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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 12

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🎭Michael Ian Black -- is 46 in the year 2017 and 47 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1971
Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: Ed (as Philip 'Phil' Washington Stubbs), The Jim Gaffigan Show (as Daniel)
Movie Titles: Run Fatboy Run, This Is 40

🎭🎮Yvette Nicole Brown -- is 46 in the year 2017 and 47 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1971
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress, Producer, Video Game Voice Actress, American
TV Shows: Drake and Josh, Boston Legal, Elena ov Avalor (as Migs), Pound Puppies (as Cookie), Community (as Shirley Bennett), The Odd Couple (as Dani)
Movie Titles: 500 Days of Summer, The Ugly Truth
Video Games: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

🎭Bruce Greenwood -- is 61 in the year 2017 and 62 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1956
TV Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Canadian
TV Shows: St. Elsewhere (as Dr. Seth Griffin), Knots Landing (as Pierce Lawton), Nowhere Man (as Thomas Veil), Class of the Titans, Batman: Under The Red Hood, Young Justice
Movie Titles: I Robot, Thirteen Days, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Mao's Last Dancer, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness

🎭Imani Hakim -- is 24 in the year 2017 and 25 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1993
Actress
TV Shows: Everybody Hates Chris (as Tanya Rock)
Movie Titles: Reign Over Me, The Gabby Douglas Story, One Angry Juror

🎭George Hamilton -- is 78 in the year 2017 and 79 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1939
Actor, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Memphis, TN; The Tan Man
TV Shows: The Survivors, Roots (as Stephen), Dynasty (as Joel Abrigore)
Movie Titles: Hollywood Ending, Love at First Bite, Zorro the Gay Blade, Godfather III

🎭Sam J. Jones -- is 63 in the year 2017 and 64 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1954
Actor, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, Illinois
Misc: some say b. Aug 24
Movie Titles: Ted, Flash Gordon, Ted 2, 10

🎵🎸Mark Knopfler -- is 68 in the year 2017 and 69 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1949
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, Scotish
Misc: hits include "Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing" which "Weird Al" parodied into a song about Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies
Group Names: Dire Straits (lead singer)
Song Titles: Sultans of Swing, Money For Nothing

🎭🎵🎸Ron Mael -- is 72 in the year 2017 and 73 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1945
Producer/Director, Songwriter, Singer, New Wave Keybordist
Names/Places: RN:Ronald David Mael
Group Names: Sparks

🎭🎵Kathy Maisnik -- is 55 in the year 2017 and 56 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1962
Actress, Comedienne, Singer
Names/Places: aka Katherine Saltzberg
Movie Titles: The Check Is in the Mail

🎭Bruce Solomon -- is 73 in the year 2017 and 74 in the year 2018; b.8/12/1944
Actor
TV Shows: Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (as Sgt. Dennis Foley), Lanigan's Rabbi (as Rabbi David Small)
Movie Titles: Foul Play, Night of the Creeps, Auto Focus

🎭Joe Besser -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1907 d.3/1/1988 (80)
TV/Stage/Radio Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in St. Louis, MO
TV Shows: Abbott & Costello Show (as Stinky), Joey Bishop Show (as Mr. Jillson)
Movie Titles: The Three Stooges (as Joe 1956-59)

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✍🎭🏆🥊Cantinflas -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1911 d.4/20/1993 (81)
Screenwriter, Movie Actor, Comedian, Producer, Acrobat, Clown, Bullfighter, Mexican
Names/Places: NN: The Charlie Chaplin of Mexico; b. in Mexico City; RN:Mario Moreno August
Misc: Mexican superstar
Movie Titles: Around the World in 80 Days

🎵Paul Craft -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1938 N.S. d.10/18/2014 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Song Titles: Brother Jukebox (for Mark Chestnutt), It's Me Again Margaret (for Ray Stevens and Craft himself)

🎭Marion Lorne -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1886 d.5/9/1968 (81)
TV/Stage Actress
Misc: was 80 or 82?
TV Shows: Mr. Peepers (as Mrs. Gurney), The Garry Moore Show, Bewitched (as Aunt Clara)

