May- Let's see........
We'll have Mother's Day, Memorial
Day, National Teacher's Day, National Weather Observer's Day National Windmill Day in the
May was probably named for the Roman goddess of growth, Maia.
The phrase "The merry month of May" was coined by Richard Barnfied in 1598.
As it fell upon a day In the merry month of May, Sitting in a pleasant shade Which a grove of myrtles made. Richard Barnfield, Address to the Nightingale
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
“Will you love me in
December as you do in May,
Mayor Jimmy Walker of NYC
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sea turtles begin nesting in the southeastern
1881-Sunday- Happy Birthday Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher, who dedicated his life to trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution. He took part in the discovery of Peking Man. His most famous work is The Phenomenon of Man.
1884-Thursday- Fittingly, on the day that the Empire State
Building would be dedicated forty seven years later, construction began in
Chicago, Illinois, on the first skyscraper, the ten-story steel-skeleton Home
Insurance Company of New York yes, the New York company built it in
Chicago! Nine stories and one basement were completed in 1885. Two stories were
added in 1891. The architect, Major William Le Baron Jenney, created the first
load-carrying structural frame, the development of which led to the "
1895-Friday- - An electric engine for passenger trains began
regular use on the Baltimore and Ohio (B & O – buy it for $200 – it has
Illinois Ave. on one side and Atlantic Ave. on the other ) railroad, Maryland. This was already the first
railroad in the
1915 –Saturday- RMS Lusitania departed
New York City, despite a published warning from the German authorities that
appeared in U.S. newspapers the morning of her departure, on her two hundred and second and final (not
quite) crossing of the North Atlantic. Aboard the 32,000 ton ship, one female
passenger said, “ I don't think we thought of war. It was too beautiful a
passage to think of anything like war." Six days later, the ship was torpedoed
off the coast of
1920 –Saturday- The
longest baseball game (by innings) was played. The Boston Braves (then
Milwaukee Braves and now Atlanta Braves) and the Brooklyn Dodgers (Professor Sy
Yentz, a New Yorker, refuses to print the name of the city that stole the
Birthday, Joseph Heller, American author born in Coney Island,
The first iodized
table salt in the
1925-Friday- Happy Birthday, Scott Carpenter, American astronaut. One
of the original seven Mercury astronauts, he was the second (after John Glenn)
The Empire State Building
was dedicated and opened to the public.
We believe it was dedicated by the singing group, the Shirelles, yes Dedicated To the One I Love as Cary Grant
and Deborah Kerr rendezvoused ……Actually, in
1935-Wednesday- Boulder Dam was finished after 4 years and 354
days....and it was a dam good job! The initial planned site was at
1941 –Thursday “Rosebud”. Considered
the greatest movie of all time, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane starring Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comigore, Agnes Moorhead,
and Ruth Warrick had its premiere in
1945 –Tuesday- Admiral Karl Doenitz, brother of Duncan Doenitz, succeeded Hitler as leader of the Third Reich.
This was one day after Hitler kaputed himself, his new bride and his dog. After
forming a new government he negotiated
Kuiper discovered Nereid, the second satellite of Neptune, the outermost and
the third largest of Neptune's known natural satellites. Nereid's orbit is the
most highly eccentric (weirdest) of any planet or satellite in the solar system
since its distance from Neptune varies from as close as 1,353,600 to as far as
9,623,700 kilometers. The name, Nereid refers to the mythical sea
nymphs who dwell in the
1958 – Thursday- Another year,
another belt (see Kuiper 1949), with the discovery of the powerful Van Allen
radiation belts that surround Earth being published in the
1960-Sunday- An American U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary
Powers, was shot down over
1964 –Friday Basically, first BASIC program was run
on a computer at about 4:00 a.m. It was invented at
1967 –Monday- A social note as Elvis
Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in
- Oakland Athletics
outfielder and space cadet Rickey Henderson stole his 939th base to break Lou
Brock’s record for stolen bases in a career.
1999-Saturday- The Mercury space capsule Liberty Bell 7 that Gus Grissom flew in 1961 was found in the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Somehow, when Grissom landed in the ocean the hatch blew off and his rescue was a close run thing as the capsule quickly sank shortly after Grissom climbed out. Grissom was later killed in the Apollo 1 fire.
1999-Saturday- It was a good day for
finding lost things. First Gus Grissom’s space capsule and then George Mallory.
On Mount Everest, a group of
2003 –Thursday- An amazing wave of tornadoes began in the south and
2005-Sunday- Fishermen in northern
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1335 –Monday- Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, became Duke of Carinthia. We note this because of the dozens of royal nicknames we’ve come across, Charles the Bald, Edward the Confessor, Richard the Lion Hearted, ……Otto (a Hapsburg) is the only “Merry”. But then it is the “merry month of May.”
four hours to go I wanna be sedated
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated…..The Ramones…..After three years of marital bliss and a few earlier years of being a mistress (six years of “courting”), Henry VIII’s wife number 2, Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason, witchcraft, cheating at Scrabble and watching reruns of Jeopardy and calling out the questions. On May 15th 1536 Anne was tried for treason, adultery and incest in the Great Hall of the
1670 –Friday- The
Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by
1729 –Monday- Wild horses couldn’t drag me away. Wild wild horses couldn’t drag me away…..Rolling Stones….. Happy Birthday Catherine II (Catherine the Great) of
The first medical
school opened in the colonies, The College of Philadelphia. It was organized by
Dr. John Morgan who implemented
his "Discourse upon Institution of Medical Schools in
1775 –Tuesday- Almost
lost in the amazing number of his inventions, discoveries and accomplishments –
uber mensch, Benjamin Franklin completed the first scientific study of the Gulf
Stream. His observations began in 1769 when as deputy postmaster of the British
Colonies he found ships took two weeks longer to bring mail from
1797-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Abraham Pineo Gesner, Canadian, born in Nova Scotia, chemist and geologist who pioneered the extraction of kerosene (which he named) by the dry distillation of asphalt rock. He invented the process for distilling kerosene from coal. This product, also called paraffin, was cheaper than whale oil, and therefore resulted in some reduction in whale hunting.
1800-Friday- English chemist William Nicholson was the first to produce a chemical reaction by electricity. Electrolysis of water is an electrolytic process which decomposes water into oxygen and hydrogen gas with the aid of an electric current, where a power source – Nicholson used a voltaic pile- is commonly used. Today electrolyis is used to remove unsightly hair. We’re not sure if it helps with piles…voltaic or otherwise.
1802-Sunday- Happy Birthday, Heinrich G. Magnus, German chemist and physicist who discovered the eponymous Magnus effect - the lift force produced by a rotating cylinder. We know it, for example, in baseball when it gives the curve to a curveball. He was also the first person to prepare a platino-ammonium compound- ‘Magnum’s green salt’ and in 1837 noticed that the ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide in blood was higher in the arteries. Women were attracted to him because of his “magnustism.”
1860 –Wednesday- Happy Birthday, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classical scholar noted for his book
On Growth and Form. The book is a consideration of the shapes of living things, starting from the simple premise that "everything is the
way it is because it got that way.'' Thompson emphasized looking at living things by using mathematics to describe their shapes and fairly simple physics
and chemistry to explain them. He was the first biomathematician. Immanuel Kant declared that the criterion of true science is in its relation to mathematics.
Added Thompson, "numerical precision is the very soul of science." Woody Allen concluded, “Standard mathematics has recently been rendered
obsolete by the discovery that for years we have been writing the numeral five backward. This has led to reevaluation of counting as a method of
getting from one to ten. Students are taught advanced concepts of Boolean algebra, and formerly unsolvable equations are dealt with by threats of reprisals.”
1860-Wednesday- Born on the same day as Thomson, see above, Happy Birthday, Sir William M. Bayliss, British physiologist who, in 1902 co-discovered the first hormone (the sound emitted by prostitutes pretending to enjoy sex) . He found a certain chemical substance is secreted when food comes into contact with part of the small intestine. This secreted chemical substance, which they cleverly named secretin, upon being carried by the blood to the pancreas, stimulates the secretion of pancreatic juice, the most important of the digestive juices. They coined the word "hormone" based on a Greek word for "to set in motion."
Late in the day of the 2nd
day of the Battle of Chancellorsville (Virginia) and following one of his most
brilliant military maneuvers, the flanking of “Fighting Joe” Hookers army, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee’s
most aggressive general, was shot by his own men - an unknown member or members of the 18th North Carolina
Infantry Regiment. He died eight days later on May 10.
The first paid fire department was initiated in
1880 –Sudnay- Paving the way for the cruise
liners of today, an Edison
"A" type dynamo- a generator for
producing direct current-
was placed in operation to illuminate the passenger rooms and main salons of
the S.S. Columbia. It was the first
commercial order for Edison's light bulb, and the first time a
1887 –Monday- They’re
gonna put me in the movies. They’re
gonna make a big star out of me….Ringo Starr…… Hannibal
Goodwin and celluloid. The Reverend Goodwin devised a process for making
celluloid (a tough flammable thermoplastic composed essentially of cellulose
nitrate and camphor) film and applied for a patent in 1887, but for various
reasons the patent was not granted until 1898. In the meantime ---follow this
carefully now, George Eastman had started production of rollfilm using his own
process. It was eventually ruled that Kodak had infringed Goodwin's patent
which by then had been sold to Anthony & Scovill (Ansco) after Goodwin's
death. With (now) Eastman’s process, with this new flexible film, Thomas Edison
and his assistant William Kennedy Laurie
Dickson invented the kinetoscope. The kinetoscope was a large cabinet which
housed 50 feet (15 meters) of film which revolved on spools. A person looking
through a peephole in the cabinet would be able to see the moving pictures. John Carbutt, an English photographer who had
where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rainQ
OOOOk-lahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I, Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.
We know we belong to the land (yo-ho)
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine,
1892 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Manfred von Richtofen, WW I German war ace, and perhaps the greatest fighter pilot who ever lived . He painted the fuselage of his Albatross D-III a bright red and was nicknamed the Red Baron. Richthofen was killed when he was brought down by ground fire on April 21, 1918. He was 25 years old.
1903-Saturday- (Be my be my
baby) Be my little baby
(I want it only say) Say you'll be my darling
(Be my be my baby) Be my baby now
(I want it only say) Ooh, ohh, ohh, oh ….The Ronettes…….Happy Birthday, Dr. Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician who was the most influential child-care authority of the 20th century. His book Baby and Child Care sold over 50million copies worldwide and was translated into 42 languages. Dr. Spock's brother, Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan brought the Vulcan Mind Meld to Earth. He also wrote Baby Alien Care.
1903 –Saturday- Born on the same day as Dr. Spock, Happy Birthday Bing (Harry Lillis) Crosby, American singer and actor. He performed his signature song, White Christmas in the film Holiday Inn (1942). Before this he had appeared during the 1930s in several light musicals, and in the 1940s he carved out a new career as the wisecracking companion of Bob Hope in the seven ‘Road’ pictures. He also made several serious films and won an Academy Award for his role in Going My Way in 1944.
–Tuesday- Stories of a beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness go back 1,500
years, the modern legend of the Loch
Ness Monster was actually born when a sighting made local news on May 2,1933.
The newspaper Inverness Courier carried
an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal
rolling and plunging on the surface." (It turned out to be Rosie
O’Donnell) The story of the
"monster" (a name chosen by the Courier editor) started a media feeding
1945 –Wednesday- Na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye….Steam……Approximately 1 million German soldiers gave up as the terms of the German unconditional surrender, signed at Caserta (Italy) on April 29, came into effect. Early that same day, Russian Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov accepted the surrender of the German capital,
1950-Tuesday- H.B Taussig became the first woman elected to
the Association of American Physicians. Helen
Brooke Taussig classified and described many of the heart malformations. She is known for saving the
lives of "blue babies" (infants whose color at birth indicated inadequate oxygenation of their
blood.), and played an important role in preventing the use of
thalidomide in the
1952 –Friday- So kiss
me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go ……John Denver…..The world's first ever commercial jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 made its maiden voyage, flying from London to Johannesburg. This was a big deal. The Comet was an immediate sensation, for obvious reasons. Trains and ships were still the dominant means of travel in 1952. Air travel was still a novelty for most travelers. Instead of a 40 hour flight to
1953 –Saturday Oops! Exactly a year after its maiden voyage, a De Havilland Comet mysteriously crashed shortly after takeoff. Two similar crashes in early 1954 forced British authorities to ground the entire fleet pending investigation. Over the following months, extensive tests were performed on the aircraft to determine what could have caused these mysterious accidents. During a four year hiatus in Comet operations, most prospective customers went to the rival Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 which soon claimed the bulk of the market. Only about 90 Comets ever reached commercial operators, and most were removed from service by the early 1980s.
1955 –Monday- Tennessee Williams
was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The play had opened on Broadway on March 24
starring Barbara Bel Geddes (later of
The Taft Story by William S. White, Poetry: Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens; Music:
The Saint of
- I'm gonna tell Aunt Mary, about Uncle
Says he has the blues, but he's got a lot of fun
Oh .yes, baby.
Oo-oo-ooooh, . havin me Some fun tonight!
well Long Tall Sally she’s, built for speed.
she got, everything that Uncle John need
Oh baby.yes, baby.
Oo-oo-ooooh, baby. havin me Some fun tonight! ….Little Richard….For the first time in "Billboard" chart history, the same five singles were in both the pop and the R&B top 10. We should note that none of them were number 1. The number 1 song was The Third Man Theme by Anton Karas. Runners up but all on both lists (for some reason Anton Karas was not on the R&B list) were singles Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes, Little Richard's Long Tall Sally, the Platters' Magic Touch, and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
1965 –Sunday- The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. They performed The Last Time, Little Red Rooster and Someone to Love. They were totally upstaged by Topo Gigio, the Italian Mouse. Also appearing were singers Tom Jones (another Brit)– It’s Not Unusual, Leslie Uggams Melancholy Baby, Dusty Springfield, (still another Brit) All Cried Out; comedians, Totie Fields, Morecambe & Wise (yes, Brits again), and jugglers, The Half Brothers and Gitta Morrelly. Roy Orbison took a bow from the audience.
1969 –Friday- The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed on her maiden voyage to
–Sunday- The Falklands War was so one sided it wasn’t
even fun…sort of like the Dallas Cowboys playing
2008 –Friday The
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Day---yes, it's hard to believe that another year has passed and we can
once again echo the words of Hamlet and ask "tuba or not tuba", that is the
question. Although "tis
nobler to use a tuba toothpaste........" Tuba Day is celebrated the
first Friday in May. Joel Day founded International Tuba Day
in 1979 while attending
1469 –Monday- “Before all else, be armed.”Happy
Machiavelli Italian writer, statesman and political theorist. A native of
1568-Friday- French forces under the command of
Dominique de Gourgues returned to the site of
1662 –Wednesday- Happy Birthday, Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, best known for his design of the Zwinger, (yes, it was an early version of the “zwinging sixties”) a building complex in Dresden that is considered one of the most successful examples of the Baroque aesthetic. Oh course, he was going for baroque. The Zwinger is a space surrounded by single-storey galleries linking two-storey pavilions and a gateway
1810 –Thursday- If, in the month of dark December,
Leander, who was nightly wont
(What maid will not the tale remember?)
To cross thy stream, broad
Beginning his training regimen for the 1896 Olympics and without use of swimming pool noodles, Lord Byron swam
Bobby's gonna show you how to do the swim
Kinda like the monkey
Kinda like the twist
Pretend you're in the water
And you go like this...
Now baby swim!
Baby do the swim!
1817 –Saturday- Happy Birthday, Horatio Emmons Hale, American anthropologist and linguist. He sailed with Charles Wilkes on his 1836 expedition to the south Pacific. Hale published a 700-page book entitled Ethnology and Philology. His comparison of carefully collected vocabularies and grammars, which he used as the basis for determining the widespread migration of Polynesian groups, was a forerunner of comparative linguistics a generation later. Hale was also the first to discover that the Tutelos of Virginia belonged to the Siouan family, and to identify the Cherokee as a member of the Iroquoian family of speech. However, he was completely unable to decipher conversations between teenage girls as they texted and gossiped about each other and the Jonas Brothers.
1860-Thursday- Happy Birthday,
Vito Volterra, Italian
mathematician. He developed a general
theory of functionals – functionals
is a branch of analysis which studies the properties of mappings of classes of
functions from one topological vector space to another (glad we could clear
that up!). Volterra strongly influenced modern calculus and analytical methods,
and worked on integral equations, mathematical physics, and the mathematics of
population change in biology. His most famous work was done on integral
equations which, of course, are linked to functionals. An integral equation is an equation in which
an unknown function appears under an integral sign. Aha! You may shout. That sounds like a differential equation.
Yes, there is a close connection between differential and integral equations,
and some problems may be formulated either way. Volterra was a professor at
1892 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, George Paget Thompson, son of physicist John Joseph (J.J) Thompson who discovered the electron as a particle. George Thompson, also an English physicist, followed in his father’s footsteps and followed electrons too. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1937 for demonstrating that electrons undergo diffraction, (sort of atomic puberty) a behavior peculiar to waves that is widely exploited in determining the atomic structure of solids and liquids.
1902 –Saturday- Happy Birthday, Albert Kastler, French physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1966 for his discovery and development of methods for observing Hertzian resonances within atoms. Hertzian resonances are produced when produced when atoms interact with radio waves or microwaves. His method of stimulating atoms in a particular substance so that they attain higher energy states was called “optical pumping.”(he gave the atoms little tiny bar bells and they did curls and …………) Since the light energy used to stimulate the atoms was reemitted, optical pumping marked an important step toward the development of the maser and the laser. A side effect was a breakout of an entertainment disease known as Shriekiustus Showofficum, in which singer thinks it is more important to lengthen notes showing off their vocal powers rather than just singing the song.
1902-Saturday- Jockey James Winkfield, the last African American rider to win the Kentucky Derby, won his second consecutive Derby aboard Alan-a-Dale trained and owned by Thomas Clay MacDowell.
1915 –Monday- In
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
The poem In Flanders Fields , possibly one of the most affecting poems ever composed, was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. It was written after the the terrible battle in the Ypres (
Irish nationalists Padraic Pearse ,
Thomas MacDonagh, James Connelly, and
Tom Clark were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rebellion. They were among the seven signatories of the
proclamation of Poblacht na hÉireann,
1921-Tuesday- The “eyes of Taxes are upon you.”
