2007- John Mellencamp announces to the crowd at his show in Erie, Pennsylvania, "I got a phone call today. I found out I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
2000- The Who wrap up a U-K tour in London by headlining a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall. Bryan Adams joins in on "Behind Blue Eyes."
2000- The Beatles' One album lives up to its title and enters the charts at the top.
1995 - The Beatles Anthology I sets a first-week sales record of 1.2 million copies.
1988-Michael Jordan scores 52 points in the Bulls' 128-123 loss to the Nuggets. His 30-point fourth quarter is the second-highest last-period output in N-B-A history.
1983- Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Charlie Watts, Joe Cocker, Bill Wyman, Paul Rodgers, Kenny Jones and Ronnie Lane kick off the ARMS (Action Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) tour in Dallas.
1981 - A Thanksgiving concert by The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band in Orlando, Florida is canceled after only 10-thousand of 60-thousand tickets are sold.
1980 - Dave Williams of the Chicago Bears becomes the first player in N-F-L history to return a kick for a touchdown in overtime.
1978- Drummer Rick Allen joins Def Leppard.
1976 - Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys appears on Saturday Night Live, singing and taking part in sketches.
1976- Queen releases "Somebody to Love."
1972- The London Symphony Orchestra version of The Who's Tommy, with lots of big name guest vocalists, is released. The album goes gold.
1970 - George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass. The three-L-P set will soon reach number-one.
1969 - The Rolling Stones perform the first of four concerts in two days at New York's Madison Square Garden. Highlights of the shows, recorded for the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, include "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man."
1968 - Steppenwolf's self-titled debut album, containing "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride," is certified gold.
1967 -The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour is released
Some people like to be surprised so I posted this here where 1 of you will read it instead of on facebook where 10 of you might. Lots of covers, yes? This is from 2 days ago at some other show in some other city.
2010 - Willie Nelson is arrested at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas and charged with possession of six ounces of marijuana. He's taken to jail and released on $2,500 bail.
2006 - The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour is declared the biggest grossing tour of all time, with a take of 437-million dollars.
2004 - The Raspberries' original lineup reunites for the first time in 30 years to play at The House of Blues in Cleveland.
2002 - The second season of The Osbournes begins on M-T-V.
1993- U-2 performs in Sydney, Australia with a roadie filling in for bassist Adam Clayton who -- it is only acknowledged later -- is too hung over to play. It is the first time the quartet has ever gone on stage to perform a concert without one of its members.
1985 - The rights to Ronald Reagan's autobiography are acquired by Random House for three-million dollars.
1983 - A Brinks vault in London's Heathrow Airport is robbed by gunmen, who make off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly 40-million dollars.
1983- Quiet Riot's Metal Health hits number-one.
1979- Fleetwood Mac, who are on the cover of that week's issue of People, kick off a nationwide tour at Idaho State University.
1977- The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks is dethroned from the number-one spot on the U-K album chart by a T-V-advertised Bread compilation, The Sound of Bread.
1975 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a member of the Manson Family, is found guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford on September 5th.
1973- Elton John releases "Step Into Christmas."
1970- Chicago wrap up a 162-date tour at their hometown's Auditorium Theater.
1968- Cream plays its farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1967- The Beatles' video for "Hello Goodbye" airs in the U-S for the first time, on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1962- The Beatles record "Please Please Me," their second British single, at Abbey Road in London.
1991- Aerosmith appear as cartoon characters on The Simpsons. They play "Walk This Way" at Moe's Tavern.
1988- The Delicate Sound of Thunder, Pink Floyd's live album, is released.
1981- David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" hits number-one on U-K singles chart.
1980 - An estimted 83-million viewers tune in to find out "who shot J-R?" on the C-B-S prime-time soap opera Dallas. "Kristin" is the character who fires the gun.
1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for New York photographer Allan Tannenbaum. The pictures will later be used on a memorable cover of Rolling Stone.
1974 - Breaking his vow never to perform live with the band again, Marty Balin joins Jefferson Starship on stage at San Francisco's Winterland.
