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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 3

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🎭John Ales -- is 49 in the year 2018 and 50 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1969
Actor, Producer
TV Shows: You Wish (as the Genie), Madman of the People (as Dylan), Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
Movie Titles: Spy Hard, The Nutty Professor (series)

🎮🏆Joseph Amor -- is 51 in the year 2018 and 52 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1967
Video Games Player
Misc: record holder (Space Invaders)

🎭Dabney Coleman -- is 86 in the year 2018 and 87 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1932
TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Corpus Christi, Texas
Misc: some say b. Jan 2
TV Shows: That Girl (as Dr. Leon Bessemer), Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (as Merle Jeeter), Buffalo Bill (as Bill Bittinger), Apple Pie, Slap Maxwell Story (star), Drexell's Class (as Otis Drexell), Madman of the People (as Jack "Madman" Bruckner), The Guardian (as Burton Fallin)
Movie Titles: Tootsie, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond, You've Got Mail

✍🎭Christian Duguay -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1970
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: Ridiculousness, MAD TV

🎵🎸John Paul Jones -- is 72 in the year 2018 and 73 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1946
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Bassist, English
Names/Places: RLN:Baldwin
Misc: some say b. in 1947; b. June 3?
Group Names: Led Zeppelin

🎭Jason Marsden -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1975
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
Misc: b. in 1973?
TV Shows: Munsters Today (as Eddie Munster), Eerie Indiana (as Dash), Almost Home (as Gregory), Transformers: Rescue Bots
Movie Titles: Spirited Away, A Goofy Movie

🎭Danica McKellar -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1975
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in La Jolla, CA
Misc: PRON:Dan-ICK-a
TV Shows: The Wonder Years (as Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper), The West Wing (as Elsie Snuffin), Young Justice
Movie Titles: Crown for Christmas, The Wrong Woman

🎭🎵Van Dyke Parks -- is 75 in the year 2018 and 76 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1943
Actor, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Folk Singer
Misc: 60s-70s; connected as producer with Beach Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman, and others; his keyboard work on the Byrds hit "Eight Miles High" was notable.

🎭🎵Guy Pratt -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1962
Actor, Comedian, Songwriter, Bassist, English
Misc: some sources give b. January 31
Group Names: The Transit Kings, Icehouse, sessionist

🎭Jewel Shepard -- is 60 in the year 2018 and 61 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1958
TV/Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Director
TV Shows: The Garfield Show
Movie Titles: The Cooler, Zapped!, Return of the Living Dead

🎭Dominic Wood -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/3/1978 N.S.
Cartoon Voice Actor, Magician, English
Misc: of the Dick and Dom duo
TV Shows: Phineas and Ferb, Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow

✍🎭🎵Victor Borge -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1909 d.12/23/2000 (91)
Humorist, Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Pianist, Conductor, Danish (Denmark)
Names/Places: b. in Copenhagen; NN:Unmelancholy Dane; RN:Borge Rosenbaum; NN:The Danish Noel Coward
Movie Titles: The Victor Borge Show

🎭Conrad Brooks -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1931 N.S. d.12/6/2017 N.S. (86)
Movie Titles: Plan 9 From Outer Space

🎭🎵Donny "Conn" Claps -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1930 d.9/2/2015 N.S. (85)
Comedian, Drummer, Novelty Singer
Misc: some say b. March 29, 1930
Group Names: The Playmates
Song Titles: Beep Beep

🎵Sir George Martin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1926 d.3/9/2016 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Sound Engineer, Conductor/Composer, Arranger, English
Misc: A&R executive
Group Names: The Beatles (producer), Wings, America, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney

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🎭ZaSu Pitts -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1898 d.6/7/1963 (65)
TV/Movie Actress
Misc: the Oh-Dear-Me actress in comedy roles; FN=Za in Eliza + Su in Susan
TV Shows: Gale Storm Show (as companion Esmerelda Nugent)

🎭Barbara Stuart -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1935 d.5/15/2011 (76)
TV Shows: Pete & Gladys, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (as Bunny Harper), Our Family Honor, The Queen and I

J. R. R. Tolkien -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1892 d.9/2/1973 (81)
Author, Novelist, English
Names/Places: RFMN:John Ronald Reuel; b. in Bloemfontein
Misc: a philologist/writer and creator of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
Book Titles: Lord of the Rings (trilogy)

🎭Jesse White -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/3/1919 d.1/8/1997 (78)
Actor, Comedian, Commercial Actor
Names/Places: RMLN:Marc Wiedenfeld
Misc: The Lonely Maytag Repairman commercials 1960-80s; some say b. in 1918
TV Shows: Private Secretary (as Cagey Calhoun), Danny Thomas Show (as Jesse Leeds), Ann Sothern Show (as Oscar Pudney)
Movie Titles: Bedtime for Bonzo, Million Dollar Mermaid

🎭Dame Judith Anderson -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/10/1898 d.1/3/1992 (93)
Soap Actress, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Australian, Lesbian
Misc: some say b. 1897
TV Shows: Santa Barbara (as Minx Lockridge Capwell)
Movie Titles: Laura, Tycoon, Rebecca, MacBeth, Laura, Ten Commandments, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kings Row, Star Trek III,

🎨Clare Briggs -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/5/1875 d.1/3/1930 (54)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Mr. and Mrs.

