On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 18, 2020!

MAY 18, 2020

Today is:

I Love Reese’s Day

International Museum Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day

 National Cheese Souffle Day

 Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

MATTHEW BRADY (c1822-1896) — American photography pioneer.  Most famous for his presidential portraits and  Civil War photography.
NICHOLAS II of RUSSIA (1868-1918) — Last Tsar of the Russian Empire.  Forced to abdicate during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
FRANK CAPRA  (1897-1991) — Italian-American film director, winner of three Academy Awards. Best known for It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life.
POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II  (1920-2005) — Head of the Catholic Church from 1978-2005, the second longest reign in history.  Canonized as a saint in 2014.
GEORGE STRAIT (1952) — American country singer-songwriter, actor, and producer.  Dubbed the “King of Country”
TINA FEY  (1970) — American actress, comedian, author & producer (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America declaring slavery illegal.
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate, becoming Napoleon I.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln becomes the Republican Party’s nominee for President, over William Seward who will later become his Secretary of State.
1896 – The US Supreme Court rules in the Plessy v. Ferguson case that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is constitutional.
1980 Mount Saint Helens erupts in Washington State, killing 57 people and causing over $3 billion in damage.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 15, 2020!

MAY 15, 2020

Today is:

Bring Flowers to Someone Day

Endangered Species Day

International Day of Families

 National Bike to Work Day

  National Pizza Party Day

  National Chocolate Chip Day

Straw Hat Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919) — American author most famous for his children’s series, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
MADELINE ALBRIGHT (1937) — Czech-American politician and diplomat.  First female Secretary of State (1997-2001)
JOHN SMOLTZ  (1967) — American Hall of Fame Baseball player. Only pitcher to record both 200 wins and 150 saves.
EMMITT SMITH (1969) — American Hall of Fame Football player.  As a running back, became the league’s all time rushing leader.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1718 – London lawyer, James Puckle, patents the world’s first machine gun, the Puckle Gun.
1730 – Robert Walpole becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1905 Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres of land is auctioned off and will later become its downtown.
1928 – Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut in the short cartoon, “Plane Crazy
1940 McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernandino, California — the beginning of the fast food giant’s history.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 14, 2020!

MAY 14, 2020

Today is:

Dance Like a Chicken Day

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

GEORGE LUCAS (1944) — American filmmaker & entrepreneur.  Creator of Star Wars and co-creator of Indiana Jones.  Founder of LucasFilm.
EOIN COLFER (1965) — Irish author, best known for the Artemis Fowl series.
MARK ZUCKERBERG  (1984) — American computer programmer and entrepreneur.  Co-founder of Facebook.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1607Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, becoming the first permanent English settlement in North America.
1796 – English physician Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation. The disease will be officially deemed eradicated in 1980.
1804 – Wiliam Clark and the Corps of Discovery depart Camp Dubois, Illinois to meet Meriwether Lewis in St. Charles, Missouri, marking the beginning of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
1948 – Israel is declared an independent state and a provisional government is established.  It is immediately attacked by neighboring countries, igniting the Arab-Israeli War.
1973 – The United States’ first space station, Skylab, is launched.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 13, 2020!

MAY 13, 2020

Today is:

Cough Drop Day

International Hummus Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

 National Apple Pie Day

  National Receptionists’ Day

  National Third Shift Worker Day

  Tulip Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JOE LOUIS (1914-1981) — American heavyweight boxing world champion (1937-1949).  Most famous for his matches against German boxer Max Schmeling.
BEA ARTHUR (1922-2009) — American actress, comedian, and activist (Maude, Golden Girls)
STEVIE WONDER  (1950) — American singer-songwriter and record producer.
STEPHEN COLBERT (1961) — American comedian, actor, late night talk show host, and political pundit.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1880 – Thomas Edison performs his first tests on an electric railway, the precursor of modern subways and trolleys, in Menlo Park, NJ.
1940 – German forces cross the Meuse River, beginning the Nazi conquest of France.
1989 – Groups of students occupy Tienanmen Square in Beijing, China and begin hunger strikes to protest against the oppressive government.  There will eventually be more than 1 million protesters gathered there.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 12, 2020!

