Events - May 20
1830 - The first timetables of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad were published in the "Baltimore American" newspaper. All aboard!
1830 - H.D. Hyde of Reading, Pennsylvania patented the fountain pen. And a messy contraption it was.
1875 - The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.
1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. Mr. German was whipping his taxicab all over Lexington Avenue and being a pain in the neck by going over the posted 12 mile-per-hour speed limit!
1916 - Norman Rockwell's first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared. The illustration was of a young boy having to care for his baby sibling while his little buddies left him and went off to play ball. The forlorn child pushing a baby carriage tugged at the heart strings of all who saw it. Norman Rockwell drew over 300 covers for "The Saturday Evening Post" plus covers for "Collier's", "American Boy", "The Literary Digest", "LIFE" and others. He also painted the Boy Scouts of America calendar pictorials for 45 years. Four of his famous paintings are "The Four Freedoms", used as patriotic posters during WWII.
1927 - ‘Lucky’ Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York aboard the small airplane "Spirit of St. Louis", en route to Paris, France. Thirty-three and one-half hours later, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived at his destination -- and flew into history.
1933 - "Charlie Chan" was heard for the final time on the NBC Blue radio network after only six months on the air. Not to worry. Several revivals of the Chinese detective were on the air years later ... and in the movies and seen on TV.
1939 - The first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. A bicycle race was the event broadcast to a breathless audience.
1939 - The "Yankee Clipper" took off from Port Washington, NY, bound for Europe. The plane, the flagship of Pan American Airways, established the first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean.
1941 - Harry James and his orchestra recorded the classic "You Made Me Love You" for Columbia Records.
1973 - Ken Moore beat 4,030 competitors to win the 63rd Bay-to-Breakers footrace in San Francisco, CA. Moore stepped his way to the finish line in 37 minutes, 15 seconds over a course measured at 7.8 miles.
1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, 53, made it to New York City to become the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day. Now that’s what we call a daily workout.
1982 - TV’s "Barney Miller" was seen for the last time in its original network run on ABC-TV. Hal Linden as Barney, Abe Vigoda as Fish and a talented cast continue to bring the fictional 12th Precinct to TV screens through syndication.
1985 - The Dow Jones industrial average broke the 1300 mark for the first time. The Dow gained 19.54 points to close at 1304.88.
1985 - Larry Holmes retained the heavyweight boxing title of the International Boxing Federation at Reno, NV by defeating Carl Wilson in 15 rounds. The fight marked the first, heavyweight title fight in Reno since Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries duked it out in 1910.
1989 - Actress/comedienne Gilda Radner died in a Los Angeles hospital after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 42. The Emmy Award-winning entertainer was known for her characters Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Baba Wawa on "Saturday Night Live".
Birthdays - May 20
1768 - Dolley Madison (Payne) (U.S. First Lady, wife of 4th U.S. President James Madison; died July 12, 1849)
1799 - Honore de Balzac (novelist: The Human Comedy, Droll Stories, The Chouans; died Aug 18,1850)
1806 - John Stuart Mill (leader of the utilitarian movement: editor: Westminster Review; philosopher: System of Logic, Principles of Political Economy, Utilitarianism, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women; died May 8, 1873)
1908 - (Jimmy) James (Maitland) Stewart (Academy Award-winning actor: Philadelphia Story ; The Glenn Miller Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, The Man from Laramie; died July 2, 1997)
1916 - Patricia Ellis (Leftwich) (actress: Three on a Match, Back Door to Heaven, The Case of the Lucky Legs, Postal Inspector; died Mar 26, 1970)
1919 - ‘Lonesome’ George Gobel (Emmy Award winning personality , comedian: “Well I’ll be a dirty bird.”: The George Gobel Show, The Eddie Fisher Show, Hollywood Squares; actor: Better Late than Never, The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins, Harper Valley P.T.A.; died Feb 24, 1991)
1920 - Vic Ames (Urick) (singer: group: The Ames Brothers: You, You, You are the One, Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Undecided, You, You, You, The Man with the Banjo, The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, Tammy, Melodie d’Amour; killed in car crash Jan 23, 1978)
