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Wednesday, May 05, 2004


Today is Wednesday, May 5th.

The 126th day of 2004.

There are 240 days left in the year.

Today is Cinco de Mayo

Today is Boy's Day


Today's Highlight in History:

One hundred years ago, on May 5, 1904, Cy Young pitched the American League's first perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.


On this date:

In 1818, Philosopher Karl Marx (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), the founder of modern socialism and communism was born in Prussia. He died in London in 1883.

In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

In 1847, The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1862, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.

In 1865, The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

In 1912, The first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda was published.

In 1914, Actor Tyrone Power was born. He died of a heart attack during the filming of a sword fight with George Sanders while making the film Solomon and Sheba in 1958. All his scenes in the film were reshot with actor Yul Brenner and the film was released in 1959.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson makes the Communist Labor Party illegal in the US.

In 1925, John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

In 1925, My father J. R. "Bob" Kyle was born near St. Louis, MO. He died in 1988 at the age of 63.

In 1942, During World War II, Japanese forces landed on the Philippine island of Corregidor.

In 1942, Country singer Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) was born in Red Bay, AL. She died April 6, 1998 at the age of 55.

In 1942, Sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program.

In 1945, In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing Elsie Mitchell, the pregnant wife of a minister, and five children who were on a picnic.

In 1948, The first air squadron of jets is stationed aboard an aircraft carrier.

In 1952, Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)

In 1955, West Germany became a sovereign state.

In 1955, The baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances.

In 1961, Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler as he made a 15-minute sub-orbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Fair Labor Standards Act. The act raised the minimum wage to $1.15 in September.

In 1964, Separatists riot in Québec

In 1965, The first large-scale U.S. Army ground units arrived in South Vietnam.

In 1980, A siege at the Iranian Embassy in London ended as British commandos, the troops of the SAS, and police stormed the building killing four of the five gunmen who took over the building.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food. He is the first of 10 Irish Republican Army hunger strikers to die in a Belfast prison; they were protesting their treatment as criminals rather than political prisoners.

In 1989, A federal judge ordered sweeping changes in the FBI's promotion system, months after the judge found that the bureau had systematically discriminated against its Hispanic employees in advancements and assignments.

In 1997, "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV

Ten years ago (1994):

Singapore caned American teen-ager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the sentence was reduced from six lashes to four in response to an appeal by President Clinton, who considered the punishment too harsh.

Five years ago (1994):

President Clinton began a morale-boosting trip to Europe that included a visit to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he met the three American soldiers just released by Yugoslavia.

The first Kosovo refugees brought to the United States, 453 of them, arrived at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

One year ago (2003):

Searchers using dogs and heavy equipment went from one crumbled home to another after tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states, killing 19 people.

In Colombia, a botched rescue attempt resulted in the deaths of a state governor, former defense minister and eight other hostages being held by rebels; three hostages survived.

Walter Sisulu, the quiet giant of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle for five decades, died in Johannesburg at age 90.


Today's Birthdays:

Actress Ann B. Davis is 78.

Actress Pat Carroll is 77.

Actor Will Hutchins (Marshall Lowell Hutchason)(Sugarfoot) is 72.

AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 70.

Saxophonist Ace Cannon is 70.

Country singer-musician Roni Stoneman is 66.

Actor Michael Murphy is 66.

Actor Lance Henriksen is 64.

Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 61.

Actor Jean-Pierre Leaud is 60.

Actor John Rhys-Davies is 60.

Actor Roger Rees is 60.

Actor Richard E. Grant is 47.

Actress Lisa Eilbacher is 47.

Broadcast journalist John Miller is 46.

Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 45.

NBC newscaster Brian Williams is 45.

Actress Tina Yothers is 31.

Singer Craig David is 23.

Actress Danielle Fishel is 23.


Thought for Today:

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." -

- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, "father" of America's nuclear navy (1900-1986).


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