On this day: May 21

POSTED: 08:42 PM PDT May 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 20, 2016 

The American Red Cross is established, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart complete their historic trans-Atlantic flights, Bogey and Bacall get hitched, and Susan Lucci finally strikes Emmy gold, all on this day.

OTD May 21 - Robert Montgomery
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1904: Actor Robert Montgomery, an Oscar nominee for 1937's "Night Must Fall" and 1941's "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," is born in Beacon, New York. Montgomery, who also starred in movies such as "The Divorcee," "Private Lives" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," also twice served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. He made his uncredited directing debut on "They Were Expendable" when director John Ford fell ill and couldn't film some sequences and later directed movies such as "Lady in the Lake" and "Ride the Pink Horse." He also hosted an Emmy Award-winning television series, "Robert Montgomery Presents," in the 1950s and served as a media consultant and coach for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He died of cancer at age 77 on Sept. 27, 1981.


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