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TV - To millions of kids who frequented Saturday matinees in the mid-'50s, Jim Backus was the voice of Mr. Magoo, then in 1964 he became Thurston Howell III on 'Gilligan's Island'.
Music - At a showcase performance in 1983, Arista Records president Clive Davis heard Whitney Houston perform and offered her a contract.
Sports - Bill Terry while playing for 14 years in Major League Baseball accumulated the following career stats: 1721 games played, 6428 at bats, 2193 hits, 1120 runs scored, 373 doubles, 112 triples, 154 home runs, 1078 runs batted in and had a .341 lifetime batting average.
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General - Elizabeth Dole was the first woman to serve in two different posts in the cabinets of two presidents. She served as the Secretary of Transportation in the Reagan Administration and Secretary of Labor in the Bush Administration.
Movies - Following his success with 'The Philadelphia Story', Jimmy Stewart made history by joining the United States Army - the first Hollywood star to do so. However, he was initially rejected after failing his physical exam. He barely managed to pass the second physical, but, in 1941, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Arts - Ichabod Crane, the gangly schoolteacher of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', among his many other odd characteristics, had feet that were shaped like shovels.
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TV - Created by Jackie Gleason in 1951 as a segment for the 'Dumont Network's Cavalcade of Stars', 'The Honeymooners' originally aired as a series of sketches.
Sports - The 1964 Stanley Cup winner in NHL Hockey was the Toronto Maple Leafs coached by G. 'Punch' Imlach. The team the Toronto Maple Leafs beat that year was the Detroit Red Wings coached by Sid Abel.
Movies - The 1989 comedy movie 'Family Business', directed by Sidney Lumet, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'There's nothing like a good robbery... to bring a family together'. Appearing in the film was Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Rosanna DeSoto.
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History - In 1920 Babe Ruth, at the age 24, signed with the New York Yanks and Man o' War won the Preakness & Belmont.
Movies - Ian McKellen starred in 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'; he played Gandalf the Grey and he also played the evil mutant, Magneto, in 'X Men'.
TV - In 1972, Ted Danson (later to become barkeep Sam on 'Cheers') transferred from Stanford University to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he got his degree. Later moving to New York City, Ted found work in commercials and soap operas, and met future wife Casey at an EST seminar.
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Movies - Doc is the only one of the seven dwarfs that wears glasses in the movie, 'Sleeping Beauty'.
Music - At age 19, Prince signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records for $100,000 and total control over his debut album, 'For You'.
TV - Donny Most was born on August 8, 1959 in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. His father was an accountant. He graduated from Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School, which also gave the world Barbra Streisand and Eli Wallach. Donny auditioned for the part of Potsie on 'Happy Days,' but was immediately ruled out because of his hair color. Instead, they gave him the part playing Ralph.
Movies - The 1989 comedy movie 'Lethal Weapon 2', directed by Richard Donner, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'The magic is back!'. Appearing in the film was Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Traci Wolfe.
TV - Drew Carey's debut book, 'Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined', spent three months on the New York Times best-seller list.
History - Franklin Roosevelt's private plane was called the Sacred Cow.
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Sports - Gil Hodges while playing for 18 years in Major League Baseball accumulated the following career stats: 2071 games played, 7030 at bats, 1921 hits, 1105 runs scored, 295 doubles, 48 triples, 370 home runs, 1274 runs batted in, and had a .273 lifetime batting average.
Science - If a person is cyanotic, their skin has a blue tint, caused by not enough oxygen.
TV - In 1979, Donny Most (Ralph Malph on 'Happy Days') told a TV Guide reporter that he watched 'The Jolson Story' a staggering 50 times and memorized every line of dialogue.
Movies - The 1997 drama movie 'Donnie Brasco', directed by Mike Newell, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'In 1978, the US government waged a war against organized crime. One man was left behind the lines'. Appearing in the film was Michael Madsen, Gerry Becker and Ronnie Farer.