–Wednesday- Mrs. Nellie Ross assumed leadership of the United States Mint. She was the first
woman to be in charge. Earlier, less successful, versions of the U.S Mint
included the U.S Chewing Gum, the U.S Tootsie Roll, U.S Good n’ Plenty, and the
Perry Mason Mint. Ross oversaw the automation of many moneymaking procedures. She
was also, just barely, the first woman governor of a state. Her husband went kaput in 1922 with two years
left in his term. Nellie was elected in
a special election. At just about this
same time, Miranda “Ma”
1933 –Wednesday- Actually two closely related singers share a birthday, “Godfather of Soul” James Brown born on the day and folk singer Pete Seeger born on this day in 1909- Monday. It was Seeger who taught Brown to do splits and the bit with dropping the cape and being pulled back on stage when singing Please Please Please. Brown taught Seeger how to play the guitar and helped with If I Had a Hammer. Brown also taught Seeger how to do splits and do the little “yips” so important to delivering a song’s message.
1934 – Thursday- Big day for singers
(see James Brown and Pete Seeger above) – Happy Birthday Francis Castelluccio,
aka Frankie Valli, born in
She - e - e-e-e-e-ry baby
She - e - rry, can you come out tonight
She - e - e-e-e-e-ry baby (Sherry Baby)
She - e - rry, can you come out tonight
1942 –Sunday- Only six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor came
the beginning of the
1946 –Friday- In
1952 –Saturday- The
1952 –Saturday- U.S. Air Force C-47 piloted by
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher of
1957 –Friday A dark day in New
York baseball history as greedy Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner Walter O’Malley, given
little choice by the short sighted administration, which refused to give him a
stadium site in Brooklyn (they offered a site in Queens) of the excruciatingly dull Mayor
Robert Wagner, agreed to move the team from Flatbush to smoggy Los Angeles. To
add insult to injury, O’Malley convinced addled NY Giants owner Horace Stoneham
to move his team to
– Tuesday- Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow. …..The musical comedy The Fantasticks, a variation on Romeo and Juliet by composer Harvey Schmidt and writer-lyricist Tom Jones (not the Tom Jones who sang It’s Not Unusual and had women’s underwear thrown at him) opened off-off-Broadway at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village. The show, became the longest-running musical of all time and is still running today. It starred William Larsen, Kenneth Nelson, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones, Rita Gardner and Jerry Orbach who went on to star on Broadway, the movies and television - best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe on TV's Law and Order . Orbach performed the musical’s signature song, Try to Remember.
–Thursday- In a tragic “Keystone
Cops” real life disaster, two commuter trains
and a freight train collided near
–Sunday- The “British Invasion” of singing groups started sending the second string as Gerry & the
Pacemakers made their U.S. television debut on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. Also passing through customs were – The Dave
Clark Five, Billy J. Kramer and the
1982-Monday The Weather Channel went on the air as the only 24 hr. all weather, cable network. Now we thrill to the site of people in parkas standing in snow storms and braving the winds of hurricanes as they tell us it is snowing and/or windy.
–Friday- A Delta rocket carrying
a $57 million weather satellite exploded shortly after lift-off from
1991 –Friday Dallas kaput. Not the city, not the Cowboys (too bad) but the kitschy television show. The last episode was aired on this day. After 357 episodes they were clearly running out of ideas and this final gem was part 2 of a rip off of It’s a Wonderful Life as J.R. continued his journey with Adam (Joel Grey – no, he didn’t break into song with Cabaret) , seeing how the Ewing family would have evolved if he'd never existed. By this time only Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Ken Kerchival were left and they were barely going through the motions.
–Wednesday- Did you know about
Geocaching? The sport of geocaching began, with the first cache placed and the
coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet. Geocaching is a worldwide game of
hiding and seeking treasure…….sort of like the government and your money. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world,
pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s
existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate
the geocache. The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING,
the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms is information usually
stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve, but the term is also used in
hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. http://www.geocaching.com/faq/ Of
course if it were hidden in
–Saturday- I just looked around and
he was gone….Dion…. The Old Man of the Mountain in
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It's National Teachers Day! Behave Yourselves!!!
The origins of National Teacher Day are murky but
they probably have something to do with coverages. Around 1944
1471 –Thursday- Probably the climactic battle
in the War of the Roses, the Battle of Tewkesbury as the Yorkist army led
by King Edward IV rumbled with the Lancastrian forces led by the Duke of
Somerset on behalf of Queen Margaret, wife of
the fuddlebrained and occasionally sane former King Henry VI. When the dust settled, the Lancastrians had
lost (slewen, kaputed) Prince Edward, the last legitimate descendant of Henry
1493-Thursday- Pope Alexander VI – the “Borgia Pope, father
of Cesare and Lucretia) defined the spheres of Spanish and Portuguese
possessions in the
1494 –Friday- On his second voyage to the
-Monday Dutch explorer
Peter Minuit landed on what is now
1655-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Bartolomeo Cristofori of
1733 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Jean-Charles de Borda, (when he went to school it was the Borda Education) French mathematician and nautical astronomer who made good use of the differential calculus and of experimental methods to unify areas of physics for his studies of fluid mechanics and his development of instruments for navigation and geodesy, the study of the size and shape of the Earth. One of his instruments, the Borda repeating circle, was used during the time of the French Revolution to measure an arc of a meridian as part of a project to introduce the decimal system. This instrument was proposed by Borda around 1785 and it had developed from instruments designed for use on ships.
1776-Saturday- Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, the first
colony to do so, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
But of course
1796-Wednesday- Happy Birthday, Horace Mann, American educator and philanthropist. He was elected to act as Secretary of the newly-created Massachusetts Board of Education in 1837 and used his position to enact major educational reform. He spearheaded the Common School Movement, ensuring that every child could receive a basic education funded by local taxes. He placed a major emphasis on “moral training”, standardization and classroom drill……..all (particularly the first) have faded from today’s classrooms.
1825-Wednesday- Happy Birthday, Thomas H. Huxley, English
biologist who made his reputation as a marine biologist while working as a ship's
surgeon. He is best known today as the main advocate of Charles Darwin's theory
of evolution as he did more than anyone else to advance its acceptance among
scientists and the public alike. Huxley coined the word “agnostic” to describe his own beliefs. He is best known for his famous debate in
June 1860, at the British Association meeting at
1854-Thursday- Asa Fitch became the first state
entomologist in the
"Take me out to the
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game." …..Jack Norworth…..The first professional baseball game. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team. They began with a close pitchers duel, a 45-9 crushing of a team called the Great Western of Cincinnati. They then proceeded to win nearly every one of their more than seventy games against overmatched amateur teams in the
–Tuesday- At Haymarket
Square in Chicago, Illinois, a bomb was thrown at a squad of policemen
attempting to break up a labor rally. On May 1, the workers at the McCormick
Harvesting Machine Co. in
1886 –Tuesday- Chichester
1910 –Wednesday- Having finally built a ship, the Royal Canadian Navy was created.
1922-Thursday- Happy Birthday, Dr. Eugenie Clark, American
biologist and ichthyologist, born in
Happy Birthday, David Allan Bromley, Canadian-American nuclear physicist who
was considered the "father of modern heavy ion science" (we note the Gnus continuing fascination with
“fathers of……..see our Who’s Your Daddy page- http://sciencegnus.com/Who%27s%20Your%20Daddy.html
) for his experiments on both the structure and dynamics of atomic nuclei. Speaking
of heavy ions, the Gnus has long been
concerned with obesity in ions and believes that diet and exercise may be a
valuable treatment. A heavy ion is the
nucleus of a heavy element. When such nuclei are caused to collide at high
velocities, new elements are created. Bromley was nationally known as the most
influential science adviser in
Birthday, Audrey Hepburn, perpetually waif-like actress born near
1932 –Wednesday- Chicago gangster Al Capone was sentenced to eleven
years in prison. Murder? Robbery?
Inspiring generations of bad actors to play him in the movies? No. It was
income tax evasion. “Big Al” had
neglected to pay it. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Illness
got him released on parole in 1939 so he never served out his prison term
(which, happily for tourism, included a stay at
1956 –Friday- Gene Vincent and his group, The Blue
Caps, went into the echo chamber and recorded his biggest hit, the erudite yet
abstruce, Be-Bop-A Lula.
Well, be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don't mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she's my baby love
My baby love, my baby love
1957 –Saturday- Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Revue TV show premiered 7:30 on ABC. Many believe Freed gave Rock n Roll its name. The show starred the Dell-Vikings, Come Go With Me- the Clovers, Devil or Angel - Guy Mitchell, Singin’ the Blues - Sal Mineo, actor trying to be a singer, and "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins, I’ve Put a Spell on You.
1959 –Monday- Volare, oh oh,
cantare, oh oh oh oh.
Nel blu dipinto di blu,
felice di stare lassu`.
E volavo volavo felice
piu` in alto del sole ed ancora piu` su
mentre il mondo pian spariva
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me. ……….The winners of the first annual Grammy Awards (grammy is short for gramophone, patented on this day in 1886) –recognizing songs from 1958- were announced. Among the winners were: Record of the Year Domenico Modugno for Nel Blue Dipinto di Blu (Volare) Album of the Year Henry Mancini for The Music from Peter Gunn, Song of the Year Domenico Modugno for Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)” Best Rhythm & Blues Performance The Champs for Tequila, Best Comedy Performance Ross Bagdasarian (David Seville) for The Chipmunk Song, performed by Ross Bagdasarian. as David Seville and the Chipmunks. Lest we be confused, frequently the 1959 awards are mixed up with the 1960 awards – songs from 1959- which featured, Record of the Year: Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin, Album of the Year: Come Dance With Me - Frank Sinatra, Song of the Year: The Battle of New Orleans and Best Artist of 1959: Bobby Darin
1970 –Monday- Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in
1973-Friday- The Sears Tower at
233 S. Wacker claimed, for a while, the honor of world’s tallest building. It was the first building over 1,400-ft
and topped out at 1,454-ft. It took 3 years to build, and is 1,707-ft tall
including its antennas. We note that the Empire State Building of
1989-Thursday- The space probe Magellan was carried in the
cargo bay by the STS-30 Space Shuttle Atlantis mission launched from
Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space probe was named after the
16th-century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who was slewn in the
1990-Friday- Jesse Tafero, convicted rapist, drug dealer and murderer was executed via electric chair in Florida for the murders of Florida Highway Patrol officer Phillip Black and Donald Irwin, a visiting Canadian constable and friend of Black. Took a while to get rid of Jesse as the electric chair malfunctioned three times, causing flames to leap from his head.
2000-Thursday- Another reminder about playing with fire as The National Park Service started a "prescribed burn" in New Mexico. The prescribed burn would have died out on its own had it been left to burn. Instead, inspectors said, it was a backfire set by firefighters that erupted into an out-of-control forest fire which eventually which devoured 50,000 acres, destroyed 400 homes, and came within 300 yards of a plutonium storage facility at Los Alamos.
2002 –Saturday- An EAS Airline plane
crashed into the town of
2003 –Sunday- A "pain in the ass" - the first
cloned equine, a mule foal was “born” at
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Look for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower – remnants of Halley’s Comet- tonight.
1260 –Wednesday- Kublai Khan became the ruler of the Mongol
Empire. Kublai Khan was grandson of the conqueror
Genghis Khan. (Remember the famous cheer “ Ghengis Ghengis he’s our Mhan. If he can’t do it, Kublai Khan”…). Kublai was acclaimed "Great Khan"
in the North in 1260 but his younger brother, Ariq Böge, disputed the election
and proclaimed himself khan at
(In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.)- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In 1275, Marco Polo, visited Xanadu and a relationship based
on trust was formed between Polo and the Khan. Polo’s reports on Xanadu and
1640 –Saturday- King Charles I of England dissolved the Short Parliament.
This was mainly because he couldn’t find them.
They were all under five ft. tall and were lost amidst the benches and
desks. Actually, it was the fourth Parliament of King Charles
I's reign was called during the crisis brought about by the Bishops' Wars
1809-Friday- The first
1813 –Wednesday- Happy Birthday, Soren Kierkegaard, Danish religious philosopher. He is known as the "father of existentialism", the philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts. Existentialism is derived from Hegalian Absolutism – but then you knew that- actually Kierkegaard’s criticism of Hegal and the German Romantics. An existentialist question was posed to three men."When you are in your casket and friends, family and congregates are mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say?" The first said: "I would like to hear them say that I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man." The second said: "I would like to hear them say that I was a wonderful teacher and a servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives." The 3rd said: "I would like to hear them say, 'Look , he's moving.'"
–Tuesday- Speaking of philosophy (See Kierkegaard above) Happy Birthday, political
philosopher Karl Marx, born in
-Friday Happy Birthday
Elkanah Billings, the Canadian geologist and paleontologist, who was actually the
first Canadian paleontologist. He began
publishing his own magazine—The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist and Sir
William E. Logan, Director of the Geological Survey of the United Provinces of
–Saturday- Emperor Napoleon kaput.
Napoleon died in exile on the
1861-Sunday- Happy Birthday, Peter Cooper-Hewitt, American
electrical engineer who invented the mercury-vapor lamp, a major step in
electrical lighting. He was experimenting with electric conductivity and he was
able to prove that a gas can conduct an electrical charge. By doing this, Cooper-Hewitt
was able to pass an electric current through mercury gas sealed in a quartz
tube. He also unveiled
1862-Monday- Cinco de Mayo – It has nothing to do
with the five original varieties of Hellman’s.
It is not
One year after the Battle of Chancellorsville,
the forces of Generals Grant and Lee began their maneuvering towards Richmond
with the Battle of the Wilderness. The
woods were so thick that entire units were lost. In fact, Union soldiers came upon the bodies
of Union soldiers killed at
Happy Birthday, Nelly Bly, born Elizabeth Cochrane in Cochran Mills,
1874-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Frank Conrad, He began what are considered to be the first regular radio broadcasts from his Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania garage in 1920, and is responsible for the founding of the first licensed broadcast station in the world: KDKA. Conrad worked for Westinghouse for 51 years during which time he received over two hundred American, English, and German patents on mechanical and electrical devices such as refrigerators, carburetors, radio transmitters and receivers, televisions, clocks, arc lamps, gear shifts, air conditioners, insulators, vacuum tubes, and electric meters- Mr. Conrad was a busy man! He is probably beloved by all of you as the inventor of the round type electric meter now in general use – you know, the one that is spinning madly, running up your electric bill every time you look at it.
1881-Thursday- Louis Pasteur tested inoculations against anthrax upon an ox, several cows 25 sheep, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. His experiment proved successful, and was a milestone in the treatment of disease.
1891-Tuesday- Carnegie Hall (then named Music Hall)
1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Denton True “Cy” Young of the Boston Americans pitched the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball, 3-0. The losing pitcher was Hall of Famer Rube Waddell. The Athletics’ shortstop was one of Professor Sy Yentz’ favorite baseball names Ossee Schreckengost
T. Scopes was taken under arrest for violating a new state law against the
1930-Monday- Twenty seven year old, Amy Johnson left
Croydon, England on the first solo
flight by a woman between England and Australia, a distance of 11,000 miles.
She flew a single-engine De Havilland Gipsy Moth named Jason, and landed in
1936-Tuesday- A patent (remember….since 1848 patents are issued on Tuesdays) was issued for the first bottle with a screw cap and a pour lip to Edward A. Ravenscroft, Glencoe, Illinois This replaced his earlier, less successful, occasionally messy model which featured a pour cap and a screw lip.
1945 –Saturday- The only known American deaths in the continental United States during World War II occurred in Lakeview, Oregon as Mrs. Elsie Mitchell and five neighborhood children were killed while attempting to drag a Japanese balloon out the woods. Unbeknownst to Mitchell and the children, the “balloon” was explosive and armed, and it blew up soon after they began tampering with it. Killed in the explosion were: Sherman Shoemaker, 12; Jay Gifford, 12; Edward Engen, 13; Joan Patzke, 11; Richard Patzke, 13; and Elsie Mitchell, 26.
1951 –Saturday- In honor of the birthday of Karl Marx we note The premiere of I Was a Communist for the FBI. Released at the height of the “red scare”, with the tag line “I had to sell out my own girl -- so would you!”, as the The FBI infiltrates one of their agents in the US Communist Party and get this………..not even his family knows he’s not a Communist. Whew! Directed by Gordon Douglas, it starred Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, and Paul Picerni who would go onto a supporting role in television’s The Untouchables.
1955 –Thursday- The musical Damn Yankees opened at the 46th St. Theater onBroadway. Based on the book by Douglass Wallop, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the lyrics and music were by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and it was staged by George Abbott. The Faustian story line (selling soul for success) starred Stephen Douglass as Joe Hardy of the Washington Senators, Gwen Verdon as Lola (Whatever Lola Wants)and Ray Walston in the Mephistophelian role of Applegate. Damn Yankees stayed on Broadway for over a thousand performances
1961-Friday Mercury 3 carried Alan Shepard reasonably close to being in space during
a suborbital flight of 115 miles that lasted 15 minutes. We Americans
were told he went to space and coming shortly after the shock - less
than a month -after of the Russians being first into space - Yuri Gagarin – we,
in the “Free World” celebrated this as a major accomplishment. The space craft name Freedom
Seven was Shepard's choice. "Freedom" because it was patriotic
and "Seven" because it was the seventh Mercury capsule produced. It
also represented the seven Mercury astronauts. Shepard did not orbit the Earth,
and the flight lasted only 15 minutes and 28 seconds (about how long it takes
to get through security at
1963-Sunday- The world's first
human liver transplant was performed in
1968 – For What It’s Worth, The
feudin’ and a fightin’ Buffalo
Springfield disbanded after one last concert at
- Irish Republican Army
hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in
1986 – After assurances that the
1994 –Monday- American brat, eighteen year old Michael Fay was caned in
2000 –Friday- A conjunction of the five "naked eye" planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - formed a rough line across the sky with the Sun and Moon. Unfortunately, nothing was visible from the Earth, because the line of planets was behind the Sun. Such a conjunction last happened in Feb 1962 and will not happen again until Apr 2438....so mark your calendars because maybe it won't be behind the sun next time and to paraphrase the words of the great Shorty Long it’ll be a Function at the Conjunction
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1536 –Wednesday- King Henry
VIII ordered English language Bibles be placed in every church (and every hotel
room too although he drew the line at also placing Conrad Hilton’s biography in
them too). Henry had been suppressing Protestant bibles for years. It wasn’t a change of conscience though. Besotted by young
hottie Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII had requested that the Pope permit him to
divorce his wife (Catherine of Aragon) and marry his mistress. The Pope refused. Always
one for a calm, thoughtful response, Henry responded by getting her pregnant, marrying
Anne anyway, thumbing his nose at the Pope by renouncing Roman Catholicism,
taking England out from under Rome’s religious control, and declaring himself
as the reigning head of State to also be the new head of the Church. His first
act was to further defy the wishes of
1758 –Saturday- Happy Birthday, Maximilien
Robespierre, French Jacobin leader, principal figure in the French
Revolution and the “Reign of Terror” during which thousands were guillotined. After
the downfall of the monarchy in August 1792, Robespierre was elected first
1806-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Chapin A. Harris American dentist who was one of the founders of dentistry as a profession. His most influential text, the riveting, The Dental Art: A Practical Treatise on Dental Surgery was published in 1830. Professor Sy Yentz is currently working on a book about dentistry –The Dental Challenge: How Many Fingers and Devices Can I Fit In Your Mouth at the Same Time…..While Engaging You in a Conversation. Harris was a co-founder of the first dental school in the world, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1840, and cofounder of the first dental journal in the world, the American Journal of Dental Science in 1849. Establishing dentistry was a difficult task. In fact, it was almost like pulling teeth.
caused people to be glued to their mail:
The concept of adhesive postage stamp was introduced by Scotsman, James
1851-Tuesday- John Gorrie of
he became convinced that cold was a healer. Gorrie began to experiment with making artificial ice and invented a machine that produced ice. Horse, water, wind-driven sails, or steam power could power his compressor. Gorrie’s machine set the groundwork for modern refrigeration and air-conditioning. He died in 1855 after suffering a nervous breakdown when he was unable to obtain financing for production of his invention. One might say he was frozen out of the process.