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📰💰Norris McWhirter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1925 d.4/19/2004 (78)
Publisher, Brewer, British
Names/Places: Ross's twin
Book Titles: The Guinness Book of World Records

📰💰Ross McWhirter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1925 d.11/27/1975 (50)
Publisher, Brewer, British
Names/Places: Norris's twin
Book Titles: The Guinness Book of World Records

🎭🎵Buck Owens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1929 d.3/25/2006 (76)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Sherman, TX; RN:Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Misc: Backing group: The Buckaroos; in the 1960s, 19 of his 30 Top 10 songs hit #1 in country charts; in Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Foolin' Around, Act Naturally, Love's Gonna Live Here, My Heart Skips a Beat, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Buckaroo, Waitin' in Your Welfare Line, Think of Me, Open Up Your Heart, Where Does the Good Times Go, Sam's Place, Your Tender Loving Care, Sweet Rosie Jones, Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass, Johnny B. Goode, Tall Dark Stranger, Made in Japan
Album Titles: Together Again, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Roll Out the Red Carpet, Dust on Mother's Bible, Open Up Your Heart, Your Tender Loving Care, It Takes People Like You, Sweet Rosie Jones, Tall Dark Stranger
TV Shows: Hee Haw (host 1968-1986)

🎨⚛Abbott Thayer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1849 d.5/29/1921 (71)
Painter, Naturalist, Teacher
Misc: created camoflage, a combination of colors for military uniforms that are hard to see in combat; Stan Ridgeway sang about a marine with the name Camouflage

🎭🎵Gus Van -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1887 d.3/12/1968 (80)
Stage Actor, Comedian, Singer
Misc: with Joe Schenck

🎭🎵Porter Wagoner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1927 d.10/28/2007 (80)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in West Plains, MO
Misc: some say b. 1930 or '32; discovered Dolly Parton
Group Names: The Wagonmasters, soloist
Song Titles: Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident, The Cold Hard Facts of Life
TV Shows: The Porter Wagoner Show (1960-80), Ozark Jubilee

🎭Jane Wyatt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1910 d.10/20/2006 (96)
TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Campgaw, NJ; Not Ronald Reagan's ex-wife!!!; many say b. 1911
TV Shows: Star Trek (as Mr. Spock's mother), Father Knows Best (as Margaret Anderson)

✍📰💰🎭Bennett Cerf -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1898 d.8/12/1971 (73)
Humorist, Publisher, Businessperson, Panelist
Misc: Random House Publishers founder
TV Shows: What's My Line

✍⚛🎭🎵Julia Child -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/15/1912 d.8/12/2004 (91)
Hall of Famer, Author, Chef, Teacher, TV Hostess, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Pasadena, California
Misc: Cookbook author; permanently immoralized not only in the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame, but also by Dan Aykroyd parodying her on a Saturday Night Live skit.
TV Shows: The French Chef

✍📰Ian Lancaster Fleming -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/28/1908 d.8/12/1964 (56)
Author, Columnist, English
Names/Places: b. in London, England
Movie Titles: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (writer), James Bond (series creator)

⛪🎭🎵Merv Griffin -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1925 d.8/12/2007 (82)
Hall of Famer, Roman Catholic, Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, TV Producer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Mateo, California
Song Titles: I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
TV Shows: The Merv Griffin Show (host), Play Your Hunch, Wheel of Fortune (creator), Jeopardy! (creator)

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🎨Joe Kubert -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/18/1926 d.8/12/2012 (85)
Artist
Misc: comic book artist, art teacher, founder of The Kubert School, and best known for his work at DC Comics' characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman

🎭Sara Seeger -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/1/1914 d.8/12/1990 (76)
TV/Movie Actress
TV Shows: Dennis the Menace (as Mrs. John Wilson)

🎭Al Shean -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/12/1868 d.8/12/1949 (81)
Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan
Names/Places: RN:Alfred Shoenberg; Marx Brothers' uncle

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In 1856, the first U.S. patent for an accordion was issued to Anthony Fass, although "Weird Al" Yankovic was the real reason the musical instrument was invented. Lawrence Welk and some SCTV comedians also employed the accordian for their musicial numbers.

