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🎭Domhall Gleeson -- Birthdate Conflict -- b.5/12/1983 N.S. or 5/8/1983 N.S.
Actor, Irish
Movie Titles: Ex Machina, The Revenant, About Time, Harry Potter (series), Star Wars: The Force Awakens

🎵Jack Blanchard -- is 76 in the year 2018 and 77 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1942
Songwriter, Keyboardist, Saxophonist, Country Singer
Group Names: Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan
Song Titles: Tennessee Bird Walk, Humphrey the Camel
Album Titles: Birds of a Feather, Two Sides of Jack and Misty

🎭Mark Blankfield -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1950
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Fridays (regular)
Movie Titles: Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Incedible Shrinking Woman

🎵🎸Chris Frantz -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1951
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Hip-Pop Drummer, New Wave Drummer, American
Names/Places: b. in New York, NY; FN:Charlton Christopher
Misc: some say b. May 9
Group Names: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club

🎭🎵Gary Glitter -- is 78 in the year 2018 and 79 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1940
Stage Actor, Songwriter, Pop Singer, English
Names/Places: RN:Paul Francis Gadd
Misc: King of Glam Rock mid-1970s; some say b. in 1944
Song Titles: Rock and Roll (Part 2)

🎭Deborah Harmon -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1951
TV Actress
TV Shows: The Ted Knight Show, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, Just The Ten Of Us (as Elizabeth Lubbock), M*A*S*H (as various nurses)
Movie Titles: Used Cars, Bachelor Party

🎭🎵Darren Hayes -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1972
Comedian, Songwriter, Pop Singer, Australian
Group Names: Savage Garden

🎭Salome Jens -- is 83 in the year 2018 and 84 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1935
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress
TV Shows: Star Trek Deep Space Nine (as The Female Changeling)
Movie Titles: Green Lantern, Norm of the North, Cats and Dogs, Seconds

🎭Sean O'Connor -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1985 N.S.

🎭Sapan Verma -- is 29 in the year 2018 and 30 in the year 2019; b.5/8/1989 N.S.
Comedian, India

🎨🎭Saul Bass -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1920 d.4/25/1996 (75)
Animator, Producer/Director, American
Misc: pioneered a revolution in feature film credits sequences, incorporating innovative graphic design and animation.

✍📰Peter Bradford Benchley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1940 d.2/11/2006 (65)
Novelist, Journalist
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Book Titles: Jaws, The Deep

🎭Arthur Q. Bryan -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1900 d.11/30/1959 (59)
TV/Radio Actor, TV Host, Cartoon Voice Actor
Misc: Elmer Fudd voicist
TV Shows: Fibber McGee & Molly, Major Hoople

🎨🎭Bob Clampett -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1913 N.S. d.5/2/1984 N.S. (70)
Animator, Producer/Director, Puppeteer
Misc: created Beany & Cecil, Tweety, Porky Pig, & Bugs Bunny
TV Shows: Time for Beany, Beany and Cecil

🎭Fernandel -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1903 d.2/26/1971 (67)
Movie Actor, Comedian, French
Names/Places: RN:Fernand Joseph Desire Contandin

🎵John Fred -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1941 d.4/15/2005 (63)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Pop Singer
Names/Places: LN:Gourrier
Group Names: John Fred and His Playboy Band
Song Titles: Judy In Disguise

🎭Stephen Furst -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1954 N.S. d.6/16/2017 N.S. (63)
TV Shows: St. Elsewhere (as Dr. Elliot Axelrod), Delta House (as Flounder), Babylon 5 (as Vir)
Movie Titles: National Lampoon's Animal House, The Dream Team

🎭🎵Russell Hunting -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1864 d.2/20/1943 (78)
Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Singer
Misc: a comic entertainer, a pioneer sound recordist, and an influential figure in the early years of the recording music industry.

