DayBird - May 12th
1820 – Florence Nightingale, Englishwoman who established nursing as a trained profession for women, was born.
1907 – Actress Katharine Hepburn, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
She would eventually rack up 12 Oscar nominations, a record that would stand until 2003, when Meryl Streep received her 13th nomination. Hepburn would win four Oscars--for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), A Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981)--but never attended the Academy Awards. Independent and strong-willed, she wore pants, no makeup, and refused to pose for pictures, grant interviews or sign autographs. Spencer T. and Kate spent 27 years together, but not "officially." He was already married, and Catholic. She also dated Howie Hughes.
To me, she will always be, Eleanor of Aquitaine.
1928 – Burt Bacharach, American composer, was born. The world is a circle .
1935 – Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.
It goes something like this:
admitting that one cannot control one's addiction or compulsion;
recognizing a greater power that can give strength;
examining past errors with the help of a sponsor(experienced member);
making amends for these errors;
learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;
helping others that suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.
What if you are an atheist?
1943 - World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. That means you, Rommel! Whoops, nope, he was already dead. Hitler allowed him to commit suicide rather than be tried and executed.
Wait, he was alive. He died in 1944? Fuck, it is like I don't even read anymore.
1949 - Berlin blockade lifted. The Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the sectors of Berlin under their control. It was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. In total, the USA /RAF dropped 2,326,406 tons of food and supplies on 278,228 total flights to Berlin.
1963 - The young and unknown Bob Dylan walked off the set of the country’s highest-rated variety show, the Ed Sully Show, after the network said no to the song he planned on performing. It was something to do with commie hunting.
More importantly, in one of his early interviews, he said this:
Dylan: Yeah, well, I was in the carnival when I was about 13 — all kinds of shows.
CBS: Where'd you go?
Dylan: All around the Midwest, uh, Gallup, New Mexico, Aptos, Texas, and then … lived in, Gallup, New Mexico and …
CBS: How old were you?
Dylan: Uh, about 7, 8, something like that.
1982 - Pope John Paul II was assaulted by a bayonet-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal.