Events - May 26
1913 - Actors’ Equity Association was organized in New York City.
1928 - Andrew Payne ran 3,422 miles in 84 days in a time of 573 hours, 4 minutes and 34 seconds to win the Bunion Derby that ended at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Upon reaching the finish line of the grueling run, Mr. Payne was heard to exclaim, “Yeeeeeowwwwww! My dawgs’ are on fire!”
1940 - "Invitation to Learning" was first heard on CBS radio. The educational radio program ran for 15 years on the network.
1942 - Lionel Hampton and his band recorded the classic, "Flying Home", for Decca Records.
1954 - Liberace presented a three-hour, one-man concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Look at the official attendance: 13,000 women and 3,000 men! The performance nearly broke the box office mark of 18,000 set by pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski.
1959 - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Harvey Haddix, threw a no-hitter for 12 innings; but lost to the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in the 13th inning. That’s when Braves slugger Joe Adcock whacked a home run to win the game.
1961 - Dave Garroway told the NBC-TV brass that he was ready to retire. “I want to give up the Today show,” he said, “to stop talking awhile and start looking, thinking and listening to people.” Garroway voiced his trademark, “Peace,” with palm facing the camera, for the last time, after 10 years of early morning informing and entertaining.
1969 - Dick Cavett began a prime time summer TV series three nights a week on ABC. The critics said, “It’s two nights and three quarters of one too much for Cavett.” Within two years, ABC decided that Cavett would be the star of its late night offering five nights a week against Johnny Carson. Guess who kept his job?
1973 - Kathy Schmidt set an American women’s javelin record with a toss of 207 feet, 10 inches in Modesto, CA.
1977 - The man called The Human Fly, George Willig, did the impossible. He scaled the World Trade Center in New York City, by fixing himself up to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top! It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines - a penny per floor.
1986 - Sylvester Stallone set a sales record for a non-sequel film with the release of "Cobra". Ticket sales for the opening day premiere were $12.4 million.
Birthdays - May 26
1799 - Alexander Pushkin (poet: Eugene Onegin, The Bronze Horseman, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Southern Verse Tales; playwright: Boris Godunov; novelist: Tales of Belkin, The Captain’s Daughter; died Jan 29, 1837 [mortally wounded in a duel Jan 27])
1886 - Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) (singer: Sonny Boy; actor: The Jazz Singer, Rhapsody in Blue, Rose of Washington Square; died Oct 23, 1950)
1897 - Norma Talmadge (actress: The Forbidden City, The Social Secretary, Dubarry; died Dec 24, 1957)
1907 - John ‘Duke’ Wayne (Marion Morrison) (Academy Award-winning actor: True Grit ; Stagecoach, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, They Were Expendable, The Quiet Man, The Alamo, The Green Berets, The Shootist; died June 11, 1979)
1908 - Robert Morley (Adolph Milton) (actor: Marie Antoinette, Around the World in 80 Days, The African Queen, War and Remembrance, Of Human Bondage, Istanbul; producer; died June 3, 1992)
1910 - Laurance S. Rockefeller (conservationist: donated 92 acres on the top of Sage Mountain for British Virgin Islands’s first national park ; died July 11, 2004)
1911 - Ben Alexander (Nicholas Benton Alexander) (actor: All Quiet on the Western Front, Dragnet; died July 5, 1969)
1913 - Peter Cushing (actor: Star Wars, Tales from the Crypt, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Horror of Dracula, The House That Dripped Blood; died Aug 11, 1994)
1920 - Peggy Lee (Norma Delores Egstrom) (singer: Fever, It’s a Good Day, I Hear Music, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, I’m Just Wild About Harry, I’ve Got the World on a String, Mr. Wonderful; actress: Mister Music, The Jazz Singer, Pete Kelley’s Blues, Is That All There Is?; sang for: Lady and the Tramp; died Jan 21, 2002)
1923 - James Arness (Aurness) (actor: Gunsmoke, How the West was Won, Hondo, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory; Minneapolis, MN radio newscaster; brother of Peter Graves; died Jun 3, 2011)
1927 - Jacques Bergerac (actor: Twist of Fate, Les Girls, Gigi, A Global Affair, Missione speciale Lady Chaplin; died Jun 15, 2014)
1939 - Brent Musburger (sportscaster: ABC Sports, CBS Sports)
1940 - Levon Helm (musician: drums, singer: groups: The Band, Hawks, Levon and the Hawks, Crackers, Canadian Squires; died Apr 19, 2012)
1941 - Cliff Drysdale (tennis: first president of the Association of Tennis Professionals [ATP: 1972-74]; ESPN commentator)
1942 - Ray Ennis (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Swinging Blue Jeans: Hippy Hippy Shake)
1942 - Chuck (Charles Oscar) Hartenstein (‘Twiggy’: baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, SL Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays)
1944 - Verden Allen (musician: keyboards: group: Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes, Ballad of Mott, All the Way to Memphis)
1944 - Sam Posey (auto racer; radio/TV race commentator)
1945 - Garry Peterson (musician: drums: The Guess Who: These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, American Woman, Share the Land, Clap for the Wolfman
1947 - Darrell (Wayne) Evans (baseball: Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1973], SF Giants [all-star: 1983], Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1984])
1948 - Stevie (Stephanie) Nicks (songwriter: Edge of Seventeen; singer: group: Fleetwood Mac: Dreams, Don’t Stop; solo: Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around [w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers], Leather & Lace [w/Don Henley], Stand Back, Talk to Me)
1949 - Dan Pastorini (football: Houston Oilers; football handicapper)
1949 - Philip Michael Thomas (actor: Miami Vice, Hair, False Witness, A Fight for Jenny, Homeboy)
1949 - Hank Williams Jr. (singer: All My Rowdy Friends Have Gone and Settled Down, Whiskey Bent and Hell-Bound, Family Tradition, Raining in My Heart, I’ve Got a Right to Cry, I’d Rather Be Gone, I Fought the Law, Are You Ready? [ABC Monday Night Football intro]; movie soundtrack: Your Cheatin’ Heart)
1951 - Sally Ride (astronaut: first American woman in space: Challenger shuttle ; died Jul 23, 2012)
1958 - Wayne Hussey (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Mission: LPs: Gods Own Medicine, The First Chapter, Salad Daze, Neverland, Ever After)
1962 - Genie Francis (actress: General Hospital, North and South, Book I & II, Bare Essence)
1962 - Bob(cat) Goldthwait (actor: Out There, Destiny Turns on the Radio, Scrooged, Police Academy series, One Crazy Summer, voice of Muggle in Capitol Critters, voice of Mr. Floppy in Unhappily Ever After)
1964 - Lenny Kravitz (singer, songwriter: Are You Gonna Go My Way?)
1966 - Helena Bonham Carter (actress: Mighty Aphrodite, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Howard’s End, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Hamlet, A Room with a View, Lady Jane)
Chart Toppers - May 26
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
Laughing on the Outside - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
Wanted - Perry Como
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Man Upstairs - Kay Starr
I Really Don’t Want to Know - Eddy Arnold
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
Old Rivers - Walter Brennan
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones
American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis
Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
My Love - Sonny James
With a Little Luck - Wings
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams
You’re the One that I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime) - Johnny Duncan
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Live to Tell - Madonna
On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
Tomb of the Unknown Love -Kenny Rogers
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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