Friday, April 19, 2013




1924 - "The Chicago Barn Dance" debuts on WLS Radio in Chicago. The show is later renamed "The National Barn Dance."

1925 - Hugh O'Brian, [Krampke], Rochester NY, actor (Wyatt Earp, Search) is born.

1927 - Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen) is born.

1930 - Dick Sargent, American actor (Bewitched) (d. 1994) is born.

1933 - Jayne Mansfield, [Vera Jane Palmer], Bryn Mawr Pa, American actress (Fat Spy) is born.

1934 - Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer."

1935 - Dudley Moore, London England, actor (10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks) is born.

1935 - Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to make a solo flight from Los Angeles to Mexico City.

1937 - Elinor Donahue, Tacoma Wash, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life) is born.

1939 - Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late).

1942 - Alan Price, England, rock keyboardist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun) is born.
1945 - Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway.
1945 - US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid.
1945 - US offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa.
1948 - ABC-TV network begins.


1949 - Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth.
1951 - Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career.

1956 - 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium.
1956 - Clyde McPhatter (Drifters) is released from the U.S. Armed Forces.

1957 - Charles Funk, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76.
1960 - Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.

1962 - Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins) is born.


1967 - "Casino Royale" premieres
1967 - Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
1970 - 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy & Applause win
1971 - Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
1972 - "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 perfs
1973 - Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

1978 - Patti Smith releases the single "Because the Night."

1979 - Kate Hudson, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Almost Famous, You, Me and Dupree) is born.

1979 - David Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion during a Van Halen show in Spokane, WA. 1982 - Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut

1986 - Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78.

1987 - Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77.

1988 - Sonny Bono ia inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
1990 - Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time.

1990 - The TV movie "Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys" airs on ABC.
1991 - Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.

1991 - Michael Bolton releases "Time, Love and Tenderness."


1993 - Branch Davidians in Waco Texas die in fire after 51 day siege (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes).
1994 - Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender.

1996 - Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and 60s teen idol Frankie Avalon make a special appearance in an afternoon parade at Disneyland.

2002 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding is released, starring and written by Nia Vardalos. The film eventually goes on to earn $240 million at the box office.
2012 - Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71.

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