May 7

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1718 – The city of New Orleans was founed by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.

1763 – Indian chief Pontiac began all out war on the British in New York.

1789 – The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York, NY.

1800 – The U.S. Congress divided the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part became the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remained the Northwest Territory.

1847 – The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

1912 – Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories.

1912 – The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.

1914 – President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation making Mother’s Day a national holiday on the second Sunday of May.

1915 – The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine. 1,201 people were killed, including 128 Americans.

1926 – A U.S. report showed that one-third of the nation’s exports were motors.

1945 – Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League. There were 6 teams.

1945 – Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II. It took effect the next day.

1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded. The company was later renamed Sony.

1951 – Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.

1968 – Reginald Dwight decided to change his name to Elton John.

1975 – President Gerald Ford declared an end to “The Vietnam era.”

1976 – The Honda Accord was officially launched.

1977 – Rookie Janet Guthrie set the fastest time on opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

1982 – Diana Ross received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1984 – A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces.

1987 – Shelley Long made her last regular appearance as “Diane Chambers” on TV’s “Cheers”.

1991 – A judge in Macon, GA, dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy’s music.

1992 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on its first mission (STS-49).

1992 – Michigan ratified a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise

1994 – The Edvard Munch painting “The Scream” was recovered after being stolen 3 months earlier from an Oslo Museum. This version of “The Scream”, one of four different versions, was painted on paper.

1998 – Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler Corp. for close to $40 billion. It was the largest industrial merger on record.

1998 – Leeza Gibbons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – A jury found “The Jenny Jones Show” liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure by a guest he outed on the show. The jury awarded his estate $25 million.

1999 – Jerry Moss received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003 – In Washington, DC, General Motors Corp. delivered six fuel cell vehicles to Capitol Hill for lawmakers and others to test drive during the next two years.

2004 – The documentary “Super Size Me” was released on this date. We found out what happens when you eat nothing but McDonald’s for a month.

2004 – American businessman Nick Berg was beheaded by Islamic militants. The video of the act was released on the Internet.

2013 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 15,056.20. It was the first time it had closed over 15,000.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Robin Strasser – 77 years old (1945) – Actress (TV’s “One Life to Live”)

Bill Danoff – 76 years old (1946) – Musician (Starland Vocal Band)

Bill Kreutzmann – 76 years old (1946) – Drummer (Grateful Dead)

Thelma Houston – 76 years old (1946) – Singer (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”)

Terry Richardson – 69 years old (1953) – Hockey player (Detroit Red Wings 1973-1977)

Amy Heckerling – 68 years old (1954) – Director, writer (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “European Vacation”, “Look Who’s Talking”, “Clueless”)

Michael E. Knight – 63 years old (1959) – Actor (TV’s “All My Children”)

Eagle-Eye Cherry – 54 years old (1968) – Singer

Traci Lords – 54 years old (1968) – Actress (“Cry Baby”, “Serial Mom”)

Breckin Meyer – 48 years old (1974) – Actor (“Herbie: Fully Loaded”, “Garfield: The Movie”, “Rat Race”, “Road Trip”, TV’s “Franklin and Bash”)

 

TODAY IS:

Free Comic Book Day

International Astronomy Day

International Female Ride Day

International Drone Day

Join Hands Day

Kentucky Derby

Love’s Baby Soft Day

National Babysitter’s Day

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Birth Mother’s Day

National Bombshells’ Day

National Cosmopolitan Day

National Fitness Day

National Homebrew Day

National Packaging Design Day

National Paste-Up Day

National Play Outside Day

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

National Scrapbook Day

National Start Seeing Monarchs Day

National Train Day

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

World Naked Gardening Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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