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April 27, 2017

On this day in 1979
"Reunited" by Peaches & Herb was the #1 song.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) Brooklyn Proulx, 18.  Actress (Shameless) Rebecca Ryan, 26.  Actress (The Bridge) Emily Rios, 28.  Actress (Guardians of the Galaxy) Laura Ortiz, 30.  Actor (The Chronicles of Narnia movies) William Moseley, 30.  Actress (Doctor Who) Jenna Coleman, 31.  Actress (The Descent: Part 2) Anna Skellern, 32.  Actress (Mystic River) Ari Graynor, 34.  Actor (Veronica Mars) Francis Capra, 34.  Actress (All That) Katrina Johnson, 35.  Actress (The Arbor) Christine Bottomley, 38.  Actress (Happy-Go- Lucky) Sally Hawkins, 41.  Actor (Rush) Cristian Solimeno, 42.  Actress (Godsend) Elle Downs, 44.  Actress (Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place) Jillian Bach, 44.  Actor (The Young and the Restless) Andre Gower, 44.  Actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital) Maura West, 45.  Actor (Equilibrium, Big Game) Mehmet Kurtulus, 45.  Actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Blossom) David Lascher, 45.  Actress (Gia, Retroactive) Kylie Travis, 47.  Actress (Carlito’s Way, Angel of Death) Ingrid Rogers, 49.  Actress (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Dreamers) Anna Chancellor, 52.  Actress (General Hospital, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child) Lisa Wilcox, 53.  Actor (Conspiracy of Silence, Blindness) Michael Mahonen, 53.  Actor (Point Break, Enemy of the State) James LeGros, 55.  Actor (Oldboy, Lucy) Min-sik Choi, 55.  Actress (Arli$$, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2) Eugenie Bondurant, 56.  Actor (Point Break, The Return of the Living Dead) John Philbin, 57.  Singer (For Your Eyes Only)/actress (Miami Vice) Sheena Easton, 58.  Actor (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) Neil Pearson, 58.  Actress (Pauline at the Beach, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar) Arielle Dombasle, 59.  Actor (Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Valkyrie) Kevin McNally, 61.  Former KISS lead guitarist (I Was Made For Lovin’ You) Ace Frehley, 66.  Actor (General Hospital, Knots Landing) Douglas Sheehan, 68.  B-52s singer (Love Shack) Kate Pierson, 69.  Actor (Gladiator, Troy) John Shrapnel, 75.  Former April Wine, Mashmakhan drummer (Just Between You And Me) Jerry Mercer, 78.  Browns singer (The Three Bells) Maxine Brown, 85.  Actress (8½, La Dolce Vita) Anouk Aimée, 85.  Former NFL head coach (L.A. Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills) Chuck Knox, 85.  Actress (To Catch a Thief, The Man in the Iron Mask) Brigitte Auber, 89.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Maura West

What a Day This Has Been

April 27, 1521…In the Philippines, explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who led the first known expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, was killed by natives at age 40 or 41.

April 27, 1570…England's Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.

April 27, 1667…Poet John Milton, blind and impoverished, sold the copyright for his "Paradise Lost" for £10.

April 27, 1813…American troops under Generals Zebulon Pike and Henry Dearborn captured York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario, Canada. Britain retaliated a year later by raiding Washington and setting fire to the White House.

April 27, 1861…Shortly after the start of the American Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared martial law and ordered the suspension of the constitutionally-protected right to writs of habeas corpus.

April 27, 1897…In Manhattan's Riverside Park overlooking the Hudson River, Grant's Tomb was dedicated on what would have been the former president's 75th birthday. The mausoleum contains the bodies of Ulysses S. Grant, American Civil War general and 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Dent Grant.

April 27, 1947…"Studio One" debuted on CBS Radio. The show lacked sponsors and was dropped by the network after one year. Its nine-year run on CBS-TV was more successful.

April 27, 1947…Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at New York's Yankee Stadium. Despite his health problems, Ruth was able to attend and spoke to the capacity crowd of 58,339. He died 16 months later.

April 27, 1950…The musical "Tickets, Please," starring Grace and Paul Hartman, Jack Albertson, and Patricia Bright, opened at New York's Coronet Theatre for 245 performances.

April 27, 1956…Capitol Records signed rockabilly singer Gene Vincent, with the intention of marketing him as the next Elvis Presley.

April 27, 1956…After holding the title for 3½ years, Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He won all 49 of his fights, 43 of them by knockouts.

April 27, 1958…U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and wife Pat began a goodwill tour of South America. The trip was uneventful until they reached Lima, Peru, where he was met with student demonstrations. In Caracas, Venezuela, the Nixons were spat upon by anti-American demonstrators and their limousine was attacked by a pipe-wielding mob.

April 27, 1958…The Everly Brothers appeared on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." They sang "All I Have To Do Is Dream," which two weeks later went to #1 on the singles chart and stayed there for five weeks. Teresa Brewer, Sal Mineo, Georgia Gibbs, and Jack Carter also performed on the program.

April 27, 1959…Lloyd Price released the single "Personality."

