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Last Updated 05-29-2018

✍🎭Michael Che -- is 35 in the year 2018 and 36 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1983 N.S.
Writer, Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: LN: Campbell
TV Shows: The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live
Movie Titles: Chinese Puzzle

🎭Maile Flanagan -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1965 N.S.
Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Lab Rats (as Perry), Naruto (English voice as Naruto Uzumaki)
Movie Titles: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, (500) Days of Summer, Rango, Phone Booth

🎭David Hartman -- is 83 in the year 2018 and 84 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1935
Actor, TV Host, TV Talk Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Pawtucket, RI; MN:Downs
TV Shows: Good Morning America (host), Lucas Tanner (star), The New Doctors (as Dr. Paul Hunter), The Virginian (as David Sutton)

🎭Peter Mayhew -- is 74 in the year 2018 and 75 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1944
Actor, Puppet Actor, English
TV Shows: Star Wars (series as Chewbacca)

🎵🎸Phillip Rudd -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1954
Hall of Famer, Heavy Metal Drummer, Australian
Misc: some say b. 1946
Group Names: AC/DC

🎵🎸Pete Townshend -- is 73 in the year 2018 and 74 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1945
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: b. in London; MN:Dennis Blandford
Group Names: The Who, soloist
Song Titles: Let My Love Open the Door, Face the Face
Album Titles: Empty Glass

🎭🎮Crawford Wilson -- is 28 in the year 2018 and 29 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1990 N.S.
Cartoon Voice Actor, Video Game Voice Actor
TV Shows: Avatar: The Last Airbender (as Jet)
Movie Titles: Robots, Surf's Up, King's Faith
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts (series), Batman (Series), Avatar (Series), Metal Gear Solid (series), Baten Kaitos Origins

🎭🎵Vegard Ylvisåker -- is 39 in the year 2018 and 40 in the year 2019; b.5/19/1979 N.S.
Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Novelty Singer, Norweigan
Group Names: Ylvis
Song Titles: The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)
TV Shows: Tonight with Ylvis
Movie Titles: Spirit of the Cimarron

Carl Akeley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/19/1864 d.11/17/1926 (62)
Inventor, Naturalist, American
Misc: Curator; taxidermy method

🎭James MacDonald -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/19/1906 d.2/1/1991 (84)
Cartoon Voice Actor, Scotish
Misc: Mickey Mouse voice, sound effects specialist

🎵🎸Joey Ramone -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/19/1952 d.4/15/2001 (48)
Hall of Famer, Drummer, Punk Rock Singer
Names/Places: RN:Jeffrey Hyman
Misc: b. 1951?
Group Names: The Ramones

✍🎭🎵Victoria Wood -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/19/1953 N.S. d.4/20/2016 N.S. (62)
Screenwriter, Actress, Comedienne, Director, Songwriter, Singer, English

🎭Phyllis Avery -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/14/1922 d.5/19/2011 (88)
TV Shows: Ray Milland Show (as Peggy), George Gobel Show (as Alice), Mr. Novak

🎭Daws Butler -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/16/1916 d.5/19/1988 (71)
Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Toledo, OH; RN:Charles Dawson
Misc: Hanna Barbera Cartoon voiceman of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, plus Capt. Crunch, Elroy Jetson, Beany (w/ Cecil), and other Hanna-Barbera cartoons; one student was Whimsical Will; a regular on many Stan Freberg recordings, briefly the voice of Barney Rubble during the Flintstones second season
TV Shows: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, The Jetsons, Beany and Cecil Show

🎭Henry Corden -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/6/1920 d.5/19/2005 (85)
Movie/Stage Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: The Flintstones' Fred (1977-)

🎭🎵Joseph "Joe" Howard -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/12/1878 N.S. d.5/19/1961 N.S. (83)
TV Host, Vaudevillan, Composer/Songwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Librettist, Singer

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🎭Henry Morgan -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/31/1915 d.5/19/1994 (79)
Radio Actor, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Henry Lerner Von Ost Jr.; NN: The Bad Boy of Radio; he is NOT aka Harry!
Misc: not to be confused with Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H fame
TV Shows: I've Got a Secret, My World & Welcome to It (as Philip Jensen), That Was the Week That Was

