CMN Almanac

Today is Tuesday, May 21st, the 141st day of the year.  There are 224

days remaining until the end of the year.

Ronald Isley

Ronald Isley

HOLIDAY and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Photograph

Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month,

Older Americans Month, National Water Safety Month, National

Hamburger Month, National Bike Week, National Police Week,

Mr. T

Mr. T

National Memo Day, National Waiters and Waitresses Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Ronald Isley, 78, singer (The Isley Bros.)

Mr. T., 67, actor

Ricky Williams, 42, football player

Max B, 41, rapper

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Fats Waller

Fats Waller

Fats Waller, 115, singer (d. 1943)

Billy Wright, 87, singer (d. 1991)

Notorious B.I.G., 47, rapper (d. 1997)

DEATHS

Christopher Perry, 1921, publisher (b. 1854)

Sammy Davis Jr., 1988, entertainer (b. 1900)

Otis Clark, 2012, Tulsa race riot survivor (b. 1903)

Notorious B.I.G.

Notorious B.I.G.

ON THIS DATE IN…

1833 – African Americans enroll for the first time at Oberlin

College in Ohio.

1856 – Lawrence, Kansas is captured by pro-slavery forces.

1891 – Peter Jackson fought a 61 round draw with a White

boxer.

1914 – Greyhound Bus Company begins in Minnesota.

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

1961 – Alabama Gov. John Malcolm Patterson declares martial

law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 rounds for the

heavyweight boxing title.

1969 – After 9,015 at bats, Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter.

1980 – “Star Wars Episode IV-The Empire Strikes Back” premieres

starring Billy Dee Williams as Landau Calrissian.

1981 – Reggae legend, Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

1988 – “Da’ Butt” by EU hits #35 on the charts.

1996 – Ken Griffey Jr., 26, becomes the 8th youngest player to hit

200 home runs.

1999 – “All My Children” star Susan Lucci wins a Daytime Emmy after

being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations

in television history.

HOROSCOPE

Being in the first part, or Decan, of the Gemini sign, you are doubly influenced by the power of Mercury. Mercury harnesses the power of rational communication and thereby supports your thinking and adaptability. Although you prefer to keep a social distance at times, your Mercury inspired sense of humor has earned you many friends and admirers. One of your greatest challenges will always be your perfectionist nature. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting the very best out of yourself, it may lead to disappointment if you create unobtainable standards. Take time to develop a more realistic mindset and expectations, as this will greatly assist you through life.

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Today is Monday, May 20th, the 140th day of the year.  There are 225

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

David Patterson

David Patterson

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Photograph

Month, National Recommitment Month, Older Americans Month

National Salad Month, National Water Safety Month, National Bike

Week, National Police Week, Josephine Baker Day, Emancipation Day

(Florida), World Meteorology Day, Be a Millionaire Day, Armed Forces

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes

Day, Pick Strawberries Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

David Patterson, 64, politician

Kevin Frazier, 54, sportcaster

Terrell Brandon, 49, basketball player

Busta Rhymes, 47, rapper

Naturi Naughton, 34, singer

Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Shorty Long, 79, singer/songwriter (d. 1969)

DEATHS

Rudy Lewis, 1964, singer (The Drifters) (b. 1936)

Malik Sealy, 2000, basketball player (b. 1970)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1868 – P.B.S. Pinchback and James J. Harris are the first Black

Cosby Show Cast

Cosby Show Cast

delegates to the Republican National Convention.

1942 – U.S. Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve.

1958 – Robert N.C. Nix is elected to Congress from Pennsylvania.

1961 – White mob attacks “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Ala.,

U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy dispatches U.S. marshals

to restore order.

1964 – Buster Mathis defeats Joe Frazier to qualify for the U.S.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Olympic team.

1971 – The Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of U.S. soldiers in

Southeast Asia.

1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes

AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

1984 – The Cosby Show premiered on NBC.

1991 – Michael Jordan named NBA MVP.

HOROSCOPE

Your sign’s paired element is Earth and of all the zodiac signs, only the Taurus has a fixed relationship with the element. Your special connection with Earth allows your personality to be a stable and firm as the ground you walk on. While others may call you stubborn, this quality is only a result of your earthly prudence. You find no comfort in having your heads in the clouds, instead you only work towards practical and realistic goals. Embracing your earthly influence will keep you on a path toward success and material gain.

