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On This Day: April 15th

It is the day of reckoning. Time to pay the piper. It is April 15th. Somewhere, Willie Nelson is keeping a low profile. On this day in 1755, Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" was published. Good Lord, how many dictionaries were there? Aren't they all the same words? In 1896, closing ceremonies for the first Olympiad took place in Athens, Greece. Back then, the high dive was a trash can and a kiddie pool. And 15 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 14th

Well, now that everyone has recovered from the first Pia-free American Idol--and that means you, Tom Brady--let's check out April 14th. Already two weeks into April? Where's the time going?  On this day in 1828, Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary. Before then, no one was legally allowed to use words. In 1939, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published. High schoolers of the era soon lobbied for something called Cliffs Notes. And 14 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 13th

 

Today's episode of wbkr.com is brought to you by the number 13. Aren't we lucky? On this day in 1902, James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. But everything was 30% off, so his name was shortened to J.C. Penney. In 1953, CIA director Allen Dulles launched the mind control program MKULTRA. Wait, isn't that a sandwich at McDonald's?And 13 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 12th

On the twelfth day of April, my true love gave to me...Nothing. It's April. On this day in 1947, a genius, David Letterman, was born.  If I had time, I'd give you the Top Ten reasons why that's a good thing. In 1992, Euro Disney opened. It was later renamed Disneyland Paris. Yes, Paris Hilton got her own Disneyland. My favorite ride was the one where you put on a dog costume and rode around in a giant purse. And 12 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 11th

Well, I did my taxes this morning and am still in a good mood. Let's take a look at 4-11. On this day in 491, Flavius Anastasius became the Byzantine Emperor and changed his name simply to Anastasius. You know, like Reba or Cher. In 1970, Apollo 13 was launched. Somewhere, a 16-year-old Ron Howard wondered if it would make a good movie. And 11 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN - APRIL 09:  Earthquake victim in a Godzilla costume lines up for food at evacuation shelter on April 9, 2011  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)
FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN - APRIL 09: Earthquake victim in a Godzilla costume lines up for food at evacuation shelter on April 9, 2011 (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)
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Garth Brooks Among Those Auctioning Items to Benefit Victims of Japan Earthquake

Help is still needed and many of Country musics' elite are answering the call. According to "EMI Family for Japan" Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and many more of your favorite stars are donating various collectible items to benefit those affected by the devastating March quake

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On This Day: April 10th

Here's a great way to impress your friends! If they ever ask you, "Say, what's always the 100th day of any non-leap year?", you can say, "Why, it's April 10th!" On this day in 837, Halley's Comet came closer to Earth than it ever had and ever has been. The separating distance was 3.2 million miles. It was like you could've reached out and touched it. Happy birthday to actor Haley Joel Osment. It was on this day in 1988 that, for the first time, he saw living people. And 10 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 9th

I'd give you the 411, but that's Monday. For now, we'll just settle for the 4-9. As in April 9. On this day in 1967, the first Boeing 737 makes its maiden flight. And it was filled with passengers who had just gotten their maiden patdowns. In 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Queen Elizabeth got them a toaster oven. And 9 years today, the #1 song was...

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Kristofferson The Movie Star

 

Kris Kristofferson has done it all.  He grew up in a military family, he was a Gold Gloves boxer, studied writing, he's a legendary songwriter ("Sunday Morning Coming Down", "Me and Bobby McGee", "Help Me Make it Through the Night"), and he's a terrific actor

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It’s A Memorabilia-palooza, Pilgrim

John Wayne always reminded me of my Granddaddy Morris, my Mom's father; he smoked, he loved to hunt, and he just sort of was built like the Duke.  Many fans of Wayne's will be extra excited about the auction of over 400 items-including costumes, scripts, personal affects, and awards- coming up this October through Heritage Auctions

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On This Day: April 8th

As American Idol fans continue to lift their collective jaw off the floor, let's take a look at April 8th. On this day in 1740, three British ships capture the Spanish vessel, Princesa. It was called the War of Jenkin's Ear. And boy, was Jenkin's Nose jealous!  In 1820, the Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. Everyone was up in arms. And 8 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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On This Day: April 7th

A week of April already in the books. Wow! This day in 1927 saw the first distance public television broadcast--from Washington D.C. to New York City. Back then Big Bird was called, you know, Little Bird. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his "domino theory" speech during a news conference. He concluded that they were black, rectangular, and had little white dots on them. And 7 years ago today, the #1 song was...

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