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🎭Lucie Arnaz -- is 67 in the year 2018 and 68 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1951
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Hollywood; Lucille Ball & Desi's daughter; Laurence Luckinbill's wife
TV Shows: Here's Lucy (as Kim Carter), Sons & Daughters, The Lucie Arnaz Show
Movie Titles: The Jazz Singer, Down to You, Smoking/Non-Smoking

✍🎭Tim Brooke-Taylor -- is 78 in the year 2018 and 79 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1940
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, English
TV Shows: At Last the 1948 Show (as various), The Goodies (as Tim Brooke-Taylor, etc.), Bananaman (as narrator, etc.), Me and My Girl (as Derek Yates)
Movie Titles: Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (writer)

🎭Mark Burnett -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1960
Producer/Director, English
TV Shows: Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

🎭Shauna Case -- is 21 in the year 2018 and 22 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1997 N.S.
TV Shows: Incredible Chew (sketch performer)

🎭Jack Davidson -- is 82 in the year 2018 and 83 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1936
Movie Titles: Trading Places, The Secret of My Success, Shock Waves, Baby It's You

🎭Nancy Giles -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1960
Actress, Comedienne
TV Shows: China Beach (as Frankie Bunsen)
Movie Titles: Big, Working Girl

🎭🎵David Hasselhoff -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1952
TV/Movie/Soap Actor, TV Producer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Baltimore, MD; Catherine Hickland's ex-husband
Misc: Germans love his singing; starred in an infamous youtube video eating a cheeseburger on the floor
TV Shows: Knight Rider (as Michael "Long" Knight), Baywatch (as Mitch Bucannon, also on Baywatch Nights)

🎭🎵Mimi Hines -- is 85 in the year 2018 and 86 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1933
Actress, Comedienne, Singer, Canadian

🎭Michael Khoury -- is 22 in the year 2018 and 23 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1996 N.S.
Actor, Comedian

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📰🎭Beth Littleford -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1968 N.S.
Correspondent, Actress
TV Shows: The Hard times of RJ Berger, The Daily Show, Dog with a Blog (as Ellen Jennings)
Movie Titles: Crazy Stupid Love, Drillbit Taylor

James McCormick -- is 84 in the year 2018 and 85 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1934
Comedy Writer

✍🎵Peter "P.D.Q. Bach" Schickele -- is 83 in the year 2018 and 84 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1935
Satirist, Arranger, Composer, Musician, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: NN: P.D.Q. Bach: The Last & Least of Bach's Many Children
Misc: b. 1807, d.1742 (implausible?); film, TV, & theater scores

⛪🎭Donald Sutherland -- is 83 in the year 2018 and 84 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1935
Protestant, Movie Actor, Producer, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in John, N.B.
Misc: b. 1932? 1935?
Movie Titles: The Italian Job, The Hunger Games (series), M*A*S*H, Klute, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ordinary People, Backdraft, Space Cowboys

🎭Alex Winter -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.7/17/1965
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, English
TV Shows: Jimmy Kimmel Live! (director), Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures
Movie Titles: Freaked, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Deep Web (director)

💰🎭James Cagney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1899 d.3/30/1986 (86)
Founder, Movie/Stage Actor, Movie Director
Names/Places: RN:James Cagney Jr.; b. in New York City; Jeanne's brother; d. in Stanfordville, New York
Movie Titles: Yankee Doodle Dandy, White Heat, Angels with Dirty Faces, One Two Three

🎨🎭🎵Phyllis Diller -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1917 d.8/20/2012 (95)
Painter, Actress, Comedienne, Panelist, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Lima, OH; NN:Wizard of Ooze; RLN:Driver
TV Shows: The Gong Show (panelist), The Hollywood Squares (panelist), The Pruitts of Southhampton, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, Bold & The Beautiful

🎭Michael "Mike" Elliott -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1946 d.12/23/2014 (68)
Actor, Comedian, Personality, English
Names/Places: NN:Mike the Mouth
Misc: radio personality

🎵🎷Vince Guaraldi -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1928 d.2/6/1976 (47)
Songwriter, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Misc: wrote music for Charlie Brown TV specials
Group Names: Vince Guaraldi Trio

