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March 1

Happy Birthday RIP Alton Glenn Miller(1904–1944) James “David” Niven(1910–1983) Harry Caray(Harry Carabina 1914–1998) “Robert Conrad”(Konrad Falkowski 1935–2020) Alan Thicke(Jeffrey 1947–2016) Robert Clary(Widerman 1926–2022) Harold “Harry” Belafonte Jr (1927–2023) ; Roger Daltrey–80 Catherine Bach(Bachman)–70 Ronald Howard–70 James Timothy Daly–68 George Eads–57 Javier Bardem–55 Mark–Paul Gosselaar–50 Jensen Ackles–46 Mark Cirillo–46 Kesha Sebert–37 Justin Bieber–30 ; 1790 – The first United States census is authorized by Congress ; 1932 – the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from their family home near Hopewell, N.J.

February 29

Happy Birthday RIP Frances “Dinah” Shore (1916–1994) Alex Rocco (1936-2015) ; Antonio Sabato Jr.-52 ; 1940 – For her performance as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.

February 28

Happy Birthday RIP Samuel “Zero” Mostel(1915–1977) Charles Durning(1923–2012) Gavin MacLeod(Allan See 1931–2021) Gilbert Gottfried(1955–2022) ; Mario Andretti–84 Bernadette Peters(Lazzara)–76 John Turturro–67 Cynthia “Cindy” Wilson–67 Alison “Ali” Larter–48 ; 1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight ; 1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon ; 1954 –The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public. Analog signals were phased out in 2011 but digital standard definition television continues to use the frame rate and number of lines of resolution established by the analog NTSC standard.

February 27

Happy Birthday RIP Joan Bennett(1910–1990) Dame Elizabeth Taylor(1932–2011) George Howard Hesseman(1940–2022) ; Joanne Woodward–94 Ralph Nader–90 Barbara Babcock–87 Adam Baldwin–62 Grant Show–62 Sir Jonathan Ive–57 Chelsea Clinton–44 Brandon Beemer–44 Joshua Groban–43; 1801 – Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.

February 26

Happy Birthday RIP William Frawley(1887–1966) J.R. “Johnny” Cash(1932–2003) Herbert “Jackie” Gleason Jr(1916–1987) “Tony Randall”(Ira Rosenberg 1920–2004) Frederick “Tex” Avery(1908–1980) Antoine “Fats” Domino(1920–2017) ; Jane Wagner–89 Barbara Niven (Bucholz)–71 Michael Bolton(Bolotin)–71 Arthur “Ed” Quinn–56 ; 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park

February 25

Happy Birthday RIP James Backus(1913–1989) George Harrison(1943–2001) ; Sally Jessy Raphael(Lowenthal)–88 Bob Schieffer–87 Diane Baker–86 Karen Grassle–80 Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson–59 “Téa Leoni”(Elizabeth Pantaleoni)–58 Sean Astin(Duke)–53 Anson Mount III–51 Julio Iglesias Preysler–51 Chelsea Handler–49 ; 1836 –Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver ; 1928 – Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a broadcast license for television from the Federal Radio Commission (renamed to FCC later)

February 24

Happy Birthday RIP Marjorie “Main” Tomlinson(1890–1975) Steven Paul Jobs(1955–2011) Abraham “Abe” Vigoda(1921–2016); Joseph Lieberman–82 Barry Bostwick–79 Edward James Olmos–77 George Thorogood–74 Paula Zahn–68 Emilio Rivera–63 William “Billy” Zane Jr–58 Bonnie Somerville–50 Stephen Wilson Bethel–40 ; 1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate

February 23

Happy Birthday RIP Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (Hudec 1932–2008) Peter Fonda (1940–2019) ; Patricia Richardson–73 John Howard Jones–69 Michael Dell–59 Kristin Davis–59 “Niecy Nash”(Carol Ensley)–54 Emily Blunt–41 Hannah Dakota Fanning–30 ; 1896 – The Tootsie Roll is invented ; 1927 – President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States

February 22

Happy Birthday RIP George Washington(1732–1799) Dominick “Don” Pardo(1918–2014) Robert Young(1907–1998) Robert Jonathan Demme(1944–2017) ; Paul Dooley(Brown)–96 Julius Erving–74 Dame Julia Walters–74 Ellen Greene–73 Kyle MacLachlan–65 Rachel Dratch–58 Jeri Ryan(Zimmerman)–56 James Blount–50 Drew Barrymore–49 ; 1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of five and dime Woolworth stores ; 1935 – It became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House

February 21

Happy Birthday RIP Clara “Ann” Sheridan(1915–1967) Eunice Waymon(“Nina Simone” 1933–2003) Eddi-Rue McClanahan(1934–2010) Alan Rickman(1946–2016) ; David Geffen–81 Anthony Daniels–78 Ellen Tyne Daly–78 Christine Ebersole–71 Allen Kelsey Grammer–69 John “Jack” Coleman–66 Christopher Atkins Bomann–63 William “Billy” Baldwin–61 Jennifer Love Hewitt–45 Brendan Sexton III–44 Elliot Philpotts-Page–37 Tuppence Middleton–37 Sophie Turner–28 ; 1878 – The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Connecticut ; 1925 – The New Yorker publishes its first issue