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Today in History: Sunday, May 23, 2021

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Two “Star Trek” series concluded: Syndicated “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1994 and “Star Trek: Voyager” on UPN in 2001…Also ending was ABC drama “Lost” after six seasons in 2010…A bizarre moment: Tom Cruise professed his love for his then girlfriend Katie Holmes by jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch in his infamous appearance on the daytime syndicated talker “Oprah” in 2005.

Horror film “The Shining” released directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall opened in theaters in 1980. It was based on the book of the same name by Stephen King.

Eminem released this 3rd studio album “The Marshall Mathers LP”. It won the Grammy for Best Rap Album.

Notorious American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in a police shoot-out near Gibsland, Louisiana in 1934.

-Did You Know?:
Matthew Fox found his second regularly scheduled series success after “Party of Five” on “Lost, of course. But the original plan for his character, Jack Shephard, was to be killed by the monster in the pilot episode after the airplane crash. And the actor cast in the role was Michael Keaton. But ABC told the producers that they shouldn’t kill off the hero so soon in the series and the script was changed. After the change, Michael Keaton backed out of the role because he did not want to commit to a regular series.