✍🎭Art Linkletter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1912 d.5/26/2010 (97)
Hall of Famer, Author, Radio Actor, TV Talk Show Host, Variety Show Host, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
TV Shows: Kids Say the Darndest Things, Life with Linkletter, People Are Funny, Art Linkletter's House Party

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✍🎭Pat McCormick -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/17/1927 d.7/29/2005 (78)
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Don Rickles Show (regular and head writer), New Bill Cosby Show (regular)

🎭Harvey Atkin -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/18/1942 N.S. d.7/17/2017 N.S. (74)
Actor, Canadian
TV Shows: Cagney and Lacey (as Ronald Coleman), The Super Mario Bros. Show
Movie Titles: Heavy Metal, Meatballs

🏆⚾"Dizzy" Dean -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/16/1911 d.7/17/1974 (63)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Announcer, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: b. in Lukas, AR; RFN:Jerome Jan Hannah
Misc: 4x All-Star, 4x MLB strikeout leader, 2x MLB wins leader, NL MVP 1934; St. Louis Cardinal "Gashouse Gang" colorful pitcher; Dean won 163 games and lost 101. His lifetime ERA was 3.03. He once struck out 17 batters in a single game, then a record, but since bettered (Roger Clemens fanned 20); mentioned in "Who's On First?"; Cardinals #17 retired and in Cardinals Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1932-1937), Chicago Cubs (1938-1941), St. Louis Browns (1947)

🎭🎵Cliff Edwards -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/14/1895 d.7/17/1971 (76)
Stage Actor, Vaudevillan, Cartoon Voice Actor, Composer, Singer, Ukelele
Names/Places: NN:Ukulele Ike
Misc: Jiminy Cricket voicist; not d. 7-18

🎭🎵Ray Jessel -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/23/1929 d.7/17/2015 (85)
TV/Soap Actor, Comedian, Novelty Singer
Misc: some say b. 1923

🎵Don Rich -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/15/1941 d.7/17/1974 (32)
Country Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: The Buckaroos (Buck Owens' backup band)
TV Shows: Hee Haw

🎵Larry Wayne Stevens -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/18/1939 N.S. d.7/17/2016 N.S. (77)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Gospel Singer, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: aka Gary Sanford Paxton
Group Names: Skip and Flip, The Hollywood Argyles
Song Titles: Alley Oop (producer and singer for The Hollywood Argyles), Monster Mash (producer for Bobby "Boris" Pickett)

🎭🎵Elaine Stritch -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/2/1925 d.7/17/2014 (89)
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Panelist, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit
TV Shows: Pantomime Quiz, The Growing Paynes, Ellen Burstyn Show
Movie Titles: Small Time Crooks

🎭🎵Fred Tomlinson -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/18/1927 N.S. d.7/17/2016 N.S. (88)
Comedian, Singer
Group Names: The Fred Tomlinson Singers (lead)
Song Titles: The Lumberjack Song (wrote for Monty Python)
TV Shows: Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies

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In 1841, the first issue of "Punch," the English humor periodical, was published in London, England.

In 1917, Comedian and actress Phyllis Diller was born in Lima, Ohio.

In 1935, the entertainment trade publication "Variety" ran its famous headline, "Sticks Nix Hick Pix" which might be translated as "rural America dislikes rural-themed movies"

In 1937, Elmer J. Fudd, Cartoon Character, debut as Egghead in the cartoon "Egghead Rides Again" by Warner Bros.

In 1937, R.C., "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Shep Fields. This became the theme song for the Warner Brothers cartoon series "Looney Tunes."

In 1938, Douglas Corrigan took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York for a return flight to California but lost his bearings in the clouds, he said, and flew instead to Ireland. He became an instant celebrity called "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

In 1943, "Oh! By Jingo!" Makes The Pop Chart by Spike Jones & the City Slickers; will peak at #20.

In 1948, "Woody Woodpecker" Makes The Pop Chart by Mel Blanc; will peak at #2.