1851-Tuesday- On the same day as the refrigerator was
patented, a. patent was issued to Linus Yale Jr. of Massachusetts for his invention of a
"clock" lock, the first such patent to be issued in the U.S. He
modestly called it the “ Yale Infallible Bank Lock" for safes and vaults.
The design allowed the owner to change its combination and would also allow the
key to secure the lock while being hidden away from the exterior of the door by
a hardened steel plate, which covered the key-hole behind it. The design superseded
the keyhole lock and the first double locks (two locks within one case). Yale's best-known lock design, however,
was for a cylinder pin-tumbler lock. This would eventually be
followed by the "forgot the combination" lock...which could only be
used once.The basic concept for locks was used in
Sweet dream baby
Sweet dream baby
How long must I dream?
Got me dreamin' sweet dreams
The whole day through
Got me dreamin' sweet dreams
Nighttime too….Roy Orbison………..Born on the same day department (see below): Happy Birthday, Sigmund Freud , (who was afreud of the dark) born in Moravia (what is now the Czech Republic), father of modern psychiatry. In 1899, he published The Interpretation of Dreams, the book that Freud regarded as his most important work. Freud worked briefly with Carl Jung, was a professor in
The older looking one asks the other, "What's your secret? Listening to other people's problems every day, all day long, for years on end, has made an old man of me." The younger looking one replies, "Who listens?"
–Tuesday- And, Edward Peary American polar explorer who
made the first successful expedition to the North Pole
arriving April 6 1909 with his black assistant Matthew Henson
and four Inuit Eskimos. His claim was disputed by Frederick Cook who claimed to
have reached the pole in 1908, a controversy which continues to this day,
though most geographers have accepted that Peary was in fact the first to
arrive reasonably close to the pole. He spent several prior years, from 1891,
1861 –Monday- Arkansas seceded from the
1868 –Wednesday- Happy
Birthday, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last Russian emperor and one of
history’s leading examples of monarchial incompetence. During his reign,
1877 –Sunday- Just under a year after his great victory of over the reckless George Custer at the Little Big Horn, Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrendered to United States troops of General Nelson Miles in Nebraska. Except for Gall and Sitting Bull, he was the last important chief to yield, He would be slewn by army guards on Sept. 5, 1877.
1879 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Bedrich Hrozný, Czech
archaeologist and linguist who, who deciphered cuneiform Hittite, opening a
major path to the ancient history of the
1882 –Saturday- While strolling through
the park one day
In the merry merry month of May
I was taken by surprise
By a pair of roguish eyes……Ed Haley and Robert A. Keiser,……..The
–Monday- The Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public
at the Universal
Exposition in Paris. There was immediately a
45 minute wait on line – a tradition that continues to this day. Since the
mid-19th century, Universal Expositions were held in
1895 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Rudolph Valentino, Italian-born American silent screen actor – The Sheik. Valentino died in 1926 of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Professor Sy Yentz notes these appendix fatalities throughout history because he suffered a ruptured appendix in 2005.
1896-Wednesday- The Aerodrome No. 5 made the first
successful flight of an unpiloted, engine-driven, heavier-than-air craft. Its
inventor, Samuel Pierpont Langley, launched the craft using a spring-actuated
catapult mounted on top of a houseboat on the Potomac River, near
1910 –Friday- Speaking of Edward VII, who officially opened the Eiffel Tower (when he was Prince of Wales) in 1889, he went kaput on this day and George V became King of the United Kingdom. Edward was sixty years old when he finally succeeded his Methuselah -like mother, Queen Victoria in 1901. He usually smoked twenty cigarettes and twelve cigars a day. He liked to drink too. Bronchitis, pneumonia and several heart attacks would send Edward to that big throne in the sky. George V would in turn sire the criminally stupid, alcoholic, womanizing, Nazi sympathizing Edward VIII, who would abdicate the throne in 1936 so he could marry serial divorcee and American gold digger, Wallace Simpson.
1915 –Thursday- Happy Birthday, Orson Welles, American actor, director, producer and writer who combined his talents in the movie Citizen Kane, – generally recognized as the greatest movie ever made. Having created his masterpiece at age twenty five, years later Welles would declare "I began at the top and have been making my way down ever since." All the films he directed were interesting, but none matched his initial achievement of Citizen Kane. Among his other films were The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady From Shanghai (1946), Othello (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962). Most of those films were marked by soap operaish disputes with producers and studios and Welles often disowned the final version.
1937-Thursday- The zeppelin Hindenburg exploded at
1954-Thursday- In Oxford, England, 25-year-old medical student Roger Bannister broke track and field's most famous barrier in distance running: the four-minute mile. Bannister, won the mile race with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. For years, so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that people made it out to be a physical impossibility. Bannister, who was being pursued by four bill collectors, the U.S Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marilyn Mansonl, and Rosie O’Donnell, proved them wrong.
1957 -Monday Just let me hear some of that
Rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
It's gotta be rock and roll music
If you want to dance with me
If you want to dance with me
I have no kicks against modern jazz
Unless they try to play it too darn fast
And change the beauty of the melody
Until it sounds just like a symphony
Just let me hear some of that
Rock and roll music………………..
Chuck Berry recorded Rock & Roll Music for Chess Records (blue label). It was released on his album, One Dozen Berries. Listen carefully, Blues legend Willie Dixon played bass. The song was later covered by the Beatles.
Happy Birthday, Hannah N. Ake, Marine Biologist, Gaucho, and noted water polo
pioneer who, at U.C
1994 Friday- Bo-bom doo-wop, bo-bom doo-wop,
bo-bom doo-wop, bo-bom doo-wop.)
(Bo-bom doo-wop, bo-bom doo-wop,
bo-bom doo-wop, bo-bom doo-wop.)
You cheated, you lied,
You said that you
You cheated, you lied,
You said that you want me. …..The Shields……..Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against Presidential stud muffin and horn dog, Bill Clinton, alleging he'd sexually harassed her in 1991. Gee, gosh, the President couldn’t have been (gasp) lying when he denied it. Nah,
1994 –Friday- The tunnel under the English Channel from
2009 –Wednesday- Chemists with Professor Thomas M. Klapötke at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München analyzed a molecule, which has an extremely short bond length. As reported by the researchers in Nature Chemistry, the carbon atom and the chlorine atom in the so-called chlorotrinitromethane molecule are only 1.69 Angstroms apart from one another. An angstrom is a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron). The description of compounds and interactions between atoms is one of the basic objectives of chemistry. The cause of the bonding appears to have been an evening of molecules singing, Kumbaya, roasting marshmallows, and engaging in “team building activities”.
A newly discovered species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo
dragon, was reported in the journal Zootaxa
this week by Sam Sweet, a professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and
Marine Biology at UCSB, and Valter Weijola, a graduate student at Abo Akademi
University in Turku, Finland. The monitor lizard is easily identified by it’s
white Sam Brown belt and conspicuous hall pass as it carries messages from
teachers to the office and reminds children not to run in the lunchroom. The scientific name of this lizard is Varanus
obor; However, it's called Torch monitor because of its bright orange head with
a glossy black body. The Torch monitor can grow to nearly four feet in length,
and thrives on a diet of small animals and carrion. The Torch monitor exists
only on the small
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1660-Friday- Isaack B. Fubine of
1713 –Sunday- Happy Birthday-
Alexis Claude Clairaut French
mathematician who as child prodigy was studying calculus at age 10. In 1726,
age thirteen, he read his paper Quatre
problèmes sur de nouvelles courbes to the
1763 –Saturday- Ottawa Indian chief, New France supporter, and
eventually a car,
1812 –Thursday- Happy Birthday, Poet Robert Browning, born in
1824 –Friday- World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (actually Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125) at the Kärntnertor Theatre in Vienna. Friedrich Schiller’s poem The Ode to Joy (actually, Schiller had called it An die Freude)had interested Beethoven from 1793 when he sought to write a song which became the choral symphony but the musical theme of Part IV was written only a year before the completion of the symphony. The performance was conducted by Michael Umlauf under the (by now) deaf composer's supervision.
1833-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, composer (he is currently
decomposing) Johannes Brahms, born in
1840 –Thursday- The Great
1840 –Thursday- Happy Birthday, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,
Russian composer. In 1875 he composed
what is perhaps his most universally known and loved work, the Piano Concerto No. 1. Also popular was Tchaikovsky's ballet
1841 –Friday- Happy Birthday, Gustave Le Bon, French social psychologist best known for his study of the
psychological characteristics of crowds. His most notable work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind was
crowded out of bookshelves. He stated
that crowds maintained a collective mind and that the group mind was not simply
a summary of the individual persons. Instead, a new distillation of traits
emerged, primarily unconscious in nature, which reflected racially inherited
characteristics. Obviously, Le Bon spent a lot of time at Miley Cyrus and Lil’
to a national medical convention in
wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander …Gogie Grant….The Beaufort Scale, developed by Englishman, Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort - which measures wind force, was adopted for international use by the British Admiralty. Prior to this the scale was used to weigh Beaufort during his periodic diet regimens. The scale, which he conceived in 1805 would undergo underwent major changes in the 100 years following it initial adaptation since the scale was originally devised with frigates in mind. After frigates faded from the nautical scene, the scale was adjusted to “states of the sea” and “degrees of motion of trees”. It wasn’t totally finalized until 1946.
1878-Tuesday- Joseph R. Winters,
a black American inventor, received a patent for a fire escape ladder. It was a wagon-mounted
fire escape ladder for the city of
1885 –Thursday Happy Birthday George 'Gabby' Hayes, American actor and professional side kick to Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott.
1887-Saturday- Happy Birthday, Edwin Land ( brother of Disney Land, Ice Land and Ire Land, and Po Land…….yes, it was a large family!), American physicist, manufacturing executive, and inventor, Land developed the first modern polarizers for light, (light oriented in a plane with respect to the source) a sequence of subsequent polarizers, and theories and practices for applications of polarized light from which came the Polaroid Land Camera. He first demonstrated his camera in 1947, which gave fully developed prints in 60 seconds.
Dr. H. H. Holmes, (Herman Webster Mudgett) one of
. 1915- Friday- They almost made it from
1939 –Sunday- Happy Birthday, Johnny Maestro, American rock n roll singer. Maestro was lead singer of
doo woppers, the Crests during the 1950s with hits including now standard, 16
Candles, as well as The Angels Listened In, Step By Step, (“first step, a sweet
hello, 2nd step, my heart’s aglow”)
and Trouble In Paradise. In
1968, he combined with a Del Satins, who had backed up Dion after he left the
–Monday- World War
II came to an end in Europe as German Commander in Chief (Hitler having kaputed
himself on April 30) Admiral Karl Doenitz surrendered to Allied forces. Hitler had selected Joseph Goebbels to
succeed him but Goebbels kaputed himself (and his wife and his eight children) the
next day. Authorizing German forces in northwestern
1952 –Wednesday- The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, was first published by radar scientist Geoffrey W.A. Dummer. Dummer, employed by the Royal Radar Establishment of the British Ministry of Defense published the idea at the Symposium on Progress in Quality Electronic Components in Washington, D.C Unfortunately, the unfortunately named Dummer couldn't figure out how to make and integrated circuit – remember this was before Brown vs. Kansas Board of Education so integration was a year or so away- so the first integrated circuits were developed independently by two scientists. Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments who filed a patent for a "Solid Circuit" on February 6, 1958 and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor who was awarded a patent for a more complex "unitary circuit" on April 25, 1961. Noyce's silicon circuit ended up being the prototype on which the microprocessors we now use are based. http://www.velocityguide.com/computer-history/integrated-circuit.html
–Friday- Another war another loss for
1957 –Tuesday- Brilliant young Cleveland Indians' lefty pitcher Herb Score was hit by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankee, Gil McDougald. McDougald's shot caught Score flush in the right eye, breaking his nose, cutting his eyelid and causing massive swelling and hemorrhaging. He was out for the rest of the year. Score regained his sight and was back on the mound in 1958 with a three-hit, 13-strikeout shutout of the Chicago White Sox but his career – due to an elbow injury- would sputter and he would be out of baseball by 1961.
1963-Tuesday- The United States launched the Telstar II communications satellite on behalf of its private owner, AT&T. On its tenth orbit, it transmitted the first transatlantic TV program seen in color. Telstar I, launched in 1962 had also broadcast but those pictures were in black and white. That first color transmission, the Eurovision Song Contest caused viewers to run screaming from their homes.
The record low
temperature for May in the continental
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450 –Wednesday- Jack Cade's Rebellion as Jack Cade (believed to be his name -
some of his followers called him
John Mortimer, and claimed that he was related to Richard, Duke of York, and
also that he had fought for France against England in the Hundred Years War. He
appeared to history out of nowhere in the spring of 1450) led an uprising against the policies of the
addled Henry VI. The majority of the participants were peasants and small
1541-Thursday- Hernando De Soto
1698-Thursday- Happy Birthday Henry Baker, English naturalist who introduced microscopy to the general public with papers on his microscopical examinations of water creatures, fossils and politicians. Among his publications were the riveting Microscope made Easy in 1743, followed by the scintillating Employment for the Microscope
In 1753. Baker also developed new methods of teaching the hearing and speech-impaired. The novelist, Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, was his father-in-law. Influenced by Baker's work, Defoe even wrote a book about a deaf magician, The Life and Adventures of Duncan Campbell in 1720.
1742-Tuesday Happy Birthday, Lionel Lukin, English, inventor who in 1785 patented the construction of the modern "unsinkable" lifeboat. He patented his design of watertight compartments, cork, and other lightweight materials to build small boats that would not sink even when filled with water. He is considered by some to have been the inventor of the lifeboat (although some think William Wouldhave –really, that was his name - would have (pun intended) a competing claim –although his model didn’t really work until three years after Lukin’s model). Lukin’s other inventions included a raft for rescuing persons under ice, an adjustable reclining hospital bed, and a rain gauge.
1786 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Thomas Hancock, English inventor who founded the British rubber industry. Hancock invented the masticator, (sounds like something that helps teenagers when they’re alone in their rooms) a machine that shredded rubber scraps, allowing rubber to be recycled after being formed into blocks or rolled into sheets. Hancock, the master of mastication, remember this was before tires were needed, teamed up with waterproof rubber inventor Charles MacIntosh and the mastication process was used for pneumatic cushions, mattresses, pillows and bellows, hose, tubing, solid tires, shoes, packing and springs.
1790-Saturday- Setting off hundreds of years of confusion over measurement systems, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand convinced the French National Assembly decided to create a simple, stable, decimal system of measurement units. The earliest meter unit chosen was the length of a pendulum with a half-period of a second.
1794-Thursday- Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry,
was guillotined by a revolutionary tribunal that stated, "We need
no more scientists in
– Friday- The first
1842-Sunday- Happy Birthday, Emil Chrstian Hansen, Danish botanist who revolutionized beer-making, while working for the Carlsberg Brewery, through development of new ways to culture yeast. Yes, yeast is yeast and west is west and………… He also proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers. Some yeast cultures went on to develop into people who kiss dogs on the mouth.
1846-Friday- Five days before the formal declaration of war, General
Zachary Taylor defeated a much larger Mexican army in the Battle of Palo Alto
north of the Rio Grande River, near Brownsville Texas. The battle consisted
mostly of a lopsided artillery duel. Attempts by the Mexican cavalry to turn
1847-Saturday- Happy Birthday, Oscar Hammerstein,
German/American inventor, cigar maker, opera impresario, theater builder; and
Oscar II's (of Rogers & Hammerstein) grandfather. His development of the theater
1855 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, John Warne Gates, known as John "Bet A
Million" Gates, was an American inventor, promoter and speculator. He
discovered a market for Joseph Glidden’s invention, barbed wire fencing on the
Western plains and helped convince ranchers to adopt it for use. “Bet a
Million” was a founder of the The Texas Company which became the Texaco oil
company. He became influential in the development of the city of
1864 –Sunday- A
mere two days after the
1873-Thursday- Happy Birthday Nevil Vincent Sidgwick English chemist who contributed to the understanding of chemical bonding, especially in coordination compounds. As we have noted, chemical bonding usually occurred after a day of team building activities and an evening of sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows while singing Kumbaya.
in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars…Gary Numan……No, he didn’t invent the car. He never even built one but the first
Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the
1886-Saturday- Druggist John S. Pemberton invented and sold a
new drink called Coca Cola at his
1937 –Saturday- Happy
Birthday, Thomas Pynchon, American novelist. He has been described as one of the
most important postmodern writers. We love that because no one quite knows what
postmodern is. His books are intriguing
and readable (except perhaps Mason and
Dixon) and Gravity’s Rainbow
(1973) is a great novel by any standard, postmodern or not. Other notables
include The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
1940 –Wednesday- Happy Birthday- Eric Nelson, son of radio stars Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Eric, later known as Ricky, grew up to play himself on his parents' TV series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and became a teenage idol
Some people call me a teenage idol
Some people say they envy me
I guess they got no way of knowing
How lonesome I can be
and pretty good country/rock singer. Like his band leader father, he had a knack for hiring good musicians, including hiring the great James Burton as guitarist and mainstay of his band. Nelson also had a good eye (ear?) for songs. His hit, Poor Little Fool – 1958- was written by Sharon Sheeley (Eddie Cochran’s girlfriend) and Hello Mary Lou was written by Gene Pitney. Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band with its mellow, California-based country-rock sound – Garden Party- anticipated the sounds of groups like the Eagles.
months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor came the end of
–Tuesday- Following the surrender of
1951-Tuesday- I just got down from the
Isle of Skye
I'm not very big but I'm awful shy
All the lassies shout as I walk by,
"Donald, Where's Your Trousers?"
