Wednesday, July 4, 2012

It's the 4th of July

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is July 4th, the 186th day of 2012. There are 180 days left in the year.


Reports: Suter, Parise sign with Minnesota.

Official 2012 free agent signings tracker.

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The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America on this date in 1776.


Ultimate Replay: Week 1.

Dunk: Ticats D ready to avenge Week 1 performance.

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On this date in 1802, the U.S. Military Academy officially opened at West Point, NY.


Durant headlines Week 1 Players of the Week.

Pedersen: Chamblin making his mark early.

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On this date in 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The "Corps of Discovery," led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804.


Jimmy at his doctor's appointment.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....watching TV. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- On a night when the Rays got some clutch hitting, Tuesday's game against the Yankees boiled down to whether the pitching could get the job done once provided a lead.

Given the way their pitching has performed all season, the result was no surprise, as the Rays earned a 7-4 win at Tropicana Field with 26,453 watching.

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On this date in 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.


San Francisco, CA.--
Choose one: Tim Lincecum either regressed to the form that he has displayed for most of the season, fell victim to the withering temperatures, or simply reached a new low Tuesday.

No matter which description of Lincecum's performance one prefers, his apparently soaring fortunes crashed to Earth.

Lincecum allowed a career-high eight runs (seven earned) in 3 1/3 innings, the third-shortest stint of his mostly illustrious Giants tenure, as San Francisco began a three-game series against the formidable Washington Nationals with a 9-3 loss.

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American writer Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, MA on this date in 1845.


Today in Elvis History

1954 - This day is cited as the day that Elvis Presley began working with lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. However, the three had been practicing together for several months.

1956 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley performed at a charity concert for the Memphis Press-Scimitar's Milk Fund.

1964 - The soundtrack "Viva Las Vegas" hit #92 in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to an auction for SHARE.


In Washington, DC, the cornerstone for the Washington Monument was laid on this date in 1848.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - "Billboard" reported that the Beatles' upcoming summer North American tour would be a sell out.

1966 - In the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos removed the Beatles' police protection. His wife had claimed that the band had snubbed her by not attending one of her parties. The band was later attacked by an angry mob. The Beatles played two shows for 80,000 people at the Rizal Memorial football stadium.

1984 - Ringo Starr performed with the Beach Boys at their free July 4th concert in Miami, FL.


On this date in 1934 at Mount Rushmore, George Washington's face was dedicated.


Today in Sports History:

1910 - Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.

1919 - Jack Dempsey won the world heavyweight champion when he defeated Jess Willard.

1934 - Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.

1939 - Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.

1980 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) got his 3,000th career strikeout.

1980 - Martina Navratilova won her sixth straight Wimbledon singles championship and her eighth overall.

2003 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after turning himself in to police. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.


On this date in 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 11:05am EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 3:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway 6:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 6:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 6:35pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 1:35pm 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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