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Happy Birthday Junior Parker






” His velvet-smooth vocal delivery to the contrary, Junior Parker was a product of the fertile postwar Memphis blues circuit whose wonderfully understated harp style was personally mentored by none other than regional icon Sonny Boy Williamson.

  Herman Parker, Jr. only traveled in the best blues circles from the outset. He learned his initial licks from Williamson and gigged with the mighty Howlin’ Wolf while still in his teens. Like so many young blues artists, Little Junior (as he was known then) got his first recording opportunity from talent scout Ike Turner, who brought him to Modern Records for his debut session as a leader in 1952. It produced the lone single “You’re My Angel,” with Turner pounding the 88s and Matt Murphy deftly handling guitar duties.

  Parker and his band, the Blue Flames (including Floyd Murphy, Matt‘s brother, on guitar), landed at Sun Records in 1953 and promptly scored a hit with their rollicking “Feelin’ Good” (something of a Memphis response to John Lee Hooker‘s primitive boogies). Later that year, Little Junior cut a fiery “Love My Baby” and a laid-back “Mystery Train” for Sun, thus contributing a pair of future rockabilly standards to the Sun publishing coffers (Hayden Thompson revived the former, Elvis Presley the latter).

  Before 1953 was through, the polished Junior Parker had moved on to Don Robey‘s Duke imprint in Houston. It took a while for the harpist to regain his hitmaking momentum, but he scored big in 1957 with the smooth “Next Time You See Me,” an accessible enough number to even garner some pop spins.” Continue reading


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Happy Birthday , Duke









” On his paper route in Glendale, California, Marion and Duke would stop to visit the local firemen at the fire station. The firemen would always say “here comes Big Duke,” referring to the Airedale, “and Little Duke,” referring to Marion Morrison.

The nickname Duke stuck with Marion Morrison/John Wayne for the rest of his life.”









Actor (172 titles)

1976 The Shootist
J.B. Books
1974 McQ
1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
J. D. Cahill
1968 The Green Berets
Col. Mike Kirby
1966 Magic Mansion (TV series)
John Wayne
– Ride ’em Cowboy (1966) … John Wayne
1965 In Harm’s Way
Captain Rockwell ‘Rock’ Torrey
1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV series)
Sergeant-Umpire in Korea
– Flashing Spikes (1962) … Sergeant-Umpire in Korea (as Marion Morrison)
1960 Wagon Train (TV series)
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
– The Colter Craven Story (1960) … Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (as Michael Morris)
1958 I Married a Woman
Leonard (uncredited) / John Wayne (uncredited)
1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV series)
Mike Cronin
1955 The Sea Chase
Captain Karl Ehrlich
1953 Trouble Along the Way
Steve Aloysius Williams
1953 Three Lives (short)
1952 Miracle in Motion (short)
1947 Tycoon

1942 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Markham

1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Capt. Jack Stuart

1939 Allegheny Uprising
Jim Smith

1937 Idol of the Crowds
Johnny Hanson

1936 Sea Spoilers
Bob Randall

1935 Paradise Canyon
John Wyatt / John Rogers

1935 The Desert Trail
John Scott/John Jones

1933 Central Airport
Co-Pilot in Wreck (uncredited)

1932 The Big Stampede
Deputy Sheriff John Steele

1932 That’s My Boy
Football Player (uncredited)

1932 The Hurricane Express
The Air Pilot

1930 Cheer Up and Smile
Roy (uncredited)

1930 Rough Romance
Lumberjack (uncredited)

1930 Born Reckless
Extra (uncredited)

1929 The Forward Pass
Extra (uncredited)

1929 Salute
Midshipman Bill (uncredited)

1929 Words and Music
Pete Donahue (as Duke Morrison)

1929 The Black Watch
42nd Highlander (uncredited)

1929 Speakeasy
Extra (uncredited)

1928 Noah’s Ark
Flood Extra (uncredited)

1928 Hangman’s House
Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)

1928 Four Sons
Officer (uncredited)

1928 Mother Machree
Extra (uncredited)

1927 The Drop Kick
Football Player (uncredited) / Extra in Stands (uncredited)

1927 Annie Laurie
Extra (uncredited)

1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery
Extra (uncredited)

1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Guard (uncredited)

Date of Birth

26 May 1907Winterset, Iowa, USA

Date of Death

11 June 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung & stomach cancer)

Birth Name

Marion Robert Morrison


JW (family nickname)


6′ 4″ (1.93 m)

