Today is Wednesday, May 20th. It’s Be a Millionaire Day, National Quiche Lorraine Day, National Rescue Dog Day, Pick Strawberries Day and World Bee Day
There are 5 days until Memorial Day
There are 32 days until Father’s Day
There are 45 days until the 4th of July
Today is the day that…
— in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West
— in 1874, Levis Jeans were first sold for $13.50 a dozen
— in 1926, Congress passes the Air Commerce Act, allowing for the licensing of pilots and planes
— in 1927, At 7:40 a.m., Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis (the first non-stop flight)
— in 1932, Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland on her journey to become the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic
— in 1946, Cher is born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California.
— in 1967, Because of the lyric, “I’d love to turn you on,” the BBC bans The Beatles song “A Day In The Life,” claiming it may promote drug use.
— also in 1967, George Harrison visits the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
— in 1969, Chicago singer Peter Cetera is attacked at a Dodgers-Cubs game in LA. Cetera says: “Four Marines didn’t like a long-haired rock ‘n’ roller in a baseball park, and of course I was a Cubs fan, and I was in Dodger Stadium, and that didn’t do so well.” His jaw was broken in three places, and as a result, Peter learned to sing through a clenched jaw, and still does to this day.
— in 1970, 100,000 people march in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam
— in 1979, Elton John is the first western pop star to tour the USSR
— in 1985, Hall & Oates perform with Temptations Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin at the re-opened Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The concert is later released as Live At The Apollo.
— in 1989, comedienne Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42
— also in 1989, Toonces The Cat first takes the wheel on “Saturday Night Live”
— in 1991, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan is named the NBA’s MVP for the second time in his career
— also in 1991, The first album from an MTV Unplugged performance is released when Paul McCartney issues Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)
— in 1993, 93 million people watched the final episode of Cheers on NBC
— in 1995, Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall. Guests included Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting and Sheryl Crow.
— in 1998, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation stemming from a domestic incident three months earlier with his wife, Pamela Anderson Lee
— also in 1998, Frank Sinatra’s funeral takes place in Beverly Hills, which draws 400 invited guests and a slew of onlookers.
— in 2003, The reality series “America’s Next Top Model,” created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN
— in 2006, San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on the home run career list with his 714th homer.
— in 2008, Senator Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
— in 2009, in a big upset, Kris Allen wins season 8 of American Idol, defeating future Queen collaborator Adam Lambert.
— also in 2009, Suspended NFL star Michael Vick was released after 19 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring
— in 2011, pro wrestling legend ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage died
— in 2012, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died at the age of 62 from cancer-related liver and kidney failure
— in 2013, Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors, died at the age of 74
— in 2015, David Letterman aired his last Late Show on CBS. Between NBC and CBS Letterman was on TV for 33 years and 6,028 shows.
— and in 2017, At the Palladium in London, The Cranberries play their last show with lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. Health issues would cancel the rest of the tour, and Dolores would pass away in January.
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