May

 

May 1, 1777 – RB Sheridan’s “School for Scandal” premieres in London

May 1, 1786 – Mozart’s opera “Marriage of Figaro” premieres in Wien (Vienna)

May 1, 1851 – Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London

May 1, 1869 – Folies Bergère opens in Paris

May 1, 1883 – “Buffalo Bill” Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show

May 1, 1913 – Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC

May 1, 1939 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

May 1, 1941 – “Citizen Kane”, directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

May 1, 1943 – 1st edition of illegal “The Free Artist” appears in Amsterdam

May 1, 1944 – Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel “Journey in the Dark”

May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks is first African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry

May 1, 1950 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)

May 1, 1957 – Larry King’s 1st radio broadcast

May 1, 1961 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”

May 1, 1966 – Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)

May 1, 1968 – “Ben Franklin in Paris” closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances

May 1, 1971 – Rolling Stones release “Brown Sugar”

May 1, 1972 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)

May 1, 1976 – Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida

May 1, 1979 – Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

May 1, 1980 – “Day in Hollywood, A Night…” opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf

May 1, 1980 – 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win

May 1, 1983 – “My One & Only” opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

May 1, 1984 – Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

May 1, 1989 – 135 acre Disney’s MGM studio officially opens to public

May 1, 1991 – “Will Rogers Follies” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

May 1, 1992 – Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published

May 1, 1994 – “Rise & Fall of Little Voice” opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

May 1, 1996 – “Ideal Husband” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances

May 1, 1999 – Animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants” debuts on Nickelodeon

May 1, 2000 – “Gladiator” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

May 1, 2010 – Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

May 1, 2013 – A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes

May 1, 2017 – Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

May 2, 1519 – Leonardo da Vinci died at age 67 in Amboise, Kingdom of France

May 2, 1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “La Botega di Caffè” premieres in Mantua

May 2, 1885 – “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published

May 2, 1887 – Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

May 2, 1900 – George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell” premieres in London

May 2, 1905 – French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

May 2, 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright

May 2, 1927 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)

May 2, 1932 – Jack Benny’s 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

May 2, 1932 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)

May 2, 1936 – Sergei Prokofiev’s musical “Peter and the Wolf” premieres in Moscow

May 2, 1938 – Ella Fitzgerald records “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”

May 2, 1938 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play “Our Town”

May 2, 1947 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon for the Misbegotten” premieres in NYC

May 2, 1949 – Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman”

May 2, 1950 – Carlo Terrons “Giuditta” premieres in Milan

May 2, 1955 – Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof

May 2, 1960 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)

May 2, 1964 – Beatles’ “Beatles’ 2nd Album” goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

May 2, 1966 – Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)

May 2, 1968 – 1st performance of Roger Sessions’ 8th Symphony

May 2, 1975 – Apple records closes down

May 2, 1977 – “The King & I” opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances

May 2, 1979 – “Quadrophenia” premieres in London

May 2, 1979 – 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

May 2, 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in Wall (Part II)” is banned in South Africa

May 2, 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in Wall (Part II)” is banned in South Africa

May 2, 1984 – “Sunday in the Park with George” opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances

May 2, 1988 – Jackson Pollock’s “Search” sold for $4,800,000

May 2, 1993 – “5 Guys Named Moe” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances

May 2, 1994 – Michael Bolton found guilty of plagiarizing Isley Bros “Love is Wonderful Thing”

May 2, 1997 – “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

May 2, 2008 – The critically acclaimed “Iron Man”, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

May 2, 2012 – ‘The Scream’, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500

May 3, 1722 – Pierre de Marivaux’ “La Double Inconstance” premieres in Paris

May 3, 1903 – Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

May 3, 1906 – Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

May 3, 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields”

May 3, 1924 – Mary Carver, actress (Cecilia-Simon & Simon), born in Los Angeles, California

May 3, 1933 – James Brown, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

May 3, 1934 Frankie Valli, [Castelluccio], singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey

May 3, 1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”

May 3, 1944 – “Meet Me in St Louis” opens on Broadway

May 3, 1944 – “Going My Way”, directed by Leo McCary and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)

May 3, 1951 – Royal Festival Hall opens in London

May 3, 1952 – “Call Me Madam” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances

May 3, 1956 – Frank Loesser’s musical “Most Happy Fella” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances

May 3, 1960 – Musical “Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world’s longest running musical)

May 3, 1986 – 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing “J’aime la vie” in Bergen

May 3, 1988 – Jasper Johns’ “Diver” sold for $4,200,000

May 3, 1991 – 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series “Dallas”, (2nd only to “Gunsmoke”)

May 3, 1993 – “Kiss of the Spider Woman” opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances

May 3, 1994 – 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

May 3, 1997 – 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing “Love Shine a Light” in Dublin

May 3, 2002 – “Spider-Man”, starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

May 3, 2013 – The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys’ rapper Adam Yauch

