🎭Bruce Solomon -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1944
TV Shows: Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (as Sgt. Dennis Foley), Lanigan's Rabbi (as Rabbi David Small)
Movie Titles: Foul Play, Night of the Creeps, Auto Focus
🎭🎵🎸Ron Mael -- is 73 in the year 2018 and 74 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1945
Producer/Director, Songwriter, Singer, New Wave Keybordist
Names/Places: RN:Ronald David Mael
Group Names: Sparks
🎵🎸Mark Knopfler -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1949 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, Scotish
Misc: hits include "Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing" which "Weird Al" parodied into a song about Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies
Group Names: Dire Straits (lead singer)
Song Titles: Sultans of Swing, Money For Nothing
🎭Sam J. Jones -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1954
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, Illinois
Misc: some say b. Aug 24
Movie Titles: Ted, Flash Gordon, Ted 2, 10
🎭Bruce Greenwood -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1956
TV Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Canadian
TV Shows: St. Elsewhere (as Dr. Seth Griffin), Knots Landing (as Pierce Lawton), Nowhere Man (as Thomas Veil), Class of the Titans, Batman: Under The Red Hood, Young Justice
Movie Titles: I Robot, Thirteen Days, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Mao's Last Dancer, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness
🎭🎵Kathy Maisnik -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1962
Actress, Comedienne, Singer
Names/Places: aka Katherine Saltzberg
Movie Titles: The Check Is in the Mail
🎭Michael Ian Black -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1971
Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: Ed (as Philip 'Phil' Washington Stubbs), The Jim Gaffigan Show (as Daniel)
Movie Titles: Run Fatboy Run, This Is 40
🎭🎮Yvette Nicole Brown -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1971
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress, Producer, Video Game Voice Actress, American
TV Shows: Drake and Josh, Boston Legal, Elena ov Avalor (as Migs), Pound Puppies (as Cookie), Community (as Shirley Bennett), The Odd Couple (as Dani)
Movie Titles: 500 Days of Summer, The Ugly Truth
Video Games: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
🎭Imani Hakim -- is 25 in the year 2018 and 26 in the year 2019; b.8/12/1993
TV Shows: Everybody Hates Chris (as Tanya Rock)
Movie Titles: Reign Over Me, The Gabby Douglas Story, One Angry Juror
🎨⚛Abbott Thayer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1849 d.5/29/1921 (71)
Painter, Naturalist, Teacher
Misc: created camoflage, a combination of colors for military uniforms that are hard to see in combat; Stan Ridgeway sang about a marine with the name Camouflage
🎭Marion Lorne -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1886 d.5/9/1968 (81)
Misc: was 80 or 82?
TV Shows: Mr. Peepers (as Mrs. Gurney), The Garry Moore Show, Bewitched (as Aunt Clara)
🎭🎵Gus Van -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1887 d.3/12/1968 (80)
Stage Actor, Comedian, Singer
Misc: with Joe Schenck
🎨Tedd Pierce -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1906 N.S. d.2/19/1972 N.S. (65)
Misc: a writer for animated cartoons mostly from the mid 1930s to the late 1950s; spent most of his career as a writer for Warner Bros.
🎭Joe Besser -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1907 d.3/1/1988 (80)
TV/Stage/Radio Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in St. Louis, MO
TV Shows: Abbott & Costello Show (as Stinky), Joey Bishop Show (as Mr. Jillson)
Movie Titles: The Three Stooges (as Joe 1956-59)
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🎭Jane Wyatt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1910 d.10/20/2006 (96)
Names/Places: b. in Campgaw, NJ; Not Ronald Reagan's ex-wife!!!; many say b. 1911
TV Shows: Star Trek (as Mr. Spock's mother), Father Knows Best (as Margaret Anderson)
✍🎭🏆🥊Cantinflas -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1911 d.4/20/1993 (81)
Screenwriter, Movie Actor, Comedian, Producer, Acrobat, Clown, Bullfighter, Mexican
Names/Places: NN: The Charlie Chaplin of Mexico; b. in Mexico City; RN:Mario Moreno August
Misc: Mexican superstar
Movie Titles: Around the World in 80 Days
✍Bob Carroll Jr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1918 N.S. d.1/27/2007 N.S. (88)
TV Shows: I Love Lucy (writer)
📰💰Norris McWhirter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1925 d.4/19/2004 (78)
Publisher, Brewer, British
Names/Places: Ross's twin
Book Titles: The Guinness Book of World Records
📰💰Ross McWhirter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1925 d.11/27/1975 (50)
Publisher, Brewer, British
Names/Places: Norris's twin
Book Titles: The Guinness Book of World Records
🎭🎵Porter Wagoner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1927 d.10/28/2007 (80)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in West Plains, MO
Misc: some say b. 1930 or '32; discovered Dolly Parton
Group Names: The Wagonmasters, soloist
Song Titles: Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident, The Cold Hard Facts of Life
TV Shows: The Porter Wagoner Show (1960-80), Ozark Jubilee
