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July 25, 2017

On this day in 1975
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy was the #1 song.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actor (Dexter) Preston Bailey, 17.  Actor (Speechless) Mason Cook, 17.  Actress (Pretty Broken) Jillian Clare, 25.  Actor (College) Andrew Caldwell, 28.  Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful) Linsey Godfrey, 29.  Actor (Twilight movies) Michael Welch, 30.  Actress (A History of Violence) Sumela Kay, 31.  Singer (Cut Your Teeth) Kyla La Grange, 31.  Actress (One Tree Hill, The Final Destination) Shantel Vansanten, 32.  Actress (The Last Exorcism, Carnage Park) Ashley Bell, 32.  Model/actress (Parks and Recreation, Baby Daddy) Katie Gill, 32.  Actor (Underground, Crisis) James Lafferty, 32.  Actor (Quantico, How to Get Away with Murder) Lenny Platt, 33.  Actress (About a Boy, Entourage) Jamie Hill Fuller, 34.  Singer/actor (Mamma Mia!, Survival Island) Juan Pablo Di Pace, 38.  Actress (Live Nude Girls, Angel of Darkness: The Legend of Lilith) Tera Patrick, 41.  Actress (N.B.T., Diary of a Sex Addict) Adrienne Janic, 43.  Actor (Evening Shade, The Lucky One) Jay R. Ferguson, 43.  Actor (The Age of Adaline, Big Eyes) Aaron Craven, 43.  Actor (Big Fish, 13 Hours) David Denman, 44.  Actor (The Blair Witch Project, The Objective) Michael C. Williams, 44.  Actress (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bedazzled) Miriam Shor, 46.  Actress (1,000 Times Good Night, Leila) Chloë Annett, 46.  Actress (One Life to Live, Sorority Boys) Yvonne Sciò, 48.  Actor (24, Romeo Must Die) D.B. Woodside, 48.  Actor (Commute, Falling Down)/writer Marc Wasserman, 49.  Actress (The Game, Miss Congeniality) Wendy Raquel Robinson, 50.  Actor (Friends, Joey) Matt LeBlanc, 50.  Actress (Ghost World, Goodfellas) Illeana Douglas, 52.  Actress (Selena, First Time Out) Jackie Guerra, 52.  CTV National News anchor Lisa LaFlamme, 53.  Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful, Subliminal Seduction) Katherine Kelly Lang, 56.  Miss Georgia-1982/actress (All My Children, The Bold and the Beautiful) Bobbie Eakes, 56.  Sonic Youth singer/guitarist (100%) Thurston Moore, 59.  Model/ actress (Out of Africa, No Way Out)/producer (Project Runway Canada) Iman, 62.  Actor (The Sweet Hereafter, Room) Tom McCamus, 62.  Earth, Wind & Fire bassist (September) Verdine White, 66.  Yardbirds drummer (For Your Love) Jim McCarty, 74.  Singer/actress (Broadway musical Shenandoah, Search for Tomorrow) Donna Theodore, 76.  Actress (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Freaky Friday) Barbara Harris, 82.  Actor (Thelma & Louise, The Andromeda Strain) Ken Swofford, 84.  Actress (Pump Up  the Volume, Superman III) Annie Ross, 87.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Donna Theodore

What a Day This Has Been

July 25, 1759…British forces defeated a French army at Fort Niagara, at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario in present-day Youngstown, New York.

July 25, 1805…Aaron Burr visited the city of New Orleans and revealed his plan to establish a new country, with New Orleans as its capital.

July 25, 1850…Gold was discovered in Oregon's Rogue River.

July 25, 1907…Korea became a Japanese protectorate.

July 25, 1909…French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly across the English Channel. He traveled in a monoplane from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.

July 25, 1925…In Schenectady, New York, 2XAG (now WGY-AM) became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter.

July 25, 1942…"Cow Cow Boogie" by Freddie Slack & His Orchestra, featuring 17-year-old singer Ella Mae Morse, became the first hit record for the fledgling Capitol label, formed just a few months earlier.

