May 9, 1964 -
The Beatles' I Wanna Hold Your Hand had been the number one album for over three and a half months straight.
Louis Armstrong's show tune Hello Dolly finally ended the record-breaking run on this day, knocking the Beatles out of first place in the music charts.
Great moments in Vice Presidential history:
May 9, 1989
Today in History:
May 9, 1671 -
File this under - Balls, said the queen ...: Adventurer and criminal, Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London on this date.
He and his accomplices were captured and the jewels rescued. Far from being punished, Blood was pardoned by the King himself and awarded a pension of £500 a year.
May 9, 1926 -
Explorers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole. Two teams of aviators competed to be the first to fly over the North Pole. American Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett claimed victory when they circled the North Pole.
May 9, 1949 -
William Martin Joel, Grammy Award-winning rock vocalist/singer was born on this date.
I can still remember when one used to eagerly await a new Billy Joel album as much as a Bruce Springsteen album.
May 9, 1950 -
L. Ron Hubbard publishes the first edition of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health on this date.
But you didn't hear this from me.
May 9,1958 -
Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak premiered in San Francisco on this date.
Alfred Hitchcock was embittered at the critical and commercial failure of the film in 1958. He blamed this on James Stewart for "looking too old" to attract audiences any more (Stewart was nearly 15 years older than Barbara Bel Geddes and twice as old as Kim Novak.) Hitchcock never worked with Stewart, previously one of his favorite collaborators, again.
May 9, 1978 -
The body of former Italian premier Aldo Moro was discovered in the back seat of a Renault on this date. He had been kidnapped 54 days prior by the Red Brigades, who demanded the release of their incarcerated comrades.
May 9, 1980 -
35 people were killed in Tampa, Florida when the Liberian cargo ship Summit Venture smashed into a supporting pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on this date.
Seven vehicles, including a Greyhound bus, topple into the water 150 feet below.
May 9, 1983 -
Pope John Paul II retracts the Catholic Church's condemnation of astronomer Galileo Galilei, issued in 1633 by Pope Urban VIII. The Church had convicted the scientist of heresy, sentenced him to house arrest, and forced him to recant central scientific truths.
May 9, 1992 -
Final episode of Golden Girls airs on NBC-TV on this date.
That must have been some after party.
And so it goes
Before I let you go - Here's the latest video from Mental Floss - 38 Common Spelling and Grammar Errors
Yeah, I'm still having problems with the whole lay/ lie thing.