Archive for February 22nd, 2015

THE ONLY “OSCAR” TO WIN AN OSCAR

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Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II
(July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960)

Songwriter Hammerstein won the first of two of his Oscars for
the song “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from the 1941 musical
Lady Be Good.


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THE WINNER IS…

 

 

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NUMBER-ONE ON THIS DAY IN 1960

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"Theme From A Summer Place" by Percy Faith began its nine
week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the
longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of
the chart and brought Faith a Grammy Award for Record of
the Year in 1961.

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Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Ross Simpson

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George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)

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DEBUT OF THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE

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Lee Arnold Petty (March 14, 1914 – April 5, 2000)

The 1959 First Annual 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona,
(now known as the inaugural Daytona 500) was the second race of the 1959
NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) season. It was held on February 22,
1959, in front of 41,921 spectators. It was the first race held at the 2.5-mile 
Daytona International Speedway. The race lasted 3:41:22, with an average
speed of 135.521 mph. In the end, with the help of photographs and newsreel
footage, Lee Petty, father of racing legend Richard Petty, was officially declared
the winner.

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Johnny Beauchamp, front, and Lee Petty were neck and neck on the final
lap of the inaugural Daytona 500.

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Approaching the finish line.


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