History Blog

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

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–77 Karen Allen–69 Harold Faltermeier–68 Clive Barker–68 Guy Pearce–53 Kate Winslet–45 James Jesse Palmer–42 Jesse Eisenberg–37 ; 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)–79 Susan Sarandon(Tomalin)–74 Armand Assante Jr–71 Christopher Waltz–64 William “Bill” Fagerbakke–63 ″Jon Secada”(Juan Ramirez)–59 Isaac Liev Schreiber–53 Alicia Silverstone–44 Rachael Leigh Cook–41 ; 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) ; “Chubby Checker”(Ernest Evans)–79 Uwe “Roy” Horn–76 Lindsey Buckingham–71 Pamela Hensley–70 Peter “Jack” Wagner–61 “Tommy Lee”(Thomas Bass)–58 Clive Owen–56 Gwen Stefani–51 Neve Campbell–47 Lena Headey–47 Sean William Scott–44 Ashley Simpson–36 ; 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–82 Donna Karan(Faske)–72 Avery Brooks–72 Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz–71 Michael “Mike” Rutherford–70 “Angelyne”(Ronia Goldberg)–70 “Sting”(Gordon Sumner)–69 Lorraine Bracco–66 Robert “Robbie” Nevil–62 Kelly Ripa–50 Tiffany Darwisch–49 ; 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 is “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.–96 Julie Andrews(Julia Wells)–85 Randall Quaid–70 Elizabeth Dennehy–60 Mark McGwire–57 Theodore King–55 Cindy Margolis–55 Zacharius Galifianakis–51 Rupert Friend–39 Gus Kenworthy–29 ; 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $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)–89 Johnny “John” Mathis–85 Marilyn McCoo–77 Countess Roza-Marie Lubienska(“Rula Lenska”)–73 Barbara “Basia” Trzetrzelewska–66 Barry Williams(Blenkhorn)–66 Patrice Rushen–66 Francine Drescher–63 Eric Stoltz–59 Silas Weir Mitchell Neilson–51 Marion Cotillard–45 ; 1960 – The Flintstones premieres on ABC TV (Originally called “Flagstones” in 1959 pilot)