🎭🎵Buck Owens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1929 d.3/25/2006 (76)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Sherman, TX; RN:Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Misc: Backing group: The Buckaroos; in the 1960s, 19 of his 30 Top 10 songs hit #1 in country charts; in Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Foolin' Around, Act Naturally, Love's Gonna Live Here, My Heart Skips a Beat, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Buckaroo, Waitin' in Your Welfare Line, Think of Me, Open Up Your Heart, Where Does the Good Times Go, Sam's Place, Your Tender Loving Care, Sweet Rosie Jones, Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass, Johnny B. Goode, Tall Dark Stranger, Made in Japan
Album Titles: Together Again, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Roll Out the Red Carpet, Dust on Mother's Bible, Open Up Your Heart, Your Tender Loving Care, It Takes People Like You, Sweet Rosie Jones, Tall Dark Stranger
TV Shows: Hee Haw (host 1968-1986)
🎵Paul Craft -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1938 N.S. d.10/18/2014 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Song Titles: Brother Jukebox (for Mark Chestnutt), It's Me Again Margaret (for Ray Stevens and Craft himself)
🎭Al Shean -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/12/1868 d.8/12/1949 (81)
Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RN:Alfred Shoenberg; Marx Brothers' uncle
✍📰Ian Lancaster Fleming -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/28/1908 d.8/12/1964 (56)
Author, Columnist, English
Names/Places: b. in London, England
Movie Titles: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (writer), James Bond (series creator)
✍📰💰🎭Bennett Cerf -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1898 d.8/12/1971 (73)
Humorist, Publisher, Businessperson, Panelist
Misc: Random House Publishers founder
TV Shows: What's My Line
🎭Sara Seeger -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/1/1914 d.8/12/1990 (76)
TV Shows: Dennis the Menace (as Mrs. John Wilson)
✍⚛🎭🎵Julia Child -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/15/1912 d.8/12/2004 (91)
Hall of Famer, Author, Chef, Teacher, TV Hostess, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Pasadena, California
Misc: Cookbook author; permanently immoralized not only in the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame, but also by Dan Aykroyd parodying her on a Saturday Night Live skit.
TV Shows: The French Chef
⛪🎭🎵Merv Griffin -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1925 d.8/12/2007 (82)
Hall of Famer, Roman Catholic, Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, TV Producer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Mateo, California
Song Titles: I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
TV Shows: The Merv Griffin Show (host), Play Your Hunch, Wheel of Fortune (creator), Jeopardy! (creator)
🎨Joe Kubert -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/18/1926 d.8/12/2012 (85)
Misc: comic book artist, art teacher, founder of The Kubert School, and best known for his work at DC Comics' characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman
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In 1877, the first sound recording is made by etching a foil-wrapped cylinder with a thin metal needle…Inventor Thomas Alva Edison recorded the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on his Edisonphone.
In 1911, actor-comedian Cantinflas was born Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes in Mexico City.
In 1912, comedy producer Mack Sennett founded the Keystone Pictures Studio in Edendale, Calif.
In 1929, Walt Disney is granted a trademark for the use of the image of Mickey Mouse in motion pictures.
In 1937, Comedian, Red Skelton, got his first taste of network radio on this night, as he appeared on the “Rudy Vallee Show” on NBC.
In 1956, Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Brink.
In 1957, R.C., “Flying Saucer The second” by Buchanan and Goodman peaked at #18 on the pop singles chart.
In 1957, READING ABOUT SOUPY SALES The comic kidsʹ show host is profiled in “TIME”
In 1960, A landmark NASA launch places Echo I, the first telecommunications satellite, in orbit. Intelligent beings promptly attempt to contact Earth, but their transmissions are blocked by reruns of I Love Lucy.
In 1967, R.C., “My Mammy” (Al Jolsonʹs theme song) by The Happenings peaked at #13 on the pop singles chart.
In 1969, “Johnny Cash At San Quentin” album by Johnny Cash was certified Gold by the RIAA
In 1972, R.C., “Schoolʹs Out” by Alice Cooper peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.
In 1977, the Enterprise, named after the Star Trek space module and the prototype for the space shuttle, made its first flight on its own within Earthʹs atmosphere after being launched from a Boeing 747, separated, and then touched down in Californiaʹs Mojave Desert; the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
In 1978, R.C., “Heʹs So Fine” by Kristy and Jimmy McNichol (one of Whimsical Willʹs records) peaked at #70 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, R.C., “King Tut” by Steve Martin peaked at #17 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours.
In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York. The 5150 that was presented had an Intel 8088 microprocessor running at 4.77 MHz (megahertz), 16 kB (kilobytes) of random-access memory (RAM), no disk drives, and a pricetag of $1,565 (allowing for inflation, that would be nearly $4,000 today).
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In 1995, “The Mask” TV cartoon based on the Jim Carrey movie debut on CBS.
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In 1997, Whimsical Will launched his own website.
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