The First Song Played On the Moon

In 1987, record producer Quincy Jones was at a party in Sun Valley, Idaho, when a stranger dressed in a white military jacket covered with medals approached him and said, "We worked together before, but we’ll talk about it later.” Jones didn’t recognize the man until a fellow partygoer pointed out that it was astronaut Buzz Aldrin. On July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 lunar lander touched down at Tranquility Base, Aldrin reached back and grabbed a cassette of “Fly Me to the Moon,” a song Jones had arranged and conducted for Frank Sinatra. Sinatra’s song was the first music ever heard on the moon. Jones then vividly recalled Sinatra being "as excited as a little kid” when he called him to say that Aldrin had played their song in space. Understandably, Sinatra was thrilled to have his song indelibly linked with one of the great moments in history.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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