July 25, 1943…Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was ousted and arrested.

July 25, 1944…Bing Crosby, with the Andrews Sisters, recorded "Don't Fence Me In."

July 25, 1946…In an underwater test, the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

July 25, 1946…At Club 500 in Atlantic City, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team.

July 25, 1950…At the Jim Beck Studio in Dallas, Left Frizzell recorded "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," "Shine Shave Shower-It's Saturday" and "I Love You A Thousand Ways" at his first recording session.

July 25, 1952…Puerto Rico became a self-governing U.S. commonwealth on the anniversary of the July 25, 1898 landing of U.S. troops in the Puerto Rican Campaign of the Spanish-American War.

July 25, 1956…Of the 1,662 passengers and crew on board the ship, Andrea Doria, 52 died in a collision with the Swedish-American liner Stockholm near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Among those onboard was Mike Stoller, half of the Lieber-Stoller songwriting team.

July 25, 1960…In Hollywood, at the second of her three July sessions for this song, Connie Francis recorded "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own." Take 37 from this day's session was released and became a #1 single.

July 25, 1960…Elvis Presley began work on his sixth feature film, "Flaming Star," co-starring Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, and Dolores del Rio.

July 25, 1961…Dion appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1962…The Beatles performed a lunchtime set, then returned for an evening show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They also appeared at the Cabaret Club that night, Brian Epstein's attempt to get the Beatles into the cabaret circuit. It was a miserable failure, however, with the band getting no positive response from the audience.

July 25, 1962…Dion was the guest host on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1963…Singer Cilla Black made her first test recording for EMI. She had been discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein at a Gerry and the Pacemakers concert.

July 25, 1963…Brian Hyland was the guest host on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1964…The Rolling Stones released the single "It's All Over Now" in North America.

July 25, 1964…Billboard magazine reported that the Beatles' new feature film, "A Hard Day's Night," had already made back its production costs from sales of the soundtrack album.

July 25, 1965…Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and played his first-ever set of electric (as opposed to acoustic) guitar songs, upsetting many (but, contrary to legend, not all) in the audience. After three songs, a visibly upset Dylan said "Let's go, man, that's all," and the band left the stage, only to be coaxed back out by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary to play two more originals in the "more appropriate," non-electric manner. Actually the whole thing was a last-minute idea of Dylan's, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band that backed him for his first amplified performance knew only those three songs of his that they played.

July 25, 1966…At RCA Victor Studio B in Hollywood, the Monkees recorded "Last Train To Clarksville."

July 25, 1966…The Supremes released "You Can't Hurry Love," which became the trio's seventh #1 hit.

July 25, 1966…ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" welcomed guest performer Brenda Lee.

July 25, 1967…Celebrities, including the Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein, were among those behind a full-page ad in The Times newspaper calling for the legalization of marijuana in Britain. On the same day, the Asian edition of LIFE magazine had the Beatles pictured on the cover sporting long hair and facial hair, a major stylistic statement at the time, with the headline "The New, Far-Out Beatles."

July 25, 1968…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles made one of several attempts to record the George Harrison composition "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The track was not completed until after Eric Clapton, at Harrison's urging, added his lead guitar solo on September 6. George later said that Clapton's presence "made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behavior."

July 25, 1969…Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, one week after the Chappaquiddick drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne.

July 25, 1969…In Ottawa, Parliament amended the Official Languages Act to declare both English and French the official languages of Canada.

July 25, 1969…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded the rhythm track for "Polythene Pam" and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window." They added vocals, guitar, percussion, and piano on July 28, and completed the track with additional guitar and percussion overdubs on July 30. John Lennon later described "Polythene Pam" and "Mean Mr. Mustard" as "a bit of crap I wrote in India."

July 25, 1969…At the Fillmore in San Francisco, Neil Young made his first appearance with Crosby, Stills & Nash. They liked the result so much that he became part of the band almost immediately.

