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This Week in History

Seeing Stars, a Baseball Legend Makes a Rare Error and a New Orleans Classic

-- On May 12, 1930: The Adler Planetarium in Chicago opened to the public. It was the first planetarium to open in the United States. The planetarium was founded by and named after Max Adler, a retired business executive. Adler had visited a planetarium in Germany and decided that Chicago needed one as well. Adler's cousin and architect Ernest Grunsfeld Jr. designed the building which has since become a National Historic Landmark. Encouraging education in Chicago was an important family endeavor. Adler's brother-in-law Julius Rosenwald helped found Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

-- On May 12, 1959: On his 34th birthday, New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra's 148-game errorless streak ended. Berra was an amazing catcher who also happened to be an incredible batter. He played in 14 World Series games during his long career, and during that time, the Yankees won 10 of them. He was also a military veteran who served in the Navy during World War II. He was a gunner's mate on a rocket-launching boat at the D-Day invasion. However, people most strongly remember the legendary player for his many quips and sayings such as: "You can observe a lot by watching" and "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him." In 1972, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the New York Yankees retired his jersey No. 8 in 1972. Berra passed away on Sept. 22, 2015, at the age of 90.

-- On May 13, 1938: The song When The Saints Go Marching In was recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra. The song, originally a Christian hymn, has been performed in a variety of musical styles by countless artists including Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. However, the jazz version by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra remains the most well-known recording of the song. Both the song and Armstrong have a strong connection to New Orleans. Armstrong was originally from New Orleans and learned a lot about music there, including how to play cornet. When The Saints Go Marching In is often played at funeral processions as a celebration of life in the city of New Orleans.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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