May 5, 2017
We’ll start off with a question: What nation did Mexican forces defeat in the Battle of Puebla, which is marked by Cinco de Mayo celebrations?
We’ll have the answer later in the show.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico. It’s also Children’s Day in Japan and South Korea and Constitution Day in Kyrgyzstan.
It’s unofficially International Midwives’ Day, Cartoonists Day, and International Tuba Day.
It’s the birthday of chef James Beard, who was born in 1903; actor Michael Palin, who is 74, and singer Adele, who is 29.
Now, we’ll spin the wheel to pick a year at random.
This week in 1986, the top song in the U.S. was “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys.
The No. 1 movie was “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life if Calling,” while the novel “A Perfect Spy” by John le Carre topped the New York Times Bestsellers list.
Now for our weekly question: What is the official name of Amtrak?
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