In 1877, the first sound recording is made by etching a foil-wrapped cylinder with a thin metal needle.. Inventor Thomas Alva Edison recorded the nursery rhyme "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on his Edisonphone.

In 1911, actor-comedian Cantinflas was born Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes in Mexico City.

In 1912, comedy producer Mack Sennett founded the Keystone Pictures Studio in Edendale, Calif.

In 1929, Walt Disney is granted a trademark for the use of the image of Mickey Mouse in motion pictures.

In 1937, Comedian, Red Skelton, got his first taste of network radio on this night, as he appeared on the "Rudy Vallee Show" on NBC.

In 1956, Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Brink.

In 1957, R.C., "Flying Saucer The second" by Buchanan & Goodman peaked at #18 on the pop singles chart.

In 1957, READING ABOUT SOUPY SALES The comic kids' show host is profiled in "TIME"

In 1967, R.C., "My Mammy" (Al Jolson's theme song) by The Happenings peaked at #13 on the pop singles chart.

In 1969, "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" album by Johnny Cash was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1972, R.C., "School's Out" by Alice Cooper peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1977, the Enterprise, named after the Star Trek space module and the prototype for the space shuttle, made its first flight on its own within Earth's atmosphere after being launched from a Boeing 747, separated, and then touched down in California's Mojave Desert; the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.

In 1978, R.C., "He's So Fine" by Kristy & Jimmy McNichol (one of Whimsical Will's records) peaked at #70 on the pop singles chart.

In 1978, R.C., "King Tut" by Steve Martin peaked at #17 on the pop singles chart.

In 1978, Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours.

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York. The 5150 that was presented had an Intel 8088 microprocessor running at 4.77 MHz (megahertz), 16 kB (kilobytes) of random-access memory (RAM), no disk drives, and a pricetag of $1,565 (allowing for inflation, that would be nearly $4,000 today).

In 1982, the TV comedies "Bosom Buddies" and "Mork & Mindy" last aired on ABC. After that, along with Barney Miller's voluntary departure, ABC's Thursday night lineup no longer was declared must-see-TV night according to David Tanny, so this watcher, along with the other ABC Thursday night castoff "Taxi", switched to NBC Thursdays that fall in time for the debut of the long-running "Cheers" in September, and the rest is history. ABC, with all the massive cancellations of D.T.'s favorite shows in the past three years, would suffer for several years with the distinction of being the least-watched network for half a decade, a shadow of its former self in the glory days of ABC in the late 1970's.

In 1989, Seeking an entry in the stand-up sweepstakes and a competitor for Saturday Night Live, Fox premiered "Comic Strip: Live." Over the next five years, hosts will include John Mulrooney, Gary Kroeger and Wayne Cotter.

In 1995, "The Mask" TV cartoon based on the Jim Carrey movie debut on CBS.

In 1995, according to the Tonight Show, Larry Hagman gets a new liver; the next day, his old liver was put on display at Planet Hollywood.

In 1996, 08 x 12 = 96

In 1997, Whimsical Will launched his own website.

In 2014, "Idiotest" began airing on GSN

In 2096, 08 x 12 = 96

The Holiday Almanacs August 12, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Sun Aug the 12 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 224 of the year
Serialnumber = 43312
Julian date = 2458331 O.S.= 7 - 30 - 2018

Calendar

Holidays

[USA] National Smile Week Ends
[Bahamas] Fox Hill Day (2nd Monday)
[Italy] Palio Del Golfo (2nd Sunday)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week Begins
Daughter's Day
Don't Wait...Celebrate Week Begins
Family Day
National Apple Week Begins
Mosquito Awareness Weekend
Elvis International Tribute Week Begins
International Heroes Week (Day 2)
[Cuba] People's Victory Against Machado Tyranny
[Massachusetts, Oklahoma] Indian Day
[RI] Victory Day
[Texas] Pioneer' Day
[Thailand] Queen's Birthday
[World] Ponce de Leon Day (1508)
Get a Tan Day

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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
Dog Days of Summer (thru 8-15)
Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, radiant in Cygnus (thru 8-20)
Perseid meteor shower, radiant in Cassiopeia (thru 8-14)
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