🎭Kevin Clash -- is 57 in the year 2017 and 58 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1960
Cartoon Voice Actor, Puppet Actor, Director, Puppeteer
Misc: winner of over 22 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Primetime Emmy Award
TV Shows: Dinosaurs (as Baby Sinclair), Great Space Coaster, Captain Kangaroo (1980s), Sesame Street (as Elmo), Dog City, Muppets Tonight! (as Clifford)
Movie Titles: Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Muppets
🎭Bobby Lee -- is 46 in the year 2017 and 47 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1971 N.S.
TV Shows: MADtv
Movie Titles: Harold and Kumar (series)
✍🎭Baz Luhrmann -- is 55 in the year 2017 and 56 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1962
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director, Australian
Song Titles: Sunscreen Song (1999)
Movie Titles: Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, Australia, Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain (series)
🎮Charles Martinet -- is 62 in the year 2017 and 63 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1955 N.S.
Video Game Voice Actor
Misc: voiced the video game characters Mario and Luigi
Movie Titles: The Game
Video Games: Mario Brothers (series), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
🎮Yuji Naka -- is 52 in the year 2017 and 53 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1965 N.S.
Video Game Programmer, Video Game Designer, Japanese
Video Games: Sonic the Hedgehog (series)
🎭Cassandra Peterson -- is 66 in the year 2017 and 67 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1951
Vegetarian, Movie Actress, TV Hostess
Names/Places: b. in Manhattan, Kansas; aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
TV Shows: Movie Macabe (as Elvira: Mistress of the Dark)
✍🎭Rita Rudner -- is 64 in the year 2017 and 65 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1953
Essayist, Movie Actress, Comedienne, Commercial Actress
Misc: Certs commercials; not b. 1955 or 1956
Movie Titles: The Aristrocrats, Peter's Friends
Marian L. Tanny-Caracciolo -- is 82 in the year 2017 and 83 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1935
Misc: my Mom
🎭🎵Denyse Tontz -- is 23 in the year 2017 and 24 in the year 2018; b.9/17/1994
Actress, Songwriter, Singer
TV Shows: Dog with a Blog, Big Time Rush, The Fosters (as Cortney)
Movie Titles: The Last Day of Summer, Earthfall, The Perfect Sleep
⛪🎭Anne Bancroft -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1931 d.6/6/2005 (73)
Roman Catholic, Movie/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Anna Maria Louisa Italiano; Mel Brooks' wife
Movie Titles: The Graduate (as Mrs. Robinson immortalized by Simon & Garfunkel), Miracle Worker, Home For The Holidays, Great Expectations
🎭Pepper Davis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1953 d.4/6/1990 (66)
TV Shows: Vega$ (as Manny the mechanic)
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✍Ken Kesey -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1935 d.11/10/2001 (66)
Book Titles: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
🎨Jeff MacNelly -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1947 d.6/8/2000 (52)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Political Cartoonist
Book Titles: Shoe
🎨🎭Roddy McDowall -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1928 d.10/3/1998 (70)
Photographer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Movie Director, English
Names/Places: b. in London
TV Shows: Tales of the Gold Monkey, Batman (as The Bookworm)
Movie Titles: Planet of the Apes
⛪🎭John Ritter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1948 d.9/11/2003 (54)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Burbank, CA; RFN:Jonathan; Tex's son, Amy Yasbeck's hubby
TV Shows: The Waltons (as Rev Matthew Fordwick), Three's Company (as Jack Tripper), Three's a Crowd (as Jack Tripper), Hooperman (as Det. Harry Hooperman), Anything But Love (as Patrick Serreau), Fish Police (as Inspector Gil), Hearts Afire (as John Hartman), Stay Tuned, Felicity (as Mr. Covington), Clifford the Big Red Dog (voice), 8 Simple Rules (as Paul Hennessy)
Movie Titles: The Barefoot Executive, Americathon
✍📰Seba Smith -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1792 d.7/28/1868 (75)
Misc: of a newspaper; creator of the fictional Major Jack Downing.
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🎭Ben Turpin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1874 d.7/2/1940 (65)
Movie Actor, Comedian
Misc: Mack Sennett comedies
Movie Titles: Yankee Doodle in Berlin
🎭Sylvester Wiere -- Birth Anniversary -- b.9/17/1910 d.7/7/1970 (59)
Misc: of The Wiere Bros, a knockabout comedy team
⚖Spiro Theodore Agnew -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/9/1918 d.9/17/1996 (77)
Names/Places: b. in Baltimore, MD
Misc: 39th U.S. Vice President; John Denver sang a song about him, though rather short.
✍Gelett Burgess -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/30/1866 d.9/17/1951 (85)
Writer, Poet, Humorist
✍🎵Herbie Fields -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/24/1897 d.9/17/1958 (61)
Misc: one of the uncredited writers of The Wizard of Oz
🎭Red Skelton -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/18/1913 d.9/17/1997 (84)
Hall of Famer, Radio Actor, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Vincennes, IN; aka Freddie the Freeloader; RFMN:Richard Bernard
Misc: he performed The Pledge of Allegiance on his show that proved so popular that Columbia Records released it as a single; he is a specialist in painting clowns
TV Shows: Red Skelton Show (host)
🎭Grady Sutton -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/5/1908 d.9/17/1995 (87)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: The Pruitts of Southhampton (as butler Sturgis)
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In 1931, The first long-playing record to rotate at 33-1/3 rpm was demonstrated by the RCA Victor company at the Savoy Plaza Hotel, New York.
In 1932, The Mickey Mouse film, "The Whoopee Party", is released. Goofy and Minnie Mouse also appear.
In 1950, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debut on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" with a skit satarizing the effect of TV on the movies.
