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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 28

Last Updated 06-08-2018

✍⛪🎭Alan Alda -- is 82 in the year 2018 and 83 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1936
Hall of Famer, Screen/Scriptwriter, Roman Catholic, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Alphonso D'Abruzzo, Robert's son
TV Shows: That Was the Week That Was (regular), M*A*S*H* (as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce), ER (as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence 1999), The West Wing (as Sen. Arnold Vinick), The Big C, The Blacklist
Movie Titles: The Aviator, What Women Want, Tower Heist, California Suite, Four Seasons, Everyone Says I Love You, Mad City, Flash of Genius

🎭🎵Barbi Benton -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1950
Actress, Composer, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Sacramento, CA; RLN:Klein
Misc: Playboy; typecast as TV's ultimate bimbo
TV Shows: Hee Haw (1971-76), SugarTime! (as Maxx)
Movie Titles: Deathstalker

🎭Angelique Cabral -- is 39 in the year 2018 and 40 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1979 N.S.
Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Life in Pieces (as Colleen)
Movie Titles: Enlisted, Friends with Benefits

🎭Jon Caliri -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1960
Misc: retired from acting in 1986
TV Shows: Square Pegs (as Vinnie Pasetta), Double Trouble
Movie Titles: High School U.S.A.

🎵Joseph Anthony "Joey" Fatone Jr. -- is 41 in the year 2018 and 42 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1977
Pop Singer
Group Names: 'N Sync
TV Shows: Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Movie Titles: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

🎭Harley Jane Kozak -- is 61 in the year 2018 and 62 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1957
TV Shows: Harts of the West, You Wish, Charlie Grace (as Holly)
Movie Titles: When Harry Met Sally, Parenthood, Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness

✍📰🎭Mo Rocca -- is 49 in the year 2018 and 50 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1969
Humorist, Satirist, Journalist, Actor, Comedian

🎵🎸Peter Schilling -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1956
Songwriter, New Wave Singer, German
Misc: whose songs often feature science-fiction themes (aliens, astronauts, nuclear holocaust, etc.).
Song Titles: Major Tom (Coming Home)
Album Titles: Error in the System

🎭Ariel Winter -- is 20 in the year 2018 and 21 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1998
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress
TV Shows: Phineas and Ferb, Modern Family (as Alex Dunphy)
Movie Titles: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

🎭Calum Worthy -- is 27 in the year 2018 and 28 in the year 2019; b.1/28/1991 N.S.
Actor, Canadian
TV Shows: Austin and Ally
Movie Titles: National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion

🎭John Banner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1910 d.1/28/1973 (63)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Austrian
TV Shows: Hogan's Heroes (as Sgt. Hans Schultz)

🎭Mary Boland -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1880 d.6/23/1965 (85)
Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne

✍🎭🎵Shorty Castro -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1928 N.S. d.1/22/2018 N.S. (89)
Comedy Writer, Radio Host, Comedian, Stage Director, Dancer, Composer, Singer, Musician, Puerto Rican
Names/Places: RN: Israel Castro Vélez
Misc: his career spanned over 60 years

🎭Harry Corbett -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1918 d.8/17/1989 (71)
Actor, Puppeteer, British
Movie Titles: Jabberwocky

🎭Maurice Gosfield -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1913 d.10/19/1964 (51)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Phil Silvers Show (as Pvt. Duane Doberman), Top Cat (as Benny the Ball)

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🎭Alfred Marks -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1921 d.7/1/1996 (75)
Actor, Comedian

Pope Clement IX -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/28/1600 N.S. d.12/9/1669 N.S. (69)
Pope, Italian
Names/Places: RN:Giulio Rospigliosi
Misc: 238th Roman Catholic pope (1667-69) who wrote what may be the first comic opera.

