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Calendar for May 3rd, 2014

Kentucky Derby

America's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has been held continuously since 1875 at Louisville, Kentucky, and has become one of the country's largest civic celebrations (and betting opportunity). Not bad when you consider that the event lasts only two minutes! Modeled on England's Epsom Derby, it is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds and was originally run at a mile and a half (now at a mile and a quarter). Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark organized the first race, and since he wanted the occasion to be festive, he gave a Derby breakfast for his friends before the first running (mint juleps anyone?). Dances, parties, and carnival-like gaiety have long been a feature of Derby week. The Derby is the first event in the "Triple Crown" series, followed by the Preakness (the second Saturday after the Derby) and the Belmont Stakes (the fifth Saturday after the Derby).

1650s

  • 1654: First toll bridge (toll for animals began), Rowley, Massachusetts

  • 1800s

  • 1802: Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city

  • 1850s

  • Died 1856: Adolphe Charles Adam (composer)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1903: Bing Crosby (singer)

  • Born 1906: Mary Astor (actress)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1921: Sugar Ray Robinson (boxer)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: James Brown (singer)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1947: Doug Henning (magician)

  • 1970s

  • 1971: First broadcast of National Public Radio's All Things Considered

  • Born 1974: Dulé Hill (actor)

  • 2000s

  • 2003: The Old Man of the Mountain located in Franconia Notch, NH, fell from his perch

  • 2007: Three veterans’ names were added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • 2008: Dale Davis, a legally blind 78-year old man from Alta, Iowa, bowled a perfect game during league play


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