Archive for December 5th, 2011

TV SPECIAL DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1964

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER 

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Canadian actress Billie Mae Richards is the voice of Rudolph in the stop-
motion TV favorite.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas TV special that was produced in
stop motion animation by Rank/Bass. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network and was sponsored by General Electric and later moved to
CBS in 1972. It has been telecast every since, making it the longest running Christmas TV special, and one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still airing, the others being
A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.

 

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MONUMENT COMPLETED ON THIS DAY IN 1884

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The actual construction of the Washington monument began when the cornerstone
was laid on July 4, 1848 but it was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the death of architect Robert Mills (below). This hiatus in construction was due to a lack
of funds and the intervention of the Civil War. The monument was finally completed
when the capstone was set on December 6, 1884. It was officially dedicated on Feb. 
21, 1885 and opened to the public on October 9, 1888.

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Architect Robert Mills

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Washington monument design by Robert Mills 

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Washington monument under construction, about 1860

 

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AGNES MOOREHEAD

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Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974)

Moorehead began acting with Orson Wells and the Mercury Theatre. She
later appeared in more than seventy films beginning in 1941 with Citizen
Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned
more than thirty years, Moorehead is most  known to viewing audiences
for her role as the Endora the witch in the ABC-TV series Bewitched
(1964-1972). She earned on Emmy Award and two Golden Globe
awards in addition to four Academy Award and sis Emmy Award
nominations. Award nominations.

 

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Agnes Moorehead in the 1961 Twilight Zone episode “The Invaders”

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Moorehead as Endora and Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha in Bewitched.

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MORGAN BRITTANY TURNED 60 TODAY

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Morgan Brittany, 8 years-old

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Morgan Brittany (born Suzanne Cupito ) in Los Angeles, Cal. is a film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Katherine Wentworth in the 1980s
CBS primetime soap Dallas. Under her birth name, Brittany began her career at the
age of 8 in 1960 in an episode of the original Twilight Zone series (Nightmare as a Child).

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Morgan Brittany with Dallas costar Patrick Duffy

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LITTLE RICHARD IS 79 TODAY

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aka Little Richard
circa 1950s

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Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman)) is a singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor. He was a key pioneer in the transition from rhythm and
blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. Richard began performing on stage on the road
in 1945 while in his early teens. His recording career began in October of 1951 and defined the dynamic sound of rock.

"Lucille" (1957) was one of Little Richard’s international hits.

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