On this day in 1999
Average Income: $62,636/yr
Minimum Wage: $5.15/hr
Today's Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (Blue Bloods) Sami Gayle, 21. Actor (Stitches) Tommy Knight, 24. Actress (Life on Top) Mary LeGault, 30. Singer/songwriter/guitarist (According To You) Orianthi, 32. Actress (Hamlet 2) Phoebe Strole, 34. Actor (Veronica Mars) Kevin Sheridan, 35. Actress (7th Heaven) Beverley Mitchell, 36. Singer (I Wanna Be Bad)/television host (The Ultimate Fighter)/actress (Friday the 13th) Willa Ford, 36. Actress (Made of Honor) Lilly McDowell, 36. Jazz/R&B singer/songwriter (Hit The Ground) Lizz Wright, 37. Actor (Malcolm in the Middle) Christopher Masterson, 37. Actress (SGU Stargate Universe) Jennifer Spence, 40. Actor (Brothers & Sisters) Balthazar Getty, 42. Actor (It’s Alive) James Murray, 42. Actress (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Dance with the Devil) Katie Barberi, 45. Actor (Suits, Behind Enemy Lines) Gabriel Macht, 45. Actress (You’ve Got Mail, Night of the Living Dead) Katie Finneran, 46. Actor (The Reef, Mystery Road) Damian Walshe-Howling, 46. Actor (Port Charles, All My Childen) Brian Gaskill, 47. Actress (The Wonder Years, Conan the Destroyer) Olivia d'Abo, 48. Model/Playboy Playmate/actress (Anarchy TV, Dream Trap) Christina Leardini, 48. Actress (Looper, The Founding of a Republic) Qing Xu, 48. Actress (Downton Abbey, Tick Tock Lullaby) Raquel Cassidy, 49. Television host (Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite) Guy Fieri, 49. Actress (Man of Steel, Unfaithful) Diane Lane, 52. Actor (Filth, Speed 2: Cruise Control) Brian McCardie, 52. Actor (Speed, The Glimmer Man) Robert Mailhouse, 55. Actor (Oldboy, Lucy) Min-sik Choi, 55. Actress (The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic) Linda Blair, 58. Actor (Cocoon, Cocoon: The Return) Tyrone Power, Jr., 58. Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy, 60. Actor (Watchmen, Fantastic Four) Michael Kopsa, 61. Actor (One Life to Live, Dawson’s Creek) John Wesley Shipp, 62. Actor (Duet, Wishmaster) Chris Lemmon, 63. Former Journey lead, solo singer (Who’s Crying Now) Steve Perry, 68. Hockey Hall of Famer Serge Savard, 71. Actor (Die Hard: With a Vengeance)/writer (Gia, The Witches of Eastwick) Michael Cristofer, 72. Actor (The Interns, Awakenings) Steve Vinovich, 72. Actor (V for Vendetta, Alien) John Hurt, 77. Writer (The Onion Field, The Blue Knight) Joseph Wambaugh, 80. Actor (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) Seymour Cassel, 82. TV cooking show host (The Galloping Gourmet)/author (Television Cookbooks) Graham Kerr, 83. Actress (Carrie, The Hustler) Piper Laurie, 85.
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What a Day This Has Been
January 22, 1889…The Columbia Phonograph Company, the name derived from its District of Columbia headquarters, began selling Edison phonograph cylinders and players in Washington, Maryland and Delaware.
January 22, 1890…In Columbus, Ohio, the United Mineworkers of America labor union was founded.
January 22, 1901…Queen Victoria of England, after reigning for nearly 64 years, died at age 82. Her son Edward VII succeeded her.
January 22, 1905…In St. Petersburg, Russia, what became known as "Bloody Sunday" occurred as insurgent workers – unarmed, peaceful demonstrators marching to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II – were fired upon by the Imperial Guard, resulting in about 1,000 people left dead or wounded.
January 22, 1931…Clyde McCoy & His Orchestra recorded his theme song, "Sugar Blues," one of four times he recorded the tune.
January 22, 1938…In Princeton, New Jersey, "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder, was performed publicly for the first time.
