Events - May 7
1789 - The first Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City. Each lady in attendance received as a gift a portrait of George Washington. Actually, the ball was the first such event held for the incoming President of the United States.
1912 - Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. The award was established by Joseph Pulitzer.
1912 - The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD. This is strange, as the University of Maryland takes up about all of College Park! Maybe the flyer was looking for Terrapins (the school mascot). YIKES!
1915 - On its return trip from New York to Liverpool, England, the British ocean liner, "Lusitania", was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. The "Lusitania" was carrying a cargo of ammunition from the U.S. to Great Britain. This was Germany’s reason for the attack even though the ship was carrying over 2,000 civilian men, women and children. 1,198 lives were lost.
1941 - Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded one of the great American music standards, "Chattanooga Choo Choo", on this day. The song was recorded at the famous Victor recording studios in Hollywood, California. "Song of the Volga Boatman", "Elmer's Tune", "A String of Pearls", "Moonlight Cocktail", "That Old Black Magic" and "Kalamazoo" were also Glenn Miller #1 recordings alongside "Chattanooga Choo Choo". All aboard!
1945 - Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, consisting of six teams.
1945 - Nazi Colonel General Alfred Jodl, representing the German government, entered the headquarters of the Allied forces early this day. He was in a red school building in Reims, France for one purpose only ... signing the terms of unconditional surrender. Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff, Lt. General Walter B. Smith signed for the Allies.
1951 - Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.
1958 - Pianist Van Cliburn signed an artist’s contract with RCA Victor Records.
1959 - It was one of the most touching and memorable nights in all of baseball. 93,103 fans packed the LA Coliseum for an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Sandy Koufax pitched for the Dodgers and lost to the Yankees, 6-2. It was Roy Campanella Night. The star catcher for the Dodgers, paralyzed in an automobile accident, was honored for his contributions to the team for many years. ‘Campie’ continued to serve in various capacities with the Dodger organization for many years.
1966 - The Mamas and The Papas made the climb to the top of the "Billboard" pop music chart with "Monday, Monday". For three weeks "Monday, Monday" stayed at the top of the pop music world. The tune was the second hit by the group -- just two months after their first, "California Dreamin’". These two songs would be the only number one hits for the group, though they made it to number two with "Dedicated to the One I Love".
1977 - Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby. It was the first win on the way to his Triple Crown victory. Seattle Slew was the tenth Triple Crown winner -- and the first unbeaten Triple Crown winner.
1987 - Shelly Long made her last appearance as a regular on the popular TV show, "Cheers". Long, who played cocktail server, Diane Chambers, to often hilarious results, left the hit comedy to pursue a movie career.
Birthdays - May 7
1812 - Robert Browning (poet: Pauline, Men and Women, The Ring and the Book, Pippa Passes: God’s in His Heaven - All’s Right with the World; married to poet, Elizabeth Barrett; died Dec 12, 1889)
1833 - Johannes Brahms (composer: Requiem, Symphony #1 in C Minor, Symphony #4 in E Minor; died Apr 3, 1897)
1840 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (composer: Marche Slave, 1812 Overture, Swan Lake, Nutcracker Suite, Romeo and Juliet; died Nov 6, 1893)
1861 - Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel prize-winner: literature ; Hindu poet, mystic, musical composer; died Aug 7, 1941)
1885 - Gabby (George Francis) Hayes (actor: sidekick of both Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, appeared in over 100 films; vaudevillian, silent movie villain; died Feb 9, 1969)
1892 - Archibald MacLeish (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Conquistador , Collected Poems, 1917-1952 ; U.S. Librarian of Congress; died Apr 20, 1982)
1901 - Gary (Frank James) Cooper (Academy Award-winning actor: Sergeant York , High Noon ; Beau Geste, The Virginian, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Wreck of the Mary Deare; died May 13, 1961)
1919 - Eva (Evita) Peron (Argentina’s spiritual leader and wife of Argentina’s President, Juan Peron; actress on stage, film and radio; autobiography: "The Reason for My Life"; founder and president of the union entity: Agrupacion Radial Argentina; subject of the Broadway musical and film "Evita"; died July 26, 1952)
1921 - Gale Robbins (actress, singer: The Barkley’s of Broadway, The Fuller Brush Girl, Three Little Words, The Belle of New York; died Feb 12, 1980)
1922 - Darren McGavin (actor: The Night Stalker, Airport ’77, A Christmas Story, Billy Madison, Child in the Night, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Martian Chronicles, The Natural, Perfect Harmony, Dead Heat; died Feb 25, 2006)
1923 - Anne Baxter (actress: The Ten Commandments, Walk on the Wild Side, All About Eve, Cimarron, East of Eden, Homecoming; died Dec 12, 1985)
1927 - Jim Lowe (songwriter/singer: Green Door; songwriter: The Gambler’s Guitar, Close the Doors They’re Coming in the Windows; DJ: WCBS, WNBC, WNEW; syndicated host: Jim Lowe and Friends; died Dec 12, 2016)
1929 - Dick (Richard Hirschfeld) Williams (baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1953], Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, Boston Red Sox; manager: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics [winning 2 World Series], California Angels, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners; died Jul 7, 2011)
1930 - Totie Fields (Sophie Feldman) (entertainer, comedienne: “I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks.”; died August 2, 1978)
1930 - Babe (Vito) Parilli (football: Univ of Kentucky: all-American; NHL: Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, NY Jets [Super Bowl III]; offensive coach: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots)
1931 - Teresa Brewer (Theresa Breuer) (singer: Music, Music, Music, Ricochet, Let Me Go Lover, A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl, ’Til I Waltz Again with You; actress: Redheads from Seattle; died Oct 17, 2007)
1933 - Johnny Unitas (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers quarterback; holds consecutive records for game touchdown passes  from 1956-1960; died Sep 11, 2002)
1939 - Jimmy Ruffin (singer: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Hold on to My Love, There Will Never be Another You; died Nov 17, 2014)
1942 - Lorrie (Lawrencine May) Collins (country singer: rockabilly group [w/Larry Collins]: The Collins Kids: Rock Away Rock, In My Teens, Rock Boppin’ Baby, Hop Skip & Jump; featured on TV: Town Hall Party, Grand Ole Opry, Steve Allen Show)
1943 - Ricky West (musician: guitar: group: Brian Poole & The Tremeloes: Twist & Shout, Do You Love Me, Someone Someone, Silence is Golden)
1946 - Marv Hubbard (football: Colgate Univ., Oakland Raiders)
1947 - Dave Hampton (football: Green Bay Packers: First 1,000-Yard Rusher [1,002 yards: 1975], Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
1949 - Kathy Ahern (golf champion: LPGA ; died July 6, 1996)
1950 - Tim Russert (TV host, moderator: NBC: Meet the Press, CNBC: Tim Russert; died Jun 13, 2008)
1953 - Terry Richardson (hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, SL Blues)
1954 - Amy Heckerling (director: Clueless, Look Who’s Talking series, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Johnny Dangerously, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1959 - Michael E. Knight (actor: All My Children, Hexed, Date with an Angel)
Chart Toppers - May 7
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
Sparrow in the Treetop - Bing Crosby
Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
The Happy Organ - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas
White Lightning - George Jones
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
The Happening - The Supremes
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Need You - Sonny James
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
Chevy Van - Sammy Johns
Roll on Big Mama - Joe Stampley
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band
Let’s Dance - David Bowie
Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Rockin’ Years - Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton
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
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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