MILESTONES: November 13, birthdays for Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Gerard Butler
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include comedian, actress, author and television personality Whoopi Goldberg, who was born in 1955; television personality, producer and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who was born in 1967; President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was born in 1953; actress, model and producer Sheila Frazier, who was born in 1948; actress, singer and entrepreneur Monique Coleman, who was born in 1980; actor, writer and director Joe Mantegna, who was born in 1947; actress Tracy Scoggins, who was born in 1953; actor and producer Gerard Butler, who was born in 1969; former football player Vinny Testaverde, who was born in 1963; Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer, who was born in 1987; and actor Steve Zahn, who was born in 1967.
WHEN FELIX LEFT HOME: Today is Odd Couple Day, to celebrate 1970s television series “The Odd Couple.” The show tells the story of two divorced men, Felix and Oscar, who share a Manhattan apartment, and was known for its opening narration, which begins, “On Nov. 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife.” “The Odd Couple” was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It debuted in 1970 and ran until 1975.
VICTORY DAY FOR CLEVELAND’S STOKES: On this day in 1967, Carl Stokes became the first-ever black elected mayor of a U.S. city. Stokes served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, and would go on to be reelected in 1969. During his tenure, he created the “Cleveland: Now!” program, which helped revitalize Cleveland neighborhoods. After leaving office, he became the first black New York City TV anchor, and eventually became United Auto Workers’ general legal counsel. Stokes died in Cleveland on April 3, 1996.
“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.” — Whoopi Goldberg, who was born on this day in 1955
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