January 22, 1945…Les Brown & His Orchestra released "Sentimental Journey," with vocal by Doris Day.
January 22, 1947…In Hollywood, California, KTLA-Channel 5 began operation as the first U.S. commercial television station west of the Mississippi.
January 22, 1950…Actor (It Happened One Night, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Destination Tokyo, The Sea Hawk, The Inspector General, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Prince and the Pauper, The Fighting 69th, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Of Human Bondage, This Is the Army, Gentleman Jim, Our Relations, My Wild Irish Rose) Alan Hale, Sr. died of a liver ailment and viral infection at age 57.
January 22, 1951…After hitting a batter, Fidel Castro was ejected from a Winter League baseball game. He eventually gave up baseball for politics.
January 22, 1953…The first production of the Arthur Miller drama "The Crucible," starring Arthur Kennedy, Walter Hampton, E.G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight nd Madeleine Sherwood, opened at New York's Martin Beck Theatre for 197 performances.
January 22, 1955…Porter Wagoner debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
January 22, 1955…"Ozark Jubilee," later renamed "Jubilee U.S.A.," a country music stage show series hosted by Red Foley and broadcast live from Springfield, Missouri, began its almost six-year run on ABC-TV.
January 22, 1957…George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber" who for 16 years terrorized New York City with explosives, was arrested and charged with planting at least 33 bombs, 22 of which exploded. No one was killed in the blasts but 15 people were injured. Metesky was found to be legally insane and incompetent to stand trial, then committed to the Matteawan Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He was released in 1973 and died in 1994.
January 22, 1959…In his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly made his last recordings alone with only an acoustic guitar. The songs, "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What To Do," "Learning The Game" and "That Makes It Tough," were overdubbed and released posthumously.
January 22, 1959…Singer Jimmie Rodgers was the surprised honoree on NBC-TV's "This Is Your Life. "
January 22, 1960…On his 29th birthday, Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records.
January 22, 1960…"The Fabulous Fifties," a two-hour television special starring Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Henry Fonda, Jackie Gleason, Suzy Parker, and Dick Van Dyke, aired on CBS.
January 22, 1962…Gene Chandler made his television debut on ABC's "American Bandstand."
January 22, 1963…At the Atlantic Studios in New York City, the Drifters recorded "On Broadway," with Phil Spector playing the guitar solo.
January 22, 1963…At Radio Recorders in West Hollywood, Elvis Presley recorded six songs, including "Bossa Nova Baby," for his movie "Fun in Acapulco
January 22, 1963…George Martin produced Gerry & the Pacemakers' "How Do You Do It" at their first recording session.
January 22, 1964…The New Christy Minstrels recorded "Today" at the CBS Recording Studio in Hollywood.
January 22, 1965…At the Manufacturer's Pavilion of the Royal Agricultural Society's Showground in Sydney, the Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand with supporting acts Roy Orbison and the Newbeats, plus local favorites Chris Hall & The Torquays.
January 22, 1966…Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. None of the Beach Boys played on the session. Most of those who participated were members of the L.A. group of studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew." Vocals were added on March 10 at Columbia Studios and the track was completed on April 11.
January 22, 1966…Actor (The Little Foxes, Foreign Correspondent, The Letter, Murder!, The Virgin Queen, The Fly, Duel in the Sun, Midnight Lace, The List of Adrian Messenger, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Secret Garden, The Moon and Sixpence) Herbert Marshall died following a heart attack at 75.
January 22, 1967…At the Cow Palace in San Francisco, the Monkees performed live for the first time and to a sell-out crowd.
January 22, 1967…Johnny Mathis sang a medley of his hits and the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Nashville Cats" and "Darling Be Home Soon" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Ginger Rogers, Abbe Lane, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara and the mouse puppet Topo Gigio also appeared on the program.
January 22, 1968…During the Who's first Australian tour, they played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with opening acts the Small Faces and Paul Jones.
January 22, 1968…"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, featuring Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Henry Gibson, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin, Judy Carne, and Gary Owens, began its six-season run on NBC-TV.
January 22, 1968…Apple Corps, home of the Beatles' boutique and record label, opened its offices in London.
