⛪🎭James Earl Jones -- is 88 in the year 2019 and 89 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1931
Protestant, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Arkabutla, Miss.
Misc: stage: Macbeth, Othello, The Emperor Jones; has a Shakesperian voice
TV Shows: Roots (as Alex Haley as an Adult), Paris (as Woody Paris), Vegetable Soup, Gabriel's Fire (as Gabriel Bird), Pros & Cons (as Gabriel Bird); Long Ago & Far Away (PBS), "This is CNN"
Movie Titles: Star Wars (as Darth Vader voicist), The Great White Hope, Exorcist II, Soul Man, The Hunt For Red October, Field of Dreams, Under One Roof, The Lion King (as the father of Simba)
🎭Tom Lowell -- is 78 in the year 2019 and 79 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1941
Misc: retired from acting in 1979
TV Shows: Combat (as Nelson)
Movie Titles: Escape from the Planet of the Apes, That Darn Cat!
🎭Todd Susman -- is 72 in the year 2019 and 73 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1947
TV Shows: The Bob Crane Show, Goodnight Beantown
🎵🎸Mick Taylor -- is 70 in the year 2019 and 71 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1949
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Group Names: Rolling Stones (1969-75), The Bluesbreakers
🎭Steve Harvey -- is 62 in the year 2019 and 63 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1957
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Producer
Misc: in the NAB Radio Hall of Fame
TV Shows: Me and the Boys (as Steve Hayes), The Steve Harvey Show (as Vice Principal Steve Hightower), Steve Harvey (talk show host), Family Feud (host)
Movie Titles: The Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey's Big Time, The Fighting Temptations, Racing Stripes
🎭🎵🎸Susanna Hoffs -- is 60 in the year 2019 and 61 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1959
TV/Movie Actress, Songwriter, Percussionist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles
Misc: not b. 1957 or 1961 or 1962 when People wrote me about the two ages of her in a Mar 1991 issue as well as a band member of Susanna's confirmed in another interview
Group Names: The Bangles (lead singer), soloist, Ming Tea, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
Song Titles: Hero Takes a Fall, Going Down to Liverpool, Manic Monday, If She Knew What She Wants, Walk Like an Egyptian (a song so novelty-ish and made fun of that it put her in the Demented Datebook), Walking Down Your Street, Hazy Shade of Winter, In Your Room, Eternal Flame, My Side of the Bed, All I Want
Album Titles: Bangles, All Over The Place, Different Light, Everything, Doll Revolution, Sweetheart of the Sun, When You're a Boy, Susanna Hoffs, Someday
Movie Titles: The Allnighter
🎭Joseph C. Phillips -- is 57 in the year 2019 and 58 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1962
TV Shows: The Cosby Show (as Lt. Martin Kendall)
Movie Titles: Getting Played, Strictly Business, Church the Movie
🎨✍🎭Jim Carrey -- is 57 in the year 2019 and 58 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1962 N.S.
Painter, Screenwriter, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Producer, Impressionist, Canadian
Names/Places: aka James Carrey; Lauren Holly's ex-husband
TV Shows: The Duck Factory, In Living Color (as Pee Wee Herman, Fire Marshall Bill, Vera de Milo, & regular)
Movie Titles: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever (as The Riddler), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, The Truman Show, Me Myself and Irene, Man on the Moon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Majestic, Bruce Almighty, Mr. Sunshine, Lemony Snickets' A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Number 23, Horton Hears a Who, Yes Man, Under The Sea 3-D, A Christmas Carol, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick-Ass 2, Dumb and Dumber To
🎭Joshua Malina -- is 53 in the year 2019 and 54 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1966
TV Shows: Sports Night (as Jeremy Goodman), The West Wing (as Will Bailey), Scandal (as David Rosen)
Movie Titles: The First Time
🎭Linda Kash -- is 52 in the year 2019 and 53 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1967
Actress, Commercial Actress, Director, Canadian
Misc: Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel
TV Shows: Style and Substance
Movie Titles: Cinderella Man, Best in Show, Are We Done Yet?, Waiting For Guffman
🎭Robert Hines -- is 49 in the year 2019 and 50 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1970
Movie Titles: A Midwinter's Tale, Hellraiser, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Wetherby
💰🎮Leslie Benzies -- is 48 in the year 2019 and 49 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1971 N.S.
