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Category Archives: History

August 4

Happy Birthday RIP Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon(Queen Mother 1900–2002) Anita Page(Pomares 1910–2008) Louis Armstrong(1901–1971) : Richard Belzer–77 William Robert “Billy Bob” Thornton–66 Barack H. Obama II–60 Daniel Dae Kim–53 Meghan Markle–40 Abigail Spencer–40 ; 1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy ; 1993 – A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King’s civil rights.

August 3

Happy Birthday “Tony Bennett”(Anthony Benedetto)–95 “Martin Sheen”(Ramon Estevez)–81 Martha Stewart(Kostyra)–80 John Landis–71 Jay Waverly North Jr–70 Molly Hagan–60 Thomas Brady Jr–44 Tommy Dewey–43 Nicole Evangeline Lilly–42 ; 1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, one day after President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack ; 1977 – Tandy Corporation announces the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers later called the Trash 80 as a joke.

August 2

Happy Birthday RIP Jacob “Jack” Warner(1892–1978) Myrna “Loy” Williams(1905–1993) Beatrice Straight(1914–2001) John Carroll O’Connor(1924–2001) Peter O’Toole(1932–2013) Wesley Craven(1939–2015) ; Joanna Cassidy(Caskey)–76 Patrick Lilley(“Butch Patrick”)–68 Patricia Apollonia Kotero–62 Mary-Louise Parker–57 Samuel Worthington–45 Edward Furlong–44 ; 1790 – The first United States Census is conducted ; 1870 – Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom

August 1

Happy Birthday RIP Jerome “Jerry” Garcia(1942–1995) Yves Mathieu-Saint-Laurent(1936–2008) Dominic “Dom” DeLuise(1933–2009) ; Giancarlo Giannini–79 Samuel Mendes–56 “James St James”(James Clark)–55 Tempestt Bledsoe–48 Joseph Jason Momoa–42 “Max Carver”(Robert Maxwell Martensen)–33 Jack O’Connell–31 ; 1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles! #MusicVideo

July 31

Happy Birthday RIP Theodore Cassidy(1932–1979) Geoffrey Lewis(1935–2015) ; Michael Biehn–65 Wesley Snipes–59 Joanne “J.K.” Rowling–56 Dean “Cain” Tanaka–55 Rudolf Martin–54 Loren Dean Jovicic–52 Emily “Eve” Best–50 Benjamin “B.J.” Novak–42 Charlie Carver Martensen–33 ; 1930 – The radio mystery program “The Shadow” airs for the first time ; 1948 – At Idlewild Field in New York City, New York International Airport (later renamed JFK International Airport) is dedicated

July 30

Happy Birthday RIP Henry Ford(1863–1947) Riccardo DiGuglielmo(Dick Wilson “Mr Whipple” 1916–2007) ; Sid Kroftt(Cydus Yolas)–92 Paul Anka–80 David Sanborn–76 Arnold Schwarzenegger–74 Delta Burke–65 Catherine “Kate” Bush–63 Laurence Fishburne III–60 Lisa Kudrow–58 Vivica A. Fox–57 Simon Baker–52 Christopher Nolan–51 Michael “Tom” Green–50 Hilary Swank–47 Jaime Pressly–44 Damon Wayans Jr–39 ; 1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare

July 29

Happy Birthday RIP Clara Bow(1901–1965) “Theda Bara”(Theodosia Goodman 1885–1955) Peter Jennings(1938–2005) ; “Robert Fuller”(Leonard Lee)–88 David Warner–80 Genaro “Tony” Sirico Jr–79 Gary “Geddy Lee” Weinrib–68 Ian Roberts–56 Rodney Allen Rippy–53 Richard “Wil” Wheaton III–49 Stephen Dorff–48 Allison Mack–39 ; 1914 – Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco ; 1957 –Jack Paar debuted as host of NBC’s “Tonight” show. The first modern day Talk Show.

July 28

Happy Birthday RIP Hubert “Rudy” Vallée(1901–1986) Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy(1929–1994) Robert “Alexis” Arquette(1969–2016) Georgia Engel(1948–2019) ; Sally Struthers–74 Duncan Dickie Ebersol–74 Lori Loughlin–57 Elizabeth Berkley–49 Dustin Milligan–36 ; 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is certified, establishing African- American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.

July 27

Happy Birthday Jerry Van Dyke(1931–2018) Norman Lear–99 Peggy Fleming–73 Julian McMahon–53 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau–51 Maya Rudolph–49 Jonathan Rhys Meyers(O’Keefe)–44 David Blair Redford–38 Taylor Schilling–37 ; 1940 – Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”

July 26

Happy Birthday RIP George Bernard Shaw(1856–1950) Gracie Allen(1895–1964) Stanley Kubrick(1928–1999) Vivian Vance(Jones 1909–1979) William Blake Crump(“Blake Edwards” 1922–2010) ; Sir Michael “Mick” Jagger–78 Dame Helen Mirren(Mironoff)–76 Susan George–71 Dorothy Hamill–65 Nana Visitor(Tucker)–64 Kevin Spacey Fowler–62 Sandra Bullock–57 Jeremy Piven–56 Olivia Williams–53 ; 1947 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council