Today in History: May 12

According to WikiSimpsons, the online encyclopedia of all things related to The Simpsons and the Simpsons, Homer Simpson was born on this date in 1952, which of course means that he remains the same age today that he has been since his family made its first appearance on April 19, 1987: somewhere around 36. The Simpson family’s appearance has developed through the years, however; above is a photo of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.

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Perry Como died on this date in 2001. “And I Love You So”:

 
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The late Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born on this date in 1925. The only baseball player and manager to win 13 World Series championship rings, his place in baseball history is legendary. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. His cultural importance in the United States is something that is taken for granted, in that everyone knows who Yogi Berra is. The coach or teacher who does not seem to know any of his players’ names yet directs the team to the greatest challenges and successes they have known is an important type in the American experience. Casey Stengel and Yogi (both are always known by their first names) are the two greatest examples of this type.

Tony Hancock was born 92 years ago today. Tom Snyder would be 80. George Carlin would be 79.

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John Simon is 91 today. He still publishes criticism on his blog, “Uncensored John Simon.”

Steve Winwood is 68 today. One of the few songs for which he is listed as the sole writer (he is usually the composer and collaborates with a lyricist) is “Can’t Find My Way Home.” A recording of that classic from 2012:

 
Billy Squier, Bruce Boxleitner, and Gabriel Byrne are each 66 today. Kix Brooks is 61 today. Kim Greist is 58. A scene from “Brazil” by Terry Gilliam starring Kim Greist and Jonathan Pryce:

 
Ving Rhames is 57. Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall) is 55. Tony Hawk is 48. Jason Biggs is 38.

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