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    ~ Today in History ~

    Hi there ~ I am starting a new feature here in Bizarre News... "Today in History" and will update it everyday. Feel free to add things I have missed or make comments... I am hoping this can be an enjoyable thread for everyone.

    What happened on May 12th?

    1820 - Florence Nightingale was born today ~ health activist, nurse: promoted the nursing profession, contributed to modern nursing procedures.

    1831 ~ The first indicted bank robber in the U.S., Edward Smith, was sentenced to five years hard labor on the rock pile at Sing Sing Prison.

    1907 - Katharine Hepburn ~ born today ~ Academy Award-winning Actress: Morning Glory [1932-33], Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner [1967], The Lion in Winter [1968], On Golden Pond [1981]; Adam’s Rib, Pat and Mike, The African Queen, The Rainmaker, Rooster Cogburn, Suddenly Last Summer, Mary of Scotland, Love Affair

    1932 ~ Missing Lindburgh baby is found, badly decomposed off the highway.

    1955 - Sam Jones of the Chicago Cubs pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 4-0. Jones became the first black pitcher to throw a major-league no-hitter.

    1971 - The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias. Mick couldn’t remember her whole name very well, so she became known as Bianca the world over.

    1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it would alternate men’s and women’s names in the naming of Hurricanes.
    “It’s not fair that women should get all the attention for causing damage and destruction,” one women’s activist claimed. David, Allen, Hugo, Mitch and Andrew agreed.
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    neat thread cass, i'll come by and see what's old once and awhile.

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    History

    Mrs Hugh will be celebrating Katherine Hepburns birthday. She loved her, even named our daughter after her.

    'England confides that every man will do his duty'".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh
    Mrs Hugh will be celebrating Katherine Hepburns birthday. She loved her, even named our daughter after her.

    That is a great story hugh

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    What happend May 13th?


    1648 ~ Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged by the neck.

    1787 ~ The first fleet of ships carrying convicts to the new penal colony of Australia left England. (They arrived the following January)

    1846 ~The United States declare war on Mexico

    1880 ~ Thomas Edison tested his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.

    1917 ~ Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary

    1938 ~ "When the Saints Go Marching In" was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.

    1950 ~ Stevie Wonder, American singer

    1967 ~ Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun.

    1981 ~ Pope John Paul II was shot and seriousy injured.

    1992 ~ Robert Reed dies at 59 (Brady Bunch Dad)

    1995 ~ New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup

    2004 ~ Rupert gets a million bucks on Survivor!! (unconfirmed ~ but I am hopeful) Go Rupert!!

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    I'm related to one of the crew members from the 1995 New Zealand America's Cup Crew. I remember when they won. Big deal in my family.

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    What happened on May 14th?

    1643 ~` Louis XIV became King of France at age 4

    1804 ~ 200 years ago, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.

    1862 ~ Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patented the chronograph

    1897 ~ A statue of George Washington was unveiled in Philadelphia

    1904 - The Olympic Games opened in St. Louis, MO. It marked the first time that the games were held in the United States.

    1944 ~ George Lucas film producer, director: Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, American Graffiti was born.

    1960 ~ "The Pill" hit the market to prevent unwanted pregnancies

    1973 ~ the United States launched Skylab One, its first manned space station.

    1998 ~ singer-actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82.

    2003 ~ Smugglers abandoned more than 100 illegal immigrants in a locked trailer at a Texas truck stop; 19 people died.

    Websleuths members having Birthdays today ~ Anniegirl, Buzzie & Luanne

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    May 15th ~ what happened today??

    Today is Saturday, May 15, the 136th day of 2004. There are 230 days left in the year. This is Armed Forces Day.

    1602 ~ Cape Cod was discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold.

    1886 ~ poet Emily Dickinson died in Amherst, Mass

    1918 ~ U.S. airmail began service between Washington, Philadelphia and New York

    1926 ~ The New York Rangers became the newest franchise to be awarded by the National Hockey League. Two years later, the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup.

    1930 ~ Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo.

    1940 ~ nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States. (Also known as Casshew Day )

    1942 ~ gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.

    1970 ~ Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

    1999 ~ Russian President Boris Yeltsin triumphed over his Communist foes, surviving an impeachment vote in the Russian parliament.

    Websleuths Members celebrating birthdays today are close_enough & akgal

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    May 16th ~ What happened today?

