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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name May 1

Last Updated 05-29-2018

🎭Douglas Barr -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.5/1/1949
Actor, Director
TV Shows: The Fall Guy (as Howie Munson), The Wizard, Designing Women (as Bill Stillfield)
Movie Titles: Spaced Invaders, Deadly Blessing

🎭Joanna Lumley -- is 72 in the year 2018 and 73 in the year 2019; b.5/1/1946
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer, India
TV Shows: The New Avengers, Absolutely Fabulous (as Patsy Stone)
Movie Titles: The Wolf of Wall Street, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach

🎭🎵Darius McCrary -- is 42 in the year 2018 and 43 in the year 2019; b.5/1/1976
Actor, Producer, Singer
TV Shows: Family Matters (as Edward "Eddie" Winslow)
Movie Titles: Big Shots, Mississippi Burning, Transformers, 15 Minutes

🎭James Murray -- is 42 in the year 2018 and 43 in the year 2019; b.5/1/1976 N.S.
Misc: of the comedy group The Tenderloins
TV Shows: Impractical Jokers

🎭🎮Charlie Schlatter -- is 52 in the year 2018 and 53 in the year 2019; b.5/1/1966
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Video Game Voice Actor
TV Shows: Diagnosis Murder (as Dr. Jesse Travis), Winx Club (series), Kick Buttowski (series), Loonatics Unleashed
Movie Titles: 18 Again!
Video Games: Metal Gear (series), Ape Escape 3, EverQuest (series), Lego Batman (series), The Wonderful 101, Lego Dimensions

🎭Art Fleming -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1924 d.4/25/1995 (70)
TV/Movie/Stage/Radio Actor, Game Show Host
Names/Places: RN:Arthur Fazzin Fleming
Song Titles: I Lost on Jeopardy! (appeared in Weird Al Yankovic's video)
TV Shows: The Californians, Jeopardy! (original Jeopardy host 60-70's), College Bowl (host)
Movie Titles: Airplane II (cameo)

Catherine Muir Leno -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1911 d.6/25/1993 (82)
Celebrity Relative, Scotish
Names/Places: Jay's mother

🎭Louis Nye -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1913 d.10/9/2005 (92)
Radio Actor, Comedian, Panelist
Names/Places: RLN:Nyestadt
Misc: Character: smug Gordon Hathaway (Hi-ho Steverino!)
TV Shows: The Steve Allen Show, Ann Sothern Show (as Dr. Delbert Gray), The Beverly Hillbillies (as Sonny Drysdale), $1.98 Beauty Show

🎭Jack Paar -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1918 d.1/27/2004 (85)
TV Talk Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Canton, Oh.
TV Shows: Jack Paar Show (4 of 'em!), Tonight Show (host 1957-62)

🎵Lucia Pamela -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1904 d.7/25/2002 (98)
Novelty Singer
Misc: recorded a music album in 1969 about her fictional travels to the moon

Terry Southern -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/1/1924 d.10/29/1995 (71)
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Satirist
Book Titles: Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, The Magic Christian

🎭🎵Danny Gans -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/25/1956 d.5/1/2009 (52)
Actor, Comedian, Singer

🎭🎵Spike Jones -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/14/1911 d.5/1/1965 (53)
Comedian, Drummer, Novelty Singer, Bandleader
Names/Places: RFMN:Lindley Armstrong
Misc: an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish vocals; Zany bandleader of the 1940's-50's; own 1950s TV shows
Group Names: Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Song Titles: Der Fuehrer's Face, Cocktails For Two, Hawaiian War Chant, Chloe, Holiday For Strings, You Always Hurt the One You Love, My Old Flame, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Dance of the Hours
TV Shows: The Spike Jones Show

🎭🎵Grace Lee Whitney -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/1/1930 d.5/1/2015 (85)
Actress, Songwriter, Singer
Song Titles: Disco Trekkin' (composer), Star Child (composer), USS Enterprise (composer)
TV Shows: Star Trek (as Yeoman Janice Rand)

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In 1905, 05 x 01 = 05

In 1939, “Batman” debuts as a comic strip hero by D.C. Comics.

