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Famous People & Celebrities Born on July 1st:

  • Leslie Caron
    (1931) - The actress and dancer is best known for her role in 1951's American in Paris and 1958's Gigi. She now owns an inn located south of Paris. It's name -- La Lucarne aux Chouettesan -- translates into "The Owl's Nest."
  • Pamela Anderson
    (1967) - In 1999 Anderson had her breast implants removed. In 1998 she filed for divorce from husband Tommy Lee after he allegedly assaulted her, but the two got back together in 1999. For a long time her status with Tommy Lee changed minute by minute. Anderson once said she looked forward to growing old with Lee: "I think about Tommy and me sitting on the porch. He's got no teeth, a big gut, and we're in our rocking chairs telling stories to our grandkids, being the kookiest grandparents." On April 11, 2002, she became engaged to rocker Kid Rock. Also in March of 2002, Anderson announced that she contracted Hepatitus C by sharing a tatoo needle with her ex-husband Tommy Lee. SHe became a U.S. citizen in April 2004, bu tis also keeping her Canadian citizenship. Before Baywatch she was the "Tool Time" girl on Home Improvement.
  • Alan Ruck
    (1960) - Stuart on Spin City. Played "Cameron" in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Indiana Jones
    (1899) - July 1, 1899 is the fictional birthday of the make-believe adventurer.
  • Estee Lauder
    (1908) - Queen of cosmetics.
  • Olivia Dehavilland
    (1916) - Actress.
  • Jamie Farr
    (1934) - The actor's real name is Jameel Farah. Farr's best known for his role of Klinger on MASH. He's the only member of the original MASH TV cast who actually served in the Korean War. Mr. Farr states he was born in 1934 not 1936 or 1935 as reported by some sources.
  • Sydney Pollack
    (1934) - In 1997 the film director and producer sued a Danish TV network after it broadcast a "pan-and-scan" version of his 1975 film Three Days of the Condor. Pollack prefers the "letterbox" format for TV motion picture airings. Although the Danish court ruled that pan-and-scanning was a "mutilation" of the film, it found in favor of the TV network. Other Pollack flicks: The Firm (1993), Major League (1989), Tootsie (1982).
  • Porky Pig
    (1935) - The cartoon character first appeared in the Warner Bros. cartoon "I Haven't Got A Hat" released on July 1, 1935. The stuttering pig typically ends cartoons with the line "Tha...Tha...Tha..That's all, folks!"
  • Wally Amos
    (1936) - He created "Famous Amos" chocolate chip cookies. Amos lost his Famous Amos cookie business back in 1988 as well as the right to use his own name on cookie packages, so he came up with a new brand called "Uncle Noname" which he claimed was Hawaiian for the temporary loss of a legal name. Amos has since shut down his Uncle Noname cookie company and is working once again with Famous Amos as a spokesman.
  • Karen Black
    (1942) - Actress. Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock's final picture) (1976), Easy Rider (1969). Born in 1942 not 1945 as reported by some sources.
  • Deborah Harry
    (1945) - Singer with Blondie. Harry claims a ghost visited her in the 1970s when she and former hubby Chris Stein lived in the Bowery area of New York. She started hearing strange knocking sounds the day they moved in and later saw the ghost of a little boy who appeared to be about 8 years old. Once the ghost made himself known, Blondie's bass player suffered a nervous breakdown, another band member was almost electrocuted and mysterious fires broke out in the haunted apartment. Harry says enough was enough and she and Stein packed up and left the flat. She once worked as a Playboy Bunny and would invite her fellow Bunnies to watch her perform at after-hour singing gigs. Harry hits: "French Kissing' (In the USA)" (1986), "Rapture" (1981), "Heart of Glass" (1979).
  • Fred Schneider
    (1951) - B-52s. Schneider -- who is openly gay and proud of it -- says he doesn't believe in "outing" other gays unless they're Republicans voting against gay legislation. When he dies, Schneider claims he wants to be buried underneath a solar-powered tombstone containing a microchip that will play back the sound of people crying. Schneider states he was born in 1951 not 1956 as reported in some sources. Hits: "Love Shack" (1990), "Rock Lobster" (1979)
  • Dan Aykroyd
    (1952) - The former Saturday Night Live star majored in Criminology and Sociology, but dropped out of college to work with Toronto's SCTV. He's still fascinated with police activity and collects police badges. His syndicated series, The Psi Factor, earned him the "Snuffed Candle Award" from the editors at Skeptical Inquirer magazine. The editors blasted the show because it presents pseudoscience as genuine and contributes to the public's lack of understanding about science. Aykroyd flicks: Christmas with the Kranks (2004), 50 First Dates (2004), Who Shot Victor Fox (2002), The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001), Hitting the Wall (2001), On the Nose (2001), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Evolution (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Ghostbusters (1984), Trading Places (1983), The Blues Brothers (1980).
  • Carl Lewis
    (1961) - Lewis earned four gold medals in four track events at the 1984 summer Olympics. The only other track Olympian to won four gold medals is Jesse Owens who accomplished the feat in 1936.
  • Princess Diana
    (1961) - On August 31, 1997, Diana was killed in a automobile crash in Paris. At the time, Diana and her boyfriend, millionaire Dodi Fayed, were being pursued by paparazzi photographers. Paris police say the limousine was traveling in excess of 60 miles per hour when it slammed into a concrete support post. Elton John says the two things he misses the most about Princess Diana are her "wicked giggle and wicked sense of humor." In 1998 a musical comedy entitled Die! Die! Diana opened at California's San Jose State University. It was described as "very funny, very smart and, oddly, very touching." In 1981 Prince Charles married Diana amid the most spectacular fireworks display seen in England in 200 years. The wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral in London featured Handel's Royal Fireworks music and a 255-pound wedding cake. They separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Even though she was born into a wealthy family, Diana once worked as a baby sitter and also cleaned houses when she was 17. The first time Diana visited the United States, President Reagan accidentally referred to her as "Princess David."
  • Claire Forlani
    (1972) - The actress had her big break playing opposite Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. Other Forlani flicks: Highbinders (2002), Triggermen (2002), Going Greek (2001), AntiTrust (2001), Boys and Girls (2000), Mystery Men, (1999).
  • Liv Tyler
    (1977) - The actress and model is the daughter of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler and former Playboy Playmate Bebe Buell. Liv was named after actress Liv Ullmann, who appeared on the cover of TV Guide the week she was born. As a child, Liv thought musician Todd Rundgren was her father -- until she noticed Tyler's daughter, Mia, looked almost like her twin. She confronted her mother and was told the truth. Tyler once said all she really wants to do is sleep late, listen to music and go to the mall. As for her life during high school, Tyler describes herself as "a nut" who was crazy about heavy metal. Plays Arwen in all three Lord of the Rings movies.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on July 1st:
(1980) - McGruff, the crime-fighting dog, was first introduced to the public.

