Events - May 29
1790 - The smallest of the United States joined the first 12 states as number 13. Rhode Island, the Ocean State, probably got its name when discoverer Verrazano noted that, the area we know as Rhode Island, looked about the size of the tiny Greek Isle of Rhodes. Rhode Island’s capital city is Providence, and the tiny violet is appropriate as the state flower. Probably the most famous variety of chicken, the Rhode Island Red, is the state bird.
1827 - The first nautical school opened in Nantucket, MA. Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancastrian School was the name. Learning to set sail was the game...
1844 - The first dark horse candidate was born at the Democratic Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. With the political rush of support for James K. Polk, after just seven ballots, Mr. Polk’s name appeared to break the deadlock. Polk won the nomination on the ninth ballot and, eventually, the U.S. Presidency.
1848 - The land of lakes and large expanses of green gave name to Wisconsin, the 30th state to enter the United States of America. (Wisconsin, is thought to be the Chippewa Indian word for "grassy place".) The wood violet is the state flower, the robin is the state bird and Madison is the capital city. All this is quite elementary. However, Wisconsin’s nickname is the Badger State, but it is not named after the little animal, as you might have thought. It seems that the many lead miners in the Wisconsin grass lands in the 1830s were called -- badgers.
1910 - An airplane raced a train -- and won! The race, from Albany, New York to New York City was worth a $10,000 prize for aviator Glenn Curtiss. It was sponsored by those promotion wizards at New York’s "World" newspaper.
1916 - The U.S. President’s flag was adopted by executive order.
1939 - "When a Girl Marries" was first heard on CBS. The serial continued for eighteen years on radio.
1942 - The biggest selling record of all time was recorded. A little out of season, perhaps, but "White Christmas", the Irving Berlin classic, was recorded by Bing Crosby for Decca Records. The song was written for the film "Holiday Inn". More than 30-million copies of Crosby’s most famous hit song have been sold and a total of nearly 70-million copies, including all versions of the standard, have been sold.
1943 - "The Million Dollar Band" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Charlie Spivak was the first leader of the band that featured Barry Wood as vocalist. The unusual feature of the show was the awarding each week of five diamond rings!
1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, became the first humans to reach the top of Mount Everest.
1961 - Ricky Nelson reached the top spot on the "Billboard" singles chart with "Travelin’ Man". It was was Nelson’s second chart-topping hit. "Poor Little Fool" made it to the top in August of 1958.
1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major-league baseball. He accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. O’Neil had previously been a scout with the Cubs organization.
1970 - Mike Cuellar of Baltimore became one of just 11 major-league hurlers since 1900 to strike out four batters in one inning -- because the catcher dropped the third strike of the third out.
1972 - The Osmonds received a gold record for the album, "Phase III".
1978 - The 13-cent postage stamp became the 15-cent postage stamp when new U.S. rates to mail letters went into effect.
1985 - Death and hundreds of injuries resulted from a riot at a soccer match in Brussels, Belgium. The European Cup Final at Heysel stadium between Liverpool and Juventus of Turin was televised throughout Europe. Just before the match was to begin, soccer fans rioted killing 39 and injuring 400 or more. 26 British soccer fans identified from the video tapes were extradited to Belgium to stand trial. The riot prompted increased security at later British soccer games.
