May, 2008             -- 365  days of Google Answers

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    On this day:

     

    Thursday, May 1: Labor Day in most countries (Day: 122; 244 days left)

     *  The dwarf planet Pluto in the Kuiper Belt is officially named in 1930.  Other known Kuiper Belt objects :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=771728

    Born: Mark Clark (1896); Glenn Ford (1916); Jack Paar (1918); Judy Collins (1939)

     

    Friday, May 2:

      *  Stonewall Jackson wounded by friendly fire after the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.  He would die 8 days later:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=328159

    Born: Catherine the Great (1729); Manfred von Richtofen (1892); Bing Crosby, Benjamin Spock (1903)

     

    Saturday, May 3:

      * New York's Grammercy Park is private (and gated) -- but is open to the public on the 1st Saturday of May:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=137781

    Born: Niccolò di Machiavelli (1469); Golda Meir (1898); Pete Seeger (1919); George Moustaki (1934); Ron Popeil (1935)

     

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    Sunday, May 4:

      *  Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson lifts his beagle puppy by the ears, causing an outcry among dog lovers:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=339092

    Born: Maynard Ferguson (1928); Audrey Hepburn (1929); George Will (1941); Randy Travis (1959) 

     

    Monday, May 5: Childrens Day -- Japan

    Cinco de Mayo -- Mexico

      *  Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space in 1961:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=46

    Born: Karl Marx (1818); Nellie Bly (1867); James Beard (1903); Brian Williams (1959)

     

    Tuesday, May 6:

      * American Shipbuilding created by merger in 1892.  The company would be purchased by Henry Steinbrenner, father of Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=494659

    Born: Sigmund Freud (1856); Orson Welles (1915); Willie Mays (1931); Tony Blair (1953); George Clooney (1961)  

     

    Wednesday, May 7:

      *  RMS Lusitania sunk by a German torpedo in 1917 while sailing from New York to Ireland, drawing the U.S. into World War I:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=7792

    Born: Francis Beaufort (1774); Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840); Edwin H. Land (1909); Pete Domenici (1932) 

     

    Thursday, May 8:

      * Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, considered the father of modern chemistry, is guillotined in 1794 during the "Reign of Terror" in the French Revolution:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=580820

    Born: Francis Ouimet (1893); Harry S. Truman (1884); Friedrich Hayek (1889); Enrique Iglesias (1975);

     

     

    Friday, May 9:

      *Buffalo Bill Cody's "Wild West" show opens to great acclaim in 1887 at London.  Cody would name a hotel that still stands in Wyoming, after his daughter Irma:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=424714

    Born: John Brown (1800); Mike Wallace (1918); Candice Bergen (1946); Tony Gwynn (1960) 

     

    Saturday, May 10:

      * A "golden spike" is driven at Promontory, Utah in 1869 to celebrate the connection of the American trans-continental railroad:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=448446

    Born: John Wilkes Booth (1838); Fred Astaire (1899); Pat Summerall (1930); Bono (1960)

     

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    Sunday, May 11: Mother's Day -- U.S., Canada

      * The battle at Vietnam's Ap Bia Mountain in 1969.  It would later become known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=337608

    Born: Irving Berlin (1888); Salvador Dali (1904); Louis Farrakhan (1933); Robert Jarvik (1946) 

     

    Monday, May 12:

      *  The first "roadometer" is used on William Clayton's wagon in 1847.  You know it as an "odometer" today:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=102978

    Born: Florence Nightingale (1820); Otto Frank (1889); Katharine Hepburn (1907); Mary Kay Ash (1915)

     

    Tuesday, May 13: 

       * Tiananmen Square protests begun by Chinese students in 1989.  The "tank man" came to symbolise the protests in the West :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=356374

    Born: Joe Louis (1914); Harvey Keitel (1939); Stephen Colbert (1964)

      

    Wednesday, May 14:

      * Rockefeller Foundation charter approved by New York State in 1913.  It would lead to the redevelopment of colonial Williamsburg, VA:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=289034

    Born: Robert Owen (1771); Robert Zemeckis (1952); Cate Blanchett (1969)

     

    Thursday, May 15:

      * Francis Baily observes the phenomenon called "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse in 1836:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=713103

    Born: Pierre Curie (1859); Katherine Anne Porter (1890); Richard Avedon (1923); Jasper Johns (1930)

     

    Friday, May 16:

      * Birthday of Studs Terkel in 1912, Chicago radio broadcaster and author, who would collect a number of oral histories of World War II for his book, "The Good War":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=320687

