On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 26, 2020!

MAY 26, 2020

Today is:

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

National Paper Airplane Day

World Redhead Day

  World Dracula Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

AL JOLSON (1886-1950) — Lithuanian-American comedian and actor.  Best known for his lead role in the first “talkie”, The Jazz Singer.
DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965) — American photojournalist, best known for her Great Depression-era photos of struggling workers.
JOHN WAYNE  (1907-1979) — American actor, director, and producer.  Most well known for his roles in Westerns over 3 decades.
PETER CUSHING (1913-1994) — English actor best known for his roles in horror films and as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars.
STEVIE NICKS (1948) — American singer-songwriter.  Known for her career with the band Fleetwood Mac and solo work..
HANK WILLIAMS, JR.  (1949) — American country singer-songwriter known widely for his Monday Night Football themes.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1868 – The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
1896 – Charles Dow first publishes the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“The Dow”)
1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula is first published.
1967 –The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heats Club Band album is released.
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 1, 2020!

May 1, 2020

Today is:

May Day

Couple Appreciation Day

International Workers’ Day

Global Love Day

International Space Day

International Tuba Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

Phone in Sick Day

New Homeowners Day

National School Principals’ Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

BENJAMIN HENRY LATROBE (1764-1820) — British-American architect.  Helped design the US Capitol building and the first cathedral in the US, the Baltimore Basilica.
CALAMITY JANE (1856-1903) — American frontierswoman and Wild West Show performer.
JOSEPH HELLER  (1923-1999) — American novelist, short story writer, playwright and screenwriter.  Best known for writing Catch-22.
TIM McGRAW (1967) — American country music artist, actor, and record producer.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1840 – The Penny Black, the world’s first official adhesive postage stamp is issued in the United Kingdom.
1886 – Rallies are held throughout the US demanding an eight-hour work day for workers.  They will culminate in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago three days later.
1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
1956 – Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine is first made available to the public.
1989 – Disney-MGM Studios (today Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opens in Walt Disney World, Florida.
1999 SpongeBob Squarepants premieres on Nickelodeon.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 29, 2020!

APRIL 29, 2020

Today is:

Denim Day

International Dance Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Stop Food Waste Day

World Stationary Day

Viral Video Day

Zipper Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST (1863-1951) — American journalist and publisher known for his “yellow journalism”.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) — American composer, jazz pianist, and big band leader.
WILLIE NELSON  (1933) — American country music artist, actor, and activist.
JERRY SEINFELD (1954) — American writer, comedian, actor, and producer (Seinfeld, Bee Movie)
MICHELLE PFEIFFER (1958) — American actress and producer (Dangerous Liaisons, Batman Returns)
UMA THURMAN (1970) — American actress and model (Pulp Fiction, Batman and Robin, Kill Bill)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve French forces at the Siege of Orleans.
1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States forces.
1953 – The first, still experimental, 3-D television broadcast is made, with Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV showing an episode of Space Patrol.
1992 – The first day of the LA Riots, ignited after the acquittal of police charges with using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.  They will continue for three days.
2015 – An MLB record low attendance, zero, is set when the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium due to the Baltimore Riots.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 28, 2020!

APRIL 28, 2020

Today is:


Great Poetry Reading Day — Coming at the end of National Poetry Month, today is the day for everyone to read poetry — whether to each other, to ourselves, or just out loud for the whole world to hear!

National Blueberry Pie Day — Nothing more needs to be said — one of the most popular pies out there gets its own day!

National Superhero Day — Whether they be fictional superheroes, or those you consider a superhero in real life, today is their day!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) — American politician, statesman and diplomat.  5th President of the United States.
OSKAR SCHINDLER (1908-1974) — German businessman credited with saving over 1,200 Jews who worked in his factory from the Holocaust.  Subject of the film Schindler’s List.
HARPER LEE  (1926-2016) — American novelist (To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman)
SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948-2015) — English satirist, humorist, and fantasy novelist (Discworld series)
JAY LENO (1950) — American writer, comedian, & former late-night television show host (The Tonight Show).
ELENA KAGAN  (1960) — American jurist; Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
JORGE GARCIA (1973) — American actor and comedian.  (LOST, Hawaii Five-O)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1788Maryland ratifies the US Constitution, the 7th state to do so.
1789 – The Mutiny on the HMS Bounty — Captain William Bligh and 18 crew loyal to him ate set adrift in the South Pacific.
1952 – The Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect, restoring Japan’s sovereignty and ending its state of war with the World War II Allies.
1973 – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon reaches #1 on the US Billboard chart and will remain there for a record-setting 741 consecutive weeks.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 24, 2020!

APRIL 24, 2020

Today is:

Arbor Day — Dedicated to the care and preservation or trees, and the planting of new ones.  Today is an investment in our future.

National Hairball Awareness Day — I mean not that anyone wants to think about these lovely gifts from our cats, but now you’re aware.

National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day — Hot dogs wrapped in dough and cooked until golden brown and delicious.  Does it get any better?

