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2017

Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods was one of the best seller of 2017.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2017.

2016

Green Room directed by Jeremy Saulnier was one of the most viewed movies released in 2016.

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

2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron directed by Joss Whedon was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

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

2014

Neighbors directed by Nicholas Stoller was one of the most viewed movies released in 2014.

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

2013

The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann was one of the most viewed movies released in 2013.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2013.

2012

Hick directed by Derick Martini was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012.

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

2011

Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

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

2010

Iron Man 2 directed by Jon Favreau was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010.

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

2009

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past directed by Mark Waters was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2009.

2008

The US president was George W. Bush (Republican). In that special week people in US were listening to Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis. What Happens in Vegas, directed by Tom Vaughan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2008. Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2008.

2007

28 Weeks Later directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2007.

2006

Mission: Impossible III directed by J.J. Abrams was one of the most viewed movies released in 2006.

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

2005

Kingdom of Heaven directed by Ridley Scott was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2005.

2004

Juve Against Fantomas directed by Louis Feuillade 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 that special week people in US were listening to Get Busy by Sean Paul. X2, directed by Bryan Singer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 2003.

2002

Insomnia directed by Christopher Nolan was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002.

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

2001

The Mummy Returns directed by Stephen Sommers was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001.

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. Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. Cradle and All by James Patterson 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 Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. The Testament by John Grisham 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. Deep Impact, directed by Mimi Leder, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998. Survival Of The Fittest by Jonathan Kellerman 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 Brandon Hudson. In UK Lovefool by The Cardigans was in the top 5 hits. The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. Even The Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1997.

1996

Dead Man directed by Jim Jarmusch 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 Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten. In UK Unchained Melody / White Cliffs Of Dover by Robson Green & Jerome Flynn was in the top 5 hits. Crimson Tide, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1995. The Liars' Club by Mary Karr 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 Drew Mikuska. In that special week people in US were listening to The Sign by Ace Of Base. The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1994.

1993

My Neighbor Totoro directed by Hayao Miyazaki 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 Matthew Savage. In UK Please Don't Go by KWS was in the top 5 hits. Lethal Weapon 3, directed by Richard Donner, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. Childhood by Bill Cosby was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1992.

1991

Switch directed by Blake Edwards was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1991.

1990

It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It by Robert Fulghum was one of the best seller of 1990.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1990.

1989

Famous people born on this day include Matthew Hann. In that special week people in US were listening to I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, directed by Arthur Hiller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989. The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base 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 Marky Cielo. In that special week people in US were listening to Anything For You by Gloria Estefan. Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. Time Flies by Bill Cosby 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 Gianluca Sansone. In that special week people in US were listening to With Or Without You by U2. La Bamba, directed by Luis Valdez, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1987.

1986

Famous people born on this day include Michael Dunahee. In UK The Chicken Song by Spitting Image was in the top 5 hits. Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986. An Alien Affair by L. Ron Hubbard was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1986.

1985

Jaguar Woman by Lynn V. Andrews was one of the best seller of 1985.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Tommaso Reato. In that special week people in US were listening to Hello by Lionel Richie. The Natural, directed by Barry Levinson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. Superior Women by Alice Adams 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 Kabayeva. In UK True by Spandau Ballet was in the top 5 hits. The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. Different Seasons by Stephen King was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1983.

1982

The 13Th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio was one of the best seller of 1982.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1982.

1981

Famous people born on this day include Rami Malek. In UK Stand And Deliver by Adam & The Ants was in the top 5 hits. The Burning, directed by Tony Maylam, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981. The Aviator by Ernest K. Gann 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 Keith Bogans. In UK What's Another Year by Johnny Logan was in the top 5 hits. Friday the 13th, directed by Sean S. Cunningham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980. The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1980.

1979

Manhattan directed by Woody Allen was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1979.

