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 - Andy Kaufman
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1984: Performance artist and actor Andy Kaufman, known for his elaborate hoaxes and pranks, dies from kidney failure brought on by lung cancer at the age of 35 in West Hollywood, California. He found mainstream success thanks to his role of Latka on the sitcom "Taxi."


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