✍🎭Don Novello -- is 74 in the year 2017 and 75 in the year 2018; b.1/1/1943
Screen/Scriptwriter, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in Ashtabula, OH; aka Lazlo Toth
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live (as Father Guido Sarducci, semireg 1977-80), The Smothers Brothers (1975)
🎭Rick Hurst -- is 71 in the year 2017 and 72 in the year 2018; b.1/1/1946
TV Shows: On the Rocks, The Dukes of Hazzard (as Deputy Cletus), Amanda's
Movie Titles: In the Line of Fire, The Karate Kid Part III, Steel Magnolias
🎭Stephanie Faracy -- is 65 in the year 2017 and 66 in the year 2018; b.1/1/1952
TV Shows: The Thorn Birds, Goodnight Beantown (as Valerie), His & Hers, True Colors (as Ellen Freeman)
Movie Titles: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Temple Grandin, Sideways, The Great Outdoors
🎭🎮Verne Troyer -- is 48 in the year 2017 and 49 in the year 2018; b.1/1/1969
Actor, Comedian, Stuntman, Director, Video Game Voice Actor
Misc: regular guest at Hef's mansion parties for the past few years, "Jack of All Trades" Napoleon
TV Shows: Boston Public (occasional)
Movie Titles: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Men in Black, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Austin Powers (movie series as Mini-Me)
Video Games: Let It Die
🎭💻🎮Eden Riegel -- is 36 in the year 2017 and 37 in the year 2018; b.1/1/1981
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Internet Video Actress, Video Game Voice Actress
TV Shows: Iron Man, Stitch!, Sailor Moon R, Stitch!, Bleach, All My Children, Imaginary Bitches (web series)
Movie Titles: Year One, The Lion Guard, Sailor Moon (series), Tiger and Bunny (series), The Prince of Egypt, American Pie
Video Games: Final Fantasy XV, Dead or Alive (series), Saints Row (series), Persona (series), Shin Megami Tensei (series)
🎨🎖⚛⚖Paul Revere -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/21/1734 O.S. or 1/1/1735 N.S. d.5/10/1818 (83)
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Engraver, Revolutionary, Inventor, Statesman
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Boston
Misc: Silversmith; Political; New England Patriot; False Teeth, Eye Glasses, Picture Frames, Surgical Tools, warned the colonists "The British Are Coming!"
🎭🎵Lewis "Lew" Fields -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1867 d.7/20/1941 (74)
Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Singer
Names/Places: Dorothy's father
Misc: of (Joseph) Weber & Fields
🎭"Stymie" Beard Jr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1925 d.1/8/1981 (56)
Movie Titles: Our Gang (as Stymie 1930-35)
⚖Idi Amin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1926 d.8/16/2003 (77)
Head of State, Uganda
Misc: Uganda president; the most amazing man that you ever seen; he's the general, the president, the king of the sea!
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🎭Haruo Nakajima -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1929 N.S. d.8/7/2017 N.S. (88)
Actor, Puppet Actor, Japanese
Movie Titles: Godzilla (series 1950s-1970s)
✍🎭Matthew Robinson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1937 d.8/5/2002 (65)
Names/Places: Holly's and Matt's father
Misc: wrote for Sanford And Son and The Cosby Show
TV Shows: Sesame Street (1969-71)
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🎭Barton MacLane -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/25/1902 d.1/1/1969 (66)
TV Shows: The Outlaws, I Dream of Jeannie (as Gen. Martin Peterson)
🎭Ian Fleming -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/10/1888 d.1/1/1969 (80)
Movie Actor, Australian
Misc: NOT the James Bond creator
Movie Titles: Dr. Watson (in some films)
🎭Victor Buono -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1938 d.1/1/1982 (43)
Names/Places: b. in Apple Valley, CA; FN:Charles
TV Shows: Backstairs at the White House (as President Taft), The Man from Atlantis (as Mr. Schubert), Batman (as King Tutankhamen), Taxi (as Rev Jim's dad)
🎭Cesar Romero -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/15/1907 d.1/1/1994 (86)
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: Hollywood's 1930-40s Latin lover
TV Shows: Passport to Danger (as Steve McQuinn), Falcon Crest (as Peter Stavros), Batman (as The Joker), The Thin Man (as gigolo)
🎭Ray Walston -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/2/1914 d.1/1/2001 (86)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Director
Names/Places: b. in New Orleans, LA
Misc: stage: The Front Page, South Pacific, Me & Juliet, Damn Yankees
TV Shows: My Favorite Martian (as Uncle Martin), Silver Spoons (as Harry Summers), Picket Fences (as Judge Henry Bone)
✍Tillie Olsen -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/14/1912 d.1/1/2007 (94)
Book Titles: Tell Me a Riddle
🎨🎭🎵Donna Douglas -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/26/1932 d.1/1/2015 (82)
Artist, TV Actress, Gospel Singer, Country Singer
Misc: some say b. in 1933 or 1939; became a real estate agent
TV Shows: The Beverly Hillbillies (as Elly May Clampett)
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In 1911, it was 1:11:11 and 11:11:11 on 1-11-11
In 1929, California's captain, Roy Riegels, ran 69 yards the wrong way after recovering a fumble in the Rose Bowl against George Tech, which defeated California 8-7.
In 1930, One of radio's first comedy programs, "The Cuckoo Hour" was heard for the first time on the NBC-Blue Network, which later became ABC Radio.
In 1942, singer Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish was born in El Monte, California. Anyone remember the "F" cheer?
