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January 28

Happy Birthday RIP “Soupy Sales”(Milton Supman 1926–2009) ; “Alan Alda”(Alphonso D’Abruzzo)–87 Susan Howard(Jeri Mooney)–79 Barbi Benton(Barbara Klein)–73 Sarah McLachlan–55 Joseph “Joey” Fatone Jr.–46 Nickolas “Nick” Carter–43 Elijah Wood–42 ; 1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress ; 1958 – The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today

January 27

Happy Birthday RIP Johannes Wolfgangus Mozart(1756–1791) “Donna Reed”(Donnabelle Mullenger 1921–1986) Olivia Joyce Compton(1907–1997) “Troy Donahue”(Merle Johnson Jr 1936–2001) ; James Cromwell–83 Nicholas Mason–79 Mikhail Baryshnikov(Михаи́л Бары́шников)–75 “Mimi Rogers”(Miriam Spickler)–67 Susanna Thompson–65 Keith Olbermann–64 Bridget Fonda–59 Alan Cumming–58 Tamlyn Tomita(タムリン·トミタ)–57 ; 1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp(light bulb) and it’s considered the first light bulb but actually isn’t first. There’s several prototypes that came first.

January 26

Happy Birthday RIP Zara Cully(1892–1978) Charles Levison(“Lane” 1905–2007) Eugene “Gene” Siskel(1946–1999) Paul Newman(1925–2008) Anne Jeffreys Carmichael(1923–2017) Edward Van Halen(1965–2020) ; Robert “Bob” Uecker–88 Theodore “Scott” Glenn–84 Ellen DeGeneres–65 Anita Baker–65 Wayne Gretzky–62 Paul Johansson–59 Colin O’Donoghue–42 ; 1915 – The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.

January 25

Happy Birthday RIP “Virginia Woolf”(Adeline Stephen 1882–1941) Edwin Newman(1919–2010) “Etta James”(Jamesetta Hawkins 1938–2012) Dean Jones(1931–2015) Tobe Hooper(1943–2017) Gregory Sierra(1937–2021) ; Jenifer Lewis–66 Dinah Manoff–65 Mia Kirshner–48 Alicia Keys(Cook)–42 Natalie Hall–33 ; 1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco ; 1949 – the first Emmy Awards are held at Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles

January 24

Happy Birthday RIP Ernest Borgnine(Ermes Borgnino 1917–2012) Sharon Tate(1943–1969) John Belushi(1949–1982) ; Neil Diamond–82 Aaron Neville–82 Yakov Smirnoff(Pokhis)–72 Mary Lou Retton–55 Matthew Lillard–53 Edward “Ed” Helms–49 Kristen Schaal–45 Justin Baldoni–39 ; 1908 – The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell ; 1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.

January 23

Happy Birthday RIP Frances “Bay” Goffman(1919–2011) Susan French(1912–2003) Rutger Hauer(1944–2019) “Sin’Ichi Chiba”(Sadaho Maeda 千葉 真 1939–2021) Anita Pointer(1948–2022) ; Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero(“Chita Rivera”)–90 Gilbert “Gil” Gerard–80 Richard Dean Anderson–73 Antonio Villaraigosa(Villar Jr.)–70 Richard Finch–69 Princess Caroline Grimaldi of Hanover–66 Mariska Hargitay–59 Tiffani Thiessen–49 ; 1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic University in the US, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland(now Washington D.C.) ; 1977 – The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on American Broadcasting Company.

January 22

Happy Birthday RIP David Llewelyn Wark “DW” Griffith(1875–1948) Samuel Cooke(1931–1964) Wilfred “Bill” Bixby III(1934–1993) John Hurt(1940–2017) Seymour Cassel(1935–2019) ; “Piper Laurie”(Rosetta Jacobs)–91 Stephen “Steve” Perry–74 Linda Blair–64 Diane Lane–58 Guy Ferry(“Fieri”)–55 Gabriel Macht–51 Paul Balthazar Getty–48 Nicholas Tweed-Simmons–34 ; 1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC. ; 1973 – the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. In 2022 it was illegally reversed.

January 21

Happy Birthday RIP Christian Dior(1905–1957) Alfred “Benny” Hill(1924–1992) Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas(1922–1994) “Wolfman Jack”(Robert Smith 1938–1995) Morris Mac Davis(1942–2020) Paul G Allen(1953–2018) ; Jack Nicklaus–83 José Plácido Domingo Embil–82 “Billy Ocean”(Leslie Charles)–73 “Robby Benson”(Robin Segal)–67 Virginia “Geena” Davis–67 Emma Bunton–47 ; 1915 – The first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit. ; 2003 – The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group

January 20

Happy Birthday RIP “George Burns”(Nathan Birnbaum 1896–1996) Patricia Neal(1926–2010) Jackson DeForest Kelley(1920–1999) Ottis “Slim” Whitman Jr(1923–2013) Arthur “Arte” Johnson(1929–2019) ; Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr–93 David Lynch–77 William “Bill” Maher Jr–67 Lorenzo Lamas–65 James Denton Jr–60 Rainn Wilson–57 Melissa Rivers (Rosenberg)–55 “Skeet Ulrich”(Bryan Trout)–53 Evan Peters–36 ; 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded

January 19

Happy Birthday RIP Edgar Allan Poe(1809–1849) Janis Joplin (1943–1970) Robert Palmer (1949–2003) Jean Stapleton(Jeanne Murray 1923–2013) Phillip Everly(1939–2014) ; Nathalie “Tippi” Hedren–93 Dolly Rebecca Parton–77 Desi Arnaz Jr.(Desiderio Arnaz IV)–70 Catherine “Katey” Sagal–69 Paul Rodriguez–68 Robert “William” Ragsdale–62 Shawn Wayans–52 Benjamin Ayres–46 Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch–42 Jodie Sweetin–41 ; 1955 – A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. ; 1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s brief type underwear.