May 8

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1794 – The United States Post Office was established.

1847 – The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.

1877 – At Gilmore’s Gardens in New York, NY, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened.

1879 – George Selden applied for the first automobile patent.

1886 – Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented a medicinal carbonated beverage that would later be called “Coca-Cola”.

1912 – Paramount Pictures was founded.

1914 – The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

1915 – H.P. Whitney’s Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby.

1919 – The first transatlantic flight took-off by a navy seaplane.

1945 – President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe. Germany unconditionally surrendered to Allied troops. The war in Europe ended and VE day was proclaimed.

1956 – Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time.

1958 – President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock, AR as Ernest Green became the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.

1959 – Mike and Marian Ilitch founded “Little Caesars Pizza Treat” in Garden City, MI.

1961 – New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.

1963 – The first James Bond movie, “Doctor No”, is released in the US.

1976 – The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

1978 – New York’s “Son of Sam,” David Berkowitz, pleaded guilty to six murder charges.

1980 – The World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of smallpox.

1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles, CA.

1984 – Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on the ABC television show “Happy Days”.

1986 – Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.

1997 – Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Johnny Winter was inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk.

1999 – The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

2010 – Betty White hosted TV’s “Saturday Night Live”. At the age of 88, she set a record as the show’s oldest host.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

David Attenborough – 92 years old (1926) – Actor, environmentalist

Toni Tennille – 78 years old (1940) – Singer (The Captain and Tennille)

James Mitchum – 77 years old (1941) – Actor (“The Beat Generation”, “The Victors”, “Ride the Wild Surf”, “In Harm’s Way”, “Ambush Bay”, “The Invincible Six”, “The Last Movie”, “Moonrunners”)

Gary Glitter – 74 years old (1944) – Singer (“Rock and Roll Part Two”)

Phillip Bailey – 67 years old (1951) – Singer (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Chris Frantz – 67 years old (1951) – Drummer (Talking Heads)

Billy Burnette – 65 years old (1953) – Guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)

Alex Van Halen – 65 years old (1953) – Drummer (Van Halen)

David Keith – 64 years old (1954) – Actor (“An Officer and a Gentleman”, “The Lords of Discipline”, “Firestarter”,”White of the Eye”)

Eric Brittingham – 58 years old (1960) – Bass guitarist (Cinderella)

Melissa Gilbert – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”) now lives near Howell, MI

Enrique Iglesias – 43 years old (1975) – Singer

Matthew Davis – 40 years old (1978) – Actor (“Legally Blonde”, “Blue Crush”, TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”, “What About Brian”)

 

TODAY IS:

Free Trade Day

Iris Day

No Socks Day

Teacher Appreciation 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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