On This Day..... May 1

MAY 1ST

  • TODAY IS MAY DAY
  • TODAY IS MOTHER GOOSE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • MARY JANE CANARY (CALAMITY JANE) (1852-1903)
  • KATE SMITH (1907-1986)


  • JACK PAAR (1918-2004)
  • JOSEPH HELLER (1923-1999)
  • RAY PARKER JR (1954, 64)
  • WES ANDERSON (1969, 49)
  • WES WELKER (1981, 37)
  • JAMIE DORNAN (1982, 36)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1707, ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND AGREE TO UNITE AS “GREAT BRITAIN”
  • IN 1786, AMADEUS MOZART PREMIERES HIS OPERA “MARRIAGE OF FIGARO”
  • IN 1822, JOHN PHILLIPS BECOMES THE FIRST MAYOR OF BOSTON
  • IN 1840, THE FIRST ADHESIVE POSTAGE STAMP, THE “PENNY BLACK” IS ISSUES FOR SALE IN GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1863, ABOUT 29,000 PEOPLE DIE IN THE BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE IN VIRGINIA
  • IN 1863, THE CONFEDERATE CONGRESS PASSES A RESOLUTION MAKING IT LEGAL TO KILL BLACK SOLDIERS
  • IN 1867, HOWARD UNIVERSITY IS CHARTERED IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  • IN 1873, EXPLORER DAVID LIVINGSTONE DIES AT 60
  • IN 1875, 238 PEOPLE ARE ARRESTED AS PART OF THE “WHISKEY RING” CONSPIRACY. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND WHISKEY DISTILLERS COLLUDED TO BILK THE GOVERNMENT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN UNPAID TAXES AND BRIBES.
  • IN 1883, BUFFALO BILL CODY DEBUTS HIS WILD WEST SHOW
  • IN 1889, BAYER INTRODUCED ITS POWDER ASPIRIN IN GERMANY
  • IN 1891, CY YOUNG PITCHES IN HIS FIRST GAME
  • IN 1912, THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL OPENS
  • IN 1920, BABE RUTH HITS HIS FIRST HOME RUN AS A YANKEE
  • IN 1931, THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1931, “THE KATE SMITH SHOW” BEGINS ITS 30 YEAR RUN ON CBS RADIO
  • IN 1939, THE FIRST BATMAN COMIC BOOK IS RELEASED
  • IN 1940, THE SUMMER OLYMPICS ARE CANCELLED
  • IN 1941, ORSON WELLES DEBUTS “CITIZEN KANE”
  • IN 1941, GENERAL MILLS BEGINS SELLING “CHEERIOS”
  • IN 1941, THE UNITED STATES BEGINS SELLING WAR BONDS
  • IN 1945, OVER A THOUSAND GERMANS IN THE CITY OF DEMMIN COMMIT MASS SUICIDE, INCLUDING JOSEPH GOEBBELS AND HIS WIFE AND SIX CHILDREN, AS THE RUSSIAN ARMY BEGINS ITS IMPENDING OCCUPATION
  • IN 1948, NORTH KOREA DECLARES THAT IT IS NOW THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
  • IN 1951, MICKEY MANTLE HITS HIS FIRST HOME RUN
  • IN 1952, MR. POTATO HEAD GOES ON SALE ONE DAY AFTER BEING THE FIRST TOY ADVERTISED IN A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
  • IN 1954, FERDINAND AND IMELDA MARCOS MARRY IN THE PHILLIPINES
  • IN 1957, LARRY KING BROADCASTS ON THE RADIO FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1961, FIDEL CASTRO ANNOUNCES THE END OF ELECTIONS IN CUBA
  • IN 1961, HARPER LEE IS AWARDED A PULITZER PRIZE FOR “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”
  • IN 1963, GLORIA STEINEM PUBLISHES A STORY IN “SHOW” MAGAZINE ON WHAT ITS LIKE TO WORK AS A PLAYBOY BUNNY
