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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 31

Last Updated 03-02-2021

🎭Thomas S. Murphy -- is 96 in the year 2021 and 97 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1925
Hall of Famer, TV Executive
Misc: former chair and chief executive officer of Capital Cities/ABC Inc. until 1996.

🏆🎳Jim Schroeder -- is 92 in the year 2021 and 93 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1929
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🎭🏆🏈Joe Namath -- is 78 in the year 2021 and 79 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1943
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Commercial Actor, Football Announcer, NFL Quarterback
Names/Places: b. in Beaver Falls, PA; FN: Joseph William; NN: Broadway Joe
Misc: signed for unheard-of $400,000 as rookie with AFL's NY Jets in 1965; 2-time All-AFL (1968-69) and All-NFL (1972); Super Bowl III MVP; led the New York Jets to Super Bowl title upset in 1969; passed 27,663 yards, 173 TDs; was the first to pass as high as 4007 in a season; 4x AFL All-Star, 2x AFL MVP, 2x UPI AFL Player of the Year; Jets #12 retired; Pantyhose seller
Sports Teams: University of Alabama, New York Jets (1965-1976), Los Angeles Rams (1977)
TV Shows: Monday Night Football, Waverly Wonders (as Joe Casey)

🏆🏁🏊Stephen Holland -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1958 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🎵McDarryl "D" McDaniels -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1964
Hall of Famer, Rapper
Names/Places: aka DMC
Group Names: Run D.M.C.

🏆🏁🏊Domenico Fioravanti -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1977 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Italian

✍📰Walt Whitman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1819 d.3/26/1892 (72)
Hall of Famer, Author, Essayist, Poet, Journalist, American, Gay
Names/Places: b. in West Hill, N.Y.; NN: The Father of Free Verse in America; RFN:Walter; d. in Camden, N.J.

🏆🏌Willie Anderson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1880 d.10/25/1910 (30)
Hall of Famer, Golfer, Scottish
Misc: some say b.1878

📰🏆🏌Herb Graffis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1893 d.2/13/1989 (95)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, Golf Figure
Misc: Golfing magazine founder; golf writer and founder of the U.S. National Golf Foundation.

🎭Fred Allen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1894 d.3/17/1956 (61)
Hall of Famer, TV/Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Cambridge, Mass; RN:John Florence Sullivan
Misc: a big name in the radio era
TV Shows: What's My Line

🏆🏀John D. Russell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1902 d.11/15/1973 (71)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, Basketball Player
Misc: ABL championship as a player-coach (Cleveland Rosenblums, 1926); Eastern League championship (Trenton Moose, 1933); ABL championship (New York Jewels, 1939); played in the Interstate, New York State, Pennsylvania State, Metropolitan, and American Basketball Leagues.
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (first coach 1946-1948), Seton Hall University (coach)

🏆🏒Cecil Ralph "Tiny" Thompson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1903 d.2/9/1981 (77)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1928-1941
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings

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🏆🏒Art Coulter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1909 d.10/14/2000 (91)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Misc: played 1932-1942
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers

🎵Kenny O'Dell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1944 N.S. d.3/27/2018 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Gospel Performer, Country Singer

🎵🎸John Henry Bonzo Bonham -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1948 d.9/25/1980 (32)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Heavy Metal Drummer, English
Group Names: Led Zeppelin

🏆🥊Johnny Kilbane -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/9/1889 d.5/31/1957 (68)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: aka: John Kilbane
Misc: a featherweight boxer in the early part of the 20th century

🏆🥊Manuel Ortiz -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1916 d.5/31/1970 (53)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Misc: one of the best boxers of the 1940s

🏆🏒Terry Sawchuk -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1929 d.5/31/1970 (40)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian, Ukrainian
Misc: 103 career shutouts; played 1949-1970
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers

🎵Lloyd Perryman -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/29/1917 d.5/31/1977 (60)
Hall of Famer, Country Singer
Group Names: Sons of the Pioneers

⛪🏆🥊Jack Dempsey -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/24/1895 d.5/31/1983 (87)
Hall of Famer, Mormon, Boxer, Irish
Names/Places: b. in Manassa, CO; NN:The Manassa Mauler; FN:William H.; d. in New York
Misc: was the longest-lived heavyweight champ; a successful N.Y. restauranteur; heavyweight boxing champ (1919-26), Dempsey was known for his savage attacking style of boxing and lost only 5 bouts in 69 fights. He fought his first bout in 1914 and won the heavyweight title 5 years later.

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🎵Elsberry Hobbs -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/4/1936 d.5/31/1996 (59)
Hall of Famer, Pop Singer
Names/Places: The Drifters

🎵Johnnie Taylor -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/5/1934 N.S. d.5/31/2000 N.S. (66)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Gospel Singer, Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: RN: Johnnie Harrison Taylor
Group Names: The Soul Stirrers, soloist
Song Titles: Disco Lady

🎭Arlene Francis -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/20/1908 d.5/31/2001 (92)
Hall of Famer, Movie/Stage Actress, TV Hostess, Game Show Hostess, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Boston; RLN:Kazanjian
TV Shows: What's My Line (panelist)

🏆🏈Andy Robustelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1925 N.S. d.5/31/2011 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1951-1955), New York Giants (1956-1964)

🏆🎾Pauline Betz Addie -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/6/1919 d.5/31/2011 (91)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: Wimbledon champ 1946

⛪🎭Jean Stapleton -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/19/1923 d.5/31/2013 (90)
Hall of Famer, Christian Scientist, TV/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Jeanne Murray
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Edith 'Dingbat' Bunker), Bagdad Cafe (as Jasmine)
Movie Titles: You've Got Mail

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