On This Day, May 2

Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast. Finding Nessie at the library,  on hooplain OverDrive and Flipster.


Ella Fitzgerald backed by Chick Webb’s orchestra records A Tisket A Tasket, 1938. Other charts recorded on May 2 & 3 include Heart of Mine (vocals – Fitzgerald), I’m Just a Jitterbug (vocals – Fitzgerald), Azure, Liza and Spinning the Web.

Band Roster
Trumpets: Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan
Trombones: Nat Story, Sandy Williams, George Matthews
Reeds: Garvin Bushnell, Teddy McRae, Wayman Carver, Hilton Jefferson
Rhythm: Tommy Fulford (p), Bobby Johnson (g), Beverly Peer (b), Beverly Peer (b), Chick Webb (d). Find the yellow basket at the library, on hoopla and in Freegal.

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