History #Trivia – May 15 to May 31 by Kaye Spencer


May 15, 1940 – Nylon stockings went on sale for first time in the U.S. They were stronger and& cheaper than silk stockings and were instantly popular.


May 16, 1965 – SpaghettiOs were sold for the first time.


May 17, 1872 – Colorado Territory : Denver & Rio Grande’s tracks were 20 miles from Pueblo: when the workers ran out of iron.


May 18, 1980 – Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington State. I lived in northeastern, Colorado at the time, some 1300 miles to the east. This picture is a bit of volcanic ash that made the cloudy trek to my house from Washington.


May 19, 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery.


May 20, 1957 – No.1 spot on Billboard Country Music singles chart: Marty Robbins’ A White Sport Coat & A Pink Carnation.


May 21, 1945 – Married: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart


May 22, 1859 – Born: author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


May 23, 1934 – Depression Era bank robbers/outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a shootout with police.


May 24, 1844 – Baltimore Patriot carried the first ever telegraphed news dispatch (via Samuel Morse from Washington, DC).


May 25, 1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.


May 26, 1907 – Born: actor John Wayne


May 27, 1911 – Born: actor Vincent Price


May 28, 1863 – The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War. Watch the movie, Glory, for a decent depiction of the story.


May 29, 1995 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit was Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman by Bryan Adams


May 30, 1593 – 29-yr-old playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed in a brawl over a bar tab.


May 31, 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented ‘flaked cereal’.


Until next time,


Kaye Spencer


Writing the West one romance upon a time


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