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🎭Don Rickles -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1926 N.S. d.4/6/2017 N.S. (90)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, TV Host, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Long Island, NY
Misc: Roast telecasts fave
TV Shows: The Don Rickles Shows, CPO Sharkey (as CPO Otto Sharkey), Foulups-Bleeps-and Blunders, Daddy Dearest (as Al Mitchell)
Movie Titles: Toy Story (as Mr. Potato Head)

🎵🎸Euclid James "Motorhead" Sherwood -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/8/1942 N.S. d.12/25/2011 N.S. (69)
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: the Mothers Of Invention

✍🎭John Barbour -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/24/1929 d.5/8/2004 (75)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Comedian, TV Host, TV Producer, Canadian
TV Shows: Real People

🎨Norman Mingo -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/20/1896 d.5/8/1980 (84)
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Illustrator
Misc: Alfred E. Newman

🎭George Peppard -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/1/1928 d.5/8/1994 (65)
TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Detroit, MI; 2x Elizabeth Ashley's hubby
TV Shows: Dynasty (pilot episode), Banacek (as Thomas Banacek), Dr.'s Hospital, The A-Team (as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith)
Movie Titles: Breakfast at Tiffany's

🎭William Schallert -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1922 d.5/8/2016 N.S. (93)
Misc: guested on many series TV shows
TV Shows: Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (as Mr. Leander Pomfritt), Patty Duke Show (as Martin Lane), Nancy Walker Show, Hardy Boys (as Carson Drew), Nancy Drew Mysteries (as Carson Drew), Little Women, Ike, New Gidget (as Russ Lawrence), Torkelsons (as Wesley Hodges)
Movie Titles: Innerspace, In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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In 1886, Coca Cola was introduced by pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton who had been working on a new patent medicine, a headache and hangover remedy. At first, he used straight water, but the drugstore clerk used carbonated water, and that was the beginning of Coke as we know it today. Legend has it that Venable “accidentally” served the new syrup with carbonated water, but actually the plan from the very outset was to squirt it into a glass and spritz it with cold, carbonated water from the fountain.

In 1940, 05 x 08 = 40

In 1952, according to estimates, Mad Magazine debuts in newsstands. The face of Alfred E Neuman predates Mad Magazine by at least 50 years. He appeared often in the various EC publications before Mad was started. Originally he had no name, but writers occasionally attached some name to this ubiquitous face. Two names that were often used were Melvin Coznowski (multiple spellings) and Alfred E Neuman. Mad was originally a comic book. Though William Gaines was instrumental in the founding of the Comics Code Authority, he dropped out over a rule dispute. He dumped all of his comics except Mad, which he renamed Mad Magazine and changed to a not-quite-a-comic-book format.

In 1954, “The Spike Jones Show”, TV Variety, last aired on NBC.

In 1956, Oh, hello, Newman! Alfred E. Neuman (“What, me worry?”) first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine. He even got some votes in the presidential election, which was won by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. Mad Magazine was founded by William Gaines.

In 1962, the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” starring Zero Mostel opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theater in New York. The comedy opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. Audiences laughed through the entertaining show for a total of 964 performances.

In 1965, Gilliganʹs Island episode #32. “Physical Fatness”. Gilligan and the Skipper plan to join the Navy when they are rescued. However, when weighing themselves, they discover that Gilligan must gain weight, while the Skipper must diet.

In 1965, on the cover of TV Guide: “Bob Denver of Gilliganʹs Island”. Other Articles: Woody Allen, Man from UNCLE

In 1965, R.C., “Chim, Chim, Cheree” by New Christy Minstrels peaked at #82 on the pop singles chart.

In 1965, R.C., “Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman peaked at #40 on the pop singles chart; it was a parody of Petula Clarkʹs “Downtown”

In 1971, R.C., “Chick-A-Boom (Donʹt Ya Jesʹ Love It)” by Daddy Dewdrop peaked at #9 on the pop singles chart.

In 1992, Rapper-actor Will Smith (the Fresh Prince) marries songwriter Sheree Zampino in Santa Barbara, Calif. The two are expecting their first child.

In 1998, the rainbow ends for CBS with their 39th and final airing of “The Wizard of Oz.” Viewers will now either have to catch it on cable on TNT, or stop being such unbelievable cheapskates and buy a video player.

In 1999, “The New Woody Woodpecker Show” began airing on Fox

In 2001, “Running With Scissors” album by “Weird Al” Yankovic was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 2001, “Running With Scissors” goes Platinum! Weird Alʹs 1999 album has now officially sold more than a million copies in the U.S. since its June 1999 release, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 8, 2001. This marks Alʹs 6th album to go Platinum in the United States (behind “Bad Hair Day,” “Even Worse,” “Dare To Be Stupid,” “In 3-D” and “Off The Deep End”).

