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Fat Daddy
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May 13, 1978: Fat Daddy and Mrs. Fat got married!!!
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Fat Daddy said:

May 13, 1978: Fat Daddy and Mrs. Fat got married!!!
you call her Mrs Fat and still made it 43 years. THAT is amazing.
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May 14:

1610: French King Henry IV (Henry of Navarre) was assassinated by Franois Ravaillac, a fanatical monk.

1686: Birthday of Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German physicist & inventor of the thermometer

1727: Birthday of Thomas Gainsboroush, English painter

1787: The opening of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1796: Edward Jenner, an English doctor, tested the first smallpox vaccine.

1804: The Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, departed St. Louis, Missouri to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory.

1853: Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.

1897: Guglielmo Marconi sent the first communication by wireless telegraph.

1897: First public performance of "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa.

1904: The First American Olympiad opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

1940: Holland surrendered to the German invaders.

1942: Retreating from Burma, the British Army reached India.

1944: Birthday of George Lucas, film director and producer (Star Wars)

1948: David Ben-Gurion, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the State of Israel. It was the first Jewish state in almost 2,000 years.

1955: The Soviets formed the Warsaw Pact with most communist nations in eastern Europe.

1961: A bus carrying Freedom Riders, black and white civil rights activists, was bombed and burned in Alabama.

1973: America's first space station, Skylab, was launched into orbit.

1991: In South Africa, Winnie Mandela was sentenced to six years in prison for her role in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.

1998: Death of Frank Sinatra

1999: Pres. Bill Clinton apologized to the Chinese Pres. Jiang Zemin on the phone for the accidental bombing of their embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia by NATO forces.
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May 15:

1213: King Johnsubmitted to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifted the interdict of 1208.

1618: German mathematician Johannes Keppler discovered the harmonics law.

1702: Beginning of the War of Spanish Succession.

1730: After the resignation of Lord Townshend, Robert Walpole became the sole minister in the English cabinet.

1756: England declared war on France initiating theSeven Years' War. Fighting between British & French colonial forces in America had been fighting for 2 years in what was called the French and Indian War but this extended the war to Europe and beyond.

1773: Birthday of Prince Klemens von Metternich, chancellor of the Austrian Empire, most important political figure in Europe in the first half of the 19th-century

1795: Napoleonentered Milan in triumph.

1800: Pres. John Adams ordered the federal government to move to Washington, D.C.

1820: The U.S. Congress designated the international slave trade a form of piracy.

1856: Birthday of Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Ozand sequels

1858: Birthday of Emily Folger, Shakespeare scholar

1859: Birthday of Pierre Curie, physicist

1886: Emily Dickinson died in Amherst, Massachusetts where she had lived in seclusion for 24 years.

1902: Birthday of Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago in the 1960s and early 1970s

1918: Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts received the Croix de Guerre for their service in WWI. They were the first Americans to win France's highest military medal.

1926: Birthday of Peter Shaffer, English playwright who wrote Amadeus

1930: Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess.

1941: The Allies tested the Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 aircraft over Cranwell, England. It was the first jet-propulsion aircraft flown by the Allies.

1942: The U.S. began rationing gasoline.

1958: The Soviets launched Sputnik III.

1972: Gov. George Wallace of Alabama was shot in a failed assassination attempt. He survived but was paralyzed from the waist down as a result.

1975: The merchant ship Mayaguezwas recaptured from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.

1988: The Soviets began the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan.
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May 16:

1717: Philosopheand satirical writer Voltairewas imprisoned in the Bastille for insulting the regent of France.

1770: Louis, the French dauphin, married Marie Antoinette, daughter of empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

1801: Birthday of William H. Seward, U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia

1804: Birthday of Elizabeth Palmer P*****y, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten

1868: The Senate acquitted the impeachment of Pres. Andrew Johnson. His job was saved by one vote.

1905: Birthday of Henry Fonda, American actor

1912: Birthday of Studs Terkel, author and historian

1913: Birthday of Woody Herman, jazz bandleader

1918: Congress passed the Sedition Act to protect American participation in WWI. This curtailment of Americans' free speech rights would later be upheld by the Supreme Court.