    136th day of year with 229 days left

    1568 ~ Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England

    1770 ~ Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France

    1804 ~ Napoleon declared Emperor of France

    1817 ~ Mississippi River steamboat service begins

    1866 ~US Treasury Dept authorizes the nickel

    1875 ~ Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000

    1891 ~ Spam was introduced by Geo. A. Hormel & Co.

    1905 ~ Henry Fonda, American oscar winning film actor is born

    1919 ~ Liberace was born

    1920 ~ Joan of Arc (Jean D'arc) canonized a saint

    1929 ~ The first ever Academy Awards (Oscars) are held

    1941 ~ Germans made their last major air attack on Britain

    1965 ~ Spaghetti-O's 1st sold

    1977 ~ Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavywgt boxing title

    1984 ~ Andy Kauffman Dies

    1986 ~ "Top Gun," premieres

    1990 ~ Sammy Davis Jr. & Jim Henson Die

    Websleuths Members celebrating Birthdays today FlowerGirl & Brandigirl :HappyBday

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    Good thread Cass, love it. I would think (re: may 16) Sammy Davis & Jim Henson dying on the same day... too many jokes. I think Sammy would think that's very funny.

    BTW, Andy Kauffman's not dead, he lives with Elvis.


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    May 17th ~ What happened today??

    218 ~ 7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

    1875 ~ Oliver Lewis rode Aristides winning a purse of $2,850 in the first running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

    1877 ~ Edwin T. Holmes of Boston, MA. installed the first telephone switchboard burglar alarm.

    1910 ~ Canada sets the designs for the 1›-50› coins


    1911 ~ Maureen (Paul) O’Sullivan was Born

    1928 ~ 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam


    1938 ~ The NBC Blue network presented Information Please for the first time. The radio quiz show was moderated by Clifton Fadiman.


    1949 ~ British government recognizes Republic of Ireland


    1971
    ~ The musical, Godspell, opened this night at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City

    1973 ~ Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"


    1975 ~ NBC-TV paid a whopping $5,000,000 for the rights to show Gone with the Wind just one time. It was the top price paid for a single opportunity to show a film on television.

    1975 ~ Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was released and certified a platinum record on the very same day.

    1984 ~ Mario Soto of the Cincinnati Reds threw four strikeouts in one inning.

    1985 ~ Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas on CBS-TV. Bobby, played by actor Patrick Duffy, died in a violent car explosion, but came back to life the following season

    1998 ~ New York Yankees pitcher David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.

    2003 ~ Tammie Willis, who lost her hearing after a 1994 robbery-assault, becomes the first deaf student to earn a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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    It's May 18th ~ so what happened today??

    1652 ~ A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.

    1792 ~ Russian troops invade Poland.

    1802 ~ Britain declares war on France.

    1804 ~ Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.

    1828 ~ The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.

    1860 ~ Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.

    1864 ~ The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.

    1868 ~ Nicholas II, the last Russian czar is born

    1896 ~ The Supreme Court's decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the "separate but equal" policy in the United States.

    1897 ~ Frank Capra, film director (It's A Wonderful Life) is born.

    1917 ~ The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.

    1918~ John Paul II [Karol Jozef Wojtyla], the present Roman Catholic pope is born

    1928 ~ Pernell Roberts , actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD) is born

    1931 ~ Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.

    1933 ~ President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

    1936 ~ The Spanish Civil breaks out

    1942 ~ New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.

    1944 ~ The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.

    1951 ~ The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.

    1969 ~ Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.

    1974 ~ India becomes sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

    1980 ~ After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.

    1990 ~ Treaty forming the basis for monetary union between East and West Germany signed

    1992 ~ Lawrence Welk bandleader (L Welk Show), dies at 89 of pneumonia

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    May 19th ~ What happened today?

    715 St Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

    1506 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir

    1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles

    1568
    English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary

    1585 Spain confisquates English ships

    1588 Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound to England

    1635 France declares war on Spain

    1643 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army
    and Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United
    Colonies of New England

    1652
    Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen

    1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley

    1780 About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day it's cause is still unexplained

    1792 Russian army enters Poland

    1793 Netherlands captures French island of St Maarten (held until 1795)

    1853 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia Mdaga of Saksen-Weimar

