June 10th in history:
On June 10th, 1978, Affirmed won the last leg of the Triple Crown on the Belmont race track. Affirmed became the third horse to capture the Triple Crown in six years…and would be the last horse to achieve that feat until American Pharoah in 2015.
The man convicted of killing Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray, was among seven inmates who hit the road on June 10th, 1977, when they escaped from a Tennessee prison. The fugitives were recaptured three days later.
The popular TV series “The Fugitive” told the story of a doctor who escaped from police after being falsely convicted of killing his wife. Barry Morse, who played Lt. Gerard, the police lieutenant “obsessed with his capture,” was born on this date in 1918. Viewers of “The Fugitive” have suggested that the show may have been based on the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was tried twice for murdering his wife. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey became famous for winning an acquittal for Sheppard at the second trial. Bailey was born June 10th, 1933.
It’s the birthday of yellow-brick-road traveler Judy Garland (1922), and two men who wrote famous “street” songs. Al Dubin (1891) wrote the lyrics to both “42nd Street” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” and Frederick Loewe (1901) wrote the music for “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady.”
April 8th in history:
The Venus de Milo was discovered on this day in 1820, on the island of Milos. The famous armless statue of the goddess Venus is now displayed at the Louvre in Paris.
“April in Paris” was one of the famous songs written by lyricist “Yip” Harburg, born April 8th, 1896. Harburg is best known for the lyrics of “Over the Rainbow,” introduced by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, starred in the movies “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” both with lyrics by Fred Ebb (born April 8th, year disputed).
It was somewhere over the left centerfield fence at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia that Hank Aaron’s 715th home run landed on April 8th, 1974. The Braves slugger broke Babe Ruth’s career record during Atlanta’s home opener of the season. Aaron eventually hit 755 homers…a record that stood until August of 2007, when Barry Bonds surpassed it.
Georgia native G. Harrold Carswell struck out as a Supreme Court nominee, by a 51-45 vote of the U.S. Senate on April 8th, 1970. Federal judge Carswell was Republican President Richard Nixon’s second straight Supreme Court nominee to be turned down by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Nixon blamed an anti-Southern bias for Carswell’s defeat. Carswell blamed liberals for opposing him, and later that month, he launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate from Florida to avenge the vote against him. He lost the Republican primary.
Neither Florida nor Georgia has ever ratified the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, allowing the popular election of U.S. Senators. On this date in 1913, Connecticut became the 36th state to approve the amendment, insuring its passage.