Tuesday, December 12, 2017

May 6th


1527 - Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
1626 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
1787 - 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
Deere & Company Founder John DeereDeere & Company Founder John Deere

1833 - John Deere makes 1st steel plow
1851 - Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy
Confederate General James LongstreetConfederate General James Longstreet

1864 - Battle of Wilderness-Gen Longstreet seriously injured
1889 - Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy
1904 - American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
1914 - British House of Lords rejects women suffrage
1937 - German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)
1940 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
1941 - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
Entertainer Bob Hope 1941 - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
1942 - Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1945 - Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
1954 - Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
1957 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
1960 - US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1962 - 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
1963 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
1967 - 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College
1974 - Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
1975 - Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
1975 - Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1986 - Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
1987 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1994 - "Chunnel" linking England & France officially opens
1994 - House passes the assault weapons ban
1994 - Nelson Mandela & his ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa
1996 - The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson

1997 - Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

264th Pope John Paul II 264th Pope John Paul II

2001 - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
2013 - 10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
2013 - 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
2013 - 15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan
2013 - Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
2013 - The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales

May 7th


1355 - 1,200 Jews of Toledo Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara
1429 - English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
1660 - Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
1700 - William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation
1718 - The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville .
First US President George Washington First US President George Washington

1789 - 1st inaugurational ball (for George Washington in NYC)
1792 - Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
1800 - Indiana Territory organized
1824 - Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna
1847 - American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
1861 - Riot occurs between pro-secessionist & Union supporters in Knoxville TN
1864 - Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
1867 - Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
1895 - In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1912 - Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer
1913 - British House of Commons rejects women's right to vote
1914 - US Congress establishes Mother's Day
1915 - Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
1928 - The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
1928 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
1934 - World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
1938 - Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
1939 - Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1941 - British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
1941 - Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
1942 - Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed
1943 - Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps
1945 - Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
1945 - Mauthausen Concentration Camp liberated
1945 - Nazi generals Jodl & Von Friedenburg surrender
1945 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano)
1946 - William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
1946 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur

1947 - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
1951 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
1952 - The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
1954 - French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
1958 - US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m
1960 - "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 perfs
1960 - USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
1962 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1966 - Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
1970 - "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
1973 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)
1974 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
1975 - President Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"
1982 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - $180 million out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
1987 - 105°F in Sacramento, CA
1987 - Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on Cheers
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1991 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1992 - 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge Long Island for selling cocaine
1992 - Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes
1993 - South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections

1998 - Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms Daimler-Chrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
1999 - Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade - How to win friends and influence people
1999 - Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054
1999 - A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD.
2012 - NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province - Same song, different verse

2012 - Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth - And now we are accusing cattle of the same thing
2013 - The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs - Over 15,000 for the firs time
2013 - Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage - Of course, here in Nebraska, we don't recognize them

May 8th

1541 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1792 - British Capt George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Wash
1792 - US establishes military draft
1840 - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1846 - 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
Abolitionist John BrownAbolitionist John Brown
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond, Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1877 - 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1879 - George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1886 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) - That's capitalism at its finest
1912 - Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded

1921 - Sweden abolishes capital punishment
1926 - 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi

1933 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
1942 - Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
1945 - V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson

1947 - A movement among Cardinal players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
1951 - Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Eniwetok
1952 - Mad Magazine debuts - That's a basis for my irreverence
1958 - VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru - He just can't get any respect - the crook
1960 - USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1961 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
1962 - "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 perfs
1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army - Took lots of guts to do that
1968 - Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
1970 - Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 - Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street - The workers were probably exempt from the draft
1973 - Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender - It's twice as big as Alvo
1976 - The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
1977 - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1980 - World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1984 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1985 - 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win
1985 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
1993 - 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1994 - 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

1996 - South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1999 - Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college - Way to go lieutenant!
2001 - 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
2013 - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud 

