“Way Back When” TODAY!


Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Thursday, August 3, 2023

1821 The first Issue of The Saturday Evening Post was published.

1916 The U.S. signed the treaty to purchase the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25,000,000 in gold. The U.S. Virgin Islands are the only place in the U.S. where traffic drives on the left.

2006 A hot dog measuring 197 ft. was made by the Shizuoka Meat Producers of Shizuoka, Japan and the All-Japan Bread Association. It holds the Guinness record to this date.


Music History:

1984 Prince started a 24-week run at the top of the US album charts with Purple Rain. His sixth studio album which featured the hits ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, as well as the title track. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is the seventh best-selling soundtrack album of all time.


Notable Birthdays today:

Dutchess of Sussex – Meghan Markle 42

Retired Nascar Driver Jeff Gordon 52

President Barack Obama 62




Credit to:

Thisdayinmusic.com and Thisdaytrivia.com