April 15, 2017
On this day in 1974
“TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB was the #1 song.
1974 Average U.S. Prices
Average Income: $14,711/yr
Minimum Wage: $2.00/hr
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (Game of Thrones) Maisie Williams, 20. Actor (Teen Wolf) Cody Christian, 22. Actress (Legendary)Madeleine Martin, 24. Actress (Harry Potter movies) Emma Watson, 27. Actress (Emmerdale) Sapphire Elia, 30. Actress (Orange Is the New Black)Samira Wiley, 30. Actress (Pitch Perfect)/cartoon voicist (Ice Age: Continental Drift) Ester Dean, 31. Actress (Dances with Wolves) Annie Costner, 33. Actress (Piranha)Shannon Farrara, 33. Actress (I Am Legend) Alice Braga, 34. Actress (Redemption) Siobhan Hewlett, 34. Actor (This Is the End, Pineapple Express) Seth Rogen, 35. Singer/actress (Troy, The Line of Beauty) Siri Svegler, 37. Actor (Dracula Untold, Fast & Furious 6) Luke Evans, 38. Actress (Sunset Beach, Shallow Hal) Susan Ward, 41. Actress (Guess Who, Hot Tub Machine) Kellee Stewart, 41. Actress (Eyes Wide Shut, The Man Without a Face) Fay Masterson, 43. Actress (The Big Hit, Spun) China Chow, 43. Actor (Cold Case, Law & Order: SVU) Danny Pino, 43. Actor (Semi-Pro, What Happens in Vegas) Andrew Daly, 46. Actor (One on One, Snakes on a Plane) Flex Alexander, 47. Radiohead guitarist (Creep) Ed O’Brien, 49. Singer (Naughty Girls-Need Love Too) Samantha Fox, 51. Actor (Gone Girl, The Social Network) Darin Cooper, 51. Actress (Mean Girls, Burlesque) Linda Perry, 52. Actress (Total Recall, Born in East L.A.)Kamala Lopez, 53. Actress (General Hospital, Tarzán) Lydie Denier, 53. Cartoon voicist (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)/actor (Remembrance) Tom Kane, 55. Actor (The Equalizer, We Own the Night) Alex Veadov, 55. Actress (Firelight, The Final Curtain) Sally Dexter, 57. Actress (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually) Emma Thompson, 58. Actor (Back to the Futuremovies, The Heat) Thomas F. Wilson, 58. Actor (Raising Arizona, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) Sam McMurray, 65. Actress (The Deer Hunter, The Accidental Tourist) Amy Wright, 67. Actress (Moonraker, Death on the Nile) Lois Chiles, 70. Actor (Diagnosis Murder, Grease)Michael Tucci, 71. Singer (I Hear You Knocking)/songwriter/producerDave Edmunds, 73. Actor (The Young Pope, Foxcatcher) Guy Boyd, 74. Actress (Matlock, The Governor & JJ) Julie Sommars, 77. Actor (Easy Rider, The War Wagon) Robert Walker, Jr., 77. Actress (Once Upon a Time in the West, 8½) Claudia Cardinale, 79. Actress (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Love God?) Maureen Arthur, 83. Singer (Yesterday When I Was Young)/TV host (Hee Haw)/musician Roy Clark, 84.
Today’s ODJA Birthday Babe
What a Day This Has Been
April 15, 1850…In California, by act of the state legislature, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
April 15, 1865…Abraham Lincoln, 16thPresident of the United States of America, died at 7:22 a.m. Lincoln had been shot in the back of the head the previous evening while attending a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.
April 15, 1871…James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
April 15, 1880…William Gladstone became prime minister of England. It was the second of four times he was elected to the office. He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times.
April 15, 1892…The General Electric Company was formed by the merger of Edison General Electric of Schenectady, New York and Thomson-Houston Electric Company of Lynn, Massachusetts. The company was incorporated in New York, with the Schenectady plant serving as its headquarters for many years.
