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Today is the day that…

— in 1776, in a bar decorated with bird feathers in Elmsford, New York, a customer requests a glassful of “those cock tails” from bartender Betsy Flanagan, and the word “cocktail” is born

— in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published as ‘The Whale.’

— in 1867, the US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million

— in 1921, Charles Strite is granted a US patent for the automatic pop-up toaster

— in 1931, inventor Thomas Edison dies at the age of 84

— also in 1931, gangster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion

— in 1954, Texas Instruments introduced the first transistor radio

— in 1957, Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform together for the first time after Paul joins John’s band the Quarrymen. The show takes place at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool, and Paul plays guitar

— in 1961, the film version of the Broadway musical West Side Story premieres, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno

— in 1967, Walt Disney’s animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” film is released

— also in 1967, the American League votes to allow the Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland, California. The AL also voted to expand to 12 teams, granting Kansas City an expansion team that would become the Royals in 1969

— in 1968, Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession

— also in 1968, the US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the Black Power salute during an Olympic medal ceremony

— in 1969, Rod Stewart joins Faces, formerly known as The Small Faces

— also in 1969, promoter Richard Nader puts on the first “Rock and Roll Revival” concerts, with performances by Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley. Held at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum, the two shows sell out, leading to a series of similar concerts and the emergence of the “oldies” format.

— in 1975, Saturday Night Live airs its second episode, hosted by Paul Simon, who is also the musical guest. He reunites with Art Garfunkel to sing “My Little Town”.

— in 1985, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System

— in 1986, Frank Gifford married Kathie Lee Johnson

— in 1986, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portuguese music composer Eduardo Quintela.

— in 1988, “Rosanne” premiered on ABC starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Carbondale native Laurie Metcalf

— in 1989, during a gig opening for The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses announces on stage: “Unless certain people in this band get their (act) together, these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll (expletive) ever see.”

— in 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-American team to win the World Series, with a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

— in 2001, four defendants were convicted in New York for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa

— also in 2001, the ABBA-themed musical “Mamma Mia!” opened on Broadway

— in 2008, Sarah Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live. The show earned its highest ratings in 14 years with a total of 17 million viewers.

— and in 2019, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch took part in the first all-female spacewalk when they ventured out of the International Space Station to replace a power controller.

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