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 - Minnie Riperton
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Epic Records

1979: Singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton, best known for her 1975 No. 1 hit single "Lovin' You," dies of breast cancer at age 31 in Los Angeles, California.

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