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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. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle 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 that special week people in US were listening to Makes Me Wonder by Maroon5. Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007. The Audacity Of Hope by Barack Obama 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. Birthright by Nora Roberts 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. The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon 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 that special week people in US were listening to Maria, Maria by Santana. Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. The Wedding by Danielle Steel 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 UK Swear It Again by Westlife was in the top 5 hits. The Straight Story, directed by David Lynch, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. Eye Of The Beholder by Jayne Ann Krentz 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. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler 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. The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1997.

1996

Kansas City directed by Robert Altman 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. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan 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 UK Come On You Reds by Manchester United Football Squad was in the top 5 hits. Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. Disclosure by Michael Crichton 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 UK Please Don't Go by KWS was in the top 5 hits. Far and Away, directed by Ron Howard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. The Road To Omaha by Robert Ludlum 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. Riders On The Storm by John Densmore 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 that special week people in US were listening to Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor. Bird on a Wire, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1990. September by Rosamunde Pilcher 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 that special week people in US were listening to I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi. Road House, directed by Rowdy Herrington, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989. Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos 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. Battle Cry Of Freedom by James M. McPherson 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 that special week people in US were listening to (I Just) Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew. Beverly Hills Cop II, directed by Tony Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987. Windmills Of The Gods by Sidney Sheldon was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1987.

1986

A Perfect Spy by John le Carré 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 UK 19 by Paul Hardcastle was in the top 5 hits. Brewster's Millions, directed by Walter Hill, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1985. Men And Angels by Mary Gordon 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 that special week people in US were listening to Hello by Lionel Richie. Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. Past Imperfect by Joan Collins 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 UK True by Spandau Ballet was in the top 5 hits. WarGames, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. The Diet Center Program by Sybil Ferguson 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. Twice Shy by Dick Francis 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. Maria Callas by Arianna Stassinopoulos 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. No Love Lost by Helen Van Slyke 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 UK Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel was in the top 5 hits. Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock 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. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien 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 that special week people in US were listening to When I Need You by Leo Sayer. Stroszek, directed by Werner Herzog, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977. How To Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong 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 that special week people in US were listening to Welcome Back by John Sebastian. Aces High, directed by Jack Gold, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. The R Document by Irving Wallace 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 UK Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette was in the top 5 hits. Lips of Blood, directed by Jean Rollin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. The Ascent Of Man by J. Bronowski 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 that special week people in US were listening to The Loco-Motion by Grand Funk. Daisy Miller, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. Burr by Gore Vidal 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 Joy Of Sex by Alex Comfort 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 that special week people in US were listening to The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972. The Defense Never Rests by F. Lee Bailey 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 that special week people in US were listening to Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. The Panic in Needle Park, directed by Jerry Schatzberg, 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 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. The Selling Of The President 1968 by Joe McGinniss 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 that special week people in US were listening to Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) by The 5th Dimension. Winning, directed by James Goldstone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1969. The Arms Of Krupp by William Manchester 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. Nicholas And Alexandra by Robert K. Massie 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 that special week people in US were listening to The Happening by The Supremes. The Million Eyes of Sumuru, directed by Lindsay Shonteff, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann 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 that special week people in US were listening to Monday, Monday by The Mamas & The Papas. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966. A Thousand Days by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr 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 that special week people in US were listening to Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter by Herman's Hermits. Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. An American Dream by Norman Mailer 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 that special week people in US were listening to Hello, Dolly! by Louis Armstrong. The Brass Bottle, directed by Harry Keller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. A Day In The Life Of President Kennedy by Jim Bishop 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. The List of Adrian Messenger, directed by John Huston, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. The Ordeal Of Power by Emmet John Hughes was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1963.

1962

O'Neill by Arthur and Barbara Gelb 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. Dr. Tom Dooley'S Three Great Books by Dr. Tom Dooley 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. Elizabeth The Great by Elizabeth Jenkins was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 12 May 1959.

1958

Life Plus 99 Years by Nathan F. Leopold 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. The Short Reign Of Pippin Iv by John Steinbeck 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. Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight 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 that special week people in US were listening to Unchained Melody by Les Baxter & His Orchestra. The Dam Busters, directed by Michael Anderson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955. Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach 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

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. Under The Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson 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

Another Part of the Forest directed by Michael Gordon 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

Meet the Stewarts directed by Alfred E. Green 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.