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May 11 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 11th.

Today In …

1858 - Minnesota became the 32nd U.S. State.

1924 - The auto company Mercedes-Benz was formed.

1949 - Siam officially became known as Thailand.

1996 - The ValuJet air disaster occurred, killing 110 people.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Irving Berlin the composer of such favorites as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas” was born in 1888.

Foster Brooks the famed actor/comedian was born in 1912.

Chang and Eng Bunker the world famous conjoined twins were born in 1811.

Salvador Dali the accomplished artist behind “Persistence of Memory” was born in 1904.

Frances Fisher who starred in “Titanic” and “Unforgiven” was born in 1952.

Bernard Fox who has starred in “Titanic” and “The Mummy” was born in 1927.

James Haven who has appeared in “Monster’s Ball” and brother of actress Angelina Jolie was born in 1973.

Robert Jarvik the inventor of the Jarvik heart was born in 1946.

Matt Leinart the NFL quarterback was born in 1983.

Doug McClure who starred on TV’s “The Virginian” was born in 1935.

Denver Pyle best remembered as Uncle Jessie on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” was born in 1920.

Martha Quinn the MTV VJ and actress was born in 1959.

Natasha Richardson who starred in “Nell”, “Maid in Manhattan” and “The White Countess” was born in 1963.

Margaret Rutherford the actress best known for her portrayal of Miss Marple was born in 1892.

Phil Silvers who played TV’s Sgt. Bilko was born in 1911.

Valentino a.k.a. Valentino Garavani, the fashion designer was born n 1932.

We Said Goodbye To…

Douglas Adams the author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” passed away in 2001 at the age of 49.

Lester Flatt one half of music’s “Flatt and Scruggs” passed away in 1979 at the age of 64.

Bob Marley the legendary reggae musician whose songs include “I Shot the Sheriff” passed away in 1981 at the age of 36.

Russell Stover infamous for the candy company that bears his name, passed away in 1954 at the age of 66.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1985 - “Crazy For You” by Madonna
1985 - On The Country Charts – “Somebody Should Leave” by Reba McEntire
1991 - “Joyride” by Roxette
1991 - On The Country Charts – “If I Know Me” by George Strait

Movie Moments In...

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed.

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