Thursday, January 20, 2005

Crappy Birthday

IF JANUARY 20 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Aquarians have a lot to be grateful for in 2005 as there will be plenty of opportunities to reach for dreams and make them come true. However, with Saturn entering your opposite sign in July, you must learn to honor agreements and avoid criticism. You will be riding high on a wave of popularity in February and March when others will look at you through rose-colored glasses -- but don't let your good fortune go to your head next November. Be on the lookout for important new relationships all year long.

BIRTHDAY GUY: Up and coming actor Skeet Ulrich was born on today's date in 1970 in Lynchburg, Va., according to one source. A major part in 1996's hack-and-whack horror flick "Scream" sent his career rolling uphill and he had a solid supporting role in "As Good As It Gets," the Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt surprise hit of 1997. Since then, he starred in the thriller "Soul Assassin," co-starred with alternative singing star Jewel in "Ride With the Devil," and had a shot at TV in the short-lived 2003 TV series "Miracles."

Via Excite:
  • Sunrise 7:48 AM (PST)
  • Sunset 4:52 PM (PST)
  • Hrs. of Daylight - 9 Hrs., 4 Mins.
  • Rises: 12:36 PM (PST)
  • Sets: 4:29 AM (PST)

Forecast - Rain throughout the day with sunbreaks.
Flood Update - Flood Statement Bulletin #38 has been issued for King County valid from Thu Jan 20 2005 09:08 AM PST until Thu Jan 20 2005 03:00 PM PST.
900 AM PST Thu Jan 20 2005
Snohomish River Basin... Snoqualmie R NR Carnation Flood Stage: 54.0 FT. Latest Reading: 52.4 FT at 08:30 AM Thu forecast: continue to fall today.
Snohomish R NR Monroe Flood Stage: 15.0 FT. Latest Reading: 14.2 FT at 07:30 AM Thu forecast: fell below flood stage 1 AM Thursday and will continue to fall.
Snohomish R at Snohomish Flood Stage: 25.0 FT. Latest Reading: 26.1 FT AT 08:30 AM Thu forecast: fall below flood stage late this afternoon.
At 27.0 feet...The Snohomish River will flood several roads... Including the Snohomish-Monroe Highway... And low areas of the Lower Snohomish Valley that are not protected by levees. A stage of 27 feet on the Snohomish River corresponds roughly to a Phase 3 in the Snohomish County Flood Program.

Other Birthdays:
  • Harold Gray, creator of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," is born, 1894.
  • Comedian George Burns is born, 1896.
  • Italian film director Federico Fellini is born, 1920.
  • Actor DeForest Kelley is born, 1920.
  • Bandleader Ray Anthony is born, 1922.
  • Country singer Otis "Slim" Whitman is born, 1924.
  • Actress Patricia Neal is born, 1926.
  • Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, is born, 1930.
  • Actor Tom Baker, who played Doctor Who in the 1970s, is born, 1934.
  • Comic Artie Johnson is born, 1934.
  • Actress Dorothy Provine is born, 1937.
  • Movie director David Lynch is born, 1946.
  • Actor Daniel Benzali is born, 1950.
  • Actor Lorenzo Lamas is born, 1958.
  • Stefan Edberg's birthday, 1966.

Other Events:

