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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Today is Wednesday, May 12 th.

The 133rd day of 2004.

There are 233 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:

On May 12, 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.


On this date:

In 1621, The first marriage to take place in Plymouth Colony is between Edward Winslow and Susanna White.

In 1780, Charleston (then called Charles Town), South Carolina fell to British forces.

In 1789, Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers - It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses - Tammany Hall.

In 1820, The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born in Florence, Italy. She died August 13, 1910 at the age of 90 in London.

In 1847, Mormon pioneer William Clayton invented the odometer while crossing the plains in his covered wagon.

In 1865, The last land battle of the American Civil war occured at Palmito Ranch, TX.

In 1870, Manitoba entered Confederation as a Canadian province.

In 1885, In the Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebelled against the Canadian government.

In 1907, Actress Katherine Hepburn was born in Hartford, CT. Nominated 12 times as best actress, she won 4 times. She died June 29, 2003 at the age of 96.

In 1932, The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, N.J.

In 1932, Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney

In 1933, The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were established to provide help for the needy and farmers.

In 1940, The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.

In 1942, A Nazi U-boat sinks an American cargo ship at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In 1943, During World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

In 1948, The state of Israel and its provisional government was established.

In 1949, The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

In 1951, The 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy sent federal troops into Birmingham, AL, following riots.

In 1963, Bob Dylan walked out of dress rehearsals for "The Ed Sullivan Show" when CBS censors told him he could not perform "Talking John Birch Society Blues."

In 1965, West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.

In 1965, "Satisfaction" was recorded by The Rolling Stones.

In 1970, The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

In 1975, The White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters.

In 1978, The Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.

In 1982, In Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John II.

In 1982, Last broadcast of "The Incredible Hulk" aired.

In 1987, Last broadcast of "Hill Street Blues" aired.

In 1993, Last broadcast of "Cheers" on NBC-TV.

In 1993, Last broadcast of "Knots Landing" on CBS-TV.

In 1993, Last broadcast of "The Wonder Years" aired on ABC-TV.

In 2002, Former President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state - in or out of office - had gone to the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

Ten years ago (1994):

The Senate joined the House in passing a bill banning blockades, violence and threats against clinics where abortions were being performed.

British Labor Party leader John Smith died unexpectedly at age 55.

Five years ago (1999):

Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin announced he was leaving his post in July (he was succeeded by his deputy, Lawrence Summers).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and the Cabinet.

The final episode of "The Nanny" was aired by CBS.

One year ago (2003):

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, nine terrorist shot their way into three compounds housing Westerners and then set off car bombs. At least 25 people were killed and over 190 were injured. The nine terrorists were also killed.

A suicide truck-bomb attack killed at least 60 at a government compound in northern Chechnya.

L. Paul Bremer, the new American civilian administrator of Iraq, arrived in Baghdad; coalition forces announced they had taken custody of Dr. Rihab Rashid Taha, the Iraqi scientist known as "Dr. Germ."

Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers brought the Texas House to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, a wealthy philanthropist who held a string of top UN humanitarian posts, died in Boston at age 70.


Today's Birthdays:

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra is 79.

Critic John Simon is 79.

Composer Burt Bacharach is 75.

Talk show host Tom Snyder is 68.

Comedian George Carlin is 67.

Actress Millie Perkins is 66.

Rhythm and blues singer Jayotis Washington is 63.

Country singer Billy Swan is 62.

Actress Linda Dano is 61.

Musician Ian McLagan is 59.

Actress Lindsay Crouse is 56.

Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 56.

Actor Gabriel Byrne is 54.

Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 54.

Singer Billy Squier is 54.

Country singer Kix Brooks is 49.

Actress Kim Greist is 46.

Actor Ving Rhames is 43.

Rock musician Billy Duffy is 43.

Actor Emilio Estevez is 42.

Actress Vanessa Williams ("Soul Food") (this is NOT the one on the Radio Shack ads - That's Vanessa L. Williams) is 41.

Country musician Eddie Kilgallon is 39.

Actor Stephen Baldwin is 38.

Actress Kim Fields is 35.

Actress Samantha Mathis is 34.

Actress Jamie Luner is 33.

Actor Mackenzie Astin is 31.

Actor Jason Biggs is 26.

Actress Emily VanCamp is 18.

Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") are nine.


Thought for Today:

"Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity." -

- Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss theologian (1741-1801).


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