🎭John Banner -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/28/1910 d.1/28/1973 (63)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Austrian
TV Shows: Hogan's Heroes (as Sgt. Hans Schultz)

👑King Henry VIII Of England -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/28/1491 J-LD d.1/28/1547 J-LD (55)
Names/Places: b. at Greenwich; Defender of the Faith; wed 6x
Misc: during a nearly 38-year reign from 1509-47, Henry presided over the establishment of the Church of England and split the church of England from Rome, knighted a favorite tender cut of meat: Sir Loin (GROAN)
Song Titles: I'm Henry The VIII I Am (mentioned in a song by Herman's Hermits)

🎭Burt Mustin -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/18/1884 d.1/28/1977 (92)
TV Actor
Misc: b. 1882?
TV Shows: Date With the Angels, Ichabod & Me, The Andy Griffith Show (as Jud Crowley), All in the Family (as Justin Quigley), Phyllis (as Arthur Lanson), Leave It To Beaver (as fireman)

📰🎵Pete Seeger -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/3/1919 d.1/28/2014 (94)
Hall of Famer, Editor, Teacher, Political Activist, Songwriter, Tenor, Banjoist, Guitarist, Folk Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; NN:America's Tuning Fork
Misc: Spark Plug player
Group Names: The Weavers, Kingston Trio, soloist

🎨Jerry Siegel -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/17/1914 d.1/28/1996 (81)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Superman co-creator with Joe Shuster

🎭🎵Hal Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/24/1916 d.1/28/1994 (77)
TV/Movie/Radio Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Singer
TV Shows: Disney (as Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, Winnie the Pooh, etc.), The Andy Griffith Show (as Otis Campbell the town drunk)

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In 1521, The Diet of Worms assembled. Weʹll pause briefly for your own joke here.

In 1904, The University of Chicago awarded blankets to with the letter C to all seniors that played football during the 1903 season. This event marked the beginning of the sports letter tradition.

In 1905, “Come Take A Trip In My Airship” hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Billy Murray.

In 1944, The Goofy film, “How to Be a Sailor” is released.

In 1953, J. Fred Muggs (a chimpanzee) joined the cast of NBCʹs “Today Show.” (Where is talent when you need it these days?)

In 1956, on “The Honeymooners,” Ralph Kramden is picked as a contestant for “The $99,000.00 Answer.” Asked “Who is the composer of 'Swanee River'?” all Kramden can come up with is “Ed Norton?” And yes, thatʹs his final answer.

In 1956, “The Honeymooners”. Ralph is certain that finally, finally, his dream of striking it rich can come true — all for a song. He has been selected as a contestant on the TV quiz show The $99,000.00 Answer. Although his brief, first appearance isnʹt auspicious — heʹs so nervous, he explains “I brive a dus” for a living, and when asked his wifeʹs name, replies “Mrs. Kramden” — he selects popular songs as his category, envisioning a rosy future. “Weʹll be living on Park Avenue,” he assures Alice, “and wait 'til you see how different this furniture looks when itʹs in a Park Avenue apartment.” He rents a piano, buys up a sheaf of sheet music and involves almost his entire apartment building in his crash course. This, of course, includes boon companion — and piano man — Ed Norton, who has the irritating habit of playing the same strange, haunting vamp every time he goes through a song. Come the big night, Ralph is primed, telling the showʹs emcee, Herb Norris, that heʹs going to go every step of the way. Fine, says Norris, and reads Ralph his first question for $100. “Who is the composer of 'Swanee River'?” while offstage a piano strikes up the irritating vamp he has heard all week. Ralphʹs face falls like a souffle. Hopelessly, feebly, he replies: “Ed Norton?”

In 1957, “Tonight! America After Dark”, TV Talk Show, debut on NBC as the second incarnation of The Tonight Show. With Steve Allen hosting his final “Tonight Show” the night before, NBC tries a different late-night approach for a few months with a newsy talk program similar to the networkʹs “Today Show,” but with a band. The concept wonʹt work too well, though, and the show will go back to its original format, this time with Jack Paar as host, in July.

In 1960, Goon Showʹs final episode on BBC.

In 1961, on the cover of TV Guide: “Ronnie Howard and Andy Griffith”. Other Articles: Marlo Thomas, Adventures in Paradise


In 1967, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of The Monkees”. Other Articles: Home Video Recorders, Gleason

In 1967, R.C., “How Do You Catch a Girl”, by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs peaked at #27 on the pop singles chart.

In 1968, Goldie Hawn joined the cast of the TV comedy-variety show “Rowan and Martinʹs Laugh-In,” and managed to giggle through the funny skits for the next few years.

