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January 19, 2018

On this day in 1975
"Please, Mr. Postman" by the Carpenters was the #1 song.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Model/actress (Blind Ambition) Dani Thorne, 25.  TV personality (Dancing with the Stars) Shawn Johnson, 26.  Actor (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) Logan Lerman, 26.  Actress (Big Time Rush) Erin Sanders, 27.  Actress (Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous) Michelle Page, 31.  Actress (Like Crazy) Felicity Jones, 34.  Actress (Frances Ha) Mickey Sumner, 34.  Actor (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) Trever O’Brien, 34.  Actress (Meet the Browns) Denise Boutte, 36.  Actress (Full House) Jodie Sweetin, 36.  Actress (Grimm) Elizabeth Tulloch, 37.  Actor (Brothers & Sisters) Luke Macfarlane, 38.  Actor (Catastrophe) Ron Delaney, 41.  Actor (Saving Hope) Benjamin Ayres, 41.  Actor (Mr. Mom) Taliesin Jaffe, 41.  Actress (White Collar) Marsha Thomason, 42.  Actor (Gotham) Drew Powell, 42.  Model/actress (This Means War) Natassia Malthe, 44.  Impressionist (MADtv) Frank Caliendo, 44.  Actress (The Sopranos) Drea de Matteo, 46.  Actress (Stargate: Atlantis) Rachel Luttrell, 47.  Actor (White Chicks) Shawn Wayans, 47.  Actor (London Has Fallen) Waleed Zuaiter, 47.  Actress (Matrix Revolutions) Essie Davis, 48.  Actress (The Guardian) Wendy Moniz, 49.  Actress (Big Fat Liar) Christine Tucci, 51.  International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg, 52.  Actress (You’ve Got Mail) Veanne Cox, 55.  Actor (The Shawshank Redemption) Paul McCrane, 57.  Actor (Herman’s Head) William Ragsdale, 57.  Actor (Game of Thrones) Roger Ashton-Griffiths, 61.  Former UB40 keyboardist (Red Red Wine) Mickey Virtue, 61.  Comedian/actor (Ali) Paul Rodriguez, 63.  Actress (Sons of Anarchy) Katey Sagal, 64.  Actress (The Boys from Brazil) Linda Hayden, 65.  Dino, Desi & Billy singer (I’m A Fool)/actor (Here’s Lucy) Desi Arnaz, Jr., 65.  Actress (Conan the Barbarian) Nadiuska, 66.  America singer/songwriter (Tin Man) Dewey Bunnell, 66.  Motels singer (Suddenly Last Summer) Martha Davis, 67.  Former ABC News reporter Ann Compton, 71.  TV chef (Paula’s Best Dishes) Paula Deen, 71.  Singer/ songwriter (I Will Always Love You)/actress (Steel Magnolias) Dolly Parton, 72.  Actress (The Donna Reed Show)/singer (Johnny Angel) Shelley Fabares, 74.  Singer (He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands) Laurie London, 74.  Actor (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) Raynor Scheine, 76.  Singer/actor (Hello Dolly!) Michael Crawford, 76.  Actor (Diamonds Are Forever) Putter Smith, 77.  Actor (Black Sunday) John Richardson, 84.  Former CTV National News anchor Lloyd Robertson, 84.  Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer (Kathy Keep Playing) Stu Phillips, 85.  Film director (Superman II and III, A Hard Day’s Night) Richard Lester, 86.  Former PBS news anchor/TV Hall of Famer Robert MacNeil, 87.  Actress (The Birds) Tippi Hedren, 88.  Actress (2012) Lisa Lu, 91.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Essie Davis

What a Day This Has Been

January 19, 1883…In Roselle, New Jersey, Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation.

January 19, 1915…During World War I, 20 people were killed when German zeppelins bombed Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn, England for the first time.

January 19, 1937…Howard Hughes set a U.S. transcontinental air record, flying from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

January 19, 1953…Marty Robbins made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

January 19, 1953…Ratings revealed that 71.7% of all American televisions were tuned to the CBS sitcom "I Love Lucy," as the character Lucy Ricardo gave birth to a baby boy on the program.