1978

Famous people born on this day include Amy Wheaton. In UK Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring by Boney M was in the top 5 hits. F.I.S.T, directed by Norman Jewison, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978. Eye Of The Needle by Ken Follett 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 Monique de Bruin in Portland. In UK I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart was in the top 5 hits. Cross of Iron, directed by Sam Peckinpah, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977. The Dark Lady by Louis Auchincloss 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 Matthew P Newmark. In UK Fernando by Abba was in the top 5 hits. Watch Out, We're Mad, directed by Marcello Fondato, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein 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 Lawrence Phillips. In that special week people in US were listening to He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Mandingo, directed by Richard Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. Shogun by James Clavell 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 Tiffany Stoker in Clovis. The Lord's of Flatbush, directed by Martin Davidson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. The House Of A Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1974.

1973

Paper Moon directed by Peter Bogdanovich was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1973.

1972

Famous people born on this day include Michelle Kahn. In that special week people in US were listening to The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972. I'M O.K.- You'Re O.K. by Thomas Harris 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 Tommy Johnson. In that special week people in US were listening to Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. 10 Rillington Place, directed by Richard Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971. The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald 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 Todd Hallett. In that special week people in US were listening to American Woman by The Guess Who. A Man Called Horse, directed by Elliot Silverstein, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1970. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 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 Freeman in Los Angeles. In that special week people in US were listening to Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) by The 5th Dimension. Mackenna's Gold, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1969. Naked Came The Stranger by Penelope Ashe 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 Mark Clark in Bath. In UK What A Wonderful World / Cabaret by Louis Armstrong was in the top 5 hits. The Odd Couple, directed by Gene Saks, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. Couples by John Updike 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 Warren Rychel in Tecumseh. In that special week people in US were listening to The Happening by The Supremes. For a Few Dollars More, directed by Sergio Leone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. The Secret Of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton 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 Steven Conran in Lithgow. In UK Pretty Flamingo by Manfred Mann was in the top 5 hits. Arabesque, directed by Stanley Donen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966. Everything But Money by Sam Levenson 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 Stacy Wilson. In that special week people in US were listening to Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter by Herman's Hermits. The Pawnbroker, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown 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 Joy Ellen Kitzmiller in Los Angeles. In that special week people in US were listening to My Guy by Mary Wells. What a Way to Go!, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. The Minister And The Choir Singer by William M. Kunstler 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 Vanessa A Williams. Dr. No, directed by Terence Young, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. When The Legends Die by Hal Borland was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1963.

1962

Famous people born on this day include Amy Benz. In that special week people in US were listening to Soldier Boy by The Shirelles. Mothra, directed by Inoshiro Honda, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962. The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead was one of the best selling books.
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. Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961. Firsthand Report by Sherman Adams 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 Lisa Ondieki. In that special week people in US were listening to Stuck On You by Elvis Presley. The Fugitive Kind, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White 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 Dave Christian. In UK A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. Imitation of Life, directed by Douglas Sirk, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959. From The Terrace by John O'Hara was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1959.

1958

Famous people born on this day include Beth Maitland. In UK Who's Sorry Now by Connie Francis was in the top 5 hits. Thunder Road, directed by Arthur Ripley, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958. Only In America by Harry Lewis Golden was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1958.

1957

Desk Set directed by Walter Lang was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1957.

1956

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! directed by Ishir Honda was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1956.

1955

Famous people born on this day include Kix Brooks in Shreveport. In that special week people in US were listening to Unchained Melody by Les Baxter & His Orchestra. Bride of the Monster, directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955. Silver Leopard by F. Van Wyck Mason was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1955.

1954

Three Coins in the Fountain directed by Jean Negulesco was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1954.

1953

The Desert Rats directed by Robert Wise 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 Norbert Stolzenburg. Scaramouche, directed by George Sidney, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1952. From Under My Hat by Hedda Hopper was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1952.

1951

The Memoirs Of Herbert Hoover by Herbert Hoover was one of the best seller of 1951.

