Events - May 4
1886 - The first practical phonograph, better known as the gramophone, was patented.
1899 - Manuel rushed to the finish line ahead of four others to win the 25th Kentucky Derby.
1905 - Belmont Park race track opened on Long Island, New York. Race King and Sysonby finished in a dead heat in the day’s feature race.
1920 - The Symphony Society of New York presented a concert at the Paris Opera House. It was the first American orchestra to make a European tour.
1925 - The Terris-Dundee boxing match was the final event held at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. Five different sites have been named Madison Square Garden over the years.
1932 - Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed in the Atlanta Penitentiary for tax evasion.
1945 - June Christy sang with the Stan Kenton band on one of the most famous of all big band hits, "Tampico". The tune was waxed as Capitol record number 202.
1956 - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded "Be-Bop-A-Lula" for Capitol Records. Vincent had written the tune only three days before he auditioned in a record-company talent search that won him first place.
1957 - This was a tough day at the Kentucky Derby for Willie Shoemaker. He misjudged the finish line while aboard Gallant Man. In the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs was, instead, Iron Liege, ridden by jockey Bill Hartack. Gallant Man and Shoemaker did win the Belmont Stakes a few weeks later.
1964 - The Pulitzer Prize jury failed for the first time to award winners in the areas of fiction, drama and music. Hey some days are like that...
1964 - "Another World" premiered on NBC-TV. The soap opera dramatized the story of two families: the Randolphs and the Matthews.
1970 - This was a sad day in U.S. history and for human rights as four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration. Memorial services are held annually for Allison Krause, Sandra Lee Scheuer, Jeffrey Glenn Miller and William K. Schroeder on the Kent, Ohio campus.
1977 - Former President Richard M. Nixon spoke with interviewer David Frost in the first of four television interviews. Nixon had been in seclusion for the two previous months.
1985 - Spend A Buck posted the third fastest winning time in the Kentucky Derby by running the 1-1/4 mile track at Churchill Downs in 2 minutes and 1/8 second. Only Secretariat (1973) and Northern Dancer (1964) had been faster.
1985 - The famed Apollo Theatre, once the showcase for the nation’s top black performers, reopened after a renovation that cost $10.4 million. The landmark building on West 125th Street in New York was the first place The Beatles wanted to see on their initial visit to the United States. Ed Sullivan used to frequent the Apollo in search of new talent for his CBS show.
Birthdays - May 4
1796 - Horace Mann (educator: the father of public education in the U.S.; founder of Westfield, MA State College; author, editor: Common School Journal; died Aug 2, 1859)
1820 - Julia Tyler (Gardiner) (wife of 10th U.S. President John Tyler; died July 10, 1889)
1889 - Cardinal (Francis) Joseph Spellman (Roman Catholic clergy leader; died Dec 2, 1967)
1909 - Howard Da Silva (Silverblatt) (actor: The Lost Weekend, The Great Gatsby, Mommie Dearest, Abe Lincoln in Illinois; died Feb 16, 1986)
1923 - Ed ‘Cass’ Cassidy (musician: drums: groups: New Jazz Trio, Taj Mahal, Spirit: I Got a Line on You, Nature’s Way; died Dec 6, 2012)
1928 - Maynard Ferguson (musician: trumpet, trombone, other horns; bandleader: LPs: Primal Scream, Conquistador, New Vintage, Carnival, Hot, It’s My Time, Hollywood, High Voltage; died Aug 23, 2006)
1928 - Betsy Rawls (golf champion: first of two players to win U.S. Open four times [1951, 1953, 1957, 1960]; also two-time LPGA Champion [1959, 1969])
1929 - Audrey (Edda Kathleen) Hepburn (van Heemstra) (Academy award-winning actress: Roman Holiday ; Gigi, War and Peace, Love in the Afternoon, The Unforgiven, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Children’s Hour, Charade, My Fair Lady; died Jan 20, 1993)
1930 - Roberta Peters (Peterman) (opera soprano: Metropolitan Opera; Rigoletto [Gilda], Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Rosina]; films: City Hall, Tonight We Sing; Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards in Performing Arts ; died Jan 18, 2017)
1932 - Harlon Hill (football: Florence State Teachers College [All-American], Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions; Harlon Hill Trophy [to player of the year in NCAA Div. II] named after him; died Mar 21, 2013)
1936 - Manuel Benítez Pérez (‘El Cordobes’: Spanish bullfighter)
1941 - Nickolas Ashford (producer, songwriter: duo: Ashford & Simpson: Let’s Go Get Stoned, I’m Every Woman, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing, You’re All I Need to Get By, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand; died Aug 22, 2011)
1941 - George F. Will (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist: syndicated in some 460 papers, Newsweek; Washington editor: National Review; contributing analyst: ABC-TV News: World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, This Week)
1943 - Ronnie Bond (Ronald Bulls) (musician: drums: group: The Troggs: Wild Thing, With a Girl like You, I Can’t Control Myself, Any Way that You Want Me, Give It to Me, Night of the Long Grass, Hi Hi Hazel, Love is All Around, Little Girl)
1944 - Fred (Frederic) Stanfield (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, Buffalo Sabres)
1951 - Jackie (Sigmund) Jackson (singer: group: The Jackson Five, The Jacksons: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There, Enjoy Yourself, Shake Your Body, State of Shock)
1954 - Pia Zadora (Schipani) (actress: Hairspray, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Pajama Tops, The Lonely Lady, Fakeout, Butterfly, Naked Gun 33 1/3)
1955 - Danny Brubeck (drummer: Two Generations of Brubeck, In Your Own Sweet Way, The Duke; Dave Brubeck’s son)
1959 - Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick) (singer: Forever and Ever Amen, On the Other Hand, Diggin’ Up Bones, Always and Forever)
1961 - Jay Aston (singer: group: Bucks Fizz: Making Your Mind Up, Land of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies, Now Those Days are Gone, If You Can’t Stand the Heat)
1979 - Lance Bass (singer: group: ’N Sync: I Want You Back, Tearin’ Up My Heart, Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You, I Drive Myself Crazy, Music Of My Heart)
Chart Toppers - May 4
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
The Dickey Bird Song - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Glenn Hughes)
Manana - Peggy Lee
Anytime - Eddy Arnold
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
Moonglow and Theme from ’Picnic’ - Morris Stoloff
Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark Five
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
Chantilly Lace - Jerry Lee Lewis
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again - Debby Boone
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby
Angel - Aerosmith
It’s Such a Small World - Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash
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
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