1973- President Richard M. Nixon's attorney admits that there is an 18 1/2 minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
1968 - The Moody Blues and Chicago Transit Authority begin a four-night stand at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1965 - The Rolling Stones, whose current hit is "Get Off of My Cloud," perform a Dallas-Fort Worth doubleheader. They give an afternoon concert at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth and an evening show at Dallas Memorial Auditorium.
1963- President John F. Kennedy arrives in San Antonio for a two-day tour of Texas.
1960 - George Harrison, 17 years old, is deported home to England from Germany. Hamburg law prohibits those under 18 from working in a nightclub -- which is where The Beatles are performing. John, Paul, Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe continue on as a foursome at the Kaiserkeller.
1934- The New York Yankees purchase the contract of Joe Di Maggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
1877 - Thomas Alva Edison announces the invention of the phonograph.
2006- The News Corporation bows to pressure and kills O-J Simpson's upcoming book, If I Did It, in which he speculates how he would have killed his ex-wife if, of course, he had killed her -- and a two-part FOX special promoting it.
2006- Legendary movie director Robert Altman dies at the age of 81.
2004 - U-2 make up their own rules at Saturday Night Live by playing three songs to close the show. The band starts a final song as the credits roll.
2003- Boston's self-titled debut album is certified 17-times platinum
1995 - On a British television interview, Princess Diana admits to being unfaithful to Prince Charles during their marriage.
1991- The Rolling Stones sign a 45-million-dollar deal with Virgin Records, making them (at the time) rock's highest paid group.
1990 - Chuck Berry is found not guilty of felony child abuse charge, but pleads guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession. He gets a six-month jail sentence, two years probation and has to donate five-thousand dollars to a local hospital.
1984- McDonald's sells its 50-billionth burger.
1983 - An estimated 100-million people watch a controversial A-B-C T-V movie The Day After, which depicts the outbreak of nuclear war.
1976- George Harrison guests on Saturday Night Live and performs "Here Comes the Sun" with Paul Simon. But he turns down an offer of union scale wages to reform The Beatles for the show.
1975- The Who kick off a month-long American tour at the Summit in Houston.
1973 - Drummer Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. Scott Halpin, a 19-year-old fan from Iowa, finishes the show for him.
1972- Elton John releases "Crocodile Rock" in the U-S. It will become his first number-one hit here.
1970 - Elton John and Leon Russell perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
1967 - The Beach Boys release Smiley Smile.
1962 -The Cuban Missile Crisis ends. The Soviet Union removes its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U-S ends its blockade of the island.
1962 - Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees is named the American League's Most Valuable Player for the third time.
2010 - After years of negotiations, The Beatles catalog finally makes it to I-Tunes. All 13 of the band's re-mastered studio albums, along with the Past Masters compilation and the Red and i>Blue collections, are available for download.
2005 - Pink Floyd, The Who, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix are among those inducted into the U-K Music Hall of Fame.
2004 - Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan drops her towel on a commercial aired during Monday Night Football. All hell breaks loose.
1999- Johnny Depp receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1994 - Dino Valenti, who sang with Quicksilver Messenger Service and wrote the '60s anthem "Get Together," dies at age 57.
1993- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits album is released.
1978- The disastrous movie musical of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Aerosmith and Billy Preston, opens.
1978- Topless bicycling women join Queen onstage as the quartet performs "Fat Bottomed Girls" at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1977- Lynyrd Skynyrd releases "What's Your Name."
1977- Rush receives gold albums for 2112, All the World's a Stage and A Farewell to Kings.
1974- John Lennon becomes the final former Beatle to have a number-one solo hit. "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" (with piano and backup vocals by Elton John) tops the Billboard singles chart.
1971 - Led Zeppelin IV is certified gold.
1969 - Earth, the English band that would soon change its name to Black Sabbath, records its first album in eight hours for a cost of roughly 12-hundred dollars.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland starts a two-week run at the top of the U-S album charts.
1965- The Who record "The Kids Are Alright" at IBC Studios in London and then play a concert that evening.
1964- The Animals record "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" at the Kingsway Studio in London.
2007- People magazine names Matt Damon the "Sexiest Man Alive."
