Today's Holidays for May 31
Feast Day of Visitation commemorating the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth after the annunciation and before the birth of John the Baptist.
Today's History Trivia for May 31
2005 Watergate Deep Throat is revealed to be Mark Felt, former Associate Director of the FBI.
1985 Ecstasy (MDMA) is banned in the U.S.
1959 Hovercraft First Manned Hovercraft Flight. The seven-ton SR.N1 developed by John Cockerell makes its first test flight. It was capable of 60 knots.
1928 First Transpacific Flight Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew depart from Oakland, California. They arrived in Australian on June 9.
1889 Johnstown Flood More than 2,200 people are killed in Pennsylvania.
1790 First U.S. copyright law is passed by Congress.
1678 First Godiva Procession It celebrated Lady Godiva's famous nude ride through Coventry marketplace. Her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, had promised to relieve Coventry of its heavy taxes if she did it.
Today's Birthdays for May 31
1965 Brooke Shields American actress. Film: Pretty Baby (1978, as a teenage prostitute), Just You and Me Kid (1979), and Blue Lagoon (1980). She was the Ivory Soap Girl (at age 11 months).
1943 Sharon Gless American actress. TV: Cagney & Lacey (Cagney).
1943 Joe Namath American Football Hall-of-Famer quarterback, "Broadway Joe." He was Rookie of the Year (1965), Player of the Year (1968), and Super Bowl MVP (1968).
1938 Johnny Paycheck d. 2003 American singer. Music: Eleven Months and Twenty-nine Days (the time he spent in jail), and Take This Job And Shove It.
1930 Clint Eastwood American actor, Oscar-winning director, mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (1986-88), "Make my day." Film: A Fist Full of Dollars (1974, The Man with No Name), Dirty Harry (1971), Unforgiven (1992, Oscar), and Million Dollar Baby (2004, Oscar).
1924 Patricia Roberts Harris d. 1985 American lawyer, educator, first black woman U.S. ambassador (1965, Luxembourg) and the first woman to hold two cabinet positions (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 1977-79 and Secretary of Health Education and Welfare 1979-81).
1922 Denholm Elliott d. 1992 British actor. Film: Trading Places (Eddie Murphy's butler).
1908 Don Ameche d. 1993 (Dominic Felix Amici), American Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939), Trading Places (1983), and Cocoon (1985, Oscar).
1898 Norman Vincent Peale d. 1993 American minister, author, and founder of Guideposts magazine (1945). Writings: The Power of Positive Thinking (1952). Radio: The Art of Living. His life was portrayed in the movie One Man's Way (1964).
1894 Fred Allen d. 1956 (John Florence Sullivan), American radio and TV comedian.
1866 John Ringling d. 1936 American circus operator, with Ringling Brothers Circus.
1857 Pius XI d. 1939 Italian religious leader, 259th Pope (1922-39), created the Vatican radio station.
1819 Walt Whitman d. 1892 American poet. Writings: Leaves of Grass.
Deaths for May 31
2013 Jean Stapleton b. 1923 (Jeanne Murray), American actress. TV: All in the Family (Edith Bunker).
2001 Arlene Francis b. 1907 (Arlene Francis Kazanjian), American radio talk-show host, actress. TV: What's My Line (panelist 1950-67).
1996 Timothy Leary b. 1920 American psychologist. He promoted the psychedelic experience of the '60s with his famous phrase "Turn on, tune in, and drop out." Pres. Nixon called him "the most dangerous man in America."
1983 Jack Dempsey b. 1895 (William Harrison Dempsey), American boxer, "The Manassa Mauler," world heavyweight champion (1919-26).
1977 William Castle b. 1914 (William Schloss), American film producer, director, known for the use of gimmicks to promote his horror films, such as hot-wiring theater seats and issuing "life insurance" to patrons.
1970 Terry Sawchuk b. 1929 American hockey goalie. He was Rookie of the Year (1950), Goaltender of the Year (1951-52, 54, 64), and is the all-time leader in wins (435) and shutouts (103).
1910 Elizabeth Blackwell b. 1821 American physician, the first U.S. woman doctor of medicine (1849).
1809 Franz Joseph Haydn b. 1732 Austrian composer, "Father of the Symphony." He composed about 120 symphonies.