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August 19 Events and Birthdays

Today in History- August 19th

Happy Birthday!
1871 Orville Wright, aviation pioneer
1883 Coco Chanel, fashion designer
1902 Ogden Nash, humorist, poet (Spring Comes to Murray Hill)
1915 Ring Lardner, Jr, writer (Woman of the Year, MASH movie(70)
1919 Malcolm Forbes, publisher/ founder of Forbes magazine
1921 Gene Roddenberry, producer/ creator of Star Trek
1930 Frank McCourt, author (Angela's Ashes)
1931 Willie Shoemaker, jockey
1942 Fred Thompson, U.S. senator/ actor (Law & Order)
1946 William Jefferson Clinton, U.S. President
1952 Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek)
1955 Peter Gallagher, actor (The OC, While You were Sleeping)
1956 Adam Arkin, actor (Chicago Hope, Hitch)
1963 John Stamos, actor (Full House, Jake in Progress)
1965 Kevin Dillon, actor (Drama from Entourage, Platoon)
1965 Kyra Sedgwick, actress (The Closer, Phenomenon)
1966 LeAnn Womack, country singer (I Hope You Dance)
1969 Matthew Perry, actor (Chandler Bing from Friends)

1662 Blaise Pascal, mathematician
1819 James Watts, inventor (separate chambers for steam engine)
1977 Groucho Marx, actor/ The Marx Brothers (Duck Soup)

1934 Hilter becomes Führer of Germany.

History Lesson:

Coco Chanel became a fashion great, but she started life off in an orphanage.

Matthew Perry's father in Fools Rush In was played by his real father John Bennett Perry.

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