Dacron men's suits were introduced in
1956 –Tuesday- Norman
Mingo’s Alfred E. Neuman became Mad
Magazine’s permanent mascot as he appeared on the cover for regularly the
first time. A running joke since 1956
has been Neuman's campaign for the
1958 –Thursday Just what the world needed, another Dracula
movie. This one, Dracula starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (who along with
Vincent Price) had a monopoly on late 20th century horror films. In the
Our favorites include: Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Dracula, Dracula Istanbul’da – 1953 – A Turkish movie production of Dracula., Brides of Dracula, Billy the Kid VS Dracula, Countess Dracula, Dracula A.D. 1972, Blacula, Dracula, Father and Son, and Dracula 3000. Christopher Lee starred in eight Dracula films
seawater treatment plant opened in
Meet the mets,
Step right up and greet the Mets!
Bring your kiddies,
bring your wife;
Guaranteed to have the time of your life
because the Mets are really sockin' the ball; knocking those home runs over the wall!...at least until the moved to cavernous Citifield…. Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz ………On the same day that the seawater treatment plant opened in Texas, New York's National League club announced that the team nickname would be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc."). The Mets would replace the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, stolen by two
–Saturday- Johnny's in the
basement, mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement, thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat, badge out, laid off
Says "He's got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off"
Look out kid, it's somethin' you did
God knows when but you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way, lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap, in the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills, you only got ten …….Oft imitated (enough already!) never duplicated, Bob Dylan filmed one of the earliest music videos, the famous "flashcard" clip for Subterranean Homesick Blues. It was seen in DA Pennebaker's film, Dont Look Back, a documentary of Dylan’s tour of
1970-Friday The album Let It Be (still vinyl in those days) by the Beatles was released. This was the Beatles’ final album. Although not one of the best, it does have several great tracks. Beatles producer, George Martin was not involved with this one. Phil Spector, of early 60s “wall of sound” fame, was the producer. The last time The Beatles performed together in a studio was on August 20, 1969. On January 4, 1970, the final taping was completed for Let It Be. In April 1970, Paul McCartney announced that he had left The Beatles, citing personal, business, musical differences and bizarre Japanese groupies. Highlights of the album were, of course, Let It Be, the mucilaginous wailing of The Long and Winding Road, Across the Universe, and Get Back.
1973 –Tuesday- Hall of Fame shortstop, Ernie Banks filled in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman after Lockman was ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager as the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-1. Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians would officially become the first Black manager in 1975.
1984 –Tuesday- After the United States
boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, the Soviets shocked (ha ha ha) the
world by boycotting the U.S Olympic Games in Los Angeles thus reminding us once
again that diplomacy is basically 2nd graders trying to get even
with each other. In the absence of the Communist countries and their
performance enhancing drugs (the women looked like they could play middle
linebacker for the NY Giants) the
1988 –Sunday- Oh oh Telephone Line,
give me some time, I'm living in twilight
Oh oh Telephone Line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight ..ELO…“ Hi mom, Happy Mother’s D….oops…….. hello? Hello? Hello?...........Is anyone there?............A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggered an extended 1AESS network outage. Outage is telephone company talk for “you can’t make any calls and no one can call you”. One of the largest switching systems in the state, the Hinsdale facility processed more than 3.5 million calls each day while serving 38,000 customers, including numerous businesses, hospitals, and
The source of a "red tide" in the
1994 –Sunday- Climb
every mountain, search high and low
Follow every by way, every path you know
Climb every mountain, ford every stream
Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream……..Rogers and Hammerstein……Norwegian, Erling Kagge was the first person to surmount the "three poles challenge" – North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest by reaching the summit of Everest. In 1992-93, he completed the first unsupported solo expedition to the South Pole (starting from
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1457 BC –Saturday- The
Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and
a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is said to be the
first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable
detail. Most of what we know about the battle was compiled by the
military scribe, Tjaneni, and inscribed on the walls of the Hall of Annals in
Columbus and his 13 year old son, Fernando, set out from Cadiz, Spain on his 4th
voyage to America. As the old saying
goes, “he shoulda stood in bed”. The
expedition included four ships and 150 men.
1671 –Saturday- Thomas “Captain”
Blood, attempted to steal the crown jewels of
–Thursday- The first newspaper cartoons in
1785 - Joseph Bramah invented the beer-pump handle. It was based on a prior invention, the hydraulic press. From his work on the hydraulic press, Bramah went on to invent a pump by which beer or other liquors can be raised from casks in a cellar to the counter over which it is sold. Patented in 1797, his rotary motion pump was subsequently adapted for use in fire engines. More importantly it gets the alcohol from the container into the tap and into your glass. From that point you are on your own.
1860 –Wednesday- For those of us who “won’t grow up”, Happy Birthday James Barrie, Scottish creator of Peter Pan. The play Peter Pan or, The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up was first performed in 1904 and published in 1928. “All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end”.
1865-Tuesday- Richard Jordan Gatling received a patent for the Gatling gun. He had invented it in 1861 and it was the first gun to successfully combine reliability, high firing rate and ease of loading into a single device. It was a six-barreled weapon capable of firing a (then) phenomenal 200 rounds per minute. The Gatling gun was a hand-driven, crank-operated, multi-barrel, machine gun and the first machine gun with reliable loading. Oddly enough, Gatling was motivated to develop the invention because he noted that most Civil War casualties were the result of illness. He believed his weapon would allow for fewer troops, hence fewer casualties. O.K………but then there would also be more dead via bullet so there would be fewer survivors to get sick.
1873-Friday- Happy Birthday, Howard Carter, British archaeologist
who made one of the richest and most celebrated contributions
to archeological history; the discovery in 1922 of
the largely intact tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Carter began his archaeological work in
1882-Tuesday- A stethoscope that looks like the stethoscope that we all know and love – including the cold metal pieces at the end- was patented by William F. Ford. The stethoscope was invented in 1816 by the French physician René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec who is generally (yes, another in a long list of “fathers of”) considered to be the father of chest medicine. In 1850, George Camman substituted rubber for stiffer materials and made a more comfortable model—the forerunner of today's stethoscopes.
- The first
official “Mother’s Day” as President
Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established
the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate
1926-Sunday- The first men to fly over the North Pole were Richard Byrd and Floyd
Bennett. Actually S.Claus already had
frequent flyer rights to that route. Roald Amundsen, the first man ever to
reach the South Pole, had announced he would be crossing over the North Pole in
a dirigible. Byrd made his attempt. Flying
with Floyd Bennett in the Josephine Ford,
named after the daughter of a major contributor to his expedition, Byrd met
with success……according to Byrd. He said that he and Bennett flew over the
North Pole, despite having developed a dangerous oil leak. When they arrived
back at the
1931 –Saturday- Happy Birthday, Vance Brand, American astronaut. One of the 19 pilot astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966, Brand flew on four space missions; Apollo-Soyuz, the flight that resulted in the historic meeting in space between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts. STS-5, STS 41-B, and STS-35. He logged 746 hours in space and commanded three Shuttle missions. The STS 41-B mission (Challenger) resulted in a space microbe being lodged in the protective tiles. On landing, after exposure to the super heated conditions of re-entry, the microbe mutated into a virus that causes the disease Studentitis Procrastinatitus Deceasedium Relativium, which results in students putting off projects until the last minute and then asking the teacher for more time because the untimely demise of a relative caused the failure to do the work.
winds carried away 250,000,000 tons of dry, parched top soil from the plains of
1945-Wednesday- Herman Goering, fat, bloated, drug addicted mass murderer, art thief, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe, president of the Reichstag, head of the Gestapo, prime minister of Prussia, and Hitler's designated successor was captured by the U.S. Seventh Army in Bavaria. He was put on trial at Nuremburg, sentenced to death and committed suicide by swallowing cyanide shortly before his scheduled execution.
1961 –Tuesday- Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a ''vast wasteland'' in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. Can you imagine what he would say if he saw contemporary television programming now?
1962 –Wednesday- A laser beam was bounced off the moon from earth by MIT scientists. The area of the light beam on the surface was estimated at a diameter of 4 miles. It was called Project "Luna See," and headed by Professor Louis D. Smullin and Dr. Giorgio Fiocco. They had successfully demonstrated the high-power optical technology by being the first to bounce a laser beam off the moon's surface. High-intensity red light flashes were created by an optical laser, sent through a transmitting telescope to the moon's surface, and detected with an optical receiver. This was the first time that space had been spanned by a laser light. The light did show a then peculiar life form oozing on the Moon’s surface. It was later identified as Vladimir Putin.
1973 –Wednesday- Dietary alert! The premiere of Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor Young, Edward G. Robinson (in his chuckling elder statesman mode), Chuck Connors (The Rifleman), Joseph Cotton, Dick Van Patten, and the great Whit Bissell (we do not understand why there has never been a Whit Bissell Film Festival http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000946/). Directed by Richard Fleisher the plot involved a New York police detective (Heston) finding himself marked for murder by government agents when he got too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff (pancreas crapes)….you’ll never guess what it was made of………..would you?
1978-Tuesday- The bullet-riddled (all accounts feature
“bullet ridden” – the poor man was shot numerous times) body of former Italian
prime minister Aldo Moro, who had been kidnapped by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist Red Brigades, was found in the trunk
of an automobile in the center of
1980 –Friday “ I think we make a left
turn here and…….whoops!” A Liberian freighter hit the
1989- Tuesday- Only the Mets! NY Mets Kevin Elster, made his first error
after 88 errorless games at shortstop. Catcher Rick Cerone was so thrilled with
this turn of events that he made his first error in 159 games. The Mets
actually won the game, beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-1.
1996 –Thursday “And perhaps you’d like to purchase this lovely bridge in
–Tuesday- Copying is a wonderful
Make ya smile through the pouring rain
Love is a wonderful thing
I'll say it again and again
Turn your world into one sweet dream
Take your heart and make it sing
Copying, copying, is a wonderful thing Inducting bombastic wailer Michael Bolton into the George Harrison Plagiarism Hall of Fame, a U.S. federal appeals court upheld a $5.4 million jury decision that Bolton had plagiarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing. The original song, of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers. The $5.4 million award was calculated on the basis of 66% of past and future royalties being owed to the Isley Brothers. It also took into account 28% of past and future royalties from Bolton’s 1991 album Time, Love and Tenderness, on which the song appears and which had sold 6.7 million copies in the
2002 –Thursday- The 38-day stand-off and desecration in the
Church of the Nativity in
2020- May 4, 2010Dawn, go away I'm
no good for you
Oh, Dawn, stay with him he'll be good to you
Hang on, Hang on to him:…….The Four Seasons…. The spacecraft Dawn began climbing away from the sun, beyond Mars, on its way to its first destination, asteroid Vesta. Dawn will enter "standard orbit" around this rocky world for a year, exploring its mysteries. Then Dawn will do something unprecedented in real-world spaceflight: exit the orbit of one distant body, and fly to and orbit another. The second destination is asteroid Ceres. Dawn will be the first spacecraft ever built to orbit two target bodies after leaving Earth.
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in Scottish history number 1,478. When
King Alexander III went kaput without an heir, there were two main claimants to
the throne, Robert Bruce (father of Robert the Bruce and his cousin, Lenny the
Bruce) and John Balliol. It was decided that Alexander's only surviving
descendant, his three-year-old granddaughter Margaret, would ascend to the
throne under a regency of six nobles. Margaret, the “Fair Maid of Norway”
(historical note, the Scots love their “fair maids”, they appear over and over
again in history) was betrothed to English King Edward I’s son (who would
become the testeronically challenged Edward II). Unfortunately, “the Fair Maid”
went kaput on the boat ride from
1503 –Sunday- Christopher Columbus visited the Cayman Islands, bought some sea shell jewelry, took limbo lessons, tried parasailing, and enjoyed drinks with little umbrellas in them. He named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there and wrote the song We Shell Overcome.
–Tuesday- Journalist John Wilkes was imprisoned as an
outlaw. He had published The North Briton, a newspaper that
severely attacked King George III and his Prime Minister. The arrest provoked violence in London as a
protesting crowd chanted 'Wilkes and Liberty', 'No Liberty, No King', and 'Damn
the King! Damn the Government! Damn the Justices! No More Jude Law Movies!.” Fearing that the crowd would attempt to rescue
Wilkes, the troops opened fire killing seven people. Anger at the Massacre of
St. George's Fields led to more disturbances all over
1774-Tuesday- King Louis XVI ascended the throne of
–Wednesday- A big day
for the American Revolution and the new Government as the British held Fort
Ticonderoga in New York was captured by a small Colonial militia led by Ethan
Allen (his Green Mountain Boys) and Colonel Benedict Arnold. They had sailed
1837 –Wednesday- The Panic of 1837 – no, it wasn’t a Zombies attack humans movie
starring Vincent Price and Jamie Lee Curtis, nor was it the discovery that
hemlines were uneven at the Oscar de La Renta Fall Fashion preview, it was one of the most devastating economic
crisis in the nation's history and it was the direct result of an ongoing battle between
states rights president Andrew Jackson and advocates of a federal financial institution. The whole affair, which seemed gornisht helfn, fell on incoming President Martin Van Buren. The panic
not only ruined hundreds of banks, but it wiped out the scores small businesses
and farmers had heavily relied on the support of local fiscal institutions.
Unemployment climbed to unprecedented peaks. In
1838 –Thursday- Happy
Birthday - John Wilkes Booth, (named
after John Wilkes the British journalist of the 1768 entry above) American
actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln. Booth followed in the acting footsteps
of his father Junius and his brother Edwin. Booth was a vocal supporter of the
South during the Civil War. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was attending a
performance of the comedy, Our American
Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Lincoln’s bodyguard
inexplicably left his post (sort of like when Albert Anastasia’s bodyguard left
the barber shop at the Park Sheraton Hotel while Albert was getting a shave). At about ten o'clock Booth entered the
1852 –Monday- The
theory of valence was announced by English chemist Sir Edward Frankland.
The theory states that any atom can combine with a certain, limited number of
other atoms. This remains fundamental to the understanding of chemical
structure. In 1962, John Wayne, James
Stewart, and Lee Marvin starred in The
Man Who Shot
1860-Thursday- " We have come to praise Caesium, not Barium". The discovery of the element caesium was announced by German chemists, Robert Bunsen – who had developed the Bunsen Burner in 1855- and Gustav Robert Kirchoff to the Berlin Academy of Scientists. It was first noticed by its characteristic sky blue spectral lines, for which color was named. Caesium is a soft, gold-colored metal that is quickly attacked by air and reacts explosively in water. It is used in industry as a catalyst promoter, to make special glass, and in radiation monitoring equipment. The ‘caesium clock’ (atomic clock) is the standard measure of time
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
died of pneumonia a week after losing his arm when his own troops accidentally
fired on him during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He died at a field hospital
near Guiney Station, VA, approximately 30 miles from the battlefield at
1865 –Wednesday- Jefferson
Davis, president of the defeated Confederate government, was captured with his
wife and entourage near Irwinville in southern
1869-Monday- Driving that train,
high on cocaine,
Casey Jones YOU BETTER, watch your speed.
Trouble ahead, trouble behind,
And you know that notion just crossed my mind.
This old engine makes it on time,
Leaves Central Station 'bout a quarter to nine,
Hits River Junction at seventeen TWO,
At a quarter to ten you know it's DRIVIN' again……Grateful Dead…….The first coast to coast railway was completed. The golden spike was driven in
1876-Wednesday- The first electric turnstile with ratchet (inspired by the Eagles’ Hotel California – We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,But you can never leave!) in the U.S. was displayed along with such handy items as the Gatling Gun for Naval Use,
the Campbell Printing Press, a Gold Pen Exhibit, Police Nippers (pliers or pincers, used for squeezing…..not policemen who bite) and Clubs, Cutlery, a
description of the Process of Needle-Making, the Buckeye Mower and Reaper, the Dexter Carriage and and General Washington's Carriage) at the
Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1877-Thursday- President Rutherford B. Hayes had the White
House’s first telephone installed in the mansion’s telegraph room. President
Hayes rarely received phone calls…..mainly due to the fact the telephone had
just been invented by
1893 – We know you worry
about these things and so does your Supreme Court. On this day The Supreme
Court of the
However…………………. Thanks to the AskOxford………Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Blueberries, raspberries, and oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut (see gossip pages of your local newspaper). Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a 'fruit', though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is an example. The tomato, though technically a fruit, is often used as a vegetable, and a bean pod is also technically a fruit. The term 'vegetable' is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come. Occasionally the term 'fruit' may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking: rhubarb, for example. So a tomato is the fruit of the tomato plant, but can be used as a vegetable in cooking. Got it?
1898-Tuesday- “Who knows where or vend?” A vending machine law was enacted in
1898-Tuesday- Happy Birthday- Rudolf Schoenheimer German-American biochemist who discovered the continual turnover of body protein - dynamic equilibrium. Schoenheimer was famous for his technique of "tagging" molecules with radioactive isotopes made it possible to trace the paths of organic substances through animals and plants. He would sneak up begind a molecule, stick on a radioactive isotope and gleefully yell, “You’re it!”
1900- Happy Birthday, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, English-born American astronomer who was the first to conclude that hydrogen and helium are the two most common elements in the universe…..and we thought it was hydrogen and stupidity. She correctly posited that silicon, carbon, and other common metals seen in the sun were found in about the same relative amounts as on earth but the helium and particularly hydrogen were vastly more abundant (by about a factor of one million in the case of hydrogen). At the time, scientists believed the Sun to be 65% iron. Payne-Gaposchkin was a twenty five year old graduate student when she proposed her theory. Scientific dinosaurs in the Astronomy Department at Harvard convinced her to retract her findings on stellar hydrogen and publish a far less definitive statement. It was another 20 years before Payne's original claim was confirmed, by astronomer Fred Hoyle.
1902 –Saturday- Happy Birthday,
David O. Selznick producer
of Gone With the Wind. As a studio
executive during the first half of the 1930s, he was responsible for the making
of such classics as King Kong (1933)
at RKO and A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
at MGM. As an independent producer from 1936-1957, he made Little
Lord Fauntleroy, The Prisoner of Zenda, A Star Is Born (the first one – not
the Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand disaster), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Intermezzo. O. Selznick also brought Alfred Hitchcock to the
1924 –Saturday- We’re not sure if he brought his dresses but John (aka J.) Edgar Hoover was named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI) on this day beginning his sometime bizarre 48-year tenure.
