Events - May 11
1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
1858 - Minnesota entered the United States of America this day as the Union’s 32nd state. Although its state bird is the common loon, there’s nothing common about Minnesota, whose Dakota-Sioux Indian name means sky-tinted water. The North Star State’s capital is St. Paul, which has a twin city, Minneapolis. The state flower is the lovely lady’s slipper.
1900 - In an effort to regain the heavyweight boxing title, James J. Corbett, known as Gentleman Jim, was knocked out cold by James J. Jeffries -- in the 23rd round. Maybe if he’d stopped at, say, 12 rounds...
1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress. These days, it takes an act of Congress to do just about anything, including getting Congress to act! Thank you.
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded; although the first Oscars were not presented for several years after its founding.
1928 - WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY began the first schedule of regular TV programs. A very short schedule, in fact. WGY offered programming to the upstate New York audience three times a week using the mechanical scanning method. And mechanical scanning was not to be the wave of the future. It was electrical scanning, developed by Philo Farnsworth, that would make television available to the masses.
1946 - Jack Barry, a familiar face on TV game shows, hosted "Juvenile Jury" on WOR radio in New York City. The show was such a hit after five weeks on the air that it debuted on the Mutual Broadcasting System coast to coast. Maybe Barry became a bit too familiar in 1959. It was "Twenty One", the enormously popular show that Barry hosted, that led to the Quiz Show Scandal that rocked television and the U.S. Congress.
1947 - B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire. If you guessed that Mr. Goodrich was from Akron, OH, you win the T-shirt.
1956 - Former heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano went into public relations for the Raynham Dog Racing Track in Massachusetts.
1957 - Monte Irvin retired from baseball at the age of 39, due to a back injury.
1965 - Liza Minnelli opened in "Flora the Red Menace". The musical ran for only 87 performances at the Alvin Theatre.
1970 - The Chairmen of the Board received a gold record for the hit, "Give Me Just a Little More Time". The Detroit group recorded three other songs in 1970, with moderate success.
1972 - The San Francisco Giants announced that they were trading Willie Mays to the New York Mets.
1981 - Heavyweight boxing challenger Gerry Cooney left former champ Ken Norton on the ropes and unconscious after 54 seconds of the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers defeated the California Angels 8-2 and set a major-league record for victories at the beginning of a baseball season. The Tigers, under Sparky Anderson, won 26 of their first 30 games.
1985 - Scott Brayton turned in the fastest lap ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brayton was traveling at 214.199 MPH in the third lap of qualifying. He had already set records in the first two trips around the track. Brayton’s average speed of 212.354 broke the record previously set by Tom Sneva in the 1984 time trials.
Birthdays - May 11
1888 - Irving Berlin (composer: Alexander's Ragtime Band, Always, Doin’ What Comes Naturally, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Blue Skies, Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, Play a Simple Melody, Easter Parade, There’s No Business Like Show Business, God Bless America; scores for Broadway shows: Annie Get Your Gun; films: Top Hat, won Oscar for his composition, White Christmas; could neither read nor write music; died Sep 22, 1989)
1894 - Martha Graham (modern dancer: Denishawn dance school and performing troupe, Graham company, established school of modern dance at Bennington College; choreographer: Cave of the Heart, Appalachian Spring; “The center of the stage is where I am.”; died Apr 1, 1991)
1904 - Salvadore (Felipe Jacinto) Dalí (y Domenech) (surrealist artist: Accommodations of Desire, The Persistence of Memory, Visage of War; died Jan 23, 1989)
1911 - Phil Silvers (Philip Silversmith) (Emmy Award-winning comedian: The Phil Silvers Show [Sgt. Bilko: 1955, 1956, 1957]; The Beverly Hillbillies, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; died Nov 1, 1985)
1911 - Doodles (Winstead) Weaver (actor: Road to Nashville, The Errand Boy, The Ladies’ Man, Way He Was; died Jan 17, 1983)
1912 - Foster Brooks (comedian, actor: The Villain, Cracking Up, Oddballs, The New Bill Cosby Show, Mork & Mindy, The Dean Martin Show, The Bobby Vinton Show, The Book of Lists; died Dec 20, 2001)
1920 - Denver Pyle (actor: The Dukes of Hazzard, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Life & Times of Grizzly Adams, Bonnie & Clyde; died Dec 25, 1997)
1927 - Mort Sahl (comedian: Broadway, night club acts, actor: Don’t Make Waves, Doctor You’ve Got to be Kidding)
1930 - Stanley Elkin (author: Boswell, A Bad Man, The Dick Gibson Show, The Franchiser, The Living End, George Mills, Alex & the Gypsy; died May 31, 1995)
1932 - Valentino (Garavani) (fashion designer: dedicated Collection Blanche to Jackie Kennedy ; his ready-to-wear collections have been shown in Paris since 1969; founded Valentino Academy )
1935 - Doug McClure (actor: The Gambler Returns, Omega Syndrome, The Unforgiven, The Virginian, Search, Roots, Out of this World, The Overland Trail, Checkmate, The Barbary Coast; died Feb 5, 1995)
1939 - Milt (Miltiades Stergios Papastegios) Pappas (‘Gimpy’: baseball [pitcher]: Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1962, 1965], Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs; died Apr 19, 2016)
1939 - Frank (Francis Ralph) Quilici (‘Guido’: baseball: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965])
1940 - Butch (Larry) Hartman (auto racer: USAC: four stock car crowns [1970s]; died Dec 21, 1994)
1941 - Eric Burdon (singer: groups: The Animals: When I was Young, Good Times, San Franciscan Nights, Sky Pilot, Ring of Fire, House of the Rising Sun; Eric Burdon and War: Spill the Wine; soundtrack for: Comeback)
1943 - Les (John) Chadwick (musician: bass: group: Gerry & The Pacemakers: How Do You Do It?, I Like It, You’ll Never Walk Alone, I’m the One, Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying)
1943 - Nancy Greene (skier: Olympic Medalist: Gold: giant slalom, Silver, slalom ; Canadian Sports Hall of Famer)
1946 - Robert Jarvik (physician: inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart [implanted into Barney Clark in 1982: kept Clark alive 112 days])
1948 - Bobby Cole (golf: champ: Buick Open )
1963 - Natasha Richardson (actress: Widow’s Peak, Nell, Hostages, Past Midnight, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patty Hearst, Gothic, On the Razzle, The Charge of the Light Brigade; daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, sister of actress Joely Richardson, niece of actress Lynn Redgrave; died in New York City Mar 18, 2009 [following a skiing accident Mar 16, 2009 near Montreal, Canada])
Chart Toppers - May 11
Linda - Buddy Clark with the Ray Noble Orchestra
Heartaches - The Ted Weems Orchestra (whistler: Elmo Tanner)
The Anniversary Song - Dinah Shore
New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde) - Red Foley
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
Honey-Babe - Art Mooney
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
I Am...I Said - Neil Diamond
How Much More Can She Stand - Conway Twitty
Reunited - Peaches & Herb
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Stumblin’ In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
Backside of Thirty - John Conlee
(I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew
Looking for a New Love - Jody Watley
With or Without You - U2
The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder - Michael Johnson
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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