The Daily Dose/June 20, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™
Notes from around our human experience.
Leading Off is on hiatus.
Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually.
The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow loses his mind and briefly considers a new career. Today’s Diary.
Who are we kidding tho???…Something like that is real work, full nites of genuine labor from start to finish with zero time for project work and a complete inability to cut out early…Besides, we’d probably have to give up serving veterans and we are not, of course, willing to do that.
On This Date
History’s long march.
In 1837 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom assumes the throne following the death of her uncle William IV. Victoria married her cousin Albert, a prince from what is now Germany, in 1920, and produced nine children. Victoria died in 1801 then the longest-serving British monarch, and her descendants included two British kings, queens of Greece, Norway, and Romania, and assorted princes and princesses.
In 1936 and 1968 – Jesse Owens, Ben Hines, Ronnie Ray Smith, and Charles Greene, all of the US, establish or tie 100-meter world records at meets in Chicago and Sacramento. Owens ran 10.2 seconds at the NCAA championships to break the mark of 10.3 seconds while Hines and Smith ran 9.9 seconds in the first semifinal at the AAU National Championships while Green equaled it minutes later in the second semifinal, a night History refers to as the Night of Speed. Hines would lower the mark to 9.95 at the Mexico City Olympics in August.
In 1981 – Stars in 45 us at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I’ll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want to Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You’re Going To Lose That Girl/Stars on 45. It was the first of two Top 40 hits for the group and remains their only #1 song, and went to #1 in eleven other countries including Denmark and West Germany, and peaked at #2 in England. With 41 words, it has the longest title of any #1 song on a Billboard pop chart and the song broke up the nine-week run at the top by Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes.
Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.
My purpose in going to Walden Pond was not to live cheaply nor to live dearly there, but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles…
Henry David Thoreau
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.
Conway Twitty’s first #1 song on a Billboard chart was It’s Only Make Believe, which spent two non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1958. His first #1 country song didn’t come until 1968 and all told Twitty hit the Hot 100 19 times between 1958 and 1976.
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.
Who was the last American to hold a 100-meter world record that wasn’t later rescinded? – Answer next time!