May 4, 1728 – George Frideric Handel’s opera “Tolomeo, re di Egitto” premieres in London

May 4, 1878 – Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House

May 4, 1929 – Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

May 4, 1939 – Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)

May 4, 1944 – “Gaslight”, starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

May 4, 1957 – Alan Freed hosts “Rock n’ Roll Show” 1st prime-time network rock show

May 4, 1958 – Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

May 4, 1959 – First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

May 4, 1970 – Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario

May 4, 1972 – Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

May 4, 1985 – 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing “La det swinge” in Gothenburg

May 4, 1991 – 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing “Fangad av en stormvind” in Rome

May 4, 1993 – “Angels in America-Millennium Approaches” opens at Kerr for 367 performances

May 4, 1999 – “The Mummy” film directed by Stephen Sommers starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah premieres in the US

May 4, 2001 – The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public

May 4, 2008 – Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep “Family Guy” and “American Dad” on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world’s highest paid television writer

May 4, 2010 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

May 4, 2012 – MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

May 5, 1726 – Handel’s opera Alessandro premieres at the King’s Theatre in London with Italian castrato singer Senesino in the title role

May 5, 1891 – Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

May 5, 1927 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin

May 5, 1942 – Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

May 5, 1943 – Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

May 5, 1951 – “Out of This World” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances

May 5, 1955 – “Damn Yankees” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances

May 5, 1962 – West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

May 5, 1983 – Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands

May 5, 1984 – 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley” in Luxembourg

May 5, 1988 – Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], English singer (Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You), born in Tottenham, London

May 5, 1990 – 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing “Insieme: 1992” in Zagreb

May 5, 1994 – “Sally Marrand Her Escorts” opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances

May 5, 1997 – “Married With Children” final episode on Fox TV

May 5, 1999 – 34th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

May 5, 2012 – Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

May 6, 1895 – Rudolph Valentino, Italian sheik and actor (Eagle), born in Castellaneta, Italy (d. 1926)

May 6, 1915 – Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

May 6, 1950 – “Great to Be Alive” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances

May 6, 1957 – Last broadcast of “I Love Lucy” on CBS-TV

May 6, 1959 – The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London which was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist

May 6, 1961 – George Clooney, American actor (ER, Batman, The Descendants), born in Lexington, Kentucky

May 6, 1961 – Roma Downey born in Derry, Ireland (1 Life to Live, Touched by an Angel)

May 6, 1974 – Stolen “Guitar Player” painting by Jan Vermeer found in London

May 6, 1989 – 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing “Rock Me” in Lausanne

May 6, 1992 – Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

May 6, 1997 – Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

May 6, 2004 – TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)

May 6, 2007 – “Shrek the Third” directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.

May 6, 2017 – France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory

May 7, 1824 – Beethoven’s 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna

May 7, 1825 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), dies in Vienna at 74

May 7, 1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

May 7, 1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (Sgt York, High Noon), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1961)

May 7, 1919 – Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, born in Los Toldos (d. 1952)

May 7, 1947 – “Kraft Television Theater” premieres on NBC

May 7, 1953 – “Can Can” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances

May 7, 1960 – “Flower Drum Song” closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances

May 7, 1966 – Mamas & Papas “Monday Monday” hits #1

May 7, 1977 – “Happy End” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances

May 7, 1977 – 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing “L’oiseau et l’enfant” in London

May 7, 1987 – Diane Chambers’ (Shelley Long) final episode on “Cheers”

May 7, 2006 – 52nd British Academy Television Awards: “Help” Best Comedy, “Doctor Who” Best Drama

May 7, 2011 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, premieres in – opening weekend makes $350.6m

May 7, 2017 – MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories – Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

May 8, 1903 – Paul Gauguin died at age 54 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

May 8, 1911 – Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

May 8, 1912 – Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded

May 8, 1926 – Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)

May 8, 1952 – “Of Thee I Sing” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances

May 8, 1952 – 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): “La Ronde” Best Film

May 8, 1958 – “Dracula”, starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, debuts

May 8, 1962 – “Funny Thing Happened” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances

May 8, 1964 – Melissa Gilbert, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California

May 8, 1970 – Beatles release “Let it Be” album

May 8, 1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero), born in Madrid, Spain

May 8, 1976 – Martha Wainwright, Canadian American musician and songwriter born

May 8, 1985 – 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

May 8, 1989 – Paul McCartney releases remake of “Ferry Cross the Mersey” in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

May 8, 2001 – 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

May 9, 1740 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville) was born

May 9, 1868 – Anton Bruckner’s 1st Symphony in C, premieres

May 9, 1940 – James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic), was born

May 9, 1946 – 1st hour long entertainment TV show, “NBC’s Hour Glass” premieres

May 9, 1946 – Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actress (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown), was born

May 9, 1949 – Billy Joel, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, New York

May 9, 1958 – “Vertigo”, American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

