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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 1

Last Updated 01-10-2018

🎭Tempestt Bledsoe -- is 45 in the year 2018 and 46 in the year 2019; b.8/1/1973
Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Cartoon Voice Actress
Names/Places: b. in Chicago
TV Shows: The Cosby Show (as Vanessa Huxtable), Guys With Kids (as Marny)
Movie Titles: ParaNorman, Dance 'Til Dawn

Čcc Ćĉçċ -- is 19 in the year 2018 and 20 in the year 2019; b.8/1/1999 N.S.
Names/Places: testing ÀÁÂÃÄǍĊĀĂÅÆÇØ
Misc: testing format of lettering

🎭Brian Patrick Clarke -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.8/1/1952
TV Shows: Eight is Enough (as Merle 'The Pearl' Stockwell), General Hospital (as Grant Andrews/Grant Putnam), Bold & the Beautiful, Sunset Beach, Young and The Restless, The Inbetweeners, Drop Dead Diva
Movie Titles: Exorcism, Sydney White, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

🎵Coolio -- is 55 in the year 2018 and 56 in the year 2019; b.8/1/1963
Song Titles: Fantastic Voyage, Gangsta's Paradise (which "Weird Al" parodied into Amish Paradise)

⛪💰🎭Tom Leykis -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.8/1/1956
Athiest, Brewer, Radio Talk Show Host
Misc: Pedal to the Metal wine
TV Shows: RT: Tom Leykis Show

✍🎵🎸Jim Carroll -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1949 d.9/11/2009 (60)
Poet, Songwriter, Punk Rock Singer
Song Titles: People Who Died

✍🎭Dom DeLuise -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1933 d.5/4/2009 (75)
Children's Author, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Misc: Ziploc Sandwich bag spokesman
TV Shows: Lotsa Luck, New Candid Camera
Movie Titles: Cannonball Run, Smokey & The Bandit

🎵🎸Jerry Garcia -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1942 d.8/9/1995 (53)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Classic Rock Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco; RFMN:Jerome John
Group Names: The Grateful Dead (lead and co-founder)

✍⚖🎵Francis Scott Key -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1779 d.1/11/1843 (63)
Author, Poet, Attorney/Lawyer, Composer
Names/Places: b. in Frederick County, MD
Misc: Wrote "The Star Spanged Banner" in 1814 after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. It became the US National Anthem in 1931; 59 years after that, Francis turned in his grave when Roseanne screeched it into the Barr-Strangled Banner at a Padre ballgame.
Song Titles: The Star Spangled Banner (songwriter)

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🎨✍🎭Taylor Negron -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1957 d.1/10/2015 (57)
Painter, Writer, Playwright, Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Detective School, Hope & Gloria (as Gwillem Blatt)

✍📰Edward Streeter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1891 d.3/31/1976 (84)
Author, Novelist, Humorist, Journalist

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🎭Eva Tanguay -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1878 d.1/11/1947 (68)
Stage Actress, Comedienne, Vaudevillaness, Canadian

🎨Tom Wilson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/1/1931 d.9/16/2011 (80)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: creator of Ziggy
Book Titles: Ziggy

🎭🎵George Moran -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/3/1881 d.8/1/1949 (67)
Stage Actor, Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Singer
Misc: of Moran & Mack

🎨Bob Thaves -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/5/1924 d.8/1/2006 (81)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Frank & Ernest

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In 1877, Chopsticks song was composed.

In 1908, 08 x 01 = 08

In 1936, The Mickey Mouse film, "Mickey's Circus" is released. Donald Duck also appears.

In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded his biggest hit..."In The Mood"...for the Bluebird label. Without any royalty contract in place at that time...Miller earned only 175 dollars from the recording. In 1977, Ray Stevens covered it with his Henhouse Five Plus Too.

In 1941, The Donald Duck film, "Truant Officer Donald" is released. Huey, Dewey, and Louie also appear.

In 1942, Henery Hawk, Cartoon Character, Debut in 'Squawkin Hank' by Warner Bros.

In 1947, The Donald Duck film, "Crazy With the Heat" is released. Goofy also appears.

In 1948, Ivy Baldwin/82/crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope for the 88th time.

In 1953, The Donald Duck film, "The New Neighbor" is released.

In 1960, "The Spike Jones Show", TV Variety, returned on CBS.

In 1960, Chubby Checker released "The Twist" single which became the dance craze of the early 1960s and is still popular at sock hops.

In 1960, R.C., "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart; Billy Connolly parodied a cover version of it later on.

In 1964, R.C., "Dang Me" by Roger Miller peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart.

In 1964, R.C., "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Boston Pops Orchestra peaked at #55 on the pop singles chart.

In 1964, R.C., "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" by Jan & Dean peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.

In 1970, on the cover of TV Guide: "Chet Huntley as he retires from NBC News". Other Articles: Odd Couple, Laugh-In

In 1970, R.C., "Humphrey The Camel" by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan peaked at #78 on the pop singles chart.

In 1973, George Lucas's "American Graffiti" motion picture set in the early 1960s and featuring a soundtrack of 50s rock 'n roll classics was officially released (it had a preview in June). It starred a whole bunch of actors who would later get jobs on TV and do more movie work; it featured Ron Howard who later went on to Happy Days and then directing many critically acclaimed movies, Richard Dreyfuss who was made a star, Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins (later Dynasty), Cindy Williams (Laverne and Shirley), Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Suzanne Somers (Three's Company, Step By Step), Paul LeMat, Joe Spano, Mackenzie Phillips (One Day At A Time), Debralee Scott (Welcome Back Kotter), Susan Richardson (Eight Is Enough) and "Wolfman Jack" (Midnight Special).

