440 International Those Were the Days
May 30

Events - May 30
1783 - "The Pennsylvania Evening Post", first published by Benjamin Towne in Philadelphia, PA this day, was the first daily paper in the U.S.

1848 - W.G. Young of Baltimore, MD patented the ice-cream freezer -- just in time for spring and summer treats! Nice timing, Mr. Young!

1868 - Memorial Day was observed for the first time in the United States -- at the request of General John A. Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first called Decoration Day because the General had seen women decorating graves of Civil War heroes.

1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden. There have been four different venues named Madison Square Garden since -- all in New York City.

1896 - The first documented auto accident occurred -- in New York City. A Duryea Motor Wagon, driven by Henry Wells from Springfield, MA collided with a bicycle ridden by Evylyn Thomas of NYC.

1911 - Ray Harroun won the first 500-mile auto race at the Brickyard, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harroun won the race with an average speed of 74.59 MPH. It took him six hours and 42 minutes to complete the race. He won $14,000 for his effort.

1922 - Max Flack and Clifton Heathcote became the first major-league baseball players to play on two teams in the same day! Here’s how it went down: Between games of a doubleheader, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals made the switcheroo, with Flack putting on a Cubs uniform and Heathcote trading his Cubs uniform for that of the Cardinals. The outfielders both played in the nightcap of the twin-bill.

1922 - ‘Smilin’ Ed McConnell debuted on radio, smiling and playing his banjo. McConnell quickly became a legend in the medium.

1922 - Daniel Chester French created the famous sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, titled "Seated Lincoln". Lincoln is in meditation, seated in a large armchair. Both French and the Piccirilli brothers completed the sculpture. On this day in 1922 the memorial in which the statue is permanently seated was dedicated, although the cornerstone was laid in 1915.

1933 - Sally Rand made a name for herself as she introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. Twisting and turning behind two huge fans, one might wonder just how exciting the fan dance could possibly be. It is important to realize that Ms. Rand was, um, naked during the performance.

1935 - "America’s Town Meeting of the Air" was heard on radio for the first time. The NBC program continued for 21 years.

1937 - Carl Hubbell pitched his 24th consecutive baseball victory in a two-year period. ‘King Carl’ (he was also called ‘The Mealticket’) went 26-6 for the 1936 season and 22-8 in 1937. The New York Giants hurler went one-for-two in the World Series both of those years.

1938 - "Joyce Jordan, Girl Intern" was first heard interning on CBS radio. The serial later evolved into "The Brighter Day" (1948).

1962 - The King of Swing, Benny Goodman, turned 53 and celebrated by touring the Soviet Union. Goodman and his band played six concerts in the U.S.S.R.

1967 - Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

1975 - Alice Cooper received a gold record for the romantic album, "Welcome to My Nightmare". Alice’s real name was Vincent Furnier. He changed his name to Alice Cooper in 1966 and was known primarily for his bizarre stage antics. He appeared in the film "Prince of Darkness" in 1987 and had 11 hits on the pop/rock charts in the 1970s and 1980s, including a pair of million-selling singles: "I Never Cry" and "Poison". Romantic, indeed...

1985 - ABC-TV announced that every game of the Octoberfest known as the World Series would be played under the lights for the biggest baseball audience possible.

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Birthdays - May 30
1672 - Peter the Great (Piotr Alekseevich Romanov) (Peter I: Russian Czar [1682-1721], Emperor of Russia [1721-1725]; died Jan 28, 1725; note: these dates are based on the Julian calendar -- see June 9 for Gregorian calendar dates)

1896 - Howard Hawks (producer, director: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monkey Business, Hatari, Rio Bravo, Rio Lobo, Sergeant York, A Song is Born, The Thing; died Dec 26, 1977)

1901 - Cornelia Otis Skinner (author: Our Hearts were Young and Gay; died July 9, 1979)

1902 - Stepin Fetchit (Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry) (actor: Amazing Grace, The Sun Shines Bright, Miracle in Harlem, Judge Priest; died Nov 19, 1985)

1908 - Mel Blanc (‘the man of a thousand voices’: cartoon voice: Barney Rubble, Dino the Dinosaur, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Quick Draw McGraw; actor: Jack Benny Show [radio]; died July 10, 1989)

1909 - Benny Goodman (clarinetist, bandleader: Jersey Bounce, Taking a Chance on Love, Let’s Dance, Sing, Sing, Sing, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, St. Louis Blues, Goodnight My Love, One O’Clock Jump, Perfidia; died June 13, 1986)

