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Last Updated 02-18-2021

🎭Jordan Klein -- is 96 in the year 2021 and 97 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1925
Filmmaker, Cameraperson
Misc: engineer and inventor in James Bond films
Movie Titles: Cocoon, Splash, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Never Say Never Again

🎵Ted Brown -- is 94 in the year 2021 and 95 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1927
Tenor-sax

🏆Madeline Castle -- is 88 in the year 2021 and 89 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1933 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: October 1954

🏆Terry Ryan -- is 88 in the year 2021 and 89 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1933 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: December 1954

🏆Lynn Turner -- is 86 in the year 2021 and 87 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1935 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: January 1956

✍⛪🎭Woody Allen -- is 86 in the year 2021 and 87 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1935
Screen/Scriptwriter, Jewish, Movie Actor, Comedian, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, NY; RN:Allen Stewart Konigsberg; Louise Lasser's ex-
Movie Titles: Annie Hall, Bananas, Sleeper, Radio Days, Manhattan, Play It Again Sam, Hannah & Her Sisters, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Small Time Crooks, Anything Else, Scoop

🎵🎸Sandy Nelson -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1938
Songwriter, Drummer, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: RN:Sander
Song Titles: Teen Beat

🏆🏌Lee Trevino -- is 82 in the year 2021 and 83 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1939 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Dallas, TX
Misc: Turned pro in 1966, winning Rookie of the Year honors, 2-time winner of 3 Majors--U.S. Open (1968,71), British Open (1971-72) and PGA (1974,84); Player of Year once on PGA Tour (1971) and twice with Seniors (1990,92); entered 1994 with 27 PGA Tour wins and 18 on Senior Tour; all-time money leader on combined tours ($7.4 million)

🎵Dianne Lennon -- is 82 in the year 2021 and 83 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1939
Singer
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles, CA
Group Names: The Lennon Sisters

John Crowley -- is 79 in the year 2021 and 80 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1942
Sci-fi Writer
Book Titles: The Deep, Engine Summer Little, Big Aegypt (series)

🎵Casey Van Beek -- is 79 in the year 2021 and 80 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1942
Country Musician
Group Names: The Tractors

🎭David Salzman -- is 78 in the year 2021 and 79 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1943
TV Producer
TV Shows: In the House, Dark Justice, MADtv

🎵🎸Eric Bloom -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1944
Songwriter, Keyboardist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Misc: stun guitar
Group Names: Blue Oyster Cult

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🎵Jim Chestnut -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1944
Country Singer

⛪🎭🎵Bette Midler -- is 76 in the year 2021 and 77 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1945
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Songwriter, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Patterson, NJ
Movie Titles: The Rose, For The Boys, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club, That Old Feeling, Drowning Mona, The Stepford Wives (2004)

🎵🎸John Densmore -- is 76 in the year 2021 and 77 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1945
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Bassist, Keyboardist, Pianist, Vibes, Rock & Roll Drummer
Names/Places: MN:Paul
Misc: Tympani; some say b. 1943
Group Names: The Doors

William B. Rudder -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1946
Engineer
Misc: Chief Engineer for The American Steamship Co.

🎵Gilbert O'Sullivan -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1946
Songwriter, Pop Singer, Irish
Names/Places: RFMN:Raymond Edward
Song Titles: Alone Again Naturally

⚛🎭Dr. Jonathan Katz -- is 74 in the year 2021 and 75 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1947
Psychiatrist, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (star), Home Movies

🏆⚾George Foster -- is 73 in the year 2021 and 74 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1948
MLB Player
Names/Places: MN:Arthur
Misc: All Star MVP 1976, NL MVP 1977
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Reds

🎨Gary Panter -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1950
Designer, Illustrator, Painter
Misc: initiated a second generation of American underground comix
TV Shows: Pee-Wee's Playhouse (set designer)

🎭🎵Richard "Ricky" Keith -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1950
TV Actor, Christian/Rock Performer
Names/Places: RN:Keith Thibodeaux
Group Names: The Little Stones (Christian Rock)
TV Shows: I Love Lucy (as Little Ricky Ricardo)

🎭Obba Babatundé -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1951
Actor, Producer/Director
Movie Titles: The Silence of the Lambs, Black Dynamite

🎭Treat Williams -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1951
TV/Movie/Stage Actor
Misc: stage: Grease, The Pirates of Penzance
TV Shows: Good Advice (as Jack Harrold), Everwood (as Andrew Brown)
Movie Titles: Hair, Prince of the City, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Once Upon a Time in America, The Phantom

✍🎭Forry Smith -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1952
Writer, Actor
Movie Titles: We Were Soldiers, Beverly Hills Cop III, Secretariat

✍🎭Stephen Poliakoff -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1952
Screenwriter, Dramatist, Playwright, Director, English

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Rick Scott -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1952 N.S.
Senator, Governor
Misc: the 45th Governor of Florida

🎭Bob Goen -- is 67 in the year 2021 and 68 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1954
TV Host
TV Shows: Wheel Of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight

🎵Mark (Radio) Thompson -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1955
Radio Disc Jock
Misc: of Mark and Brian

🎵Kim Richey -- is 65 in the year 2021 and 66 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1956
Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: AP says 1956; some say b. 1957

🎭Deep Roy -- is 64 in the year 2021 and 65 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1957 N.S.
Actor, Kenyan
Movie Titles: Star Trek Beyond, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, The NeverEnding Story, Star Trek Into Darkness

✍🎭Candace Bushnell -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1958
Author, Novelist, Producer
Book Titles: Sex and the City

📰🎭Charlene Tilton -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1958
Columnist, TV/Movie Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, CA; Johnny Lee's ex-
TV Shows: Dallas (as Lucy Ewing Cooper)
Movie Titles: Problem Child 2, Sherhero Movie

🎵🎸Steve Jansen -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1959
Composer, Percussionist, New Wave Drummer, English
Names/Places: RLN:Batt
Misc: or LN sp Janson?
Group Names: Japan

🎭🎵🏆Carol Alt -- is 61 in the year 2021 and 62 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1960
TV/Movie Actress, Singer, Model
Names/Places: b. in Queens, NY
TV Shows: Thunder in Paradise (as Kelly), Baywatch Nights (as Cassidy)
Movie Titles: Private Parts, Beyond Justice

