It’s “Writer’s-Block Friday” for me, so I resort to the tried and true “This day in History,” celebrity birthdays and other such minutiae that make up the back-bone of any lame morning radio show. I know, I’ve hammered a few of ’em, and hosted a few too. Actually a few genuinely notable events for May 11th. Here’s the down-low, keep rockin’ with us and enjoy the weekend! (Happy early Mother’s Day, I’ll post some original verse for the Moms on Sunday)
160 years ago – In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the Union. Its nickname is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but the state actually has about 12,000 lakes . . . giving it more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
69 years ago – In 1949, Siam Officially Changed Its Name to Thailand for the second time. The first time was in 1939, but they changed it back to Siam in 1945.
58 years ago – In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi War Criminal Adolf Eichmann . . . also known as the “Architect of the Holocaust.” He was living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the name Ricardo Klement. He was tried and executed two years later.
58 years ago – In 1960, the first ever Birth Control Pill hit the market.
37 years ago – In 1981, “Bette Davis Eyes“ by Kim Carnes hit #1, and stayed there for 9 weeks.
37 years ago – In 1981, a brain tumor killed Bob Marley in Miami. He was only 36.
34 years ago – In 1984, “Firestarter”, starring 9-year-old Drew Barrymore, was released.
28 years ago – In 1990, Ritchie Valens was finally awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . . . 31 years after his death.
23 years ago – In 1995, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. All five had played with Stevie Ray at his last show on August 26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.
21 years ago – In 1997, IBMSupercomputer Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov at chess. It was the first time a computer had ever defeated a world champion chess player.
Three years ago – In 2015, Tom Brady was suspended by the NFL for tampering with footballs during the AFC Championship game a few months earlier. Brady sat out the first four games of the 2016 – 2017 season, but he and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.
Sorta-kinda close to a “Rock-N-Roll Birthday ” today: Martha Quinn is 59. Original MTV VeeJay. But that’s like calling Nickelback Rock-N-Roll.