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Monday, 3 May 1999

Everyday is special...and today is no exception to the rule. Read on to learn more about the birthdays, deathdays, events and holidays throughout the world that make this day so unique.


BTW, this is National Barbeque Month

Birthdays of Note...

530 yrs ago 1469 Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician/writer (The Prince).
107 yrs ago 1892 Sir George Thomson, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937).
101 yrs ago 1898 Golda Meir, 4th Israeli PM (1969-74).
96 yrs ago 1903 Bing Crosby, singer (White Christmas).
93 yrs ago 1906 Mary Astor, actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky, Across the Pacific).
79 yrs ago 1920 Sugar Ray Robinson, middleweight/welterweight boxer (champ).
71 yrs ago 1928 James Brown, singer/jail bird, soul brother #1 (Hot Pants).
63 yrs ago 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], singer.
62 yrs ago 1937 Frankie Valli, singer (Four Seasons-Sherry).
53 yrs ago 1946 Greg Gumbel, sportscaster.
52 yrs ago 1947 Doug Henning, magician (Broadway play-Magic).
48 yrs ago 1951 Christopher Cross, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme).
Death Anniversaries...
17 yrs ago 1982 Hugh Beaumont, actor (Ward-Leave it to Beaver)
Significant Events...
505 yrs ago 1494 Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St Iago".
337 yrs ago 1662 Royal charter granted Connecticut.
169 yrs ago 1830 1st regular steam train passenger service starts.
154 yrs ago 1845 1st black lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Mass).
93 yrs ago 1906 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey.
80 yrs ago 1919 America's 1st passenger flight (NY-Atlantic City).
76 yrs ago 1923 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed.
73 yrs ago 1926 US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933.
63 yrs ago 1936 Joe DiMaggio made his major-league debut, got 3 hits.
55 yrs ago 1944 "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway.
52 yrs ago 1947 Japan forms a constitutional democracy.
47 yrs ago 1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.
34 yrs ago 1965 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on the Early Bird Satellite.
28 yrs ago 1971 National Public Radio begins programming.
26 yrs ago 1973 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out.
20 yrs ago 1979 1st woman prime minister of Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher).
8 yrs ago 1991 356th & final episode of CBS 2nd longest running series Dallas, 2nd only to Gunsmoke.
Holidays Around the World...
Constitution Day - Japan (1947) & Poland (1794)
King's Birthday - Lesotho
Bank Holiday - Northern Ireland
New Orleans - McDonogh Day



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