🎭Jeremy Northam -- is 60 in the year 2021 and 61 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1961
Actor, English
TV Shows: The Tudors, White Heat
Movie Titles: Gosford Park, Emma, Amistad, The Winslow Boy, Enigma, Martin and Lewis, The Net

🎭Stan Albers -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1962
Actor
Names/Places: aka Chip Albers

✍🎭Detlev Buck -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1962
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Executive, Producer, Movie Director, German

🏆🏈Duane Bickett -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1962
NFL Linebacker

🎵🎸Sam Reid -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1963
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Keyboardist, Canadian
Group Names: Glass Tiger

🎵Daryl Ellis -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1964
Country Singer

🎭Katherine LaNasa -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966 N.S.
Actress, Choreographer, Ballet Dancer
TV Shows: Longmire, Satisfaction, Devious Maids, Deception
Movie Titles: Jane Mansfield's Car, The Campaign, The Frozen Ground, Alfie, Valentine's Day

🎭Andrew Adamson -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966
Producer/Director, New Zealand
Movie Titles: The Chronicles of Narada (series), Shrek (series)

🏆🏈Mike Flores -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966
NFL Defensive End

🏆🏈Steve (Football) Walsh -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966
NFL Quarterback

🏆⚾Larry Walker -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966 N.S.
Hall of Famer, MLB Outfielder, Canadian
Misc: NL MVP 1997, 5x All-Star, 7x Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger, 3x NL batting champ
Sports Teams: Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

🏆⚾Greg McMichael -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1966
MLB Pitcher

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✍🎭Nestor Carbonell -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1967 N.S.
Writer, Actor, Director
TV Shows: Bates Motel, Suddenly Susan (as Luis Rivera), Lost (as Richard Alpert)
Movie Titles: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

🏆⚾Reggie Sanders -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1967
MLB Outfielder

🏆🏈Eddie Britton -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1968
NFL Wide Receiver

🎭Julie Condra -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970
Actress
TV Shows: Eerie Indiana (as Syndi)
Movie Titles: Nixon, Road to Redemption

🎭Rich Ferguson -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970 N.S.
Magician
Names/Places: stage name: The Ice Breaker

✍🎭Golden Brooks -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970
Writer, Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Hart of Dixie, Girlfriends (as Maya Dekise Wilkes), Linc's (as CeCe Jennings)
Movie Titles: Timecode, Beauty Shop; Timecode, Beauty Shop

✍🎭Sarah Silverman -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970
Comedy Writer, Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
Book Titles: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage Redemption and Pee
TV Shows: Bob's Burgers (as Ollie), The Sarah Silverman Program, Saturday Night Live (1993-94)
Movie Titles: Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary, A Million Ways to Die in the West

🏆🏈Todd Steussie -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970
NFL Guard, NFL Tackle

🏆⚾Kirk Rueter -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1970
MLB Pitcher

✍🎭🎮Emily Mortimer -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1971
Screenwriter, Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress, English
TV Shows: Doll and Em, The Newsroom
Movie Titles: The Pink Panther 2 (2006), The Kid, Cars 2, Scream 3
Video Games: Cars 2: The Video Game, Disney Infinity (series)

🏆🏈Rob Zatechka -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1971
NFL Player, Football Offensive Lineman

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🎭Ron Melendez -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1972
Actor
TV Shows: Legacy (as Jeremy Bradford)
Movie Titles: Minority Report

🏆🏈Andre Royal -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1972
NFL Linebacker

🏆🏈Charlie Jones -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1972
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏀Anthony Pelle -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1972
NBA Player

🎵Bart Millard -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1972
Singer, Christian/Contemporary Performer

🏆🏈Phillip Ward -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1974
NFL Player
Misc: date from nfl.com

🏆🏈Richard Jordan -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1974
NFL Player

🏆Stephanie Glasson -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1975
Model, Playmate
Misc: July 2004

✍🎭David Hornsby -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1975
Writer, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: How to Be a Gentleman, Six Feet Under, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (as Matthew "Rickey Cricket" Mara)

🎵Sarah Masen -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1975
Gospel Singer

🎭Dean O'Gorman -- is 45 in the year 2021 and 46 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1976 N.S.
Actor, New Zealand
TV Shows: The Almighty Johnsons, Hillary
Movie Titles: The Hobbit (series)

🎭Jared Fogle -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1977
Outlaw, Commercial Actor
Misc: former sandwich shop spokesman now serving time in prison since 2015

🎭Nate Torrence -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1977 N.S.
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Hello Ladies, Motorcity, Mr. Sunshine, Star vs. The Forces Of Evil
Movie Titles: She's Out of My League, Zootopia, Get Smart (2008), My Best Friend's Girl

🎵🎸Brad Delson -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1977
Hard Rock Guitarst
Group Names: Linkin Park

🎵Mat Kearney -- is 43 in the year 2021 and 44 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1978
Songwriter, Singer, Christian/Rock Performer

🎵🎸Mika Fineo -- is 40 in the year 2021 and 41 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1981
Rock & Roll Performer
Group Names: Filter

🎭Riz Ahmed -- is 39 in the year 2021 and 40 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1982 N.S.
Actor
Movie Titles: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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🎨🎭🏆Charles Michael Davis -- is 37 in the year 2021 and 38 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1984
Photographer, Actor, Commercial Actor, Producer/Director, Model
Misc: commercials for Nike and Foot Locker
TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, The Originals (as Marcel Gerard)
Movie Titles: Battle Scars

🎵Yolandi Visser -- is 37 in the year 2021 and 38 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1984 N.S.
Rapper
Group Names: Die Antwoord

🎭Ilfenesh Hadera -- is 36 in the year 2021 and 37 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1985 N.S.
Actress
TV Shows: Godfather of Harlem
Movie Titles: She's Gotta Have It

🎭🎵Janelle Monae -- is 36 in the year 2021 and 37 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1985
Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer

🏆🏈Desean Jackson -- is 35 in the year 2021 and 36 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1986 N.S.
NFL Wide Receiver

Elizabeth Dawn Winwood -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1988
Celebrity Daughter
Names/Places: Eugenia and Steve's girl

