April 8, 2017
On this day in 1976
“Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor was the #1 song.
1976 Average U.S. Prices
Average Income: $16,870/yr
Minimum Wage: $2.30/hr
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (Jessie) Skai Jackson, 15. Actor (Because I Said So) Ty Panitz, 18. Actress (Mom, J. Edgar) Sadie Calvano, 20. Actress (American Horror Story, The Social Network)Shelby Young, 25. Actress (Carrie, Endless Love) Gabriella Wilde, 28. Actress (Law & Order: SVU, Mad Men)Anna Osceola, 29. Actress (General Hospital)/cartoon voicist (Kim Possible)Kirsten Storms, 33. Actor (Home Improvement, Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home) Taran Noah Smith, 33. Actor (Moneyball, The Player)Gerard Celasco, 35. Actor (John Carter, Battleship) Taylor Kitsch, 36. Actress (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire) Katee Sackhoff, 37. Actress (Bosch, Quantum Break) Jacqueline Pinol, 38. Actress (Whip It, How to Get Laid at the End of the World) Sydney Bennett, 38. Actress (In Time, Mad Men) Rachel Roberts, 39. Actress (Nacho Libre, Narcos) Ana de la Reguera, 40. Actress (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire) Sofia Ledarp, 43. Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Darkness Falls) Emma Caulfield, 44. Actor (Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five)Sung Kang, 45. Actress (Deadly Closure, Alexis Ronan) Lisa Varga, 46. Actor (Teen Wolf, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) JR Bourne, 47. Actress (Medium, Boyhood) Patricia Arquette, 49. Actor (Grand Theft Automovies, The Wash) Shawn Fonteno, 49. Actress (Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride) Robin Wright, 51. Singer (Too Late for Goodbye) Julian Lennon, 54. Actor (Breaking Bad, Little Miss Sunshine) Dean Norris, 54. Singer (It’s Now Or Never)/actor (The Dukes of Hazard, Smallville) John Schneider, 57. Actor (Mascots, Family Tree) Jim Piddock, 61. Actress (Memories of a Geisha, Emperor) Kaori Momoi, 65. Film director (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) John Madden, 68. Yes, Asia guitarist (Roundabout) Steve Howe, 70. Actor (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Near Dark) Tim Thomerson, 71. Television host (Not Necessarily the News)/actor (Fatal Attraction, The Artist) Stuart Pankin, 71. Actor (The Patriot, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) Joey D. Vieira, 73. Actor (Superman movies, King Kong) Jack O’Halloran, 74. Singer/dancer (Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer)/actress (The New Adventures of Spin and Marty) Darlene Gillespie, 76. Lennon Sisters singer (Tonight You Belong To Me) Peggy Lennon, 76. R&B singer (But It’s Alright) J.J. Jackson, 76. Basketball Hall of Famer John “Hondo” Havlicek, 77. Fomer ambassador/actor (Psycho, Spartacus) John Gavin, 86. Comedian/actor (Splash, History of the World: Part 1) Shecky Greene, 91.
What a Day This Has Been
April 8, 1730…The first synagogue in New York City, Shearith Israel, was dedicated.
April 8, 1820…A peasant discovered thestatue of Venus de Milo among the ancient city ruins of Milos on the Aegean island of Milos. Created 130-100 years BC, it is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture and, since shortly after its discovery, has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
April 8, 1832…Approximately 300 soldiers of the U.S. 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to confront the Sauk Indians in the Black Hawk War, named for the Sauk leader, and was fought between May and August of 1832. The Black Hawk War is the conflict that gave young Abraham Lincoln his brief military service.
April 8, 1904…In New York City, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
April 8, 1906…In Frankfurt, Germany, Auguste Deter, the first person in the world diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died of the affliction at age 55.
April 8, 1913…The Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, requiring direct election of senators by popular vote. Up until that time, senators had been elected by state legislatures.
