On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2016 

America declares war on Mexico, The Beatles film "Let It Be" premieres, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt, and Tipper Gore doesn't like what she hears, all on this day.

OTD May 13 - Alan Ball
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1957: Filmmaker Alan Ball, best known for writing the Oscar-winning movie "American Beauty" and creating the HBO series "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood," is born in Atlanta, Georgia. Ball won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild Award for "American Beauty" and earned an Emmy and awards from the Directors and Producers guilds for his work on "Six Feet Under."


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