TV - Dick Van Dyke got his start in show business as the announcer of the radio program 'Flight Time' while serving in the Air Force during World War II.
Sports - Gill Byrd was selected pick number 22 in the first round of the 1983 NFL College Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He came out of Southern Mississippi and played the defensive back position.
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TV - 'MASH' passings: McLean Stevenson died on February 15, 1996 and Larry Linville died the 10th of April 2000.
Music - Elvis Presley idolized actors Marlon Brando, James Dean and George C. Scott. He could recite every word from 'Patton' and 'Rebel Without a Cause'.
Movies - The 1993 comedy movie 'Wayne's World 2', directed by Stephen Surjik, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'You'll laugh again! You'll cry again!! You'll hurl again'. Appearing in the film were Dan Bell, Christopher Walken and Tia Carrere.
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Movies - The 1985 action movie 'Rocky IV', directed by Sylvester Stallone, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing'. Appearing in the film were Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.
Sports - Dallas Comegys from DePaul was selected with the 21st choice in the first round of the 1987 NBA College Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
History - In the year of 1848, Waldo Hanchett invented the dental chair.
Sports - Michigan defeated Dartmouth for the NCAA Hockey Championship in 1948. Michigan had a record that year of 20-2-1.
TV - Hal Linden, in addition to being 'Barney Miller' on the hit TV show, has worked very closely with the March of Dimes as their national chairman and has helped raise well over $75 million as the host of their annual telethons.
History - In 1752, the lightning rod was invented by Benjamin Franklin.
TV - The MASH movie rights to Dr. Hornberger's book were bought for $100,000 by Ingo Preminger and a screenplay was written by Ring Lardner Jr. The MASH movie was directed by Robert Altman and starred Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye and Elliot Gould as Trapper John.
Music - The Ramones formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, New York. Joey Ramone died on April 15, 2001, at the age of 49 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone died of a suspected drug overdose on June 5, 2002.
History - The helicopter was invented in 1939 by Igor Sikorsky.
Sports - Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker won the 1962 Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding college football player.
Movies - The 1988 science fiction movie 'Space Mutiny', directed by David Winter & Neal Sundstrom, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'There is nowhere to hide from the enemy within!'. Appearing in the film were Reb Brown, James Ryan and Cisse Cameron.
History - In 1834, the corn planter was invented by Henry Blair.
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Movies - The 1998 movie thriller 'A Simple Plan', directed by Sam Raimi, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Sometimes good people do evil things'. Appearing in the film was Brent Briscoe, Billy Bob Thornton and Becky Ann Baker.
Sports - Willie Mays while playing for 22 years in Major League Baseball accumulated the following career stats: 2992 games played, 10881 at bats, 3283 hits, 2062 runs scored, 523 doubles, 140 triples, 660 home runs, 1903 runs batted in and had a .302 lifetime batting average.
History - In 1675, the pocket watch was invented by Christian Huygens.
Geography - The country of Greece, with the capital city of Athens has a total area of 131,940 square kilometers, which is slightly smaller than Alabama. Greece has an estimated population of 10,623,835, and uses the euro as its currency (formerly the drachma).
TV - Born George Keefer Brewer on January 5, 1915, he took the stage name George Reeves in 1939 when he began acting in movies and later became Superman in TV's 'Adventures of Superman'.
Sports - Lester Patrick coached the New York Rangers to the NHL's Stanley Cup Championship in 1933 over the Toronto Maple Leafs coached by Dick Irvin.
Music - On March 15, 1999, Bruce Springsteen - known to his fans as 'The Boss' was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Movies - Oscar winners for 1998: Best Picture went to 'Shakespeare In Love', Gwyneth Paltrow won Best Actress for her role in 'Shakespeare In Love' and Roberto Benigni won for Best Actor for his role in 'Life Is Beautiful'.
Sports - Benito Santiago won the National League Rookie of The Year Award in 1987 playing for Baseball's San Diego Padres.
