Today's History & Birthdays August 10


Back in the Day on August 10


197 years ago - In 1821, Missouri (The Show Me State) became the 24th state.  Missouri is the birthplace of Mark Twain, and the home of both the Pony Express Museum and the world famous St. Louis Gateway Arch.  And Nelly.  Don't forget Nelly. 

172 years ago - In 1846, Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institute.  It was named in honor of the English scientist Joseph Smithson . . . who donated $500,000 to make it possible. 

70 years ago - In 1948, "Candid Microphone", which you know better by its later title "Candid Camera", debuted on ABC. 

59 years ago - In 1959, the male members of The Platters were arrested in a room at the Sheraton Gibston Hotel in Cincinnati.  They were caught with four 19-year-old women (three white and one black) who were playfully removing clothing. 

(The Man arrested them on "morals" charges . . . but you just KNOW it was because they were black and three of the women were white.) 

58 years ago - In 1960, the original "Ocean's Eleven" was released, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.and Angie Dickinson

50 years ago - In 1968, The Who released "Magic Bus"

41 years ago - In 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York, accused of being the "Son of Sam".  He shot six people to death, and wounded seven others . . . because his dog told him to. 

34 years ago - In 1984, the women's 3,000-meter race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics ended quickly for Mary Decker when she tripped over Zola Budd of South Africa, who was running barefoot for Britain.  Romanian Maricica Puica won the race. 

15 years ago - In 2003, 60-year-old Geraldo Rivera married his fifth wife, 28-year-old Erica Levy

10 years ago - In 2008, "Shaft" composer Isaac Hayes died at the age of 65.  (I miss you Chef!)

Birthdays on August 10, 2018


Kylie Jenner is 21

Lucas Till is 28.  The new "MacGyver" and Havok in the "X-Men" movies.  He was also the guy in Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" video. 

Brenton Thwaites is 29.  Henry Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales".  Next he'll be playing Robin on the gritty live action version of "Teen Titans" on the upcoming DC Universe streaming service

Joanna Garcia is 39.  Cheyenne on "Reba", and Ariel on "Once Upon a Time".

Angie Harmon is 46.  A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael on "Law & Order" and Detective Jane Rizzoli on "Rizzoli and Isles"

Justin Theroux is 47.  Actor, writer, and Mr. Jennifer Aniston.  He played the Chief of Police, Kevin Garvey, on HBO's "The Leftovers".  He also wrote the insanely underrated comedy "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller.  

Alex Michel is 48.  The original "Bachelor"

Michael Bivins is 50.  The Biv of Bell Biv DeVoe.  He's also in New Edition. 

Jon Farriss is 57.  INXS. 

Antonio Banderas is 58

Rosanna Arquette is 59.  She inspired two of the most classic jams of the 1980s.

1.  Toto named their Grammy-winning MEGA-HIT "Rosanna" after her, because she had briefly dated their keyboard player, Steve Porcaro.  Supposedly, the song isn't actually ABOUT her . . . but she was the inspiration for the title. 

2.  Rosanna also had a brief fling with Peter Gabriel . . . which inspired him to write "In Your Eyes".  Yes, that's the song that's playing as John Cusack holds the boom box over his head in "Say Anything"

Riddick Bowe is 51.  Bowe was the world heavyweight champ when he beat Evander Holyfield by decision in 1992.  Then he got chubby, joined the Marines, got kicked out of the Marines and then kidnapped his estranged wife and kids. 

Ian Anderson is 71.  Leader of Jethro Tull.  He plays flute, but the band's most popular song ever, "Aqualung", has no flute in it whatsoever.  Isn't that ironic?  No, YOU shut up, Locomotive Breath. 

Ronnie Spector is 75.  The Ronettes.  Biggest hit:  "Be My Baby"

Eddie Fisher  (1928 - 2010)  Princess Leia's dad.  Eddie's first three wives were Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.  Debbie is the one who gave birth to Carrie Fisher. 

Jimmy Dean  (1928 - 2010)  Delicious Sausages. 

Bobby Hatfield  (1940 - 2003)  Half of the Righteous Brothers.  You heard their version of "Unchained Melody" in "Ghost", and would remember "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" from "Top Gun"

The other half of the Righteous Brothers was Bill Medley . . . the guy who did that duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the movie "Dirty Dancing"

Leo Fender  (1909 - 1991)  Invented the electric bass, and put out the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar.  Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton were among the rockers who only used Fenders. 

Jack Haley  (1897–1979)  The Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz".

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