Good morning, it’s Tuesday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2014. There are 232 days left in the year. We’ll start the day in the mid-50s with clouds and a continuing chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise only into the lower 60s this afternoon. Rain chances continue tonight as temperatures drop into the lower 50s.
On May 13, 1975—39 years ago today—Bob Wills, the leader of the legendary Texas Playboys and the King of Texas Swing, died in Fort Worth at the age of. 70. Wills was born on March 6, 1905 on a farm outside of Kosse, the first of John and Emma Wills’ 10 children. He performed with his fiddle at a ranch dance when he was 10 and when he was 17 he jumped a freight train and left the farm behind. A year later he debuted on the radio in Amarillo. In 1930, he formed the Bob Wills Fiddle Band, which would become the legendary Light Crust Doughboys, so named because of Light Crust Flour’s radio sponsorship. However, he didn’t get along with future Texas Gov. W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, the host of the Light Crust Doughboy Radio show, and he left the band in 1933 to form the Playboys. Wills and the new band moved to Waco, and then to Tulsa, and the rest is music history. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968, but the next year his musical career ended when he suffered a debilitating stroke.
Today's Highlight in Local History:
On May 13, 2004, heavy rains flood much of the city of Hearne in Robertson County, forcing scores of residents from their homes.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 13, 1914, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis was born in Lafayette, Ala.
On This Date:
In 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia (the colonists went ashore the next day).
In 1846, the United States declared that a state of war already existed with Mexico.
In 1917, three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
In 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamps, featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, were issued to the public. (On a few of the stamps, the biplane was inadvertently printed upside-down, making them collector's items.)
In 1940, Britain's new prime minister, Winston Churchill, told Parliament: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act. The musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway.
In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were spat upon and their limousine battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
In 1968, a one-day general strike took place in France in support of student protesters.
In 1973, in tennis' first so-called "Battle of the Sexes," Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in Ramona, California. (Riggs had his standing challenge to female players accepted by Billie Jean King, who soundly defeated Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in September.)
In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
In 1985, a confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped a bomb onto the group's row house; 11 people died in the resulting fire that destroyed 61 homes.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Ten years ago:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited the Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison camp in Iraq, where he insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. During a campaign swing in West Virginia, President George W. Bush said he felt "disgraced" by the images of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners but reminded his listeners that actions of a handful of Americans should not sully the nation's military. TV anchorman Floyd Kalber died in Burr Ridge, Illinois, at age 79. The multiple Emmy-winning NBC sitcom "Frasier" bowed out with an hour-long finale.
Five years ago:
A judge in West Palm Beach sentenced two men to death for the drug-debt slaying of a family of four on the side of a Florida highway, including two young boys who died in their mother's arms. Atlantis' astronauts captured the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope for five days of repair work. Pittsburgh' Adam LaRoche and Florida's Ross Gload became the first baseball players to have home runs taken away following a video replay review.
One year ago:
President Barack Obama tried to address a pair of brewing controversies, denouncing as "outrageous" the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS but angrily denying any administration cover-up after the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. The Associated Press sent a letter of protest to Attorney General Eric Holder after the Justice Department told the news agency it had secretly obtained two months of telephone records of AP reporters and editors. Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his clinic. (Gosnell is serving a life sentence.) Psychologist Joyce Brothers, 85, died in New York.
Actor Buck Taylor is 76. Actor Harvey Keitel is 75. Author Charles Baxter is 67. Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 65. Actress Zoe Wanamaker is 65. Singer Stevie Wonder is 64. Producer-writer Alan Ball is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is 53. Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert is 50. Rock musician John Richardson (The Gin Blossoms) is 50. Actor Tom Verica is 50. Country singer Lari White is 49. Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 48. Actress Susan Floyd is 46. Contemporary Christian musician Andy Williams (Casting Crowns) is 42. Actress Samantha Morton is 37. Rock musician Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) is 35. Actor Iwan Rheon (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 29. Actress-writer-director Lena Dunham is 28. Actor Robert Pattinson is 28. Actress Candice Accola is 27. Actor Hunter Parrish is 27. Folk-rock musician Wylie Gelber (Dawes) is 26. Actress Debby Ryan (TV: "Jessie") is 21.
Thought for Today:
"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money?" - Ayn Rand, Russian-born author (1905-1982).