🎵Richard (Soul Singer) Brooks -- is 79 in the year 2019 and 80 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1940 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Soul Singer
Group Names: The Impressions
🏆🏀Jody Conradt -- is 78 in the year 2019 and 79 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1941 N.S.
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: Volleyball Coach
Sports Teams: Baylor University (player 1959-1963), Sam Houston State (coach 1969-1973), Texas-Arlington (coach 1973-1976), Texas (coach 1976-2007)
🏆🎳Mike McGrath -- is 73 in the year 2019 and 74 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1946
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: In 1970, he became the first bowler to win consecutive PBA National Tournament titles.
🎵Stevie Wonder -- is 69 in the year 2019 and 70 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1950 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Drummer, Harmonicaist, Keyboardist, Organist, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Saginaw, Mi; RN:Steveland Judkins then Morris
Song Titles: Fingertips Part 1 and 2, Uptight (Everything's Alright), Blowin' in the Wind, A Place in the Sun, I Was Made to Love Her, Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day, My Cherie Amour, Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours, Superstition, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Higher Ground, Living for the City, You Haven't Done Nothing, Boobie on Reggae Woman, I Wish, Isn't She Lovely?, Sir Duke, Send One Your Love, Master Blaster (Jammin'), That Girl, Ebony and Ivory (with Paul McCartney), Do I Do, I Just Called To Say I Love You, That's What Friends Are For
Album Titles: Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants, Hotter Than July, The Woman in Red, In Square Circle, A Time to Love
🎵🎸Paul Thompson -- is 68 in the year 2019 and 69 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1951 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Alternative Rock Drummer, English
Names/Places: not to be confused with Porl or Pearl Thompson
Misc: he's NOT the Cure musician
Group Names: Roxy Music
🏆🏁🏊Sharon Lynn Wichman -- is 67 in the year 2019 and 68 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1952 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: aka Sharon Jones
🏆🏀Dennis Keith Rodman -- is 58 in the year 2019 and 59 in the year 2020; b.5/13/1961 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN: The Worm
Misc: 5x NBA Champion (1989-1990, 1996-1998); 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990-1991); 2x NBA All-Star (1990, 1992); 2x All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995); 7x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989-1993, 1995-1996); 1x NBA All-Defensive Second Team(1994); 7x NBA Rebounding Champion (1991-98); Pistons #10 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1986-1993), San Antonio Spurs (1993-1995), Chicago Bulls (1995-1998), Los Angeles Lakers (1999), Dallas Mavericks (2000)
🏆🏁🏊Sir Francis "Frank" Joseph Edmund Beaurepaire -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1891 N.S. d.5/29/1956 N.S. (65)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian
🏆🏒Cecil Henry "Babe" Dye -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1897 N.S. d.1/3/1962 N.S. (64)
Hall of Famer, NHL Right Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1919-1931
Sports Teams: Toronto St. Pats, Hamilton Tigers, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Americans
🏆🥊Joe Louis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1914 d.4/12/1981 (66)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Lafayette, Al.; NN:The Brown Bomber; LN:Barrow
Misc: heavyweight champ 1937-49, held the record for the longest reign (11 yr., 252 days); began his pro heavyweight career in 1934. He won 23 fights, including knockouts of Primo Carnera and Max Baer, both former champs. Louis became champ in 1937 after knocking out Jim Braddock in 8 rounds.
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⛪🎭Beatrice Arthur -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1922 d.4/25/2009 (86)
Hall of Famer, Jewish, TV/Stage Actress, Comedienne
Names/Places: RN:Bernice Frankel; b. in New York City
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Maude Findlay also on Maude), Amanda's, The Golden Girls (as Dorothy Zbornak)
Movie Titles: Mame, Lovers and Other Strangers
🏆🎾Gladys Heldman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1922 d.6/22/2003 (81)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: founder of World Tennis magazine
🎵🎸Ritchie Valens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1941 d.2/3/1959 (17)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Rockabilly Singer
Names/Places: b. in Pacoima, Ca.; RN:Richard Steven Valenzuela
Misc: "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied his hit into "Lasagna"
Song Titles: La Bamba
🎵Mary Wells -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1943 N.S. d.7/26/1992 N.S. (49)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; MN:Esther
Song Titles: My Guy
🎵🎸Danny Kirwan -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/13/1950 N.S. d.6/8/2018 N.S. (68)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Group Names: Fleetwood Mac
⚛Joseph Henry -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/17/1797 d.5/13/1878 (80)
Hall of Famer, Inventor, Physicist
Misc: pioneer of electromagnetism
🏆🏌Herman Densmore "Denny" Shute -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/25/1904 N.S. d.5/13/1974 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
🎵🎷"Bob" Wills -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/6/1905 d.5/13/1975 (70)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Fiddler, Bandleader, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Country Singer
Names/Places: NN: The King of the Western Swing; RFMN:James Robert
Misc: Country-Style swing with jazz band influence
Group Names: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (lead)
🏆⚽Billy Steel -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/1/1923 d.5/13/1982 (59)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scotish
🏆🏒John Garrison -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/13/1909 N.S. d.5/13/1988 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player, Olympic Athlete
🏆🎳Darold Meisel -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/7/1947 d.5/13/1994 (46)
Hall of Famer, Bowler
🏆🎳Nelson Burton -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/25/1906 d.5/13/1994 (87)
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: one of the top head-to-head match game stars in the 1930s and 1940s.
🏆🏁Harry Hyde -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/17/1925 d.5/13/1996 (71)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: leading crew chief in NASCAR stock car racing in the 1960s through the 1980s
🏆🏌Gene Sarazen -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/27/1902 d.5/13/1999 (97)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Harrison, NY
Misc: he learned to play golf as a caddy and played his first Open in 1920, won his first in '22 and his second in '32. He is credited with inventing the sand wedge in 1930, a major innovation in golf. He is one of only four players to win all four Grand Slam titles (others are Hogan, Nicklaus and Player); won Masters, British Open, 2 U.S. Opens and 3 PGA titles between 1922-35.
🏆🥊Tomomi "Jumbo" Tsuruta -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/25/1951 N.S. d.5/13/2000 N.S. (49)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Japanese
🎨🏆🥊George Gordienko -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/7/1928 N.S. d.5/13/2002 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, Artist, Wrestler, Canadian
🎵🎸Donald "Duck" Dunn -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/24/1941 N.S. d.5/13/2012 N.S. (70)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Soul Singer, Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Booker T. & the MGs, Mar-Keys
✍🎭Bill Backer -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/9/1926 N.S. d.5/13/2016 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, Author, Entertainment Figure
Misc: an Advertising Hall of Fame member famous for creating the "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" campaign for Coca Cola in 1971; was also behind advertising for Campbell's Soup, Miller Lite, Wendy's and more.
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