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ENTERTAINMENT FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 5, 2010: Celebrity Birthdays

Guy De Maupassant, author in 1850.

Conrad Aiken, author in 1889.

John Huston, filmmaker in 1906.

Patrick Ewing, basketball player at Georgetown University and the NBA in 1962, he’s 48.

**Born on this date in 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, which is located in Auglaize County, American astronaut and the First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

A United States Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War, Armstrong became a test pilot for what was then the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics in 1955.

Neil Armstrong (courtesy of NASA)

In 1962, Armstrong was already a veteran of the X-15, he became a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut and served as command pilot of the Gemini 8 mission.

As a commander of Apollo 11 (June 16-24, 1969, he was the first person to step on the moon.

Armstong taught aeronautical engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979.

In 1985, President Reagan appointed Armstrong to the National Commission on Space and in 1986 named him vice chairman of a panel to investigate the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which happened earlier that year.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 2010: Almanacs and Celebrity Birthdays

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DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday July 21, the 202nd day of 2010. There are 163 days remaining in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 21, 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration (later named the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

* In 1949, the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.

* In 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female prime minister as she was sworn in to head the government of Ceylon, which is now Sri Lanka.

* In 1961, Captain Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub orbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7.

* in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blasted off from the moon aboard the ascent stage of the lunar module for docking with the command module.

* In 1980, draft registration began in the United States for 19-20-year old men.

* Five years ago on July 21, 2005, the House voted to extend the Patriot Act.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

C.C. Sabathia is 30 today (mlb)

62 Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, singer.

59 Robin Williams, comedian and actor.

53 Jon Lovitz, comedian.

32 Justin Bartha, actor in the National Treasure films.

32 Josh Hartnett, actor in Pearl Harbor.

30 Carsten Charles “C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees pitcher.

30 Sprague Grayden, actress on “24″.

21 Jamie Waylett, actor in the Harry Potter films.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY JULY 20, 2010 (Almanacs and Celebrity Birthdays)

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DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, July 20, the 201st day of 2010. There are 164 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module.

* In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began having sessions in Richmond, Virginia.

* In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecendented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.

* In 1954, the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into northern and southern entities.

* In 1976, America’s Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.

* In 1980, Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, one of the court’s most liberal voices, announced that he was stepping down.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Troy Smith is 26 today (nfl)

65 Kim Carnes, singer of the pop hit, Bette Davis Eyes.

63 Carlos Santana, rock guitarist.

46 Chris Cornell, rock musician of Soundgarden and Audioslave.

41 Josh Holloway, actor on the TV show Lost.

30 Gisele Bundchen, model.

26 Troy Smith, Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State and current Baltimore Ravens QB.

22 Julianne Hough, country singer and ballroom dancer.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY JULY 19, 2010: Almanacs and Celebrity Birthdays

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DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday, July 19, the 200th day of 2010. There are 165 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 19, 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after teenage pretender Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the monarchy for nine days, was deposed. Lady Jane was later executed for high treason.

* In 1848, a pioneering women’s-rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.

* In 1870, the Franco-Prussian War began.

* In 1943,  Allied air forces raided Rome during World War II.

* In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon.

* In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of  nations that were boycotting the games because of the soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

88 George McGovern, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate.

70 Vikki Carr, singer of It Must Be Him.

66 Commander Cody, singer-musician of Hot Rod Lincoln.

63 Brian May, rock guitarist of the group Queen.

63 Bernie Leadon, rock musician of the group, The Eagles.

48 Anthony Edwards, actor on ER.

39 Urs Buhler, classical tenor.

28 Jared Padalecki, actor.

20 Steven Anthony Lawrence, actor on Even Stevens.


ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY JULY 16, 2010: Almanacs and Celebrity Birthdays

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DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday, July 16, the 197th day of 2010. There are 168 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 16, 1980, former California Governor Ronald Reagan won the Republican presedential nomination at the party’s convention in Detroit.

* In 1935, the first parking meters were installed, in Oklahoma City.

* In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

* In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.

* In 1970, Three Rivers Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers, officially opened as the Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2. The stadium was demolished in 2001 as both teams now have new stadiums; the Pirates play in PNC Park and the Steelers in Heinz Field.

* In 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

62 Reuben Blades, salsa singer.

54 Tony Kushner, playwright of Angels in America.

52 Michael Flatley, dancer.

43 Will Ferrell, actor-comedian of Seni-Pro.

39 Corey Feldman, actor of The Goonies.

23 AnnaLynne McCord, actress of the new 90210.