Nina K. Ratzenberger -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1988
Celebrity Daughter
Names/Places: MN:Katherine; John & Georgia's girl

🎭Zoëy Kravitz -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1988
Actress
Names/Places: Lisa Bonet & Lenny's girl
TV Shows: Insurgent, Divergent
Movie Titles: X-Men: First Class, No Reservations, The Brave One, Mad Max: Fury Road

🎭Ashley Monique Clark -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1988
Actress
TV Shows: The Hughleys (as Sydney Hughley)
Movie Titles: Liar Liar, Domino, Love Don't Cost a Thing

🎵🎸Tyler Joseph -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1988 N.S.
Rock-Pop Performer, Alternative Rock Singer, Rap-Rock Performer
Group Names: Twenty One Pilots

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🎵Nico Sereba -- is 31 in the year 2021 and 32 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1990
Pop Singer
Group Names: Nico and Vinz

🏆⚾Javier Báez -- is 29 in the year 2021 and 30 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1992 N.S.
MLB Pitcher, Puerto Rican
Misc: NLCS MVP (2016)
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs

Harrison Hale Wagner -- is 27 in the year 2021 and 28 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1994
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Kristina and Jack's son

🏆James (Soccer) Wilson -- is 26 in the year 2021 and 27 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1995 N.S.
Soccer Striker, English

Destry Allyn Spielberg -- is 25 in the year 2021 and 26 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1996
Celebrity Daughter
Names/Places: Kate Capshaw and Steven's daughter

🎭🎵Reign Edwards -- is 25 in the year 2021 and 26 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1996 N.S.
Actress, Songwriter, Singer

🎭Amelia Clarkson -- is 24 in the year 2021 and 25 in the year 2022; b.12/1/1997 N.S.
Actress, English
Movie Titles: Jane Eyre

Edgar Cooper Endicott -- is 21 in the year 2021 and 22 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2000
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Melissa Rivers and John's son

Thomas Aaron Tippin -- is 21 in the year 2021 and 22 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2000
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Thea and Aaron's son

🎭Jackson Nicoll -- is 18 in the year 2021 and 19 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2003
Actor

🎭Robert Clarence Irwin -- is 18 in the year 2021 and 19 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2003 N.S.
Personality
Names/Places: Terri and Steve's son
Misc: animal conservationist

Mathew Collins -- is 17 in the year 2021 and 18 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2004
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Orianne and Phil's son

Violet Affleck -- is 16 in the year 2021 and 17 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2005
Celebrity Daughter
Names/Places: Jennifer Garner and Ben's daughter

Noname Hartnett -- is 6 in the year 2021 and 7 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2015 N.S.
Celebrity Relative
Names/Places: Tamsin and Josh Hartnett's child

Memphis Aldean -- is 4 in the year 2021 and 5 in the year 2022; b.12/1/2017 N.S.
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Brittany Kerr and Jason's son

🎭Sandra P. Grant -- b.12/1/???? N.S.
Actress, Canadian
Misc: b. c. 1968?; retired from acting in 2004
Movie Titles: Look Who's Talking Now, Intersection, Singles

🎨Étienne Maurice Falconet -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1716 N.S. d.1/4/1791 N.S. (74)
Sculptor, French

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🎖⚖Oliver Wolcott -- Birth Anniversary -- b.11/20/1726 J-LD or 12/1/1726 N.S. d.12/1/1797 (71)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Governor
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer; Nov 20=O.S./Dec 1=N.S.

Martin Klaproth -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1743 d.1/1/1817 (73)
Chemist, German
Names/Places: b. Wernigerode, Brandenburg; d. Berlin
Misc: German chemist who discovered uranium (1789), zirconium (1789), and cerium (1803). He described them as distinct elements, though he did not obtain them in the pure metallic state.

🎨Madame Marie Gresholtz Tussaud -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1761 d.4/16/1850 (88)
Artist, Swiss
Misc: of Wax Museums

William Hill Brown -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1765 d.9/2/1793 (27)
Novelist
Misc: Many sources say he was born November 1765, but no exact date found.

⚛💰Asa Whitney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1791 d.8/??/1872
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: Railroad car wheels; b. in 1797?

Carsten Borchgrevink -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1864 d.4/21/1934 (69)
Explorer, Naturalist, Norweigan

📰💰Gerard Swope -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1872 d.11/20/1957 (84)
Economist, Executive, Industrialist
Names/Places: b. St. Louis, Mo., U.S. d. New York, N.Y.
Misc: President of the General Electric Company (1922-39; 1942-44) in the United States. He greatly expanded the company's line of consumer products and pioneered profit-sharing and other benefits programs for its employees.

✍🎭Rex Beach -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1877 d.12/7/1949 (72)
Author, Producer

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💰Lane Bryant -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1879 d.9/26/1951 (71)
Merchant

🏆⚾Ed Reulbach -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1882 d.7/17/1961 (78)
MLB Pitcher

🏆🎳James Blouin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1886 d.4/6/1947 (60)
Hall of Famer, Bowler

Rex Stout -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1886 d.10/27/1975 (88)
Mystery Writer
Misc: wrote genteel mystery stories revolving around the elegantly eccentric and reclusive detective Nero Wolfe and his wisecracking aide, Archie Goodwin.

🏆🏁🏊Walter Bathe -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1892 N.S. d.9/21/1959 N.S. (66)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, German

🎵Ray Henderson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1896 d.12/31/1970 (74)
Composer, Songwriter
Misc: of DeSylva, Brown, & Henderson songwriting team

🎭Cyril Ritchard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1897 d.12/18/1977 (80)
Movie/Stage Actor, Movie Director, Australian
Misc: Broadway's Peter Pan as Captain Hook

🏆🏈Morris "Red" Badgro -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1902 d.7/13/1998 (95)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player
Misc: 4x All-Pro
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (1927-1928), New York Giants (1930-1935), Brooklyn Dodgers (1936)

💰W. A. "Tony" Boyle -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1904 N.S. d.5/31/1985 N.S. (80)
Labor Leader
Misc: United Mine Workers president

🎭🎵🎷Jimmy Lytell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1904 d.11/26/1972 (67)
Director, Clarinetist, Bandleader, Jazz Musician, Conductor

🎭Dame Alicia Markova -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1910 d.12/2/2004 (94)
Ballerina, English
Names/Places: RN:Lillian Alice Marks
Misc: noted for the ethereal lightness and poetic delicacy of her dancing.