April 27, 1960…In New York City, Sam Cooke began a week of shows at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

April 27, 1961…Film director (Topper Returns, Ziegfeld Follies, Broadway Melody of 1936, Born to Dance, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, The Babe Ruth Story, Du Barry Was a Lady, The West Point Story, Broadway Rhythm, About Face, Always Leave Them Laughing) Roy Del Ruth died following a heart attack at 67.

April 27, 1963…At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a #1 record in the U.S. when "I Will Follow Him" reached the top of the Billboard chart. Her producers stuck the "Little" to her stage name despite her strenuous objections.

April 27, 1964…The Beatles released "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" in the U.S.

April 27, 1964…"In His Own Write," John Lennon's first whimsical book of prose, poetry, short stories and line drawings, was published.

April 27, 1965…R.C. Duncan patented the disposable diapers he designed and named "Pampers."

April 27, 1965…Pioneering broadcast journalist (See It Now, Person to Person, Small World)/former director of the United States Information Agency/Radio Hall of Famer Edward R. Murrow died of lung cancer at age 57.

April 27, 1967…In Montréal, Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson lighted a flame to open the World's Fair known as Expo '67. The Fair opened to the public the following day.

April 27, 1967…Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell released the single "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," the first of their 11 recorded duets.

April 27, 1968…Simon & Garfunkel released the single "Mrs. Robinson."

April 27, 1968…Deep Purple released the single "Hush."

April 27, 1969…NBC aired José Feliciano's TV special, "Very Special," with guests Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, and Burt Bacharach.

April 27, 1969…Joe Cocker made his North American television debut, singing "Feelin' Alright," on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show." Connie Francis, the Young Americans, Alan King, Nancy Walker, and John Byner also performed on the program.

April 27, 1970…Actor (The Quiet Man, The River, How Green Was My Valley, National Velvet, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Lassie Come Home, River of No Return, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, The Corn Is Green, Drums Along the Mohawk, Madame Curie, The Fabulous Dorseys, Gentleman Jim, The Pigeon That Took Rome, For the Love of Mike, The Keys of the Kingdom, Tarzan and the Slave Girl) Arthur Shields died at the age of 74.

April 27, 1971…The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. During part of the show, the Beach Boys appeared on stage with the Dead and together they performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.

April 27, 1975…In Los Angeles, it was reported that during Pink Floyd's recent four nights of concerts at the L.A. Arena, 511 audience members were taken into custody for smoking marijuana.

April 27, 1976…Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish border detained David Bowie after Nazi books and mementos were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was for research on a movie project.

April 27, 1976…Maxine Nightingale's single "Right Back Where We Started From" was certified Gold.

April 27, 1976…Olivia Newton-John's "Come On Over" album was certified Gold.

April 27, 1977…Actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Lillies of the Field, Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask, Requiem for a Heavyweight, North By Northwest, Ship of Fools, Fate Is the Hunter, North to Alaska, Double Trouble, The Errand Boy, A House Is Not a Home, When the Boys Meet the Girls, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Critic's Choice) Stanley Adams committed suicide at the age of 62.

April 27, 1979…In Los Angeles, Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert at UCLA. He performed his tribute composition "Sir Duke" and Ellington's "C-Jam Blues."

April 27, 1980...In New York City, and a day after the club's third anniversary, Studio 54 was shut down due to city liquor license violations.

April 27, 1981…Former Beatle Ringo Starr married actress Barbara Bach. Paul McCartney and wife Linda, George Harrison and Harry Nilsson were in attendance.

April 27, 1982…The trial of John W. Hinckley,  Jr. began in Washington, DC. On June 21, Hinckley was acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others a month earlier and was confined at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington.

April 27, 1982…Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit released the single "Valley Girl."

April 27, 1982…Actor (The Lineup, Shane, The Caine Mutiny, Love Me or Leave Me, The Moon Is Blue, The Carpetbaggers, Coogan's Bluff, Ten North Frederick, Destination Tokyo, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, The Jazz Singer, Ruby Gentry, Charley Varrick, Blood on the Moon, I'll Be Seeing You, Till the End of Time, Lady in the Lake, Soldier of Fortune) Tom Tully died of cancer at age 73.

April 27, 1986…The first Broadway revival of the musical "Sweet Charity," starring Debbie Allen and Bebe Neuwirth, opened at New York's Minskoff Theatre for 369 performances.

April 27, 1987…The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States. They claimed that, as a German Army officer during World War II, he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others.

April 27, 1989…In Beijing, student protesters took over Tiananmen Square.

April 27, 1992…In Belgrade, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed by the Republic of Serbia and its ally Montenegro.

April 27, 1994…In San Francisco, the Fillmore Auditorium reopened with performances by Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.

April 27, 1994…The first Broadway revival of the play "An Inspector Calls," starring Phillip Bosco, Kenneth Cranham, Rosemary Harris, Marcus D'Amico, and Jane Adams, opened at New York's Royale Theatre for 454 performances.

April 27, 1995…The play "Indiscretions," starring Kathleen Turner, Jude Law, Cynthia Nixon, and Eileen Atkins, opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre for 220 performances.

