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Celebrity Birthdays for May 25: Actress Ann Robinson ("War of the Worlds") is 95. Classical pianist Robert Silverman is 86. Actor Sir Ian McKellen ("Lord of the Rings") is 85. Country singer Jessi Colter is 81. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 81.


Today in History for May 25: In 585 B.C., the first known prediction of a solar eclipse occurred. In 1085, Alfonso VI of Castile captured Toledo, Spain, and brought the Moorish centre of science into Christian hands.


Today in Music History May 25: In 1893, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, leader of one of the most famous family groups in country music, was born in Monorat, Va.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 28: Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 94. Actress Carroll Baker is 93. Annette and Cecile of the Dionne quintuplets are 90. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry West is 86. Singer Gladys Knight is 80. Singer Billy Vera is 80.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 94. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 86. Singer-keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 84.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 1: Singer Pat Boone is 90. Actor Morgan Freeman is 87. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 79. '60s pop singer Linda Scott is 79. Actor Brian Cox ("Deadwood") is 78. Guitarist Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones is 77.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 27: Actress Lee Meriwether is 89. Actor Bruce Weitz is 81. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 79. Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is 74. Actor Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") is 69.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 29: Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 86. Actor Anthony Geary ("General Hospital") is 77. Actor Cotter Smith is 75. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 74. Movie composer/musician Danny Elfman is 71.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 26: Opera singer Teresa Stratas is 86. Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 85. Drummer Garry Peterson of The Guess Who is 79. Singer Stevie Nicks is 76. Actor Philip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice") is 75.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 30: Actress Ruta Lee is 89. Actor Keir Dullea ("2001: A Space Odyssey") is 88. Guitarist Lenny Davidson of The Dave Clark Five is 80. Actor-comedian Don Ferguson (Royal Canadian Air Farce) is 78.