May 2

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1611 – The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England by printer Robert Barker.

1885 – The magazine “Good Housekeeping” was first published.

1887 – Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.

1890 – The Oklahoma Territory was organized.

1918 – General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

1932 – Jack Benny’s first radio show debuted on NBC Radio.

1939 – Lou Gehrig, of the New York Yankees, set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925. He voluntarily benched himself after playing 2,130 consecutive games.

1941 – The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.

1941 – A new cereal called CheeriOats was introduced. The name was eventually changed to Cheerios four years later.

1946 – Prisoners revolted at California’s Alcatraz prison. Two guards and three inmates were killed.

1954 – Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants.

1964 – While speaking in Ann Arbor, MI at the University of Michigan Spring Commencement, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced plans for his “Great Society” plan.

1965 – The “Early Bird” satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.

1969 – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made its maiden voyage from England to the United States.

1970 – Student anti-war protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.

1974 – Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

1974 – The filming of “Jaws” began in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

1982 – The Weather Channel debuted. It was founded by veteran television meteorologist John Coleman (who served as a chief meteorologist at WLS-TV in Chicago and as a forecaster for “Good Morning America”) and Frank Batten, then-president of the channel’s original owner Landmark Communications. The channel launched at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 2, 1982.

1986 – The City of Chernobyl was evacuated six days after the disaster.

1997 – The American spy action comedy film “Austin Powers: International Made of Mystery”, starring Mike Myers, was released.

1999 – The Mercury space capsule, which carried Gus Grissom on America’s second manned space flight, was discovered off the Florida shore 38 years after it was lost.

2000 – President Bill Clinton announced that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to just the United States military.

2004 – Television’s “Doctor Phil” McGraw was slapped with a class action lawsuit that charged he knowingly deceived consumers with false claims about his line of weight-loss products.

2008 – the movie “Ironman” (based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name), starring Robert Downey Junior, debuted in theaters.

2008 – Sean “Diddy” Combs became the first male rapper to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2012 – A pastel version of “The Scream” by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million in a New York, NY auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.

2015 – A 4.2 earthquake centered near Galesburg, MI (between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo) hit west Michigan. It was the state’s most powerful quake since 1947.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Engelbert Humperdinck – 82 years old (1936) – Singer (“After the Lovin'”)

R.C. Bannon – 73 years old (1945) – Country singer

Bianca Jagger – 73 years old (1945) – Model, human rights activist, was married to Mick Jagger

Larry Gatlin – 70 years old (1948) – Singer (Gatlin Brothers)

Lou Gramm – 68 years old (1950) – Singer (Foreigner)

Christine Baranski – 66 years old (1952) – Actress (TV’s “The Good Wife”, “Cybill”, “Welcome to New York”, movies “Mamma Mia!”, “Bowfinger”)

Elizabeth Berridge – 56 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “The John Larroquette Show”)

Ty Herndon – 56 years old (1962) – Country singer

Todd Sucherman – 49 years old (1969) – Drummer (Styx)

Dwayne Johnson – 46 years old (1972) – Wrestler, actor, known as “The Rock” (“Fast and Furious” movies, “Pain & Gain”, “Tooth Fairy”, “Race to Witch Mountain”, “The Scorpion King”, “G.I. Joe”, “Walking Tall”, TV’s “Ballers”)

David Beckham – 43 years old (1975) – Soccer player

Jenna von Oÿ – 41 years old (1977) – Actress (TV’s “Blossom”, “The Parkers”)

Gaius Charles – 35 years old (1983) – Actor (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Aquarius”)

Sarah Hughes – 33 years old (1985) – Olympic figure skater

Thomas McDonell – 32 years old (1986) – Actor (TV’s “The 100”)

Kay Panabaker – 28 years old (1990) – Actress (TV’s “Fame”, “Phil of the Future”, “Summerland”)

 

TODAY IS:

Baby Day

School Bus Drivers Day

World Play Your Ukulele 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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