In 1943, The Spike Jones-influenced Donald Duck film, "Der Fuehrer's Face" is released for the U.S. Armed Services in order to boost morale. The original title was "Donald Duck in Nutziland".
In 1954, NBC gets demented with the debut of "The Spike Jones Show." Millions of viewers arrive each week with bells on to watch classical music be tortured by bandleader Jones who's occasionally there with bells on, even though he might be late.
In 1961, Largest check was issued, Natl Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion).
In 1962, The Beatles made a trial recording in the Decca record studio for a recording contract, but the producer rejected the band stating he didn't like their sound and the trend was away from guitar groups and prefering to sign Brian Poole & The Tremeloes instead. Human error!
In 1963, "Astro Boy" (known as "Mighty Atom" in Japanese), Japan's first anime, began airing on Fuji TV
In 1965, Kids TV show host Soupy Sales tells viewers to get their parent's wallets and take out "those little green pieces of paper" with pictures of Presidents, and send them to him. He is fired, but later reinstated.
In 1966, The Beach Boys enter the Hot 100 for the 23rd time with "Barbara Ann," previously a hit for the Regents in 1961. The Beach Boys version will hang in the charts for eleven weeks peaking at #2.
In 1969, Los Angeles Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke fined each of his players $100 for "not" arguing with the referee.
In 1969, R.C., "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" by Marmalade peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.
In 1971, in a Brady Bunch episode called "The Impractical Joker", One of Jan's practical jokes boomerangs; she becomes a victim of her own joke when she takes Greg's pet mouse and loses it.
In 1972, Melanie Safka, better known simply as Melanie, enjoys the biggest hit of her career with "Brand New Key," which remains at Number One for the third straight week.
In 1976, It was a lot less than two years before Nebraska Public Television spoke up. The two Ns were geometrically identical (a square, a vertical line, a diagonal line). NPT's N was all red, NBC's N was half red half blue. NBC paid big bucks (rumored to be $1 million or even more) for two things: Market research and for a trademark search. Judging by the public reaction to the N and by the conflict with NPT, they were robbed. NBC settled by giving NPT a large quantity of used television equipment. The post-N peacock was quite a bit different from the pre-N peacock. The post-N peacock had nine feathers, but a few years later that was reduced to six, which is the peacock still used today. The other NBC logo is called the Snake.
In 1976, Marijuana fans changed the "Hollywood" sign to read "Hollyweed."
In 1979, Following a New Years Eve concert that began the night before featuring the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead, Bill Graham closes San Francisco's Winterland Theater. The Dead had performed there a record 48 times.
In 1983, on the cover of TV Guide: "Bob Newhart and Mary Frann of Newhart". Other Articles: Cheers
In 1984, the break-up of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement; AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into eight companies.
In 1993, Mike Ovitz and Bob Wright meet in Aspen, Colorado to discuss David Letterman's future with NBC. Ovitz then calls Peter Lassally and Robert Morton and relates Wright's laundry lists of complaints NBC has with Dave; a deal with NBC is more distant than it was two weeks ago.
In 1994, Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant.
In 1994, on the cover of TV Guide: "Tim Allen". Other Articles: Judith Light, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
In 1994, R.C., "Addams Family (Whoomp!) by Tag Team peaked at #84 on the pop singles chart.
In 1995, The last "The Far Side" appeared as cartoonist Gary Larsen retired the strip begun in 1980.
In 1996, Betty Rubble makes her long awaited debut after a 27-year delay as a Flintstone vitamin; the rag-topped Flintmobile vitamin is history. No word whether we'll see Weird Al Yankovic on a vitamin in any form!
In 1997, The Dishonor List of Banished Words and Phrases was issued this day. The Doublespeak Award went to (the envelope please...) Lake Superior State University for the phrase, "The patient did not fulfill his wellness potential." Or, in other words... he died.
In 1999, Alyssa Milano married Cinjun August Tate, lead of the rock group Rene Zero in Louisiana. (CNN and AP says Jan 1, 1999, ET says Dec 31, 1998) Guests included the Milano's "Charmed" co-stars, Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. They divorced 11 months later.
In 2000, computers worldwide crashed everywhere as Y2K arrives to mass confusion amongst the computers who think they're 100 years behind! Airplanes fall out of the sky! Bank accounts dry up! Social Security payments cease! VCRs are stuck in eternal 12:00 mode. Dogs and cats living together in peaceful harmony! Ellen goes back into the closet! Computers crash worldwide! The power grid fails! The moon crashes into venus! Saturn gives Uranis a ring! George Michael begins touching other people! Susan Lucci's Emmy was declared a practical joke! And last but not least, it is declared that Michael Jackson and LaToya is confirmed to be the same person! Yea, and David Tanny is the new Messiah, brother of Jesus. Right!
In 2000, The arrival of 2000 saw no terrorist attacks, Y2K meltdowns or mass suicides among doomsday cults, but instead saw seven continents stepping joyously and peacefully into the New Year.
In 2001, Actor Ray Walston ("Damn Yankees," "The Sting," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," TV's "My Favorite Martian") died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 86.
In 2008, Eddie Murphy celebrated New Year's Day by symbolically tying the knot with film producer Tracey Edmonds. They're not legal spouses.
In 2011, "Off the Air" began airing on Adult Swim
In 2011, it was 1:11:11 and 11:11:11 on 1-1-11
In 2015, Actress Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," died in Baton Rouge, Louisana, at age 82.