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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 26

Last Updated 01-15-2018

🎭Bryan Callen -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1971
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Phillipean
TV Shows: MAD TV, The Goldbergs (as Mr. Mellor / Coach Miller)
Movie Titles: Warrior, The Hangover (series)

🎭Ellen Degeneres -- is 60 in the year 2018 and 61 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1958
TV/Movie Actress, Comedienne, Lesbian
Misc: pron:Duh-generous; some say b. Jan 1, but that's incorrect
TV Shows: These Friends of Mine (as Ellen Morgan), Ellen DeGeneres Show
Movie Titles: EDtv, The Love Letter, Finding Nemo

🎨✍⛪Jules Feiffer -- is 89 in the year 2018 and 90 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1929
Editorial Cartoonist, Satirist, Jewish
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: satirical Villiage Voice; best known for his long-run comic strip "Feiffer".
Book Titles: The Great Comic Book Heroes, Tantrum

🎵Steve Jay -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1951
Bassist, Novelty Musician
Group Names: Weird Al Yankovic (band)

🎭Paul Johansson -- is 54 in the year 2018 and 55 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1964
Actor, Director
TV Shows: Parker Lewis Can't Lose (as Nick), Beverly Hills 90210 (as John Sears BMOC 93-94), One Tree Hill (as Dan Scott)
Movie Titles: John Q, Alpha Dog

🎭Nate Mooney -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1972 N.S.
TV Shows: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Odyssey
Movie Titles: One for the Money, Push, Charlotte's Web (2006), Seraphim Falls

🎭Sara Rue -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1978
TV Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Grand, Phenom, Minor Adjustments (as Darby Gladstone), Popular (as Carmen Ferrara), Less Than Perfect (as Claude Casey), Malibu Country, Rules of Engagement, Impastor
Movie Titles: The Ring, Pearl Harbor

🎭🏆⚾Bob Uecker -- is 84 in the year 2018 and 85 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1934
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Commercial Actor, Baseball Announcer, MLB Catcher
Names/Places: b. in Wilwaukee, WI
Misc: Ford C. Frick Award winner in 2003; Lite Beer commercials; sports comic
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Brewers (1962-1973), St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1967), Atlanta Braves (1967), Milwaukee Brewers (1971-present as of 2016)
TV Shows: Monday Night Baseball, Mr. Belvedere (as George Owens)

🎭Walt Willey -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.1/26/1951
Actor, Comedian
Misc: PRON:WILL-ee
TV Shows: All My Children (as Jackson "Jack" Montgomery), Tainted Dreams
Movie Titles: CHARACTERz, I Was a Teenage TV Terrorist

🎭Cora Baird -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1912 d.12/7/1967 (55)
Names/Places: Bil's wife

🎭Michael Bentine -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1922 d.11/26/1996 (74)
Misc: one of the four original Goon Show members

🎭🎮Ricky Harris -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1962 N.S. d.12/26/2016 N.S. (54)
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Video Game Voice Actor
TV Shows: Everybody Hates Christ (as Malvo in five episodes)
Movie Titles: Heat, Dope, Hard Rain, Simon Sez
Video Games: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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🎭Charles Lane -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1905 d.7/9/2007 (102)
TV Shows: The Lucy Show (as Mr. Barnsdahl), Petticoat Junction (as Homer Bedloe), The Pruitts of Southhampton

David R. Atchison -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/11/1807 d.1/26/1886 (78)
Misc: was 11-1/2th U.S. President for one day on 3-4-1849

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🎭🎵Marquerite Farrell -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/16/1888 d.1/26/1951 (62)
Comic Actor, Vaudevillan, Dancer, Singer

🎭Robert Hegyes -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/7/1951 d.1/26/2012 (60)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor
TV Shows: Welcome Back Kotter (as Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo Epstein de Huevos), Cagney & Lacey (as Det. Manny Esposito)

🎭Ole Olsen -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/6/1892 d.1/26/1963 (70)
Movie Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RFN:John Sigvard
Misc: of the Olsen & (Chic) Johnson popular knockabout comedy vaudeville Team; Bway smash:Hellzapoppin

⛪🎭Abe Vigoda -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/24/1921 d.1/26/2016 N.S. (94)
Jewish, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: 1970s TV crime show guest actor
TV Shows: Barney Miller (as Detective Phil Fish), Fish (as Detective Phil Fish)
Movie Titles: Look Who's Talking, The Godfather (series as Mafia leader Tessio)

🎭Patricia A. Welsh -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1915 d.1/26/1995 (79)
Movie Titles: E.T. (the character's voice)

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In 1784, In a letter to his daughter dated Jan. 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness with the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America. He said he preferred the turkey. This was a time when turkeys were smart birds that lived in the wild and not the stupid things bred for Thanksgiving dinner.

In 1790, "Cosi Fan Tutte," a comic opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had its first performance in Vienna.

In 1940, "Stone Age", Cartoon Character, Max Fleischer's first 'Flintstone'-type cartoon, debut. Nobody said "Yabba Dabba Doo".

In 1945, The Donald Duck film, "The Clock Watcher" is released.

In 1949, Tape Recorder Developed by 3M for mass-producing tapes.