    1856 Sen Charles Sumner, Mass, spoke out against slavery

    1862 Homestead Act becomes law provides cheap land for settlement of West

    1863 Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete

    1865 President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia

    1874 J Perrotin discovers asteroid #138 Tolosa

    1878 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by Pres Garfield

    1892 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded

    1896 1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands

    1902 Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria

    1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ

    1906 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes

    1909 Heavyweight Jack Johnson & Jack O'Brien fight to no decision

    1910 Cleve Indian Cy Young gets his 500th win, beats Wash 5-4 in 11 innings

    1911 Phila Athletics are 12 games back in AL, & will win World Series

    1921 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system

    1925
    Malcolm X [Little], [Detroit Red], Omaha NB, founder (Black Muslims) is born

    1928 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners

    1930 White woman win voting rights in South-Africa

    1935
    NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936

    1937 John Murray/Allen Boretz' "Room Service," premieres in NYC

    1939 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-nazi pact

    1943 Berlin is declared "Judenrien" (free of Jews)

    1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz

    1945 Peter Townshend England, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (Who-Tommy) is born

    1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)

    1958 South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 (tybee LOL)

    1959 Nicole Brown Simpson is born

    1962 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island

    1964 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy

    1971 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars

    1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

    1975 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66

    1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

    1984 Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup

    1989 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1

    1994 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run

    2161 Still to happen - 8 of 9 planets will align on same side of sun

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    It's May 20th ~ what happened today?

    325 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nic‘a, Asia Minor

    526 Earthquake kills 250,000 in Antioch, Syria

    1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed

    1495 French King Charles VIII leaves Naples

    1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calcutta India

    1501 Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands

    1524 Duke of Albany leaves Scotland

    1631 German army under earl Johann Tilly conquerors Maagdenburg

    1690 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II

    1704 Elias Neau forms school for slaves in NY

    1775 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence of Britain

    1784 England & Netherlands signs peace treaty (Peace of Paris)

    1825 Charles X becomes King of France

    1830 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)

    1845 1st legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii

    1861 Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle

    1862 Homestead Act provides cheap land for settlement of West

    1864 Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured

    1867 Brit parliament rejects John Stuart Mills law on women suffrage
    and Royal Albert Hall foundation laid

    1868 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant

    1870 Second Chamber abolishes capital punishment

    1874 Levi Strauss markets blue jeans with copper rivets, price $13.50 doz

    1875 Intl Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty

    1882 Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance

    1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

    1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)

    1902 Cuba gains independence from Spain

    1908 Jimmy Stewart (Mr Smith Goes to Wash, Wonderful Life) was born

    1910 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII

    1916 Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)

    1918 1st electrically propelled warship (New M‚xico)

    1919 Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550

    1923 Stanley Baldwin, becomes PM of UK

    1927 At 7:40 AM, Lindbergh takes off from NY to cross Atlantic for Paris

    1932 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic

    1939 Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger & air mail service

    1943 French, British & US victory parade in Tunis Tunisia

    1944
    US Communist Party dissolved

    1948 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army

    1950 Hill Prince wins Preakness

    1954 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

    1955 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church & state

    1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll and Jordan government of Samir resigns

    1959 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940

    1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog

    1963 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia

    1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for US Olympic team

    1965 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121

    1967 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam

    1969
    US troop march into Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam

    1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

    1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss

    1989 China declares martial law in Beijing

    1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph's from space

    1993 Final "Cheers" on NBC

    1994 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00

    1995 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung

    Ws Members celebrating birthdays today ~ Sonnier6 & Misti ~ Happy Birthday!

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    Today is May 21st ~ I bet you are wondering what happened today

    143 Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed

    685
    Battle at Nechtansmere: Picten beat Northumbrians

    996 Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor

    1216 French crown prince Louis enters England

    1420 Treaty of Troyes-French King Charles VI gives France to English

    1471 King Edwards IV enters London

    1502 Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

    1602 Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)

    1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

    1832 1st Democratic party national convention

    1846 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

    1861 Richmond, Va is designated Confederate Capital

    1881 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

    1908 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago

    1914 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota

    1926 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double

    1927 Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic

    1930 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers

    1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands

    1941 1st US ship sunk by a U-boat (Robin Moor)

    1944 Hitler begins attack on English/US "terror pilots"

    1945 German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured

    1948 NY Yank Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

    1959 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens

    1964 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations

    1968 Paul McCartney & Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert

    1979 Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in USSR

    1981 Fran‡ois Mitterrand becomes president of France

    1982 British troops lands on Falkland Islands

    1983 David Bowie's "Let's "Dance," single goes #1

    1988 Jane Powell weds Dickie Moore

    1989
    Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA championship

    1990 Last episode of "Newhart" airs

    Websleuthers having a birthday today ~ GardenMom

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