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Celebrity Birthdays for May 22: Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 86. Actor Frank Converse is 86. Actress Barbara Parkins ("Peyton Place," ''Valley of the Dolls") is 82. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 74. Actor Al Corley ("Dynasty") is 68.


Today in History for May 22: In 337, Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, died at the age of 47. In 1216, Louis VIII of France invaded England, the last military invasion of the British Isles.


Today in Music History for May 22: In 1813, composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany. In 1836, Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St. Paul (Paulus)" was first performed in Dusseldorf at the Lower Rhine Festival to great enthusiasm.


Today in Music History for May 21: In 1738, Charles Wesley was converted to evangelical Christianity, becoming a co-founder of Methodism. He wrote hundreds of hymns such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 21: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 83. Baseball Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox is 83. '60s pop vocalist Marcie Blane is 80. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 77.


Today in History for May 21: In 427 B.C., philosopher Plato was born. In 1471, King Henry VI of England was executed during the "Wars of the Roses." Henry of the House of Lancaster, the only child of Henry V and Catherine of Valois, was born Dec.


Today in Music History for May 20: In 1927, the Canadian Folk Song and Handicraft Festival opened in Quebec City.


Today in History for May 20: In 325, the first Christian ecumenical council opened at Nicea in Asia Minor. The doctrine of Jesus Christ's divinity was formally affirmed for the first time by the council.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 20: Actor-author James McEachin is 94. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 88. Former world champion figure skater and federal cabinet minister Otto Jelinek is 84. Actor David Proval ("The Sopranos") is 82. Singer-actress Cher is 78.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 19: TV personality David Hartman is 89. Actor James Fox is 85. Actress Nancy Kwan is 85. Composer-musician John Mills-Cockell is 81. Musician Pete Townshend is 79. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 77.