IN THE MONEY

May 23rd in history: 

Walt Disney became rich and famous because of a cartoon mouse named Mickey. The first cartoon in which Mickey actually spoke, “The Karnival Kid,” debuted on May 23rd, 1929.

John D. Rockefeller made a fortune in the oil business, and then gave much of his fortune to charity in his later years. Rockefeller died at age 97 on May 23rd, 1937.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died in a police ambush in Louisiana on this date in 1934. How did they make their money? According to Warren Beatty in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde,” “We rob banks.”

And May 23rd is the birthday of Ken Jennings (1974), who set many records and won more than $2 million during a 75-day run as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” It’s also the birthday of Drew Carey (1958), who has given away money and prizes worth millions as host of “The Price Is Right.”

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