1912 - Joseph Stein (playwright: Fiddler on the Roof, Enter Laughing, Mrs. Gibbons’ Boys; producer: Enter Laughing; died Oct 24, 2010)

1913 - Pee Wee (George) Erwin (musician: trumpet: Tommy Dorsey Band, Isham Jones Band; died June 20, 1981)

1915 - Frank Blair (newscaster: The Today Show [8/3/1953-3/14/1975]; moderator: Georgetown University Forum; host: Heritage; died Mar 14, 1995)

1920 - George London (baritone singer: group: Bel Canto Trio [w/Frances Yeend and Mario Lanza]; member: Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera; Artistic Dir: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Director: National Opera Institute; head: Washington Opera; established George London Foundation for Singers [1971]; died Mar 24, 1985)

1920 - Franklin Schaffner (Academy Award-winning director: Patton [1970]; The Boys from Brazil, Papillon, Planet of the Apes, The Stripper, Islands in the Stream, Lionheart; died July 2, 1989)

1927 - Clint Walker (actor: Cheyenne, The Ten Commandments, Yellowstone Kelly, The Dirty Dozen, None But the Brave, Cheyenne; died May 21, 2018)

1936 - Keir Dullea (actor: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Oh, What a Night, Blind Date, The Hostage Tower, Paperback Hero)

1939 - Michael J. Pollard (actor: Bonnie and Clyde, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, Dick Tracy, American Gothic, The Arrival, Roxanne, Tango and Cash, Skeeter)

1942 - Jack Stanfield (hockey: CHPL: St. Louis Braves, Dallas Black Hawks; WHL: Los Angeles Blades, San Diego Gulls, Houston Aeros)

1943 - Gayle Sayers (College & Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears: NFL Rookie of the Year [1965]; NFL Individual game record for touchdowns scored [6])

1944 - Lenny Davidson (musician: group: The Dave Clark Five: Do You Love Me, Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Everybody Knows, Red Balloon, Good Old Rock & Roll, Everybody Get Together; film: Catch Us if You Can)

1944 - Meredith MacRae (actress: Petticoat Junction, My Three Sons, Bikini Beach, Sketches of a Strangler, Vultures; daughter of Gordon and Sheila MacRae; died July 14, 2000)

1946 - Mike (Michael George) Sadek (baseball: catcher: SF Giants)

1947 - Jocelyne Bourassa (golf champion: DuMaurier Classic [1973])

1949 - Lydell Mitchell (football: Penn State Univ. [single-season rushing record: 1,567 yards in 1971]; NFL: Baltimore Colts, SD Chargers, LA Rams)

1951 - Stephen Tobolowsky (actor: Murder in the First, Radioland Murders, Groundhog Day, Sneakers, Basic Instinct, Thelma and Louise, Bird on a Wire, Mississippi Burning, Spaceballs, Keep My Grave Open, The Grifters, A Whole New Ballgame, Against the Grain)

1955 - (Nicky) Topper Headon (musician: drums: group: The Clash: White Man, English Civil War, Stay Free, I Fought the Law, Brand New Cadillac, London Calling, Death or Glory, Jimmy Jazz; songwriter: Rock the Casbah)

1958 - Marie Fredriksson (singer: duo: Roxette: The Look, Dressed for Success, Listen to Your Heart, Dangerous, It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Fading Like A Flower [Every Time You Leave], Almost Unreal, Wish I Could Fly)

1964 - Wynonna Judd (Christina Claire Ciminella) (Grammy Award-winning singer: with her mother, Naomi: The Judds: Mama He’s Crazy [1984], Why Not Me [1985], Grandpa [Tell Me ’Bout the Good Old Days] [1986], Give a Little Love [1988], Love Can Build a Bridge [1991]; solo: She is His Only Need, I Saw the Light, No One Else on Earth, A Bad Goodbye [w/Clint Black], Only Love; sister of singer, actress Ashley Judd)

1981 - Blake Bashoff (actor: Bushwacked, Big Bully, The New Swiss Family Robinson, Deuces Wild)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - May 30
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
It Isn’t Fair - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley

All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Return to Me - Dean Martin
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
Just Married - Marty Robbins

When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Distant Drums - Jim Reeves

The Streak - Ray Stevens
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night
No Charge - Melba Montgomery

Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
I’ve Never Been to Me - Charlene
Just to Satisfy You - Waylon & Willie

Vogue - Madonna
All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You - Heart
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Walkin’ Away - Clint Black

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...

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