July 22nd Today in History
Famous People & Celebrities Born on July 22nd:
Famous and Noteworthy Events on July 22nd:
- Irene Bedard
(1967) - The actress was the voice of Pocahontas for the Disney animated flick. Bedard was also the physical model for Pocahontas. She's the daughter of an Inupiat Eskimo and a French Canadian/Cree. Her Eskimo name is Goodiarook, which means "someone who dropped." Other films: Paris (2002), Greasewood Flat (2002).
- William Archibald Spooner
(1844) - He's the man who made slips-of-the-tongue fun. Spooner often transposed words into "spoonerisms" -- for instance: saying queer old dean instead of dear old queen or blushing crow instead of crushing blow.
- James Whale
(1889) - He directed Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Invisible Man (1933). The last months of Whale's life were the basis of the 1998 film, Gods and Monsters. In 1957 Whale committed suicide by jumping headfirst into the shallow end of his Hollywood pool. His suicide note read: The future is just old age and illness and pain...I must have peace and this is the only way.
- Rose Kennedy
(1890) - The mother of President John F. Kennedy and several U.S. senators. She died at the age of 104.
- Bob Dole
(1923) - Former politician and U.S. presidential candidate. Dole's chances for the presidency may have been hampered because of a bizarre Generation X rumor that compared Dole's appearance to a "Sleestak," a creature on the children's TV show The Land Of The Lost. A Republican consultant complained that "Generation Xers are influenced by television culture too much."
- Orson Bean
(1928) - Actor. Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Bean is the author of a 1994 book entitled "25 Ways to Cook A Mouse For the Gourmet Cat." The recipes include Southern-Fried Mouse with Parsley (his cat's favorite); Spaghetti with Mouseballs and Creamed Chip Mouse on Toast.
- Oscar De La Renta
(1932) - The fashion designer created all of the outfits worn by Hillary Clinton during her husband's 1997 inauguration. In 1985 de la Renta became the first well-known fashion designer to create a signature line of clothing for the Barbie doll.
- Louise Fletcher
(1934) - Actress. Played Nurse Ratched in the 1975 classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- Tom Robbins
(1936) - Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
- Terence Stamp
(1939) - Actor. Stamp flicks: Full Frontal (2002), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), Superman II (1980), Superman (1978).
- George Clinton
(1940) - Lead singer with Parliament/Funkadelic. "Atomic Dog" (1982), "One Nation Under a Groove" (1978)
- Alex Trebek
(1940) - The former Canadian and host of Jeopardy became a U.S. citizen in 1998. Trebek confesses his secret fantasy is to host a game show where he can sit down. Merv Griffin created the game show in 1964 while sitting in his dining room. He also composed the show's theme music. Poet Maya Angelou boycotted Jeopardy in 1996 on the grounds that she hadn't seen a black contestant on the show in two years. When TV Guide investigated her claim, it discovered there actually had been one black on the show -- actor LeVar Burton who appeared on a celebrity episode.
- Bobby Sherman
(1945) - Singer, actor and former teen heartthrob. Rosie O'Donnell admits that her very first crush was on Sherman. Bobby is now a licensed EMT and spends about 40 hours a month teaching emergency medical techniques to the Los Angeles Police Department. He became interested in emergency medical care because he wanted to know what to do in case of a medical emergency in his own house. Mr. Sherman states he was born on July 22, 1945, not on July 18 or in 1943 or 1944 as reported by some sources. Here Comes The Brides, "Easy Come, Easy Go" (1970), "Little Woman" (1969).
- Don Henley
(1947) - Former Eagles singer. Famous Hollywood "party girl" Ursula Auburn describes Henley as "a moody guy" who only perked up at a party when one of his videos appeared on TV. Solo career: "The Boys of Summer" (1984), "Dirty Laundry" (1982) w/Eagles: "Heartache Tonight" (1979), "Hotel California" (1977).
- Albert Brooks
(1947) - The comedian's real name is Albert Einstein and his brother is "Super Dave" Osborne. Brooks' high school buddies included Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner.
- Danny Glover
(1947) - Actor. Saw (2004), Duplicity (2003), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Lethal Weapon series, Places in the Heart (1984)
- Alan Menken
(1949) - The composer of "Little Mermaid" fame also scored the Disney flicks Hercules (1997), Pocahontas (1995), Aladdin (1992) and Beauty and the Beast (1991).
- Willem Dafoe
(1955) - Dafoe flicks: Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Auto Focus (2002), Spider-Man (2002), Burned to Light (2000), American Psycho (1999), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), The English Patient (1996), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Body of Evidence (1993), Wild at Heart (1990), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Platoon (1986).
- Keith Sweat
(1961) - The Harlem-born R&B singer's hits include "I Want Her" and "Make You Sweat."
- Rob Estes
(1963) - Actor. Melrose Place. Silk Stalkings.
- Emily Saliers
(1963) - Indigo Girls.
- David Spade
(1964) - Actor and comedian. Saturday Night Live. Spade flicks: Lost & Found (1999), Senseless (1998), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997).
- Patrick Laborteaux
(1965) - Actor. Lt. Bud Roberts on JAG. Patrick's brother, Matthew, played Albert Ingalls on Little House on Prairie.
- Michael Hickenbottom
(1965) - The professional wrestler goes by the name Shawn Michaels.
- John Leguizamo
(1965) - Leguizamo -- who is most famous for his role in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar -- says the worst part about being involved in a terrible movie is promoting it afterwards. "It's like a restaurant. If you serve a bad dish you're going to scare all the customers away...You gotta say 'Sorry, we messed up today. We're closing the restaurant. Come back tomorrow. We'll have a new dish."' Leguizamo also starred in the short-lived TV series House of Buggin'. Other flicks: Empire (2002), Ice Age (2002), Collateral Damage (2002).
- Daniel Jones
(1973) - One half of the now broken-up Aussie music duo Savage Garden.
(1994) - O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty to charges of murder at his arraignment in Los Angeles.
(1934) - Bank robber and murderer John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents. He was leaving a Chicago movie theater where had just watched the Clark Gable/Myna Loy flick, "Manhattan Melodrama." Dillinger was the first criminal to be awarded with the title of "Public Enemy No. 1." He was so frightened of being caught by the FBI, that he burned his fingerprints with acid, grew a mustache, plucked his eyebrows and even underwent a face-lift.
(1964) - Four Navy drivers became the world's first aquanauts as they were submerged into the ocean in Sealab I. The aquanauts descended 192 feet and were kept alive by breathing air that contained 80 percent helium.
(1968) - President Johnson announced the number of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam would be increased by more than half a million by the end of 1968.
(1991) - Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's gruesome collection of skulls and body parts was discovered after a handcuffed teenager flagged down cops in Milwaukee. Inside his apartment were 11 skulls and three headless torsos stuffed into a freezer, a filing cabinet and several buckets.
(1997) - More than 2,000 people attended a memorial Mass in Milan, Italy, for fashion designer Gianni Versace. Mourners included Princess Diana, Elton John and supermodel Naomi Campbell.
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