On This Day..... May 31

 

MAY 31ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SMILE DAY
  • TODAY IS UTAH APPRECIATION DAY
 


  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MACAROON DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF VISITATION
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892)
  • DON AMECHE (1908-1993)
 
  • PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO (1923-2005)
  • CLINT EASTWOOD (1930, 88)
 
  • JOE NAMATH (1943, 75)
  • SHARON GLESS (1943, 75)
 
  • JOHN BONHAM (1948, 70)
  • TOM BERENGER (1949, 69)
 
  • VICKI SUE ROBINSON (1954-2000)
  • CHRIS ELLIOTT (1960, 58)
 
  • LEA THOMPSON (1961, 57)
  • COREY HART (1962, 56)
 
  • DARYL “DMC” MCDANIELS (1964, 54)
  • BROOKE SHIELDS (1965, 53)
 
  • COLIN FARRELL (1976, 42)
  • JAKE PEAVY (1981, 37)
 
  • JONATHAN TUCKER (1982, 36)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1634, THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY ANNEXES MAINE
  • IN 1790, THE FIRST US COPYRIGHT ACT BECOMES LAW
  • IN 1821, THE CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BECOMES THE FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE US IN BALTIMORE
  • IN 1837, THE ASTOR HOTEL, NOW THE WALDORF-ASTORIA, OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
 
  • IN 1879, THE RENAMED MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1884, DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG PATENTS “CEREAL FLAKES”
  • IN 1889, 2,200 PEOPLE DIE IN THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD IN PENNSYLVANIA
 
  • IN 1900, AMERICAN TROOPS LAND IN CHINA TO HELP DEFEAT THE BOXER REBELLION
  • IN 1907, THE FIRST TAXI CABS BEGIN SERVICE IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1909, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE NEGRO, LATER THE NAACP, HOLDS ITS FIRST MEETING IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1910, SOUTH AFRICA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM
  • IN 1913, THE 17TH AMENDMENT, ALLOWING FOR THE DIRECT ELECTION OF SENATORS, IS RATIFIED
  • IN 1916, THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND, THE FINAL NAVAL BATTLE BETWEEN BRITAIN AND GERMANY IN WORLD WAR I, KILLS OVER 8,600 SOLDIERS
 
  • IN 1935, AN EARTHQUAKE IN PAKISTAN DESTROYS QUETTA AND KILLS 50,000 PEOPLE
  • IN 1937, ALL FOUR OF THE KEYS QUADRUPLETS, ROBERTA, MONA, MARY AND LEOTA, GRADUATE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY TOGETHER
  • IN 1941, “PARADE MAGAZINE” DEBUTS ITS FIRST EPISODE
  • IN 1943, THE “ARCHIE” COMIC STRIP DEBUTS AS A RADIO SHOW
 
  • IN 1958, DICK DALE RELEASES “LET’S GO TRIPPIN” THOUGHT TO BE THE FIRST SONG IN THE “SURFER ROCK” MOVEMENT
  • IN 1961, CHUCK BERRY OPENS HIS AMUSEMENT PARK “BERRYLAND” IN ST. LOUIS
  • IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY TRAVELS TO PARIS TO MEET WITH CHARLES DE GAULLE
  • IN 1962, CBS AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “TELL IT TO GROUCHO”
 
  • IN 1968, JIMMY STEWART RETIRES FROM THE AIR FORCE
  • IN 1969, JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO RECORD “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
  • IN 1969, STEVIE WONDER RELEASES “MY CHERIE AMOUR”
 
  • IN 1970, AN EARTHQUAKE OFF THE COAST OF PERU SETS OFF THE DEADLIEST AVALANCHE IN RECORDED HISTORY. THE DEATH TOLL IS ESTIMATED AT 70,000
  • IN 1975, THE ISLEY BROTHERS RELEASE “FIGHT THE POWER”
 
  • IN 1977, “BEATLEMANIA” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1977, THE BBC BANS THE SEX PISTOLS’ “GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”. EVEN THOUGH THE IBA ISSUES A WARNING SAYING PLAYING IT WOULD BE IN BREACH OF THE BROADCASTING ACT, THE SONG STILL REACHES #2 ON THE BRITISH CHART
  • IN 1977, THE TRANS ALASKA PIPELINE OPENS FOR OIL PRODUCTION
 
  • IN 1979, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL REOPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1980, THE J. GEILS BAND PEAKS AT #38 WITH “LOVE STINKS”
  • IN 1982, “THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS” OPENS ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1982, R.E.M. SIGNS WITH I.R.S RECORDS
  • IN 1985, MDMA / ECSTASY IS CLASSIFIED A SCHEDULE ONE DRUG AND BANNED
  • IN 1990, NYC’S ZODIAC KILLER TAKES HIS THIRD VICTIM, JOSEPH PONCE
  • IN 1990, “THE SEINFELD CHRONICLES” (LATER JUST “SEINFELD”) DEBUTS ON NBC
 
  • IN 1992, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “NIGHT COURT”
  • IN 1993, SPUDS MACKENZIE DIES AT 10
  • IN 1998, GERI HALLIWELL ANNOUNCES SHE IS LEAVING THE SPICE GIRLS
 
  • IN 2002, THE NEW JERSEY NETS BEAT THE BOSTON CELTICS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 2004, THE THIRD HARRY POTTER FILM “HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN” OPENS
 
  • IN 2005, VANITY FAIR PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE WHICH OUTS FBI OFFICER MARK FELT AS “DEEP THROAT” FROM THE WATERGATE INVESTIGATION
  • IN 2007, RIHANNA RELEASES “GOOD GIRL GONE BAD”
 
  • IN 2008, USAIN BOLT SETS THE RECORD FOR THE FASTEST 100 METER SPRINT
  • IN 2013, “ALL IN THE FAMILY” STAR JEAN STAPLETON DIES AT 90
  • IN 2014, PSY’S “GANGNAM STYLE” IS THE FIRST VIDEO TO PASS 2 BILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
 
  • IN 2015, 92 YEAR OLD HARRIETTE THOMPSON BECOMES THE OLDEST WOMAN TO COMPLETE A MARATHON IN SAN DIEGO
  • IN 2016, A CORONER RELEASES A REPORT WHICH CONFIRMS THAT PRINCE DIED OF A FENTANYL OVERDOSE
  • IN 2017, KATHY GRIFFIN IS FIRED BY CNN AND LOSES HER COMEDY TOUR AFTER PHOTOS OF HER HOLDING A BLOODY HEAD RESEMBLING DONALD TRUMP ARE RELEASED
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETS “COVFEFE”
 

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