“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. Thomas Paine
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. – Robert Fritz, 1943-present
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. – Sallust, 86 BC-34 BC
1712 – Twelve slaves were executed for starting a slave uprising in New York that killed nine whites. Difficult days
1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The “Corps of Discovery,” led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804. Famous event
1817 – Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.Great project
1884 – Bullfighting was introduced in the U.S. in Dodge City, KS. You don’t think of bullfighting in New York
1886 – The first rodeo in America was held at Prescott, AZ. Tommy Steele get ready
1892 – The first double-decked street car service was inaugurated in San Diego, CA.Copied from England?
1910 – Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match. Pity
1934 – Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight. The greatest?
1934 – At Mount Rushmore, George Washington’s face was dedicated. Great
1955 – The first king cobra snakes born in captivity in the U.S. hatched at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Amazing
1982 – The Soviets performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhl Semipalitinsk. Ugh
1987 – Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.Swine
1997 – The Mars Pathfinder, an unmanned spacecraft, landed on Mars. A rover named Sojourner was deployed to gather data about the surface of the planet. Wonderful
1997 – Ferry service between Manhattan and Staten Island was made free of charge. Previously, the charge had ranged from 5 cents to 50 cents. Great idea
2009 – North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast that defied U.N. resolutions. Bad
2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001. Good news
1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first No.1 single.I still sing this wonderful song
1964, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Get Around’, the group’s first No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK. Brilliant song
1964, The Rolling Stones appearance on ‘Juke Box Jury’ was aired on UK TV, the only time the show had five panellists rather than four. Great TV show chaired by David Jacobs
1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles. This was a very difficult time for the Beatles
1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women’s charity, which raised $35,000. Nice gesture
1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.What a great bill
1970, Cliff Richard released his 50th single ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.’ The song peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.Good song
1971, Donald McPherson lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient died of leukaemia aged 30. Had the 1972 hit song, ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’.Sad event
1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed. Was that Cozy Powell?
1974, Barry White married Glodean James, a member of his backing group Love Unlimited. Nice music
1976, The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies appeared at London’s Roundhouse, tickets £1.60. 1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England. Music was not really on the menu
1977, Bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing ‘artistic integrity’, as the cause of his departure. A lot of groups undergo line-up changes
1982, After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.Sharon is now a judge on America’s Got Talent
1987, Pet Shop Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s A Sin’, the duo’s second UK No.1 and lead single from the duo’s second album ‘Actually’. Good number
1999, Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The couple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive picture rights.They seem a nice couple
2000, A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.Dreadful event
2001, Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.Big attraction
2002, George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single ‘Shoot The Dog’. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair. He’s a great singer but really not very mature in his behaviour
2002, Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building. The audience were evacuated after smoke began to fill the hall. Was he singing ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes at the time?
2003, American record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from Kidney failure aged 58. Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974 hit ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’,1974 US No.1 ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’ for Bob & Earl. I can remember him as though it were yesterday
2004, New York band Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. I like their music
2005, U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2′s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.Who could ever know the full story?
2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.My earlier comments apply
1911, Mitch Miller, conductor, arranger, (1955 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’).
1938, Bill Withers, (1972 US No.1 single ‘Lean On Me’, 1988 UK No.4 single ‘Lovely Day’, first released in 1978).
1940, Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals. (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). Rowberry died on 6th June 2003.
1943, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat, (1979 UK No.2 and US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). Wilson died on 3rd September 1970.
1947, French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali. Formed The Village People, between 1974 and 1982 Morali produced over 65 albums.
1948, Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’). Left the band during a 1971 US tour saying he was going out to buy a newspaper. He was found two days later in LA at the Children of God headquarters with his hair shaved off.
1951, Ralph Johnson, drums, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’)
1958, Kirk Pengilly, guitar, vocals, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’