This was the day that saw the record charts dominated by a folk song for the first time. It was 1958 and The Kingston Trio scored with Tom Dooley.
The story, told in song, is of an embittered Civil War veteran, Tom Dula. It seems that he had been forced to make a confession just before having to face the gallows, saying that he had killed his girlfriend out of jealousy. Some said he was innocent.
The story became a folk song in the 1860s, and The Kingston Trio, a group of clean-cut, shorthaired, button-down shirted, young men, rode the folk revival to fame and fortune with their rendition of Tom Dooley.
1877 - “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” With those words, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Cavalry. The surrender took place at Bear’s Paw, Chinook, Montana.
1930 - The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was first heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall. The Sunday afternoon concerts set CBS back $15,000. Not per week, but for the entire season!
1930 - This was a big day for CBS. Following the orchestra broadcast (above), Father Coughlin, The Fighting Priest was first heard on the radio web. He lit up the airwaves with oratory that aired into the early forties.
1934 - The first major network radio show to originate from Hollywood aired on this day. Hollywood Hotel was heard on CBS and was heavily promoted as being the first to broadcast from the West Coast of the U.S.
1936 - Coaxial cable strung between New York City and Philadelphia made it possible for the first intercity telecast.
1939 - As long as Ted Weems’ orchestra recorded on Decca Records, so did the featured vocalist in his band, the barber from Canonsburg, PA, Perry Como. Before becoming a star in his own right, and making the move to RCA Records and NBC, ‘Mr. C.’ recorded I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now with Weems on Decca.
1947 - The first U.S. president to make use of television addressed the nation from the White House. ‘Give ’Em Hell’ Harry Truman accomplished the feat. In this speech, Truman requested that the American people not eat meat on Tuesdays, nor poultry on Thursdays, to save on feed grains to help the starving in Europe.
1947 - A small Northern California company got a major boost from Bing Crosby. The first show recorded on tape was broadcast on ABC radio. ‘Der Bingle’ was so popular, that his taped show promoted wide distribution of the new magnetic tape recorders that would become broadcast classics -- the venerable Ampex 200.
1952 - After an 11-year run on ABC radio, Inner Sanctum, the legendary mystery series, was heard for the final time. We’ll never know if they oiled that squeaky door...
1965 - Adding to his many credits, accolades and honors, Henry Mancini received a gold record for the soundtrack LP from the movie, The Pink Panther.
1974 - The Beach Boys’ Endless Summer was the #1 album in the U.S. The lovely Olivia Newton-John had the number-one single. I Honestly Love You was #1 for two weeks. The album that single was taken from, If You Love Me, Let Me Know, hit number one the following week after the one-week run by the Beach Boys.
1978 - The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to... Author Isaac Bashevis Singer for “...his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.”
1983 - Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of Solidarity, campaigner for human rights, for his efforts on behalf of Polish workers.
1986 - Figuring that the booming 1980s were prime time for a business news show, ABC broke ground with Business World. The half-hour program was hosted by correspondent Sander Vanocur.
1989 - Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China. The Committee’s citation read, “The Committee wants to emphasize the fact that the Dalai Lama in his struggle for the liberation of Tibet consistently has opposed the use of violence. He has instead advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people.”
1989 - Former evengelist, Jim Bakker, was convicted by a jury in Norfolk, VA of bilking 116,000 P.T.L. (Praise the Lord) TV show followers out of $158 million. Bakker was released from prison in 1994 after serving five years of his 45-year sentence. During his jail stay, Bakker’s wife and former co-host Tammy Faye divorced him.
1991 - Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch (with Loleatta Holloway) hit number one... one... one in the U.S. with Good Vibrations.
