Friday, November 6, 2009


BIRTHDAYS: 1970 – Ethan Hawke -Young actor best known for portraying the quintessential slacker opposite Winona Ryder in Reality Bites (1994) and the sensitive young student in Dead Poets Society (1989). Hawke's studied acting style is sometimes questioned for its authenticity, but he has more often won over both critics and audiences. Hawke, the husband of actress Uma Thurman, has been cast in several lead roles recently, including Great Expectations (1998), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), and Hamlet (2000).
Ethan Hawke
1957 - Lori Singer is an American actress and cellist. She is perhaps best known for her role of Ariel Moore, the daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore (played by John Lithgow) in the 1984 film Footloose, which also starred Kevin Bacon. Madonna reportedly auditioned for the role of Ariel losing out to then relatively unknown Singer.
Lori Singer
1948 - Glenn Frey, of the Eagles is born in Detroit. He has two solo hits that reach No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100: ``The Heat Is On'' and ``You Belong to the City.'' Frey wrote or co-wrote (often with Don Henley) many of the group's songs, and sang lead vocal on a number of Eagles hits including "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Already Gone", "Tequila Sunrise", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight", and "How Long" 1946 – Sally Field - has twice won Best Actress Oscars: for Norma Rae (1979) and for Places In the Heart (1984, with John Malkovich). Despite these heavyweight credits, she has never quite shaken the spunky-but-naive persona she established in the 1960s TV series Gidget and The Flying Nun (in which she played a young novice whose outfit absurdly gave her the ability to fly).
Sally Field
OTHER EVENTS: 2008 – Nights in Rodanthe starring Dianne Lane and Richard Gere commences screening in Australia. A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn. 2005 – The boy band Westlife top both the U.K. album and singles chart – with their Face to Face LP and “You Raise Me Up” respectively. 2005 - The musical "Jersey Boys" (the story of the Four Seasons) opens on Broadway.
Jersey Boys on Stage in Melbourne, Australia
2003 – Justin Timberlake is the big winner at the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, picking up prizes for best album, male artist and pop act. Timberlake, who performs during the show, wins for his Jive album “Justified.” 2002 – R&B star Usher guest stars in an episode of the revival series “The Twilight Zone.” In an episode titled “To Protect and Serve,” Usher portrays a young police officer who puts his life on the line for a call girl. 2001 - Britney Spears' album "Britney" was released. 2001 - Disney's "Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed In at the House Of Mouse" was released on video and DVD. 1999 - Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.. 1997 – Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thuman and Gore Vidal starred in Gattaca - A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. Gattaca commenced screening in Australia. 1990 - Arsenio Hall gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
Arsenio Hall
1989 - US marshals and FCC sieze pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Amanda,” Boston. The song is from the album “Third Stage,” which was eight years in the making. 1982 - Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' (at No. 97) logs its 43rd week on the Hot 100 singles chart - the longest unbroken run ever. 1979 - The world premiere of the movie The Rose was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City (with party at the Roseland Ballroom). The movie starred Bette Midler as a rock singer caught in the fast lane of drugs and death. The premiere and party raised $60,000 for the Phoenix House, a drug rehab organization. 1973 - "Half-Breed" by Cher topped the US charts and stayed there for 2 weeks 1967 - Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio. The show was on the air for 29 years.
Phil Donahue
1954 - Elvis Presley does his only commercial, for Southern-Made Doughnuts, on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio program (he also signs a year-long contract with the "Hayride"). 1948 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Buttons and Bows,'' Dinah Shore. 1947 - Meet The Press makes its US television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948). 1923- The electric razor is patented, by Colonel Jacob Schick. 1908 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The notorious outlaws are trapped by Bolivian officials and reportedly killed in the ensuing gun battle 1861 - Queensland is linked with New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia by telegraph 1699 - According to the fictitious accounts of his Voyages, Lemuel Gulliver arrived in Lilliput on this day.

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