CMN Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 24th, the 144th day of the year.  There are 221

days remaining until the end of the year.

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle

HOLIDAYS 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 Escargot Day,

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Larry Blackmon

Larry Blackmon

Timmy Brown, 81, football player

Patti LaBelle, 74, singer

Larry Blackmon, 62, singer/songwriter (Cameo)

Joe Dumars, 55, basketball player/executive

Gene Anthony Ray, 55, dancer

Carl Anthony Payne II, 48, actor

Tracy McGrady, 39, basketball player

Heavy D

Heavy D

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Oliver Cromwell, 1753, Revolutionary War hero

Coleman Young, 99, civil rights leader (Detroit Mayor) (d. 1997)

Heavy D., 50, rapper (d. 2011)

DEATHS

William Lloyd Garrison, 1879, journalist/abolitionist (b. 1805)

Elmore James, 1963, singer/guitarist (b. 1918)

Duke Ellington, 1974, pianist/composer/bandleader (b. 1899)

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Jimmy McGriff, 2008, organist (b. 1936)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1854 – Lincoln University, Penn., 1st Black college in the U.S.

is founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson.

1856 – John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at

Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.

1861 – Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler declares slaves “contraband of

war”.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

1951 – Racial segregation in Wash. D.C. restaurants ruled illegal.

1954 – Dr. Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st Black to head an

AMA unit.

1961 – Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for

“disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.

1963 – Baldwin-Kennedy meeting on race relations in the U.S.

1983 – Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks

to schools that racially discriminate against students.

1984 – “Wiz” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City

for 13 performances.

The Wiz

The Wiz

1990 – Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks

in a game.

2001 – The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the

first time since 1994 when Sen, James Jeffords of Vermont

abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an

independent.

HOROSCOPE

Your sign is paired with the air element, which plays a subtle but important role in your personality. Taking on the changing qualities of air, a sociable curiosity seems to come over you like a steady breeze. When the winds become stronger, your curiosity may evolve into an outright push for knowledge or justice. You should embrace these qualities as they are some of the most positive that the element of air has to offer. You should stay weary of the fact that not embracing the push of air, even at its lightest, can cause an unwanted distance and lack of emotion.

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