March 18, 2017
On this day in 1988
“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley was the #1 song.
1988 Average U.S. Prices
Average Income: $38,608/yr
Minimum Wage: $3.35/hr
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (Red Band Society) Ciara Bravo, 20. Actress (Flipped) Madeline Carroll, 21. Actress (Bunheads) Julia Goldani Telles, 22. Actor (Orange Is the New Black) Alan Aisenberg, 24. Actress (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) Lily Collins, 28. Actor (NCIS) Duane Henry, 32. Actor (Lizzie McGuire, Higher Ground) Kyle Downes, 34. Actor (All My Children, Scandal) Cornelius Smith, Jr., 35. Actor (Happy Endings, Iron Man 3)Adam Pally, 35. Actress (Sand Sharks, Whatever It Takes) Vanessa Evigan, 36. Actor (You’re the Worst, Waterloo Road) Chris Geere, 36. Actress (Underworld, Transformers: Age of Extinction) Sophia Myles, 37. Actress (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Fired Up!) Danneel Ackles, 38. Actor (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Meet the Spartans) Jareb Dauplaise, 38. Maroon 5 frontman (Makes Me Wonder)/actor (Love Actually) Adam Levine, 38. Actress (Younger, Bunheads) Sutton Foster, 42. Comedian/actor (Mr. Brooks)/producer/director (Tourgasm)/writer/cartoon voicist (Crank Yankers) Dane Cook, 45. Actress (A Night at the Roxbury, Species II)Raquel Gardner, 47. Singer (Cue The Rain)/actress (Living Single)/cartoon voicist (Arctic Tale) Queen Latifah, 47. Actor (Baywatch, The Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy) Michael Bergin, 48. Actor (Batman Begins, Kick-Ass) Tamer Hassan, 49. Actor (Medium, Traders) David Cubitt, 52. Miss America-1984/singer (Save The Best For Last)/actress (Eraser, Shaft)Vanessa Williams, 54. Actor (xXx, Vampires) Thomas Ian Griffith, 55. Television host (Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch)/ commercial spokesman Mike Rowe, 55. Actor (The Cosby Show, The Paper) Geoffrey Owens, 56. Singer (Flashdance-What A Feeling, Fame)/actress (The Electric Company, Fame) Irene Cara, 58. Actress (The Secret of the Sahara, Bolero) Ana Obregón, 62. Actor (Hawaii Five-O, Goodbye Paradise) Dennis Chun, 65. Actor (The Full Monty, Formula 51) Paul Barber, 66. Doobie Brothers co-founder/drummer (China Grove) John Hartman, 67. Actor (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Dune) Brad Dourif, 67. Actor (General Hospital, Pirates of Silicon Valley) J.G. Hertzler, 67. Actor (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, King Kong) Jim Knobeloch, 67. Actor (Home Alone 3, Burn After Reading) Olek Krupa, 70. Actor (Knots Landing, Kojak) Kevin Dobson, 74. Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride, 79. Actress (Harvey, Bright Victory) Peggy Dow, 89. Broadway composer (Chicago, Cabaret, Woman of the Year) John Kander, 90.
Today’s ODJA Birthday Babe
What a Day This Has Been
March 18, 1850…American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
March 18, 1874…Hawaii signed anexclusive trading rights treaty with the United States.
March 18, 1902…The man who would become the world’s first recording star, 29-year-old opera singer Enrico Caruso, was paid $50 each to record 10 songs on wax for the Gramophone and Typewriter Company in Italy. Two years later, he began recording in America for the Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA Victor). Over a 16-year span, he earned millions of dollars in royalties from the retail sales of his 260 recordings.
March 18, 1922…For his acts of civil disobedience in India, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison. He served two years of the sentence.
March 18, 1937…In New London, Texas, more than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school.
March 18, 1939…Frank Sinatra made his first recording, a demo of the song “Our Love.”
March 18, 1940…Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra recorded their future Top 10 hit, “No Name Jive.”
March 18, 1945…Maurice “Rocket” Richard of the Montréal Canadiens became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in a season, and he did it in just 50 games.
March 18, 1947…William C. Durant, co-founder of General Motors and Chevrolet, died at the age of 85.
March 18, 1953…Major league baseball’s Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee.
March 18, 1954…RKO Pictures was purchased by Howard Hughes for $23.4 million, and thereby became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual.
March 18, 1958…Jerry Lee Lewis was involved in a couple of firsts for ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.” He was the first to actually sing rather than lip-sync on the show, and the first to perform three songs on one episode, namely “Great Balls Of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” and “Breathless.”
March 18, 1960…At RCA Studio B in Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded four songs, including “Cathy’s Clown,” their first single for Warner Bros. after spending three years on Archie Bleyer’s Cadence label.
March 18, 1960…”Rio Bravo,” starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, and Walter Brennan, had its world premiere. The movie opened in theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada on April 4.
March 18, 1961…”Poppin’ Fresh,” the Pillsbury Dough Boy, was introduced in TV commercials.
