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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday, April 17, 2012; Historical facts, Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 108th day of the year.  There are 258 days left in 2012.

HISTORICAL EVENTS ON THIS DATE

* On April 17, 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon Porky’s Duck Hunt, directed by Tex Avery.

*  In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, for a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

* In 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

* In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Victoria Beckham is 38 today (2007 photo by Darkness Blackheart via wikipedia commons)

64 JAN HAMMER, musical composer for TV shows and movies

53 SEAN BEAN, actor

48 LELA ROCHON, actress

45 LIZ PHAIR, singer

40 JENNIFER GARNER, actress

38 VICTORIA ADAMS BECKHAM, singer with the Spice Girls

27 ROONEY MARA, actress

 

Info compiled from Entertainment, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday March 15, 2011: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Tuesday, March 15, was the 74th day of 2011. With 291 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

* In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

* In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with reporters for what has been described as the first actual presidential press conference.

* In 1975, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died near Paris. He was 69.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Sly Stone turned 68 on Tuesday, pictured at a 2007 Jazz Festival (photo by Chris Hakkens via wikipedia commons)

76 JUDD HIRSCH, actor

70 MIKE LOVE, singer from the Beach Boys

68 SLY STONE, singer-musician from Sly & the Family Stone

50 FABIO, famous male model

48 BRET MICHAELS, controversial rock singer from the group, Poison

36 EVA LONGORIA, actress from the TV show, Desperate Housewives

36 will.i. am, rapper-musician from the group, the Black-Eyed Peas


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR SATURDAY JANUARY 22, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Saturday, January 22, the 22nd day of 2011. There are 343 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe vs. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach.

* In 1498, during his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, explorer Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Carribean island of St. Vincent.

* In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson pleaded for an end to World War I, calling for “peace without victory.” However, the United States was also at war by April.

* In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy.

* In 1973, former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at age 64.

* In 2008, actor Heath Ledger was found dead of an accidental prescription-drug overdose in New York. He was 28.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Singer Steve Perry is 62 today. (photo by Alex Mane via wikipedia commons)

79 PIPER LAURIE, actress

62 STEVE PERRY, former lead singer of Journey

52 LINDA BLAIR, actress from the movie, The Exorcist

46 DJ JAZZY JEFF, actor/rapper and close friend of Will Smith

30 WILLA FORD, pop singer

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, October 12, the 285th day of 2010. There are 80 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in what became the Bahamas.

* In 1918, the Cloquet Fire erupted in Minnesota; about 450 died.

* In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed sheriff, Jess Sarber.

* In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.

* In 2002, a bomb blamed on Islamic militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

* In 2000, Seventeen sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Activist Dick Gregory turns 78 today (file photo)

78 Dick Gregory, comedian & activist.

63 Chris Wallace, broadcast journalist.

60 Susan Anton, actress, model & singer.

48 Chris Botti, jazz musician.

42 Hugh Jackman, actor.

41 Martie Maguire, country musician of the Dixie Chicks.

33 Bode Miller, skier & Olympic gold medalist.