CMN Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 9th, the 129th day of the year.  There are 236

days remaining until the end of the year.



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 Teacher Appreciation Week, National

Nurses Appreciation Week, Lost Sock Memorial Day!!

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson


Ralph Boston, 80, long jumper

Calvin Murphy, 71, basketball player/announcer

Tony Gwynn, 59, baseball player

Ghostface Killah, 49, rapper

Doug Christie, 49, basketball player

Tamia, 44, singer

Dave Prater

Dave Prater

Rosario Dawson, 40, actress

Prince Fielder, 35, baseball player


John Brown, 219, abolitionist (d. 1859)

Dave Prater, 82, singer (Sam & Dave) (d. 1988)

Canada Lee

Canada Lee


Canada Lee, 1952, actor (b. 1907)

Lena Horne, 2010, singer/actress (b. 1917)

Malcolm Shabazz, 2013, grandson of Malcolm X  (b. 1984)


John Albert Burr

John Albert Burr

1862 – Slaves in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are freed.

1899 – Black inventor, John Albert Burr patents lawn mower.

1914 – U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day.

1961 – The Food and Drug Administration approves first birth control


1966 – A.F. Brimmer becomes the 1st Black member of the Federal

A.F. Brimmer

A.F. Brimmer

Reserve Board.

1978 – “Aint Misbehavin” opens at the Longacre Theatre in New York

City for 1604 performances.

1989 – Vice Pres. Dan Quayle says in an United Negro College Fund

speech:  “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind” instead of “a mind is

a terrible thing to waste”.

1990 – New York Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for

making a racial slur.


Your determination will always give you the opportunity for success, so your greatest challenge may be finding the career you enjoy the most. With gifts of communication and understanding, you may do well in teaching, sales or lecturing. Similarly, your intellectual interests could lead you into higher education and philosophy. Your charisma could appeal to audiences as a writer or journalism, which was the case for Mike Wallace, who was also born on May 8th. If you are drawn to the world of entertainment, the exciting, fast paced world of television, media or film may be a good fit, not unlike Rosario Dawson, another of your celebrity birthday twins.


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