1920: Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.

1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

1929: Birthday of Betty Carter, jazz singer

1943: The Warsaw Ghetto uprising ended as German forces regained control by destroying the last remaining synagogue and beginning mass deportations of Jews to the death camps.

1943: A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroyed two river dams in Germany.

1951: Chinese forces launched the second phase of their Spring Offensive in Korea gaining up to 20 miles of territory.

1960: U.S.-Soviet summit meeting collapsed in the aftermath of the U-2 incidentwhen the Soviets shot down an American spy plane on May 1.

1963: After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending the final mission of Project Mercury.

1968: Worker protests in France escalated as a general strike spread across the country.

1980: Magic Johnson played center as a rookie and won a championship.
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May 17:

1444: Birthday of Sandro Botticelli, Italian Renaissance painter

1630: Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi observed the belts on the surface of Jupiter.

1681: Louis XIV sent an expedition to aid James II in Ireland so England declared war on France.

1749: Birthday of Edward Jenner, physician

1756: Britain declared war on France.

1792: Merchants formed the New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street.

1866: Birthday of Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, French composer

1875: The first Kentucky Derbywas run in Louisville.

1885: Apache chief Geronimofled an Arizona reservation causing a panic among local settlers.

1900: Birthday of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader the Iranian Revolution

1912: Birthday of Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate investigation

1940: Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.

1943: The Memphis Belle flew its 25thbombing mission, the first B-17 crew to do so, in an attack on a German submarine base.

1954: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It was one of the most important Supreme Court cases in U.S. history and helped to propel the modern Civil Rights movement forward, as intended.

1962: Birthday of Kim Mulkey, recently inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, coach of Baylor Lady Bears for 21 years, multiple Big 12 titles and 3 National Championships

1973: Beginning of televised Watergate hearings.

1987: American guided missile frigate USS Stark was struck by 2 missiles fired by Iraqi aircraft in the Persian Gulf. One exploded killing 37 sailors.

2004: First legal same-sex "marriage" was performed in Massachusetts.
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May 17, 2015 - Twin Peaks Motorcycle Gang Shootout

Lots of arrests, one trial, no conviction..... all charges on everyone dropped

All McLennan County got out of the deal was bad publicity and a new DA
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Fat Daddy said:

May 17, 2015 - Twin Peaks Motorcycle Gang Shootout

Lots of arrests, one trial, no conviction..... all charges on everyone dropped

All McLennan County got out of the deal was bad publicity and a new DA
We got a Louisiana Crab Shack in the empty space.....for at least a little while.
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Fat Daddy said:

May 17, 2015 - Twin Peaks Motorcycle Gang Shootout

Lots of arrests, one trial, no conviction..... all charges on everyone dropped

All McLennan County got out of the deal was bad publicity and a new DA
Probably the biggest legal cluster in Texas history.

I think the DA glazed over thinking about what a star he was about to be with all those convictions and couldn't get one. Pretty pathetic.
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May 18:

1593: Christopher Marlowe was arrested on charges of heresy based upon the accusations of playwright Thomas Kyd, who himself had been arrested based upon documents found in his room. He testified under torture that they belonged to Marlowe, leading to the latter's arrest.

1643: Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, was granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king's will.

1652: Rhode Island passed a law banning slavery in the colonies but it created controversy and was not enforced.

1792: Russian troops invaded Poland.

1802: Britain declared war on France again. This was one of the Napoleonic Wars.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was elected Emperor of France in a national plebiscite.

1860: Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the presidency at the Republican Convention in Chicago.

1863: After surrounding the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, their last possession on the Mississippi River, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant began a siege that would last until early July.

1868: Birthday of Nicholas II, last Russian Tsar

1872: Birthday of Bertrand Russell, English mathematician, philosopher, and social reformer

1896: The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, that "separate but equal" public facilities to segregate blacks and whites were legal. It was a gross miscarriage of justice. Ironically, the sole dissenter to the opinion, Justice John Marshall Harlan, was a former slave owner.

1897: Birthday of Frank Capra, film director (It's a Wonderful Life)

1917: Congress passed the Selective Service Act, authorizing the president to draft soldiers into the army to fight WWI.