May 9th


1386 - Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force)
1460 - Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus

1502 - Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
1726 - Three men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.- A molly was a gay male
1754 - 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
1785 - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
1788 - British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
1896 - 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
1899 - Lawn mower patented
1901 - Australia opens its 1st parliament in Melbourne
1904 - The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100 mph.
1913 - 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote
1914 - US President Wilson proclaims Mother's Day
1932 - Piccadilly Circus, 1st lit by electricity
1939 - Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
1941 - British Army breaks German spy codes
1943 - 5th German Panzer army surrenders in Tunisia
1944 - 1st eye bank opens in New York
1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1945 - Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army.- He was tried, convicted, sentenced to hang, but took cyanide the night before - good riddance
1949 - Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
1960 - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally
1960 - US sends U-2 over USSR
1961 - FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland" - He said that before reality shows
1962 - Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 - Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
1966 - 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
1966 - People's Repuclic of Chinea performs nuclear test at Lop Nor
1970 - Hundreds of thousands demonstrate against Vietnam War
1971 - 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
1971 - Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
1974 - House Judiciary Committee begin formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
1977 - Patty Hearst let out of jail
1978 - "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs
1982 - Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC - 739 performances
Country Singer Willie Nelson Country Singer Willie Nelson
1983 - 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson
1989 - "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
1989 - VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste" - He is a male Sarah Palin
1990 - NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
1991 - Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
1992 - America Cup finals begin in San Diego
1992 - Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
1992 - Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 year anniversary of trials
1994 - Serial murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY
1995 - Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
1997 - 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna HuffingtonAuthor and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington

2005 - Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched
2012 - United States President, Barack Obama, officially states his support for same sex marriage

May 10th


1267 - Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb
1278 - Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
1427 - Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland - Can you see a trend?
1497 - Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for 1st voyage to the New World
1503 - Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
1534 - French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland

1652 - John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin 1752 - Ben Franklin performs his kite-flying experiment
1775 - 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Pa issues paper currency for 1st time
First US President George Washington US President George Washington

1775 - 2nd Continental Congress names George Washington, supreme commander
1797 - 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
1801 - The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
1823 - 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft Snelling
1837 - Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
1861 - Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, MI
1865 - Jefferson Davis captured at Irwinsville Georgia
1869 - Golden Spike driven at Promontory Point UT, completes the transcontinental railroad
1872 - Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US president
1879 - Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
1908 - 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)
1910 - 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
1910 - Comet Halley's closest approach to Earth
1915 - Zeppelins drops hundreds of bombs on Southend-on-Sea
1919 - Race riot in Charleston SC, 2 blacks killed
1922 - Dr Ivy Williams is 1st woman to be called to the English Bar
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI
1930 - 1st US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago)
1933 - Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
1940 - British Local Defense Volunteers (Home Guard) forms
1940 - Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
1940 - Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
1940 - The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
1941 - Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
1941 - England's House of Commons & Holborn Theater destroyed in a blitz
1944 - Smith v Allwright - Supreme Court ruled that Texas law that allowed Democratic Party to exclude blacks from voting in primaries was unconstitutional
1945 - Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
1959 - Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan - That did not work out well at all for the Russian military
1960 - John F Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia
1960 - US atomic sub USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison Singer-Songwriter George Harrison

1963 - Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
1966 - 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
1967 - Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges
1967 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 - Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US & North Vietnam
1969 - Apollo 10 transmits 1st color pictures of Earth from space
1969 - US troops begin attack on Hill 937/Hamburger Hill
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 - "Laverne & Shirley," last airs on ABC-TV
1989 - Gen Manuel Noriega's government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
1990 - French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph
1991 - Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving Madonna's apt
1994 - Barbra Striesand begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela

1994 - Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
1995 - 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Reba McEntire wins
1996 - "Twister" premieres
2005 - A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctioned and did not detonate