Executive, Video Game Programmer, Scotish
Video Games: Grand Theft Auto (series)
🎭🎵Zooey Deschanel -- is 39 in the year 2019 and 40 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1980
Actress, Songwriter, Singer
Names/Places: pron: ZOH'-ee deh-shuh-NEHL'
TV Shows: The New Girl (as Jessica "Jess" Christopher Day)
Movie Titles: The Happening, Almost Famous, The Good Girl, The New Guy, Elf, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, Yes Man, 500 Days of Summer, Maniac, All The Real Girls, Winter Passing, Bridge to Terabithia
🎭Kelly Marie Tran -- is 30 in the year 2019 and 31 in the year 2020; b.1/17/1989 N.S.
Movie Titles: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
🎭Marjorie Gateson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1891 d.4/17/1977 (86)
TV Shows: One Man's Family (as Fanny)
🎨Antonio Prohias -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1921 d.2/24/1998 (77)
Misc: Created "Spy vs. Spy" for M*A*D Magazine
🎭🎵Eartha Kitt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1927 d.12/25/2008 (81)
TV/Movie Actress, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in North, S.C.
Misc: some college students recently discovered her birth certificate and showed it to her. She said she had given herself the birthdate of January 26, 1928 because she never knew her actual date of birth until she saw the certificate. Her real birthdate is January 17, 1927.
Song Titles: Santa Baby, C'est Si Bon
TV Shows: Batman (as Catwoman)
Movie Titles: Boomerang
✍🎭🎵Shari Lewis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1933 d.8/2/1998 (65)
Children's Author, TV/Stage Actress, Comedienne, TV Hostess, Puppet Actress, Ventriloquist, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Hurwitz
Misc: with Lamb Chop; Howard Stern hated puppet shows like hers; some say b. 1934.
🎭Stuart Nisbet -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1934 N.S. d.6/23/2016 N.S. (82)
TV Shows: Dragnet, The Virginian, Bonanza, Dennis the Menace, Little House on the Prairie, L.A. Law, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Golden Girls
Movie Titles: The Graduate, Earthquake, Oh God, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Lucky Lady, Casino
🎭Andy Kaufman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1949 d.5/16/1984 (35)
TV Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Taxi (as Latka Gravas), Saturday Night Live (frequent guest)
Gary Gilmore -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/4/1940 d.1/17/1977 (36)
Misc: executed in Utah
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🎭🎵Doodles Weaver -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/11/1911 d.1/17/1983 (71)
Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Novelty Musician
Names/Places: RN:Winstead Sheffield Glendening Dixon; brother of Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, who in turn is Sigourney's father
Group Names: Spike Jones & the City Slickers (lunatic comic member)
🎭🎵Cliffie Stone -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/1/1917 d.1/17/1998 (80)
Hall of Famer, Comedian, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Bassist, Bandleader, Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Clifford Gilpin Snyder
Song Titles: The Popcorn Song
✍📰Art Buchwald -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/20/1925 d.1/17/2007 (81)
Author, Humorist, Satirist, Journalist, Columnist
Names/Places: b. in Mount Vernon, NY; FN:Arthur
Misc: a WWII GI, political satarist
🎭Allan Melvin -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/18/1923 d.1/17/2008 (84)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Commercial Actor
Misc: Liquid Plummer spokesman
TV Shows: The Phil Silvers Show (as Cpl. Henshaw), Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (as Sgt. Hacker), All in the Family (as Barney Hefner), The Brady Bunch (as Sam the butcher), Magilla Gorilla (voice)
📰🎭🎵Don Kirshner -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/17/1933 d.1/17/2011 (77)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, TV Host, Music Producer
Names/Places: b. in Bronx, N.Y.
Misc: Music Promoter; TV/radio bubblegum music creator
Group Names: The Monkees (supervisor)
TV Shows: Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, The Archies (TV show creator), The Monkees (producer)
🎨⛪📰⚖🎭🎵Johnny Otis -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1921 N.S. d.1/17/2012 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Painter, Sculptor, Preacher, Columnist, Politician, Actor, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Drummer, Pianist, Vibraphonist, Bandleader, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Berkeley, CA; RN:John Veliotes; NN:The Godfather of R&B
Misc: Talent Scout; Record co. owner; Rock 'n Roll Caravan of Stars founder/frontman
Group Names: The Johnny Otis Show
Song Titles: Willie and the Hand Jive
✍📰🎭🎵Donald Hugh "Don" Harron -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/19/1924 N.S. d.1/17/2015 N.S. (90)
Author, Playwright, Journalist, Actor, Comedian, Director, Composer, Canadian
TV Shows: Hee Haw (as Charlie)
✍⚛📰⚖💰Benjamin Franklin -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.1/17/1706 N.S. or 1/6/1705 J-LD or 1/6/1706 Ju-1 d.4/17/1790 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Author, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Publisher, Printer, Statesman, Diplomat, Philanthropist, American
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Philadelphia
Misc: Postmaster General; Declaration of Independence signer; invented bifocals, streetlights, lightning rods, stoves, & harmonicas; Elder Statesman of the American Revolution; 1st Ambassador of France; on a $100 bill; in the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Book Titles: Poor Richard's Almanac
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In 1910, Thomas Crapper, the developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, passed away on this day. He manufactured plumbing equipment, but the flush toilet predates him. Also the word “crap” for excrement predates Crapper, though the popularity of “crapper” as slang for a flusher was inspired by his name.