1920: Birthday of Karol Jozef Wojtla, later Pope John Paul II

1933: Pres. Roosevelt signed into law the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

1942: New York ended night baseball games for the duration of WWII.

1944: The Allies captured Monte Cassino in Italy.

1951: The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

1953: Janet Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1974: India successfully detonated their first atomic bomb, similar in power to the one used against Hiroshima.

1980: Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state.

1989: Protestors took to the streets in Beijing, with numbers estimated to be over a million. Weeks later, the totalitarian government brutally crushed the peaceful protests leading to the deaths and imprisonment of thousands.

2012: Facebook raised $16 billion in the largest tech IPO in U.S. history.
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May 19:

715: Beginning of the papacy of Gregory II.

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail for North America.

1536: Execution of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, on charges of treason. She had been accused of adultery but the evidence was almost certainly manufactured.

1568: Defeated by the Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England where she was imprisoned by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

1588: The Spanish Armada, the largest invasion fleet yet assembled, set sail for the invasion of England. The planned invasion failed, thanks to a storm in the English Channel and the swift ships of the Royal Navy.

1608: The Protestant states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists.

1635: Under the leadership of Cardinal Richelieu, France declared war on Hapsburg Austria.

1762: Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher

1780: For no apparent reason, near total darkness descended on New England at noon.

1856: Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.

1858: A pro-slavery group murdered Free State men along the Kansas-Missouri border.

1863: Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union forces first attack on Vicksburg was repulsed.

1879: Birthday of Lady Nancy Astor, first woman to sit in the House of Commons

1890: Birthday of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese nationalist leader and communist dictator

1895: Birthday of Johns Hopkins, merchant and philanthropist

1897: Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was released after two years in prison.

1921: Congress established a national quota system that dramatic curtails immigration.

1925: Birthday of Malcolm Little (aka Malcolm X), civil rights activist

1935: Death of British soldier T. E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia.

1936: The National Football League adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

1964: American diplomats find at least 40 microphones planted in the American embassy in Moscow.

1967: American planes bomb Hanoi for the first time.

2016: EgyptAir flight 804 disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. Weeks later, wreckage was found and the investigation revealed that the plane's demise was caused by a fire.
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May 20, 1996

My son got to carry the Olympic Torch as the torch relay made its way to Atlanta!
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That is cool!
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May 20:

325: Constantine inaugurates the Council of Nicaea.

1303: The Treaty of Paris (1303) was signed between Edward I of England and Philip IV of France ending the Anglo-French War. Gascony was restored to England after the French had occupied it during the war, setting the stage for the Hundred Years' War.

1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gamaarrived in India.

1506: Death of Christopher Columbus. Although other Europeans were beginning to understand the significance of his 4 journeys to the New World, he died without realizing that he had discovered a new continent instead of reaching the East Indies as he had planned.

1520: Hernando Cortes defeated Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico.

1674: Jan Sobieski became Poland's first king.

1690: England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving the followers of James II.

1768: Birthday of Dolley Madison, first lady of Pres. James Madison

1774: Parliament passed several of the Coercive Acts to punish Boston for the Tea Party. They had already closed the port of Boston (March 31) and now unilaterally and arbitrarily changed the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and authorized colonists accused of crimes to be tried in another colony or in England. The colonists, who called them the "Intolerable Acts", were united in opposition.[url=applewebdata://4FCE8093-773C-4B92-930F-38980A6F870F#_ftn1][1][/url]

1784: The Peace of Versailles ending the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War. This was in connection with the more famous Treaty of Paris a year earlier that ended America's War for Indpendence.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte accepted defeat in the failed siege of Ottoman-held Acre and retreated back to Egypt.

1799: Birthday of Honore de Balzac, French novelist

1806: Birthday of John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist

1818: Birthday of William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co.

1859: Austrian forces fought Piedmontese cavalry at Montebello in northern Italy.

1861: North Carolina was the last state to secede from the Union.

1862: Pres. Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.

1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received the patent for blue jeans.

1902: The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ended.