  • IN 1967, ELVIS PRESLEY MARRIES 21 YEAR OLD PRISCILLA BEAULIEU
  • IN 1967, THE FBI ARRESTS THE BEACH BOYS’ CARL WILSON FOR EVADING THE DRAFT
  • IN 1971, AMTRAK BEGINS TRAIN SERVICE OPERATIONS
  • IN 1971, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE “BROWN SUGAR”
  • IN 1976, LED ZEPPELIN’S “PRESENCE” DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART
  • IN 1976, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS HAVE THE #1 SINGLE WITH “LET YOUR LOVE FLOW”
  • IN 1978, “SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW” IS RELEASED IN HONG KONG, THE FIRST FILM TO STAR MARTIAL ARTS ACTOR JACKIE CHAN
  • IN 1978, BIANCA JAGGER FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM MICK JAGGER AFTER SEVEN YEARS AFTER IT IS REVEALED HE HAS BEEN HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH JERRY HALL
  • IN 1979, ELTON JOHN IS THE FIRST MAJOR AMERICAN POP STAR TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL
  • IN 1981, BILLIE JEAN KING BECOMES THE FIRST MAJOR ATHLETE TO COME OUT AS A LESBIAN
  • IN 1982, KATE JACKSON OF “CHARLIE’S ANGELS” MARRIES DAVID GREENWALD
  • IN 1987, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GARY HART SLEEPS WITH 29 YEAR OLD DONNA RICE. THE AFFAIR WOULD BECOME PUBLIC FORCING HIM TO DROP HIS CANDIDACY
  • IN 1989, THE US SUPREME COURT RULES IN “PRICE WATERHOUSE V. HOPKINS” THAT THE BURDEN IS ON EMPLOYERS TO PROVE NON-DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES IN HIRING AND PROMOTING EMPLOYEES
  • IN 1990, “PRELUDE TO A KISS” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1991, “THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1991, RICKY HENDERSON SETS THE ALL TIME BASE STEALING RECORD WITH 939
  • IN 1992, THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS POSTPONE THREE GAMES DUE TO THE RIOTS FOLLOWING THE RODNEY KING BEATING
  • IN 1994, CHARLES KURALT RETIRES FROM CBS NEWS
  • IN 1996, KELLY RIPA MARRIES MARK CONSUELOS
  • IN 1997, TONY BLAIR IS ELECTED PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1998, ETHAN HAWKE MARRIES UMA THURMAN
  • IN 1999, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DEBUTS ON NICKELODEON
  • IN 2000, RIDLEY SCOTT RELEASES “GLADIATOR”
  • IN 2003, PRESIDENT BUSH GIVES HIS IMFAMOUS “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” SPEECH
  • IN 2003, BARRY WHITE GOES INTO KIDNEY FAILURE AND SUFFERS A STROKE. HE WOULD DIE TWO MONTHS LATER.
  • IN 2005, MATCHBOX TWENTY’S ROB THOMAS TOPS THE ALBUM CHART WITH HIS SOLO DEBUT ALBUM “SOMETHING TO BE”
  • IN 2010, POLICE ARE ABLE TO STOP A CAR BOMB FROM EXPLODING IN TIMES SQUARE
  • IN 2011, POPE BENEDICT XVI MAKES HIS PREDECESSOR JOHN PAUL II A SAINT
  • IN 2013, KRIS KROSS MEMBER CHRIS KELLY COMMITS SUICIDE
  • IN 2014, HUNDREDS OF NIGERIANS MARCH THROUGH THE CAPITAL TO PROTEST THE KIDNAPPING OF SCHOOL GIRLS BY BOKO HARAM
  • IN 2015, MARK RONSON AND BRUNO MARS AGREE TO GIVE THE GAP BAND WRITING CREDIT ON THEIR HIT SONG “UPTOWN FUNK”

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