July 25, 1969…The Doors played the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

July 25, 1969…Yes released their eponymous debut album.

July 25, 1970…Creedence Clearwater Revival released their fifth studio album, "Cosmo's Factory."

July 25, 1970…Rare Earth appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1970…In Forest Hills, New York, Leonard Cohen performed at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium.

July 25, 1973…The Doobie Brothers released the single "China Grove."

July 25, 1973…Cat Stevens released the album "Foreigner." For the first time, he wrote and produced all the tracks. The album's title came about, in part, because Stevens had become a tax exile living in Brazil.

July 25, 1973…Louis St. Laurent, Canada's 12th prime minister (1948-1957), died at age 91.

July 25, 1975…David Bowie released the single "Fame," with vocal contributions from John Lennon.

July 25, 1975…Helen Reddy hosted "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV, with guests Neil Sedaka, Janis Ian, Jessi Colter, and Kraftwerk.

July 25, 1975…After two months off-Broadway, the original Broadway production of the musical "A Chorus Line," starring Kelly Bishop, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, Robert LuPone, Sammy Williams, Wayne Cilento, and Pamela Blair, opened at New York's Shubert Theatre for 6,137 performances.

July 25, 1976…Boston released their self-titled debut album.

July 25, 1978…Louise Joy Brown, conceived through in-vitro fertilization, the world's first "test-tube baby," was born in Oldham, England.

July 25, 1980…At a KISS concert at the Palladium in New York City, Eric Carr was introduced as the band's new drummer. Carr wore fox make-up as he took his place behind the drum kit, replacing Peter Criss who was made up to look like a cat.

July 25, 1980…AC/DC released their seventh Australian and sixth international studio album, "Back in Black."

July 25, 1980…Olivia Newton-John hosted "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV, with guests Cliff Richard, the Manhattans, and the Tubes.

July 25, 1981…Lee Ritenour performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1984…Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

July 25, 1984…Blues singer (Hound Dog)/songwriter (Ball 'n' Chain, They Call Me Big Mama) Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton died after a heart attack at 57.

July 25, 1985…While in Paris for treatment, actor Rock Hudson issued a press release announcing that he was dying of AIDS. He had been diagnosed with HIV on June 5, 1984, but when signs of illness became apparent a few months later, his publicity staff and doctors had told the public he was suffering from inoperable liver cancer. Hudson died of AIDS on October 2, 1985.

July 25, 1986…Film director (Gigi, An American in Paris, Meet Me in St. Louis, Father's Little Dividend, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Sandpiper, Goodbye Charlie, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Some Came Running, Bells Are Ringing, Kismet, Brigadoon, Father of the Bride) Vincent Minnelli died from the effects of emphysema, pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83.

July 25, 1987…The Whispers appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

July 25, 1988…At Ardent Studios in Memphis, R.E.M. started recording sessions for their "Green" album.

July 25, 1989…The Beastie Boys released their second studio album "Paul's Boutique."

July 25, 1989…Alice Cooper released his 18th studio album, "Trash."

July 25, 1989…Keith Whitley's album "Don't Close Your Eyes" was certified Gold, 2½ months after his death.

July 25, 1990…Rosanne Barr famously sang the U.S. National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was roundly booed for her performance.

July 25, 1992…Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa welcomed the arrival of a son they named Evan James.

July 25, 1992…Actor (Trading Places) Alfred Drake, who starred in the Broadway productions of "Oklahoma!" (1943), "Kiss Me Kate" (1949) and "Kismet" (1953), died of heart failure while battling cancer at age 77.

July 25, 1994…Israel and Jordan formally ended their state of war that began in 1948.

July 25, 1995…In the south of France, singer Nina Simone fired a pellet gun at noisy teenagers playing near her home. After her arrest, she was given 18 months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling.

