Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 16th.
Today In …
1866 - Congress voted to replace the half dime with the nickel.
1868 - President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial ended in acquittal by one vote.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized.
1965 - SpaghettiOs were first introduced!
Sharing A Birthday Today…
David Boreanaz who starred on TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel” and “Bones” was born in 1969.
Pierce Brosnan the star of TV’s “Remington Steele”, the films “The Matador” and “Dante’s Peak” as well as playing James Bond in “Goldeneye” and “The World Is Not Enough” was born in 1953.
Tucker Carlson the TV commentator was born in 1969.
Yvonne Craig the actress best known as Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl on the ‘60’s TV show “Batman” was born in 1937.
George Gaynes who starred on TV’s “Punky Brewster” and in the “Police Academy” movies was born in 1917.
Tracey Gold who starred on TV’s “Growing Pains” was born in 1969.
Henry Fonda the legendary star of “The Grapes of Wrath”, “12 Angry Men” and “On Golden Pond” was born in 1905.
Janet Jackson the singer of the hit songs “Control” and “Miss You Much” as well as starring on TV’s “Good Times” was born in 1966.
Barbara Lee of The Chiffons was born in 1947.
Liberace the pianist/entertainer was born in 1919.
Gabriela Sabatini the famed tennis player was born in 1970.
Tori Spelling who starred on TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” was born in 1973.
Debra Winger who starred in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Terms of Endearment” was born in 1955.
We Said Goodbye To…
Sammy Davis, Jr the singer/entertainer/actor who starred in the original “Ocean’s 11” and “The Cannonball Run” and member of the Rat Pack passed away in 1990 at the age of 64.
Margaret Hamilton the actress best remembered as the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” passed away in 1985 at the age of 82.
Jim Henson who created the Muppets passed away in 1990 at the age of 53.
Andy Kaufman the actor/comedian passed away in 1984 at the age of 35.
Eliot Ness the legendary FBI agent passed away in 1957 at the age of 54.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1953 - “Song From Moulin Rouge” by Percy Faith
1964 - “My Guy” by Mary Wells
1981 - “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
1981 - On The Country Charts – “I Loved Them Every One” by T.G. Sheppard
1987 - “With Or Without You” by U2
1987 - On The Country Charts – “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the Trio (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt)
1998 - On The Country Charts – “This Kiss” by Faith Hill
TV Moments In…
1983 - Michael Jackson performed the Moonwalk for the first time on the TV special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever”.
1986 - On the season cliffhanger of “Dallas”, Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is found alive and well in the shower by Pam (Victoria Principal). He had originally been killed off in the previous season’s finale.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1985 - Michael Jordan was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year!
Movie Moments In...
1929 - The first Academy Awards took place. (See Academy Awards Ceremonies for more Oscar dates!)
1986 - “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise was released.
1770 - Louis and Marie Antoinette were married.
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