April 15, 1912…After midnight, two wireless radio operators at Cape Race, Newfoundland heard the last of the RMS Titanic’s distress calls. At 2:27 a.m., the “unsinkable” ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. There were 711 survivors. A total of 1,517 people died, of which 328 bodies were recovered. Those too badly damaged or deteriorated were buried at sea, and the remaining 209 were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where they were claimed from the morgues or buried over an 11-day period starting May 3.
April 15, 1923…Insulin became available for general use, to treat people suffering from diabetes.
April 15, 1936…Aer Lingus, the national airline of the Republic of Ireland, was founded.
April 15, 1945…During World War II, British and Canadian soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany.
April 15, 1947…Jackie Robinson broke the baseball “color line,” as the first black man to play in baseball’s major leagues (since the 1880s), when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. He went hitless that day but reached base on an error and scored the winning run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves.
April 15, 1949…Actor (Grand Hotel, The Champ, Robin Hood, Viva Villa!, Dinner at Eight, Tugboat Annie, The Mighty Barnum, Treasure Island, A Date with Judy, Min and Bill) Wallace Beery died of a heart attack at 64.
April 15, 1953…Rather than face United States Justice Department proceedings after being accused of being a Communist sympathizer, Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry visa and began an almost 20-year self-imposed exile.
April 15, 1953…Pope Pius XII gave his approval of psychoanalysis but warned of its possible abuses.
April 15, 1953…At the Capital Recording Studio in Hollywood, Kay Starrrecoreded “Allez-Vous-En” and “Half A Photograph.”
April 15, 1955…In Des Plaines, Illinois, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s fast food restaurant.
April 15, 1956…General Motors announced its development of the first free piston automobile.
April 15, 1956…Elvis Presley performed in concert at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
April 15, 1956…Columbia Records music director Mitch Miller, disc jockeyAlan Freed, and two psychiatrists appeared on Eric Sevareid’s TV program “CBS Sunday News” to discuss the “potentially negative effects of rock ‘n’ roll on teenagers.”
April 15, 1956…In Chicago, the world’s first all-color TV station – WNBQ, now WMAQ – was dedicated.
April 15, 1958…Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster guitar was stolen from the Crickets’ station wagon while the group stopped to have lunch before a concert in St. Louis.
April 15, 1958…Alan Freed‘s “Big Beat Show” concert tour played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, with performances by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny & the Juniors, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Diamonds, Billy & Lillie, the Chantels, Dicky Doo and the Don’ts, Jo Ann Campbell, Larry Williams, Ed Townsend, the Pastels, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
April 15, 1959…In Washington, DC, new Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a goodwill tour of the United States.
April 15, 1959…At Metropolitan Studios in New York City, Connie Francisrecorded “Lipstick On Your Collar” and “Frankie.”
April 15, 1960…At Bell Sound Studio in New York City, Paul Anka recorded “My Home Town.”
April 15, 1960…Freddy Cannon lip-synced “Jump Over” on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”
April 15, 1960…”Because They’re Young,” starring Dick Clark, Tuesday Weld, Warren Berlinger, and Doug McClure, with cameos by Duane Eddy and James Darren, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
April 15, 1962…Actress (Auntie Em in the movie The Wizard of Oz) Clara Blandick committed suicide at 81.
April 15, 1964…After a long day of filming for their first movie, which was still called “Beatlemania!,” Beatles drummer Ringo Starr declared it had been “a hard day’s night.” John Lennon immediately began writing the song of that name on the back of an old greeting card, and it eventually became the title of the movie.
April 15, 1965…At the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Roger Millerrecorded “Engine Engine #9.”
April 15, 1965…The Supremes released the single “Back In My Arms Again.”
April 15, 1966…In San Bernadino, California, Buffalo Springfield performed in concert for the first time, as the opening act for the Byrds.
April 15, 1966…The Rolling Stones released the album “Aftermath” in the UK, their first album to feature all original material. A slightly different version of the album was issued in North America on June 20.
