1. Bataan Day (Philippines)—commemorating the fall of Bataan to the Japanese on this day in 1942.
2. Appomattox Courthouse Day—celebrating the end of the deadliest war in our history on this day in 1865 when the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant.
3. 1962 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1962, as part of a two week run, Johnny Angel by Shelley Fabares, an American singer and actress best known for role as Donna Reed’s daughter on the Donna Reed Show. Here is a music video of a performance of Johnny Angel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwIYSofgpY0
4. National Chinese Almond Cookie Day—celebrating that perfect end to a Chinese meal, an almond cookie.
5. Age Is Only a State of Mind Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1926, the founder of Playboy Magazine who at the ripe old age of 86 married someone 60 years his junior.
On this day in
a. 1860 on his phonautograph machine, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of a human voice.
b. 1867 by a single vote the Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia purchasing Alaska for 7.2 million dollars, one of the great bargains of all times both from and economic standpoint and security standpoint.
c. 1939 Marian Anderson, an African American contralto opera singer, performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a live audience of 75,000 and listened to on the radio by millions; she performed there because in a moment of bigotry the Daughters of the American Revolution refused her permission to perform at Constitution Hall.
d. 1959 NASA announced the selection of the first seven American astronauts for Project Mercury all of whom had the Right Stuff.ere abolished as part of Ataturk’s reforms.
e. 1961 The Pacific Electric Railway (the Red Cars) once the largest electric railway in the world closed its doors, a victim of the growing popularity of the automobile and cheap gasoline.