On May 12, 1962: Actor, director, and writer Emilio Estevez was born in Staten Island. He is the son of actor Martin Sheen and older brother of actor Charlie Sheen. Estevez is well known for his roles in films like The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, and the popular Disney series, The Mighty Ducks.
On May 12, 1989: The last graffiti-covered New York City Subway car was retired. This was the culmination of a 15-year campaign to clean up the Subway system and to make it feel safer.
On May 12, 1937: Grammy Award-winning comedian George Carlin was born in Manhattan. Known for his controversial material, Carlin’s infamous “Filthy Words” monologue was the focus of the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case FCC. v. Pacifica Foundation, which upheld the FCC’s decision to condemn a radio station for broadcasting the bit. Carlin passed away in 2008 at age 71.
IT AIN’T OVER
On May 12, 1925: Yankee great and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was born. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest MLB catchers of all time, and made 21 World Series appearances as a player, coach, or manager. In addition, he was a part of 12 World Series wins for the New York Yankees.
“WE’RE IN TROOUU-BLE!”
On May 12, 1969: Actress Kim Fields was born in New York. She was best known for her portrayal of the character Tootie on the classic NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life.