On This Day February 8
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1924 – The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast takes place as a Bell Telephone executive addresses a meeting of the Bond Men’s Club in a Chicago hotel. His speech is broadcast to 50 million listeners in Providence, Rhode Island, New York, Washington, D.C., and Oakland, and San Francisco, California.
1943 – American forces secure Guadalcanal after Japanese troops finally evacuate the island. Marked as one of the most intense battles in the Pacific theater during World War II, Guadalcanal was a critical victory for the Allies.
1967 – Peter & Gordon (Peter Asher & Gordon Waller), the talent behind the 60s hits “A World Without Love,” “Lady Godiva” and “I Go To Pieces,” announce their breakup. Waller goes on to do solo recording and occasional acting until his death in 2009. Asher still performs today following a celebrated career as a manager/producer for artists including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Randy Newman and 10,000 Maniacs.
1975 – The Ohio Players have a scorcher of a hit as “Fire” blazes its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. While it only spends a week at No. 1 on the singles chart, it smolders for five weeks on top of the soul chart.