1954 –Monday Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets was released. Originally recorded by Sunny Dae in 1952, Haley’s version barely made the best selling charts, creeping up to number 23. A year later, the song would become the first rock and roll record to reach number 1. In 1955 the producers of Blackboard Jungle, starring Glen Ford, Anne Francis, Vic Morrow as the bad juvenile delinquent and Sidney Poitier as the good juvenile delinquent, selected the song as the movie's opening music. The song made the movie and the movie made the song as sales of Rock Around the Clock skyrocketed, selling six million copies by the end of 1955.
second assassin birthday of the month (see John Wilkes Booth, 1838) Mark David
Chapman. Chapman shot and killed Beatle
John Lennon on December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota Apartments in
1960-Tuesday- The U.S.S
Triton – the fifth U.S naval vessel to have that name-completed the first
undersea voyage around the world. Actually, they did have to surface briefly, when
she transferred a sick sailor to heavy cruiser Macon off
1969-Saturday- The Turtles and the Temptations performed at the White House birthday party for President Richard Nixon's bromidic daughter, Tricia. Mark Volman of the Turtles fell off the stage five times. We presume the Turtles performed a greatest hits set including, Let Me Be, Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe, Eleanor, and the irksome, mind numbing, treacly, Happy Together. The Temptations had replaced David Ruffin with Dennis Edwards in 1968, even so, Edwards continued to perform Temptations classics so we presume the set included; My Girl, Ain’t to Proud to Beg, Get Ready, and You’re My Everything. Considering it was the Nixons and 1969, we’re not sure if they performed their first foray into psychedelia, Cloud Nine.
–Saturday- The American premiere of the great Monty Python and the Holy
Grail . Starring Graham
Chapman as King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard, John Cleese as Second Swallow-Savvy Guard /
The Black Knight / Peasant 3 / Sir Lancelot, the Brave / Taunting French Guard
/ Tim the Enchanter, Eric Idle as
Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir
Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother
Maynard, Terry Gilliam as Patsy / Green
Knight / Old Man from scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla
Hand, Terry Jones as Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head /
Voice of Cartoon Scribe / Prince Herbert, and
Michael Palin as First Swallow-Savvy Guard / Dennis / Peasant 2 / Right
Head / Sir Galahad the Pure / Narrator / King of Swamp Castle / Brother
Maynard's Brother / Leader of The Knights who say NI! and directed by Gilliam
and Jones, the movie focused on King Arthur and his knights searching for the
King Arthur: [after Arthur's cut off both of the Black Knight's arms] Look, you stupid Bastard. You've got no arms left.
Black Knight: Yes I have.
King Arthur: *Look*!
Black Knight: It's just a flesh wound.
Sir Bedevere: ...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped.
King Arthur: This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.
1979-Thursday- In a shocking experience, a potential difference of 32.0 million
volts, the highest ever generated, was produced by the National Electrostatics
Corporation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL),
–John Wayne Gacy kaput. Fourteen years after pronouncing the death penalty,
the state of
2003 –Saturday- The May 2003 tornado outbreak was a series of tornado outbreaks that occurred from May 3 to May 11, 2003 but this day was rather gusty as there were over sixty sitings. There were 401 tornado reports in 19 states, 1,587 reports of large hail, 740 reports of wind damage and a house that landed on a witch.
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is National Windmill Day in the
330- Sunday- Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople
Been a long time gone
Old Constantinople's still has Turkish delight
On a moonlight night
Evr'y gal in Constantinople
Is a Miss-stanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul……The Four Lads…….Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire the first Christian ruler of the Roman empire, Constantine the Great, transferred the ancient imperial capital from Rome to the city of Byzantion located on the easternmost territory of the European continent, at a major intersection of east-west trade. The emperor modestly renamed this ancient port city Constantinople ("the city of
–Friday- The first known dated
printed book was the Diamond Sutra, a
Buddhist scripture. It was made as a 16-ft scroll with six sheets of text
printed from wood blocks and one sheet with a woodcut showing the Buddha with
disciples and a pair of cats. The sheets measured 12" by 30" and were
pasted together. The date is known from a colophon at the end stating it was
"printed on 11 May 868, by Wang Chieh, for free general distribution"
and that it was dedicated to his parents. Hidden for centuries in a
sealed-up cave in north-west
Prior to this discovery, the world’s oldest printed book was believed to be Regis Philbin’s Autobiography.
1310 –Sunday- Unwittingly spawning
and eventual cottage industry of early 21st century thrillers
featuring the Knights Templar (usually as villains seeking revenge) Fifty-four
members of the Knights Templar were burned at the stake in France for being
relapsed heretics. In most of the other countries --
1647 –Saturday Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch governor of
original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, were born to Chinese parents in
1812 Monday- In
1852 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Charles W. Fairbanks,
1854-Thursday- Happy Birthday, Ottmar
German-American inventor of the Linotype typesetting machine in1886. The
Linotype is regarded as the greatest advance in printing since the development
of moveable type 400 years earlier. Mergenthaler moved to the
1858 –Tuesday- Minnesota
1860 –Friday- Fed up with Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken
Francese, Chicken Parm, and searching
for a new kind of chicken dish, Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at
1862 –Sunday- The ironclad CSS
Virginia was went kaput in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia. USS Merrimack was a screw frigate
of the United States Navy, best known as the captured super structure upon
which CSS Virginia was built during
the war and then took part in the Battle
of Hampton Roads, often called "the
1864 –Wednesday- Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down. ……
1875-Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Harriet Quimby, American aviator, the
first female pilot to fly across the English Channel. Although she was the
first American woman to become a licensed pilot, her career as a pilot lasted a
mere eleven months. On April 16, 1912 she left
Happy Birthday, Israel Baline, born in
1904 –Wednesday- “There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”…………Hello “Dali”. Happy Birthday, Salvador Dali, self promoting surrealistic Spanish artist, sculptor and designer. Among his more famous paintings were: "The Great Masturbator", "The Persistence of Memory", "Premonition of Civil War", and "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumble Bee".
1918-Saturday- Happy Birthday, Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist who was probably the most brilliant, influential, and also iconoclastic figure in his field in the post-WW II era. By age 15, he had mastered calculus. At age 15 Professor Sy Yentz had mastered the TOPPS complete set of Baseball Cards – 1962. He took every physics course at MIT. Professor Sy Yentz took no courses at MIT. His lifelong interested was in subatomic physics. He developed Feynman Diagrams, a simple notation to describe the complex behavior of subatomic particles. In 1965, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for work in quantum electrodynamics. A Feynman quote: “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
1918 –Saturday- Alas poor
,Kabardino-Balkaria, , Dagestan, and part of Stavropol Krai, of the
WWWith a population of about 1 million. Its capital was initially at Vladikavkaz then Nazran, , and finally Temir-Khan-Shura…or one per year.
1924-Sunday- Happy Birthday
1928-Friday- Radio station WGY, in
1946-Saturday- "Heart Of My Heart", I love
"Heart Of My Heart" brings back a memory …..The Four Aces……Happy Birthay Robert Jarvik. The surgeon who invented the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. The first such one was surgically implanted into a patient by William C. DeVries on December 2, 1982. Made of aluminum and plastic device, it replaced the two lower chambers (ventricles) of the natural heart.
1947 –Sunday- Tubeless tires were introduced by B.F Goodrich. Creating tubeless tires required that cords be synthetic. Rayon was used initially, then nylon, polyester, fiberglass, and steel. In 1911, Philip Strauss invented the first successful tire, which was a combination tire and air filled inner tube. Strauss' company the Hardman Tire & Rubber Company marketed the tires. Meanwhile, in 1903, P.W. Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire Company patented the first tubeless tire, however, it was never commercially marketed until the 1954 Packard.
1949-Wednesday- The first Polaroid camera was sold in a retail store went for $89.95 in New York City…which was a lot of money in those days. Edward Land had demonstrated his one-step instant camera and film on Feb. 21, 1947 at a meeting of the Optical Society of America. The first Polaroid camera had been sold to the public in November, 1948.
1949 –Wednesday- We are Siamese if you please
We are Siamese if you don't please
We are from a residence of Siam
There is no finer than I am……Peggy Lee…..Wow! May 11, 330 we have Constantinople later changed to
1949 –Wednesday- The body of Leon Besnard was exhumed in
1957 –Saturday- Great moments in talent finding history as Buddy Holly and the Crickets auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and were rejected. Note; he also turned down Elvis Presley. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts had premiered on television on December 6, 1948. The TV series continued until its final episode on July 20, 1958. Among the contestants on the show were: Tony Bennett, Pat Boone, Lenny Bruce, Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Rosemary Clooney, Wally Cox, Vic Damone, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Don Knotts, Steve Lawrence, The McGuire Sisters, Leslie Uggams, and Jonathan Winters. http://www.crazyabouttv.com/arthurgodfreystalentscouts.html
1960 –Wednesday- In
1979 –Friday- VisiCalc was given first public demonstration. Daniel Bricklin and programmer Robert Frankston gave the first demonstration of VisiCalc, a program that made a business machine of the personal computer, for the Apple II. VisiCalc (for visible calculator) automated the recalculation of spreadsheets. But I still can’ balance my checkbook. A huge success, more than 100,000 copies were sold in the first year. VisiCalc was followed by SuperCalc, MultiPlan, Lotus 1-2-3, Calcaseltzer, Calc Ripken, and a host of others, each improving the user interface.
1984 –Friday- A transit of Earth from Mars took place. A transit occurs as a planet passes in front of its star as seen from the direction of Earth. Transits of Earth from Mars usually occur in pairs, with one following the other after 79 years; rarely, there are three in the series. The transits also follow a 284-year cycle. It more than one planet transits it becomes mass transit and planets must purchase an E Z pass to complete the transit. Effects of the Mars transit on Earth included behavior modification of some humans causing them to drink soda for breakfast.
May 11, a bad day for evil as Eichmann was captured
and Klaus Barbie went on trial in
1995-Scientists confirmed that
Ebola, one of the world's deadliest viruses, had broken out in
Had to happen sooner or later with
more and more dilettantes trying to
–Sunday- The Deep Blue IBM computer defeated
Garry Kasparov to win a six-game chess match between man and machine in
2009- Monday- After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect
liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a
crew of seven astronauts were launched begin their 11-day mission to service
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope after months of delays and preparation. Atlantis
lifted off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's
1191 –Sunday- On a social note;
King Richard I of
1328 –Wednesday Antipope (note; there is no record of an uncle pope), Nicholas
V, a claimant to the papacy, was consecrated in
The worst defeat for the Colonists during the American Revolution as, a siege that began on
April 2, 1780, ended in the
unconditional surrender of Major General Benjamin Lincoln to British Lieutenant
General Sir Henry Clinton and his army of 10,000 at
1812 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Edward Lear, yes the……………………….
was an Old Derry down
who loved to see little folks merry;
So he made them a book,
and with laughter they shook
at the fun of that Derry down
He was also nature and landscape artist. After achieving recognition for his accurate depictions of parrots, he worked at the estate of the Earl of Denby where he painted the Earl’s menagerie of animals. His first book, A Book of Nonsense published in 1846 was composed for the grandchildren of the Denby household
1820-Friday - Happy
Birthday, Florence Nightingale, born in
1847 –Wednesday- Mormon William Clayton invented the odometer. Clayton called it the roadometer, attached it to a wagon wheel and counted the revolutions of the wheel as the wagon traveled. It was built with Clayton’s specification by carpenter Appleton Milo Harmon. William Clayton got the idea for his invention from i his first method of recording the distance the pioneers travelled each day. Clayton had determined that 360 revolutions of a wagon wheel made a mile, he then tied a red rag to the wheel and counted the revolutions to keep an accurate record of the mileage traveled. The odometer was not a new idea, about 15 BC, the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius mounted a large wheel of known circumference in a small frame, in much the same fashion as the wheel is mounted on a wheelbarrow; when it was pushed along the ground by hand it automatically dropped a pebble into a container at each revolution, giving a measure of the distance traveled. It was, in effect, the first odometer. Then Chang Heng, the inventor of the known seismograph, also invented an odometer that had a figure that struck a drum as each li or 0.5 km went by to measure distance and mathematician Blaise Pascal (invented a prototype of an odometer, a calculating machine called a pascaline. The pasacaline was constructed of gears and wheels. Each gear contained 10 teeth that when moved one complete revolution, advanced a second gear one place. This is the same principal employed in the mechanical odometer. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_Odometer.htm
We note that none of them knew about the
1857-Tuesday- Happy Birthday Oscar Bolza (brother of Rose Bolza, Orange Bolza, and Chick-a-Fee Peach Bolza), German mathematician and educator who was particularly noted for his work on the reduction of hyperelliptic to elliptic integrals (by administering Ritalin to the hypereliptic) and for his original contributions to the calculus of variations. He also liked to watch Jeopardy on television and used to call out the answers when the category was mathematics.
1863 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, Russian geochemist and mineralogist who was a founding father (yes, another “father of…”)of several new disciplines, including geochemistry (the chemistry of the earth's crust), biogeochemistry (the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms), and radiogeology (comparison between the observed abundance of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope and its decay products). He was the first to popularize the concept of the noosphere (no, its not a phobia about hanging) the biosphere controlled by the mind of man.
1864 –Thursday- At
Manitoba entered the confederation as a
Canadian province. Not to be outdone by
1874-Tuesday- Black inventor, Elijah McCoy patented an ironing table. McCoy was so well-known for his many useful inventions that his name is used in expression "the real McCoy." He was issued more than 57 patents for his inventions during his lifetime. His best known invention was a cup that fed lubricating oil to machine bearings through a small bore tube. Machinists demanded the lubricating process invented by McCoy, hence they asked for the “real McCoy”.
1874 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Baron Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician who originated a skin test for tuberculosis called, eponomously, the Pirquet test. In the Pirquet test, a drop of tuberculin is scratched into the skin; a red, raised area developing at the site (Pirquet reaction) indicates tuberculosis or……, possibly a mosquito bite.
1895-Sunday- Happy Birthday, William Francis Giauque, Canadian-born American physical chemist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1949. He was awarded the prize for his "achievements in the field of chemical thermodynamics and especially his work on the behavior of matter at very low temperatures – absolute zero. He noted that at absolute zero matter shivers, wraps a blanket around itself, drinks hot chocolate, prefers to sit in front of the fire, and will drink its Johnny Walker Black neat.
1910-Thursday- Happy Birthday, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkins, British Nobel Prize winning biochemist and crystallographer (note to the uninitiated – crystallography has nothing to do with fortune telling). She won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "her determination by x-ray techniques of the structures of biologically important molecules." For those of us who’s brains go into open-eye coma at descriptions such as that, she used x-rays to find the structural layouts of atoms and the overall molecular shape of over 100 molecules including: penicillin, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and insulin. Hodgkin's improvements using x-ray crystallography elevated the technique to an important analytical tool. (Crystallography is a combination of physics, math, and chemistry.)
1916-Friday- Albert Einstein presented his theory of relativity, E=MC2, which means relatives are always asking for a favor for someone's brother-in-law or showing up unannounced for a visit. Einstein’s other theory of relativity was the recognition that the speed of light in a vacuum is constant and an absolute physical boundary for motion. This does not have a major impact on a person's day to day life since we travel at speeds much slower than light speed. For objects traveling near light speed, however, the theory of relativity states that objects will move slower and shorten in length from the point of view of an observer on Earth. Einstein also derived the famous equation, E = mc2, which reveals the equivalence of mass and energy. E (energy) = the speed of light (mc) squared. This means that energy (theoretically) can be extracted from almost anything with mass. We can extract energy from uranium…..when we can extract it from everyday items or water, the energy crisis will be resolved.
1925 –Tuesday- “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the
other half is physical.” Happy Birthday, Yogi Berra, New York Yankee catcher
and later left fielder born in St. Louis
mistake). . He was the manager of the New York Mets in the National League from 1972–75. Thereafter he was a coach with the Yankees until 1983, when he was once again made their manager. He was disgracefully fired by Yankee owner and bully, George M. Steinbrenner just sixteen games into the 1985 season. He would not return to the Yankees or Yankee Stadium for decades.
Adler Planetarium in
frozen body of Alfred Wegener was found by a search party in
1932-Thursday- The body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s 20 month old baby was found more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, New Jersey, mansion. He had been killed the night of the kidnapping and was found less than a mile from the home. Kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann, was captured with some of the ransom money; his handwriting matched that on the ransom note and he had a connection to the type of wood used for a ladder used in the crime. He was executed in 1935.
One of the several
hundred answers to “Why are we falling behind in technology?” The Dvorak typewriter keyboard was patented
by efficiency experts August Dvorak (a cousin of the composer Anton) and
William Dealey. They had studied the
typewriter and decided that they could arrange the keys in a new way which
would speed up its use. They designed a
keyboard to maximize efficiency by placing common letters on the home row, and
make the stronger fingers of the hands do most of the work instead of the
pinkies. In contrast, the original QWERTY layout was designed for earlier, less efficient typewriters so that
the keys would not jam. You’re probably using a QWERTY keyboard – patented in
1878 - now…unless you are in Europe or
Following the abdication of loopy, alcoholic,
Nazi sympathizing brother Edward VIII so he, Edward, could marry a two-time
divorcee of questionable morals, George became
King George VI of
1938 – The premiere (US premiere May 14) of The Adventures of Robin Hood, directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, starring Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and Olivia De Havilland, premieres at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The movie cost $2 million, an extraordinarily large budget at the time. Two directors? Michael Curtiz took over from director William Keighley when the producers felt that the action scenes lacked impact.Errol Flynn IS Robin Hood, right? (No, Kevin Costner doesn’t count). Originally planned with James Cagney playing the title role, but he quit Warner Brothers and production was postponed for three years. Take a look at the horse, a golden palomino that Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marion rides in this film. It’s Trigger, shortly before he became the mount of Roy Rogers. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029843/
Robin Hood is/was probably a fictional figure who may have been loosely based on a real person or persons. The earliest reference is in Langland's Piers Plowman (c. 1377), in which one character remarks that he knows the rhymes of Robin Hood. Robin appears in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe and many other books, stories and movies. Most Robin Hood stories are set in the era of 1100 - 1300 A.D., and in many he is a defender of the real-life King Richard the Lion-Hearted (married on this day in 1191 to Berengaria) and enemy of the usurper, Prince John. Actors who have played Robin Hood on film include Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Russell Crowe.
The German and
Italian forces in
1963 –Sunday- The Ed Sullivan Show over the years had opera singer Roberta Peters, who appeared 41 times, Pearl Bailey, who appeared 23 times, Canadian comedians Wayne and Schuster (we never “got” them), 58 times, comedian Alan King 37 times, the Beatles everal times but never Bob Dylan. On this day Dylan walked out of dress rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show when CBS censors told him he could not perform Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues. "No; this is what I want to do," Dylan said "If I can't play my song, I'd rather not appear on the show." He then left the studio, walking out on the stint.
