On this day: July 12

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:05:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Medal of Honor is authorized, a favorite toy is born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.

OTD July 12 - Jean Hersholt
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1886: Actor Jean Hersholt is born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hersholt's long career in Hollywood included 17 years starring on radio in "Dr. Christian" and playing Shirley Temple's grandfather in 1937's "Heidi." He also served 18 years as president of the Motion Picture Relief Fund and was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1945 to 1949. Hersholt was twice honored for his service to the film industry with honorary Academy Awards and the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has been awarded periodically in his honor since his 1956 death.

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