Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's Saturday

It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....


Today is June 16th, the 168th day of 2012. There are 198 days left in the year.


Lightning acquire goalie Lindback from Predators.

Caps enter Draft with League-high 11 selections.

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On this date in 1858 in a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."


Late game heroics give Stamps pre-season win over Esks.

Ticats punter catching on quickly.

Visit the leagues' official website,


The U.S. government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii on this date in 1897.


Saskatchewan Roughriders rookie Ben Heenan learning under fire.

Roughriders Hold Annual General Meeting.

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Ford Motor Company was incorporated on this date in 1903.


Hi kids. Nice day for a baseball game, isn't it?


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....sleeping in (accomplished that already), the Johnny Blog, plus anything else I can think of. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- After a week's worth of ugly in three long days hosting the Mets, the Rays pulled it together Friday night to pick on a familiar whipping boy.

Yes, the Marlins arrived to town and there's just something about their South Florida visitors that brings out the best in the Rays.

Last weekend, the Rays dominated a three-game series in Miami over the Marlins, outscoring their Florida-state rival, 22-7. Friday night's game brought a different venue in Tropicana Field, but the same result as Marlins Park in an 11-0 Rays win.

Read the rest here.


On this date in 1909, Glenn Hammond Curtiss sold his first airplane, the "Gold Bug" to the New York Aeronautical Society for $5,000.


San Francisco, CA.--
A two-run margin of victory isn't often convincing, but the Giants managed to make it seem that way with Friday night's 4-2 Interleague decision over the Seattle Mariners.

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Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight at College Park, Maryland on this date in 1922.


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Blue Suede Shoes" hit #9 in the U.K.

1956 - Elvis Presley's song "I Want You, I Love You" hit #31 in the U.S. The song was the b-side to "Blue Suede Shoes."

1962 - The Elvis Presley EP "Follow That Dream" hit #15 in the U.S.

1993 - The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.

2002 - A remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" hit #1 in the U.K.


"My Little Margie" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1952.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The single "The Ballad of John & Yoko" was certified Gold by the RIAA.

1975 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government charging that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution.

1977 - "Beatlemania" opened on Broadway. It ran for 1,006 performances.

1997 - Paul McCartney was interviewed for 50 minutes on WNNX 99X in Atlanta, GA. Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron did the radio interview.

2009 - "Let it Roll - Songs by George Harrison" was released. It was the first career spanning solo hits collection by George Harrison. It was released internationally on June 15.


On this date in 1963, 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova went into orbit aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days. She was the first female space traveler.


Today in Sports History:

1883 - The New York Giants baseball team admitted all ladies for free to the ballpark. It was the first Ladies Day.

1938 - Jimmy Foxx (Boston Red Sox) set a major league record when he was walked six times in one game.

1951 - Ben Hogan won the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

1969 - U.S. President Nixon sent a telegram to Reggie Jackson thanking him for hitting two home runs while he was in the park on June 11.

1970 - Brian Piccolo (Chicago Bears) died of cancer.

1975 - The Milwaukee Bucks traded Kareem-Abdul Jabbar to the Los Angeles Lakers.

1981 - The "Chicago Tribune" purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million.

1985 - Willie Banks broke the world record for the triple jump with a leap of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in the U.S.A. championships in Indianapolis, IN.

1991 - Otis Nixon (Montreal Expos) broke a major league record with six stolen bases in one game.

1993 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) scored 55 points in an NBA Finals game against the Phoenix Suns. Jordan became the first player to score 50 points in a Finals games since Jerry West in 1969.

1996 - In Lusaka, Sambia, fans stampeded the field at the World Cup match between Zambia and Sudan. Nine people were killed and 78 were injured.

2005 - The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Disney owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Henry and Susan Samueli.


The movie "The Blues Brothers" opened in Chicago, Illinois on this date in 1980.


Coming up:

Tonight --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Milwaukee IndyFest at West Allis, WI. 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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