Mini Biography

” John Wayne (born Marion Morrison) was the son of pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife Mary. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until the ranch failed, Marion and his younger brother Robert E. Morrison swam in an irrigation ditch and rode a horse to school. When the ranch failed, the family moved to Glendale, California, where Marion delivered medicines for his father, sold newspapers and had an Airedale dog named “Duke” (the source of his own nickname). He did well at school both academically and in football. When he narrowly failed admission to Annapolis he went to USC on a football scholarship 1925-7. Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man in exchange for football tickets. On the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom, among others, he began doing bit parts, some billed as John Wayne. His first featured film was Men Without Women (1930). After more than 70 low-budget westerns and adventures, mostly routine, Wayne’s career was stuck in a rut until Ford cast him in Stagecoach (1939), the movie that made him a star. He appeared in nearly 250 movies, many of epic proportions. From 1942-43 he was in a radio series, “The Three Sheets to the Wind”, and in 1944 he helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a right-wing political organization, later becoming its President. His conservative political stance was also reflected in The Alamo (1960), which he produced, directed and starred in. His patriotic stand was enshrined in The Green Berets (1968) which he co-directed and starred in. Over the years Wayne was beset with health problems. In September 1964 he had a cancerous left lung removed; in March 1978 there was heart valve replacement surgery; and in January 1979 his stomach was removed. He received the Best Actor nomination for Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and finally got the Oscar for his role as one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969). A Congressional Gold Medal was struck in his honor in 1979. He is perhaps best remembered for his parts in Ford’s cavalry trilogy – Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950).”





Pilar Wayne (1 November 1954 – 11 June 1979) (his death) 3 children
Esperanza Baur (17 January 1946 – 1 November 1954) (divorced)
Josephine Alicia Saenz (24 June 1933 – 25 December 1945) (divorced) 4 children

Trade Mark


Slow talk and distinctive, gravelly voice

War movies

Distinctive cat-like walk

His movies frequently reflected his conservative values

Often starred with Maureen O’Hara






” Holds the record for the actor with the most leading parts – 142. In all but 11 films he played the leading part.

Ranked #16 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. (October 1997)

Born at 1:00pm-CST.

Children with Pilar WayneAissa WayneEthan Wayne and Marisa Wayne.

Sons with Josephine: Michael Wayne (producer) and Patrick Wayne (actor); daughters Toni Wayne and Melinda Wayne.

Most published sources refer to Wayne’s birth name as Marion Michael Morrison. His birth certificate, however, gives his original name as Marion Robert Morrison. According to Wayne’s own statements, after the birth of his younger brother in 1911, his parents named the newborn Robert Emmett and changed Wayne’s name from Marion Robert to Marion Michael. It has also been suggested by several of his biographers that Wayne’s parents actually changed his birth name from Marion Robert to Marion Mitchell. In “Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne” (1985), Donald Shepherd and Robert F. Slatzer state that when Wayne’s younger brother was born, “the Duke’s middle name was changed from Robert to Mitchell. . . . After he gained celebrity, Duke deliberately confused biographers and others by claiming Michael as his middle name, a claim that had no basis in fact.”

His production company, Batjac, was originally to be called Batjak, after the shipping company owned by Luther Adler‘s character in the filmWake of the Red Witch (1948). A secretary’s typo while she was drawing up the papers resulted in it being called Batjac, and Wayne, not wanting to hurt her feelings, kept her spelling of it.

In the comic “Preacher”, his ghost appears in several issues, clothed in his traditional gunfighter outfit, as a mentor to the hero of the series, Jesse Custer.

Great-uncle of boxer/actor Tommy Morrison, aka “The Duke”.

An entry in the logbook of director John Ford‘s yacht “Araner”, during a voyage along the Baja peninsula, made a reference to one of Wayne’s pranks on Ward Bond: “Caught the first mate [Wayne] pissing in [Ward] Bond’s flask this morning – must remember to give him a raise.”

He and his drinking buddy, actor Ward Bond, frequently played practical jokes on each other. In one incident, Bond bet Wayne that they could stand on opposite sides of a newspaper and Wayne wouldn’t be able to hit him. Bond set a sheet of newspaper down in a doorway, Wayne stood on one end, and Bond slammed the door in his face, shouting “Try and hit me now!” Wayne responded by sending his fist through the door, flooring Bond (and winning the bet).

His favorite drink was Sauza Commemorativo Tequila, and he often served it with ice that he had chipped from an iceberg during one of his voyages on his yacht, “The Wild Goose”.

He was offered the lead in The Dirty Dozen (1967), but went to star in and direct The Green Berets (1968) instead. The part was eventually given to Lee Marvin.

