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Turning 50 in 2012

Tom Cruise
The Hollywood actor celebrated his 50th birthday in July, the same month Katie Holmes filed for divorce. The two reached a private settlement, with Holmes maintaining primary custody of their daughter Suri. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
“Dr. No.”
The first James Bold film with Sean Connery in the iconic role hit theaters 50 years ago. Story ()
Spider-Man
Peter Parker and his Spider-Man alter ego were introduced in “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15. Story (Marvel Comics)
King Abdullah II of Jordan
The reigning king of Jordan, above right with British Prime Minister David Cameron in June, turned 50 this year. (Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Andy Warhol’s first solo show
Andy Warhol’s first solo show “Campbell’s Soup Cans” was held in a Los Angeles gallery in 1962. The eccentric artist went on to become one of the most famous American pop-art artists. (The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource)
Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones played their first show at London’s Marquee Club in 1962. Photos (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
Jim Carrey
Over the course of Jim Carrey’s career, the actor and comedian has alternated between commercial comedy projects (“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Dumb and Dumber”) and acclaimed dramatic roles (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). Photos (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images)
Bob Dylan’s first album
America’s bard made his mark on American pop culture with his self-titled debut in 1962. (Don Hunstein / Columbia)
Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk made his Marvel debut May 1962. Story (Marvel Comics)
“The Jetsons”
The animated family sitcom of the future debuted in 1962 on ABC. Some of its prophetic depictions of future life: “buttonitis,” a forebear to carpal tunnel syndrome, and “the Uniblab,” an electronic surveillance system to monitor employees’ work habits. Story (Hanna-Barbera)
Helen Gurley Brown’s “Sex and the Single Girl”
Helen Gurley Brown changed the cultural conversation with her 1962 bestseller by telling women they shouldn’t feel guilty about having sex and encouraging financial independence. Story (Los Angeles Times)
Second Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council, convened by the much-loved Pope John XXIII, launched such modernizing changes as use of local languages instead of Latin for Mass. Story ()
Axl Rose
The 50-year-old Guns N’ Roses co-founder most recently rejected the induction of the band to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Story | Photos: Axl Rose’s famous feuds (Kevin P. Casey / For The Times)
Wal-Mart and Target open
The big-box super chains Wal-Mart and Target appear to be imitating each other this holiday season. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times; Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
John Slattery
Best known for his role as Roger Sterling on AMC’s “Mad Men,” John Slattery turns 50 on Aug. 13. Interview (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Demi Moore
The “Ghost” actress -- former wife of Bruce Willis and eventually-to-be-ex of Ashton Kutcher -- turns 50 in November. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)
Jon Stewart
“The Daily Show” host and political satirist turns 50 in November. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Cuban missile crisis
On Oct. 22, 1962, President Kennedy announced in a televised address the discovery of Soviet missile installations in Cuba. Though the incident was eventually resolved through formal and back-door negotiations, for 13 days the world seemed to be on the brink of nuclear war.  (Associated Press)
Jon Bon Jovi
The ‘80s heartthrob and Bon Jovi lead singer was more recently seen in the large ensemble production of “New Year’s Eve.” (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)
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