In 1957, on the cover of TV Guide: "Bob Hope". Other Articles: Circus Boy, Cheyenne

In 1962, Bishop Burke of the Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" is impure and bans it from all Catholic schools, parishes and youth events. It can't be danced, sung about or listened to in any Catholic school, parish or youth event. Later in the year, the Twist will be banned from community center dances in Tampa, Florida as well. Editor's Note: we fellow Catholics must lighten up and enjoy life for a change.

In 1962, the Catholic Bishop of Buffalo, New York, banned any reference to the dance sensation The Twist at any school, parish or youth event; Tampa, Florida, issued a similar ban at its community center dances later in the year.

In 1967, TV'S BATMAN The Penguin and Marsha Queen of Diamonds are the villains in a three-part episode that begins on this night.

In 1970, In Beatles History: Singer, Songwriter John Lennon and producer Phil Spector wrote, recorded and mixed the hit record "Instant Karma" (just add water!) in one day, which is released early next month. Ringo and Maureen fly from London to the US to attend the `The Magic Christian' premiere. UK single release: `My Sweet Lord'.

In 1973, in a Brady Bunch episode called "Amateur Nite", The Brady kids compete in a local TV amateur contest to win money for their parents' anniversary present; when an additional charge of $56.23 for engraving prevents the kids from picking up their gift they decide to do a song-and-dance act in an amateur contest with a $100 first prize.

In 1977, Fleetwood Mac founder guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital after he attacked his accountant with an air rifle while being served a $30,000 royalty cheque that Green refused.

In 1978, Workers at EMI's record processing plant in Britain refuse to press copies of punk band the Buzzcocks' "Oh Sh**," the flip side of their single "What Do I Get?" The single does get pressed and the "What Do I Get?" is a #1 smash in the U.K.

In 1979, "Hello, Larry", TV Comedy(?) starring McLean Stevenson who continued his streak of appearring in series bombs since leaving M*A*S*H, debut on NBC.

In 1979, "The Dukes Of Hazzard" debuts on CBS, starring John Schneider, as Bo Duke; Tom Wopat, as Luke Duke; and Waylon Jennings, as The Balladeer. Jennings sings the theme song, "Good Ol' Boys"

In 1979, "The Dukes Of Hazzard", TV Adventure; debut on CBS. Yee-Haa! Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach star. In the pilot episode, "One Armed Bandit," them Duke boys (Lukas and Beauregard) hijack Boss Hogg's shipment of illegal slot machines.

In 1979, "Turnabout", TV Comedy, debut on NBC.

In 1980, on the cover of TV Guide: "Richard Mulligan and Kathryn Damon of Soap". Other Articles: Isaac Asimov, Christopher Norris

In 1980, Once upon a time, before Lisa Kudrow routinely foisted herself upon a dozen talk show couches a week, another blonde ruled the land -- the lovely Teri Garr. On this night in 1980, Ms. Garr expanded her late-night reign with the first of three hosting appearances on "Saturday Night Live."

In 1980, R.C., "Coward Of The County" by Kenny Rogers peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart. It was parodied into "Chicken Of The County".

In 1980, TV'S "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" Musical Guests: B-52s ("ROCK LOBSTER")

In 1981, David Tanny goes out of business at 20 and into a deep recession as he runs out of money and drops out of college. This is what happens when parents divorce. Don't do divorces. Kids go broke. Send your cash donations to David Tanny, PO Box 19569, San Diego, CA 92159-0569.

In 1987, "Greatest Hits" album by Ray Stevens was released

In 1994, "Babylon 5", TV Scifi Adventure, debut in syndication via PTEN, which hoped to become a real network but never did. It also starred former Lost In Space actor Bill Mumy.

In 1994, "Beavis & Butt-head Experience" album by Beavis And Butt-head was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

In 1994, "Saturday Night Live's" Jon Lovitz resurfaces as the voice of Jay Sherman in ABC's "The Critic," an animated satirical look at movies and pop culture. (Later salvaged by Fox and, more recently, Comedy Central.)

In 1997, D.T. was seen and heard on KUSI-51 during the 10pm newscast as the newscrew documented his pizza industry job at work on Super Bowl Sunday.

In 1998, in response to allegations that he'd had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton declared -- "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." That clip ended up becoming the butt of many Jay Leno jokes. Later, he'd admit to having an improper relationship with Lewinsky...but saying he didn't think oral sex was "sexual relations" in the strictest sense.

In 1998, President Clinton forcefully and with anger denied (while arrogantly pointing his finger) having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, "I want to say one thing to the American people ... I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," Clinton also said he "never told anybody to lie."

In 2003, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" began airing on ABC after the big football game

In 2004, Dennis Miller premiered on CNBC.

In 2012, Actor Robert Hegyes, 60, died in Edison, New Jersey.

In 2016, Character actor Abe Vigoda, 94, died in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

In 2017, "Riverdale" began airing on The CW

The Holiday Almanacs for January 26, 2018

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Today is Fri Jan the 26 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 26 of the year
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Julian date = 2458133 O.S.= 1 - 13 - 2018



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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.
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