1829 - Chester A. (Alan) Arthur
21st U.S. President [1881-1885]; married to Ellen Lewis Herndon [two sons, one daughter]; nickname: The Gentleman Boss; died Nov 18, 1886
1882 - Robert (Hutchings) Goddard
‘father of the Space Age’: launched a liquid-fuel powered rocket as early as 1926; died Aug 10, 1945
1902 - Ray Kroc
entrepreneur: founder of McDonald’s; baseball team owner: San Diego Padres; died Jan 14, 1984
1908 - Joshua (Lockwood) Logan (III)
producer, director, writer: Ensign Pulver; director: Paint Your Wagon, Camelot, Fanny, South Pacific, Sayonara, Bus Stop, Picnic; died July 12, 1988
1917 - Allen Ludden (Ellsworth)
TV host: Password, The G.E. College Bowl, Liar’s Club; married to actress Betty White; died June 9, 1981
1919 - Donald Pleasance
actor: You Only Live Twice, Fantastic Voyage, Tale of Two Cities, The Adventures of Robin Hood; died Feb 2, 1995
1922 - Bil Keane
cartoonist: Family Circus
1923 - Glynis Johns
actress: Mary Poppins, The Ref, A Little Night Music, The Sundowners, Coming of Age, Glynis
1924 - Bill Dana
comedian, actor: The Steve Allen Show, The Bill Dana Show: “My name, Jose Jimenez.”
1925 - Gail Davis (Betty Jeanne Grayson)
actress: On Top of Old Smoky, Blue Canadian Rockies, Cow Town, Brand of Fear, Winning of the West; died Mar 15, 1997
1929 - Richard Gordon Jr.
NASA astronaut [walked in space on Gemini 11: 1966], orbited the moon on Apollo 12 
1930 - Skip (George) Homeier
actor: Starbird and Sweet William, Cry Vengeance, The Gunfighter, The Halls of Montezuma, The Interns
1933 - Diane Cilento
actress: Winner Takes All, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Tom Jones, Negatives, Hombre, The Naked Edge
1935 - Peter Brown
actor: Lawman, Laredo, Darby’s Rangers, Ride the Wild Surf, Backtrack!, Days of Our Lives, Foxy Brown, Calendar Girl Murders
1935 - Margie Singleton
singer: Keeping Up with the Joneses [w/Faron Young], Eyes of Love, Old Records; TV performer: Louisiana Hayride
1936 - Vaclav Havel
government official: President: Republic of Czechoslovakia
1936 - Adrian ‘Odie’ Smith
basketball: Univ. of Kentucky [NCAA title: 1957-58], U.S. Olympic team gold medal [Rome: 1960], Cincinnati Royals
1938 - Johnny Duncan
singer: She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed [Anytime], Slow Dancing, He’s Out of My Life, Hello Mexico [And Adios Baby to You]; with Janie Fricke: It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better, Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous, Stranger, Come a Little Bit Closer
1938 - Carlo Mastrangelo
singer: group: Dion and The Belmonts: I Wonder Why, No One Knows, Don’t Pity Me, A Teenager in Love, Where or When
1943 - Steve Miller
singer, songwriter: group: The Steve Miller Band: The Joker, Rock’n Me, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner, Abracadabra, Take the Money and Run
1945 - Robert Holmes
football: Kansas City Chiefs running back: Super Bowl IV
1949 - Brian Connolly
singer: group: The Sweet: Little Willy, Funny Funny, Co-Co, Wig Wam Bam, Blockbuster, Jell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage, Fox on the Run; died Feb 10, 1997
1949 - B.W. Stevenson
singer: Shambala; songwriter: My Maria
1950 - Eddie Clarke
musician: guitar: group: Motorhead: Please Don’t Touch, White Line Fever, Leavin’ Here, Overkill, Bomber
1950 - Jeff Conaway
actor: Taxi, The Patriot, Sunset Strip, A Time to Die, Almost Pregnant, Bounty Hunter 2002, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, Grease, Pete’s Dragon
1951 - Karen Allen
actress: Ghost in the Machine, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Backfire, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Starman
1951 - Bob Geldof
singer, songwriter: group: Boomtown Rats: Looking After No. 1, She’s So Modern, Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, This is the World Calling, Love like a Rocket; organized fund-raising group: Band Aid
1952 - Clive Barker
author: The Inhuman Condition
1955 - Leo Barnes
musician: group: Hothouse Flowers
1965 - Mario Lemieux
hockey: Pittsburgh Penguins scoring star [1984-1997]: Calder Trophy , Art Ross Trophy [1986, 1993], Hart Memorial Trophy: [1988, 1993], Stanley Cup winner [1991, 1992]: holds record for points scored in a game : Conn Smythe Trophy [1991, 1992]
1970 - Josie Bissett
actress: Melrose Place, Secrets, The Hogan Family, Desire, Mikey, Book of Love, All-American Murder