1903 Two New York businessmen bought the struggling American League Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and moved it to New York City, where it eventually became the New York Yankees.
1913 President Richard Nixon is born. He dies in 1994.
1925 Actor Lee Van Cleef (High Noon, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, The Octagon, Escape From New York) is born. He dies in 1989.
1935 Actor Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island‘s Gilligan) is born. He died in 2005.
1956 The “Dear Abby” advice column debuted in newspapers.
1959 The TV western Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood, debuted on CBS.
1965 Beatles ’65 by the Beatles hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for nine weeks.
1971 “Black Magic Woman” by Santana, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1979 Rod Stewart performs “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” at the Music For UNICEF concert to celebrate the International Year Of The Child. He donates his profits from the single to UNICEF.
1982 “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie peaks at Number 29 on the pop chart.
1982 Tonight I’m Yours by Rod Stewart peaks at Number 11 on the album chart.
1984 1984 by Van Halen is released.
1984 Clara Peller was first seen in the famous “Where’s the Beef?” commercial campaign for the Wendy’s fast-food chain.
1989 Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Bench was named on 96.4 percent of the ballots, making Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron at the time the only players to receive a higher percentage.
1997 David Bowie‘s 50th birthday celebration concert takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Among the acts saluting Bowie are Lou Reed, Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, and Sonic Youth.
2001 Linda Chavez withdrew her bid to be Secretary Of Labor because of controversy over an illegal immigrant who once lived with her.
2002 The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of the Enron Corporation.