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Category Archives: History

December 3

Happy Birthday RIP Howard “Andy” Williams(1927–2012) ; Mary “Jaye P.” Morgan–89 John “Ozzy” Osbourne–72 Del Shores–63 “Julianne Moore”(Julie Smith)–60 Daryl Hannah–60 Brendan Fraser–52 Bruno Campos–47 Anna Chlumsky–40 Brian Bonsall–39 Michael Angarano–33 ; 1910 – 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–76 Stone Phillips–66 Esteban Echevarria(“Steven Bauer”)–64 Daniel Gauthier–57 Lucy Liu(劉玉玲)–52 Nelly Furtado–42 Britney Spears–39 Daniela Ruah–37 ; 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) ; “Woody Allen”(Allan Konigsberg)–85 Bette Midler–75 Richard Treat Williams–69 Charlene Tilton–62 Jeremy Northam–59 Néstor Carbonell–53 Sarah Silverman–50 Emily Mortimer–49 Dean O’Gorman–44 ; 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–83 Mandel “Mandy” Patinkin–68 “Billy Idol”(William Broad)–65 “Stacey Q” Swain–62 Benjamin Stiller–55 “Clay Aiken”(Clayton Grissom)–42 Kaley Cuoco–35 ; 1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It will become the best-selling record album in history

November 29

Happy Birthday RIP Garry Shandling(1949–2016) Jacques Chirac(1932–2019) ; Jacqueline “Jackie” Stallone(Labofish)–99 Vincent Scully–93 “Diane Ladd”(Rose Ladnier)–85 Chuck Mangione–80 Suzanne “Suzy” Chaffee–74 Joel Coen–66 Howard Mandel–65 Cathy Moriarty–60 Thomas Sizemore–59 Andrew McCarthy–58 Donald Cheadle Jr–56 Jonathan Knight–52 Anna Faris–44 Lucas Black–38 ; 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.

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–77 Joe Dante–74 Paul Shaffer–71 Edward Harris–70 Judd Nelson–61 “Jon Stewart”(Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz)–58 Ryan Kwanten–44 Alan Ritchson–36 ; 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–77 William “Bill” Nye–65 William Fichtner–64 Caroline Kennedy–63 Robin Givens–56 Michael Vartan–52 Jaleel White–44 ; 1910 – New York’s Penn Station opened ; 1924 – 1st Macys Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. ; 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) ; Richard “Rich” Little–82 “Tina Turner”(Anna Mae Bullock)–81 Mark Margolis–81 Daniel Davis–75 Ryan Currier(Robbins)–48 Adam Harrington–48 Peter Facinelli–47 Natasha Bedingfield–39 ; 1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded

November 25

Happy Birthday RIP John Kennedy Jr(1960–1999) Ricardo Montalbán y Merino(1920–2009) Giuseppe “Joe” DiMaggio Jr(1914–1999) ; Benjamin Stein–76 John Larroquette Jr–73 Amy Grant–60 William Burke–54 Stacy Lattisaw–54 Jillian Hennessy–52 Christina Applegate–49 Jerry Ferrara–41 ; 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–78 William Dwight Schultz–73 Denise Crosby–63Amanda Wyss–60 Garret Dillahunt–56 Colin Hanks(Dillingham)–43 Katherine Heigl–42 ; 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