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Famous Birthdays, Today In History, May 25th

Born May 25th: Lyricist Hal David, born this date 1921, passed away in 2012 at the age of 91, who, with Burt Bacharach wrote such enduring songs as “Magic Moments”, “Alfie”, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, “The Look of

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Today In History, May 23rd

1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void. (it could have been worse for Catherine; ask wives # 2 and # 5, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard) 1618 – The Thirty Years War began

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Famous Birthdays, Today In History, May 18th

Singer, television personality  Perry Como (sold well over 50 million records… had 13 #1 hit songs–the first was “Till The End of Time” in 1945… had the longest stay of any popular artist with RCA Victor Records: 1943-88… other hits

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Today In History, May 17th

May 17th: 1756 – Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War, eventually leading to France’s losing Canada following the battle on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. 1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was run at

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Today In History, May 16th

1770 – Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15. 1868 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote on the 11th article. 1881 – In

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Today In History, May 15th

1918 – Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service. 1926 – The New York Rangers were officially granted a franchise

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Today In History, May 14th

1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution. 1796 – The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner. 1804 – William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois. A

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Today In History, May 13th

1821 – The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust. 1854 – The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY. 1865 – The last land engagement of the American

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Famous Birthdays, Today In History, May 11th

Born May 11th: Composer, lyricist Irving Berlin (widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history… his songs nominated 8 times for Academy Award… his songs include “White Christmas’, “Happy Holiday”, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”,

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Today In History, May 10th

1503 – Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands. 1773 – The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies. 1774 – Louis XVI ascended the throne of France. 1908 – The first Mother’s Day

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Today In History, May 9th

1502 – Christopher Columbus left Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere. 1671 – Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London. 1785 – Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle. (Wikipedia) 1825 – The

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Today In History, May 8th

May 8th: 1794 – The United States Post Office was established. 1794 – Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine on a charge of tax fraud and selling adulterated tobacco. He was the French chemist who discovered oxygen. (One story says

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Today In History, May 7th

May 7th: 1789 – The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City. 1912 – Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. 1915 – The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk

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Famous Birthdays, Today In History

Born May 4th: Singer Peggy Santiglia (of the group “The Angels” fame and the “girl group” era, known for their single “My Boyfriend’s Back”) is 75. Actor Richard Jenkins (Best Actor Oscar, Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee, known for the

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Today In History, May 3rd

1888 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works. 1921 – West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax. 1927 – Francis E.J. Wilde of Meadowmere Park, New York, patented the electric sign flasher. 1937 – Margaret Mitchell won a

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