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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Friday December 31, the 365th and final day of 2010.

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* On December 31, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

* In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demostrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

* In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

* In 1970, Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in London’s High Court against his fellow Beatles to officially dissolve their partnership.

* In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, actor from the TV show, Ozzie & Harriet, at age 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas.


Donna Summer is 62 today (photo by Shawn Zehnder Lea via Wikipedia Commons)


67 BEN KINGSLEY, actor.

62 DONNA SUMMER, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, “Queen of Disco” & pop singer.

51 VAL KILMER, actor.

47 SCOTT IAN, rock musician.


38 JOE McINTYRE, pop singer from the group, New Kids on the Block.

31 BOB BRYAR, rock musician.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Monday, September 27, the 270th day of 2010. There are 95 days left in the year.


* On September 27, 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to invading forces from Nazi Germany during World War II.

* In 1779, John Adams was named by congress to negotiate peace terms with Britain after the Revolutionary War.

* In 1954, Tonight! made its network debut on NBC. Steve Allen was the host.

* In 1964, the government released the report of the Warren Commission, which found that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

* In 1979, Congress gave final approval to forming the U.S. Department of Education.

* One year ago today, September 27, 2009, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected to a second term.


Don Cornelius is 74 today (file photo)

90 Jayne Meadows, actress.

76 Wilford Brimley, actor and TV commercial pitchman.

74 Don Cornelius, producer & creator of Soul Train.

67 Randy Bachman, rock musician for the group Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

63 Meat Loaf, rock singer.

63 A Martinez, actor on LA Law, Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

63 Liz Torres, actress.

59 Richard Gerald Mason,’s advisor and brother of website creator Stuart Mason.

52 Shaun Cassady, singer, director, actor, son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassady and brother of David Cassady of the Partridge Family.

38 Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and daughter of Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow, one of the producers of the TV show Wild Wild West with Robert Conrad and Ross Martin.

28 Lil’ Wayne, singer & rapper.

26 Avril Lavigne, singer.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Wednesday, September 22, the 265th day of 2010. We have 100 days left before 2011 arrives. The season of AUTUMN will arrive at 11:09 TONIGHT.


* On September 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, age 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

* In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

* In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long count” fight in Chicago.

* In 1964, the musical Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. It ran for 3,242 performances.

* In 1975, Sara Jane Moore shot at President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel but missed. Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on December 31, 2007.

* In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into a war that lasted almost eight years.

* In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died at age 101.


Walter Alston (L), Tommy LaSorda (R). Tommy is 83 today. (photo courtesy of Joe Santry & Clippers)

83 Tommy LaSorda, baseball Hall of Fame manager.

59 David Coverdale, rock singer for the bands, Deep Purple & Whitesnake.

54 Debby Boone, singer and daughter of crooner Pat Boone.

52 Andrea Bocelli, classical crossover singer.

45 Scott Baio, actor.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Friday, September 3, the 246th day of 2010. There are 119 days left in the year.


Henry Hudson sailed up the river bearing his name on this date in 1609 (file photo)

* On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

* In 1609, English Explorer Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the Half Moon entered present-day New York Harbor and began sailing up the river that now bears his name.

* In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

* In 1970, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi died in Washington. He was 57.


87 Mort Walker, cartoonist of the character Beetle Bailey.

68 Al Jardine, rock guitarist of the group, The Beach Boys and Lima, Ohio native.

45 Charlie Sheen, actor of the TV show Two and a Half Men. Son of Martin Sheen and half-brother of Emilio Estevez.

24 Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding.

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.