January 19, 1955…U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower allowed a filmed presidential news conference to be used on television for the first time.

January 19, 1955…The anthology series "The Millionaire," starring Marvin Miller as Michael Anthony and Paul Frees providing the voice of John Beresford Tipton, began a five-year run on CBS-TV.

January 19, 1955…The board game "Scrabble" made its debut.

January 19, 1957…In Washington, Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower's presidential inauguration ball.

January 19, 1957…Ernie Kovacs performed his entire 30-minute TV show without speaking a single word of dialogue.

January 19, 1957…After his single "I Walk the Line" had climbed the pop and country music charts, Johnny Cash made his network television debut on CBS's "The Jackie Gleason Show."

January 19, 1958…The Everly Brothers played the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York, with supporting acts Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Anka, Danny & The Juniors, Margie Rayburn, the Rays, the Royal Teens, the Tune Weavers, Eddie Cochran, the Shepherd Sisters, the Hollywood Flames, and the Mello-Kings.

January 19, 1958…The Canadian Football Council was renamed the Canadian Football League.

January 19, 1959…According to the ratings, ABC's "American Bandstand" was America's most popular daytime television show.

January 19, 1963…The Beatles made their first appearance on the British television show "Thank Your Lucky Stars," where they lip-synced their second single, "From Me To You," in a performance taped six days earlier.

January 19, 1964…Bobby Vinton sang a medley of his hits on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Kate Smith, Juliet Prowse, Pat Buttram, and the comedy team of Vic Grecco & Fred Willard also performed on the program.

January 19, 1966…Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, was appointed India's prime minister, succeeding Bahadur Shastri after he died suddenly.

January 19, 1967…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording "A Day In The Life," which had the working title "In the Life of..." The basic track was refined with remixing and additional parts added at recording sessions the next day and on February 3. The track was completed with the recording of the orchestral part on February 20. The total length of time spent recording "A Day in the Life" was 34 hours. By comparison, their first album, "Please Please Me," was recorded in its entirety in a little less than 10 hours.

January 19, 1967…Lesley Gore appeared as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat on ABC-TV's "Batman."

January 19, 1968…At Coast Recorders in San Francisco, Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded "Suzie Q."

January 19, 1970…The "Easy Rider" soundtrack was certified Gold.

January 19, 1970…Television quiz show host (The $64,000 Question, It's Your Bet)/comedian (duo w/ Bob Sweeney)/actor (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Send Me No Flowers, My Sister Eileen, The Eddie Cantor Story, Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town, The Atomic Kid) Hal March died of lung cancer at age 49.

January 19, 1971…At the Charles Manson murder trial for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others, several tracks from the Beatles' "White Album," including "Helter Skelter," were played as prosecutors attempted to find out if any of the songs could have influenced Manson and his followers to commit murder. At the scene of one of the gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.

January 19, 1971…During court proceedings held to dissolve the Beatles' partnership, Ringo Starr testified under oath that "Paul behaved like a spoiled child."

January 19, 1971…"No, No Nanette," starring Ruby Keeler, Helen Gallagher, Jack Gilford, Patsy Kelly, Bobby Van, and Loni Ackerman, opened at New York's 46th St. Theatre for 861 performances.

January 19, 1974…At Kent State University in Ohio, Bruce Springsteen was the opening act for Black Oak Arkansas. Tickets sold for $4 each.

January 19, 1974…In Miami, two concerts featuring Bob Dylan and the Band caused a nine-mile-long traffic jam. Many ticket holders got to see only half of the show.

January 19, 1976…The Beatles turned down a $30 million offer to reunite from rock promoter Bill Sargent.

January 19, 1977…As one of his last acts before leaving office, U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, known as "Tokyo Rose" on her World War II broadcasts to American soldiers.

January 19, 1977…In Washington, DC, Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played at the Jimmy Carter presidential inauguration ball.

January 19, 1979…After serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama, former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole.

January 19, 1980…U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas died at age 81.

January 19, 1981…The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months. It also called for the unfreezing of Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.

