Archive for February 22nd, 2011

FIRST DAYTONA 500 ON THIS DATE IN 1959

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The 1959 First Annual 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes held at
Daytona (now known as the 1959 inaugural Daytona 500) was the second
race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) season. It was
held in front of 41,921 spectators and was the first race held at the 2.5-mile
(4.0 kilometer) Daytona International Speedway.The winner of the race was 
Lee Petty (shown above) driving the #42 car,a 1959 Oldsmobile. He is the  
father of Richard Petty,“The King”, who become NASCAR’s all-time winner.

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A photo of a spin out on the track

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THE NEW UNDERWOOD 150 TYPEWRITER!

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FIRST WOOLWORTH’S OPENED ON THIS DATE IN 1879

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The F.W. Woolworth Co. was among the first five-and-dime stores, which sold discounted general merchandise at fixed prices, undercutting the prices of other local merchants. As  the stores popularly became known, it was one of the first American retailers to put merchandise out for the shopping public to handle and select without the assistance
of a sales clerk. After working in a dry goods store, Frank Winfield Woolworth (shown below) opened his first Woolworth’s store  in Utica, New York (pictured above).  

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Frank W. Woolworth

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RADIO SHOW SIMULCAST FOR FIRST TIME ON THIS DATE IN 1954

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The Breakfast Club was a long-run morning variety show on NBC Blue Network/ABC radio originating in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Don McNeill (shown above).The radio program ran from June 23, 1933 through December 27, 1968. McNeill’s 35½-year run
as host remains the longest tenure for an emcee of a network entertainment program, surpassing Johnny Carson (29½ years) on The Tonight Show and Bob Barker (34⅔ years) on The Price is Right. For one year, beginning on February 22, 1954, the show
was simulcast on ABC radio and television, ending on February 25, 1955. 

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Picture of Don McNeill (right) taken during a simulcast of The Breakfast Club

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GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

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                            (Feb. 22, 1732 – Dec. 14, 1799)  

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