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Category Archives: History

September 20

Happy Birthday RIP Upton Sinclair(1878–1968) Jonathan Hardy(1940–2012) Anne Meara(1929–2015) ; “Sophia Loren”(Sofia Scicolone)–87 Karen Sharpe–87 Carole “Candy” Spelling–76 George Raymond Martin–73 Gary Cole–65 Kristen Johnston–54 Michelle Visage(Shupack)–53 Bradford Beyer Jr–48 Jon Bernthal–45 ; 1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother Frank road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile in Springfield, Massachusetts ; 2011 – The United States military ends its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time

September 19

Happy Birthday RIP Frances Farmer(1913–1970) “Mama Cass Elliot”(Ellen Cohen 1941–1974) “Adam West”(William Anderson 1928–2017) ; Rosemary Harris–94 David McCallum–88 Paul Williams Jr–81 Randolph Mantooth–76 Jeremy Irons–73 “Twiggy”(Leslie Hornby)–72 Joan Blunden(“Lunden”)–71 Lita Ford–63 Cheryl O’Teari–59 Kimberly Richards–57 James “Jimmy” Fallon Jr.–47 Alison Sweeney–45 Kevin Zegers–37 ; In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin ; 1970 – The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS

September 18

Happy Birthday RIP Greta Garbo(Gustafsson 1905–1990) John Lebzelter(“Jack Warden” 1920–2006) James Gandolfini(1961–2013) June Foray(Forer 1917–2017) Frederick Willard(1933–2020) ; Michael Gubitosi(“Robert Blake”)–88 Francis Avallone(“Frankie Avalon”)–81 Beth Grant–72 Holly Robinson Peete–57 Aisha Tyler–51 Jada Pinkett Smith–50 Lance Armstrong(Gunderson)–50 James Marsden–48 Daniel “Jason” Sudeikis–46 ; 1851 – The first edition of The New York Times was published as “The New-York Daily Times” ; 1947 – The United States Air Force becomes an independent branch of the USA armed forces. #AirForce #History

September 17

Happy Birthday RIP Dolores Costello(1903–1979) Hiram “Hank” Williams(1923–1953) Roderick “Roddy” McDowall(1928–1998) Anne Bancroft(Anna Italiano 1931–2005) Paul Benedict(1938–2008) “Lupe Ontiveros”(Guadalupe Moreno 1942–2012) Johnathan Ritter(1948–2003) ; John “Fee” Waybill–71 Cassandra Peterson(“Elvira”)–70 Rita Rudner–68 Wendy Worthington–67 Bryan Singer–56 Kyle Chandler–56 Jeffrey Matthew Settle–52 Nathan “Nate” Berkus–50 Griffith Feuerstein(“Griff Furst”)–40 ; 1972 – The comedy series “M.A.S.H.” standing for “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” premiered on CBS

September 16

Happy Birthday RIP Peter Falk(1927–2011) “Lauren Bacall”(Betty Perske 1924–2014) Riley “B.B.” King(1925–2015) ; Edward Begley Jr.–72 Philip “Mickey” Rourke Jr–69 David Copperfield(Kotkin)–65 Jennifer Tilly(Chan)–63 Richard Marx–58 Molly Shannon–57 Marco Muñiz(“Marc Anthony”)–53 Amy Poehler–50 Ian Harding–35 Nicholas Jonas–29 ; 1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City ; 1972 – “The Bob Newhart Show” premiered on CBS

September 15

Happy Birthday RIP Agatha Christie(Miller 1890–1976) Vina Fay Wray(1907–2004) Julius “Nipsey” Russell(1918–2005) John “Jackie” Cooper Jr(1922–2011) Roy Brocksmith(1945–2001) Wendie Jo Sperber(1958–2005) Norman Crosby(1927–2020) ; Tommy Lee Jones–75 Daniel Marino Jr–60 Joshua Charles–50 Edward Thomas Hardy–44 Tammie Brown(Keith Schubert)–41 Prince “Harry” Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor–37 Heidi Montag–35 ; 1963 – four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era

September 14

Happy Birthday RIP Amy Winehouse(1983–2011) ; Walter Koenig–85 Davenie “Joey” Heatherton–77 Nigel “Sam” Neill–74 Alexis “Faith” Ford–57 Tyler Perry–52 Kimberly Williams-Paisley–50 Andrew Lincoln(Clutterbuck)–48 Jesse James–32 ; 1985 – The Golden Girls, a television sitcom, premieres on NBC! #Iconoclastic

September 13

Happy Birthday RIP Reta Shaw(1912–1982) Emilie Claudette Chauchoin(“Colbert” 1903–1996) Melvin Tormé (1925–1999) Nell Carter(Hardy 1948–2003) Richard Kiel(1939–2014) ; “Barbara Bain”(Millicent Fogel)–90 “Eileen Fulton”(Margaret McLarty)–88 Winnifred Jacqueline Bisset–77 Peter Cetera–77 Jean Smart–70 Geraldine “Geri” Jewell–65 Dominic Fumusa–52 Fiona Apple Maggart–44 Bennett “Ben” Savage–41 Jason Cook–41 ; 1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use hard disk storage (versus only memory)

September 12

Happy Birthday RIP Maurice Chevalier(1888–1972) James “Jesse” Owens(1913–1980) “Barry White” (Barrence Carter 1944–2003) Paul Walker IV(1973–2013) Ian Holm Cuthbert (1932–2020) ; Linda Gray–84 Joseph Pantoliano–70 Peter Scolari–66 Louis Szekely(“CK”)–54 William Joshua Hopkins–51 Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan–43 Jennifer Hudson–40 Alfie Allen–35 ; 1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit ; 1959 – Bonanza premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color. One of the first western format tv shows. Side note: Lone Ranger was the fist of the genre in 1949 nearly 10 year prior. It aired om Sept 15 1949.

September 11

Happy Birthday RIP Herbert Lom(Schluderpacheru 1917–2012) ; Henry Earl Holliman–93 Brian De Palma–81 Amy Madigan–71 Roxann Dawson(Caballero)–63 John Hawkes(Perkins)–62 Virginia Madsen–60 Elizabeth Daily(Guttman)–60 Christina “Kristy” McNichol–59 Richard “Moby” Hall–56 Joseph Harry Connick Jr.–54 Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges–44 ; 2001 – Al Qaida suicide hijackers crashed two jet airliners into the World Trade Center in New York City causing both 110-story twin towers to collapse killing nearly 3,000 people. #NeverForget #NeverAgain