Daily Report – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sparrow frets over the lack of those plastic grocery bags in the house on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. He notes this is because he doesn’t do the wholesale grocery shopping The Wife does when she’s in residence. Also, Sparrow shares a memory of attending the Olympics with a customer at the retailer.

It is a pleasure to be writing The Thought for the Day again. As we note here from time to time, we write what we are moved to write from the inside, and it was time to resume this feature. Today’s Thought is from the late Dick Francis, a British mystery writer we’ve always enjoyed, talking about the unexpected happening in life.

On This Date:
In 1804 – Vice President Aaron Burr shoots former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. History seems to show that while Hamilton, who died the following day, did not want to actually fire at Burr, Burr had every intention of killing Hamilton. After the duel, Hamilton fled to South Carolina to live with his daughter, though he eventually returned to Washington and resumed his vice presidential duties and eventually all charges associated with the duel were dropped.

In 1914 – Babe Ruth makes his major league debut, the starting and winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Cleveland Indians, then known as the Naps, 4-3. Ruth pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and eight hits, with one strikeout. At the plate, Ruth would go 0-2 with a strikeout in his first major league at-bat.

In 1970 – Three Dog Night is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks with Mama Told Me Not Come. It was their first of three #1’s (Joy to the World, Black and White) and their fourth of eleven Top 10 hits. The song was written by Randy Newman and History notes that Mama Told Me Not To Come was #1 on the first edition of American Top 40, hosted by Casey Kasem.

Have a great day, and many thanks for reading.
Gaylon

 

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