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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY August 19, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday August 19, the 231st day of 2010. There are 134 days left in the year.


* On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere off of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.

* In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered more than 50 percent in casualties.

* In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

* In 1991, a group of Soviet hard-liners annonced to a shocked world that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. The coup attempt failed two days later.


Kirk Herbstreit is 41 today (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

70 Johnny Nash, singer.

70 Jill St. John, actress from Batman and James Bond movies.

64 Bill Clinton, former president.

62 Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore.

47 John Stamos, actor from General Hospital, Full House And Charmed.

45 Kyra Sedgwick, actress from The Closer and wife of Kevin Bacon.

45 Kevin Dillon, actor.

41 Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State QB and ESPN football analyst and WBNS Radio sports talk host.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 17, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Tuesday, August 17, the 229th day of 2010. There are 136 days remaining in the year.


* On August 17, 1960, the newly renamed Beatles, formerly the Silver Beetles, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney,George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best, began their first show in Hamburg, West Germany, at the Indra Club.

* In 1863, federal batteries and ships began bombarding Fort Sumter in the Charleston, South Carolina. harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates held on despite several days of pounding.

* In 1942, during World War II, U.S. 8th Air Force bombers attacked Rouen, France.

* In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

* In 1969, Hurricane Camille slammes into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm and was the cause of 259 deaths.

* In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93 of an apparent suicide.

* Ten years ago, August 17, 2000, Al Gore accepted the Democratic nomination for president.


Tennis star Jim Courier is 40 today (ATP photo)

90 Maureen O’Hara, actress.

67 Robert De Niro, actor.

61 Sib Hashian, rock drummer for the group Boston

52 Belinda Carlisle, singer of the group, the Go-Go’s.

50 Sean Penn, actor.

49 Everette Harp, jazz saxaphonist.

41 Donnie Wahlberg, singer and actor.

40 Jim Courier, Tennis Hall of Fame member and a huge Cincinnati Reds fan.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010: Alamanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Monday August 16, the 228th day of 2010. There are 137 days left before 2011.


* On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

* In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

American forces won the Revolutionary war on this date in 1777 (file photo)

* In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

* In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

* In 1894, George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, was born in New York.

* In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

* In 1960, Britain dropped control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

* In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. told a Capitol Hill hearing that he did not commit the crime, saying he was set up by a man named “Raoul.”

* Ten years ago, August 16, 2000, Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.


82 Ann Blyth, actress.

80 Frank Gifford, sportscaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Husband of Kathie Lee Gifford.

79 Eydie Gorme, singer and wife of entertainer Steve Lawrence.

57 Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality, singer and wife of Frank Gifford.

52 Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone in the Detroit area, singer and dancer.

52 Angela Bassett, actress.

47 Steve Carell, actress.

38 Emily Robison, country singer of the Dixie Chicks.



Today is Sunday, August 15, the 227th day of 2010. There are 138 days left in the year.


*On August 15, 1945, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced in a radio address that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.

* In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

* In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic.

* In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.

* In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in Southern France in Operation Dragoon.

* In 1947, India became independent after almost 200 years of British rule.

* In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

* In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rent.

Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship five years ago today in New Jersey (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

* Five Years Ago, August 15, 2005, golfer Phil Mickelson claimed a one-shot victory in the PGA  Championship in Springfield, New Jersey. Today, August 15, 2010, Phil Mickelson is 12 shots back of first place at the PGA Championship in Haven, Wisconsin. Can he do it again 5 years later?

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