History Blog

November 25

Happy Birthday RIP John Kennedy Jr(1960–1999) Ricardo Montalbán y Merino(1920–2009) Giuseppe “Joe” DiMaggio Jr(1914–1999) ; Benjamin Stein–77 John Larroquette Jr–74 Amy Grant–61 William Burke–55 Stacy Lattisaw–55 Jillian Hennessy–53 Christina Applegate–50 Jerry Ferrara–42 ; 1952 – Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play “The Mousetrap” opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. It will become the longest continuously-running play in history. It is still playing at St Martin’s Theatre in London.

November 24

Happy Birthday RIP Geraldine Fitzgerald(1913–2005) William Frank Buckley, Jr(1925–2008) ; William “Billy” Connolly–79 William Dwight Schultz–74 Denise Crosby–64 Amanda Wyss–61 Garret Dillahunt–57 Colin Hanks(Dillingham)–44 Katherine Heigl–43 ; 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species”, which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology ; 1963 – In the first live, televised murder, Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters

November 23

Happy Birthday RIP “Boris Karloff”(William Pratt 1887–1969) Adolph “Harpo” Marx(1888–1964) Francis Michael Gough(1916–2011) Steven Landesberg(1936–2010) ; Bruce Vilanch–73 Bruce Hornsby–67 Robin Roberts–61 Vincent Cassel(Crochon)–55 Christopher Hardwick–50 Destiny “Miley” Cyrus–29 ; 1889 – The first jukebox made its debut, at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco California

November 22

Happy Birthday RIP “Rodney Dangerfield”(Jacob Cohen 1921–2004) Robert Vaughn(1932–2016) ; Billie Jean King(Moffit)–78 Jamie Leigh Curtis–63 Mariel Hemingway–60 Stephen Geoffreys(Miller)–57 Boris Becker–54 Mark Ruffalo–54 Scarlett Johansson–37 ; 1963 – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas Texas. Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested that same day.

November 21

Happy Birthday RIP François-Marie Arouet(“Voltaire” 1694–1778) Corinne Griffith(Griffin 1894–1979) Stan Musial(1920–2013) Harold Ramis(1944–2014) ; Margaret “Marlo” Thomas–84 Goldie Hawn–76 Lorna Luft–69 Brian McNamara–61 Colette “Nicollette” Sheridan–58 Björk Guðmundsdóttir–56 Alexander Siddig–56 Robert “Rib” Hillis–51 Jena Malone–37 ; 1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sounds ; 1969 – The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI (infancy of Internet which started in military as DARPA)

November 20

Happy Birthday RIP Robert F. Kennedy(1925–1968) Franklin Cover(1928–2006) “Richard Dawson”(Colin Emm 1932–2012) Catherine Balotta(“Kaye Ballard” 1925–2019) ; Richard “Dick” Smothers–82 Joseph R Biden Jr–79 Veronica Hamel–78 Joseph Walsh–74 “Bo Derek”(Mary Collins)–65 Joel McHale–50 David O’Donnell–47 ;  1947– The Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London (later she becomes Queen Elizabeth II) ; 1966 – The musical “Cabaret,” with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, opened on Broadway ; 1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System

November 19

Happy Birthday RIP Gene Tierney(1920–1991) Thomas Dorsey(1905–1956) “Larry King”(Lawrence Zeiger 1933–2021) ; Richard “Dick” Cavett–85 Robert “Ted” Turner III–83 Richard “Calvin” Klein–79 Robert Beltran–68 Ann Curry–65 Allison Janney–62 Margaret “Meg” Ryan(Hyra)–60 Alicia “Jodie” Foster–59 Theresa “Terry” Farrell–58 Jack Dorsey–45 ; 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania

November 18

Happy Birthday RIP Louis Daguerre(1787–1851) George Gallup(1901–1984) Imogene Fernandez de Coca(1908–2001) ; Brenda Vaccaro–82 Linda Evans(Evanstad)–79 Kevin Nealon–68 John Parr–67 Elizabeth Perkins–61 Kim Wilde(Smith)–61 Owen Wilson–53 Chloë Sevigny–47 Damon Wayans Jr–39 ; 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday , D28; 1963 – The first push-button touch tone telephone goes into service!

November 17

Happy Birthday RIP “Rock Hudson”(Roy Scherer Jr 1925–1985) ; Gordon Lightfoot–83 Martin Scorsese–79 Mary “Lauren” Hutton–78 Daniel DeVito Jr–77 Lorne Michaels(Lipowitz)–77 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio–63 “RuPaul”(Andre Charles)–61 Rachel McAdams–43 Thomas Ellis–43 Isaac Hanson–41 ; 1973 – President Nixon told 400 Associated Press editors meeting in Orlando, Fla., that “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” #Watergate

November 16

Happy Birthday RIP Oliver Burgess Meredith(1907–1997) ; David Leisure–71 Diana Krall–57 Lisa Bonet(Boney)–54 Martha Plimpton–51 Andrea “Missi” Pyle–49 Margalit “Maggie” Gyllenhaal–44 ; 1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens