On this day: May 16

POSTED: 12:19 AM PDT May 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 15, 2016 

Joan of Arc is sainted, the first Academy Awards are handed out, SpaghettiOs debut, "Pet Sounds" and "Blonde on Blonde" hit record store shelves, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson pass away, all on this day.

OTD May 16 - Liberace
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1919: Pianist and singer Liberace, at one time the highest-paid entertainer in the world, is born W?adziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wisconsin. The musician, who died of pneumonia caused by AIDS on Feb. 4, 1987, was as famous for his flamboyant costumes and stage manner as he was for his music.


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