In 1953, on the cover of TV Guide: "Lucy and Desi". Other Articles: House Party, Kukla, Fran and Ollie

In 1954, Groucho Marx married his third wife, Eden Hartford, the sister of actress and former Vogue model Dee Harford

In 1954, Mickey, Donald and company began construction on Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Their plans aren't Goofy: Doors to the theme park open exactly one year later.

In 1955, Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, had its grand opening day in Anaheim, California (yup, it's not in Los Angeles County!) Disneyland opened the gates to "The Happiest Place on Earth" in Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park's first year of operation, some four-million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan. WALT DISNEY said it would never be completed "so long as there is imagination left in the world". You can tell that the park was a real Mickey Mouse operation!

In 1956, "The Snooky Lanson Show", TV Music; debut on NBC.

In 1961, "The Spike Jones Show", TV Variety, returned on CBS.


In 1965, on the cover of TV Guide: "cast of McHale's Navy". Other Articles: Disney, Gilligan, Bewitched

In 1968, "Yellow Submarine," the Beatles' animated film, premiered at the London Pavilion in London. John, Paul and George attend the screening. It opened in America several months later and became a great success. The film was based on the BEATLES song and characters opens in London. Included on its soundtrack along with the Title Song, "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

In 1968, The Beatles animated movie, "Yellow Submarine" debuts in London at the Pavilion Theatre. John, Paul and George attend the screening.

In 1973, We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of ... Odds??? Yes, that's the name of the newest TV game show on NBC-TV "The Wizard of Odds" a game show hosted by Alex Trebek. Alex would later become even more famous hosting a syndicated version of Jeopardy in the mid 1980s, thanks to "Weird Al" Yankovic's video revival of the original version of Jeopardy parodying a song by the same name which had nothing to do with the game show whatsoever. Anyway, what are the odds of that happening again?

In 1980, Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for president.

In 1982, "Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit entered the pop music charts. It hit #1 in the Los Angeles area.

In 1982, Frank Zappa and his 14 year old daughter Moon Unit have a novelty hit with "Valley Girl." It debuts at #75. Val-speak makes its way to commercials and network television. (Remember the CBS sitcom, "Square Pegs"? It starred Sarah Jessica Parker before she had "Sex and the City" on HBO)

In 1987, The film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is re-released in theaters.

In 1987, the science-fiction film "Robocop" starring Peter Weller opened in theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1990, "Banned In The U.S.A," album by The 2 Live Crew was released

In 1990, Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq.

In 1993, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Bohemian Polka" and "Harvey The Wonder Hamster" for his Alapalooza CD.

In 1994, Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 continued to smash into the planet Jupiter at 60 kilometers per second, sending up towering fireballs. Images from various satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope display the impact and show the formation of a large dark spot and plumes of fire and gas that reached out over thousands of miles into space.

In 1995, Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B).

In 1995, the movie "Batman Forever" was released in the movie theaters in Thailand.

In 2007, "The Bill Engvall Show" premiered on TBS.

The Holiday Almanacs July 17, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Tue Jul the 17 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 198 of the year
Serialnumber = 43286
Julian date = 2458305 O.S.= 7 - 4 - 2018



Feast of St. Alexius, confessor.
Space Week (Day 3)
[Gabon] Independence day (1960)
[Iraq] Revolution Day/National Day (1968)
[Mexico] Day of National Mourning (Alvaro Obregon, Benito Juarez) (thru 7-18)
[Puerto Rico] Mu¤oz Rivera Day (1859)
[South Korea] Constitution Day (1948)
[USA] Wrong Way Corrigan Day.
[USA] National POW/MIA Recognition Day (1981 and 1982 only)
Birthday of Isis (celebrated in Egypt).
Disneyland Day
Geographers' Day.
Munoz-Rivera's Birthday (Puerto Rico).
SpaceWeek International Week (Day 2)
Captive Nations Week (Day 3)


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
Alpha Lyrid telescopic meteor shower, radiant near Vega (_ Lyrae) (thru 7-20)
Dog Days of Summer (thru 8-15)
Festival of Amaterasu (Japanese Sun goddess).
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