December 27

Happy Birthday RIP Louis Pasteur(1822–1895) Marie “Marlene” Dietrich(1901–1992) Heather O’Rourke(1975–1988) ; John Amos–79 Michael “Mike” Pinder–77 Mary “Cokie” Roberts(Boggs)–75 Gérard Depardieu–70 Wilson Echevarrí(“Cruz”)–45 Masayori “Masi” Oka(岡 政偉)–44 Emilie de Ravin–37 ; 1927 – Kern and Hammerstein’s musical play Show Boat, considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfield theatre on Broadway ; 1932 – Radio City Music Hall “Showplace of the Nation” opened in New York City

December 26

Happy Birthday RIP Stephen “Steve” Allen(1921–2000) Irwin Kniberg(“Alan King” 1926–2004) ; Harvey Phillip Spector–79 Osborn “Ozzie” Smith–64 David Sedaris–62 Jared Leto(Bryant)–47 Richard “Reichen” Lehmkuhl–45 Chris Daughtry–39 Christopher “Kit” Harington–32 ; 1865 – James H. Nason of Franklin, Mass., received a patent for the coffee percolator ; 1933 – FM radio is patented by US patent office.

December 25

Happy Birthday RIP Sir Isaac Newton(1642–1726) Clarissa “Clara” Barton(1821–1912) Humphrey Bogart(1899–1957) “Tony Martin”(Alvin Morris 1913–2012) Rodman “Rod” Serling(1924–1975) “Mabel King”(Donnie Washington 1932–1999) ; Gary Sandy–73 James “Jimmy” Buffett–72 Barbara Mandrell–70 Mary “Sissy” Spacek–69 Ann “Annie” Lennox–64 Florian Armstrong(“Dido”)–47 Dylan Vox–44 ; 1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance at King’s Chapel (then Stone Chapel), with a chorus of 90 men and 10 women

December 24

Happy Birthday RIP Howard Hughes Jr(1905–1976) Ava Gardner(1922–1990) ; Mary Teresa Higgins(“Clark”)–90 Karl Diedrich Bader–52 Enrique Martín Morales(“Ricky Martin”)–47 Jeremy Greenberg(Davidson)–47 Ryan Seacrest–44 ; 1851 – Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes

December 23

Happy Birthday RIP Corey Haim(1971–2010) ; Japanese Emperor Akihito(昭仁)–85 Robert “Bob” Kahn(TCP Creator)–80 Harry Shearer–75 Susan Lucci–72 “Eddie Vedder”(Edward Severson III)–54 ; 1913 – The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve Bank

December 22

Happy Birthday RIP Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson(1912–2007) Barbara Billingsley(Combes 1915–2010) Eugene Rayburn(Yelyenich/Rubessa 1917–1999) Maurice and Robin Gibb(1949–2003;2012) ; Hector Elizondo–82 Lila Diana Sawyer–73 Bernadette Stanislaus–65 Ralph Fiennes–56 Heather Donahue–44 ; 1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York, New York #PardonMeStewardess #ISpeakJive “Electrician just examined the six million dollar man. I don’t know how to explain this but he’s BLANK”. Dawson answers “He’s AC/DC”

December 20

Happy Birthday RIP Charlie Callias(1927–2011) Irene Dunne(1898–1990) Jack “John” Hillerman(1932–2017) ; George Criscuola(“Peter Criss”)–73 Uri Geller–72 Alan Parsons–70 Christopher Robinson–52 David Cook–36 Jonah Hill Feldstein–35 Emerson Collins–34 Allan Hyde–29 ; 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was completed as the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans

December 19

Happy Birthday RIP Robert Urich(1946–2002) Maurice White(1941–2016) ; Timothy Reid–74 Elaine Joyce Pinchot–73 Christopher Hamill(“Limahl”)–60 Michael Lookinland–58 Jennifer Beals–55 Tilman Schweiger–55 Kristen Swanson–49 Alyssa Milano–46 Rosa Blasi–46 Jacob “Jake” Gyllenhaal–38 ; 1932 – BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service

December 18

Happy Birthday RIP Gladys Cooper 1888–1971) Elizabeth “Betty” Grable(1916–1973) ; Cicely Tyson–94 Keith Richards–75 Steven Spielberg–72 Leonard Maltin–68 Raymond “Ray” Liotta–64 William Bradley Pitt–55 Casper Van Dien Jr–50 Kate Holmes–40 Christina Aguilera–38 ; 1957 – the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first civilian nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went online as engineers synchronized the plant with the distribution grid of Duquesne Light Company

December 17

Happy Birthday RIP George Lindsey(1928–2012) David Madden(1931–2014) ; Earnest “Ernie” Hudson–73 Eugene Levy–72 Barry Livingston–65 William “Bill” Pullman–65 Heather Laurie Holden–49 Charles Liddell–49 Antonino Giovanni Ribisi–44 Sarah Paulson–44 Militza “Milla” Jovovich–43 ; 1892 – First issue of Vogue is published