🏆⚾Walter Alston -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1911 d.10/1/1984 (72)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Player
Misc: 2040 wins; led the Dodgers to 7 pennants and 4 World Series victories; Professional National League baseball manager whose career with the Los Angeles (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers was the third longest for managers after Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1936), Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (manager 1954-1976)

🏆⚾Calvin Griffith -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1911 d.10/20/1999 (87)
MLB Owner
Sports Teams: Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins

🎨Minoru Yamasaki -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1912 d.2/6/1986 (73)
Architect
Names/Places: b. in Seattle, Wash., d. in Detroit, Mich.
Misc: New York's World Trade Center; American architect whose buildings, notable for their appeal to the senses, departed from the austerity often associated with post-World War II modern architecture.

🏆⚾Cookie Lavagetto -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1912 d.8/10/1990 (77)
MLB Manager, MLB Coach, MLB Player
Names/Places: RFN:Harry

🎭🎵Mary Martin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1913 d.11/3/1990 (76)
Movie/Stage Actress, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Weatherford, TX; Larry Hagman's mom
Misc: South Pacific, Sound of Music, Peter Pan

📰🎭🎵Johnny Johnston -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1915 d.1/6/1996 (80)
Commentator, Movie/Stage Actor, Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, Singer
TV Shows: Make That Spare, Masquerade Party

🏆⚾Martin Whiteford "Marty" Marion -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1916 N.S. d.3/15/2011 N.S. (94)
MLB Player
Misc: NL MVP 1944
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals

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🏆⚾"Slats" Marion -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1917 d.3/15/2011 (93)
MLB Shortstop
Names/Places: RFN:Marty; NN:The Octopus

✍🎭Mary K. Wells -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1920 d.8/14/2000 (79)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Soap Actress
TV Shows: Edge of Night, All My Children (as writer)

🎭Ralph Manza -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1921 d.1/31/2000 (78)
Actor
TV Shows: The DA (as Banacek's Jay Drury), AES Hudson Street, Mama Malone (as Padre Guardiano), Newhart (as Bud)

🏆⚾John Robert "Bob" Savage -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1921 d.7/26/2013 (91)
MLB Pitcher

🎭Paul Picerni -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1922 d.1/12/2011 (88)
Actor
TV Shows: The Untouchables (as agent Lee Hobson)
Movie Titles: House of Wax, Airport, The Scalphunters

🎭Stansfield Turner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1923 d.1/18/2018 N.S. (94)
Director
Misc: ex-CIA; U.S. Admiral

🎭Dick Shawn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1923 d.4/17/1987 (63)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: RN:Richard Schulefand
Misc: stage:The Producers (as Adolf Hitler in a musical comedy); some say b. 1928 or 1929
TV Shows: Hail to the Chief

🎭Robert Symonds -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1926 d.8/23/2007 (80)
Actor
TV Shows: The Blue & the Gray

🎭Keith Michell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1926 d.11/20/2015 N.S. (88)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Australian
Misc: Hamlet, The Six Wives of Henry VIII's Henry VIII
TV Shows: Murder She Wrote (as Dennis)

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🎭James Greene -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1926 N.S. d.11/9/2018 N.S. (91)
Actor
TV Shows: Parks and Recreation (as Councilman Milton)

🎭🎵Allyn Ann McLerie -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1926 N.S. d.5/21/2018 N.S. (91)
Actress, Dancer, Singer, Canadian
TV Shows: The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Tony Randall Show (as Janet), The Thorn Birds (miniseries), Molly Dodd (as her mom)

Abby Mann -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1927 d.3/25/2008 (80)
Screen/Scriptwriter

🎭Emily McLaughlin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1929 d.4/26/1991 (61)
Soap Actress
Names/Places: Robert Lansing, then Jeffrey Hunter's wife
TV Shows: General Hospital (as Jessie Brewer R.N. since the show began in 1963)

🎭David Doyle -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1929 N.S. d.2/26/1997 N.S. (67)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Omaha, NE
Misc: People says d. age 67; some say b. 1925
TV Shows: Bridget Loves Bernie, New Dick Van Dyke, Charlie's Angels (as John Bosley), The Blue & the Gray, Rugrats (as grandpa)

🎵Jim Nesbitt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1931 d.11/29/2007 (75)
Country Singer

✍🎭Violette Verdy -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1933 d.2/8/2016 N.S. (82)
Writer, Teacher, Ballerina, French
Misc: French ballerina and dance director, who was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters in 1973 and the Dance Magazine Award in 1968.

⛪🎭🎵🎷Lou Rawls -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1933 N.S. d.1/6/2006 N.S. (72)
Baptist, Actor, Music Producer, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, IL
Misc: some say b. 1934, 1935, 1937, or 1938

🎵Billy Paul -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1934 d.4/24/2016 N.S. (81)
Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia, PA; RN:Paul Williams (a different one)
Misc: some say b. 1935
Song Titles: Me and Mrs. Jones, War of the Gods

🏆🏒Roger Christian -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1935 d.11/9/2011 (75)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Olympic-gold-1960; played 1956-1965
Sports Teams: Huntington Hornets, Seattle Totems

🏆🏈Mike (NFL) McGee -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1938 N.S. d.8/16/2019 N.S. (80)
Hall of Famer, NFL Guard, College Football Coach
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame

✍⛪🎭Richard Pryor -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1940 d.12/10/2005 (65)
Hall of Famer, Comedy Writer, Roman Catholic, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Peoria, Ill; RN:Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor; wed 5x's
Misc: major stand up comedian who relased comedy albums in the 1970s
TV Shows: Richard Pryor Show (1977), Pryor's Place (1984)
Movie Titles: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, JoJo Dancer, Moving, Superman III, Blazing Saddles

💻Jerry (Engineer) Lawson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1940 N.S. d.4/9/2011 N.S. (70)
Computer Company Engineer
TV Shows: designed the Fairchild Channel F video game console

🏆🏁🏊Thompson Mann -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1942 N.S. d.4/4/2019 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

🎭Elizabeth Baur -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1947 d.9/30/2017 N.S. (69)
Actress
TV Shows: Lancer (as Teresa O'Brien), Ironside (as Fran Belding)
Movie Titles: The Boston Strangler, The Return of Ironside

🎵Klasseje Van Der Wal -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1948 d.2/13/2018 N.S. (69)
Bassist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Group Names: Shocking Blue

Pablo Escobar -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1949 d.12/2/1993 (44)
Outlaw
Misc: Drug Lord

🎵Jaco Pastorius -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1951 d.9/11/1987 (35)
Composer, Bassist, Guitarist, Rock-Jazz Performer
Group Names: Blood Sweat & Tears, Weather Report

Suzette The Dog -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1967 d.??/??/????
Pet

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Matthew Shepard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1976 d.10/12/1998 (21)
Misc: Crime Victim; University of Wyoming student killed because he was gay.

