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You might recognize him from movies such as The Great Escape, Space Cowboys or The Notebook. James Garner was born 7 April 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, to Weldon and Mildred (Meek) Bumgarner.

From his profile: “His mother died when he was five years old and he and his brothers were sent to live with relatives in about 1933. He returned to his father in about a year after he remarried. His step-mother was brutal and James joined the US Merchant Marines when he was 16.

At 17 James joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. While at Hollywood High School he was a model for Jantzen swim suits. He returned to Norman and attended high school, but did not graduate. He received his diploma later in the Army.”

James served with the Oklahoma National Guard during WWII where he earned two Purple Hearts.

He married Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke,on August 17, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.  They were married for 58 years.

James starred in more than 50 movies, starred in several television series and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He died July 19, 2014, in his Los Angeles home, from a massive heart attack.

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On June 18, 1921, John Herschel Glenn, Jr., was born in Cambridge, Ohio.  41 years later, in 1962, John would become the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times.

Before becoming an astronaut, Glenn served in the Marine Corps as an aviator.  A distinguised pilot during WWII, John shot down 3 MiG-15 aircraft and was awarded 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses and Eighteen Air Medals.

After resigning from NASA in January of 1964,  John Glenn went on to become a U.S. Senator, serving for 24 years until 1999.  In 1998, while still a Senator, he flew as a crew member of the space shuttle Discovery,  and at age 78 became the oldest person to fly in space.  In 2012, John received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

You can view his family tree here: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Glenn-Family-Tree-16

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On 17 June 1955, the happiest place on earth was dedicated and opened in Anaheim, California.  Walt Disney came up with the concept for Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters.  He wanted a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together.  Disney and his staff also created numerous characters that are beloved still today such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and of course, Mickey Mouse.

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by Bob Fields

On May 27:
Birthdays:

Cornelius Vanderbilt (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Wild Bill Hickok (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Henry Kissinger (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1626 – William II, Prince of Orange and the Netherlands, father of William III of England (d. 1650).
1794 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1877).
1819 – Julia Ward Howe, American poet, abolitionist, and songwriter (d. 1910) (“The Battle Hymn of the Republic“).
1836 – Jay Gould, American businessman and financier, robber baron (d. 1892).
1837 – Wild Bill Hickok, American West police officer and gambler (d. 1876).
1894 – Dashiell Hammett, American detective novelist and screenwriter (d. 1961) (The Maltese FalconThe Thin Man).
1907 – Rachel Carson, American biologist, environmentalist, and author (d. 1964) (Silent Spring).
1911 – Hubert Humphrey, American journalist and politician, 38th US Vice President (d. 1978).
1911 – Vincent Price, American actor and horror voice (d. 1993) (House of Wax).
1922 – Christopher Lee, English actor (d. 2015) (The Lord of the Rings).
1923 – Henry Kissinger, German-American political scientist and politician, 56th US Secretary of StateNobel Prize laureate.
1936 – Louis Gossett, Jr.*, American actor (An Officer and a GentlemanRoots).

Deaths:

John Calvin (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Robert Ripley (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Jawaharlal Nehru (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1564 – John Calvin, French pastor and theologian (b. 1509) (Calvinism).
1831 – Jedediah Smith, American hunter, explorer, and author; killed by Comanche (b. 1799).
1910 – Robert Koch, German physician and microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843) (bacteriology).
1949 – Robert Ripley, American cartoonist, publisher, and businessman, founded Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (b. 1890).
1964 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of India (b. 1889).

Other Events:

King John (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tsushima (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Bismarck (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1199 – John, who signed the Magna Carta, is crowned King of England.
1647 – Alse Young, the first person executed as a witch in America, is hanged in Hartford, Conn.
1703 – Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1905 – Russo-Japanese War: The decisive Battle of Tsushima begins, where two-thirds of the Russian fleet was destroyed after traveling over 18,000 miles to reach the Far East.
1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge opens a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.
1941 – World War II: The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing almost 2,100 men.

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by Bob Fields

On May 13:
Birthdays:

Maria Theresa (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Joe Louis (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Stevie Wonder (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1221 – Alexander Nevsky, Russian prince and saint (d. 1263).
1717 – Maria Theresa, Austrian wife of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1780).
1792 – Pope Pius IX, the longest-reigning elected pope (31 years) (d. 1878).
1842 – Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900) (Gilbert and SullivanThe Pirates of PenzanceThe Mikado).
1857 – Sir Ronald Ross, Indian-English bacteriologist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)
1883 – Georgios Papanikolaou*, Greek-American pathologist, invented the pap smear (d. 1962).
1907 – Daphne du Maurier, English novelist and playwright (d. 1989) (RebeccaJamaica Inn).
1914 – Joe Louis*, American boxer, wrestler, and actor; heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 (d. 1981).
1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009) (MaudeThe Golden Girls).
1931 – Jim Jones*, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple, who killed 918 followers in Guyana (d. 1978).
1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor (The PianoReservoir Dogs).
1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (“Superstition“, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“).

Deaths:

Joseph Henry (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Cyrus McCormick (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gary Cooper (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1832 – Georges Cuvier, French zoologist and academic; the “father of paleontology” (b. 1769).
1878 – Joseph Henry*, American physicist, academic, and inventor (b. 1797) (self-inductance).
1884 – Cyrus McCormick, American businessman, co-founded the International Harvester Company (b. 1809).
1885 – Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle*, German physician, pathologist, and anatomist (b. 1809) (germ theory of disease).
1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901) (Sergeant YorkThe Pride of the YankeesHigh Noon).
2013 – Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (b. 1927).

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Mexican-American War (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

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Pope assassination attempt (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1846 – Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
1865 – American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1940 – World War II: The German army crosses the Meuse, beginning the conquest of France. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees her country to Great Britain. Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
1981 – Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Ağcaattempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope undergoes emergency surgery and survives.
1985 – Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1992 – The Falun Gong movement had its beginning as the sect’s founder, Li Hongzhi* gives the first public lecture in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.

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