1908: Birthday of Jimmy Stewart, actor, star of It's a Wonderful Life, Shenandoah, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo,and The Glenn Miller Story

1927: Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York in the Spirit of St. Louis, the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1930: For the first time an airplane was catapulted from a dirigible.

1932: Amelia Earhart landed near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

1939: Pan American Airways began the first regular transatlantic passenger service.

1940: The German army reached the English Channel at Abbeville, France.

1946: English poet A. H. Auden became a U.S. citizen.

1951: During the Korean War, U.S. Air Focre Captain James Jabara became the first jet air ace in history.

1956: The U.S. conducted the first successful test of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. The explosive power was apx. 15 megatons, meaning it was more than a thousand timesmore destructive than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

1961: A white mob attacked civil right activists in Montgomery, Alabama.

1969: Bloody end to the Battle for "Hamburger Hill" in Vietnam. American & South Vietnamese forces finally captured the hill but with heavy casualties. It had been taken mainly as a diversionary tactic and was later abandoned and refortified by the North Vietnamese.

1970: Pro-war demonstration: 100,000 people marched in New York supporting American policies in Vietnam.

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
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May 21:

427 BC: Birthday of Plato, Greek philosopher

996: Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor. He was only 16 years old.

1471: King Henry VI was killed in the Tower of London and Edward IV claimed the throne.

1506: Death of Christopher Columbus.

1527: Birthday of Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal

1536: The city leaders of Geneva, Switzerland officially embraced John Calvin's Reformation.

1542: Death of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto

1790: Paris was divided into 48 zones.

1856: Sack of Lawrence: The town of Lawrence, Kansas was captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.

1878: Birthday of Glenn Hammond Curtiss, aviation pioneer

1881: The American Red Cross was established by Clara Barton.

1898: Birthday of Armand Hammer, American entrepreneur and industrialist

1901: Connecticut passed the first speed limit law.

1917: Birthday of Raymond Burr, actor

1921: Birthday of Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist and dissident

1924: Murderers Leopold & Loeb gained national attention for their murder of a teenager because they felt superior and wanted to commit the perfect murder. (Their strange motive inspired the Hitchcock classic Rope).

1927: Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris, completing the first nonstop transatlantic flight.

1940: British forces attacked Gen. Erwin Rommel's 7thPanzer Division at Arras, slowing their advance on France.

1941: A U-boat sank the SS Robin Moor, the first U.S. ship sunk by the Germans in WWII.

1951: The U.S. 8thArmy counterattacked to drive the Chinese and North Korean forces out of South Korea.

1961: Gov. John Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.

1970: The U.S. National Guard mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
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May 22:

1455: Yorkist forces defeated the Lancastrian forces under King Henry VI at St. Albans to begin the Wars of the Roses.

1802: Death of Martha Washington, widow of former president George Washington.

1813: Birthday of Richard Wagner, German opera composer and innovator

1828: Birthday of Albrecht von Graefe, German eye surgeon, founder of modern opthamology

1844: Birthday of Mary Cassatt, impressionist painter

1856: Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina barged into the Senate and brutally beat Sen. Charles Sumnerof Massachusetts with a cane over criticism the latter had made against his cousin, Sen. Andrew Butler.

1859: Birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of the Sherlock Holmes novels.

1863: Gen. Ulysses S. Grant attacked Vicksburg a second time and failed again, beginning a siege.

1868: The "Great Train Robbery": the Reno Gang pulled off the greatest heist to date as the stole almost $100,000 from the train's safe in Indiana.

1872: The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to southerners.

1906: The Wright Brothers were granted a patent of their flying machine, but it was a glider not an airplane.

1907: Birthday of Sir Laurence Olivier, British actor

1928: Birthday of T. Boone Pickens, oil magnate and financier, benefactor of Oklahoma State University

1939: Hitler and Mussolini signed the "Pact of Steel" to form the Axis alliance.

1942: Birthday of Theodore "Ted" Kaczynski, Unibomber terrorist

1947: The Truman Doctrine provided aid to Turkey and Greece. Pres. Truman had announced this policy, also known as containmentthe U.S. pledge to stop the spread of communism, in response to Turkish fears over Soviet encroachments and the Greek civil war.

