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May 2 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 2nd.

Today In …

1863 - Stonewall Jackson was shot by “friendly fire” during the American Civil War.

1932 - Jack Benny’s radio show first aired.

1933 - The Loch Ness monster was first spotted!

1946 - A failed escape attempt resulted in the Battle of Alcatraz in the famed island prison.

1955 - Tennessee Williams who wrote “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” won the Pulitzer Prize for his work.

1969 - The Queen Elizabeth 2 began her maiden voyage.

1997 - Tony Blair officially became the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Christine Baranski who starred on TV’s “Cybil” and in the films “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Bowfinger” was born in 1952.

David Beckham the infamous soccer/football player was born in 1975.

Catherine the Great the Russian monarch was born in 1729.

Bing Crosby the actor/singer who starred in “Bells of St. Mary” and was the voice behind the timeless song “White Christmas” was born in 1903.

Larry Gatlin, who, with his brothers, had a number of country hits including “Broken Lady” and “Houston” was born in 1948.

Lesley Gore best known for her song “It’s My Party” was born in 1946.

Lou Gramm the front man for the rock band Foreigner was born in 1950.

Sarah Hughes the Olympic skating champion was born in 1985.

Engelbert Humperdinck the singer/entertainer behind the song “A Man Without Love” was born in 1936.

Bianca Jagger actress/model and former wife of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, was born in 1945.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrestler and star of “The Scorpion King”, “The Rundown” and ‘Gridiron Gang” was born in 1972.

Pinky Lee the entertainer and star of “The Pinky Lee Show” was born in 1907.

Benjamin Spock the renowned pediatrician who authored “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” was born in 1903.

Ray Traylor best known as wrestling’s Big Boss Man was born in 1962.

Donatella Versace the fashion designer was born in 1955.

We Said Goodbye To…

Jack Barry the host of the TV game show “Twenty-One” passed away in 1984 at the age of 66.

Leonardo da Vinci the renowned artist/sculptor/architect whose works include the Mona Lisa passed away in 1519 at the age of 67.

J. Edgar Hoover the infamous former director of the F.B.I. passed away in 1972 at the age of 77.

Joseph McCarthy the U.S. Senator and driving force of the anti-Communism movement passed away in 1957 at the age of 48.

Oliver Reed who starred in “Oliver!” passed away in 1999 at the age of 61.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1970 - On The Country Charts – “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife” by Marty Robbins
1981 - “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” by Sheena Easton
1981 - On The Country Charts – “Rest Your Love On Me” by Conway Twitty
1987 - “I Just Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew
1987 - On The Country Charts – “Don’t Go To Strangers” by T. Graham Brown
1998 - On The Country Charts – “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

Musical Moments In…

1938 - Ella Fitzgerald recorded “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”!

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1939 - Lou Gehrig’s consecutive baseball game streak ended at 2,130 today.

In Print In…

1885 - “Good Housekeeping” was first published.

Movie Moments In...

1972 - Filming on “Jaws” began.

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