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June 25

Happy Birthday RIP “George Orwell”(Eric Blair 1903–1950) Sidney Lumet(1924–2011) Georgios Panayiotou(“George Michael” 1963–2016) Anthony Bourdain(1956–2018) ; June Lockhart–97 Carly Simon–77 James “Jimmie” Walker–75 Ricky Gervais–61 Jason Lewis–51 Angela Kinsey–51 Linda Cardellini–47 ; 1951 – The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities ; 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, designed by artist Gilbert Baker

June 24

Happy Birthday RIP William “Jack” Dempsey(1895–1983) Albert Molinaro(1919–2015) Jack Carter(Chakrin 1922–2015) ; Michele Lee Dusick–80 Michael “Mick” Fleetwood–75 Peter Weller–75 Nancy Allen–72 Joseph Penny Jr–66 Curt Smith–61 Iain Glen–61 Danielle Spencer–57 Minka Kelly(Dufay)–42 ; 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract ; 1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd

June 23

Happy Birthday RIP Alan Mathison Turing(1912–1954) Robert “Bob” Fosse(1927–1987) ; Vinton Cerf–79 Theodore Shackelford III–76 Frances McDormand–65 Selma Blair Beitner–50 Jason Mraz–45 Melissa Rauch–42 Corey Sorenson–42 James “Miles” Fisher–39 Aimee Duffy–38 ; 1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer” ; 1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam. Scholastic Aptitude Test is what the acronym means

June 22

Happy Birthday RIP Freddie Prinze(Frederick Pruetzel 1954–1977) Samuel “Billy” Wilder(1906–2002) ; Dianne Feinstein–89 Kristoffer “Kris” Kristofferson–86 Britton Hume–79 Alexander David Lander(“Squiggy”)–75 Elizabeth Warren–73 Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep–73 Lindsay Wagner–73 Graham Greene–70 Cynthia “Cyndi” Lauper–69 Timothy Russ–66 Erin Brockovich(Pattee)–62 Carson Daly–49 Donald Faison–48 Jeffrey Hephner–47 David Jai Rodriguez–43 Douglas Smith–37 ; 1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.

June 21

Happy Birthday RIP Ernestine Jane Russell(1921–2011) Lois Maureen Stapleton(1925–2006) ; Bernard “Bernie” Kopell–89 Monty Markham–87 Ronald Ely–84 Mary Loretta “Mariette” Hartley–82 Raymond Davies–78 Meredith Baxter–75 Michael Gross–75 Douglas Savant–58 Lana Wachowski–57 James Breuer–55 Juliette Lewis–49 Christopher Pratt–43 Prince William Windsor, Duke of Cambridge–40 Edward Snowden–39 ; 1973 – In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test for obscenity in U.S. law (The test for determining whether speech or expression can be labeled obscene, in which case it is not protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and can be prohibited). This is very difficult to prove and rarely goes to higher courts.

June 20

Happy Birthday RIP Errol Flynn(1909–1959) Martin Landau(1928–2017) Olympia Dukakis(1931–2021) ; Brett Halsey(Charles Hand)–89 Morna Anne Murray–77 Robert “Bob” Vila–76 Christina “Tina” Sinatra–74 Lionel Richie Jr–73 John Goodman–70 Nicole Kidman–55 Peter Paige–53 Joshua Lucas Maurer–51 Thomas Wlaschiha–49 ; 1840 – Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph ; 1948 – “Toast of the Town”, later “The Ed Sullivan Show”, makes its television debut

June 19

Happy Birthday RIP “Moe Howard”(Moses Horwitz 1897–1975) Maxwell “Pat” Buttram(1915–1994) ; Virginia ”Gena” Rowlands–92 Jennifer Darling–76 Phylicia Allen-Ayers(“Rashad”)–74 Ann Wilson–73 Mary Kathleen Turner–68 Paula Abdul–60 Jean Dujardin–50 Zoë Saldaña Nazario–44 Benjamin Haggerty”(Macklemore”)–39 Aidan Turner–39 Paul Dano–38 ; 1934 – The Communications Act establishes the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which currently governs all communication such as telecasting broadcasts(TV) and digital transmissions(Cellular and internet) ; 2021 – President Joseph Biden signs a law creating “Juneteenth” as a national holiday two days prior which commemorates the end of slavery message delivered in 1865 two years after the emancipation proclamation by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston Texas

June 18

Happy Birthday RIP “E.G. Marshall”(Everett Grunz 1914–1998) Roger Ebert(1942–2013) ; James Paul McCartney–80 Carolyn Kane–70 Isabella Rossellini–70 Kimberly Dickens–57 Blake Shelton–46 David Giuntoli–42 Kevin Bishop–42 Richard Madden–36 Jacob Anderson–32 ; 1923 – Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets of New York City ; 1948 – Columbia Records unveiled its new long-playing, 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record with the recording of the New York Philharmonic playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

June 17

Happy Birthday RIP Ralph Bellamy(1904–1991) ; Barry Manilow(Pincus)–79 Joseph Piscopo–71 Mark Linn-Baker–68 Thomas Haden Church(McMillen)–62 Gregory Kinnear–59 Erin Murphy–58 Jason Patric Miller Jr.–56 Orville “Will” Forte IV–52 Scott Adkins–46 ; 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

June 16

Happy Birthday RIP Arthur Jefferson(“Stan Laurel” 1890–1965) Harold “Jack” Albertson(1907–1981) Tupac Shakur(1971–1996) ; Edward “Eddie” Levert–80 Joan Van Ark–79 Laurie Metcalf–67 Ian Buchanan–65 Clifton Collins Jr.–52 John Cho–50 Edward “Eddie” Cibrian–49 Daniel Brühl Domingo–44 ; 1812 – The City Bank of New York (later renamed Citibank) opened for business ; 1884 – The first purpose-built roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson’s “Switchback Railway”, opens in New York’s Coney Island amusement park ; 1903 Ford Motor company is incorporated ; 1960 – “Psycho,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, premiered in New York City