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Last Updated 05-29-2018

🎭Lou Felder -- is 87 in the year 2018 and 88 in the year 2019; b.5/2/1931
Movie Titles: Bruce Almighty, Midnight Run, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Mask

🎵🎸John Leon "Bunk" Gardner -- is 85 in the year 2018 and 86 in the year 2019; b.5/2/1933 N.S.
Rock & Roll Performer
Group Names: Mothers Of Invention

🎭💻Ellie Kemper -- is 38 in the year 2018 and 39 in the year 2019; b.5/2/1980
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Internet Video Actress
TV Shows: The Office (as Kally Erin Hannon), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Movie Titles: 21 Jump Street, Bridesmaids, Sex Tape

🎵🎸Prescott Niles -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.5/2/1954
Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: The Knack

🎭🎮Brian Tochi -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.5/2/1959
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director, Video Game Voice Actor
Misc: Asian-American
TV Shows: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Space Academy, Razzmatazz, Hawaii Five-O (as Joey Lee), St. Elsewhere (as Dr. Alan Poe), Anna & the King
Movie Titles: The Iron Giant, The Omega Man, Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy
Video Games: Command and Conquer, The Darkness (series), Area 51, Mulan II, True Crime: Streets of LA, Bruce Lee: Quest for the Dragon

Wander J. De Hare -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/2/1878 d.4/26/1960 (81)
Misc: (Einstein-de Hare effect); died the same day D.T. was born

Jerome K. Jerome -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/2/1859 d.6/14/1927 (68)
Author, Humorist, British

🎭Pinky Lee -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/2/1907 d.4/3/1993 (85)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, TV Host, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RN:Pincus Leff
Misc: Noisy baggy pants comic
TV Shows: Gumby (host), Pinky Lee Show

✍🎭Lorenzo Music -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/2/1937 d.8/4/2001 (64)
Comedy Writer, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, TV Producer
TV Shows: Rhoda (as Carlton the doorman), Garfield and Friends (the cat voice)

Red Baron-The -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/2/1892 d.4/21/1918 (25)
Aviator, German
Names/Places: RN:Manfred Von Ricthoven; NN: The Red Baron
Misc: he shot down more than 80 enemy aircraft during World War I and became known as "The Red Baron."

David Caracciolo Sr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/21/1936 d.5/2/2017 N.S. (80)
Names/Places: step-dad

🎨🎭Bob Clampett -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/8/1913 N.S. d.5/2/1984 N.S. (70)
Animator, Producer/Director, Puppeteer
Misc: created Beany & Cecil, Tweety, Porky Pig, & Bugs Bunny
TV Shows: Time for Beany, Beany and Cecil

🎨⚛William Marston -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/9/1893 d.5/2/1947 (54)
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Inventor, Theorist, Psychologist
Misc: lie-detector test; created the character Wonder Woman.

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✍🎭🎵Paul McDowell -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/15/1931 N.S. d.5/2/2016 N.S. (84)
Comedy Writer, Actor, Pop Singer, English
Movie Titles: National Lampoon's European Vacation, Chemical Wedding, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Doing Time

🎭Ted Rogers -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/20/1935 d.5/2/2001 (65)
Misc: some say b. 1933

🎭🎵George Wyle -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/22/1916 d.5/2/2003 (87)
Choreographer, Songwriter, Bandleader
Misc: of several TV varieties since the 1950s
Song Titles: The Ballad of Gilligan's Island (composer)
TV Shows: Jerry Lewis, Flip Wilson, Jimmy Durante

🎭Efrem Zimbalist Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/30/1918 d.5/2/2014 (95)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City; son of Efrem Sr. & Alma, Stephanie's father
Misc: Tim Brooks reasons it could be b. 1918; b. 1917 or 19?
TV Shows: Spider-Man (1990s), Iron Man (1994), Batman: The Animated Series, Maverick (as Dandy Jim Buckley), 77 Sunset Strip (as Stuart Bailey), The FBI (as Insp. Lewis Erskine), Scruples, Hotel (as Charles Cabot), Zorro (as Don Alejandro);

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In 1910, 05 x 02 = 10

In 1925, 05 ^ 02 = 25

In 1932, Jack Bennyʹs first radio show, sponsored by Canada Dry, made its debut on the NBC Blue Network. The comic genius started working for a salary of $1,400 a week at NBC.

In 1933, the modern legend of the Loch Ness monster surfaced after a reported sighting made the news. There had been accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotlandʹs Loch Ness dating back 1,500 years.

In 1936, “Peter and the Wolfe,” a sympathetic tale for children by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow. “Weird Al” did a record of the story.

In 1942, R.C., “Clink Clink Another Drink” Makes The Pop Chart by Spike Jones and The City Slickers with Mel Blanc; will peak at #23.

In 1942, R.C., “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Alvino Ray.

In 1964, R.C., “Tʹainʹt Nothin' To Me” by The Coasters peaked at #64 on the pop singles chart.

In 1967, Capitol Records announces one of the most cryptic periods in the Beach Boys career has come to a close as theyʹve stopped the “Smile” album project. Brian Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the album and hoped to battle the Beatles for pop supremacy. However, after the Beatles released the “Sgt. Pepper” album, Wilson became convinced “Smile” would be seen as “second best.”

In 1968, Neil Simonʹs Broadway comedy “The Odd Couple” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and later inspired an ABC series, premiered at the Radio City Music Hall.

In 1970, R.C., “My Wife, The Dancer” by Eddie and Dutch peaked at #52 on the pop singles chart.

