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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday March 22, 2011; Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Tuesday is March 22, the 81st day of 2011. There are 284 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On March 22, 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the Colonies.

* In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.

* In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three others were killed in the crash of Todd’s private plane near Grants, New Mexico.

* In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson named General William C. Westmoreland to be the Army’s chief of staff.

* In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “the Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto, Rico.

In 2010, Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton toured the earthquake-devastated capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

George Benson in Madrid 2009 (photo by Raul Ruiz via wikipedia commons)

90 JOHN J. GILLIGAN, former Ohio governor

81 STEPHEN SONDHEIM, composer and lyricist

PAT ROBERTSON, evangelist broadcaster

80 WILLIAM SHATNER, actor/advertising pitchman

70 JEREMY CLYDE, singer from the 60′s group, Chad & Jeremy

68 GEORGE BENSON, singer and guitarist

63 ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, composer

59 BOB COSTAS, sportscaster

35 REESE WITHERSPOON, born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, actress


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Thursday October 28, 2010, Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Thursday, October 28, was the 301st day of 2010. There are 64 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS DATE

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on this date in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland and rededicated on this date 50 years later by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 (file photo)

* On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

* In 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts passed a legislative act establishing Harvard College.

* In 1858, Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York Store at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.

* In 1918, the republic of Czechoslovakia proclaimed its independence.

* In 1919, Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.

* In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

* In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba.

* In 2009, Angela Merkel was sworn in for a second term as German chancellor.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

66 Dennis Franz, actor from NYPD Blue.

48 Daphne Zuniga, actress from Melrose Place.

47 Lauren Holly, actress who got her start on All My Children as Julie Chandler.

43 Julia Roberts, actress.

38 Brad Paisley, country singer.

36 Joaquin Phoenix, actor and brother of the late actor, River Phoenix. His siblings include: Rain, Liberty, Summer and Jodean. Joaquin is the third-oldest of his siblings.