Events - June 5
1783 - Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier were brothers. They made their first balloon ascension on this day. This means that their balloon went up, successfully, we might add, to 1,500 feet for about ten minutes.
1865 - Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould listened quietly and with pride as his composition, "Onward Christian Soldiers", was presented for the first time in Horbury, England.
1876 - For one thin dime, visitors to Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition were able to buy foil-wrapped bananas, a popular taste treat in the United States. We tried one as an experiment for lunch today -- and heartily agree! It is especially interesting how the aluminum foil creates a kind of buzzing feeling on your teeth as the banana gets chewed up!
1927 - Johnny Weissmuller set a pair of world records in swimming events. Weissmuller, who would soon become Tarzan in the movies, set marks in the 100-yard, and 220-yard, free-style swimming competition.
1941 - Roy Eldridge was featured on trumpet and vocal as drummer Gene Krupa and his band recorded "After You’ve Gone" for Okeh Records.
1942 - Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded the classic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen" for Victor Records.
1952 - ‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott defended his heavyweight-boxing title by out-pointing Ezzard Charles in Philadelphia, PA. Jersey Joe would lose the heavyweight crown four months later to Rocky Marciano.
1956 - Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle’s "Texaco Star Theatre". Presley sang "Heartbreak Hotel", his number one hit. The TV critics were not kind to Elvis’ appearance on the show. They panned him, saying his performance looked “like the mating dance of an aborigine.”
1959 - Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, MN. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket. Soon, Zimmerman would be performing at coffee houses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and later, in Greenwich Village in New York City. He would also change his name to Bob Dylan (after poet Dylan Thomas, so the story goes).
1964 - David Jones and The King Bees had their first record, "Liza Jane", released by Vocalion Records of Great Britain. Less than a decade later, we came to know Jones better as David Bowie.
1967 - Ongoing political problems (control and reunification of Jerusalem, access through the strait of Tiran, control of the West Bank of the Jordan River, etc.) came to a head, causing a major outbreak of hostilities (later referred to as the Six Day War) between Israel and Egypt. The Israelis, who had at first met strong Egyptian resistance, destroyed 50 of Egypt’s tanks and stormed through Gaza, and this was only Day One; the beginning of a quick and ferocious victory for the Israeli ground and air forces, led by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan; and a humiliating defeat for Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser. Both sides are still blaming the other for firing the first shot.
1967 - New franchises in the National Hockey League were awarded to the Minnesota North Stars, the California Golden Seals and the Los Angeles Kings. The North Stars moved to Dallas in the mid-1990s and the Golden Seals are now nonexistent.
1968 - While celebrating his victory in the California Democratic presidential primary in Los Angeles, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (brother of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy) was shot in the head. He died the following day. The gunman, Sirhan Sirhan, was later convicted of the murder.
1972 - Maureen McGovern quit her job as a full-time secretary for a new career as a full-time singer. Maureen was part of a trio before recording as a solo artist in July, 1973. Her first song, "The Morning After", from the movie, "The Poseidon Adventure", was a million-seller. She also sang the theme, "Different Worlds", from ABC-TV’s "Angie", and "Can You Read My Mind" from the movie, "Superman". Ms. McGovern starred in "Pirates of Penzance" for 14 months on Broadway.
1985 - Steve Cauthen rode Slip Anchor to the winner’s circle. He was the first American jockey in 79 years to win the Epsom Derby, Great Britain’s premier flat racing event.
2004 - Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan died at his home in Los Angeles, CA. He was 93 years old and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since at least late 1994. Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office -- and the Democratic ticket out (Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter).
