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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 29

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🎨🎭Paul Fusco -- is 65 in the year 2018 and 66 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1953
Animator, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Puppet Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Alf, Spacecats, Project: ALF, ALF Tales, ALF's Hit Talk Show

🎭Sara Gilbert -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1975
TV/Movie Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Cartoon Voice Actress, Lesbian
Names/Places: Melissa & Jonathan's sister
TV Shows: Roseanne (as Darlene Conner), The Talk
Movie Titles: Poison Ivy, High Fidelity

🎵🎸Bill Kirchen -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1948
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, American
Group Names: Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

🎭🎵🏆Irlene Mandrell -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1956
Actress, Drummer, Country Singer, Model
Names/Places: b. in Houston, TX; Barbara & Louise's sister
Misc: Singer?
TV Shows: Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, Hee Haw

✍🎵Andrew Oldham -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1944
Hall of Famer, Author, Music Producer, English
Names/Places: aka the 6th Stone
Group Names: Rolling Stones (manager 1963-67)

🎭Oprah Winfrey -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.1/29/1954
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Kosciuska, Miss.; Oprah was supposed to be Orpah but a bureaucrat goofed up the birth certificate; Oprah is Harpo spelled backwards!
Misc: some say b. 1953, former Miss Black Tennessee
TV Shows: Oprah Winfrey Show
Movie Titles: Brewster Place, Beloved

🎭W. C. Fields -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/29/1879 d.12/25/1946 (67)
Movie/Stage/Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia; RN:William Claude Dukenfield
Misc: some say b. 1880 or b. April 9 or b. Feb 10; he died at the Las Encinas Sanitorium on the holiday he despised.

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🎵🎸Tommy Ramone -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/29/1952 d.7/11/2014 (62)
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Punk Rock Drummer, Hungarian
Names/Places: RN:Thomas Erdelyi
Misc: some say b. 1949
Group Names: The Ramones

🎵🎷"Cozy" Cole -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/17/1909 d.1/29/1981 (71)
Drummer, Jazz Musician
Names/Places: b. in East Orange, NJ; RFN:William Randolph
Misc: worked for many swing bands including Cab Calloway and Louie Armstrong

✍🎭🎵Jimmy Durante -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/10/1893 d.1/29/1980 (86)
Author, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Vaudevillan, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: 'Schnozzola' man
Song Titles: Inka Dinka Doo
TV Shows: The Jimmy Durante Show, Lennon Sisters

🎨✍Edward Lear -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/12/1812 d.1/29/1888 (75)
Artist, Poet, Children's Author, English
Misc: Limerick inventor; some of my favorites started out with the lines "There once was a young man from Venus", and "There was an old man from Nantucket".

✍⛪🎵Rod McKuen -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/29/1933 d.1/29/2015 (81)
Poet, Roman Catholic, Composer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Oakland, Ca.
Misc: some say b. 1938
Song Titles: The Mummy (as Dor in the 1959 Bob McFadden record)

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✍📰H. L. Mencken -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/12/1880 d.1/29/1956 (75)
Author, Essayist, Lexicographer, Critic, Satirist, Journalist, Editor, Columnist
Names/Places: b. in Baltimore; RFMN:Henry Louis; d. in Baltimore

🎭Freddie Prinze -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/22/1954 d.1/29/1977 (22)
TV Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in New York City; accidental suicide; d. Jan 28?
TV Shows: Chico & the Man (as Chico Rodriguez)

🎭Donna Jean Young -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/29/1936 d.1/29/2010 N.S. (73)
Actress, Comedienne
Misc: retired from acting in 1973
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1972-73)

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In 1845, Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven" was published under a pseudonym in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name, "Quarles", in signing the poem.

In 1920, Walt Disney starts his first job as an artist at $40 a week with the K.C. Slide Co.

In 1943, The Donald Duck film, "Donald's Tire Trouble" is released.

In 1958, Challenge Records releases "Tequila" backed with "Train to Nowhere" by the Champs. The A side will make it to Number One in mid-March. It was a million-selling instrumental smash (and 1st year Grammy award winner). The Champs included Jim Seals and Dash Croft, later to become Seals and Crofts.

