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Last Updated 01-10-2018

🎭Jenica Bergere -- is 44 in the year 2018 and 45 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1974
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Men Behaving Badly, Drew Carey Show (as Sharon)
Movie Titles: Rat Race, Frozen, Safety Not Guaranteed, Chasing Mavericks

🎭Al Madrigal -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1971
Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: Gary Unmarried (as Dennis Lopez), The Daily Show, About a Boy (as Andy)

🎭Neil Morrissey -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1962 N.S.
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, English
TV Shows: Men Behaving Badly (as Tony), Tayo the Little Bus, Roary the Racing Car, Bob the Builder

🎭Becki Newton -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1978
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress
Misc: commercial actress for Olive Garden
TV Shows: Ugly Betty (as Amanda Tanen), Love Bites, How I Met Your Mother (as Quinn Garvey), American Dad! (guest voice), Weird Loners (as Caryn Goldfarb)
Movie Titles: P.S., August Rush

✍⛪Neil Simon -- is 91 in the year 2018 and 92 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1927
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Jewish
Names/Places: b. in Bronx; FN:Marvin; Marsha Mason's hubby; 2x Diane Lander's hubby
Misc: stage: Barefoot in the Park
TV Shows: The Odd Couple
Movie Titles: The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, California Suite, Goodbye Girl, Plaza Suite, Murder By Death (Duh!), Chapter Two (of 2?), The Sunshine Boys

🎨Bill Watterson -- is 60 in the year 2018 and 61 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1958
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Book Titles: Calvin and Hobbes

⚛🎭Andrew Zimmern -- is 57 in the year 2018 and 58 in the year 2019; b.7/4/1961 N.S.
Chef, Personality
TV Shows: Bizarre Foods

🎭🎵Anna Chandler -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1884 d.7/10/1957 (73)
Vaudevillaness, Singer, Mezzo-Soprano

🎨Rube Goldberg -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1883 d.12/7/1970 (87)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Boob McNutt, Mike & Ike, Lucifer Butts; made the easy outrageously difficult

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🎭Gertrude Lawrence -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1898 d.9/6/1952 (54)
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, English
Names/Places: RN:Gertrude Alexandra Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen

🎭Johnny Lee -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1898 d.12/12/1965 (67)
TV Shows: Amos 'n Andy (as Algonquin J. Calhoun)

🎭Louis Burt Mayer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1885 d.10/29/1957 (72)
Film Executive, Movie Producer, Russian
Misc: MGM Co. Co-founder

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⚖🎭🎵George Murphy -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1902 d.5/3/1992 (89)
Senator, Movie/Stage Actor, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New Haven, CT
Misc: 1930-40's movie musicals; song-and-dance man-turned-politician

🎭🎵Timmie Rogers -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1914 d.12/17/2006 N.S. (92)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Songwriter, Singer, Bandleader
Names/Places: NN: The Jackie Robinson of Comedy
Misc: catchphrase: Oh Yeah!; he was one of the first Black comedians allowed to directly address a white audience when he worked; appeared on many national television shows of the 1960s and 1970s; in the National Comedy Hall of Fame
TV Shows: Uptown Jubilee (1949 on CBS), The Jackie Gleason Show (recurring)

🎭Pat Rooney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1880 d.9/9/1962 (82)
Actor, Vaudevillan

✍🎵🎷Alec Templeton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/4/1910 d.3/28/1963 (52)
Satirist, Novelty Singer, Jazz Pianist, Welsh (Wales)
Misc: Witty jazz & satrical numbers

✍⚛Gregory Bateson -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/9/1904 d.7/4/1980 (76)
Author, Scientist, Anthropologist, British
Names/Places: Margaret Mead's hubby
Misc: behavioral; studied schizophrenia

🎭Ji-Tu Cumbuka -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/4/1940 d.7/4/2017 N.S. (77)
TV Shows: Roots (as wrestler)
Movie Titles: Bound for Glory, Brewster's Millions, Outrageous Fortune, Bachelor Party

🎭🎵Eva Gabor -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1921 d.7/4/1995 (74)
TV/Movie Actress, Pianist, Hungarian
Names/Places: b. in Budapest; PRON:AY-va; Zsa Zsa's younger sis
Misc: some say b. in 1923, '24, or '25
TV Shows: Green Acres (as Lisa Douglas)

