Saturday, May 28, 2005
1524: Ottoman Sultan Selim II is born at Constantinople. He'll become known as Selim the Sot for his drinking, and will conquer Cyprus, massacring tens of thousands of unarmed people, to secure a supply of his favorite vintage.
1757: Forty Virginia militiamen surprise and defeat a small French detachment at Jumonville Glen, in what is now Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The small skirmish ignites what will become the Seven Years' War (in America, the French and Indian War), and make the 22-year-old American commander, Major George Washington, famous.
1759: William Pitt is born at at Hayes, Kent, the son of Prime Minister William Pitt. Pitt the Younger, a Lincoln's Inn barrister, will become the youngest and one of the longest-serving prime ministers in British history.
1897: Pearl B. Wait, a carpenter and cough medicine maker in LeRoy, New York, creates a new dessert that his wife names "Jell-O." It flops, and he sells the company for $450 to a neighbor who has more marketing skill.
1928: Chrysler Corp. acquires with Dodge Brothers, Inc., in a deal worth $170 million.
1929: Warner Brothers debuts first all-color talking picture at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City: On With the Show, starring Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown, and Arthur Lake.
1930: The Chrysler Building opens in New York City. Architecture critics hate it and the owner refuses to pay the architect, claiming no contract was ever signed. The architect, William van Alen, eventually gets his money but his career is ruined.
1936: Twenty-four year-old Alan Mathison Turing submits for publication his On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem, the paper that is the foundation of modern computer science.
1944: Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III (NYU Law 1968) is born at Brooklyn, New York.
1947: Actress and director Sondra Locke, whose chief starring role for contracts profs is in Locke v. Warner Brothers, is born at Shelbyville, Tennessee.
1957: National League owners vote to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
1998: NASA releases the photograph of TMR-1C, which they think might be the first planet ever discovered outside the Solar System. Or else a background star, they're not sure.