History Blog

December 5

Happy Birthday RIP Walter Elias Disney(1901–1966) Little Richard Penniman(1932–2020) Joan Didion(1934–2021) ; “Morgan Brittany”(Suzanne Cupito)–72 Amanda Lepore–56 Margaret Moran Cho–55 Amy Acker–47 Nicolas “Nick” Stahl–44 Adan Canto–42 Francisco “Frankie” Muñiz IV–38 ; 1933 – Prohibition in the United States ends with 21st Amendment to the Constitution ; 1955 – E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott ; 1969 – The four node ARPANET network is established (beginnings of internet between four colleges). Yes it’s my birthday as well.

December 4

Happy Birthday RIP Horst Buchholz(1933–2003) ; Winston“Wink” Martindale–90 Max Baer, Jr.–86 Jeffrey Bridges–74 Patricia Wettig–72 Marisa Tomei–59 Kevin Sussman–53 Tyra Banks–50 ; 1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. ; 1945 – By a vote of 65 to 7, the US Senate approved United States of America as active participant in the United Nations

December 3

Happy Birthday RIP Howard “Andy” Williams(1927–2012) ; Mary “Jaye P.” Morgan–92 John “Ozzy” Osbourne–75 Del Shores–66 “Julianne Moore”(Julie Smith)–63 Daryl Hannah–63 Brendan Fraser–55 Bruno Campos–50 Anna Chlumsky–43 Brian Bonsall–42 Michael Angarano–36 ; 1910 – First modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show ; 1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world’s first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague

December 2

Happy Birthday RIP Herman “Ray” Walston(1914–2001) William “Bill” Erwin(1914–2010) Giovanni Versace(1946–1997) ; Cathy Lee Crosby–79 Stone Phillips–69 Esteban Echevarria(“Steven Bauer”)–67 Daniel Gauthier–60 Lucy Liu(劉玉玲)–55 Nelly Furtado–45 Britney Spears–42 Daniela Ruah–40 ; 1939 – New York City’s La Guardia Airport opens to the public ; 1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations

December 1

Happy Birthday RIP Mary Martin(1913–1990) David Doyle(1929–1997) Richard Pryor III(1940–2005) Matthew Shepard(1976–1998) Richard Treat Williams(1951–2023)Woody Allen”(Allan Konigsberg)–88 Bette Midler–78 Charlene Tilton–65 Jeremy Northam–62 Néstor Carbonell–56 Sarah Silverman–53 Emily Mortimer–52 Dean O’Gorman–47 ; 1885 – First serving of the soft drink “Dr Pepper” formulated by Charles Alderton in Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas ; 1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly lines ; 1952 – The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sex (transgender) reassignment surgery ; 1988 – World AIDS Day was proclaimed worldwide by the UN member states.

November 30

Happy Birthday RIP “Mark Twain”(Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835–1910) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill(1874–1965) Gordon Parks(1912–2006) Richard “Dick” Clark Jr(1929–2012) Martin E. Brooks(Baum 1925–2015) Robert Guillaume(Williams 1927–2017) ; Sir Ridley Scott–86 Mandel “Mandy” Patinkin–71 “Billy Idol”(William Broad)–68 “Stacey Q” Swain–65 Benjamin Stiller–58 “Clay Aiken”(Clayton Grissom)–45 Kaley Cuoco–38 ; 1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It became the best-selling record album in history ; 1999 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company.

November 29

Happy Birthday RIP Garry Shandling(1949–2016) Jacques Chirac(1932–2019) Jacqueline “Jackie” Stallone(Labofish 1921–2020) Vincent Scully(1927–2022) Thomas Sizemore(1961–2023); “Diane Ladd”(Rose Ladnier)–88 Chuck Mangione–83 Suzanne “Suzy” Chaffee–77 Joel Coen–69 Howard Mandel–68 Cathy Moriarty–63 Andrew McCarthy–61 Donald Cheadle Jr–59 Jonathan Knight–55 Anna Faris–47 Lucas Black–41 ; 1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California ; 1877 – Thomas Alva Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time with the words “Mary Had A Little Lamb” reproduced ; 1981 – Natalie Wood is found dead off coast of Catalina island. Speculation is that Robert Wagner may have pushed her after an argument and she drown because she was intoxicated.

November 28

Happy Birthday RIP Hope Lange(1933–2003) Gloria Grahame(Hallward 1923–1981) Anna Nicole Smith(Vickie Hogan 1967–2007) Jacob Karnofsky(“James Karen” 1923–2018) ; Randall Newman–80 Joe Dante–77 Paul Shaffer–74 Edward Harris–73 Judd Nelson–64 “Jon Stewart”(Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz)–61 Ryan Kwanten–47 Alan Ritchson–41 ; 1895 – The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours ; 1925 – The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee as WSM Barn Dance

November 27

Happy Birthday RIP Bruce Lee(李小龍 1940–1973) Edward “Eddie” Rabbitt(1941–1998) Johnny “Jimi” Hendrix(1942–1970) James Avery(1945–2013) ; Heidemarie Jiline “Jil” Sander–80 William “Bill” Nye–68 William Fichtner–67 Caroline Kennedy–66 Robin Givens–59 Michael Vartan–55 Jaleel White–47 ; 1910 – New York’s Penn Station opened ; 1924 – the first Macys Thanksgiving Parade is held in NYC but not televised until 1948 ; 1978 – In San Francisco, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White

November 26

Happy Birthday RIP Adele Jurgenson(1917–2002) Monroe Schulz(1922–2000) Robert Goulet(1933–2007) Marian Mercer(1935–2011) “Tina Turner”(Anna Mae Bullock 1939–2023) Mark Margolis(1939–2023) ; Richard “Rich” Little–85 Daniel Davis–78 Garcelle Beauvais–57 Ryan Robbins(Currier)–51 Adam J Harrington–51 Peter Facinelli–50 Natasha Bedingfield–42 Arturo Castro–38 ; 1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded ; 1942 – Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York