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February 25, 2017

On this day in 1970
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel was the #1 song.

1970 Average U.S. Prices

Bread: $0.24/loaf
Milk: $1.32/gal
Eggs: $1.16/doz
Car: $3,542
Gasoline: $0.36/gal
House: $26,600
Stamp: $0.06/ea

Average Income: $11,106/yr
Minimum Wage: $1.60/hr

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (Orphan) Isabelle Fuhrman, 20.  Actor (The Purge) Tony Oller, 26.  Actress (Family of Four) Abby Wilde, 28.  Actress (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) Natalie Dreyfuss, 30.  Actor (Malcolm in the Middle) Justin Berfield, 31.  Twin actors (Harry Potter movies) James and Oliver Phelps, 31.  Singer/TV personality (American Idol) Kimberly Caldwell, 35.  Actress (Snuffed Out) Tara Wilson, 35.  Actor (The Magnificent Seven) Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, 36.  Actress (The Knick) Jennifer Ferrin, 38.  Actress (Bloody Wedding) Tawny Amber Young, 38.  Actor (American Crime) David Hoflin, 38.  Writer/producer/actor (Range 15) Ross Patterson, 40.  Actress (Parks and Recreation) Rashida Jones, 41.  Comedienne/television host/producer (Chelsea Lately) Chelsea Handler, 42.  Actress (To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday) Laurie Fortier, 43.  Actor (Hell on Wheels) Anson Mount, 44.  Actor (The Descent) Oliver Milburn, 44.  Actress (The Constant Gardener) Anneke Kim Sarnau, 45.  Model (Deal or No Deal)/actress (The Box) Patricia Kara, 45.  Actor (The Lord of the Rings movies) Sean Astin, 46.  Actor (Relic Hunter) Christien Anholt, 46.  Actress (Ed) Lesley Boone, 49.  Actress (Madam Secretary) Téa Leoni, 51.  Actress (Phantasm II) Samantha Phillips, 51.  Miss South Carolina- 1987/television host (Entertainment Tonight) Nancy O’Dell, 51.  Actor (Angel) Alexis Denisof, 51.  Actor (The Aristocrats) Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson, 52.  Actor (There’s Something About Mary) Lee Evans, 53.  Actor (Scent of a Woman) David Lansbury, 56.  Actor (Robin Hood) Douglas Hodge, 57.  Actor (Call of Duty: Black Ops II) James C. Burns, 58.  Actor (Final Destination 5) Barclay Hope, 59.  Actress (Port Charles, Airwolf) Jean Bruce Scott, 61.  Actress (Dynasty, Days of Our Lives) Leann Hunley, 62.  Actor (Great Ball of Fire!, The Bodyguard) John Doe, 63.  Writer/director (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) Neil Jordan, 67.  Actress (The Courtship of Eddie’s Father)/cartoon voicist (Wait Till Your Father Gets Home) Kristina Holland, 73.  Actress (Little House on the Prairie, Wyatt Earp) Karen Grassle, 75.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Carl Eller, 75.  Actress (The Silence of the Lambs, The Cable Guy) Diane Baker, 79.  Actor (Dr. Zhivago, 45 Years) Sir Tom Courtenay, 80.  Television newsman/former moderator (Face the Nation) Bob Schieffer, 80.  Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, 81.  Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael, 82.  Actor (General Hospital, Dead Silence) Michael Fairman, 83.

Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Laurie Fortier

What a Day This Has Been

February 25, 1570…Pope Pius V excommunicated England's Queen Elizabeth I.

February 25, 1793…U.S. President George Washington met with the department heads of the government for the new country's first Cabinet meeting.

February 25, 1836…Samuel Colt received a patent for what he called a "revolving gun," later called a revolver. It was the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm.

February 25, 1901…United States Steel Corporation was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

February 25, 1913…The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, authorizing the implementation of a graduated income tax.

February 25, 1919…Oregon became the first U.S. state to impose a (one cent per gallon) tax on gasoline.