January 22, 1968…Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, died after a heart attack at 77.
January 22, 1969…George Harrison, after encountering Billy Preston at the Apple offices, invited him to join the Beatles' "Get Back" sessions, later released as "Let It Be." John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard's backup group.
January 22, 1969…At the Apple studios in London, the Beatles made the first of several attempts to record "Don't Let Me Down." The version recorded on January 28 was released as a B-side of their single "Get Back."
January 22, 1969…In Memphis, Elvis Presley overdubbed the vocal track on "Don't Cry Daddy," which, like "In The Ghetto," is a Mac Davis composition. The rhythm track was recorded on January 15. Brass overdubs took place on March 19 and the track was completed with string overdubs on March 21.
January 22, 1969…Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" was certified Gold, his first million-selling single.
January 22, 1970…At the Matrix nightclub in San Francisco, Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) opened for the Elvin Bishop Group.
January 22, 1971…At Ascot Sound Studios in Surrey, England, John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band began recording "Power to the People," with Phil Spector, John and Yoko Ono as co-producers. The track was completed in February and released as a single in March of that year.
January 22, 1972…David Bowie admitted that he was bisexual during an interview that appeared in the British music magazine Melody Maker.
January 22, 1972…The medical drama series "Emergency!," starring Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth, and Kevin Tighe, started a seven-season run on NBC-TV.
January 22, 1973…The U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy. The case (Roe vs. Wade), in effect, legalized abortion.
January 22, 1973…Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, died after a heart attack at age 64.
January 22, 1974…Carly Simon's album "Hotcakes" was certified Gold.
January 22, 1977…Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, was institutionalized after using a shotgun to threaten an accountant who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced rock 'n' roll in 1970 and didn't want the money. He re-emerged as a professional musician in 1979 and in 1998 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Fleetwood Mac.
January 22, 1978…The three-hour special "Fifty Years of Country Music" aired on NBC-TV
January 22, 1981…A picture of a naked John Lennon embracing a fully clothed Yoko Ono, taken hours before his death, appeared in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
January 22, 1982…R&B singer/songwriter (Hi-Heel Sneakers) Tommy Tucker died from inhaling carbon tetrachloride while refinishing hardwood floors in his home at age 48.
January 22, 1983…Bjorn Borg retired from tennis after winning five consecutive Wimbledon championships.
January 22, 1984…At Tampa Stadium in Florida, Barry Manilow sang the U.S. National Anthem at Super Bowl XVIII. The Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins, 38-9.
January 22, 1984…Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII.
January 22, 1987…Phil Donahue became the first U.S. talk show host to tape a program inside the Soviet Union.
January 22, 1988…Actor (The Trouble with Harry, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!) Parker Fennelly died at 96. He is best remembered as Pepperidge Farm's television spokesman between 1956 and 1985, delivering the slogan "Pepperidge Farm remembers" in his crusty New England Yankee accent.
January 22, 1989…KISS leader Gene Simmons and actress Shannon Tweed welcomed the arrival of the first of their two children together, a son they named Nicholas.
January 22, 1991…Twenty-three years after it was released in North America, the album "Elvis' Gold Records" was made available in China, on cassette only.
January 22, 1993…At Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Metallica began their 77-date Nowhere Else To Roam world tour.
January 22, 1994…Dwight Yoakam joined the Grand Ole Opry.
January 22, 1994…Actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Kelly's Heroes, The Dirty Dozen, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Cape Fear, Mackenna's Gold, The Muppet Movie, Capricorn One, The Interns, Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell, The Assassination Bureau, Battle of the Bulge, Genghis Khan, Pancho Villa, Beau Geste, Mad Dog Coll) Telly Savalas died of complications from bladder and prostate cancer at age 72.
January 22, 1995…Kennedy Family matriarch Rose Kennedy died at the age of 104.
January 22, 1997…R&B singer (Love You So, Can You Talk?) Ron Holden died following a heart attack at 57.
January 22, 1998…Sonny Bono's widow, Mary, announced her intention to run for her late husband's 44th Congressional District seat in California.
January 22, 1998…"Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski pled guilty to federal charges and agreed to life in prison without parole.
