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January 12th Today in History

Famous People & Celebrities Born on January 12th:

  • Jack London
    (1876) - London, who was born in San Francisco, is best remembered for The Call of The Wild. His mother was a psychic and his father was a spiritualist who oddly claimed he was impotent and therefore wasn't Jack's father.
  • Howard Stern
    (1954) - The loud-mouthed morning DJ confessed to Radio Ink magazine that he rarely listens to radio himself because he's "depressed" by all the radio hosts who copy his abrasive style. The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" also brags no other radio DJ will ever become as successful as he has because none of them are doing anything original. Other trivia: Stern once said his "...father's favorite sport was yelling." TV Guide selected Stern's network TV show as one of the worst new shows of 1998. One station actually canceled the show after its second broadcast and replaced Howard with "Jerry Springer" reruns. Stern lost 22 pounds for his appearance in the movie version of his book, "Private Parts," by eating potatoes six times a day. After losing the excess pounds, Stern boasted, "My own private parts look bigger now next to my thinner body." His bright yellow spandex "Fartman" costume used in the movie was auctioned off for $7,000. The Fartman suit came complete with red and orange matching boots, gloves, sunglasses and a black and gold codpiece. In 1995, a New Jersey rest stop was named after Stern. He commented: "I've always dreamed of a rest stop that I would drive by with my family and people would relieve themselves while they see my name." The rest stop became so popular that the cleaning service maintaining the potty stop was forced to sanitize the toilet seats five times a day.
  • Ray Price
    (1926) - The singer is best known for his hit, "For The Good Times" Price has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1952. He also helped Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson launch their songwriting careers. In 1995 Price was asked to cite the greatest country song of all time. He replied that there are just too many great ones to select just one. When he was advised that more than 2,000 country disc jockeys had selected "The Dance" by Garth Brooks as country's best song, he shrugged and said "Never heard of it."
  • William Lee Golden
    (1939) - Oak Ridge Boys. It's a small world -- and if you want proof, look at singer Aaron Tippin and The Oak Ridge Boys. Tippin's grandfather was the guy who brought William Lee into the world. Golden began performing on his own grandfather's weekly radio program when he was only 7 years old.
  • Joe Frazier
    (1944) - In 1971 Frazier defended his heavyweight boxing title in a 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali. Ringside seats cost $150 and were occupied by celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan and Hugh Hefner. During the pre-fight hoopla, Ali boasted, "It's gonna be the champ and the tramp!" The event was a gold mine that generated nearly $25 million -- mostly from closed-circuit TV. In 1975 Ali defeated Frazier in 14 rounds in the "Thriller in Manilla" match. During a 1973 taping of the TV series Superstars, Frazier belly-flopped into a lap pool and almost drowned.
  • Rush Limbaugh
    (1951) - Talk show host. He revealed to his listeners in October of 2003 that he was addicted to pain killers, following spinal surgery. He then went into rehab for five weeks and returned to his radio show with twice as many listners as before. In 2001, an inner ear complication caused Limbaugh to go stone deaf, however, a cochlear implant surgery restored most of his hearing. A survey of coffee drinkers in 1994 revealed that most Americans think Madonna, Rush Limbaugh and O.J. Simpson are the last people on Earth they'd like to have a cup of coffee with. A talk radio researcher reports 70 percent of Limbaugh's callers are East coast, blue collar, white men in their 30s. Limbaugh's former interior decorator says Rush once paid to have a custom-made extra-large toilet seat installed in one of his bathrooms. Early in his career as a DJ, Limbaugh was fired from Pittsburgh's WIXZ radio because he played the Rolling Stone's "Under My Thumb" too many times. Born on January 12 not December 12 as reported by some sources.
  • Kirstie Alley
    (1951) - Veronica's Closet. Played Rebecca on Cheers. Kirstie is a devout Scientologist who says she wants to build hundreds of Scientology missions around the globe. The actress already opened one mission in her hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Kirstie says that when she was growing up she wanted to be "...blonde, blue-eyed, short and big-breasted." She also has a big problem she'd like to lock in a closet -- her big behind. Kirstie admits she had a hard time while on the set of the Woody Allen flick, Deconstructing Harry, because Allen used weird camera angles that made her butt look like -- in her words -- "a $40 cow." Alley flicks: Look Who's Talking (1989), Sibling Rivalry (1990). Born in 1951 not 1950 or 1955 as reported by some sources.
  • Ricky Van Shelton
    (1952) - Country singer. Van Shelton -- who's always been afraid of flying -- actually got a private pilot's license in 1996. He owns a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron and admits he has a heavy foot on the pedal and likes to " it wide open." Van Shelton also writes children's books. Some of the titles include "Tales From a Duck Named Quacker...The Story Begins," "Quacker Meets Mr. Moo," and "Quacker Meets Canadian Goose."
  • Rob Zombie
    (1966) - Frontman for schlock-metal superstars White Zombie. His real name is Robert Cummings.
  • Melanie Chisholm
    (1974) - "Sporty Spice" of the Spice Girls. Also know as "Melanie C." She's a big fan of soccer and supports her hometown team in Liverpool. Melanie is the Spice Girl who does all the back flips in the videos. Born on January 12, 1974, not on May 12 or in 1975 or 1976 as reported by some sources.
  • Andrew Lawrence
    (1987) - Youngest of the Lawrence brothers (his older brothers are Joey and Matthew). His real last name is Mignogna. Played Andy Roman on Brotherly Love.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on January 12th:
(1863) - Confederate President Jefferson Davis delivered his first and only "State of the Confederacy" address in Richmond, Virginia.

(1926) - The predecessor of the radio show, Amos 'n' Andy, was broadcast for the first time over WGN radio in Chicago. The show originally was titled Sam 'n' Henry, but it was later changed to Amos 'n' Andy. The main characters were supposed to have been black, but they were played by white actors. The show was picked up by the NBC radio network in 1929 and, in its heyday, it attracted more than 40 million radio listeners. Amos 'n' Andy went off the air in 1948 but returned to TV in 1951. This time the actors were black and Amos 'n' Andy became the first network TV show with an all-black cast. Writer George Bernard Shaw once said, "There are three things I'll never forget about America: The Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Amos 'n' Andy."

(1943) - In a wartime effort to limit the consumption of pork in America, the United States Office of Price Administration announced that regular hot dogs and wieners would be replaced by so-called "Victory Sausages" made out of meat and soybean meal.

(1963) - The Beatles released their first hit: "Please Please Me."

(1966) - The Batman TV series premiered on ABC. Adam West played the role of Batman and Burt Ward was Robin.

(1971) - All In The Family debuted on CBS. Carol O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker, a somewhat lovable bigot. Jean Stapleton played Archie's wife, Edith, whom he often referred to as "The Dingbat." Sally Struthers played the role of Gloria, Archie's daughter; and Rob Reiner was son-in-law Mike -- also know as "Meathead." All In the Family was the first network TV show to broadcast the sound of a toilet being flushed.

(1991) - The U.S. Congress authorized the use of force against Iraq in an attempt to get the country to withdraw from Kuwait.

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