May 9, 1962 – The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

May 9, 1962 – John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia

May 9, 1971 – 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win

May 9, 1978 – “Ain’t Misbehavin'” opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

May 9, 1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress, was born

May 9, 1979 – Andrew W.K., American musician was born

May 9, 1980 – Slasher horror film “Friday the 13th” is released in US cinemas

May 9, 1982 – “9” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances

May 9, 1983 – 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

May 9, 1987 – 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “Hold Me Now” in Brussels

May 9, 1989 – “Saratina!” closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances

May 9, 1992 – Final episode of “Golden Girls” airs on NBC-TV

May 9, 1992 – 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing “Why Me” in Malmo

May 9, 1994 – “Passion” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances

May 9, 1998 – 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing “Diva” in Birmingham

May 9,1999 – 45th British Academy Television Awards: “Father Ted” Best Comedy, “The Cops” Best Drama

May 9, 2012 – Warhol’s painting “Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” sold at auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $33 million

May 10, 1899 – Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

May 10, 1907 – Paul Dukas’ opera “Ariane et Barbe Bleue” premieres in Paris

May 10, 1952 – 5th Cannes Film Festival: “The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice” directed by Orson Welles and “Two Cents Worth of Hope” directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 10, 1955 – 8th Cannes Film Festival: “Marty” directed by Delbert Mann wins Palme d’Or

May 10, 1956 – 9th Cannes Film Festival: “The Silent World” directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d’Or

May 10, 1960 – Bono [Paul Hewson] born in Dublin, Ireland

May 10, 1977 – Joan Crawford, American actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

May 10, 1983 – “Laverne & Shirley” last airs on ABC-TV

May 10, 1994 – Barbra Streisand’s begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

May 10, 1995 – 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win

May 10, 1996 – “Twister” written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

May 10, 1999 – Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer, dies

May 10, 2014 – 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing “Rise Like a Phoenix” in Copenhagen

May 10, 2015 – 61st British Academy Television Awards: “The Graham Norton Show” Best Comedy, “Happy Valley” Best Drama

May 11, 1881 – Bedrich Smetana’s opera “Libusa” premieres in Prague

May 11, 1904 – Surrealist artist Salvador Dali born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

May 11, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st entry on UK charts with “Heartbreak Hotel”

May 11, 1963 – “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

May 11, 1965 – “Flora, the Red Menace” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances

May 11, 1969 – British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

May 11, 1975 – Natalie Cole releases her debut album “Inseparable” (wins 2 Grammys)

May 11, 1981 – Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

May 11, 1981 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on T. S. Eliot) premieres in London

May 11, 1985 –  Madonna’s “Crazy For You” single goes #1

May 11, 1993 – 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Mary Chapin Carpenter win

May 11, 1994 – Musical “Grease” opens at Eugene O’ Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances

May 11, 2002 – Last performance of the musical Cats in London’s West End

May 12, 1832 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “L’elisir d’amore” premieres in Milan

May 12, 1894 – Ludwig Englander’s musical “Passing Show” premieres in NYC

May 12, 1907 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam’s Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)

May 12, 1934 – “Cocktails For Two” by Duke Ellington hits #1

May 12, 1937 – George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York

May 12, 1956 – Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show “The Simpsons”, born in Springfield

May 12, 1958 – “Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu” by Dicky Doo & The Don’ts hits #40

May 12, 1959 – “Nervous Set” opens at Henry Miller’s Theater NYC for 23 performances

May 12, 1960 – Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

May 12, 1962 – Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York

May 12, 1963 – Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York

May 12, 1963 – Bob Dylan walks out of the “Ed Sullivan Show”

May 12, 1967 – 20th Cannes Film Festival: “Blowup” directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 12, 1967 – “Are You Experienced” debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is released

May 12, 1977 – 1st quadrophonic concert by Pink Floyd in London

May 12, 1989 – “Entertainment Tonight” makes 2,000th TV performance

May 12, 1990 – 3rd time “Saturday Night Live” uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)

May 12, 1990 – Nora Dunn & Sinead O’Connor boycott “Saturday Night Live” to protest Andrew “Dice” Clay’s hosting

May 12, 1993 – Last broadcast of “Knots landing” on CBS

May 12, 1994 – “Pulp Fiction”, directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d’Or 1994)

May 12, 2001 – 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing “Everybody” in Copenhagen

May 12, 2007 – 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing “Molitva” in Helsinki

May 12, 2013 – 59th British Academy Television Awards: “The Revolution Will Be Televised” Best Comedy, “Last Tango in Halifax” Best Drama

May 13, 1767 – Mozart’s opera “Apollo et Hyacinthus” premieres in Salzburg

May 13, 1906 – Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem

May 13, 1922 – Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

May 13, 1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

May 13, 1954 – “Pajama Game” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances

May 13, 1959 – Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle last airs on NBC-TV

