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Demented Datebook: Births and Deaths (sorted by name), Events and Holidays for January 21

Last Updated 01-14-2020

🎭Cathy Baker -- is 73 in the year 2020 and 74 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1947
Misc: not to be confused with Kathy Baker
TV Shows: Hee Haw (regular)

✍⛪🎭Robby Benson -- is 64 in the year 2020 and 65 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1956
Writer, Jewish, Professor, Soap Actor, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Dallas, Texas; RN:Robbie Segal
Misc: a USC professor
TV Shows: Beauty & The Beast (as the beast) Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Edward "Ted" Spellman season 1), Exosquad
Movie Titles: Prince Valiant, Ice Castles, One on One, The Chosen, Godfather, Die Laughing, Ode to Billy Joe, Tribute

🎭🎵Mac Davis -- is 78 in the year 2020 and 79 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1942
Movie/Stage Actor, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Lubbock, Texas; FN:Morris
Song Titles: Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me, Stop and Smell the Roses, It's Hard to Be Humble, Hooked on Music, Why Don't We All Get Stoned
Album Titles: Stop and Smell the Roses, All the Love in the World, Burnin' Thing, It's Hard to Be Humble
TV Shows: The Mac Davis Show
Movie Titles: North Dallas Forty, The Sting II

🎭Geena Davis -- is 64 in the year 2020 and 65 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1956
TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Wareham, MA; Jeff Goldblum's ex-wife
TV Shows: Buffalo Bill (as Wendy Killian), Sara
Movie Titles: Tootsie, Fletch, Earth Girls Are Easy, Beetlejuice, The Accidental Tourist, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Angie, Cutthroat Island

🎭John Ducey -- is 51 in the year 2020 and 52 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1969
TV Shows: Will and Grace (as Jamie), Jonas, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Leonard), Bad Judge
Movie Titles: Deep Impact, The Suite Life Movie

✍🎭Jeff Franklin -- is 65 in the year 2020 and 66 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1955 N.S.
Screenwriter, Producer
TV Shows: Full House (producer), Fuller House (producer)
Movie Titles: Just One of the Guys, Summer School

🎵🎸Jim Ibbotson -- is 73 in the year 2020 and 74 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1947
Songwriter, Singer, Drummer, Keyboardist, Country-Rock Musician
Group Names: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

🎭🏆Chanelle Peloso -- is 26 in the year 2020 and 27 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1994 N.S.
Actress, Gymnast, Canadian
TV Shows: Incredible Crew
Movie Titles: Zapped

🎭🎵Jeremy Shada -- is 23 in the year 2020 and 24 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1997 N.S.
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Singer
TV Shows: Adventure Time (as Finn)
Movie Titles: Team America: World Police, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, ParaNorman

🎭Martin Shaw -- is 75 in the year 2020 and 76 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1945
Actor, Producer, English
TV Shows: Dr. in the House (as Huw Evans), The Chief, Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently, The Professionals (as Doyle)
Movie Titles: Macbeth, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

🎭Jacob Smith -- is 30 in the year 2020 and 31 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1990 N.S.
TV Shows: Party of Five (as Owen Salinger #3)
Movie Titles: Small Soldiers, Troy, Cheaper by the Dozen, Hansel and Gretel, Dragonfly

🎭Jerry Trainor -- is 43 in the year 2020 and 44 in the year 2021; b.1/21/1977
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Drake and Josh, iCarly, T.U.F.F. Puppy
Movie Titles: Evolution, Donnie Darko

🎭Alan Hewitt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1915 d.11/7/1986 (71)
TV Shows: My Favorite Martian (as Det. Bill Brennan)

🎭🎵Benny Hill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1925 d.4/20/1992 (67)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Novelty Singer, English
Names/Places: b. in Southampton; NN:King Leer; MN:Alfred Hawthorn
TV Shows: The Benny Hill Show (star)
Movie Titles: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

🎭J. Carroll Naish -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1896 d.1/24/1973 (77)
TV/Movie/Stage/Radio Actor
TV Shows: Life with Luigi (as Luigi Basco), The Adventures of Charlie Chan (as Charlie Chan)

🎭Ann Wedgeworth -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1934 d.11/16/2017 N.S. (83)
TV/Movie/Stage/Soap Actress
Names/Places: Rip Torn's ex-wife
Misc: Won a Tony award for best supporting Actress in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" on Broadway in 1978 (perhaps '77?)
TV Shows: Another World, Somerset, Three's Company (as Lana Shields), Filthy Rich (as Bootsie Weschester), Evening Shade (as Merleen Elldridge)

🎭🎵Wolfman Jack -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1939 d.7/1/1995 (56)
Hall of Famer, Announcer, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, NY; RN:Robert "Bob" Smith; d. in Belvidere, N.C.
Misc: Legendary oldies D.J.; in the 1970s, he was heard on 2200 radio stations in 42+ world countries!
TV Shows: The Midnight Special (announcer), TNN's Rock and Roll Palace
Movie Titles: American Graffiti