1965 –The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 was designed to continue investigations of a lunar soft landing. Things didn’t go well. A problem developed in a flotation gyroscope and the spacecraft began spinning around its main axis. It was brought back under control through the heroic efforts of Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis and Lorne Greene. Things got worse. At the time of the next maneuver, the main retrorocket system failed due to a ground control error, ( Paris Hilton was giving the orders) and the spacecraft, though still headed for the Moon, was far off its intended landing site. That pesky gyroscope acted up again and so a retrorocket burn could not take place and Luna 5 crashed onto the lunar surface
1965 –Wednesday- The greatest rock n roll song of all time, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction was recorded by The Rolling Stones. They had begun the session on May 10. It was released on the American version of Out of Our Heads, released that July. The song would hit number one for two weeks, on the Billboard Charts replacing Sonny & Cher's I Got You Babe (really! We don’t make these things up……..and that Sonny & Cher opus had replaced………….I’m Henry VIII by Herman’s Hermits) , before being toppled by The Walker Brothers' Make It Easy on Yourself.(Really, we don’t make these things up). Of course other big hits that summer included, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch – The Four Tops, Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man, and Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction
1971 –Wednesday- In a nice bit of symmetry, ying and yang, coming and going, back and forth, sunrise, sunset…..Mick Jagger marrieb his first wife, poseur, Bianca and on the same day Jerry Lee Lewiswas granted a divorce from cousin Myra whom he had married when she was thirteen. “ If ah get divorce, does that mean she ain’t mah cousin no more”?
Action, Diversity, Multicultural weather in action. The
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration announced that they would
no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women in the Eastern North Pacific
storm lists. In 1979, male and female names were included in lists for the Atlantic and
2004-Wednesday- The discovery of what was believed to be the world's oldest
seat of learning, the Library of Alexandria, was announced by Zahi Hawass,
president of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities during a conference at the
2008 –Monday- A Magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit
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1497 –Thursday- A Savonarolaectomy
……… Pope Alexander VI excommunicated, rebel priest, Girolamo Savonarola. After the overthrow
of the Medici in 1494, which he instigated, Savonarola was the sole leader of
1568 –Monday- At the Battle
of Langside, the forces of the
conspicuously inept Mary Queen of Scots were defeated by a confederacy of
Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, the regent for her son, King James VI
of Scotland. The battle was fought in
what are now the southern suburbs of
1588 –Friday- vermis volvit ……Happy
Birthday, Ole Worm, Danish physician.
Worm, an annelid, was personal physician to King Christian IV
1607-Sunday- The first permanent English settlement in the
New World was founded near the James River in
1669 -Monday Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right ……Bryan Adams The table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister to King Louis XIII in France. Until this time, daggers were used to cut meat, as well as to pick one's teeth.........and stab your enemy while chewing. Louis XIV decreed all pointed knives on the street or the dinner table illegal, and he had all knife points ground down like those to the right in order to reduce violence. Professor Sy Yentz came across some earlier etiquette tips from the Dutch philosopher and humanist, Erasmus, in the first modern book of manners in 1526. To wit: “You should wipe your spoon before passing it to a neighbor." "Do not blow your nose with the same hand that you use to hold the meat”
1787 –Sunday- Tie me kangaroo down
tie me kangaroo down.
Tie me kangaroo down sport,
tie me kangaroo down.
Keep me cockatoo cool, Curl,
keep me cockatoo cool.
Don't go acting the fool, Curl,
just keep me cockatoo cool.
Altogether now! …..Rolf Harris….. Captain Arthur Phillip left
1718- Friday- Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the mercury thermometer. He also invented the alcohol thermometer in 1709. And, thanks to him for developing the
Fahrenheit temperature scale; this scale is still commonly used in the
1779 –Thursday- The world breathed a
sigh of relief as the The War of Bavarian Succession ended. None of the
participants was named Conan the Bavarian.
It was a brief war between
1821-Sunday- Samuel Rust of
1830 –Thursday- Salve oh Patria, mil veces!
Oh Patria! gloria a ti! gloria a ti!
Y a tu pecho, tu pecho rebosa
Gozo y paz, ya tu pecho rebosa;
y tu frente, tu frente radiosa
mas que el sol contemplamos lucir. Y tu cir. ......National Anthem......Ecuador gained its independence. In 1819,
1832-Sunday- Georges Cuvier, French scientist, went kaput. Almost single-handedly, he founded vertebrate paleontology as a scientific discipline and created the comparative method of organismal biology - the study of diversity within the major groups of living organisms It was Cuvier who firmly established the fact of the extinction of past life forms. He was also the founder of the science of comparative anatomy. Cuvier classified animals according to their internal makeup. This initial system was quite crude, consisting of categories such as; - "the one with the gooey intestines", the one who's brain goes splat when you drop it", the one that squirts blood when you stick it with a fork", "the one with the pancreas that tastes like chicken"......
1854 –Saturday- Apres moi, les Delage… Happy Birthday, Yves Delage, French zoologist known for his research and elucidation of invertebrate physiology and anatomy with a focus on fertilization – fecundation including merogony an parthenogenesis. He also discovered the equilibrium-stabilizing function of the semicircular canals in the inner ear.
1857-Wednesday- Happy Birthday, Sir Ronald Ross, British doctor who
received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on
malaria. While working with Dr Patrick
Manson a specialist in tropical diseases, they based there research on the work of Alphonse Laveran, a French doctor
who had recently identified parasites called Plasmodium in the blood of people
from North Africa who had malaria. Dr Manson and Ross then examined some tiny
drops of blood taken from sailors who had come from
1861 –Monday- The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt, sheep farmer and amateur astronomer of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. The comet of 1861 interacted with the Earth in an almost unprecedented way. For a while the Earth was actually within the comet's tail, and the inhabitants of this planet had a brief but giddy view of streams of cometary material converging towards the distant nucleus. By day also the Sun was dimmed as the Earth plowed through the comet's gas and dust. After effects of inhaling the dust included the late 20th and early 21st century disease Cubicuverbalitis, in which humans talk to co-workers over cubicle walls in offices.
1865 –Saturday- Sometimes battles are fought after the war
ends. The Battle of New Orleans is a notable example. While the Civil War had basically ended with
Robert E. Lee’s surrender followed by
Joe Johnston’s surrender on April 19th. There would be one more
battle as the Battle of Palmito Ranch in
1873-Tuesday- Sew what! Ludwig M. Wolf of
1890-Tuesday- Nikola Tesla was issued a patent for an electric generator,
the Pyromagneto-Electric Generator. It provides your light and electricity and
Tesla also invented the transformer through which it is sent The total number
of patents issued to Nikola Tesla in the USA according to Nikola Tesla Museum
in Belgrade amounted to 112. In the
1880's, Tesla invented the alternating current – AC system we use today.
1893 -Saturday- Happy Birthday, Henry Murray, American psychologist who developed a theory of human personality based on an individual's inborn needs and his relationship with the physical and social environment. In 1943 he was asked by the U.S. Government to put together a psychological profile on Adolph Hitler. Basically, the summary was HE’S CRAZY…..A TOTAL NUT JOB!. In addition to predicting that if defeat for Germany was near, Adolf Hitler would choose suicide, Murray's collaborative report stated that Hitler was impotent as far as heterosexual relations were concerned and that there was a possibility that Hitler had participated in a homosexual relationship. The 1943 report stated:
The belief that Hitler is homosexual has probably developed (a) from the fact that he does show so many feminine characteristics, and (b) from the fact that there were so many homosexuals in the National Socialist German Workers Party during the early days and many continue to occupy important positions. It is probably true that Hitler calls Albert Förster "Bubi," which is a common nickname employed by homosexuals in addressing their partners. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Henry_Murray#Analysis_of_Adolph_Hitler
1898-Friday- Thomas Edison
(Tesla’s rival – see above, 1890- Edison
believed in D.C, Tesla in A.C) sued American Mutoscope and Biograph Pictures,
claiming that the studio had infringed on his patent for the Kinetograph movie
camera. In 1902, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that
1908 –Wednesday- To address the issue of conservation, Theodore
Roosevelt called a three-day Conference of Governors at the White
House. It was attended by the governors of the states and territories, the
members of the Supreme Court and the Cabinet, scientists, and various national
leaders. On May 15 1908, the governors adopted
a declaration supporting conservation. One result was The National
Conservation Commission, appointed by Roosevelt on June 8, 1908 which
prepared the first inventory of the natural resources of the
–Saturday- The New York Giants set a major league
baseball record as they scored ten runs before the first out of the first
inning enroute to a 19-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. First baseman, Fred “Bonehead” Merkle batted in six of the
ten runs at
1913-Tuesday- The first four-engine airplane was first
built and flown by Igor Sikorsky of Russia….later emigrated to the USA following the Russian Revolution. He had won a small
order from the Russian Army, and the factory governing society approved
construction of a large, four-engined airplane. With a wingspan of 89 ft., the S-21 was called The Grand. When it first flew, Sikorsky became the world's first
four-engine pilot, although a major short coming would be the plane’s inability
to fly at high altitudes. From 1925 to
1940 he created a series of increasingly successful aircraft which gained for
1917 –Sunday- Three peasant children near
The first commercial
FM radio station in the
1940 –Sunday- As Germany began its attack on France, Winston Churchill’s first speech to the British House of Commons as war time prime minister of England, in which he said, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
1941 –Monday- Well
.... Come on lets go lets go lets go little darlin'
Tell me that you'll never leave me
Come on Come on lets go again, again and again
Well.... Now swing me swing me swing me all the way darling
Come on lets go little darlin'
Lets go lets go again once more
Well..... I love you so yeah and I'll never let you go
Come on baby lets go
Oh pretty baby I love you so well......
Lets go lets go lets go little sweet heart
Now that we can always be together
Come on come on lets go again Happy Birthday, Ritchie Valens, American singer of hits such as La Bamba and Donna. At age 18, Valens was killed in a February 1959 airplane crash along with singers Buddy Holly, and J.P Richardson “The Big Bopper”.
–Saturday- The first
gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in
1950- Everybody say yeah (yeah!)
Say yeah (yeah!)
Say yeah (yeah!)
Just a little bit of sou-ou-ou-ou-oul
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Clap your hands just a little bit louder
Clap your hands just a little bit louder
I know ????? yeah
Everybody had a good time
So if you want me to
If you want me to
I'm gonna swing the song, yeah
Just one more time when I come by
Just one more time when I come by
So be advised (?) Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder, born Stevland Morris, American singer who burst on the music scene as 12 Year Old Genius and had a number one hit with single Fingertips, #1 pop and R&B hit. It’s all a matter of taste but Professor Sy Yentz hasn’t really liked Stevie’s music since he stopped rocking after Signed Sealed Delivered.
1950 –Saturday- The premiere of the Academy Award winning, I was a Shoplifter. Well actually it didn’t win an academy award. In fact it wasn’t nominated. In fact we’d never heard of it save the excruciatingly detailed research that goes into the Gnus.Directed by Charles Lamont, it starred Scott Brady and Mona Freeman. But……..Also appearing were: Tony Curtis (billed as Anthony Curtis), Larry Keating (who played the next door neighbor in Mr. Ed and one of several Harry Mortons on Burns and Allen), Charles McGraw who would go on to greatness as Kirk Douglas gladiator trainer in Spartacus, and Rock Hudson (billed as “store detective”).
-Thursday– I know a dark secluded place.
A place where no one knows your face.
A glass of wine a fast embrace.
It's called Hernando's Hideaway ole!
All you see are silhouettes.
And all you hear are castanets.
And no one cares how late it gets.
Not at Hernando's Hideaway ole! Jerry Ross and Richard Adler’s The Pajama Game made its debut on Broadway in
You can shake an apple off an apple tree
Shake-a, shake- sugar,
But you'll never shake me
No-sir-ee, uh, uh
I'm gonna stick like glue,
Stick because I'm
Stuck on you ….Elvis…..The Velcro trademark was registered for a fabric hook and loop fastener. Inventor George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer was returning home from a walk one day in 1948 and he found his clothing covered with burrs, the seed sacs that one often sees sticking to animals' fur or your trousers. Examining one of the burrs under a microscope, he noticed the small hooks on it that had made it possible for the burrs to stick to his clothes. He decided to try and create a two-sided fastener on the same basis with hooks on one side and loops on the other. He started his own company to manufacture the fasteners and in time became famous worldwide for his invention of "Velcro®".The name itself, now a Registered Trademark, came from combining two parts of two entirely different words: "vel" from velvet and "cro" from crochet which is French for hook. Although de Mestral's original idea was developed for use on clothing, this special type of fastening has found its way into many different applications.
–Tuesday- Jerry Lee Lewis was granted a divorce from his
second wife six months after marrying his third wife,
1981 –Wednesday- Pope John Paul II was shot by an escaped Islamic/Turkish murderer, Mehmet Ali. The Pope was seriously wounded near the start of his weekly general audience in Rome's St. Peter's Square, Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, and another that hit the pope's left hand. Ali was probably working for the Bulgarian secret police on orders from the Soviet KGB.
1994 –Friday- In a surprise walk-on, Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman introduced Carson and Larry, “Bud” Melman came out instead, calling the audience “suckers”. Melman left and Letterman began the nightly Top Ten list but he had the wrong card. Johnny Carson brought out the list and briefly sat in the host’s chair. Laryngitis reportedly kept the King of Late Night from saying anything
1996 –Monday- Dew Drop In- Massive thunderstorms(probably supercells) formed along a
dryline in western
1998 –Wednesday- C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev'rybody get together
Try and love one another right now ….The Youngbloods…..May 13, a big day for race riots in Southeast Asia. Race riots broke out in
2000 – Saturday- Enschede, in
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1264 –Wednesday- At the Battle of Lewes,(fought by people named Lew and Lou over the correct spelling of the name) the arrogant, bungling Henry III of England, yet another member of the “how to lose your throne through ineptitude” school of monarchy, was captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England. Montfort and the barons were fed up with years of poor government and profligate spending by the king. They fiercely objected to Henry's reliance on French advisors and friends, and his refusal to abide by the Magna Carta.
Henry was restored to the throne when de Montfort was defeated by Henry's son Edward at the Battle of Evesham over a year later.
–Friday- Henry IV of
– Thursday- Louis XIV
became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII (see
above). Louis, known as the “Sun King”
ruled for seventy five years – the first nineteen with his mother, Anne of
Austria, as Regent. Louis, built the
1679 –Sunday- Happy Birthday, Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer who invented a way to determine a place's latitude from the stars. The method fixed latitude by observing differences of zenith distances of stars culminating within a short time of each other, and at nearly the same altitude, on opposite sides of the zenith. The method was soon forgotten despite its value until it was rediscovered by the American Andrew Talcott in 1833. It is now called the Horrebow-Talcott Method.
1727 – Wednesday- Blue velvet
But in my heart there'll always be
Precious and warm, a memory
Through the years
And I still can see blue velvet
Through my tears……Bobby Vinton…………Happy Birthday, Thomas Gainsborough, English artist. Gainsborough himself considered landscape painting to be his strong suit, although it is his portrait work gave him lasting fame. Some of Gainsborough's most popular paintings include "The Blue Boy", "The Market Cart", "The Wood Gatherers", and "Robert Andrews and Mary, His Wife", and cute Elvis and a Tiger oil on black velvet.
1796-Saturday- While seeking a cure for smallpox, Edward Jenner first inoculated a boy with the cow pox virus which is similar to smallpox. James Phipps, an 8-year-old was the lucky fellow to be injected, with cowpox material obtained from a lesion on a local dairy maid, Sarah Nelmes. Two months later, Phipps was inoculated with smallpox lesion material but did not develop smallpox. Although earlier accounts of cowpox, and even vaccination, exist, it was Jenner’s Inquiry, of 1798 together with his Further Observations published the following year, that contained the first thorough descriptions of bovine and human cowpox. http://jmm.sgmjournals.org/cgi/reprint/45/3/157.pdf No ill effects other than the boy's sudden desire to chew his cud.
1804-Sunday- “Don’t forget to send
post cards and get me a
1811 –Tuesday- A los pueblos de América
Tres centurias un cetro oprimió,
Más un día soberbia surgiendo,
Basta!..., dijo y el cetro rompió.
Nuestros padres lidiando grandiosos,
Ilustraron su gloria marcial;
Y trozada la augusta diadema,
Enalzaron el gorro triunfal!
(repeat previous two lines)
Paraguayos, República o muerte!
Nuestro brío nos dió libertad;
Ni opresores, ni siervos, alientan,
Donde reinan unión, e igualdad.
(repeat previous two lines)
Unión, e igualdad.
(repeat) Paraguay gained independence from Spain. But first aParaguay first had to fight the forces of
1853-Tuesday- Gail Borden applied for a patent for the "improvement in concentration of milk," his process for making condensed milk He was a strong believer in "the moo the merrier". This patent was turned down. He finally succeeded in 1856. Also note that, ever the epicurean, Borden had also marketed a product that was a biscuit of dehydrated meat.
1856- Wednesday- “It was the best of species. It was the worst of species.”
Darwin began writing his book, The Origin of Species, sitting in the
study of his home in Down,
1861 –Tuesday- He took a hundred pounds of clay
And then He said "Hey, listen"
"I'm gonna fix this-a world today"
"Because I know what's missin' "….Gene McDaniel….. The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite, smashed into the earth near Barcelona, Spain. Chondrite meteorites are characterized by, yes, chondrules--small spheres (average diameter of 1 mm) of formerly melted minerals that have come together with other mineral matter to form a solid rock, sort of like Solar Systemic acne. Chondrites are believed to be among the oldest rocks in the solar system.
1863-Thursday- Happy Birthday, John C. Fields, American
mathematician who originated the idea, posthumously given his name - for the
Fields Medal. It became the most prestigious award for mathematicians, often
referred to as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for mathematicians. As a
professor at the
1872 –Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Mikhail Semyonovich Tsvett, (Михаил
Семенович Цвет, also spelled Tsvett, Tswett, Tswet, Zwet, and Cvet) Russian
botanist, the "father of chromatography,"(a strange name for a child
if you ask Prof. Sy Yentz) He is credited with the discovery in 1903 and application of
chromatography. While working in
name Vaseline was registered as a trademark for the petroleum jelly
developed by an English-born chemist Robert A. Chesebrough. Chesebrough had used distillations from oil
1904-Saturday- Making a clean sweep of it- During the Chicago Cubs' 12-4 win over visiting the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago outfielder, Jack McCarthy sprained an ankle by stepping on the umpire's long-handle broom at home plate. National League President Harry Pulliam ordered that umpires would henceforth use pocket-sized whisk brooms for sweeping dirt off home plate . Later attempts using vacuum cleaners, "dirt devils" and personal butlers were not as successful so whisk brooms remain in use to this day.
