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June 19, 2017

On this day in 1977
"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac was the #1 song.

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actor (The Middle) Atticus Shaffer, 19.  Actor (Cheaper by the Dozen) Blake Woodruff, 22.  Actress (The Three Musketeers) Helen George, 33.  Actor (Little Miss Sunshine) Paul Dano, 33.  Producer (Great News)/actress (The Mindy Project) Tracey Wigfield, 34.  Actor (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Aidan Turner, 34.  Actress (The Perfect Husband) Gabriella Wright, 35.  Actress (Hell on Wheels) Robin McLeavy, 36.  Actress (Lie with Me) Lauren Lee Smith, 37.  Actor (Straight Outta Compton) Neil Brown, Jr., 37.  Actress (Avatar) Zoe Saldana, 39.  Actress (The Strain) Mía Maestro, 39.  Actor (Remember the Titans) Ryan Hurst, 41.  Actor (Hannibal) Hugh Dancy, 42.  Actress (In the Valley of Elah) Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 43.  Actor (Enemy Mine)/cartoon voicist (Ben 10: Omniverse) Bumper Robinson, 43.  Actress (Hell on Wheels) Chelah Horsdal, 44.  Actress (The Mentalist) Robin Tunney, 45.  Actor (The Artist) Jean Dujardin, 45.  Actor (Immortals) Alan Van Sprang, 46.  ABC News reporter /co-host (Good Morning America)/producer (Flea Market Flip) Lara Spencer, 48.  Actress (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) Mia Sara, 50.  Actor (Blackstone) Eric Schweig, 50.  Actor (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) Chris Larkin, 50.  Actor (The Black Stallion) Kelly Reno, 51.  Actor (Van Helsing) Samuel West, 51.  Actress (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) Sadie Frost, 52.  Actor (Caroline in the City) Andy Lauer, 54.  Singer (Rush Rush)/dancer /TV personality (American Idol) Paula Abdul, 55.  Actor (Babel) Michael Maloney, 60.  Actress (Romancing the Stone) Kathleen Turner, 63.  Actress (Downton Abbey) Lesley Nicol, 64.  Actor (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, The Artist) Ken Davitian, 64.  Actress (Farscape, The Road Warrior) Virginia Hey, 65.  Heart singer (Crazy On You) Ann Wilson, 67.  Actress (The Cosby Show, Creed) Phylicia Rashad, 69.  Writer (Satanic Verses) Salman Rushdie, 70.  Actress (Eight Is Enough)/cartoon voicist (Monsters Inc.) Jennifer Darling, 71.  Spanky & Our Gang singer (Lazy Day) Elaine “Spanky” MacFarlane, 75.  Actress (To Die For, Touch and Go) Maria Tucci, 76.  Actress (Network, The Great White Hope) Marlene Warfield, 77.  Original 4 Seasons singer/guitarist/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tommy DeVito, 81.  Actress (The Rose Tattoo, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit) Marisa Pavan, 85.  Actress (The Notebook, The Skeleton Key) Gena Rowlands, 87.  Actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Cloud Atlas) Robert Fyfe, 92.

 Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Virginia Hey

What a Day This Has Been

June 19, 1586…After failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America, English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

June 19, 1846…In the first organized baseball game with set rules, the New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Nine at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. The game lasted four innings. The Nine won by a score of 23-1.

June 19, 1862…U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

June 19, 1867…Emperor Maximilian, only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire, was executed (with two of his generals) by firing squad.

June 19, 1910…In Spokane, Washington, Father's Day was celebrated in the U.S. for the first time.

June 19, 1911…The first motion picture censorship board was established in Pennsylvania.

June 19, 1912…The U.S. government established the eight-hour employee workday.

June 19, 1917…While his country's soldiers fought against Germany in World War I, Britain's King George V ordered the royal family to dispense with its German titles and surnames. On July 17, 1917, the family took the name "Windsor."

June 19, 1934…The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate radio (and later television) broadcasting.

June 19, 1937…Author/dramatist (Peter Pan-or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, The Little White Bird, Peter and Wendy, What Every Woman Knows) James Matthew "J.M." Barrie died of pneumonia at the age of 77.

June 19, 1939…After six days of extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic, and on the baseball legend's 36th birthday, Lou Gehrig received confirmation of the diagnosis of his illness as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which ever since has been commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."

June 19, 1942…British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for talks with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt regarding the invasion of North Africa.

June 19, 1942…A few weeks after her 16th birthday, Norma Jeane Mortenson (the future Marilyn Monroe) and her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty were married. They divorced in June 1946.

June 19, 1943…Due to player shortages during World War II, the merger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles – forming the Phil-Pitt Eagles, or Steagles – was approved by the National Football League.

June 19, 1951…U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which lowered the draft age to 18 and extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955.

June 19, 1952…The TV quiz program "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, debuted on CBS. By 1953, the show settled in with a cast of regular panelists: Bill Cullen, Faye Emerson, Henry Morgan, and Jayne Meadows. In 1958, Emerson left, replaced by Betsy Palmer. The following year, Meadows left, and was replaced by Bess Myerson. Moore continued as the host until 1964 when Steve Allen succeeded him for three years.