April 15, 1967…After 49 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Richard Speckguilty of the murders of eight student nurses in Chicago on July 13, 1966, and recommended the death penalty. On June 28, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Speck’s conviction but reversed his death sentence, because more than 250 potential jurors were unconstitutionally excluded from his jury due to their conscientious or religious scruples against capital punishment. On November 21, 1972, Speck was re-sentenced to 400 to 1,200 years in prison, where he died of a heart attack in December 1991, one day before his 50th birthday.
April 15, 1967…The Who released their second album, “Happy Jack,” in North America.
April 15, 1968…At the Atlantic Studios in New York City, Aretha Franklinrecorded her composition, “Think.”
April 15, 1968…At the Capitol Tower Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife.”
April 15, 1970…Judy Collins guested on ABC-TV’s “The Johnny Cash Show.”
April 15, 1971…The Supremes released the single “Nathan Jones.”
April 15, 1972…Elvis Presley performed at the Coliseum in Macon, Georgia.
April 15, 1972…Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones performed at a benefit for U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern.
April 15, 1975…The baseball Padres’ mascot known as the San Diego Chicken, played by Ted Giannoulas, made its first appearance.
April 15, 1975…Actor (The Four Just Men, The Godfather, Call Northside 777, Ocean’s Eleven, A Walk in the Sun, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Lady in Cement, Tony Rome, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Guadalcanal Diary, They Came to Cordura, Hotel, 13 Rue Madeleine, A Bell for Adano, Synanon, Assault on a Queen, Bengazi, New York Confidential, The Blue Gardenia, The Brothers Rico, Circus World) Richard Conte died of a heart attack at 65.
April 15, 1977…Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s album “One More For The Road” was certified Gold.
April 15, 1980…Actor (The Beverly Hillbillies, My Sister Eileen, Vertigo, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Picnic, From the Terrace, I Want to Live!, King Creole, The AbsentMinded Professor, Sabrina, Herbie Rides Again, No Time for Sergeants, The Gallant Hours, Wake Me When It’s Over, Darby’s Rangers, The Girl He Left Behind, Band of Angels, Five Weeks in a Balloon)Raymond Bailey died after a heart attack at age 75.
April 15, 1980…Novelist/playwright (The Age of Reason, Dirty Hands, No Exit) Jean-Paul Sartre, proponent of existentialism, died of edema of the lung at 74.
April 15, 1982…Billy Joel was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He went to the hospital and stayed for more than a month undergoing therapy on his broken left wrist.
April 15, 1983…Tokyo Disneyland opened, the first Disney park built outside of the United States. The theme park is located at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo.
April 15, 1983…Actress (Sapphire on radio and TV versions of The Amos ‘n Andy Show (1939-1952), The Guns of Fort Petticoat, Critic’s Choice)Ernestine Wade, mother of singer/musician Billy Preston, died at age 76.
April 15, 1986…Actor (The Sterile Cuckoo, Brubaker, American Hot Wax, Shenandoah, Sacred Ground, The Gumball Rally, Aloha Bobby and Rose, Follow Me Boys!, The Choirboys)/cartoon voicist (A Boy and His Dog) Tim McIntire died of heart failure at the age of 41.
April 15, 1988…Pink Floyd began a 27-date North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
April 15, 1989…In Beijing, students launched a series of pro democracy protests following the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the massacre at Tienanmen Square.
April 15, 1990…”In Living Color,” starring the show’s creator Kennan Ivory Wayans, with David Alan Grier, and introducing Jim Carrey, began its five-season run on Fox-TV.
April 15, 1990…Actress (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Camille, Queen Christina, Anna Karenina, Mata Hari, The Kiss, Flesh and the Devil, The Painted Veil, As You Desire Me, Two-Faced Woman, Conquest, Inspiration, Anna Christie, Susan Lenox-Her Rise and Fall) Greta Garbo died of pneumonia and renal failure at the age of 84.
April 15, 1992…”Star Trek” cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoyand DeForest Kelley were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
April 15, 1993…Trisha Yearwood‘s “Hearts In Armor” album was certified Platinum.