The evening before a shoot he was trying to get some sleep in a Las Vegas hotel. The suite directly below his was that of Frank Sinatra (never a good friend of Wayne), who was having a party. The noise kept Wayne awake, and each time he made a complaining phone call it quieted temporarily but each time eventually grew louder. Wayne at last appeared at Sinatra’s door and told Frank to stop the noise. A Sinatra bodyguard of Wayne’s size approached saying, “Nobody talks to Mr. Sinatra that way.” Wayne looked at the man, turned as though to leave, then backhanded the bodyguard, who fell to the floor, where Wayne knocked him out by crashing a chair on top of him. The party noise stopped.

He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

His spoken album “America: Why I Love Her” became a surprise best-seller and Grammy nominee when it was released in 1973. Reissued on CD in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it became a best-seller all over again.

Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued on Friday, March 23rd, 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp featured Wayne as The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939).

Upon being cast by Raoul Walsh in Fox’s The Big Trail (1930) the studio decided his name had to be changed. Walsh said he was reading a biography on General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and suggested that name. The studio liked the last name but not the first and decided on “John Wayne” as the final rendition.

He once made a cameo appearance on “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962). In episode, “The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (#5.20)”(1967). And when asked how he wanted to be paid, his answer, in return, was “Give me a fifth of bourbon – that’ll square it.”.

In 1973 he was awarded the Gold Medal from the National Football Foundation for his days playing football for Glendale High School and USC.

Arguably Wayne’s worst film, The Conqueror (1956), in which he played Genghis Kahn, was based on a script that director Dick Powell had every intention of throwing into the wastebasket. According to Powell, when he had to leave his office at RKO for a few minutes during a story conference, he returned to find a very enthused Wayne reading the script, which had been in a pile of possible scripts on Powell’s desk, and insisting that this was the movie he wanted to make. As Powell himself summed it up, “Who am I to turn down John Wayne?”.

Among his favorite leisure activities were playing bridge, poker, and chess.

He was buried at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona del Mar, California, (a community within his hometown of Newport Beach). His grave finally received a plaque in 1999.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1974.

Grandfather of actor Brendan Wayne.

Because his on-screen adventures involved the slaying of a slew of Mexicans, Native Americans and Japanese, he has been called a racist by his critics. They believe this was strengthened by a Playboy Magazine interview in which he suggested that blacks were not yet qualified to hold high public office because “discrimination prevented them from receiving the kind of education a political career requires”. Yet all of his three wives were of Latin descent.

He was voted the 5th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Just on his sheer popularity and his prominent political activism, the Republican party in 1968 supposedly asked him to run for President of the USA, even though he had no previous political experience. He turned them down because he did not believe America would take a movie star running for the President seriously. He did however support Ronald Reagan‘s campaigns for governor of California in 1966 and 1970, as well as his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976.

Wayne was initiated into DeMolay in 1924 at the Glendale Chapter in Glendale California.

Received the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 1970.

He was a Master Mason. In other words, he was a good man who became a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Thursday, September 9th, 2004. The first-day ceremonies were held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. “

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Happy Birthday John Wayne

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.26.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 22, 2015:

  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer was charged with eight criminal counts after chasing down and restraining a man while off-duty. He allegedly told the man to “Sit the [expletive] down before I blow you away!” He is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • Clay County, Missouri: A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year’s probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for abusing an inmate in 2008. He had been acquitted on state charges, but federal civil rights charges were brought because he doused the inmate with a chemical spray and punched him.
  • Clyde, Ohio: An officer resigned after being accused of buying a 16-year-old boy alcohol and getting him drunk. The criminal investigation is ongoing.
  • Havelock, North Carolina: An officer was fired after an investigation of possible misconduct during a traffic stop. Authorities did not release details of the incident, but the report mentioned that the now-former officer could not be relied upon to be called as a prosecution witness.
  • Neenah, Wisconsin: A sergeant was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct while off duty.
  • Hall County, Georgia: Two now-former deputies pled guilty to bribery and drug charges in separate cases. One took a bribe to alert a drug dealer of any possible investigations. The other pled guilty cocaine distribution charges.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The chief is investigating police conduct at a public demonstration against police violence. A ten-year-old boy was treated at the scene for chemicals in his eyes.
  • Update: North Port, Florida (First reported 03-05-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation after he pled no contest to misdemeanor battery of his fiancée.
  • Update: Michigan State Police (First reported 01-21-15): A trooper’s case for DUI and an open container violation ended in a mistrial. The state plans to retry the case.
  • Update: Greensburg, Indiana (First reported 02-19-15): The now-former police chief was sentenced to four years in prison, with two years suspended, for stealing $75,000 from evidence. She was also ordered to pay restitution. She claimed it was to feed her gambling addiction.
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 11-20-12): An officer faces federal civil rights charges for excessive force during a 2011 incident. He was fired after the incident but re-hired. The City settled a lawsuit with the victim for $22,500.



