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Events - May 15
1862 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture was established by President Abraham Lincoln on this day.

1918 - Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. began under the direction of the Post Office Department, a forerunner of the United States Postal Service.

1926 - The New York Rangers became the newest franchise to be awarded by the National Hockey League. Two years later, the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup.

1930 - Ellen Church became the first stewardess for an airline. Church served passengers flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on United Airlines. She also served chicken, fruit salad and rolls. Today, the term ‘stewardess’ has since been banished. The men and women who serve on airlines worldwide are known as flight attendants. Remember, the exits are clearly marked and life support cushions are located beneath the web site. We’ll begin beverage service in a few moments. Please stay in your seat with your belt securely fastened and your tray table in the upright, locked position...

1933 - Irna Phillips, an NBC Blue network program-features writer, starred in the role of Mother Moran in the radio program, "Today’s Children", which was heard for the first time this day.

1938 - Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride", the group’s last side for Victor Records. Lombardo took disc number 25861 and moved the Royal Canadians over to Decca Records to make “the sweetest sound this side of heaven.”

1940 - Nylon hose went on sale at stores throughout the United States.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio began his historic major-league hitting streak (56 games). The New York Yankees got Joltin’ Joe off to a rather bad start, however, as they lost to the Chicago White Sox 13-1 at Yankee Stadium.

1953 - World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano collected his 44th pro boxing victory on this night, knocking out former champ, Jersey Joe Walcott, at Chicago Stadium in 2 minutes, 25 seconds of the first round.

1962 - After five years on "Wagon Train", Robert Horton let his performing contract expire and left the popular TV series. Robert Fuller replaced Horton as the trail scout who rode with wagon master Chris Hale, played by actor John McIntire.

1970 - "Close to You", the Carpenter’s second album, and the one that launched them to meteoric fame, was released by A&M Records. The title song, "(They Long to Be) Close to You", became a pop music standard and the first of six million-sellers in a row for Karen and Richard. In all, The Carpenters would have 10 gold records for singles and a dozen top ten hits to their credit. The duo won Best New Artist honors at the Grammy Awards in 1970.

1972 - Glen Campbell earned a gold record for his "Greatest Hits" album on this day.

1981 - Len Barker, the 25-year-old pitching sensation of the Cleveland Indians, became the tenth major-league hurler to toss a perfect game. Barker led the Indians past the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0. Barker was absolutely perfect in this game: no runs, no hits, no walks, no visits to the mound by the manager and no stray hot-dog wrappers on the field.

1985 - Prince Michael of Moldavia and Amanda Carrington tied the knot in wedded bliss on the nighttime soap opera, "Dynasty". The series was canceled shortly after the wedding and Joan Collins says she hasn’t gotten a letter or anything from the couple.

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Birthdays - May 15
1856 - Lyman Frank Baum (newspaperman, author: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; died May 6, 1919)

1890 - Katherine Anne Porter (Pulitzer Prize-winning writer: Collected Short Stories [1965]; Ship of Fools; died Sep 18,1980)

1902 - Richard Joseph Daley (‘The Boss’: politician: former mayor of Chicago; died Dec 20, 1976)

1905 - Joseph (Cheshire) Cotten (actor: Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Duel in the Sun, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Tora Tora Tora, The Philadelphia Story, Once More with Feeling; died Feb 6, 1994)

1909 - James (Neville) Mason (actor: A Star is Born, Georgy Girl, The Verdict, The Boys from Brazil, Charade, The Desert Fox, Island in the Sun, Jesus of Nazareth, North by Northwest, Lolita; died July 27, 1984)

1910 - Constance Cummings (Halverstadt) (Tony Award-winning actress: Wings; Blithe Spirit, Busman’s Honeymoon; died Nov 23, 2005)

1911 - Max (Rudolf) Frisch (author: Homo Faber, I’m Not Stiller, Juerg Reinhardt; playwright: The Firebugs, Andorra; died Apr 4, 1991)

1914 - Walter ‘Turk’ Broda (Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL Vezina Trophy [1941, 1948, 1951]: Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender for five Stanley Cup wins; died Oct 17, 1972)

1918 - Eddy (Richard Edward) Arnold (‘The Tennessee Plowboy’: Country Music Hall of Famer: Make the World Go Away, Kentucky Waltz, The Last Word in Lonesome is Me, I Want to Go with You, I Wouldn’t Know Where to Begin, Bouquet of Roses; TV host; died May 8, 2008)

1923 - Richard Avedon (photographer: famous for his 1960s and ’70s ‘up-against-the-wall’ pictures of celebrities and politicians; died Oct 1, 2004)

1923 - Ellis Larkins (pianist: favorite accompanist of: Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams; died Sep 29, 2002)

1930 - Jasper Johns (sculptor, painter: Flag, Face with Watch, After Holbein, Grey Numbers)

1931 - Ken Venturi (golf champion: U.S. Open [1964]; died May 17, 2013)

1936 - Anna Maria Alberghetti (singer, Tony Award-winning actress: Carnival [1962]; Cinderfella)

1936 - Paul Zindel (writer: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds; died Mar 27, 2003)

1937 - Trini López (singer: If I Had a Hammer, Lemon Tree, I’m Comin’ Home Cindy; actor: The Dirty Dozen)

1938 - Lenny Welch (singer: Since I Fell for You, Ebb Tide, Breaking Up is Hard to Do)

1939 - Dudley Wysong (golf: two-time winer on PGA Tour; vice president: PGA of America; died Mar 29, 1998)

1940 - Lainie Kazan (Lainie Levine) (singer, actress: Beaches, My Favorite Year)

1940 - Don Nelson (basketball: coach: Golden State Warriors)

1943 - David Cronenberg (director: Crash, M Butterfly, Dead Ringers, The Fly, Dead Zone, Fast Company, They Came from Within)

1945 - Jerry Quarry (boxing: heavyweight champ: record: 53-9-4, 33 KO’s)

1947 - Graeham Goble (musician: guitar: group: Little River Band: It’s a Long Way There, Help is on Its Way, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy on Me)

1948 - Brian Eno (Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno) (musician: synthesizer: Roxy Music [cofounder]; record producer: Seven Deadly Finns; songwriter [w/David Bowie]: Once in a Lifetime)

1951 - Wally Chambers (football: Chicago Bears [Pro Bowl: 1974])

1953 - George (Howard) Brett (Baseball Hall of Famer: Kansas City Royals [all-star: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988/World Series: 1980, 1985/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1980], 1980 batting average: .390)

1953 - Pat Hickey (hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques, SL Blues)

1953 - Mike Oldfield (composer, musician: Tubular Bells; film score: Killing Fields)

1955 - Lee Horsley (actor: Unlawful Passage, French Silk, Danielle Steele’s Palomino, Sword & the Sorcerer, Nero Wolfe, Hawkeye, Paradise, North and South, Book II, Bodies of Evidence)

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Chart Toppers - May 15
1951
If - Perry Como
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams

1959
The Happy Organ - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
White Lightning - George Jones

1967
The Happening - The Supremes
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Groovin’ - The Young Rascals
Sam’s Place - Buck Owens

1975
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles) - Gary Stewart

1983
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Let’s Dance - David Bowie
Overkill - Men at Work
Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love - B.J. Thomas

1991
Joyride - Roxette
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
Here We Go - C + C Music Factory Presents Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
If I Know Me - George Strait

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


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