CMN Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 8th, the 128th day of the year.  There are 237

days remaining until the end of the year.

Phillip Bailey

Phillip Bailey

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger

Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month, National

Water Safety Month, National Nurses Week, National Teacher

Appreciation Week, No Socks Day, Military Spouses Day, V-E Day,

World Red Cross Day

Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith


Phillip Bailey, 68, singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Lovie Smith, 61, football coach

Ronnie Lott, 60, football player

Iran Barkley, 59, boxer

Keyon Dooling, 39, basketball player

Felix Jones, 32, football player

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

Kemba Walker, 29, basketball player


Phyllis Wheatley, 266, poet (d. 1784)

Harry S. Truman, 135, 33rd Pres. of the United States (d. 1972)

Mary Lou Williams, 109, jazz pianist (d. 1981)

Robert Johnson, 108, blues legend (d. 1938)

Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston, 87, boxer (d. 1970)


Henry McNeal Turner, 1915, 1st Black Army chaplain (b. 1823)


1858 – John Brown holds antislavery convention.

1886 – Pharmacist, John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage

named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.

1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.

Coca Cola

Coca Cola

1926 – A. Phillip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

1947 – A movement among Cardinal players to protest 1st meeting with

Jackie Robinson is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon.

1958 – Ernest Green becomes the first Black to graduate from Central

High School in Little Rock, Ark.

1966 – Only home run ever hit out of Baltimore’s Memorial Park by

Frank Robinson.

A. Phillip Randolph

A. Phillip Randolph

1967 – Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in the U.S. Army.

1970 – The “Chicago Seven” Panther indictment is dropped.

1973 – Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected

during the game, thus technically becoming baseball’s 1st Black manager.

1983 – Lena Horne is awarded the Spingarn Medal for distinguished career

in entertainment.

1987 – Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race because of the Donna

Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Rice affair.

1988 – Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bentley in New York.

1993 – Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 rounds for the heavyweight

boxing title.


Venus is the planetary ruler of your sign, but as you were born in the second Decan, or part, of the Taurus sign, Mercury also lends you a dose of its mysterious planetary power. Being the planet of harmony, Venus’s influence can be reflected in your warm, social and cooperative nature. In the same sense, it is Mercury’s power that drives your communication and mental agility. More so than any of the other Taurus Decans, your unique planetary power makes you practical and thoughtful in all your efforts. As long as you see a practical, worthwhile result, you dedicate yourself fully to your work. Although the spotlight may not be your main focus, practical and comfortable surroundings drive your life’s ambition. In love, you are loyal, honest and caring. For the most happiness, find a partner that shares in your practical aspirations and faithfulness.

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