76 years ago today, baseball’s Joe DiMaggio began his historic 56-game hitting streak – a Major League record that still stands today. During the streak, which ended on July 17, ‘Joltin’ Joe’ hit .408 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. The closest anyone has come to equaling the 27-year-old’s feat is Pete Rose in 1978, with hits in 44 straight games. Experts consider the streak to be uniquely outstanding, unbreakable, and a statistical near-impossibility. WATCH him give advice to younger players… (1941)

Here’s a short video including short interview bits…

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York City to campaign for a constitutional amendment to grant a woman’s right to vote (1869)
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse first appeared in the animated short, Plane Crazy (1928)
  • Nylon stockings first went on sale in the U.S. (1940)
  • Bob Dylan’s single Subterranean Homesick Blues peaked at No.39 in the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit– a song John Lennon was reported to find so captivating that he didn’t know how he’d be able to write a song that could compete with it (1965)
  • Edith Cresson became France’s first female prime minister (1991)
  • California became the second U.S. state (after Massachusetts) to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional (2008)
  • Jessica Watson became at 16, the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo (2010)nylon-stockings-ad-1950s

And, on this day in 1940, Nylon stockings were first sold to the public. The new synthetic hosiery had debuted in a glitzy display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and by the time the product hit the shelves demand was so high that women bought all four million pairs in four days.