Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 7th.
Today In …
1671 - Scottish hero Robert Roy MacGregor a.k.a. Rob Roy was christened today.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
1933 - The version of the board game Monopoly that we know today was invented by Charles Darrow.
1965 - “Bloody Sunday” occurred in Selma, Alabama during a Civil Rights march.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Tammy Faye Bakker who, with her (then) husband Jim became renowned for their TV evangelical work, was born in 1942.
Bill Brochtrip who starred on TV’s “NYPD Blue” was born in 1963.
James Broderick the actor who starred on TV’s “As the World Turns” and “Family” and father of Matthew Broderick was born in 1927.
Bryan Cranston who starred on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and appeared in the movie “Little Miss Sunshine” was born in 1956.
Taylor Dayne the singer of the hit song “Tell It to My Heart” was born in 1962.
Michael Eisner the former head of the Walt Disney empire was born in 1942.
Bret Easton Ellis the writer of “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero” was born in 1964.
John Heard who starred in the movie “Home Alone” and on TV’s “Prison Break” was born in 1945.
Laura Prepon who starred on TV’s “That ‘70’s Show” was born in 1980.
Maurice Ravel the French composer of “Bolero” was born in 1875.
Peter Sarsgaard who starred in “Man in the Iron Mask” and “The Skeleton Key” was born in 1971.
Willard Scott the famous TV weatherman and first Ronald McDonald was born in 1934.
Wanda Sykes the actress/comedian who has appeared in “Monster-In-Law”, “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and lent her voice to “Over the Hedge” was born in 1964.
Daniel J. Travanti who starred on TV’s “Hill Street Blues” was born in 1940.
Rachel Weisz the Oscar winning actress of “The Constant Gardener” and “The Mummy” was born in 1971. (See my review of The Constant Gardener.)
We Said Goodbye To…
Thomas Aquinas the theologian and Catholic Saint passed away in 1274 at the age of 48.
Aristotle the famed philosopher passed away in 322 BC at the age of 61.
Divine the actor best remembered for his role as Edna in “Hairspray” passed away in 1988 at the age of 42.
Charles Gray the actor who portrayed Mycroft Holmes on TV’s “Sherlock Holmes” and starred in “Diamonds are Forever” passed away in 2000 at the age of 71.
Stanley Kubrick the famed director of such films as “A Clockwork Orange”, “Dr. Strangelove…”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Full Metal Jacket” and “The Shining” passed away in 1999 at the age of 70.
Antonius Pius the Emperor of Rome passed away in 161 at the age of 74.
Paul Winfield who starred on TV’s “Picket Fences” passed away in 2004 at the age of 62.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1964 - On the Country Charts – “Saginaw Michigan” by Lefty Frizzell
1981 - On the Country Charts – “Do You Love as Good as You Look” by the Bellamy Brothers
1981 - “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit
Musical Moments In…
1985 - “We Are the World” was broadcast on radio for the very first time.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1987 - Mike Tyson became the WBA heavyweight champion when he defeated James “Bonecrusher” Smith in the 12th round.
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