January 19, 1983…Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia where he had lived and worked as a businessman under the name Klaus Altmann since 1951. Nicknamed the "Butcher of Lyon," responsible for the torture and death of thousands of people while he was in charge of the Gestapo in Lyon between 1942 and 1944, Barbie was extradited to France and put on trial in Lyon in 1987. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of leukemia in prison four years later at the age of 77.

January 19, 1983…Apple Inc. introduced the Apple Lisa for business users, the first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse. Only 100,000 units were sold.

January 19, 1983…Guitarist (Never On Sunday, Ghost Riders In The Sky)/music producer (Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Lloyd Price, George Hamilton IV)/arranger (Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Tony Bennett, Trini Lopez) Don Costa died after a heart attack at the age of 57.

January 19, 1988…The news and documentary series "48 Hours" premiered on CBS-TV. Dan Rather was the program's host for its first 14 years on the air.

January 19, 1990…Country music singer Reba McEntire made her movie debut in "Tremors," a science fiction horror comedy film starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, and Michael Gross.

January 19, 1991…Actor (Lawman, Soldiers of Fortune, Rio Bravo, Pale Rider, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, A Bell for Adano, Under the Gun, Fort Utah, Yellowstone Kelly, Fair Wind to Java, Hoodlum Empire, Honkytonk Man, Fort Massacre) John Russell died of emphysema at the age of 70.

January 19, 1993…IBM announced a $4.97 billion loss, the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history.

January 19, 1993…Tom Waits was allowed to keep $2.5 million awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a Waits sound-alike voice in a 1988 commercial. The U.S. Supreme Court supported the damages amount.

January 19, 1993…An inaugural concert was held at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland to honor U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton. Aretha Franklin sang "I Have A Dream" and Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform "Don't Stop," which the Clinton campaign had used as a theme song. Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Judy Collins, Chuck Berry, Michael Bolton, Little Richard, Bill Cosby, Chevy Chase, James Earl Jones and Jack Lemmon also appeared.

January 19, 1994…Paul McCartney posthumously inducted John Lennon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying, "The thing you must remember is, that I'm the number one John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him."

January 19, 1995…Songwriter (Snowbird, Put Your Hand in the Hand)/poet/singer Gene MacLellan committed suicide at 56.

January 19, 1996…The National Hockey League approved the move of its Winnipeg franchise to Phoenix where the former (original) Jets became known as the Coyotes.

January 19, 1996…Film producer (Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun) Don Simpson died of a drug overdose at 52.

January 19, 1997…PLO leader Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years to join nearly 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city that had been in Israeli control.

January 19, 1997…Author (Deliverance) James Dickey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, died at the age of 73.

January 19, 1998…Singer/songwriter/guitarist (Blue Suede Shoes, Your True Love, Matchbox, Honey Don't, Birth Of Rock And Roll)/actor (Into the Night)/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carl Perkins died of throat cancer and a series of strokes at age 65.

January 19, 1998…Falcons singer (You're So Fine) Joe Stubbs died of complications from heart disease at 56.

January 19, 2000…Tourism officials in Liverpool were prevented from erecting signs saying "Liverpool, the Birthplace of the Beatles," because the Highways Agency thought the signs would be a distraction to motorists.

January 19, 2000…Actress (Samson and Delilah, Ecstasy, Algiers, Experiment Perilous, My Favorite Spy, The Strange Woman, Boom Town, The Female Animal, Ziegfeld Girl, Let's Live a Little, White Cargo, Dishonored Lady) Hedy Lamarr died at age 85. Lamarr was also the co-inventor of the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping communications, used by the U.S. military during World War II to control torpedoes, and more recently incorporated into Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology.

January 19, 2001…The 3½-year marriage of Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and his first wife, Meg Matthews, ended in divorce. They have a daughter.

January 19, 2005…Country music stars Lee Greenwood, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, the Gatlins, Lyle Lovett, Clay Walker, and Asleep At The Wheel were among the performers at various Washington, DC events on the eve of U.S. President George W. Bush's inauguration.