✍🎭🎵Ronny Graham -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/26/1919 d.7/4/1999 (79)
Writer, Actor, Comedian, Composer
Misc: Also collaborated with Mel Brooks on several films
TV Shows: M*A*S*H (writer), Mary Tyler Moore (writer), New Bill Cosby Show (actor), Bob Crane Show (actor), Chico & the Man (as Rev. Bemis)
Movie Titles: The Inquisition, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, To Be or Not to Be

🎵Cal Green -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/22/1935 d.7/4/2004 (69)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: The Midnighters (a backing group for Hank Ballard)
Song Titles: Work With Me Annie, Annie Had a Baby

🎨✍🎭Harry Oliver -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/4/1888 d.7/4/1973 (85)
Artist, Humorist, Movie Director

🎭Vic Perrin -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/26/1916 d.7/4/1989 (73)
Actor, Announcer, Narrator
TV Shows: The Outer Limits (as the control voice), Star Trek, Maverick, Dragnet

🎵Steve Rappaport -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/5/1942 d.7/4/2007 (64)
Novelty Singer
Group Names: The Ran-Dells
Song Titles: Martian Hop

🎨Art Sansom -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/16/1920 d.7/4/1991 (70)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Book Titles: The Born Loser

🎨Sydney Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/28/1894 d.7/4/1928 (34)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: The Gumps

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✍🎭Eric Sykes -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/4/1923 d.7/4/2012 (89)
Writer, Actor, Comedian, Director

🎵Barry White -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/12/1944 d.7/4/2003 (58)
Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Soul Singer
Misc: DEEEEEP bass singer; led the Love Unlimited Orchestra whose singers sang background in his records.
Group Names: Love Unlimited Orchestra (lead), soloist
Song Titles: The Harlem Shuffle (penned for Bob and Earl), I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe, You're The First-The Last-My Everything

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In 1862, English mathematician and clergyman Charles L. Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll") began devising the story of Alice in Wonderland for his young friend Alice Pleasance Liddell (LIH'-duhl) and her sisters during a boating trip.

In 1925, R.C., "Sweet Georgia Brown" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Ben Bernie.

In 1927, The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film, "Trolley Troubles" premieres at Criterion Theatre in Los Angeles.

In 1928, 07 x 04 = 28

In 1955, "Sid Caesar Presents", TV Variety; debut on NBC.

In 1955, "The Soupy Sales Show" premieres on ABC as a summer replacement for "Kukla, Fran & Ollie."

In 1960, R.C., "Alley-Oop" by Dante & The Evergreens peaked at #15 on the pop singles chart.

In 1964, "Dang Me", by Roger Miller entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1964, "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)", by Jan & Dean entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1970, Casey Kasem began counting down the Top 40 hits as "American Top 40" debut on a Los Angeles radio station with the #1 song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Three Dog Night.

In 1971, "Hogan's Heroes", TV Comedy; last aired on CBS.

In 1975, "The Odd Couple" (TV Comedy) aired for the last time as Felix Unger returns to his wife, Gloria. Oddly enough in 1975, Jack Klugman gets divorced from his real life wife and TV ex-wife, Brett Sommers.

In 1975, Fictional wedding date of The Coneheads. Prymaat weds Beldar Conehead.

In 1976, R.C., "Breaker, Breaker" by Outlaws peaked at #94 on the pop singles chart.

In 1976, R.C., "Framed" by Cheech & Chong peaked at #41 on the pop singles chart.

In 1976, R.C., "Making Our Dreams Come True (Theme From Laverne & Shirley)" by Cyndi Grecco peaked at #25 on the pop singles chart.

In 1977, Barth Gimble and the rest of the town are still hard at work. They're producing the most exciting talk show ever to emit from WZAZ-TV -- "Fernwood 2-Nite," a talk show parody designed by Norman Lear to be an equal opportunity offender. After the summer, the show was reworked without Louise Lasser with the title "Forever Fernwood," but it bombed.

In 1977, while Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman may be taking a summer vacation, Barth Gimble (played by Martin Mull) and the rest of the town are still hard at work producing the most exciting talk show ever to emit from WZAZ-TV -- "Fernwood 2-Night," a talk show parody designed by Norman Lear to be an equal opportunity offender.

In 1984, "Real People", TV Magazine (nowadays a reality TV genre) last aired on NBC.

In 1984, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI; portions were broadcast live on radio.