In 1926, George Burns married Gracie Allen.
In 1929, E.C. Segar introduced Popeye The Sailor Man in his “Thimble Theater” comic strip; it was meant as a guest shot, but the readers ate it up like spinach and demanded more Popeye; Popeye was eventually given top billing in the strip. According to Chevy Chase on Weekend Update, itʹs b. 2-27-1883, adding it now takes him three cans of spinach just to cut the cheese!
In 1932, The first color Mickey Mouse page written and drawn by Floyd Gottfredson is published.
In 1949, The situation comedy “The Goldbergs” came to CBS-TV this night. The program had been a radio standard for years, dating back to 1931. The TV version lasted for four years. Molly: “Close the window, Jake. Itʹs cold outside.” Jake: “Okay. The windowʹs closed. Now itʹs warm outside?” Molly Goldberg was played by Gertrude Berg, who won an Emmy for her performance in 1950.
In 1950, R.C., “All I Want For Xmas Is My Two Front Teeth” Makes The Pop Chart Again by Spike Jones and the City Slickers with George Rock; will peak at #18.
In 1962, Rubber-faced comedy actor Jim Carrey born in Canada; credits included the Golden Globe-winning roles in “The Truman Show” and “Man on the Moon,” as well as “Dr. Seussʹ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
In 1966, NBC-TV purchases the new “Monkees” TV series from producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, ready to debut the following September.
In 1969, The Beatlesʹ Yellow Submarine LP was released in the U.S. and the U.K.
In 1970, R.C., “Jam Up Jelly Tight” by Tommy Roe peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
In 1976, On “NBCʹs Saturday Night”, The Blues Brothers debut (and Paul Shaffer introduces his Don Kirshner impersonation).
In 1976, “Samurai Delicatessen on NBCʹs Saturday Night”! Guest host Buck Henry walks into a deli, finds a kimono-clad, sword-wielding samurai (John Belushi) behind the counter, and orders a sandwich. There follows a flurry of strenuous physical comedy and pseudo-Japanese double-talk worthy of Sid Caesar. Belushi uses the sword to chop salami, spread dressing, and slice a tomato in midair. Presented with his order, Henry asks, “Do you think you can cut it in half?” Belushi cocks his eyebrows slyly at the camera, emits a samurai shriek, draws the sword way up over his head and brings it down ever so gently to delicately divide the sandwich in two.
In 1976, “Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell”, TV Variety; last aired on ABC.
In 1977, Adam Arkin makes his parentsʹ lives miserable on “Busting Loose,” a CBS sitcom debuting tonight. Years later, heʹll make doctorsʹ lives miserable on “Chicago Hope.”
In 1977, “The New Mickey Mouse Club” premiered in syndication
In 1983, “Not Necessarily the News” makes its debut on HBO with interviews at an unemployment line and a spoof on tamper-proof bottles.
In 1984, The U.S. Supreme Court rules in “The BetaMax Case,” (Universal City Studios, Incorporated, Walt Disney, et al. v. Sony Corporation of America Incorporated et al.) The 5-4 decision allows consumers to record and/or “timeshift” programs for their own personal use with VCRs. By 1986, over half of the homes in America have the devices.
In 1984, “A Chipmunk Christmas” album by Chipmunks was certified Gold by the RIAA
In 1985, Leonard Nimoy, who roamed among the stars in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.
In 1987, On the cover of TV Guide: “Clifton Davis and Sherman Hemsley of Amen”. Other Articles: Ray Bradbury, MacGyver
In 1994, Allen G. Odell, ad executive who developed the rhyming roadside “Burma Shave” signs, died at age 90.
In 1994, Danny Bonaduce wins a split decision against Donny Osmond in a charity boxing match. Adding insult to injury, Bonaduce quips, “Osmond was such a wimp, I actually got bored punching him. His sister, Marie, would have been a tougher fight.”
In 1998, The very first show in the history of the new Colorado Springsʹ World Arena opens with Bill Cosby.
