May 26

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1865 – Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.

1868 – President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.

1896 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the “Wall Street Journal”.

1923 – The first auto race at Le Mans was held. It has since been run annually in June.

1946 – The U.S. government patented the hydrogen bomb.

1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O.

1961 – A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.

1967 – Kay Whitfield and Noreen Hillary joined the Michigan State Police to become the first female officers.

1967 – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles was released in the UK.

1969 – The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

1969 – Dick Cavett began hosting a three-night-a-week late night television show on ABC.

1973 – Kathy Schmidt set an American women’s javelin record with a throw of 207 feet, 10 inches.

1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.

1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3-1/2 hours.

1978 – The first legal casino in the Eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, NJ.

1981 – Motown Records announced plans for a yearlong silver anniversary salute in 1982 to mark the 25th year of association between Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson.

1985 – Sylvester Stallone’s movie “Cobra” opened and set a first day box office record of $12.4 million.

1989 – To illustrate the power of radio, at 7:42 am, over 8,000 stations nationwide went silent for 30 seconds.

1994 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.

1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.

1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”

1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship weighed 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.

1998 – The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.

2004 – Fantasia Barrino was crowned the third winner of TV’s “American Idol”.

2004 – Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 counts of first degree murder. He was already serving a life sentence for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.

2010 – Lee DeWyze won TV’s “American Idol: Season 9”.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Brent Musburger – 79 years old (1939) – Sportscaster

Verden Allen – 74 years old (1944) – Organ Player (Mott the Hoople)

Sam Posey – 74 years old (1944) – Racing driver, sports broadcast journalist

Garry Peterson – 73 years old (1945) – Drummer (The Guess Who)

Stevie Nicks – 70 years old (1948) – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)

Pam Grier – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (“Scream Blacula Scream”, “Foxy Brown”, “The Big Doll House”, “Coffy”, “Jackie Brown”, TV’s “The L World”)

Phillip Michael Thomas – 69 years old (1949) – Actor, singer (TV’s “Miami Vice”)

Hank Williams, Jr. – 69 years old (1949) – Country musician

Margaret Colin – 60 years old (1958) – Actress (TV’s “As the World Turns”, “Gossip Girl”)

Genie Francis – 56 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “General Hospital”)

Bobcat Goldthwait – 56 years old (1962) – Comedian, actor (“Police Academy” movies)

Lenny Kravitz – 54 years old (1964) – Musician

Helena Bonham-Carter – 52 years old (1966) – Actress (“The Wings of the Dove”, “The King’s Speech”, “Harry Potter” movies, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Dark Shadows”, “Les Miserables”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Fight Club”, “Howard’s End”, “A Room With a View”)

Matt Stone – 47 years old (1971) – TV producer (TV’s “South Park”, “The Book of Mormon”)

Lauryn Hill – 43 years old (1975) – Singer (The Fugees)

Elisabeth Harnois – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Adventures in Wonderland”). Born in Detroit, MI

Hrach Titizian – 39 years old (1979) – Actor (TV’s “Homeland”)

 

TODAY IS:

Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Dracula Day

Paper Airplane Day

World Lindy Hop 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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1 Comment

  1. Streeter, Judy
    May 26, 2017 - 10:06 am

    Thanks, Scott. That is very interesting. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Reply

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