🎨Lorenzo Ghiberti -- Death Anniversary -- b.??/??/1378 d.12/1/1455
Sculptor, Goldsmith, Italian

Pope Leo X -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/11/1475 O.S. d.12/1/1521 O.S. (45)
Pope, Italian
Misc: (reigned 1513-21), made Rome a centre of European culture and raised the papacy to significant political power in Europe.

🎖⚖Oliver Wolcott -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/20/1726 J-LD or 12/1/1726 N.S. d.12/1/1797 (71)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Governor
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer; Nov 20=O.S./Dec 1=N.S.

Philippe Lebon -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/29/1767 d.12/1/1804 (37)
Chemist, Engineer, French
Misc: inventing illuminating gas

🎖Joshua Barney -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1759 d.12/1/1818 (59)
Naval Officer

Sir George Everest -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/4/1790 d.12/1/1866 (76)
Engineer, Explorer, English
Misc: Mt. Everest was named for him

🏆⚾Fred Dunlap -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/21/1859 d.12/1/1902 (43)
MLB Player
Names/Places: NN:Sure Shot

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📰Alfred Thayer Mahan -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/27/1840 d.12/1/1914 (74)
Historian
Misc: served 40 years in the U.S Navy.

🏆🎾Arthur Gore -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/2/1868 d.12/1/1928 (60)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

🎵Arthur "Blind" Blake -- Death Anniversary -- b.??/??/1896 d.12/1/1934
Hall of Famer, Singer/Guitarist, Blues Performer

Sergey M. Kirov -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/27/1886 N.S. or 3/15/1886 Ju-1 d.12/1/1934 N.S. (48)
Communist, Russian

Bernhard Schmidt -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/30/1879 d.12/1/1935 (56)
Inventor
Misc: telescope; Estonian

🎵Fred Rose -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/24/1897 d.12/1/1954 (57)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Music Publisher, Pianist, Country Singer
Misc: some say b. 1898

🎭🏆Patricia "Boots" Mallory -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/22/1913 d.12/1/1958 (45)
Actress, Dancer, Model

Sir George Hubert Wilkins -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/31/1888 d.12/1/1958 (70)
Aviator, Explorer, Australian
Misc: the first to fly over North & South poles; advanced the use of the airplane and pioneered the use of the submarine for polar research.

🎵Avery Parrish -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/24/1917 d.12/1/1959 (42)
Songwriter, Pianist

🎨Jimmy Hatlo -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/1/1897 d.12/1/1963 (66)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Little Iodine

🎵Carter Glen Stanley -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/27/1925 d.12/1/1966 (41)
Singer/Guitarist, Bluegrass Performer
Group Names: Stanley Brothers

🎵Magic Sam -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/14/1937 d.12/1/1969 (32)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN:Samuel Maghetti

Arthur Spingarn -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/28/1878 d.12/1/1971 (93)
Civil Rights Leader, Political Activist
Misc: NAACP founder

David Green Ben-Gurion -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/16/1886 d.12/1/1973 (87)
Prime Minister, Statesman, Polish
Names/Places: RLN:Green
Misc: Israel's founding father, the first Prime Minister 1948-53, 55; d. in Tel-Aviv

📰G. Gould Lincoln -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/26/1880 d.12/1/1974 (94)
Journalist
Misc: Dean of Washington Political Writers

🏆⚾"Nellie" Fox -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/25/1927 d.12/1/1975 (47)
Hall of Famer, MLB Infielder
Names/Places: RFN:Jacob Nelson
Misc: 3x Gold Glove, AL MVP 1959, 15x All-Star; White Sox #2 retired
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1947-1949), Chicago White Sox (1950-1963), Houston Colt .45s/Astros (1964-1965)

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Anna Roosevelt Halsted -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/3/1906 d.12/1/1975 (69)
Children's Author
Names/Places: Eleanor & FDR's daughter

📰🎵Nick Kenny -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1895 d.12/1/1975 (80)
Columnist, Songwriter
TV Shows: Nick Kenny Show

🏆Clyde Acle Swendsen -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1895 N.S. d.12/1/1979 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Diving Coach

John William Coulter -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/12/1888 d.12/1/1980 (92)
Dramatist/Playwright, Canadian

🎵🎷Taft Jordan -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/15/1915 d.12/1/1981 (66)
Singer, Jazz Trumpeter
Group Names: Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman

🎭Frank McCarthy -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/8/1912 d.12/1/1986 (74)
Movie Producer

🏆🏈Bobby Layne -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/19/1926 d.12/1/1986 (59)
Hall of Famer, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: 6x Pro Bowl; in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame; Longhorns #22 retired, Lions #22 retired
Sports Teams: University of Texas, Chicago Bears (1948), New York Bulldogs (1949), Detroit Lions (1950-1958), Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-1962)

🎵Horace Heidt -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/21/1901 d.12/1/1986 (85)
Pianist, Bandleader
Misc: Dance Band of the 1930-40s; Starred with his Musical Knights on radio & TV
Group Names: Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights

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🏆🏒Punch Imlach -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/15/1918 d.12/1/1987 (69)
Hall of Famer, NHL Player, Hockey Coach, Canadian
Misc: in the Hockey Hall of Fame

🎭Alvin Ailey -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/5/1931 d.12/1/1989 (58)
Stage Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
Misc: Founded The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

