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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012; historical highlights

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

* On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland; Earhart’s achievement came on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight to France.

* In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.

* In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

* In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

* In 2002, The State Department named seven

nations as sponsors of terror, with Iran at the top of the list. The other countries were Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

69 HILTON VALENTINE, rock musician with The Animals

64 LEO SAYER, singer of the disco song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

55 JUDGE REINHOLD, actor from the Beverly Hills Cop movies

22 SCOTT LEAVENWORTH, actor from the TV show, 7th Heaven

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS for Monday, April 9, 2011; Birthdays, Historical events

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday, April 9, the 100th day of 2012. There are 266 days remaining in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River basin for France.

* In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

* In 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.

* In 1959, NASA presented its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.

* In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Actor Dennis Quaid is 58 today (photo by Steve Jurvetson via wikipedia commons)

86 HUGH HEFNER, Playboy magazine founder

80 JIM FOWLER, Naturalist and host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

73 MICHAEL LEARNED, Actress from The Waltons

58 DENNIS QUAID, Actor, brother of Randy Quaid

52 SCOTT HOWSON, General manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets

46 CYNTHIA NIXON, Actress from Sex and the City

33 KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM, Actress, who played Rudy on The Cosby Show

22 KRISTEN STEWART, Actress from the Twilight movies

12 JACKIE EVANCHO, Singer

 

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