Saint Vitalis of Assisi (not to be confused with St. Vitilas of Milan, patron saint of grey haired lotharios ) was an Italian hermit and monk who died in 1370. He became a saint despite an early life marked by licentiousness and immorality. However, in an attempt to atone he went on pilgrimages to various sanctuaries.
On his return to Umbria, he became a Benedictine monk at Subiaco and later lived as a hermit. He spent the rest of his life in the hermitage of Santa Maria di Viole, near Assisi, in utter poverty. His reputation for holiness soon spread after his death. He was known as a patron against sicknesses and diseases affecting the genitals.
The severed head alleged to belong to the patron saint of genital diseases will hit the auction block in Ireland Sunday.
Friends, nothing says love like the holy relic of the saint of the burning loins.
The Oprah Winfrey Show came to an end and yet, the sun is shining and I thought I'd play you this song
I'm sure it will rain any minute.
Make sure you're wearing your hip boots, there's plenty of seamen flooding Time Square.
I can't believe I forgot to mention that Fleet Week started yesterday.
May 26, 1977 -
Police arrested George Willig, after he had successfully scaled the World Trade Center's south tower in NYC on this date.
He was fined $110 -- a dollar per floor climbed.
Today in History:
May 26, 1232 -
Gregory IX issues the bull Declinante jam mundi, bringing the Papal Inquisition to Spain.
I never get tired of playing this clip.
May 26, 1647 -
Alse Young, a widow, is hanged for witchcraft in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the first person in America executed for the crime of witchcraft.
Her daughter Alice is accused of the same offense 30 years later, in Massachusetts.
It was something in the genes.
May 26, 1868 -
In England's last public execution, Michael Barrett was hanged at Newgate. All subsequent hangings are held behind prison walls.
Presiding over the event is executioner William Calcraft, who frequently supplements his income by selling the clothes and noose worn by the condemned.
May 26, 1913 –
Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE, English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, was born on this date.
Cushing loved making horror roles and met his life long friend Christopher Lee while both worked at Hammer Studios, but ironically, did not enjoy horror films very much at all.
May 26, 1923 -
Le Mans France held its first Grand Prix D'endurance -- the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as an endurance test for touring cars.
The winning drivers, Amdre Lagache and Rene Leonard, averaged 57.2 miles per hour.
May 26, 1960 -
America's UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. charges the Soviets with having bugged the Moscow embassy. He shows off a large wooden carving of the United States seal which had been hollowed out to conceal a sophisticated resonant cavity transmitter.
Less than 30 years later a newly-rebuilt Moscow embassy is determined to be "structurally riddled with eavesdropping devices."
May 26, 1994 -
Michael Jackson weds Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. The couple keeps their love match secret for six weeks, then files for divorce 18 months after that.
Lisa Marie has confirmed on the Oprah show that she had enjoyed marital relations with Jackson -
I still have a little taste of vomit in my mouth!!
May 26, 1995 -
89-year-old Friz Freleng, the cartoonist who created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other Looney Tunes characters, died in Los Angeles on this date.
The nickname "Friz" came from how "frizzy" his hair was at one time.
There were a lot of notable music birthdays on this date.
May 26, 1920 -
Norma Deloris Egstrom, Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, composer and actress, was born on this date.
And yes Peggy, that's all there is.
May 26, 1926 –
Miles Dewey Davis III born on this date in Alton, Illinois, was a trumpeter, bandleader, composer and widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Winner of 9 Grammys, Miles Davis received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the New England Conservatory in 1986 in honor of his longstanding achievements.
May 26, 1948 -
Stephanie Lynn Nicks, singer-songwriter and acclaimed goat singer, was born on this date.
May 26, 1940 -
Mark Lavon Helm, is an American rock musician and actor and he was born on this date.
And so it goes.