🎵Bill Lyall -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/26/1953 d.12/1/1989 N.S. (36)
Flautist, Keyboardist, Pianist, Scottish, Gay
Group Names: Bay City Rollers (early member), Pilot, Alan Parson's Project, sessionist, soloist

📰George J. Stigler -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/17/1911 d.12/1/1991 (80)
Economist

🏆⚾Buster Mills -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/16/1908 d.12/1/1991 (83)
MLB Player

🎭Dennis Allen -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/10/1940 d.12/1/1995 (55)
Comedian
TV Shows: Laugh In

🎖Maxwell Thurman -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/18/1931 d.12/1/1995 (63)
Army Officer
Misc: led the 1989 invasion of Panama and was a principal architect of the all-volunteer Army

🎵Irving Gordon -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/14/1915 d.12/1/1996 (81)
Composer
Song Titles: Unforgettable

🏆🥊Edwin Rosario -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/15/1963 d.12/1/1997 (34)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Puerto Rican

⚖🎵🎷Stephane Grappelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/26/1908 d.12/1/1997 (89)
Attorney/Lawyer, Violinist, Jazz Musician, French

Janet Lewis -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/17/1899 N.S. d.11/30/1998 N.S. (99) or 12/1/1998 N.S. (99)
Novelist, Poet

🎭Stephen Brooks -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/12/1942 d.12/1/1999 (57)
Actor
TV Shows: The Nurses, The FBI (as Special Agent Jim Rhodes), The Interns

🏆🏀William "Pop" Gates -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/30/1917 N.S. d.12/1/1999 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Player
Sports Teams: Harlem Renaissance, Harlem Globetrotters (player and coach)

🏆⚾Gene Baker -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/15/1925 d.12/1/1999 (74)
MLB Player

🎭Johnny Stearns -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/13/1916 d.12/1/2001 (85)
Actor, Producer
Names/Places: Mary Kay's hubby

🏆⚾Dave McNally -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/31/1942 d.12/1/2002 (60)
MLB Pitcher

🎭Robert Peterson -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/13/1932 d.12/1/2003 (71)
Actor

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🎭Jack Colvin -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/13/1934 d.12/1/2005 (71)
Actor
TV Shows: The Incredible Hulk (as Jack McGee)

🏆🎾Ken McGregor -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/2/1929 d.12/1/2007 (78)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Australian

🎭Paul Benedict -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/17/1938 d.12/1/2008 (70)
Soap Actor, TV/Movie/Stage Actor
TV Shows: The Jefferson (as Harry Bentley), The Blue & the Gray, One Life to Live's Lester

🏆⚾Thomas D. "Tommy" Henrich -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/20/1913 d.12/1/2009 (96)
MLB Player
Names/Places: NN:Old Reliable

🎭Hillard Elkins -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/18/1929 d.12/1/2010 (81)
Movie Producer, Stage Producer

🎭🏆Alan Sues -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/7/1926 d.12/1/2011 (85)
Comedian, Sportscaster
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (as sportscaster Big Al & big blond nut)

🏆🏁🏊Ragnhild Hveger -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/10/1920 N.S. d.12/1/2011 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Danish (Denmark)

🏆🏁🏊Ragnild Hveger -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/10/1920 N.S. d.12/1/2011 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Danish (Denmark)
Misc: 200m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936), 400m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936)

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🎵Richard Coughlan -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/2/1947 d.12/1/2013 N.S. (66)
Drummer, English
Group Names: Caravan

🎭Don Calfa -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/3/1939 N.S. d.12/1/2016 N.S. (76)
Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Barner Miller (guest seven times)
Movie Titles: Doctor Dolittle (1998), Bugsy, Return of the Living Dead, Weekend at Bernie's

🎭🎵Ken Berry -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/3/1933 N.S. d.12/1/2018 N.S. (85)
TV/Movie Actor, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Moline, IL
TV Shows: Ann Sothern Show (as Woody), F Troop (as Capt. Wilton Parmenter), Mayberry RFD (as Sam Jones), Mama's Family (as Vinton Harper)

🎵Joseph Leon "Jody" Williams -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1935 N.S. d.12/1/2018 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, Blues Singer/Guitarist

🎵🎷Calvin Edwin Newborn -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/27/1933 N.S. d.12/1/2018 N.S. (85)
Jazz Guitarist

🎭Shelly Morrison -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/26/1936 N.S. d.12/1/2019 N.S. (83)
Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: The Flying Nun (as Sister Sixto), Will and Grace (as Rosario Salazar)
Movie Titles: Shark Tale

🏆🏈Pat Sullivan -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/18/1950 N.S. d.12/1/2019 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, NFL Quarterback, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1971)
Sports Teams: Auburn University (player 1969-1971, coach 1986-1991), Atlanta Falcons (1972-1975), Washington Redskins (1976-1977), TCU (coach 1992-1997), UAB (coach 1999-2006), Samford (coach 2007-2014)

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In 1821, The Dominican Republic declares independence from Spain.

In 1824, The presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. Adams was eventually declared the winner.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, which was read aloud by the Secretary of the Senate. In it, Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery, saying that “in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,” and toward the end of his message, wrote: “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.”

In 1878, The first telephone was installed in the White House.

In 1903, “The Great Train Robbery,” Edwin S. Porterʹs highly influential silent film Western, was registered for copyright on or about the date of its public premiere in New York.

In 1912, 12 x 01 = 12

In 1922, First skywriting over the U.S. — “Hello U.S.A.” — by Captain Turner, RAF.

In 1923, Actor Dick Shawn was born in Buffalo, New York. He began his career as a nightclub comedian and later landed roles in such films as “The Opposite Sex,” “Wake Me When Itʹs Over,” “Itʹs a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?” and the 1967 Mel Brooks classic, “The Producers,” in which he played an erratic hippie actor named “L.S.D.” who is cast in the musical play “Springtime For Hitler” as a singing Fuehrer. Outside of films and guest appearances on TV shows, he was seen to best advantage in his bizarre, stream-of-consciousness nightclub routines — performances that were so quirky and unpredictable that, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while performing onstage at UC San Diego on April 17, 1987, many members of the audience assumed his collapse was part of his act.

In 1929, The game of Bingo was invented by Edwin S. Lowe.