    Born: William H. Seward (1802); Henry Fonda (1905); Billy Martin (1928); Janet Jackson (1966)

     

     Saturday, May 17:

      *  The U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KS:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=120018

    Born: Edward Jenner (1749); Ruhollah Khomeini (1900); Cool Papa Bell (1903); Dennis Hopper (1936); Mia Hamm (1972)

     

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    Sunday, May 18:

     *  Wyatt Earp begins his law enforcement career in 1876 at Dodge City, KS.  He would later earn his fame in Tombstone, AZ at the fight at the O.K. Corral in 1881:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=378920

    Born: Frank Capra (1897); Meredith Wilson (1902); Dwayne Hickman (1934); George Strait (1940)

     

    Monday, May 19:  Victoria Day -- Canada

      * In 1943 Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt set the target date for the Normandy invasion at May 1, 1944.

    https://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=16740

    Born: Ho Chi Minh (1890); Malcolm X (1925); Nora Ephron (1941); Pete Townshend (1945)

     

    Tuesday, May20:

      *Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland in 1932, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=700365

     Born: Dolley Madison (1768), Honoré de Balzac (1799); John Stuart Mill (1806); William Fargo (1818); Jimmy Stewart (1908)

      

    Wednesday, May 21:

      * Al Franken, an American comedian and political commentator, is born in 1951:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=332185

     Born: Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis (1792); Glenn Curtiss (1878); Fats Waller (1904); Mr. T (1952)

     

    Thursday, May 22:

      *  Largest earthquake ever measured, a 9.6 on the Richter scale, occurs in southern Chile in 1960.  About the Richter scale :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=515034

    Born: Richard Wagner (1813); Mary Cassatt (1844); Arthur Conan Doyle (1859); Laurence Olivier (1907) 

     

    Friday, May 23:

      *  Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow killed at Blake Lake, LA in 1934:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=381658

    Born: Carolus Linnaeus (1707); Alfred Sloan (1875); Seabiscuit (1933); Drew Carey (1958); Jewel Kilcher (1974)

     

     

    Saturday, May 24:

      * Samuel Morse sends the first telegraph message on this day in 1844, recorded on paper tape: "What hath God wrought?"  What Morse wrought in human communications:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=316685

    Born: Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686); Samuel I. Newhouse (1895); Bob Dylan (1941); Rosanne Cash (1955)

     

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    Sunday, May 25:

      *  The original Star Wars film, "Episode 4: A New Hope" released in 1977.  Anakin Skywalker's age for each of the following episodes:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=588918

    Born: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803); Bill Bojangles Robinson (1878); Igor Sikorsky (1889); Bennett Cerf (1898)

     

    Monday, May 26: Memorial Day -- U.S.

      * The original 'Wild Child' wanders into Nuremburg in 1828, his first exposure to civilization:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=186889

     Born: Al Jolson (1886); John Wayne (1907); Miles Davis (1926); Stevie Nicks (1948); Sallie Ride (1951)

     

    Tuesday, May 27:

      *  First "Flash mob" organized by Bill Wasik of Harper's Magazine occurs in 2003 at a Claire's store in New York City: 

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=785302

    Born: Wild Bill Hickok (1837); Dashiell Hammett (1894); Rachel Carson (1907); Herman Wouk (1915); Neil Finn (1958)

      

    Wednesday, May 28:

      * Amnesty International founded in 1961 with the publication of an article by Peter Benenson.  The organization has been a major supporter of the International Criminal Court:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=83282

    Born: Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738); Louis Agassiz (1807); Edvard Beneš (1884); Ian Fleming (1908); Rudy Giuliani (1944)

     

    Thursday, May 29:

      * Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay reach the 29,000' (8,923 meters) peak of Mt. Everest, the first to summit.  It is Norgay's 39th birthday:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=457145

    Born: Patrick Henry (1736); Bob Hope (1903); John F. Kennedy (1917); Al Unser (1939)

     

    Friday, May 30:

      *  In 1982 Cal Ripken, Jr. begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive baseball games played, all with the Baltimore Orioles.  It ends Sept. 6, 1995:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=564912

    Born: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846); Howard Hawks (1896); Benny Goodman (1909); Wynonna Judd (1964)

     

    Saturday, May 31:

       *  Last Model T Ford produced in 1927, shutting down the factory for months to retool for the Model A.  How its prices had been reduced by Henry Ford: 

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=74961

    Born: Walt Whitman (1819); Norman Vincent Peale (1898); Prince Rainier III (1923); Clint Eastwood (1930)

     

     

     

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