This Day In History – May 8

1877

The first Westminister Dog Show was held!

Apparently, this annual “dog show” was the inspiration for one of the greatest movies ever made:

 Best In Show! 

1945

V-E Day!

The Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany! 

Kiss the rings! 

1959

Mike and Marian Ilitch founded “Little Caesars Pizza Treat” in Garden City, Michigan

He wanted to name the restaurant “Pizza Treat” but she thought that was boring, so they named it after her nickname for him: “my little Caesar”

1961

New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise.

They chose the Mets.

1984

Joanie and Chachi  got married on Happy Days!

This was also the final episode of the legendary show!

1999

Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college

She has a lot going on these days!

and then lastly…

2008

The Olympic torch reached the summit of Mount Everest!

It was carried up the mountain by a team Chinese climbers, before the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

Awesome!

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – May 7

1945

Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II

It would take effect the next day. 

1975

President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War. 

1977

Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby.

Seattle Slew ended up becoming the tenth Triple Crown winner

and then lastly…

1999

A jury ruled that The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. were liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure. He was killed by another guest on the show, Jonathan Schmitz.

The jury’s award was $25 million. 

 So tragic! 

-Tyler Jackson

The Most Googled Baby Names Per State

Google just analyzed searches for baby names in the past year, and found the most common names new parents have been searching for.

The top three boy names nationwide are:  Michael, James, and Avery.  The top three girl names are:  Elizabeth, Olivia, and Emma.

They also broke down the most popular names in each state.  Most states have pretty traditional results . . . after all, when you have millions of people searching, it’s hard for something TOO obscure to break through.  And yet . . . some states still found a way.

The most obscure boy names that managed to be the top search in a state are:  Ahmed in South Dakota . . . Ezekiel in Kansas . . . Zyion in Arkansas . . . Nico in Massachusetts . . . and Aniyah in Hawaii.

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Read more here!

This Day In History – May 6

1915

Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run

The Great Bambino would end up hit 714 home runs! 

1937

The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, New Jersey

Thirty-six people were killed. 

This was the end of the ‘airship’ era

1965

Keith Richards began writing the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction in a Florida hotel room. 

Hell ya! 

1994

The Chunnel officially opened!

The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France and is 31.35 miles long!  

 and then lastly…

2002

Spider-Man became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

I paid my $8 to see it! Great movie! 

-Tyler Jackson

Where do the Sexiest Men and Women Come From?

Add this to the endless list of things we can blame on the Kardashians.

A new survey asked 110,000 Americans which nationality is the sexiest . . . and ARMENIAN women were voted the hottest in the world. Obviously the Kardashians are the most high-profile Armenian women out there.

They aren’t the only celebrities with fingerprints on the list. Women from Barbados came in second, and we’re pretty sure the credit for that goes to RIHANNA. Also cool? People from Barbados are called ‘Barbadian.’

The ten sexiest nationalities for women are: Armenian . . . Barbadian . . . American . . . Colombian . . . British . . . Australian . . . Brazilian . . . Filipina . . . Bulgarian . . . and Lebanese.

The ten sexiest men are: Irish . . . Australian . . . Pakistani . . . American . . . British . . . Scottish . . . Italian . . . Nigerian . . . Danish . . . and Spanish.

Read more here!

This Day In History – May 5

1862

The Battle of Puebla took place.

General Ignacio Zaragoza’s troops were outnumbered three to one as they battled the invading French army. They may have been outnumbered but they had the will to win, and that’s what they did. The won!

It is now celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.

1865

The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

1891

Music Hall was dedicated in New York City!

It was later renamed Carnegie Hall

1956

Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. 

He was clocked at 3:58.5

1961

Alan Shepard became the first American in space

and then lastly…

2000

The final episode of Boy Meets World aired on ABC!

This was my show when I was growing up…

…and at age 30, this boy still hasn’t met the world! 

-Tyler Jackson

The Professions That Are Most Likely to Cheat

According to the largest married dating site in the world, called Illicit Encounters, there are certain professions where people are more likely to cheat than others.

The professions most likely to cheat are:

  • Financial Services 18%
  • Management and HR 12%
  • Executive and Self Employed 8%
  • Engineering and IT/Communications 6%
  • Accounting 5%
  • Sales and Marketing 4%
  • Government, Healthcare, Medical and Legal 3%
  • Advertising, Media, Entertainment, Art, Design, Education, Science, Trades, Services, Retired 2%
  • Admin, Customer Service, Hospitality, Tourism, Retail, Consumer, Other 1%

Read more here!

Dumb Kansas Laws

There are a lot of dumb rules still in place in the state of Kansas, like “Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats” and “If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed”.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

 

Read the full list of dumb Kansas laws here!

This Day In History – May 4

1932

Al Capone begins life as convict #40886 in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary

He began serving an 11 year sentence for income tax evasion

1959

The first year of Grammy Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences are presented

Domenico Modugno was the big winner of the night! His song Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) won both song and record of the year

1970

After a number of days of protest against US invasion of Cambodia, members of the Ohio National Guard fired on protesters at Kent State University

4 people were killed and another 10 were injured.

1979

Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2006

Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York for 95.2 million dollars!

The portrait, painted in 1941, was considered the second most expensive painting at the time, under another Picasso painting that sold for 104 million dollars in 2004.

and then lastly…

2007

Hard to believe it’s been eight years ago

An EF5 tornado nearly 1 1/2 miles wide travels through the city of Greensburg, Kansas leveling 95% of the city and killing eleven people

A total of 961 homes and businesses were destroyed, with 216 receiving major damage, and 307 receiving minor damage. 

The winds in the tornado were estimated to reach 205 mph.

-Tyler Jackson