Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
February 19 – Today In History
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 19th.
Today In …
1878 - Thomas Edison patented his invention the phonograph.
1913 - Prizes were first introduced with Cracker Jack caramel corn.
1942 - The executive order 9066 relocating Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps was signed by Franklin Roosevelt.
1945 - U.S. forces arrived on Iwo Jima.
1985 - Cherry Coke made its official debut.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Prince Andrew, Britain’s Duke of York, was born in 1960.
Justine Bateman the actress who appeared on the TV comedies “Family Ties” and “Arrested Development” was born in 1966.
Nicolaus Copernicus the famed astronomer was born in 1473.
Jeff Daniels who starred in “Dumb and Dumber” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” was born in 1955.
Benicio Del Toro the Oscar winning actor of “Traffic” was born in 1967.
Haylie Duff who starred on TV’s “7th Heaven” and the film “Napoleon Dynamite” was born in 1985.
Falco the singer of such memorable songs as “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Der Kommissar” was born in 1957.
Cedric Hardwicke the actor who appeared in such films as “The Ten Commandments” was born in 1893.
Lee Marvin who starred in a number of films including “Delta Force” and “The Dirty Dozen” was born in 1924.
Michael Nader who starred on TV’s “Dynasty” and “All My Children” was born in 1945.
Smokey Robinson the legendary singer of “Tears of a Clown” was born in 1940.
Seal the renowned singer of such hits as “Kiss From a Rose” was born in 1963.
We Said Goodbye To…
Madge Blake who appeared in “Singin’ in the Rain” and on TV’s “Batman” passed away in 1969 at the age of 69.
Grandpa Jones the entertainer who appeared on TV’s “Hee Haw” passed away in 1998 at the age of 84.
Johnny Paycheck the singer of the hit song “Take This Job and Shove It” passed away in 2003 at the age of 64.
Max Schreck the German actor who starred as Count Orlock in the film “Nosferatu” passed away in 1936 at the age of 56.
Bon Scott the front man for the rock band AC/DC passed away in 1980 at the age of 33.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1977 - “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
1977 - On The Country Charts – “Moody Blue” by Elvis Presley
Musical Moments In…
2006 - The Rolling Stones played to a record breaking crowd of 1.3 million at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TV Moments In…
1968 - “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuted.
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