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May 12 – Today In History

Guest Author - Tammy Cordani

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 12th.

Today In …

1932 - The body of Charles Lindbergh’s son was found several weeks after he was abducted.

2002 - Former President Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Mary Kay Ash the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics was born in 1918.

Burt Bacharach the singer/songwriter of such songs as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” was born in 1928.

Stephen Baldwin the star of “Bio-Dome” and “The Usual Suspects” was born in 1966.

Yogi Berra the legendary baseball player was born in 1925.

Jason Biggs star of the “American Pie” movies was born in 1978.

Bruce Boxleitner from TV’s “Babylon 5” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” was born in 1950.

Kix Brooks one half of the music duo Brooks & Dunn was born in 1955.

Gabriel Byrne who has starred in “The Usual Suspects”, “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “Ghost Ship” was born in 1950.

George Carlin the actor/comedian who starred in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, “Dogma” and TV’s “The George Carlin Show” was born in 1937.

Billy Duffy guitarist for the rock band The Cult was born in 1961.

Emilio Estevez who starred in “The Breakfast Club” and “Bobby” was born in 1962.

Kim Fields who starred as Tootie on TV’s “The Facts of Life” was born in 1969.

Otto Heinrich Frank the father of Anne Frank and Holocaust survivor was born in 1889.

Susan Hampshire who starred on TV’s “Monarch on the Glen” and “Vanity Fair” was born in 1937.

Tony Hawk the renowned skateboarder was born in 1968.

Katharine Hepburn the legendary actress who starred in “The African Queen” and “On Golden Pond” was born in 1907.

Malcolm David Kelley who starred on TV’s “Lost” was born in 1992.

Edward Lear the author/poet of “Book of Nonsense” was born in 1812.

Henry Cabot Lodge the U.S. politician was born in 1850.

Florence Nightingale the renowned British nurse was born in 1820.

Millie Perkins who starred in “The Diary of Anne Frank” was born in 1938.

Ving Rhames who starred in “Mission: Impossible”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Dawn of the Dead” was born in 1959.

Dante Rossetti the English poet was born in 1828.

Eric Singer one of the drummers for the rock band KISS was born in 1958.

Tom Snyder the TV host/personality was born in 1936.

Billy Squier who had a hit song with “Everybody Wants You” was born in 1950.

Billy Swan who had a hit song with “I Can Help” was born in 1942.

Deborah Kara Unger who has starred in “Silent Hill” and “White Noise” was born in 1963.

Steve Winwood the singer/songwriter who had a hit with “Roll With It” was born in 1948.

We Said Goodbye To…

Perry Como the singer known for hits like “Catch a Falling Star” passed away in 2001 at the age of 88.

Bettie Nesmith Graham the inventor of Liquid Paper and mother of Michael Nesmith of The Monkees fame passed away in 1980 at the age of 56.

Harold Lowe 5th officer and survivor of the Titanic disaster passed away in 1944 at the age of 61.

Adam Petty the race car driver and member of the racing’s legendary Petty family was killed during at practice run at the New Hampshire International Speedway in 2000 at the age of 19.

Robert Reed best remembered for his role as Mike Brady on TV’s “The Brady Bunch” passed away in 1992 at the age of 59.

Lillian Roth who starred in “Animal Crackers” passed away in 1980 at the age of 69.

James “J.E.B.” Stewart the Confederate General passed away from wounds received during the Civil War in 1864 at the age of 31.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1979 - On The Country Charts – “Don’t Take It Away” by Conway Twitty
1984 - “Hello” by Lionel Richie
1984 - On The Country Charts – “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias
1990 - On The Country Charts – “Help Me Hold On” by Travis Tritt

TV Moments In…

1963 - After being at odds with censors, Bob Dylan walked off the set of “The Ed Sullivan Show”.

1987 - The last episode of the NBC drama “Hill Street Blues” aired.

1989 - The 2,000th episode of “Entertainment Tonight” aired.

1993 - The last episode of ABC’s “The Wonder Years” aired.

1999 - The last episode of the CBS sitcom “The Nanny” aired.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1966 - Busch Memorial Stadium, the home of baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

Famous Marriages

1959 - Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor were married.

1971 - Mick Jagger and Bianca Macias were married.

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