🎭Jonathan Mangum -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.1/16/1971 N.S.
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Announcer
TV Shows: The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, NCIS, Let's Make a Deal (announcer)
Movie Titles: The Bucket List
🎵Sandy Pinkard -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/16/1947
Songwriter, Bassist, Country Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Pinkard and Bowden
🎵🎸Jill Sobule -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.1/16/1959 N.S.
Songwriter, Alternative Rock Singer
Song Titles: I Kissed a Girl
✍🎭🎵Jim Stafford -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.1/16/1944
Humorist, TV Host, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Banjoist, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: Bobbie Gentry's hubby
Song Titles: Spiders & Snakes, Wildwood Weed, My Girl Bill
TV Shows: Jim Stafford Show, Those Amazing Animals, Nashville on the Road
🎭Yvonne Zima -- is 29 in the year 2018 and 30 in the year 2019; b.1/16/1989
TV Shows: ER (as Rachel Greene #1)
Movie Titles: The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, The Long Kiss Goodnight
🎨Jim Berry -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1932 d.3/20/2015 (83)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Berry's World
🏆⚾"Dizzy" Dean -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1911 d.7/17/1974 (63)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Announcer, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: b. in Lukas, AR; RFN:Jerome Jan Hannah
Misc: 4x All-Star, 4x MLB strikeout leader, 2x MLB wins leader, NL MVP 1934; St. Louis Cardinal "Gashouse Gang" colorful pitcher; Dean won 163 games and lost 101. His lifetime ERA was 3.03. He once struck out 17 batters in a single game, then a record, but since bettered (Roger Clemens fanned 20); mentioned in "Who's On First?"; Cardinals #17 retired and in Cardinals Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1932-1937), Chicago Cubs (1938-1941), St. Louis Browns (1947)
🎵🎸William "Bill" Francis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1942 d.5/23/2010 N.S. (68)
Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
🎭Claire Gordon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1941 d.4/13/2015 (74)
Actress, Comedienne, English
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🎭Buddy Lester -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1917 d.10/4/2002 (85)
TV Shows: New Phil Silvers Show (as Nick)
🎭Leslie H. Martinson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1915 N.S. d.9/3/2016 N.S. (101)
TV Shows: Mannix, Roy Rogers Show, The Brady Bunch, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Dusty's Trail, Batman (two installments)
Movie Titles: Batman: The Movie (1966)
🎭Robert Schimmel -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1950 d.9/3/2010 (60)
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🎭Michael White -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/16/1936 d.3/7/2016 N.S. (80)
Movie/Stage Producer, Scotish
Movie Titles: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
🎭Ron Carey -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/11/1935 d.1/16/2007 (71)
TV Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in Newark, NJ
TV Shows: The Corner Bar, Barney Miller (as Off. Carl Levitt)
🎭🎵Ted Cassidy -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/31/1932 d.1/16/1979 (46)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Pianist
Misc: some say b. 1933
TV Shows: The Addams Family (as Lurch & 'Thing'), Huck Finn (as Injun Joe)
🎵Jimmy Castor -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/23/1940 d.1/16/2012 (71)
Arranger, Composer, Saxophonist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Song Titles: Troglodyte (Cave Man), The Bertha Butt Boggie
🎭Joyce Jameson -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/26/1932 d.1/16/1987 (54)
TV Shows: The Spike Jones Show
🎭Russell Johnson -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/10/1934 d.1/16/2014 (79)
TV Shows: Gilligan's Island (as Roy Hinkley 'The Professor')
🎵Will "Dub" Jones -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/14/1928 d.1/16/2000 (71)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Coasters
🎭Carole Lombard -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/6/1908 d.1/16/1942 (33)
Movie Actress, Comedienne
Names/Places: b. in Fort Wayne, IN; RMLN:Jane Peters; Clark Gable's wife
Misc: some say b. 1909
🎭Dave Madden -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/17/1931 d.1/16/2014 (82)
Actor, Comedian, Canadian
Misc: not b. Dec 12 or 15, 1933
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Partridge Family (as Reuben Kinkaid), Alice (as Earl Hicks)
✍🎭🎵David Seville -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/27/1919 d.1/16/1972 (52)
Author, Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Music Producer, Composer/Songwriter
Names/Places: b. in Fresno, CA; RN:Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
Misc: he created the Chipmunks while experimenting with tape recording speeds; his son David Jr. resurrected the character of David Seville after his father died beginning with a new Chipmunks album in 1980 and TV series in 1983; Jason Lee began voicing Seville in 2015
Song Titles: Witch Doctor, The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
TV Shows: The Alvin Show (as David Seville & the Chipmunks: Theodore, Simon, and... ALLLLL-VINNN!)
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In 1942, Kay Kyser and the band recorded "A Zoot Suit" for Columbia Records. The tune is about the problems associated with wearing the garish, exaggerated 'hep' fashion. Our boss still wears a zoot suit and twirls a watch chain. He looks like Jim Carey in "The Mask" but don't tell him we said that...
In 1942, The Donald Duck film, "The Village Smithy" is released.
In 1957, The "Disneyland" TV show features "Your Host, Donald Duck".
In 1960, In a benefit basketball game, football's Pittsburgh Steelers beat baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates in overtime, 22-20. Shortstop Dick Groat, a Duke University hoop standout, scores 14 points for the Bucs.
