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 - Janet Jackson
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1966: Singer-songwriter, dancer and actress Janet Jackson, one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music, is born in Gary, Indiana. Jackson, the youngest child of the Jackson family, began her career performing on the the TV variety show "The Jacksons" and went on to act on the TV series "Good Times," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Fame" in the '70s and '80s. She released her first album in the early 1980s and is known for hit songs such as "Nasty," "When I Think Of You," "Miss You Much," "Rhythm Nation," "Escapade," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "That's the Way Love Goes," "Together Again" and "All for You." She's also continued to occasionally act, appearing in movies such as "Poetic Justice," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" and "Why Did I Get Married?"


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