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On this day: May 20

POSTED: 02:26 PM PDT May 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 19, 2013 

Vasco da Gama arrives in India, Christopher Columbus dies, Norman Rockwell makes his Saturday Evening Post cover debut, HIV is discovered, and "Cheers" airs its series finale, all on this day.

OTD May 20 - Cher
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1946: Singer and actress Cher, who rose to fame as one-half of the husband-and-wife singing duo Sonny & Cher before becoming a solo star and an Oscar-winning actress, is born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, Calif. She's best known for songs such as "I've Got You Babe," "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," "Half-Breed," "Dark Lady," "I've Found Someone," "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe." She earned her first Oscar nomination for the 1983 drama "Silkwood" and won for Best Actress for the 1987 romantic-comedy "Moonstruck." She's also appeared in movies such as "Mask," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Mermaids" and "Burlesque."

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