History Blog

May 15

Happy Birthday RIP James Mason(1909–1984) Joseph Cotten(1905–1994) Trinidad “Trini” Lopéz(1937–2020) Madeleine Albright(Marie Korbelová 1937–2022) ; Calogero “Chazz” Palminteri–70 Michael Oldfield–69 David Guez Charvet–50 Russell Hornsby–48 David Krumholtz–44 ; 1862 – President Lincoln signs a bill into law creating US Bureau of Agriculture (later renamed to USDA) ; 1905 – Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off ; 1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, “Plane Crazy” ; 1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernadino, California.

May 14

Happy Birthday RIP “Billie Dove”(Bertha Bohny 1903–1997) “Bobby Darin”(Walden Cassotto 1936–1973) ; George Lucas–78 Robert Zemeckis–71 David Byrne–70 “Tim Roth”(Timothy Smith)–61 Catherine “Cate” Blanchett–53 Sofia Coppola–51 Gabriel Mann–50 Mark Zuckerberg–38 ; 1904 – The first Olympic games and “Louisiana Purchase Exposition World Fair” to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis Missouri. The invention of the ice cream cone occurred here as well as this locale became home to Forest Park which is still the location of the region’s major cultural institutions—the Saint Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera ; 1935 – The Griffith Observatory opens as one of the first planetarium science center in the US.

May 13

Happy Birthday RIP “Bea Arthur”(Bernice Frankel 1922–2009) Beverley Owen(Ogg 1937–2019) ; Harvey Keitel–83 “Stevie Wonder”(Stevland Judkins)–72 Dennis Rodman–61 Stephen Colbert–58 Brian Geraghty–47 Neil Hopkins–45 Iwan Rheon–37 Robert Pattinson–36 ; 1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM ; 1958 – The trademark Velcro is registered for the product line that is basically a fabric zipper with tiny hooks made of plastic

May 12

Happy Birthday RIP Wilfrid Hyde-White(1903–1991) Katharine Hepburn(1907–2003) George Carlin(1937–2008) Lawrence “Yogi” Berra(1925–2015) ; Burt Bacharach–94 Stephen “Steve” Winwood–74 William “Billy” Squier–72 Gabriel Byrne–72 Jennifer Hetrick–64 Bruce McColloch–61 Emilio Estevez–60 Stephen Baldwin–56 Anthony “Tony” Hawk–54 Kim Fields–53 Jason Biggs–44 Rami Malik–41 ; 1933 – The Agricultural Adjustment Act is enacted to restrict agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies ; 1937 – The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey

May 11

Happy Birthday RIP “Irving Berlin”(Israel Baline 1888–1989) Salvador Dalí y Domenech(1904–1989) Martha Graham(1894–1991) Cory Monteith(1982–2013) ; Frances Fisher–70 Martha Quinn–63 Jonathan Jackson–40 Matthew Leinart–39 Matthew Giraud–37 ; 1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded ; 1947 – The B.F. Goodrich Co. of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tire

May 10

Happy Birthday RIP “Fred Astaire”(Frederic Austerlitz 1899–1987) “Nancy Walker”(Anna Swoyer 1922–1992) “Sid Vicious”(John Simon Ritchie 1957–1979) Gary Owens(Altman 1934–2015) ; Jim Abrahams–78 Margaret “Meg” Foster–74 Paul Hewson(“Bono”)–62 Jason Brooks–56 Dallas Roberts–52 Odette Annable(Yustman)–37 ; 1908 – The first Mother’s Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, W.Virginia ; 1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan

May 9

Happy Birthday RIP Myron “Mike” Wallace(1918–2012) Albert Finney(1936–2019) ; Candice Bergen–76 William “Billy” Joel–73 John Corbett Jr–61 Anthony Molinari–48 Chris Diamantopoulos–47 Rosario Dawson–43 Noah Centineo–26 ; 1874 – The first horse-drawn bus/carriage makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes ; 1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon

May 8

Happy Birthday RIP Harry Truman(1884–1972) Touko “Tom of Finland” Laaksonen (1920–1991) Donald Rickles(1926–2017) ; Cathryn “Toni” Tennille–82 “Gary Glitter”(Paul Gadd)–78 Philip Bailey–71 Alexander “Alex” Van Halen–69 Melissa Gilbert–58 Enrique Iglesias Preysler–47 Stephen Amell–41 ; 1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patented medicine(over-the-counter medication without regard to its effectiveness) ; 1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded

May 7

Happy Birthday RIP Frank “Gary” Cooper(1901–1961) Anne Baxter(1923–1985) John Ingle(1928–2012) Robert Hegyes(1951–2012) ; Thelma Houston(Jackson)–76 Nora Kuzma(“Traci Lords”)–54 Ivan Sergei Gaudio–51 Breckin Meyer–48 Franchelle Davis–43 Alexander Ludwig–31 ; 1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts ; 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees

May 6

Happy Birthday RIP Sigismund Freud(1856–1939) Rodolfo di Valentina d’Antonguolla(“Rudy Valentino” 1895–1926) George Orson Welles(1915–1985) ; Willie Mays Jr–91 Robert “Bob” Seger–77 Anthony Blair–69 Thomas Bergeron–67 George Clooney–61 Gabourey Sidibe–39 Adrianne Palicki–39 ; 1889 – The Paris Exposition opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower ; 1937 – the hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of the 97 people on board