October 29 - "Dark Side of the Moon" makes history

On this day, 27 years ago, Pink Floyd's epic and historic album "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest listed album in the history of the US Billboard Charts, when it's total reached 491 weeks on the charts. The album would stay on the charts for a total of 741 weeks--which is still the longest streak of all time.

The album's total worldwide sales is estimated at $45 million, making it Pink Floyd's highest selling album, and one of the highest selling albums in music history. The album featured smash hits "Time", "Money", and "Us and Them".




October 24 - The 40 hour work week goes into effect in the USA

On this day, 71 years ago, the 40 hour work week went into effect in the United States. We aren't sure if this is a happy or sad occasion, all we are sure of is that it is indeed, an occasion.

Office hours can be spent a number of ways. One way of course, is to work diligently in the office for all 40 hours. Or there is the Jim Halpert way to spend your time in the office, which consists more of distracting others from doing work, appose to doing any yourself (see video below).

I hope you're reading this On This Day while you're on your 40 hour work week. Because we wrote it during ours.




October 22 - Pearl Jam plays their first ever concert!

On this day, 21 years ago, rock group Pearl Jam played their first ever concert at Off the Ramp in Seattle, WA. Pearl Jam broke into the music scene with their uber-successful debut album ,"Ten". "Ten" featured hit singles, "Evenflow", "Alive", and "Jeremy", and the album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, the band has come along way, as they have sold over 30 million albums in the states, and approximately 60 million worldwide.

Pearl Jam arrived on the grunge scene around the same time as Nirvana. Both the bands enjoyed great success in the 90's, with Pearl Jam selling more records than Nirvana through the early part of the decade. Pearl Jam was named "the most popular American rock & roll band of the 90's" by Allmusic.

Bands such as "The Stroke", "Puddle of Mudd", and "Silverchair" have all credited Pearl Jam for being a heavy influence on their own music.




October 21 - The New York Knicks Retire Their First Jersey

On this day, 35 years ago, the Mecca of Basketball retired their first jersey to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks retired the legendary #19 that belonged to lifetime Knick, Willis Reed. Reed is considered to be not only of the greatest Knicks of all time, but one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. Reed's laundry list of accomplishments included 2 NBA Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, 1 League MVP award, 7 Time NBA All-Star, and an induction to the Hall of Fame.

Reed's greatest accomplishment may have been his performance in the 1970 NBA Finals. Playing with a torn thigh muscle, Reed walked onto the court for Game 7 where he scored on his first 2 shots of the game. The Knicks would go on to win the game, and their first championship, largely due to the inspiration provided by Willis Reed. This would later be voted the greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have not won a championship since Reed retired in 1974.




October 16 - Happy Birthday "Flea"!

Happy 49th birthday to Flea! The bass guitarist and co-founder of rock group "Red Hot Chili Peppers", Flea is widely regarded as one of the best bass guitarist in rock music today. He has helped the Chili Peppers gain worldwide fame and notoriety with unique bass playing and strong songwriting abilities. Flea has co-written several songs for the band including smash hits "Soul to Squeeze" and "Around the World".

Aside from the Chili Peppers, Flea has worked with several other musicians including Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, and Slash. Flea played the bass guitar on Morissette's hit single, "You Outta Know".

Not only does Flea have a love for music, but he's also tried his hand at acting. Flea has had cameo roles in Back to the Future II, The Big Lebowski, and My Own Private Idaho.




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