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This Day in Pop Culture for April 9


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1965: First Indoor Baseball Game is Played

The Houston Astrodome opened its doors for the first time on this day in 1965. It was the world’s first domed sports stadium and nicknamed, “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” On its opening day, 47,879 people watched the first indoor baseball game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The game was played on “Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass” which was created for indoor use. The ceiling had many semitransparent panes of Lucite which caused a glare and made it difficult for the players to follow fly balls. Many of the panes were painted over with white paint, but then the grass died due to lack of sunlight. For the remaining season, the Astros played on green painted dirt. For the next year, a “new” artificial grass was installed called “ChemGrass” but became better known as “AstroTurf.”

1967: The 737

The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) made its maiden flight on this day in 1967.

Birthdays

  • 1937: Marty Krofft (producer)
  • 1987: Jesse McCartney (singer)
  • 1990: Kristen Stewart (actress)
  • 1998: Elle Fanning (actress)
  • 2000: Jackie Evancho (singer)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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