Good morning GaylonNation and thanks for stopping by. Here is what’s on tap for you today:
The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow does the lawn! He also sprays for weeds, in contravention of The Wife’s edict they keep the yard as organic as possible, but The Wife is still out of town. Sparrow also continues preparation for this weekend’s Legion state convention.
The Thought for the Day – We did not produce a Thought for the Day either one or two years ago, so today we feature one from January of this year from John Wooden. We grew up in Los Angeles and can remember Coach’s last couple of national titles and we went to his basketball camp a couple of times, too. Coach’s influence on us remains profound because long after we have had to pass and pick away or block out, the lessons about patience and effort still serve us well. Today Coach talks about doing what you can instead of worrying about what you can’t do.
On This Date:
In 1756 – 64 British prisoners of war are imprisoned in a 14’x18′ cell at Fort William in Calcutta overnight, resulting in the death of 43 prisoners. There were so many prisoners in the cell the Bengali jailers had trouble closing the door, and prisoners started dying within three hours. The survivors were released the following morning. History refers to the cell as the Black Hole of Calcutta.
In 1936 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State sets a world record of 10.2 seconds in the 100-meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Chicago. Owens would also win the 200-meters, the 220-yard low hurdles, and the long jump, then known as the broad jump. Owen’s 100-meter record would be tied ten times by seven people, but would not be broken for 20 years.
In 1981 – Medley by Stars on ascends the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100, up from the runner-up spot. The full title of the song includes all ten songs included in the medley and at 41 words it remains the longest song title to hit #1 on the Hot 100. The Stars on 45 Medley was both preceded and succeeded at #1 by Kim Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes.