Those Were the Days My Friend

Those were the days my friend: week of 3 May

We’re checking out the week of 3 May 2021 with the help of Jocks’ Journal … newmedia.com.au

Monday 3 May

A horse called Tim Tam won the Kentucky Derby on 3 May 1958. At the track that day was Ross Arnott who thought the name of the winning horse was pefect for a yummy new line of biscuits he was planning!

In music, soul singer James Brown was born on 3 May 1933 and went on to give us some memorable hits, like I Got You (I Feel Good). Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons was born in 1934, and Mary Hopkin in 1950. Also, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female Prime Minister on 3 May 1979.

Tuesday 4 May

The Grammy Awards were presented for the first time on 4 May 1959. Record and Song of the Year was Volare by Domenico Modugno, and Album of the Year was The Music from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini.

The Big Mac hamburger was invented by McDonald’s franchisee Jim Delligatti in 1967, who sold it for 45 cents (US) at his restaurant in Pittsburgh. It was so popular, it was added to the menu at all restaurants the following year.

Wednesday 5 May

Alan Shepherd became the first American astronaut in space on 5 May 1961.


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Thursday 6 May

In Melbourne Tonight, hosted by 23 year old Graham Kennedy, began on GTV-9 on 6 May 1957 (footage from 1964 below).

In music, Keith Richards came up with the guitar riff of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Friday 7 May

Collingwood played its first game in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) against Carlton on 7 May 1892. Carlton won (click for a match report), and so began the rivalry. Five years later, Collingwood and seven other teams split from the VFA and formed the Victorian Football League (VFL).

In music, Reginald Kenneth Dwight formally changed his name by deed poll to Elton Hercules John on 7 May 1972. He had been using Elton John professionally since the late 60s, but this made the name official.

Saturday 8 May

Coca Cola was introduced in the USA on this day on 8 May 1886. John S. Pemberton created it as a medicine, which he sold at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. The drink’s name refers to two of its original ingredients:  coca leaves and kola nuts (a source of caffeine).

In music, The Beatles‘ final album of new material Let It Be was released in the UK on 8 May 1970.

And here’s cheers to British naturalist David Attenborough who is 95 today!

Sunday 9 May

Billy Joel is 72 today. He was born in 1949 in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in Long Island.

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