In 1945, Burl Ives made his concert debut this night. He appeared at New Yorkʹs Town Hall. We lovingly listen every year for the voice of this old-time radio personality as the narrator and banjo-pickin' snowman in TVʹs, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

In 1949, NBC tunes up “Kay Kyserʹs Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” game show with the popular bandleader hosting a wacky music-oriented quiz show. One of his vocalists is talk show host-to-be Mike Douglas.

In 1950, “Frosty The Snowman” by Gene Autry entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1952, “The Abbott and Costello Show” premiered in syndication

In 1953, “CBC Theatre” premiered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [later known as General Motors Theatre (1954–1956) and General Motors Presents (1958–1961)]

In 1953, The first Playboy magazine was published by Chicagoan Hugh Hefner. On the cover: a rising young actress named Marilyn Monroe.

In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a yearlong boycott of the buses by blacks. The law that required blacks to sit toward the rear of buses was eventually struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1956, On the cover of TV Guide: “George Burns and Gracie Allen”. Other Articles: Broken Arrow, Mickey Mouse Club

In 1957, Ed Sullivan presents three rock and roll acts, each making its national television debut, on his Sunday evening show: Buddy Holly and the Crickets, playing “Thatʹll Be the Day,” Sam Cooke, singing “You Send Me” and the Rays perform their hit “Silhouettes.”

In 1958, R.C., “Beep Beep” by The Playmates peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1959, The first outer space color photograph of the earth is snapped from the nose cone of the Thor missile.

In 1961, In The Flintstones episode titled “THE BEAUTY CONTEST”, Fred and Barney are named judges of the Water Buffalo Lodgeʹs beauty contest--a fact they must keep from their wives.

In 1961, “The Huckleberry Hound Show” aired its final original show in syndication.

In 1962, On the cover of TV Guide: “Marty Ingels and John Astin of Iʹm Dickens, Heʹs Fenster”. Other Articles: Clint Eastwood, Jackie Gleason

In 1966, Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland, to Boulder, Colorado.

In 1967, Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record when he missed 22 free throws.

In 1967, The National League voted to expand by 1971 by adding two more teams. San Diego and Montreal joined the National League in 1969, when both leagues expanded and went to division play.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Onoʹs “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is released, featuring the Harlem (NY) Community Choir. However, itʹs not available in British stores until the following year.

In 1972, The password is “hilarious.” Felix Unger and Oscar Madison were always perfectly mismatched. The two men — one a neurotic neatnik, the other a compulsive slob — had absolutely nothing in common except a Manhattan apartment. In “Password,” Felix (Tony Randall) and Oscar (Jack Klugman) make the worst team since oil and water. Oscarʹs notoriety as a sportswriter earns him an invitation to play on the TV game show Password as the popular game-show host Allen Ludden, who turns out to be a fan of Oscarʹs sports columns, approaches him to be a celebrity panelist in a celebrity match playing against Luddenʹs real-life wife, Betty White. Felix, who fancies himself a Password genius, is ecstatic; he can be his roommateʹs partner. Oscar takes some convincing from Felixʹs whining and wheedling — first to be on the show and then to be on it with Felix — but he finally agrees. As bad choices go, this is right up there with Lincolnʹs decision to go to Fordʹs Theater. Practicing at their apartment, Oscar and Felix are totally in sync. but when they get to the studio, itʹs another story entirely. The password is gravy. Whiteʹs clue: “Sauce.” Her partner guesses “Mayonnaise.” Oscar, confidently, turns to Felix. “Meat,” he suggests, using his hands for emphasis. Felix responds, “Lincoln,” a bizarre non sequitur that leaves host Allen Ludden and the rest of the panel dumbfounded. Felix explains: “Itʹs a known fact that Lincoln loved mayonnaise!” Didnʹt we just mention the Great Emancipator earlier? Next, itʹs Felixʹs turn to give the clue; the password is bird. “Aristophanes,” he ventures, explaining after theyʹve lost that Aristophanes wrote the play The Birds. “No more Greek clues!” a furious Oscar shouts at Felix. “Aristophanes is ridiculous!” The next password: ridiculous. Oscar looks hard at Felix and growls, “Aristophanes.” Felix thinks and puts two and two together. “Ridiculous!” he shouts with glee, bouncing up and down. Itʹs a wonderfully witty setup to a classic sitcom moment, the point at which the odd couple finally gets even. The pairʹs utter failure to communicate finds its fullest, most sidesplitting expression in this sparkling episode.

In 1972, Wings release “Hi, Hi, Hi” in United Kingdom.

In 1976, “C.P.O. Sharkey” and “The McLean Stevenson Show” debut on NBC.

In 1977, “Pinwheel” was launched on a QUBE cable system (which also launched with 29 channels that same day) channel C-3 in Columbus, Ohio. Pinwheel would become the cornerstone for the Nickelodeon channel that would be launched on April 1, 1979.

In 1977, COVER OF ROLLING STONE STEVE MARTIN

In 1977, HOT NEW MOVIES “THE GOODBYE GIRL” (Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason); “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” (Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Francois Truffault)

In 1978, British new wave music-hall rocker Ian Dury releases his biggest hit single “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick.” It will reach number one in the United Kingdom and sell two million copies worldwide without entering the U.S. chart. A lyric from that song can be heard on “Bras On 45” by Ivor Biggun and The D. Kups

In 1979, R.C., “Dreaming” by Blondie peaked at #27 on the pop singles chart.

In 1979, The Movie Channel pay network was launched.

In 1979, “Fred and Barney Meet The Thing”, TV Cartoon Show, last aired on NBC.

In 1979, “The New Shmoo”, TV Cartoon Show; last aired on NBC.

In 1980, The Bravo arts cable network was launched.

In 1980, The newly expanded nine-piece Talking Heads start a brief United Kingdom tour at Londonʹs Hammersmith Palais. A new Irish band which will go on to great things in the U.S. within two years, opens the show.

In 1981, Depeche Mode founder and songwriter Vince Clarke, announced he was leaving the band to form the group Yazoo (known as “Yaz” in America) with vocalist Alison Moyet.

In 1981, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson as pro basketballʹs second all-time leading scorer (second only to Wilt Chamberlain). Kareem got to the total of 26,712 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 117-86. Chamberlainʹs record fell in 1984, when Kareemʹs scores reached 31,259. Kareem wound up his career in 1989 with 38,387 points.