Birthdays - May 29
1630 - King Charles II (British monarch: King of England, Scotland, Ireland [1660-1685]; died Feb 6, 1685)
1736 - Patrick Henry (American revolutionary patriot: “...give me liberty, or give me death!”; died June 6, 1799)
1874 - Gilbert Keith Chesterton (author: created Father Brown crime-fiction series; The Man Who was Thursday, English Men of Letters; died June 14, 1936)
1880 - Oswald Spengler (historical author: The Decline of the West; died May 8, 1936)
1894 - Beatrice Lillie (Gladys Lillie) (actress: On Approval, Thoroughly Modern Millie; died Jan 20, 1989)
1903 - Bob Hope (Leslie Townes Hope) (comedian, entertainer, actor: ‘Road’ series [w/Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour]: The Road to Singapore, Zanzibar, Morroco, Utopia, Rio, Bali, Hong Kong; multitude of other films; nightclub entertainer, countless TV specials; host of The Academy Awards; possibly best known for his USO tours and entertaining of troops overseas and on the front lines during World War II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and even during Desert Storm; died July 27, 2003)
1914 - (Walter) Stacy Keach Sr. (actor: The Parallax View, High Velocity, Fighting Back, Armed and Dangerous, The Rockford Files, Bonanza, Longstreet, Maverick; father of actors Stacy and James Keach; died Feb 13, 2003)
1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy (35th U.S. President [1961-1963]; married to Jaqueline Bouvier [two sons, one daughter]; nickname: JFK, Jack; youngest, first Roman Catholic, first to win Purple Heart, first to serve in U.S. Navy, first to win Pulitzer Prize [book: Profiles in Courage], fourth U.S. President to be assassinated, second buried at Arlington National Cemetery; assassinated Nov 22, 1963)
1921 - Clifton James (actor: Lone Star, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, The Man with the Golden Gun, Live and Let Die, David and Lisa, Cool Hand Luke, Lewis & Clark, City of Angels; died Apr 15, 2017)
1922 - Joe Weatherly (NASCAR Hall of Famer: championship ; Grand National Champion [1962, 63]; killed in crash at Riverside International Raceway Jan 19, 1964; The Joe Weatherly Museum at Darlington International Raceway is named for him)
1923 - Eugene Wright (jazz musician: bass: led 16-piece band: Dukes of Swing; played w/Dave Brubeck, Gene Ammons, Count Basie, Arnett Cobb, Buddy DeFranco, Red Norvo)
1932 - Richie Guerin (basketball: NY Knicks [in 8 years w/Knicks he scored 10,392 points and averaged 20.1 points; St. Louis Hawks; player/coach: St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks; lifetime stats: 14,676 points [17.3 ppg], 4,278 rebounds [5.1 rpg], 4,211 assists [5.0 apg] over 848 games [in 42 playoff contests he averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists]; broadcaster: NY Knicks; Wall Street stockbroker)
1932 - Paul Ehrlich (biologist, writer: The Population Bomb; helped form group: Zero Population Growth, advocating a limit of 2 children per family)
1938 - Francis ‘Fay’ Vincent Jr. (baseball: commissioner)
1939 - Al Unser Sr. (auto racer: Indy 500 winner [1970, 1971, 1978, 1987]) retired ; younger brother of Bobby and father of Al Jr. [first father/son to race each other at Indy )
1941 - Roy Crewsdon (musician: guitar: group: Freddie and The Dreamers: I’m Telling You Now, Do the Freddie)
1942 - Kevin Conway (actor: Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy, The Quick and the Dead, Gettysburg, One Good Cop, Home Boy, Rage of Angels, Paradise Alley, Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye, Other People’s Money, Of Mice and Men, When You Comin’ Back - Red Ryder?)
1942 - Larry Mavety (hockey: Port-Huron Flags, LA Sharks, Chicago Cougars, Indianapolis Racers; Coach/GM: Kingston Frontenacs)
1944 - Helmut Berger (actor: The Damned, Dorian Gray, The Godfather, Part 3)
1945 - Gary Brooker (musician: keyboards, singer: solo: Say It Ain’t So Joe, Switchboard Susan, LPs: No More Fear of Flying, Lead Me to the Water, Echoes in the Night; groups: Procol Harum: Whiter Shade of Pale; The Paramounts)
1947 - Anthony Geary (actor: General Hospital, High Desert Kill, Scorchers, Night of the Warrior, Crack House, UHF)
1950 - Rebbie (Maureen Reilette) Jackson (singer: LPs: Centipede [written by brother, Michael], Reactions; oldest member of the Jackson family)
1952 - Fred (Fredrick William) Holdsworth (baseball: pitcher: Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers)
1953 - Mike (Michael Dennis) Dupree (baseball: pitcher: SD Padres)
1953 - Danny Elfman (singer: group: Oingo Boingo; composer: soundtracks: Batman, Beetlejuice, The Simpsons; film composer: Mission: Impossible, Mars Attacks!, Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Scream 2)
1956 - LaToya (Yvonne) Jackson (singer: The Jacksons; solo: Playboy photo spread)
1958 - Annette Bening (actress: Richard III, The American President, Love Affair, Bugsy, Postcards from the Edge, The Grifters, Valmont, The Great Outdoors, Mars Attacks!, American Beauty)
1961 - Melissa Etheridge (Grammy Award-winning singer: Come to My Window , Ain’t It Heavy )
1963 - Lisa Whelchel (actress: The Facts of Life, Where the Red Fern Grows: Part 2, Twirl, The Double McGuffin)
Chart Toppers - May 29
Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
Again - Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
Four Walls - Jim Reeves
Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
Back in My Arms Again - The Supremes
Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs
Girl on the Billboard - Del Reeves
Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
Daniel - Elton John
Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Being with You - Smokey Robinson
Stars on 45 medley - Stars on 45
Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash
Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Rock On - Michael Damian
Soldier of Love - Donny Osmond
After All This Time - Rodney Crowell
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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