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Today is Sunday, May 19th, the 139th day of the year.  There are 226

days remaining until the end of the year.

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Photograph

Month, National Salad Month, National Recommitment Month,

Older Americans Month, National Water Safety Month, National

Hamburger Month, National Bike Week, National Police Week,

Boys Club Day, Malcolm X Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Grace Jones, 71, singer/actress

Keith Jennings, 53, football player

Rohan Marley, 46, singer

London Fletcher, 44, football player

Kevin Garnett, 43, basketball player

Mario Chalmers, 33, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X, 94, minister/activist (d. 1965)

Lorraine Hansberry, 89, playwright/author (d. 1965)

DEATHS

Coleman Hawkins, 1969, jazz musician/composer (b. 1904)

Jimmy Lyons, 1986, saxophonist (b. 1931)

Bob Boozer, 2012, basketball player (b. 1937)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Jan Matzeliger

Jan Matzeliger

1885 – 1st mass production of shoes by Black inventor, Jan

Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts.

1909 – Jack Johnson fights Jack O’Brien to a no decision in 6

rounds for the boxing title.

1935 – The NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

1962 – A birthday salute to Pres. John Kennedy takes place at

Madison Square Garden.  The highlight is Marilyn Monroe’s

rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Patricia Roberts-Harris

Patricia Roberts-Harris

1962 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine publishes Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”. drafted shortly

after his arrest on April 12th during the Birmingham campaign

advocating for civil rights and an end to segregation in Birmingham.

1965 – Patricia Harris is named the 1st Black female ambassador.

1991 – Willy T. Ribbs becomes the 1st Black driver to make the

Indianapolis 500.

1992 – Vice President Dan Quayle attacks Murphy Brown for being

a single mother and as a poor example of family values.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Taurus born on May 19th, your personality is defined by loyalty and disciplined. You are loved and appreciated by your loved ones and this is largely due to you devoutly loyal nature. When someone you hold dear is in need, you spare no energy in protecting or defending them. You take this same intensity to all your efforts, especially your work. When confronted with a challenge or obstacle, your hard work and discipline is tough to match.

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Today is Saturday, May 18th, the 138th day of the year.  There are 227

days remaining until the end of the year.

Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National

Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, Older Americans Month,

National Salad Month, National Recommitment Month, National

Water Safety Month, National Bike Week, National Police Week,

World AIDS Vaccine Day, International Museum Day, Visit Your

Relatives Day, No Dirty Dishes Day

Rob Base

Rob Base

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Reggie Jackson, 73, baseball legend/sportscaster

Feliciana “Butch” Tavares, 66, singer (Tavares)

Yannick Noah, 59, tennis player

Sam Vincent, 56, basketball player/coach

Michael Dewayne Tait, 53, singer

Vince Young

Vince Young

Rob Base, 52, rapper

Eric Young, 52, baseball player

Donyell Marshall, 46, basketball player

Ron Mercer, 43, basketball player

Reggie Evans, 39, basketball player

Vince Young, 36, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

Joe Turner, 108, blues singer (d. 1985)

DEATHS

Mary McCleod Bethune, 1955, educator/activist (b. 1875)

Ernie Davis, 1963, football player (b. 1939)

ON THIS DAY IN…

1652 – Rhode Island passes first law in English-speaking America making

slavery illegal.

1896 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate

but equal” doctrine is constitutional.

Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis

1971 – Pres. Nixon rejects 60 demands of the Congressional Black Caucus.

1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state, killing 57 people

and causing $3 billion in damage.

1997 – Tiger Woods wins the Byron Nelson Golf Classic.

HOROSCOPE

The Taurus’s ruling planet is Venus, but as you were born in the third Decan, or part, of the sign, Saturn’s influence also plays an important role in your personality. While it is the influence of Venus that links to your appreciation of beauty and sociability. It is Saturn’s power of control that is reflected in your perseverance, order and wisdom. Your unique planetary power makes you the most disciplined of all the Taurus Decans. You are hard working and organized in all of your efforts, as security is one of your most fundamental concerns. As long as you and your family are taken care of, you have little interest in the limelight. Although you are surely considered serious by most, those closest to you would be the first to attest to your fun-loving and caring nature.

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Today is Friday, May 17th, the 137th day of the year.  There are 228

days remaining until the end of the year.