February 25, 1932…Austrian-born Adolph Hitler became a naturalized citizen of Germany, which allowed him to run for president in his adopted country's upcoming election.

February 25, 1933…Ranger, the first aircraft carrier, was launched.

February 25, 1940…The first televised hockey game was broadcast on W2XBS-TV in New York City as the New York Rangers defeated the Montréal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.

February 25, 1942…Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced in the House of Commons that all Japanese Canadians living within a hundred miles of the Pacific coast would be forcibly removed inland to safeguard the defenses of Canada's Pacific Coast. On the following day, the Government started evacuating 21,000 Japanese Canadians from coastal regions of British Columbia to interior work camps.

February 25, 1950…"Your Show of Shows," a live, 90-minute weekly comedy/variety series starring Sid Caesar with Imogene Coca, began its 4-year, 4½-month run on NBC-TV. The show's writers included Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Neil Simon.

February 25, 1951…In Buenos Aires, Argentina, President Juan Perón opened the first Pan American Games. Athletes from 21 nations participated in the 13-day event.

February 25, 1953…The original production of Leonard Bernstein's "Wonderful Town," starring Rosalind Russell, Edie Adams, and Chris Alexander, opened at New York's Winter Garden Theatre for 559 performances.

February 25, 1957…At Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded the hit version of "That'll Be The Day" and also "I'm Lookin' For Someone To Love." Larry Welborn played bass on the session, not Joe Mauldin. Niki Sullivan, June Clark, Gary and Ramona Tollet provided background vocals.
          Holly's first recording of the song, on which he was backed by Sonny Curtis, Don Guess, and Jerry Allison, came during an Owen Bradley-produced session in Nashville seven months earlier. Released on the Decca label and credited to Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, it failed to chart.

February 25, 1957…Johnny Mathis released the single "It's Not For Me To Say."

February 25, 1958…At Bell Sound Studios in New York City, Paul Anka recorded "It's Time To Cry." Released as a single, it became the fifth of Anka's eleven Top 10 hits.

February 25, 1960…Singer Adam Wade appeared on the quiz show "To Tell The Truth" trying to fool the panel about his previous work as an assistant to polio vaccine developer Dr. Jonas Salk.

February 25, 1961…In Memphis, RCA presented Elvis Presley with a diamond watch and plaque to mark his 75 million records sold worldwide. Later in the day, he performed two charity shows at the city's Ellis Auditorium.

February 25, 1963…Johnny Mathis released the single "What Will My Mary Say."

February 25, 1964…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles overdubbed Paul McCartney's vocal, a George Harrison modified guitar solo and Ringo Starr's cymbals on "Can't Buy Me Love," a track they began recording on January 29 in Paris. The Beatles also recorded "You Can't Do That," and started work on "I Should Have Known Better," which they finished the next day, as well as "And I Love Her," completed on February 27.

February 25, 1964…Author (Peyton Place, Return to Peyton Place, No Adam in Eden, The Tight White Collar) Grace Metalious died of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 39.

February 25, 1964…Lyricist (Swinging On A Star, Pennies From Heaven, Misty, Moonlight Becomes You, What's New?, I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, Sunday Monday Or Always, Scatterbrain, It Could Happen To You, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Imagination, But Beautiful) Johnny Burke died after a heart attack at age 55.

February 25, 1966…Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" single was certified Gold.

February 25, 1968…Gladys Knight & The Pips performed "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show. Dinah Shore, Ed Ames, and Jackie Mason also performed on the program.

February 25, 1969…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording the George Harrison composition, "Something." Overdubs followed on April 16 and May 2 before the track was completed on August 15. Originally conceived as an eight-minute song that included an extended coda with John Lennon on piano and a small counter-melody section in the middle, both of those elements of the recording were cut from the final version.

February 25, 1969…Elvis Presley released the single "Memories," a Mac Davis song that had its debut three months earlier during Elvis' "comeback" special on NBC-TV.

