Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on January 26th.
Today In …
1837 - The 26th state was admitted to the U.S. Which was it? Michigan!
1861 - Louisiana secedes from the Union in the days leading to the Civil War.
1934 - The Apollo Theatre, which showcased the talents of legendary entertainers, first opened its doors today!
1988 - In what would become the longest running show on Broadway, “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber makes its debut at New York’s Majestic Theater.
2005 - Condoleeza Rice is sworn in as Secretary of State of the United States.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Anita Baker, the voice behind the song “When You Love Someone” was born in 1958.
Ellen DeGeneres, the actress/comedienne/day time talk show host, was born in 1958.
Julia Grant, former First Lady and wife of the 18th U.S. President, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in 1826.
Wayne Gretzky, the star hockey player, was born in 1961.
Douglas MacArthur, the renowned five star General, was born in 1880.
Paul Newman, the iconic actor who starred in such films as “The Color of Money”, “Cool Hand Luke” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was born in 1925.
Andrew Ridgeley, one half of the duo Wham with George Michael, was born in 1963.
Gene Siskel, who, with fellow film critic Roger Ebert, reviewed many films, was born in 1946.
David Strathairn who starred in “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “We Are Marshall” was born in 1950.
Eddie Van Halen, guitarist for the rock band Van Halen, was born in 1955.
Maria Von Trapp, whose life was portrayed by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” was born in 1905.
We Said Goodbye To…
Jeane Dixon, the renowned psychic, was 92 when she passed away in 1997.
Jose Ferrer, the star of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and father of actor Miguel Ferrer passed away in 1992 at the age of 83.
Edward Jenner, the doctor who found the small pox vaccine, passed away in 1823 at the age of 73.
Edward G. Robinson, the legendary actor of such films as “Little Caesar” passed away in 1973 at the age of 79.
Nelson Rockefeller, the former Vice President of the United States, passed away in 1979 at the age of 70.
Pat Walsh, who will forever be immortalized as the voice of E.T. in “E.T.: Extra Terrestrial” passed away in 1995 at the age of 79.
William Wrigley Jr., the entrepreneur behind Wrigley’s gum passed away at the age of 70 in 1932.
Movie Moments In...
1939 - After years of delay, today is the first day of filming on “Gone With the Wind”.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
2002 - “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
TV Moments In…
1979 - “Just some good ol’ boys…” The CBS series “The Dukes of Hazzard” debuted today. The series, which lasted until 1985, starred John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke, Catherine Bach as their cousin Daisy and Denver Pyle as Uncle Jessie. Their nemeses were played by Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg) and James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltraine).
1984 - Mickey Spillane’s legendary detective hit the airwaves. “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” starred Stacy Keach and ran on CBS for three years.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1986 - In Super Bowl XX, the Chicago Bears were victorious over the New England Patriots by a score of 46 to 10.