On This Day..... May 15

MAY 15TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL NYLON STOCKING DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919)
  • PIERRE CURIE (1859-1906)
  • MADELEINE ALBRIGHT (1937, 81)
  • ROGER AILES (1940-2017)
  • LAINIE KAZAN (1941, 77)
  • CHAZZ PALMINTERI (1952, 66)
  • GEORGE BRETT (1953, 65)
  • DAN PATRICK (1956, 62)
  • EMMIT SMITH (1969, 59)
  • RAY LEWIS (1975, 43)
  • ANDY MURRAY (1987, 31)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1602, BATHOLOMEW GOSNOLD DISCOVERS CAPE COD
  • IN 1718, JAMES PUCKLE PATENTS THE FIRST MACHINE GUN
  • IN 1829, JOSEPH SMITH IS ORDAINED BY JOHN THE BAPTIST ACCORDING TO THE MORMON CHURCH
  • IN 1851, ALPHA DELTA PHI IS THE FIRST COLLEGE SORORITY
  • IN 1862, THE UNITES STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) IS FOUNDED
  • IN 1869, SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND ELIZABETH CADY STANTON FOUND THE NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION
  • IN 1886, EMILY DICKINSON DIES AT 55
  • IN 1905, THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS IS FOUNDED IN NEVADA
  • IN 1916, A BLACK TEENAGER NAMED JESSE WASHINGTON WAS CONVICTED OF RAPING AND MURDERING HIS WHITE BOSS’S WIFE. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY BROUGHT OUTSIDE AND PUBLICLY LYNCHED IN WHAT WOULD BE KNOWN AS “THE WACO HORROR” HIS FINGERS, TOES AND GENITALS WERE CUT OFF AND SOLD AS SOUVENIRS BEFORE HE WAS RAISED AND LOWERED REPEATEDLY OVER A FIRE AND SLOWLY BURNED TO DEATH
  • IN 1922, AMELIA EARHART RECEIVES HER PILOT LICENSE
  • IN 1928, MICKEY MOUSE DEBUTS IN THE SHORT FILM “PLANE CRAZY”
  • IN 1940, THE FIRST MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT OPENS IN SAN BERNADINO, CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1940, NYLON STOCKINGS GO ON SALE REPLACING SILK STOCKINGS
  • IN 1941, JOE DIMAGGIO BEGINS HIS 56 GAME HITTING STREAK
  • IN 1942, THE US BEGINS RATIONING GASOLINE DURING WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1953, ROCKY MARCIANO KNOCKS OUT JERSEY JOE WALCOTT FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1957, THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM HOSTS A CRUSADE IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WITH 18,000 FOLLOWERS
  • IN 1958, VINCENT MINELLI RELEASES “GIGI”
  • IN 1965, MARTIN SCORSESE MARRIES HIS WIFE LARAINE
  • IN 1967, PAUL MCCARTNEY MEETS LINDA EASTMAN
  • IN 1972, ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE IS SHOT IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
  • IN 1976, THE ROLLING STONES GO TO #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “BLACK AND BLUE”
  • IN 1979, ABC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “STARSKY AND HUTCH”
  • IN 1981, CBS AIRS “THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ON GILLIGAN’S ISLAND”
  • IN 1982, ASIA DEBUTS AT #1 WITH A SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1982, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND STEVIE WONDER GO TO #1 WITH “EBONY AND IVORY”
  • IN 1987, WARREN BEATTY’S “ISHTAR” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1991, PRESIDENT BUSH AND QUEEN ELIZABETH ATTEND A BASEBALL GAME TOGETHER BETWEEN THE ATHLETICS AND THE ORIOLES
  • IN 1993, JANET JACKSON GOES TO #1 WITH “THAT’S THE WAY LOVE GOES”
  • IN 2002, MICHAEL MOORE RELEASES “BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE”
  • IN 2003, JUNE CARTER CASH DIES AT 73
  • IN 2004, MIKE MYERS RELEASES “SHREK 2”
  • IN 2005, GEORGE LUCAS RELEASES “STAR WARS: EPISODE 3 – REVENGE OF THE SITH”
  • IN 2007, JERRY FALWELL DIES AT 74
  • IN 2008, NEIL DIAMOND FINALLY SCORES HIS FIRST #1 ALBUM WITH “HOME BEFORE DARK”
  • IN 2008, CALIFORNIA JOINS MASSACHUSETTS TO BECOMES THE SECOND STATE TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2011, “THE ARTIST” DEBUTS AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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