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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

Hep­burn’s name

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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.

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