1967: The premiere of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

1972: Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution was ratified.

1985: Pete Rose broke Hank Aaron's National League record with 2,108runs.

1990: South Yemen and North Yemen were united as Republic of Yemen.

1992: Johnny Carson appeared on The Tonight Show for the last time after 30 years as host.

2004: An EF4 tornado with a record 2.5 mile width destroyed Hallam, Nebraska and killing 1 person.

2011: An EF5 tornado killed at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since records were first kept in 1950.

2017: A suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.
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May 23: Criminal Justice edition

1430: Burgundians captured Joan of Arc and sold her to the English.

1533: The marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

1618: Defenestration of Prague: Three representatives of the Holy Roman Emperor were thrown at a window of Prague Castle because the emperor was trying to force Catholicism on the Protestants. Although they fell 70 feet, they survived. Catholics claimed they were saved by angels, Protestants claim they landed in a dung heap. This marked the beginning of the Thirty Years' War.

1701: Scottish privateer Captain Kidd was hanged for piracy and murder.

1785: Benjamin Franklin announced the invention of bifocals.

1788: South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1820: Birthday of James Buchanan Eads, engineer of the Eads Bridge in St. Louis

1900: Civil War hero William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

1910: Birthday of Artie Shaw, bandleader and clarinetist

1915: Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

1926: Western Air Express inaugurated the "first scheduled airline service" in the U.S. flying the first commercial airline passenger, Ben F. Redman of Salt Lake City, from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles.[url=applewebdata://CFBEDBCF-AEEB-420C-881A-8C3E0A2FD6DB#_ftn1][1][/url]

1928: Birthday of Rosemary Clooney, singer

1934: Texas Rangers killed notorious gangster couple Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow.

1941: British destroyer HMS Kelly,commanded by Captain Lord Mountbatten, cousin to King George VI, was sunk by German dive bombers in the Mediterranean Sea. One member of the crew was his cousin, Prince Philip of Greece, who later married the king's daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II.

1945: SS Chief Heinrich Himmler committed suicide a day after he was captured by British forces.

1949: The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was formally established as the Americans, British, and French united their occupation zones into one. Their occupation zones of the capital city were also united into the city of West Berlin but a capital would be established in the city of Bonn.

1960: Israeli agents captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the top ranking Nazis who had helped to plan and implement the Holocaust, in Argentina. He would be shipped to Israel to stand trial, convicted and executed.


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May 24: Innovations edition

1543: Death of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Shortly before his death, he published proof of a heliocentric solar system: the earth orbits the sun.

1624: After years of unprofitable operation, the Virginia Company's charter of their colony in Virginia was revoked and it became a royal colony.

1689: The English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration protecting the religious freedom of nonconforming Protestants (Baptists, Congregationalists, etc).

1738: John Wesley had a personal encounter with God a few days after his brother, Charles. This was the beginning of the Methodist movement and church.

1743: Birthday of Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary

1764: Boston lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation," calling for the American colonies to unite against Britain's new tax policies.

1775: John Hancock was elected president of the Continental Congress.

1819: Birthday of Queen Victoria

1844: Samuel Morse demonstrated his new invention, the telegraph, with the message, "What hath God wrought?" (Numbers 23:23)

1846: Gen. Zachary Taylor captured Monterey during the Mexican-American War.

1861: Gen. Benjamin Butler declared slaves to be contraband of war as a means to free them. Pres. Lincoln was forced to reverse his premature emancipation for fear of more southern states seceding.

1878: The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.

1884: The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It was the first bridge across the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, and the longest suspension bridge at the time. It was designed by John Roebling, who died during the construction. Roebling's company aided in the erection of Waco's suspension bridge.

1917: The British Royal Navy introduced the convoy system as a defense against German U-boats which proved very successful.

1935: MLB held the first night game as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies

1941: The German battleship Bismarcksank the British battleship Hood. Only three British sailors survived.

1943: Dr. Joseph Mengele arrived at his new post: the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.
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May 25:

585 BC: Thales of Miletus made the first known prediction of a solar eclipse.

1085: Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Muslims.

