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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

This Day In History. Other than my birth, here are some other things of note for May 12th:

919 - Duke Henry of Saxon became King Henry I of Eastern Europe.

1792 - A toilet that flushed itself at regular intervals was patented.

1831 - The first indicted bank robber in the U.S., Edward Smith, was sentenced to five years hard labor on the rock pile at Sing Sing Prison.

1932 - Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey just a few miles from the Lindbergh's home.

1950 - The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.

1967 - At Queen Elizabeth Hall in England, Pink Floyd performs the first ever quadraphonic rock concert. Quadraphonic sound uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at all four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are independent of each other.

1992 - Robert Reed, actor who played Mike Brady on "Brady Bunch," died.

2003 - Ari Fleischer said in a press briefing, "I think, slowly but surely, people are seeing telltale signs that back up the confidence that the administration has for why we maintained Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that underscore our ultimate confidence that they're eventually being found."

Other Birthdays:
1768 - Dolly Madison, 4th U.S. First Lady
1907 - Katharine Hepburn, actress
1912 - Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General and Watergate special prosecutor
1925 - Yogi Berra, Baseball Hall of Famer
1928 - Burt Bacharach, composer
1935 - Felipe Alou, Major League Baseball manager
1936 - Tom Snyder, journalist, TV personality
1937 - George Carlin, comedian
1948 - Steve Winwood, singer ("Blind Faith", "Traffic")
1962 - Emilio Estevez, actor
1968 - Tony Hawk, skateboarding legend
1971 - Sofia Coppola, director
1978 - Jason Biggs, actor

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