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October 12th Today in History

Famous People & Celebrities Born on October 12th:

  • Jean Nidetch
    (1923) - Founded Weight Watchers in 1961 after she discovered a diet that allowed her to shed 72 pounds. The Weight Watchers name and diet system was acquired by the H.J. Heinz Company (the makers of Heinz ketchup) in 1978.
  • Dick Gregory
    (1932) - Comedian
  • Luciano Pavarotti
    (1935) - When the tenor opera singer was 22 he earned money as an insurance salesman. In 1995 Pavarotti introduced his own line of men's perfume called Bravo! The scent contained the fragrances of rum, tobacco, cloves and Sicilian lemons. The 300-pound Pavarotti constantly fights a non-stop battle of the bulge and admits his weight often depresses him. Pavarotti says he avoids drinking wine with meals because he's convinced there's something in wine which accelerates the impact of the calories in food. Besides food, the Italian tenor acknowledges a passion for curvy female secretaries and says he's hired more than 18 secretaries in 20 years. "There is often comment about the attractive young secretaries I usually have with me," Pavarotti told a British newspaper. "I like having women around me."
  • Chris Wallace
    (1947) - TV journalist. Son of Mike Wallace
  • Susan Anton
    (1950) - Actress. Anton says she once went toe-to-toe with the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra -- and won. Anton says she met Sinatra at a Tokyo Music Festival in the early 1970s and says he was griping about the lack of good songwriters. She says she was so peeved by his remarks that she told him point-blank that she disagreed. Although folks around Sinatra were scared of what would happen next, Anton says he came over and the two debated the merits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. Amazingly, she says by the end of the argument, Sinatra was agreeing with her and she jokes that may be what convinced him to record tunes by artists like Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel. Baywatch (1992-1994), Presenting Susan Anton (1979) Stop Susan Williams (1979).
  • Veronica Brazil
    (1958) - The Brazilian adult film star played Lorena Bobbitt in the 1995 X-rated flick John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut.
  • Hugh Jackman
    (1968) - Played the Wolverine in the X-Men flick. Portrayed Peter Allen in the musical Boy From Oz. Other flicks: Van Helsing (2004), X2 (2003), Kate & Leopold (2002), Animal Husbandry (2001), Swordfish (2001).
  • Adam Rich
    (1968) - Actor. Played Nicholas on Eight Is Enough. The other seven Bradford kids from eldest to youngest were David, Mary, Joannie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Tommy. These days Rich runs a private acting school for children, drawing upon his personal experience to help kids feel confident on the set. "I never regret a moment of my past," he says.
  • Martie Seidel
    (1969) - Dixie Chicks.
  • Kirk Cameron
    (1970) - Played Mike Seaver on Growing Pains. Cameron says he makes his wife, Chelsea, feel loved by leaving her flowers next to the coffee maker. He's now a practicing Christian and appears in the Christian-based Left Behind movie series.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on October 12th:
(1960) - At a United Nation's meeting, Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev took off his shoe and pounded it on a desk in a rage over delegates who were not voting the way he wanted.

(1973) - After Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned, President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for vice president. Ford jokingly told reporters, "I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln."

(1983) - The last hand-operated wringer washing machine was manufactured by the Maytag company. Maytag was the last American appliance manufacturer to make a hand-operated washer.

(1997) - Singer John Denver died after the small plane he was piloting crashed near Monterey, California. A year before the crash, Denver was under the influence of alcohol when he slammed his Porsche into a tree in Aspen, Colorado. He once said booze was his way of medicating himself against the pressures of stardom, allowing him to confront personal frustrations over his career.

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