In 1942, The Donald Duck film, “Donald Gets Drafted” is released.

In 1942, The Donald Duck film, “Donald Gets Drafted” is released.

In 1952, Mr. Potato Head, a put-together plastic toy, is introduced.

In 1961, R.C., “A Dollar Down” by The Limeliters peaked at #60 on the pop singles chart.

In 1961, R.C., “Frogg” by The Brothers Four peaked at #32 on the pop singles chart.

In 1964, Bandleader Spike Jones died at age 62. Spike Jones and His City Slickers were one of the most popular novelty acts of the 1940s and '50s. The bandʹs biggest hit is “All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth),” a 1948 song that tops Billboardʹs pop chart for three weeks and sells more than 1 million copies.

In 1965, Gilliganʹs Island episode #31. “Diogenes, Wonʹt You Please Go Home?” The Castaways discover that Gilligan has been keeping a secret diary. When they read it, they all seem to disagree with how certain events unfolded and tell their side of the story.

In 1965, “Wooly Bully” by Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1965, Bandleader Spike Jones, 53, known for his raucous renditions of popular songs, died in Beverly Hills, California.

In 1966, “Wonderfulness” album by Bill Cosby was released

In 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash tape a TV special at the Grand Olʹ Opry in Nashville

In 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash videotaped a television special for ABC at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

In 1971, on the cover of TV Guide: “Mary Tyler Moore, Lisa Gerritsen”. Other Articles: Tony Randall, Lloyd Bridges

In 1971, R.C., “Timothy” by The Buoys peaked at #17 on the pop singles chart.

In 1972, “Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow, Right?” album by Bill Cosby was released

In 1972, “Schoolʹs Out” album by Alice Cooper was released

In 1972, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” packs up its curtains and heads to a new home in Hollywood (almost). On hand to welcome Johnny, Ed, and Doc to beautiful downtown Burbank are Bob Newhart, Nancy Reagan, Don Rickles, contortionist Peter Van Brechts, Shelley Winters, and car salesman Cal Worthington.


In 1988, “Newsweek” magazine reported that, according to a memoir by former White House chief of staff Donald Regan, astrology had influenced the planning of President Reaganʹs schedule.

In 1989, police in California were called to a jewelry store after employees reported a suspicious person who turned out to be Michael Jackson. He had put on a disguise to go shopping.

In 1990, Madonna discusses spanking in a three-bleep interview on “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

In 1993, on the cover of TV Guide: “Knots Landing: Ending”. Other Articles: Full House, Donna Mills

In 1994, rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (now known as Snoop Dogg) made his TV debut, playing himself on the sitcom “Martin.”

In 1996, “What The Hell Happened To Me?” album by Adam Sandler was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1997, the series finale of “Martin” aired on Fox

In 1999, “Mickey Mouse Works” began airing on Disneyʹs One Saturday Morning

In 1999, “SpongeBob SquarePants” began airing on Nickelodeon

In 2000, Time Warner yanked ABC-owned TV channels from several of its cable systems in a dispute about payments with Disney, which owns ABC. Public outrage forced Time Warner to restore the networkʹs signal a day later. Disney has taken ABC away from you!

In 2005, 05 x 01 = 05

In 2005, on the cover of TV Guide: six different “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” covers as if anyone cares to waste $15 on six copies of the now-lame TV listings magazine.

In 2005, “Family Guy” returned on Fox with new episodes; “American Dad” aired episode two after a three-month delay in its first regular time slot on Fox.

In 2015, Actress Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirkʹs assistant, Yeoman Janice Rand, on the original “Star Trek” TV series, died in Coarsegold, California, at age 85.