  • 1885 - The roller coaster was patented by La Marcus Thompson of, where else, Coney Island, NY. His coaster was 450 feet long with the highest drop being 30 feet.
  • 1892 - The first organized basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, MA YMCA Training School.
  • 1929 - In Old Arizona was released. The movie was the first full-length talkie to be filmed outdoors. Mainly, the great outdoors of the states of Utah and California.
  • 1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution set the date, officially, for the swearing in of the President and Vice President. The amendment was ratified by Congress in 1933.
  • 1942 - Harry Babbitt sang as Kay Kyser and his orchestra recorded, Who Wouldn’t Love You, on Columbia Records. The record went on to be a big hit for Kyser.
  • 1952 - Patricia McCormick debuted as the first professional woman bullfighter! She got herself two bulls in the contest held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • 1953 - A television show was transmitted from the United States to Canada for the first time. The CBS Television production of Studio One was transmitted to CBLT-TV in Canada.
  • 1954 - The National Negro Network was formed on this date. Some 40 radio stations were charter members of the network.
  • 1958 - The rock ’n’ roll classic, Get a Job, by The Silhouettes, was released.
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley got a little U.S. mail this day with greetings from Uncle Sam. The draft board in Memphis, TN ordered the King to report for duty; but allowed a 60-day deferment for him to finish the film, King Creole.
  • 1964 - This was a big day in U.S. record stores as the first album by The Beatles was released. The LP, Meet the Beatles, became a huge success and was #1 on the charts by February 15, 1964. The British Invasion had begun. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
  • 1965 - Alan Freed, the ‘Father of Rock ’n’ Roll’, died in Palm Springs, CA. Freed was one of the first radio disc jockeys to program black music, or race music, as it was termed, for white audiences. In the 1950s, Freed, called ‘Moon Doggy’ at WJW Radio in Cleveland, coined the phrase, “rock ’n’ roll,” before moving to WABC in New York. He was fired by WABC for allegedly accepting payola (being paid to play records by certain artists and record companies). The 1959-1960 congressional investigation into payola made Freed the scapegoat for what was a wide spread practice. Freed, not so incidentally, died nearly penniless after the scandal was exposed.
  • 1974 - After an auto accident that had almost taken his life five months earlier, Stevie Wonder was back at work, playing a gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
  • 1974 - Golfing great Johnny Miller won the Tucson Open Golf Tournament and became the first pro golfer to win four consecutive major tournaments.
  • 1978 - Fred Silverman quit as head honcho of programming for ABC-TV. He accepted an offer to be president of NBC. Silverman had developed shows like Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Charlie’s Angels and Three’s Company to earn ABC its highest ratings ever. His magic, however, didn’t work as well at NBC. Silverman’s Waterloo, so to speak, was a most expensive TV bomb: Super Train, starring Steve Lawrence. Grant Tinker replaced Silverman and took the Peacock Network to number one in a few years. Silverman went on to become one of Hollywood’s top, independent producers.
  • 1980 - Super Bowl XIV (at Pasadena): Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19. The Rams led 13-10 at the half and 19-17 at the end of the third quarter. A 73-yard pass completion to John Stallworth and a Franco Harris 1-yard run changed that in the fourth quarter. MVP: Steelers’ QB Terry Bradshaw. Tickets: $30.00.
  • 1985 - Super Bowl XIX (at Palo Alto): San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16. The only Super Bowl played at Stanford University Stadium saw Bill Walsh’s 49ers overwhelm Don Shula’s Dolphins. The 1984 49ers, the first team to win 15 games in a regular season (15-1), outscored opponents by 2 to 1 and had ten players voted to the Pro Bowl. MVP: 49ers QB Joe Montana. Tickets: $60.00. It was the most-watched Super Bowl game in history, seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The program with the largest audience ever (aside from man landing on the moon) was the final episode of "M*A*S*H" in 1983. Super Bowl XIX also marked the first time that TV commericals sold for a million dollars a minute! That breaks down to less than a penny a person or a CPM (cost per thousand) under $9 or, in other words... not such a bad advertising deal... if you could remember the sponsors.
  • 1986 - New footage of the 1931 horror classic, Frankenstein, was found. It depicted the monster, played by Boris Karloff, throwing a girl into a lake and showed a hypodermic needle in the monster’s arm! Yeeeeeow! The scenes had been cut because they were considered too shocking for the 1930’s theatre crowd. They have since been put back in and the film has been rereleased.
  • 1998 - The headline read, “Cloned Calves Offer Promise of Medicines.” The calves were cloned from the cells of cow fetuses by University of Massachusetts scientists, James Robl and Steven Stice, who also worked for Advanced Cell Technology Inc., a biotech start-up in Worcester, MA. The hope is for genetically customized calves that will be able to safely, easily and cheaply produce medicines for humans in their milk.