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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name July 2

Last Updated 01-10-2018

✍🎭Larry David -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1947
Comedy Writer, Comedian, TV Producer
TV Shows: Fridays (regular), Seinfeld (creator), Curb Your Enthusiasm (star), Whatever Works, Saturday Night Live (as Bernie Sanders in its 41st season)

🎭💻🎮Barbara Dunkelman -- is 29 in the year 2018 and 30 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1989 N.S.
Cartoon Voice Actress, Internet Video Personality, Video Game Voice Actress, Canadian
TV Shows: RWBY, On the Spot, Immerson, Red vs. Blue: Season 12
Video Games: RWBY (series)

🎭Polly Holliday -- is 81 in the year 2018 and 82 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1937
Names/Places: b. in Jasper, Al.
TV Shows: Alice (as Florence Jean 'Flo' Castleberry), Flo (as Florence Jean 'Flo' Castleberry), Home Improvement (as Nana)
Movie Titles: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Parent Trap (1998), Gremlins

🎭Peter Kay -- is 45 in the year 2018 and 46 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1973 N.S.
Comedian, English
TV Shows: So You Think You're Funny? (winner)

🎭🎵Leapy Lee -- is 79 in the year 2018 and 80 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1939
Stage Actor, Comedian, Songwriter, Singer, English
Names/Places: RN:Graham Pulleybnak, changed it to Lee Graham

🎭Kurt Long -- is 45 in the year 2018 and 46 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1973 N.S.
TV Shows: Liv and Maddie (as Johnny Nimbus), The One Half Hour News Hour (satirical news), Hollywood Heights (as Daniel)

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🎭Julie Montgomery -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1960
Misc: some say b. in 1956
Movie Titles: Revenge of the Nerds (series), Girls Nite Out, The Kindred

🎭Wendy Schaal -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1954
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress
Names/Places: Richard's daughter
TV Shows: It's a Living (as Vicki Allen), Fantasy Island (as Julie), AfterM*A*S*H (as Bonnie Hornbeck), American Dad
Movie Titles: The Burbs, Small Soldiers, Innerspace

🎭🎵Ashley Tisdale -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.7/2/1985
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer, Singer
TV Shows: Hellcats (as Savannah Monroe), Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (as Sabrina Spellman voice), Phineas and Ferb (as Candace voice), The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (as Maddie Fitzpatrick)
Movie Titles: Donnie Darko, High School Musical

🎭🎵Ken Curtis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/2/1916 d.4/28/1991 (74)
TV/Movie Actor, Pop Crooner, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Lamar, Co.; RN:Curtis Wayne Gates
Group Names: Tommy Dorsey (band singer), Sons of the Pioneers
TV Shows: Ripcord (as Jim Budkley), Gunsmoke (as deputy Festus Haggen), The Yellow Rose

🎭🎵Brock Peters -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/2/1927 d.8/23/2005 (78)
Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Fisher
Misc: Hanna Barbera cartoons
Movie Titles: To Kill a Mockingbird

🎭Dan Rowan -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/2/1922 d.9/22/1987 (65)
Names/Places: b. in Beggs, OK
Misc: Dick Martin's partner
TV Shows: Rowan & Martin's Laugh In (cohost/straight man)

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🎭Verne Rowe -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/2/1921 d.9/4/1981 (60)
TV Shows: Fernwood 2Night (as Verne Taylor)

💰Dave (Restaurateur) Thomas -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/2/1932 d.1/8/2002 (69)
Businessperson, Restaurateur
Misc: Wendy's Restaraunts founder; not the SCTV comedian

🎨✍🎭Fred Gwynne -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/10/1926 d.7/2/1993 (66)
Illustrator, Children's Author, TV/Movie/Stage Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RFMN:Frederick Hubbard
TV Shows: Car 54 Where Are You? (as Off. Francis Muldoon), The Munsters (as Herman Munster)
Movie Titles: My Cousin Vinny

🎭Jan Murray -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/4/1916 d.7/2/2006 (89)
Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Murray Janofsky
Misc: 1950s game show host
TV Shows: Dollar a Second, Treasure Hunt

🎭Norm Prescott -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/31/1927 d.7/2/2005 (78)
Cartoon Producer
Misc: co-founder and executive producer at Filmation Studios. He, Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland formed Filmation in 1963.

