On this Day July 7
1962 – Recorded in 1958, David Rose and His Orchestra’s bold, brassy instrumental, “The Stripper,” shines in the spotlight for a week as the No. 1 single. In 1967, the track makes a comeback in a TV commercial for Noxzema shaving cream.
1969 – Only three of the four Beatles are on hand to record “Here Comes the Sun” at EMI Studios in London. John Lennon missed the session because he was recovering from a car accident in Scotland. The track is on the band’s “Abbey Road” album.
1984 – “Born in the U.S.A.,” by Bruce Springsteen, begins four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The album becomes one of the biggest sellers of all time as it spawns seven top-10 singles, including the title track, “Dancing in the Dark,” “Glory Days” and “I’m on Fire.” It also garners a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
1984 – Prince starts a five-week run on top of the singles chart with “When Doves Cry,” off the “Purple Rain” soundtrack. It’s Prince’s first No. 1 and goes on to become the best-selling single of 1984.
1865 – Four co-conspirators of John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln face execution by hanging. Mary Surratt — the first woman executed by the federal government — Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and David Herold were convicted by a military tribunal of conspiring with Booth as part of a sophisticated Confederate kidnapping plot that turned to murder.
1930 – Construction begins on Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel along the Nevada-Arizona border that was originally known as Boulder Dam. Over the next five years, 21,000 workers build what becomes the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.
1933 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author, narrator and historian David McCullough (“Truman,” “John Adams,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “Mornings on Horseback,” The Wright Brothers,” “The American Spirit”)
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