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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 31

Last Updated 02-21-2018

🎭Jonathan Banks -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1947
Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Gangster Chronicles, Wiseguy (as Frank McPike), Breaking Bad (as Mike Ehrmantraut), Better Call Saul (as Mike Ehrmantraut)
Movie Titles: Beverly Hills Cop, Airplane!

🎭Paulette Braxton -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1965 N.S.
Actress
TV Shows: The Parkers, In the House, Homeboys in Outer Space
Movie Titles: A Night at the Roxbury, Lockdown

⛪🎭🎵Carol Channing -- is 97 in the year 2018 and 98 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1921
Christian Scientist, Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Seattle; LN:Lowe
Movie Titles: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly

🎭Minnie Driver -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1970
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, English
TV Shows: Speechless (as Maya DiMeo)
Movie Titles: Princess Mononoke, Gross Pointe Blanke, GoldenEye, Good Will Hunting, Tarzan (voice), Return To Me

🎭Spanky Hayes -- is 32 in the year 2018 and 33 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1986 N.S.
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Wild 'N Out

🎭Matt (Comedian) King -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1968 N.S.
Comedian, English
TV Shows: Peep Show (as Super Hans)

🎵🎸John Lydon -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1956
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Punk Rock Singer, English
Names/Places: MN:Joseph
Group Names: The Sex Pistols (co-founder & Johnny Rotten derived from Jolly Rotten), Public Image Ltd.

🎭Bobby Moynihan -- is 41 in the year 2018 and 42 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1977
Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live, Nature Cat, We Bare Bears, The Awesomes
Movie Titles: Inside Out, Monsters University, Delivery Man

🏆⚾Nolan Ryan -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1947
Hall of Famer, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: b. in Refugio, TX.; FN:Lynn
Misc: 8x All-Star, 11x Strikeout Leader; struck out record 383 batters '73; the first to strike out 5000 batters (5668 career -92); record 100.9 mph fast ball; RHP; author of record 7 no-hitters against Kansas City A's and Detroit (1973), Minnesota (1974), Baltimore (1975), LA Dodgers (1981), Oakland A's (1990) and Toronto (1991 at age 44); 2-time 20-game winner (1973-74); 2-time NL leader in ERA (1981,87); led AL in strikeouts 9 times and NL twice in 27 years; retired after 1993 season with 324 wins, 292 losses and all-time records for strikeouts (5,714) and walks (2,795); never won Cy Young Award; Angels #30 retired, Astros #34 retired, Rangers #34 retired; in the Rangers and Baseball Halls of Fame; somebody's dog ate him in a novelty song
Sports Teams: New York Mets (1966, 1968-1971), California Angels (1972-1979), Houston Astros (1980-1988), Texas Rangers (1989-1993)

🎵Justin Randall Timberlake -- is 37 in the year 2018 and 38 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1981
Singer
Group Names: N'Sync, soloist
TV Shows: The All-New Mickey Mouse Club

🎭Jessica Walter -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1941
TV/Movie Actress, Puppet Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City
TV Shows: Amy Prentiss (star), All That Glitters (as Joan), Bare Essence, Wheels, Dinosaurs (as mom Fran Sinclair), Arrested Development (as Lucille Bluth)
Movie Titles: Play Misty For Me

🎭Portia de Rossi -- is 45 in the year 2018 and 46 in the year 2019; b.1/31/1973
Actress, Australian
Names/Places: RN:Amanda Rogers
TV Shows: Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, New York Daze, Ally McBeal (as Nellie Porter), Arrested Development (as Lindsay Bluth Funke), Scandal (as Elizabeth North)
Movie Titles: Cursed, Stigmata

🎭Tallulah Bankhead -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1903 d.12/12/1968 (65)
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Lesbian
Names/Places: b. in Huntsville, AL
Misc: some say b. 1902
TV Shows: Batman (as The Black Widow)
Movie Titles: Lifeboat, Die Die Darling

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✍🎭🎵Eddie Cantor -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1892 d.10/10/1964 (72)
Writer, Radio Actor, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Vaudevillan, Pop Crooner
Names/Places: b. in New York City; NN:Rolling Banjo Eyes; RN:Isidore Edward Iskowitz
TV Shows: Colgate Comedy Hour

🎭Percy Helton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1894 d.9/11/1971 (77)
Actor
TV Shows: The Beverly Hillbillies (as Homer Cratchit)

🎭Garry Moore -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1915 d.11/28/1993 (78)
Comedian, Game Show Host, Variety Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Baltimore; RN:Thomas Garrison Morfit
TV Shows: The Garry Moore Show, I've Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth

🎭Suzanne Pleshette -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1937 d.1/19/2008 (70)
TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City
TV Shows: The Bob Newhart Show (as Emily Hartley), Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs (star), The Boys Are Back (as Jackie)
Movie Titles: Hitchcock's The Birds

🎭Norm Prescott -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1927 d.7/2/2005 (78)
Cartoon Producer
Misc: co-founder and executive producer at Filmation Studios. He, Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland formed Filmation in 1963.