May 11th

1310 - Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.
1421 - Jews are expelled from Styria Austria
1502 - Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies"
1751 - 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
1752 - 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1792 - Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray
1812 - Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers considered it disgusting & immoral. No wonder it caught on!
1814 - Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh
1816 - American Bible Society forms (NY)
1841 - Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.
1850 - Work starts on 1st brick building in SF
1858 - Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
1862 - Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
Confederate General J.E.B. StuartConfederate General J.E.B. Stuart

1864 - Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

1904 - Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
1910 - Montana's Glacier National Park forms
Theoretical Physicist Albert EinsteinTheoretical Physicist Albert Einstein

1916 - Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
1921 - Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
Poet Robert Frost Poet Robert Frost

1924 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)
1924 - Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.
1927 - Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

1928 - General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
1929 - 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
1931 - Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
1940 - NY World's Fair reopens
1941 - 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
1943 - US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)
1947 - BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
1949 - Siam renames itself Thailand
1951 - Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Eniwetok
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1959 - "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley

1959 - Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
1960 - Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires - He wasn't the only Nazi scum that fled to South America
1960 - The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market.
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 - US sends troops to Thailand
1963 - "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
1963 - Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
1965 - Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
1965 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1967 - 100,000,000th US phone connected
Actor/Singer Richard HarrisActor/Singer Richard Harris

1968 - Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"
1969 - Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1972 - John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 - Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
1974 - Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
1976 - Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
1978 - Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps Semper Fi, Ma'am!
Composer Andrew Lloyd WebberComposer Andrew Lloyd Webber

1981 - Andrew Lloyd Webber/TS Eliot's musical "Cats," premieres in London
1983 - Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth - or about 290,022 miles (just outside the moon's orbit)
1985 - Madonna's "Crazy For You," single goes #1
1987 - 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)
1988 - France performs nuclear test
1989 - 217th & final episode of "Dynasty" is aired
1989 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1989 - Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush

1989 - President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
1993 - 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1994 - "Grease," opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
1994 - 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
1998 - India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
2002 - Last performance of the musical "Cats" in London's West End.
2009 - An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.
2012 - Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation

May 12th

1551 - San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens
1777 - 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
1780 - British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
1789 - Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
1792 - Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
1862 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana
1865 - Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
1870 - Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
1871 - Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky
1898 - Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters

Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw

1908 - George Bernard Shaws' "Getting Married," premieres in London
1908 - Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
1928 - Benito Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy
1929 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
1930 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)
1932 - Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell NJ
1933 - Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington

1934 - "Cocktails For Two," by Duke Ellington hits #1
1938 - Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) - Hallucinations were covered by their health plan
1940 - Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
1941 - Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
1942 - 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz
1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrender
Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi PanditIndian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

1949 - 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit-India)
1951 - 1st H Bomb test, on Eniwetok Atoll
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Eniwetok
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1967 - H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1968 - "March of Poor" under Reverend Abernathy reaches Washington, DC
1970 - Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 - US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
1980 - 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
1982 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
1982 - In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
1986 - Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, Calif
1990 - Comic Relief '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
1990 - Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting
1993 - Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS
1993 - Last broadcast of "Cheers" on NBC-TV
2002 - Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people

 

 

 

