Events - May 8
1847 - Robert W. Thomson of England patented the rubber tire on this day.
1879 - George Selden of Rochester, NY applied for the first automobile patent.
1886 - Dr. John S. Pemberton first sold his secret elixir. It was originally used for medicinal purposes. So Dr. Pemberton went to the right place to sell his new product: Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. Three years later, Dr. Pemberton figured that his secret formula had been enough of a success for him to sell out. He did just that, for $2,300. Even in 1889 dollars, $2,300 was a mere drop in the bucket for what the still very classified, secret formula would be worth. Dr. Pemberton's medicine was sold to make people feel better and it still does that today. It's “the pause that refreshes.” It's “the real thing.” It's Coca-Cola. Have a Coke in honor of Dr. Pemberton, today.
1915 - Regret captured the Kentucky Derby. The horse was the first filly to win the Run for the Roses in Louisville, KY.
1941 - Anita O’Day recorded "Let Me Off Uptown" on Okeh Records with Gene Krupa and his band.
1945 - This day was celebrated throughout the free world. It was V-E Day. The Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany. The surrender had been made official on May 7th at Reims, France.
1959 - The final broadcast of "One Man’s Family" was heard on NBC radio after being on the air 27 years. The show had completed 3,256 episodes since its beginning back in 1932.
1961 - "Shore Patrol Revisited" became one of the most memorable episodes of the CBS-TV series, "Hennessey". The program marked the first time that Jackie Cooper and Mickey Rooney appeared together professionally since they had been teenagers -- some 25 years earlier.
1961 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. selected the "Mets" as the name for their National League baseball franchise that would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962.
1962 - Zero Mostel starred in one of his most famous roles, in the Broadway production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". The comedy opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. Audiences laughed through the entertaining show for a total of 964 performances.
1965 - College sophomore Randy Matson broke his own pending world record in the shot put by breaking the 70-foot barrier. Matson put that shot 70 feet, 7 inches at a meet in College Station, TX.
1968 - Catfish Hunter was pitching for Oakland in an American League baseball game against Minnesota. By the end of the game, with a score of 4-0, Catfish made history. He pitched what turned out to be the ninth perfect game in major-league baseball history.
1981 - Fernando Valenzuela, the sensational crowd-pleasing pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers, won his fifth shutout of the young baseball season. Fernando went on to win eight games without a loss and posted an amazing ERA of just 0.50!
1984 - Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on "Happy Days"! The comedy series, starring Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Ron Howard and Anson Williams had already left the show), was winding down in its final season on ABC-TV. In the same episode, Fonzie (brilliantly portrayed by Winkler), filed papers to adopt a son.
1985 - Larry Bird scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 130-123 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Birthdays - May 8
1828 - Jean Henri Dunant (author; philanthropist: founder of Red Cross Society; died Oct 30, 1910)
1848 - Oscar Hammerstein (playwright, producer; died Aug 1, 1919)
1884 - Harry S Truman (33rd U.S. President [1945-1953]; married to Bess Wallace [one daughter: Margaret]; nickname: Give ’em Hell Harry; died Dec 26, 1972)
1893 - Francis Ouimet (stockbroker; philanthropist; golfer: credited with establishing the popularity of golf in U.S.; died Sep 2, 1967)
1895 - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (TV clergyman: Life is Worth Living; died Dec 9, 1979)
1906 - Roberto Rossellini (director: Seven Deadly Sins, The Messiah; died June 3, 1977)
1911 - Robert Johnson (Blues Hall of Famer: singer, songwriter, guitarist: Sweet Home Chicago, Cross Road Blues, Me and the Devil Blues; subject of film, Crossroads; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; died Aug 16, 1938)
1919 - Lex Barker (Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.) (actor: A Place Called Glory, La Dolce Vita, Apaches Last Battle, Away All Boats, Executioner of Venice; died May 11, 1973)
1926 - David Attenborough (naturalist, author: Life on Earth, Trials of Life)
1926 - Don Rickles (comedian, actor: Kelly’s Heroes, CPO Sharkey, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Rat Race, The Don Rickles Show, Daddy Dearest, Toy Story [film series]; died Apr 6, 2017)
1928 - Theodore C. (Ted) Sorensen (Special Counsel to U.S. President John F. Kennedy; author: Kennedy; Leaders of Our Time, The Kennedy Legacy, Why I Am a Democrat, Watchmen in the night : Presidential accountability after Watergate; died Oct 30, 2010)
1932 - (Charles) Sonny Liston (International Boxing Hall of Famer, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion [1962, 1963]; International Boxing Hall of Famer; 54 bouts: won 50 [39 KOs], lost 4; died Dec 30, 1970)
1937 - Mike (Miguel Angel Santana) Cuellar (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds, SL Cardinals, Houston Astros [all-star: 1967], Baltimore Orioles [Cy Young Award Winner: 1969/all-star: 1970, 1971, 1974/World Series: 1969, 1970, 1971], California Angels; died Apr 2, 2010)
1937 - Thomas Pynchon (writer: V., Slow Learner: Early Stories)
1940 - Peter Benchley (author: Jaws, The Deep, The Island; died Feb 11, 2006)
1940 - Ricky (Eric Hilliard) Nelson (actor: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Rio Bravo, Wackiest Ship in the Army, Love and Kisses; singer: I’m Walkin’, Be-Bop Baby, Poor Little Fool, Lonesome Town, Never Be Anyone Else But You, Travelin’ Man, Garden Party; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ; killed in plane crash Dec 31, 1985)
1940 - Toni Tennille (singer: group: Captain & Tenille: Love Will Keep Us Together, The Way I Want to Touch You, Lonely Night [Angel Face], Muskrat Love)
1941 - James Mitchum (actor: In Harm’s Way, Code Name: Zebra, Hollywood Cop, Marked for Murder, Ride the Wild Surf)
1944 - Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd) (singer: Rock And Roll (Parts I & II), I’m the Leader of the Gang [I Am], I Love You Love Me Love, Hello Hello I’m Back Again, Do You Wanna Touch, Another Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas)
1953 - Alex Van Halen (drummer: group: Van Halen: Jump, Why Can’t This Be Love, When It’s Love, Dance the Night Away; brother of Eddie and Michael)
1954 - David Keith (actor: The Great Santini, Take This Job & Shove It, An Officer and a Gentleman; director: The Curse, The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck)
1959 - Ronnie (Ronald Mandel) Lott (football: All-American DB USC, SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders, NY Jets; Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
1964 - Melissa Gilbert (actress: Little House on the Prairie, The Miracle Worker, Her Own Rules, Murder at 75 Birch)
Chart Toppers - May 8
I Love You - Bing Crosby
I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry - Al Dexter
Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Easy on the Eyes - Eddy Arnold
Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
Sink the Bismarck - Johnny Horton
Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
Young Girl - The Union Gap
The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde - Merle Haggard
Welcome Back - John Sebastian
Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Boogie Fever - Sylvers
My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You - Charley Pride
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
Hello - Lionel Richie
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes - The Oak Ridge Boys
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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