History Blog

May 21

Happy Birthday RIP Raymond Burr(1917–1993) Jeffrey Dahmer(1960 – 1994) Mary “Peggy” Cass(1924–1999) Alice Drummond(1928–2016) Richard Hatch(1945–2017) ; Jonathan Hyde–76 Gerard “Leo” Sayer–76 Alan Franken–73 Lawrence Tureaud(“Mr. T”)–72 Edward “Judge” Reinhold Jr–67 Kevin Quinn–27 ; 1881 – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross ; 1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens ; 1981 – Transamerica Corp agrees to sell United Artists to MGM for $380 million after the box office failure of 1980 film “Heaven’s Gate” considered one of the worst films ever made. In contrast the 1978 film ”Deer Hunter” by the same director was one of the highest acclaimed pictures and Meryl Streep was first academy nomination for best actress.