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Black Adder – Classic Comic Relief





Uploaded on Jun 8, 2009

” Classic Comedy see’s Black Adder return for a Comic Relief Special. It is up to Charles’ loyal subjects Sir Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and Baldrick (Tony Robinson) to ride to the rescue.”











Thomas Sowell – Central Planning





Published on May 22, 2015

” Thomas Sowell looks at the characteristics of a central planned economy, where government objectives trump individual choices. “











Justice John Marshall




“A legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law.”









Lisa Benson
















Today In The Past




927 – Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.

1120 – Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.

1281 – Flemish Earl Gwijde Dampierre takes financial responsibility of Brugge

1328 – French king Philip VI Valois crowned

1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake

1679 – Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in UK

1703 – St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great

1796 – James S McLean patents his piano

1798 – The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.

1813 – Americans capture Ft George, Canada

1849 – The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened.

1862 – Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake’s Station)

1863 – CSS Chattahoochie explodes on Chattahoochie River GA, 18 die

1863 – Siege of Port Hudson LA

1864 – Skirmish at Salem Church (Haw’s Shop), Virginia

1878 – 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75

1881 – 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5

1882 – 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

1895 – British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector

1896 – Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless

1902 – 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8

1903 – 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

1905 – 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8




1905 – Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima







1907 – Bubonic Plague breaks out in SF

1917 – Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed

1918 – Battle of Aisne

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days

1921 – Afghanistan gains sovereignty

1921 – After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty

1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape

1930 – The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.

1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va

1931 – Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon

1933 – Federal Securities Act signed

1933 – Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11

1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released

1935 – Supreme Court declares FDR’s Natl Recovery Act unconstitutional

1936 – RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage

1937 – Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated

1940 – British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)




1940 – WWIIIn the Le Paradis massacre97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.









1941 – German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force










1942 – Dorie Miller, awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor

1942 – Top German Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot & mortally wounded in Prague

1949 – Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin

1951 – Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

1955 – Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1957 – Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format.

1958 – The F-4 Phantom II first flight.

1961 – 1st black light is sold

1961 – Pres Kennedy announces US goal to reach Moon

1961 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ ½”

1964 – “From Russia With Love” premieres in US

1966 – 6 French fighters crash above Spain

1969 – Walt Disney World construction begins

1970 – British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I

1971 – UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship

1972 – “Jimmy Castor Bunch’s Troglodyte” (Cave Man) hits #6

1975 – Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble’s Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38

1980 – South Korean police ends people’s uprising; 2,000 killed

1980 – The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.

1983 – Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress

1985 – Inaugural bands parade for Pres Reagan

1986 – Pres Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled

1987 – Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on “Nightline” after PTL scandal

1987 – Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)

1990 – 74th Indianapolis 500 runs

1994 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile

1994 – Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show

1995 – In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.

1997 – 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole

1997 – Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indianapolis 500

1998 – Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.





1332 – Ibn Khaldun, Tunis, Arab historian/sociologist (Muqaddimah)

1519 – Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)

1576 – Caspar Schoppe, German scholar (d. 1649)

1595 – Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer

1623 – William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (d. 1687)

1651 – Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (d. 1729)

1774 – Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)

1794 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, millionaire (B & O railroad)

1818 – Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons

1819 – Julia Ward Howe, US, author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

1823 – John Gray Foster, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1874

1836 – Edwin Gray Lee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1870

1836 – Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier




1837 – “Wild Bill” Hickok, [James Butler], cowboy/scout








1837 – Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1912

1850 – Thomas Neill Cream, Glasgow, Scotland, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), (d. 1892)

1894 – Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)

1897 – John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)

1908 – Alex Brown, snooker player

1911 – Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Pres candidate

1911 – Vincent Price, St Louis MO, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura)

1912 – John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)

1912 – Sam Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73)

1914 – Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)

1915 – Herman Wouk, NYC, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War)

1918 – Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)

1919 – Kam Fong, Honolulu Hawaii, actor (Hawaii Five-0)

1921 – Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)

1922 – Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)

1923 – Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State (1973-77)/Nobel Peace Prize (1973)

1923 – Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff

1923 – Sumner Redstone, American entrepreneur

1925 – Tony Hillerman, American writer

1927 – Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)

1927 – Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People’s Newspaper)




1931 – James Q WilsonBostonMassachusettscriminologist (‘Zero Tolerance’ policing), (d. 2012)







1932 – [HermanJunior ParkerArkansasblues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)







1934 – Harlan EllisonUSsci-fi author (7 HugosDoomsmanBabylon 5)







1935 – Lee Meriwether, LA California, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones)

1935 – Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)

1936 – Louis Gossett Jr, Bkln NY, actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep)

1939 – Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)

1939 – Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)

1942 – Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)

1942 – Lee Baca, American law enforcement official

1943 – Bruce Weitz, Norwalk Ct, actor (Hill St Blues, Death of a Centerfold)

