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Happy Cinco de Mayo, we made 55 of these little things. Huzzah.

Pete Rose, 1985.
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Pete Rose, 1985.
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It’s a look at events and birthdays of this day in history. (Funny voices oh my.)

Episode 55, 5-5-2021

1904 – Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox tossed a perfect game against the Philadelphia Americans. The final score was 3-0. No player on the Philadelphia team reached first base. It was the third perfect game ever thrown in the big leagues.

1945 – In the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon. The explosion killed Elsie Mitchell, the pregnant wife of minister Archie Mitchell, and five children who were on a picnic.

1961 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first U.S. space traveler as he rode a Redstone rocket on a 15-minute, suborbital flight that took him and his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule 116.5 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, FL.

1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds smacked his 3,000th major-league hit. Not many years later, `Charlie Hustle’ would break Ty Cobb’s career record of 4,191 hits.

2001 – Cliff Hillegass, creator of Cliffs Notesdied at 83 years of age.


1818 – Karl Marx
socialist writer: Das Kapital, The Communist Manifesto; founder of communism; died Mar 14, 1883

1864 – Nelly Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman)
courageous journalist, writing about taboo subjects of her time: divorce, poverty, capital punishment, insanity; women’s rights advocate; died Jan 27, 1922

1914 – Tyrone Power (Tyrone Edmund Power Jr.)
actorTom Brown of CulverThe Mark of ZorroBlood and SandThis Above AllThe Eddie Duchin StoryThe Long Gray LineWitness for the Prosecutiondied Nov 15, 1958

1915 – Alice Faye (Alice Jeanne Leppert)
actressIn Old ChicagoLillian RussellRose of Washington SquareTin Pan AlleyState Fairdied May 9, 1998more

1926 – Ann B. Davis
Emmy Award-winning actressThe Bob Cummings Show [1958, 1959]; The Brady BunchThe Brady Bunch Variety HourNaked Gun 33?: The Final InsultA Very Brady Christmas; died Jun 1, 2014

1927 – Pat Carroll
Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actressCaesar’s Hour [1956], The Ted Knight ShowWith Six You Get EggrollBrothers O’Toole

1940 – Lance Henriksen
actorPowderFelonyDead ManBajaSpitfireColor of NightThe Criminal MindDelta HeatAlien 3The Last SamuraiJohnny HandsomeNear DarkThe TerminatorThe Right StuffPrince of the CityDamien: Omen 2Dog Day Afternoon

1942 – Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh)
Grammy Award-winning country singerI Don’t Wanna Play House [1967], Stand By Your Man [1969]; D-I-V-O-R-C-ENear YouApartment #9died Apr 6, 1998

1943 – Michael Palin
comedian, actorMonty Python’s Flying CircusLife of BrianBrazilA Fish Called WandaAmerican Friends

1944 – John Rhys-Davies
actorSlidersLord of the Rings series, Helen of TroyThe Gold CrossAu PairMarquis de SadeThe UntouchablesThe Lost WorldWar and RemembranceRaiders of the Lost Ark

1948 – Bill Ward
musician: drums: group: Black Sabbath: Paranoid

1957 – Richard E. Grant
actorJack and SarahCold Light of DayReady to WearL.A. StoryThe Age of InnocenceBram Stoker’s DraculaHudson HawkHenry and Junemore

1959 – Brian Williams
TV news anchorNBC Nightly News, MSNBC: The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

1979 – Vincent Kartheiser
actorMad MenAngelElektra LuxxAmerican ExperienceMoneyRangoL.A. NoireIn TimeFruit of Labor

1981 – Danielle Fishel
actressBoy Meets WorldNational Lampoon Presents Dorm DazeThe Chosen OneRocket’s Red GlareLongshot

1982 – Randall Gay
football [cornerback]: Louisiana State Univ; NFL: New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

1983 – Henry Cavill
actorThe TudorsHellraiser: HellworldRed Riding HoodTristan and IsoldeI Capture the CastleGoodbye, Mr. ChipsThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well Schooled in MurderThe Count of Monte CristoLaguna

1985 – Clark Duke
actorGreekHot Tub Time MachineKick-AssSex DriveA Thousand WordsIdentity ThiefHearts AfireThe CroodsRobot Chicken

1988 – Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins)
Grammy Award-winning singerChasing PavementsMake You Feel My LoveRolling in the DeepSomeone Like YouSet Fire to the RainSkyfallmore

1989 – Chris Brown
Grammy Award-winning singerRun It!Kiss KissI Love UCrawlSupermanWith YouForeverGimme ThatSay GoodbyeYo [Excuse Me Miss]

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