May 13, 1961 – Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

May 13, 1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor, is born

May 13, 1965 – Rolling Stones record “Satisfaction”

May 13, 1966 – Rolling Stones release “Paint it Black”

May 13, 1970 – Beatles movie “Let it Be” premieres

May 13, 1991 – “Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness” goes on sale

May 13, 1992 – Final episode of “Night Court” airs on NBC-TV

May 13, 1995 – 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing “Nocturne” in Dublin

May 13, 2000 – 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing “Fly on the Wings of Love” in Stockholm

May 13, 2001 – 47th British Academy Television Awards: “Da Ali G Show” Best Comedy, “Clocking Off” Best Drama

May 13, 2004 – The final episode of “Frasier” on NBC is watched by 33 million people

May 13, 2017 – 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal’s Salvador Sobral wins singing “Amar Pelos Dois”

May 14, 1927 – “Ain’t She Sweet?” hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie

May 14, 1938 – “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

May 14, 1944 – George Lucas, American director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), born in Modesto, California

May 14, 1949 – “Love Life” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances

May 14, 1957 – “New Girl in Town” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances

May 14, 1964 – 17th Cannes Film Festival: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 14, 1968 – Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp

May 14, 1969 – Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

May 14, 1972 – 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O’Conner & Jean Stapleton win

May 14, 1972 – 14th Grammy Awards: It’s Too Late, Carly Simon wins

May 14, 1983 – “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby hits #5

May 14, 1984 – 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win

May 14, 1987 – Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 68

May 14, 1989 – Final TV episode of “Family Ties” airs on NBC with a 36 million audience

May 14, 1989 – Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC

May 14, 1998 – Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)

May 14, 1998 – Frank Sinatra, American singer (“My Way”) and actor (“Guys and Dolls”) , dies at 82

May 14, 2000 – 46th British Academy Television Awards: “The League of Gentlemen” Best Comedy, “The Cops” Best Drama

May 14, 2011 – 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing “Running Scared” in Dusseldorf

May 14, 2013 – Dan Brown’s fourth novel starring Robert Langdon (“The Da Vinci Code”), titled “Inferno”, is released and instantly becomes a bestseller

May 14, 2015 – B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

May 14, 2016 – 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine’s Jamala wins singing “1944”

May 15, 1858 – Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London

May 15, 1891 – Jules Massenet’s opera “Griselde” premieres in Paris

May 15, 1914 – Henri Rabaud’s opera “Marouf, Savetier de Caire” premieres in Paris

May 15,1928 – Mickey Mouse made his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy”

May 15, 1930 – Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia, United States

May 15, 1940 – Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur’s Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts

May 15, 1958 – “Gigi” based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

May 15, 1959 – 12th Cannes Film Festival: “Black Orpheus” directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d’Or

May 15, 1963 – 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

May 15, 1968 – “Wonderwall” with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

May 15, 1981 – SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC

May 15, 1988 – 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

May 15, 1993 – 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing “In Your Eyes” in Millstreet

May 15, 2002 – “Bowling for Columbine”, a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

May 15, 2004 – “Shrek 2” directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

May 15, 2004 – 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing “Wild Dances” in Istanbul

May 15, 2005 – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

May 15, 2007 – 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

May 15, 2011 – “The Artist” directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo premieres at the Cannes Film festival (Best Picture 2012)

May 16, 1868 – Bedrich Smetana’s opera “Dalibor” premieres in Prague

May 16, 1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1982)

May 16, 1919 – Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

May 16, 1929 – 1st Academy Awards: “Wings”, Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

May 16, 1946 – Musical “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

May 16, 1952 – “New Faces (of 1952)” opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances

May 16, 1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

May 16, 1953 – Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

May 16, 1955 – Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio

May 16, 1961 – 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win

May 16, 1965 – 18th Cannes Film Festival: “The Knack…and How to Get It” directed by Richard Lester wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 16, 1966 – Janet Jackson, singer, born in Gary, Indiana

May 16, 1970 – 23rd Cannes Film Festival: “M*A*S*H” directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 16, 1981 – “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

May 16, 1982 – “Barnum” closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances

May 16, 1986 – “Top Gun”, directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres

May 16, 1990 – Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53

May 16, 1990 – Samuel “Sammy” Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean’s 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64

May 16, 2001 – “Mulholland Drive”, directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2002 – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

May 16, 2009 – 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing “Fairytale” in Moscow

May 17, 1510 – Botticelli died at age 64 in Florence, Italy

May 17, 1890 – Pietro Mascagni’s opera “Rustic Chivalry” premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi

May 17, 1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2010)

May 17, 1957 – 10th Cannes Film Festival: “Friendly Persuasion” directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d’Or

May 17, 1961 – Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

May 17, 1965 – Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

May 17, 1975 – NBC paid $5M for rights to show “Gone with the Wind” one time

May 17, 1976 – 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

May 17, 1980 – Paul & Linda McCartney appear on “Saturday Night Live”