✍📰🎭Ogden Nash -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/19/1902 d.5/19/1971 (68)
Poet, Humorist, Editor, Panelist
Misc: New Yorker magazine
TV Shows: Masquerade Party

🎭Carl Wright -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/2/1932 d.5/19/2007 (75)
Actor, Dancer
TV Shows: Soul Food (as Reverend Williams)
Movie Titles: Big Momma's House, Barbershop

🎭🎮Alan Young -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/19/1919 d.5/19/2016 N.S. (96)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Video Game Voice Actor, English
Misc: wed characters Coach & Christine on Coach; D.T. met him in 1989 (see Events-Nov 18)
TV Shows: Alan Young Show (host), Mr. Ed (as Wilbur Post), Mr. T (voice), The Smurfs (voice), DuckTales (as Scrooge McDuck), Battle of the Planets
Movie Titles: Beverly Hills Cop III
Video Games: The Curse of Monkey Island, Ducktales: Remastered, Disney Magical World

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In 1912, the Associated Advertising Clubs of America, dedicated to truth in advertising, holds its first convention in Dallas, TX. This organization is a truth and fair practices group.

In 1924, the Marx Brothers made their Broadway debut in the revue “Iʹll Say She Is.”

In 1928, the Pride of San Joaquin Valley was declared the winner of the first frog jumping jubilee held in Calaveras County, CA. The froggy jumped three feet, four inches and won over 49 other frogs in the contest. The true beginnings of the frog jubilee date back to gold rush days, an event instigated by none other than Mark Twain. The frogs are still hoppin' each May at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. Frogs come from all over the world to compete in this, the road to top frog. Incidentally, frogs jump a LOT more than three feet today, and for a fair amount of money, prizes and media exposure. The current record is held by Rosie the Ribiter from Santa Clara, CA. Rosie made the record-setting 21 feet, 5¾ inch jump in May of 1986.

In 1930, Floyd Gottfredson takes over writing the Mickey Mouse comic strip.

In 1934, The Mickey Mouse film, “Gulliver Mickey” is released.

In 1939, The Donald Duck film, “Donaldʹs Cousin Gus” is released.

In 1950, The Pluto film, “Primitive Pluto” is released.

In 1960, disc jock Alan Freed and eight others were accused of bribery in the radio payola scandal.

In 1962, R.C., “The John Birch Society” by The Chad Mitchell Trio peaked at #99 on the pop singles chart.

In 1962, “John Birch Society,” by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99.

In 1962, “Liberty Valance (The Man Who Shot)” by Gene Pitney entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” to guest-of-honor President John F. Kennedy during a star-studded Democratic fundraiser at New Yorkʹs Madison Square Garden (the third of four arenas to bear that name).

In 1965, FBI agents visit Wand Records investigating the lyrics to “Louie Louie”.

In 1967, COVER OF “TIME” JOHNNY CARSON…inside, an article titled “THE MIDNIGHT IDOL”, where itʹs noted how heʹd just attained Million Dollar salary status, while having to compete with ABCʹs new competition, JOEY BISHOP

In 1973, on the cover of TV Guide: “Mary Tyler Moore”. Other Articles: Brady Kids, Isaac Asimov

In 1973, R.C., “Daisy A Day” by Jud Strunk peaked at #14 on the pop singles chart.

In 1977, “Smokey and the Bandit” starring Burt Reynolds as the Bandit, the great one Jackie Gleason as Smokey, and cutie pie Sally Field opened in movie theaters.

In 1979, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Laverne and Shirley: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams”. Other Articles: Supertrain, Mary Stuart

In 1979, R.C., “In The Navy” by Village People peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.

In 1979, The Bellamy Brothers topped the charts with “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me”

In 1983, “Weird Al” Yankovic gave a live performance at the Wax Museum in Washington DC, officially marking the beginning day of his first official tour. A “27” coincidence of note: on this day nine years later, the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.

In 1984, R.C., “King Of Suede” by “Weird Al” Yankovic peaked at #62 on the pop singles chart; it was a parody of the Policeʹs “King Of Pain”

In 1984, R.C., “Weird Al” Yankovicʹs single “King of Suede” peaked at #62 on the Billboard pop singles chart

In 1986, Ronald Reagan appears at a dinner of the White House News Photographers Association. Putting thumbs to his ears and wiggling his fingers, the President quipped, “Iʹve been waiting for years to do this.”

