On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2014 

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 - Bea Arthur
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1922: Actress, comedienne and singer Bea Arthur (far right), best known for her TV work on the sitcoms "All in the Family," "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," is born Bernice Frankel in New York City. Arthur was a successful stage actress both before and after her television success, winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of "Mame" in 1966. Arthur, who died of cancer at age 86 on April 25, 2009, is seen here in 2004 with her "Golden Girls" co-stars Betty White and Rue McClanahan.

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