(Me and my Dzia Dzia on our 1st and 60th birthdays. He celebrates his 85th birthday on May 12!)
Leave it to the history nerd to look up these facts about May 9 through the ages.
On this day in…
1502 – Columbus left Spain on his fourth and final trip to New World.
1573 – Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king (hurray, Poland).
1753 – King Louis XV disbands French parliament.
1754 – First newspaper cartoon in America of severed snake entitled “Join, or Die.”
1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle (very important).
1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.
1899 – Lawn mower patented (Papa Bender will appreciate this one).
1914 – President Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first Mother’s Day.
1936 – First KLM airplane to land on Bonaire.
1956 – First ascent of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain.
1962 – Beatles sign their first contract with EMI Parlophone.
1969 – BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick.
1976 – Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament (cool!).
1982 – Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic (doubly cool!).
1984 – Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers play 8:06 based game, the longest timed.
1987 – Mama Bender says, “Finally!” (or something like that) at 8:07 a.m. in Lake Forest, IL.
1992 – Final episode of “Golden Girls” airs on NBC-TV (sad).
1993 – Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic (excellent).
1994 – South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be president.
2005 – The Huffington Post is launched.
2008 – Weird-looking Cheese Danish pancakes made, first “21-year-old” mojito consumed.
2009 – One of the best weeks of my life – a birthday and an engagement!
2010 – Many a Papa Bender special enjoyed during a visit to Arizona.
2011 – Fantastic day courtesy of Jill, fantastic night courtesy of Bobby.
2012 – My last celebration as a Chicago resident.
2013 – Plenty of fun in Arizona so far – but this year from our own house as residents!
OK. Those last few are definitely not historically relevant. But it’s still fun to take a look back.
It remains to be seen what the next year will bring. I have no doubt that a lot will change – it always does – but one thing that I know will stay the same is the love and appreciation I have for my family, friends and all of you who make this day so special. Thank you.
“Another year over, and a new one just begun!”