There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
      - Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Today is Monday - August 29th, 2016

On This Day In History:

Island of Lost Toys

1954 - The BEATLES play Candlestick Park

San Francisco was The Beatles final stop on their last tour. Candlestick Park was host to this historic final concert on this day in 1966.

THE BEATLES arrived in a chartered jet, which taxied to a remote area of San Francisco International Airport. Carloads of girls tailed the bus and armored car up the Bayshore freeway all the way to Candlestick.

The arrival at Candlestick was the classical "Hard Day's Night" style reception. Thousands of screaming fans. The bus immediately drove directly under the stadium where the Beatles visited with press and friends in The San Francisco Giants' locker room before being escourted onto the field for the concert.

The Beatles played 11 songs:

  • Rock and Roll Music
  • She's a Woman
  • If I Needed Someone
  • Day Tripper
  • Baby's in Black
  • I Feel Fine
  • Yesterday
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • Nowhere Man
  • Paperback Writer, and
  • Long Tall Sally.

They took one last bow and were quickly whisked away in an armored car, which had been standing by, throughout the concert. Little did anyone suspect they had just witnessed the end of an era!

Celebrating Birthdays Today:

John McCain
Born in 1936

Elliott Gould
Born in 1938

Rebecca De Mornay
Born in 1961

Carla Gugino
Born in 1971

What Happened on Your Special Day?

I became a fan of "today in history" information when I was very young. My father had a calendar that he had put together of "reasons to celebrate". If anybody asked "what are we celebrating?" my father could check his book and come up with a reason to celebrate for any day of the year. Charlie Chaplin's birthday, Buster Keaton's birthday, the anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, for every day of the year, my father's calendar had some interesting historical event that had occurred.

With this page I have tried to continue the tradition. Generally, I prefer to include birthdays and anniversaries of positive, uplifting, life affirming people and events that have had particular significance in my life. It's here because it was important to me.

I am trying to continually update with links from stories to other relevant sites. Check back regularly for a story on something interesting that happened on this day in history.

There are many, many, sites out there that have a lot of "this day in history" information. Many are not so great, full of inaccurate information and "negative vibes". However, there are a few that are really fabulous. Here are links to a few of my favorites. These sites feature "Today in History" stories for today, and some include archives that will enable you to look up information for any other date in history that is special to you:

This Day in History
The History Channel tells you what happened in Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, General Interest, Literary, Old West, Vietnam War, Wall Street, and World War II history for today or any day.

Life Magazine Covers
Life offers a look at covers from this day in history.

New York Times: On This Day
Lists events which occurred on each month and day of the year throughout history. Links to New York Times articles on the events when available.

Today in History
Stories and pictures from the American Memory historical collections of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database claims itself to be the biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet. I'm not sure if it really is, but it is huge and has TONS of info on even the most obscure films, movies stars, directors, producers, etc. If it is motion picture related, you can probably find out something about it at this site.