Andrews McMeel Almanac by the Editors at Andrews McMeel Syndication

Andrews Mc Meel Almanac For May 01, 2021


Today is the 121st day of 2021 and the 43rd day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1840, the Penny Black, the world's first adhesive postage stamp, was issued in Great Britain.

In 1866, racial violence broke out in Memphis, Tennessee; in a three-day span, 45 African-Americans were killed.

In 1898, the U.S. Navy, led by Commodore George Dewey, defeated the Spanish Pacific fleet at Manila Bay in the first battle of the Spanish-American War.

In 2011, President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in a nighttime raid in Pakistan.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Martha "Calamity Jane" Burke (1852-1903), frontierswoman; Jack Paar (1918-2004), comedian/TV host; Joseph Heller (1923-1999), author/playwright; Scott Carpenter (1925-2013), astronaut; John Woo (1946- ), filmmaker; Tim McGraw (1967- ), singer-songwriter; Wes Anderson (1969- ), filmmaker; James Badge Dale (1978- ), actor; Wes Welker (1981- ), football player; Jamie Dornan (1982- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: Japan formally annexed Korea in 1910 and held possession of the former "Hermit Kingdom" until after World War II.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, setting a new major-league record. Later that evening, Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan threw his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "(They) agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything." -- Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,250 -- architectural height (in feet) of the Empire State Building in New York City, dedicated on this day in 1931.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (April 26) and last quarter moon (May 3).