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February 5 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 5th.

Today In …

1973 - The funeral for Colonel William Nolde was held. Colonel Nolde holds the distinction of being the last American casualty of the Vietnam War. He was killed January 27, 1973 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Hank Aaron, the legendary baseball hall of famer and home run champion, was born in 1934.

Bobby Brown, the singer behind such hits as "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step I Take" as well as his highly publicized marriage to singer/actress Whitney Houston was born in 1969.

Red Buttons, the legendary actor and comedian, who starred in his own TV show as well as the hit movie "The Poseidon Adventure" was born in 1919.

John Carradine the actor who appeared in such films as "Bride of Frankenstein", "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Stagecoach" was born in 1906.

Sara Evans singer of such hits as "A Real Fine Place to Start" and "Suds in the Bucket" and also a "Dancing With The Stars" alumni, was born in 1971.

Christopher Guest the actor and comedian who appeared in such films as "This is Spinal Tap" was born in 1948.

Barbara Hershey the star of such films as "Beaches" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" was born in 1948.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, the actress who has starred in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", "Rush" and "Single White Female" was born in 1962.

Laura Linney, who has starred in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", "Kinsey" and "Love Actually" was born in 1964.

Duff McKagen, bass player for the rock bands Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver was born in 1964.

David Selby the actor who has appeared on TV's "Dark Shadows" and "Falcon Crest" was born in 1941.

Belle Starr, legendary Old West hero (and sometimes outlaw) was born in 1848.

Roger Staubach, the football quarterback and hall of famer was born in 1942.

Darrell Waltrip, the legendary race car driver, was born in 1947.

We Said Goodbye To…

Todd Karns, who is probably best known for his role as George Bailey's younger brother Harry in the timeless classic "It's A Wonderful Life" passed away in 2000 at the age of 78.

Tim Kelly, guitarist for the rock band "Slaughter" was killed in an automobile accident in 1998 at the age of 35.

Doug McClure, the actor who appeared in TV's "The Virginian" passed away in 1995 at the age of 59.

Marianne Moore, the Pullitzer Prize winning poet passed away in 1972 at the age of 84.

Hannah Van Buren, wife of President Martin Van Buren, passed away in 1819 at the age of 36.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1972 - On The Country Charts - "One's On The Way" by Loretta Lynn
1977 - Torn Between Two Lovers" by Mary MacGregor

Musical Moments In…

1940 - "Tuxedo Junction" was recorded by Glenn Miller.

Movie Moments In...

1919 - The United Artists studio is formed by some of Hollywood's elite including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

1936 - The partial silent and part talkie film "Modern Times" starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard was released.

1953 - Walt Disney's animated classic "Peter Pan" was released today.

In Print In…

1922 - "Reader's Digest" is first published.

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