1921 –Saturday- Happy Birthday- Richard Deacon, American actor who seemingly appeared in every sitcom made during the 1950s and 60’s but was probably most famous as Mel Cooley on the Dick Van Dyck Show but we also liked him as Semu in Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.
–Thursday- Somewhere beyond the sea
somewhere waiting for me
my lover stands on golden sands
and watches the ships that go sailin'
Somewhere beyond the sea
she's there watching for me
If I could fly like birds on high
then straight to her arms
I'd go sailin' Happy Birthday- Bobby Darin, Walden Robert Cassotto American singer who went from teen idol, Splish Splash, to finger snapping nightclub type, Mac The Knife, to dungareed folkee, If I Were a Carpenter. Married to 50’s teen icon, Sandra Dee. They appeared together in the Bergmanesque movies, Come September, That Funny Feeling, and If a Man Answers. Darin also acted turning in powerful dramatic performances in Pressure Point and Captain Newman MD. In fact, he was Oscar-nominated for his work in 'Newman'.
1939 –Sunday- M
Is for the Many things she gave me,
O Means only that she's growing Old.
T Is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H Is for her Heart of purest gold.
E Is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R Means Right and Right she'll always be.
Put them all together, They spell MOTHER.
A word that means the world to me. …..Howard Johnson……….Lina
1944 –Sunday Happy Birthday, American filmmaker, George Lucas. Lucas’ early, successful movies such as THX 138 and American Graffiti were eclipsed by his 1977 Star Wars and then another five Star Wars. Of course he was also responsible for cinematic watershed, Howard the Duck, winner of 5 Golden Raspberry Awards. In fact forcing people to watch it has been listed as torture by the Geneva Convention. Lucas is also responsible for Jar Jar Binks.
The independent state of
1952 –Wednesday- Donald R. McMonagle, American astronaut. McMonagle flew as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on the secret Department of Defense mission STS-39 in April 1991. During this highly successful 8-day mission, the seven-man crew wore fake moustaches and glasses. In January 1993, McMonagle served as pilot on STS-54 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. McMonagle then commanded a crew of six aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-66 11-day mission in November 1994. During one of these missions, we don’t know which, a strange interstellar fungus attached itself to the outside of the shuttle. Exposure to Earth’s atmosphere resulted in the development of the disease, usually in people under thirty of using the word “awsome” at least 500 times a day, like, ya know?
1959 – Thursday- I'm going to Kansas City
Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City
Kansas City here I come
They got some crazy little women there
And I'm gonna get me one
I'm gonna be standing on the corner
Twelfth Street and Vine
I'm gonna be standing on the corner
Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Kansas City baby
And a bottle of Kansas City wine ….Leiber and Stoller…….Wilbert Harrison’s Kansas City, originally recorded in 1952 by Little Willie Littlefield, reached number 1 on the Billboard Charts.
1963 –Tuesday-A laser light beam link first carried the TV signal during a network broadcast. It was demonstrated during the CBS program I've Got a Secret, hosted by Garry Moore in which “celebrities” tried to guess the secret of contestants. The signal from a studio camera was used to modulate a laser beam that traveled two feet to a receiver that decoded the signal from the beam. That signal was relayed via the control room for the national broadcast.
1970 - Thursday- Tin
soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in
1980 –Wednesday- Muddled U.S. President Jimmy Carter Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services. This cabinet department was the successor to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, which had been created in 1953. Patricia Roberts Harris's job changed from secretary of HEW to secretary of HHS. She presided over a department with 140,000 employees and a budget of $226 billion.
1982 –Friday – “To crush your
enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their
women”. The premiere of Conan
the Barbarian directed
by John Milius and starring the steroidically enhanced Arnold Schwarzenegger,
James Earl Jones (did he really need the money?), Max Von Sydow, and the
forgettable Standahl Bergman.- “He conquered an
empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands.”. But wait, (a Billie Mays moment)
there’s more. May 14 is a propitious day
for loin cloth movies. In 2004, Brad Pitt, lovely in his blonde locks,
premiered in the Godardesque,
1998-Thursday- Another turning point,
a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life. ….Green Day…..The best television “sit com” ever, "Seinfeld" aired its final, episode after nine years on NBC. The new president of NBC offered Jerry and George a series On their way to a celebratory trip to
2005 –Saturday- Your tax dollars at work….The former USS America, a decommissioned
supercarrier was deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of
live-fire exercises. She was the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a
target in a military exercise.
Pickle Week. Pickles were eaten over
4,000 years ago. In fact Cleopatra ate
them because she thought they made her more beautiful. This was an absolute dilly of an idea and she
didn't sour on it until she used an asp as a necklace because she was being
gerkined around by Octavian after the defeat at
1501-Wednesday- Ottaviano Petrucci of Venice founded the first modern-style music publishing house, by producing the first book of music made from movable type. The first collection, Rihanna Interprets the Lyrics of Stephen Foster was an immediate best seller.
1567 –Monday- On a social note, Mary Queen of Scots, noted for poor choices
in life, poor choices in men and the I.Q of a philodendron, married James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, her
third husband. The first had been Francis, son of Henry II, king of
1602 –Wednesday-If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
Quaint little villages here and there
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
(Cape Cod, that old Cape Cod)
If you like the taste of a lobster stew
Served by a window with an ocean view
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod …..Patti Page…. It wasn’t Cape Cod until he named it but
1672-Sunday- The first copyright law was passed in
1701 –Sunday- The War of
the Spanish Succession, 1701–14 began. As was not infrequent in those days, it
can be blamed on the dead little gametes of the childless Charles II. When
Charles, the last of the Spanish Habsburgs went kaput, there was an effort to
regulate the impending succession, to which there were three principal
claimants, England, the Dutch Republic, and France had in October 1698 signed
the First Treaty of Partition, (historical note – as soon as you see the word
“treaty”, you know it won’t work) agreeing that on the death of Charles II,
Prince Joseph Ferdinand, son of the Elector of Bavaria, should inherit Spain,
the Spanish Netherlands, and the Spanish colonies.
1713 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Abbe´ Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer who named 15 of the 88 constellations in the sky. He spent four happy, star filled years (1750-1754) mapping the constellations visible from the Southern Hemisphere, as observed from the Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost part of Africa. And which fifteen did he name? How about: Antlia Caelum Circinus Fornax Horologium Mensa Microscopium Norma Octans Pictor Pyxis Reticulum Sculptor and Telescopium. He also kind of, sort of, revised, emended Musca. Musca (“oh you musca been a beautiful baby………”) has a long history of aliases. It was first named Apis (the Bee) by Johann Bayer in 1603. Edmond Halley, of Halley's Comet fame, renamed it Musca Apis (the Fly Bee). Then, de Lacaille called it Musca Australis (the Southern Fly) to distinguish it from the Northern Fly. When the Northern Fly was merged with Aries by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1929, Musca Austrailis was given its modern, shortened name. http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellations/Musca.html
England declared war on
1773 –Saturday- Happy Birthday, Klemens Metternich,
Austrian statesman; minister of foreign affairs. Called “the Coachman of
Europe”, Prince von Metternich took a prominent
part in the Congress of Vienna and dominated European politics from 1814 to
1848. He acted as the restorer of the 'Old Regime' (monarchies) and the reconstruction
1788-Thursday- Happy Birthday, Neil Arnott, Scottish physician and scientist who invented a water-bed for the comfort of patients during a prolonged illness. He is also known for his invention of the economical Arnott stove, which was a thermometer-stove with a self-regulating fire. He was the author of several works on physical science and its applications with most important being his Elements of Physics in 1827. In 1838 he published a treatise on Warming and Ventilating, and, in 1855, one on the Smokeless Fireplace. He then wrote Love’s Tender Passion in a Waterbed with Warming and Ventilating in front of a Smokeless Fireplace.
–Thursday- President John Adams ordered the federal
government to pack up and leave
1800 –Thursday (and 1786- Monday)
1836-Sunday- Astronomer Francis Baily observed "Baily's Beads" during an annular solar eclipse. Baily's Beads are the bright points of light, that appear around the edge of the moon during a solar eclipse…….which you are not supposed to watch with the naked eye because you will go blind and …….. The beads are created by sunlight passing through the moon's valleys. Later eclipses revealed Baily’s Costume Jewelry, Baily’s Trinkets, and Baily’s Secret Astronomical Decoder Ring.
1857-Friday- Happy Birthday, Willamina
Fleming, Scottish-American astronomer. Working at Harvard with Henrietta
Leavitt and Annie Jump Cannon, she set
up her own system with 10,351 stars listed in a special catalog. It was Cannon
who lead the team and developed the basis for the star classification system
that we still use today. TO B A F G K M
. Generations of astronomers have
learnt this sequence with the pneumonic 'Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!' These
included 222 stars which she had discovered herself. The eminent British
astronomer, H. H. Turner, termed Mrs. Fleming’s discoveries “an achievement
bordering on the marvelous.” Among 28 novae stars known at the time of her
death, Mrs. Fleming had discovered 10 by their spectra. She also discovered 94
of the 107 Rayet stars (hot (25-50000+ degrees K), massive stars (20+ solar mass)
with a high rate of mass loss ), but
none of the Z list people appearing on Dancing
With the Stars, known at the time of her death. In 1898 Harvard formally
acknowledged the value of her services by giving her the official appointment
as curator of astronomical photographs. It was the first such appointment given
Birthday, Pierre Curie. French physical chemist and co-winner of the Nobel
Prize for Physics in 1903. His studies of radioactive substances were made
together with his wife, Marie Curie, whom he married in 1895. Together, they
discovered radium and polonium during their investigation of radioactivity by fractionation
1862 –Thursday- Union Grounds,
1903 –Friday- Happy Birthday,
Maria Rieche, German-born Peruvian mathematician and archaeologist. She was the
self-appointed protector of the Nazca Lines, a series of desert ground drawings
over 1,000 years old, near Nazcain in southern
–Monday- The Standard Oil Company kaput. The company, headed by John D. Rockefeller,
was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, (Chief Justice Edward Douglas
White) under the Sherman Antitrust Act. The
Standard Oil Trust was formed in 1863 by John D. Rockefeller. He built up the
company through 1868 to become the largest oil refinery firm in the world. In
1870, the company was renamed Standard Oil Company, after which Rockefeller greedily
decided to buy up all the other competition and form them into one large
company. The Sherman Antitrust Act, 1890 was the first measure passed by the U.S. Congress to
prohibit trusts…..and if you want to trust someone, it certainly won’t be a
member of the U.S Congresss. It was named for Senator John Sherman, younger
brother of General William T. Sherman. In 1910 Rockefeller's net worth was
equal to nearly 2.5% of the whole
down below there's a half a million people
Somewhere there's a church with a big tall steeple
Inside a church there's an altar filled with flowers
Wedding bells are ringing and they should have been ours
That's why I'm so lonely
My dreams gone above
High on a mountain of love…..Harold Dorman……Happy Birthday, we think, of Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer; who climbed Mt.
The Finnish Civil War finished. The Finnish Civil War was a part of the national and social
turmoil caused by World War I in
he Reds were supported by Russian Communists while the-led Senate commonly called the "Whites" (valkoiset).
the diverse political and social philosophy that supports tradition and the
status quo, or that calls for a return to the values and society of an earlier
age, the status quo ante. However, the term has been used by politicians and
political commentators with a variety of mean Whites
received military assistance from the German Empire. The civil war was a catastrophe for
1923-Tuesday-Listerine was registered as a trademark…..®…and there it is. The next time you use it just remember that Listerine has been used historically for all sorts of things, from cleaning floors to treating gonorrhea. Named for the great doctor, Joseph Lister, who pioneered the use of antiseptics in surgery, Listerine was originally formulated in 1879 by Dr. Nicole Dyer Lawrence and Christian Bach as a surgical antiseptic. By 1895, Listerine was also being used in dental care, and in 1914 Listerine became the first mouthwash to be offered over the counter without a prescription. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-history-of-listerinereg.htm
1928 –Tuesday- Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, the six minute, B/W Plane Crazy…….No, not Steamboat Willie, it was Plane Crazy…..inspired by Lindbergh’s flight of 1927. Disney had trouble with the distribution and so began on the second Mickey Mouse cartoon; Gallopin'Gaucho, but it wasn't released until December 30 1928. Disney produced the third Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie, which made it's debut before the Gallopin'Gaucho on November 18 1928 and is considered to be Mickey's birthday.
Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess,
went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight. Church had initially asked Steve
Stimpson of Boeing Air Transport (BAT) for an airline job as a pilot. Although Stimpson wouldn't hire Church
as a pilot, he was intrigued by another of Church's ideas. She suggested
placing nurses onboard planes in order to combat the public's fear of flying.
Stimpson sold the idea to his superiors. In 1930, Boeing Air Transport (BAT),
the predecessor to United Airlines, hired eight nurses to work as stewardesses
on their flights for a three-month trial run. On May 15th, Ellen Church became
the world's first stewardess, working the BAT route from
Nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time
–Wednesday McDonald's opened their first restaurant in
1941 –Thursday- The first Allied jet fighter, the jet-propelled Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 aircraft flew its first successful test flight with test pilot Gerry Sayer at the controls. This experimental aircraft was built to test the new jet engine developed by Frank Whittle. It would not enter service until July 1944 when the Gloster Meteor, was used in action against the V1 flying bombs.
1948 –Saturday- Hours after declaring its independence,
the new state of Israel was attacked by the peace loving Muslim nations of
Transjordan (Jordan), Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
1957 –Wednesday- While
filming a dance number for Jailhouse Rock….(
“The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and
they began to wail”). Elvis Presley
inhaled a porcelain cap on one of his teeth. Could happen to any of us? He had
to be taken to a
1958 –Thursday- H: We met at nine
M: We met at eight
H: I was on time
M: No, you were late
H: Ah, yes, I remember it well
We dined with friends
M: We dined alone
H: A tenor sang
M: A baritone
H: Ah, yes, I remember it well….Lerner & Loewe The Academy Award winning musical Gigi opened at
's Royale Theater. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, the film starred Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Leslie Caron, Hermione Gingold, and (gasp!) Eva Gabor (!!) . Based on the novel of the Colette, the film included the hit songs Thank Heavens for Little Girls and I Remember It Well. This movie always seemed like it should have been a Broadway Show before it was a movie, after all many Broadway Shows became movies. However, Gigi was an exception. It didn’t become a Broadway Show until 1973……..it was a flop….perhaps because Eva Gabor wasn’t in it. New York
–Thursday. On the same
day that Gigi was launched, the
1963-Wednesday- Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7on the final mission of the Project Mercury space program. Next would be Project Gemini, with two astronauts aboard, followed by Apollo with three. Cooper completed 22 orbits over 34 hours – do the math – and was the first American to spend more than one day in space. The flight was not without more than the usual danger as on the 20th orbit, Cooper lost all attitude readings. The 21st orbit saw a short-circuit occur in the bus bar serving the 250 volt main inverter. This left the automatic stabilization and control system without electric power. This is not a good thing when one is up in space. Just to make things more interesting, Cooper noted that the carbon dioxide level was rising in the cabin and in his spacesuit. With the assistance of John Glenn, Cooper went through re-entry preparations and re-entry manually. His landing was the most accurate of all the Mercury flights. Unfortunately, a space microbe attached itself to the outside of the craft and mutated when exposed to Earth’s atmosphere. The microbe spread and resulted in the dread disease of Outsourorus Englishium Challengedius. You have encountered carriers of this disease when you call for technical assistance. Haven’t you Mr. John? “Thank you for calling Mr. John”. “How can I help you today Mr. John”. “If you would just hold for a minute Mr. John”. “First, you must take out the entire inside of your computer and put it back Mr. John.”…….
1993-Saturday- Taking advantage of a special “buy one, get
one free” sale, a woman in
runaway freight train rolled about 70 miles through
–Thursday- A Swiss adventurer who
called himself Fusionman tried out a new jet powered carbon wing, and successfully
flew for five minutes before landing with a parachute. Yves Rossy, a
48-year-old former air force pilot lit the jets on his wing and then jumped
from a plane over
2009 –Friday- There was a little bit of drama as mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel on the shuttle Atlantis successfully accomplished all their tasks for the first EVA of the Hubble servicing mission. A stubborn bolt threatened to thwart one of the spacewalk’s main goals, replacing the venerable space telescope’s workhorse optical camera with a new and improved instrument. It was stuck. It was a wrenching experience. They couldn’t turn it. They held it under cold water….nope. They held it under hot water….nope….They tapped all around the edges. They held it with a towel….finally, with a wrench (probably cost thousands of dollars) and fair amount of old fashioned elbow grease, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 was able to be removed. The camera was originally installed in the first Hubble servicing mission in 1993, and was nicknamed “the camera that saved Hubble” because its special optics were able to overcome the spherical aberration in the telescope’s main mirror. Now they were able to see Fi Fi La Boom Boom and Her Magic Meteorites do her pole dance at the Café Andromeda.
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1532 –Monday- Take this job and shove it I ain't workin' here no more
My woman done left and took all the reason I was working for
Ya, better not try and stand in my way
Cause I'm walkin', out the door
Take this job and shove it I ain't working here no more
Well, I been working in this factory for now on fifteen years
All this time, I watched my woman drownin' in a pool of tears
And I've seen a lot of good folks die who had a lot of bills to pay
I'd give the shirt right off of my back if I had the guts to say... Johnny Paycheck…..“Dear Henry, you arrogant, boorish, porcine, skirt chasing tub of goo…” well, perhaps that’s not quite what he wrote but Sir Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor of England. In 1530, More refused to sign a letter by the leading English churchmen and aristocrats asking the Pope to annul Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In 1531 he attempted to resign after being forced to take an oath declaring the king the supreme head of the English church "as far the law of Christ allows." In 1532 he asked the king again to relieve him of his office, claiming that he was ill and suffering from sharp chest pains. This time Henry granted his request. Eventually, Henry ordered that More should be placed in the
1568 –Thursday- Big mistake number 68 in the life of Mary
Queen of Scots as Mary Queen of Scots fled to England a year after marrying husband
number two’s (Darnley) probable murderer (Bothwell). The Scottish Protestant Lords rose against her and her army suffered yet
another defeat, this time at Carberry Hill, near
1717 –Sunday- Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. ……..Francois Marie Arouet deVoltaire was arrested and sent to the Bastille for insults to the regent, Philippe II D'Orleans. He was freed eleven months later when it was found that he was wrongly accused. While in prison, he wrote his first play, Oedipe, which won him great recognition when it was staged following his release from prison.