July 25, 1995…Singer/pianist (Behind Closed Doors, The Most Beautiful Girl, A Very Special Love Song, Every Time You Touch Me-I Get High, Lonely Weekends) Charlie Rich died of a pulmonary embolism at 62.

July 25, 1997…Guitarist Rick Danko, formerly a member of the Band, received a suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling.

July 25, 1997…Autumn Jackson was found guilty of trying to extort $40 million from Bill Cosby by threatening to tell the tabloids she was his illegitimate daughter. In December, she was sentenced to 26 months in prison. She was released in February 1999, a day after a court overturned her conviction.

July 25, 1997…Golf champion Ben Hogan died following a stroke at the age of 84.

July 25, 1998…U.S. President Bill Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury concerning the Monica Lewinsky case. When Clinton later agreed to give videotaped testimony with his lawyers present, the subpoena was withdrawn.

July 25, 1999…In Rome, New York, the 30th Anniversary Woodstock Festival ended with riots that resulted in 120 people being arrested. Three people died in separate incidents during the three-day event and many were hospitalized after drinking polluted water.

July 25, 1999…Newsman/television host (Agronsky & Co.) Martin Agronsky died of heart failure at 84.

July 25, 2000…A supersonic Concorde crashed near Paris, killing all 109 people aboard and four on the ground.

July 25, 2001…Bonnie Raitt and former Doors drummer John Densmore were among the activists arrested at a public protest in Itasca, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, demonstrating against Boise Cascade Corporation, which they claimed destroys ancient rainforests and tries to limit the free speech rights of its opponents.

July 25, 2003…In Las Vegas, Mariah Carey began her Charmbracelet tour.

July 25, 2003…The movie "Masked and Anonymous," starring Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Bruce Dern, Angela Bassett, and Ed Harris opened in limited release.

July 25, 2003…Film director (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man, Darling, The Next Best Thing, The Day of the Locust, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Falcon and the Snowman, Yanks, Pacific Heights)/actor (Black Tide, The Last Man to Hang?) John Schlesinger died following a stroke at age 77.

July 25, 2003…Guitarist (In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida) Erik Brann, aka Erik Braunn, who at age 16 was a founding member of the heavy metal band Iron Butterfly, died of heart failure at 52.

July 25, 2006…Tom Petty released his third solo album, "Highway Companion."

July 25, 2008…In Pemberton, British Columbia, the Pemberton Festival was held on outdoor stages at the foot of Mount Currie. The three-day music event featured performances by Coldplay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nine Inch Nails, Jay-Z, the Tragically Hip, and the Flaming Lips.

July 25, 2008…Dixie Chick Martie Maguire and her husband, Gareth, welcomed the arrival of their third daughter, Harper Rosie.

July 25, 2010…WikiLeaks released to the public more than 90,000 internal reports, from the period 2004-2010, regarding U.S. participation in the war in Afghanistan.

July 25, 2010…In Cooperstown, New York, John Fogerty sang "Centerfield" at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

July 25, 2010…Bandleader/singer/songwriter Louis Prima was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

July 25, 2011…Film director (Zorba the Greek, Ilektra, The Cherry Orchard, Stella, The Trojan Women) Mihalis Kakogiannis aka Michael Cacoyannis died at age 89.

July 25, 2013…Television game show director (Wheel of Fortune, Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks, Jeopardy!) Mark Corwin died of cancer at 65.

July 25, 2016…After a sale process that dragged on for months, Verizon announced it had agreed to buy Yahoo! for $4.83 billion. The deal was expected to be approved by regulators early in 2017.

July 25, 2016…Adele's North American tour stopped in Seattle for the first of two nights at KeyArena.

July 25, 2016…Businessman/stage producer (La Cage aux Folles, The Will Rogers Follies, The Life and Aventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Woman of the Year, Sweet Charity, Nine, Peter Pan) James M. Nederlander, who owned theaters throughout the U.S., including nine Broadway venues he operated in New York, died at the age of 94. He also was part owner of the New York Yankees.

I Did Not Know That!

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