In 1979, "Good Times", TV Comedy; last aired on CBS.

In 1979, "Reality...what A Concept" album by Robin Williams was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1980, "Speak Up America", TV Series; debut on NBC.

In 1980, A Fish Named Fred died at 41.


In 1980, George Harrison formed a movie production company called "Hand Made Films Productions Ltd." Some of his films include "Life of Brian," "Mona Lisa," "Time Bandits," "A Private Function," and "Shanghai Surprise."

In 1981, "B.J. And The Bear", TV Adventure; last aired on NBC.

In 1981, MTV: Music Television was launched in about 2.1 million homes as the world's first all-rock video music cable channel. First up: The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star". MTV would become a driving force in mass media and pop culture. MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter. Approximately 200 videos were shown daily on the station.

In 1983, "NBC News At Sunrise", TV News, debut.

In 1983, "Return Of The Jedi" single by Various was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1986, "Howard The Duck" opened in movie theaters and laid a huge egg; it was the subject of Whimsical Will's first summer movie "interview" first broadcast later that month on KMET-FM during the Dr. Demento Show.

In 1986, "Max Headroom", TV Talk Show, starring Matt Frewer as M-M-Ma...M-M-M-M-Max Headroom!, debut on Cinemax. Following his success with a talk show on Britain's Channel Four, serving as a spokesman for Coke, a hit pop song, and a British TV movie, Cinemax gives an American talk show to the man who's truly a head of his time: "The Original Max Talking Headroom Show."

In 1986, "Those Of You With Or W/o Children,you'll Understnd" album by Bill Cosby was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1986, following his success with a talk show on Britain's Channel Four, serving as a spokesman for Coke, a hit pop song, and a British TV movie, Cinemax gives an American talk show to the man who's truly a head of his time : "The Original Max Talking Headroom Show."

In 1987, R.C., "La Bamba" by Los Lobos peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1987, radio's Rush Limbaugh begins airing in syndication

In 1991, "All-time Greatest Comic Hits" album by Ray Stevens was released

In 1992, on the cover of TV Guide: "David Letterman, Dana Carvey". Other Articles: Northern Exposure, Terminator 2

In 1993, for the first time since The Brady Bunch began in first runs, no Dr. Demento Show aired on any Los Angeles station. KLSX aired the final show the week before and it would be eleven more months before KLIT (now KSCA) would be the new home for the Doctor in Southern California.

In 1993, Walter Koenig, Checkov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack.

In 1994, "The Jerky Boys 2" album by The Jerky Boys was released

In 1995, "Gangsta's Paradise" single by Coolio was released. "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied it into "Amish Paradise" in 1996.

In 1998, on the cover of TV Guide: Drew Carey

In 2000, (not March 1) Seattle set a team home record. The Mariners took five hours, 34 minutes to beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, in 19 innings. They had gone 17 innings against Cleveland in 1998. This was the longest major league game in nearly seven years. The Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox in 1993 . . . in 22 innings.

In 2002, "Contest Searchlight" began airing on Comedy Central

In 2002, NBC launches the "Rerun Show," with improv actors reenacting hokey scenes from classic sitcoms. Oddly enough, Danny Bonaduce is available to play his own character in the show's "Partridge Family" sketch.

In 2003, "My Life as a Teenage Robot" began airing on Nickelodeon

In 2004, on the cover of TV Guide: George Jetson and Seven of Nine, Fox Mulder and Alf, or Beldar Conehead and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Caption: "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends"

In 2006, Mel Gibson issued a statement in which he denied being a bigot; he also apologized to "everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words" he'd used when he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.

In 2008, 08 x 01 = 08

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori Feast Day
[Benin/Dahomey] Independence Day (1960)
[Botswana] August Holiday
[China PR] Army Day
[Dahomey/Benin] Independence Day (1960)
[Dominica] Queen's Birthday
[Ghana] Homowo
[Guyana] Commonwealth Day
[Hawaii] Aukake
[Iran] 12th Imam's Birthday
[Nicaragua] Fiesta Day
[Scotland] Lammas Day, term day
[Sweden] Per name day in Sweden
[Switzerland] Day of Anniversary of Founding of Swiss Confederation (1291)
[Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia] Emancipation Day/Caribbean Day
[USA] Sports Day-good sportsmanship
[USA] National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
[World] Breast Feeding Day (UNICEF/WHO)
[Zaire] Parents Day
International Clown Week Begins
Simply Your Life Week Begins
Video Killed The Radio Star Day (MTV b. 1981)
Woman Astronomers Day


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.
Astrological sign: Virgo: The Virgin (8-23 thru 9-22); Symbol: The Virgin. Ruling Planet: Mercury. Element: Earth. Traits: Analytical, discriminating, modest, neat. Body part associated with this sign: The belly. Occupations: Editor, medicine, chemistry, research, accounting.
Flowers: gladiolus and poppy
Gems: sardonyx and peridot
Full Moon: Sturgeon Moon and Barley Moon?
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
Hurricane Season Months in the East (June 1-Nov 30)
Hurricane Season Months in the West (June 1-Oct 31)
American Artists Appreciation Month
Architecture Month
Breastfeeding Month
Fall of Empires Month
Foot Health Month
National Canning Month
National Catfish Month
National Golf Month
National HAIRitage Month
National Parks Month
National Sandwich Month
National Water Quality Month
Psychic Month
Romance Awareness Month
Science, Medicine and Technology Books Month
Autumn Semester Begins
Dog Days of Summer (thru 8-15)
Earth cross-QTR
[Ancient Rome] Calendae Sextilis
[Ancient Rome] Festival of Mars
[Sweden] Per name day in Sweden
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