From Those Were The Days (In Part)
1847 – Robert W. Thomson of England patented the rubber tire on this day.
1879 – George Selden of Rochester, NY applied for the first automobile patent.
1915 – Regret captured the Kentucky Derby. The horse was the only filly (at the time) to win the Run for the Roses in Louisville, KY.
1937 – War Admiral with Charley Kurtsinger aboard wins the Kentucky Derby.
1939 – Clay Puett invented a device that is still a common sight at thoroughbred race tracks around the world. The electric starting gate was used for the first time to start races at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. The push of a button from a judges’ stand at trackside automatically opened the gates. It was set on wheels so that it could be pulled off the race course quickly. A bell sounds… and “They’re off!”
1941 – Anita O’Day recorded Let Me Off Uptown on Okeh Records with Gene Krupa and his band.
1945 – This day was celebrated throughout the free world. It was V-E Day. The Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany. The surrender had been made official on May 7th at Reims, France.
1959 – The final broadcast of One Man’s Family was heard on NBC radio after being on the air 27 years. The show had completed 3,256 episodes since its beginning back in 1932.
1961 – The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. selected the Mets as the name for their National League baseball franchise that would begin play at the Polo Grounds in 1962.
1962 – Zero Mostel starred in one of his most famous roles, in the Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The comedy opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. Audiences laughed through the entertaining show for a total of 964 performances.
1968 – Catfish Hunter was pitching for Oakland in an American League baseball game against Minnesota. By the end of the game, with a score of 4-0, Catfish made history. He pitched what turned out to be the ninth perfect game in major-league baseball history.
1981 – Fernando Valenzuela, the sensational crowd-pleasing pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers, won his fifth shutout of the young baseball season. Fernando went on to win eight games without a loss and posted an amazing ERA of just 0.50!
1984 – Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on Happy Days! The comedy series, starring Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Ron Howard and Anson Williams had already left the show), was winding down in its final season on ABC-TV. In the same episode, Fonzie (brilliantly portrayed by Winkler), filed papers to adopt a son.
1985 – Larry Bird scored a playoff career-high 43 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 130-123 win over the Detroit Pistons.