DYR Today, March 20

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“BORN TODAY”

  • Ruby Rose (1986)
  • Dean Geyer (1986)
  • Christy Romano (1984)
  • Nick Blood (1982)
  • Nick Wheeler (1982)
  • Bianca Lawson (1979)
  • Chester Bennington (1976)
  • Jane March (1973)
  • Michael Rapaport (1970)
  • Kathy Ireland (1963)
  • David Thewlis (1963)
  • Holly Hunter (1958)
  • Spike Lee (1957)
  • Theresa Russell (1957)
  • William Hurt (1950)
  • Hal Linden (1931)
  • Carl Reiner (1922)

“DIED TODAY”

  • Chet Huntley (Born: December 10, 1911 / Died: March 20, 1974)
  • Gil Evans (Born: May 13, 1912 / Died: March 20, 1988)
  • Avonne Taylor (Born: February 12, 1899 / Died: March 20, 1992)
  • Gene Eugene (Born: April 6, 1961 / Died: March 20, 2000)
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (Born: April 30, 1909 / Died: March 20, 2004)

“MOVIES TODAY”

“MUSIC TODAY”

  • 1957 – Bobby Helms’ “Fraulein” enters the country and western charts.
  • 1960 –  Elvis Presley recorded for the first time since being discharged from active service in the United States Army.  He recorded “Stuck On You” among others in a 12-hour session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1961 –  Ricky Nelson began recording  “Hello Mary Lou“.
  • 1961 –  Elvis was on top with “Surrender“, his 16th #1 song, 22nd Top 10 and 45th hit in six years.
  • 1965 –  The Soundtrack to “Goldfinger” rose to #1 on the Album chart.
  • 1971 –  The late Janis Joplin reached #1 with “Me And Bobby McGee“.
  • 1973 –  Jim Croce released the single “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown“.
  • 1976 – Boz Scaggs’ LP Silk Degrees enters the charts
  • 1976 –  The Eagles continued to soar with Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 still #1 on the Album chart.
  • 1977 –  T.Rex gave their final concert at the Locarno in Portsmouth, England.
  • 1984 – The Judds make their first large-venue appearance, opening for The Statler Brothers at an arena in Omaha.
  • 1982 –  Although most wouldn’t get to know her until later, Laura Branigan first appeared on the chart with her first single “All Night With Me“.
  • 1982 – Newcomer Bertie Higgins snuck in for a #1 Adult Contemporary song–“Key Largo“.
  • 1982 –  A very historic day in the Rock Era–Joan Jett & the Blackhearts brought rock & roll back in a big way as “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” reached #1 on this date.
  • 1993 – “Simple Life” by Elton John was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.
  • 1993 – Whitney Houston scored her 16th Top 10 song in 20 releases–“I Have Nothing“.
  • 1993 – George Strait’s “Heartland” rises to #1 in Billboard
  • 2000 –  Gerri Halliwell went to #1 in the U.K. with “Bag It Up“.

“TV/RADIO TODAY”

  • 1935 – The American radio show “Your Hit Parade” makes its debut on the airwaves. In the following years, it becomes the jumping point for many of the most successful singers and artists in the music industry.
  • 1959 –  Dick Clark protege and teen idol Bobby Rydell makes his first television appearance, naturally enough, on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand.
  • 1964 –  The Beatles performed on English TV’s Ready Steady Go, which achieved its highest rating of all-time.
  • 1982 – Buckner & Garcia performed “Pac-Man Fever” on American Bandstand.
  • 1985 – CBS-TV presented, “The Romance of Betty Boop.”
  • 1986 – Fallon Carrington and Jeff Colby were wed on the TV drama “The Colby’s”. “The Colby’s” was an offshoot of “Dynasty”.

“OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS”

  • 1922 – The US Postmaster General ( Hubert Work ) ordered all homes to get mailboxes or relinquish delivery of mail.
  • 1933 – Within one month of taking office President Roosevelt set about pulling America out of the depths of the worst depression in history. He temporarily closed the nation’s banks. He passed emergency legislation aimed at stabilizing financial institutions. Spoke on the nations radio airwaves giving people hope and a much needed pep talk. Signed the Economy Act into law which cut salaries of federal employees including war veterans
  • 1948 – 20th Academy Awards – Gentleman’s Agreement wins Best Motion Picture, Academy Award for Best Actress goes to Loretta Young (The Farmer’s Daughter) and Ronald Colman bags the Academy Award for Best Actor (A Double Life).
  • 1952 – At the 24th Academy Awards -An American in Paris wins Best Motion Picture, Humphrey Bogart wins Best Actor (for “The African Queen”) and Vivian Leigh bagged the Best Actress Award for her role in “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
  • 1964 – Beatle George Harrison escorts Disney teen star Hayley Mills (and her mother Mary Hayley Bell) to a midnight matinee charity benefit showing of the film Charade at the Regal Cinema in Henley-on-Thames.
  • 1964 –  The Beatles were presented with an award from Billboard Magazine honoring the group owning the top three singles of the week.
  • 1966 – The World Cup is stolen while on exhibition in London.
  • 1969 –  After days of looking for a suitable and legal place, John Lennon finally gets to marry Yoko Ono at the Rock of Gibraltar in Spain, a piece of land still owned by the English and described by Lennon as being necessarily “quiet, friendly, and British.”
  • 1976 – Alice Cooper married 19-year-old Sheryl Goddard.
  • 1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.
  • 1984 –  Slim Jim Phantom, drummer of the Stray Cats, married Britt Ekland on his birthday.
  • 1990 –  Gloria Estefan was seriously injured with broken vertebrae after a tractor crashed into her tour bus on a snow-covered highway in the Poconos near Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania while Gloria was on her way to a concert. The song “Coming Out Of The Dark” was written about the experience.
  • 1991 –  Michael Jackson signed a $1 billion record/film deal with Sony Music and Columbia Pictures.
  • 1991 –  Eric Clapton’s son Conor, all of four years old, dies after falling from the 53rd story window of his mother’s apartment in New York.
  • 1991 – A jury in Los Angeles awards singer Peggy Lee more than 3.8-million dollars in videocassette profits for her singing and songwriting in Disney’s animated classic Lady and the Tramp.
  • 1997 – Brian Grazer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to fly a hot-air balloon non-stop around the world.

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