🎵🎷Juan Garcia Esquivel -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/20/1918 d.1/3/2002 (83)
Composer, Pianist, Bandleader, Jazz Musician, Mexican
Misc: Quirky composer of "Space-Age Bachelor Pad Lounge" music

Jaroslav Hašek -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/30/1883 d.1/3/1923 (39)
Writer, Humorist, Satirist, Czech

🎭Patrick McGeehan -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/4/1907 d.1/3/1988 (80)
Actor, Announcer
TV Shows: The Red Skelton Hour (announcer), Fibber McGee and Molly (announcer)

🎭Howard McNear -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/27/1905 d.1/3/1969 (63)
TV/Radio Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Misc: Gunsmoke (as Doc Adams, radio version)
TV Shows: The Andy Griffith Show (as Floyd Lawson), The Jetsons, George Gobel Show (as Mr. Hamish)

🎭Olga San Juan -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/16/1927 d.1/3/2009 (81)
Actress, Comedienne, Dancer
Misc: mainly active in films during the 1940s

🎭Julius Tannen -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/16/1880 d.1/3/1965 (84)
Names/Places: or FN:Julian?

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In 1892, J-R-R Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. He wrote “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. Tolkeinʹs fantasy world was more complicated even than the mythology of Wagnerʹs “Ring” Cycle and set a standard for science fiction and fantasy writers for generations to come.

In 1909, Pianist and comedian Victor Borge was born. A Danish Jew who didnʹt find the Nazis very funny, Borge emigrated to the United States and became famous not only as a funny pianist but also for his routine “Phonetic Punctuation” and plays on the English language. Victor Borge once said- “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

In 1952, “Dragnet” TV Crime Drama starring Jack Webb premiered as a series on NBC-TV. The series pilot aired on December 16, 1951.

In 1953, “Winter” makes the Pop Chart by Spike Jones and the City Slickers; will peak at #23; the “plug” side was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” with vocal by George Rock.

In 1966, “Eye Guess”, TV Game Show with host Bill Cullen, debut on NBC.

In 1967, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes.

In 1972, Don McLean received a gold record certified by the RIAA for his 8-minute-plus hit, “American Pie”. 27 years later, “Weird Al” Yankovic parodied the song into a movie tribute to Star Wars in “The Saga Begins”

In 1975, A. Cancelled. Q. what is “Jeopardy!?” “Jeopardy!”, the TV game show, has its last airing for a while; with Art Fleming as host and Don Pardo as announcer on NBC.

In 1977, “Shoot For The Stars”, TV Game Show, debut on NBC. SCTV produced a satire of it for its series as “Shoot at the Stars.”

In 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, California, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Makkula Jr.

In 1983, “Hit Man” game show began airing on NBC. It was based on the arcade craze.

In 1985, “Weird Al” Yankovic records “George Of The Jungle” and the title track “Dare To Be Stupid” for his LP.

In 1989, “The Arsenio Hall Show”, TV Talk Show, debut in syndication (not on the Fox network, but may air on late night slots on Fox affilliates). It starred Arsenio Hall, who briefly hosted a Fox network talk show. Opposite “Johnny Carson” on NBC, it was a big hit among the younger adult set. Hallʹs secret to success? Doing everything right that Magic Johnson will later do wrong. Itʹs the debut episode of “The Arsenio Hall Show” (with guest Brooke Shields). And now here he is Arseniooooooooooooooooooo Hall! (Woof! Woof! Woof!)

In 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” began airing in syndication on TV stations in cities such as Chicago.

In 1996, “Tales From The Crypt” TV Anthology last aired on HBO.

In 1996, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded “Gump”, “Phony Calls” and “The Alternative Polka” for his “Bad Hair Day” CD.

In 1998, on the cover of TV Guide: “Crazy For The Simpsons: Best Episodes, Cool Secrets and Top Guests!”

In 2000, In his last daily “Peanuts” comic strip after a 50-year career, Charles M. Schulz bids a fond farewell to the millions of fans who have made Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang among the most beloved cartoon figures in the world. The cartoon, depicting Snoopy pondering the typewriter atop his doghouse, was published like this: “I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition,” Schulz writes in his farewell note, which takes up the entire panel. Schulz, 77, announced last month that he would stop drawing “Peanuts” this year in order to concentrate on treating a newly-diagnosed case of colon cancer. The cartoon, which first appeared on Oct. 2, 1950, is now published in more than 2,600 newspapers around the world, reaching 355 million readers in 75 countries and 21 languages. Schultz died in February 2000.

In 2002, Composer/band leader/pianist and lounge-music icon Juan Garcia Esquivel dies in Jiutepec, Mexico, following a stroke. He is 83.

In 2004, Britney Spears married Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel on the Strip, then 55 hours later, she gets it annulled. Canʹt she make up her mind?

In 2005, “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson” premiered on CBS. “Whoʹs Your Daddy?” premiered on Fox.

In 2010, “Worst Cooks in America” began airing on Food Network

In 2016, “Bordertown” began airing on Fox

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The Holiday Almanacs for January 3, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Thu Jan the 3 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 3 of the year
Serialnumber = 43456
Julian date = 2458475 O.S.= 12 - 21 - 2018



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[USA] Braille Literacy Week (Day 5)
[Alaska] Admission Day (1959)
[Phillipines] Christmas Observance, Holiday, world's longest Xmas season thru Jan 6
[San Francisco, Calif.] San Francisco Name Day
[USA] Diet Resolution Week (Day 3)
[USA] Halcyon Days Ends (7 days, 2nd of two zones)
[USA] Tom Sawyer's Cat Day (campaigned against those who do things the hard way)
[USA] Universal Letter-Writing Week (Day 3)
Upper Voltan Revolution Day.


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
Congress assembles, according to 20th amendment to constitution
Quadrantid meteor shower, radiant in Bootes (thru 1-6)
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