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Category Archives: History

January 24

Happy Birthday RIP Ernest Borgnine(Ermes Borgnino 1917–2012) Sharon Tate(1943–1969) John Belushi(1949–1982) ; Neil Diamond–81 Aaron Neville–81 Yakov Smirnoff(Pokhis)–71 Mary Lou Retton–54 Matthew Lillard–52 Edward “Ed” Helms–48 Kristen Schaal–44 Justin Baldoni–38 ; 1908 – The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell ; 1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.

January 23

Happy Birthday RIP Frances “Bay” Goffman(1919–2011) Susan French(1912–2003) Rutger Hauer(1944–2019) “Sin’Ichi Chiba”(Sadaho Maeda 千葉 真 1939–2021); Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero(“Chita Rivera”)–89 Gilbert “Gil” Gerard–79 Anita Pointer–74 Richard Dean Anderson–72 Antonio Villaraigosa(Villar Jr.)–69 Richard Finch–68 Princess Caroline Grimaldi of Hanover–65 Mariska Hargitay–58 Tiffani Thiessen–48 ; 1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic University in the US, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland(now Washington D.C.) ; 1977 – The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on American Broadcasting Company.

January 22

Happy Birthday RIP David Llewelyn Wark “DW” Griffith(1875–1948) Samuel Cooke(1931–1964) Wilfred “Bill” Bixby III(1934–1993) John Hurt(1940–2017) Seymour Cassel(1935–2019) ; “Piper Laurie”(Rosetta Jacobs)–90 Stephen “Steve” Perry–73 Linda Blair–63 Diane Lane–57 Guy Ferry(“Fieri”)–54 Gabriel Macht–50 Paul Balthazar Getty–47 Nicholas Tweed-Simmons–33 ; 1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC. ; 1973 – the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion

January 21

Happy Birthday RIP Christian Dior(1905–1957) Alfred “Benny” Hill(1924–1992) Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas(1922–1994) “Wolfman Jack”(Robert Smith 1938–1995) Morris Mac Davis(1942–2020) Paul G Allen(19532018) ; Jack Nicklaus–82 José Plácido Domingo Embil–81 “Billy Ocean”(Leslie Charles)–72 “Robby Benson”(Robin Segal)–66 Virginia “Geena” Davis–66 Emma Bunton–46 ; 1915 – The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit. ; 2003 – The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group

January 20

Happy Birthday RIP “George Burns”(Nathan Birnbaum 1896–1996) Patricia Neal(1926–2010) Jackson DeForest Kelley(1920–1999) Ottis “Slim” Whitman Jr(1923–2013) Arthur “Arte” Johnson(1929–2019) ; Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr–92 David Lynch–76 William “Bill” Maher Jr–66 Lorenzo Lamas–64 James Denton Jr–59 Rainn Wilson–56 Melissa Rivers (Rosenberg)–54 “Skeet Ulrich”(Bryan Trout)–52 Evan Peters–35 ; 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded

January 19

Happy Birthday RIP Edgar Allan Poe(1809–1849) Janis Joplin (1943–1970) Robert Palmer (1949–2003) Jean Stapleton(Jeanne Murray 1923–2013) Phillip Everly(1939–2014) ; Nathalie “Tippi” Hedren–92 Dolly Rebecca Parton–76 Desi Arnaz Jr.(Desiderio Arnaz IV)–69 Catherine “Katey” Sagal–68 Paul Rodriguez–67 Robert “William” Ragsdale–61 Shawn Wayans–51 Benjamin Ayres–45 Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch–41 Jodie Sweetin–40 ; 1955 – A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. ; 1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s brief type underwear

January 18

Happy Birthday RIP Oliver Hardy (1892–1957) Thomas Watson (1854–1934) “Cary Grant”(Archibald Leach 1904–1986) “Danny Kaye”(David Kaminski 1913–1987) ; Kevin Costner–67 Thomas “Tom” Bailey–66 Allison Arngrim–60 David Attell–58 Jason Segel–42 ; 1886 – Modern hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England ; 1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded

January 17

Happy Birthday RIP Karl Lämmle(1867–1939) Andrew “Andy” Kaufman(1949–1984) Nancy Parsons(1942–2001) Sheree North(Dawn Crang 1932–2005) Eartha “Kitt”(Keith 1927–2008) “Muhammad Ali”(Cassius Clay Jr 1942–2016) Betty White Ludden 1922–2021) ; James Earl Jones–91 Maurice “Maury” Povich–83 Paul Young–66 Broderick “Steve” Harvey–65 Susanna Hoffs–63 James Carrey–60 Michelle Obama–58 Naveen Andrews–53 Robert Ritchie(“Kid Rock”)–51 Diogo Morgado–41 ; 1893 – Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate

January 16

Happy Birthday RIP Henry “Harry” Carey II(1878–1947) Ethel Merman(Zimmerman 1908–1984) Aaliyah Haughton(1979–2001) ; Anthony “A.J.” Foyt–87 Ronnie Milsap–79 John Carpenter–74 Deborrah “Debbie” Allen–72 Helen “Sade” Adu–63 Andrea James–55 David Al-Chokhachy (“Chokachi”)–54 Jonathan Mangum–51 Katherine “Kate” Moss–48 ; 1964 – The musical “Hello, Dolly!” starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances

January 15

Happy Birthday RIP Martin Luther King Jr(1929–1968) Lloyd Bridges Jr(1913–1998) ; “Phyllis Coates'(Gypsy Ann Stella)–95 Andrea Martin–75 William James Nesbitt–57 Lisa Lisa Velez-55 Charles “Chad” Lowe–54 Regina King–51 Edmund “Eddie” Cahill–44 ; 1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia by a pharmacist John Pemberton that created the original formula for the popular soda drink. ; 2001 – Wikipedia, a web-based encyclopedia, made its debut