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ANGIE DICKINSON IS 80 TODAY

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Actress Angie Dickinson has appeared in more than fifty films, including
Rio Bravo (1959), Ocean’s Eleven (1960), Dressed to Kill (1980), and
Pay It Forward (2000). She also starred as Sergeant Suzanne “ Pepper”
Anderson in the NBC-TV crime series Police Woman, from September
13, 1974 to March 29, 1978. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best
Actress-Drama Series for the show in 1975 and received Emmy Award
nominations in 1975, 1976, and 1977 for the series.   

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Angie Dickinson with Dean Martin on the set of Rio Bravo

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CHEWING GUM TYCOON BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1861

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    William Wrigley Jr.  (September 30, 1861–January 26, 1932)        

Wrigley was a salesman and industrialist. Because his father was a soap
manufacturer, Wrigley started his own business in 1891, Wm. Wrigley Jr.
Company in Chicago selling Wrigley’s Scouring Soap. In 1892 Wrigley
got the idea of offering two packages of chewing gum with each can of
baking powder. The idea was such a huge success that and since the
chewing gum industry was relatively undeveloped, he began marketing
chewing gum under his own name. His first two brands were called Lotta
and Vassar. Juicy Fruit and Wrigley’s Spearmint gum were introduced
next in 1893. Wrigley was also owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball
team. The Cub’s ballpark (Wrigley Field) was named after the former
owner.

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VARIETY SHOW DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN 1955

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The Red Skelton Show
is a television variety show that ran for two decades
beginning on Sunday September 30, 1951 and ending on August 1, 1971. It
was second to Gunsmoke ( 1955-1975) and third to The Ed Sullivan Show
(1948-1971) in the ratings during that time. The show was largely associated
with the CBS television network, where it appeared for more than fifteen years,
but it actually began and ended on NBC. The Red Skelton Show received
three Emmy Awards, for Skelton for best comedian and the program as
best comedy show during its first season, and an award for the comedy
writing in 1961.

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JOHNNY MATHIS IS 76 TODAY

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John Royce “Johnny” Mathis started his music career recording singles of
standards and soon became a popular album artist, with several dozen
achieving gold or platinum status, and 73 making the Billboard charts. The
Guinness Book of World Records, lists Johnny Mathis has having sold 350
million records worldwide. Mathis received the Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2003 from the  Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was inducted
into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973.

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“Chances Are” was Johnny’s first “Most Played” hit, October of 1957

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FATAL TRIP ON THIS DATE IN 1955

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James Dean Car

Shortly after completing work on his third starring feature film, producer-director
George Steven’s Giant (1956), actor James Dean and his passenger, mechanic
Rolf Wutherich, started out on a trip to Salinas, California in Dean’s silver Porsche
(above) to compete in a sports car rally. As Dean was traveling down the highway,
he crashed almost head-on into a Ford sedan (shown below) that had crossed into
Dean’s lane in an attempt to turn at an intersection in the highway. Dean was killed instantly. Wutherich and the driver of the other vehicle, 23-year-old college student
Donald Turnupseed survived. Dean was only 24.

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Junction of US Highways 46 and 41 near Cholame, CA. (2007)

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The remains of Dean’s Porsche

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The 1950 Ford Custom sedan, driven by Turnupseed 

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