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On May the 12th
Terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, carried out a bombing of a compound of bulidings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The residents of the compound were primarily Americans and other westerners, of which 26 died and 160 were wounded by the bombings.
Former US president, Jimmy Carter, arrived in Cuba for good will visit with Cuban president, Fidel Castro. He was the first US president, in or out of office, to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution.
American actor, Robert Reed, died at the age of 60. He is best remembered for his role in the popular TV series, 'The Brady Bunch'.
American actor, Stephen Baldwin, was born in Long Island, New York. His most famous role was in the hit movie 'The Usual Suspects'.
The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashed on the Moon. It was an unmanned space mission that was supposed to make a soft landing on the Moon.
American actor, Emilio Estevez, was born in Staten island, New York. He is the son of actor Martin Sheen and the brother of actor Charlie Sheen.
American actress, Katharine Hepburn, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She is generally acknowledged as one of the most gifted actresses to ever grace the silver screen. She won 4 academy awards and earned a total 12 nominations in her acting career, which lasted over 60 years.
British entrepreneur, John Cadbury, died at the age of 88. He was the founder of what is one of the most well known chocolate brands in the world. Although he did own a small chocolate business, it was his sons that expanded the company to the giant that it became in later years.
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