The Daily Dose/Friday, February 22, 2019

The Daily Dose/February 22, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Leading Off is taking some time off.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Sparrow and The Wife enjoy a day off together, going into town to see a movie, do some grocery shopping, to include filling up their new seven-gallon water containers, and going to dinner at the 50’s-style diner.

We also have eight one-gallon bottles somewhere around here, too, so that’s 22 gallons total, not too bad I suppose, should society completely break down…We do not, however, have satisfactory stores of food should society completely break down, tho The Wife is talking about addressing this, too.

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On This Date
In 1878 – The first Woolworth’s store opens in Utica, New York, its first sale a fire shovel for five cents – about $1.32 in today’s money…This store actually failed and Frank Woolworth would open a successful store the following year in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Woolworth’s, as pioneering then as Walmart is today, would close its final stores in 1997, though the company continues as Foot Locker.

In 1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500. The finish between Petty, Johnny Beauchamp and Joe Weatherly was so close it took three days of looking at newsreel coverage to determine the winner. Lee’s son Richard finished 57th after blowing an engine on the eighth lap. It was the first race ever at Daytona Motor Speedway as previous races in Daytona had been held on a combination road and beach course. The 1959 Daytona 500 remains one of the few races in NASCAR history where there were no caution flags.

In 1960 – Percy Faith is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Theme From A Summer Place. It was first of nine weeks at #1 for the song, which would tie the record for Most Weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 with Bobby Darrin’s Mack the Knife, a mark tied by Hey Jude by the Beatles in 1969 and broken in 1977 when Debby Boone spent ten weeks at #1 with You Light Up My Life. Theme From A Summer Place was Percy Faith’s third and final #1 song on a Billboard pop chart.

As I writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eye to the horrible pit, but no ladder upon which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity.
Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The first woman to have a #1 song on Billboard’s country chart was Kitty Wells, who went to #1 in 1952 with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels. 

Today’s Stumper
What were Percy Faith’s other #1 songs on the Billboard pop charts?. –Answer next time!

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