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Famous People & Celebrities Born on January 14th:

  • William Whipple
    (1730) - Whipple is one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Benedict Arnold
    (1741) - Many historians believe Arnold wasn't the traitor and spy portrayed in many books. Some evidence even suggests Arnold was framed by the Continental Congress which refused to drop court martial charges on the advice of the government's own prosecutor. Arnold actually spent $18,000 of his own money fighting for the birth of America, but he died before the government could repay the debt and its interest. If the government were to make good on the debt today, it would owe Arnold's heirs more than $1 billion.
  • Andy Rooney
    (1919) - Rooney joined the 60 Minutes team in 1978. A 1995 poll conducted by Comedy Central reveals that 54 percent of Americans describe Rooney's rear end as the butt they'd least like to see on TV.
  • Jack Jones
    (1938) - Singer. "Love Boat Theme," "The Impossible Dream."
  • Faye Dunaway
    (1941) - In 1974 Dunaway married Peter Wolf, the singer and musician with J. Geils Band. They divorced in 1979. Dunaway flicks: Blind Horizon (2003), Mid-Century (2002), The Rules of Attraction (2002), Changing Hearts (2002), Network (1976), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Chinatown (1974), Bonnie and Clyde (1967))
  • Lawrence Kasdan
    (1949) - Screenwriter and director. Writer: Dreamcatcher (2003), Mumford (1999), Wyatt Earp (1994), The Bodyguard (1992), Grand Canyon (1991), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Silverado (1985), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Big Chill (1983), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Body Heat (1981), The Empire Strikes Back (1980)rector: Mumford (1999), Wyatt Earp (1994), Grand Canyon (1991), Silverado (1985), The, Big Chill (1983), Body Heat (1981).
  • LL Cool J
    (1968) - Rapper. LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James." His real name is James Todd Smith. During a recording session early in his career, LL forgot his lyric book and was forced to call his grandmother at home so she could read the lyrics over the phone. She obliged -- but the lyrics Grandma had to read were so raw that the recording engineer blushed for the old woman. Says LL: "I'm an adult and I'm not above using profanity in certain situations." LL states he was born on January 14, 1968, not in 1969 or on August 16 as incorrectly reported by some other sources. LL hits: "Going Back to Cali" (1988), "I Need Love" (1987). Cool J Flicks: Deliver Us from Eva (2002), Mindhunters (2003), Rollerball (2002).
  • Jason Bateman
    (1969) - The Bateman kids started out with a bang, but they haven't been aging particularly well. Jason first appeared in Little House on the Prairie and had a prosperous television career in the late 1980s playing a wisecracking teen on The Hogan Family. His sister, Justine Bateman, played the adolescent ditz, Mallory, on Family Ties. Jason appeared on a WB Network series called Simon which was canceled after a few weeks. Then he appeared on NBC's Chicago Sons -- also canceled. His latest was George and Leo on CBS. It aired for one year.
  • David Grohl
    (1969) - Lead singer with the Foo Fighters. Former drummer with Nirvana. When the Foo Fighters came out with their "Big Me" video -- which spoofed Mentos candy commercials -- the band was pummeled with packs of the candy at every concert. It got so bad that Grohl asked fans to start chewing their Mentos before throwing them so the candies wouldn't be so hard. When he was 11, Grohl went to a punk show with his cousin and it changed his life. "I had my first Killing Joke T-shirt, smoked my first joint, saw my first punk show. It was a great week," says Grohl.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on January 14th:
(1954) - Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married in San Francisco. The small wedding was attended by just a few of DiMaggio's baseball buddies and a handful of Marilyn's friends. The marriage lasted just 9 months.

(1952) - The Today Show premiered on NBC. It was 7 a.m. on a cold New York City morning when NBC broadcast a live picture of Today host Dave Garroway looking out through the "Window on the World." The show was created by Pat Weaver, the father of actress Sigourney Weaver of Alien fame.

(1957) - Humphrey Bogart died after a 2-year battle with cancer. His last words were spoken to his wife, Lauren Bacall: "Goodbye, kid, hurry back."

(1973) - The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to finish the season undefeated. The conclusion of the team's perfect 17-0 season took place in Los Angeles at Super Bowl VII when the Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7.

(1986) - The U.S. government overturned any local laws which would prevent citizens from installing satellite dishes in their backyards.

(1990) - The Simpsons premiered on the Fox network. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are still going strong, though 10-year-old Bart would really be 21 years old today if the show weren't a cartoon. (A Simpsons Christmas special aired on Dec. 17, 1989, but the series didn't start until Jan. 14, 1990.)

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