In 2010, Actress Betty White hosted NBCʹs “Saturday Night Live” as the result of a Facebook campaign.

In 2015, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning performs “Folsom Prison Blues” with musical guest Dierks Bentley during the eighth annual Celebration of Caring Gala benefit at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

In 2040, 05 x 08 = 40

The Holiday Almanacs May 8, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Wed May the 8 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 128 of the year
Serialnumber = 43581
Julian date = 2458600 O.S.= 4 - 25 - 2019



Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel.
Book Buddy Day
Childcare Awareness Week (Day 3)
Clean Air Week (Day 4)
National Family Reading Week (Day 3)
National Nurses Week (Day 3)
National Walking Week (Day 3)
Public Service Recognition Week (Day 3)
Public Service Recognition Week (Day 3)
Be Kind to Animals Week (Day 4)
Conserve Water/Detect-a-Leak Week (Day 4)
Flexible Work Arrangements Week (Day 4)
Goodwill Industries Week (Day 4)
National Correctional Officers Week (Day 4)
National Drinking Water Week (Day 4)
National Extension Homemakers Week (Day 4)
National Family Week (Day 4)
National Family Week (Day 4)
National Herb Week (Day 3)
National Music Week (Day 4)
National Pet Week (Day 4)
National Postcard Week (Day 4)
National Raisin Week (Day 4)
National Self-Help Book Week (Day 4)
National Suicide Prevention Week (Day 4)
National Tourism Day
National Tourism Week (Day 4)
National Youth Hostel Week (Day 4)
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 4)
[RI] American Hertiage Week (Day 4)
[USA] National Stuttering Awareness Week (Day 4)
Just Say No Week (Day 4)
German Democratic Republic Liberation Day.
[USA] Emancipation Day (Columbus, Mississippi)
[USA] Harry S. Truman Day (Missouri)
[USA] VE-Day marks the formal celebration of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II.
[Czechoslovakia] Anniversary of Liberation (1945) thru 5-9
[France, Norway] Liberation Day
[France] Joan of Arc Day
[Helston, England] Furry Day
[Mexico] Higaldo Day
[Missouri] Harry S Truman's Birthday (1884)
[Norway] Liberation Day
[Ribe, Denmark] Stork Day
[Sweden] Ake name day
[USA] Harry Truman's Birthday
[USA] Let's Go Fishing Day.
[USA] National No Socks Day
[World] No Socks Day.
[World] Red Cross Day
[World] V-E Day, Victory in Europe (1945)
National Receptionists Day
National Third Shift Workers Day


Astrological Sign: Gemini: The Twins (5-21 thru 6-20); Ruling Planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Traits: Mentally active, talkative, versatile. Body part associated with this sign: The arms. Occupations: Crafts, communications, work dealing with intricate problems, sales, small businesses.
Flowers: Hawthorne and Lily of the Valley
Gem: Emerald and Agate
Full Moon: the Flower Moon, the Song Moon and the Hare Moon or the Faery Moon.
Better Hearing Month
Better Sleep Month
Breathe Easy Month
Correct Posture Month
Date Your Mate Month
Electrical Safety Month
Family Support Month
Foot Health Month
Freedom Shrine Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Gazpacho Aficionado Time
Good Car Keeping Month
Healthy Baby Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
International Better Hearing Month
Iowa Tourism Month
May's name comes from the Latin word maiores, or elders.
Mental Health Month
Modern Dance Month
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National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Month
National Arthritis Month
National Asparagus Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
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National Car Maintainence Month
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National Duckling Month
National Egg Month
National Foster Care Month
National Fungal Infection Awareness Month
National Guy Pride Month
National Hair Color Month!
National Hamburger Month
National High Blood Pressure Month
National Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
National Labor History Month
National Mime Month
National National Hamburger Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Radio Month
National Reverse Your Work Schedule Month
National Salad Month
National Senior Citizen Month
National Senior Travel Month
National Sight-Saving Month
National Steelmark Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Tavern Month
National Traume Awareness Month
National Tuberous Sclkerosis Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Peace Month
Person History Awareness Month
Project Safe Baby Month
REACT CB-Radio Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Sight Saving Month
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Social Sciences Books Month
Touring Theatre Month
Storks return to Ribe, Denmark.
[Sweden] Ake name day
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