In 1985, In a 19-inning game, which goes until just before 4 a.m. the next day, the Mets beat the Braves, 16-13. After the 6 hours, 10 minutes game, the 1000 fans left in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium are treated to pre-dawn fireworks which awaken and frighten many of the ballpark's neighbors.

In 1990, The rap group 2 Live Crew releases the single "Banned in the U.S.A." with the blessing of "Born in the U.S.A." creator Bruce Springsteen. The song, which racks up 2 million advance orders, is in part a response to anti-obscenity groups that have targeted the rappers.

In 1992, R.C., "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart and stayed there for five weeks.

In 1992, R.C., "James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style peaked at #59 on the pop singles chart.

In 1996, the movie "Sgt. Bilko" was released in the movie theaters in Germany.

In 1997, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: Manny the Hippie, who was discovered by the LATE SHOW when the broadcast visited San Francisco, talks about his independence on "Independence Day" after being released from jail.

In 1999, In COOPER CITY, Fla: Baseball has produced 15 perfect games in more than 120 years of the major leagues. Now after 19 years Pac-Man has its first. Billy Mitchell, 34, become the first person to master the video arcade classic when he posted a score of 3,333,360 during the Fourth of July weekend at a New Hampshire arcade. "This was the race to the Holy Grail," said Mitchell, an entrepreneur who runs two South Florida restaurants and markets a brand of hot sauce. No one ever had played a perfect Pac-Man game before, said Walter Day, chief scorekeeper for the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Score Board and editor of its Official Video Game and Pinball Book in Fairfield, Iowa. Game experts call the feat a one in 10 billion phenomenon.

In 1999, VH-1 aired "Behind The Music: Weird Al Yankovic"

In 2000, His fashion sense isn't as elegant as Gucci's, but Roman Kunikov says his gasoline-powered boots are a step forward in footwear - as much as 13 feet per stride. Kunikov is one of the professors at a Russian engineering institute who designed the boots that were tested in a public square in Ufa, 750 miles southeast of Moscow. The test showed that wearers can achieve speeds of up to 25 mph, Kunikov said. The boots incorporate one-foot pistons that strap along the calf and fire downward after the wearer steps down, pushing a metal plate away from the bottom of the shoe - and the wearer up into the air. The shoes weigh about two pounds each, including a fuel tank, tiny carburetor, spark plug and wires and pipes. Kunikov said there have not been any accidents so far.

In 2000, Kazutuyo Arai, pencil-slim at 5 feet 6 inches and 100 pounds, led a Japanese sweep of the annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan's in Coney Island. Ari of Saitama, Japan, ate a record 25 hot dogs during the 12 minute contest.

In 2001, the movies "Cats and Dogs" and "Scary Movie 2" opened in theaters in the USA.

In 2002, "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley, remixed by Junkie X-L, hit number one on the singles chart, 25 years after Presley's death.

In 2012, Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at New York's Coney Island, downing 68 dogs and buns to tie his personal best.

In 2028, 07 x 04 = 28

In 2401, 07 ^ 04 = 2401

The Holiday Almanacs July 4, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Wed Jul the 4 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 185 of the year
Serialnumber = 43273
Julian date = 2458292 O.S.= 6 - 21 - 2018



Feast of St. Flavian, Bishop of Antioch.
Feast of St. Ulrich, Bishop of Augsburg.
[Bahamas] Queen's Birthday
[Cayman Islands] Constitution Day
[Hannibal Missouri] Tom Sawyer Fence painting Day
[Italy] Garibaldi Day (1807)
[Phillipines] Philippine-American Friendship Day (1946)
[Rhode Island] Providence Day (1636)
[Tonga] King's Birthday
[USA] American Redneck Day
[USA] Honor America Days (thru 7-4)
[USA and its Possessions] Independence Day (1776)
[USA] National Toe Jam Day
[USA] National Sobriety Checkpoint Week Ends
[USA] National Patriots Month (thru July 4)
[USA] National Country Music Day (Yee-haw!)
[USA] Yankee Doodle Dandy Day
[Yugoslavia] Fighter's Day/Combatant's Day
Freedom Week Begins
Trades Holiday (Scotland).
Be Nice to New Jersey Week (Day 4)
Man Watchers' Compliment Week (Day 4)
Music for Life Week (Day 4)
National Canned Luncheon Meat Week (Day 4)
National Awareness Week for Lifesaving Techniques Week (Day 4)


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.
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Hurricane Season Months in the East (June 1-Nov 30)
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Ice Cream Month
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National Hitchhiking Month.
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