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Last Updated 05-29-2018

🎵🎸Grant Baciocco -- is 44 in the year 2018 and 45 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1974
Novelty Singer, Alternative Rock Performer
Group Names: Throwing Toasters (lead)

🎭John Billingsley -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1960 N.S.
Actor
TV Shows: True Blood (as Mike Spencer), Star Trek: Enterprise (as Dr. Phlox)
Movie Titles: Out of Time, The Man from Earth, While Oleander, 2012

🎭Maryedith Burrell -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1952
Actress, Comedienne
Misc: retired from acting in 2000
TV Shows: Fridays (regular), Throb (as Meredith), Jackie Thomas Show (as Nancy), Seinfeld (as Maryedith)
Movie Titles: Wholly Moses!, Camp Nowhere, Kiss Me Goodbye

🎭🎵🏆Cher -- is 72 in the year 2018 and 73 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1946
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Songwriter, Pop Singer, Exerciser
Names/Places: b. in El Centro, CA; RN:Cherilyn Sarkesian La Pierre; wed to Sonny Bono then Gregg Allman
Group Names: Sonny and Cher, soloist
Song Titles: I Got You Babe (with Sonny in the 1960s and with Beavis and Butthead in the 1990s), Ringo I Love You (a novelty song recorded as Bonnie Jo Mason), The Beat Goes On (with Sonny), "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves", Half-Breed, Dark Lady, If I Could Turn Back Time, Just Like Jesse James, Believe
Album Titles: Look at Us (as part of Sonny and Cher), Heart of Stone, Believe
TV Shows: Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Cher
Movie Titles: Silkwood, Mask, Suspect, The Witches of Eastwick, Moonstruck, Mermaids, The Player

🎭🎮Mindy Cohn -- is 52 in the year 2018 and 53 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1966
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress
TV Shows: The Facts of Life (as Natalie Green), The Kids from Room 402, Scooby Doo (series)
Video Games: Lego Dimensions (series)

🎭Tesshô Genda -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1948
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Japanese
Misc: a prolific animated voice actor since 1972
TV Shows: Gatchaman (as various), Beast King GoLion, Smile PreCure!, Tokuemi Sentai Go-Busters, Naruto: Shippuden
Movie Titles: Akira, Ghost in the Shell

🎭Bronson Pinchot -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1959
TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City
TV Shows: Sara, Perfect Strangers (as Balki Bartokomous), Step By Step (as Jean-Luc)
Movie Titles: True Romance, Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop

✍🎭Dave (Comedian) Thomas -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.5/20/1948
Comedy Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Producer, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in St. Catherines, Ontario
Group Names: Bob and Doug McKenzie (as Doug)
Song Titles: Take Off, The 12 Days of Christmas
TV Shows: Second City TV Network (as Doug McKenzie of The Great White North), Walter Cronkite, Angus Crock, and other characters, also on SCTV Network 90), The New Show, Dave Thomas Show, Grace Under Fire (as Russell Norton)
Movie Titles: Stripes, Strange Brew

🎵🎸Joe Cocker -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/20/1944 N.S. d.12/22/2014 N.S. (70)
Composer/Songwriter, Drummer, Bandleader, Rock & Roll Singer, English
Names/Places: b. in Sheffield; RFN:John Robert
Misc: parodied by John Belushi alongside himself on a Saturday Night Live appearance
Song Titles: With a Little Help from My Friends, Feeling Alright, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, The Letter, It's a Sin, Up Where We Belong (with Jennifer Warnes)
Album Titles: Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Joe Cocker!, I Can Stand a Little Rain

🎭🎵George Gobel -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/20/1919 d.2/24/1991 (71)
Radio Actor, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Panelist, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago; NN:Little Georgie Gobel then Lonesome George
TV Shows: Leave It to Beaver (producer); George Gobel Show, Harper Valley PTA (as Mayor Otis Harper Jr.), Hollywood Squares

🎵Shorty Long -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/20/1940 d.6/29/1969 (29)
Songwriter, Pianist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: RN:Frederick Earl Long
Song Titles: Here Comes the Judge

🎭Jon Pertwee -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/7/1919 d.5/20/1996 (76)
TV Actor
Misc: death date is date of BBC's report; was 77?
TV Shows: Doctor Who (the third actor to play the Doctor)

⛪🎭🎵Gilda Radner -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/28/1946 N.S. d.5/20/1989 N.S. (42)
Jewish, Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; G.E. Smith's, then Gene Wilder's wife
Misc: National Lampoon troupe member
Arts Titles: PL: Gilda Live!
Song Titles: Let's Talk Dirty To The Animals
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live (1975-1980 as Emily Letilla, Roseanne Rosanna-Dana, & Baba Wa Wa)
Movie Titles: Witch's Night Out, All You Need is Cash, Hanky Panky, First Family, Haunted Honeymoon, Animalympics, The Woman in Red

🎭Lisa Spoonhauer -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/16/1972 N.S. d.5/20/2017 N.S. (44)
Actress
Movie Titles: Clerks

🎵Yogi Yorgesson -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/21/1908 d.5/20/1956 (47)
Novelty Singer
Names/Places: RN:Harry Stewart
Misc: Scandihoovian recording artist
Song Titles: I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas

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In 1939, R.C., “Three Little Fishies” hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Kay Kyser.