1945 – Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa Canada, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker)

1947 – Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer

1948 – Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)

1951 – Norma Jean Almodovar, Binghampton, auto-biographer (Cop to Call Girl)

1954 – Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1972)

1955 – Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter

1956 – Lisa Niemi, Houston Tx, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies)

1956 – Steve Pagano, horse trainer

1956 – Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor

1957 – Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1976)

1957 – Siouxsie Sioux, [Susan Ballion], Kent England (Siouxsie & Banshees)

1958 – Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)

1958 – Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)

1960 – Ray Armsetad, Kirksville Mo, 4X400 runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

1961 – Cathy Silvers, NYC, actress (Jenny-Happy Days, Foley Square)

1961 – Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976, 84, 88)

1961 – Peri Gilpin, Waco Tx, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier)




1964 – Adam CarollaAmerican comedian and television personality






1965 – Todd Bridges, SF CA, actor (Diff’rent Strokes, Fish)

1966 – Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)

1967 – Chin Yang, jockey

1969 – Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)

1970 – Michael Blackburn, Australian laser yachter (Olympics-96)

1970 – Joseph Fiennes, Salisbury, Wiltshire, English actor (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love)

1971 – Paul Bettany, English actor

1971 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)

1972 – Antonio Freeman, NFL wide reciever (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)

1975 – André 3000, American musician (OutKast)

1975 – Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)

1975 – Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality

1981 – Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor




366 – Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)

866 – Ordono I, King of Asturia (850-66), dies

927 – Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)

1039 – Dirk III Hierosolymita, Count of Holland, dies

1178 – Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1444 – John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)

1525 – Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader

1541 – Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII

1569 – Francois de Coligny, French general (Jarnac), dies

1576 – Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44

1610 – François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)

1661 – Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53

1675 – Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)

1781 – Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)

1790 – Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89

1831 – Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)

1840 – Niccolo Paganini, composer/violinist, dies at 57

1863 – Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31

1887 – Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86

1896 – Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)

1910 – Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), dies

1914 – Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies

1918 – Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80




1949 – Robert L Ripleycartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY








1953 – Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)

1960 – James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)

1964 – Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India’s 1st PM, dies at 74

1969 – Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43

1975 – Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies at 53

1987 – John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)

1988 – Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79

1991 – Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88

1992 – Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies at 86

1992 – Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)

1994 – Red Rodney, [Albino Red/The Red Arrow], bebop-trumpeter, dies at 66

2000 – Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)

2006 – Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)

2006 – Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)

2006 – Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)

2011 – Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)




2011 – Gil Scott-HeronAmerican poetmusician and author (b. 1949)




National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.21.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project





” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 21, 2015:

  • El Dorado County, California: A deputy who was also a narcotics team member was arrested for drug possession and trafficking charges in Nevada.
  • Glasgow, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for public
  • Houston, Texas: A now-former officer had a warrant issued for his arrest. He illegally used police database and gave the information to a man accused of theft. The man allegedly stole $200,000 worth of law enforcement equipment from a private contractor and re-selling it online.
  • Whitehouse, Texas: The police chief suspended himself and three of his officers after a chain of events that allegedly involved intoxication, drunk driving, unwanted sexual advances, and physical violence. The Texas Rangers are investigating the episode, which ended with one officer arrested for beating up the chief.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for DUI.
  • Lincoln County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested and charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl. He has resigned.
  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): The sheriff fired nine deputies who were involved in the detention of Matthew Ajibade, a 22-year-old mentally ill man who died in their custody.
  • Update: Hudson County, New Jersey (First reported 01-12-10): Two officers were sentenced for giving a bounty hunter credit for fugitive captures that were actually apprehended by law enforcement. They would split the bounty proceeds among themselves.
  • Update: Covington, Louisiana (First reported 03-26-13): A now-former officer had a battery charge dropped for allegedly beating a man in custody. Video evidence indicated he was not the officer responsible for the man’s injuries. Another officer was previously convicted for his role the incident and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.



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Jazz Gillum – Key To The Highway





Published on Feb 11, 2013

” Record: Bluebird 8529 … Recorded May 9, 1940 “


Hot In Cleveland Blooper: Kitchen Nightmares





Published on Apr 26, 2015

” The ladies hilariously mess up their lines! Watch new episodes of Hot in Cleveland Wednesdays at 10/9c on TV Land.”










How Far Will A 45 ACP Kill?





Published on May 18, 2015

” In this video we show just how far a 45 ACP is capable of retaining enough energy to cause a possible fatal would. We were only able to connect at long range with the 230gr Federal American Eagle FMJ loads on the pine board. We did fire a very limited number of the 230gr Federal HST loading at our Clear Ballistics Torso with no success. We will revisit the subject of expansion and penetration at range in a future video. Stay tuned. “












Will Rogers




” I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him ‘father’. “











Glenn Foden



Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden












Today In The Past




451 – The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity.

