May 4 in Pop Culture History

04May 4
May 4 is Star Wars Day. “May the Fourth be with you.”

1886 – A labor protest in Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois resulted in 100 wounded and 8 police officers killed.

1948 – Norman Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published.

1970 – Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox Schroeder and Sandra Lee Scheuer were killed by National Guard troops at Ohio’s Kent state campus.

1990 – Jesse Tafero was executed in Florida after his electric chair malfunctioned three times, causing his hair & head to catch fire.

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May 3 in Pop Culture History

03May 3
1951 – The Senate Armed Forces and Foreign Relations Committees began hearings of General Douglas MacArthur.

1952 – Flying US Air Force C-47, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict becme the first to land a plane on the North Pole.

1977 – British journalist David Frost interviewed former President Richard Nixon.

1980 – 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her mother, Candy Lightner, later founded the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

1986 – 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, riding 18:1shot Ferdinand, becamethe oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby

1991- The final episode of Dallas was broadcast on the CBS network; it was resurrected 21 years later on TNT.

2007 – Nearly 4 year old Madeleine McCann of Rothley, England, disappeared during a family vacation at a resort in southern Portugal.

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May 2 in Pop Culture History

02May 2
1670 – Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England.

1960 – Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in the Payola scandal, saving his career. “Believe me this is not as unusual as it may seem. I think the crime I have committed, if any, is that I made a great deal of money in a short time on little investment. But that is the record business.”

1965 – The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1982 – The Weather Channel began broadcasting in the US

2008 – Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar

2008 – Marvel’s Iron Man was released in theaters.

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May 1 in Pop Culture History

01May 1
526 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) May 1

May 1 is Law Day, begun in 1958. “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.”

1951 – Great Exhibition opened in the Crystal Palace in London with over 10,000 exhibitors.

1941 – Citizen Kane debuted at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City.

1960 – American U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.

1983 – V miniseries began broadcasting on NBC

2011 – Osama bin Laden was reported killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

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April 26 in Pop Culture History

26April 26
662 (Earthquake) Iran

1278 – Imprisoned for murder, John le F*cker sent a letter asking for bail, the earliest recorded instance of the English swear word “f*ck”.

1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. People were traditionally baptized three days after birth, this is how we know his birthday was April 23.

1721 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran

1882 – A perpetual motion machine was Patented (#257,103) by John Sutliff. I’m pretty sure it didn’t really work.

1921 – The first US broadcast of the weather was made from St. Louis, Missouri, over station WEW. Or so legend has it. There were few rules in the earliest days of radio, so another station may have made a weather announcement. It was about 55 degrees.

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, was established.

1954 – Polio vaccine trials began.

1958 – #1 Hit April 26, 1958 – May 2, 1958: The PlattersTwilight Time

1975 – #1 Hit April 26, 1975 – May 2, 1975: B. J. Thomas(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

1977 – Studio 54 opened at 254 West 54th Street in New York City.

1986 – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, Ukraine, sending a radioactive cloud over much of Europe. It was announced two days later.

1989 (Tornado) Daulatpur-Salturia Tornado, Bangladesh killed 1300 people and injured 12,000.

1978 – Ringo Starr’s Ringo a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper, aired on NBC, with George Harrison narrating.

2010 – Boobquake was envisioned by Jennifer McCreight. An estimated 200,000 people participated world wide, and the epicenter was considered the Purdue Bell Tower in West Lafayette, Indiana.

2011 – The Voice premiered on NBC

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April 25 in Pop Culture History

25April 25
1644 – The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, committed suicide during a peasant rebellion.

1719 – Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was published.

1792 – Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine in Paris, France.

1859 – Ground was broken for opened the Suez Canal by British and French engineers. The 100 mile canal between the Mediterranean and the Red Seas opened ten years later, on November 17, 1869.

1901 – New York became the first US state to require automobile license plates.

1944 – The United Negro College Fund was incorporated.

1947 – President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House bowling alley.

1953 – Francis Crick and James D. Watson published Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1954 – The first practical solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.

1960 – #1 Hit April 25, 1960 – May 22, 1960: Elvis PresleyStuck on You

1961 – The integrated circuit was Patented (#2,981,877) by Robert Noyce.

1970 – #1 Hit April 25, 1970 – May 8, 1970: The Jackson 5ABC

1982 – Israel completed the withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords.

1983 – Pioneer 10 traveled beyond ex-planet Pluto’s orbit.

1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in space from the Space Shuttle Discovery to an orbit 381 miles above Earth.

1992 – #1 Hit April 25, 1992 – June 19, 1992: Kris KrossJump

1992- Growing Pains and Who’s The Boss aired their final episodes

1998 – #1 Hit April 25, 1998 – May 22, 1998: NextToo Close

2015 – #1 Hit April 25, 2015 – June 5, 2015: Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie PuthSee You Again

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