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Old 05-23-2017, 02:00 PM   #856
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1987, Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.
How many bands can boast twelve former members?
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:50 PM   #857
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Traveled over the Skagit River on that bridge this weekend. Definitely thought about the accident that broke the bridge. Crossed safely this time. Whew!
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:13 PM   #858
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Today is May 24.


Today In Music History

1963, US blues guitarist and singer Elmore James died of a heart attack aged 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker', which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as "The King of the Slide Guitar", James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1966, Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go. West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.

1968, The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack that's jumpin' Jack."

1969, Bob Dylan's album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer's ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured 'Lay Lady Lay', which became one of Dylan's biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.

1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Get Back', the group's 17th US No.1. Credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", it was the Beatles' only single that credited another artist, 'Get Back' was also the Beatles' first single release in true stereo in the US.

1970, Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset, England.

1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75.

1974, David Bowie released his eighth studio album Diamond Dogs. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. Genitalia!!!

1975, Earth Wind and Fire went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shining Star', the group's first and only US No.1.

1980, Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.

1991, Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better', and 'Eight Miles High'.

1999, Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985, and caused controversy by featuring a small portion of Queens drummer, Roger Taylor, in the background - UK stamps by tradition only carry pictures of living persons who are members of the Royal Family.

2009, Billy Joel was being sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto, claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly thrown out of the band. He said: "People get fired, they get severance or insurance for a certain period of time. I didn't even get a phone call. It was cold."

2010, Paul Gray, the bassist with US metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Police said foul play was not suspected, but an autopsy would be carried out. The nine members of Slipknot wore masks in public and referred to other bandmates by numbers; Gray was number two.
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Old 05-25-2017, 02:08 PM   #859
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May 25

Today is National Missing Children's Day.

Today is also Towel Day.

240 BC First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1865 In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes.

1895 The playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.

1914 The House of Commons of the United Kingdom passes the Home Rule Bill for devolution in Ireland.

1925 Scopes Monkey Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee.

1935 Jesse Owens

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of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan

1950 A Chicago Surface Lines streetcar crashes into a fuel truck, killing 33 people.

1953 At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test.

The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston, in Texas.

1955 In the United States, a night-time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.

1962 The Old Bay Line, the last overnight steamboat service in the United States, goes out of business.

1968 The Gateway Arch

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in Saint Louis is dedicated.

1977 Star Wars

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is released in theaters.

1977 - Chinese government removes a decade old ban on the works of William Shakespeare.

1979 American Airlines Flight 191, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing all 271 on board and two people on the ground.

1979 Etan Patz, six years old, disappears from the street just two blocks away from his home in New York City, prompting an international search for the child, and causing U.S. President Ronald Reagan to designate May 25 as National Missing Children's Day (in 1983).

1982 HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War.

1986 Hands Across America takes place.

2001 Erik Weihenmayer, 32 years old, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2002 China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait. All 225 people on board are killed.

2011 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2012 The Space X 'Dragon' becomes the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Births

1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson; 1889 Igor Sikorsky; 1897 Gene Tunney; 1903 Binnie Barnes; 1921 Hal David; 1925 Jeanne Crain; 1926 Claude Akins; 1927 Robert Ludlum; 1929 Beverly Sills; 1936 Tom T. Hall; 1939 Dixie Carter; 1943 Jessi Colter; 1943 Leslie Uggams; 1944 Frank Oz; 1947 Karen Valentine; 1955 Connie Sellecca; 1958 Paul Weller; 1963 Mike Myers; 1969 Anne Heche; 1970 Octavia Spencer; 1973 Demetri Martin; 1976 Cillian Murphy; 1978 Brian Urlacher; 1994 Aly Raisman

Deaths

1899 Rosa Bonheur; 1919 Madam C. J. Walker; 1990 Vic Tayback; 2007 Charles Nelson Reilly
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Old 05-25-2017, 04:31 PM   #860
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1895 The playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.
From the Wiki link to "gross indecency law"

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However, fellatio, masturbation, and other acts of non-penetration remained lawful.
But of course, how can you run an empire with every male in jail?
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