In 1964, Stanley Kubrick's cold-war satire "Dr. Strangelove" starring Peter Sellers in three roles (Col. Mandrake, Pres. Muffley and the title role), George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens premiered in New York, Toronto and London.

In 1964, the most lopsided high school score in history was set when teams in Louisiana played a 211 to 29 game.

In 1965, During a concert in London, pop-rock singer P.J. Proby splits his pants on stage, significantly increasing his "naughty" reputation. Next month, he'll be banned by Britian's ABC theater chain for his new habit of purposely splitting his trousers on stage for dramatic effect. Good thing nothing sprang up in that event!

In 1966, the musical comedy "Sweet Charity" starring Gwen Verdon opened on Broadway.

In 1969, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" variety show debut on CBS-TV with the theme song "Gentle On My Mind." Campbell sings "Wichita Lineman" and teams with Bobbie Gentry on "Little Green Apples." Other guests include John Hartford, The Smothers Brothers and comedian Pat Paulsen

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars.

In 1970, "Jingle Jangle" single by The Archies was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1971, in a Brady Bunch episode called "Coming Out Party", which has nothing to do with Ellen DeGeneres, Cindy develops tonsillitis the weekend Mike is planning to take the family on his boss' boat; the family's big outing is threatened when the doctor says the tonsils must come out if the swelling doesn't go down. The Brady children nurse Cindy on a liquid diet to save the day.

In 1972, R.C., "Those Were The Days" by Carroll O'Connor & Jean Stapleton peaked at #43 on the pop singles chart.

In 1975, 1st Annual Comedy Awards of the Year hosted by Alan King.

In 1976, "Black Bear Road" album by C.W. McCall was certified Gold by the RIAA. It contains the hit "Convoy"

In 1977, comedian Freddie Prinze died, two days after shooting himself in the head. He was 22. He's probably best known for his role on "Chico and the Man."

In 1980, Jimmy Durante, the U.S. comedian, actor and singer, died.

In 1983, "Saturday Night Live's" Eddie Murphy asks viewers to send in letters asking Ronald Reagan to support a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1983, a "Saturday Night Live" ad parody offers viewers the chance to rent Ed McMahon (Joe Piscopo) "for your next party and your unfunny jokes will work!"

In 1983, R.C., "Down Under" by Men At Work peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart; that single was also at #1 on the U.S. singles chart and that act's album "Business As Usual" was at the #1 position on the album chart in both countries. Men at Work was the first act since Rod Stewart in 1971 to acheive this feat.

In 1983, R.C., "Shock The Monkey" by Peter Gabriel peaked at #29 on the pop singles chart.

In 1983, The McKenzie Brothers (Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas) leave "the Great White North" of "SCTV" for a day to tour New York City and host "Saturday Night Live."

In 1985, Oprah tells guest host Joan Rivers that she's relatively sure that she weighs less than Nell Carter.

In 1989, "Shining Time Station" began airing on PBS

In 1994, on the cover of TV Guide: "Valerie Bertinelli, Superbowl". Other Articles: Good Life, Frasier

In 1994, on the cover of TV Guide: "Valerie Bertinelli, Superbowl". Other Articles: Good Life, Frasier

In 1996, Garth Brooks was a triple winner at the 23rd annual American Music Awards. Brooks was named artist of the year, but politely left the trophy on the podium...saying the other nominees deserved the award more -- especially Hootie and the Blowfish. Huh?

The Holiday Almanacs for January 29, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Mon Jan the 29 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 29 of the year
Serialnumber = 43117
Julian date = 2458136 O.S.= 1 - 16 - 2018

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Holidays

[Australia] Australia Day Holiday (1788); day of the first British settlement
[World] International Clergy Appreciation Week (Day 2)
[China] Chinese New Years-The Year of the Tiger (4696) in 1998
[Kansas] Admission Day/Kansas Day (1861)
[New Zealand] Auckland Provincial Anniversary
[New Zealand] Northland Provincial Anniversary
[Roman] Peace Festival (Roman celebration).
[USA] Puzzle Day
[USA] Think Hawaii Day

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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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