In 1960, on the cover of TV Guide: "Cliff Arquette as Charley Weaver". Other Articles: Nick Adams, Mort Sahl
In 1963, The live-action feature film, "Son of Flubber" is generally released. It is a sequel to the film, "The Absent-Minded Professor".
In 1965, Gilligan's Island episode #16. "Plant You Now, Dig You Later". While working for Mr. Howell, Gilligan unearths a chest. The castaways think it must contain a pirate's treasure. When ownership of the chest is disputed, the case goes to court, with the Professor presiding as judge.
In 1965, on the cover of TV Guide: "Bob Hope". Other Articles: Peyton Place, Man From UNCLE
In 1965, R.C., "The Crusher" by The Novas peaked at #88 on the pop singles chart.
In 1967, Gilligan's Island episode #86. "The Hunter". Famous big-game hunter Jonathan Kincaid and his assistant, Ramoo land on the island in search of new game to hunt. Since they have hunted just about every kind of animal on earth, they then decide that the ultimate challenge would be to hunt a human. After much debate, they choose Gilligan as their target, and state that if Gilligan can stay alive for 24 hours, they will rescue the castaways. After Gilligan manages to outwit and outrun the armed hunters for 24 hours, Kincaid does not uphold his promise of rescue for fear they will report him to the authorities.
In 1970, in a Brady Bunch episode called "Mike's Horror-Scope", Abbe Lane guest stars as Beebe Gallini. Carol reads Mike's horoscope about a strange woman who will come into his life. Then Beebe, the glamorous head of a cosmetics firm, hires Mike to design a new factory.
In 1972, David Seville died on this day in Beverly Hills, CA. Born Ross Bagdasarian, the musician was the force -- and artist -- behind the Alvin and the Chipmunks novelty songs of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Some may remember that Seville appeared in the films, "Viva Zapata", "Stalag 17" and "Rear Window". Seville first claimed fame, not through the novelty impact of the hit, "The Chipmunk Song" (it sold 3.5 million copies in five weeks); but by writing Rosemary Clooney's biggest hit, "Come On-a My House", in the early '50s and the number one hit, "Witch Doctor", in 1958. Ross was a singer under the stage name of David Seville, a songwriter and a producer for Liberty Records in the 50's and the creator of The Chipmunks when he experimented with variable speed tape recorders. Ross named the Chipmunks after the 3 record executives at Liberty who didn't want him to release The Chipmunk's first hit.
In 1973, Little Jo is playing "The Most Dangerous Game" in the 440th and final episode of "Bonanza." Stalked by a psychopathic killer, he's weaponless, has no supplies, and all he knows is that he's prey for "The Hunter." Michael Landon not only stars in the program, he also wrote and directed the show's swan song after 13 and a half years. PAX television aired a prequel to the series called "Ponderosa" at the turn of the millenium.
In 1981, "Harper Valley P.T.A.", TV Comedy; debut on NBC. A country song became the basis of a movie and a follow-up TV series starring Barbara Eden, who battles against closed-mindedness in a sleepy Southern town.
In 1986, "Get Out Of My Room" video by Cheech & Chong was certified Gold by the RIAA
In 1987, The Beastie Boys were censored on American Bandstand, a first for the popular TV show.
In 1988, R.C., "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart; "Weird Al" parodied it into "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long".
In 1988, The film, "Three Men and a Baby" breaks the $100 million mark in ticket sales, the first time for a Disney movie.
In 1991, WAR! The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. Allied jets bomb Baghdad as the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. President Bush said in a nationally broadcast address, "The Battle has been joined," as aerial bombardment began as US led air forces with 27 allied forces begin air raids on Iraq in response to Iraq's August 1990 takeover of Kuwait. A coalition of nations, including Soviets, join or support the invasion. (Because of the time difference, it was early January 17th in the Persian Gulf when the attack began.)
In 1993, on the cover of TV Guide: "Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman". Other Articles: Secret Service, Cable's Stars
In 1994, "The George Carlin Show", TV Comedy, debut on Fox.
In 1995, a sixth television network, UPN, by Paramount debuts; it is now defunct; it was launched with a two-hour premiere of scifi adventure "Star Trek: Voyager" starring Kate Mulgrew as the captain.
In 1996, singer Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, "The Flying Boat," was shot at by Jamaican police who mistook it for a drug smuggling craft; U2's Bono was aboard the plane with Buffett at the time. Buffett later wrote a song about the incident, "Jamaica Mistaica," that appeared on the album "Banana Wind."
In 1999, "Batman Beyond" which premiered six days ago moves into the Bat-urday morning sked on the WB
In 1999, Warren Zevon, America, Jonny Lang and Delbert McClinton perform at the inaugural ball for former pro wrestler turned Minnesota governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura. America performs "Ventura Highway."
In 2002, Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard), the flamboyant pop singer who scored hits in the 1980s, is committed to a London Psychiatric hospital after being arrested for firearms offenses.
In 2007, Actor Ron Carey (TV: "Barney Miller") died in Los Angeles at age 71.
In 2012, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" began airing on NBC
In 2013, "Kroll Show" began airing on Comedy Central
In 2014, Death claimed actors Russell Johnson ("Gilligan's Island") at age 89 and Dave Madden ("The Partridge Family") at age 82.
In 2015, "World's Funniest" began airing on Fox