961 – German King Otto II crowned

1328 – William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII

1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.




1637 – 1st battle of Pequot at Mystic Ct kills 500 indians







1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1736 – Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French

1770 – The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.

1781 – Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia

1798 – British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara

1805 – Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains

1828 – Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.

1860 – Garibaldi occupies Palermo Italy

1861 – Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South

1861 – Union blockades New Orleans LA & Mobile AL

1864 – -30] Skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia

1864 – Territory of Montana formed

1865 – Battle of Galveston TX, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith

1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote

1869 – Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1874 – 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5

1876 – HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration

1883 – 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5

1887 – Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state

1894 – Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player

1896 – 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY

1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

1896 – James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.

1898 – 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32

1900 – British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa

1906 – Archaeological Institute of America forms

1908 – At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.




1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 auto race is run









1923 – 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d’Endurance is run









1924 – Pres Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law: restricting immigration

1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)

1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution

1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens

1938 – House on un-American Activities forms

1940 – 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

1940 – Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk

1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Phila

1941 – Ark Royal airplane sights German battleship Bismarck

1942 – Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star

1942 – Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs British army

1944 – 82nd Airborne div D-day-landing at La Haye du Puits to Ste Mere Eglise

1945 – US drop fire bombs on Tokyo

1946 – 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball

1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb




1956 – Aircraft carrier “Bennington” burns off RIkilling 103







1961 – USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours

1966 – Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in Hué South-Vietnam

1969 – Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

1972 – Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1973 – Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31

1974 – During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14 year old is trampled

1977 – George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center

1978 – 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City

1979 – Dancin’ Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45

1980 – Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7’8″

1980 – Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters

1981 – Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14

1982 – British ship Atlantic Conveyor & Coventry were hit in Falkland war

1983 – NASA launches Exosat

1984 – Frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia

1984 – Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13″ of rain, 14 die

1985 – Danny Sullivan wins Indy 500 by 24 seconds following a spin

1985 – Explosions destroys 2 tankers off of Gibraltar, 30 die

1987 – Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail

1987 – William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA

1989 – At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio

1993 – Olympique Marseille wins 38th Europe Cup I at Munich

1993 – Long fly ball by Indians’ Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco’s head & goes over fence for a home run

1997 – Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

1998 – Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs Pres Clinton

1998 – The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

2003 – Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.

2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.

2012 – A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvink






1264 – Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun (d. 1326)

1478 – Clement VII, [Giulio de’ Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34)

1566 – Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (1595-1603)

1667 – Abraham De Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre’s theorem)

1669 – Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (d. 1722)

1689 – Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric

1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley

1764 – Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman (d. 1836)

1799 – Alexander S Pushkin, Russia, writer (Eugene Onegin)

1806 – Henry Knox Thatcher, Comm (Union Navy), died in 1880

1835 – Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1859 – Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)

1863 – Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion (d. 1917)

1865 – Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Fins painter/graphic artist/illustrator

1876 – Jack Root, boxing’s 1st light heavyweight champion

1877 – Isadora Duncan, SF, free form/interpretative dancer

1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)

1886 – Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)

1895 – Dorothea Lange, US documentary photographer

1895 – Paul Lukas, Budapest Hungary, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx)

1903 – Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)




1907 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], Winterset IA, actor (Green Berets, True Grit)







1907 – Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)

1908 – Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)

1910 – Laurance S Rockefeller, NYC, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank)

1913 – Peter Cushing, England, actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who)

1916 – Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)

1919 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger)




1920 – Peggy LeeAmerican singer (d. 2002)







1923 – James Arness, Minneapolis MN, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing)




1926 – Miles DavisAlton, IllinoisAmerican jazz musiciantrumpeter and composer (d. 1991)







1927 – Jacques Bergerac, France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)

1939 – Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)

1939 – Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire

1940 – Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)

1944 – Verden “Phally” Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)

1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author

1945 – Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)

1946 – Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.

1946 – Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)

1948 – Stevie Nicks, American rocker and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna)

1949 – Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]

1949 – Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

1949 – Hank Williams Jr, Shreveport La, country singer (Honky Tonk)

1949 – Pam Grier, Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough)

1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor

1951 – Sally Kristen Ride, LA California, 1st US woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G), (d. 2012)

1955 – Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef

1957 – Margaret Colin, actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby)

1959 – Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall’s-25th)

1959 – Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)

1962 – Bob[cat] Goldthwait, Syracuse NY, comedian (Police Academy)

1962 – Genie Francis, Englewood NJ, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence)

1963 – Eddie Martin Jr, jockey

1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American musician

1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, London, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End)

1968 – Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)

1970 – Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist

1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist

1979 – Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler




604 – Augustinus van Canterbury, bishop/apostle of England, dies (or 605)

735 – Bede (Beda Venerabilis), English historian and monk, (b. circa 672 or 673)

818 – Ali ar-Rida, Shia Imam (b. 766)

1055 – Margrave Adalbert of Austria

1421 – Mehmed I, Ottoman Sultan (1413-21). B. 1389.

