Last week, we talked about the addition of Audrey Hepburn, who was born May 4, 1929.
So this week we should probably mention another actress, although the two are not actually related. On May 12, 1907, Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Conn.
Hepburn studied at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and went on to become a stage actress. Over her long career, she became known for performances in such films as “The Philadelphia Story” (1938) and “On Golden Pond” (1981), among many others.
of- ten said in relation to actor Spencer Tracy, with whom Hepburn starred alongside in nine films. Although they never married, they also had a romantic relationship that became legendary in Hollywood.
And it was on May 14, 1998, that show business lost a performer. It was on that day crooner Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 82.
Aside from Hollywood, May of course has a couple important dates for American history.
It was on May 13, 1846, that the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.
After nearly two years of fighting, peace was established by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on Feb. 2, 1848. The Rio Grande was made the southern boundary of Texas, and California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States.
And speaking of the size of the U.S., it was on May 14, 1804, that the Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis, Mo., on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.