This Day In History – July 29

1928

Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie was released!

Check out this first film from the legendary Disney studios:

86 years later, and I’d still rather watch Steamboat Willie over this show:

1958

Happy birthday to NASA!

1981

Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in an elaborate ceremony televised worldwide from St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

750 million people worldwide tuned in to see this:

Too bad this fairy-tale wedding had to end like:

1985

General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant!

Our friend Saturn didn’t live forever, but the life she had, she lived to the fullest! No dings on her body, ever!

and then lastly…

2000 

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston married in Malibu, California!

Just like Charles & Di, they also divorced – in 2005.

Fourteen years after the wedding, and nine years after the divorce, they’re both still talking about it…

True love never fades, apparently

-Tyler Jackson

Who Won “The Bachelorette”?

During Monday night’s season finale of “The Bachelorette”, Andi Dorfman chose the guy she’s spend her life with… (or not).

The final two contestants were baseball player Josh Murray and account executive Nick Viall.

Andi chose… Josh, who then proposed to Andi with a Neil Lane ring. She wiped way her tears and said, “Yes!”

Read more of what happened here!

 

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Joe Nichols has back surgery…keeps on performing

If you saw him onstage last month at Country Stampede, could you tell Joe Nichols was recovering from back surgery?

In a recent interview, Joe revealed that he had back surgery to repair damage done to his lower vertebra caused by long distance running.  The doctors told him to take it easy for a couple of weeks, but he had other ideas.

“The show’s gotta go on”, he told them.  “I’ll be in pain, but it’ll be worth it, because I’ve got babies to feed”.  And four days later, he was on stage out at Tuttle Creek State Park performing.

I have a whole new level of respect.  Joe, you’re a little crazy, but mad props!

“Slapgate” continues as the lawyers get involved

Well, so much for Tim McGraw hoping that things would just go back to normal.

The young lady who was seen on video grabbing at Tim while he performed on stage, and then getting swatted by the singer, has hired a lawyer.

Jesslyn Taylor has hired an Atlanta-based personal injury attorney named Eric Hertz.  Apparently, she wants an apology…to start.  He claims that Jesslyn did not touch Tim inappropriately, but simply wanted to “interact with him during his set”.  He also says his client is furious because she’s been getting a bad name from the incident.

For what it’s worth, police are still siding with Tim…saying that he’s the victim.

I can’t help but wonder what effect this will have on other performers leaving the stage to mingle with the crowd.  All in all…no one wins here (Tim, Jesslyn, country music fans) but the lawyers.

Garth’s World Tour will start with ten shows

Well, if there was any doubt as to whether Garth would be welcomed back from his retirement, that question was answered rather emphatically in Chicago.

What started out as a single date to kick off the trek in September got much bigger…fast.  The first show sold out in minutes, so Garth added a second.  And then a third.  And then a fourth, fifth, sixth…you get the idea.  And when it was all said and done, Garth will perform TEN shows, including two shows on a few of the dates.  All ten shows sold out in about three hours!

Welcome back, Garth.  Welcome back.  And come see us in Kansas!

2014 Farm Aid concert to be held in North Carolina

Organizers of the annual “Farm Aid” concert have announced that the 2014 version of the fundraiser for American farmers will be held on Saturday, September 13th at the Walnut Creek Ampitheater in Raleigh, NC.

Since the first “Farm Aid” show in 1985, the concerts have raised more than $45 million dollars to help family farms keep their land and raise locally grown food.  Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young will play at the show; all four are on the Farm Aid board of directors.

 

This Day In History – July 25

1948

An Eastern Airlines DC-3 almost collided with a UFO over Montgomery, Alabama!

At first, the Eastern pilot and co-pilot thought it was a jet zooming towards them, but they realized the craft was going faster than any jet ever could. Both the pilot and the UFO veered off to avoid a collision; the UFO was described as being 100 feet long with no wings and two long rows of windows.  After the near-collision, the mystery craft shot straight up in the sky and disappeared.

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!! 

1990

Roseanne Barr was booed off the field after she grabbed her crotch and spit at the end of her screechy rendition of the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game. President Bush called the performance “disgusting.”’

Seriously though, who hired her?

2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics began in London!

It had a great opening ceremony:

and some great highlights throughout:

Plus, it was the farewall tour for this guy:

and then lastly…

One year ago!

2013

Scientists in Britain identified the mechanism causing human allergy to cats

They believe a general cure for the condition could be available in the next five years. So if you’re allergic to cats…hey, you’ve got one down, and four to go!

-Tyler Jackson