History Blog

January 8

Happy Birthday RIP José Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón(1912–1992) Elvis Aaron Presley(1935–1977) David Bowie(Jones 1947–2016) Stephen Hawking(1942–2018) Larry Storch(1923–2022) ; Charles Osgood Wood III–90 Shirley Bassey–86 Robert “Bob” Eubanks–85 Michelle Forbes(Guajardo)–58 Sarah Polley–44 Rachel Nichols–43 Freddie Stroma(Frederic Sjostrom)–36 ; 1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York ; 1828 – The Democratic Party of the United States is organized

January 7

Happy Birthday RIP Charles Addams(1912–1988) Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen(1911–1995) William Peter Blatty(1928–2017) Dustin Diamond(1977 – 2021); “Terry Moore”(Helen Koford)–94 Kenneth “Kenny” Loggins–75 Erin Gray–73 David Caruso–67 Katherine “Katie” Couric–66 Nicolas Cage(Coppola)–59 Jeremy Renner–52 ; 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens ; 1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York, New York to London, England.

January 6

Happy Birthday RIP Gretchen “Loretta” Young(1913–2000) “Danny Thomas”(Amos Yakhoob Kairouz 1914–1991) Victor Tayback(1930–1990) Bonnie Franklin(1944–2013) ; Rowan Atkinson–68 Scott Bryce–65 Kathy Sledge-64 Daniel Pintauro–47 Edward Redmayne–41 Kathryn “Kate” McKinnon Berthold–39 ; 1994 – Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan by Tonya Harding ; 2021 – The deadly insurrection at the US Capital where rioters break into Congress attempting to stop and overturn a free and fair election.

January 5

Happy Birthday RIP “Jane Wyman”(Sarah Mayfield 1917–2007) “Jeane Dixon”(Lydia Pinckert 1904–1997) Walter Mondale 1928–2021) ; Robert Duvall–92 Diane Keaton(Hall)–77 Theodore “Ted” Lange–75 Pamela Sue Martin–70 “Marilyn Manson”(Brian Warner)–54 Bradley Cooper–48 ; 1896 – An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays ; 1944 – The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper (dailymail.co.uk)

January 4

Happy Birthday RIP Sorrell Booke(1930–1994) Denise Matthews(“Vanity” 1959–2016) ; Barbara Rush–96 “Dyan Cannon”(Samile Friesen)–86 Bernard Sumner(Dicken)–67 Ann Magnuson–67 Matthew Frewer–65 John Michael Stipe–63 David Foley–60 Dorothy “Dot-Marie” Jones–59 Julia Ormond–58 August Diehl–47 ; 1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York, New York

January 3

Happy Birthday RIP John Ronald Reuel Tolkien(1892–1973) “Pola Negri”(Barbara Chalupiec 1897–1987) “Victor” Borge Rosenbaum (1909–2000) Barbara Stuart(McNeese 1930–2011) Salvatore “Robert” Loggia(1930–2015) ; Dabney Coleman–91 Victoria Principale–73 “Bruce LaBruce”(Justin Stewart)–59 Alisen Down–47 Greta Thunberg–20 ; 1938 – The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt ; 1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated

January 2

Happy Birthday RIP Joan Winnifrith(“Anna Lee” 1913–2004) Isaak Ozimov(1920–1992) ; James Marshall(Goldblatt)–56 Cuba Gooding Jr.–55 Patrick Huard–54 Dax Shepard–48 Catherine “Kate” Bosworth–40 ; 1974 – United States President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo

January 1

Happy Birthday RIP John Edgar Hoover(1895–1972) Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard Jr.(1925–1981) “Carole Landis”(Francis Ridste 1919–1948) Verne Troyer(1969–2018) ; Frank Langella Jr–85 Joseph Saddler(“Grandmaster Flash”)–65 William Jonas Armstrong–42 ; 1890 – The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California by Members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club presented the first of this annual parade ; 1892 – Ellis Island in New York City opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States ; 1983 – APRANET (DARPA) officially begins using TCP/IP instead of NCP, thus creating the Internet. Compuserve offered some services in 1979 before the internet was public. The first ISP was created in 1989.

December 31

Happy Birthday RIP Henri Matisse(1869–1954) Elizabeth Arden(1878–1966) “John Denver”(Henry Deutschendorf Jr 1943–1997) “Donna Summer”(LaDonna Gaines 1949–2012) ; Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins–85 “Ben Kingsley”(Krishna Bhanji)–79 Diane Von Furstenberg(Diana Halfin)–76 Timothy Matthieson–75 Beatrice “Bebe” Neuwirth–64 Val Kilmer–63 Michael McDonald–58 Joseph “Joey” McIntyre–50 ; 1907 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in Manhattan. ; 1983 – The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government due to antitrust laws. ; 2021 – Beloved actress and Golden Girl Betty White dies at 99 only a few weeks before her birthday.

December 30

Happy Birthday RIP “Jack Lord”(John Ryan 1920–1998) “Bo Diddley”(Ellas Bates 1928–2008) David “Davy” Jones(1945–2012) Fred Ward(1942–2022) ; James Burrows–82 Meredith Vieira–69 Matthew Lauer–65 Tracey Ullman–63 Heidi Fleiss–57 Jason Behr–49 Eldrick “Tiger” Woods–47 Lucy Punch–45 Kristin Kreuk–40 ; 1940 – California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened