Early Light: July turns up the heat

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Today is Thursday, July 10. It is the 192nd day of 2008 with 174 days remaining in the year. On this day in 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded in the continental United States topped out at 134 degrees! The oppressive heat melted thermometers across Death Valley, California. Oh boy! And I thought Mississippi heat was bad!

It was on this day in 1965 that The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song, hit the top spot on the Billboard chart. It was their first time at the top. The hit, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, stayed at number one for 4 weeks. The title drove Miss Elizabeth, my English teacher, stark raving mad!

The Stones recorded a total of 41 hits over the next 13 years, with seven more making the number one spot: Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Angie, Miss You, Paint it, Black, Get Off of My Cloud, and Brown Sugar.

On this day in 1900, one of the most famous trademarks in the world was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo was of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and later, RCA Victor. The logo depicted the iconic dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.

If you’re ever in Starkville, Mississippi you must visit the spectacular display of music makers and musical instruments from that period, including numerous depictions of Nipper and gramophones. They are on display in the Charles Templeton Music Museum in Mitchell Memorial Library on the campus of Mississippi State University. It is also the home of the annual Ragtime Festival.

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