May 17, 2005 – 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

May 17, 2012 – Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

May 17, 2015 – 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

May 18, 1887 – Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera “Le Roi Malgré Luis” premieres in Paris

May 18, 1889 – Jules Massenet’s opera “Esclarmonde” premieres in Paris

May 18, 1897 – Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

May 18, 1897 – Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)

May 18, 1927 – Grauman’s Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif

May 18, 1955 – Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

May 18, 1958 – 11th Cannes Film Festival: “The Cranes Are Flying” directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d’Or

May 18, 1959 – “Castin’ My Spell” by Johnny Otis Show hits #52

May 18, 1961 – 14th Cannes Film Festival: “The Long Absence” directed by Henri Colpi and “Viridiana” directed by Luis Bunuel jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 18, 1963 – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul hits #1

May 18, 1965 – Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names for Star Trek Captain; they include Kirk

May 18, 1970 – Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US

May 18, 1970 – Tina Fey, American actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania

May 18, 1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hits #1

May 18, 1986 – “Singin’ in the Rain” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances

May 18, 1988 – Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71

May 18, 1992 – 45th Cannes Film Festival: “Den goda viljan” directed by Bille August wins the Palme d’Or

May 18, 1995 – “Braveheart” starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996)

May 18, 1996 – 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing “The Voice” in Oslo

May 18, 1997 – 50th Cannes Film Festival: “Taste of Cherry” directed by Abbas Kiarostami and “Unagi” directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 18, 1998 – 44th British Academy Television Awards: “I’m Alan Partridge” Best Comedy, “Jonathan Creek” Best Drama

May 18, 1999 – “Millennium” 3rd studio album by Backstreet Boys is released

May 18, 2001 – DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

May 18, 2008 – 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

May 18, 2013 – 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing “Only Teardrops” in Malmo

May 18, 2014 – 60th British Academy Television Awards: “A League of Their Own” Best Comedy, “Broadchurch” Best Drama

May 18, 2017 – Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), dies at 52

May 19, 1886 – Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Symphony in C premieres

May 19, 1911 – Maurice Ravel’s opera “L’Heure Espagnole” premieres in Paris

May 19, 1946 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

May 19, 1948 – Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine

May 19, 1951 – Joey Ramone, [Jeffrey Hyman], lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (Baby I Love You) was born

May 19, 1962 – “Bravo, Giovanni” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances

May 19, 1968 – 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain win

May 19, 1972 – 25th Cannes Film Festival: “The Working Class Goes to Heaven” directed by Elio Petri and “The Mattei Affair” directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 19, 1975 – 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

May 19, 1979 – “In The Navy” by Village People hits #3

May 19, 1983 – 36th Cannes Film Festival: “Narayama Bushiko” directed by Shohei Imamura wins the Palme d’Or

May 19, 1986 – 39th Cannes Film Festival: “The Mission” directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d’Or

May 19, 1987 – 40th Cannes Film Festival: “Sous le soleil de Satan” directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d’Or

May 19, 1987 – 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

May 19, 1989 – “Do the Right Thing”, directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

May 19, 1991 – “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances

May 19, 1994 – Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run

May 19, 1997 – “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

May 19, 1999 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

May 19, 2007 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim – most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

May 19, 2007 – Coen brothers film “No Country for Old Men”, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008)

May 19, 2013 – 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

May 20, 1609 – Shakespeare’s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe

May 20, 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets

May 20, 1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women’s Club

May 20, 1895 – 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

May 20, 1896 – The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others

May 20, 1908 – Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

May 20, 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting

May 20, 1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

May 20, 1944 – Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)

May 20, 1946 – Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

May 20, 1959 – Bronson Pinchot, American actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York

May 20, 1960 – 13th Cannes Film Festival: “The Sweet Life” directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d’Or

May 20, 1966 – 19th Cannes Film Festival: “A Man and a Woman” directed by Claude Lelouch and “The Birds, the Bees and the Italians” directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 20, 1967 – BBC bans the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” because of drug references

May 20, 1970 – Beatles’ “Let it Be” movie premieres in UK

May 20, 1973 – 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

May 20, 1973 – “2 Gentlemen of Verona” closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

May 20, 1979 – 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

May 20, 1979 – “I Love My Wife” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances

May 20, 1979 – 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

May 20, 1984 – “On Your Toes” closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances

May 20, 1985 – 38th Cannes Film Festival: “When Father Was Away on Business” directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d’Or

May 20, 1989 – Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on “Saturday Night Live”

May 20, 1991 – 44th Cannes Film Festival: “Barton Fink” directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d’Or

May 20, 1993 – 274th & final “Cheers” episode on NBC

May 20, 1994 – Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00

May 20, 1996 – 49th Cannes Film Festival: “Secrets & Lies” directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d’Or

May 20, 2003 – The reality series “America’s Next Top Model”, created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

May 20, 2006 – 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing “Hard Rock Hallelujah” in Athens

May 20, 2007 – 53rd British Academy Television Awards: “That Mitchell and Webb Look” Best Comedy, “The Street” Best Drama

May 20, 2012 – 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

May 20, 2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion

May 20, 2015 – David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the “Late Show with David Letterman” for the last time

May 21, 1892 – Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera “I Pagliacci” premieres in Milan

May 21, 1904 – Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain’t Misbehavin’), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

May 21, 1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago

May 21, 1922 – “On the Road to Moscow” is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize

May 21, 1951 – The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.