✍📰🎭Russell Baker -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/14/1925 N.S. d.1/21/2019 N.S. (93)
Author, Humorist, Journalist, Columnist, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in Loudoun County, Va.
Book Titles: Growing Up
TV Shows: Masterpiece Theater (host)

🎭🎵Kaye Ballard -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/20/1925 N.S. d.1/21/2019 N.S. (93)
TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Cleveland, OH; RN:Catherine Gloria Balotta
Misc: also sang comedy songs on Spike Jones' stage show as Ted Herring pointed out.
TV Shows: Kraft Music Hall, The Mothers-in-Law (as Kaye Buell), Doris Day Show (as Angie), What a Dummy (as Treeva)

🎭Sandy Baron -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/5/1936 d.1/21/2001 (64)
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: That Was the Week That Was

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🎭🎵Joseph Cawthorn -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/29/1868 d.1/21/1949 (80)
Movie Actor, Comedian, Singer

🎭Allyn Joslyn -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/21/1901 d.1/21/1981 (79)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor
TV Shows: Ray Bolger Show, Eve Arden Show (as George Howell), McKeever & the Colonel (as Col. Harvey Blackwell)

George Orwell -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/25/1903 d.1/21/1950 (46)
Novelist, Essayist, Satirist, India
Names/Places: RN:Eric Arthur Blair
Book Titles: Animal Farm, 1984

🎵Bob Roberts -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/27/1879 d.1/21/1930 (50)
Novelty Singer
Names/Places: NN:Ragtime
Song Titles: The Woodchuck Song (1904)

🎵Maggie Roche -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/26/1951 d.1/21/2017 N.S. (65)
Group Names: Roches

🎭Connie Sawyer -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/27/1912 N.S. d.1/21/2018 N.S. (105)
Movie Titles: Foul Play, "Oh, God!", Pineapple Express, When Harry Met Sally

🎭Carl Switzer -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/7/1927 d.1/21/1959 (31)
Movie Actor
Misc: some say b. 1926
Movie Titles: Our Gang (as Alfalfa)

🎵🎸Steve Wahrer -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/22/1941 d.1/21/1989 (47)
Rock & Roll Musician
Group Names: The Trashmen

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In 1930, Ub Iwerks informs Roy Disney that he wishes to leave the Disney Company. His 20% share of the company is bought by Disney for $2920.

In 1933, The Mickey Mouse film, “The Mad Doctor”, is released. Pluto also appears.

In 1938, Animation work begins on “The Sorcererʹs Apprentice”.

In 1954, In odd news, a Connecticut man obtained a divorce on grounds of desertion after concluding his wife wasnʹt coming back. She left 45 years before.

In 1956, “Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)” closes at Golden New York City after 849 performances.

In 1959, Carl Switzer, Our Gangʹs Alfalfa, dies at age thirty-two when a former business partner shoots him during a dispute over a fifty-dollar debt.

In 1962, Snow fell in San Francisco, believe it or not.

In 1970, ABC premieres “Nanny and the Professor,” in which Juliet Mills stars as a kind of TV Mary Poppins (Phoebe Figalilly) who brings sunlight and “magic” to the home of Professor Everett (Richard Long) and his three children (David Doremus, Trent Lehman and Kim Richards). More than two decades later, Fran Drescher brings wackiness to the role of “The Nanny.” Three decades later, in the 2000s decade, Mills still had the magic touch, though she was working for the side of evil as witch Tabitha (get the Bewitched connection?) Lennox on NBCʹs “Passions.”

In 1970, ABC Television presented “The Johnny Cash Show” in prime time. Previously, the show had been a summer replacement. The regular season series was a big boost for country music. Johnny wore black in the all-color show, however, like he still did years later.

In 1972, In a Brady Bunch episode called “Janʹs Aunt Jenny”, Imogene Coca guest stars as Jan finds a picture of her Aunt Jenny when she was the same age and they are lookalikes. She is excited to discover how she will look when she grows up until she sees a picture of her Aunt Jenny as an adult.


In 1979, “Brothers And Sisters”, TV Comedy, debut on NBC.


In 1981, Bill Murray wed Mickey Kelly

In 1984, R.C., “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ʹN The Saddle peaked at #15 on the pop singles chart with a nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk.

In 1986, 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38 degrees F (three degrees C) in Purdue, Indiana.

In 1987, “The Tortellis” began airing on NBC

In 1993, The largest doughnut made weighed 3,739 pounds at 16 feet in diameter and 16 inches high in Utica, New York.

In 1999, The wife of Paul Shaffer, David Lettermanʹs musical director, gave birth to boy…the coupleʹs second child and first son.

In 2003, Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman guested on Jim Belushiʹs sitcom “According To Jim.”

In 2011, “Onion News Network” began airing on IFC

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In 1978, “Short People” by Randy Newman charted at number 14 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1984, “Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling charted at number 2 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

In 1984, “Red, Red Wine” by UB40 charted at number 17 on the Canada Pop Singles Chart

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Gems: garnet and hyacinth
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