1660: Charles II, son of the late Charles I, landed at Dover. This marked the restoration of the monarchy after the death of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector.

1787: The Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia with representatives from 12 of the 13 states (not Rhode Island). After 3 months of bitter debates they drafted the U.S. Constitution. 100 years later, British Prime Minister William Gladstone would describe it as, "the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man."

1803: Birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer

1810: Argentina declared independence from Spain, now under Napoleonic control.

1861: Pres. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus after a Maryland politician was detained for hindering the movement of Union forces during the Civil War.

1889: Birthday of Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter

1895: Oscar Wilde was sent to prison.

1914: The British House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule.

1925: John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in a Tennessee public school.

1926: Birthday of Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter

1929: Birthday of Beverly Sills, opera singer

1935: Jesse Owens set six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1935: Babe Ruth hit his last home run in Pittsburgh.

1946: Jordan gained independence from the British.

1961: In a speech before Congress, Pres. John F. Kennedy announced the American goal of sending a man to the moon before the end of the decade and sought funding for the project.

1977: Premiere of science fiction masterpiece Star Wars. The film revolutionized filmmaking with major innovations in special effects and became a pop culture phenomenon.
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Beverly Sills was brilliant:



I like how she added some additional frills not in the score and how she made it all seem so effortless.

On a side note, back in the 1980s, shortly after her retirement from the stag IIRC, she visited Baylor to give some sort of presentation, probably at the music school. Unfortunately, I had to miss it because I was working that night.

She also knew how to have fun with it:

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May 26:

17: Germanicus of Rome celebrated a triumph for his victory over the Germans.

1328: William of Ockham was forced to flee Avignon by Pope John XXII

1637: During the Pequot War, massacres of Pequot villages began.

1647: The Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law banning Catholic priests from the colony on pain of death for a second offense.

1670: Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France signed a secret treaty in Dover, England to end hostilities between the two countries.

1835: Congress passes a resolution stating that they had no authority over state slavery laws. It was a meaningless political maneuver and contradicted the constitution but also made clear that Congress was firmly aligned with proslavery forces.

1864: The Montana Territory was organized.

1868: Pres. Andrew Johnson was acquitted by one vote in his Senate impeachment trial.

1886: Birthday of Al Jolson, jazz singer and film actor

1896: Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, last tsar of Russia

1907: Birthday of John Wayne, film actor

1920: Birthday of Peggy Lee, jazz singer

1938: The House Committee on Un-American Activities began searching for subversives in the U.S.

1940: Beginning of the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk.

1946: A patent was filed for the hydrogen bomb.

1951: Birthday of Sally Ride, astronaut, first American woman in space

1961: A USAF bomber flew across the Atlantic Ocean in record time, slightly over 3 hours.

1961: The Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta to promote civil rights.

1969: Apollo 10 returned to Earth.
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May 26:


1865: The last Confederate army surrendered in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Actually, the final Confederate garrison to surrender was Fort Towson, Indian Territory on 6/23/1865 (including my great-great grandfather, who was a 27 year old captain in the CSA).
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And on this day in 2016, Art Briles was fired and Ken Starr was reassigned!
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Fat Daddy said:

And on this day in 2016, Art Briles was fired and Ken Starr was reassigned!
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whitetrash said:

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May 26:

1865: The last Confederate army surrendered in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Actually, the final Confederate garrison to surrender was Fort Towson, Indian Territory on 6/23/1865 (including my great-great grandfather, who was a 27 year old captain in the CSA).
Corrected. Thanks.
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May 27:

1564: Death of John Calvin, one of the more prominent figures of the Protestant Reformation.

1668: Three colonists were expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for being Baptists.

1703: Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg.

1794: Birthday of Cornelius Vanderbilt, American industrialist and philanthropist

1813: Former President Thomas Jefferson wrote former President John Adams after reflecting upon the death of their mutual friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush. They had been friends during the War for Independence but had broken the friendship due to politics, running for president against each other twice, and now renewed their friendship late in their lives.