The Holiday Almanacs May 1, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Wed May the 1 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 121 of the year
Serialnumber = 43574
Julian date = 2458593 O.S.= 4 - 18 - 2019



Birthday of the Virgin Mary - Coptic (Egyptian) and Abyssinian Churches.
Feast of St. Joseph the Workman, stepfather of Jesus.
Feast of Tanit (fertility and Moon goddess of the Phoenician colony Carthage).
SS. Philip and James Day (apostles) (Anglican).
St. Tamenend's Day.
[USA, Canada] Goodwill Week (Day 4)
[USA] Reading Is Fun Week (Day 4)
[USA] Friendship Sees No Color Week (Day 4)
[Germany] Walpurgisnacht thru 5-1
Americanism Day (Pennsylvania).
Batman Day (1939)
First day of Golden Week (Japan - 5 day string of national holidays).
It's Senior Comedians Week!
National Anxiety Disorder Screening Day
Pen-Friends International Week Begins
U2 Day
Walpurgis Day (Scandinavia).
Workers Day (Mozambique).
Working People's Day (Yugoslavia).
[66 nations] May Day/Labor Day
[England] Beltane-people light bonfires celebrating end of winter
[Finland] Vappu Day
[Hawaii] Lei Day
[Marshall Islands] Proclamation of Rep of Marshall Islands (1979)
[Mass] Senior Citizens' Day (1963)
[Mexico] Mexican Labor Day
[OK] Bird Day
[Russia and Cuba] International Working Class Day
[Turkey] Commemoration of Yunus Emre thru 5-5
[USA] Bird Day
[USA] Dewey Day (Battle of Manila Bay) (1898)
[USA] Law Day (1958)
[USA] Loyalty Day (domestic counterweight to May Day)
[USA] May Day
[USA] Mother Goose Day.
[World] Workers Day, Law Day, Loyalty Day, Bird Day
[USA] National Kids Fitness Week (Day 4)


Astrological Sign: Gemini: The Twins (5-21 thru 6-20); Ruling Planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Traits: Mentally active, talkative, versatile. Body part associated with this sign: The arms. Occupations: Crafts, communications, work dealing with intricate problems, sales, small businesses.
Flowers: Hawthorne and Lily of the Valley
Gem: Emerald and Agate
Full Moon: the Flower Moon, the Song Moon and the Hare Moon or the Faery Moon.
Better Hearing Month
Better Sleep Month
Breathe Easy Month
Correct Posture Month
Date Your Mate Month
Electrical Safety Month
Family Support Month
Foot Health Month
Freedom Shrine Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Gazpacho Aficionado Time
Good Car Keeping Month
Healthy Baby Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
International Better Hearing Month
Iowa Tourism Month
May's name comes from the Latin word maiores, or elders.
Mental Health Month
Modern Dance Month
Motorcycle Awareness Month
National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Month
National Arthritis Month
National Asparagus Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Birds of Prey Month
National Car Maintainence Month
National Correct Posture Month
National Digestive Disease Awareness Month
National Duckling Month
National Egg Month
National Foster Care Month
National Fungal Infection Awareness Month
National Guy Pride Month
National Hair Color Month!
National Hamburger Month
National High Blood Pressure Month
National Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
National Labor History Month
National Mime Month
National National Hamburger Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Radio Month
National Reverse Your Work Schedule Month
National Salad Month
National Senior Citizen Month
National Senior Travel Month
National Sight-Saving Month
National Steelmark Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Tavern Month
National Traume Awareness Month
National Tuberous Sclkerosis Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Peace Month
Person History Awareness Month
Project Safe Baby Month
REACT CB-Radio Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Sight Saving Month
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Social Sciences Books Month
Touring Theatre Month
Baseball clubs can re-sign their own free agents, one of the two most popular days for moving into new houses in the U.S. (the other is October 1).
Earth cross-QTR
Eta "May" Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius (thru 5-6)
Festival of Bona Dea, the Good Goddess (Roman Earth goddess of fertility, worshipped only by women).
Festival of the Hare.
First day of the 3-day Festival of Dea Dia (Roman goddess of cornfields).
Fourth day of Floralia (Roman 6-day festival honoring Flora, the goddess of everything that flourishes - courtesans took an active part).
Fourth day of the Festival of Venus (early Roman 6-day holiday - before 200 BC - goddess of Spring and protectress of vegetation and gardens).
Spring Festival (Luxembourg).
Summer Semester Begins
[Algonquin] Flower Moon
[Ancient Rome] Kalendae Mai‘
[Babylonia] Abu
[England] Beltane-people light bonfires celebrating end of winter
[Nunamiut Eskimos] Moon When Ice Goes Out
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