✍🎵Kay Thompson -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/9/1903 d.7/2/1998 (94)
Author, Children's Author, Songwriter, Singer
Misc: author of the Eloise children's books; her age of death was believed to be between 92 and 95, some say b. 1913; also sang "Eloise" which is occasionally heard on the Dr. Demento Show.
Book Titles: Eloise (series)
Song Titles: Eloise

🎭Ben Turpin -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/17/1874 d.7/2/1940 (65)
Movie Actor, Comedian
Misc: Mack Sennett comedies
Movie Titles: Yankee Doodle in Berlin

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In 1843, An alligator fell from the sky during a Charleston SC thunderstorm.

In 1904, "Casey Jones" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Billy Murray & American Quartet.

In 1914, 07 x 02 = 14

In 1947, an object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico; the Air Force later insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft.

In 1949, 07 ^ 02 = 49

In 1951, "It's News To Me", TV Game Show; debut on CBS.

In 1951, NBC Radio presented "Bob and Ray" (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding) on a network radio show. The comedians had previously been heard on WHDH Radio in Boston, MA.

In 1954, on the cover of TV Guide: "Joan Davis and Jim Backus". Other Articles: Pat Brady, Joe Palooka Story

In 1955, "Ah One anna Two..." "The Lawrence Welk Show" premiered on ABC-TV under its original title, "The Dodge Dancing Party." In Welk's 24-piece band was The Champagne Lady, Alice Lon. It went on to last for 27 years, yet, "Weird Al" Yankovic might have had Welk as one of his childhood idols with the accordion solos Welk was also famous for playing.

In 1959, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," one of the worst films ever, premiered in theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1962, COVER OF NEWSWEEK: Spanish Dictator FRANCISCO FRANCO who wasn't dead yet, but would be in 1975.

In 1963, Merv Griffin takes over from Jim "Mr. Magoo" Backus as host of "Talent Scouts," a showcase for young talents and a summer replacement for "The Red Skelton Hour."

In 1966, "Little Red Riding Hood", by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1966, R.C., "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" by Swingin' Medallions peaked at #17 on the pop singles chart.

In 1969, Columbia releases Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue"

In 1973, "Match Game '73", TV Game Show, returned on CBS with host Gene Rayburn, became '74, '75, '76, '77, '78 and '79, ending that April when "General Hospital" opposite it made their ratings terminal and it left the CBS sked. Over the years, the panelists included Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson (who hosted his own game show Family Feud beginning in 1976 and left Match Game in 1978), Fannie Flagg, Joyce Bulifant, MacLean Stevenson and most of the other M*A*S*H cast, Betty White, as well as numerous celebrities from prime-time and even CBS's own soap operas as well.

In 1980, "Airplane!" starring Robert Hays and featuring Leslie Nielsen and Lloyd Bridges, crashed into movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1981, "Stars On Long Play" album by Stars On was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1981, Medley singles make it to top-40 radio. The most popular is "Stars on 45" by a group of Dutch studio musicians and singers. The medly has strung together sound-alike versions of popular hits like "Sugar Sugar", "Venus" and several Beatles songs. The song hits #1 and goes gold and sets the trend for other medly hits.

In 1982, Larry Walters of San Pedro, California, used a lawn chair equipped with 45 helium-filled weather balloons to rise to an altitude of 16,000 feet; he landed eight miles away in Long Beach.

In 1984, "She Bop" single by Cyndi Lauper was released

In 1985, "Alice", TV Comedy; last aired on CBS after 9 years.

