Events - May 9
1754 - The first cartoon appeared in "The Pennsylvania Gazette", the newspaper published at the time in Philadelphia, PA, Benjamin Franklin’s hometown. The cartoon appeared as part of an editorial by Franklin commenting on “the present disunited state of the British Colonies.” The title of the featured cartoon is “JOIN, or DIE.” The drawing is of a snake, chopped into eight pieces. Each of the pieces are labeled with the abbreviation for one of the colonies. The message was that the colonies’ continued failure to join together would result in their eventual doom.
1868 - A town in Northwestern Nevada was officially named Reno (after General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union officer of the Civil War). Actually, the town just over the border from California, already existed. It was first settled by the Washoe Indians who used the area for festivals and ceremonies. Then, as settlers moved in, it was known as Fuller's Ferry, and later, as Lake's Crossing. In the mid 1800s, Reno was just another settlement of silver miners. When the Comstock Lode was discovered in the Virginia City area, intrigued fortune hunters throughout the world came to the area to strike it rich. And they still come to strike it rich -- at Reno's glitzy gambling casinos.
1930 - For the first time, a starting gate was used to start a Triple Crown race. The gate was rolled into place at the Preakness at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. Gallant Fox, the winner, had no problem with the new contraption. Prior to that time, this horse race began from a standing start at the start/finish line with the drop of a flag.
1937 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy started their own radio show on NBC -- only months after they had debuted on Rudy Vallee’s radio program. W.C. Fields, Don Ameche and Dorothy Lamour were a few of the stars that helped Bergen and the little blockhead, McCarthy, jump to the top of radio’s hit parade.
1939 - Ray Eberle recorded "Stairway to the Stars" with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for Bluebird Records.
1940 - Actress Vivien Leigh made her American theatre debut with Laurence Olivier in "Romeo and Juliet" in New York City.
1958 - Richard Burton made his network television debut in "The Dupont Show of the Month" presentation of "Wuthering Heights" on CBS-TV.
1961 - Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles set a major-league baseball record by hitting grand slam home runs in two consecutive innings. The Orioles were playing the Minnesota Twins.
1962 - The Beatles inked their first recording contract. George Martin was hired to be the group’s producer and the band would record for EMI Parlophone.
1964 - "Hello Dolly!" became the top pop record in the U.S. The milestone put Louis Armstrong on the "Billboard" music chart in the top spot for the first time in his 41-year music career. Later, ‘Satchmo’ was cast in the movie version of "Hello Dolly!".
1965 - Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.
1984 - Detroit beat Kansas City, 3-1, to tie the record for the best start of any major-league baseball team. The Tigers went 25-4 in their first 29 games -- a record matched only by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
1984 - It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings, eight hours, six minutes -- and two days -- to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. It was the longest game (in elapsed time) in major-league history. Tom Seaver pitched one inning of relief in the suspended game to notch the win. The game tied the record for the longest game played to a decision.
Birthdays - May 9
1800 - John Brown (abolitionist: led attack on Harper’s Ferry in 1859; executed [hanged] Dec 2, 1859)
1843 - Belle Boyd (actress; lecturer; author: Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison; Confederate spy; died June 11, 1900)
1860 - Sir James Barrie (author, dramatist: Peter Pan, The Little Minister, The Admirable Crichton, What Every Woman Knows, Dear Brutus; died June 19, 1937)
1882 - Henry J. (John) Kaiser (industrialist: ship builder; auto manufacturer: Jeep; aviation, aluminum, steel, magnesium; founder of Hawaii Kai residential neighborhood in Honolulu; died Aug 24, 1967)
1914 - Hank Snow (Clarence Eugene) (Country Music Hall of Famer: singer, songwriter: I’m Moving On [recorded in 36 languages], Golden Rocket, I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Rhumba Boogie, Hello Love, I’ve Been Everywhere; died Dec 20, 1999)
1918 - Mike (Myron Leon) Wallace (reporter, interviewer: 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace at Large; died Apr 7, 2012)
1928 - (Richard) Pancho Gonzales (tennis: U.S. Open Champion [1948, 1949; died July 3, 1995)
1935 - Nokie Edwards (musician: guitar: group: The Ventures: Walk Don’t Run, Perfidia, Hawaii Five-O Theme; died Mar 12, 2018)
1936 - Albert Finney (actor: Tom Jones, Shoot the Moon, Annie, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express, Scrooge)
1936 - Glenda Jackson (Academy Award-winning actress: Women in Love , A Touch of Class )
1936 - Floyd (Andrew) Robinson (baseball: Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics)
1937 - Sonny Curtis (musician: guitar: group: Buddy Holly & The Crickets: My Little Girl; solo: A Beatle I Want to Be; songwriter: Rock Around with Ollie Vee, Walk Right Back, More Than I Can Say, I Fought the Law)
1939 - Ralph Boston (National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer: gold medalist: long jump , silver , bronze ; broke world long jump record 5 times, the last at 27 feet, 5 inches )
1940 - James L. Brooks (Emmy Award-winning writer: The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1971, 1977]; Emmy Award-winning producer: The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1975, 1976, 1977], Taxi [1979, 1980, 1981], The Tracy Ullman Show , The Simpsons [1990, 1991]; Academy Award-winning director: Terms of Endearment , I’ll Do Anything, Broadcast News, Thursday’s Game; screenwriter: I’ll Do Anything, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, Starting Over, Thursday’s Game, Room 222)
1941 - Pete Birrell (musician: bass: group: Freddie & The Dreamers: If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody, I’m Telling You Now, You Were Made for Me, I Understand, Do the Freddie)
1942 - Tommy Roe (singer, songwriter: Sheila, Save Your Kisses; singer: Susie Darlin’, Everybody, The Folk Singer, Sweet Pea, Hooray for Hazel, Dizzy, Jam Up Jelly Tight)
1944 - Richie Furay (musician: group: Poco, Buffalo Springfield: I Still Have Dreams, Call It Love)
1945 - Steve Katz (record producer; musician: guitar, harmonica, singer: group: Blood, Sweat and Tears: And When I Die, You Make Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel)
1946 - Candice Bergen (Emmy Award-winning actress: Murphy Brown [1989, 1990, 1992, 1993]; Starting Over, The Group, Boston Legal; daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen)
1948 - John Mahaffey (golf champion: PGA )
1948 - Calvin Murphy (Basketball Hall of Famer: Houston Rockets)
1949 - Billy Joel (Grammy Award-winning singer: Just the Way You Are ; My Life, You May be Right, It’s Still Rock ’n’ Roll to Me, Allentown, Goodnight Saigon, Tell Her about It, Uptown Girl, Piano Man; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99])
1950 - Tom Petersson (musician: bass, singer: group: Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me, Ain’t That a Shame, Dream Police, Voices)
1962 - David Gahan (singer: group: Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence, Just Can't Get Enough, People are People, Personal Jesus)
1962 - Paul Heaton (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Housemartins: Now That's What I Call Quite Good, The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death, London 0, Hul 4; group: The Beautiful South: Painting It Red, Quench, Blue is the Colour)
Chart Toppers - May 9
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
He’s Home for a Little While - Dinah Shore
Smoke on the Water - Bob Wills
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves
Runaway - Del Shannon
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Gene McDaniels
Hello Walls - Faron Young
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
Hair - The Cowsills
Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures
Hungry Eyes - Merle Haggard
Hotel California - Eagles
When I Need You - Leo Sayer
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Play, Guitar Play - Conway Twitty
We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Don’t You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
There’s No Way - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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