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February 13th Today in History

Famous People & Celebrities Born on February 13th:

  • "Tennessee" Ernie Ford
    (1919) - He once worked as a DJ for $10 a week at a Bristol, Tennessee, radio station. Ford's biggest hit was "Sixteen Tons." Olivia Newton-John claims the first song she ever learned to play on the piano was "Sixteen Tons." Ford would always close his TV appearances with the words, "Bless your pea-pickin' hearts." He once said that before he hit the big time, his ambition was to be able to afford all the chocolate pie he could eat at Atlanta's Toddle House restaurant.After he could afford to pay for the pie, he joked that he wasn't able to eat it because he'd get fat. "Tennessee" Ernie was also the first country singer to perform at the London Palladium, to tour the Soviet Union, and to host a prime-time TV series.
  • Chuck Yeager
    (1923) - In 1947 Yeager became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager -- at an altitude of 42,000 feet -- hit a top speed of 967 miles per hour aboard a Bell X-1.
  • George Segal
    (1934) - Played Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me. Voice of Dr. Quest on Jonny Quest: The New Adventures.
  • Kim Novak
    (1933) - Her real name is Marilyn Pauline Novak. One of Novak's first jobs was to appear as "Miss Deep Freeze," a spokeswoman for a line of refrigerators and freezers. Co-starred with James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's classic Vertigo (1958).
  • Oliver Reed
    (1938) - Playgirl film critic Vivian Holland claims the absolute best male nude motion picture scene ever filmed appears in 1969's Women In Love. In the flick, Reed and Alan Bates fight in the buff in front of a roaring fire. Reed confessed that he had to drink a entire fifth of vodka before he could shoot the nude scene. He once said "My only regret is that I didn't drink every pub dry and sleep with every woman on the planet." Reed flicks: The Return of the Musketeers (1989), Dr. Heckle and Mr. Hype (1980) Reed died on May 2, 1999.
  • Peter Tork
    (1942) - Former Monkee. Tork and Michael Nesmith were the only real musicians in the group. When he first started with The Monkees, Tork's character was affectionately known as "The Dumb One," but the character is nothing like the real Tork. He says playing "dumb" was an idea he suggested to the show's producers but he admits some people assume the dopey character is the real Tork. The Monkees had a string of gold records including "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer." Tork states he was born in 1942 not 1944 as incorrectly reported by some sources.
  • Geoff Edwards
    (1943) - TV game show host.
  • Jerry Springer
    (1944) - The tacky talk show host admits he'd never watch his own show if he weren't the host. Springer claims his own talk show tastes run more to highbrow shows like PBS's Charlie Rose Show. Although he's the first to describe his show as "foolish," he claims that without such programs, the media wouldn't provide an accurate reflection of society. In 1998 Springer received hundreds of packages filled with garbage sent by viewers thought his show was "trashy." The Astor Chocolate candy company was behind the campaign which invited people to send in trash which was then repackaged and delivered to Springer. He received everything from smelly rotting vegetables to used feminine hygiene products. William Bennett, the former DEA drug czar, singled out Springer show as an example of how tasteless talk shows have become. The end result was that Jerry's ratings actually improved. Springer states he was born in 1944 not 1941 as reported by some sources. Springer Flicks: Citizen Verdict (2003), You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again (2003).
  • Stockard Channing
    (1944) - Actress. Married to It (1993), The Girl Most Likely To... (1973)
  • Donna Hanover
    (1950) - The actress and TV reporter is the former wife of New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
  • Peter Gabriel
    (1950) - "Sledgehammer" (1986), "Big Time" (1986), "Solsbury Hill" (1977) Gabriel was born at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 1950, in Woking, England, not on May 13 as reported by some sources.
  • David Naughton
    (1951) - Actor. American Werewolf in London, Dr Pepper commercials. Naughton also had a No. 5 hit in July of 1979 with "Makin' It." The tune was used in the 1979 movie Meatballs.
  • Peter Hook
    (1956) - Bass with New Order.
  • Henry Rollins
    (1961) - The musician, writer and actor was born Henry Garfield. He also operates his own vanity publishing house named after his birthdate: "2.13.61." New York critic Mike Rubin says of Rollins' writing: "Most writers' half-formed unfinished works only see print after their death, but evidently Rollins is determined to make sure that no one makes a dime off him after he's gone."
  • Robbie Williams
    (1974) - A Catholic saint is putting a damper on the sex life of the singer of "Angels." Williams says that he has a statue of St. Teresa at the foot of his bed -- but he claims that whenever he has sex with a gal pal, he finds the statue mysteriously turns its head in shame as if saying, "I don't want to see that."
Famous and Noteworthy Events on February 13th:
(1635) - America's first public school -- the Boston Latin School -- opened in Boston.

(1920) - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

(1966) - The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

(1971) - Vice president Spiro Agnew hit three bystanders with golf balls while playing at the Bob Hope Classic.

(1984) - The world's first heart and liver transplant was performed on a 6-year-old Texas girl.

(1988) - The Boy Scouts of America agreed to admit female Scout leaders into the organization.

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