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Today is MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, January 16, 2012

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. born January 15, 1929, died April 4, 1969 at age 39. He was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.

Martin Luther King Jr. portrait (clipart by OCAL courtesy of Clker.com)

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

 

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV news & Wikipedia commons

 

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Wednesday October 27, 2010, Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Wednesday was October 27, 2010, the 300th day in the year. There are 65 days remaining.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in New York.

* In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York.

* In 1947, You Bet Your Life, starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio.

* In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East peace accord.

* In 2009, Michael Jackson’s last work, the documentary Michael Jackson: This Is It, opened in theatres everywhere.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Ruby Dee from 1962 (photo by Carl Van Vechten photographer via Wikipedia Commons)

86 Ruby Dee, actress who for years, teammed with her late husband Ossie Davis in all types of productions and  TV shows. Ossie died in 2005. Ruby Dee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924.

68 Lee Greenwood, country singer who gained fame for the song, “God Bless the USA”.

61 Garry Tallent, rock musician of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

52 Simon Le Bon, singer of the group Duran, Duran.

43 Scott Weiland, rock singer of the Stone Temple Pilots.

26 Kelly Osbourne, actress, singer and daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Thursday, October 21, the 294th day of 2010. Remaining days in the year: 71.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On October 21, 1805, a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however was killed.

* In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.

* In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

* In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon had their fourth and final presidential debate in New York.

* In 1970, American agronomist Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on high-yield grains that enhanced the world’s food supply.

* In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CELEBRITY ALMANACS

Judge Judy is 68 today (file photo)

70 Manfred Mann, rock singer.

68 Elvin Bishop, rock singer.

68 Judge Judy Scheindlin, the loud-mouth, straight-forward TV judge of “Judge Judy”.

64 Lee Loughnane, trumpeter with the band Chicago.

61 Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel.

54 Carrie Fisher, actress & daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

51 Ken Watanabe, actor.

32 Will Estes, actor.

30 Kim Kardashian, actress, reality-TV star and daughter of O.J. Simpson lawyer, Robert Kardashian.