In 1974, filming got underway for the Steven Spielbergʹs motion picture, “Jaws”, in Marthaʹs Vineyard, MA. What was to be a 58-day shooting schedule for the film inspired by the Peter Benchley novel soon gave way to 120 days. Costs soared from what was to be a $3.5 million dollar project to $8 million. It was a good thing that the director was able to explain away the rise in costs and that the picture did so well at the box office and, later, on video cassette. Many directors would have not seen the light of another film opportunity. The director of “Jaws” did, however.

In 1978, TVʹs (usually) “most sensetive” daytine talk show host Phil Donahue tells TV Guide “I could never be gay. Iʹm a lousy dancer and dresser.”

In 1980, Johnny Carson signs a historic $5 million a year contract with the National Broadcasting Company, for more money *and* better hours (a 4-day work week), and the “Tonight Show” is cut from 90 minutes to an hour nightly.

In 1981, R.C., “Wasnʹt That A Party” by The Rovers peaked at #37 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Weird Al” Yankovic gave a live performance at The Metro in Boston, MA and broadcast for KISS Radioʹs fifth Anniversary.

In 1987, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Cheers”. Other Articles: Angie Dickinson, Alf

In 1993, “5 Guys Named Moe” closes at Eugene OʹNeill NYC after 445 perfs.

In 1997, Mike Myersʹ “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opens in theaters. Itʹs Myersʹ first successful film whose title contains neither “Wayne” or “World.” Myers created the character while listening to Burt Bacharachʹs “The Look of Love” on the radio.

In 1997, Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy. This incident became the butt of Jay Lenoʹs jokes.

In 1998, Jim Belushi married Jennifer Sloan

In 2004, on the cover of TV Guide: “So Long, Friends 1994-2004” as an era of television has come to an end. The whole cast is featured.

In 2010, 05 x 02 = 10

In 2011, Osama bin Laden, the international terrorist kingpin slain in a surprise raid by an elite team of U.S. SEALs at his hideout near the Pakistani capital, was buried in the North Arabian Sea in a Muslim ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. CIA Director Leon Panetta said Pakistan wasnʹt told about the raid beforehand to protect its secrecy.

In 2014, the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opened in theaters in the USA.

In 2025, 05 ^ 02 = 25

The Holiday Almanacs May 2, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Thu May the 2 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 122 of the year
Serialnumber = 43575
Julian date = 2458594 O.S.= 4 - 19 - 2019



Feast of St. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, confessor, doctor.
[USA, Canada] Goodwill Week (Day 5)
[USA] Reading Is Fun Week (Day 5)
[USA] Friendship Sees No Color Week (Day 5)
Street Smart, Street Safe Day
[USA] National Day of Prayer (1775), signed into law 1952
Golden Week (Japan - 5 day string of national holidays).
Israeli Independence Day. (or is it May 14?)
It's Senior Comedians Week!
Martin Z. Mollusk Day
Pen-Friends International Week (Day 2)
Take a Baby to Lunch Day
[Antigua, Montserrat, St Christopher, USSR] Labor Day
[Bhutan] 3rd King's Birthday; Birthday of His Late Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
[Burma] Peasants' Day
[Lesotho] King's Birthday
[Turkey] Commemoration of Yunus Emre thru 5-5
[USA] National Kids Fitness Week (Day 5)


Astrological Sign: Gemini: The Twins (5-21 thru 6-20); Ruling Planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Traits: Mentally active, talkative, versatile. Body part associated with this sign: The arms. Occupations: Crafts, communications, work dealing with intricate problems, sales, small businesses.
Flowers: Hawthorne and Lily of the Valley
Gem: Emerald and Agate
Full Moon: the Flower Moon, the Song Moon and the Hare Moon or the Faery Moon.
Better Hearing Month
Better Sleep Month
Breathe Easy Month
Correct Posture Month
Date Your Mate Month
Electrical Safety Month
Family Support Month
Foot Health Month
Freedom Shrine Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Gazpacho Aficionado Time
Good Car Keeping Month
Healthy Baby Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
International Better Hearing Month
Iowa Tourism Month
May's name comes from the Latin word maiores, or elders.
Mental Health Month
Modern Dance Month
Motorcycle Awareness Month
National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Month
National Arthritis Month
National Asparagus Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Birds of Prey Month
National Car Maintainence Month
National Correct Posture Month
National Digestive Disease Awareness Month
National Duckling Month
National Egg Month
National Foster Care Month
National Fungal Infection Awareness Month
National Guy Pride Month
National Hair Color Month!
National Hamburger Month
National High Blood Pressure Month
National Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
National Labor History Month
National Mime Month
National National Hamburger Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Radio Month
National Reverse Your Work Schedule Month
National Salad Month
National Senior Citizen Month
National Senior Travel Month
National Sight-Saving Month
National Steelmark Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Tavern Month
National Traume Awareness Month
National Tuberous Sclkerosis Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Peace Month
Person History Awareness Month
Project Safe Baby Month
REACT CB-Radio Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Sight Saving Month
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Social Sciences Books Month
Touring Theatre Month
Day of Ysahodhara (Buddhist).
Eta "May" Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius (thru 5-7)
Fifth day of Floralia (Roman 6-day festival honoring Flora, the goddess of everything that flourishes - courtesans took an active part).
Fifth day of the Festival of Venus (early Roman 6-day holiday - before 200 BC - goddess of Spring and protectress of vegetation and gardens).
May Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius.
Second day of the 3-day Festival of Dea Dia (Roman goddess of cornfields).
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