May 30

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner. It was called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”.

1848 – W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1854 – The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1868 – Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

1879 – William Vanderbilt renamed New York City’s Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.

1883 – Twelve people were trampled to death in New York, NY, in a stampede when a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing occurred.

1896 – The first automobile accident occurred in New York, NY.

1903 – In Riverdale, NY, the first American motorcycle hill climb was held.

1911 – Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500. At the time, it was called the International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race. Harroun’s average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

1966 – Surveyor 1 was launched. It would become the first U.S. spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body.

1967 – Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

1971 – Blue Ribbon Sport officially becomes Nike.

1971 – Baseball great Willie Mays scores his 1,950th run.

1971 – Mariner 9, the American deep space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars. It’s mission was to map 70% of the surface and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface of Mars.

1987 – Mike Tyson retains the WBA/WBC heavyweight boxing title with a sixth round TKO over Pinklon Thomas.

1989 – Margaret Ray pleaded guilty to charges of breaking into and entering David Letterman’s Connecticut house. (Ray committed suicide in 1998.)

1996 – John Tesh made his last appearance as host of TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” before launching a full-time career as a musician.

1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.

2002 – In New York, NY, a ceremony were held to officially mark the end of the clean up from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

2008 – The big screen version of “Sex and the City” opened in theaters.

2012 – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the Portion Cap Rule. The proposed amendment to the city health code would have required that food service establishments limit the size of sugary beverages to 16 ounces. On June 26, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City Board of Health had exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Clint Walker 1927 – Actor (TV’s “Cheyenne”)

Ruta Lee 1935 – Actress (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Witness for the Prosecution”, “Funny Face”)

Keir Dullea 1936 – Actor (2001: A Space Odyssey”, “2010: The Year We Make Contact”, “Bunny Lake Is Missing”, “Black Christmas”)

Michael J. Pollard 1939 – Actor (“Bonnie and Clyde”, “Tango and Cash”, “Scrooged”, “Roxanne”)

Gale Sayers 1943 – Football player. His friendship with fellow Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo was the subject of the 1971 movie “Brian’s Song”.

Lenny Davidson 1944 – Musician (The Dave Clark Five)

Stephen Tobolowsky 1951 – Actor (“Groundhog Day”, “Memento”, TV’s “Deadwood”, “Heroes”, “Glee”, “Californication”, “Silicon Valley”)

Topper Headon 1955 – Musician (The Clash)

Ted McGinley 1958 – Actor (TV’s “Married… with Children”, “Hope & Faith”, “Happy Days”, “Dynasty”, “The Love Boat”)

Marie Fredriksson 1958 – Musician (Roxette)

Ralph Carter 1961 – Actor (TV’s “Good Times”)

Wynonna Judd 1964 – Country musician (The Judds)

Tom Morello 1964 – Musician (Rage Against The Machine)

Patrick Dahlheimer 1971 – Musician (Live)

Duncan Jones 1971 – Director (“Source Code”, “Moon”)

CeeLo Green 1974 – Singer, former coach (TV’s “The Voice”)

Blake Bashoff 1981 – Actor (“Spring Awakening”, TV’s “Lost”)

 

TODAY IS:

Loomis Day

Mint Julep Day

Water a Flower 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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