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May 24 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 24th.

Today In …

1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge opened.

1899 - The world’s first parking garage opened in Boston, Massachusetts.

1941 - The German destroyer The Bismarck sank the British vessel The HMS Hood during World War II.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Jim Broadbent who starred in “Moulin Rouge!” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” was born in 1949.

Gary Burghoff the actor best known as Radar from “M*A*S*H” was born in 1943.

Rosanne Cash daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash and singer in her own right with songs like “Seven Year Ache” was born in 1955.

Tommy Chong the actor/comedian and one half of the duo Cheech & Chong as well as star of TV’s “That’s ‘70’s Show” was born in 1938.

Bob Dylan the legendary singer/songwriter with such hits as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Kockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was born in 1941.

Gabriel Fahrenheit the physicist who we get the “Fahrenheit” temperature from was born in 1686. Remember him this summer when the temperatures soar!

Billy Gilman the country artist who had a hit record with “One Voice” was born in 1988.

Heavy D the rap artist/actor who starred in “Cider House Rules” was born in 1967.

Patti LaBelle the singer who had a hit song with “Lady Marmalade” was born in 1944.

Alfred Molina who starred in “Spider-Man 2”, “Frida” and “Chocolat” was born in 1953.

Priscilla Presley former wife of Elvis Presley and star of “The Naked Gun” movies as well as TV’s “Dallas” was born in 1945.

Queen Victoria the British monarch was born in 1819.

John C. Reilly who starred in “Boogie Nights”, “Chicago” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” was born in 1965.

Rich Robinson of rock music’s The Black Crowes was born in 1969.

Will Sasso from TV’s “Mad TV” and “Less Than Perfect” was born in 1975.

Kristin Scott Thomas who starred in “The English Patient” and “Gosford Park” was born in 1960.

We Said Goodbye To…

Gene Clark one of the co-founders of rock music’s The Byrds passed away in 1991 at the age of 46.

Nicolaus Copernicus the famed astronomer passed away in 1543 at the age of 70.

John Foster Dulles diplomat and former Secretary of State whose namesake is Dulles International Airport passed away in 1959 at the age of 71.

Duke Ellington the famed jazz musician passed away in 1974 at the age of 75.

Edward Mulhare who starred in “Othello” and on TV’s “Knight Rider” passed away in 1997 at the age of 74.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1969 - "Get Back" by the Beatles
1975 - "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire
1975 - On The Country Charts - "I'm Not Lisa" by Jessie Colter
1986 - On The Country Charts - "Tomb Of The Unknown Love" by Kenny Rogers
1997 - "M-M-M Bop" by Hanson
2003 - On The Country Charts - "Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis

TV Moments In…

1974 - The last episode of “The Dean Martin Show” aired.

In Print In…

1830 - The poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Hale was published.

Movie Moments In...

1985 - “A View to a Kill” starring Roger Moore as 007/James Bond premiered.

1989 - “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery premiered.

1996 - “Spy Hard” starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan premiered.

2007 - “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley premiered.

Famous Marriages

1986 - Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl were married.

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