February 25, 1971…Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" album was certified Gold.

February 25, 1972…The German government disclosed that it had handed over a $5 million ransom to five Islamic terrorists – Palestinian Muslims who called themselves members of the Organization for Victims of Zionist Occupation – who had hijacked a Lufthansa jumbo jet. The hijackers were never arrested.

February 25, 1972…As the debut single by his new band Wings, Paul McCartney released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in the UK. Its airplay was restricted since it was banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority, however the record reached #1 on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Spain, and despite the air-play ban still reached #16 in the UK. It peaked at #21 in the U.S.

February 25, 1973…The original production of the Steven Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music," starring Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, and Glynis Johns, produced and directed by Harold Prince, opened at New York's Shubert Theatre for 601 performances.

February 25, 1975…Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam beginning in 1934 and was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Clarence 13X, and Muhammad Ali, died at the age of 77.

February 25, 1983…Playwright (The Glass Menagerie, The Rose Tattoo, The Night of the Iguana, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire) Tennessee Williams died of an accidental choking, but the police report suggested his use of drugs and alcohol contributed to the death. Williams was 71.

February 25, 1985…At the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas, U2 began their first full North American arena tour.

February 25, 1986…Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled the Philippines and flew to Guam after a tainted election and 20 years of rule. Corazon Aquino, widow of the assassinated Benigno Aquino, became the new president.

February 25, 1987…Frank Sinatra guest-starred on an episode of "Magnum, P.I." on CBS-TV, giving the show its highest ratings ever.

February 25, 1987…Actor (Guiding Light, Calucci's Department, Murder By Death, Man of La Mancha, Only When I Laugh, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Cheap Detective, A New Leaf, Ensign Pulver, Such Good Friends, Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon) James Coco died following a heart attack at age 56.

February 25, 1988…Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love Tour" began with a concert at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

February 25, 1989…Jerry Jones, the new owner of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, fired the team's 29-year head coach – the only head coach the franchise had ever had – Tom Landry. Landry's replacement was University of Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson.

February 25, 1991…Silver speculator and sports executive Bruce McNall, hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky and comedian/actor John Candy bought the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. The club won the Grey Cup championship in the first year of the trio's ownership but struggled in the two following seasons. After McNall declared bankruptcy, the partners sold the team before the 1994 season.

February 25, 1993…The stage comedy "Fool Moon," starring Bill Irwin and David Shiner, opened at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre for 215 performances.

February 25, 1993…Musician (Heard It In A Love Song) Toy Caldwell, lead guitarist for the Marshall Tucker band, died of respiratory failure at the age of 45.

February 25, 1994…Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion "Jersey Joe" Walcott died from of complications from diabetes at the age of 80.

February 25, 1995…Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone while riding a motorcycle in Mexico.

February 25, 1995…At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang in front of a live audience for the last time. His closing song was "The Best is Yet to Come," which are also the words imprinted on his tombstone. He died on May 14, 1998.

February 25, 1997…John Eleuthère du Pont, a member of the prominent du Pont family, was convicted of the third degree murder 13 months earlier of his friend David Schultz, an Olympic champion wrestler. The multimillionaire was ruled to have been mentally ill when he shot Schultz but not insane and was sentenced to 13-30 years in prison, where he died in December 2010.

February 25, 1997…Actor (The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Operation Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, Charade, The Highwayman)/screenwriter (Perfect Friday)/playwright (The Meter Man) Scott Forbes died at age 76.

February 25, 1998…Author (Who Has Seen the Wind)/broadcaster (CBC Radio series, 1950-1956, Jake and the Kid) W.O. Mitchell, called by many the "Mark Twain of Canada," died at the age of 83.

February 25, 2003…In Fort Myers, Florida, Monkees singer/drummer Micky Dolenz began touring in "Aida."

