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Category Archives: History

October 15

Happy Birthday RIP “Mark Lenard”(Leonard Rosenson 1924–1996) Carole Penny Marshall(1943–2018) ; Linda Lavin–83 Richard Carpenter–74 Tanya Roberts(Victoria Blum)65 Sarah Ferguson–61 Emeril Lagasse III–61 Dominic West–51 William Brent Unger–25 ; 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation (later General Electric) in Schenectady ; 1951 – The first episode of “I Love Lucy”, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System(CBS)

October 14

Happy Birthday RIP David Dwight Eisenhower(1890–1969) Lillian Gish(1893–1993) Charles Everett Koop(1916–2013) Sir Roger Moore(1927–2017) Harry Anderson(1952–2018) ; Ralph Lauren(Lifschitz)–81 Gregory Evigan–67 Thomas Dolby(Robertson)–62 Isaac Mizrahi–59 Stephen Coogan–55 Karyn White–55 Usher Raymond IV–42 Maximillion Thieriot–32 ; 1926 – The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published ; 1964 – Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence

October 13

Happy Birthday RIP Laraine Johnson(“Day” 1920–2007) Margaret Thatcher(Roberts 1925–2013) ; Paul Simon–79 Grady Demond Wilson–74 Samuel “Sammy” Hagar–73 Olive Marie Osmond–61 Matthew Walsh–56 Kathleen “Kate” Walsh–53 Sacha Baron Cohen–49 Ashanti Douglas–40 ; 1843 – In New York City, Henry Jones and 11 others found B’nai B’rith (בני ברית‎) “Children of the Covenant” , the oldest Jewish service organization in the world

October 12

Happy Birthday RIP Luciano Pavarotti(1935–2007) ; Christopher Wallace–73 Susan Anton–70 Christopher Botti–58 Hugh Jackman–52 Adam Rich–52 Joshua Hutcherson–28 ; 1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming, dies five days after he is brutally beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooden fence post outside of Laramie Wyoming. When he was found there was blood caked on his entire face except where tears had steamed down his cheeks. The two men that murdered him are serving double life sentences without parole.

October 11

Happy Birthday RIP Anna Eleanor Roosevelt(1884–1962) Luke Perry(Coy Luther Perry III 1966–2019) ; Daryl Hall(Hohl)–74 David Morse–67 Joan Cusack–58 Sean Patrick Flanery–55 Jane Krajkowski–52 Stephen Moyer(Emery)–51 Emily Deschanel–44 Matthew Bomer–43 Trevor Donovan Neubauer–42 Belcalis Almanzar(“Cardi B”)–28 ; 1975 – The NBC sketch comedy/variety showSaturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests ; 1988 – National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ observed day to commemorate the gay liberation spirit of the person being political. The emphasis is that the most basic form of activism is coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or queer

October 10

Happy Birthday RIP Helen Hayes(Brown 1900–1993) Ibson Dana Elcar(1927–2005) Christopher Penn(1965–2006) ; “Peter Coyote”(Rachmil Cohon)–79 Benjamin Vereen(Middleton)–74 David Lee Roth–66 Tanya Tucker–62 Julia Sweeney–61 Bradley Whitford–61 Jodi Marzorati(“Benson”)–59 Mario Lopez Jr–47 Daniel Stevens–38 ; 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire: Chicago burns after a barn accident. The fire lasts for 3 days ; Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with evasion of federal income tax

October 9

Happy Birthday RIP John Winston Lennon(1940–1980) ; Clyde Jackson Browne–72 Sharon Osbourne(Arden)–68 Barbara March–67 Anthony Shalhoub–67 John O’Hurley–66 Scott Bakula–66 Sean Lennon–45 Brandon Routh–41 ; 1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) was chartered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut ; 1936 – Generators at Boulder Dam (later renamed to Hoover Dam) begin to generate electricity from the Colorado River and transmit it 266 miles to Los Angeles, California

October 8

Happy Birthday Rona Barrett(Burstein)–84 Paul Hogan–81 Cornelius “Chevy” Chase–77 Sarah Purcell–72 Susan “Sigourney” Weaver–71 Darrell Hammond–65 Stephanie Zimbalist–64 Dylan Neal–51 Matthew Damon–50 Peter “Bruno Mars” Hernandez–45 Nicholas Cannon–40 ; 1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.

October 7

Happy Birthday RIP “June Allyson”(Eleanor Geisman 1917–2006) ; “Joy Behar”(Josephina Occhiuto)–78 John Mellencamp–69 Judy Landers(Hamburg)–62 Simon Cowell–61 Dylan Baker–61 Daniel Savage–56 Toni Braxton–54 Brandon Quinn Swierenga–43 Shawn Ashmore–41 ; 1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found by a bicyclist near the fence where he lay; at first thinking the body was a fallen scarecrow, he soon realized otherwise and ran to call for help. Responding officers reported that Shepard’s face was caked in blood except where tears made tracks along his cheeks. The two men are serving double life sentences without parole in separate prison sites.

October 6

Happy Birthday RIP Laura “Janet” Gainor(1906–1984) “Carole Lombard”(Jane Peters 1908–1942) ; Britt-Marie Eklund–78 Kevin Cronin–69 Elisabeth Shue–57 Ioan Gruffudd–47 Jeremy Sisto–46 Wesley Ramsey–43 Olivia Thirlby–34 ; 1927 – The era of talking motion pictures began with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, the first prominent talking movie