2006- Led Zeppelin is inducted into the U-K Music Hall of Fame in London. Jimmy Page represents the band along with the wife and sister of their late drummer John Bonham.
2004- Bono, Paul McCartney and many others take part in the Band Aid 20 re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in London.
2000- Rush's Geddy Lee releases his first solo album, My Favorite Headache.
1998 - Carmen Electra marries future ex-husband Dennis Rodman.
1994 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers appear on Saturday Night Live with ex-Nirvana member Dave Grohl on drums
1990 - Newsweek publishes an interview in which Pete Townshend of The Who declares himself to be bi-sexual, saying, "I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won't be classified as just a man."
1976 - Keith Relf, the original singer in The Yardbirds ("For Your Love"), accidentally -- but fatally -- electrocutes himself at his home in England.
1972 -Blue Ribbon Sport becomes Nike.
1970 - Santana's "Black Magic Woman" is released as a single. The song was written by Peter Green and first recorded by his group, Fleetwood Mac.
1969- Apollo 12 blasts off for the Moon.
1968 - Yale University announces that it is going co-educational.
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience headlines London's Royal Albert Hall, topping an eight-band bill that also includes The Move and Pink Floyd.
1943 - Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the first pro football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
The holidays are such a huge deal, and I know that sometimes expectations are not met. In other words, the holidays are not always a picture perfect greeting card. We have holiday movies that usually show the comedic (A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Christmas with the Kranks, Elf, etc) or dramatic (It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street) and at the end there's some kind of wonderful resolve. A lesson is learned. Hearts melt. Scrooge learns his lesson. That's not always the case though. Sometimes expectations are so high, that nothing short of Santa and his eight tiny reindeer on the roof will make people happy. Or winning the 245 million dollar lottery, and that may not happen at all...for anyone. It may roll over to another week.
Today I got my weekly newsletter from Zig Ziglar. I started subscribing to it quite a while ago. I first learned about Mr. Ziglar when our sales department had these training tools available at the station when we were at the Kelly Street studios. They had access to a number of cassettes in a plastic holder and each one was a motivational talk from Zig himself. I checked out one of the packages, and listened to all of the tapes. I liked his down home southern accent. I'm very comfy with that sound, even though when I went to part of second grade in Louisiana the other kids told me that I talked funny. I still laugh over that one.
Back to Zig...I loved the stories, the inspirational moral of the tales he told. In fact when the station moved to it's present location, those packages were to be thrown away (cassettes...who needs them...) and I took one of the sets home. Whenever I need a good kick in the butt (often) I pull out a tape and give it a listen. I get something new out of it every time.
Today's message from Zig had a lovely Charlie Brown story that he wrote, but that's not the one that hit the spot. It was a message from Simon T. Bailey. Here's the part that I think is useful to pass along for the holiday season:
"Whoever has rejected you this year or in times past, bless them and wish them the best. Send positive vibes their way. You don’t need the negative energy you’d otherwise incur, and there is simply too much work to do now.
As we approach another Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we should accept rejection, bless it, and move on. In fact, we should thank the following:
All of those who de-friended you on Facebook. Bless them and wish them a brilliant future.
Thank you to all those who stop following you on Twitter. Bless them, too, and wish them a brilliant future.
Thank you to those who didn’t do business with you. Those who rejected your pricing, your proposal, and your value. Be so grateful and thankful that they found their happiness elsewhere.
Bless all of those who didn’t return your call, who ignored your e-mail, deleted your text, or didn’t post a comment on your blog.
Bless the company that didn’t hire you and wish them a brilliant future.
Bless the homeowner who didn’t list his home with you and wish him a brilliant future.
Bless the boss who gave you a less than stellar review. It won’t change her, but it will change how you choose to see her.
Thank you, Rejection, because you are an amazing teacher who invites us to look within and decide how we will soar to the next level. My friend Willie Jolley says that “a setback is a setup for a comeback.” Boom! There it is.
Give thanks because you are finally waking up to the reality that rejection is the greatest gift in the world."
Awesome! Bless you this Holiday Season! No matter what, bless you! Bless you for what you did, and didn't do.
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