Events - May 6
1835 - James Gordon Bennett published the "New York Herald" for the first time.
1851 - Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, FL patented the mechanical refrigerator.
1851 - Linus Yale of Newport, NY became well known for his patent of the clock-type lock. If the name Yale sounds familiar, it should. Yale locks are among the top brands of security devices sold today.
1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the recently constructed Eiffel Tower. The exposition also was known for the display of the first automobile in Paris. No, it wasn’t a French auto. It was a German Mercedes-Benz, one of the world’s most luxurious automobiles.
1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. ‘The Sultan of Swat’ went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.
1937 - A student of history, a broadcaster or anyone interested in news coverage, will remember this day and the words of NBC radio’s Herbert Morrison. “Oh, the humanity!” Morrison’s emotion-filled historic broadcast of the explosion of the dirigible, "Hindenburg" at Lakehurst, NJ, became the first recorded coast-to-coast broadcast as it was carried on both the NBC Red and NBC Blue networks from New York City.
1941 - Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
1946 - The New York Yankees announced that they were to be the first major-league baseball team to travel by airplane during the entire 1946 season.
1954 - Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in Oxford, England. He was timed at 3:59.4 seconds. Bannister told reporters that a mile run of 3:30 would be run before 1999. His prediction did not come true although runners are definitely getting closer. The record time of 3:43.13 by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco stands as the world men’s outdoor mile record since July 7, 1999. Any challengers?
1957 - Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage".
1959 - The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid to that time for a painting by a living artist.
1982 - Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners became the 15th pitcher in the major leagues to win 300 career victories. Perry, known for his spitball as well as a variety of other pitches, led the Mariners past the New York Yankees 7-3.
1986 - From the What an Ungrateful Thing to Do, Joan file: Comedienne, Joan Rivers, put her foot in her mouth by announcing to the world that she was leaving "The Tonight Show" as permanent guest host to begin her own late-night gabfest on the new FOX TV Network.
1992 - Actress Marlene Dietrich died in Paris at age 90. Born Maria Magdalene Dietrich (on December 27, 1901, in in Shoeneburg, Germany), Dietrich became popular in her native country as a cabaret singer and then a film star. She was known as the toast of Berlin, but her 1929 film "The Blue Angel" was a scandalous international success, and she moved to Hollywood soon after. Her interpretation of the melancholy song "Lili Marlene" is one of the most remembered songs of World War II. Dietrich not only sang for the U.S. Army, but recorded songs containing coded messages for American spy teams.
Birthdays - May 6
1758 - Maximilian Robespierre (French revolutionary; executed [guillotine] July 28, 1794)
1856 - Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist, originated psychoanalysis; died Sep 23, 1939)
1856 - Robert E. Peary (explorer: discoverer of the North Pole, Greenland, and the Melville meteorite; died Feb 20, 1920)
1895 - Rudolph Valentino (Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina) (actor: The Big Little Person, The Delicious Little Devil, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Blood and Sand, Sheik; died Aug 23, 1926)
1903 - (Bernard) Toots Shor (restaurateur, barkeep; died Jan 23, 1977)
1907 - (Wilbur Charles) Weeb Ewbank (Pro Football Hall of Famer: head coach: Baltimore Colts [2-time world champions: 1958-59], NY Jets [Super Bowl III]; coached 130 career wins; died Nov 17, 1998)
1913 - Carmen Cavallaro (pianist: Chopin’s Polonaise; films: The Eddy Duchin Story, Hollywood Canteen, Out of this World, Diamond Horseshoe; died Oct 12, 1989)
1915 - (George) Orson Welles (actor: War of the Worlds, Citizen Kane, The Mercury Radio Theatre of the Air, The Long Hot Summer, A Man for All Seasons, MacBeth, Moby Dick, Casino Royale, Catch-22; died Oct 10, 1985)
1920 - Ross Hunter (Martin Fuss) (producer: Son of Ali Baba, Magnificent Obsession, My Man Godfrey, Tammy and the Bachelor, Pillow Talk, Midnight Lace, Flower Drum Song, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Airport; actor: Louisiana Hayride, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Reform School Girl; died Mar 10, 1996)
1920 - Marguerite Piazza (Luft) (soprano: regular on TV’s Your Show of Shows; died Aug 2, 2012)
1922 - Pat Harder (football: Univ of Wisconsin all-American; NFL: Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals: shared individual game record: points after touchdowns [9: Cardinals vs. NY Giants Oct 17, 1948]; died Sep 6, 1992)
1923 - Elizabeth Sellars (actress: A Voyage Round My Father, The Chalk Garden, Three Cases of Murder, Never Let Go, Desiree)
1923 - Harry (Percival) Watson (Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks; died Nov 21 2002)
1931 - Willie (Howard) Mays (Baseball Hall of Famer: ‘The Say Hey Kid’: NY Giants [World Series: 1951, 1954/all-star: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957], SF Giants [World Series: 1962/all-star: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971], NY Mets [World Series: 1973/all-star: 1972, 1973])
1940 - Bill (William Alfred) Hands (baseball: pitcher: SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers)
1945 - Bob Seger (musician, singer: Night Moves, Travelin’ Man, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man, Against the Wind, Fire Lake)
1946 - Grier Jones (golf: Walt Disney World National Team Championship [1977 w/Gibby Gilbert])
1947 - Ben Masters (actor: Running Mates, Noble House, All that Jazz, Making Mr. Right, Dream Lover, Mandingo, Heartbeat)
1949 - Dennis Havig (football: Univ. of Colorado; NFL: Atlanta Falcons)
1951 - Davey Johnstone (musician: guitar, in trio backing Elton John: Rocket Man, Honky Cat, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Bennie and the Jets, Island Girl, The Bitch is Back, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight)
1952 - Fred McNeill (football: Minnesota Vikings linebacker: Super Bowl IX, XI)
1961 - George (Timothy) Clooney (actor: The Facts of Life, E/R, Return of the Killer Tomatoes!, Roseanne, Sunset Beat, Red Surf, Sisters, Baby Talk, Bodies of Evidence, ER, From Dusk Till Dawn, Batman & Robin, The Peacemaker, The Thin Red Line, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Perfect Storm; son of broadcast journalist Nick Clooney; nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney)
Chart Toppers - May 6
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
Tequila - The Champs
The Witch Doctor - David Seville
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
Good Lovin’ - The Young Rascals
Monday Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
I Want to Go with You - Eddy Arnold
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Things Aren’t Funny Anymore - Merle Haggard
I Love Rock ’N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Chariots of Fire - Titles - Vangelis
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Mountain Music - Alabama
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
I Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
How Can We Be Lovers - Michael Bolton
Love on Arrival - Dan Seals
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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