October 31

Happy Birthday RIP “Michael Landon”(Eugene Orowitz 1936–1991) John Candy (1950–1994) David Ogden Stiers(1942–2018); Lyova Rosenthal(“Lee Grant”)–93 Daniel Rather Jr–87 Saul “Ron” Rifkin–79 Sally Kirkland–77 Graham “Stephen” Rea–72 Dierdre Hall–71 Margaret Jane Pauley–68 Peter Jackson–57 Dermot Mulroney–55 Robert Schneider–55 Robert Van Winkle(“Vanilla Ice”)–51 Sean Lockhart–32  ; 1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States ; 1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed

October 29

Happy Birthday Baby Peggy Montgomery–100 Richard Dreyfuss–71 Lucy Kate Jackson–70 Daniel Castellaneta–61 Joely Fisher–51 Rufus Sewell–51 Christopher Wiehl–48 Winona Ryder(Horowitz)–47 Brendan Fehr–41 Benjamin Foster–38 ; 1929 – Black Tuesday: stock prices collapsed on the New York Stock Exchange amid panic selling. Thousands of investors were wiped out financially.

October 28

Happy Birthday RIP Edith Posener(“Head” 1897–1981) ; Dame Joan Plowright–89 Charles Daniels–82 Jane Alexander(Quigley)–79 Telma Hopkins–70 Annie Potts–66 William Henry Gates III–63 Julia Roberts–51 Bradley Paisley–46 Joaquin Phoenix(Bottom)–44 Peter “Finn” Wittrock–34 ; 1636 – A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become later known as Harvard University ; 1886 – the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland with the first ticker tape parade (office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets)

October 26

Happy Birthday RIP Mahalia Jackson(1911–1972) John “Jackie” Coogan(1914–1984) Robert “Bob” Hoskins(1942–2014) ; Jacquelyn Smith–73 Patrick Sajdak–72 Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton–71 Lauren Tewess–65 Mark “Dylan” McDermott–57 Ivan “Cary” Elwes–56 Thomas Cavanagh–54 Keith Urban–51 Anthony Rapp–47 Seth MacFarlane–45 ; 1921 – The Chicago Theatre originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre promoted as the “Wonder Theatre of the World” opened with its first performance “The Sign on the Door ” starring Norma Talmadge

October 25

Happy Birthday RIP Pablo Picasso y Lopez(1881–1973) Sarah Colley(“Minnie Pearl” 1912–1996) William Bertanzetti(“Billy Barty” 1924–2000) Wilma Jeanne Cooper(1928–2013) ; Marian Ross–90 Helen Reddy–77 Nancy Cartwright–61 Samantha Bee–49 Joshua Henderson–37 “Katy Perry”(Katheryn Hudson)–34 Ciara Harris–33 ; 1945 – The Republic of China takes over administration of Taiwan following Japan’s surrender to the Allies

October 24

Happy Birthday RIP “Bob Kane”(Robert Kahn 1915–1998) ; Frederick Murray Abraham–79 Kevin Kline–71 Douglas Davidson–64 John Kassir–61 Casey Wilson–38 Oliver Jackson-Cohen–32 ; 1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls, in a barrel ; 1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, which is at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

October 23

Happy Birthday RIP William “Hayden” Rorke(1910–1987) Frank Sutton (1923–1974) Johnny Carson(1925–2005) John Michael Crichton(1942–2008) ; Ang Lee( 李安 )–64 Weird Alfred Yankovic–59 Samuel Raimi–59 Ryan Reynolds–42 Emila Clarke–32; 1915 – Women’s suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote ; 1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo, which is serialized in the weekly Spirou magazine

October 22

Happy Birthday RIP “Curly Howard”(Jerome Horwitz 1903–1952) Joan Fontaine(Beauvoir de Havilland 1917–2013) Annette Funicello(1942–2013) ; Sir Derek Jacobi–80 Christopher Lloyd–80 David “Tony” Roberts–79 Catherine Deneuve(Dorléac)–75 Deepak Chopra–72 Jeffrey Goldblum–66 Brian Boitano–55 Ned “Carlos” Mencia–51 “Spike Jonze”(Adam Spiegel)–49 Michael Fishman–37 Zachary Hanson–33 Kyle Gallner–32 ; 1746 – The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) receives its charter. ; 1883 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust

October 21

Happy Birthday RIP John “Dizzy” Gillespie(1917–1993) Carrie Fisher(1956–2016) ; Joyce Randolph(Sirola)–94 Manfred Mann(Lubowitz)–78 Judith “Judy” Sheindlin(Blum)–76 Kensaku Watanabe–59 Jade Jagger–47 Sasha Roiz–45 Jeremy Miller–42 William Estes Nipper–40 Matthew Dallas–36 Aaron Tveit–35 ; 1879 – Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. which was tested the next day and lasted 13.5 hours. This would be the start of the invention of the first commercially practical incandescent light. Popular belief is that he invented the light bulb, which he did not. He invented the first that for which use was practical.

October 20

Happy Birthday RIP Bela Lugosi(Blaskó 1882–1956) John Dewey(1859–1952) Jerome Orbach(1935–2004) Dr. Joyce Brothers(Bauer 1927–2013) William Christopher(1932–2016) Thomas Petty(1950–2017) ; Thomas Newman–63 Viggo Mortensen Jr–60 Calvin Broadus(“Snoop Dogg”)–47 Samuel Witwer–41 Niall Matter–38 John Krasinski–39 Adam Butcher–30 ; 1803 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.