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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 2

Last Updated 06-08-2018

🎨✍🎭Lynda Barry -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1956
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Author, Actress
Misc: Ernie Pook's Comeek
Book Titles: The Good Times

🎭🎮🎵🎸🏆Tia Carrere -- is 51 in the year 2018 and 52 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1967
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress, Rock & Roll Singer, Model
Names/Places: b. in Honolulu; RN:Althea Janairo
Misc: some give b. 1966
TV Shows: Lilo and Stitch: The Series, Duck Dodgers, Relic Hunter
Movie Titles: Wayne's World (series as as babe-acious), Lilo and Stitch (series), Instant Karma, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Rising Sun, Stitch! The Movie, Aloha Scooby-Doo
Video Games: Saints Row

🎭🎮Gabrielle Carteris -- is 57 in the year 2018 and 58 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1961
Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress
Names/Places: MN:Anne
TV Shows: Beverly Hills 90210 (as Andrea Zuckerman-Vasquez), Gabrielle (hostess), My Alibi
Movie Titles: Raising Cain, Meet Wally Sparks, The Toy Warrior
Video Games: Minority Report: Everybody Runs, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Spider-Man 3, Bionic Commando

🎭🎵Renée Elise Goldsberry -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1971
Actress, Songwriter, Singer
Arts Titles: PL: Hamilton;
TV Shows: Ally McBeal (singer)
Movie Titles: Sisters, All About You

🎭Erica Hubbard -- is 39 in the year 2018 and 40 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1979 N.S.
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Let's Stay Together, The Replacements, Lincoln Heights
Movie Titles: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, A Cinderella Story

🎵Christine Lavin -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1952
Folk Singer
Song Titles: Sensitive New Age Guys

🎭Charlie McWade -- is 44 in the year 2018 and 45 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1974
TV Shows: Third Watch (as Steve Gusler), CollegeHumor Originals
Movie Titles: Road Trip

🎭Dax Shepard -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1975
Movie Actor
TV Shows: Parenthood (as Crosby Braverman)
Movie Titles: Let's Go to Prison, Without a Paddle, Employee of the Month

🎵Jen "Loopy" Smith -- b.1/2/????
Radio Disc Jock

🎭Deborah Watling -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.1/2/1948
Actress, English
TV Shows: Doctor Who (as Victoria)
Movie Titles: Take Me High, That'll Be the Day

🎭Howard Caine -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/2/1928 d.12/28/1993 (65)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor
Misc: some say b. 1926 or b. Feb 2 1928
TV Shows: The Californians, Hogan's Heroes (as Major Hochstedder)

🎭🎵Julius LaRosa -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/2/1930 d.5/12/2016 N.S. (86)
Actor, Radio Disc Jock, Pop Crooner
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn
Misc: Fired live on the air during Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
TV Shows: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, Julius LaRosa Show

✍🎵Roger Miller -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/2/1936 d.10/25/1992 (56)
Hall of Famer, Humorist, Composer, Songwriter, Country Singer, Country Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Ft. Worth, TX
Misc: Broadway composer; in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Dang Me, King of the Road, You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd

🎨Frederick Burr Opper -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/2/1857 d.8/28/1937 (80)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Happy Hooligan

✍🎭Frank Buxton -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/13/1930 N.S. d.1/2/2018 N.S. (87)
Author, Scriptwriter, Actor, TV Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, TV Director
Book Titles: The Big Broadcast
Group Names: The Edge (improv comedy group)
Album Titles: Silly Record
TV Shows: Discovery (host and producer), Hot Dog, Batfink (as Batfink and Hugo A-Go-Go)
Movie Titles: "What's Up, Tiger Lily?", Overboard

🎭Jack Carson -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/27/1910 d.1/2/1963 (52)
TV/Movie/Radio Actor, Comedian, Canadian

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🎵Little Jimmy Dickens -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/19/1920 d.1/2/2015 (94)
Hall of Famer, Singer/Guitarist, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Bolt, WV
Misc: Grand Ole Opry
Song Titles: Take an Old Cold 'Tater (And Wait), Country Boy, Hillbilly Fever, A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed, May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
Album Titles: May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

🎭Dick Emery -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/7/1917 d.1/2/1983 (65)
Actor, Comedian, English

🎭Alan Hale Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/8/1918 d.1/2/1990 (71)
TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; RN:Rufus Alan McKahan; Alan's son
Misc: some say b. in 1921
TV Shows: Biff Baker USA (star), Casey Jones (star), Gilligan's Island (as Jonas Grunby aka The Skipper), The New Adventures of Gilligan