April 8, 1943…In an attempt to check inflation, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt froze American wages and prices, barred common carriers and public utilities from initiating rate increases, and prohibited workers from changing jobs unless the move benefited the war effort.
April 8, 1952…President Harry Truman seized control of U.S. steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
April 8, 1954…Stuart Hamblen recorded his composition “This Ole House.” It peaked at #26 on the pop chart, overshadowed by Rosemary Clooney’s version of the song which was #1 for three weeks.
April 8, 1954…The musical “By the Beautiful Sea,” starring Shirley Booth, Mae Barnes, and Wilbur Evans, opened at New York’s Majestic Theatre for 270 performances.
April 8, 1956…Elvis Presley performed a matinee and an evening show at Denver Coliseum in Colorado.
April 8, 1957…At Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, Buddy Hollyrecorded “Words Of Love.”
April 8, 1957…”The Jimmy Dean Show,” which had been a successful morning TV offering in Washington, DC, premiered on the CBS-TV network to compete with the first 45 minutes of the “Today” show on NBC. It lasted until December 13, 1957. CBS then carried “The Jimmy Dean Show” as part of its afternoon schedule from September 1958 until June 1959.
April 8, 1958…In Columbus, Ohio, Alan Freed‘s “Big Beat Show” tour played two concerts at the War Veterans Memorial Auditorium, featuring Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny & the Juniors, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Diamonds, Billy & Lillie,the Chantels, Dicky Doo and the Don’ts, Jo Ann Campbell, Larry Williams, Ed Townsend, the Pastels, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
April 8, 1961…Britain’s BBC Radio banned the song “100 Pounds of Clay”by Gene McDaniels because it has a reference to women being created from building materials, which the network considered to be blasphemous.
April 8, 1961…In Chicago, Ray Charles began a 20-date tour with the first of two nights at McCormick Place.
April 8, 1962…Participants in the Bay of Pigs Invasion were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in Cuba.
April 8, 1963…John and Cynthia Lennon welcomed the arrival of a son they named Julian, after John’s late mother, Julia.
April 8, 1964…In Studio A at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit, the Supremesrecorded “Where Did Our Love Go,” which became their first #1 single, and the first of their five consecutive chart-topping singles. The songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland had originally composed the song and prepared the instrumental track for the Marvelettes to record, but they rejected the song thinking it was childish.
April 8, 1964…At United Recorders in Hollywood, Frank Sinatra recorded “My Kind Of Town.”
April 8, 1967…John Lennon took his Rolls Royce to a car customizing shop in Surrey to have them paint his car in psychedelic colors.
April 8, 1968…The Petula Clark NBC-TV special “Petula” featured a duet with guest star Harry Belafonte on an antiwar song she had written called “On The Path Of Glory.” In a spontaneous gesture during the taping, Clark reached out and touched Belafonte’s arm, which became a source of concern to the show’s sponsor, Chrysler, worried that interracial contact might upset viewers in America’s southern states. Petula and the show’s executive producer, her husband Claude Wolff, responded to the advertiser’s pressure by having all alternate takes of the duet destroyed so the gesture would have to be aired. It was the first interracial contact broadcast on U.S. TV.
April 8, 1968…The Beatles‘ “Lady Madonna” was certified Gold.
April 8, 1969…Neil Diamond became the first performer to sell out the Los Angeles Forum for nine consecutive nights.
April 8, 1969…At Shea Stadium in New York, the visiting Montréal Expos played their first game. They defeated the New York Mets, 11-10.
April 8, 1970…Tony Joe White, Patti Page, and the Carter Family were featured guests on ABC-TV’s “The Johnny Cash Show,” taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
April 8, 1972…In Knoxville, Elvis Presley performed in afternoon and evening concerts at the University of Tennessee.
April 8, 1973…Neil Young‘s docu-autobiography, “Journey Through the Past,” premiered at the U.S. Film Festival in Dallas.
April 8, 1973…Artist Pablo Picasso died of respiratory failure at the age of 91.