March 18, 1962…Robert Goulet, Dick Haymes and Fran Jeffries were the musical guests on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Rowan & Martin, Bob Lewis, and Rickey Layne and Velvel also performed.
March 18, 1963…The Miranda decision, regarding legal council for defendants, was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
March 18, 1963…The musical “Tovarich,” starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Vivien Leigh, and George S. Irving, opened at New York’s Broadway Theatre for 264 performances.
March 18, 1965…Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became the first person to walk in space when he left the Voskhod II space capsule for about 12 minutes while in orbit around the Earth.
March 18, 1965…The Standells appeared on an episode of CBS-TV’s “The Munsters.”
March 18, 1965…For the act of urinating on the wall of the Francis Garage in London, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman were arrested for “insulting behavior.” They were each fined £5.
March 18, 1965…The musical “Do I Hear a Waltz?,” starring Elizabeth Allen, Sergio Franchi, Carol Bruce, and Stuart Damon, opened at New York’s 46thSt. Theatre for 220 performances.
March 18, 1965…Farouk I, former and last king of Egypt and the Sudan, died of a heart attack in exile at age 45.
March 18, 1965…Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jack Quinlan was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 38.
March 18, 1967…The Beatles‘ single “Penny Lane” was certified Gold.
March 18, 1967…The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, a band that came to be called Traffic.
March 18, 1969…Actress (It’s a Great Life, All About Eve, The Inspector General, Quicksand, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Caddy, Johnny Belinda, Rhapsody, Belles on Their Toes, All Ashore, Apache Territory, The Outcasts of Poker Flats, Let’s Make It Legal, One Last Fling) Barbara Batescommitted suicide at age 43.
March 18, 1970…Brook Benton‘s single “Rainy Night in Georgia” was certified Gold.
March 18, 1972…The Chi-Lites made their second appearance on TV’s “Soul Train,” performing their latest release, “Oh, Girl.”
March 18, 1973…The musical “Seesaw,” starring Ken Howard, Michele Lee, and Tommy Tune, opened at New York’s Uris Theatre for 296 performances.
March 18, 1974…Arab oil-producing countries ended their five-month embargo against the U.S., Europe and Japan.
March 18, 1974…In Dallas, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at a club called Gertie’s.
March 18, 1978…More than 300,000 people attended the California Jam II music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California for performances by Aerosmith, Santana, Foreigner, Heart, Ted Nugent, Dave Mason, and Bob Welch (with special guests Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood). The festival was a sequel to the original California Jam held in 1974.
March 18, 1978…Actress (One Life to Live, The Sound Of Music, A Star Is Born, The Story of Ruth, Dream Girl, Magnificent Doll, The Bride Wore Boots, Call It a Day, The Housekeeper’s Daughter) Peggy Wood died following a stroke at age 86.
March 18, 1981…The science fiction TV series “The Greatest American Hero,” starring William Katt, Robert Culp, and Connie Sellecca, began its three-season run on ABC.
March 18, 1981…Playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres set a National Hockey League record when they scored nine goals in one period.
March 18, 1982…Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass was partially paralyzed following an accident in Philadelphia when his car skidded off a road and crashed.
March 18, 1984…Major league baseball hitting coach/former American League catcher (Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers) Charley Lau died of cancer at age 50.
March 18, 1985…ABC announced plans to merge with Capital CitiesCommunications to form Cap Cities/ABC, the 11th largest corporate merger in U.S. history.
March 18, 1986…Officials at Buckingham Palace in London announced the engagement of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
March 18, 1986…Novelist (The Natural, The Fixer) Bernard Malamud died following a heart attack at the age of 71.
March 18, 1988…Band leader/jazz trumpeter/flugelhornist/cornetist Billy Butterfield, a leading sideman during the swing era, died of cancer at age 71. On October 7, 1940, during his brief stay with Artie Shaw’s orchestra, he performed what has been described as a “legendary trumpet solo” on the hit recording of “Stardust.”
March 18, 1990…In East Germany, the first free elections were held.
March 18, 1990…Just after Midnight, 13 paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Estimates have put the value of the stolen artworks – paintings by Rembrandt, Manet, Degas and Vermeer – at as much as $500 million, making this the largest single property theft in recorded history. In 2013, on the 23rd anniversary of the heist, the FBI revealed their belief that the thieves belonged to a criminal organization based in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. The Gardner Museum has offered up to $5 million reward for information leading to their recovery.
March 18, 1990…Comedian/actor (Do the Right Thing, House Party, Mo’ Better Blues, Harlem Nights, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) Robin Harris died after a heart attack at 36.
March 18, 1991…Apple computer head Steve Jobs married Laurene Powell. They had three children and remained together until his death in 2011.
March 18, 1992…White South Africans in a national referendum voted overwhelmingly in favor of ending the country’s racist Apartheid policy.
March 18, 1992…New York hotel owner Leona Helmsley, nicknamed in the press as the “Queen of Mean,” was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.
March 18, 1992…Donna Summer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
March 18, 1993…The play “The Sisters Rosensweig,” starring Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn, and Robert Klein, opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre for 556 performances.
