Tidbits of the Day - August 4th
August 4 - 1966 - A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ.
1735 - Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous."
1958 - The first potato flake plant was completed in Grand Forks, ND.
Birthdays - Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 - Poet
Helen Thomas 1920 - Journalist
Roger Clemens 1962 - Baseball player
Jeff Gordon 1971