May 5

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1809 – Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.

1831 – “The Detroit Free Press” began publication.

1846 – Michigan abolished the death penalty.

1862 – The Battle of Puebla took place. It is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.

1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

1865 – In North Bend, OH (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the U.S. took place.

1866 – Memorial Day was first celebrated in the U.S. at Waterloo, NY.

1891 – Music Hall was dedicated in New York, NY. It was later renamed Carnegie Hall.

1904 – The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.

1925 – John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.

1934 – The first “Three Stooges” short, “Woman Haters”, was released.

1936 – Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.

1952 – The “Vitameatavegamin” episode of TV’s “I Love Lucy” aired for the first time.

1956 – Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. He was clocked at 3:58.5.

1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.

1966 – Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs when he hit his 512th.

1973 – Secretariat won the 99th Kentucky Derby.

1978 – Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, registered his 3,000th major league hit.

1986 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertegun announced that Cleveland, OH, had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum would be built.

1987 – The U.S. congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened.

1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.

1997 – Dolores Hope received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – Ivan Reitman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – TV’s “Married With Children” aired its last episode on Fox.

1998 – The Michigan state legislature introduced a bill that would limit concert attendance by minors under the age of 18.

2000 – The final episode of TV’s “Boy Meets World” aired on ABC.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Pat Carroll – 91 years old (1927) – Comedienne, actress (TV’s “The Ted Knight Show”, “Make Room for Daddy”, “Laverne & Shirley”, “ER”, Voice of Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”)

Michael Murphy – 80 years old (1938) – Actor (“Batman Returns”)

Roni Stoneman – 80 years old (1938) – Banjo player (TV’s “Hee Haw” gang)

Lance Henriksen – 78 years old (1940) – Actor (“The Last Samurai”, “Dog Day Afternoon”, “Pumpkinhead”, “Aliens”, “The Terminator”, TV’s “Millennium”)

Michael Palin – 75 years old (1943) – Comedian, actor (“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “A Fish Called Wanda”)

John Rhys-Davies – 74 years old (1944) – Actor (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy)

Kurt Loder – 73 years old (1945) – MTV newsman, music journalist

Bill Ward – 70 years old (1948) – Drummer (Black Sabbath)

Richard E. Grant – 61 years old (1957) – Actor (“Ready to Wear”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, TV’s “Game of Thrones”)

Kevin Mooney – 56 years old (1962) – Guitarist (Adam & The Ants)

Tina Yothers – 45 years old (1973) – Actress (Played Jennifer Keaton on TV’s “Family Ties”)

Craig David – 37 years old (1981) – Singer

Danielle Fishel – 37 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “Boy Meets World”, “Girl Meets World”)

Henry Cavill – 35 years old (1983) – Actor (“Man of Steel”, “The Man From UNCLE”)

Adele – 30 years old (1988) – Singer

Chris Brown – 29 years old (1989) – Singer, actor

 

TODAY IS:

Cartoonists Day

Free Comic Book Day

Hoagie Day

Hug a Shed and Take a Selfie Day

Infidelity Hurts Awareness Day

Join Hands Day

Revenge of the Fifth

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Windmill 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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