Back In The Day, May 12

May 12th events include a voodoo-like presidential death conspiracy.   You see, roughly 211 years ago- According to legend, a Shawnee Indian chief cursed the Great White Father for violating Indian treaties.  That supposedly started the strange cycle of deaths at the White House:  Every President elected or re-elected at 20-year cycles died in office from 1840 through 1960.

1840 – William Henry Harrison – died of pneumonia 30 days after inauguration

1860 – Abraham Lincoln – assassinated.

1880 – James Garfield – assassinated.

1900 – William McKinley – assassinated.

1920 – Warren G. Harding – died of mysterious natural causes.

1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt – died of a brain hemorrhage in his fourth term.

1960 – John F. Kennedy – assassinated.

Ronald Reagan, who was first elected in 1980, escaped death after an assassination attempt.  Some say that his wife Nancy broke the cycle by consulting with astrologers.

90 years ago – In 1932, Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son Charles Jr. . . . a.k.a. The Lindbergh Baby . . . was found dead, 10 days after he’d been abducted.

62 years ago – In 1960, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley appeared on a TV special together.  Sinatra performed “Love Me Tender” and Elvis sang “Witchcraft”.  And seeing those two guys inspired many women to “perform” on their men later than evening.

59 years ago – In 1963, Bob Dylan walked out just before his appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, when he was told he wouldn’t be allowed to perform his tribute to defeating the communist scare, “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues”.

58 years ago – In 1964, Barbra Streisand won her first two Grammys at the 6th Grammy Awards, for “The Barbra Streisand Album”.  Allan Sherman won Best Comedy Performance for “Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah”.

51 years ago – In 1971, Mick and Bianca Jagger were married.  They divorced in 1980.  Together they had one child, Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger . . . one of Mick’s seven children with four different women.

44 years ago – In 1978, the Commerce Department caved to feminists and said Hurricanes would no longer be named exclusively after women.

40 years ago – In 1982, security stopped an insane Spanish priest named Juan Fernandez Krohn right before he tried to STAB Pope John Paul the Second during a procession in Portugal.  He believed the Pope was a communist puppet.

30 years ago – In 1992, closeted “Brady Bunch” dad Robert Reed died of intestinal cancer and complications from AIDS.  He was 59.

21 years ago – In 2001, Perry Como died of Alzheimer’s at the age of 88.

20 years ago – In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba . . . making him the first President of the U.S., in or out of office, to visit Castro’s Cuba.

Nine years ago – In 2013, astronaut Chris Hadfield posted a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that he recorded on the International Space Station . . . with some lyrics changed so it’s not all about being stranded in space.

And some birthdays of famous folks living and dead:

Emily VanCamp is 36.  Nicolette on the Fox medical drama “The Resident”Sharon Carter in the MCU, and Emily Thorne on “Revenge”.

Clare Bowen is 38.  Scarlett O’Connor on “Nashville”.

Domhnall Gleeson is 39.  General Hux in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker”.  He also played older brother Bill Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, and Caleb the programmer in “Ex Machina”.  You pronounce his name like Tonal, but with a D instead of a T.

Rami Malek is 41.  Freddie Mercury in the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which earned him a Best Actor Oscar.  You also know him as the star of “Mr. Robot”, and as the pharaoh in the “Night at the Museum” movies.

Malin Akerman is 44.  Lara Axelrod on Showtime’s “Billions”.

Jason Biggs is 44.  Jim in the “American Pie” movies.  In a cameo in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” he goes on a rant about only being known for humping a pie and how there’s more to his career than that.  REALLY?

Kim Fields is 53.  Tootie in “The Facts of Life”.  Now she’s on a Netflix sitcom called The Upshaws.

Tony Hawk is 54.  The greatest skateboarder in video game history.

Scotty Schwartz is 54.  The kid who got his tongue stuck to the pole in “A Christmas Story” . . . and the rich white kid who buys Richard Pryor in “The Toy”.

Stephen Baldwin is 56.  Baldwin brother whose daughter, Hailey Baldwin, married Justin Bieber.

Emilio Estevez is 60.  “Breakfast Club” jock.  Son of Martin Sheen, brother of Charlie Sheen .

Ving Rhames is 63.  Marcellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction”, and Luther in the “Mission: Impossible” films.

Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn is 67.

Gabriel Byrne is 72.  Award-winning actor from HBO’s “In Treatment”.

Billy Squier is 72.  His hits include Rock Me ToniteEverybody Wants You, and of course The Stroke.

Steve Winwood is 74.  Biggest hits:  Back in the High Life Again and Higher Love.  Before he went shamelessly ’80s pop, he was making consciousness-raising music in the ’70s band Traffic.

Burt Bacharach is 94.  Superstar composer.  He’s written SEVENTY Top 40 hits including The Look of LoveWhat’s New, PussycatWhat the World Needs Now Is Love and That’s What Friends Are For.

Yogi Berra (1925 – 2015)  Classic quote, “Baseball is 90% mental.  The other half is physical.”

George Carlin  (1937 – 2008)  “I have six locks on my door, all in a row.  When I go out, I lock every other one.  I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them.”

Katharine Hepburn  (1907 – 2003)



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