Back in the Day-Apes Take Over the Planet, Dukes Are Done, Hard Rocker Turns to God
February 8th-a full day in history.
1910 - The BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA was incorporated! The first Boy-type Scouts were British.
1924 - The FIRST EXECUTION BY LETHAL GAS went down at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. It took convicted Chinese murderer Gee Jon SIX GRUELING MINUTES to die.
1960 - The congressional hearings on "payola" opened. DICK CLARK and ALAN FREED were accused of accepting payment in return for airing records.
(--Alan Freed ended up pleading guilty to two counts of commercial bribery and never got a gig in radio again. Dick Clark somehow got off with his reputation intact.)
1964 – HANK WILLIAMS JR. made his debut on the country charts with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues".
1964 - Max Firetag, publisher of "Louie Louie", as recorded by the KINGSMEN, denied Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh's claim that the song was "pornographic" . . . and offered $1,000 to anyone who could find anything "suggestive" in the song's lyrics. (--Of course, nothing was ever found.)
1968 - The original "Planet Of The Apes" was released, starring the extremely well-endowed RODDY MCDOWALL and the very well-armed CHARLTON HESTON.
1976 - "Taxi Driver" was released . . . with ROBERT DE NIRO, CYBILl SHEPHERD and JODIE FOSTER.
1980 - Ten years before he was in "Pretty Woman",
RICHARD GERE starred in "American Gigolo".
1985 - Tragedy struck when "The Dukes Of Hazzard" ended its six-year run.
1986 - BILLY OCEAN'S "WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING" HIT NUMBER ONE.
1990 - CBS suspended ANDY ROONEY over racial remarks he supposedly made to a gay magazine.
1990 - Singer DEL SHANNON, best known for the 1961 smash "Runaway", died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 55.
1991 - MC HAMMER made his amazing acting debut, playing himself on "Amen"!
1996 - ART MODELL moved his NFL franchise to Baltimore but had to leave the Browns' name behind. Three years later Cleveland would get a football franchise back . . . but they've had a rough existence ever since.
2005 - KORN guitarist BRIAN "HEAD"
WELCH left the band and rededicated his life to Jesus.