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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Jamestown starts, Jell-O bombs, first jukebox

This week in history


May 22: 1843—The Great Migration begins when settlers and even more cattle leave Independence, Mo., on the Oregon Trail. Upon reaching the territory they see a sign stating, “Please Visit But Don’t Stay.” 1872—The Amnesty Act is signed by President Grant to restore full citizenship to all confederate sympathizers with the exception of about 500 persons. 1942—Mexico joins the Allies in World War II. Many Mexican citizens join the US military. The Mexican Air Force sends 30 pilots and more ground crew to fight in the Philippines. The squadron’s name: the “Aztec Eagles.” 2008—Between this day and May 31, 19 states are struck by 235 tornadoes. Born: Laurence Olivier (1907). Died: Rocky Graziano (1990). National Chocolate Custard Month. Today’s Word: Autotonsorialist—one who cuts their own hair.

May 23: 869 BC—An unknown tanner invents the first wallet, giving men something new to forget. 1863—In Battle Creek, Mich., the Seventh-day Adventist Church is first organized. 1948—“Joltin’”Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive homers. Born: Drew Carey (1961). Died: Margaret Rutherford (1972). Turtle Day. Today’s Word: Brontology—the study of thunder.

May 24: 1607—100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, Va., to form the first English colony in North America. 1798—The United Irishmen begin the Irish Rebellion against Great Britain. 1830—Sarah Josepha publishes Mary Had a Little Lamb. 1921—This is the first day of the trial involving purported anarchists Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who are later convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery of a shoe factory. 1976—France takes it where it hurts at an international wine tasting where American red and white wines beat European wines in blind taste testing. This is known as The Judgment of Paris. Born: Alexandrina Victoria a/k/a Queen Victoria (1819). Died: John Foster Dulles (1959). Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day (Bulgaria). Today’s Word: Gaberlunzie—a beggar. Remember to yell this at the next guy you see with a cardboard sign at an exit ramp.

May 25: 1870—John O’Neill and Samuel Spiers lead Irish Fenians from the U.S. into Canada to raid Eccles Hill near Quebec. Obviously the invasion was not a success. 1887—200 die in a fire at the Paris Opera House. 1953—In Houston, Texas, the first non-commercial educational TV station begins broadcasting. 1978—Star Wars premiers; on the same date five years later, Return of the Jedi hits the screen. Born: Frank Oz (voice of Miss Piggy, Yoda) (1944). Died: Patty Smith Hill, composer of Happy Birthday to You (1946). Mudbug Madness Week. Today’s Word: Dactylonomy—to count using your fingers.

May 26: 1521—Martin Luther becomes an outlaw with the issuance of the Edict of Worms. 1828—A feral child, or “wild child,” is discovered roaming the streets of Nuremberg. He claims he had been kept in isolation is a small cell as a child. He is later named Kasper Hauser. 1911—The first Indianapolis 500 race is held. National Good Car Keeping Month. Today’s Word: Opprobrium—when shameful behavior causes disgrace.

May 27: 1755—The first municipal water pumping plant in America is installed in Bethlehem, Penn. 1890—A patent for the “coin actuated attachment for phonographs” (jukebox) is granted to William S Arnold and Louis Glass. 1907—San Francisco has an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague. 1930—The patent for masking tape goes to St. Paul’s own Richard G. Drew. 1937—It is Pedestrian’s Day on the new Golden Gate Bridge. About 200,000 meander on the bridge. Since it is in San Francisco, many tried to set records by walking backwards, running, biking, tap dancing, roller skating, stilt walking, and playing instruments. 2106—Hilbert Throtburton is first man in 250 years to be able to see his doctor without being weighed and having his blood pressure and pulse taken. Born: William Webster Hansen, regarded as founder of microwave technology (1901). Died: Ernst Ruska, inventor of the electron microscope (1988). Sun Screen Day. Today’s Word: Abbozzo—a preliminary drawing.

May 28: 1897—Carpenter and cough medicine manufacturer Pearl B. Wait introduces a variety of fruit flavored gelatin desserts that his wife May names Jell-O. Sales are so poor he sells the Jell-O business to a neighbor for $450. 1915—The Raggedy Ann doll is patented by John B. Gruelle. 1934—In Ontario, Elzire Dionne gives birth to the aptly named Dionne quintuplets—Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne. 1987—Mathias Rust, an 18-year-old, West German amateur aviator, evades Soviet air defenses and lands his Cessna near Moscow’s Red Square. 1990—Postman and bicyclist, Dave ‘Pixie’ Robilliard, pops the longest wheelie lasting five hours, 12 minutes, and 33 seconds. Born Pipless: Gladys Knight (1944). Died: Phil Hartman (1998). Kiss-Your-Mate Day. Today’s Word: Kosmokrator—ruler of the world. See Oldest Sister.


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