Daily Almanac – Let’s Celebrate

May 19th is the 139th day of the year. There are 226 days remaining until the end of the year

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Today is Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day, Endangered Species Day, NASCAR Day, National Bike to Work Day, National Devil’s Food Cake Day, National Pizza Party Day, Boy’s Club Day, International Virtual Assistants Day, May Ray Day, National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, National Defense Transportation Day, National Devil’s Food Cake Day, National Frog Jumping Jubilee Day, National Hepatitis Testing Day, and O. Henry Pun-off Day.

Friday’s History Lesson:

MAY 19, 1536     Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery and incest with her brother, Lord Rochford, who was executed two days before. (Nowadays she would have gotten a reality show out of this)

MAY 19, 1780     A mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon. The cause has never been determined.

MAY 19, 1848     The first department store opened.

MAY 19, 1857     William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer were granted the first patent for an electric fire alarm system.

MAY 19, 1884     The first Ringling Brothers circus was performed. (Ringling Brothers was the biggest circus in the world until this year’s Presidential Election)

MAY 19, 1885     The first mass production of shoes ….. Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Mass.

MAY 19, 1892     Charles Brady King of Detroit invented the pneumatic hammer.

MAY 19, 1898     Postcards were first authorized by the Post Office.

MAY 19, 1906     The Federated Boys’ Clubs, the forerunner of the Boys’ Clubs of America, were organized.

MAY 19, 1911     The very first U.S. criminal conviction based on fingerprints took place in a New York City courtroom.

MAY 19, 1926     Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time. During the dinner of the National Electric Light Association in Atlantic City, NJ, he was confronted with the microphone and said “I don’t know what to say, this is the first time I ever spoke into one of those things, Good Night.”

MAY 19, 1928     The first frog jump contest, in Calaveras County, California, was held. (This was before they started giving frogs steroids.)

MAY 19, 1929     A stampede in Yankee Stadium crushed two people to death.

MAY 19, 1960     Alan Freed, radio DJ, TV personality, and originator of the term “rock & roll,” was arrested on charges of commercial bribery in the infamous payola scandal. (The nerve of him! Trying to make money in this business!)

MAY 19, 1964     It was discovered the Russians had bugged the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with more than 40 microphones hidden in the walls of the embassy.

MAY 19, 1965     FBI agents visited Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to “Louie Louie”.

MAY 19, 1967     The first U.S. air strike was launched on central Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam, in the Vietnam War.

MAY 19, 1970     Al Gore wed Tipper.

MAY 19, 1979     George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr performed together for the first time since the break-up of the band at the wedding reception following the marriage of Eric Clapton and Harrison’s ex-wife Patti (nee Boyd). Clapton joined the trio along with Mick Jagger.

MAY 19, 1992     The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself mid-term pay raises, went into effect. It was certified by the archivist of the U.S. two centuries after it was first proposed by James Madison.

MAY 19, 1992     In Massapequa, New York, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by teen-ager Amy Fisher.

MAY 19, 1992     Vice President Dan Quayle blasted Murphy Brown, saying the TV character was a symbol of moral decay because she was an unwed mother. (Imagine what he thinks of Kim Kardashian as a mom)

MAY 19, 1992     Englishman Dave Gauder, at 224 pounds, pulled a jumbo jet weighing 196 tons for three inches across the runway at the Heathrow Airport in London for the world record of pulling a heavy object.

MAY 19, 1994     Former First Lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in New York City at the age of 64.

MAY 19, 1994     The FDA approved of the first genetically engineered tomato.

MAY 19, 1997     NBC sportscaster Marv Albert answered charges that he had bitten a woman in a Virginia hotel room 15 times and forced her to perform oral sex. Albert denied the charges, but later pleaded guilty to assault and battery. (NBC gave him a pink slip. And he put it on)

MAY 19, 2161     Syzygy …. Eight out of nine planets will be aligned on same side of sun. (I just love that someone thinks we’ll still have a planet in 2161)

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