1819: Birthday of Julia Ward Howe, writer of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

1837: Birthday of James Butler "Wild Bill "Hickok, American frontiersman and lawman

1894: Birthday of Dashiell Hammett, detective writer, author of The Maltese Falcon

1905: The Battle of Tsushima Strait during the Russo-Japanese War. The war had begun with a Japanese surprise attack on Russia's Pacific fleet at Port Arthur so the Russians sent their Baltic fleet around the Eurasian land mass (and Africa) to retaliate only to have it decimated by the Japanese at Tsushima Strait.

1907: Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in San Francisco.

1911: Birthday of Vincent Price, actor

1911: Birthday of Hubert Humphrey, American politician, vice president under Pres. Lyndon Johnson

1915: Birthday of Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of Warand The Caine Mutiny

1923: Birthday of Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Pres. Richard Nixon

1929: Col. Charles Lindbergh married Anne Spencer Morrow.

1935: The Supreme Court announced its unanimous ruling of the "chicken case" (Schechter Poultry Corp. v U.S.), declaring that the National Recovery Act, cornerstone of the New Deal, to be unconstitutional.

1937: Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

1939: The SS St. Louis carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis were turned away from Cuba. After failing to find any country in the New World willing to take them in, they would return to Europe where many would be murdered in the death camps.

1940: Germany's SS Death's Head division massacred 99 unarmed British soldiers during the evacuation at Dunkirk.

1941: The British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck.

1943: Plane crash in the Pacific Ocean of U.S. Olympian Louie Zamperiniand his crewmates.

1960: The elected government of Turkey was overthrown in a military coup.

1969: Beginning of construction of Walt Disney World in Florida in Orlando, Florida.

1972: Pres. Richard Nixon & Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreements. It would prove worthless, though, as the Soviets had no intention of limiting their weapons.

1994: Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after years of exile.

1999: The international war crimes tribunal indicted Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes.

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historian said:

May 27:



1941: The British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck.


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May 28:

585: A battle in modern day Turkey between the Medes and the Lydians was interrupted by a solar eclipse. The battle ended in a draw.

1738: Birthday of Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French inventor of the guillotine to make executions more humane

1754: A skirmish between British and French forces in western Pennsylvania, near modern day Pittsburgh. In a surprise attack under 22 year old Lt. Col. George Washington, the Virginians killed 10 French soldiers from Fort Duquesne, thus starting the French & Indian War, later part of the Seven Years' War in Europe.

1759: Birthday of William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England

1818: Birthday of P. G. T. Beauregard, Confederate General during the Civil War, commander of Confederate forces that bombarded Fort Sumter to begin the war

1830: Congress passed the Indian Removal Act authorizing negotiations with the tribes east of the Mississippi River offering money and land west of the river for their ancestral lands. Many treaties were negotiated and some fought it. In the end, most had to leave leading to horrors such as the infamous "Trail of Tears," a forced march of thousands of Cherokee.

1871: End of "The Bloody Week": Troops from the new French government violently put down the Paris Commune, an attempt at independent government in the city. After a week of fighting, thousands were dead.

1888: Birthday of Jim Thorpe, American athlete

1900: Britain annexed the Orange Free State in South Africa.

1908: Birthday of Ian Fleming, British novelist, author of James Bond novels

1937: Hitler's Nazi Germany established Volkswagen to manufacture the "people's cars."

1940: Surrender of Belgium to Germany.

1961: Founding of Amnesty International.

1964: The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was established.

1969: U.S. forces abandoned "Hamburger Hill" in Vietnam.

2010: Islamofascist terrorists attacked the Ahmadiyya mosques in Pakistan.
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May 29:

1453: Constantinople fell to Muhammad II of the Ottoman Turks, ending the Byzantine Empire. The city was renamed Istanbul and became the capital of the Ottoman Empire which would last until 1919.

1630: Birthday of Charles II, king of England

1660: Charles II arrived in London to become king of England in the Restoration of the Monarchy after the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell.

1721: South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony of England.

1736: Birthday of Patrick Henry, American revolutionary hero and governor of Virginia

1780: British Col. Banastre Tarleton ordered his men to shoot on Patriot soldiers who had surrendered. He would earn a reputation of brutality during the War for Independence and the Patriots would respond in kind under the leadership of Thomas Sumter, Francis Marion, and others using guerilla tactics. These real people and their actions inspired the fictitious characters in the film The Patriot.

