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Happy Birthday RIP William “Hayden” Rorke(1910–1987) Johnny Carson(1925–2005) John Michael Crichton(1942–2008) ; Ang Lee( 李安 )–62 Weird Alfred Yankovic–57 Samuel Raimi–57 Ryan Reynolds–40 ; 1915 – Women’s suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote ; 1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo, which is serialized in the weekly Spirou magazine

Happy Birthday RIP “Curly Howard”(Jerome Horwitz 1903–1952) Joan Fontaine(de Havilland 1917–2013) Annette Funicello(1942–2013) ; Sir Derek Jacobi–78 Christopher Lloyd–78 David “Tony” Roberts–77 Catherine Deneuve(Dorléac)–73 Deepak Chopra–70 Jeffrey Goldblum–64 Brian Boitano–53 Ned “Carlos” Mencia–49 “Spike Jonze”(Adam Spiegel)–47 Michael Fishman–35 Zachary Hanson–31 Kyle Gallner–30 ; 1746 – The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) receives its charter. ; 1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust

Happy Birthday RIP John “Dizzy” Gillespie(1917–1993) ; Joyce Randolph(Sirola)–92 Manfred Mann(Lubowitz)–76 Judith “Judy” Sheindlin(Blum)–74 Carrie Fisher–60 Kensaku Watanabe–57 Jade Jagger–45 Sasha Roiz–43 Jeremy Miller–40 William Estes Nipper–38 Aaron Tveit–33 Matthew Dallas–34 ; 1879 – Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. which was tested the next day and lasted 13.5 hours. This would be the start of the invention of the first commercially practical incandescent light. Popular belief is that he invented the light bulb, which he did not. He invented the first that for which use was practical.

Happy Birthday RIP Bela Lugosi(Blaskó 1882–1956) John Dewey(1859–1952) Joyce Brothers(Bauer 1927–2013) ; William Christopher–84 Thomas Petty–66 Thomas Newman–61 Viggo Mortensen Jr–58 Calvin Broadus(“Snoop Dogg”)–45 Samuel Witwer–39 John Krasinski–37 Adam Butcher–28 ; 1803 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

Happy Birthday RIP “LaWanda Page”(Alberta Peal 1920–2002) “Robert Reed”(John Rietz Jr 1932–1992) Harris Glenn Milstead(“Divine” 1945–1988) ; David Cornwell(“John Le Carré”)–85 Sir Michael Gambon–76 John Lithgow–71 Patricia Ireland–71 Jennifer Holliday–56 Amy Carter–49 Randolph “Trey” Parker III–47 Christopher Kattan–46 Desmond Harrington–40 ; 1987 – “Black Monday” the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or -22.6 percent in value, the largest one-day percentage drop (worse than 1929 at -12.82%)

Happy Birthday RIP George Campbell Scott(1927–1999) Peter Boyle Jr(1935–2006) ; Charles “Chuck” Berry–90 Dawn Wells–78 Michael Ditka(Dyczko)–77 Pamela Dawber–65 Robert “Bob” Weinstein–62 Martina Navratilova–60 Erin Moran–56 Jean-Claude Van Damme(Varenberg)–56 Zachary Efron–29 ; 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day ; 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service

Happy Birthday RIP Edward Montgomery Clift(1920–1966) “Rita Hayworth”(Margarita Cansino 1918–1987) Thomas Poston(1921–2007) Robert “Evil” Knievel(1938–2007) ; James Seals–75 Michael McKean–69 Margaret “Margot” Kidder–68 George Wendt–68 Norman Macdonald–53 David “Ziggy” Marley–48 Marshall Mathers III(“Eminem”)–44 David Matthew Macfadyen–42 Chris Lowell–32 Maximillian Irons–31 ; 1919 – RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America ; 1956 – The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England

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