Events - May 14
1607 - Three very small ships, "Susan Constant", "Godspeed" and "Discovery" sailed across the ocean blue from Plymouth, England to a place the ship’s crew and passengers called Jamestown, on this day. If you have ever been to today’s Jamestown and had the chance to climb aboard the restored ships, you would wonder how anyone could have survived that historic trip in such tiny, cramped quarters. We can only assume that some of us had ancestors who were very, very short.
1862 - Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patented the chronograph -- a timepiece that allows for split-second timing of sporting events.
1874 - McGill University (of Canada) and Harvard University met on Jarvis Field, Cambridge, MA for the the first game of intercollegiate football in America.
1878 - The trademarked name Vaseline (for a brand of petroleum jelly) was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough. You have probably heard of his Chesebrough-Pond’s company.
1897 - A statue of George Washington was unveiled in Philadelphia, PA. To commemorate the occasion, John Philip Sousa’s march, "The Stars and Stripes Forever", was performed. It was the first public performance for Sousa’s march and the President of the U.S., William McKinley, was in the audience.
1904 - The Olympic Games opened in St. Louis, MO. It marked the first time that the games were held in the United States.
1913 - John D. Rockefeller made the largest gift of money (to that time) by establishing the Rockefeller Foundation for $100,000,000. The foundation promotes “the well-being of mankind throughout the world.”
1937 - Duke Ellington and his band recorded the classic, "Caravan", for Brunswick Records.
1945 - "The Sparrow and the Hawk", a serial for kids, was first broadcast over CBS radio.
1945 - "Tennessee Jed" made his debut on ABC radio. Johnny Thomas played the part of Tennessee Jed Sloan.
1957 - The musical, "New Girl in Town", opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. Thelma Ritter and Gwen Verdon starred in the Broadway adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s "Anna Christie". "New Girl in Town" had a run of 431 performances.
1960 - Bally Ache, the winner of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD, was sold for $1,250,000. Wonder what he would have brought with a name change...
1969 - Jacqueline Susann’s second novel, "The Love Machine", was published by Simon and Schuster. It went on to become a huge seller, and further established Susann as a writer of intense, erotic novels, several of which were turned into successful movies for TV.
1971 - The Honey Cone received a gold record for the single, "Want Ads". The female soul trio was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 and scored two million-sellers, "Want Ads" and "Stick Up". The trio had a total of four songs on the charts that were moderate hits. Only "Want Ads", however, made it to the number one position. Hey, that’s the latest, I’m Casey Kasem...
1985 - The first McDonald’s restaurant -- in Des Plaines, IL -- became the first museum of the fast-food business. McMannequins, McPosters and loads of McPhotos display years of hamburger McProgress!
Birthdays - May 14
1727 - Thomas Gainsborough (artist: The Blue Boy, The Watering Place; died Aug 2, 1788)
1900 - Billie Dove (Lilian Bohny) (actress: All the Brothers were Valiant, The Black Pirate; died Dec 31 1997)
1916 - Skip (Lloyd) Martin (bandleader, composer, arranger: Hammer Blow [from Mike Hammer], Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, April Love, Funny Face, Silk Stockings, Les Girls; died Feb 12, 1976)
1917 - Norman Luboff (choral leader: The Norman Luboff Choir; died Sep 22, 1987)
1921 - Richard Deacon (actor: The Dick Van Dyke Show, B.J. and the Bear, Leave It to Beaver, Carousel, Francis in the Haunted House, The Patsy, Bad Manners, Blackbeard’s Ghost; died Aug 8, 1984)
1925 - Al Porcino (jazz musician: trumpet: played with Louis Prima, Tommy Dorsey, Georgie Auld, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Don Costa, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Lewis, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Buddy Rich, Chuck Mangione, Mel Torme; died Dec 31, 2013)
1925 - Les (John Lester) Moss (baseball: catcher: SL Browns, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox; died Aug 29, 2012)
1925 - Patrice Munsel (soprano: Metropolitan Opera diva [at age 17]; actress: The Great Waltz, Melba; radio performer: The Great Sopranos - Voices of Firestone Classic Performances; radio host: The Patrice Munsel Show; died Aug 4, 2016)
