On this day: July 12

POSTED: 10:05 AM Jul 09 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 12 2013

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

OTD July 12 - Richard Simmons
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1948: Fitness trainer and actor Richard Simmons, known for his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" line of aerobics videos and his eccentric, outgoing and energetic personality, is born Milton Teagle Simmons in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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