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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for February 17

Last Updated 03-06-2017

🎭Becky Ann Baker -- is 64 in the year 2017 and 65 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1953
Actress
TV Shows: Freaks and Geeks (as Jean Weir)
Movie Titles: Men in Black, Spider-Man 3, A Simple Plan, War of the Worlds

🎭Michael Bay -- is 52 in the year 2017 and 53 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1965
Movie Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Transformers (series), Armageddon, Pearl Harbor

🎭Brooke D'Orsay -- is 35 in the year 2017 and 36 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1982 N.S.
Actress, Stuntwoman, Canadian
TV Shows: Royal Pains (as Paige Collins), Two and a Half Men (as Kate), 6Teen (as Caitlin Cooke), Happy Hour
Movie Titles: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, It's a Boy Girl Thing

🎭🎮Joseph Gordon -- is 36 in the year 2017 and 37 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1981
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Video Game Voice Actor
Names/Places: LN:Levitt?
TV Shows: The Powers That Be, Dark Shadows (1991), Roseanne (occasional), 3rd Rock From The Sun (as Tommy Solomon)
Movie Titles: Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, (500) Days of Summer, The Juror, 10 Things I Hate About You, Shadowdancer, G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra, 50/50, The Walk
Video Games: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

🎭Barry Humphries -- is 83 in the year 2017 and 84 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1934
Comedian, TV Talk Show Host, Australian, Transvestite
Names/Places: Alter ego:Dame Edna Everage

🏆🏀Michael "Air" Jordan -- is 54 in the year 2017 and 55 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1963
Hall of Famer, NBA Forward, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: RFN:Michael Jeffrey, b. in Brooklyn, NY
Misc: College Player of Year with North Carolina in 1984; Rookie of the year 1985; NBA leading scorer 1987-93; led U.S. Olympic team to gold medals in 1984 and '92 (Dream Team); stunned sports world when he retired at age 30 on Oct. 6, 1993; signed as OF with Chicago White Sox and spent summer of '94 in Double A with Birmingham; barely hit his weight with .204 average; 32.3 point-per-game avg.; 21,541 career points; 2 Olympic gold medals; owns a restaurant in Chicago; co-starred in "Space Jam" with Bugs Bunny in 1996; 6x NBA Champion (1991, '92, '93, '96, '97, '98); 5x NBA MVP (1988, 1991-92, '96, '98); 14x NBA All-Star; 6x NBA Finals MVP (1991-93, 1996-98); 10x All-NBA First Team Selection; 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection; 1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988); 10x NBA Season Scoring Title (all-time record); 3x NBA Season Steals Leader; All-time leader in points in NBA Playoffs; Two Olympic gold medals (1984, 1992); 2X USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1983, 1984); Member of the "Dream Team" inducted as a unit in 2010; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History; University of North Carolina, Bulls and Heat #23 retired
Sports Teams: University of North Carolina (1981-1984), Chicago Bulls (1984-1993, 1995-1998), Washington Wizards (2001-2003)

🎭Richard Karn -- is 61 in the year 2017 and 62 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1956
Actor
TV Shows: Home Improvement (as Al Borland)
Movie Titles: The Pooch and the Pauper

✍🎭🎮Larry The Cable Guy -- is 54 in the year 2017 and 55 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1963
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, TV Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, Video Game Voice Actor
Names/Places: RN: Dan Whitney
Album Titles: Law and Disorder, Salutations and Flatulations, Lord I Apologize, A Very Larry Christmas, The Right to Bare Arms, Morning Constitutions, Christmastime in Larryland, On the Can, Tailgate Party, Them Idiots: Whirled Tour
TV Shows: Blue Collar TV (co-host)
Movie Titles: Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Delta Farce, Cars (series), Witless Protection, Jingle All The Way 2
Video Games: Cars (series), Disney Infinity

🎭Dominic Purcell -- is 47 in the year 2017 and 48 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1970
Actor, Producer, English
TV Shows: Prison Break (as Lincoln Burrows), The Flash (as Mick Rory / Heat Wave, also in Legends of Tomorrow)
Movie Titles: Equilibrium, Blade: Thirty, Mission: Impossible II

🎭🎵Patricia Routledge -- is 88 in the year 2017 and 89 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1929
Stage Actress, Comedienne, Singer, English

🎵Buck Trent -- is 79 in the year 2017 and 80 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1938
Banjoist, Country Singer
TV Shows: Hee Haw

🎭Bonnie Wright -- is 26 in the year 2017 and 27 in the year 2018; b.2/17/1991
Actress, Director, English
Movie Titles: Harry Potter (series)

🎭Kathleen Freeman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.2/17/1919 d.8/23/2001 (82)
Actress
Misc: some say b. 1922
TV Shows: Topper (as Katie the maid), It's About Time (as Mrs. Boss), The Beverly Hillbillies (as Flo Shafer), Funny Face, Lotsa Luck

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🎵Gene Pitney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.2/17/1940 d.4/5/2006 (66)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Pop Singer
Names/Places: MN:Francis

🎵Ray Barretto -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/29/1929 d.2/17/2006 (76)
Arranger, Songwriter, Drummer, Percussionist, Bandleader
Misc: sessionist for The Rolling Stones, George Benson, Herbie Mann, Bee Gees, Average White Band, and many others
Song Titles: El Watusi

🎵🎸Bob Casale -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/14/1952 d.2/17/2014 (61)
New Wave Guitarist
Names/Places: RN:Robert Edward Casale Jr.
Group Names: Devo