March 18, 1993…Comedian/actor Eddie Murphy married Nicole Mitchell. They had five children before divorcing in April 2006.
March 18, 1994…The city of Kenner, Louisiana named a street after singer/songwriter and native son Lloyd Price.
March 18, 1994…Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy protection.
March 18, 1994…The Rolling Stones announced that Darryl Jones would be the replacement for Bill Wyman on the band’s future tours.
March 18, 1995…Michael Jordan announced that he was ending his 17-month retirement from the National Basketball Association.
March 18, 1997…Yanni became one of the few Western artists permitted to perform and record at the Taj Mahal.
March 18, 1997…Joni Mitchell announced that five days earlier she had reunited with the daughter – born Kelly Dale Anderson, renamed Kilauren Gibb by her adoptive parents – she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
March 18, 1998…Elton John told a British TV interviewer that tributes to Princess Diana, killed in a car crash the previous August, should stop. He said it was “time to give it a rest.” John’s recording of “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which he performed at the princess’s funeral, became the best-selling single in history and raised millions for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
March 18, 1998…Michael Jackson and his son went shopping at a toy store in Munich, Germany. Jackson was dressed as an Arab woman.
March 18, 2000…The U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamped postcard that featured the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the home of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years.
March 18, 2001…Singer/songwriter (Monday Monday, California Dreamin’, I Saw Her Again, Creeque Alley, 12:30-Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon, San Francisco-Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair, Me And My Uncle, Mississippi) John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas died of heart failure at 65.
March 18, 2006…Retired TV news anchor (AM America, WABC-New York for 37 years) Bill Beutel died from complications of Lewy body disease at the age of 75.
March 18, 2008…Film director (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Truly Madly Deeply, Breaking and Entering)/writer (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Truly Madly Deeply, Breaking and Entering)/producer Anthony Minghella died of surgical complications at 54.
March 18, 2009…Actress (The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, Nell, The White Countess, The Handmaid’s Tale, Gothic, Every Picture Tells a Story, Wild Child, Waking Up in Reno, The Comfort of Strangers, Chelsea Walls, Widow’s Peak) Natasha Richardson died as the result of a skiing accident two days earlier at age 45.
March 18, 2010…After almost six months at the International Space Station, the Russian Soyuz TMA-16 capsule carrying NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev returned to Earth, landing safely in the Northern Steppes of Kazakhstan. Also on board was the first space tourist, Guy Laliberté, founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, who paid $35 million for his seat through the U.S. company Space Adventures.
March 18, 2010…In Austin, Texas, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks, made their first appearance as the Court Yard Hounds at the South By Southwest Festival.
March 18, 2010…Actor (Daniel Boone, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Davy Crockett, Old Yeller, The Great Locomotive Chase, Westward Ho the Wagons!, Them!, Battle Cry, Island in the Sky, The Kid from Left Field, Springfield Rifle, Hell Is for Heroes, Alias Jesse James, Dragonfly Squadron)Fess Parker died at the age of 85.
March 18, 2011…Diplomat/former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher died of complications from kidney and bladder cancer at age 85.
March 18, 2011…Bass guitarist (Diamonds) Terence “Jet” Harris, formerly of the duo Jet Harris & Tony Meehan and once a member of Cliff Richard and the Shadows, died of throat cancer at 71.
March 18, 2012…Television variety show producer/director (Nat ‘King’ Cole, Andy Williams, the Carpenters, Flip Wilson, Glen Campbell, Barbara Mandrell) Bob Henry died at the age of 92.
March 18, 2013…Television producer (Homicide: Life on the Street, Homeland, Rubicon, Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away)/director/screenwriter (Homicide: Life on the Street, Brotherhood, Homeland, I’ll Fly Away, Chicago Hope) Henry Bromell died following a heart attack at 66.
March 18, 2014…Barry Gibb sold the site of the former home of Johnny and June Carter Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee for $2 million. The Bee Gees singer purchased the property in 2005. Two years later, an accidental fire started by renovators destroyed most of the house.
March 18, 2014…Actor (On Deadly Ground, Havana, Eyewitness to Murder, Out for Justice)/cartoon voicist (Monsters Inc.) Joe Lala died of complications from lung cancer at age 66.
March 18, 2016…Entertainer Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in compensatory damages for the 2012 posting by Gawker of a sex tape of the former pro wrestler. A few days later, the jury added another $25 million to the award, hoping to discourage other publications from attempting such a posting.
March 18, 2016…Gwen Stefani released her third solo studio album, “This Is What The Truth Feels Like.”
March 18, 2016…Actor (The Rockford Files, The Last Boy Scout, The Postman, Blue Thunder, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, The Panic in Needle Park, The Man from Elysian Fields, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Shaft’s Big Score!, Trial by Jury) Joe Santos died after a heart attack at 84.
March 18, 2016…Country music singer (From A Jack To A King)/songwriter (Invisible Tears, Dark Moon, Do What You Do Do Well) Ned Miller died at the age of 90.