1718- Monday- Happy Birthday- Maria Gaetana Agnesi Italian mathematician and philosopher who was the first woman in the Western world considered to be a mathematician. At twenty, she began working on her most important work, Analytical Institutions, dealing with differential and integral calculus. It is believedthat she started writing Analytical Institutions as a textbook for her brothers. When her work was published in 1748, it caused a sensation in the academic world. It was one of the first and most complete works on finite and infinitesimal analysis. Agnesi’s great contribution to mathematics with this book was that it brought the works of various mathematicians together in a very systematic way with her own interpretations.
1763-Monday- Happy Birthday, Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin, French chemist who discovered the elements chromium, Atomic Number: 24, Atomic Weight: 51.996 in 1797 and beryllium – named after comedian Milton Berle- Atomic number: 4, Atomic Weight 9.012182 in 1798. Vauquelin also isolated the first amino acid, asparagine, found in many proteins, particularly in plant proteins, such as in asparagus. He also discovered pectin, usually used in jams and jellies.
Wednesday- Oh, no, we're not too young
Young to get married
Not too young
Young to get married
What kind of difference
Can a few years make
I gotta have you now
Or my heart will break
Not too young, young to get married
Not too young, young to get married …….Bob B. Soxx and the Bluejeans…….A social note where at Versailles, Louis, the French dauphin, marries fourteen year old Marie Antoinette, (he defended the marriage citing Jerry Lee Lewis and saying “at least she’s not my thirteen year old cousin”) the daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. The groom in an
1801 –Saturday- Happy Birthday - William H. Seward, United
States Secretary of State, most famous for his bargain purchase of Alaska at 2
¢/acre. In the Election of 1860 Seward was the frontrunner for the
Republican nomination. However, opposition from Horace Greeley and other
radical elements thwarted his hopes, opening the door for Abraham Lincoln. Seward
assisted Harriet Tubman by selling land to her in
1836 –Monday- Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other
Love and marriage, love and marriage
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it's elementary ……Frank Sinatra……. Not to be outdone by Louis IVX and Jerry Lee Lewis, Edgar Allan Poe, age 27, married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm in
1843 –Tuesday We’ve also
seen this as May 17 but at any rate they left and the first major wagon train
heading for the Pacific Northwest set out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand
pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri set out from Elm Grove,
Missouri. Hundreds of thousands more would follow, especially after gold was
socks and stout boots, coming up well at the knees, and made large, so as to
admit the pants, will be found the best for horsemen, and they guard against
rattlesnake bites. In traveling through deep snow during very cold
weather in winter, moccasins are preferable to boots or shoes, as being more
pliable, and allowing a freer circulation of the blood.""In the
summer season shoes are much better for footmen than boots, as they are lighter,
and do not cramp the ankles; the soles should be broad, so as to allow a
square, firm tread, without distorting or pinching the feet.""The
following list of articles is deemed a sufficient outfit for one man upon a
three months' expedition, viz:
2 blue or red flannel overshirts, open in front, with buttons
2 woolen undershirts
2 pairs thick cotton drawers
4 pairs woolen socks
2 pairs cotton socks
4 colored silk handerchiefs
2 pairs stout shoes, for footmen
1 pair boots, for horsemen
1 pair shoes, for horsemen
1 gutta percha poncho
1 broad-brimmed hat of soft felt
1 comb and brush
1 pound Castile soap
3 pounds bar soap for washing clothes
1 belt-knife and small whetstone
Stout linen thread, large needles, a bit of beeswas, a few buttons, paper of pins, and a thimble, all contained in a small buckskin or stout cloth bag Coat and overcoat…..No wonder they needed a wagon.
New York City Board of Health finally established a hospital on the second
floor of a building on Orange Street above a tavern.to deal with a cholera
epidemic that killed more than 5,000
people. The city was a fertile breeding ground an epidemic of this kind because
of poor health conditions and its status as a destination for immigrants from
around the world. Sounds like now. On December 1, 1948, the ship
1861 –Thursday- Happy Birthday, Irving W. Colburn American inventor and manufacturer whose process for fabricating continuous sheets of flat glass made the mass production of glass for windows possible. Colburn began his experiments in 1899 which resulted in his patent for a sheet glass drawing machine. But it doesn’t have a happy ending for Colburn as the Colburn Machine Glass Company attempted to produce sheet glass by mechanical means. In the first couple of years Colburn built many (and sometimes crude) machines to make sheet glass. The process was thought to be a success in 1908, and glowing accounts of the day talked about the greatness of the Colburn machine. But, from 1905 to 1912, fifteen different machines had been constructed and more than a million dollars spent, with only a few thousand boxes of poor quality glass to show for the effort. By 1911, the company was in bankruptcy and its assets (including the numerous patents of Colburn) were auctioned off on February 8, 1912. These patents were later purchased by The Toledo Glass Company, of which Edward Libbey was President. Plus glass sheets are a lot more uncomfortable than cotton sheets.
1866-Wednesday- The US Treasury
Department was authorized to manufacture and place into circulation the first 5
cent coin, more often referred to as the "nickel." Prior to
introduction of the nickel, five-cent pieces were very small silver coins called
"half disme" (disme - pronounced like
"dime"). . Due to shortages of silver during and after the
Civil War an alternative metal was needed for five-cent coinage. The
copper-nickel alloy (it’s always good to have alloys during a war) still in use
today was selected. It is 75 percent
copper and 25 percent nickel. Nickels have a smooth edge; the nickel is 21.21
mm in diameter and is 1.95 mm thick. It is called the “shield nickel” because
it portrays the shield of the
1866-Wednesday- And on the same day that the saw the birth of the nickel, we saw the birth of Root Beer as it was invented by Charles Elmer Hires. Hires was a Quaker pharmacist and entrepreneur from Philadelphia and he created his “Hires’ Herb Tea” from 16 wild roots and berries, including juniper, pipsissewa – in case you were wondering, it’s a small herb a foot or less in height with a long, running, partly underground stem and shining, dark-green, evergreen, somewhat leathery leaves-- , spikenard, wintergreen and sarsaparilla and hops. Sales of the drink were slow until he introduced it at the 1876 U.S. Centennial Exhibition with a brand new name — “root beer.” This new name made it an alternative to alcoholic drinks and it was an immediate success, for him personally and for the then young temperance movement that he supported.
1881-Monday- O, I am fortune's fool!......Romeo…… “For he’s a jolly good fellows”….Dick Fellows, an inept horseman but persistent outlaw, became a free man after spending five years in the San Quentin prison. It was supposed to be for a few months but 1875 as he was being taken to prison he escaped and stole a horse with no saddle. So he found a farm and stole a saddle, but when he tried to place it on the horse...the horse ran back home. He begged a meal from a nice lady who later told her husband, and soon Dick was captured. But what got him arrested in the first place? Glad you asked. Dick robbed the LA stagecoach but he didn’t have an ax to open the strongbox. He decided to place the box on the waiting horse but the horse got spooked and ran home. Dick then had to get away on foot but it was dark so naturally he fell off an 18 foot drop, breaking his leg above the ankle and crushing the instep of the same foot with the box. He dragged himself, box and all, to a Chinese work camp (Southern Pacific Railway) to steal an ax and break open box. Dick then removes the $1800 he found and bought food from the workers . He then made some crutches. He staggered to another farm house and stole yet another horse. The sheriff and his men, tracking the hapless desperado, found one Tommy Fountain looking for his father's stolen horse. The trail was easy to follow as the horse had only one temporary mule shoe. When the sheriff found the horse thief he found good old Dick. Dick got 8 months. http://www.sptddog.com/sotp/gunfighters.html
bin ein Berliner” German born, American inventor, Emile Berliner gave the first
demonstration of flat disc recording and reproduction before the Franklin
1897 – Thirty two years before the first Academy Awards, Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith of the newly formed Vitagraph film company shot their first fictional film, The Burglar on the Roof (not to be confused with Isaac Beshevis Singer’s Fiddler on the Roof) The film, with a run time of one minute, was made on the, yes, roof of a the Morse Building - 140 Nassau Street Manhattan New York City. The existential plot involved a thief shown coming through a skylight only to be discovered by tenants, who attack him. The epic would be released in 1898.
1906 – Happy Birthday- Margret Rey, author and illustrator. Rey and her husband, Hans Augusto “H.A” were most famous for their Curious George books. The first, Curious George, was published in 1941. This story of a nosy little monkey who lives with a patient and kindly friend, "the man in the yellow hat," became an instant hit with children and their parents. The success of their character prompted Rey and her husband, at the instigation of Houghton Mifflin, to create six more Curious George books: Curious George Takes a Job (1947), Curious George Rides a Bike (1952), Curious George Gets a Medal (1957), Curious George Flies a Kite (1958), Curious George Learns the Alphabet (1963), Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966) and Curious George Meets Rambo. Margret Rey not only wrote the stories that her husband illustrated; she also reportedly "posed" as George for her husband, leaping around the studio and contorting her face in simian mimicry. http://www.anb.org/articles/16/16-03540.html
– Wednesday- A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 (Flying Boat) commanded by
Albert Cushing Read with Walter Hinton, Elmer F. Stone, James L. Breese, Eugene
T "Smokey" Rhoads and Herbert C Rodd as the crew. left
1929-Thursday- That I have? He would drown the stage with tears,
And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
Make mad the guilty, and appall the free,
Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed
The very faculties of eyes and ears…..Hamlet……. The
1934 –Wednesday- The closer you are the brighter the stars in the sky ….The Channels…..Happy Birthday Roy Kerr, Kiwi mathematician who solved Einstein's field equations of general relativity to describe rotating black holes and thus provided a major contribution to the field of astrophysics as well as an explanation for the existence of Miley Cyrus. Kerr found the solution of Einstein's equations which describes the space outside a rotating star or black hole. He deduced a unique two-parameter family of solutions which describes the space-time around black holes in July 1963. The two parameters are the mass of the black hole and the angular momentum of the black hole.
–Thursday- Whispering bells,
Love you so,
Bring my baby
Oh my baby back to me.
(Baby back to me)
loud and clear,
Your sweet chimes
glad to hear,
Bring my baby
Oh my baby back to me. Happy Birthday, Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, first tenor of the Dell-Vikings who sang lead on Whispering Bells. Note they were also spelled Del-Vikings and after splitting up there were several Del Vikings running around. In fact, Mercury's Del Vikings and Dot's "Dell-Vikings" had singles released the same week in June 1957
–Friday- Today’s notable movie premiere, an epic of
figurative language, is The Cowboy and the Blonde starring
George Montgomery (who would marry Dinah Shore), Mary Beth Hughes, uber villain
Alan Mowbray, and perpetual sidekick, Fuzzy Knight. We like the title and we like the Fuzzy
Knight quote “Well, cut off my legs and call me Shorty!” Finalists for today’s
notable premier included The Blood Beast
Terror (1968), Dracula: Pages from a
Virgin's Diary (2002), Mutant Swinger
from Mars (2003), Star Wars: Episode
II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Top
Gun (1986), and
1946-Thursday- At the May 16, 1946 meeting of the
Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE, now IEEE) in San Francisco, Jack Mullin gave
the first public demonstration of professional-quality tape recording in
America. Mullin had come across the “magnetophon” in Frankfurt
1946 –Thursday- Mullin could have taken his magnetic tape recorder to the theater since that night, Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway. Composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin settled on the title after trying and discarding, Annie Get Your Pea Shooter, Annie Get Your Sling Shot, Annie Get Your Bazooka, and Annie Get Your Tomahawk. Directed by Joshua Logan and starring Ethel Merman, Ray Middleton, Earl Sauvain, Lea Penman, Betty Anne Nyma, Harry Bellaver, Kenny Bowers, and William O'Neal, the show would run for 1,147 performances .
–Monday- Theodore Maiman operated the first optical
laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in
–Sunday The neat round
spaghetti you eat with a spoon,
Uh Oh, spaghetti os. Great moments in culinary history; The sandwich was created, c6500BC Rice begins to be cultivated in
1969 –Friday- She's Venus in blue
Mona Lisa with a ponytail
She's a-walkin' talkin' work of art
She's the girl who stole my heart
My Venus in blue jeans
Is the Cinderella I adore
She's my very special angel too
A fairy tale come true….Jimmy Clanton…… Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, landedon Venus. Atmospheric data was returned indicating an atmosphere composed of 93-97% carbon dioxide, 2-5% nitrogen, and less than 4% oxygen. The probe returned data down to within 26 kilometers of surface and was then lost - crushed by the pressure on Venus. That was what they thought at the time. But…..the Gnus has learned that the probe was in fact seized by women with high heels and short dresses ruled by their Queen, Zsa Zsa Gabor. They were trying to protect captured American astronaut, Eric Fleming.
1974 –Thursday- In a stunning turn of events, dictator Josip Broz Tito was re-elected president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Tito was getting tired of running for re-election so this time he was elected for life.
1975-Friday- “ Made it Ma. Top
of the World”…..James Cagney….Junko
Tabai, a member of a team of 15 Japanese women became the first woman to scale
1987 –Saturday- The Bobro
400 set sail from New York Harbor to begin an epic voyage with 3,200 tons
of aromatic garbage. The barge traveled 6,000 miles in search of a place to
dump the trash. For some reason, no one
wanted it. Bobro 400 returned to
1988 –Monday- A
year after the Bobro set sail with
its cargo of garbage, The U.S. Supreme Court, in California vs. Greenwood, ruled
that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage. Local police suspected Billy Greenwood
was dealing drugs from his residence. Because the police did not have enough
evidence for a warrant to search his home, they searched the garbage bags
1988-Monday- Smokin' in
the boys' room
Smokin' in the boys' room
Now, teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules
But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school…..Brownsville Station……..Nicotine was declared to be addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine, in a report released by U.S. Surgeon-General C. Everett Koop. Nicotine serves as the tobacco plant’s natural defense against insects and, in its pure form, is more poisonous than either strychnine or arsenic. Its chemical structure is similar to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, giving it easy access to the brain’s reward and pleasure pathways hoo hah!
1992-Saturday….. The space shuttle Endeavour completed its maiden voyage
with a safe landing in the
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annual Sheep Shearing Festival in
1521 Tuesday- May 17 was a big day for executing traitors in 16th
1536 –Sunday- Goin'
out of my head over you
out of my head over you
Out of my head day and night,
Night and day, and night
wrong or right, ……Little Anthony and the Imperials……George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, brother in law of the decapitation happy Henry VIII, the brother of Anne Boleyn and four other men were executed for treason on Tower Hill – site of public executions. These were quite a bit more gruesome than the private executions, just plain old beheadings, on Tower Green in the
1673 –Wednesday- (Gonna
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)
(Gonna find her)
Yeah, I've been searchin'
Oh, yeah, searchin' every which a-way
Oh, yeah, searchin'
Searchin' every which a-way
Yeah, yeah…The Coasters……..Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River. Jacques Marquette (also known as Father Marquette) was a Catholic missionary and explorer. Louis Jolliet was a French-Canadian trader and explorer. In 1672, Jolliet was named leader of an expedition that would explore the northern part of the
1682 –Sunday- Happy Birthday, Bartholomew Roberts, AKA Black Bart, notorious Welsh pirate. It is claimed that he made more than 400 pirate conquests and he was so proud of his work that he designed his own flag. That design was the skull and cross bones - and the flag became known as the Jolly Roger. Bart went kaput in February 1722. He was trying to escape the British frigate, Swallow, unfortunately his crew and helmsman were so drunk from previous day’s success that the Swallow was able to deliver two broadsides. Bart bit the dust. Before his body could be captured Roberts' wish to be buried at sea was fulfilled by his crew, who weighed his body down and threw it overboard after wrapping it in his ship's sail. It was never found
1749-Saturday- Happy Birthday, Edward Jenner, English physician who developed the technique of vaccination. In 1796 he carried out his now famous experiment on eight-year-old James Phipps. Jenner inserted pus taken from a cowpox pustule and inserted it into an incision on the boy's arm. He was testing his theory, drawn from folklore that milkmaids who suffered the mild disease of cowpox never contracted smallpox, one of the greatest killers of the period, particularly amongst children. Jenner subsequently proved that having been inoculated with cowpox Phipps was immune to smallpox although he developed a tendency to chew his cud and moo on occasion. In 1798 the results were finally published and Jenner coined the word vaccine from the Latin 'vacca' for cow.
–Thursday- The New York Stock Exchange was founded with the signing
of the Buttonwood Agreement by twenty four
1804-Thursday- Happy Birthday,
John G. Anthony, American conchologist (conchology is the study of the practice
of running up and conking someone on the
head and then pretending you didn’t do it) who was was recognized as an
authority on the American land and fresh-water mollusca. During a career in
business, his interest in natural history led to a collection of freshwater
mollusks of the
1836- Tuesday- Sunny, yesterday my
life was filled with rain.
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
My Sunny one shines so sincere.
Sunny one so true, I love you. …..Bobby Hebb…..Happy Birthday, Sir Joseph Lockyer, British astronomer who discovered in the Sun's atmosphere a previously unknown element that he named helium. Lockyer was one of the first to make a spectroscopic examination of the sun and stars. He devised in 1868, a method of observing solar prominences with the spectroscope in daylight. That was the same year he discovered the element helium in the sun and applied the name chromosphere to the layer, or envelope, of gas around the sun.
Happy Birthday, Horace
Elgin Dodge, who, with his brother John Francis Dodge, were early twentieth
century American automobile manufacturers who invented one of the first
all-steel cars in America. They built their first Dodge car Nov 1914 in
1875 –Monday- Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby in 2:37.75. The jockey was Oliver Lewis and Volcano finished second with
1883-Thursday- Swedish physical chemist, Svante Arrhenius claimed he was struck by the ideas for his dissociation theory during a sleepless night. (He had spent the day watching an American Idol marathon on TV). This theory explains that substances like salt (ex. sodium chloride) when dissolved in water, dissociate (separate) into electrically charged ions (ex. positive sodium ions and negative chloride ions). In 1903 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The idea was controversial at first, (people thought he was an "idiot" Svante) but is now a basic fact in understanding the chemistry of ionic compounds.
1902 –Saturday- Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discoveredthe
Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer. It only used a
1915 –Monday- Happy Birthday, Marcel Roland de Quervain Swiss glaciologist (any of the branches of science dealing with snow or ice accumulation, glaciation, or glacial epochs )who investigated the physical properties of snow, which he applied to the development of avalanche warning systems and the mitigation of other problems associated with snowfields. Unfortunately, he was never able to explain why it always snows when you have an important appointment, or other times that it is least convenient.
1939 –Wednesday- The Glen Island
Casino in New Rochelle, NY (site of the first date between Professor Sy Yentz
and (eventually) his lovely bride to be, Margaret Kearney) was the setting for
a dual-network radio broadcast of Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Two networks,
NBC and Mutual carried the event, which was attended by 1,800 people in the
casino ballroom. Miller, famous for hits such as In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade,