May 30 in Pop Culture History

May 30 in Pop Culture History

1431 – At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy.

1631 – Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began publication.

1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson participated in a duel, killing Charles Dickinson. Dickinson shot first, wounding Jackson, but Jackson’s shot at Dockinson was fatal. Most of Andrew Jackson’s duels were for the questioned honor of his wife, Rachel.

1898 – Chemist …

May 29 in Pop Culture History

May 29 in Pop Culture History

1453 – Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to as The Fall of Constantinople.

1790 – Rhode Island was the last of the original United States’ colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th US state.

1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris, France

1914 – Heavy fog caused a collision …

May 28 in Pop Culture History

May 28 in Pop Culture History

585 BC – A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales. Knowing this exact date helped historians find other exact and near exact historical dates.

1830 – US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which relocated Native Americans.

1892 – In San Francisco, California, John Muir organized the Sierra Club.

1897 – Jell-o was introduced.

1902 – Owen Wister’s The Virginian was …

May 27 in Pop Culture History

May 27 in Pop Culture History

1199 – John (December 24, 1166 – October 19, 1216) became King of England. He’s the one who signed The Magna Carta, which was the first document to offer people individual rights.

1796 – The patent (#X0116) for a piano was issued to James Sylvanus McLean of New Jersey, for “an improvement in piano fortes.”

1890 – Two U.S. patents (#428,750,#428,751) for the first jukebox were issued to …

May 26 in Pop Culture History

May 26 in Pop Culture History

1293 (Earthquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.

1869 – Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1896 – Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel began being sold in the UK.

1917 (Tornadoes) Matoon and Charlestown Illinois

1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually every …

Memorial Day is the Last Monday in May

Memorial Day

It is a federal holiday in the United States to honor and mourn members of the military who have died while serving in our armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began in 1868 for President John Logan and his wife, Mary Ann Logan, to honor fallen soldiers from the Civil War.

Memorial Day Celebrated On:
2021 Monday May 31, 2021
2022 Monday May 30, 2022
2023 Monday May 29, 2023

Why An Anonymous Letter Left Frank Sinatra On The FBI Watch List

Frank Sinatra photo

Photo by Hoshi_sae

(PCM) Any follower of pop culture history will know that Frank Sinatra, our loving Ol’ Blue Eyes, definitely had his fare share of run-ins with the law. Sinatra was a true icon in the music industry and beloved by his millions of fans, however he was most certainly  involved in some illicit activities with some rather shady individuals.

The FBI has an entire file dedicated to Frank Sinatra which the majority of …

May 25 in Pop Culture History

May 25 in Pop Culture History

1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened at the Opera Comique in London.

1935 – At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit his 714th (and final) home run.

1961 – President John F. Kennedy declared “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to …

May 24 in Pop Culture History

May 24 in Pop Culture History

1775 – John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress.

1830 – Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale was published.

1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message – ‘What Hath God Wrought?’ through the Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line.

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1935 – The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies …

May 23 in Pop Culture History

May 23 in Pop Culture History

1701 – Scottish-born sea captain William Kidd was hanged on the banks of the Thames after being found guilty of piracy and murder.

1911 – The New York Public Library was dedicated.

1920 – Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.

1922 – Abie’s Irish Rose (Broadway Play) Opened on May 23, 1922 and Closed: October 1, 1927

1934 – Bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were shot …

Shopping in the 1950s – The Butcher Shop

The Butcher Shop

Back in the 1950s Detroit, before Walmart Super Stores, big chain supermarkets and packaged meat, you got your meat from a butcher shop. The butcher would actually cut the meat exactly how you wanted and weigh it right in front of you. If you wanted your porkchops thin, that’s how you got them. Want a special cut of beef, just ask the butcher.

Because the butcher shop was usually a neighborhood store, …

May 22 in Pop Culture History

May 22 in Pop Culture History

1455 – England’s War of the Roses began when the Yorkists defeated King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans.

1849 – Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent (#6,469) for “buoying boats over shoals”.

1906 – Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent (#821,393) for their system of flight control.

1927 (Earthquake) Gulang/Gansu, China

1933 – First modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster by Aldie and John …