This Day In History – October 17

1962

The number one song was Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers!

Here’s a fun fact: This Halloween hit would re-enter the Billboard singles chart in 1970 and 1973, getting as high as number 10 in ‘73.

1979

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was a true gift to the world

1989

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage. This is known as the Loma Prieta earthquake

The timing couldn’t have been worse, either! Millions were watching the third game of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, when the seats at Candlestick Park began to rock, light towers swayed, and 58,000 fans became eerily quiet. Homes crumbled, gas lines ruptured, ‘earthquake-safe’ structures fell and the upper section of a two-tiered freeway collapsed onto the lower level at the height of rush hour — trapping commuters in flattened cars. The tremor and its aftershocks reached north to Sacramento and south to Los Angeles, causing an estimated 270 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $3 billion.

1997

Rapper Warren G sued country star Garth Brooks, claiming Garth infringed on the rapper’s trademark circled “g” logo.

Do you know who really owns these logos! The type-writer does!

(By the way, they came to an agreement that they both could use it because it was positive symbol for both brands!)

and then lastly…

1997

The teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer opened up in theaters!

Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr., they play a group of high-school kids who run over a mysterious person on the road. They decide to dump the ‘body’, and, well, it didn’t go se

I Know What You Did Last Summer had scared up $72,219,000 at the box office!

-Tyler Jackson

Spider Burrows Into Man’s Chest for 3 Days! Eeeeeeeeekkkk!!!

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A tropical spider burrowed into the skin of an Australian man and stayed there for three days before doctors finally figured out what was causing the nasty marks on his chest.

Dylan Thomas woke up Saturday morning with a red scar about 2 inches long extending up from his naval. That night, it was 3 inches longer. He went to the doctors on Sunday and was given a cream to deal with what was believed to be an insect bite. It didn’t help, and painful red blisters came next.

On Monday, doctors called in a dermatologist, who finally figured out what was happening and plucked the spider from his skin.

Spider victim explains, “It wasn’t really a tickling sensation, obviously once the venom started to affect my skin it was a really burning sensation like a searing feeling”.

The best guess is that the spider got inside his skin via a scar from a recent appendectomy.

Health authorities are testing the spider to figure out what kind it was.

Read more here!

This Day In History – October 16

1916

Margaret Sanger, Fania Mindell and Ethel Burne decided that the poor should have some help in controlling the size of their families

They opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States, right smack in the middle of Brooklyn at 46 Amboy Street on October 16,1916.

 Ms. Sanger served 30 days in jail for her bold action. 

“No social progress is possible, especially where poverty is a factor, unless the size of families is limited.” – Margaret Sanger

1972

John C. Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival called it a career … and the group disbanded.

No! I love CCR! In fact, this is my favorite song:

Fogerty would continue in a solo career

2004

Sara Evans went to number one with Suds in the Bucket!

This is the perfect country song!

and then lastly…

2011

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300

#RIPDan

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – October 15

1950

The first radio voice pager, or beeper, was marketed and introduced to America!

It came in what amounted to become a five-pound container.

1951

The long-running TV series, I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, premiered on CBS!

Did you know, I Love Lucy was the first sitcom shot on film with three cameras?

#BigTiming

1988

Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens shared the number one spot with their duet Streets of Bakersfield!

One of my favorite country songs!

1994

Brooks & Dunn collected a number one hit with She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind!

That was a great song off of a great album as well!

1996

NY Jet Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud’s NFL field goal record at 374

And, he was a longtime Kansas City Chief!

Also, he spoke at my high school graduation! Go Nick Lowrey!

and then lastly…

2001

A letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tested positive for Anthrax!

No, no! Wrong Anthrax!

Pretty scary stuff

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – October 14

1926

Winnie The Pooh made it’s debut!

Alan Alexander Milne wrote this and other delightful Winnie-the-Pooh stories, centering the tales around his little son, Christopher Robin, and Christopher’s stuffed animals — like the honey-loving Pooh Bear, Eeyore (the donkey), Piglet and Tigger, too.

1964

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize!

Dr. King was the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. He received a $54,000 award for it and donated the dollars to support civil rights in the U.S

1987

18-month-old baby Jessica McClure fell down a well!

At 9:30 a.m. on this day, Jessica fell 22 feet into an abandoned well in her backyard in Midland, Texas.

She was brought out of the well 58 hours later and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent minor surgery. Gifts, especially stuffed animals, pouring into the hospital from well-wishers, most of whom had never met Jessica or her family.

Here she is today!

1996

Madonna gave birth to her first child, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

The father was Carlos Leon.

2006

Josh Turner topped the country chart with Would You Go With Me

This is seriously one of the best country songs of all-time!

and then lastly…

Hard to believe it’s a already been two years since this went down:

2012

Felix Baumgartner landed safely in the New Mexico desert, and in the history books, after a supersonic leap from the edge of space to break the world record for the highest and fastest skydive.

The 43-year-old Austrian shattered the previous altitude record of a 23-mile jump set in 1960 by retired Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger. Kittinger actually happened to be an adviser in this latest undertaking.

 -Tyler Jackson

Scariest Halloween Decoration Ever?

When you have 30 seconds, Google the phrase, “Terrifying Screaming Chair” . . . because it might be the scariest Halloween decoration EVER.  Apparently someone made it to scare trick-or-treaters, and it looks like an old woman sitting in a chair.

But then her head lifts up, she looks all crazy, starts SCREAMING . . . and a mechanical arm connected to her back makes it look like she FLIES straight at you!  We totally just peed our pants watching this.

The parrot said…que?!

A California man who’s pet parrot disappeared four years has been safely returned — he’s just back with a new sound!

According to his owner, Darren Chick, the parrot always spoke with a British accent. Now that he’s back home? He speaks Spanish! Read more about this awesome bird here!

-Tyler Jackson