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April 4 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 4th.

Today In …

1581 - Explorer Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.

1818 - A Congressional Act established the stars and stripes symbols on the American flag.

1850 - Los Angeles, California was officially incorporated.

1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization a.k.a. NATA was formed.

1973 - The ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the World Trade Center occurred today.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Maya Angelou the popular author and poet was born in 1928.

David Blaine the renowned illusionist was born in 1973.

Anthony Clark the actor/comedian who starred on TV’s “Boston Common” and “Yes, Dear” and appeared in the action film “The Rock” was born in 1963.

David Cross the actor/comedian who starred on TV’s “Arrested Development” and in the films “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Scary Movie 2” was born in 1964.

Clive Davis the music producer/mogul was born in 1932.

Dorothea Dix the social reformer/activist was born in 1802.

Robert Downey Jr. who starred in “Chaplin”, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and “Less Than Zero” was born in 1965.

Estelle Harris the TV and film actress who voiced Mrs. Potato Head in “Toy Story 2” was born in 1932. Harris is probably best known for her role as Mrs. Costanza on TV’s “Seinfeld”.

David E. Kelley the creator of a number of TV shows including “Ally McBeal”, “Boston Legal” and “The Practice” was born in 1956.

Kitty Kelley the sometimes controversial biographer/author was born in 1942.

Heath Ledger the star of such films as “The Patriot”, “Brokeback Mountain” and “Casanova” was born in 1979.

Natasha Lyonne who appeared in the “American Pie” films and “Detroit Rock City” was born in 1979.

Nancy McKeon who starred on TV’s “The Facts of Life” and “The Division” was born in 1966.

Arthur Murray the famed dance instructor was born in 1895.

Craig T. Nelson the star of TV’s “Coach” and “The District” as well as the movies “Poltergeist” and the voice of Mr. Incredible in “The Incredibles” was born in 1944.

Barry Pepper the actor who appeared in “Flags of Our Fathers” and “The Green Mile” was born in 1970.

Anthony Perkins best known for his work in the film “Psycho” was born in 1932.

Jamie Lynn Spears star of TV’s “Zoey 101” as well as little sister of pop star Britney Spears was born in 1991.

Muddy Waters the legendary blues musician was born in 1915.

Hugo Weaving the star of “V for Vendetta”, Elrond in the “Lord of the Rings” films and Agent Smith in “The Matrix” movies was born in 1960.

We Said Goodbye To…

Edgar Buchanan who appeared on TV’s “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres” passed away in 1979 at the age of 76.

William Henry Harrison the 9th President of the United States passed away in 1841 at the age of 68.

Martin Luther King Jr. the Civil Rights activist was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.

Gloria Swanson one of the leading actresses during the Silent Film Era and star of “Sunset Boulevard” passed away in 1983 at the age of 86.

Red Sovine the singer of such songs as “Phantom 309” and “Teddy Bear” passed away in 1980 at the age of 62.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1964 - “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles
1981 - On The Country Charts – “Drifter” by Sylvia
1987 - “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship
1987 - On The Country Charts – “Ocean Front Property” by George Strait
1998 - “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo

TV Moments In…

1969 - CBS cancelled the top rated comedy/variety show “The Smothers Brothers”.

Famous Marriages

1992 - Josh Tesh and Connie Selleca were married.

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