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Category Archives: History

March 8

Happy Birthday RIP Lynn Redgrave(1943–2010) Alan Hale Mackahan Jr(1921–1990) “Cyd Charisse”(Tula Finklea 1921–2008) ; George Michael Dolenz Jr–76 John Kapelos–65 Gary Numan(Webb)–63 Lester Holt Jr–62 Aidan Quinn–62 Debra “Camryn” Manheim–60 Jed Rees–51 Freddie Prinze Jr–45 James Van Der Beek Jr–44 Nicholas Zano–43 Devon Graye Fleming–34 ; 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded ; 1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule ; 1974 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France ; 1979 –Philips demonstrates the compact disc “CD” publicly for the first time

March 7

Happy Birthday RIP James Broderick(1927–1982) Alan Sues(1926–2011) ; Willard Scott Jr–87 Danielo Travanti–81 Michael Eisner–79 “Taylor Dayne”(Leslie Wunderman)–59 Wanda Sykes–57 Jonathon Del Arco–55 Rachel Weisz–51 John “Peter” Sarsgaard–50 ; 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone

March 6

Happy Birthday RIP Lou Costello(Louis Cristillo 1906–1959) Edward McMahon(1923–2009) ; Alan Greenspan–95 Joanna Miles–81 David Gilmour–75 Robert Reiner–74 James Saito–66 Edward Deezen–64 Thomas Arnold–62 Constance Womack(“Connie Britton”)–54 Shaquille O’Neal–49 ; 1899 – Bayer registers “Aspirin” as a trademark

March 5

Happy Birthday RIP Reginald “Rex” Harrison(1908–1990) Andrew Gibb(1958–1988) “Teena Marie”(Mary Brockert 1956–2010) James Noble(1922–2016) ; Robert Dean Stockwell-85 Fred Williamson–83 Murray Head–75 Lloyd Michael Warren-75 Elaine Paige(Bickerstaff)-73 Edmond “Eddy” Grant-73 Marsha Warfield-67 Penn Jillette-66 Kevin Connolly-47 Eva Mendes-47 ; 1872 – George Westinghouse patents the air brake ; 1946 – Winston Churchill coins the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri

March 4

Happy Birthday RIP Dorothy Mackaill(1903–1990) Bobbi Kristina Brown(1993–2015) ; Paula Prentiss(Ragusa)–83 Catherine O’Hara–67 Patricia Heaton–63 Steven Weber–60 Stacy Edwards–56 Chaz Bono–52 Joshua Bowman–33 ; 1789 – In New York City, the first Congress of the United States meets, putting the United States Constitution into effect The USA Bill of Rights is written and proposed to Congress.; 1837 – The city of Chicago is incorporated 1974 – People Magazine is published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly.

March 3

Happy Birthday RIP Alexander Graham Bell(1847–1922) George Pullman(1831–1897) Harlean Carpenter(“Jean Harlow” 1911–1937) Perry Ellis(1940–1986) James Doohan(1920–2005) ; Jennifer Warnes–74 Miranda Richardson–63 Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer–52 David Faustino–47 Jessica Biel–38 ; 1885 – The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York ; 1923 – Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, was first published

March 2

Happy Birthday RIP Theodor Geisel(“Dr Seuss” 1904–1991) Karen Carpenter(1950–1983) ; Desiderio Arnaz y de Acha III(“Desi Arnaz” 1917–1986) ; Mikhail Gorbachyov(Михаи́л Горбачёв)–90 John Irving(Blunt Jr)–79 Cheryl “Gates” McFadden–72 Laraine Newman–69 Jon Bon Jovi(John Bongiovi Jr)–59 Daniel Craig–53 Christopher Martin–44 Bryce Dallas Howard–40 ; 1903 – In New York City the Martha Washington hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women ; 1917 – Puerto Rficans were granted U.S. citizenship ; 1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall ; 1949 – The first automatic street light (not traffic light, one that illuminates streets) is installed in New Milford, Connecticut

March 1

Happy Birthday RIP Alton Glenn Miller(1904–1944) James “David” Niven(1910–1983) Harry Caray(Harry Carabina 1914–1998) “Robert Conrad”(Konrad Falkowski 1935–2020) Alan Thicke(Jeffrey 1947–2016) ; Robert Clary(Widerman)–95 Harold “Harry” Belafonte Jr–94 Roger Daltrey–77 Catherine Bach(Bachman)–67 Ronald Howard–67 James Timothy Daly–65 George Eads–54 Javier Bardem–52 Mark–Paul Gosselaar–47 Jensen Ackles–43 Mark Cirillo–43 Kesha Sebert–34 Justin Bieber–27 ; 1790 – The first United States census is authorized by Congress ; 1932 – the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from their family home near Hopewell, N.J.

February 28

Happy Birthday RIP Samuel “Zero” Mostel(1915–1977) Charles Durning(1923–2012) ; Gavin MacLeod(Allan See)–90 Mario Andretti–81 Bernadette Peters(Lazzara)–73 Gilbert Gottfried–66 John Turturro–64 Cynthia “Cindy” Wilson–64 Alison “Ali” Larter–45 ; 1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight ; 1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon ; 1954 –The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public. Analog signals were phased out in 2011 but digital standard definition television continues to use the frame rate and number of lines of resolution established by the analog NTSC standard.

February 27

Happy Birthday RIP Joan Bennett(1910–1990) Dame Elizabeth Taylor(1932–2011) ; Joanne Woodward–91 Ralph Nader–87 Barbara Babcock–84 George Howard Hesseman–81 Adam Baldwin–59 Grant Show–59 Sir Jonathan Ive–54 Chelsea Clinton–41 Brandon Beemer–41 Joshua Groban–40 ; 1801 – Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.