Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23rd: A Quiet Day For Me But A Busy Day in History: Happy Birthday to Rosemary Clooney; Bonnie and Clyde: Gotcha!

I didn't really have anything special to write about today. I'm in the middle of several fun projects that will be future posts, dinner was a repeat vegetarian and fish fare, my vegetable garden is on it's way but not very exciting to look at yet, so I did a little research to see what happened on this day in history and was surprised to discover quite a lot. Let me share:

Today in History
In the Siege of Compi├Ęgne in 1430, Joan of Arc (left) is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compi├Ęgne.

In 1533, the marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

Captain William (Billy the) Kidd is hanged in London in 1701 after he was convicted of piracy and murder.

In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state. It also became the first state to secede when the Civil War began.

In 1827 the first United States nursery school was founded in New York City.

Lady Lawyers: May 23rd is the birthday of the first woman admitted to the legal profession in the United States. Belle Aurelia Babb was born in 1846 later changed her name to Arabella Mansfield. Ms. Mansfield never practised law though. She became instead one of the first female college professors, a dean at DePauw University. She also helped found the Iowa Woman Suffrage Society. Just the knowledge that she could become an attorney was enough.

In 1879 the first veterinary school in the U.S. Was founded at Iowa State College, located in Ames Iowa.

In 1911, the New York Public Library on Fifth Ave., the largest marble structure ever constructed in the United States, is dedicated in New York City.

Theater buffs: In 1922, Abie’s Irish Rose opened at the the Fulton Theatre in New York City and ran for 2,327 performances!

In 1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (right) were ambushed and gunned down by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.

Skipping to 1940 the song I’ll Never Smile Again was recorded for Victor Records by Frank Sinatra, The Pied Pipers (with Jo Stafford) and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

In 1949, after 10+ months the Berlin Blockade was lifted by Soviet Premier Josef Stalin.

In 1960, the Everly Brothers recording of Cathy’s Clown made it to number one on the music charts where it remained for 5 weeks.

1962, Philadelphia Warriors transferred to San Francisco, CA. The team became the San Francisco Warriors, now known as the Golden State Warriors.

Yankee fans: Also in 1962 Joe Pepitone (left) hit two home runs in one inning.

Who release rock opera "Tommy" in 1969.

After the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995 the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.




Today's Birthdays
1734 - Franz Anton Mesmer, physician1810 - Margaret Fuller, journalist
1846 - Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb), first woman admitted to legal profession in U.S.
1883 - Douglas Fairbanks (Douglas Elton Ulman), actor
1910 - Scatman (Benjamin Sherman) Crothers, entertainer
1910 - Artie Shaw (Arthur Arschawsky), musician
1912 - John Payne, actor
1919 - Betty Garrett, actress
1920 - Helen O’Connell, singer
1928 - Rosemary Clooney, singer (right) 
1928 - Nigel Davenport, actor
1933 - Joan Collins, actress
1944 - Bob Leduc, hockey
1944 - John Newcombe, tennis
1945 - Lauren Chapin, actress
1948 - Reggie (Reginald Leslie) Cleveland, baseball
1951 - Anatoly Karpov, chess champion
1952 - Butch (Clarence Edward) Metzger, baseball pitcher
1958 - Drew Carey, actor, comedian (left)

Reference: Wikipedia


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