In 1987, the movie “Ishtar,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, made its premiere. It bombed at the box office.

In 1990, on the cover of TV Guide: “Carol Burnett”. Other Articles: Madonna, Cheers, Wings

In 1990, “Elvis”, TV General Drama; last aired on ABC.

In 1992, Englishman Dave Gauder at 224 pounds pulled a jumbo jet weighing 196 tons for three inches across the runway at the Heathrow Airport in London for the world record of pulling a heavy object.

In 1993, “Three Little Pigs” single by Green Jelly was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1994, in the Frasier episode “My Coffee With Niles” This charmer, set entirely in the Cafe Nervosa, ended the first season on a reflective note, with each cast member taking a bow as Frasier ponders the question: “Are you happy?” When a harassed waitress finally gets his coffee order right, he sighs, “You know, in the greater scheme of things, yes, Iʹd say I am.” By this time in the showʹs brief history, viewers couldnʹt have been happier with how this spin-off turned out.

In 1995, 05 x 19 = 95

In 1996, in The Simpsonʹs episode, “HOMERPALOOZA”, to convince his kids that heʹs cool, Homer takes them to Hullabalooza, a touring rock concert/freak show that features Cypress Hill and offers the chance to “Bungee Jump Against Racism.” When a cannon accidentally discharges into Homerʹs ample midsection and causes no damage, the crowd pronounces him hip. Even though Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth also appear in this episode, itʹs not about Generation X; itʹs about the classic tough relationship between fathers and sons and what one will do to be a hero to the other.

In 1999, “Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace” motion picture opened in movie theaters in the USA and set a record for a one-day attendance at $28.5 million on 2,970 screens. The existing one-day record was set in 1997 when “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” took in $26.1 million on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The previous record-opening for a Wednesday was $17.4 million, set by “Independence Day” in 1996. Over the Friday — Sunday weekend, it grossed $64.8 million Friday through Sunday, short of the $72.1 million for Steven Spielbergʹs dinosaurs over the Memorial Day weekend in 1997. It set records with a five-day gross of $105.7 million and with a $28.5 million opening day. It also became the fastest movie to break the $100 million barrier, in just five days. It also topped the $200 million mark in a record 13 days and $300 million in 20 days!

In 2000, The Dukes of Hazzard reunite again for a second time in “Hazzard in Hollywood”

In 2004, “Angel” aired its series finale on the WB netlet.

In 2004, “Shrek 2” opened in theaters in the USA.

In 2005, “Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” opened in theaters in the USA at 12:01am (one minute after Wednesday ended). It grossed $50 million that day alone, a record!

In 2009, “Glee” began airing on Fox.

In 2013, Donald Trump declares Trace Adkins the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” over Penn Jillette on NBC. Adkins sings “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” during the episode, which sees him collect checks from Wynonna Judd, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Oak Ridge Boys

In 2016, Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed,” died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 96.

In 2095, 05 x 19 = 95

The Holiday Almanacs May 19, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Sun May the 19 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 139 of the year
Serialnumber = 43592
Julian date = 2458611 O.S.= 5 - 6 - 2019



Feast of St. Celestine V, Pope (1294).
St. Dunstan's Day, patron saint of blacksmiths (Anglican).
St. Ivo Feast Day
Fifth Sunday of Easter
National Bike to Work Week Begins
National Hospital Week (Day 8)
Salvation Army Week ends.
International Pickle Week begins.
Mufflers Day
National Cellular Phone Safety Week Begins
National Senior Smile Week Begins
National Surgical Technologist Week Begins
Salvation Army Advisory Organization Sunday
World Trade Week Begins
[USA] I am an American Day
News Services Week Begins
[Angel's Camp, Calif] Jumping Frog Jubilee
American Japan Week Begins
National Safe Boating Week Begins
Poppy Week Begins
Circus Day
Cup Day (South Australia).
Malcolm X Day (b. 1925) (Berkeley, California)
May Ray Day
Peace Day
[Finland] Flag Day of Army
[Greece] Bendideia
[Turkey] Youth & Sports Day
[Vietnam] Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (1890)


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
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