In 1999, The TV sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane” premiered on WB.
In 1999, Flame-haired songstress Cyndi Lauper lends her voice and likeness to “The Simpsons.”
In 2001, Faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people, the inept Governor Gray Davis (Dufus as some critics like Roger Hedgecock refer to him) signed an emergency order authorizing the state to buy power.
In 2003, The movie “Kangaroo Jack” (which sounds like a fast food hamburger line, which at one time, fought off rumors that their burgers were made of kangaroo meat) opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.
In 2007, “The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show” began airing on Comedy Central
In 2013, “King of the Nerds” began airing on TBS
In 2015, Bill Cosby performed to a welcoming Denver audience, despite a protest by some 100 people chanting “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside the Buell Theatre.
In 2018, “Corporate” began airing on Comedy Central
In 1948, “Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)” by Danny Kaye And The Andrews Sisters charted at number 3 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1948, “Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)” by Louis Prima charted at number 14 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1953, “It's In The Book” by Johnny Standley charted at number 5 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) Christmas song” by The Chipmunks With The Music Of David Seville charted at number 1 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Beep Beep” by The Playmates charted at number 16 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Lucky Ladybug” by Billy And Lillie charted at number 24 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “The All-American Boy” by Bill Parsons As Bobby Bare charted at number 26 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “The Teen Commandments” by Paul Anka - George Hamilton IV - Johnny Nash charted at number 39 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Big Bopper's Wedding” by The Big Bopper charted at number 57 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Little Space Girl” by Jesse Lee Turner charted at number 61 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper charted at number 67 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1970, “Jam Up And Jelly Tight” by Tommy Roe charted at number 8 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1970, “Okie From Muskogee” by Merle Haggard charted at number 55 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1976, “Convoy” by C.W. McCall charted at number 3 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1976, “Junk Food Junkie” by Larry Groce charted at number 56 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1976, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen charted at number 59 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Who's Making Love” by The Blues Brothers charted at number 46 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Whip It” by Devo charted at number 48 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Theme From 'The Dukes Of Hazzard' (Good Ol' Boys)” by Waylon Jennings charted at number 53 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Teacher, Teacher” by Rockpile charted at number 58 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors charted at number 81 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?) Christmas song” by The Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir And Chorale (Meco) charted at number 91 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “People Who Died” by The Jim Carrol Band charted at number 103 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “I Yam What I Yam” by Robin Williams charted at number 104 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1987, “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles charted at number 4 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1987, “You Be Illin'” by Run-D.M.C. charted at number 50 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1987, “Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads charted at number 72 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba charted at number 8 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua charted at number 94 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 2004, “Milkshake” by Kelis charted at number 3 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
In 1970, “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies charted at number 6 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1976, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen charted at number 1 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Stop The Cavalry” by Jona Lewie charted at number 6 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Rabbit” by Chas 'n' Dave charted at number 8 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Never Mind The Presents” by The Barron Knights charted at number 37 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Baggy Trousers” by Madness charted at number 54 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “I Shot The Sheriff” by Light Of The World charted at number 68 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1987, “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles charted at number 55 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!” by Teletubbies charted at number 15 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua charted at number 18 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 2004, “Milkshake” by Kelis charted at number 3 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Bird Dog” by The Everly Brothers charted at number 14 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1959, “Beep Beep” by The Playmates charted at number 17 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1976, “Convoy / Black Bear Road” by C.W. McCall charted at number 54 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Shaddap You Face / Ain't In No Hurry” by Joe Dolce Music Theatre charted at number 1 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “The Time Warp” by Various Artists charted at number 3 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “I Like Chinese / I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio” by Monty Python charted at number 33 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Never Mind The Presents / The Swindon Cowboy” by The Barron Knights charted at number 37 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Stop The Cavalry / Laughing Tonight” by Jona Lewie charted at number 38 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Ashes To Ashes / Move On” by David Bowie charted at number 42 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Psycho Chicken” by The Fools charted at number 62 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Baggy Trousers / The Business” by Madness charted at number 64 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “Generals And Majors / The Somnambulist” by XTC charted at number 67 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “The Empire Strikes Back (Medley) / The Force Theme” by Meco charted at number 81 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1981, “The Aussie Barbecue Song / The Man From Snowy River” by Frankie Davidson charted at number 98 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1987, “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles charted at number 4 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Doctor Jones” by Aqua charted at number 1 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba charted at number 3 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Walkin' On The Sun” by Smash Mouth charted at number 11 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart
In 1998, “Not The Sunscreen Song” by John Safran charted at number 25 on the Australian Pop Singles Chart