In 1981, “Bret Maverick”, TV Western Drama; debut on NBC.

In 1982, Michael Jacksonʹs first solo album in three years, “Thriller”, was released by Epic Records and goes on to become the best-selling album in history, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. It will yield four smash singles “This Girl is Mine” (a duet with Paul McCartney), “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin',” “Billy Jean” and “Beat It.” This album also provided “Weird Al” Yankovic with material for his video and song “Eat It” in 1984.

In 1984, Just eight days after his miracle pass to lead Boston College over Miami, Doug Flutie was named Heisman Trophy winner for the year. Flutie was only the 13th quarterback to receive the award.

In 1984, NBC debuts “Spencer,” a teen sitcom, starring Chad Lowe, that features some of televisionʹs most famous supporting players — Mimi Kennedy, Ronny Cox, Richard Sanders, Beverly Archer, Harold Gould and Frances Sternhagen — in supporting roles. Not so well known is young Amy Locane, as Spencerʹs kid sister, who will go on to bigger and better things.

In 1984, R.C., “Concealed Weapons” by J. Geils Band peaked at #63 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, R.C., “Sexcrime (1984)” by Eurythmics peaked at #81 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, R.C., “The Gap” by Thompson Twins peaked at #69 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, Greg Page knocked out South Africaʹs Gerrie Coetzee in the eighth round in Sun City, Bophuthatswana, to win the WBA heavyweight title.

In 1985, Singer and actress, Barbi Benton set a record this day, as she appeared for the fourth time as a Playmate in “Playboy” magazine.

In 1986, Eight p.m./ET “Alf” (NBC): The family car is disabled, leaving Lynn (Andrea Elson) without transportation, so Alf salvages the gold from his crippled spaceship and buys her a red Ferrari. Willie: Max Wright. Kate: Anne Schedeen.

In 1986, Filming begins on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.

In 1986, “The Cavanaughs”, TV Comedy; debut on CBS.

In 1987, “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Good Old Days”, “You Make Me”, and “Velvet Elvis” for his Even Worse LP.

In 1988, NBC bid a record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics. They would then Triplecast part of it on Pay Per View. The experiment bombed.

In 1988, The World Health Organization sponsors the first World AIDS Day, celebrated with a concert in Beijing, a march through the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, and a display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in seven countries are among the AIDS prevention activities in 140 nations. President Reagan, Pope John Paul II and United Nations Sec. General Javier Perez de Cuellar are among those sending messages to the opening ceremony at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, calling for stepped-up efforts against the disease. Reaganʹs message, read by singer Pearl Bailey, declares “It is the responsibility of each individual to learn about HIV (the AIDS virus) and to treat those infected with HIV with respect and compassion. And it is the responsibility of infected individuals not to infect others.” The observance comes as the result of the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention in January 1988, which called for a new spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. Since then, World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly, the United Nations system, governments, communities and individuals from around the world.

In 1989, After his owners are kidnapped by aliens, “Saturday Night Liveʹs” Toonces (the cat who could drive a car, just not very well) crashes into a Forest Service office where he types that “My owners Lyle and Brenda Clarke of 3130 Meadow Lane are being held captive by Marshens.” Yes, he misspelled Martians — what do you want from a cat?

In 1990, On the cover of TV Guide: “Dolly Parton, Chevy Chase”. Other Articles: Columbo, Kevin Arnoldʹs adult voicist

In 1992, “The Jackie Thomas Show”, TV Comedy; debut on ABC. It bombed.

In 1992, “Weird Al” Yankovic records “She Was A Mime” for his Alapalooza CD.

In 1994, “Game Show Network” makes its debut on cable systems, giving geeks around the country something to argue about aside from “Kirk vs. Picard.”

In 1994, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded “Since Youʹve Been Gone”, “The Night Santa Went Crazy” and “I Remember Larry” for his “Bad Hair Day” CD.

In 1995, The movie “Gumby: The Movie” opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1997, Eight definitely was enough as eight planets from our Solar System lined up from West to East beginning with Pluto, followed by Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn, with a crescent moon alongside, in a rare display visible from Earth that lasted until December 8.

In 1997, Kenny G set a record for the longest-held note — an E flat, which he held on his sax for 45 minutes and 47 seconds, said Mark C. Young, Guinness Book of Records publisher. The feat was accomplished in a New York music store.

In 1998, “Comedy Central Presents” began airing on Comedy Central

In 1999, RCA Records announced that Lou Begaʹs debut album “A Little Bit Of Mambo” had been certified triple platinum, meaning sales of more than three million copies.

In 2008, Actor Paul Benedict, who played English neighbor Harry Bentley on “The Jeffersons,” died on Marthaʹs Vineyard, Massachusetts, at age 70.

In 2012, 12 x 01 = 12

In 2018, Actor and dancer Ken Berry, star of the 1960s sitcom “F Troop” and “Mayberry R.F.D.” in the 1970s, died at a Southern California hospital at the age of 85.

In 2018, The animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had its world premiere in Los Angeles. The move went on to win Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.

In 2019, “Frozen 2” set a record for the five-day period starting on the day before Thanksgiving, taking in $132.7 million at the box office.

The Holiday Almanacs December 1, 2021

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Third Day of Hanukkah
[USA] Lefotver Week (Day 6)
[USA] Travelers With Disabilities Awareness Week (Day 4)
[Azores, Portugal] Independence Day (1640)
[Cape Verde] Restoration Day (1968)
[Central African Republic] Proclamation of Republic Day (1958)
[Iceland] Independence Day (1918)
[Liberia] Matilda Newport Day (1822)
[Portugese Guiana] Mocidale Day/Youth Day/Portugal Independence Day.
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[USA] Becky Thatcher Day
[USA] Christmas Lights Day
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[USA] Nebbish Pride Day
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[USA] Rosa Parks Day
[World] AIDS day (1989)

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Astrological sign: Capricorn: The Goat (12-22 thru 1-20) Ruling Planet: Saturn; Element: Earth; Traits: Ambitious, disciplined, persevering, pessimistic; Body part associated with this sign: The knees. Occupations: Positions of trust, banking, mountain climbing, coaching, engineering.
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Gems: turquoise and zircon
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