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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Friday, April 13, 2012; Birthdays, Historical events

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday, April 13, the 104th day of 2012. There are 262 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL EVENTS FOR THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On April 13, 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces.

* In 1743,  Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was born in Shadwell in the Virginia Colony.

* In 1860, the Pony Express completed its inaugural run from St. Joseph, Mo., which is in the St. Louis area,  to Sacramento, Calif., in 10 days.

* In 1958, Pianist Van Cliburn of the United States won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition  in Moscow.

* In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for Lilies of the Field.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

70 BILL CONTI, composer of the Rocky theme

67 TONY DOW, played Wally Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver

Garry Kasparov (1980 photo by Gerhard Hund via wikipedia commons)

66 AL GREEN, R&B Singer

61 MAX WEINBERG, drummer & member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band

49 GARRY KASPAROV, World chess champion

42 RICKY SCHRODER, Actor

30 NELLIE McKAY, pop singer

 

Info compiled from Entertainment Books, Radio, TV news

 

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

DAILY ALMANAC

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

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* 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.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

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.