I was born on May 19, 1958. Monday's child is full of grace…that’s me, I’m full of it. The first oral contraceptive was invented in 1958 (no relationship to my birth, I assure you). Equally, not surprisingly the television program Climax! was cancelled shortly after my arrival (anything else would have been naturally anticlimactic). I was a bouncing, baby boy weighing in at almost 10 pounds. Two months later the largest tsunami on record was experienced in Lituya Bay, Alaska (again, no relationship I assure you - I wasn't ALL ~ THAT bouncing). There were only 48 states when I was born. I am older than the states of Alaska and Hawaii, but not older than dirt.
1958 was an exciting year to say the least and certainly it heralded the utmost heights of civilization. Rice-a-Roni (The San Francisco Treat) was introduced in 1958. Also an amazing 400 million frozen pot pies were sold in the U.S. (no where near that many were actually eaten). Cocoa Krispies breakfast food was introduced by the Kellogg Company; it was over 40% sugar, so you might have to add a little more sugar if you like your breakfast sweet.
The first credit card was invented along with the first computer modem, microchip and video recorder. On television, I love Lucy premiered in 1958. James Bond novels began in 1958. Billboard also debuted its Hot 100 chart in 1958. Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" boasts the first Number 1 Record. Is it any wonder that I waited until 1958 to be make my own Debut (referring to the technological breakthroughs and NOT Nelson's hit recording.
Many of my favorite movies hit the big screen in 1958: South Pacific, Auntie Mame, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Vertigo, East of Eden, Singin' in the Rain and Best Film of the year GiGi.
Models on the fashion runways were falling all over themselves with the introduction of the sack dress in 1958. Would you consider me a fashionesta?
I share my birthday with Johns Hopkins (1795), Johann Gottlief Fichte (1762), Ho Chi Minh (1890), Malcolm X (1925), Pol Pot (1925) (Cambodian leader of the Khmer Rouge) and Lorraine Hansberry (1930) American playwright who wrote “Raisin in the Sun”, Pete Townshend, David Hartman, Peter Mayhew, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, and Grace Jones.
May 19th is also significant as the day when T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) died in England of injuries sustained on a motorcycle (1935). May 19th is also the Anniversary of the beheading of Anne Boleyn, second wife of England’s King Henry VIII (1536).
I remember on May 19, 1964 (my 6th birthday), Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy. Ironically, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would die New York on May 19, 1994 at age 64.