1512 – Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan (1481-1512) dies at 62

1595 – Philippus Nerius, [Filippo Neri], Italian merchant/saint, dies at 79

1609 – Cornelis Claesz, mapmaker, buried

1685 – Charles II, Elector Palatine (b. 1651)

1703 – Samuel Pepys, English marine expert (Diary)/composer, dies at 70

1814 – Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, officially named the Guillotine (b. 1789)

1831 – Georg Hermes, German philosopher/theologist (Hermenianen), dies

1831 – Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot (b. 1798)

1840 – Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)

1868 – Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, last British public execution

1883 – Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)

1902 – Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)

1904 – Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist (b. 1857)

1905 – Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies

1907 – Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)

1926 – S V Petlura, Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard

1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, country singer, dies at 35

1939 – Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74

1939 – Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies

1943 – Edsel Ford, owner (Ford Motor Company), dies at 49

1951 – Lincoln Ellsworth, artic explorer, dies at 71




1968 – William E “Little Willie” JohnUS R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30







1969 – Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)

1969 – Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)

1973 – Jacques Lipchitz, US cubist sculptor, dies at 81

1974 – Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)

1976 – Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86

1994 – Warren Harding “Sonny” Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53




1995 – Isadore “Friz” Frelingcartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88









1995 – Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61

1995 – Severn Darden, comedian (Second City), dies at 65

1996 – Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76

1997 – Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90

1999 – Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)

2001 – Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)

2004 – Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)




2005 – Eddie AlbertAmerican actorwar hero (b. 1906)







2006 – Édouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin (b. 1963)

2007 – J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)

2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)

2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)

















Trace Adkins – Arlington




Uploaded on Feb 26, 2009

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The Meaning Of Memorial Day – “Freedom Is Never Free” – A Vietnam Veteran’s Tribute





Rudyard Kipling




” All we have of freedom, all we use or know, this our fathers bought for us long and long ago.”












Michael Ramirez















Today In The Past





1085 – King Alfonso VI of Castily/Leon occupy Toledo on Moren

1241 – 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfort-on-the-Main Germany

1420 – Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ.

1521 – Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers

1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector

1720 – “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, plague kills 80,000

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent

1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.

1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding

1861 – John Merryman is arrested under suspension of writ of habeas corpus it later sparks a supreme court decision protecting writ




1862 – First Battle of  Winchester VA







1864 – Battle of New Hope Church, GA

1876 – 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75

1887 – Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

1895 – 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1899 – 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23

1900 – Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics

1904 – 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6

1915 – 2nd Battle of Ypres ends with 105,000 casualties

1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump

1927 – Henry Ford stops producing Model T car (begins Model A)

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney

1935 – Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates

1935 – Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in one hour

1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.

1940 – Golden Gate Intl Expo reopens

1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting avg over .400 for 1st time in 1941

1943 – Riot at Mobile Ala shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1945 – Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit

1947 – Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co’s Mine #5 killing 111

1950 – Bkln-Battery Tunnel opens in NYC

1951 – NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

1953 – 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada

1955 – Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla

1961 – JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

1961 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m

1962 – Isley Brothers release “Twist & Shout”

1965 – Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles & is knocked unconscious on stage

1965 – Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1967 – John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce

1968 – Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated

1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumping Jack Flash”

1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” released with an X rating

1972 – Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

1973 – US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz

1977 – Original “Star Wars” movie released

1979 – American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground

1980 – Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7’8″)

1981 – Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

1981 – Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

1982 – Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters

1983 – “Return of the Jedi” (Star Wars 3) released

1986 – 30,000,000 watch “Live Aid,” a massive benefit concert

1986 – 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida

1986 – Hands Across America – 6 million people hold hands from California to NY

1989 – Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots

1989 – Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2

1989 – Weird Al Yankovic records “She Drives Like Crazy”

1992 – Jay Leno becomes permanent host of “Tonight Show”

1997 – Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games

2001 – 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2009 – North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2012 – Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

2012 – A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station





1048 – Emperor Shenzong of China (d. 1085)

1334 – Emperor Sukō (d. 1398)

1458 – Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)

1494 – Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)

1550 – Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint

1606 – Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)

1661 – Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)

1729 – Jean de Neufville, Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war)

1783 – Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, US, essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn)

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, actor (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel)




1889 – Igor SikorskyRussian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft






