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

Waitress Gets Paid for Being Honest

We hear lots of cool stories about people leaving huge tips at restaurants because the waiter or waitress was going through a tough time. Here’s someone who could have PRETENDED that’s what happened, but chose to be honest.

A waitress named Tessa Smith was cleaning off tables at a restaurant in Columbus, Georgia last Tuesday . . . and found an envelope with $1,300 in it. (We’re not sure how old she is, but she looks like she’s in her mid-20s.)

She’s a single mom, and she could definitely have used the money. But instead of keeping it or assuming it was an awesome tip, she told her manager, who posted something about it on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

It turned out it WAS a mistake. The people saw the Facebook post . . . came back the next morning to get the money . . . and gave Tessa a hundred bucks for being honest.But now she must be REALLY happy she didn’t keep the money. Because someone set up a page on GoFundMe.com to raise $1,300 for her. And as of last night, people had donated over sixteen hundred bucks.

Read more here!

The NFL Might Be Getting It’s First Female Official

Rumors are circulating that a woman named Sarah Thomas might be the NFL’s first full-time female official. She’s a 41-year-old mother of three.  She’s worked Division 1 college football for the past seven years and in 2009 she was the first female to ever officiate a College Bowl Game. She also officiated some NFL preseason games last year. The NFL hasn’t confirmed her hire yet, but we’re really hoping it’s true!

Check out her profile on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.”

This Day In History – April 6

1916

Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation!

At the age of 26, he signed a contract for $675,000 a year!

Doing a little research, and thanks to the fine folks at USinflationcalculator.com – when adjusting $675,000 into 2015 money, at the cumulative rate of inflation at 2053.4%, that much money would be worth $14,535,536.70 today!

1956

Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated.

The building was the first circular office tower designed in America.

It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. At night, a light at the tip of the tower blinks the letters”H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D” in Morse Code.

and then lastly…

1985

Alabama’s album 40 Hour Week grabbed the top spot on the Billboard country chart.

The group had a number one album for each of the previous five years

#GroupOfTheEighties!

-Tyler Jackson