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May 21 – Today In History

Guest Author - Tammy Cordani

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 21st.

Today In …

1881 - The American Red Cross was established.

1924 - Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb would gain notoriety for murdering a young schoolboy, Bobby Franks, on this day.

1927 - Charles Lindbergh completed the first nonstop/solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean when he arrived in Paris.

1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean when she landed in Northern Ireland today!

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Fairuza Balk who starred in “The Craft” and “The Waterboy” was born in 1974.

Chris Benoit the champion wrestler was born in 1967.

Raymond Burr who starred on TV’s “Perry Mason” was born in 1917.

Jeffrey Dahmer the serial killer was born in 1960.

Lisa Edelstein who stars on TV’s “House M.D.” was born in 1966.

Al Franken the actor/comedian/political commentator was born in 1951.

Armand Hammer the renowned businessman/physician was born in 1898.

Richard Hatch who starred as Apollo on the ‘70s TV show “Battlestar Galactica” and as Tom Zarek on the updated version of the show was born in 1945.

Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel the artist/teacher who inspired the popular Hummel figurines was born in 1909.

Jonathan Hyde who starred in “Titanic” and “The Mummy” was born in 1947.

Ronald Isley a member of music’s Isley Brothers was born in 1941.

Robert Montgomery who starred in the original “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery was born in 1904.

The Notorious B.I.G. the music artist behind “Life After Death” was born in 1972.

Judge Reinhold who starred in the “Beverly Hills Cop” and the “Santa Clause” movies was born in 1957.

Alexander Pope the poet/author was born in 1688.

Leo Sayer the singer behind the song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” was born in 1948.

Mr. T who starred on TV’s “The A-Team” was born in 1952.

Thomas “Fats” Waller the jazz musician/pianist was born in 1904.

Ricky Williams the notorious football player was born in 1977.

We Said Goodbye To…

Jane Addams the renowned social reformer passed away in 1935 at the age of 74.

Hernando de Soto the famed explorer passed away in 1542 at the age of 46.

John Garfield who starred in “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” passed away in 1952 at the age of 39.

John Gielgud the famed stage and film actor who starred in “Arthur” and “Elizabeth” passed away in 2000 at the age of 96.

Lash LaRue the star of a number of westerns passed away in 1996 at the age of 78.

Billy Walker the legendary country music artist was killed in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 77.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1977 - “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
1977 - On The Country Charts – “Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings
1983 - “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie
1983 - On The Country Charts – “Common Man” by John Conlee
1994 - “I Swear” by All-4-One
1994 - On The Country Charts – “Your Love Amazes Me” by John Berry

Musical Moments In…

1955 - Chuck Berry recorded the song “Maybellene” today!

Movie Moments In...

1980 - “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” was released!

Famous Marriages

1945 - Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married.

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