May 17

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.

1875 – The first Kentucky Derby took place in Louisville, KY.

1877 – The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes.

1881 – Gold was discovered near Ishpeming, MI, by a Marquette chemist and geologist named Julius Ropes.

1932 – Congress changed the name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.”

1946 – President Harry Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.

1954 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.

1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to free Bay of Pigs Invasion prisoners in exchange for 500 bulldozers.

1973 – The Senate Watergate Committee began their televised hearings.

1975 – NBC TV bought the rights to show the movie “Gone With the Wind”. The one time rights cost NBC $5 million

1977 – Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in San Jose, CA.

1985 – Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of TV’s “Dallas” on CBS. He returned the following season.

1990 – Kelsey Grammer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for DWI.

1996 – President Bill Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan’s Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.

1999 – Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – After 10 seasons, the final episode of TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” aired.

2000 – The Eagles filed suit against the “Hotel California” restaurant in Dallas, TX, alleging trademark violations.

2001 – The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip.

2005 – Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson on TV’s “The Simpsons”, was elected mayor of Northridge, CA.

2006 – The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Taj Mahal – 77 years old (1942) – Singer

Bill Bruford – 70 years old (1949) – Drummer (Yes, King Crimson)

Kathleen Sullivan – 66 years old (1953) – Television journalist

Sugar Ray Leonard – 63 years old (1956) – Boxer

Bob Saget – 63 years old (1956) – Actor, comedian, TV host (“Full House”, “Surviving Suburbia”, “Raising Dad”, “America’s Funniest Home Videos”)

Audie Desbrow – 62 years old (1957) – Drummer (Great White)

Paul Di’Anno – 61 years old (1958) – Vocalist (Iron Maiden)

Jim Nantz – 60 years old (1959) – Sports announcer (CBS)

Enya – 58 years old (1961) – Singer

Craig Ferguson – 57 years old (1962) – Television host (“The Late Late Show”, “The Drew Carey Show”)

Page McConnell – 56 years old (1963) – Keyboardist (Phish)

Trent Reznor – 54 years old (1965) – Lead vocalist (Nine Inch Nails)

Paige Turco – 54 years old (1965) – Actress (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III”, TV’s “All My Children”, “The Agency”, “The 100”)

Hill Harper – 53 years old (1966) – Actor (“CSI: NY”, “Limitless”)

Thom Filicia – 50 years old (1969) – Television personality (TV’s “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy”)

Jordan Knight – 49 years old (1970) – Singer (New Kids on the Block)

Sasha Alexander – 46 years old (1973) – Actress (TV’s “Rizzoli and Isles”, “NCIS”, “Dawson’s Creek”)

Stefanie Ridel – 46 years old (1973) – Singer, TV host (TV’s “Great Pretenders”)

Sendhil Ramamurthy – 45 years old (1974) – Actor (TV’s “Heroes”, “Covert Affairs”)

Kandi Burruss – 43 years old (1976) – Musician (Xscape, TV’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “The Kandi Factory”)

Derek Hough – 34 years old (1985) – Dancer, judge (TV’s “Dancing With the Stars”, “World of Dance”)

Tahj Mowry – 33 years old (1986) – Actor (TV’s “Smart Guy”, “Full House”)

Erin Richards – 33 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “Gotham”. “Breaking In”)

Nikki Reed – 31 years old (1988) – Actress (“The Twilight Saga” movies, “Thirteen”, “Lords of Dogtown”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bike to Work Day

Endangered Species Day

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International Virtual Assistants Day

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

Pack Rat Day

Pinot Grigio Day

Pizza Party Day

Shades Day

Work From Home Day

World Baking Day

World Hypertension Day

World Telecommunications Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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