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Music - Born John Michael Osbourne on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England, Ozzy is best known as the lead singer of the hard-rock band Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath's debut release, 'Black Sabbath' (1970), was largely panned by critics, but sold well in England and abroad.
Movies - Oscar winners for 1935: Best Picture went to 'Mutiny On The Bounty', Bette Davis won Best Actress for her role in 'Dangerous' and Victor Mclaglen won for Best Actor for his role in 'The Informer'.
TV - Peter Bonerz has directed episodes of many series including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'Wings', 'ER', 'Friends' and 'NewsRadio' in addition to portraying the dentist on 'The Bob Newhart Show'.
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Geography - The country of Suriname, with the capital city of Paramaribo has a total area of 163,270 square kilometers, which is slightly larger than Georgia. Suriname has an estimated population of 433,998, and uses the guilder as its currency. Suriname (also written as Surinam) is in the northeast part of South America on the Atlantic Ocean, and was formerly known as Dutch Guiana.
Arts - William S. Burroughs' father invented the adding machine and enjoyed considerable financial success.
Sports - Aaron Jones was selected pick number 18 in the first round of the 1988 NFL College Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He came out of Eastern Kentucky and played the defensive end position.
Movies - The 1987 comedy movie 'Can't Buy Me Love', directed by Steve Rash, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Ronald is making an investment in his senior year. He's hiring the prettiest cheerleader in school to be his girlfriend'. Appearing in the film were Courtney Gains, Seth Green and Amanda Peterson.
Music - The band Santana's early success, capped off by a memorable performance at Woodstock in 1969, led to a recording contract with Columbia Records, run by Clive Davis. Santana's phenomenal comeback on the pop charts began in 1997, when he re-signed with his first producer and mentor, Davis, then the president of Arista.
Geography - The country of Cote d'Ivoire is a country of western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea. The capital city is Yamoussoukro. Cote d'Ivoire has a total area of 322,460 square kilometers, which is slightly larger than New Mexico, it has an estimated population of 16,393,221, and uses the Communaute Financiere Africaine franc as its currency.
Music - In April 1964, after their appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show', the five best-selling singles and two best-selling albums on the charts belonged to The Beatles.
General - Japanese car maker Toyota sold its first car in the US in 1957.
Geography - Latvia has Riga as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 2,385,231, and the highest point in Latvia is Gaizinkalns at 312 meters. Latvia's main form of government is considered to be a parliamentary democracy, and its comparative size is slightly larger than West Virginia.
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TV - Ryan Stiles' (Lewis on the 'Drew Carey Show') ascent as an entertainer began when he performed stand-up routines at small comedy clubs near his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1989 to 1998, Stiles was a regular on the original British version of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway'?
Movies - Since the late '80s, whenever X-Men creator Stan Lee appears in a comic book in a non-storytelling capacity, he appears as a hotdog vendor, just as he did in the first X-Men movie.
Sports - Navy half back Joe Bellino won the 1960 Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding college football player.
Music - Following the break-up of the Beatles, Yoko Ono and Lennon collaborated extensively, both creatively and in terms of activism. Lennon's second son and Yoko's first, Sean Taro Ono Lennon, was born in 1975.
TV - Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann was Dawn Wells' first and last regular role, but she continued to act in films, TV movies and in guest-starring roles on series.
History - In 1930, scotch tape was invented by 3M engineer Richard G. Drew.
History - In 1824, the toy balloon was invented by Professor
Music - In 1954, Elvis tried out for a four-part harmony
group named the Songfellows. They rejected him, and Elvis
was crushed after being told that he 'can't sing.' In 1955,
Elvis auditioned for a spot on Arthur Godfrey's 'Talent
Scouts', and was again rejected.
TV - Jennifer Aniston was originally tested for the role of
Monica, but she told the 'Friends' producers that she felt
much more comfortable with the Rachel character, and they
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