🎵Jerry Fielding -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/17/1922 d.2/17/1980 (57)
Composer, Bandleader
Misc: Movie and TV show scorer
TV Shows: Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes

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🎭Joseph Kearns -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/12/1904 d.2/17/1962 (58)
TV Actor
TV Shows: Our Miss Brooks (as Supt. Stone), Dennis the Menace (as George Wilson)

🎵Bob Merrill -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/17/1921 d.2/17/1998 (76)
Lyricist, Songwriter
Misc: wrote scores to the musicals "Funny Girl" and "Carnival"
Song Titles: How Much is That Doggie in the Window (writer)

✍🎭Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/15/1622 d.2/17/1673 (51)
Dramatist/Playwright, Comedy Writer, Stage Actor, Comedian, French
Names/Places: Psu:Moliere; RN:Jean Baptiste Poquelin

🎭Shirley Stoler -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/30/1929 d.2/17/1999 (69)
Actress
TV Shows: Pee Wee's Playhouse (as neighbor)
Movie Titles: Frankenhooker

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In 1795, Thomas Seddal harvested a 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England. Think of the size of the pack of fries McDonalds could've had!

In 1934, 02 x 17 = 34

In 1934, The Mickey Mouse film, "Camping Out" is released. Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar also appear.

In 1944, "Mairzy Doats" by Merry Macs entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1950, "Rag Mop" by Johnnie Lee Wills entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1953, a 22-year-old radio host makes the leap to TV and interviews the first of over 300,000 guests on New York City's "Memory Lane" later known and/or loved as "The Joe Franklin Show."

In 1958, Cartoonist Johnny Hart's "B.C." strip appeared for the first time.

In 1962, on the cover of TV Guide: "Danny Thomas". Other Articles: Gena Rowlands, 87th Precinct

In 1962, R.C., "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.

In 1962, TOPPING THE SOUL CHART GENE CHANDLER and "DUKE OF EARL" starts a 5-week run at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart

In 1965, Comedienne, Joan Rivers made the first of many guest appearances this night on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on NBC-TV. She later became Carson's permanent guest host until she signed a lucrative late-night show deal with fledgling FOX Television. Johnny was less than impressed and didn't allow her back on his show.

In 1965, TV'S "MR. ED" This is the famous episode where the talking horse stows away on a cruise ship as WILBUR & CAROL POST travel to HAWAII. A highlight is when MR. ED goes surfing!

In 1966, Gilligan's Island episode #58. "Forward March". The Castaways are frightened as the sounds of battle, including hand grenades and machine guns, rock the island. The culprit turns out to be a gorilla who has found in an old WWII arsenal cave.

In 1966, one of the most unusual records of the rock era, "Ballad Of The Green Berets" album and single by Sgt. Barry Sadler was certified Gold by the RIAA. The single was a blueprint for a future parody in 2002 by Mylo Hatzenbuhler when he turned the hit into "Ballad of the Big Buffet." The original 1966 hit was one of the few parodied songs that, like the parody, got airplay on Dr. Demento.

In 1973, "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" by Deodato entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1976, Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical society gives its annual "Women of the Year" award to Bette Midler. Upon accepting, she comments: "This award characterizes what the American male wants in a woman--brains, talents and gorgeous t---."

In 1979, "A Prarie Home Companion" has its first national broadcast of the show as part of Folk Festival USA in Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.

In 1979, R.C., "Soul Man" by Blues Brothers peaked at #14 on the pop singles chart.

In 1979, TV'S "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" Musical Guests: RICK NELSON ("HELLO MARY LOU", "TRAVELLIN' MAN", "FOOLS RUSH IN", "DREAM LOVER"); JUDY COLLINS ("HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS"). Also, the Twilight Zone spoof had Ricky Nelson trying to get back home, but he got lost and ended up traveling from one 50's-era TV show to another.

In 1982, Today is the 29th anniversary of talk show "The Joe Franklin Show" being on the air in New York City. The J. Geils Band make an appearance on the show to celebrate their Number One single "Centerfold" and Number One LP "Freeze Frame."

In 1986, Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC morning radio (WXRK 92.3 FM).

In 1988, Robin Williams, in the film, "Good Morning, Vietnam" is nominated for an Academy Award (Actor).

In 1990, Aerosmith guest as themselves on a Wayne's World segment of Saturday Night Live. The band also perform a version of the Wayne's World theme, which is later released as the B-side of "The Other Side" single. Excellent!

In 1995, "Short Short Man" single by 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1995, the movie "The Brady Bunch Movie" was released in the movie theaters in USA.

In 1996, on the cover of TV Guide: "De Lancie and Mulgrew of Voyager". Other Articles: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sigfried and Roy

In 1998, "Blues Brothers (soundtrack)" album by Blues Brothers was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 2003, Joe Millionaire (Evan Marriott) gave Zora Andrich a diamond ring in yet another low moment for prime-time programming as over 34.6 million suckers witnessed the millionairehead's final selection for a bride in this high-rating Fox reality show.

In 2006, Harry Whittington, the lawyer shot by Vice President Dick Cheney while quail hunting, left a Corpus Christi, Texas, hospital, saying "accidents do and will happen."

In 2014, Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

In 2034, 02 x 17 = 34

The Holiday Almanacs for February 17, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Sat Feb the 17 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 48 of the year
Serialnumber = 43136
Julian date = 2458155 O.S.= 2 - 4 - 2018

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