Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today In History July 25th

1871 - Seth Wheeler of Albany, NY patented perforated wrapping paper.

1942 - Capitol Records first number one hit made it to the top this day. It was one of their first six records released on July 1. The new company’s hit was Cow Cow Boogie, by Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slack. 

1947 - Fortune Gordien of Oslo, Norway set a world record discus throw of 178.47 feet.

1965 - Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival with an electric guitar. He was not well received, even with the classic folk song, Blowin’ in the Wind.

1978 - Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Pete Rose broke the National League record for hitting safely in consecutive games as he hit safely in his 38th straight game.

1978 - The first test-tube baby was born -- in England.

1981 - Walter Payton signed a contract to play with the Chicago Bears of the NFL on this, his 27th birthday.

1999 - Lance Armstrong rode to victory in the Tour de France, capping an amazing comeback from cancer.

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