History Blog

February 14

Happy Birthday RIP “Jack Benny”(Benjamin Kubelsky 1894–1974) Edward Platt(1916–1974) Victor Morrow(Morozoff 1929–1982) Gregory Hines(1946–2003) Florence Henderson(1934–2016) Hugh Downs(1920–2020) ; Michael Bloomberg–82 Raymond Teller–76 Alan Hunter–67 “Meg Tilly”(Margaret Chan)–64 Simon Beckingham(“Pegg”)–54 Alfred “Freddie” Highmore–32 ; 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polkbecomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken. ; 1991– Silence of the Lambs opens and later is first thriller/horror film to win “big five” Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role(Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress in a Leading Role(Jodie Foster), Best Director(Jonathan Demme), Best Screenplay(Ted Tally)