April 8, 1974…In Atlanta, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run (off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing) breaking the record held by Babe Ruth. Aaron ended his playing career in 1976 with 755 homers.
April 8, 1975…Aerosmith released their third album, “Toys In The Attic.”
April 8, 1975…Frank Robinson made his debut as major league baseball’s first African-American manager. His new team, the Cleveland Indians, beat the New York Yankees, 5-3.
April 8, 1978…Former MLB Commissioner (1951-1965)/Baseball Hall of Famer Ford Frick died at age 83.
April 8, 1979…At the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Aerosmith began their 38-date Night in the Ruts tour.
April 8, 1981…U.S. five-star General Omar Bradley died as the result of a blood clot at the age of 88.
April 8, 1985…To eliminate her need for eyelid makeup, comedienne Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure that gave her permanent eyeliner.
April 8, 1985…The musical “Leader of the Pack,” celebrating the life and times of Ellie Greenwich through her compositions, opened at New York’s Ambassador Theatre for 120 performances.
April 8, 1985…Composer (Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Love Letters In The Sand, You Go To My Head, For All We Know) J. Fred Coots died at age 87. Coots offered “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” to Eddie Cantor who used it on his radio show in November 1934 and it became an instant hit. The morning after the show there were orders for 100,000 copies of the song’s sheet music, and by Christmas, sales had exceeded 400,000.
April 8, 1986…Baritone Robert Merrill of the Metropolitan Opera became thefirst person to sing the national anthem AND throw out the first ball at Yankee Stadium for the Yanks’ home opener.
April 8, 1986…Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He served for one term.
April 8, 1988…After rejecting an order from church leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he had consorted with a prostitute, evangelistJimmy Swaggart was defrocked as an Assemblies of God minister.
April 8, 1989…After 33 years on ABC, the legendary TV dance show “American Bandstand” moved to cable’s USA Network, with David Hirsch replacing Dick Clark as host. The show was cancelled six months later.
April 8, 1989…”Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart married producerBurt Sugarman. They have a son.
April 8, 1990…”Twin Peaks,” starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joan Chen, Sherilyn Fenn, Piper Laurie, Sheryl Lee, and Peggy Lipton, began its two-season run on ABC-TV.
April 8, 1990…Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Aspects of Love,” starring Michael Ball, Kevin Colson, and Ann Crumb, opened at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre for 377 performances.
April 8, 1990…Ryan White, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS after being expelled from school because of the infection he got from a contaminated blood treatment, died of a respiratory infection at 18.
April 8, 1991…Actor Michael Landon revealed that he had inoperable cancer of the pancreas. He died of the disease three months later.
April 8, 1991…Jockey Bill Shoemaker was paralyzed from the neck down as the result of injuries he suffered in a solo car accident when he rolled over his Ford Bronco II. Shoemaker sued Ford and the automaker settled for $1,000,000. He continued to train racehorses from a wheelchair until his retirement in 1997. He died in 2003.
April 8, 1992…Retired tennis champion Arthur Ashe revealed that he had contracted AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery. He worked to educate others about HIV and AIDS, founding the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia in February 1993.
April 8, 1992…After 151 years, the final issue of Britain’s weekly humor and satire magazine Punch was published. It was revived in 1996, but closed again in 2002.
April 8, 1992…The musical “Five Guys Named Moe,” featuring the music of Louis Jordan and starring Jerry Dixon, Doug Eskew, Milton Craig Nealy, Kevin Ramsey, Jeffrey D. Sams, and Glenn Turner, opened at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre for 445 performances.
April 8, 1993…Singer Marian Anderson died of heart failure at the age of 96. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused permission for her to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. With the help of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a highly acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday of 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in front of a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience estimated to be in the millions.
April 8, 1994…Smoking was banned at all U.S. military bases and at the Pentagon.
