May 20

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1774 – Britain’s Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior

1830 – The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde.

1861 – North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.

1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

1875 – The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.

1891 – The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.

1899 – Taxi driver Jacob German of New York, NY, became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.

1905 – Louis Chevrolet (who designed the Chevy for General Motors in 1911) won his first race on a cinder track in Morris Park, NY.

1916 – A Norman Rockwell painting appeared on the cover of “The Saturday Evening Post” for the first time. The painting was “Boy with a Baby Carriage”.

1926 – Congress passed the Air Commerce Act. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to license pilots and planes.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY, to cross the Atlantic non-stop for Paris aboard his airplane the “Spirit of St. Louis.” He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris the next day. The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

1930 – The first airplane was catapulted from a dirigible.

1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She landed in Ireland the next day to become the first woman to achieve the feat.

1939 – The first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The event was a bicycle race.

1939 – The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the “Yankee Clipper” from Port Washington, NY.

1942 – The song “I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo” was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

1969 – Peter Cetera, of the band Chicago, was beaten up by four men at a Chicago Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. The men objected to the length of his hair. Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery.

1978 – Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.

1980 – The submarine Nautilus was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

1982 – The final episode of TV’s “Barney Miller” aired on ABC-TV.

1985 – The Dow Jones industrial average broke the 1300 mark for the first time. The Dow closed at 1304.88.

1985 – Radio Marti, part of the Voice of America service, began broadcasting to Cuba.

1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.

1993 – The final episode of TV’s “Cheers” was aired on NBC.

1996 – After six seasons, the final episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, starring Will Smith, aired on NBC.

2003 – A cow in British Columbia, Canada is diagnosed with mad cow disease. As a result, the U.S. banned imports of Canadian beef, cattle and animal feed.

2009 – Kris Allen is declared the winner of the eighth season of TV’s “American Idol”. Adam Lambert finished in second place.

2010 – Five paintings worth 100 million Euro were stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

David Hedison – 91 years old (1927) – Actor (“Licence to Kill”, “Live and Let Die”)

James McEachin – 88 years old (1930) – Actor (“The Dead Don’t Die”, “Double Exposure”)

Constance Towers – 85 years old (1933) – Actress (“Bring Your Smile Along”, “The Horse Soldiers”, “Sergeant Rutledge”, “Shock Corridor”, “The Naked Kiss”)

Anthony Zerbe – 82 years old (1936) – Actor (“The Omega Man”, “Farewell, My Lovely”, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park”, “Licence to Kill”, “The Turning Point”, “Star Trek: Insurrection”, “The Matrix Reloaded”, “The Matrix Revolutions”, “American Hustle”)

Cher – 72 years old (1946) – Singer, actress (“Moonstruck”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Silkwood”, “Mask”)

Dave Thomas – 69 years old (1949) – Comedian, actor (SCTV cast member, “Strange Brew”)

Dean Butler – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (TV’s “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “The New Gidget”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, movies “Desert Hearts”, “The Final Goal”)

Ron Reagan Jr. – 60 years old (1958) – Dancer, talk show host, son of President Ronald Reagan

Jane Wiedlin – 60 years old (1958) – Singer, guitarist (The Go-Go’s)

Susan Cowsill – 59 years old (1959) – Singer (The Cowsills)

Bronson Pinchot – 59 years old (1959) – Actor (“Courage Under Fire”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Risky Business”, TV’s “Perfect Strangers”, “Step By Step”, “The Surreal Life”)

Tony Goldwyn – 58 years old (1960) – Actor (“The Pelican Brief”, “Ghost”, “Gaby: A True Story”)

Brian Nash – 55 years old (1963) – Musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

Ted Allen – 53 years old (1965) – TV host (TV’s “Chopped”, “Food Detective”, “Queer Eye”)

Mindy Cohn – 52 years old (1966) – Actress (Played Natalie on TV’s “The Facts of Life”)

Busta Rhymes – 46 years old (1972) – Musician

Rachel Platten – 37 years old (1981) – Singer (“Fight Song”)

 

TODAY IS:

Be a Millionaire Day

Clinical Trials Day

Pick Strawberries Day

Quiche Lorraine Day

Weights & Measures 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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