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May 7 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 7th.

Today In …

1763 - Pontiac’s Rebellion began.

1824 - Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony debuted at the Karntnertor Theater in Vienna, Austria.

1847 - The AMA, American Medical Association was founded.

1915 - The RMS Lusitania sank after being hit by a torpedo from a German U-20 submarine. 1,198 people were killed when the boat sank within 20 minutes.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Anne Baxter who appeared in “The Ten Commandments” and “All About Eve” was born in 1923.

Johannes Brahms the German composer whose works include “Lullaby” was born in 1833.

Robert Browning the author/poet of such works as “The Ring and the Book” was born in 1812.

Eagle Eye Cherry the voice behind “Stay Tonight” was born in 1969.

Gary Cooper the star of such films as “Sergeant York” and “High Noon” was born in 1901.

Owen Hart the talented professional wrestler was born in 1965.

Gabby Hayes who starred on TV’s “The Gabby Hayes Show” was born in 1885.

Amy Heckerling the person behind the camera of such films as “Clueless” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was born in 1954.

Robert Hegyes who played Epstein on TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter” was born in 1951.

Michael E. Knight the actor best known as Tad from daytime TV’s “All My Children” was born in 1959.

Bill Kreutzmann the drummer for rock music’s Grateful Dead was born in 1946.

Traci Lords the adult film actress who went on to star on TV’s “Melrose Place” was born in 1968.

Darren McGavin who starred in “A Christmas Story” was born in 1922.

Breckin Meyer who starred in “Garfield”, “Rat Race” and “Road Trip” was born in 1974.

Eva Peron the wife of Argentinean leader Juan Person was born in 1919. Her life was the basis of “Evita” starring Madonna.

Tim Russert the host of TV’s “Meet the Press” was born in 1950.

Robin Strasser the actress best known as Dorian on daytime TV’s “One Life to Live” was born in 1945.

Johnny Unitas the legendary pro football player was born in 1933.

We Said Goodbye To…

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. who starred in “Little Caesar” and “Gunga Din” passed away in 2000 at the age of 90.

Mary Philbin who starred as Christine in the original “Phantom of the Opera” passed away in 1993 at the age of 89.

Eddie Rabbitt the singer/songwriter who had a number of hits including “I Love a Rainy Night” and “Any Which Way but Loose” passed away in 1998 at the age of 56.

Guy Williams who starred on TV’s “Zorro” passed away in 1989 at the age of 65.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1966 - “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas & the Papas
1977 - “Hotel California” by the Eagles
1977 - On The Country Charts – “Play Guitar Play” by Conway Twitty
1983 - On The Country Charts – “Jose Cuervo” by Shelley West
1988 - “Wishing Well” by Terrence Trent D’Arby
1994 - On The Country Charts – “A Good Run Of Bad Luck” by Clint Black
2005 - “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

Musical Moments In…

1941 - “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra.

TV Moments In…

1987 - Diane Chambers bid the “place where everyone knows your name” adieu when Shelly Long made her final appearance on “Cheers”.

In Print In…

2006 - The 1,000th issue of “Rolling Stone” magazine was published.

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