1923 - Edith Fellows (actress: The Grace Kelly Story, In the Mood; died Jun 26, 2011)
1926 - Bob Sweikert (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner ; killed in race at Salem IN June 17, 1956)
1927 - Bud (Henry) Grant (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Philadelphia Eagles; player & coach: Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Minnesota Vikings coach; basketball: Minneapolis Lakers: forward)
1927 - David Hedison (Ara David Heditsian) (actor: Licence to Kill, Live and Let Die)
1930 - James McEachin (actor: The Dead Don’t Die, Double Exposure)
1931 - Ken (Kenton Lloyd) Boyer (baseball: St. Louis Cardinals [all-star: 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964/World Series: 1964/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1964]; NY Mets, Chicago White Sox, LA Dodgers; died Sep 7, 1982)
1933 - Constance Towers (actress: Naked Kiss, On Wings of Eagles)
1936 - Anthony Zerbe (Emmy Award-winning actor: Harry-O [1975-76]; The Young Riders, North and South, Book II, Centennial; Licence to Kill, Onassis, Opposing Force, Dead Zone, Rooster Cogburn, The Parallax View, Papillon, Omega Man, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, Cool Hand Luke, Harry-O)
1937 - Dave Hill (golf: SPGA tour: champ: 1987 Fairfield Barnett Senior Classic , MONY Senior Tournament of Champions , MONY Syracuse Senior Classic , Paine Webber Invitational ; “The golf swing is like sex. You can’t be thinking about the mechanics of the act while you are performing.”; died Sep 27, 2011)
1940 - Stan Mikita (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks: Hart Memorial Trophy Winner [1967, 1968])
1944 - Joe (John Robert) Cocker (singer, songwriter: With a Little Help from My Friends, She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Letter, Up Where We Belong [w/Jennifer Warnes], You are So Beautiful, When the Night Comes, Cry Me a River; died Dec 22, 2014)
1946 - Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) (singer: group: Sonny [Bono] & Cher: I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On, All I Really Want to Do; solo: Bang Bang, Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves, The Way of Love, Dark Lady; Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck ; The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask)
1946 - Bobby (Ray) Murcer (baseball: NY Yankees [all-star: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974/World Series: 1981], SF Giants [all-star: 1975], Chicago Cubs; died Jul 12, 2008)
1951 - Cullen Bryant (football: Los Angeles Rams: running back: Super Bowl XIV; died Oct 13, 2009)
1952 - Warren Cann (musician: drums: group: Ultravox: Vienna, All Stood Still, The Thin Wall, The Voice, Reap the Wild Wind, Hymn, Visions in Blue)
1958 - Ronald Prescott Reagan (dancer; talk show host; son of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan)
1959 - Susan Cowsill (singer: At the End of the Day, groups: Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters, The Cowsills: We Can Fly, Ask the Children, Heather Says, Yellow Pills, Vol I)
1959 - Bronson Pinchot (actor: Courage Under Fire, Beverly Hills Cop series, The Flamingo Kid, Risky Business, Perfect Strangers, Sara, Stephen King’s The Langoliers)
1960 - Tony Goldwyn (actor: The Boys Next Door, Truman, Pocahontas: The Legend, Nixon, The Pelican Brief, Ghost, Gaby: A True Story)
1961 - Nick Heyward (musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: Favourite Shirts [Boy Meets Girl], Love Plus One, Fantastic Day, The Day It Rained Forever, Whistle Down the Wind, Take That Situation; group: Haircut 100)
1963 - Brian ‘Nasher’ Nash (musician: guitar: group: Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax!, Two Tribes, The Power of Love, Welcome to the Pleasure Dome)
Chart Toppers - May 20
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra
The Dickey Bird Song - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Glenn Hughes)
Anytime - Eddy Arnold
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I’m in Love Again - Fats Domino
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
My Guy - Mary Wells
Love Me Do - The Beatles
Ronnie - The 4 Seasons
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Oh Girl - Chi-Lites
I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers
Grandma Harp - Merle Haggard
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Gone Too Far - Eddie Rabbitt
Anything for You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
One More Try - George Michael
I’m Gonna Get You - Eddy Raven
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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