May 24th

May 24th is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

May 24th
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 1840

1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message “What hath God wrought” (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in BaltimoreMaryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

 

 

 

First Dates – Morse Code

 

 

May 24th
Brooklyn Bridge, looking west from Brooklyn, July 1899

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Hanlon – Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

May 24th
A mob beats Freedom Riders in Birmingham. This picture was reclaimed by the FBI from a local journalist who also was beaten and whose camera was smashed.

1961 – American civil rights movementFreedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Ochs – Freedom Riders

Maria Taylor

The Omaha-based folk-pop duo Azure Ray was built around the tension between its two very different halves: the playful experimentation of Orenda Fink and the straight-to-the-heart melancholy of Maria Taylor. Ever since Azure Ray went on hiatus in 2004, Fink and Taylor have released solo records and side projects — Fink popped up as half of O+S earlier this year, while both have performed in Now It’s Overhead and Bright Eyes — that play to their respective strengths. In the case of Taylor, that’s meant three terrific albums (11:11, Lynn Teeter Flower and the new LadyLuck) that bleed wistful beauty.

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July, 2009

Set List
  • “LadyLuck”
  • “Time Lapse Lifeline”
  • “Clean Getaway”

May 17th

May 17th is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 228 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

May 17th
The New York Stock Exchange in 2012.

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Kitten and The Hacker – Stock Exchange

 

 

 

May 17th
World Health Organization – Organisation mondiale de la santé (French)

1990 – The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

 

 

 

 

Billy Bragg – Sexuality

 

 

May 17th
Copenhagen’s City Hall Square was the site of the riot.

2000Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clash in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final riots in Copenhagen.

 

 

 

 

 

The Avett Brothers

With all due respect to its terrific albums and kinetic, frenetic live shows, if The Avett Brothers could put on a three-song acoustic concert at every workplace in America, the band would be a world-beating colossus. For proof, take six minutes to don some headphones and listen to “Laundry Room,” which opens this set at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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July, 2009

May 10th

May 10th is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 235 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

May 10th
The original “golden spike”, on display at the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford University

1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whiting Tennis – The Golden Spike

 

 

May 10th
1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1924J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remains so until his death in 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

Kronos Quartet – Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover

 

 

May 10th
Betamax Logo

1975Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan.

 

 

 

Radiohead – Videotape

May 3rd

May 3rd is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 242 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

 

May 3rd
The L’Enfant Plan for Washington, D.C., as revised by Andrew Ellicott in 1792.

1802Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.

 

 

 

 

 

Gil Scott Heron – Washington D.C.

 

 

May 3rd
First edition cover

1937Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Architects – Gone With The Wind

 

 

May 3rd
Two players with a geocache in Norway.

2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.

 

 

 

 

Starters – Geocache Girl

Great Lake Swimmers

Showing up alone — no band, no road manager — Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker was enormously kind, but his timidity was apparent whenever he wasn’t softly singing one of his band’s gorgeous folk-pop songs.

Dekker plays music that’s ideally suited to a bit of introversion. Throughout a career that spans four albums — in this three-song set, “Everything Is Moving So Fast” and “Pulling on a Line” were both drawn from Great Lake Swimmers’ latest, Lost Channels — Dekker has developed a sterling track record for gentle ruminations on nature, beauty, conflict and the human body.

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June, 2009

 

Set List
  1. “Everything Is Moving So Fast”
  2. “Pulling on a Line”
  3. “Various Stages”

April 26th

April 26th is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

April 26th
The Chandos portrait (artist and authenticity unconfirmed), in the National Portrait Gallery, London

1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown).

 

 

 

 

 

The Smiths – Shakespeare’s Sister

 

L’Aigle meteorite

1803 – Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L’Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist.

 

 

 

Owl City – Meteor Shower

 

April 26th
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, viewed from a nearby road

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

 

 

Highasakite – Chernobyl

April 19th

April 19th is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

 

April 19th
Gold solidus of Irene, 797–802, Constantinople.

797 – Empress Irene organizes a conspiracy against her son, the Byzantine emperor Constantine VI. He is deposed and blinded. Shortly after, Constantine dies of his wounds; Irene proclaims herself basileus.

 

 

 

Okkervil River – Goodnight, Irene

 

 

April 19th
Portrait by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1778

1770 – Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI of France in a proxy wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophe Lux – Marie Antoinette Robot 2073

 

 

 

April 19th
Branch Davidian flag

1993 – The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. 76 Davidians including 18 children under the age of 10 died in the fire

 

 

The Mountain Goats – Waco

 

Benjy Ferree

Benjy Ferree is somewhat obsessed with Peter Pan, and his great new record (Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee) functions as a eulogy to child actor Bobby Driscoll, who played Peter Pan. Driscoll’s life ended in tragedy — he was homeless and dead at age 31. But Ferree’s music often has a lilt, as well as more than just hints of humor. You’ll get a good taste of that in this Tiny Desk Concert.

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May, 2009

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