This Day In History – April 10

1912

The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.

Unfortunately, we all know how that turned out…

1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby for the first time.

First it was a great book, and then it became a great movie:

1971

The American table tennis team arrived in China. They were the first group of Americans officially allowed into China since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Does this sound familiar?! 


1985

Pitcher Dan Quisenberry was signed by the Kansas City Royals to a contract that promised he would “…never wear another uniform.”

The lifetime pact was worth $43 million over a 40-year period.

On September 30, 1998, ‘The Fireman’ passed away from a battle with brain cancer.

1985

Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop made it into the top ten on the list of top-grossing movies

Coming in at number nine on the list, Beverly Hills Cop was the only R-rated and non-summer movie to make the list.

and then lastly…

2003

The house passed a bill creating the national AMBER Alert system

The AMBER Alert system is officially a backronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but it was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.

-Tyler Jackson

Signature Foods in Each State

“Playboy” put together a list of each state’s signature food or drink.  A lot of the picks are traditional, like cheese steaks in Pennsylvania and deep dish pizza in Illinois.  Three states picked beer:  Oregon, Wisconsin, and Delaware.  And both Montana and Colorado went with Rocky Mountain oysters . . . which are bull testicles.

Find out what your state’s signature dish is here!

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This Day In History – April 9

1865

At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops. 

1912

The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between Red Sox and Harvard.

The Red Sox won 2-0

1965

The Astrodome in Houston opened! 

This was Major League Baseball’s first indoor game. President Lyndon B. Johnson was in attendance.

The Astrodome was termed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’

1967

The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.

2003

Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after U.S. commanders declared his rule ended!

This was a historic moment of Operation Iraqi Freedom

2005

Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles

and then lastly it was This Day In History in

1926

Hugh Hefner was born! 

Happy 89th Birthday to Hef! 

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – April 8

1974

Hank Aaron hit career home run #715, breaking the all-time record! 

Hammerin’ Hank’s record-setting home run broke Babe Ruth’s career record of 714.

He would play for two more years, bringing his career total to 755

1975

Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became the first black manager of a major league baseball team.

1986

Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Eastwood won in a landslide victory, receiving 72.5 percent of the vote. 

1994

Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all U.S. military bases. 

1994

The body of rock musician Kurt Cobain is found.

He was found dead with an apparent self-inficted gunshot wound to the head. A gun and suicide note were found nearby.

and then lastly…

This was already 14 years ago

2001 

Tiger Woods wins the 65th golf Masters championship, shooting a 272

Greatest. Golfer. Ever.

-Tyler Jackson

The Best Places for a First Date

A dating app called Clover just analyzed the most common places people go on first dates . . . and Chipotle came in second.  Starbucks was number one.

The rest of the top 10 are:  Panera Bread . . . Cheesecake Factory . . . Texas Roadhouse . . . Buffalo Wild Wings . . . Olive Garden . . . Chili’s . . . In-N-Out Burger . . . and Applebee’s.

Read more here!

Animal Planet Teamed Up With The Dallas Zoo To Live Stream Katie The Giraffe Giving Birth

If you’ve ever wanted to see a giraffe give birth, now’s your chance! Animal Planet and the Dallas Zoo have partnered to live-stream Katie the Giraffe giving birth. According to the Dallas Zoo, Katie the Giraffe is “one of the friendliest, most charismatic of the zoo’s large herd,” and is due to give birth any day now. You can watch the stream here or even sign up for email or text message birth alerts and follow on Facebook or Twitter since you can’t just watch the live stream 24/7…or can you?

~Carly Evans

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

This Day In History – April 7

1933

Prohibition ended in the United States!

The Cullen-Harrison Act repealed the Volstead Act. The Cullen-Harrison Act legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% beer and wine of similarly low alcohol content, thought to be too low to be intoxicating.

It became effective on April 7, 1933.

1963

At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament.

He would eventually win six Masters jackets! 

1970

John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit.

He had been in over 200 films, but this was only his second Oscar nomination. He was nominated for Best Actor in Sands of Iwo-Jima in 1949

and then lastly…

2003

U.S. troops capture Baghdad!

Saddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.

-Tyler Jackson