The Daily Almanac

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Today is Dinosaur Day, National Chocolate Chip Day, Nylon Stockings Day, and Straw Hat Day

Tuesday’s History Lesson:

MAY 15, 1536     Anne Boleyn & brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest

MAY 15, 1618     Astronomer Johannes Kepler discovers Harmonics Law (Don’t ask me what a book of laws was doing in space)

MAY 15, 1711     Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” is published anonymously (Sounds like an essay on cowardice)

MAY 15, 1791     Maximilien Robespierre proposes the self-denying ordinance, making it so that no deputy who sat in the Constituent Assembly could sit in the succeeding Assembly

MAY 15, 1796     First Coalition: Napoleon enters Milan in triumph

MAY 15, 1829     Religious Leader Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist, according to Joseph Smith

MAY 15, 1863     Salon des Refusés opens in Paris, exhibition of works rejected by official Salon, features Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James Whistler, and Édouard Manet

MAY 15, 1869     National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

MAY 15, 1886     British sailor David Beatty is promoted to midshipman (I won’t say how he got the promotion. Let’s just say he was really good with seamen)

MAY 15, 1912     Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended

MAY 15, 1918     Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game (Nowadays they’d fire the manager for leaving him in that long)

MAY 15, 1936     Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon, England from South Africa in a record 4 days and 16 hours

MAY 15, 1941     Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

MAY 15, 1943     Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International)

MAY 15, 1944     Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill, and George VI discuss D-Day plan

MAY 15, 1953     Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

MAY 15, 1957     18,000 people at Madison Square Garden for Billy Graham launching his crusade

MAY 15, 1958     “Gigi,” based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

MAY 15, 1961     Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et Magistra

MAY 15, 1967     Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman (He was drinking Red Bull. And it gave him Wings)

MAY 15, 1968     “Wonderwall” with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

MAY 15, 1972     Assassination attempt on U.S. Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland

MAY 15, 1973     California Angel Nolan Ryan’s 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MAY 15, 1990     “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” by Vincent van Gogh sells for $82.5 million

MAY 15, 1991     U.S. President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A’s versus Baltimore Orioles game (Things got awkward when they wound up on the kiss cam)

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