In 1988, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Even Worse" peaked at #27 on the Billboard album chart

In 1994, Colombian defender Andres Escobar, 27, was killed outside a bar in Colombia in retaliation for deflecting a ball into his own goal in a 2-1 loss to the United States in the World Cup on June 22. And you thought hockey and boxing were violent? The Arrogant Worms sang a line in "Me Like Hockey" with the line "soccer being not so hot, you play bad and you get shot."

In 1996, the movie "Independence Day" starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn and Harvey Fierstein was released in the movie theaters in USA; it grossed a record $96.4 million in its first weekend (six days) and $83.5 million since July 3, and hit $100 million in only seven days, a record; it also hit $50.2 million Fri-Sun, shy of Batman Forever's $52.8 million.

In 1998, Pakistan's Mohammad Alam Channa, the world's tallest man at 7 feet, 7.25 inches (2.317 metres), died aged 42.

In 1999, "Wild Wild West" Single by Will Smith was released

In 2006, Comic Jan Murray died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 89.

In 2009, Houston Astros beat the Padres 7-2, but only after waiting out a 52-minute delay in the top of the ninth inning caused when a swarm of bees took over part of left field at San Diego's Petco Park.

In 2014, 07 x 02 = 14

In 2049, 07 ^ 02 = 49

The Holiday Almanacs July 2, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Mon Jul the 2 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 183 of the year
Serialnumber = 43271
Julian date = 2458290 O.S.= 6 - 19 - 2018



Feast of Expectant Mothers (Italy).
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
[Caribbean Common Market] Caribbean Day (1973)
[Cayman Islands] Constitution Day (1st Monday in July)
[Lesotho] Family Day
[Zambia] Heroes Day
[Curacao] Flag Day
[Italy] Corso de Palio, horse-race
[Norway] King's Birthday
[Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain] Santa Isabel
[USA] Honor America Days (thru 7-4)
[USA] National Sobriety Checkpoint Week (Day 5)
[USA] National Patriots Month (thru July 4)
Debtors' Day.
National Literacy Day
Yar Nyidhok or Summer Solstice (Bhutan).
[Canada] Dominion Day/Canada Day (7-2 if a Sunday) (1867), Dominion of Canada established; Canada Independence Day; broke off from Great Britian.
Be Nice to New Jersey Week (Day 2)
Man Watchers' Compliment Week (Day 2)
Music for Life Week (Day 2)
National Canned Luncheon Meat Week (Day 2)
National Awareness Week for Lifesaving Techniques Week (Day 2)


Astrological Sign: Cancer: The Crab (6-22 thru 7-21); Ruling Planet: Moon. Element: Water. Traits: Maternal, compassionate, thrifty. Body part associated with this sign: The breast. Occupations: Raising children, animals, or plants, history, antiques, caring for the elderly.
Astrological sign: Leo: The Lion (7-23 thru 8-22); Ruling Planet: Sun. Element: Fire. Traits: Forceful, generous, creative, well-organized. Body part associated with this sign: The heart. Occupations: Supervisor, actor, king, activities requiring physical strength, bartender.
Full Moon: the Thunder Moon and the Mead Moon, the Corn Moon, the Herb Moon
Gems: ruby and onxy
Meanings: the sentimental meaning of the ruby is for friendship, and the water lily and the larkspur are for ardent attachment.
Flowers: water lily and larkspur
Before the 20th century, July was pronounced to rhyme with "truly."
July's name commemorates the founder of the Julian calendar, Julius Caesar. Before that, July was called Quintilius.
[USA] Fiscal year begins
Baked Beans Month
Hitch Hiking Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
Hot Dog Month
Hurricane Season Months in the East (June 1-Nov 30)
Hurricane Season Months in the West (June 1-Oct 31)
Ice Cream Month
Minority Tourism Month
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Beans Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Hitchhiking Month.
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month
National Lamb and Wool Month
National Peach Month
National Picnic Month
National Purposeful Parenting Month
National Recreation and Parks Month
National Tennis Month
Sports and Recreation Month
Midpoint of the year (at noon, or following midnight in leap years).
[Czechoslovakia] St†znice Folk Festival (thru 7-14)
[Italy] Corso de Palio horse race
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