April 15, 1994…The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established.
April 15, 1996…In San Francisco, Jerry Garcia’s remaining ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small amount of his ashes had been scattered over the Ganges River in India on April 4.
April 15, 1997…Major league baseball honored Jackie Robinson by retiring his #42 for all teams.
April 15, 1997…Christopher Reeve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
April 15, 1998…Khmer Rouge leader in Cambodia, Pol Pot, died of heart failure at age 73.
April 15, 1998…Country music singer (Sing A Little Song Of Heartache) Rose Maddox, of the Maddox Brothers & Rose, died of kidney failure at 71.
April 15, 1999…In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, were convicted of corruption by a panel of two Lahore High Court judges. They were sentenced to five years of imprisonment and to pay a fine of US $8.6 million. They were also prohibited from holding public office in the future and their property was confiscated.
April 15, 2001…Punk rock singer (Rockaway Beach) Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman), lead vocalist of the Ramones, died of lymphoma at 49.
April 15, 2003…Actress (Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid To Ask, Hercules in New York, The Legend of Blood Mountain, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York) Erin Fleming, caregiver for Groucho Marx during the last years of his life, committed suicide at the age of 61.
April 15, 2005…Singer (Judy In Disguise) John Fred Gourrier, leader of John Fred & His Playboy Band, died of kidney problems at 63.
April 15, 2007…Actor Richard Gere spontaneously kissed Indian actress Shilpa Shetty during an AIDS awareness rally. A judge in India, where public displays of affection are largely taboo, issued an arrest warrant for Gere, claiming the kiss amounted to public obscenity.
April 15, 2008…In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed itMariah Carey Day.
April 15, 2010…Brushing off criticism of her first show in the UK in more than 11 years, singer Whitney Houston insisted that some boos and negative reviews were the result of her playing to a “tough crowd.” She recently had been hospitalized with chronic rhinopharyngitis, a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.
April 15, 2010…Singer Melissa Etheridge and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, announced their separation, seven years after bonding in a commitment ceremony. Michaels gave birth to twins in 2006.
April 15, 2010…Civil Rights leader/former NAACP Executive DirectorBenjamin Hooks died at age 85.
April 15, 2010…Actor (Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Flying Nun, Rocky IV, Easy Rider, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 10 North Frederick, The Onion Field, Airport ’77, Love at First Bite, The Return of Count Yorga)/cartoon voicist (Mighty Mouse the New Adventures) Michael Pataki died of cancer at 72.
April 15, 2011…Singer/keyboardist (Tall Cool One) Kent Morrill, of the Tacoma-based garage band the Wailers, died of cancer at age 70.
April 15, 2012…Television and film director (All in the Family, The Defenders, CBS Playhouse, Bagdad Café, The Doctors and the Nurses, Mama Malone, Mark Twain Tonight!, Marlowe, Torch Song Trilogy, Oh God! You Devil, Cancel My Reservation, Skin Game) Paul Bogart died at the age of 92.
April 15, 2013…In Boston, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and causing injury to more than 260 others, the worst act of terrorism in America since 9/11. Two prime suspects were identified later that day as Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan was shot by police. An unprecedented manhunt led to Dzhokhar’s capture on April 19. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal court trial began on January 5, 2015, with Tsarnaev pleading not guilty to all thirty charges laid against him. On April 8, 2015 he was found guilty on all 30 counts and because of the nature of his crime was eligible for the death penalty. On May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
April 15, 2013…Actor (Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Octopussy, Rollerball, Superman II, Reds, Valentino, The People That Time Forgot) Richard LeParmentier died at the age of 66.
April 15, 2014…R&B singer (Peanuts) Joe Cook, lead vocalist of Little Joe & The Thrillers, died at age 91.
April 15, 2015…In Fall River, Massachusetts, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder and all other charges in the shooting death of landscaper Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
April 15, 2015…Actor (Anne of Green Gables, Bullies) Jonathan Crombiedied of a brain hemorrhage at 48.