February 25, 2004…Estelle Axton, co-founder (with her brother Jim Stewart) of Satellite Records, renamed Stax Records in 1961, died at age 85. (Stax came from combining parts of the founders' names, STewart and AXton.)

February 25, 2005…Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK serial killings in Wichita, Kansas. He later pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 life terms in prison. BTK stands for Bind, Torture, Kill, Rader's famous signature.

February 25, 2005…Cyndi Lauper guest-starred on the Disney Channel television series "That's So Raven."

February 25, 2005…R&B singer (Midnight Train To Georgia, Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, Neither One Of Us, I've Got To Use My Imagination, On And On, If I Were Your Woman, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Every Beat Of My Heart) Edward Patten, a member of Gladys Knight & The Pips since 1952, died following a stroke at age 65.

February 25, 2006…In London's Hyde Park, a concerned passerby found singer George Michael slumped over in a car and called the police. After being checked by paramedics, Michael was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail.

February 25, 2006…Actor (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outsider, Mike Hammer, Riverboat, A Christmas Story, Billy Madison, Airport '77, The Natural, The Man with the Golden Arm, Captain America, Zero to Sixty, The Great Sioux Massacre, The Delicate Delinquent, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, No Deposit No Return, Bullet for a Badman, Beau James) Darren McGavin died at age 83.

February 25, 2009…U.S. President Barack Obama honored Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. Obama called his music "the soundtrack of my youth," and said he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn't been a Stevie Wonder fan.

February 25, 2011…In Fairbanks, Alaska, researchers discovered the remains of a 3-year-old child from the Ice Age. The partially cremated remains, believed by scientists to be 11,500 years-old, are the oldest ever found in the northern part of North America. The child's short life probably occurred at the same time the Bering Land Bridge connected Asia and Alaska, providing a migratory route for some of North America's early inhabitants.

February 25, 2011…Susan "Suze" Rotolo, who had been Bob Dylan's girlfriend in the early 1960s, died of lung cancer at the age of 67. She walked arm-in-arm with the songwriter on the iconic cover of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album, and was said to have inspired his compositions "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and "Boots Of Spanish Leather."

February 25, 2011…Drummer (Temptation Eyes, I'd Wait A Million Years, Let's Live For Today, Midnight Confessions) Rick Coonce, a Grass Roots member during their hit-making years, died of heart failure at age 64.

February 25, 2012…At a small club in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a fundraiser for the family of his longtime personal trainer, Tony Strollo, who had died earlier in the month.

February 25, 2012…Actress (In a Lonely Place, Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, Surf Party, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick, Johnny Comes Flying Home, Convicted) Martha Stewart died at 89.

February 25, 2012…Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, who played behind Chuck Berry, Etta James, Lloyd Price, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Bobby Bland, among others, died following a stroke and kidney failure at age 84.

February 25, 2013…Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, a pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery and a leader in the fight to create a smoke-free nation, died at the age of 96.

February 25, 2013…Guitarist (I'm No Angel, Straight From The Heart) Dan Toler, a former member (1979-1982) of the Allman Brothers Band and who later backed Gregg Allman, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) at age 64.

February 25, 2014…Lyricist (The Night Chicago Died, Billy Don't Be A Hero, Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast, The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde) Peter Callander died following a heart attack at 74.

February 25, 2014…Television game show host (The Dating Game, $100,000 Name That Tune, $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, Triple Threat)/radio personality (KGO, KSFO, KFRC, KABL, all in San Francisco, KMPC-Los Angeles, KKSJ-San Jose) Jim Lange died following a heart attack at the age of 81.

February 25, 2015…Three major U.S. tobacco companies – R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA --- agreed to pay $100 million to settle more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers or their families. The settlement did not cover cases that had gone to trial or already reached a verdict.

February 25, 2016…Actor (The Shining, Rocky, Rocky Balboa, Rocky IV, Hook, Rocky V, Rocky III, Armed and Dangerous, Rocky II, Assault on Precinct 13, House Party 2) Tony Burton died at age 78.

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.