George Johnson

George Johnson

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Bike Month, National Blood

Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National

Barbecue Month, National Photograph Month, National

Recommitment Month, National Salad Month, Older

Americans Month, National Water Safety Awareness

Month, National Bike Week, National Police Week,

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

Pack Rat Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Taj Mahal, 77, singer/guitarist

George Johnson, 66, singer/guitarist (Brothers Johnson)

Sugar Ray Leonard, 63, boxer

Hill Harper, 53, actor/author

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Danny Manning, 53, basketball player/coach

Hubert Davis, 49, basketball player

Derrick Haddon, 46, singer

Kandi Burruss, 43, singer

Rochelle Aytes, 43, actress

Tony Parker, 37, basketball player

Channing Frye, 36, basketball player

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Taj Mowry, 33, actor

Daniel Curtis Lee, 27, actor

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Cool Papa Bell, 116, baseball legend (d. 1991)

Pervis Jackson, 81, singer (The Spinners) (d. 2008)

Chris Henry, 35, football player (d. 2009)

DEATHS

Johnny “Guitar” Watson, 1996, singer/guitarist (b. 1935)

Johnny Wilder Jr.

Johnny Wilder Jr.

Johnny Wilder Jr., 2006, singer (Heatwave) (b. 1949)

Donna Summer, 2012, singer (b. 1948)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1787 – English slave ship,”Sisters”, en route from Africa to Cuba,

capsizes.

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is formed.

1881 – Frederick Douglas appointed recorder of deeds for Wash. D.C.

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

1909 – White firemen in Georgia strike to protest against the hiring of

Blacks.

1915 – National Baptist Convention chartered.

1954 – The U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in

the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

1970 – Hank Aaron becomes the 9th player to get 3,000 hits.

1973 – Stevie Wonder releases “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

1980 – A major race riot occurs in Miami, Fl., 16 killed, 300 injured.

1989 – Nelson Mandela receives a BA from the University of South

Africa.

2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed

in the state of Massachusetts.

HOROSCOPE

Your sign’s paired element is Earth and in fact, of all the zodiac signs, only the Taurus has a fixed connection with Earth. Thanks to your elemental influence, your personality is as stable and firm as the very ground you walk on. In this sense, Earth can make you stubborn, but it also makes you practical. In all of your efforts and goals, Earth keeps you grounded and realistic. Embracing earthly prudence will play a key role in your future successes. However, you must avoid the overly cautious attitude that can plague Earth zodiac signs.

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Today is Thursday, May 16th, the 136th day of the year.  There are 229

days remaining until the end of the year.

John Conyers

John Conyers

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National

Bike Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph

Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month,

Older Americans Month, National Water Safety Awareness

Month, Wildflower Week, Armed Forces Day, Love a Tree Day,

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Wear Purple for Peace Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

John Conyers, 90, politician

Isaac “Redd” Holt, 87, drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited)

Billy Cobham, 75, drummer/bandleader

Clifton Powell, 63, actor

Ralph Tresvant

Ralph Tresvant

John Salley, 54, basketball player

Sommore, 53, comedian

Janet Jackson, 53, singer/actress

Thurman Thomas, 53, football player

Ralph Tresvant, 51, singer (New Edition)

Tonex, 44, singer

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Barbara Lee, 72, singer (The Chiffons) (d. 2011)

DEATHS

A. Phillip Randolph, 1979, union leader/activist (b. 1889)

Sammy Davis Jr., 1990, entertainer (b. 1925)

Marv Johnson, 1993, singer (b. 1939)

Chuck Brown, 2012, singer (b. 1936)

Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown

ON THIS DATE…

1861 – The Republican Convention selects Abraham Lincoln as their

candidate for president.

1866 – U.S. Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces the

silver half-dime)

1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy awards are awarded.

1939 – Food stamps are first issued.

Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael

1966 – Stokely Carmichael named chairman of the Student Nonviolent

Coordinating Committee.

1975 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 rounds for heavyweight

boxing title.

2013 – Human stem cells are successfully cloned.

HOROSCOPE

The elemental pair of your sign is Earth and in fact, the Taurus has the only fixed relationship with Earth of all the zodiac signs. As a result of your special connection to Earth, your personality takes on the qualities of an immovable bolder; stubborn and powerful. In the sense, it is your elemental influence that inspires your practicality and realistic nature. While others have their heads in the clouds, your connection with Earth keeps you grounded in all your efforts. Avoid the dangers of an overly conservative mindset and Earth’s influence can become one of your greatest assets.

