Posted 11 months ago
By Brad Moore
On May 21, 1945, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married in a three-minute ceremony.
In 1957, Paul Anka recorded his first single, “Diana,” in New York.
In 1959, the musical “Gypsy” opened on Broadway, starring Ethel Merman as Gypsy’s mother, Rose.
In 1963, Stevie Wonder recorded “Fingertips, Part Two” live in Chicago during a “Motown Revue.” It became his first number one hit, at age 13.
In 1969, The Beatles announced that Allen Klein has been hired to straighten out the band’s financial affairs.
In 1979, Elton John began a brief tour of the Soviet Union, the first one the Soviets allowed a Western rock star.
In 1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany, after hitting a fan with his guitar. A fight had erupted during the concert.
In 1989, the last episode of “Miami Vice” aired after a five-year run on NBC.
In 1999, actress Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy for best actress after losing for 18 years straight. She was honored for her portrayal of Erica Kane on “All My Children.”
In 2003, Ruben Studdard barely beat out Clay Aiken to win Fox’s second “American Idol” competition.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 72. Guitarist Hilton Valentine of The Animals is 70. Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 68. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 66. Actress Carol Potter (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” ”Sunset Beach”) is 65. Singer Leo Sayer is 65. Comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken is 62. Actor Mr. T is 61. Music producer and drummer Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 58. Actor Judge Reinhold is 56. Actor Brent Briscoe (“Mulholland Drive,” ”A Simple Plan”) is 52. Actress Lisa Edelstein (“House”) of 47. Actress Fairuza Balk (“The Waterboy”) is 39. Singer-guitarist Mikel Jollet of Airborne Toxic Event is 39. Rapper Havoc of Mobb Deep is 39. Actress Ashlie Brillault (“Lizzie McGuire”) is 26. Actor Scott Leavenworth is 23. Actress Sarah Ramos (“American Dreams”) is 22.