May 4

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.

1715 – A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

1886 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.

1904 – The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal.

1905 – Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.

1919 – A Major League Baseball game was played on a Sunday for the first time.

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, the organization that presents the Oscars, was founded.

1932 – In Atlanta, GA, gangster Al Capone began serving an 11-year prison sentence for tax evasion at a federal penitentiary.

1942 – The United States began food rationing.

1959 – The first Grammy Awards were held.

1961 – Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed “Freedom Riders,” began a bus trip through the South.

1964 – The television soap opera “Another World” premiered on NBC. It would be on the air for 35 years. The last broadcast was June 25, 1999.

1966 – TV’s “The Patty Duke Show” aired its 104th and final first-run episode.

1970 – The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and 11 others were wounded.

1973 – Elvis Presley opened a 13 night run at the Sahara Tahoe and drew a harsh review from “Variety”, which called him “30 pounds overweight, puffy, white-faced and blinking against the light. The voice sounds weak, delivery is flabby… and [he shows] no enthusiasm.”

1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.

1987 – Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.

1987 – The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark.

1989 – Colonel Oliver North was convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges for his role in the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned on appeal.

1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, gave “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

2000 – Lance Bass of ‘N Sync celebrated his 21st birthday by winning $125,000 for charity on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

2001 – Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of Robert Blake, was shot to death inside the actor’s car, parked outside a Studio City, CA restaurant where the couple had just dined. Blake said he left his wife in the car and returned to the restaurant to retrieve a gun he had left there.

2003 – Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.

2005 – After 10 weeks of testimony from more than 80 witnesses, prosecutors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial rest their case.

2007 – Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation. She was ordered to report to a women’s jail in Lynwood, CA by June 5th.

2007 – Greensburg, KS was almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mile wide EF5 tornado. It was the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita scale.

2010 – Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million.

2012 – In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Betsy Rawls – 90 years old (1928) – Golfer

Dick Dale – 81 years old (1937) – Musician (Pioneered the surf music style)

David LaFlamme – 77 years old (1941) – Musician

George F. Will – 77 years old (1941) – Columnist (“Newsweek”)

Peggy Santiglia – 74 years old (1944) – Singer (“My Boyfriend’s Back”)

Richard Jenkins – 71 years old (1947) – Actor (“The Visitor”, TV’s “Six Feet Under”)

Stella Parton – 69 years old (1949) – Country singer

Hilly Hicks – 68 years old (1950) – Actor, minister (TV’s “Roots”)

Jackie Jackson – 67 years old (1951) – Singer (The Jackson Five, The Jacksons)

Mick Mars – 67 years old (1951) – Guitarist (Mötley Crüe)

Oleta Adams – 65 years old (1953) – Singer

Pia Zadora – 65 years old (1953) – Actress (“Hairspray”, “Voyage of the Rock Aliens”, “The Lonely Lady”, “Butterfly”)

Randy Travis – 59 years old (1959) – Country singer

Mary McDonough – 57 years old (1961) – Actress (Played Erin on TV’s “The Waltons”)

Ana Gasteyer – 51 years old (1967) – Comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Suburgatory”, “Lady Dynamite”)

Will Arnet – 48 years old (1970) – Actor (TV’s “Arrested Development”, “The Millers”, “Sit Down Shut Up”, movies “Semi-Pro”, “Blades of Glory”, “The Lego Movie”)

Chris Tomlin – 46 years old (1972) – Singer

Mike Dirnt – 46 years old (1972) – Bassist, vocalist (Green Day)

Erin Andrews – 40 years old (1978) – ESPN reporter (TV’s “Dancing With the Stars”)

Lance Bass – 39 years old (1979) – Singer (‘N Sync)

Alexander Gould – 24 years old (1994) – Actor (TV’s “Weeds”, voice of Nemo in the movie “Finding Nemo”)

 

TODAY IS:

Candied Orange Peel Day

Firefighters’ Day

International Space Day

International Tuba Day

No Pants Day

Petite and Proud Day

Renewal Day

Star Wars 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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