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May 25

Happy Birthday RIP Belle Miriam Silverman(“Beverly Sills” 1929–2007) Claude Akins(1926–1994) Dixie Carter(1939–2010) ; Ian McKellen–81 Leslie Uggams–77 Frank Oznowicz(“Oz”)–76 Karen Valentine–73 Concetta Sellecchia(“Connie Sellecca”)–65 Michael Myers–57 Anne Heche–51 James “Jamie” Kennedy–50 Octavia Spencer–48 Cillian Murphy–44 ; 1953 – The first public television station(Public Broadcast) in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston ; 1968 – The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated http://bit.ly/2qXvmu6

May 24

Happy Birthday RIP Queen Victoria(Alexandrina Hanover 1819–1901) ; “Bob Dylan”(Robert Zimmerman)–79 Gary Burghoff–77 Patricia “Patti” LaBelle (Holte-Edwards)–76 Priscilla Wagner-Presley–75 James “Jim” Broadbent–71 Alfred Molina–67 Kristin Scott Thomas–60 John C. Reilly–55 Eric Close–53 ; 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction

May 23

Happy Birthday RIP Douglas Fairbanks(Ullman 1883–1939) Benjamin “Scatman” Crothers(1910–1986) Rose Mary Clooney(1928–2002) Elizabeth “Betty” Garrett (1919–2011) ; Dame Joan Collins–87 Charles Kimbrough–83 Lea DeLaria–62 Andrew “Drew” Carey–62 Jewel Kilcher–46 Kelly Monaco–44 ; 1934 – notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana ; 1995 – The first version of the Java programming language is released (software code core for majority of electronics devices including Android and Apple phones and many others like smart TVs)

May 22

Happy Birthday RIP Laurence Olivier(1907–1989) Harvey Milk(1930–1978) ; Frank Converse–82 Bernard Shaw–80 Barbara Parkins–78 Bernard “Bernie” Taupin–70 Steven Morrissey–61 Brooke Smith–53 Naomi Campbell–50 Chris Salvatore–35 ; 1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up ; 1980 – Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man

May 21

Happy Birthday RIP Raymond Burr(1917–1993) Mary “Peggy” Cass(1924–1999) Alice Drummond(1928–2016) Richard Hatch(1945–2017) ; Jonathan Hyde–72 Gerard “Leo” Sayer–72 Alan Franken–69 Lawrence Tureaud(“Mr. T”)–68 Edward “Judge” Reinhold Jr–63 ; 1881 – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross

May 20

Happy Birthday RIP George Gobel(1919–1991) James “Jimmy” Stewart(1908–1997) John “Joe” Cocker(1944–2014) ; Cherilyn “Cher” Sarkisian–74 Jane Wiedlin–62 Matt McCoy–62 Bronson Pinchot–61 Anthony Goldwyn–60 Owen Teale–59 Melinda “Mindy” Cohn–54 Timothy Olyphant–52 Jack Gleeson–28 ; 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

May 19

Happy Birthday RIP Malcolm Little(“X” 1925–1965) André Roussimoff(“the Giant” 1946–1993) Jeffrey Hyman(“Joey Ramone” 1951–2001) Peter Mayhew(“Chewbacca” 1944–2019) ; Peter Townshend–75 Beverly Grace Jones–72 Joseph “Dusty” Hill–71 Andrew Fuller–40 ; 1911 – Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior ; 1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

May 18

Happy Birthday RIP Francesco “Frank” Capra(1897–1991) Pierino “Perry” Como(1912–2001) Pernell Roberts Jr(1928–2010) Andrew “Andreas” Katsulas(1946–2006) “Bill Macy”(Wolf Garber 1922–2019) ; Robert Morse–89 Reginald “Reggie” Jackson–75 George Strait–68 Chow Yun-Fat(周潤發)–65 Marta “Martika” Marrero–51 Elizabeth “Tina” Fey–50 Allen Leech–39 ; 1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State

May 17

Happy Birthday RIP Dennis Hopper(1936–2010) William “Bill” Paxton(1955–2017) Robert “Bob” Saget–64 “Sugar ” Ray Leonard–64 Eithne Ní Bhraonáin(“Enya”)–59 Craig Ferguson–58 Tabatha Coffey–51 Derek Hough–35 ; 1954 – the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.

May 16

Happy Birthday RIP Wladziu Liberace(1919–1987) Henry Fonda(1905–1982) ; Danny Trejo–76 Pierce Brosnan–67 Mary Debra Winger–65 Kevin McDonald–59 Janet Jackson–54 Tracey Fisher(“Gold”)–51 David Boreanaz–51 Victoria “Tori” Spelling–47 Thomas Brodie Sangster–30 ; 1866 – The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece called the nickel