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

EDMUND CARTWRIGHT (1743-1823) — English clergyman and inventor of the power loom, which revolutionized fabric production.
ROBERT PENN WARREN (1905-1989) — American Pulitzer prize winning novelist (All the King’s Men) and poet.
BARBRA STREISAND (1942) — American singer, actress, & filmmaker (Funny Girl, A Star is Born, Yentl)
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (1964) — American comedian, actor, & game show host. (Barbershop, Def Comedy Jam)
KELLY CLARKSON (1982) — American singer-songwriter, actress, & TV personality.  Best-known for being the first winner of American Idol.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1184 BC – The traditional date for the Fall of Troy. marking the end to the legendary (and mythic) Trojan War.
1704 – The first Boston News-Letter, the first published newspaper in British North America, is printed. It will appear weekly until 1776.
1800 – President John Adams signs legislation authoring $5000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”, thus establishing the US Library of Congress.
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 22, 2020!

APRIL 22, 2020

Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day — Call them Administrative Professionals, Administrative Assistants, or Secretaries… we all know who’s really running the show!

Earth Day — Since 1970, celebrating the wonder that is our one and only home and striving to keep her safe!

National Jellybean Day — The favorite of President Ronald Reagan, today is the day to celebrate all those little nuggets of sugary goodness.  Just be careful with the “any flavor beans“!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

VLADIMIR LENIN (1870-1924) — Russian revolutionary and political theorist.  Founder of Soviet Union.
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (1904-1967) — American physicist.  Director of the Los Alamos Lab & head of the “Manhattan Project” during World War II.
GLEN CAMPBELL  (1936-2017) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and TV personality.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1864 – Congress passes the Coinage Act, requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be printed or minted on all US currency.
1876 – The first National League baseball game is played at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.  The Boston Red Caps defeat the Athletics 6-5.  This game marks the beginning of MLB.
1889 – The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 begins at noon where thousands race to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are founded with a population of 10,000 each.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 20, 2020!

APRIL 20, 2020

Today is:


National Cheddar Fries Day — Take those taters and drown them in cheesy love — whether it be melted shreds or the plastic lava — put cheese on em!

National Look Alike Day — It doesn’t need to be an identical twin!  Today you might be able to find your doppelganger somewhere in the world.

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day — It’s sweet, it’s sugary, it’s pineapple-y — better yet, it’s upside down!  Load up the baking pan and have a slice!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HAROLD LLOYD (1893-1971) — American silent film comedian.
TITO PUENTE (1923-2000) — American drummer and songwriter. Best known for his mambo and Latin jazz compositions.
GEORGE TAKEI  (1937) — American actor, author, and activist.  Best known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek.
ANDY SERKIS (1964) — English actor and director.  Best known  for his action capture roles of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Snoke in Star Wars.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1657 – The freedom to practice their religion openly is given to Jews in New Amsterdam, later New York City.
1898 – President McKinley signs the formal declaration of war from Congress, beginning the Spanish-American War.
1912 – Baseball is played for the first time  at Fenway Park, still home to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox beat the NY Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings..
1916 – The first National League baseball game is played at Chicago’s Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).  The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.  The defunct Federal League played there from 1914-15.
1946 – The League of Nations  (formed after WWI) officially dissolves, yielding most of its power to the new United Nations.
1972 – The Apollo 16 lunar module lands on the surface of the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 10, 2020!

APRIL 10, 2020

Today is:


Encourage a Young Writer Day — If you have a student always with an idea in their head, or a story in mind, today is the day to have them put pen to paper and write it down!

Global Work From Home Day — Seems like that’s everyday now!

National Hug Your Dog Day — For many of us, not having our furry companions right now would make things a lot harder.  Show them your appreciation today.  Even if you can’t, give a pup a virtual hug!

Siblings Day — Today’s the day to reach out and get in touch with your siblings.  Just make sure you don’t need mom or day to separate you or turn the car around!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

COMMODORE MATTHEW PERRY (1794-1858) — American naval officer.  Most famous for opening trade relations between the West and Japan.
LEW WALLACE (1827-1905) — American lawyer, politician, Union General and author (Ben-Hur)
JOSEPH PULITZER  (1847-1911) — Hungarian-American publisher, journalist, and politician.  Founder of Pulitzer, Inc. and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize.
JOHN MADDEN  (1936) — American football player, Hall of fame coach, and sportscaster.
JUAN WILLIAMS (1954) — Panamanian-American author, journalist, and political analyst (Fox News & NPR)
MANDY MOORE (1984) — American singer-songwriter and actress (Tangled, Midway, This is Us)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

837Halley’s Comet makes its closest ever approach to Earth at a distance of 3.2 million miles.
1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of  Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City.
1912 – The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden (and only) voyage.
1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishers.
1970 – Paul McCartney announces that for personal and professional reasons, he is leaving The Beatles,  beginning  the “break up” of the band.