April 8, 1994…An electrician working at Kurt Cobain‘s house in Seattle discovered the Nirvana singer’s body on the floor of the greenhouse. A shotgun was found next to his body along with a suicide note that said, “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now.” The coroner’s report indicated a high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were found in Cobain’s body and it was estimated that the 27-year-old died on April 5, 1994.
April 8, 1996…Actor (The Monroes, The Last Picture Show, The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Terror Train, One-Eyed Jacks, Shane, Angels in the Outfield, Chisum, Hang ‘Em High, Major Dundee, Mighty Joe Young, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Dillinger, Junior Bonner, The Rare Breed, The Swarm, The Sugarland Express, Will Penny, Radio Flyer)/stuntman/former rodeo performer Ben Johnson died after a heart attack at 77.
April 8, 1997…Songwriter (Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, Eli’s Coming, Stoney End, Sweet Blindness, And When I Die, Save The Country, Blowing Away)/singer (Up On The Roof)/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer at the age of 49.
April 8, 1998…Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was among the 12 passengers stranded off the coast of Brazil when their boat’s engine caught fire. They were rescued just minutes before the craft exploded.
April 8, 2000…Actress (Stagecoach, Key Largo, Murder My Sweet, The High and the Mighty, Marjorie Morningstar, How to Murder Your Wife, The Stripper, The Babe Ruth Story, Human Cargo, Dante’s Inferno, Kiss Me Goodbye, Hoodlum Empire, The Desperadoes) Claire Trevor died of respiratory failure at age 90.
April 8, 2001…Singer/songwriter (Modern Day Delilah, What The Big Girls Do) Van Stephenson, who left his solo career to join the country music band Blackhawk in the 1990s, died of melanoma at 47.
April 8, 2002…Ed McMahon filed a $20 million lawsuit against his insurance company, two insurance adjusters, and several environmental cleanup contractors, alleging breach of contract, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress while dealing with a toxic mold that had spread through McMahon’s home in Beverly Hills.
April 8, 2003…The concert special “Cher: The Farewell Tour” aired on NBC-TV.
April 8, 2004…New York City radio personality Gene Klavan, half of the popular “Klavan & Finch” morning show team on WNEW for 16 years, died from complications of multiple myeloma at 79.
April 8, 2005…More than four million people attended the funeral service for Pope John Paul II.
April 8, 2008…Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine’s Best Live Acts of All Time. The Who came in second in the voting and AC/DC was third.
April 8, 2009…Camden, New Jersey Mayor Gwendolyn Faison renamed Mulford Street as Leon Huff Way in honor of the city’s native son, songwriter and co-founder of Philadelphia International Records.
April 8, 2011…The U.S. Congress reached an agreement on the 2011 federal budget just one hour before the deadline, thereby avoiding a government shutdown.
April 8, 2013…Former British Prime Minister (1979-1990) Margaret Thatcher, who led a conservative resurgence in her country and forged a legendary partnership with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, died following a stroke at the age of 87. Lady Thatcher was the first woman to hold the office, and longest-serving PM of the postwar era.
April 8, 2013…Actress (The Mickey Mouse Club, Babes in Toyland, Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Bikini Beach, Back to the Beach)/singer (Tall Paul, O Dio Mio, Pineapple Princess, First Name Initial)/ commercial spokesperson Annette Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis at age 70. She had been in an MS coma for years after losing her ability to walk in 2004 and to speak in 2009.
April 8, 2016…In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Pearl Jam began an 18-city North American tour with a concert at BB&T Arena.
April 8, 2016…Television personality (Blood Sweet and Heels)/magazine editor (Glamour, Essence, InStyle) Daisy Lewellyn died of bile duct cancer at 36.
April 8, 2016…Actor (Star 80, Fever Pitch, Evil Town)/television personality (The Girls Next Door)/children’s TV show host (WABC-New York, WJZ- Baltimore)/songwriter (Time For Fun, Finger Song, I Like To Fly) Keith Hefner, brother of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, died of cancer at age 87.