Welcome to This Day in Pop Culture History, our daily look at important events, birthdays, and other oddities in pop culture! History is important, and we aim to educate here at Bleeding Cool. So without further ado, here are some things that happened on July 4th, the 185th day of the year.
1939: Lou Gehrig makes his famous “Luckiest Man Alive” speech at Yankee Stadium. His was the first number retired in the history of baseball.
1970: American Top 40, hosted by Casey Kassem, debuts on radio in LA.
1976: The Clash play their first live show.
1980: Airplane! hits theaters.
1997: The Pathfinder lands on the surface of Mars.
Today in gaming saw the release of Donkey Kong 3 in Japan (1984), and that is about it. Believe it or not, not a big release day.
Today in Pro Wrestling history, in 1987 WCW presented the first War Games match at The Great American Bash, a popular match that the WWE should bring back. In 1993, aboard the USS Intrepid Lex Luger picked up and slammed Yokozuna, setting him off on the Luger Express tour. And in 2005, after teaming up to defeat Kurt Angle and Carlito, Shawn Michaels turns heel and gives Hulk Hogan Sweet Chin Music, settling up their infamous match at SummerSlam that year.
Today’s birthdays include President Calvin Coolidge (1872), Eve Marie Saint actress (1924), Neil Simon playwright (1927), Al Davis football coach/forever owner of the Raiders (1929), and George Steinbrenner businessman/owner of the New York Yankees (1930).
Today in Disney history: in 1979, a child is born while attending the Disneyland park, on a bench behind Plaza Inn. The park later gave the family a Disneyland Birth Certificate labeled as #1. Two other babies have been born in the park since.
If you are in the US, enjoy your July 4th! Eat some hot dogs, watch some baseball, and be safe with your fireworks!
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