(1847) - U.S. postage stamps with adhesive on the back were issued for the first time. Appearing on the first stamps with "stickum" were Benjamin Franklin (5 cent) and George Washington (10 cent).

(1862) - The Internal Revenue Service was established under the name of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. President Lincoln signed the bill that levied a 3 percent annual tax on incomes between $600 and $10,000 and a 5 percent tax on income over $10,000. The Bureau of Internal Revenue was renamed the Internal Revenue Service in 1913.

(1874) - The first recorded kidnapping for ransom in the U.S. took place in Germantown, Pennsylvania. A 4-year-old boy named Charles Ross was snatched from his house and held for a ransom of $20,000.

(1874) - The first zoo in the United States opened in Philadelphia.

(1937) - England's British Telecom introduced the world's first emergency dial-up number: 9-9-9.

(1941) - America's first TV commercial aired over WNBT-TV (now WNBC) in New York City. The ad cost the Bulova watch company $9. WNBT was one of a handful of stations authorized to begin commercial TV operations effective July 1, 1941.

(1946) - An atomic bomb was dropped from 30,000 feet over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. The test blast destroyed five ships and damaged another 54. Four days later a French fashion designer introduced a new swimsuit named in honor of the atomic test: the "bikini."

(1950) - The first U.S. ground troops landed in Korea to help South Korean forces ward off the invading North Koreans.

(1963) - The U.S. Post Office officially started the use of 5-digit ZIP codes.

(1966) - 17 million elderly citizens became receiving their first benefits from Medicare, a new federal program which started on this day in 1966.

(1969) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader asked the U.S. government to place restrictions on rock music. He warned that amplified rock music was producing a generation of hearing-impaired Americans. Nader recommended that loud rock music should he classified as a public nuisance. Conservative newspapers recommended that Nader himself be declared a public nuisance.

(1979) - The very first Sony Walkman was introduced in the United States. The Walkman wasn't an immediate hit. Japanese audio dealers rejected the device and called it impractical. Meanwhile, English-speaking dealers in the West thought the name "Walkman" sounded ridiculous and tried to replace it with other names. Americans wanted to call it "Soundabout," the British wanted to dub it the "Stowaway" and Australians nicknamed it "Freestyle." However, the chairman of Sony refused to change the name and, by 1986, the word "Walkman" was included in the Oxford English Dictionary.

(1991) - Court TV began its very first day of broadcasting.

(1992) - The first loads of food were airlifted to Sarajevo. Some of the groceries included tomato soup and tuna fish.

(1995) - Wolfman Jack died. The Wolfman's real name was Robert Weston Smith. He became a legend in the early 1960s after he started broadcasting from XERF, a 250,000-watt Mexican border station near Del Rio, Texas. The Wolfman became a cult figure after he appeared as himself in the 1973 George Lucas film, American Graffiti. He once said: "Ya know, it's a fact that everything ever broadcast stays out there in the stratosphere, and sometimes, through some fluke of transmission, old sounds return exactly as they were originally heard." The Wolfman died of a heart attack on July 1, 1995.

(1997) - After 156 years as a British colony, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule.

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