Birthdays - June 5
1723 - Adam Smith (philosopher and author: An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations; died July 17, 1790)
1819 - John Couch Adams (mathematician, astronomer: determined the existence of the planet Neptune [Sep 23, 1846]; died Jan 21, 1892)
1895 - William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy: actor: in 66 films through 1948 [he bought the rights to the character in 1945, then starred as Hopalong in the successful TV series in the 1950s]; died Sep 12, 1972)
1916 - Eddie (Edwin David) Joost (baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1940], Boston Braves, Philadelphia Athletics [all-star: 1949, 1952], Boston Red Sox; died Apr 12, 2011)
1919 - Richard Scarry (author & illustrator: children’s books: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever, Richard Scarry’s Please & Thank You; died Apr 30, 1994)
1922 - Gordon ‘Specs’ Powell (musician: bongos: LP: Movin’ In; CBS staff musician; died Sep 15, 2007)
1925 - Art Donovan (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Baltimore Colts [defensive tackle], New York Yanks, Dallas Texans; died Aug 4, 2013)
1925 - Bill Hayes (singer, entertainer: The Ballad of Davy Crockett, Wringle, Wrangle; actor: Days of Our Lives)
1928 - Tony Richardson (Academy Award-winning director: Tom Jones ; A Taste of Honey, The Phantom of the Opera, Charge of the Light Brigade, The Entertainer, The Hotel New Hampshire; died Nov 14, 1991)
1929 - Robert Lansing (Brown) (actor: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, The Equalizer, 87th Precinct, Twelve O’Clock High, Under the Yum Yum Tree, The Man Who Never Was, The Grissom Gang, Namu the Killer Whale; died Oct 23, 1994)
1931 - Jacques Demy (playwright: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; died Oct 27, 1990)
1932 - Pete Jolly (Cragioli) (musician: pianist: in films: I Want to Live!, The Wild Party, This World, Then the Fireworks; group: Pete Jolly Trio; died Nov 6, 2004)
1934 - Bill Moyers (Emmy Award-winning journalist: CBS News, PBS: Bill Moyers Journal; author: Healing and the Mind)
1937 - Floyd Butler (singer: groups: The Hi-Fis, Fifth Dimension, Friends of Distinction: Grazing in the Grass; died Apr 29, 1990)
1939 - Charles ‘Joe’ Clark (16th Prime Minister of Canada [1979-1980]: the youngest to hold that post)
1941 - Spalding Gray (actor: Diabolique, Beyond Rangoon, Bad Company, King of the Hill, Our Town, Beaches, Swimming to Cambodia, True Stories, The Killing Fields, Hard Choices; screenwriter, actor: Monster in a Box; died Jan 10, 2004)
1941 - Duke (Duane B) Sims (baseball: catcher: Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees, Texas Rangers)
1945 - Don Reid (singer: Grammy Award-winning group: The Statler Brothers: Flowers on the Wall, Bed of Roses, Class of ’57; CMA Vocal Group of the Year [1972-1980])
1946 - Freddie Stone (singer: group: Sly and the Family Stone: Everyday People, Thank You [Falettinme be Mice Elf Agin])
1947 - Laurie (Laura) Anderson (singer: O Superman, Language is a Virus from Outer Space, LPs: Big Science, Mr. Heartbreak, United States, Home of the Brave)
1947 - Don Herrmann (football: New York Giants)
1951 - Wayne Wood (hockey: WHL: Vancouver Blazers, Calgary Cowboys, Toronto Toros, Birmingham Bulls)
1956 - Richard ‘Butler Rep’ Butler (singer, songwriter: group: Psychedelic Furs: We Love You, Love My Way, Heaven, Pretty in Pink)
1971 - Mark Wahlberg (musician: guitar, singer: group: Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch: Good Vibrations; actor: Renaissance Man, Calvin Klein commercials)
1974 - Chad Allen (actor: St. Elsewhere, Webster, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
Chart Toppers - June 5
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra
Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads
I’m in Love Again - Fats Domino
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Love Me Do - The Beatles
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
Love Me with All Your Heart - The Ray Charles Singers
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sylvia’s Mother - Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo
Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes
My Heart - Ronnie Milsap
One More Try - George Michael
Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox
What She Is (Is a Woman in Love) - Earl Thomas Conley
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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