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5/24/2010 - DB Metzger

Queen Victoria was born ushering in the Victorian Era. Passenger Rail service in the U.S. begins and The Brooklyn Bridge officially opened. Night baseball begins in Cincinnati and the first Bomb Shelter goes on display in 1959. And SNL"s "Not ready for Prime Time Players " play for the last time in 1980. In interesting Birthdays we have Elsa Maxwell and Claire McCardell.

1626 Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24. It was of course a bit more complicated then that.

1807 Angela Merici canonized (founded Ursuline order)

1819 Queen Victoria was born in London ushering in the Victorian Era. For the fashion minded

1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is written by Sarah Hale.

1830 first passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland

1844 Samuel Morse tapped out the message "What hath God wrought" in Morse Code. This inaugurated America’s telegraph industry

1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas as " God’s will " against slavery.

1861 Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war". It was a good thing.

1879 William Lloyd Garrison abolitionist and editor of the Liberator dies at 73

1883 The Brooklyn Bridge officially opened.

1902 Empire Day is first celebrated in Britain . Now known as Commonwealth day. Also Queen Victoria’s Birthday. The day originated in Canada with those who missed the homeland. Speaking of the sun never setting on the British Empire.

1921 The British Legion is formed . The UK version of the American Legion.

1935 The firstmajor league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phils 1)

1950 "Sweetwater Clifton’s contract was purchased by the N.Y. Knicks. from the Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first black player in the NBA.

1951 Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.

1959 John Foster Dulles US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

1959 The first house with a built-in bomb shelter is exhibited (Pleasant Hills PA)

1963 Elmore James blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack

1974 Duke Ellington died of lung cancer at theage of 74.

1974 Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV. But do you remember his Golddiggers?

1974 Former U.S. Congressman Wilbur Mills was born today in 1909. He threw his hat into the presidential ring in 1972 and was caught in a DC tidal basin with a stripper known as Fannie Fox in 1974. The Washington Post has that juicy story from yesteryear.

1976  Steve Wozniak offers his new computer (Apple) to Hewlett-Packard, who reject it as a non-viable product. And

1980 "Classic" Saturday night live come to an end, as the "not ready for prime time players" make their final appearance: Bill, Larraine, Jane, Garrett and Gilda

1989  "Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade" premieres

1996  Kiddie show host(Captain)  Jack McCarthy (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81

Notable Birthdays

    1738 George III king of Great-Britain (1760-1820)

    1819 the future Queen Victoria of England is born

    1845 Mary Anne Bryant Mayo (Grange organizerthe exploitation of farmers by the railroads)

    1870 ynea mexia explorer and  botanist

    1883 Elsa Maxwell (columnist, hostess)

    1905 Claire McCardell (fashion designer)

    1923 Siobhan McKennaIrish stage and screen actress

    1941 Bob Dylan [Zimmerman] Duluth MN, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in the Wind)


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