History Blog

October 7

Happy Birthday RIP “June Allyson”(Eleanor Geisman 1917–2006) ; “Joy Behar”(Josephina Occhiuto)–79 John Mellencamp–70 Judy Landers(Hamburg)–63 Simon Cowell–62 Dylan Baker–62 Daniel Savage–57 Toni Braxton–54 Brandon Quinn Swierenga–44 Shawn Ashmore–42 ; 1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found by a bicyclist near the fence where he lay severely injured ; 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. #MatthewShepard #HateCrime #Murder

October 6

Happy Birthday RIP Laura “Janet” Gainor(1906–1984) “Carole Lombard”(Jane Peters 1908–1942) ; Britt-Marie Eklund–79 Kevin Cronin–70 Elisabeth Shue–58 Ioan Gruffudd–48 Jeremy Sisto–47 Wesley Ramsey–44 Olivia Thirlby–35 ; 1927 – The era of talking motion pictures began with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, the first prominent talking movie

October 5

Happy Birthday RIP Raymond “Ray” Kroc(1902–1984) “Larry Fine”(Louis Feinberg 1902–1975) William Szathmary (Bill Dana 1924–2017) Jeffery Conaway(1950–2011) ; Steve Miller–78 Karen Allen–70 Harold Faltermeier–69 Clive Barker–69 Guy Pearce–54 Kate Winslet–46 James Jesse Palmer–43 Jesse Eisenberg–38 ; 1947 President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised address from the White House ; 1970 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded

October 4

Happy Birthday RIP Joseph “Buster” Keaton(1895–1966) “Charleton Heston”(John Carter 1923–2008) Jacqueline Collins(1937–2015); “Anne Rice”(Howard O’Brien)–80 Susan Sarandon(Tomalin)–75 Armand Assante Jr–72 Christopher Waltz–65 William “Bill” Fagerbakke–64 ″Jon Secada”(Juan Ramirez)–60 Isaac Liev Schreiber–54 Alicia Silverstone–45 Rachael Leigh Cook–42 ; 1883 – First run of the Orient Express ; 1957 – “Leave It to Beaver” premiered on CBS.

October 3

Happy Birthday RIP Eugene “Gore” Vidal(1925–2012) Uwe “Roy” Horn 1944–2021) ; “Chubby Checker”(Ernest Evans)–80 Lindsey Buckingham–72 Pamela Hensley–71 Peter “Jack” Wagner–62 “Tommy Lee”(Thomas Bass)–59 Clive Owen–57 Gwen Stefani–52 Neve Campbell–48 Lena Headey–48 Sean William Scott–45 Ashley Simpson–37 ; 1955 – “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS and “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC

October 2

Happy Birthday RIP Mohandas Gandhi(1869–1948) William “Bud” Abbott(1895–1974) Henry Graham Greene(1904–1991) Julius “Groucho” Marx(1890–1977) ; Rex Reed–83 Donna Karan(Faske)–73 Avery Brooks–73 Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz–72 Michael “Mike” Rutherford–71 “Angelyne”(Ronia Goldberg)–71 “Sting”(Gordon Sumner)–70 Lorraine Bracco–67 Robert “Robbie” Nevil–63 Kelly Ripa–51 Tiffany Darwisch–50 ; 1950 – The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published in nine newspapers: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Morning Call, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, The New York World-Telegram, and The Boston Globe ; 1959 – “The Twilight Zone” debuted on CBS network. The first episode was called “Where Is Everybody?”

October 1

Happy Birthday RIP George Peppard Jr(1928–1994) Walter Matthow(1920–2000) Thomas Bosley(1927–2010) ; James “Jimmy” Earl Carter Jr.–97 Julie Andrews(Julia Wells)–86 Randall Quaid–71 Elizabeth Dennehy–61 Mark McGwire–58 Theodore King–56 Cindy Margolis–56 Zacharius Galifianakis–52 Rupert Friend–40 Gus Kenworthy–30 ; 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car sold for $825 ; 1963 – First broadcast of The Tonight Show starting Johnny Carson aired on NBC

September 30

Happy Birthday RIP Truman Capote(Persons 1924–1984) ; Angie Dickinson(Angeline Brown)–90 Johnny “John” Mathis–86 Marilyn McCoo–78 Countess Roza-Marie Lubienska(“Rula Lenska”)–74 Barbara “Basia” Trzetrzelewska–67 Barry Williams(Blenkhorn)–67 Patrice Rushen–67 Francine Drescher–64 Eric Stoltz–60 Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson–51 Marion Cotillard–46 ; 1960 – The Flintstones premieres on ABC TV (Originally called “Flagstones” in 1959 pilot)

September 29

Happy Birthday RIP Orvon “Gene” Autry(1907–1998) Madeline Kahn(Wolfson 1942–1999) Larry Linville(1939–2000) ; Jerry Lee Lewis–86 Ian McShane–79 Bryant Gumbel–73 Roger Bart–59 Jill Whelan–55 Luke Goss–53 Zachary Levi Pugh–41 ; 1951 – The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC

September 28

Happy Birthday RIP Seymour Cray(1925–1996) Edward “Ed” Sullivan(1901–1974) James “J.T.” Walsh(1943–1998) ; Brigitte Bardot–87 Jeffrey Jones–75 Jane “Janeane” Garofalo–57 Leilani Sarelle Figalan–55 Mira Sorvino–54 Naomi Watts–53 Lucas Bryant–43 Hilary Duff–34 ; 1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month after its release . Later NTSC is adopted as the standard for video output. Approximately 1953. The standard color broadcast occurred in 1954. Today networks are obligated by federal law to broadcast in HD for free. A simple antenna can work for this.