The Daily Dose/January 18, 2019

The Daily Dose/January 18, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off: Capsule Book Review
Leading Off will return. We had an item planned, but we are completely snowed in today and must deal with that.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a NobodyAll of Sparrow’s drivel from Wednesday, including another trip to the dentist.

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On This Date
In 1911 – Eugene Ely lands an airplane on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, the first time an airplane lands on a ship. Pennsylvania was an armored cruiser, whose after deck was modified to receive a landing aircraft and the flight did not originate on Pennsylvania as Ely had taken off from an airfield in nearby San Bruno. Pennsylvania would later be named the Pittsburgh, to free the Pennsylvania name for a new battleship.

In 1958 – Willie O’Ree makes his NHL debut for the Boston Bruins, the first black to play in the NHL. O’Ree would play in one other game that season and would return to the Bruins for 43 games in the 1960-61 season. He would spend most of the rest of his professional career with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this past year.

In 1986 – Dionne (Warwick) and Friends are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of four weeks with That’s What Friends Are For. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager and also featured Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. It would later spend three weeks at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart, won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and was Billboard’s #1 single for 1982.

I realize that is aiming high, but I think it is not a very satisfying accomplishment for me to aim at a more modest goal and achieve it.
Woody Allen

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Luis Jose Monje was the person executed in the United States before Gary Gilmore. Colorado executed Monje on June 2, 1967.

Today’s Stumper
When was the first time an airplane took off from a ship? –Answer next time!

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