MILESTONES: March 31, birthdays for Rhea Perlman, William Daniels, Christopher Walken
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “St. Elsewhere” and “Boy Meets World” star William Daniels, who was born in Brooklyn in 1927; Oscar-winner and “Partridge Family” matriarch Shirley Jones, who was born in 1934; musician Herb Alpert, who was born in 1935; economist and commentator Walter E. Williams, who was born in 1936; Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, who was born in Queens in 1943; “Welcome Back, Kotter” star Gabe Kaplan, who was born in Brooklyn in 1945; former Vice President Al Gore, who was born in 1948; actress Rhea Perlman, who was born in Brooklyn in 1948; AC/DC founder Angus Young, who was born in 1955; TV writer and producer Howard Gordon, who was born in Queens in 1961; actor Ewan McGregor, who was born in 1971; and actress and musician Kate Micucci, who was born in 1980.
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT: The Motion Picture Production Code was instituted on this day in 1930. Also known as the Hays Code, after Will H. Hays, the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, it set rigid guidelines for what was acceptable content for American viewing audiences. The code remained in effect for decades but its influence declined in the 1960s. In 1968, it was replaced by the MPAA film rating system.
LBJ (LEAVING BY JANUARY): President Lyndon Johnson shocked the nation on this day in 1968. In a televised speech about the war in Vietnam, he said, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.” On April 27, Vice President Hubert Humphrey announced his candidacy. At the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention, Humphrey won the nomination on the first ballot. He lost the general election to former Vice President Richard Nixon in November.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I don’t need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own.”
— Christopher Walken, who was born on this day in 1943
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