🎨Harry W. Prichett -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/31/1921 d.2/5/2000 (79)
Cartoonist
TV Shows: Winky Dink and You (creator of the interactive TV program)

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Edwin Howard Armstrong -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/18/1890 d.1/31/1954 (63)
Hall of Famer, Engineer, Inventor
Names/Places: b. in New York
Misc: the inventor of wide-band FM (frequency modulation) radio braodcasting

🎭Anne Gillis -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/12/1927 d.1/31/2018 N.S. (90)
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, American, English
Movie Titles: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bambi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, In Society, The Time of Their Lives

🎭Nathaniel Goodwin -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/25/1857 d.1/31/1919 (61)
Stage Actor, Comedian

🎭🎵🎷Ford Lee "Buck" Washington -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/16/1903 d.1/31/1955 (51)
Comedian, Dancer, Pianist, Trumpeter, Novelty Singer, Jazz Musician
Misc: of Buck and Bubbles

🎭Terry Wogan -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/3/1938 N.S. d.1/31/2016 N.S. (77)
Radio Host, Comedian, TV Host, Irish
Names/Places: NN: The King of Inoffensive Mockery and Self Deprecation; RN:Sir Michael Terence Wogan

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In 1871, Birds fly over the western part of San Francisco in such large numbers that they actually darken the sky. Extra pooper scoopers were sold that day.

In 1953, R.C., “I Went To Your Wedding” Makes The Pop Chart by Spike Jones and the City Slickers with Sir Frederic Gas; will peak at #20.

In 1959, on the cover of TV Guide: “George Gobel”. Other Articles: Milburn Stone, Carl Reiner

In 1965, TVʹs “For The People” debuts. Do you remember this series, the one WILLIAM SHATNER did just prior to “STAR TREK”?? He played a New York prosecuting attorney named DAVID KOSTER…But the show barely lasted 13 episodes, leaving the air in early May. (Imagine, if this show has been a winner, someone else would have been cast as JAMES TT. KIRK).

In 1968, “Judy In Disguise With Glasses” single by John Fred and The Playboys was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1970, R.C., “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart; it was parodied with kazoos later on.

In 1971, R.C., “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart and stayed there for five weeks.

In 1972, COVER OF TIME FLIP WILSON “TVʹs 1st Black Superstar”

In 1976, R.C., “Love Rollercoaster” by Ohio Players peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart. What was that mystery behind the screaming woman between verses about?

In 1976, Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw launched a short-lived country career with the release of “Iʹm So Lonesome I Could Cry”. The tune eventually reached number 17 on the charts.

In 1981, for lack of getting anything better to do, David Tanny gets a job at a fleabag redneck Singing Hills Country Club in some outland where ugly fat cheapskate inbreds run the dump.

In 1981, on the cover of TV Guide: “Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, George Burns”. Other Articles: Jack Benny, Happy Days

In 1981, R.C., “The Tide Is High” by Blondie peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart. Barnes and Barnes parodied it into “That Was Number One”.

In 1981, R.C., “Whoʹs Making Love” by Blues Brothers peaked at #39 on the pop singles chart.

In 1987, “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1992, Billy (TV Comedy) debut on ABC.

In 1993, “Ben Stiller Show” TV Comedy Variety last aired on Fox. The New York Times Magazine recently pointed to “The Ben Stiller Show” as “the kind of incubator for performers and writers that 'Your Show of Showsʹ was in the 50's and 'Saturday Night Live' and 'SCTV' were in the 70's and 80's,” introducing the world to “the Posse” — Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and Kathy Griffin.

In 1997, the 1977 movie “Star Wars” was rereleased as “Star Wars Special Edition” in theaters in the USA and grossed a record January opening weekend take of $35.9 million.

In 1998, The Presidents of the United States of America play their final show at Seattlesʹs Paramount Theatre. The show benefits the Chicken Soup Brigade, which provides food and services to Seattle residents with HIV/AIDS.

In 1999, the animated TV series “Family Guy” was seen on Fox-TV for the first time as a special sneak preview. The show debuted in April as a regular series.

In 2005, David Letterman delivered Johnny Carsonʹs final monologue in honor of his passing on “Late Show”

In 2007, Nine blinking electronic devices planted around Boston threw a scare into the city in what turned out to be a marketing campaign for a late-night cable cartoon.

In 2007, Some three dozen blinking electronic devices planted around Boston threw a scare into the city in what turned out to be a marketing campaign for the Cartoon Network TV show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

In 2008, Pop star Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center, where she was held for a week for psychiatric evaluation.

The Holiday Almanacs for January 31, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Thu Jan the 31 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 31 of the year
Serialnumber = 43484
Julian date = 2458503 O.S.= 1 - 18 - 2019

Calendar

Holidays

Saint John Bosco Feast Day
[Lerwick, Shetland Islands] Up-Helly-Aa/Norse fire festival
[Malaysia] Independence day (1957)
[Nauru] Independence Day (1968)
[Surrey England] Dicing for Maid's Money Day
[USA] Animal In Space Day (A chimp named Ham! Talk about HAM Solo!)
[USA] Daytime Soap Opera Day (proposed by D.T.)
[USA] Westerns Are Wonderful Day
[World] International Clergy Appreciation Week (Day 5)

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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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