🎭🎵D.J. Jazzy Jeff -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1965
Names/Places: RN: Jeffrey Allen Townes; LN:Townes
Misc: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was his only acting credit; he provided the soundtrack for several movies
Group Names: D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
TV Shows: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (as Jazz)
Movie Titles: Made in America, Boyz in the Hood, Strange Days, Jersey Girl
🎭🎮Regina King -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1971
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress
Names/Places: Reina's sister
TV Shows: The Boondocks, 227 (as Brenda Jenkins)
Movie Titles: Enemy of the State, Jerry Maguire, Boyz N the Hood, Ray
Video Games: The Ant Bully
Jasmine Page Lawrence -- is 22 in the year 2018 and 23 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1996
Names/Places: Patricia and Martin's girl
✍🎭Andrea Martin -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1947
Comedy Writer, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Canadian
TV Shows: Second City TV Network (as Edith Prickley, regular), Martin Short Show (as Alice), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as Quark's Ferengi mom, occasional), The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, George and Martha (as Martha), The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (as Mrs. Freebus), Great News (as Carol Wendelson)
Movie Titles: Anastasia, Wag the Dog, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
🎨🎭Bill Morrison -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1959
Comic Book Artist, Director
Misc: co-founder of Bongo Comics (along with Matt Groening), created promotional art for Disney's animated movies
TV Shows: The Simpsons (illustrator), Futurama (director)
🎭James Nesbitt -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1965
Actor, Comedian, Irish
Movie Titles: Cold Feet, Murphy's Law, The Hobbit (series), Bloody Sunday
✍🎭🎵🏆Mario Van Peebles -- is 61 in the year 2018 and 62 in the year 2019; b.1/15/1957
Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Movie Director, Songwriter, Model, Mexican
Names/Places: Melvin's son
TV Shows: Cosby Show (occ), Sonny Spoon, L.A. Law (as Andrew Taylor)
Movie Titles: New Jack City
✍📰🎭Goodman Ace -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1899 d.3/25/1982 (83)
Humorist, Comedy Writer, Columnist, TV/Radio Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: Jane's hubby
Misc: radio: Easy Aces
🎭Marjorie Bennett -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1896 d.6/14/1982 (86)
TV Shows: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (as Mrs. Blossom Kenney)
🎭Lloyd Bridges -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1913 d.3/10/1998 (85)
Names/Places: b. in San Leandro, CA.; RN:Lloyd Vernet Bridges II
TV Shows: Sea Hunt (as Mike Nelson), Lloyd Bridges Show, The Loner, Joe Forrester (star), Roots (as Evan), East of Eden, The Blue & the Gray, Paper Dolls (as Grant)
Movie Titles: Airplane
🎨🎵🎸Captain Beefheart -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1941 d.12/17/2010 (69)
Painter, Rock & Roll Singer, Rock & Roll Musician
Names/Places: RN:Don Van Vilet
Group Names: The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1929 d.4/4/1968 (39)
Social Reformer, Educator
Names/Places: b. in Atlanta; RFN:Michael Jr.
Misc: Black freedom movement founder
✍🎭Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1622 N.S. d.2/17/1673 N.S. (51)
Comedy Writer, Playwright, Stage Actor, Comedian, French
Names/Places: Psu:Moliere; RN:Jean Baptiste Poquelin
🎭Frank Thornton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/15/1921 d.3/16/2012 (91)
TV Shows: Are You Being Served? (as Captain Peacock)
🎭🎵Ray Bolger -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/10/1904 d.1/15/1987 (83)
Movie/Stage Actor, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Dorchester, MA
TV Shows: The Ray Bolger Show
Movie Titles: The Wizard of Oz (as the Scarecrow)
⛪🎵Sammy Cahn -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/18/1913 d.1/15/1993 (79)
Jewish, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Samuel Cohen
Misc: received 4 Oscars; won an Emmy for Frank Sinatra's rendition of "Love And Marriage", introduced in the 1955 TV musical "Our Town"; it's also the theme song for the TV series "Married With Children"
✍🎭Joe Frank -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/19/1938 N.S. d.1/15/2018 N.S. (79)
Humorist, Philosopher, Surrealist Writer, Radio Host, French
Names/Places: RN: Joseph Langermann
Misc: radio performer
🎵Chuck Miller -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/30/1924 d.1/15/2000 (75)
Song Titles: The Auctioneer
🎵Harry Nilsson -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/15/1941 d.1/15/1994 (52)
Composer/Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn; RLN:Edward Nilsson III (not Nelson)
Song Titles: Everybody's Talking, Without You, Coconut, Spaceman, 10,000 Pounds of Bananas, You're Breaking My Heart
Album Titles: Nilsson Schmilsson, Son of Schmilsson
Movie Titles: Midnight Cowboy, The World's Greatest lover
🎭Harry Wiere -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/23/1906 d.1/15/1992 (85)
Misc: of The Wiere Bros, a knockabout comedy team
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In 1952, on “I Love Lucy,” forewoman Elvia Allman is glad to hear that Lucy and Ethel are doing just fine on the candy wrapping assembly line in this “Job Switching” episode. Itʹs such music to her ears that she suggests the person running the conveyor belt can “SPEED IT UP A LITTLE!”