April 27, 1995…Coors Field in Denver opened with the Colorado Rockies beating the New York Mets, 11-9.

April 27, 1999…Trumpeter (Java, Sugar Lips, Cotton Candy) Al Hirt died of liver failure at the age of 76.

April 27, 2000…Disco singer (Turn The Beat Around, Daylight, Hold Tight) Vicki Sue Robinson died of cancer at 45.

April 27, 2001…In Monticello, Georgia, highway 83N was re-named Trisha Yearwood Parkway.

April 27, 2001…Cable TV's A&E channel presented "Live By Request" hosted by the Bee Gees.

April 27, 2002…Longtime Vancouver, British Columbia radio personality Jack Cullen died at the age of 80.

April 27, 2002…Ruth Handler, creator of the Barbie doll, died from surgical complications at age 85.

April 27, 2004…Elton John publicly responded to the home audience rejection of Jennifer Hudson on TV's "American Idol," declaring the call-in voters "incredibly racist."

April 27, 2004…Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks gave birth to twins girls, Kathleen Emile and Ruth.

April 27, 2005…Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first leader of the Kremlin to visit Israel.

April 27, 2005…In Toulouse, France, the world's largest jetliner, the Airbus A380, with a passenger capacity of 840 people, completed its maiden flight. It entered commercial service with Singapore Airlines in October 2007.

April 27, 2005…Hockey Hall of Famer George Reginald "Red" Horner died at the age of 95.

April 27, 2006…In New York City, construction began on the Freedom Tower, legally renamed One World Trade Center, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood. The 104-story tower's steel structure was topped out in 2012. The Freedom Tower opened in November 2014.

April 27, 2006…In Fiji, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards was admitted to a hospital with a head injury reportedly suffered when he fell out of a palm tree.

April 27, 2008…Radio personality (WOGL, WLCE, WYXR, WFIL all in Philadelphia, KZDG and KTLN both in Denver, KWK-St. Louis, KIIS-Los Angeles, WOKY-Milwaukee, WCFL-Chicago, WQXI-Atlanta, KUDL-Kansas City) "Big Ron" O'Brien died of pneumonia at age 56. Your editor enjoyed working with Ron during his two stints at WCFL.

April 27, 2010…The U.S. Internal Revenue Service filed a $116,000 tax lien against singer Judy Collins. She had been paying back what was owed from her 2009 taxes under a monthly plan, according to her accountant, when the government issued the lien "simply to protect their interest" in case she defaulted or sold property.

April 27, 2011…A powerful storm spawned 312 tornadoes in seven southern U.S. states during a 24-hour period, killing 340 people, two-thirds of them in Alabama.

April 27, 2011…The mummified body of model/actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches)/singer Yvette Vickers, a Playboy playmate of the month in 1959, was found in her California home. A preliminary examination suggested she had been dead for up to a year. Vickers was likely 82 at her time of death.

April 27, 2011…Actress (It's a Living, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, Home Free, The Sandy Duncan Show, Nine to Five, Out On a Limb, Oh God! Book II, Sammy Stops the World, John and Mary) Marian Mercer died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 75.

April 27, 2013…Six days before the start of their 50 and Counting anniversary tour, the Rolling Stones played a hush-hush 90-minute concert at the Echoplex, a small nightclub with a 700-person capacity in Los Angeles. Tickets to the show were sold earlier in the day for $20 each. Buyers were limited to one ticket each, and they were required to pay for it in cash, show a government-issued ID, wear a wristband with their name on it and be photographed.

April 27, 2013…At the corner of Beale and Handy Circle in Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis' Café and Honky Tonk had its formal grand opening. The nightspot features Lewis memorabilia, including 19 Gold Records and an old piano brought from Louisiana by Lewis and his father when Lewis went to Memphis in the 1950s to audition for Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

April 27, 2013…In New York City, the Tribeca Film Festival ended with Jerry Lewis joining co-star Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese at the 30th anniversary screening of "The King of Comedy."

April 27, 2013…NBA team owner (Charlotte Bobcats)/Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan married his second wife, former model Yvette Prieto. They have twin daughters.

April 27, 2014…In the first papal canonization in more than 60 years, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints.

April 27, 2015…After her nomination had been held up for more than five months over politicking in the Senate, Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd – and first African American woman – U.S. attorney general.

April 27, 2015…Former actress (The Partridge Family, Mulligan's Stew) Suzanne Crough died of a heart ailment at age 52.

April 27, 2015…Singer/guitarist (Louie Louie) Jack Ely, a founding member of the Kingsmen and the lead singer on their biggest hit, died at the age of 71. Drummer Lynn Easton became the band's lead singer after the release of "Louie Louie."

April 27, 2015…Former World Middleweight Boxing Champion Gene Fullmer died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 83.

April 27, 2016…In Miami, Beyoncé began the North American leg of her 37-city Formation World Tour with a concert at Marlins Park.

April 27, 2016…K-Tel founder Philip Kives, who wrote and directed all his television commercials, died at the age of 87.

I Did Not Know That!

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