Archive for July 18th, 2014

FORMER ASTRONAUT IS 93 TODAY

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John Herschel Glenn, Jr.

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and in 1998 became
the oldest person to go to space. He was a recipient of the Congressional Space
Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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TV CLOWN BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1913

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Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997)

Comedian Red Skelton is best remembered for his national radio and TV
performances between 1937 and 1971 and as host of the NBC/CBS
television program The Red Skelton Show (1951-1971). Red Skelton 
also appeared in vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos. He also
pursued a career as an artist. After the death of his father, Skelton
started work at the age of seven as a newspaper salesman. His first
audition was at age 10 for a role in a medicine show.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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Ross Simpson

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Ricky Lee Skaggs is 60 today

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RADIO SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1936

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Norman Corwin Directing Columbia Workshop from the control booth

Columbia Workshop was an educational radio series that aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) from 1936 to 1943, returning in 1946-47. It was a
sustaining program that served as a symbol to prove to the public, as well as the
Federal Communications Commission, that CBS was concerned with educating
and serving the public.

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Orson Welles

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HOWARD TO DIRECT DOCUMENTARY

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that
focuses on the band’s touring years during the early 1960s.

Howard announced the project Wednesday. The film is being made with the
cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
The Beatles company, Apple Corps, is co-producing the film.

The as-yet-untitled film is the second documentary directed by Howard, who
said he’s long been a Beatles fan. Howard previously made the 2013 Jay-Z
documentary "Made in America."

The film will run up to the Beatles’ final concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick
Park in 1966. Much footage for the documentary has already been gathered.
The movie is tentatively slated for release late next year.

            Ron Howard
             Ron Howard

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