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Famous People & Celebrities Born on August 13th:

  • Quinn Cummings
    (1967) - Actress. The Goodbye Girl (1977)
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    (1899) - He's best remembered for his classics Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and his TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock had a preference for casting "classy" women in his flicks. The most famous of the "Hitchcock Girls" were Vera Miles, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, and Tippi Hedren -- although Hitchcock regarded Kelly to be his quintessential blonde leading lady. He had a great sense of humor. When Hitchcock heard about a woman who was terrified of taking a shower after watching Psycho, he replied, "Have you considered having her dry cleaned?" When asked about Disney films, he once said, "If I made 'Cinderella,' they'd look for a body in the coach." Hitchcock died on April 29, 1980.
  • Fidel Castro
    (1926) - The Cuban president played baseball as a right-handed pitcher in his younger days. He was so good, a Caribbean scout in 1950 recommended Castro to the New York Giants. In 1960 Castro gave the longest speech in the history of the United Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes. Cigar experts blame Castro for the decline in quality of Cuban cigars. That's because most of Cuba's best cigarmakers fled the country when Castro took over. In 1960 the CIA tried to poison Castro by treating a box of his favorite cigars with a deadly toxin. The poisoned cigars never reached him, but it was the first of many bizarre attempts to assassinate or make Castro look like a clown. One stunt considered by the CIA was a special powder that was to be sprinkled into Castro's boots. It was supposed to make his beard fall out.
  • Pat Harrington, Jr
    (1929) - Played Schneider the building superintendent on One Day at a Time.
  • Don Ho
    (1930) - The Hawaiian singer is best known for his tune, "Tiny Bubbles." In the 1970s, Ho made several guest appearances on TV including Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels, but he holds a special place in his heart for The Brady Bunch. He says more people recognize him from his Brady Bunch appearance than from any other show.
  • Joycelyn Elders
    (1933) - The former Surgeon General was fired by President Clinton after she advocated the teaching of masturbation in high school sex classes.
  • Dave "Baby" Cortez
    (1938) - His 1959 electric organ solo, "The Happy Organ," was a No. 1 hit.
  • Kevin Tighe
    (1944) - Played paramedic Roy DeSoto on Emergency.
  • Jeff Altman
    (1951) - Comedian. In 1989 Altman released an album titled I'll Flip You Like a Cheese Omelette.
  • Dan Fogelberg
    (1951) - The singer once suffered from anxiety and panic attacks and was forced to cancel major engagements -- including an opening act for Elton John at Dodger Stadium -- because of the attacks. Fogelberg hits: "Leader of The Band" (1981)
  • Danny Bonaduce
    (1959) - Danny Partridge on The Partridge Family (1970-74). Bonaduce is now involved in a TV talk show called The Other Half. He once recorded an album that was so bad a Hollywood record store actually paid people five cents to take the record home. The store never got rid of all the copies.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on August 13th:
(1889) - Inventor William Gray of Hartford, Connecticut, received a patent for the first coin-operated pay telephone.

(1907) - The first motorized taxi cab began service in New York City.

(1934) - The newspaper comic strip "L'il Abner" made its debut. Artist Al Capp's original material featuring L'il Abner and Daisy Mae appeared in papers until November 13, 1977, when Capp retired.

(1942) - The Disney classic Bambi premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

(1961) - The East German government closed the border in Berlin and, within hours, started plans for construction of the Berlin Wall. It started out as a simple barbed wire fence, but within a week, a concrete wall was built. The Berlin Wall stood as a barrier to freedom for East Germans for 28 years. It was torn down on November 9, 1989.

(1977) - Bachman Turner Overdrive called it quits and disbanded.

(1995) - Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at the age of 63 from rapidly spreading liver cancer.

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