1821 - Samuel Rust of New York City patented the first practical printing press built in the U.S.
1854 - The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY. Joseph White and George Smith participated in the event for a $200 prize. White pocketed the award as winner of the match.
1873 - Ludwig M. Wolf of Avon, CT patented the sewing machine lampholder. Up to that time, those who could afford it had hired pygmies from their local Lampholders-R-Us company to hold their sewing machine lamps. Those who could not afford that service had to sew with one hand while holding the lamp with the other. Certainly not convenient.
1918 - The first airmail postage stamps were issued in six, 16 and 24-cent denominations. Of course, airplanes weren’t that big a deal yet...
1938 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans jazz standard, "When the Saints Go Marching In", on Decca Records.
1949 - The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR. Please don’t forget. There will be a pop quiz later...
1954 - "The Pajama Game" made its debut on Broadway in New York City at the St. James Theatre. Harold Prince produced "The Pajama Game", his first Broadway endeavor. The show ran for 1,063 performances. John Raitt and Janis Paige starred in the leading roles. Carol Haney came to national fame for her rendition of the song, "Steam Heat". The movie version also starred Raitt -- along with Doris Day.
1971 - Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, received a gold record for her version of "Bridge over Troubled Water", originally a Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel tune.
1973 - Tennis star Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court in a televised tennis match that was seen worldwide. The outrageous tennis hustler, however, didn’t fare so well against women’s tennis champion, Billy Jean King, in a much-hyped match at the Houston Astrodome. He lost, but helped bring women’s tennis to the forefront as a competitive sport with a growing legion of fans.
1985 - Tony Perez became the oldest major-league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run. Perez hit the grand slam for the Cincinnati Reds -- helping the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros. Perez was just a month shy of his 43rd birthday when he connected for the big dinger...
1985 - ‘The Boss’, Bruce Springsteen, married actress/model Julianne Phillips in ceremonies in Lake Oswego, OR. The couple went their separate ways in 1989. Springsteen’s hit, "I’m on Fire", was in the top ten when the couple tied the wedding knot. Springsteen remarried in June of 1991, this time to a member of his E Street Band, Patti Scialfa. Despite his popularity, Springsteen has never had a number one song. His closest to the top of the pop music charts was a four-week stay at number two with "Dancing in the Dark" (June/July, 1984). Springsteen has had 11 hits in the top ten.
Birthdays - May 13
1842 - Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan (operetta composer [w/Sir William Gilbert]: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance; died Nov 22, 1900)
1911 - Robert Middleton (Samuel Messer) (actor: Harrad Experiment, The Law and Jake Wade, Court Jester, Desperate Hours, Career; died June 14, 1977)
1911 - Maxine Sullivan (Marietta Williams) (singer: Loch Lomand, Cockles and Mussels, If I Had a Ribbon Bow; films & stage: Goin’ Places, St. Louis Blues, Swingin’ the Dream, Midsummer Night’s Dream [w/Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman]; died Apr 7, 1987)
1914 - Johnny ‘Johnnie’ Wright (country singer: duo: Johnnie and Jack: Poison Love, Crying Heart Blues; solo: Hello Vietnam; married to singer Kitty Wells since 1937; died Sep 27, 2011)
1914 - Joe Louis (Barrow) (‘The Brown Bomber’: boxer: world heavyweight champion [1937-1949]; died Apr 12, 1981)
1922 - Bea (Beatrice) Arthur (Bernice Frankel) (actress: The Golden Girls, Maude, Mame; died Apr 25, 2009)
1925 - Herbert Ross (director: True Colors, My Blue Heaven, Steel Magnolias, Dancers, Footloose, Pennies from Heaven, California Suite, The Turning Point, The Goodbye Girl, The Sunshine Boys, Funny Lady, The Owl and the Pussycat; actor, director: Play It Again, Sam, Goodbye, Mr. Chips; died Oct 9, 2001)
1933 - Johnny (John Junior) Roseboro (baseball: catcher: Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers [all-star: 1958, 1961, 1962/World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966], Minnesota Twins [all-star: 1969], Washington Senators; died Aug 16, 2002)
1937 - Zohra Lampert (actress: Alan & Naomi, Splendor in the Grass)
1939 - Harvey Keitel (actor: Smoke, Pulp Fiction, Rising Sun, The Piano, Sister Act, Thelma and Louise, Bugsy, The Two Jakes, The Last Temptation of Christ, Death Watch, Blue Collar, Taxi Driver, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Shining Star, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Mean Streets, Holy Smoke, U-571)
1941 - Senta Berger (actress: The Victors, See How They Run, The Quiller Memorandum, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium)
1941 - Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela) (singer: Donna, La Bamba; film biography: La Bamba; killed in plane crash Feb 3, 1959)
1943 - Mary Wells (singer: My Guy, Two Lovers, You Beat Me to the Punch, The One Who Really Loves You; died July 26, 1992)
1946 - Mike Chernoff (hockey: NHL: Minnesota North Stars)
1946 - Danny Klein (musician: bass: group: The J. Geils Band: Give It to Me, Must Have Got Lost, One Last Kiss, Freeze-Frame, Centerfold, Angel in Blue, Land of a 1000 Dances)
1946 - Tim Pigott-Smith (actor: The Jewel in the Crown, Remains of the Day)
1947 - (Pete) Overend Watts (musician: bass: group: Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes, Ballad of Mott, All the Way to Memphis, Saturday Gigs)
1949 - Franklyn Ajaye (actor: The Wrong Guys, Fraternity Vacation, The Jazz Singer, Convoy, Car Wash, Keep on Truckin’)
1950 - Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris) (singer: Fingertips, My Cherie Amour, For Once in My Life, Tears of a Clown, If You Really Love Me, co-wrote I was Made to Love Her; Wonder has won 16 Grammy Awards; an Oscar for I Just Called to Say I Love You [from The Woman in Red: 1984]; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; has stood up for civil rights, campaigns against cancer, AIDS, drunk driving and the plight of Ethiopians)
1950 - Bobby Valentine (baseball: manager: Texas Rangers, NY Mets)
1951 - Paul Thompson (musician: drums: group: Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, All I Want is You, Out of the Blue)
1958 - Frances Barber (actress: A Zed & Two Noughts, We Think the World of You, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Home Sweet Home)
1961 - Dennis Rodman (‘The Worm’: basketball: Chicago Bulls; actor: Double Team, S.O.F. Special Ops Force, Simon Sez)
1964 - Lorraine McIntosh (singer: group: Deacon Blue: Dignity, Real Gone Kid, Raintown, Twist And Shout, Your Town, Love And Regret)
Chart Toppers - May 13
Cruising Down the River - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: The Skyliners)
Forever and Ever - Perry Como
Careless Hands - Mel Torme
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
School Day - Chuck Berry
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits
Count Me In - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Girl on the Billboard - Del Reeves
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
You are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Little Willy - The Sweet
Come Live with Me - Roy Clark
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Am I Losing You - Ronnie Milsap
I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
Real Love - Jody Watley
Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Is It Still Over? - Randy Travis