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Famous People & Celebrities Born on March 1st:

  • Ron Howard
    (1954) - The film director also played Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and Opie Taylor on Andy Griffith Show. As film director: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Edtv (1999), Ransom (1996), Apollo 13, (1995), Backdraft (1991), Parenthood (1989), Willow (1988), Cocoon (1985).
  • Catherine Bach
    (1954) - Played Daisy Duke on Dukes of Hazzard.
  • Glenn Miller
    (1904) - Hits: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (1941), "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (1940), "Moonlight Serenade" (1939). Miller died in a mysterious plane crash in 1944.
  • Dinah Shore
    (1917) - The singer and TV personality died in 1994.
  • Robert Clary
    (1926) - Played Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes.
  • Harry Belafonte
    (1927) - A musical based on the singer and actor's life called Citizen Belafonte focuses on Belafonte's singing career from "The Banana Boat Song" to his organizing 1985's "We Are The World" recording session. Actress Joan Collins once said that if she could only hear one song while stranded on a desert island, the one thing she would want to hear would be Belafonte singing "Hava Nagila." In 1961 Bob Dylan made his first recording when he played harmonica for a Belafonte album entitled "Midnight Special." Dylan was paid $50 for the performance. Belafonte hits: "Banana Boat (Day-O)" (1957)
  • Robert Conrad
    (1935) - Played James West on The Wild Wild West.
  • Roger Daltry
    (1944) - Lead singer of the Who. "Pinball Wizard"(1969), "My Generation" (1965)
  • Alan Thicke
    (1947) - Actor, writer and musician. Played Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. Thicke wrote the theme to The Facts Of Life. The latest obsession among Hollywood hot shots is Trivial Pursuit and Thicke says he regularly plays the game with Ed Begley, Jr., James Woods and Frank Sinatra's daughter, Tina. Although Thicke isn't as good at answering show biz questions some of his opponents, he claims he has the edge in the history department.
  • Tim Daly
    (1956) - The younger brother of actress Tyne Daly played Dr. Richard Kimble on the revived TV series The Fugitive. Coincidentally, his late father, actor James Daly, appeared on the original TV series in the role of a senator. Tim calls the coincidence "cool" and figures his dad is laughing about it in the great beyond. Daly also played Joe Hackett on Wings and provides the voice of Superman on The Batman/Superman Adventures. Daly says his Superman voice-over consists mostly of grunts and expressions of pain because he's forever being hit with nuclear weapons. "I've developed quite an array of sounds that in another context would be taken either for terrible digestive problems or a sexual disorder," says Daly.
  • Melanie Moore
    (1962) - The Oklahoma-born adult film star has appeared in more than 150 X-rated flicks including Buttsizer 2: The King of Rears, Girls Will Be Boys, Battlestar Orgasmica and Honey, I Blew Everybody.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar
    (1974) - Played Zach Morris on Saved by the Bell.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on March 1st:
(1803) - Ohio became the 17th state. Nickname: "Buckeye State" State Drink: Tomato juice. Well-Known Ohio Residents & Natives: Neil Armstrong, Erma Bombeck, Doris Day, Thomas Edison, Clark Gable, Hugh Downs, Zane Grey, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Gloria Steinem, Lowell Thomas, Orville Wright, Cy Young.

(1867) - Nebraska became the 37th state. Nickname: "Cornhusker State" State Insect: Honeybee. Well-Known Nebraska Natives & Residents: Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Sandy Dennis, Gerald Ford, Henry Fonda, David Janssen, Nick Nolte.

(1932) - Charles Lindbergh's 20-month-old son was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Lindberghs paid $50,000 in ransom, but a few weeks later, little Charles, Jr. was found dead five miles from the house.

(1962) - The first K-Mart store opened in Garden City, Michigan.

(1968) - Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Tennessee.

(1969) - Cops in Miami arrested Jim Morrison for lewd behavior after he allegedly exposed himself in front of hundreds of concertgoers. A Miami judge later found Morrison guilty of indecent exposure and profanity.

(1970) - Commercial whale hunting in the United States came to an end.

(1971) - A bomb went off in a toilet in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol. The bomb was placed in the rest room by a radical group called the Weather Underground. No one was injured, but the toilet terrorism caused $300,000 in damage.

(1973) - A New York judge ruled that the X-rated movie Deep Throat was "...irredeemably obscene."

(1975) - Olivia Newton-John won the Best New Vocalist Grammy.

(1975) - "Best Of My Love" by the Eagles was the No. 1 song.

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