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    Today in History May 18

    May 18
    1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.

    1860 - Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, IL was nominated for the U.S. Presidency by Republican party leaders at a meeting in Chicago.

    1912 - Since baseball great Ty Cobb had been suspended from playing the game, Hugh Jennings, manager of the Detroit Tigers, gave way to Cobb’s teammates who said they wouldn’t play unless Cobb was allowed to suit up and play, too. So, with the Tigers off the field for the day, Jennings hired the baseball team from nearby St. Joseph’s College to play in place of the Tigers! It was not, to say the least, a good day for the Tigers. St. Joseph’s pitcher, Aloysius Travers, was pounded by the Philadelphia Athletics 24-2. Travers gave up all 24 runs -- a single-game record.

    1931 - Race jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his first race -- at Bainbridge, OH. He finished sixth. Later, Arcaro would become a racing legend, finishing first in over 4,100 races, including four Kentucky Derby wins. Arcaro won the Derby in 1941, 1945, 1948 and again in 1952. He rode Hill Gail, Hoop, Jr., Whirl-A-Way and Citation. Arcaro won the Triple Crown with Whirl-A-Way and Citation.

    1942 - David Harding, Counterspy Counterspy was heard on the NBC Blue network for the first time. The program enjoyed a long run on radio, lasting for 15 years.

    1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.

    1954 - Former heavyweight boxing titleholder Max Schmeling came back to the U.S. after 15 years. He returned to referee a boxing match in Milwaukee, WI. He stayed for the beer and bratwurst, no doubt...

    1957 - Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Bold Ruler to the winner’s circle in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.

    1968 - Tiny Tim’s warbly Tiptoe through the Tulips was released. An eventual top twenty hit, Tiptoe was a remake of a number one hit for Nick Lucas in 1929. Grab your banjo and sing along. “Ohhhhh, Tiptoe through the Tuuuuulips....”

    1970 - Opening this night in New York City was The Me Nobody Knows at the Orpheum Theatre. The musical had a run of 586 performances.

    1974 - The Streak started a 3-week run at number one on the Billboard pop music chart. The novelty tune, by Ray Stevens, was about people running nekkid where they shouldn’t be nekkid, like, in public. It was the second number one hit for the comedian who made numerous appearances on Andy Williams’ TV show in the late 1960s, as well as his own show in the summer of 1970. His first number one hit, just prior to The Streak, was Everything is Beautiful. Both songs won gold records, as did his comedic Gitarzan, a top ten hit in 1969. “Booga-da, booga, da!”

    1992 - The season finale of Murphy Brown aired on CBS with Murphy Brown, played by Candice Bergen, giving birth to an illegitimate son (Avery Brown). The following day, U.S. V.P. Dan Quayle publicly lambasted the comedy, saying that the program ‘glorified’ single-parenthood. Quayle also complained that the TV situation made a mockery of families with fathers.

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    GEESH! may 18, 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted. i was there. first major volcanic eruption in u.s. history to ppl living. get a better history source! j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    GEESH! may 18, 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted. i was there. first major volcanic eruption in u.s. history to ppl living. get a better history source! j/k
    No doubt, but i was always hoping that people would add history on a daily basis, so thanks!!


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