1898 – Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What’s My Line)

1898 – Gene Tunney, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30)

1907 – Rachel Carson, conservationist/writer (silent springs)

1908 – David Lean, British director (Lawrence of Arabia)

1912 – Eddie Maxwell, singer (Yes We Have No Bananas)

1913 – Joseph Peter Grace, businessman

1919 – Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)

1921 – Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head), (d. 2012)

1923 – John Weitz, spy/author/fashion designer (Friends in High Places)

1926 – Claude Akins, Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin’ On, Lobo)




1927 – Robert LudlumNYCspy novelist (Bourne Identity)







1929 – Beverly Sills, [Belle “Bubbles” Miriam Silverman], Bkln NY, soprano

1931 – Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter

1932 – Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)

1932 – John Gregory Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)

1932 – K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)

1933 – Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)

1936 – Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)

1938 – Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)

1938 – Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)

1939 – Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

1939 – Ian McKellen, England, actor (Keep, Plenty, Scarlet Pimpernel)

1943 – Leslie Uggams, NYC, singer/actress (Leslie Uggams Show, Roots)

1944 – Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show)

1944 – Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate

1944 – Robert MacPherson, American mathematician

1946 – Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)

1946 – Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)

1947 – Jessi Colter, [Miriam Johnson], Phoenix, country singer (I’m Not Lisa)

1947 – Karen Valentine, Santa Rosa CA, actress (Love American Style, Room 222)

1947 – Mitch Margo, Bkln, rocker (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)

1948 – Sgt. Slaughter, American professional wrestler

1953 – Eve Ensler, American playwright

1953 – Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)

1958 – Klaus Meine, rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You)

1958 – Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)

1963 – Mike Myers, Canada, comedian (SNL, Wayne’s World) [or Jun 25]

1965 – Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin’ on Coals)

1965 – Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)

1967 – Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)

1969 – Anne Heche, Ohio, actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano)

1969 – Stacy London, American fashion consultant

1970 – Lindsay Greenbush, LA, twin actress (Carrie-Little House on Prairie)

1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress

1975 – Adam Saathoff, Tuscon Ariz, running target (Olympics-1996)

1975 – Lauryn Hill, South Orange, New Jersey, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

1976 – Cillian Murphy, Irish actor

1982 – Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder




615 – Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), dies

709 – Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)

967 – Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 926)

992 – Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)

1085 – Gregory VII, [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), dies

1125 – Hendrik V, last Salische German king, dies

1261 – Alexander IV, [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), dies

1452 – John Stafford, Archbishop of Canterbury

1555 – Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46

1555 – Henry II of Navarre (b. 1503)

1632 – Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1572)

1789 – Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)

1797 – John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (b. 1719)

1805 – William Paley, English philosopher (b. 1743)

1849 – Andreas Michiels, Dutch milt gov of West Sumatra, dies in battle at 52

1849 – Benjamin d’Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)

1919 – Madame C J Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

1927 – Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)

1935 – Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)

1949 – Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47




1954 – Robert CapaHungarianborn photojournalist (b. 1913)










1965 – Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues harp playerdies at 65







1971 – Jo Etha Collier, young black woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss

1974 – Pam Morrison, wife of Door’s vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose

1981 – Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55

1981 – Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)

1985 – Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer

1986 – Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85

1990 – Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60

1992 – Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66

1992 – Nancy Walker, actress (Ida Morgenstein-Rhoda), dies of cancer at 71

1992 – Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72

1994 – Eric Gale, guitarist, dies at 55

1995 – Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63

1996 – Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13

1996 – David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77

2005 – Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)

2006 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)

2007 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)

2008 – J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)

2010 – Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)

2012 – Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93

















    In remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice here are some links to Memorial Day posts from our archives … 


Americans Forget The Meaning Of Memorial Day!

Know Your History … The Origins Of Memorial Day

A Little Reminder Of What Memorial Day Is Really About …

Memorial Day Via The Looking Spoon

What Memorial Day Is Really All About

History Of Memorial Day Memorial Day Tribute

No Daily Comedy 5.27.13 – Memorial Day Tributes

Daily Video 5.27.13 Memorial Day 2013

Thank You , Mr President … For Staying Away From Arlington On Memorial Day




Thank you veterans , both living and deceased , we honor your sacrifice …












“Taps” Performed In Arlington National Cemetery

Summer And Winter





Published on Jan 21, 2014

” The buglers of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” perform over 5000 missions a year in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
Featured here are SSG Jesse Tubb (summer) and SSG Drew Fremder (winter) “











Dr John Plays The Blues For You





Published on Nov 4, 2014

” Dr John (Mac Rebennack) demonstrates New Orleans-style blues playing exclusively for our readers. Look for him on the cover of our December 2014 issue! “

Ralphie May And The Mexicans






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