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Happy Birthday RIP John “Dizzy” Gillespie(1917–1993) Carrie Fisher(1956–2016) ; Joyce Randolph(Sirola)–93 Manfred Mann(Lubowitz)–77 Judith “Judy” Sheindlin(Blum)–75 Kensaku Watanabe–58 Jade Jagger–46 Sasha Roiz–44 Jeremy Miller–41 William Estes Nipper–39 Aaron Tveit–34 Matthew Dallas–35 ; 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.

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Happy Birthday RIP Bela Lugosi(Blaskó 1882–1956) John Dewey(1859–1952) Jerome Orbach(19352004) Dr. Joyce Brothers(Bauer 1927–2013) William Christopher(1932–2016) Thomas Petty(1950–2017) ; Thomas Newman–62 Viggo Mortensen Jr–59 Calvin Broadus(“Snoop Dogg”)–46 Samuel Witwer–40 John Krasinski–38 Adam Butcher–29 ; 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”)–86 Sir Michael Gambon–77 John Lithgow–72 Patricia Ireland–72 Jennifer Holliday–57 Amy Carter–50 Randolph “Trey” Parker III–48 Christopher Kattan–47 Desmond Harrington–41 ; 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) Erin Moran(1960–2017) Charles “Chuck” Berry(1926–2017) ; Dawn Wells–79 Michael Ditka(Dyczko)–78 Pamela Dawber–66 Martina Navratilova–61 Jean-Claude Van Damme(Varenberg)–57 Zachary Efron–30 ; 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–76 Michael McKean–70 Margaret “Margot” Kidder–69 George Wendt III–69 Norman Macdonald–58 David “Ziggy” Marley–49 Marshall Mathers III(“Eminem”)–45 David Matthew Macfadyen–43 Chris Lowell–33 Maximillian Irons–32 ; 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,  Cumbria, England

Happy Birthday RIP Oscar Wilde(1854–1900) Michael Conrad(1925–1983) ; Angela Lansbury–92 Leonard Barrie Corbin–77 Suzanne Somers(Mahoney)–71 Timothy Robbins–59 Kim Wayans–56 Michael Balzary(“Flea”)–55 Paul Sparks–46 Johnathan Mayer–40 Brea Grant–36 ; 1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy

Happy Birthday RIP “Mark Lenard”(Leonard Rosenson 1924–1996) ; Linda Lavin–80 Carole Penny Marshall–74 Richard Carpenter–71 Sarah Ferguson–58 Emeril Lagasse III–58 Dominic West–48 William “Brent” Unger–22 ; 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation (later General Electric) in Schenectady ; 1951 – The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System


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