In 1972, in a Brady Bunch episode called “The Big Bet”, Bobby and Greg make a bet with the loser having to do everything the winner says for a week in “The Big Bet” episode of Paramount Televisionʹs “The Brady Bunch.” Greg claims that he can do twice as many chin-ups as his younger brother. Hurt and angry, Bobby forces Greg into a bet to prove his boast. Bobby starts exercising to increase his stamina while Greg ignores the contest.

In 1976, “The Dumplings” began airing on NBC

In 1978, R.C., “Short People” by Randy Newman peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.

In 1978, Ted Nugent (“Cat Scratch Fever”, also member of the Amboy Dukes) autographed a fanʹs arm with his knife.

In 1978, The Doobie Brothers guest starred on ABC-TVʹs “Whatʹs Happening”. Huh? I donʹt get it. Watched the series too. This is like Dr. Dre making a guest shot on “Growing Pains.”

In 1978, “Fantasy Island”, TV Adventure starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize, debut as a series ABC. Its first TV movie aried on January 14, 1977, and the second TV movie aried on January 20, 1978. Smiles, everyone, smiles. Da Plane, boss, da plane!

In 1980, entertainer Jimmy Durante (dur-ANʹ-tee) died at the age of 87.

In 1980, The original Ants split from Adam. This must have been a case of…Adam…splitting?

In 1982, Rhea Perlman wed Danny DeVito

In 1983, the first commercial radio station to air a CD was WDHA of Dover, New Jersey. It was the beginning of the end of the 45.

In 1984, a record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, W Germany.

In 1985, a host of top US pop and rock stars assembled in a Los Angeles studio to record the hit song “We Are The World” was recorded following the American Music Awards. The song was the collaboration of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Quincy Jones, and featured some of the biggest names in music that day including Harry Belafonte, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers and many others. The record raised millions for starving people in Ethiopia. A parody of the song, “We Are The Worms”, was banned from airplay on the “Dr. Demento Show” for several years despite that parodyʹs huge popularity and wasnʹt heard from again until a court case was ruled favoring parodies as not infringing on the original work of art. Sorry, big music folks, you need to lighten up.

In 1986, Any smarmy “illusionist” can do “tricks” with “beautiful” “women.” But Penn and Teller “cut and restore” a *snake* on “Saturday Night Live.”

In 1989, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Roseanne”. Other Articles: Don Johnson, Gary Cole, Geraldo

In 1989, R.C., “Doctorin' The Tardis” by The Timelords peaked at #66 on the pop singles chart.

In 1992, “Addams Groove” single by Hammer was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1996, Chris Isaak made a guest appearance on the NBC-TV show “Friends.” I guess they couldnʹt get “The Doobie Brothers” or “Dr. Dre” to appear.

In 1996, the original Bert and Ernie Muppets were stolen from an exhibit in Germany. They were later returned.

In 1997, After a speech in Champaign, Illinois, President Bill Clintonʹs plane, Air Force One, was taxiing toward a runway when the wheels on the right side of the plane rolled off the concrete into soft soil and got stuck. Air Force 2, with Al Gore on-board, had already taken off for their next stop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, so a third plane was flown in to pick up the president. Before the prez switched planes, dozens of crewmembers and secret service agents had to move supplies from plane to plane, including three coolers and six 24-pack cases of soda (true).

In 1997, Pat Boone released an album of heavy metal tunes

In 1997, “Odelay” album by Beck was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 2000, “Zoot Suit Riot” album by Cherry Poppin' Daddies was certified Multi Platinum 2.0 by the RIAA

The Holiday Almanacs for January 28, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Mon Jan the 28 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 28 of the year
Serialnumber = 43481
Julian date = 2458500 O.S.= 1 - 15 - 2019



Saint Thomas Aquinas Feast Day
[Australia] Australia Day Holiday (1788); day of the first British settlement
[Cuba] Jose Marti's Birthday
[Rwanda] Democracy Day (1961)
[USA] National Kazoo Day
[USA] Popcorn Day
[USA] Spieling Day
[World] International Clergy Appreciation 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
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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
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National Prune the Fat Month
National Retail Bakers Month
National Soup Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Yours, Mine and Ours Month
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Russian dates are Old Style to 1918, New Style thereafter
[Ancient Rome] a d v Kal Feb
[Sweden] Karl name day
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