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2018

Book Club directed by Bill Holderman was one of the most viewed movies released in 2018.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2018.

2016

Cell directed by Tod Williams was one of the most viewed movies released in 2016.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2016.

2015

San Andreas directed by Brad Peyton was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2015.

2014

Foxcatcher directed by Bennett Miller was one of the most viewed movies released in 2014.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2014.

2012

Lawless directed by John Hillcoat was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2012.

2011

Melancholia directed by Lars von Trier was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2011.

2010

The Reef directed by Andrew Traucki was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2010.

2008

The US president was George W. Bush (Republican). In that special week people in US were listening to Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2008. Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2008.

2007

Famous people born on this day include Kai Trump. In UK Beautiful Liar by Beyonce & Shakira was in the top 5 hits. Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007. Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2007.

2006

The Da Vinci Code directed by Ron Howard was one of the most viewed movies released in 2006.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2006.

2004

Somersault directed by Cate Shortland was one of the most viewed movies released in 2004.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2004.

2003

Famous people born on this day include Madeleine McCann. In UK Ignition Remix by R Kelly was in the top 5 hits. Dogville, directed by Lars von Trier, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003. Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2003.

2002

The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2002.

2001

Famous people born on this day include John Paul Ruttan. In UK Don't Stop Movin' by S Club 7 was in the top 5 hits. Mulholland Dr., directed by David Lynch, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001. Death In Holy Orders by P. D. James was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2001.

2000

The US president was Bill Clinton (Democratic). In UK Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty) by Oxide & Neutrino was in the top 5 hits. Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. Before I Say Good-Bye by Mary Higgins Clark was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2000.

1999

Famous people born on this day include Summer McKeen. In that special week people in US were listening to Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin. The Straight Story, directed by David Lynch, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1999.

1998

Famous people born on this day include Mikey Murphy. In that special week people in US were listening to Too Close by Next. Godzilla, directed by Roland Emmerich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998. Paradise by Toni Morrison was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1998.

1997

Famous people born on this day include Odeya Rush. In that special week people in US were listening to Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.. The Lost World: Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. Murder In Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1997.

1996

Heaven's Prisoners directed by Phil Joanou was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1996.

1995

Famous people born on this day include Kenton Duty. In that special week people in US were listening to This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan. The Passion of Darkly Noon, directed by Philip Ridley, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1995. From Beginning To End by Robert Fulghum was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1995.

1994

Famous people born on this day include Reev . In that special week people in US were listening to The Sign by Ace Of Base. Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1994.

1993

Sliver directed by Phillip Noyce was one of the most viewed movies released in 1993.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1993.

1992

The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Malcolm David Kelley. In that special week people in US were listening to Jump by Kris Kross. Far and Away, directed by Ron Howard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. Earth In The Balance by Al Gore was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1992.

1991

Famous people born on this day include Bradford N Smith. In UK The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) by Cher was in the top 5 hits. Backdraft, directed by Ron Howard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991. The Druid Of Shannara by Terry Brooks was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1991.

1990

Famous people born on this day include Florent Amodio. In UK Killer by Adamski was in the top 5 hits. Bird on a Wire, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1990. What I Saw At The Revolution by Peggy Noonan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1990.

1989

Famous people born on this day include Eleftheria Eleftheriou. In UK Hand On Your Heart by Kylie Minogue was in the top 5 hits. Road House, directed by Rowdy Herrington, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989. A Brief History Of Time by Stephen W. Hawking was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1989.

1988

The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Marcelo Vieira. In that special week people in US were listening to Anything For You by Gloria Estefan. Crocodile Dundee II, directed by John Cornell, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. The Power Game by Hedrick Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1988.

1987

Famous people born on this day include Chris Pontius (soccer). In UK Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship was in the top 5 hits. Beverly Hills Cop II, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987. Winter Hawk by Craig Thomas was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1987.

1986

When All You'Ve Ever Wanted Isn'T Enough by Harold S. Kushner was one of the best seller of 1986.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1986.

