Today’s Birthdays

Written by on May 19, 2021

Sam Smith – 29 years old

The English singer won four Grammys, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year, in 2015.Born 1992

Marshmello – 29 years old

Prolific music producer known by the pseudonyms Dotcom and Marshmello, the latter of which he dresses up as a white-clad bucket-headed marshmallow. In 2017, his song “Alone” reached the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. Subsequently, he collaborated with Selena Gomez on the hit song “Wolves.”

Yo Gotti- 40 years old

Born Mario Mims, he is a Tennessee-based rapper who released the studio album Live from the Kitchen in 2012. Other notable records include I Am, The Art of Hustle and I Still Am. He also founded the record label Collective Music Group AKA CMG. 

Kevin Garnett – 45 years old

Former basketball star with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.Born 1976

Dario Franchitti – 48 years old

The Scottish IndyCar driver — and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner — was formerly married to actress Ashley Judd.Born 1973

Nicole Brown Simpson

O.J. Simpson‘s ex-wife was murdered on June 12th, 1994. No one has ever been convicted of the crime.Died in 1994 – Born 1959

Grace Jones – 69 – 73 ?  years old

Actress, model, and singer who released “Pull Up to the Bumper,” which reached #2 on the U.S. Dance Chart and other singles like “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango),” “Private Life,” and “Slave to the Rhythm.”(BoomerangA View to a KillConan the Destroyer)Born 1952

Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman)

The Ramones singer recorded a solo album shortly before his death from lymphoma.Died in 2001 – Died Apr 15, 2001 at 49 – Born 1951

David Helfgott – 74 years old

The nutty Australian pianist was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the movie Shine.Born 1947

Andre the Giant (Roussimoff)

The 7’4″-380-lb. French-born wrestler was the first inductee in the WWF Hall of Fame. He died of congestive heart failure January 27th, 1993 at 46.Died in 1993 – Born 1946

Pete Townshend – 76 years old

The Who guitarist and second singer was once as well known for smashing his guitar at the end of concerts as he was for penning the band’s songs. “Happy Jack” was the British band’s first U.S. hit, “I Can See for Miles,” their only Top 10 single in a Hall of Fame career. His most honored work is Tommy, the rock opera which was made into a film and then a hit Broadway musical. He has also had success as a solo artist and was, for a time, a book editor in London. His 2012 autobiography, Who I Am, made a big splash.Born 1945

Nora Ephron

The journalist became a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer and movie director. She received three Oscar nominations for her screenplays (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle). Her novel Heartburn, which became a hit movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, was based on her marriage to philandering Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. She died of cancer and pneumonia on June 26th, 2012 and received a posthumous Tony Award the following year for her play Lucky Guy.Died in 2012 – Born 1941

James P. Hoffa – 80 years old

The current head of the Teamsters Union is the son of its most famous leader.Born 1941

Malcolm X (Little)

The militant African-American political activist and former Nation of Islam leader — who had by then taken the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz — was assassinated in Harlem on February 21st, 1965.Died in 1965 – Born 1925

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