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

1950

Please Believe Me directed by Norman Taurog was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

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

1949

The Barkleys of Broadway directed by Charles Walters was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1949.

1948

State of the Union directed by Frank Capra was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948.

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

1947

Born to Kill directed by Robert Wise was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

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

1946

The Postman Always Rings Twice directed by Tay Garnett was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

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

1945

Blood on the Sun directed by Frank Lloyd was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

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

1944

The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Eva Demski. The White Cliffs of Dover, directed by Clarence Brown, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1944.

1943

The Ox-Bow Incident directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943.

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

1942

In This Our Life directed by John Huston was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942.

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

1941

Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

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

1940

My Favorite Wife directed by Garson Kanin was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940.

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

1939

Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

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

1938

Vivacious Lady directed by George Stevens was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

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

1937

Captains Courageous directed by Victor Fleming was one of the most viewed movies released in 1937.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1937.

1936

Dracula's Daughter directed by Lambert Hillyer was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

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

1935

The Devil Is a Woman directed by Josef von Sternberg was one of the most viewed movies released in 1935.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1935.

1934

Blue Steel directed by Robert Bradbury was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

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

1933

The Barbarian directed by Sam Wood was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

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

1932

Sons by Pearl S. Buck was one of the best seller of 1932.

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

1931

The Public Enemy directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931.

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

1930

Born Reckless directed by Andrew Bennison was one of the most viewed movies released in 1930.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1930.

1929

The Black Watch directed by John Ford was one of the most viewed movies released in 1929.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1929.

1928

The US president was Calvin Coolidge (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Manuel Lujan Jr American politician (Representative-Republican-New Mexico. The Man Who Laughs, directed by Paul Leni, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1928. Wintersmoon by Hugh Alpole was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1928.

1927

7th Heaven directed by Frank Borzage was one of the most viewed movies released in 1927.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1927.

1926

She directed by Leander De Cordova was one of the most viewed movies released in 1926.

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

1925

Strike directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein was one of the most viewed movies released in 1925.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1925.

1924

Sherlock Jr. directed by Buster Keaton was one of the most viewed movies released in 1924.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1924.

1923

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis was one of the best seller of 1923.

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1922

The Trap directed by Robert Thornby was one of the most viewed movies released in 1922.

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

1921

Carmen directed by Ernst Lubitsch was one of the most viewed movies released in 1921.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1921.

1920

The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Serge Ravanel. The Flapper, directed by Alan Crosland, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1920. Kindred of the Dust by Peter B. Kyne was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1920.

1919

The Desert of Wheat by Zane Gre was one of the best seller of 1919.

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1918

Greatheart by Ethel M. Dell was one of the best seller of 1918.

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1917

A Mormon Maid directed by Robert Z. Leonard was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917.

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1916

Civilization directed by Reginald Barker was one of the most viewed movies released in 1916.

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1915

Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter was one of the best seller of 1915.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1915.

1914

Spartacus directed by Giovanni Enrico Vidali was one of the most viewed movies released in 1914.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1914.

1913

Raja Harishchandra directed by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was one of the most viewed movies released in 1913.

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1912

The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Davies was one of the best seller of 1912.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1912.

1911

The Broad Highway by Jeffrey Farnol was one of the best seller of 1911.

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1910

Max Katherine by Cecil Thurston was one of the best seller of 1910.

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1909

Sherlock Holmes IV directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1909.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1909.

1908

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox, Jr. was one of the best seller of 1908.

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1907

The Weavers by Gilbert Parker was one of the best seller of 1907.

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1906

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was one of the best seller of 1906.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1906.

1905

Nedra George by Barr McCutcheon was one of the best seller of 1905.

But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1905.

1904

The Maquerader by Katherine Cecil Thurston was one of the best seller of 1904.

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1903

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice was one of the best seller of 1903.

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1902

Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall by Charles Major was one of the best seller of 1902.

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1901

Fulton Market directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1901.

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