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April 21 – Today In History

Guest Author - Tammy Cordani

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 21st.

Today In …

Sharing A Birthday Today…

753 BC Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus.

1898 - The Spanish-American War began.

1997 - The ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and others are taken into space aboard the OSC Pegasus XL.

Charlotte Bronte author of “Jane Eyre” was born in 1816.

Gary Condit the former Congressman from California was born in 1948. Condit’s tenured became marred in the Chandra Levy murder mystery.

Tony Danza the actor/daytime TV host who starred on TV’s “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss” was born in 1951.

Charles Grodin the actor/news journalist who appeared in “Beethoven” and “Dave” was born in 1935.

Ed Leslie best known to wrestling fans as Brutus the Barber Beefcake was born in 1958.

Patti Lupone who appeared in “Driving Miss Daisy” and on TV’s “Life Goes On” was born in 1949.

Andie MacDowell who starred in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Green Card” and “Groundhog Day” was born in 1958.

Alistair MacLean the author of “Guns of Navarone” and “HMS Ulysses” was born in 1922.

James Morrison who starred in “Jarhead” and TV’s “24” was born in 1954.

Charlie O’Connell who starred on TV’s “The Bachelor” and “Dude Where’s My Car” was born in 1975.

Jerry Only the bass player for the band The Misfits was born in 1959.

Iggy Pop the infamous rock ‘n’ roller behind the songs “The Passenger”, “Lust for Life” and “Gimme Danger” was born in 1947.

Helen Prejean the author of “Dead Man Walking” was born in 1939.

Queen Elizabeth II Britain’s reigning monarch was born in 1926.

Anthony Quinn the acclaimed actor who starred in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Lust for Life” was born in 1915.

Robert Smith the front man for music’s The Cure was born in 1959.

Nicole Sullivan from “MadTV” and the voice of Shego on “Kim Possible” was born in 1970.

We Said Goodbye To…

Samuel Clemens who will forever be remembered as author Mark Twain, the writer of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Prince and the Pauper” passed away in 1910 at the age of 74.

King Henry VII the British monarch passed away in 1509 at the age of 52.

Milton Marx best known for being “Gummo” for the legendary Marx Brothers passed away in 1977 at the age of 83.

Buddy Rogers the actor/humanitarian who starred in “Wings” passed away in 1999 at the age of 94.

Walter Slezak the Broadway star of “Fanny” as well as TV and film star, died in 1983 at the age of 80.

Manfred von Richthofen best remembered as the Red Baron was killed in action in 1918 at the age of 25.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1951 - “How High The Moon” by Les Paul and Mary Ford
1962 - “Good Luck Charm” by Elvis Presley
1973 - “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn
1979 - “Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart
1979 - On The Country Charts – “All I Ever Need Is You” by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
1984 - “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” by Phil Collins
1984 - On The Country Charts – “The Yellow Rose” by Johnny Lee and Lane Brody
1990 - “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sineard O’Connor
1990 - On The Country Charts – “Love On Arrival” by Dan Seals

Musical Moments In…

1984 - The soundtrack for “Footloose” ended Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” reign after thirty-seven weeks atop the Billboard album’s chart.

TV Moments In…

1986 - Reporter Geraldo Rivera hosted the TV special “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault”. After high expectations, the vault finally revealed its hidden treasures of broken bottles and debris!

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1980 - Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon. She would later be disqualified when it was shown that she didn’t run the entire course.

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