🎭Nancy Kelly -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/25/1921 d.1/2/1995 (73)
Movie/Stage/Radio Actress
Names/Places: b. in Lowell, Mass.; Jack's sister; d. disclosed Jan 13
Misc: a radio "screamer"

🎭Shepard Menken -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/2/1921 d.1/2/1999 (77)
Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: The Alvin Show (as Clyde Crashcup)

✍🎭Frank Muir -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/5/1920 d.1/2/1998 (77)
Comedy Writer, Comedian, English

🎭Arthur Gould Porter -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/4/1905 d.1/2/1987 (81)
TV Shows: The Beverly Hillbillies (as Ravenswood the butler)

🎭Patricia Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/20/1930 d.1/2/2011 (80)
TV/Movie Actress
TV Shows: Debbie Reynolds Show, Bob Newhart Show (as Margaret Hoover)
Movie Titles: The Spirit of St. Louis

🏆⚾Bill Veeck -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/9/1914 d.1/2/1986 (71)
Sports Executive, MLB Player
Misc: LN Rhymes With Wreck; Baseball club owner remembered for his well-publicized stunts and promotional gimmicks, including an exploding scoreboard and a midget pinch hitter

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🎭Nel Wertimer -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/27/1923 d.1/2/2013 (89)
TV Shows: The Jeffersons (as Ralph the Doorman)

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In 1900, a company set up by Emile Verlinger, the inventor of the Gramophone, began manufacturing seven-inch, single-sided records in Montreal.

In 1921, the play that coined the term “robot,” “R.U.R.” (Rossumʹs Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, was first performed in Czechoslovakia.

In 1931, The Mickey Mouse film, “The Birthday Party” is completed. Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow also appear.

In 1936, singer-songwriter Roger Miller was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Miller wrote and/or performed such songs as “King of the Road,” “Invitation to the Blues,” “You Donʹt Want My Love,” “Dang Me” and “Chug-a-Lug,” and won 11 Grammy Awards during his career. He also provided the voice and singing for the rooster character Alan-A-Dale in the 1973 animated Disney film, “Robin Hood”; a speeded-up snippet of Miller singing in the film was more recently heard on the WWW as the “Hamster Dance” websiteʹs theme song. Miller died of throat cancer in Los Angeles on October 25, 1992.

In 1937, The Mickey Mouse film, “The Worm Turns” is released.

In 1941, the Andrews Sisters recorded “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in Los Angeles for Decca Records; the song was featured in the movie “Buck Privates,” starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The song later became a hit for Bette Midler as well.

In 1954, NBC gets demented with the debut of “The Spike Jones Show,” adding some bells and whistles to its prime time schedule. Millions of viewers arrive each week with bells on to watch classical music be tortured by bandleader Jones whoʹs occasionally there with bells on, even though he might be late. The show will run until May on the peacock network, then return to CBS in 1957.

In 1954, “Dear John and Marsha Letter” Makes The Pop Chart by Stan Freberg; will peak at #23.

In 1954, “What It Was, Was Football” by Andy Griffith entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1955, “Love That Bob” aka “The Bob Cummings Show”, TV Comedy starring Bob Cummings, debut on NBC.

In 1961, the townsfolk on “The Andy Griffith Show” overact more than normal when “Mayberry Goes Hollywood.” Thirteen shows into the series run, itʹs the first episode to feature Howard McNear as “Floyd, the Barber.”


In 1965, Gilliganʹs Island episode #14. “Water, Water Everywhere”. guest: Mel Blanc as the voice of Ribbit the Frog. Talk about a painful irony: though surrounded by water, the Castaways suddenly discover that their supply of fresh drinking water is running out. When they pool all available drinking water together and decide to ration it, they discover that they will each receive only a few drops per day. Of course, most of the castaways sneak water from the community supply when Gilligan is standing watch, but return it when the Skipper catches them. Just when all seems lost, Gilligan saves the day!

In 1965, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of The Munsters: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis”. Other Articles: Mickey Mouse Club, Rawhide

In 1967, Gilliganʹs Island episode #84. “Take a Dare”. George Barkley (Strother Martin) enters the “Take a Dare Contest”. He will receive $10,000 if he can spend a week alone on an island, fending for himself. However, he is not alone on the island on which they drop him. Once again, however, rescue eludes the castaways as Mr. Barkley deduces that he can not tell anyone about the castaways without having to forfeit the $10,000 for not spending the week alone.