In 1954, The Donald Duck film, “Spare the Rod” is released. Huey, Dewey, and Louie also appear.
In 1955, “The Benny Hill Show” premiered on BBC Television (later moving to ITV)
In 1956, “Your Money or Your Life” The star of The Jack Benny Program is given that simple, seemingly obvious option by a holdup man. But Benny, whose comic persona was built around his notorious stinginess, has no response. Catching on to the gag, the audience begins laughing (just as they did when Benny first performed this skit on radio). Finally, the robber prods the comedian with the gun and barks, “I said, 'Your money or your life.'” Whereupon Benny delivers in a piteous wail his most famous punch line: “Iʹm thinking it over!”
In 1958, The “Disneyland” TV show features “Donaldʹs Weekend”.
In 1966, R.C., “Five OʹClock World” by The Vogues peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart.
In 1967, The “Bad Boys of Rock and Roll”, the Rolling Stones, honor CBS-TVʹs censorsʹ requests and perform “Letʹs Spend Some TIME Together” on the Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1971, in a Brady Bunch episode called “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?”, Jan buys herself a brunette wig so sheʹll be noticed; Jan believes that she is lost in the middle as the second of three blonde daughters. The first time she wears the wig, her brothers laugh at her.
In 1972, R.C., “Once You Understand” by Think peaked at #23 on the pop singles chart.
In 1974, Brownsville Station, described by leader Cub Koda as “Chuck Berry 1973 filtered through three madmen,” earned a gold record certified by the RIAA for their only hit “Smokin' in the Boysʹ Room.”
In 1974, This day began a new era on ABC-TV as the show that would really help reshape the network in the next five years debut. “Happy Days”, the TV Comedy inspired by the movie “American Graffitti” and about life in the 1950s and introduced us to The Fonz, began an 11 year run on ABC-TV. You can find Fonzieʹs leather jacket from that first show in the Smithsonian Institution. The theme song for the showʹs first two seasons was the first #1 rockʹn roll hit, “Rock Around The Clock”. Soon after, more “American Graffitti” actors found TV series within the next seven years. Can you name them all?
In 1977, in his fourth appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Andy Kaufman (as Elvis) performs “Treat Me Nice” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
In 1977, The Coneheads debut on “Satruday Night Live”. DAN AYKROYD and JANE CURTIN portray coneheaded aliens for the first time on “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”, on a night when Consumer Activist RALPH NADER is hosting. Sixteen years later, the oddball characters will jump to the big screen, for a “CONEHEADS” movie (The nightʹs musical guest was GEORGE BENSON singing “THIS MASQUERADE”)
In 1983, R.C., “Down Under” by Men At Work peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
In 1983, Thom Syles of Van Nuys, CA, set a world record by keeping a single Life Saver candy intact in his mouth for seven hours and ten minutes.
In 1987, Actor Ray Bolger, best known for his role as the Scarecrow in the 1939 screen classic “The Wizard of Oz,” died at age 83.
In 1988, The live-action feature film, “Good Morning, Vietnam” is generally released in theaters. It becomes Disneyʹs second blockbuster.
In 1992, “Seinfeld”. It looks harmless enough: an innocuous Tweety Bird Pez dispenser, just a simple gift from Kramer to Jerry. During Georgeʹs girlfriendʹs piano recital, Jerry takes the dispenser out of his pocket and not so innocently places it in Elaineʹs lap. This gesture may have elicited a polite smile or a quiet grin from someone else, someone with more self-control. That someone isnʹt Elaine. She dissolves into a Wagnerian opus of laughter. Her giggles become chortles, which become Klaxon-like guffaws. As Jerry looks on with stern disapproval, she exits the somber concert hall, still roaring. Noel, the humiliated pianist, declares that she will never forget that laugh. True to her word, at Jerryʹs apartment a few days later, Noel recognizes Elaineʹs distinctive laugh — and promptly dumps George.
In 1994, on the cover of TV Guide: “Avery Brooks of Deep Space Nine”. Other Articles: Special Sci-Fi Issue, Phenom
In 1994, “Comic Strip Live” TV Stand-Up comedy last aired on Fox.
In 1994, Singer Harry Nilsson dies of heart disease. Nilsson was known for songs like “Everybodyʹs Talkin',” “Without You” and “Coconut”. He was 53.
In 1995, “Get Smart (reboot)” began airing on Fox
In 1996, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded “Syndicated Inc.” and “Amish Paradise” for his “Bad Hair Day” CD.
In 1997, Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls) kicked cameraman Eugene Amosin in the groin.
In 1997, The Seattle Supersonics set an NBA record with 27 steals against the Toronto Raptors. 27? What a funny number.
In 2001, Peace College beats Bennett College 98-3 in womenʹs college basketball. Bennett sets an NCAA Division III womenʹs record for fewest points scored.
In 2003, Mickey Mouse and The Walt Disney Company scored a big victory as the Supreme Court upheld longer copyright protections for cartoon characters, songs, books and other creations worth billions of dollars.
In 2012, “Napoleon Dynamite” began airing on Fox