Famous Birthdays, Events, January 26th

Born January 26th:

Actor Scott Glenn (known for the films “Apocalypse Now”, “More American Graffiti”, “Urban Cowboy”, “The Right Stuff”, “Wild Geese II”, “Silverado”, “The Hunt For Red October”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, “Backdraft”, “Courage Under Fire”, “Absolute Power”, “Training Day” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Bourne Legacy” and the tv series “Leftovers” and “Castle Rock”) is 78. (1941)

Singer Jean Knight (known for the single “Mr. Big Stuff”) is 76. (1943)

Actor David Strathairn (Best Actor Oscar, multiple Golden Globe and multiple Screen Actors Guild nominee, Primetime Emmy winner, known for the films “Silkwood”, “Eight Men Out”, “Memphis Belle”, “Good Night and Good Luck”, “A League of Their Own”, “Bob Roberts”, “Sneakers”, “The Firm”, “L.A. Confidential”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Lincoln””Godzilla”, and the tv series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”, “Alpha”, “The Blacklist” and “Billions”) is 70. (1949) (Image: Live Well Network… left image from film “A League of Their Own”)

Guitar player Eddie Van Halen is 64. (1955)

Actress-comedian, tv host and “American Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres (multiple Golden Globe and multiple Screen Actors Guild nominee, Primetime Emmy and multiple Daytime Emmy winner, known for the tv series “Open House”, “Laurie Hill”, “Ellen” and “The Ellen Show”) is 61. (1958)

Retired singer, songwriter Anita Baker (Grammy winner) is 61. (1958)

Hockey Hall of Famer, known as “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky (winner of four Stanley Cups) is 58. (1961)

Musician Andrew Ridgeley (of the group Wham! fame) is 55. (1964)

Actress Sara Rue (known for the tv series “Grand”, “Phenom”, “Minor Adjustments”, “Popular”, “Less Than Perfect”, “Eastwick”, “Malibu Country”, “Rules of Engagement”, “Impastor”, “Bones” and “American Housewife” and the film “Pearl Harbor” as Nurse Martha) is 40. (1979)

(Sources: on-this-day.com, imdb.com)

January 26th:

1784 – In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey.

1875 – George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth

1940 – In Rockford, Illinois, Frank Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Coronado Theater. 

1950 – The American Associated Insurance Companies, of St. Louis, Missouri, issued the first baby sitter’s insurance policy.

1962 – The U. S. launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. The probe missed its target by about 22,000 miles.

1984 – CBS television debuted Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer”.

1988 – The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Phantom of the Opera” opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theater.

2010 – It was announced that James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” had become the highest-grossing film worldwide. 

(Source: on-this-day.com)

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