Here's what you'll hear today (right-click to download MP3 or open in a new tab or window):
- Hound Dog Taylor: "Take Five"
- Hound Dog Taylor: "Give Me Back My Wig"
- Hound Dog Taylor: "Gonna Send You Back to Georgia"
The music in today's show comes courtesy of Music Alley. Your purchase of the music and history-related items in the carousel below is much appreciated -- I need commissions, badly.
Roman Emperor Charlemagne died this day in 814. Saint Thomas Aquinas was born this day in 1225. The death of England's Henry VIII on this day in 1547 resulted in his 9-year-old son Edward VI being crowned as the nation's first Protestant king. Horace Walpole coined the term "serendipity" in a letter to Horace Mann written this day in 1754. Pride and Prejudice was first published in the UK this day in 1813. Robert Stroud, better known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, was born this day in 1890. A $10 million endowment from industrialist Andrew Carnegie was used to establish The Carnegie Institution this day in 1902. Painter Jackson Pollock was born this day in 1912. The US Coast Guard was founded this day in 1915. Louis D. Brandeis was appointed this day in 1916 as the first Jewish justice of the US Supreme Court. Iceland legalized therapeutic abortion this day in 1935, the first Western nation to do so. Actor Alan Alda was born this day in 1936. Irish writer and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats died this day in 1939. The Lego Co. patented its brick design this day in 1958; the toy blocks made then are compatible with today's toys from the company. Filmmaker Frank Darabont and liberal talk radio host Randi Rhodes were both born this day in 1959. Writer Zora Neale Hurston died this day in 1960. The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand was No. 1 in the US this day in 1964. Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan was born this day in 1968. Cold Case co-star Kathryn Morris was born this day in 1969, when Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson & Clover" was topping the singles chart. Soul singer Anthony Hamilton was born this day in 1971. The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" was No. 1 on the US singles chart this day in 1976. Actor Elijah Wood was born this day in 1981. The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff this day in 1986, killing its crew of seven astronauts. And Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel died this day in 1996.