May 9

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1754 – The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake “Join or die” in “The Pennsylvania Gazette.”

1785 – Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle.

1926 – Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole. Later discovery of Byrd’s diary appeared to cast some doubt on the claim.

1930 – A starting gate was used to start a Triple Crown race for the first time.

1936 – The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York, NY.

1945 – U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.

1958 – Richard Burton made his network television debut in the presentation of “Wuthering Heights” on CBS-TV.

1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.

1962 – A laser beam was successfully bounced off the Moon for the first time.

1974 – The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the President Richard Nixon impeachment.

1980 – In Norco, CA, five masked gunmen held up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer were killed and 33 police and civilian vehicles were destroyed in the chase.

1980 – A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, making a 1,400 ft. section of the southbound span collapse. 35 motorists in six cars and a Greyhoud bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.

1986 – Movie goers were introduced to Johnny Five when the movie “Short Circuit” opened in theaters.

1991 – Actor, director Michael Landon appeared on “The Tonight Show” to discuss the cancer which ultimately killed him.

1992 – NBC’s “Golden Girls” aired its final first run network TV episode.

1996 – In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, President Bill Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Albert Finney – 82 years old (1936) – Actor (“Under the Volcano”, “The Dresser”, “Murder on the Orient Express”, “Tom Jones”, “Erin Brockovich”)

Glenda Jackson – 82 years old (1936) – Actress (“Women in Love”, “A Touch of Class”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Hedda”)

Sonny Curtis – 81 years old (1937) – Musician (Buddy Holly and the Crickets)

James L. Brooks – 78 years old (1940) – Director (“Starting Over”, “Terms of Endearment”, “Broadcast News”, “I’ll Do Anything”, “As Good as It Gets”, “Spanglish”)

Tommy Roe – 76 years old (1942) – Singer (“Sheila”, “Dizzy”)

Richie Furay – 74 years old (1944) – Musician (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)

Steve Katz – 73 years old (1945) – Musician (Blood, Sweat and Tears)

Candice Bergen – 72 years old (1946) – Actress (TV’s “Murphy Brown”, “Boston Legal”, movies “Starting Over”, “Carnal Knowledge”, “Gandhi”, “Miss Congeniality”, “Sweet Home Alabama”)

Clint Holmes – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (“Playground In My Mind”)

Anthony Higgins – 71 years old (1947) – Actor (“A Walk with Love and Death”, “Something for Everyone”, “Taste the Blood of Dracula”, “Vampire Circus”)

Billy Joel – 69 years old (1949) – Musician

Alley Mills – 67 years old (1951) – Actress (TV’s “The Wonder Years”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

John Corbett – 57 years old (1961) – Actor (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, TV’s “Northern Exposure”, “Sex and the City”)

Dave Gahan – 56 years old (1962) – Lead singer (Depeche Mode)

Ghostface Killah – 48 years old (1970) – Rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

Rosario Dawson – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (“Kids”, “Rent”, “Clerks II”, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, “Sidewalks of New York”, “Alexander”, “Grindhouse”, “Sin City”, “Trance”)

Rachel Boston – 36 years old (1982) – Actress (TV’s “American Dreams”, “The Ex List”, “In Plain Sight”, “Witches of East End”)

Prince Fielder – 34 years old (1984) – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers 2012-2013)

Audrina Patridge – 33 years old (1985) – Actress (TV’s “The Hills”)

Grace Gummer – 32 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “The Newsroom”, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, “Extant”, “Mr. Robot”)

Bill Steffen – WOOD TV 8 Chief Meteorologist

 

TODAY IS:

Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity Day

Lost Sock Memorial Day

Moscato Day

Receptionists Day

Root Canal Appreciation Day

School Nurse Day

Third Shift Workers’ 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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