1312 - Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
1527 - Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
1529 - Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals
1536 - King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England
1542 - Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
1598 - Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
1604 - Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina.
1626 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
1642 - Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
1644 - Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
1648 - Battle at Zolty Wody-Bohdan Chmielricki's Cossaks beat John II Casimir
1672 - Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
1682 - Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.
1733 - 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
1753 - French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
1757 - Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats emperor army
1787 - 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
1794 - Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
1804 - Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)
Deere & Company Founder John DeereDeere & Company Founder John Deere 1833 - John Deere makes 1st steel plough
1835 - James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).
1840 - 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
1844 - Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote
1848 - Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
1851 - Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
1851 - Linus Yale patents Yale lock
1851 - New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
1851 - San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
1853 - 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
1860 - SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy
1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA
Confederate General James LongstreetConfederate General James Longstreet 1864 - Battle of Wilderness-Gen Longstreet seriously injured
1864 - General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
1882 - Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria
1882 - Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
1889 - Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
1891 - Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
1895 - 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
1896 - 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
1902 - British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
1902 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
1902 - Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa
1903 - Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
1904 - American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1906 - "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco
1907 - 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
1910 - George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
1913 - King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, North-Albania
1914 - British House of Lords rejects women suffrage
1915 - Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont
1915 - German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
1915 - Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15
1916 - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa
1917 - St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
1919 - Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
1921 - American Soccer League forms
1925 - Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884
1929 - AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
1929 - NY to SF footrace begins
Baseball Great Babe RuthBaseball Great Babe Ruth 1933 - 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
1933 - Italy & USSR sign trade agreement
1934 - Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
1935 - British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee
1935 - KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
1935 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)
1937 - German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)
1938 - Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
1939 - 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
1939 - 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
1940 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
1941 - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
1941 - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
1942 - Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1943 - British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
Entertainer Bob HopeEntertainer Bob Hope 1944 - 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
1944 - KJR-AM in Seattle Wash swaps calls with KOMO
1945 - Gen J Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
1945 - World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
1946 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
1948 - "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
1950 - "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 perfs
1950 - 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
1951 - Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
1953 - Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Phila A's, 6-0
1954 - Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
1955 - West Germany joins NATO
1956 - Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
1956 - WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 - Italian government of Segni resigns
1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
1957 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
1959 - Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
1960 - US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1960 - Students attack Dutch embassy in Djakarta
1960 - Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
1961 - 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
1961 - Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
1962 - 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
1962 - Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
1962 - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
1962 - Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1963 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
1964 - Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
1965 - Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
1966 - Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
1966 - Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
1966 - Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
1967 - 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College
1967 - 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
1967 - Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
1967 - Zakir Hussain elected 1st Moslem president of India
1968 - Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1000 injured
1968 - Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
1968 - Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
1970 - Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest
1972 - 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
1972 - Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
1973 - 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
1973 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
1974 - A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
1974 - Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
1974 - Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
1974 - Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
1974 - W German chancellor W Brandt resigns
1975 - Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
1975 - Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
1975 - 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
1976 - An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
1977 - "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
1978 - 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
1978 - South Africa military goes into Angola
1979 - Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
1979 - Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
1979 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
1981 - Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann
1981 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1982 - Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
1984 - Balt Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle
1984 - Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
1985 - 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
1986 - Berlin: Real Madrid wins 15th UEFA Cup
1986 - Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
Racing Car Driver Mario AndrettiRacing Car Driver Mario Andretti 1987 - Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH
1987 - Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
1987 - PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
1987 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 - Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
1988 - Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
1989 - 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
1990 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1990 - Former president PW Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party
1990 - Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC
1991 - Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
1991 - Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
1991 - Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
1992 - NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
1992 - Werder Bremen wins 32nd Europe Cup II
Actor Tom CruiseActor Tom Cruise 1993 - STS-55 (Columbia) lands
1994 - Chunnel linking England & France officially opens
1994 - Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show
1994 - House passes the assault weapons ban
1994 - Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 - Nelson Mandela & his ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa
1995 - 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
1995 - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
1995 - Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
1996 - Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
1996 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM
1996 - The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
1997 - Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
1997 - Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1997 - NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson 1997 - Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
1997 - The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
1998 - Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.
2000 - 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
2001 - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
2002 - Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.
2004 - The season finale of the sitcom Friends airs
2006 - 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
2008 - Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
2010 - The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
2012 - Francois Hollande elected President of France
2012 - Greeck parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures
2013 - 10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
2013 - 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
2013 - 15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 2013 - Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
2013 - The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales

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