1929 - Gump (Lorne John) Worsley (Hockey Hall of Famer: goaltender: New York [Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie: 1953], Montreal Canadians [Stanley Cup: 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969/Vezina Trophy winner: 1964, 1966], Minnesota North Stars: consented to wear a mask during his last season in NHL; physical resemblance to a popular comic strip character earned him the nickname; died Jan 26, 2007)
1936 - Bobby Darin (Cassotto) (Grammy Award-winning singer: Mack the Knife ; Splish Splash, Dream Lover, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Things, If I Were a Carpenter; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; actor: Captain Newman, M.D., If a Man Answers, Come September; died Dec 20, 1973)
1936 - Dick (Richard Dalton) Howser (baseball: KC Athletics [all-star: 1961], Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees; manager: NY Yankees, KC Royals:: 404-365 record [.525], 2 division titles, World Championship , uniform [#10] was 1st number retired by Royals; died June 17, 1987)
1942 - Tony Perez (Atanasio Pérez Regal) (baseball: Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976/World Series: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976], Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983]; manager: Cincinnati Reds)
1943 - Jack Bruce (musician: bass: group: Cream: Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, Crossroads; group: Graham Bond Organization; solo: Themes for an Imaginary Western; died Oct 25, 2014)
1943 - Derek Leckenby (musician: guitar: group: Herman’s Hermits: Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry VIII I Am; died Jun 4, 1994)
1944 - Gene Cornish (musician: guitar group: The Young Rascals/Rascals: Groovin’, How Can I Be Sure, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free)
1944 - George Lucas (George Walton Lucas Jr.) (film producer, director: Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, American Graffiti)
1944 - Troy Shondell (singer: This Time)
1947 - Dick (Richard William) Tidrow (baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees [World Series: 1976, 1977, 1978], Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, NY Mets)
1948 - Dave (David Eugene) LaRoche (baseball: pitcher: California Angels [all-star: 1977], Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1976], NY Yankees [World Series: 1981])
1948 - Tom Gilmore (hockey: WHA: LA Sharks, Edmonton Oilers)
1951 - Pierre Plante (hockey: NHL: Philadelphia Flyers, SL Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques)
1951 - Robert Zemeckis (Academy Award-winning director: Forrest Gump ; Death Becomes Her, Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars, I Wanna Hold Your Hand; script writer [w/Bob Gale]: 1941; executive producer: Tales from the Crypt)
1952 - David Byrne (singer: group: Talking Heads: Love Goes to Building on Fire; composer for film: True Stories)
1953 - Tom Cochrane (musician: guitar: group: Red Rider: White Hot, Lunatic Fringe, Young Thing, The Untouchable One, Good Times; solo: Life is a Highway, Sinking Like a Sunset, I Wish You Well)
1962 - Ian Astbury (singer: group: The Cult: Spiritwalker, Resurrection Joe, She Sells Sanctuary)
1966 - Fabrice Morvan (performer, lip-syncer: group: Milli Vanilli: Girl I’m Gonna Miss You, Baby Don't Forget My Number, Blame It on the Rain)
1969 - Danny Wood (singer: group: New Kids On the Block: Step by Step, You Got It (The Right Stuff), I’ll Be Loving You (Forever), Cover Girl, Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind), Please Don’t Go Girl, Tonight, This One’s for the Children, Valentine Girl, Let’s Try It Again, Hangin’ Tough, If You Go Away, Baby, I Believe in You, Call It What You Want)
Chart Toppers - May 14
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
It Isn’t Fair - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
Return to Me - Dean Martin
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
Monday Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
Kicks - Paul Revere & The Raiders
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
Is It Wrong (For Loving You) - Sonny James
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
Vogue - Madonna
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You - Heart
Help Me Hold On - Travis Tritt
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
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