On the 27th, in 1939:

University of Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33 to win the first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

On the 28th, in 1972:

Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game.

On the 29th, in 1986:

Beatles records are officially available for sale for the first time in Russia.

On the 30th, in 1975:

Ron Lalonde scores the first hat trick by a Washington Capital.

On the 31st, in 1878:

Jack Johnson becomes the first black to hold a heavyweight boxing title.


On the 1st, in 1949:

RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm), inauguration a new way for artists to promote and sell.

On the 1st, in 1970:

Pete Maravich becomes the first player to score 3,000 college basketball points.

On the 4th, in 1977:

Fleetwood Mac releases “Rumors,” which ultimately sells more than 40 million copies.

On the 5th, in 1989:

Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes the first NBA player to score 38,000 points.

On the 6th, in 1964:

France and Great Britain sign agreement to build channel tunnel, paving the way for uninterrupted train service between England the rest of Europe.

On the 7th, in 1979:

Pink Floyd premieres the live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles.

On the 8th, in 1922:

The radio is first introduced into the White House by President Warren G. Harding.

On the 9th, in 1964:

The Beatles make their first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” drawing more than 73 million viewers.

On the 10th, in 1974:

Judy Ikenberry wins the first U.S. women's marathon in 2:55:17.

On the 12th, in 1879:

The first artificial ice rink in North America opens in Madison Square Garden.

On the 13th, in 1924:

The tomb of King Tutankhamun, discovered by Howard Carter, is opened.

On the 14th, in 1978:

The first "micro on a chip" is patented by Texas Instruments.

On the 16th, in 1984:

Bill Johnson becomes the first American to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold.

On the 17th, in 1959:

The first weather satellite is launched.

On the 18th, in 1978:

The first Iron Man Triathlon competition is held in Kona, Hawaii.

On the 19th, in 1942:

The New York Yankees announce that 5,000 uniformed soldiers will be admitted free at each of their upcoming home games.

On the 20th, in 1963:

Willie Mays signs with the San Francisco Giants for a record $100,000-per-year contract.

On the 21st, in 1970:

The Jackson 5, featuring a young Michael Jackson, make their TV debut on American Bandstand.

On the 22nd, in 1980:

The U.S. hockey team, coached by Herb Brooks, beats the USSR at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid in what came to be called the “Miracle on Ice.”

On the 23rd, in 1968:

Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first NBA player to score 25,000 points.

On the 25th, in 1963:

The Beatles release their first single in the U.S. "Please Please Me."

On the 27th, in 1992:

At age 16, Tiger Woods, becomes the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.

On the 28th, in 1940:

The first televised basketball game is aired: University of Pittsburgh over Fordham University, 50-37.


On the 1st, in 1863:

Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, starting America on the path toward equality.

On the 2nd, in 1965:

The Jets sign Joe Namath, giving the AFL its first superstar and starting the Jets on the path to the Super Bowl.

On the 3rd, in 1987:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Aretha Franklin, the first woman to earn the honor.

On the 5th, in 1972:

NASA announces development of the revolutionary Space Shuttle, a reusable craft that will launch with a rocket and land like an airplane.

On the 6th, in 1893:

Great Northern Railway, an extraordinary engineering feat, connects Seattle with east coast.

On the 8th, in 1889:

First computer patented; though simple, demonstrates the potential of virtual brainpower.

On the 10th, in 1956:

Elvis Presley records “Heartbreak Hotel,” which became his first #1 hit.

On the 11th, in 1973:

Major League Baseball adopts the designated-hitter rule, forever changing the sport and its players.

On the 12th, in 1959:

Berry Gordy borrows $800 to found Motown records.

On the 14th, in 1966:

David Jones makes the bold move of changing his last name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees.

On the 15th, in 1967:

First Super Bowl held.

On the 16th, in 1988:

Tina Turner steps onstage to perform in front of 182,000 fans in Rio de Janeiro, the largest paying audience for a solo artist.

On the 19th, in 1957:

Johnny Cash makes his first network TV appearance on "Jackie Gleason Show," reaching a huge new audience of fans.

On the 20th, in 1892:

First official game of a new sport, basketball, is played.

On the 24th, in 1962:

Brian Epstein signs a management deal with an on-the-rise band called The Beatles for an unprecedented of 25 percent of the band’s gross earnings.

On the 25th, in 1924:

The first Winter Olympics games open in Chamonix, France, ushering in a new era of significance for winter sports and athletes.

On the 26th, in 1942:

The first American expeditionary force to enter World War II in Europe lands in Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict.

On the 27th, in 1926:

First public demonstration of a new entertainment device: television.

On the 28th, in 1934:

First U.S. ski lift—a simple but effective rope tow—begins operation in Vermont, ushering in a new sport for Americans.

On the 29th, in 1936:

The Baseball Hall of Fame makes its first picks, electing players Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

On the 30th, in 1781:

Articles of Confederation ratified by all 13 states, setting the foundation for the new nation’s government.

On the 31st, in 1958:

The first U.S. artificial satellite, Explorer 1 featuring the bold design of Dr. William H. Pickering, is launched.

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