1985

Famous people born on this day include Lika Roman. In that special week people in US were listening to Crazy For You by Madonna. Brewster's Millions, directed by Walter Hill, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1985. Loving Each Other by Leo Buscaglia was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Emily Beecham. In UK The Reflex by Duran Duran was in the top 5 hits. Stranger Than Paradise, directed by Jim Jarmusch, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1984.

1983

Famous people born on this day include Alina Kabaeva. In that special week people in US were listening to Beat It by Michael Jackson. WarGames, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1983.

1982

Famous people born on this day include Chloe Sims. In that special week people in US were listening to Ebony And Ivory by Paul McCartney. Annie, directed by John Huston, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1982. The Fate Of The Earth by Jonathan Schell was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1982.

1981

Famous people born on this day include Rami Malek. In that special week people in US were listening to Morning Train (Nine To Five) by Sheena Easton. Escape from New York, directed by John Carpenter, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981. Nice Girls Do by Irene Kassorla was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1981.

1980

The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Marama Vahirua. In that special week people in US were listening to Call Me by Blondie. The Final Countdown, directed by Don Taylor, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980. The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1980.

1979

Famous people born on this day include Aaron Yoo. In that special week people in US were listening to Reunited by Peaches & Herb. Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. Linda Goodman'S Love Signs by Linda Goodman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1979.

1978

Famous people born on this day include Jason Biggs. In that special week people in US were listening to If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Elliman. Midnight Express, directed by Alan Parker, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978. Illusions by Richard Bach was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1978.

1977

Famous people born on this day include María José Besora. In UK I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart was in the top 5 hits. Stroszek, directed by Werner Herzog, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977. The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1977.

1976

The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Takamisakari Seiken. In UK Fernando by Abba was in the top 5 hits. Aces High, directed by Jack Gold, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. Angels by Billy Graham was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1976.

1975

Famous people born on this day include Jonah Lomu. In that special week people in US were listening to He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Lips of Blood, directed by Jean Rollin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. Spindrift by Phyllis A. Whitney was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1975.

1974

The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Tolga Çevik. In UK Sugar Baby Love by The Rubettes was in the top 5 hits. Daisy Miller, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. The Snare Of The Hunter by Helen MacInnes was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1974.

1973

Famous people born on this day include Mackenzie Astin. In UK See My Baby Jive by Wizzard was in the top 5 hits. Day for Night, directed by François Truffaut, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973. The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1973.

1972

Famous people born on this day include Christian Campbell. In UK Amazing Grace by Pipes & Drums & The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard was in the top 5 hits. Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972. The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1972.

1971

Famous people born on this day include Jamie Luner. In UK Knock Three Times by Dawn was in the top 5 hits. The Panic in Needle Park, directed by Jerry Schatzberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971. The Antagonists by Ernest K. Gann was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1971.

1970

Famous people born on this day include Samantha Mathis. In that special week people in US were listening to American Woman by The Guess Who. The Landlord, directed by Hal Ashby, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1970. Hard Times by Studs Terkel was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1970.

1969

Famous people born on this day include Kim Fields. In UK Get Back by Beatles With Billy Preston was in the top 5 hits. Winning, directed by James Goldstone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1969. Except For Me And Thee by Jessamyn West was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1969.

1968

The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Tony Hawk. In that special week people in US were listening to Honey by Bobby Goldsboro. Witchfinder General, directed by Michael Reeves, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. The Double Helix by James Watson was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1968.

1967

Famous people born on this day include Kenny Greer. In UK Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes was in the top 5 hits. The Million Eyes of Sumuru, directed by Lindsay Shonteff, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. Capable Of Honor by Allen Drury was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1967.

1966

Famous people born on this day include Stephen Baldwin. In UK Pretty Flamingo by Manfred Mann was in the top 5 hits. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966. The Double Image by Helen MacInnes was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1966.