1790: Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, two and a half years after it was drafted.

1848: Wisconsin became the 30thstate

1874: Birthday of G. K. Chesterton, English writer

1880: Birthday of Oswald Sp*****r, German philosopher of history and author of The Decline of the West

1903: Birthday of comedian Bob Hope

1911: The first Indianapolis 500 race.

1913: The ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) by Igor Stravinsky was performed in Paris provoked a riot or near riot (depending on one's interpretation of events).

1917: Birthday of John F. Kennedy

1922: The Supreme Court ruled in Federal Baseball Club v National League that as a sport, organized baseball was not subject to antitrust laws.

1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the first explorers to do so.

1955: Birthday of John Hinckley, Jr., attempted assassin of Pres. Ronald Reagan

1974: Pres. Richard Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts from the tape recorder in the Oval Office.

1979: Judge John Wood was assassinated in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson (father to actor Woody) would later be convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

1990: Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia.
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May 30:

1416: Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church. He was a friend of Jan Hus and had promised to come to his aid when Hus was tricked into attending the Council of Constance where he was burned at the stake earlier.

1431: Joan of Arcwas burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy.

1527: The University of Marburg was founded in Germany.

1539: Hernando de Soto landed in Florida in search of gold.

1593: English playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed in a tavern brawl.

1672: Birthday of Peter I "the Great", tsar of Russia

1783: The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, began publication in Philadelphia.

1806: Future president Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel.

1814: The First Treaty of Paris was signed, returning France to its 1792 borders. Modifications were made in another treaty in November 1815 after Napoleon's Hundred Days & his defeat at Waterloo.

1848: William Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1854: Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act organized those territories and opened them up to settlement based upon popular sovereignty, meaning the citizens in the territory would decide on the issue of slavery when they sought statehood. It also repealed the Missouri Compromise.

1868: Memorial Day began when two women placed flowers on both Union and Confederate graves.

1908: Birthday of Mel Blanc, American entertainer, vocal artist, voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and other Looney Tunes cartoon characters

1909: Birthday of Benny Goodman, musician, big band leader

1913: End of the First Balkan War: a peace treaty was signed ending a rather minor war but one with huge implications as the Ottoman Empire continued its slow decline and the other Great Powers jockeyed for positionand sought to avoid a larger conflict. That larger conflict would happen anyway a year later: WWI.

1916: Birthday of Joseph W. Kennedy, scientist, co-discoverer of plutonium

1921: The U.S. Navy transferred the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.

1922: Former President William H. Taft dedicated the Lincoln Memorial.

1971: The U.S. launched Mariner 9 with a mission to explore Mars.
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May 31:

1433: Sigismund was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome.

1819: Birthday of American poet Walt Whitman

1859: Big Ben rang for the first time in London.

1879: Madison Square Garden in New York City opened.

1889: The Johnstown flood killed 2,209 people in Pennsylvania.

1898: Birthday of Norman Vincent Peale, American theologian

1900: American troops arrived in China to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902: End of the Boer War in South Africa.

1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.

1913: The 17thamendment to the U.S. Constitution for the direct election of senators was ratified.

1915: A German zeppelin made an air raid on London.

1916: British and German naval forces fought in the Battle of Jutland.

1928: The first airplane flight over the Pacific Ocean took off from Oakland, California.

1930: Birthday of Clint Eastwood

1941: German forces conquered Crete

1955: In a repeat of the Brown ruling a year earlier, the Supreme Court ruled that states must end racial segregation "with all deliberate speed."

1962: Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, was hanged in Israel after being convicted of war crimes.

1979: Zimbabwe proclaimed its independence.

1988: Pres. Ronald Reagan arrived in Moscow, the first U.S. president to do so since Nixon.

1991: Birthday of Bryce Petty

1996: Benjamin Netanyahu was elected prime minister of Israel

2005: The identity of "Deep Throat," the informant who had helped reporters investigating the Watergate scandal, was revealed to be W. Mark Felt.
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Historian... you ok? Hope so!
 
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