June 19, 1953…Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. They had been convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. This was the first execution of civilians for espionage in United States history.

June 19, 1956…Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their 10-year partnership after starring on radio, TV and in 16 feature films.

June 19, 1957…At CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, Tony Bennett recorded "In The Middle Of An Island," which went on to become his last Top 10 single (so far).

June 19, 1958…Ricky Nelson did two shows at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

June 19, 1958…At Decca's Pythian Temple studios in New York, Buddy Holly recorded "Now We're One" and Bobby Darin's "Early In The Morning," the first time in more than a year that he recorded without the Crickets.

June 19, 1960…The Kingston Trio debuted their self-titled weekday program on CBS Radio.

June 19, 1961…Kuwait declared its independence from the United Kingdom.

June 19, 1961…A provision in Maryland's constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 1961…At Radio Recorders in Hollywood, Bobby Darin recorded "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" and his composition "Things."

June 19, 1962…At the Capitol Tower studios in Hollywood, Nat "King" Cole recorded "Ramblin' Rose."

June 19, 1963…As the Beatles performed at London's Playhouse Theatre, Ringo Starr used his new Ludwig drum kit, complete with the band's famous logo, for the first time onstage.

June 19, 1964…The Civil Rights Act was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate. A Southern Bloc of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell of Georgia had launched the filibuster to prevent the Act's passage. Said Russell: "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states."

June 19, 1965…At the age of 34, Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky became South Vietnam's youngest premier.

June 19, 1966…Comic actor (The Ed Wynn Show, Mary Poppins, Cinderfella, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The AbsentMinded Professor, That Darn Cat!) Ed Wynn, who hosted the popular radio show "The Fire Chief" for most of the 1930s, died of cancer at age 79.

June 19, 1967…Paul McCartney admitted in the press and on BBC-TV that he'd taken LSD four times.

June 19, 1968…About 50,000 people marched on Washington, DC in support of the Poor People's Campaign.

June 19, 1969…The Doors performed at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

June 19, 1970…Jim Bouton's controversial baseball book "Ball Four" was published. It described a side of baseball that had been unseen by the general public as Bouton wrote about the obscene jokes, the drunken tomcatting of the players and routine drug use. The book specifically revealed the heavy drinking of Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, which had previously been kept almost entirely out of the press.

June 19, 1972…In Wichita, Kansas, Elvis Presley played the Henry Lewitt Arena.

June 19, 1973…Roberta Flack hosted her ABC-TV special, "Roberta Flack... The First Time Ever," also starring Seals & Crofts and the Blossoms.

June 19, 1973…Edgar Winter's single "Frankenstein" was certified Gold. Winter titled the tune as a reference to how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.

June 19, 1975…Shortly before he was scheduled to appear before a U. S. Senate committee investigating supposed CIA and Cosa Nostra collusion in plots to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, Chicago organized crime boss Sam Giancana was found murdered at age 67.

June 19, 1976…The Bay City Rollers began their first North American tour with a concert in Atlantic City.

June 19, 1978…The Rolling Stones performed at the Palladium in New York City.

June 19, 1978…"Garfield," created by Jim Davis, made its first appearance as a U.S. newspaper comic strip. As of 2013, it appeared in more than 2500 newspapers and holds the Guiness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.

June 19, 1978…The original Broadway production of the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas," starring Henderson Forsythe, Carlin Glynn, Delores Hall, Clinton Allmon and Pamela Blair opened at New York's 46th St. Theatre for 1584 performances.

June 19, 1980…Donna Summer became the first act to sign with Geffen Records, founded by music industry businessman David Geffin who, in the early 1970s, had founded Asylum Records. The Geffen label followed the Summer signing with "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Lennon's first new album since 1975.

June 19, 1980…Boxcar Willie made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

June 19, 1981…In French Guiana, the European Space Agency launched two satellites into Earth orbit.

June 19, 1981…The feature film "Superman II," starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, and Jackie Cooper, set a new one-day movie box-office record by taking in $5.5 million.

June 19, 1982…Riders in the Sky joined the Grand Ole Opry.

June 19, 1983…BC Place, a 60,000 seat domed stadium, opened in Vancouver, British Columbia.

June 19, 1987…The Louisiana law that required state public schools to teach creationism was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 1988…More than 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.

June 19, 1989…The movie "Batman," starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, and Pat Hingle, had its world premiere in Westwood, California.

June 19, 1990…In London, Prince played the first of 12 sold-out nights at Wembley Arena.

June 19, 1991…Actress (The Jean Arthur Show, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can't Take It with You, Shane, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, A Foreign Affair, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Plainsman, Easy Living, Too Many Husbands, Diamond Jim, Only Angels Have Wings, The Whole Town's Talking, The Talk of the Town, A Lady Takes a Chance, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu) Jean Arthur died of heart failure at age 90.

June 19, 1992…"Batman Returns," starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Pat Hingle, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

June 19, 1997…Singer (My Special Angel, Jingle Bell Rock, Fraulein) Bobby Helms died of emphysema at 63.

