Daily Report – Friday, July 13, 2018

Because he was never too far away from his desk Thursday, Sparrow presents today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody in exciting chronological order. From rising at his usual Thursday morning time of 7:30am, to the mid-morning power outage straight through to the evening’s elk burger BBQ, Sparrow has the drivel you demand.

Accomplished Los Angeles session musician and songwriter Mike Deasy has The Thought for the Day. We try to avoid quoting music lyrics here, but we think we’ve established sufficient credibility over the years to get away with it from time to time. Today’s Thought is from Deasy’s song The Wings of an Eagle, a couple of lines talking about the talents we are all issued at birth.

On This Date:
In 1973 – Alexander Butterfield, then head of the FAA and previously a member of President Nixon’s staff, reveals the existence of a taping system in the Oval Office in sworn testimony before a US Senate committee. Previously, the existence of the system had been a closely guarded secret, known only to two other Nixon staff members, plus the handful of Secret Service technicians who had installed it. Butterfield would later say he presumed the committee already knew about the system. Butterfield had no role in the Watergate coverup.

In 1930 – The first soccer World Cup begins in Montevideo, Uraguay when France defeats Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-0. 13 nations entered the tournament – there was no qualifying process, FIFA accepted everyone who could find their way to Uraguay – and Uraguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the finals.

In 1974 – George McCrae tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the only time as Rock Your Baby is #1 for the first of two weeks. The song also went to #1 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Holland, West Germany Italy, Norway, Sweeden, Switzerland and Great Britain. Rock Your Baby was written by Harry Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band and was intended for them, but no one in the band could hit the really high notes and McCrae, hired only for backing vocals, ended up recording vocals for the entire song.

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