Have You Heard, today (1/6) marks former President George H.W. and Barabara Bush’s 71st wedding anniversary.
The two married in Mrs. Bush’s hometown of Rye, NY, right after Mr. Bush returned from fighting in the Pacific, where he served our nation as the Navy’s youngest aviator.
This is the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history, a year and a half longer than Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s.
The Carters will celebrate their 70th anniversary this July.
Coincidentally, they married one day after the Bushs’ first child, George W., was born.
The first president also married on this day.
George Washington and Martha Custis tied the knot on January 6, 1759. T
Their marriage lasted more than 40 years.
Teddy Roosevelt was one of six presidents to be married more than once.
He died 97 years ago today (1/6/1919) at the age of 60.
Cheraw’s Dizzy Gillespie died 23 years ago today (1/6/1993).
The famed jazz trumpeter was 75.
Singer Lou Rawls died ten years ago today at the age of 72.
Comedian Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) is 32 today.
Reigning Best Actor Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) is 34 today.
One of the top rock albums of all time, Frampton Comes Alive, was released 40 years ago today (1/6/1976)
Ralph Branca is 90 today.
Branca played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and threw the pitch Bobby Thomson hit for a home run (The Shot Heard Round the World) to win the New York Giants the 1951 National League pennant.
Branca (and others) felt the Giants stole the signals in that game and Thomson knew the pitch Branca threw.
Thomson, who died in 2010, denied that.
Among other things, Branca was also a pallbearer at Jackie Robinson’s funeral in 1972.
Former Gamecock head football coach Lou Holtz is 79 today.
Three-time major golf champion Nancy Lopez is 59.
On the same day Lopez was born, Elvis Presley made his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Today is also “Bean Day” and “Cuddle Up Day.”
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