June 19, 1998…A new study claimed that cigarette smoking more than doubles a person's risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.

June 19, 1998…Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low when Switzerland's three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims that they'd stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II.

June 19, 1998…The second Lilith Fair tour opened with a sold-out show in Portland, Oregon. The 57-date "Celebration of Women in Music'' featured the Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Erykah Badu, Sinead O'Connor, and Lilith Fair organizer Sarah McLachlan.

June 19, 1998…"The X Files," starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John Neville, Martin Landau, Blythe Danner, William B. Davis, and Mitch Pileggi, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

June 19, 1999…While walking along a road in Maine, author Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van and hospitalized in critical condition with a severely fractured hip and injuries to his lung, ribs, and leg. His recovery required three weeks of operations and six months of intensive rehabilitation. The driver of the van, Bryan Smith was sentenced to six months' imprisonment (sentence suspended), and had his driver's license suspended for a year. Smith later was discovered dead in his trailer from an accidental overdose of painkiller.

June 19, 1999…At Windsor Castle, Britain's Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon her youngest son and his bride the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex.

June 19, 2003…The U.S. Air Force decided against pursuing the court-martial of two pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian troops in Afghanistan in April, 2000, killing four people.

June 19, 2009…Nine years after his death, the singer Oliver was honored with a festival in his hometown of Wilksboro, North Carolina.

June 19, 2009…"The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, and Betty White, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

June 19, 2009…Radio/TV announcer (The Shadow, Easy Aces, The Electric Company, Candid Camera, Love of Life, The Secret Storm, Make Me Laugh, Dollar a Second)/quiz show host (Quick as a Flash, Where Was I?) Ken Roberts died of pneumonia following a stroke at age 99. In 1935, he was one of the founders of the broadcast performers' union now known as AFTRA.

June 19, 2010…In London, nearly 80,000 fans attended a Wembley Stadium performance by Green Day.

June 19, 2011…At her concert in Belgrade, Serbia, Amy Winehouse appeared to be too drunk to perform. She mumbled through parts of songs, left the stage for a time, and at one point threw her microphone to the floor. The audience booed her frequently during the performance.

June 19, 2011…Actor Peter Fonda married his third wife, Margaret "Parky" DeVogelaere.

June 19, 2011…Actor (The Adventures of Kit Carson, F Troop, Zorro, The Old Man and the Sea, Pete 'n' Tillie, Viva Max, The Carpetbaggers, Irma la Douce, How Sweet It Is!, Fun in Acapulco, Herbie Goes Bananas, The Story of Ruth, Fräulein, Omar Khayyam, Holiday for Lovers) Don Diamond died at age 90.

June 19, 2012…Actor (Halloween, Scarecrow, Invasion U.S.A., The Sword and the Sorcerer, Crime and Punishment, Merlin, Delta Fox, The Seven-Ups) Richard Lynch was found dead of a heart attack at 72.

June 19, 2013…Country music singer/songwriter (Indian Love Call, Rose Marie, Secret Love) Ottis Dewey "Slim" Whitman died at the age of 90.

June 19, 2013…Actor (The Sopranos, The Man Who Wasn't There, 8MM, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, All the King's Men, Get Shorty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Crimson Tide, Not Fade Away) James Gandolfini died of a heart attack at 51.

June 19, 2013…Music journalist/journalism teacher (University of Tennessee)/author Chet Flippo, former editor of Rolling Stone magazine and a Billboard magazine bureau chief, died at the age of 69.

June 19, 2014…Lyricist (Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Take Good Care Of My Baby, One Fine Day, Go Away Little Girl, The Loco-Motion, A Natural Woman, Hey Girl, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Theme From Mahogany, Saving All My Love For You, I'm Into Something Good)/Songwriters Hall of Famer/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gerry Goffin, former husband and songwriting partner of Carole King, died at age 75.

June 19, 2015…During his performance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, Paul McCartney paused before singing "The Long and Winding Road" to remember the nine people killed in a Charleston, South Carolina church two nights earlier, saying "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world."

June 19, 2015…Novelist (A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, All That Is) James Salter died at the age of 90.

June 19, 2015…Pianist/songwriter/producer/arranger (You Send Me, I Got You Babe, Ya Ya, You Talk Too Much, I Know-You Don’t Love Me No More) Harold Battiste, who arranged songs for Sam Cooke, Sonny & Cher, Lee Dorsey, Joe Jones, and Barbara George, among others, and was musical director for Sonny & Cher's TV show, died at age 83.

June 19, 2016…The Kenny Rogers farewell tour, The Gambler's Last Deal, played Atlanta with a concert at the Chastain Park Ampitheater.

June 19, 2016…Actor (Huff, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, Green Room)/cartoon voicist (The Smurfs) Anton Yelchin died at age 27 in a freak accident at home when he was pinned to a security fence by his own car.

I Did Not Know That!

Trees that are near street lights do not shed their leaves as fast as trees in the country.

The only things that stand between a person and what they want from life is often the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible. – Rich Devos

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.


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