May 21, 1952 – Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

May 21, 1955 – “House of Flowers” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances

May 21, 1959 – “Gypsy” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances

May 21, 1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal

May 21, 1972 – The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

May 21, 1977 – “Fiddler on the Roof” closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances

May 21, 1980 – “Star Wars Episode V – Empire Strikes Back”, produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

May 21, 1983 – David Bowie’s “Let’s “Dance” single goes #1

May 21, 1990 – 43rd Cannes Film Festival: “Wild at Heart” directed by David Lynch wins the Palme d’Or

May 21, 1999 – All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history

May 21, 2003 – 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win

May 21, 2005 – 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing “My Number One” in Kiev

May 22, 1803 – 1st US public library opens (Connecticut)

May 22, 1813 – Richard Wagner, German composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

May 22, 1844 – Mary Cassat was born in Allegheny

May 22, 1900 – Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

May 22, 1907 – Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

May 22, 1926 – “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1

May 22, 1956 – “Bob Hope Show” last airs on NBC-TV

May 22, 1961 – “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K-Doe hits #1

May 22, 1962 – 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

May 22, 1965 – Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” single goes #1

May 22, 1966 – 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

May 22, 1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuts on NET (now PBS)

May 22, 1970 – Naomi Campbell, English model and actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped), born in London, England

May 22, 1979 – 1st ACE Cable Awards: “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” by Jim Henson and HBO

May 22, 1985 – “A View to a Kill”, 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

May 22, 2002 – 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win

May 22, 2004 – 57th Cannes Film Festival: “Fahrenheit 9/11”, directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d’Or. First documentary to win.

May 22, 2005 – 58th Cannes Film Festival: “The Child” directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d’Or

May 22, 2011 – 64th Cannes Film Festival: “The Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick wins the Palme d’Or

May 22, 2011 – 57th British Academy Television Awards: “Harry & Paul” Best Comedy, “Sherlock” Best Drama

May 22, 2011 – 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

May 22, 2016 – 69th Cannes Film Festival: “I, Daniel Blake,” directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d’Or

May 22, 2017 – Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

May 23, 1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “Il Bugiardo” premieres in Mantua

May 23, 1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

May 23, 1922 – “Abie’s Irish Rose” 1st of over 2,500 performances

May 23, 1950 – Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee

May 23, 1958 – Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

May 23, 1962 – 15th Cannes Film Festival: “Keeper of Promises” directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1963 – 16th Cannes Film Festival: “The Leopard” directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1966 – The Beatles release “Paperback Writer”

May 23, 1968 – Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London

May 23, 1969 – BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus

May 23, 1969 – The Who release rock opera “Tommy”

May 23, 1969 – 22nd Cannes Film Festival: “If…” directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 23, 1970 – Grateful Dead’s 1st performance outside US (England)

May 23, 1974 – Jewel (Kilcher), American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You), born in Payson, Utah

May 23, 1975 – 28th Cannes Film Festival: “Chronicle of the Years of Fire” directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1980 – 33rd Cannes Film Festival: “All That Jazz” directed by Bob Fosse and “Kagemusha” directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1984 – “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

May 23, 1984 – 37th Cannes Film Festival: “Paris, Texas” directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1988 – 41st Cannes Film Festival: “Pelle erobreren” directed by Bille August wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1989 – 42nd Cannes Film Festival: “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1994 – 47th Cannes Film Festival: “Pulp Fiction” directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 1999 – 52nd Cannes Film Festival: “Rosetta” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 2006 – 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win

May 23, 2010 – 63rd Cannes Film Festival: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d’Or

May 23, 2015 – 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing “Heroes” in Vienna

May 23, 2017 – Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89

May 24, 1873 – Leo Delibes’ opera “Le Roi l’a Dit” premieres in Paris

May 24, 1895 – Henry Irving becomes 1st actor to receive a knighthood

May 24, 1938 – Tommy Chong, comedian and actor (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta

May 24, 1941 – Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin’ in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin’) and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

May 24, 1944 – Patti LaBelle, [Holt], singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 24, 1945 – Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York

May 24, 1956 – 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing “Refrain” in Lugano

May 24, 1960 – Kristin Scott Thomas, British actress (The English Patient, Mission: Impossible), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England