January 19, 2006…Actor (Finder of Lost Loves, Matt Helm, The Name of the Game, Tenebre, Valentines Day, A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Death Wish II, Fathom, Assault on a Queen, A Man Could Get Killed, The Pleasure Seekers, Period of Adjustment) Anthony Franciosa died following a stroke at age 77.

January 19, 2006…R&B singer (Funky Broadway, Land Of 1000 Dances, Mustang Sally, In The Midnight Hour) Wilson Pickett died after a heart attack at 64.

January 19, 2007…Singer (Monday Monday, California Dreamin', Dedicated To The One I Love, I Saw Her Again, Words Of Love, Creeque Alley, Look Through My Window, Dream A Little Dream Of Me) Denny Doherty, a founding member of the Mamas & the Papas died from surgical complications and an aneurysm in his abdomen at age 66.

January 19, 2008…Actress (The Bob Newhart Show, The Boys Are Back, Nightingales, The Birds, Oh God! Book II, The Shaggy D.A., Rome Adventure, The Geisha Boy, Fate Is the Hunter, Youngblood Hawke)/cartoon voicist (Spirited Away, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride) Suzanne Pleshette died of respiratory failure at the age of 70.

January 19, 2008…Singer (Gold, Midnight Wind)/songwriter (Daydream Believer, Runaway Train) John Stewart, a member of the Kingston Trio in the 1960s, died after a stroke at 68.

January 19, 2008…Veteran CBC sportscaster Don Wittman died of cancer at age 71.

January 19, 2009…Aretha Franklin sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

January 19, 2010…Singer Phoebe Snow underwent successful brain surgery after suffering a stroke and slipping into a coma. She died 15 months later.

January 19, 2011…R&B singer Gwen McCrae underwent successful gallbladder surgery.

January 19, 2011…The Jason Aldean single "My Kinda Party" was certified Gold.

January 19, 2011…Longtime television newsman Bob Young died at age 87. Young replaced Peter Jennings as the anchor of "The ABC Evening News" for five months in 1968, before Frank Reynolds replaced him.

January 19, 2012…Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper company agreed to pay nearly $1 million in damages to 36 phone-hacking victims, including actor Jude Law and former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

January 19, 2012…Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection. After selling many of its patents, the company emerged from bankruptcy in September 2013.

January 19, 2013…In Scottsdale, Arizona, the original 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car used in the 1960s "Batman" TV show sold at auction for $4.2 million. The identity of the winning bidder was not disclosed.

January 19, 2013…Restaurateur/Baseball Hall of Famer Stan "The Man" Musial, who won seven batting titles and helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s, died at age 92.

January 19, 2013…Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver died of a heart attack at 82.

January 19, 2014…Television producer (Diff'rent Strokes)/TV series creator/developer (The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons)/writer/screenwriter (Mister Ed, Diff'rent Strokes, All in the Family, Bachelor Father, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Texas Across the River, The Busy Body) Ben Starr, who began his Hollywood career in radio as a writer for Al Jolson, George Burns, and Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, died at the age of 92.

January 19, 2015…Model/singer/actress Paulina Gretzky and her fiancĂ©, pro golfer Dustin Johnson, welcomed the arrival of their first child together, a son they named Tatum.

January 19, 2015…"Coronation Street" actress Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow on the television series for 44 years, died at age 60.

January 19, 2015…Jazz singer/musician/arranger/composer (Air On The G String) Ward Swingle, founder and original director of the Swingle Singers, died at the age of 87.

January 19, 2016…Actress (A Canterbury Tale, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, The Night My Number Came Up, The Outsider, West of Zanzibar) Sheila Sim died of complications from dementia at 93.

January 19, 2017…Film director Brett Ratner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

January 19, 2017…Actor (Crossing Jordan, NCIS: Los Angeles, LateLine, The Protector, Iron Man 3, RoboCop, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Manchurian Candidate, Hot Shots! Part Deaux, Sunshine State, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Point of No Return, DeepStar Six) Miguel Ferrer, the oldest of actor JosĂ© Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney's five children, died of throat cancer at age 61.

I Did Not Know That!

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.

There's no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you'd never make. - Spirella

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.