1. 1904: Dr Seuss is born
On this day in 1904 the beloved author an illustrator of some of the most famous childrens books in history Dr Seuss is born. His given name was Theodor Geisel and he was born in Springfield Massachusets. Some of his most popular titles such as Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and The Lorax just to name a few have all been made into Hollywood production movies. I can still remember being a littel kid and having my parents read me “Green eggs and Ham”. Dr Seuss is responsible for bringing smiles to generations of children probably till the end of time. Geisel, who lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California, known as “The Tower,” died September 24, 1991, at age 87.
2. 1962: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 points in single game
Wilt Chamberlain was a 7 foot 1 inch tall basketball player that was born in Philadelphia in 1936. After playing or the University of Kansas Wilt wanted to go to the NBA but at that time the NBA didn’t allow college aged players to sign. So Chamberlain did the next best thing and went to play for the Harlem Globetrotters for one year before he signed with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959. Just three years later on this day against the New York Knicks Wilt set the all time record for most points scored in a single game with an even 100. Interestingly Chamberlain had set the previous record of 78 earlier that season. He went on to Retire from basketball in 1973 with many of his records still intact, and probably will remain for quite some time. Chamberlain also clamied to have set some sort of personal record by sleeping with over 20,000 women in his autobiography he released in 1991. Chamberlain passed away in his home after a heart attack in 1999
3. 1966: Ford Builds its one millionth mustang
On April 17th, 1964 Ford Debuted the Mustang as the “working man’s Thunderbird” in dealerships all across the country. As many as 22,000 were bought within the first couple days of release and then by the end of the first year they had already sold 400,000 mustangs. March 2nd, 1966 at a Dearborn, Michigan factory the Ford Motor Company celebrates the production of the one-millionth Ford Mustang to be built, a white convertible. This was a huge success for Ford, as well as an unexpected one. They never would have guessed that it would have such an intense wave of popularity. Within three years of its release there were a reported 500 Mustang Car Clubs popping up all over the country. The Mustang was made popular on the silver screen when it was featured in the 1964 release of James Bond Gold Finger in 1964 and then maybe most famously the 1968 Mustang in the Steve Mcqueen hit Bullitt.