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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for April 21

Last Updated 01-10-2018

🎭🎵🏆🥊Tony Danza -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1951
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Singer, Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn; RN:Anthony Ladanza; Tracy Robinson's hubby
TV Shows: Taxi (as Tony Banta), Who's The Boss (as Tony Micelli), Baby Talk (as voice of Mickey), Hudson Street (as Tony Canetti)

✍🎭Charles Grodin -- is 83 in the year 2018 and 84 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1935
Author, Comedy Writer, Movie Actor, TV Talk Show Host, Director
Names/Places: b. in Pittsburgh
Movie Titles: Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Run, Heart & Souls, Beethoven I, Beethoven II

🎭🎵🎸Iggy Pop -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1947
Hall of Famer, Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Drummer, Punk Rock Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Ann Arbor, MI; NN:Godfather of Punk Rock; RN:James Newell Osterburg
Group Names: Iggy and The Stooges (founding member), soloist
Song Titles: List For Live, I'm Bored, Bang-Bang, Cry For Love, Real Wild Child

✍⛪🎭Elaine May -- is 86 in the year 2018 and 87 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1932
Screen/Scriptwriter, Jewish, Actress, Comedienne, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia; RLN:Berlin; Sheldon Harnick's ex-wife
Misc: of (Mike) Nichols & May 1960s comedy pair
Movie Titles: California Suite, The Birdcage, A New Leaf, Primary Colors, Ishtar, Small Time Crooks

🎭Rob Riggle -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1970
Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: The Daily Show, NTSF:SD:SUV::
Movie Titles: 21 Jump Street, The Hangover, Let's Be Cops, Dumb and Dumber To

🎭Christoph Sanders -- is 30 in the year 2018 and 31 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1988
TV Shows: Ghost Whisperer (as Ned Banks), Last Man Standing (as Kyle Anderson)
Movie Titles: Hounddog

🎭Nicole Sullivan -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.4/21/1970
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Kim Possible (as Shego), Rita Rocks (as Rita Clemens), $#*! My Dad Says (as Bonnie Goodson), The Penguins of Madagascar (as Marlene), Wendell and Vinnie (as Wilma), MADtv (1995-2001), The King of Queens (as Holly Shumpert), Family Guy (occasional), Black-ish (as Janine)
Movie Titles: 17 Again

Josh Billings -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/21/1818 N.S. d.10/14/1885 N.S. (67)
Author, Lecturer, Humorist
Names/Places: aka Henry Wheeler Shaw
Misc: a famous humorist of his time perhaps second only to Mark Twain during the latter half of the 19th century

🏆⛸Werner "Frick" Groebli -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/21/1915 d.4/14/2008 (92)
Skater, Swiss
Misc: of the comic-skating duo Frick & Frack

🎭🎵Beatrice Kay -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/21/1907 d.11/8/1986 (79)
Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Singer
Misc: a raucous husky belter of Gay 90s songs
TV Shows: Calvin & the Colonel (as Sister Sue)

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🎭🎵Peter Lind Hayes -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/25/1915 d.4/21/1998 (82)
TV/Radio Actor, Comedian, Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco, CA; RN:Joseph Conrad Lind Jr.; Mary Healy's hubby
TV Shows: Peter Loves Mary (as Peter Lindsey)

🎭"Gummo" Marx -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/23/1892 d.4/21/1977 (84)
Movie Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RFN:Milton; The Marx Brothers with Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, & Chico
Misc: Criminal Investigator, Theatrical Agent

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⛪🎭🎵🎸Prince -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/7/1958 d.4/21/2016 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, Protestant, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Drummer, Keyboardist, Percussionist, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Minneapolis, Minnesota; RN: Prince Rogers Nelson
Misc: had his own label Paisley Park
Group Names: Prince & the Revolution, Prince and the New Power Generation, soloist
Song Titles: I Wanna Be Your Lover, Sexy Dancer, Uptown, Controversy, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Delirious, When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy, Purpe Rain, I Would Die 4 U, Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, A Love Bizarre, Kiss, Sign o' the Times, U Got the Look, I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, Alphabet St., Batdance, Thieves in the Temple, Cream, Diamonds and Pearls, 7, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Album Titles: Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Romance 1600, Parade, Sign o' the Times, Lovesexy, Batman, Graffiti Bridge, Diamonds and Pearls, Love Symbol Album, The Gold Experience
Video Titles: Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution: Live, Sign o' the Times, Gett Off -The Home Video Film, The Hits Collection, Rave Un2 the Year 2000
Movie Titles: Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Sign o' the Times, Graffiti Bridge

Red Baron-The -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/2/1892 d.4/21/1918 (25)
Aviator, German
Names/Places: RN:Manfred Von Ricthoven; NN: The Red Baron
Misc: he shot down more than 80 enemy aircraft during World War I and became known as "The Red Baron."

