This Day in Pop Culture for May 12

Crimson Tide

1995: ‘Crimson Tide’ is Released

The classic submarine movie, Crimson Tide which starred Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, was released in theaters on this day in 1995. Directed by Tony Scott, the film takes place during a time of political turmoil in the Russian Federation. The main story features a standoff between an older commanding officer and a new executive officer and how their views are different about their current dilemma. Crimson Tide was nominated for three Academy Awards including Editing, Sound and Sound Editing and Hans Zimmer won a Grammy Award for the movie’s main theme. (Image: Hollywood Pictures)

1934: The Real Winnie-the-Pooh Passes Away

It was on this day in 1934 that a female black bear named Winnie at the London Zoo passed away at the age of 20. This is significant because she was a favorite critter of A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin. When Christopher received his own stuffed bear, he immediately wanted to call it Winnie (despite that it looked nothing like the black bear) and this friendship inspired Milne’s famous stories about a bear stuffed with fluff seen here.

Movies Released

  • Just My Luck (2006)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
  • Panama Lady (1939)
  • Still: A Michael J. Fox (2023)
  • The Grunge 3 (2009)

TV Series Debuts

  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009)
  • The Upshaws (2021)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1820: Florence Nightingale (Nurse Activist)
  • 1907: Katharine Helpburn (actress)
  • 1925: Yogi Berra (baseball player)
  • 1937: George Carlin (comedian)
  • 1950: Bruce Boxleitner (actor)
  • 1962: Emilio Estevez (actor)
  • 1966: Stephen Baldwin (actor)
  • 1968: Tony Hawk (skateboarder)
  • 1969: Kim Fields (actress)
  • 1978: Jason Biggs (actor)
  • 1981: Rami Malek (actor)
  • 1983: Domhnall Gleeson (actor)
  • 1986: Emily VanCamp (actress)

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