May 24, 1964 – Beatles’ 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

May 24, 1966 – “Mame” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances

May 24, 1969 – Beatles’ “Get Back” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

May 24, 1974 – Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV

May 24, 1974 – 27th Cannes Film Festival: “The Conversation” directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 24, 1974 – Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

May 24, 1979 – 32nd Cannes Film Festival: “Apocalypse Now” directed by Francis Ford Coppola and “Die Biechtrommel” directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 24, 1989 – “Indiana Jones & Last Crusade”, directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

May 24, 1993 – Star Trek episode “Second Chances” airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show

May 24, 1993 – 46th Cannes Film Festival: “Ba wang bie ji” directed by Chen Kaige and “The Piano” directed by Jane Campion jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 24, 1998 – 51st Cannes Film Festival: “Mia aioniotita kai mia mera” by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d’Or

May 24, 2003 – 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing “Everyway That I Can” in Riga

May 24, 2008 – 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing “Believe” in Belgrade

May 24, 2009 – 62nd Cannes Film Festival: “The White Ribbon” directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d’Or

May 24, 2015 – 68th Cannes Film Festival: “Dheepan” directed by Jacques Audiard wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer

May 25, 1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

May 25, 1878 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera “HMS Pinafore” premieres in London

May 25, 1887 – Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

May 25, 1939 – Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

May 25, 1944 – Frank Oz, Hereford England, American muppetteer (Grover-Sesame Street, Muppet Show) born

May 25, 1962 – Isley Brothers release “Twist & Shout”

May 25, 1963 – Mike Myers, Canadian comedian (SNL, Wayne’s World) [or Jun 25] born

May 25, 1964 – 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

May 25, 1968 – Rolling Stones release “Jumping Jack Flash”

May 25, 1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

May 25, 1973 – 26th Cannes Film Festival: “The Hireling” directed by Alan Bridges and “Scarecrow” directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 25, 1973 – Molly Sims, American model and actress born

May 25, 1976 – Cillian Murphy, Irish actor

May 25, 1977 – “Brady Bunch Hour” last airs on ABC-TV

May 25, 1977 – Original “Star Wars” movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

May 25, 1977 – “Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany” released

May 25, 1979 – “Alien”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

May 25, 1983 – “Return of the Jedi” (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

May 25, 2000 – 53rd Cannes Film Festival: “Dancer in the Dark” directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 2001 – 54th Cannes Film Festival: “The Son’s Room” directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d’Or 2003 56th Cannes Film Festival: “Elephant” directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 2002 – 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing “I Wanna” in Tallinn

May 25, 2003 – 56th Cannes Film Festival: “Elephant” directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 2008 – 61st Cannes Film Festival: “The Class” directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 2011 – 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win

May 25, 2014 – 67th Cannes Film Festival: “Winter Sleep” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d’Or

May 25, 2017 – “Wonder Woman” directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine premieres in Los Angeles – 1st superhero film directed by a woman

May 26, 1886 – Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)

May 26, 1897 – Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, which later became the subject of numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations, is published by Constable & Co.

May 26, 1907 – John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

May 26, 1913 – US Actors’ Equity Association forms (NYC)

May 26, 1913 – Peter Cushing, English actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who), born in Kenley, Surrey, England (d. 1994)

May 26, 1926 – Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

May 26, 1948 – Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona

May 26, 1949 – Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

May 26, 1963 – 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

May 26, 1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

May 26, 1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, The King’s Speech, Howards End), born in London, England

May 26, 1967 – EMI releases “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK

May 26, 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

May 26, 1973 – Beatles’ “Beatles 1967-1970” album goes #1

May 26, 1975 – “Rhinestone Cowboy” single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)

May 26, 1975 – Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

May 26, 1982 – 35th Cannes Film Festival: “Missing” directed by Costa Gavras and “Yol” directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Guney jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

May 26, 1994 – Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

May 26, 2002 – 55th Cannes Film Festival: “The Pianist” directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d’Or

May 26, 2004 – 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

May 26, 2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

May 26, 2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality dies (b. 1912)

May 26, 2012 – 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing “Euphoria” in Baku

May 26, 2013 – 66th Cannes Film Festival: “Blue Is the Warmest Colour” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche wins the Palme d’Or. The two main actresses in the film, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux also awarded

May 27, 1840 – Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57

May 27, 1906 – 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler’s 6th symphony, in Essen

May 27, 1911 – Vincent Price, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri

May 27, 1922 – Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

May 27, 1936 – Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York

May 27, 1945 – Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada

May 27, 1950 – “Arms & the Girl” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances

May 27, 1957 – Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format

May 27, 1961 – Peri Gilpin, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier), born in Waco, Texas

May 27, 1965 – Todd Bridges, actor (Diff’rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California

May 27, 1970 – Joseph Fiennes, English actor (Enemy at the Gates, Shakespeare in Love), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire

May 27, 1971 – 24th Cannes Film Festival: “The Go-Between” directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

May 27, 1971 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, American singer (TLC) born (d. 2002)

May 27, 1972 – “Applause” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances

May 27, 1975 – André 3000, American musician (OutKast)

May 27, 1977 – 30th Cannes Film Festival: “Padre Padrone” directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d’Or

May 27, 1977 – The Sex Pistols release “God Save the Queen”, sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

May 27, 1981 – 34th Cannes Film Festival: “Man of Iron” directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d’Or

May 27, 1994 – Flintstones live action movie opens

May 27, 1995 – Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

May 27, 2006 – Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67

May 27, 2007 – 60th Cannes Film Festival: “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d’Or

May 27, 2011 – Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)

May 27, 2012 – 65th Cannes Film Festival: “Amour” directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d’Or

May 27, 2012 – 58th British Academy Television Awards: “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle” Best Comedy, “The Fades” Best Drama

May 27, 2017 – Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69

May 28, 1910 – T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

May 28, 1944 – Gladys Knight, singer, leader of Pips (Last Train), born in Atlanta, Georgia

May 28, 1945 – John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California

May 28, 1953 – Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-“Melody”

May 28, 1968 – Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

May 28, 1971 – Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album “Ram”

May 28, 1974 – 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win

May 28, 1974 – “Magic Show” opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances

May 28, 1976 – 29th Cannes Film Festival: “Taxi Driver” directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d’Or

May 28, 1982 – Leonard Maltin’s 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

May 28, 1998 – Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

May 28, 1995 – 48th Cannes Film Festival: “Underground” directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d’Or

May 28, 1995 – “An Inspector Calls” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 454 performances

May 28, 2006 – 59th Cannes Film Festival: “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d’Or

May 28, 2010 – “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

May 28, 2010 – Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff’rent Strokes), dies at 42

May 28, 2017 – Swedish film “The Square” directed by Ruben Ostlund wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

May 29, 1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring premieres in Paris and causes a riot in the audience between supporters and opponents of the work

May 29, 1942 – Bing Crosby records “White Christmas”, greatest selling record to date

May 29, 1942 – “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

May 29, 1942 – John Barrymore, American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60

May 29, 1949 – Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC

May 29, 1956 – LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk) born in Gary, Indiana

May 29, 1958 – Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

May 29, 1961 – Melissa Etheridge, US singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)

May 29, 1962 – 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins

May 29, 1967 – Liam and Noel Gallagher, English pop musician (Oasis), born in Manchester, England

May 29, 1975 – Melanie Brown [Mel B], English singer “Scary Spice” (Spice Girls), born in Leeds, England

May 29, 1979 – Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

May 29, 1984 – Laverne Cox, American actress and LGBT advocate, born in Mobile, Alabama

May 29, 1994 – “Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat” closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances

May 29, 1999 – 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing “Take Me to Your Heaven” in Jerusalem

May 29, 2010 – 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing “Satellite” in Oslo

May 29, 2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor and director dies (b. 1936)

May 29, 2015 – “Jurassic World”, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard premieres in Paris

May 30, 1866 – Opera “Die Verkaufte Braut” premieres (Prague)

May 30, 1909 – Benny Goodman, clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

May 30, 1917 – Jazz standard “Dark Town Strutters Ball” by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded

May 30, 1923 – Howard Hanson’s 1st Symphony “Nordic” premieres

May 30, 1940 – David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey

May 30, 1964 – Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

May 30, 1964 – “Beyond the Fringe” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances

May 30, 1968 – Beatles begin work on their only double album “Beatles”

May 30, 1971 – Idina Menzel, American actress and singer born in Queens, New York

May 30, 1978 – 31st Cannes Film Festival: “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d’Or

May 30, 1987 – North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

May 30, 1996 – John Tesh’s final day as host of “Entertainment Tonight”

May 30, 2000 – 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

May 30, 2003 – “Finding Nemo”, directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

May 31, 1930 – Clint Eastwood, American actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California), born in San Francisco, California

May 31, 1948 – John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

May 31, 1958 – Dick Dale invents “surf music” with “Let’s Go Trippin”

May 31, 1960 – Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show), born in New York City

May 31, 1961 – Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City) born

May 31, 1962 – “Tell It To Groucho” last airs on CBS-TV

May 31, 1964 – Darryl “DMC” Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City

May 31, 1965 – Brooke Shields, American model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York

May 31, 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance”

May 31, 1969 – Stevie Wonder releases “My Cherie Amore”

May 31, 1976 – Colin Farrell, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report), born in Dublin, Ireland

May 31, 1977 – “Beatlemania” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances

May 31, 1990 – Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles

May 31, 2004 – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

May 31, 2007 – Rihanna releases her breakthrough album “Good Girl Gone Bad”

May 31, 2014 – Psy’s “Gangnam Style” becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube

May 31, 2015 – 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series

 


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