On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 29, 2020!

MAY 29, 2020

Today is:

End of the Middle Ages Day

National Heat Awareness Day

Learn about Composting Day

 National Biscuit Day

  Paper Clip Day



PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799) — American attorney, politician, & orator.  Best known for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
BOB HOPE (1903-2003) — British-American actor and comedian best known for his stand-up routines and shows as part of the USO from WWII through the Gulf War.
JOHN F. KENNEDY  (1971-1963) — 35th President of the United States.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE (1961) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist.



1453 – The Byzantine capital of Constantinople falls to forces of the Ottoman Empire after a long siege.  This is seen as the end of the Middle Ages.
1790 – Rhode Island is the last of the original Thirteen Colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a US state.
1848 Wisconsin is admitted to the United States as the 30th state.
1953 – Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit  of Mount Everest.
2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 12, 2020!

MAY 12, 2020

Today is:

International Nurses Day

Odometer Day

National Nutty Fudge Day

 Limerick Day



FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) — British social reformer and the founder of modern nursing.
KATHERINE HEPBURN (1907-2003) — American actress with a 60 year career in films and a record 4 Academy Awards for Best Lead Actress.
GEORGE CARLIN  (1937-2008) — American stand-up comedian and actor.  Most famous for his “Seven Dirty Words” routine.
VING RHAMES (1959) — American stage and film actor. (Mission: Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Lilo & Stitch)
EMILIO ESTEVEZ (1962) — American actor, son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen.  Best known for: The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, and The Outsiders
TONY HAWK  (1968) — American professional skateboarder, actor, and philanthropist.



1846 – The infamous Donner Party of settlers departs Independence, Missouri on their way to California.
1926 – The Italian airship Norge is the first vessel of any kind to fly over the North Pole
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 6, 2020!

MAY 6, 2020

Today is:

International No Diet Day

National Beverage Day

National Crêpe Suzette Day

 National Nurses Day

National School Nurses Day

  No Homework Day



SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) — Austrian neurologist, psychologist, and founder of psychoanalysis.
ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920) — American naval officer and explorer.  Claimed to have been the first to reach the geographic North Pole.
RUDOLPH VALENTINO  (1895-1926) — Italian silent film actor and one of the world’s first pop icons.  His sudden death caused a worldwide hysteria among his fans.
ORSON WELLES (1915-1985) — American actor, director, and writer.  Best known for his 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and for the film Citizen Kane.
WILLIE MAYS (1931) — American Hall of Fame baseball player.  Considered one of the greatest players of all time.
GEORGE CLOONEY  (1961) — American actor, director,  producer, & filmmaker (ER, The Monuments Men, Oceans Eleven)



1889 – The Eiffel Tower officially opens to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1915 Babe Ruth, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, hits his first major league home run.
1937 – The Hindenberg disaster – the German zeppelin catches fire and is destroyed in Lakehurst, NJ, killing 36.
1954Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
On This Day


APRIL 7, 2020

Today is:

International Beaver Day — Take a few minutes to recognize the importance of our dam building friends!

National Coffee Cake Day — Who wouldn’t like to take a break with this crumb-topped delicacy?

National No Housework Day — I’m not sure this means the boss would be too happy if we slacked today…but e can let the vacuuming slide for now.

World Health Day — Now more than ever take a little time to reflect on your own health and the health of others around the world.




WILLIAM WORDSWORTH  (1770-1850) — English Romantic poet
WALTER WINCHELL  (1897-1972) — American journalist and radio personality, known for his celebrity gossip stories.
BILLIE HOLIDAY  (1915-1959) — American jazz singer and actress.  Known as one of the seminal voices of jazz music.
JACKIE CHAN  (1954) — Hong Kong marital artist, actor, & director.   (Police Story, Rush Hour, Drunken Master)  Famously does all his own stunts, including outtakes during film credits.



1788 – Settlers establish an outpost at present day Marietta, Ohio — the first settlement in the Northwest Territory.
1862 – Union Armies of the Ohio and Tennessee defeat the Confederate Army of the Mississippi after two days of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) , one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.
1927 – The first long distance television broadcast (between Washington, DC and New York City) is made, showing an image of then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover..
1940Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American depicted on a US postage stamp.
2001 – The Mars Odyssey spacecraft is launched.  As of posting, it is still active in polar orbit around Mars with enough energy to function until 2025.