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Today is Wednesday, May 15th, the 135th day of the year.  There are 230

days remaining until the end of the year.

Melle Mel

Melle Mel

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Bike

Month, National Hamburger Month, National Barbecue Month,

National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month,

National Salad Month, Older Americans Month, National Water

Safety Month, Wildflower Week, Peace Officers Memorial Day,

International Day of Families, National Bike to Work Day,

National Chocolate Chip Day

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Ron Simmons, 61, football player/wrestler

Melle Mel, 58, rapper (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five)

Leroy Hoard, 51, football player

Emmitt Smith, 50, football legend

Rod Smith, 49, football player

Desmond Howard, 49, football player/sportscaster

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis, 44, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

Earl Manigault, 1998, basketball player (b. 1944)

Yolanda King, 2007, activist/daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)

Wayman Tisdale, 2009, basketball player/musician (b. 1964)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Yolanda King

Yolanda King

1791 – Civil Rights granted to free mulattoes in French Colonies.

1820 – Congress declares the foreign slave trade an act of piracy

punishable by death.

1905 – Las Vegas, Nevada is founded.

1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is incorporated at Indiana

University.

1918 – Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts, both African

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

American, receive the Cross de Guerre for their service in World

War I, becoming the first Americans to win France’s highest

military award.

1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first

cartoon, Plane Crazy.

1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, Calif.

1972 – Assassination attempt on Governor George Wallace of Alabama

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md.

1981 – The Harlem Globetrotters on “Gilligan’s Island” airs.

1988 – “Gospel at Colonus” closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater in New

York City after 61 performances.

1989 – The Toronto Blue jays fire manager Jimmy Williams and

replace him with Cito Gaston.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Taurus born on May 15th, your personality is defined by your discipline and loyalty. You are very hardworking and this is a result of your commitment to success. While others struggle to find willpower, you will take on a challenge with undying fortitude. Your friends and family admire your inner strength, almost as much as they admire your loyalty. Your loved ones would be hard pressed to recall a time where you did not defend them or have their best interest at heart.

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Today is Tuesday, May 14th, the 134th day of the year.  There are 231

days remaining until the end of the year.

Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National

Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger

Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month,

National Water Safety Month, Wildflower Week, Dance

Like a Chicken Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Tessa Sanderson, 62, Olympian

Mike Quick, 60, football player

Raphael Saadiq, 53, singer/songwriter/producer (Tony Toni Tone)

Mark Jackson, 53, basketball player/coach

Pooh Richardson, 52, basketball player

Shanice Wilson, 46, singer

Voshon Leonard, 46, basketball player

Eddie House, 41, basketball player

Tamara Dobson

Tamara Dobson

Frank Gore, 36, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Sidney Bechet, 122, saxophonist (d. 1959)

Will “Dub” Jones, 91, singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)

Tamara Dobson, 72, actress (d. 2006)

DEATHS

ON THIS DATE IN…

1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.

Willie Mays

Willie Mays

1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up U.S. constitution.

1961 – The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and

the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.

1970 – Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance at Jackson St. University

in Mississippi.

1972 – In Willie Mays’ 1st game as a N.Y. Met his homer beats the San Francisco

Giants.

1986 – Reggie Jackson hits his 537th home run passing Mickey Mantle into 6th

place.

HOROSCOPE

Patient and determined, your natural abilities will give you several career opportunities to explore. Your compassion and patience would be well served in education, counseling or mediation. On the other hand, your business sense and independence could make you a successful entrepreneur, which was the path of Mark Zuckerberg who was also born on May 14th. If you take time to cultivate your artistic vision, you could be successful in media or film, not unlike George Lucas, another of your celebrity birthday twins.