MAY 12, 2020

Today is:

International Nurses Day

Odometer Day

National Nutty Fudge Day

 Limerick Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

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 11, 2020!

MAY 11, 2020

Today is:

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess Cupcake Day

National Twilight Zone Day

National Women’s Check-Up Day

World Ego Awareness Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRIET QUIMBY (1875-1912) — American pilot and screenwriter.  First woman to be awarded a pilot’s license in the US and first woman to fly over the English Channel.
SALVADOR DALI (1904-1989) — Spanish artist known for his surrealist style paintings.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1846 – President James K. Polk asks Congress for a declaration of war, starting the Mexican-American War.
1858 Minnesota is admitted to the Union as the 32nd state in the United States.
1960 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, is captured by Mossad (the Israeli secret police) in Argentina after 15 years on the run.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing super computer, defeats Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to best a human.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 8, 2020!

MAY 8, 2020

Today is:

Fintastic Friday

National Public Gardens Day

Give Someone a Cupcake Day

 National Coconut Cream Pie Day

  National Have a Coke Day

  No Socks Day

  World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972) — 33rd President of the United States
DON RICKLES (1926-2017) — American stand up comedian & actor, famous for his “insult comedy”.  Most recently known as the voice of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story.
PETER BENCHLEY  (1940-2006) — American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist.  Best known for writing Jaws.
BILL de BLASIO (1961) — American politician.  Current mayor of New York City.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1877 – The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City.
1886 – A new carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” is first sold as a patent medicine by pharmacist John Pemberton in Atlanta, Ga.
1945 V-E Day: “Victory in Europe” Day as German forces formally agree to the unconditional surrender the day before, ending WWII in Europe.
1980 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of smallpox.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 7, 2020!

MAY 7, 2020

Today is:

Make a Book Day

National Children’s Mental Health Day

National Day of Prayer

 National Day of Reason

  National Tourism Day

  World Password Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) — German composer, pianist, and conductor.
PYTOR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) — American actor and director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, On the Waterfront)
GARY COOPER  (1901-1961) — American actor from the Classical Hollywood era. (Sgt. York, Pride of the Yankees, High Noon)
EVA PERÓN (1919-1952) — Argentinian actress, First Lady of Argentina, & activist.  Called the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation”.
DARRIN McGAVIN (1922-2006) — American actor, most familiar today as “the Old Man” (Ralphie’s father) in A Christmas Story.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1915 – The RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans.  This event turns American sentiment against the German Empire in WWI.
1945 – German General Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional surrender of German troops at Reims, France, ending German participation in World War II.
1952 – The concept for the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published.
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

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

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

TODAY IS MAY 5, 2020!

MAY 5, 2020

Today is:

Cartoonists Day

Cinco de Mayo

National Concert Day

 Museum Lovers Day

 National Hoagie Day

  National Teacher Day

 Oyster Day

World Asthma Day

Revenge of the Fifth

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

SØREN KIERKEGAARD (1813-1855) — Danish philosopher, theologian, & poet.  Considered first existentialist philosopher.
KARL MARX (1818-1883) — German philosopher, sociologist economist, and social revolutionary. Author of The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
NELLIE BLY  (1864-1922) — American journalist.  Best known for her record breaking trip around the world in 72 days and undercover expose of a mental institution (Ten Days in a Mad-House)
SIR MICHAEL PALIN (1943) — English comedian, actor, author, and television presenter.  Best-known as part of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (1944) — Welsh actor & producer (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Sliders).
ADELE (1988) — English singer-songwriter

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1821 – Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the  South Atlantic island of Saint Helena.
1862 – Cinco de Mayo —  Outnumbered Mexican forces repel French invaders at the Battle of Puebla
1865 – The government of the Confederate States of America is declared officially dissolved in Washington, Georgia.
1961 – Astronaut Alan Shepard is the first American in space, spending 15 minutes in a sub-orbital flight.