May 31


1859 – The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, started keeping time.

1870 – E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.

1879 – Gilmores Garden in New York, NY, was renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and was opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.

1880 – The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.

1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal”.

1907 – The first taxis arrived in New York, NY. They were the first in the United States.

1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.

1913 – The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.

1927 – Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie” (Model T) in order to begin production of the Model A. Ford had produced 15,007,003 Model T’s.

1927 – Johnny Neun, first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, pulled off an unassisted triple play. He caught a line drive, tagged a runner who had left first base, and then tagged second base to catch a second runner.

1929 – The first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon, “The Karnival Kid”, was released.

1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed”.

1964 – The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants played a double header that took 19 hours and 16 minutes and became history’s longest professional baseball game.

1971 – In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30th.

1977 – The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.

1990 – The “show about nothing”, TV’s “Seinfeld” debuted on NBC.

1995 – Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. He later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.

1998 – “Derecho” winds accompanied thunderstorms that blew through West Michigan. Around 5 AM that Sunday morning, the storms blasted through the area with winds estimated as high as 130 mph in Grand Haven and Walker. The storm caused damage from South Dakota to the east coast. According to the Storm Prediction Center, this episode ranks as one of the top thunderstorm events in world history!

1998 – Geri Halliwell, also known as “Ginger Spice” of the Spice Girls, confirmed she was leaving the group.

2000 – The television show “Survivor” premiered on CBS.

2003 – In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph, who had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for several bombings including the attack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was apprehended after spending five years on the lam. He is also suspected of attacking abortion clinics and a gay nightclub.



Clint Eastwood 1930 – Actor, director (“Pale Rider”, “Unforgiven”, “Million Dollar Baby”, directed “Unforgiven”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, “Mystic River”)

Ronald Laird 1938 – Olympic race walker

Peter Yarrow 1938 – Musician (Peter, Paul and Mary)

Sharon Gless 1943 – Actress (TV’s “Switch”, “Cagney and Lacey”)

Joe Namath 1943 – Football player, broadcaster (TV’s “Monday Night Football”)

Tom Berenger 1949 – Actor (“The Big Chill,” “Platoon”, “Major League”, “Eddie and the Cruisers”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”)

Gregory Harrison 1950 – Actor (TV’s “Trapper John, MD”, “Falcon Crest”)

Roma Maffia 1955 – Actress (TV’s “Nip/Tuck”)

Kyle Secor 1957 – Actor (TV’s “Homicide: Life on the Street”)

Chris Elliott 1960 – Comedian (TV’s “Get a Life”, movies “Cabin Boy”, “Groundhog Day”, “Kingpin”, “Scary Movie 2”)

Lea Thompson 1961 – Actress (“Back to the Future” movies, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, TV’s “Switched at Birth”, “Caroline in the City”, “Dancing with the Stars: Season 19”)

Corey Hart 1962 – Singer (“Sunglasses at Night”, “Never Surrender”)

Darryl McDaniels 1964 – Rapper (D.M.C. of Run-D.M.C.)

Brooke Shields 1965 – Actress (“Pretty Baby”, “Blue Lagoon”, “Endless Love”, TV’s “Lipstick Jungle”, “Suddenly Susan”)

Christian McBride 1972 – Musician

Colin Farrell 1976 – Actor (“Saving Mr. Banks”, “Total Recall”, “Horrible Bosses”, “Crazy Heart”, “Miami Vice”, “Alexander”, “The Recruit”, “Phone Booth”, “Daredevil”, “Minority Report”)

Casey James 1982 – Singer (Finished third on TV’s “American Idol: Season 9”)

Curtis Williams Jr. 1987 – Actor (TV’s “The Parent Hood”)



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