🎭🎵Walter Slezak -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/3/1902 d.4/21/1983 (80)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Opera Tenor, Austrian
Names/Places: Erika's father, Leo's son
TV Shows: Batman (as The Clock King)
Movie Titles: Lifeboat, Spy Hunt, Black Beauty, Bedtime for Bonzo

Mark Twain -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/30/1835 d.4/21/1910 (79)
Hall of Famer, Novelist, Humorist
Names/Places: b. in Florida, Missouri, RN:Samuel Langhorne Clemens; d. in Redding, Connecticut
Misc: he was born & died on days Halley's comet visited Earth, coincidence?
Book Titles: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince & the Pauper, The American Claimant

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In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German flying ace known as the "Red Baron," was shot down and killed in action during World War I after dowining 80 enemy planes. It was not Snoopy that shot him down.

In 1944, The Donald Duck film, "Contrary Condor" is released.

In 1945, Yosemite Sam, Cartoon Character, Debut in 'Hare Trigger' by Warner Bros.

In 1949, the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcasting was presented to "You Bet You Life" star, "The one, the only, Groucho Marx." This was the first time the honor had ever been awarded to a comedian.

In 1956, R.C., "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley was the first of his 18 chart-topping singles to peak at #1 on the pop singles chart and stayed there for eight weeks; Stan Freberg covered it as a parody.

In 1957, The Orioles game at Washington against the Senators was suspended after five innings. This was the first time in history a major league game was stopped because of . . . a power failure.

In 1958, R.C., "Lazy Mary (Luna Mezzo Mare)" by Lou Monte peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1966, Gilligan's Island episode #67. "Mr. and Mrs.???". A radio bulletin states that the minister who married Thurston and Lovey Howell (the Reverend Buckley Norris of Boston) was a fraud, and that the Howell's marriage is actually null and void. The stress causes disagreements and separations between the Howells. In the end, it turned out that the radio announcer was at fault. While he mistakenly reported that "Buckley Norris" was the fraud minister, he was supposed to say "Borris Nuckley."

In 1973, "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1973, "Hocus Pocus" by Focus entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1973, Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" was released

In 1975, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas; the song had the longest title of any No. 1 single.

In 1979, R.C., "I Need Your Help Barry Manilow" by Ray Stevens peaked at #49 on the pop singles chart.

In 1981, "Weird Al" Yankovic appeared on NBC's "Tomorrow" with Tom Snyder.

In 1981, in a hairstylist's nightmare, "Weird Al" Yankovic makes his first nationwide TV appearance on NBC's "Tomorrow" with Tom Snyder.

In 1984, 04 x 21 = 84

In 1990, "Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue" aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, USA, NIK, & BET simultaneously to make kids shun drug use.

In 1992, D.T. bought a new color TV set.

In 1997, the ashes of Timothy Leary, the 1960s guru of LSD, and of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were blasted into outer space orbit aboard a Spanish satellite. Leary's final request was for "one last far-out trip." It was the world's first space funeral.

In 2001, The Los Angeles Xtreme won the inaugural XFL championship game defeating the San Francisco Demons, 38-6. It was also the last XFL championship game.

In 2001, The XFL's inaugural championship game, the fledgling football league's final telecast on part-owner NBC, drew a 2.5 overnight TV rating, less than a quarter of what the debut program got in February. An average of only 2.5% of the TVs in the country's largest 49 markets tuned in at any given time to watch the Los Angeles Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6. The XFL folded soon afterwards.

In 2016, "Comedy Knockout" began airing on truTV

In 2016, Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis; he was 57.

In 2084, 04 x 21 = 84

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Today is Sat Apr the 21 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 111 of the year
Serialnumber = 43199
Julian date = 2458218 O.S.= 4 - 8 - 2018



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Astrological sign: Aries: The Ram (3-21 thru 4-19); Aries people are bold, impulsive and confident. Body part associated with this sign: The head. Element: Fire. Occupations: Exploration, the military, entrepreneur, outdoor engineering, fireman. Ruling Planet: Mars. Traits: Energetic, assertive, impulsive.
Astrological sign: Taurus: The Bull (4-20 thru 5-20); Ruling Planet: Venus. Element: Earth. Traits: Determined, persistent, loyal. Body part associated with this sign: The neck. Occupations: Farming, the arts (music), work requiring research, building, hand work.
Flower: Sweet Pea and Daisy
Gem: Diamond
Full Moon: the Pink moon
Astrological sign: Taurus: The Bull (4-20 thru 5-20); Ruling Planet: Venus. Element: Earth. Traits: Determined, persistent, loyal. Body part associated with this sign: The neck. Occupations: Farming, the arts (music), work requiring research, building, hand work.
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