In 1951, Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, is born. You don't get much later at night than Peterson as former L.A. midnight movie schlock hostess, who in this week's tabloids claims that Tom Jones "stole" her virginity.
In 1955, R.C., "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" by Johnny Desmond peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart; Stan Freberg covered it into a parody version.
In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded "Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis for Capitol Records in Hollywood.
In 1955, the shortest song ever released was a Les Paul single called "Magic Melody, Part Two" released by Capitol Records. The song consisted of only two notes, the last two notes of the musical phrase "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits."
In 1958, "Leave It To Beaver", TV Comedy, last aired on CBS, moved to ABC.
In 1961, "Car 54 Where Are You?", TV Comedy; debut on NBC.
In 1964, "Bewitched", TV Comedy starring Elizabeth Montgomery as one of the prettiest witches portrayed, debut on ABC.
In 1965, "Hogan's Heroes", TV Comedy; debut on CBS.
In 1966, R.C., "Guantanamera" by The Sandpipers peaked at #9 on the pop singles chart; it was often misunderstood for and parodied into "One Ton Tomato".
In 1966, R.C., "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.
In 1966, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch the adventure series "Mission: Impossible" starring as it premiered on CBS-TV on this day. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good Luck, Jim. Side note: Peter Graves as Jim Phelps didn't join and start leading the IMF until the show's second season. The original leader was Daniel Briggs played by Steven Hill.
In 1970, "The Flip Wilson Show", TV Variety; debut on NBC.
In 1972, "Here Come The Doubledeckers", TV Childrens; last aired on ABC.
In 1972, "The Groovie Goolies", TV Cartoon Show; last aired on CBS.
In 1972, the comedy-drama series "M*A*S*H" premeiered on CBS-TV beginning a 11-season run. The TV version of the hit movie becomes one of CBS's longest running comedies, gaining high ratings until its climactic episode 10-1/2 years later.
In 1977, "Operation Petticoat", TV Comedy; debut on ABC.
In 1977, "Wacko", TV Childrens, variety; debut on CBS.
In 1977, R.C., "Float On" by The Floaters peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart; it was parodied by Cheech and Chong the next year with "Bloat On (Featuring The Bloaters)".
In 1977, R.C., "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" by Ramones peaked at #81 on the pop singles chart.
In 1977, R.C., "Star Wars (Main Title)" by London Symphony Orchestra (John Williams) peaked at #10 on the pop singles chart.
In 1979, "Beat The Clock", TV Game Show, hosted by Monty Hall, returns to CBS.
In 1979, "Three's a Crowd" game show began airing in syndication. In 1984, the name of the game would be used as the title of a sitcom, serving as a successor of "Three's Company", which ended in spring of 1984.
In 1979, Frank Zappa's album  JOE'S CARAGE, act 1 (acts 1-3) was released.
In 1983, "Alvin & The Chipmunks", TV Cartoon Show, sequel, er, squeakuel, to The Alvin Show, debut on NBC.
In 1983, "Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show", TV Cartoon Show; debut on CBS.
In 1983, "Mister T", & "The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk", TV Cartoon Adventures, debut on NBC.
In 1983, "Saturday Supercade", & "Dungeons & Dragons", TV Cartoon Shows; debut on CBS.
In 1983, "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" began airing on CBS
In 1984, "The Transformers" began airing in syndication
In 1986, "Head Of The Class", TV Comedy; debut on ABC.
In 1987, Frank Zappa's album  LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, vol. 2 was released.
In 1987, R.C., "Bad", spent its first week at the top of the UK album chart; it also topped the US chart for 37 weeks. Not to be outdone, "Weird Al" Yankovic in the next year released his "Even Worse" album parodying the "Bad" album cover and turning Michael's "Bad" into "Fat".
In 1988, "Garfield And Friends", TV Cartoon Show, debut on CBS.
In 1988, "Hey Vern It's Ernest!", TV Childrens; debut on CBS.
In 1988, "Wild, Wild West", by Escape Club entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1990, "Alien Nation", TV Scifi Adventure; last aired on Fox.
In 1991, "Home Improvement", TV Comedy starring Tim Allen, debut on ABC. It made Pamela Anderson a star among other actors.
In 1991, "Use Your Illusion I & II" albums by Guns N' Roses were released; 1/2-million copies sold by 2am that day!
In 1992, "Night Court", TV Comedy; last aired on NBC.
In 1992, "The Cosby Show", TV Comedy; last aired on NBC.
In 1994, "Aladdin The Cartoon Series", TV Cartoon Adventure, debut on CBS.
In 1995, "The Simpsons' Conclusion" In part two of the mock-mystery "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" -- a clear parody of Dallas (see #13) -- the Simpsons are watching a TV news broadcast when the prime suspect in the shooting is cleared (his alibi involves watching Comedy Central). "Hmmm," says Marge, "I guess it's never the most likely suspect." "Actually, Mom," notes Lisa, "in 95 percent of cases it is. The rest of the time, it's usually some deranged lunatic who did it for no reason." With that, every head in the room turns to Homer.
In 1996, the sitcom "Something So Right" debut on NBC
In 1996, the sitcom "Spin City" debut on ABC
In 1997, comedian Red Skelton died at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, Calif., after a long illness. He was 84.
In 1997, Comedian Red Skelton died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 84.
In 2002, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" began airing on ABC. It was shortned to "8 Simple Rules".
In 2002, "Life with Bonnie" began airing on ABC
In 2005, "Loonatics Unleashed" began airing on Kids' WB
In 2009, "Community" began airing on NBC
In 2010, "Sym-Bionic Titan" began airing on Cartoon Network
In 2013, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" began airing on Fox
In 2013, "Dads" began airing on Fox