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Today is Monday, May 13th, the 133rd day of the year.  There are 232

days remaining until the end of the year.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Blood

Pressure Month, Month, National Bike Month, National

Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month, National Salad

Month, National Recommitment Month, Older Americans Month,

National Water Safety Month, National Women’s Health Week,

Wildflower Week, Leprechaun Day

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Richard Brooks, 79, singer (The Impressions)

Franklin Ajaye, 70, comedian

Stevie Wonder, 69, music legend

Dennis Rodman, 58, basketball player

Chris Washburn, 54, basketball player

Darius Rucker, 53, singer

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker

Trajan Langdon, 43, basketball player

Pusha T, 42, rapper

Mike Bibby, 41, basketball player

P.K. Subban, 30, hockey player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Joe Louis, 105, boxer (d. 1981)

Mary Wells, 76, singer (d. 1992)

Dean Meminger, 71, basketball player (d. 2013)

Mary Wells

Mary Wells

Manning Marable, 69, (d. 2011)

DEATHS

Johnnie Wilder Jr., 2006, singer (Heatwave)  (b. 1949)

Donald “Duck” Dunn, 2012, bass player (b. 1941)

Chuck Muncie, 2013, football player (b. 1953)

ON THIS DATE IN …

1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate

lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who

later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first Black to command

Reggie jackson

Reggie jackson

a U.S. ship.

1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in

Bloomfield, Connecticut (WRDC).

1953 – NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 home runs and a

triple.

1966 – U.S. Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the

South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

1983 – Reggie Jackson becomes the 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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.

199 1 -“Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness” goes on sale.

1996 – O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.

1997 – Eddie Murray becomes the 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games.

HOROSCOPE

The Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, but as you were born in the third Decan, or part, of the sign, you also receive a dose of Saturn’s mysterious power. While Venus’s influence can be witnessed in your social and warm nature, your discipline, order and perseverance can all be linked to Saturn’s planetary influence. Your planetary powers combine to make you the most disciplined of all the Taurus Decans. When you complete a task, it is done thoughtfully and with a great attention to detail. Surprisingly, you do not desire any praise for your hard work, because above all, you value the security and comfort of material gains. Although you may be serious to the outside world, you are kind-hearted and playful in the comfort of your home life.

 

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Today is Sunday, May 12th, the 132nd day of the year.  There are 233

days remaining until the end of the year.

Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Bike Month, National Hamburger

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Barbecue

Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month, National

Water Safety Month, Wildflower Week, Fatigue Syndrome Day,

Vanessa A. Williams

Vanessa A. Williams

Limerick Day, Today is Mother’s Day!

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Felipe Alou, 84, baseball player

James Purify, 75, singer (James & Bobby Purify)

Willie Parnell, 74, singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)

Ving Rhames, 60, actor

Vanessa A. Williams, 56, actress

Carla Hall, 55, chef

Kim Fields

Kim Fields

Kim Fields, 50, actress

Lawrence Phillips, 49, football player

Steve Smith, 40, football player

Keith Bogans, 39, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Henry Cosby, 91, songwriter (d. 2002)

DEATHS

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

ON THIS DATE…

1820 – The New York African Free School population reaches 500.

1871 – Segregated street cars are integrated in Louisville, Ky.

1898 – Louisiana adopts new constitution with “grandfather clause”

designed to eliminate Black voters.

1910 – 2nd NAACP conference is held in New York City.

1932 – Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in

H. Rap Brown

H. Rap Brown

Hopewell, NJ.

1934 – “Cocktails For Two” by Duke Ellington hits #1.

1955 – Chicago Cub Sam Jones is the 1st Black to pitch a no-hitter

in Major League Baseball (Pirates, 4-0)

1963 – Race riot occurs in Birmingham, Alabama.

1967 – H. Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of

the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Lena Horne

Lena Horne

1968 – “March of the Poor” under Rev. Ralph Abernathy reaches

Washington, D.C.

1970 – Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run.

1970 – Race riots occur in Augusta, Ga.; 6 Blacks killed (5 by cops).

1981 – “Lena Horne: Lady, Music” opens at the Nederlander in New

York City for 333 performances.

HOROSCOPE

Venus is the ruling planet of your sign, but as you were born in the third Decan, or part, of the Taurus sign, Saturn also lends you a helping of its planetary power. Being the planet of harmony, the influence of Venus can be witnessed in your appreciation of beauty, sociability and cooperation. In the same sense, it is Saturn’s power that links to your discipline, order and responsibility. More so than any of the other Taurus Decans, your unique planetary power makes you patient. Your ability to keep cool is one of your greatest assets, as you have the rare ability to stay calm in frustrating situations. Although you do not desire praise or accolades, you are very interested in material gain. As is the case with all members of the Taurus sign, security is one of your greatest concerns.

 

 

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