History Blog

April 6

Happy Birthday RIP Phil Leeds(1916–1998) Merle Haggard(1937–2016) ; William December “Billy Dee” Williams–83 John Ratzenberger–73 Patrika Darbo–72 “MariLou Henner”(Mary Lucy Pudlowski)–68 Paul Rudd–51 Anders Jensen–48 Zachary Braff–45 Candace Cameron–44 Miguel Ángel Silvestre Rambla–38 Charlie McDermott–30 ; 1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole. ; 1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City

April 5

Happy Birthday RIP Eldred Gregory Peck(1916–2003) Ruth “Bette” Davis(1908–1989) Spencer Tracy(1900–1967) Christopher Hewett(1921–2001); Colin Powell–83 Maxwell Gail–77 Åse Agneta Fältskog–70 Thea Gill–50 Pharrell Williams–47 ; 1792 – U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States. The bill was outlining a new apportionment formula submitted by then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Apportionment described how Congress divides seats in the House of Representatives among the states based on the US census figures

April 4

Happy Birthday RIP Heath Andrew Ledger(1979–2008) Daniel David White(1916–1990) Anthony Perkins(1932–1992) “Maya Angelou”(Marguerite Johnson 1928–2014) Peter Vaughan(Olm 1923–2016) ; Estelle Harris(Nussbaum)–92 Craig T. Nelson–76 Hugo Weaving–60 Graham Norton(Walker)–57 David Cross–56 Robert Downey Jr–55 Nancy McKeon–54 James Rodriguez(“Roday”)–44 ; 1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated ; 1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee ; 1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 3

Happy Birthday RIP Leslie Howard Steiner(1893–1943) Marlon Brando Jr(1924–2004) Doris Kappelhoff(“Doris Day” 1922–2019) ; Dame Valerie Jane Morris Goodall–86 Marsha Mason–78 Carson Wayne Newton–78 Michael Orlando Cassavitis(“Tony Orlando”)–76 Alexander “Alec” Baldwin III–62 David Hyde Pierce–61 Edward “Eddie” Murphy–59 Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn–51 Jamie Bamber Griffith–47 ; 1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins ; 1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech

April 2

Happy Birthday RIP Alec Guinness de Cuffe(1914–2000) Marvin Gay Jr(1939–1984) Christian “Buddy” Ebsen Jr(1908–2003) Robert “Dabbs” Greer (1917–2007) Ronald Paolillo(1949–2012) Rodney King III(1965–2012) ; Linda Hunt–75 Emmylou Harris–73 Sam Anderson–73 Christopher Meloni–59 Adam Rodriguez–45 Michael Fassbender–43 Aiden Turner–43 ; 1902 – “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California ; 1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format

April 1

Happy Birthday RIP Leonidas “Lon” Chaney(1883–1930) Gordon Jump(1932–2003) Mary “Debbie” Reynolds(1932–2016) ; “Jane Powell”(Suzanne Bruce)–91 Elizabeth “Ali” MacGraw–81 Barry Sonnenfeld–67 Susan Boyle–59 Rachel Maddow–47 Samuel Huntington–38 Matthew Lanter–37 ; 1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois ; 1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971

March 31

Happy Birthday RIP Cesar Chavez(1927–1993) Anne “Liz” Claiborne(1929–2007) ; George Richard Chamberlain–86 Shirley Jones–86 Herbert Alpert–85 Ronald “Christopher” Walken–77 Gabriel Kaplan–75 Albert Gore Jr.–72 Rhea Perlman(DeVito)–72 William McNamara–55 Ewan McGregor–49 Evan Williams–48 ; 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened

March 30

Happy Birthday RIP Vincent van Gogh(1853–1890) ; “Peter Marshall”(Ralph LaCock)–94 John Astin–90 Henry Warren Beaty–83 Eric Clapton–75 Paul Reiser–63 Ian Ziering–56 Tracy Chapman–56 Céline Dion–52 Mark Consuelos–49 Geetali Norah Jones Shankar–41 Jason Dohring–38 ; 1964 – The game show “Jeopardy!” premiered on NBC television network

March 29

Happy Birthday RIP Pearl Bailey(Mae 1918–1990) ; Judith Guest–84 Evangelos “Vangelis” Papathanassiou–77 Eric Idle–77 Marina Sirtis–65 “Perry Farrell”(Simon Bernstein)–61 Amy Sedaris–59 “Elle Macpherson”(Eleanor Gow)–56 “Lucy Lawless”(Lucille Ryan)–52 Edward Skrein–37 ; 1882 – The Knights of Columbus are established ; 1971 – A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers

March 28

Happy Birthday Conchata Ferrell–77 Dianne Wiest–72 Reba McEntire–65 Alexandra Billings–58 Vincent Vaughn–50 Julia Stiles–39 Stefani Germanotta(“Lady Gaga”)–34 ; 1979 – A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial melt down.