This Day In History – July 22

1933

Wiley Post, aboard his beloved plane, The Winnie Mae, ended his around-the-world flight! He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes! Impressive!!

1975

Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress!

How we see The South:

How The South sees The South:

1989

The King, George Strait, had the #1 song in the land with:

What’s Going On in Your World

1991

Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested after Milwaukee police found 11 skulls, three headless torsos and other body parts in his apartment.  Dahmer confessed to killing 17 men.

So sick.

1994

O.J. Simpson pleaded “absolutely 100-percent not guilty” to charges he killed his ex-wife Nicoleand her friend, Ron Goldman.

Whatever, bro.

and then lastly…

1940

Happy Birthday to the legendary Alex Trebek!

TV game shows wouldn’t be the same without him!

Here’s my favorite Alex Trebek moment:

-Tyler Jackson

True American Hero: Veteran Gets Medal of Honor

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President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.Ryan Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama says Pitts displays “the humility and loyalty” that define America’s men and women in uniform.The 28-year-old Pitts said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.
Pitts defended an observation post after the eight other soldiers providing security alongside him were killed in a well-organized attack by about 200 insurgents.Pitts was bleeding, hit by shrapnel in his arms and legs and sure he would die, as he lobbed grenades and pulled himself to his knees to man a machine gun against approaching insurgents.He called in for air support that helped repel the attack and prevented the enemy from taking his fellow soldiers who had been killed.

Read more here!

Blake Shelton plays to sold out Wrigley crowd

Wrigley Field, the longtime venerable home of the Chicago Cubs, has seen it’s share of lackluster baseball.  And this season is no different, with the Cubbies well out of the race.  Country music, on the other hand, is very well received at Wrigley.

Blake Shelton, who recently broke his own record with his 17th consecutive #1 single, played a sold out show last night to nearly 40,000 fans.  His set, which included his early hits plus more recent tunes, featured 20 songs along with a few jokes and banter with the enthusiastic crowd.

“This is without a doubt,” Shelton said as he eased into his final songs of the show, “the biggest night in my country music career, man.”

Of course, we’ll see Blake next summer at the 20th annual Country Stampede!  Get your tickets now!

Tim McGraw Fights Off Agressive Female Fan

TMZ obtained a new, clearer video of Tim McGraw allegedly “slapping” an aggressive female fan as she took a few swats and grabs at the country star & ultimately ended up ripping his jeans as he performed in Atlanta on Saturday night. It’s all pretty crazy.

 

Read more on the story and watch the original video here.

This Day In History – July 21

1873

Jesse James and his gang pulled off the first train robbery in the West, and it was also the first train robbery committed by the James gang.

They took three thousand dollars from the Rock Island Express at Adair, Iowa.

1956 - Johnny Cash went to number one with I Walk the Line

2011

Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA’s space shuttle program.

and then lastly…

2007

Happy Anniversary #7 to my esteemed co-host and her awesome awesome, JB!

Megan

Here’s cheers to many, many, many more years!

…And to avoiding the itch! 

-Tyler Jackson

 

Lady Antebellum is ready with new CD “747″

Get ready for new music from Lady A…the trio announced today that their 5th studio album entitled “747″ will be available on September 30th.  The set will feature 11 tracks; with members of the band sharing writing credits on five.  That includes their current hit “Bartender”, which is racing up the charts.

Fans should expect a little different sound to the new album.  “We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters…taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before”, said Hillary Scott.

Kimberly Perry’s new hubby is back in the big leagues

As the second half of the MLB season gets underway, the Texas Rangers will have a familiar face in the dugout…at least, familiar if you’re Kimberly Perry!

The Rangers recalled J. P. Arencibia from their AAA affiliate and he’ll be in uniform as Texas opens up a series with J. P.’s former team; the Toronto Blue Jays.  Arencibia opened the season with the Rangers, but struggled and was sent down to the minors.

Kimberly married J. P. last month in a ceremony in Greeneville, Tennessee.  The pair had been engaged since last September.