1965

Famous people born on this day include Anthony Wong (Australian actor). In UK Ticket To Ride by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits. Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. Catherine The Great by Zoe Oldenbourg was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1965.

1964

Famous people born on this day include Trey Helliwell. In UK Don't Throw Your Love Away by The Searchers was in the top 5 hits. The Brass Bottle, directed by Harry Keller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. Convention by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1964.

1963

The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Deborah Kara Unger. In UK From Me To You by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits. Violent Midnight, directed by Richard Hilliard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. The Great Hunger by Cecil Woodham-Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1963.

1962

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone was one of the best seller of 1962.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1962.

1961

Famous people born on this day include Lar Park Lincoln. In that special week people in US were listening to Runaway by Del Shannon. Clear Skies, directed by Grigoriy Chukhray, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961. Fate Is The Hunter by Ernest K. Gann was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1961.

1960

The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Simon Liberati. In that special week people in US were listening to Stuck On You by Elvis Presley. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, directed by John Guillermin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1960.

1959

Famous people born on this day include Ving Rhames. In UK A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. The Young Philadelphians, directed by Vincent Sherman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959. The Watch That Ends The Night by Hugh MacLennan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1959.

1958

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard was one of the best seller of 1958.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1958.

1957

Famous people born on this day include Astrid Fallon. In UK Butterfly by Andy Williams was in the top 5 hits. China Gate, directed by Samuel Fuller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957. Stay Alive All Your Life by Norman Vincent Peale was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1957.

1956

Famous people born on this day include Bernie Federko. In UK No Other Love by Ronnie Hilton was in the top 5 hits. The Searchers, directed by John Ford, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956. The Search For Bridey Murphy by Morey Bernstein was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1956.

1955

Famous people born on this day include Kim Anderson. In UK Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett was in the top 5 hits. The Dam Busters, directed by Michael Anderson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955. Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1955.

1954

Famous people born on this day include Patrick Eudeline. In UK Secret Love by Doris Day was in the top 5 hits. Three Coins in the Fountain, directed by Jean Negulesco, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954. The Song Of Ruth by Frank G. Slaughter was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1954.

1953

Young Bess directed by George Sidney was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1953.

1952

The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Canute Edwards. Brandy for the Parson, directed by John Eldridge, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1952. A Stone For Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1952.

1951

Along the Great Divide directed by Raoul Walsh was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1951.

1950

Caged directed by John Cromwell was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1950.

1948

Raw Deal directed by Anthony Mann was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1948.

1947

Dick Tracy's Dilemma directed by John Rawlins was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1947.

1946

Bad Bascomb directed by S. Sylvan Simon was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1946.

1945

Las abandonadas directed by Emilio Fernández was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1945.

1944

Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat directed by Phil Rosen was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1944.

1943

The Leopard Man directed by Jacques Tourneur was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1943.

1942

Syncopation directed by William Dieterle was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1942.

1941

Blood and Sand directed by Rouben Mamoulian was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1941.

1940

Torrid Zone directed by William Keighley was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1940.

1939

It's a Wonderful World directed by W.S. Van Dyke was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1939.

1938

Sinners in Paradise directed by James Whale was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1938.

1936

Dancing Pirate directed by Lloyd Corrigan was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1936.

1934

The Man from Utah directed by Robert N. Bradbury was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1934.

1933

I Cover the Waterfront directed by James Cruze was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1933.

1932

The Rich Are Always with Us directed by Alfred E. Green was one of the most viewed movies released in 1932.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1932.

1931

Svengali directed by Archie Mayo was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1931.

1926

The Boob directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1926.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1926.

1922

Grandma's Boy directed by Fred C. Newmeyer was one of the most viewed movies released in 1922.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1922.

1919

The Busher directed by Jerome Storm was one of the most viewed movies released in 1919.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1919.

1916

Sherlock Holmes directed by Arthur Berthelet was one of the most viewed movies released in 1916.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1916.