In 1945, The Naughty Nineties opened in the movies. The Abbott and Costello film marked the introduction of the comedy routine, Whoʹs on First?

In 1945, The Naughty Nineties opened in the movies. The Abbott and Costello film marked the introduction of the comedy routine, Whoʹs on First?

In 1967, Damascus wins Preakness. Not the Damascus that you hear on Dr. Demento!

In 1967, on the cover of TV Guide: “Andy Griffith and Anita Corsaut of The Andy Griffith Show”. Other Articles: Chris George, Dawn Welles

In 1967, Jerry Reed made his country chart debut with “Guitar Man”

In 1976, “I.O.U.” single by Jimmy Dean was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1978, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of Threeʹs Company: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers”. Other Articles: Incredible Hulk

In 1982, TVʹs “Barney Miller” was seen for the last time in its original network run on ABC-TV this night. Hal Linden as Barney, Abe Vigoda as Fish and a talented cast continue to bring the fictional 12th Precinct to TV screens through syndication today. Officer Carl Levitt is promoted to detective while New York Cityʹs 12th Precinct is to be vacated as a historical landmark (as Theodore Rooseveltʹs headquarters when he was police board president in the 1890s).

In 1986, Daily Variety reported that Ted Turner would colorize MGMʹs iventory of black and white films. Movie purists retaliated by colorizing a Black-and-white picture of Ted Turner just to see what he looks like colorized!

In 1986, “The Flintstones 25h Anniversary Celebration” aired on CBS.

In 1989, on the cover of TV Guide: “Roseanne Barr”. Other Articles: Roxana Zal, B.L. Stryker

In 1989, “It just goes to show you, itʹs always something.” And on this day for Gilda Radner, the something is ovarian cancer. Gilda goes to heaven. Gildaʹs Club is a cancer support society founded by Gildaʹs widower Gene Wilder. For more information, visit them on the internet at http: //www.jocularity.com/gilda1.html or just drop a check to Gildaʹs Club, 195 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014.

In 1989, “Toonces The Cat” takes the wheel on Saturday Night Live.

In 1989, actress-comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer in Los Angeles. She was 42.

In 1992, a rap singer rapped 597 syllables in under 60 seconds.

In 1993, it was “Cheers” day and in honor of the 274th and final original telecast of the 11-year series, Jay Leno hosted a live broadcast on NBC at the Bull and Finch, the bar that served as the model for the series. Most of the cast was drunk as the final “Cheers” episode scored an audience of 80,400,000 viewers, 45.5 rating/64 share.

In 1993, on “The Tonght Show with Jay Leno” on NBC, A live episode done after the last “Cheers,” the majority of whose cast members had obviously enjoyed too many pre-show suds.

In 1998, the movie “Godzilla” opened in USA theaters to a tally of an enourmous $55.5 million over the next six days.

In 2003, the final episode of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” aired on UPN.

In 2003, Weird Al Yankovicʹs album “Poodle Hat” was released.

In 2011, the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opened in theaters in the USA.

In 2015, the final episode of “Late Show with David Letterman” aired on CBS. Letterman had been a talk show host for 33 years.

The Holiday Almanacs May 20, 2019

What's Today?

Today is Mon May the 20 in the year 2019
Jan 1 began on a Tue
This is day 140 of the year
Serialnumber = 43593
Julian date = 2458612 O.S.= 5 - 7 - 2019

Calendar

Holidays

Feast of St. Bernardine of Sienna, confessor.
National Bike to Work Week (Day 2)
National Hospital Week ends
International Pickle Week (Day 2)
National Cellular Phone Safety Week (Day 2)
National Senior Smile Week (Day 2)
National Surgical Technologist Week (Day 2)
World Trade Week (Day 2)
News Services Week (Day 2)
American Japan Week (Day 2)
National Park Week
National Safe Boating Week (Day 2)
Poppy Week (Day 2)
[Canada] Victoria Day (1819)
Are You Somebody? Day
Eliza Doolittle Day
Ferrary Day.
Lindbergh Flight Days
M.P.R. Anniversary (Zaire).
Mjollnir (Germanic).
National Waitresses Day
[USA] Emancipation Day (Florida)
[USA] Meck-Dec Day (Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina), May 20. Celebrates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
Right and Left Shoes Day
Show Your Navel Day
Weights and Measures Day
[Bulgaria] Botev Day
[Cambodia] Martyrs Day (1979)
[Cameroon] Constitution Day (1972); Cameroon National Day or Independence Day (France 1960)???
[Cuba-1902] Independent from Spain
[Massachusetts] Lafayette Day (1834-anniversary of his death)
[North Carolina] Mecklenburg Day (1775)
[North County] Mecklenburg Independence Day (1775)
[Saudi Arabia-1927] Independence Day
[USA] Eliza Doolittle Day, encourages proper use of language
[USA] Weights & Measures Day
[Za‹re] Revolution Day

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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.
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