January 22, 2000…The New York Times' longtime food editor and restaurant critic/cookbook author Craig Claiborne died at age 79.
January 22, 2001…Chubby Checker guest-starred on Fox-TV's "Ally McBeal."
January 22, 2001…Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits" album was certified Platinum.
January 22, 2001…Actor (Bozo's Circus, The Bozo Show) Roy Brown, who played Cooky the Cook on TV kids shows in Chicago for 25 years, died of heart failure at 68.
January 22, 2002…Kmart Corp. became the largest retailer in history to seek legal protection from its creditors as it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
January 22, 2003…Comic strip cartoonist (Willie And Joe) Bill Mauldin died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 81.
January 22, 2004…Actress/dancer (Mulholland Dr., On the Town, Kiss Me Kate, You Can't Take It with You, Room Service, Easter Parade, Stage Door, Small Town Girl, The Kissing Bandit, The Opposite Sex, Lovely to Look at, Hey Rookie, Two Tickets to Broadway, Melody Ranch) Ann Miller died of lung cancer at age 80.
January 22, 2004…Bandleader (Main Title From 'The Man With The Golden Arm')/arranger (for Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat 'King' Cole, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Anita O'Day and Nancy Wilson, among others)/composer (TV themes for The Mod Squad, The Green Horney, Naked City)/trumpeter Billy May, who also collaborated with satirist Stan Freberg on many of his comedy recordings, died of heart failure at 87.
January 22, 2005…Rose Mary Woods, secretary for U.S. President Richard Nixon, who couldn't explain an 18½-minute gap on one of the crucial Watergate tapes, died at the age of 87.
January 22, 2006…Lisa Marie Presley married her fourth husband, guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood. They have two children together. She has two other children from her first marriage.
January 22, 2008…Ringo Starr walked off the syndicated television program "Live With Regis And Kelly," unhappy about the amount of time allotted for his performance.
January 22, 2008…Actor (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You) Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at the age of 28.
January 22, 2010…Actress (Dark Shadows, Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, The Big Country, Elmer Gantry, The Robe, Rough Night in Jericho, This Earth Is Mine, Young Bess, Affair with a Stranger, Divorce American Style, The Blue Lagoon, Hamlet, Uncle Silas, Great Expectations, Black Narcissus, The Grass Is Greener, Desirée, How to Make an American Quilt, Androcles and the Lion, Angel Face) Jean Simmons died of lung cancer at 80.
January 22, 2011…Ballet dancer/teacher Lois Smith, the first prima ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada, died at age 81.
January 22, 2012…Television newsman (KABC-Los Angeles)/announcer (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Zorro, The Time Tunnel, The Gallant Men, Surfside 6, The Jim Stafford Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Julie Andrews Hour, The Judy Garland Show, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Fantastic Four) Dick Tufeld, who provided the voice of the robot in the "Lost in Space" TV series, died at the age of 85.
January 22, 2012…Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died of lung cancer at the age of 85. The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno had been ousted by Penn State's Board of Trustees in November 2011 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
January 22, 2012…Sportscaster Andy Musser, 26-year voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, died at age 74.
January 22, 2012…Jim Irwin, a sports broadcaster in Milwaukee for more than 40 years, the longtime play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Wisconsin Badgers, died of kidney cancer at 77.
January 22, 2013…Singer/songwriter/dancer/model Shakira (Mebarak) and her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, welcomed the arrival of their first child together, a son they named Milan Piqué Mebarak.
January 22, 2014…Actor (Combat!, Good-Bye Cruel World, The Concorde-Airport '79, 43: The Richard Petty Story, The Ski Bum) Pierre Jalbert died following a heart attack at the age of 89.
January 22, 2014…Veteran television newsman (NECN-Boston, WCVB-Boston, WCBS-New York, WTOP-Washington) Chet Curtis, an achorman in Boston for 46 years, died of pancreatic cancer at 74.
January 22, 2016…News anchor and program host (WBBM-AM, WBBM-TV, WMAQ-TV, WLS-TV WGN-TV) Jim Conway, whose career in Chicago began in the early 1940s and spanned four decades, died at age 94.
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