In 1970, in a Brady Bunch episode called “Father of the Year”, Marciaʹs attempt to keep secret the fact that sheʹs entering her stepfather in a “Father of the Year” contest causes her discipline problems at home; after Mike shows her how important she is to him, Marcia enters him in a newspaper contest. But as she tries to hide what sheʹs doing, she gets herself grounded for a week.

In 1978, Rhino Records releases its first album, Wild Man Fischerʹs “Wildmania.”

In 1983, Gary Trudeau took a 20-month break from writing his comic strip, “Doonesbury”.

In 1985, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded the first songs for his “Dare To Be Stupid” LP “Cable TV”, “Slime Creatures From Outer Space”, and “One More Minute”.

In 1990, “The Ben Stiller Show” TV Comedy Variety debut on MTV briefly.

In 1990, actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on “Gilliganʹs Island,” died of cancer at the age of 68. His ashes were scattered at sea.

In 1993, “Fishin' With Orlando Wilson” TV Sports debut on TNN. “Fishin' With Roland Martin” TV Sports debut on TNN. “Fishin' With David Tanny” TV Sports did NOT debut at all!

In 1994, Rhino celebrates its Sweet 16.

In 1995, “Cybill” Shepherd returns to TV in her own self titled sitcom with help from writer Alan Ball, who suffers in silence.

In 1998, Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine.

In 2008, Late-night talk shows returned to the air two months into a writersʹ strike. (David Letterman and Craig Ferguson had interim agreements allowing writers to work on their shows; Jay Leno, Conan OʹBrien and ABCʹs Jimmy Kimmel returned without theirs.)

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Today is Wed Jan the 2 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 2 of the year
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Julian date = 2458474 O.S.= 12 - 20 - 2018



Ninth Day of Christmas
Saint Adelard Feast Day (Saint of gardening)
[USA] Lawrence Welk Day (ah One, an-a Two...)
[USA] Braille Literacy Week (Day 4)
[Capetown, South Africa] Coon Carnival thru 1-2
[Cuba] Day of Victory
[Georgia] Constitution Ratification Day (1788)
[Haiti] Ancestor/Independence Day (France 1804) or Heroes' Day.
[Japan] Kakizome
[Japan] Shigoto Hajime-Begin Work Day [beginning of the work year]
[Phillipines] Christmas Observance, Holiday, world's longest Xmas season thru Jan 6
[Scotland] The Day After
[Spain] Granada Day (1492)
[Switzerland] Berchtold's Tag, founding of Berne
[Taiwan] Foundation of the Republic thru 1-2
[USA] Betsy Ross Day (1776)
[USA] Diet Resolution Week (Day 2)
[USA] Halcyon Days (Day 6) (7 days, 2nd of two zones)
[USA] National Science Fiction Day
[USA] Universal Letter-Writing Week (Day 2)


Astrological sign: Capricorn: The Goat (12-22 thru 1-20) Ruling Planet: Saturn; Element: Earth; Traits: Ambitious, disciplined, persevering, pessimistic; Body part associated with this sign: The knees. Occupations: Positions of trust, banking, mountain climbing, coaching, engineering.
Astrological sign: Aquarius: The Water Bearer (1-21 thru 2-19) Ruling Planet: Uranus; Element: Air; Traits: Humanitarian, independent, inventive, aloof; Body part associated with this sign: The legs; Occupations: Teacher, social worker, astronomer, astrologer, scientist, inventor.
January was originally the eleventh month. Its name comes from the Roman two-faced god Janus, protector of Heaven's gate.
Flowers: carnation and snowdrop
Full Moon: the Wolf Moon
Gems: garnet and hyacinth
Meanings: the sentimental meaning of the garnet is for constancy, and the carnation is for friendship.
Blood Donor Month
Business and Reference Books Month
Crime Stoppers Month
Human Resources Month
January Diet Month
March of Dimes Birth Defects Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Egg Month
National Barbecue Month.
Date Your Mate Month.
Fungal Infection Awareness Month.
National Eye Care Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Prune the Fat Month
National Retail Bakers Month
National Soup Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Yours, Mine and Ours Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Your Money Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Wheat Bread Month
Earth At Perihelion; closest to the sun at 91.4 million miles
Quadrantid meteor shower, radiant in Bootes (thru 1-6)
[Ancient Rome] Caput Nonarum (a d iv Non Jan)
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